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Shô Aikawa (screenplay)
Toshihiro Hirano (idea)
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28 September 1987 (Japan) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Mayumi Shô ... Miya Alice (voice)
Akira Kamiya ... Roll Kran (voice)
Maya Okamoto ... Lamba Nom (voice)
Naoko Matsui ... Pai Thunder (voice)
Takeshi Aono ... Professor Tarsan (voice)
Shigeru Chiba ... Gil Berg (voice)
Ichirô Mizuki ... Yoldo (voice)
Ken'ichi Ogata ... Captain Galimos (voice)
Daisuke Gôri ... Yôshô Daatira (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mitsuko Horie ... Dira (voice)
Ryô Horikawa ... Flash [episode 3] (voice)
Kazuhiko Inoue ... Burst [episode 3] (voice)
Masako Katsuki ... Shazaara [episode 2] (voice)
Michitaka Kobayashi ... Domudon [episode 2] (voice)
Daiki Nakamura ... Kirukeru [episode 3] (voice)
Osamu Saka ... Kenshô Santira [episodes 1, 2] (voice)
Kôzô Shioya ... Tôshô Mesutira [episodes 1, 2] (voice)
Isamu Tanonaka ... Shoulder Buffoon [episode 1] (voice)
Naoko Watanabe ... Midoh [episode 3] (voice)
Ken Yamaguchi ... Skelton [episode 3] (voice)
Yûsaku Yara ... Oscar [episode 2] (voice)
Hiroshi Ôtake ... Môshô Gôtira [episodes 1, 2] (voice)
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Directed by
Toshihiro Hirano 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shô Aikawa  screenplay
Toshihiro Hirano  idea

Produced by
Makoto Asanuma .... producer (episodes 1 and 2)
Tôru Miura .... producer
Toshimichi Suzuki .... producer (episode 3)
Original Music by
Michiaki Watanabe 
Art Direction by
Kazuhiro Arai 
Production Management
Hitoshi Kamata .... production supervisor (episodes 2-3)
Hirofumi Koshida .... production supervisor (episode 1)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Akiyoshi Nishimori .... assistant director (episodes 2-3)
Art Department
Junichi Akutsu .... design assistant (episode 3)
Toshihiro Hirano .... storyboard artist (episodes 1-3)
Yasuhiro Moriki .... design assistant (episode 3)
Akiyoshi Nishimori .... storyboard artist (episode 2)
Junichi Watanabe .... monster designer (episodes 1-3)
Masami Ôbari .... storyboard artist (episode 1)
Kôichi Ôhata .... storyboard artist (episodes 1 and 3)
Sound Department
Yasunori Honda .... sound director
Daisuke Jinbo .... sound effects editor: Suwara Production (episodes 1-3)
Kô Otani .... sound recordist: Aoi Studio (episode 3)
Toshiaki Uemura .... sound recordist: Avaco Creative Studio (episodes 1, 2)
Special Effects by
Toyohiko Sakakibara .... airbrush artist
Toyohiko Sakakibara .... special effects artist: Light Magic
Camera and Electrical Department
Takashi Azuhata .... camera operator: Studio Cavern (episode 1)
Kôsuke Endô .... camera operator: Studio Cavern (episode 1)
Hideaki Kikuchi .... camera operator: Studio Cavern (episode 1)
Osamu Kubota .... camera operator: AIC (episode 3)
Hitoshi Sato .... camera operator: AIC (episode 3)
Hiroshi Tanigaki .... camera operator: AIC (episode 3)
Hideo Tazawa .... camera operator: AIC (episode 3)
Katsuhiro Tezuka .... camera operator: AIC (episode 3)
Toshiyuki Yasuhara .... camera operator: AIC (episode 3)
Daisuke Ôwada .... camera operator: AIC (episode 3)
Animation Department
Kunihiro Abe .... animator (episodes 2-3)
Kazuhiro Arai .... background artist: Animaruya (episodes 1-3)
Koichi Arai .... animator (episode 1)
Makoto Bessho .... inbetween animation director (episode 1)
Hiroaki Gôda .... animator (episode 3)
Seiji Handa .... inbetween checker (episode 3)
Takashi Hashimoto .... animator (episode 3)
Toshihiro Hirano .... character designer (episodes 1-3)
Toshihiro Hirano .... chief animation director (episode 3)
Tomoo Ikeuchi .... inbetween artist (episode 3)
Masaya Irahara .... animator (episode 2)
Atsuko Ishida .... animator (episode 2)
Yasushi Ishizu .... mechanical designer (episodes 1 and 2)
Kôji Itô .... animator (episode 1)
Yoshinobu Itô .... inbetween artist (episode 3)
Sadayuki Iwai .... inbetween artist (episode 3)
Satoshi Iwataki .... animator (episode 1)
Kayo Iwaya .... cel painter (episode 3)
Narumi Kakinouchi .... animator: opening/ending animation (episodes 1 and 2)
Yûko Kanemaru .... color designer (episodes 1-3)
Takuya Kawami .... cel checker (episode 3)
Shôji Kawamori .... animator (episode 1)
Shôji Kawamori .... mechanical designer (episodes 1-3)
Toshimitsu Kobayashi .... animator (episode 1)
Hiroko Kochiya .... cel painter (episode 3)
Kazuyuki Kuroiwa .... inbetween checker (episodes 2-3)
Shôichi Masuo .... animator (episode 1)
Shin Matsuo .... animator (episode 3)
Yasushi Muraki .... inbetween artist (episode 3)
Morifumi Naka .... animator (episode 1)
Naohisa Nakayama .... inbetween artist (episode 3)
Takehiro Nakayama .... animator (episode 3)
Takayuki Nishida .... cel checker (episode 3)
Masanori Nishii .... animation director (episode 3)
Masanori Nishii .... animator (episodes 1-3)
Harumi Nishimura .... cel painter (episode 3)
Hiroyuki Ochi .... animator (episode 1)
Kazuhiro Ochi .... animator (episode 1)
Jun Okuda .... animator (episode 1)
Naoko Ozawa .... inbetween animation director (episode 1)
Masami Ozone .... animator (episode 1)
Eiko Saitô .... cel painter (episode 3)
Miho Saitô .... inbetween artist (episode 3)
Katsushi Sakurabi .... inbetween artist (episode 3)
Katsushi Sakurabi .... inbetween checker (episode 2)
Yûichi Satô .... animator (episode 3)
Jun Segawa .... inbetween artist (episode 3)
Katsuyuki Tamura .... inbetween artist (episode 3)
Hisako Tanabe .... inbetween artist (episode 3)
Ritsuo Toyokawa .... cel painter (episode 3)
Satoshi Tsuchiya .... cel painter (episode 3)
Osamu Tsuruyama .... animator (episodes 1-3)
Kôichi Usami .... animator (episode 2)
Takafumi Watanabe .... inbetween checker (episode 3)
Ikuo Yamada .... cel checker (episode 3)
Mie Yamamoto .... cel painter (episode 3)
Masahito Yamashita .... animator (episode 2)
Masahito Yamashita .... animator: opening/ending animation (episodes 1 and 2)
Masashi Yanagishita .... inbetween checker (episode 3)
Masami Ôbari .... animation director (episodes 1-3)
Masami Ôbari .... animator (episodes 1-3)
Masami Ôbari .... mechanical designer (episodes 1-3)
Kôichi Ôhata .... mechanical designer (episode 3)
Ken'ichi Ônuki .... animation director (episodes 1 and 2)
Hiroshi Ôtsuki .... cel checker (episode 3)
Masahiko Ôuchi .... inbetween artist (episode 3)
Other crew
Hitoshi Kamata .... production assistant (episode 1)
Takako Oki .... advertising (episode 1)
Toyohiko Sakakibara .... title designer (episode 3)
Yutaka Uemura .... title designer (episodes 1, 2)
Shun'ichi Yamamoto .... production assistant (episode 1)

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Also Known As:
"Haja taisei Dangaiô" - Japan (original title)
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When this film was originally released in the U.S., there was a very noticeable error with the subtitles. As the team was calling out their attacks, ie Psychic Wave, Psychic Beam, etc, the people who did the subtitles thought the team was saying "Sidekick." Fans complained, and the subtitles had to be fixed, it also resulted in several Sidekick jokes among anime fans.See more »


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Fantastic art, animation and dynamic action-packed battles, 27 January 2002
Author: Auximines from USA

If you're looking for Japanese animation with a strong story, intriguing plot and detailed character development, don't bother with Dangaio. If you're a fan of 80s style action cartoons like Thundercats and Transformers, (like me!) you'll love it!

The story follows four teenage-types with super powers, who are brought together by an alien type fellow called Professor Tahssan, and trained to pilot space fighters that combine to form a powerful giant robot, Dangaio. Tahssan plans to sell them to a space-pirate organization, but fortunately the kids don't believe his explanation of their origin... so they escape and set off to find out who they really are.

The whole point of the show is visuals... and most people don't realize the big names who produced it- Toshihiro Hirano (Iczer One, Vampire Princess Miyu) wrote, directed and obviously did the character design. The animation director was Masami Obari, one of the most dynamic animation directors in Japan. (Just watch BubbleGum Crisis 1-4, then compare to vol 5 when Obari took over!) One of the art directors was none other than Hideaki Anno, GAINAX's A-1 director. (GunBuster, Evangelion, etc.) But most importantly, the mecha design- you have not only Masami Obari and Yasushi Ishizu (Gundam, Dirty Pair) and Koichi Ohata (MD GEIST, GunBuster) but Masanori "Shoji" Kawamori as well! (Macross, Patlabor, darn near every famous mecha show) And you even heave awesome monster design by Junichi Watanabe.

Fortunately Anno and company did a great job portraying the designs with great detail in every frame, and Obari really brings them to life; Dynamic battles around every corner, even the sound effects are perfect. And yes, they even go to earth to stomp all over Tokyo for awhile. Unfortunately, this fantastic show is out of print. Volumes 1-3 were released in the US by US Renditions many years ago, subtitled. Though Manga video since picked it up, you want to avoid it like the plague. They dubbed it, and they even cut out the first episode, the best one!

So if you're a fan of beautiful machines stomping the mess out of each other in dynamic action-packed battles in a hardcore-science fiction environment, with some superheroic, slightly underdressed girls thrown in for flavor, you must hunt down Dangaio.

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