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Hyper Combat Unit Dangaioh
Cover for the Blu-ray remaster release in Japan
(Haja Taisei Dangaiō)
GenreAdventure, Mecha, Science fiction
Original video animation
Directed byToshiki Hirano
Written byKoichi Ohata
Shō Aikawa
Toshiki Hirano
Music byKaoru Mizutani
Michiaki Watanabe
StudioAIC & Artmic
Licensed by
Released September 28, 1987 July 25, 1989
Runtime43 minutes (ep. 1)
27 minutes (ep. 2)
38 minutes (ep. 3)
Muteki Shōjo Ramii
Written byKen Ishikawa
Illustrated byToshihiro Hirano
Published byTokuma Shoten
PublishedJuly 1989
DeveloperTechnopolis Software
PublisherTechnopolis Software
ReleasedApril 1990
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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.

Voice actors[edit]

Mia Alice

Roll Kran

Pai Thunder

Lamba Nom

Dr. Tarsan

Gil Berg




Production notes[edit]

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

Episode titles:

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 Mitsuko Horie and Ichiro Mizuki | 2nd Opening theme: Cheap Thrills by Hidemi Nakai

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.

The series was licensed in North America by Viz Media, featuring an English dub produced in the Philippines by Telesuccess Productions.

Video games[edit]

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.

The Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast video game Bangai-O contains various references to the series.

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