|Hyper Combat Unit Dangaioh|
Cover for the Blu-ray remaster release in Japan
(Haja Taisei Dangaiō)
|Genre||Adventure, Mecha, Science fiction|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Toshiki Hirano|
|Studio||AIC & Artmic|
|Released||September 28, 1987 – July 25, 1989|
43 minutes (ep. 1)|
27 minutes (ep. 2)
38 minutes (ep. 3)
|Muteki Shōjo Ramii|
|Written by||Ken Ishikawa|
|Illustrated by||Toshihiro Hirano|
|Published by||Tokuma Shoten|
Hyper Combat Unit Dangaioh (破邪大星ダンガイオー Haja Taisei Dangaiō) is an anime OVA series produced and animated by AIC and Artmic and released in Japan in 1987. Dangaioh featured character designs by creator Toshiki Hirano, mechanical designs by Shoji Kawamori, and animation direction by Masami Ōbari.
Brought together by the mysterious Dr. Tarsan, four powerful psychic warriors Mia Alice, Lamba Nom, Pai Thunder, and Rol Kran 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.
- Voiced by: Takeshi Aono (Japanese) David Collins (English)
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 Closing theme: Kokoro no Honesty (Honesty of the Heart) by Mitsuko Horie | 2nd Closing theme: Who's Gonna Win by Hidemi Nakai
Episode 1 of Dangaioh was first released in North America on subtitled VHS format by U.S. Renditions in 1990 as Dangaio. It was infamously known for a subtitling error towards the end of the episode. Dangaioh's final attacks "Psychic Wave" and "Psychic Sword" were misspelled as "Side-kick Wave" and "Side-kick Sword." Episodes 2 and 3 were released in 1992 with a different translation staff behind the subtitling production.
Following the demise of U.S. Renditions in the mid-1990s, Manga Entertainment re-released Dangaioh in 1996 as Dangaioh: Hyper Combat Unit, which was an English-dubbed compilation of episodes 2-3. For reasons unknown, episode 1 was omitted from this release. This version was released on DVD in 2003.
A new 13-episode series named Great Dangaioh ran from April 5, 2001 through July 5, 2001 on TV Asahi in Japan. The series was created and directed by Hirano, and produced by AIC. Hirano's wife, Narumi Kakinouchi, was the animation director. Originally perceived as a completely different story, the series was revealed halfway as the sequel to the OVA series.
An Dangaioh adventure game was released for the PC-8801 in Japan in April 1990. Dangaioh's characters, mecha, and storyline elements appeared in Banpresto's Super Robot Wars games. They initially appeared in Super Robot Wars Compact 2 (Parts 1, 2, and 3) for the WonderSwan game system, and later in its PlayStation 2 remake, Super Robot Wars Impact, as well as the Nintendo DS game, Super Robot Wars K. Impact notably features voice acting from the original Japanese voice actors.