Was Janperson Drafted To Be Formerly Human?
If America has a Robocop, now Asia has its own Robocop too...
Considering Janperson has been more Robocop in terms of execution than Jiban, it's highly possible that Janperson might have had an origin closer to Robocop than the final draft. Jiban was very loosely based on Robocop while Janperson feels like it is the first Asian Robocop. So what's the possible intended origins of Janperson?
Jiban itself had copied one element from Robocop. Jiban used to be a human being known as Naoto Tamura who was gunned down by the Bioron Syndicate. Later he was revived as the cyborg police cop known as Jiban. But unlike Robocop, Jiban could revert back to his human identity to hide the fact that he is already a robot. Only later on did people realize that Naoto is the cyborg known as Jiban. But unlike Robocop, Jiban fought against monsters of the week and Janperson didn't.
Janperson on the other hand appeared as a mysterious hero who the cops later warmed up to. Nobody knew where he came from and how he came out to be. However in episode 18, Janperson was revealed to be a modified police combat robot. He was a defective robot but his creator Kaoru modified him, added him with human feelings and thus he became a fully mechanical version of Robocop. But wait... could it be possible that Janperson was intended to be formerly human? Even Janperson looks like a remodel of a Robocop toy.
I wouldn't discount the possibility that Janperson was intended to be formerly human like Jiban was and that under that steel face, Janperson might have been a slain police officer. The hint appeared in episode eight (where Lucio Tan errr Kenichi Endo was a guest star) when Janperson says, "This isn't the era of Al Capone." which made me think, "Could Janperson be a slain police officer revived into a cyborg like Robocop was?"
But maybe Toei felt like it would be too redundant and they wanted to add a twist than copy too much from Robocop. I mean, they already had Tokyo in the place of Detroit, three villains based from Robocop villains, Janperson stopping crimes than fighting monsters of the week and to make Janperson formerly human might be too redundant (they did it with Jiban) and following too much from Robocop. I would have been fine with it but was a nice twist to make Janperson fully mechanical as not to draw have too much Robocop influence in Asia's version of Robocop.
I was thinking if Janperson's origin reveal would have had him formerly human, maybe they might actually write him as a Japanese version of Alex Murphy. Maybe he would have had been a family man with a son, maybe we would have him killed by Ryuzaburo Tatewaki (the same way Alex Murphy was slain by Clarence Boddicker). However, I would like to believe executes wanted the idea of Janperson being human thrashed in favor of a mechanical hero to avoid Janperson from taking too many ideas from Robocop.