Giant Robot Week

Giant Robot Week

Broadcast Date

February 24 - 28, 2003[1][2]

Broadcast Time

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Toonami Series

Martian Successor Nadesico
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Megas XLR

Giant Robot Week was a five-day salute to the mecha genre of Japanese anime. The special ran for the week of February 24–28, 2003, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Cartoon Network's Toonami block with zero commercial interruptions.[1]

The anime series shown were all popular series licensed by A.D. Vision. The event marked the first time Evangelion, Nadesico, and Dai-Guard had been seen by a nationwide television audience as well as the first time the original black and white episodes of Gigantor had aired since its initial broadcast run back in the 60's. Several series had to be edited for content, especially Evangelion, which was heavily edited because of its extreme violence, gore, and Christian symbolism.


  • Dai-Guard — Episodes 1 & 2 were shown edited for content.
  • Gigantor — Since "Giant Robot Week" was commercial free, several episode fragments from Gigantor were aired as filler where commercial breaks would have normally been.
  • Martian Successor Nadesico — Episodes 1, 6, and 25 were shown edited for content.
  • Megas XLR — On the final day of "Giant Robot Week," the Cartoon Network original short Lowbrow aired as a four-part "micro series" at half-hour intervals during the remainder of the Toonami block, outside of the hour-long special event. This six-minute short was later expanded into the first episode of Megas XLR.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion — Episodes 1 & 2 were shown heavily edited for content.
  • Robotech — Episode 1 and the final episodes of the New Generation, a series never shown on the network before, were shown.
  • On the evening of the final day of Giant Robot Week, The Iron Giant aired on Cartoon Network, followed by an episode of Dexter's Laboratory involving giant robots as a time filler. Although it wasn't marked as Giant Robot Week, Cartoon Network promoted the airing as "a conclusion to Giant Robot Week".


Monday, February 24thEdit

This schedule consisted of:[1][2]

Tuesday, February 25thEdit

This schedule consisted of:[1][2]

Wednesday, February 26thEdit

This schedule consisted of:[1][2]

Thursday, February 27thEdit

This schedule consisted of:[1][2]

  • 4:00 PM – Dai-Guard – Episode 1: "Disaster From The Sea"
  • 4:30 PM – Robotech – Episode 84 - Part 1: "Dark Finale"

Friday, February 28thEdit

This schedule consisted of:[1][2]

  • 4:00 PM – Dai-Guard – Episode 2 "The Fort at Night"
  • 4:30 PM – Robotech – Episode 84 - Part 2 "Symphony of Light"



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Evangelion, Nadesico, Dai-Guard, Robotech to Air on Cartoon Network ". January 28, 2003. Retrieved on April 4, 2015. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Toonami Episode Guide for Giant Robot Week ". Toonami Infolink. February 23, 2003. Retrieved on May 2, 2014. 
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