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This series was shown across Latin American countries in the early 80s,
with the title "San Kuo Kai". Most characters kept their original names
(something usually done with Japanese live-action series, not so much
with animation). The audio was dubbed, the opening credits were
translated, and the theme song was translated too. It seems that, from
the total of 27 episodes, only 25 were ever dubbed and shown in Latin
America, and they are currently available in a 6-DVD pack edition in
very good quality.
I used to watch it as a kid and it was fun. There were several toys being sold at the time too. Don't expect hi-tech special effects, though.
This TV series was exhibited in early 80 in Chile. In this country the series has a lot success. A whole generation we grew viewing Sankuokai as the series was known in this part of the world. The story is simple, and retrospectively sometimes even seem some foolish, and the special effects very poor. However, it must be seen with some historical perspective. In spite of, Sankuokai, have a great meaning to whoever saw it. n September of 2005 the Chilean companies CIVITEL S.A y PROYECTA LTDA, released a DVD pack with the same dubbing that we saw when we was children. This pack is available to buy, obviously in Spanish, without subtitles.
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preceded by the movie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078435/, according
to some sources. Well, the series gets 5/10 (while the movie got 2/10 )
because it is all around better done, IN SPITE of huge shortcomings: *
very low budget * scenes are mostly shot in caves, dumps, boiler rooms
and absconded places. In one episode, you can clearly see 1970s
Japanese homes and life going on in the background. * no more than
20-30 people altogether; they had no budget to hire extras and it
shows. * SFX are laughable: laser rifles are 5yo kids' fire cracking
rifles; apemen mostly look like idiots poorly wearing third hand
carnival masks. Locations appear cartonboxed. * clicheed plots *
mediocre acting and negligible character development.
Asians have colonized space, but alien invaders want to conquer the 15th solar system. A mysterious woman riding a spaceship shaped as a XVI century ship donates a space vehicle to three young pilots (Ayato joined later by Ryu and Siman ). The vehicle can turn into 3 separate ships. So they fight the invaders and their mysterious emperor Golem XIII, who is no other than the pretty Eolya's ( the mysterious woman in the French version ) twin sister. In the end Golem XIII is defeated using 3 powerful gems and Eolya's ultimate sacrifice is also required. Plot hole: they say Golem XIII had previously been defeated 500 years earlier, but then, how would she be back again, if she claims to be a renegade fleeing from her planet where her older sister Eolya was queen? During the fight, the two pilots turn into two masked heroes, Staros & Phantome ( very poor costumes...a camel rider's head scarf, a motorcyclist's glasses, tights... ) and fight mysterious space creatures (= a Japanese stand-in wearing poor costumes ).
Between the 2, i think Ryu was played much better than Ayato.
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