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Dai-Guard 

Chikyû bôei kigyô Dai-Guard (original title)
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Ten years ago, Japan was attacked by a strange unstoppable creature which was later called a Hedrodyne. It took a great deal of sacrifices and loss of life to stop the creature. A private ... See full summary »
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Joey Hood ...  Akagi, Computer Voices 1 episode, 1999
Lana Lesley Lana Lesley ...  Ibuki 1 episode, 1999
Steve Metz Steve Metz ...  Aoyama 1 episode, 1999
Mick D'Arcy Mick D'Arcy ...  Special Agent Shirota 1 episode, 1999
Edwin Neal ...  Oosugi 1 episode, 1999
Mike D'Alonzo Mike D'Alonzo ...  Ishizuka, Cynical Boy 2 1 episode, 1999
Michael Kranes Michael Kranes ...  Taguchi 1 episode, 1999
Corey Gagne Corey Gagne ...  Ijyuuin 1 episode, 1999
Kayla Ammann Kayla Ammann ...  Child 1 episode, 1999
Colin Bardfast Colin Bardfast ...  General 1 episode, 1999
Shawnna Bass Shawnna Bass ...  Operator, Additional Voices 1 episode, 1999
Quinn Bedford Quinn Bedford ...  Observatory Supervisor 1 episode, 1999
Michael Biggerstaff Michael Biggerstaff ...  Additional Voices 1 episode, 1999
Sterling Brooks Sterling Brooks ...  Additional Voices 1 episode, 1999
Mary Ellen Chilton Mary Ellen Chilton ...  Additional Voices 1 episode, 1999
Brandon Crow Brandon Crow ...  Observatory Technician 1 episode, 1999
Dempsey Darrow Dempsey Darrow ...  Director Matsuo 1 episode, 1999
Jacques Dauphin Jacques Dauphin ...  Cynical Boy 1 1 episode, 1999
Lana Dieterich ...  Additional Voices 1 episode, 1999
Dan Dietz ...  Yokozawa 1 episode, 1999
John Dodson John Dodson ...  Sakurada 1 episode, 1999
Shaneye Ferrell Shaneye Ferrell ...  Nakahara 1 episode, 1999
Brandon Flair Brandon Flair ...  Child 1 episode, 1999
Chris Hertzberg Chris Hertzberg ...  Additional Voices 1 episode, 1999
Dana Huyler Dana Huyler ...  Additional Voices 1 episode, 1999
David R. Jarrott David R. Jarrott ...  Director Nishijma 1 episode, 1999
Christa Kimlicko-Jones ...  Ooyama 1 episode, 1999
Ellen Kolsto Ellen Kolsto ...  Female Reporter 1 episode, 1999
Robert Ashker Kraft ...  Army Radio Voice 1 episode, 1999
Karen Kuykendall Karen Kuykendall ...  Director Mutou 1 episode, 1999
Ellie McBride ...  Chief Operator 1 episode, 1999
Carli McGahey Carli McGahey ...  Child 1 episode, 1999
Taylor McGahey Taylor McGahey ...  Child 1 episode, 1999
Beau Paul ...  Observatory Technician 1 episode, 1999
Loren Peace Loren Peace ...  Child 1 episode, 1999
Sian Rees-Cleland Sian Rees-Cleland ...  Kamimura 1 episode, 1999
Russ Roten Russ Roten ...  Additional Voices 1 episode, 1999
Chris Sykes Chris Sykes ...  Pilot, Soldier 1 episode, 1999
Don Toner Don Toner ...  Director Watanabe 1 episode, 1999
Belinda Vaughn Belinda Vaughn ...  Child 1 episode, 1999
Anastasia Veltri Anastasia Veltri ...  Cynical Girl 1 episode, 1999
Lane West Lane West ...  Irie 1 episode, 1999
Manon Wilson Manon Wilson ...  Child 1 episode, 1999
Bill Wise ...  Ookouchi 1 episode, 1999
Larissa Wolcott ...  Tanigawa 1 episode, 1999
Chris Loveless Chris Loveless ...  Iizuka's Co-Pilot, Additional Voices 1 episode
Emma Nicolas ...  Yuka 1 episode
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Ten years ago, Japan was attacked by a strange unstoppable creature which was later called a Hedrodyne. It took a great deal of sacrifices and loss of life to stop the creature. A private company builds a giant robot that was called Dia-Guard. But not another creature appeared for 10 years and Dai-Guard becomes more of a joke then the protector of the city. Until the day a new Hedrodyne raises his ugly head. Against orders three PR officers steal Dai-Guard and now are our only help to protect the city against this new wave of Hedrodyne attacks. Written by Christopher Miller

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Japanese

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5 October 1999 (Japan) See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Referenced in Super Robot Wars Z2: Saisei-Hen (2012) See more »

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Amazing
12 July 2007 | by taring_nagaSee all my reviews

Dai-Guard is a rare series, almost underground and virtually unknown outside of Japan. Sure, it aired on Toonami's "Big Robot Week" (which is where it caught my attention, all those years ago), but other than that it has had little to no international exposure. Do a google search on it, and you'll find only a few pages worth of information - usually nothing more than character or plot summaries, nothing too in depth. Nothing like the tidal wave of character shrines from Naruto or Rurouni Kenshin, or fanclubs of Gundam or Evangelion.

There's nothing.

Which is a shame. This series is simply amazing; it really grows on you. It takes a different view on the archetypal mecha series that has characterized Japanese animation for decades - a view that is, in many ways, much more realistic. Not only do the characters have to worry about the monsters they're fighting, but they're forced (by lawsuits, an angry military, an overactive press, and the tenets of simple human morality) to take into account the actual surroundings of their battlefield. If it's in a city, the main goal is to prevent as much civilian property damage as possible; the first operation almost always involves safely evacuating the populace before a showdown.

In this way, Dai-Guard is much deeper and realistic than Gundam, Evangelion, etc. While in those animes entire cities are reduced to rubble, with little to no consequence in the afterthought, the 21st Century Defense Corporation - the company that created, sponsors, and pilots Dai-Guard - is constantly under pressure to prevent as much unneeded damage or loss of life as possible. Dai-Guard takes into account the financial, economic, and social strains of unleashing a giant robot into one of the most densely packed countries in the world - and while this may sound boring, the series integrates it into the plot by mixing it with enough humor and vibrant characters that the viewer is still able to remain engaged.

The only bad thing I'd have to point out is the shortness of the series - Dai-Guard is only a mere 26 episodes long. That, and the dubbed version. In comparison to other dubbed animes (most notoriously One Piece or Neon Genesis Evangelion, two animes that've been basically butchered by heavy editing), Dai-Guard does a fantastic job. The main character, Akagi, makes you laugh a LOT because of his quick humor; the voice actor, Joey Hood, does a really great job of making the character flow naturally. And this really extends to all (or at least most) of the other characters. Of course, the Japanese original oozes an unexplainable passion in the voice acting that has yet to been met by their American counterparts, but honestly this is one of the rare animes that has a really, really good dub.

There are a few problems where too many people are talking at once, so if you really wanna hear what they're saying you gotta rewind to hear it. Yet the main thing is how some of the characters simply cant pronounce Japanese names; one of the characters, "Tanegawa"(Tah-neh-GA-wah), is pronounced "tuh-NEH-ga-wa", with the stress in the wrong spot. This is a constant with city names as well, which can really irk you; but other than that, the dubbing is pretty smooth.

It's pretty funny too; the dub takes into consideration Western notions of humor. I've watched the Japanese version, and a lot of the jokes and puns in the English version are missing; not that that'd a bad thing, but just that the dub is a great way to make the anime more enjoyable, because the actors know how to relate to the audience.

All in all, Dai-Guard was a great anime. I'd give it a 9.5, but I cant, so a 9 will settle. Really, check it out and spread the word; hopefully Dai-Guard will reach the States one day.


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