The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird

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The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird
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Cover from the first box of the DVD release of The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird
(Taiyō no Yūsha Faibādo)
GenreAdventure, mecha
Anime television series
Directed byKatsuyoshi Yatabe
Produced byShin Imai (Nagoya TV)
Yōichi Honna (Tokyu Agency)
Takayuki Yoshii (Sunrise)
Written byYasushi Hirano
Music byToshiyuki Watanabe
Original networkNagoya TV
Original run February 2, 1991 February 1, 1992
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The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird (太陽の勇者ファイバード, Taiyō no Yūsha Faibādo, officially translated The Brave of Sun Fighbird) is a 1991 Japanese anime television series, created by Takara and Sunrise under the direction of Katsuyoshi Yatabe. It is the second series in the long running "Yuusha", or Brave metaseries. The official Japanese title does not include the word "Fighter" in the title, despite the fact it appears on the Japanese DVD box art.


In 2010, an evil energy being called Draias comes flying to the Earth. It co-operates with Jango, a wicked scientist, in secret to bring ruin to the world. An unit from Space Police Force (宇宙警備隊, Uchuu Keibi Tai) follows him to Earth and their members put their spirits into either the special android vehicles built by the Japanese scientist Hiroshi Amano (which have transformable bodies and were intended to be rescue units), or into different service vehicles like an ambulance, a police car or a firefighter truck. Their commander, Fighbird, merges with a human-shaped android created by Dr. Amano to handle his creations, and from then on lives as the human Yutaro Katori. He transforms into the super robot Fighbird when the enemy attacks, and in the meantime he tries to adapt himself to living with Dr. Amano and his grandchildren Kenta and Haruka so he can interact with humans, learn more about Earth itself, and put a stop to Draias' and Jango's plans for Earth and the Universe itself.


  • Yutaro Katori/Fighbird (火鳥 勇太郎 / ファイバード, Katori Yuutarou / Faibaado)
    Yutaro Katori is the form that Space Police Force's commander Fighbird takes, after merging his soul with an android that Dr. Hiroshi Amano created to handle his world peace machines. He also takes his human appearance from a drawing made by Dr. Amano's granddaughter Haruka. His skin is made of super silicone foam that disappears when combining with a Fire aircraft, and artificial blood flows through his body. Under his Katori disguise, he publicly poses as Amano's assistant: he tends to make irrelevant, comical remarks because he does not know the Earth well, and sometimes gets himself in trouble due to his extreme naivete about human interactions. His kind nature often gains him friends, however, and he's also ferociously protective of his loved ones and of Earth itself. He controls Granbird and Great Fighbird, and has the ability of instinctively learning how to handle any kind of technology with next to no training, from simple vehicles to whole computer systems. He is voiced by Yasunori Matsumoto.
  • Hiroshi Amano (天野 博士, Amano Hiroshi)
    As the 65-year-old head of the Amano Peace Science Laboratory, he develops machines to achieve world peace. They always fail, but he learns from this failure and often saves the day, especially after the vehicles he designed and built 'host' the souls of some of Fighbird's Space Police teammates (namely, the Baron Team). He has financial problems with the land he lives on and is also considered an eccentric by neighboring inhabitants and fellow scientists, leading him to be a bit of a glory hound. He is voiced by Ichirō Nagai.
  • Kenta Amano (天野 ケンタ, Amano Kenta)
    Doctor Amano's cheerful, hotblooded grandson, and the first friend that Katori makes after his arrival to Earth. He acts with Katori as an earth special member of the Space Police Force, helping him in battle and keeping links between him and the Rescue base; he thinks of Katori as an elder brother, calling him "Katori-niichan" ("big bro Katori"). Katori gives him a small robot called Wrister that transforms into a wrist watch/communicator. He is voiced by Kazue Ikura.
  • Haruka Amano (天野 ハルカ, Amano Haruka)
    Kenta's cousin and Doctor Amano's sweet and mature granddaughter, who lives with Dr. Amano because her parents work abroads. Since her grandpa is inventing all the time, she has trouble doing chores. She also has to keep Kenta in line at times. She created the picture that inspired Katori's human appearance, and has a precocious crush on him. She is voiced by Rie Iwatsubo.
  • Champ (チャンプ, Chanpu)
    Haruka's small pet monkey, apparently a gift from her parents. Voiced by Kazue Ikura.
  • Yoshiko Kunieda (国枝美子, Kunieda Yoshiko)
    A beautiful and kind doctor who works at a local hospital. She doubts Katori's identity ever since he tried to donate his artificial blood and she noticed strange things in its sample, but couldn't fully analyze it due to Katori and Kenta taking it away. As time passes, she both learns about the Space Police's mission against Draias and develops romantic feelings for Katori. Unbeknownst to Yoshiko, her ambulance hosts the soul of a Guard team, more specifically Guard Rescue. She is voiced by Masako Katsuki.
  • Inspector Satsuda (佐津田 刑事, Satsuda Keiji)
    A detective of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, who uses tactics that have much to be desired (and often backfire on him), and firmly thinks Dr. Amano is linked to a huge robbery that took place three years ago. Nevertheless, he displays noticeable courage and will to help people when the situation calls for it. Satsuda is unaware that his own police car is also inhabited by the soul of a Space Police Force member, this time Guard Star; as such, he often can't find his car when he needs it. He was voiced by Shigezō Sasaoka.
  • Momoko Yamazaki (山崎 もも子, Yamazaki Momoko)
    A plucky and hotheaded TV reporter who constantly goes for the big scoop. She tries to get as close to Fighbird's battles as possible, only to often be put in danger as a result. Momoko develops a crush on Fighbird after he saves her for the first time, calling him "her prince", and will often hound Kenta for answers as to his identity. She cannot recognize him as Katori, however, despite thinking that she knows him from somewhere. She is voiced by Chie Kojiro.
  • Doctor Jango (Dr.ジャンゴ, Dokutaa Jango)
    A wicked mad scientist, Dr. Amano's biggest rival and Draias' ally. He built his base at the bottom of the sea and often finds himself in trouble since Zol and Shura, whose wicked spouls inhabit two androids that he built, refuse to follow his leads. He secretly plans to gather enough power to overthrow Draias. He was voiced by Junpei Takiguchi.
  • Zol and Shura (ゾル&シュラ, Zoru ando Shura)
    Draias' muscular and lanky, respectively, minions that carry out his orders directly and tend to ignore Jango's plans. They command Draias' machine gun-wielding henchmen known as the Teshita and his monsters, the Mecha Beasts. They're voiced by Kiyoyuki Yanada and Yu Shimaka, respectively.
  • Teshita (テシター, Teshitaa): Literally translated as "follower", the teshitas are human-sized robots created by Dr. Jango for basic labor and serve as infantry. The teshitas are armed with either a machine gun or flamethrower and can have a submachine gun replace either hand. They are also built to swim long distances and have Kevlar-like armor, although concentrated ultraviolet radiation such as sunlight can easily damage their circuitry.

Space Police[edit]


  • Great Fighbird (グレートファイバード, Gurēto Faibādo): (Voiced by Yasunori Matsumoto)
    The combination of Fighbird and Granbird.
    • Fighbird + Flame Breaster (武装合体ファイバード, Busou Gattai Faibādo): (Voiced by Yasunori Matsumoto)
      The combination of Fighbird and Flame Breaster.
      • Fighbird (ファイバード, Faibādo): (Voiced by Yasunori Matsumoto)
        The combination of Katori and Fire Jet.
        • Fire Jet (ファイアージェット, Faiā Jetto)
          A jet that can combine with Katori.
      • Flame Breaster (フレイムブレスター, Fureimu Buresutā)
        A jet that acts as a breast plate for Fighbird.
    • Granbird + Breaster Jet (ジェット合体グランバード, Jetto Gattai Guranbādo): (Voiced by Yasunori Matsumoto)
      The combination of Granbird and Breaster Jet.
      • Granbird (グランバード, Guranbādo): (Voiced by Yasunori Matsumoto)
        The combination of Katori and Fire Shuttle.
        • Fire Shuttle (ファイアーシャトル, Faiā Shatoru)
          A space shuttle that can combine with Katori.
      • Breaster Jet (ブレスタージェット, Buresutā Jetto)
        A jet that can combine with Granbird.

Guard Team (ガードチーム, Gaado Chiimu)[edit]

  • Super Guardion (スーパーガーディオン, Suupaa Gādion): (Voiced by Kōji Totani)
    The combination of Guardion and Guard Wing.
    • Guardion (ガーディオン, Gādion): (Voiced by Naoki Bandō)
      The combination of Guard Star, Fire, and Rescue.
      • Guard Star (ガードスター, Gādo Sutā): (Voiced by Naoki Bandō)
        Leader of the Guard Team. A robot in form of a police car, the one owned by Inspector Satsuda. Forms the head and chest of Guardion.
      • Guard Fire (ガードファイアー, Gādo Faiā): (Voiced by Naoki Makishima)
        A robot in form of a fire truck. Forms the torso and arms of Guardion.
      • Guard Rescue (ガードレスキュー, Gādo Resukyu): (Voiced by Kōji Tsujitani)
        A robot in form of an ambulance, actually the one belonging to Dr. Kunieda's workplace. Forms the legs of Guardion.
    • Guard Wing (ガードウィング, Gādo Wingu): (Voiced by Kōji Totani)
      A robot in form of a helicopter jet. Forms the foot additions, torso addition, wings and head of Super Guardion. He joins the cast halfway in the series and has a hot-headed, proud personality that causes him and his companions may problems.

Baron Team (バロンチーム, Baron Chiimu)[edit]

  • Thunder Baron/Thunder Jet (サンダーバロン / サンダージェット, Sandā Baron/Sandā Jetto): (Voiced by Kōzō Shioya)
    The combination of all five Barons.
    • Ace Baron (エースバロン, Eesu Baron): (Voiced by Kōzō Shioya)
      Leader of the Baron Team. A robot in form of a tank, where a Space Police member's soul properly resides; he directs the smaller robots as if they were drones. Forms the torso and head of Thunder Baron.
    • Road Baron (ロードバロン, Roodo Baron)
      A robot in form of a trailer. Forms the right arm of Thunder Baron.
    • Drill Baron (ドリルバロン, Doriru Baron)
      A robot in form of a drill tank. Forms the left arm of Thunder Baron.
    • Aqua Baron (アクアバロン, Akua Baron)
      A robot in form of a submarine. Forms the right leg of Thunder Baron.
    • Sky Baron (スカイバロン, Sukai Baron)
      A robot in form of a small jet. Forms the left leg of Thunder Baron.

Draias Forces[edit]

Death Team[edit]

  • Draias (ドライアス, Doraiasu) (Voiced by Daisuke Gōri)
    The main form of Draias and the main antagonist of the series.
    • Death Eagle (デスイーグル, Desu Iiguru)
      An eagle robot that forms the head, chest, back, wings, shin guards and feet.
    • Death Tiger (デスタイガー, Desu Taigaa)
      A tiger robot that forms the right half of the body.
    • Death Dragon (デスドラゴン, Desu Doragon)
      A dragon robot that forms the left half of the body.
    • Draias Jet (ドライアスジェット, Doraiasu Jetto)
      A super sonic jet Draias can transform into.
  • Organic Draias (オーガニックドライアス, Ooganikku Doraiasu) (Voiced by Daisuke Gori)
    Draias after being bathed in all of the negative energy from deep space using the Devil Tower. While in this form his powers include armored skin that can regenerate while in the dark field, four energy draining tentacles from each arm, flight, eye fire balls, morphing his right hand into a long spear, green winds from the left palm that can spawn fire, a red mouth spear that can be converted into a powerful fire ball, purple energy saw discs, and red explosive energy blasts from around his body.

Mecha Beasts[edit]

Mecha Beasts serve as the monsters of the week of the series. These mechanical entities are designed by Dr. Jango in his underwater base in the Pacific Ocean while being powered by Draias' minus energy. These giant monsters are often piloted by Zol, Shura, or both, although Jango has piloted a few himself. Mecha Beasts usually disguise themselves as objects to prevent them from being noticed right away.

  • Sand Tremor: Appears in episode 1. Powers include burrowing, launchable centipede legs on cables, and a mouth flamethrower. Reappears in the Famicom adaption game without its legs being launchable and under the name Sand Pedron.
  • Frabirah: Appears in episode 2. Powers include swimming, giant lobster claws armed with purple beams, separating the manta ray-like part of its body named Shigurabu armed with red beams from the wings, and abdomen missiles.
  • Benmabent: Appears in episode 3. Powers include emitting CFCs absorbed from its tentacles, treads, and purple mouth acid.
  • Mantisor: Appears in episode 4. Powers include flight and dual shoulder energy cannons.
  • Sukeagan: Appears in episode 4. Its only known power is a large extendable drill for the right arm.
  • Gurobil: Appears in episode 5. Powers include swimming, strong jaws, coiling, resisting underwater pressure as deep as 7300 meters, mouth torpedoes, and a pink energy cannon on each side of its head.
  • Go Top: Appears in episode 6.Powers include emitting strong winds and red lasers from its top-like body, levitation, and three wired grappling hooks.
  • Sutangia: Appears in episode 7: Powers include leg treads, a red laser from the head strong enough to obliterate mountains, and yellow lasers from the right hand pincer claw and torso.
  • Dabias: Appears in episode 8. Powers include a saucer mode armed with three purple lasers from the underside, flight, explosive yellow lasers from the head, bladed claw hands, and energy resistance.
  • Barbus: Appears in episode 9. Powers include flight, pink acid from the mouth called GP Liquid, an underside tractor beam, a tail laser, and a machine gun in each wing. Dr. Jango calls it the "Mechadragonfly" in the episode shortly after it is destroyed. Reappears in the Famicom adaption game with only its GP Liquid spewing ability and under the name Dragon.
  • Vice Kid: Appears in episode 10. Powers include burrowing, a red laser cannon from the head, three lesser red laser cannons on the underside, and high jumping.
  • Bekusa: Appears in episode 11. Powers include burrowing, toxic spores from the back, using the launchable spikes on its back for emitting electric bolts, giving it long range teleportation in a blinding light, and firing electric balls,a pair of green laser cannons on the back of the neck, and a flamethrower in the mouth.
  • Beinbul: Appears in episode 12. Powers include swimming, emitting red tide algae and white acid from the mouth, and pincer claw hands on its four arms. Reappears in the Famicom adaption game with different powers and under the name Shired-Tide
  • Parasite: Appears in episode 13. Powers include disguising itself as a Mayan temple, eighteen yellow energy cannons, and purple glue from the mouth.
  • Dorauta: Appears in episode 14. Powers include a turbine for spawning tornadoes and levitating, burrowing, retractable limbs, a green laser cannon on each shoulder, and a flamethrower in the head.
  • Destroid: Appears in episode 15. Powers include swimming, a global magnetic field, pincer claws tentacles armed with red lasers, six homing torpedo launchers, and a red energy beam from the underside.
  • Growler: Appears in episode 16. Powers include swimming and a jackhammer for each arm armed with a launchable spear.
  • Skull Bites: Appears in episode 17. Powers include four mouth guns and meat hook arms.
  • Mouru Toad: Appears in episode 18. Powers include burrowing, emitting structure acid from the holes on its body, energy cutters from the pupils, a long sticky tongue armed, yellow mouth lasers, high jumping, and finger spikes.
  • Diabolada: Appears in episode 19. Powers include flight and tooth missiles.
  • Insulabor: Appears in episode 21. Powers include flight, green lasers from the mouth, an energy cannon for the upper left arm, and a pair of extendable tentacles for the lower arms.
  • Flygan: Appears in episode 21. Powers include lasers beams from its gun-like mouth and capture rings.
  • Terra Grant: Appears in episode 22. Powers include disguising itself as a cargo plane, six grapple arms, a 36-tube bomb launcher on each side of its body, a 28-tube bomb launcher in the front center of its body, a 12-tube bomb launcher along the top of its front, a 7-tube bomb launcher on each upper corner, levitation, and a red large bladed claw.
  • Goljira: Appears in episode 23. Powers include flight, burrowing, and mouth suction.
  • Decashita: Appears in episode 23. Powers include dividing into construction robots with a pair of lanterns and flight.
  • Irushida: Appears in episode 24. Powers include the growth of devil flowers around it, flight, six extendable electric tentacles, an explosive pink laser from each of its six peddles, a saucer mode, and a fan in the center of its body.
  • Inamasu: Appears in episode 25. Powers include burrowing, blue energy balls from its elephant trunk, a pair of elephant tusks for goring and firing red energy balls, and flight.
  • Dazzler: Appears in episode 26. Powers include flight, pectoral tractor beams, red claw beams, and devil stone energy from the forehead.
  • Drotasu: Appears in episode 28. Powers include creating cold weather by redirecting snow, burrowing, reflective ice armor, green eye bolts, an ice cannon on the back, a circular saw in each shoulder, freezing breath, and flight by head and limb retraction to execute a spin attack. Dr. Jango refers to snow re-director as the Super Freezer.
  • Griper: Appears in episode 29. Powers include flight, launchable fists on cables that emit red electricity, and a railgun on each shoulder. It heavily resembles Zeong from the original Mobile Suit Gundam and Barzam from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.
  • Sabeja: Appears in episode 30. Powers include a rhino horn and a 7-tube missile pod on each front hip.
  • Giros: Appears in episode 31. Powers include flight, tank treads, a large drill, and a machine gun in each eye.
  • Mass Jiva: Appears in episode 32. Powers include flight, large claws, electric bolts from the bridge, a pair of 9-tube missile launchers in the bow, and three energy cannons on the bridge.
  • Hercas: Appears in episode 33. Powers include flight, a mouth tractor beam, and a club.
  • Fly Doll: Appears in episode 34. Powers include capture bubbles, a vacuum in the abdomen, a pair of machine guns on the rear end, mouth flames, a bow stored in the back armed with explosive cluster arrows, flight, and waist machine guns.
  • Pipokibu: Appears in episode 35. Powers include flight, four energy cannon legs, a pair of missile pods in the back, and a pink suction beam from the mouth.
  • Stain Bat: Appears in episode 36. Powers include flight, mouth sonic waves, fangs, and a machine gun on each wing.
  • Anomeras: Appears in episode 37. Powers include swimming, electric squid tentacles, and three machine guns on each side of its nautilus shell.
  • Minus Energized Gorilla: Appears in episode 38. Powers include swimming and strength. It is a regular gorilla mutated with Draias's minus energy.
  • Impairer: Appears in episode 39. Powers include an ultrasonic hypnosis eye that causes muscle stiffness, burrowing, treads, claw arms, four green laser guns in each side of the head, a high-strength coating gun on its top, and a pair of double barreled green laser turrets on each side of the coating gun.
  • Toransanto: Appears in episode 40. Powers include dividing into three robots, three pink energy cannons, and foot wheels.
  • Plainmanto: Appears in episode 41. Powers include flight, projectile resistant bladed mantis arms, mouth missiles, extendable knee blades, red eye beams, and a pair of blades from the back.
  • Jinmen: Appears in episode 42. Powers include burrowing, a pair of scythe-like claw arms, a pair of electric restraining tentacles in the face, and a pink laser cannon on each shoulder.
  • Garbaji: Appears in episode 43. Powers include green explosive lasers from the fingers, shoulder cannons that fire capsules of poisonous gas composed of chlorine and carbon monoxide, fan blades in the waist, and heat resistant hands.
  • Epidemia: Appears in episode 44. Powers include a blimp disguise, emitting a biological contagion that resembles black snow, flight, bladed boomerang antlers, a drill arm, a chainsaw arm, and an electric capture gun.
  • Medosoid: Appears in episode 45. Powers include swimming, eight extendable octopus tentacles, and purple energy beams from the underside.
  • Sodom: Appears in episodes 46, 47, and 48 and is the last mecha beast used by Shura. Powers include flight, strength, and yellow energy blasts from each side of its torso and knuckles.
  • Gomorrah: Appears in episodes 46, 47, and 48 and is the last mecha beast used by Zol. Powers include flight, strength, and yellow energy blasts from each side of its torso and knuckles.
  • Sodom and Gomorrah Fusion: Appears in episode 48. Powers include flight and strength.

Video games[edit]

A vertical rail shooter based on the series was released on the Famicom in 1991 with a Game Boy version of the game released the next year. The game featured primarily enemy tanks, VTOLs, submarines, and sea monsters with a few mecha monsters from the show serving as bosses under different names. The game was mistranslated in English as Fire Bird. Draias in his normal form appears as the final boss under the title Dark Fire Bird. In the Game Boy version, Draias can divide himself into the Death Team.

Fighbird later returns in the Brave Saga games with Sodom, Gomorrah, and Draias serving as the only villainous entities in the series to appear and are used in several levels instead of just the final battle; the Death Team, Draias Jet, and Organic Draias do not appear. It is also noted that Fighbird is the only series other than Brave Command Dagwon not to have any storyline or villains in Brave Saga 2. Fighbird also stars in the Harobots games alongside many other anime robots including the Brave series.

"Is this a pigeon?" Meme[edit]

In 2018, a scene from the third episode of the first season in which Yutaro sees a butterfly while speaking to Inspector Satsuda and asks "is this a pigeon?" became a popular internet meme, spawning many variations.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ Shamsian, Jacob (May 7, 2018). "The 'is this a pigeon?' meme is super relatable for people who have no idea what they're doing". Insider. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  2. ^ Gerken, Tom (May 15, 2018). "How a 2011 meme took over Twitter in 2018". BBC News. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Romano, Aja (May 15, 2018). ""Is this a meme?": the confused anime guy and his butterfly, explained". Vox. Retrieved May 18, 2018.

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Preceded by
Brave Exkaiser
Brave series
Succeeded by
The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn