B-Robo Kabutack (found "Metal Hero" TV series; 1997-1998)
B-Robo Kabutack (ビーロボカブタック Bī Robo Kabutakku, Beetle Robo Kabutack) is a Japanese TV series made by Toei that aired on February 23, 1997, to March 1, 1998. It is a part of the Metal Hero franchise.
The plot follows the three "good" B-Robots (Kabutack, Kuwajiro, and Tentorina) and his human sidekicks in a quest to find the 13 "Star Pieces" before the three "bad" B-Robots (Ganirun, Spidon, and Cobrander) find them. If somebody finds all 13 Star Pieces, any wish could be granted.
Despite the fact that it is a part of one of Toei's three Tokusatsu franchises, and every other Metal Hero series being released on DVD, for some reason, the Kabutack TV series didn't get a DVD release, except for the Direct-To-Video Christmas special. Since the Christmas special's DVD release, it has been subtitled in English and it's easy to find online. Songs of the show had been released on CD too.
The show did get a VHS release in Japan. However, rips of those had never been uploaded on the internet, so copies of the episodes are very sought after among Tokusatsu fans and collectors.
Currently, only four screenshots of the show have surfaced via a page on Japanese blogging site RakutenBlog, by user "heroheroine".
On December 25, 2017, the whole show has been found and ripped from Toei's YouTube channel by Nyaa torrents user GuSTaVauM.
- B-Robo Kabutack all episodes (Torrent Link). Retrieved 25 Dec '17