is an anime OVA
series produced by AIC
studios and released in Japan
in 1987. Dangaioh features character designs by creator Toshihiro Hirano
, mechanical designs by Shoji Kawamori
, animation direction by Masami Obari
and key animation by Hideaki Anno
Brought together by the mysterious Dr. Tarsan, four powerful psychic warriors Miya Alice, Lamba Nom, Rol Kran and Pai Thunder can unite four powerful planes to form Dangaioh - the most powerful weapon in the universe! Using their combined psionic force, the Dangaioh team alone can stop the bloody tyranny of Captain Garimoth and Gil-Berg.
The team hopes their psychogenic wave will be strong enough to destroy Garimoth's evil henchman, the notorious Gil-Berg, who has sworn by the taking of his right eye to utterly destroy the Dangaioh team. Along with the threat of Gil-Berg, the Dangaioh team must also avoid falling foul of Garimoth's trickery which finds weakness in their forgotten pasts.
- 18-year-old Miya Alice is a resident from the planet Earth and was originally a relatively normal girl from Tokyo. She has the unique ability to expend large amounts of kinetic energy over distance, which allows her to fly, create psychic shields, etc.. Kidnapped by Dr Tarsan due to her talents, the sweet and sensitive Miya is the most reluctant one to use her powers, since she can somewhat remember her origins and only wants to have her life back. Initially it appears Miya has no control over her telekinesis, but it manifests itself in times of need. When this happens, Miya becomes the most powerful amongst her teammates, as well as an unofficial leader and conscience of the group.
- When not in battle, 20-year-old Rol displays a timid nature and seldoms speaks. Only when he pilots the Dangaioh (he holds control of the core/piloting section) does he become aggressive and competent. Rol's power enables him to generate great amounts of psychic power as he runs, gaining super speed, stamina and near invulnerability allowing him to even crash mechas by himself as long as he has space to move freely. He was once the leader of a guerrilla movement in his home planet, but was betrayed and sold out to Tarsan.
- 22-year-old Pai is the daughter of the Bunker pirate, Captain Garimoth, but even that didn't save her from being given over to Tarsan to be modified since her father wanted her to be even more powerful than she already was. Her powers lie in her great physical strength. She is also the most rebellious, and resents authority quite strongly; this makes her reject Garimoth's plans for her, after trying to win her father's approval back and being horribly rejected by him (he wanted her to kill Roll in cold blood, but Pai couldn't bring herself to do so) and fully join Mia, Rol and Lambda.
- Lambda was a former princess on her home planet, spirited away after it was invaded by Garimoth's forces. She is the youngest member of the Dangaioh team (she's only 14 years old), her specialty is the ability to control lethal burst of concentrated energy beams from her index fingers. She's insecure and childish due to the sheltered life she once had as royalty.
- The genius behind the Dangaioh project, Tarsan was at first intending to sell Miya and her friends as living weapons to Garimoth. After the incident with Pai and Roll, he decides to get even with Garimoth and joins the four youngsters, providing them with technical support. The Dangaioh kids regard him as a mentor, but aren't above of bullying him when he mentions he might sell them to others if the potential buyers meet his standards.
- The most powerful and feared space pirate and owner of the Bunker, he commissioned Tarsan with the creation of living weapons like the Dangaioh team, even tricking his daughter Barius into joining the project by making her believe it'd please him.
Creator/Director/Character Designs: Toshihiro Hirano
Screenplay: Noboru Aikawa & Koichi Ohata
Mecha Design: Shoji Kawamori, Yasushi Ishizu, Masami Obari, Kouichi Ohata
Monster Design: Junichi Watanabe
Art Director: Kazuhiro Arai
Producers: AIC, Bandai/Emotion, Artmic
Music: Michiaki Watanabe
HAJATAISEI DANGAIO released in 1987.
HAJATAISEI DANGAIO 2 NAMIDA NO SPIRAL KNUCKLE (Dangaio, Spiral Knuckle of Tear's ) released in 1988.
HAJATAISEI DANGAIO DAI-ICHIWA KANKETSUHEN FUKUSHUKI GIL BERG (Dangaio 3, Final of Part 1, Gil Berg's Demonic Revenge) released in 1989.
1st Opening theme: Cross Fight by Horie Mitsuko and Mizuki Ichiro|
2nd Opening theme: Cheap Thrills by Nakai Hidemi
1st Closing theme: Kokoro no Honesty (Honesty of the Heart) |
2nd Closing theme: Who's Gonna Win
A new 13-episode series, Haja Kyosei G Dangaioh (破邪巨星Gダンガイオー Haja Kyosei G Dangaiō), ran from 5 April 2001 through 5 July 2001 on TV Asahi in Japan to poor reviews. It was created and directed by Toshiki Hirano, and produced by AIC. Hirano's wife, Narumi Kakinouchi, was the animation director for episodes 1 and 3. It is licensed as Great Dangaioh and, though it appears to be a completely different story reusing some common plot elements that the original series possessed, a connection to the original OVA becomes apparent later in the series.
Dangaioh's characters, mecha, and storyline elements appeared in Banpresto's Super Robot Wars games. They initially appeared in SRW Compact 2 (part 1, 2, and 3) for the Wonderswan game system, and later in its PS2 remake, SRW Impact. The latter game notably features voice acting from the original seiyū.
The Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast video game Bangai-O contains various references to the series.