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Dallos poster
Genre Science fiction
Original video animation
Directed by Mamoru Oshii, Hisayuki Toriumi (uncredited)
Produced by Yūji Nunokawa
Written by Hisayuki Toriumi, Mamoru Oshii
Music by Ichirō Nitta, Hiroyuki Namba
Studio Pierrot
Licensed by
Released 21 December 19834 July 1984
Episodes 4 + 1 special
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Dallos (ダロス Darosu?) is a science fiction Original video animation (OVA) released in 1983. It was created by Hisayuki Toriumi, as well as co-written and co-directed with Mamoru Oshii, although Toriumi’s involvement with direction is uncredited.[1] It is widely considered the first OVA ever released.[2]

The storyline focuses on a rebellion on a Moon colony by settlers and a mysterious artifact called Dallos. The story and setting take influence by past works such as the 1966 feature film The Battle of Algiers and the 1966 novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.


In the near future, humanity has drained the earth of its resources. To sustain Earth's populace, mining colonies are created on the moon to provide vital natural resources.

Rebel acts of terrorism lead to conflicts with the Earth Federal Government. A mysterious structure on the moon called Dallos, is worshipped by the colonists and gives them hope.

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# Title
1 "Remember Bartholomew"  
2 "The Order to Destroy Dallos!"  
3 "Raising in the Sea of Nostalgia, Act I"  
4 "Raising in the Sea of Nostalgia, Act II"  

The four episodes were edited together to create the 85 minute-long film Dallos Special in 1985.


In 1991, Celebrity Home Entertainment released an American dub of Dallos Special on VHS under the title Battle for Moon Station Dallos. This feature version was later reissued by Best Film and Video Corp simply titled Dallos. Discotek Media released the OVA series in uncut form on DVD in 2014.[3] The streaming platform Crunchyroll added the OVA series to its catalog in May 2015.[4]


  1. ^ "アニメ様365日 [小黒祐一郎] 第157回 『DALLOS』". WEBアニメスタイル (in Japanese). June 30, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ Poitras, Gilles (2001). Anime Essentials: Every Thing a Fan Needs to Know. United States: Stone Bridge Press. p. 54. ISBN 9781880656532. ... the OVA (Original Video Animation) format ... that came into existence with the 1983 release of Dallos OVA ... 
  3. ^ "Discotek Adds Devilman TV, Cardcaptor Sakura Film, Jin-Roh, Dallos". Anime News Network. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds DNA2 Anime to Catalog". Anime News Network. May 30, 2015. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 

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