The King of Braves GaoGaiGar Final

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The King of Braves GaoGaiGar Final
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Cover art from the DVD release
勇者王ガオガイガー FINAL
(Yūshaō Gaogaigā Fainaru)
GenreMecha, Action, Drama
Original video animation
Directed byYoshitomo Yonetani
Produced byHiroyuki Orukawa
Shinichiro Kobayashi
Written byFuyunori Gobu
Yuichiro Takeda
Music byKohei Tanaka
StudioSunrise (Studio 7)
Released January 21, 2000 March 21, 2003
Runtime30 minutes (ep. 1-7)
50 minutes (ep. 8)
Episodes8
Anime television series
Grand Glorious Gathering
Directed byYoshitomo Yonetani
Produced byHiroyuki Orukawa
Shinichiro Kobayashi
Written byFuyunori Gobu
Yuichiro Takeda
Music byKohei Tanaka
StudioSunrise
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run April 11, 2005 June 27, 2005
Episodes12
Light novel
King of Destruction: GaoGaiGar VS Betterman
Written byYuichiro Takeda
Published bySunrise (Online)
Shinkigensha (Print)
DemographicSeinen
ImprintYatate Bunko[1]
PublishedSeptember 30, 2016
Manga
King of Destruction: GaoGaiGar VS Betterman
Written byYuichiro Takeda
Illustrated byNaoyuki Fujisawa
Published byHobby Japan
DemographicSeinen
ImprintHobby Japan
PublishedSeptember 25, 2018
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The King of Braves GaoGaiGar Final (勇者王ガオガイガー FINAL, Yūshaō Gaogaigā Fainaru) is a Japanese OVA anime series produced by Sunrise and Victor Entertainment. It is the direct sequel to the 1997 anime television series The King of Braves GaoGaiGar and the first Brave metaseries officially funded by Bandai, following the acquisition of Sunrise. The series is directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani and written by both Fuyunori Gobu and Yuichiro Takeda. It was released in Japan from January 21, 2000 to March 21, 2003 with a total of 8 episodes. A 12-episode TV re-imagining, with the subtitle Grand Glorious Gathering was broadcast on TV Tokyo from April 11, 2005 to June 27, 2005. A crossover sequel light novel, which focuses on the unused concept of the series, was released on Sunrise's Yatate Bunko imprint on September 30, 2016.

Plot[edit]

The year is 1999, a year after the invasion of the Zonders and Mamoru's departure to the Tri-Solar System with Galeon, the Gusty Galaxy Guard is tracking down mysterious black machines called Q-Parts which possesses high regenerative properties. The criminal group known as BioNet stole one of the machines that were being researched at CERN. Guy, who is now working with Renais-Kardif Shishioh and the biologist Papillon Noir to take back one of the Q-Parts from BioNet using GGG's newest trump card: the GaoFighGar. However, beyond the GGG's concern over the Q-Parts, a familiar figure reappears and along with it, an upcoming calamity that would destroy the universe. Thus, the King of Braves is again dragged into a new conflict...

Production[edit]

Premise[edit]

The series is comprised eight episodes and is chronologically set after the events at the end of the original television series, featuring new and returning characters from the television series and other GaoGaiGar media. Notable inclusions are the return of Mamoru and Galeon; the first anime appearance of Renais Kerdif-Shishioh, Guy's cousin from GGG's sister organization Chasseur (as first seen in the novel "The King of Braves GaoGaiGar: Queen of Leo <Leon Reine>". as well as GaoGaiGar's successor mechanoids GaoFighGar and Genesic GaoGaiGar.

Themes[edit]

Final has a very different set of themes from the original series, focusing primarily on two central themes. The first is "together with the oath sworn through courage", a phrase which Guy and many of the other heroes reference many times throughout Final. The oath is not an actual oath per se, but rather an embodiment of the will of the heroes to fight to their last breath. It is the concept that, as Papillon Noir says in the finale, they will always overcome the difficulties ahead of us as long as they have courage.

The second primary theme is Christian Mythology and the recurring imagery of God versus the Devil, a concept briefly touched on during the last fight of the original series. It forms the core philosophy of the Planetary Master Palparepa, who believes that when two great powers clash, the victor becomes God and the vanquished becomes the Devil. He quite clearly sees himself as God, and at two points he mentally sees Guy as the Devil, the demon who brings ruin. The theme is also evident in Palparepa's ultimate attack, "God and Devil"; a powerful technique that mirrors Guy's "Hell and Heaven" attack. Later in Final, Guy (or rather, Genesic GaoGaiGar) is revealed to be the God of Destruction, the one who brings the hope of a fresh start from zero, the challenge of infinite possibility. The dualist nature of GaoGaiGar suggests that there must then be a God (or Goddess) of Protection - all factors indicate that this would be Mikoto Utsugi, herself an invincible life-form formed from the remains of the power of Zonder Metal.

Grand Glorious Gathering[edit]

Starting in April 2005, a twelve episode "re-imagining" of the series, GaoGaiGar Final: Grand Glorious Gathering, aired on TV Tokyo. Due to the different running lengths of the OVA versus the space allowed on TV, the episodes were re-edited and spread across those twelve episodes. Footage from the original TV series and new voice recordings were used to fill in the allotted time, as well as new footage which almost exclusively serves to further establish a connection between GaoGaiGar and the anime series "Betterman", which takes place in the same world and setting. Several incidences of nudity found in the OVA were also censored or omitted.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

The original OVA series ran from January 21, 2000 to March 21, 2003. The opening song from Episodes 1-6 is titled "Yuusha Oh Tanjou -Mythology Version-" (勇者王誕生!-神話(マイソロジー)バージョン-, Yūshaō Tanjō! Maisorojī Vājon-) by Masaaki Endoh while Episode 7 is titled "Yuusha Oh Tanjou -Ultimate Mythology Version-" (勇者王誕生!-究極神話(マイソロジー)バージョン-, Yūshaō Tanjō! Kyūkyoku Maisorojī Vājon-) by Masaaki Endoh with the GGG Sound Choir. The first ending song is titled "Leon Reine" (獅子の女王(リオン・レーヌ), Rion rēnu), performed by Saeko Suzuki for Episodes 1-6 and by MIQ in episode 7 while the second ending song is titled "Itsuka Hoshi no Umi De -Character Version-" (いつか星の海で -Character Version-, "Someday, in the Sea of Stars -Character Version-") by the anime's official cast.

The anime remaster was then broadcast in TV Tokyo from April 11, 2005 to June 27, 2005 before being replaced by Gun Sword on its timeslot. The opening theme is titled "Yuusha Oh Tanjou -Gathering Mythology Version-" (勇者王誕生!-集大成神話(ギャザリング・マイソロジー)バージョン-, Yūshaō Tanjō! Gyazaringu Maisorojī Vājon-) by Masaaki Endoh while the ending songs reuse the songs from the OVA except for certain episodes.

No. Title Original air date
1"The King of Braves is Reborn!"
"Yūsha-ō Shinsei!" (勇者王新生!)
January 21, 2000 (2000-01-21)
The criminal organization BioNet stole one of the Q-Parts being researched at CERN, which has high regenerative properties. The Gusty Galaxy Guard appointed Guy Shishioh to work with his half cousin Renais-Kardif Shishioh and biologist Papillon Noir in Paris, France. Debuting with the new Super Mechanoid, GaoFighGar, Guy alongside GGG managed to defeat one of BioNet's agents and retrieve the Q-Parts. However amidst of their victory, a pale colored Mamoru Amami appeared after a year of his departure...
2"Gods of Destruction! Decisive Battle in the Storm!"
"Hakai-shin! Arashi no kessen!" (破壊神!嵐の決戦!)
March 23, 2000 (2000-03-23)
Upon the appearance of Mamoru, he then stole one of the Q-Parts as he collects the rest of them, either by guile or by force, and assembles them into their full form, a matter replication device known as the Pas-Q Machine. In the process, Papillon is killed, and Guy takes off after Mamoru. The encounter ends in a battle between GaoFighGar and a copy of GaoGaiGar using Mamoru and a copy of Galeon as the core component. The battle ends in Guy's victory, and both Mamoru and Galeon are revealed to be replicants that dissolve into sand. The machine is promptly taken by a mysterious man with butterfly wings, and GGG prepares to take after him into space
3"GGG Exile Order"
"GGG tsuiki meirei" (GGG追放命令)
July 26, 2000 (2000-07-26)
Due to the unfortunate events regarding the Q-Parts, GGG attempts to get around the UN's refusal to allow them to leave Earth. The group staged an elaborate ploy together with their related organizations and the Secretary General of the UN, Rose Approval. The result is that three of GGG's Division ships and their crew (that is, the entirety of the main cast) are exiled from Earth, and are free to follow Ikumi Kaidou's directions to the Tri-Solar System. Their enemy is revealed to be the 11 Sol Masters, sentient programs designed to regenerate the Tri-Solar System after the Z-Master was eradicated.
4"The King of Braves' Last Stand"
"Yūsha-ō! Saigo no koku (hi)" (勇者王!最期の刻(ひ))
December 16, 2000 (2000-12-16)
GGG finally crossed the Galeoria comet and arrived in an alternate universe controlled by 11 Sol Masters. GGG arrive to find a replica of Earth - like all the previous replicants, this is an off-color version. Its only inhabitant is a replica of Papillon, who reveals that this replica of Earth was created moments prior to her original's death by a misfire of the Pas-Q Machine, which produces imperfect duplicates. Papillon was the only human duplicate that was stable enough to survive for more than a few seconds. The Galeon and Mamoru previously met were also Pas-Q Machine duplicates. GGG scours the Earth for Mamoru and the Sol Masters, but fails to find so much as a hint of them. Over time, the majority of GGG becomes lethargic, and most eventually slip into sleep. The Mobile Unit is shut down by them prior to this, leaving only Guy, Papillon and Renais active. Guy hunts for the source of all this, and is accosted by the Sol Masters. He faces off against Palparepa, the man who stole the Pas-Q Machine, but falls against Palparepa's God and Devil attack when he sees that one of the Sol Masters is Cain, leader of the Green Planet.
5"The White Ark Restored"
"Fukkatsu no shiroki hakobune" (復活の白き方舟)
October 24, 2001 (2001-10-24)
GaoFighGar is destroyed by Palparepa, and Mikoto awakens from her slumber. Papillon reveals that Mikoto is an invincible life-form like the new machine species Zonder, and thus was able to recover from the nerve-relaxing Paras Particles Palparepa had spread across the replicant Earth. Papillon begins work on an antidote, while Mikoto goes to find the imprisoned Soldato J, now mankind's last hope. In the process, she meets the real Mamoru, who had been in the Tri-Solar System for a year and a half. Upon meeting and freeing J (with the help of Renais), Mikoto is attacked by two more Sol Masters - the bee-like Pillnus and the reaper-like Pia Decem, respectively Renais and J's counterparts. The heroes escape on the reborn J-Ark, which is dragged up into the upper atmosphere and forced to do battle with replicants of the entire Mobile Unit and a replica of GaoFighGar piloted by none other than Guy, now under Palparepa's control.
6"Its name is Genesic"
"Waganaha G (jeneshisu)" (我が名はG(ジェネシック))
April 3, 2002 (2002-04-03)
The fight between King J-Der and GaoFighGar concludes and results in Guy's purification. J's J-Quath is shattered in the fight after the Repli-Mobile Unit rebel and sacrifice themselves to take some of the blow from the Repli-Goldion Hammer, destroying the Repli-Goldymarg soon afterwards. The Soul Masters attack J-Ark directly, and in the process Guy, Mamoru and Mikoto escape to the G-Crystal located on the replica of the moon, while J finds his J-Jewel shut down. The G-Crystal is the only thing left from the original Tri-Solar System, and it is here that Mamoru has been hiding out all this time, working to restore Galeon to its original form and programming. The Sol Masters attempt to destroy the Crystal, and their duplicate of Cain attempts to conduct Fusion with the new Genesic Galeon. It refuses, and instead reveals that Guy is within, alive and well. Guy conducts Fusion with Galeon, and Mikoto breaks a crystal plate to release the Genesic Machines, the original GaoMachines. Guy performs Final Fusion for the last time to form the God of Destruction, Genesic GaoGaiGar. Mikoto, however, is critically wounded in the aftermath. She is left nearly dead - however, if what Papillon said is true, Mikoto cannot die.
7"The Superhero Apocalypse"
"Chō yūsha mokushiroku" (超勇者黙示録)
September 21, 2002 (2002-09-21)
Genesic GaoGaiGar demonstrates its sheer destructive power against the Sol Masters until Palus Abel decided to unveil her trump card: fusing Pisa Sol with the Replica Sun and increasing the PasQ Machine's regenerative powers. GGG arrives partway into the battle, now awakened by Papillon's antidote. The members of the Mobile Unit (as well as J-Ark) end up faced off against their counterparts, with J's power being restored and enhanced by proximity to Renais's G-Stone. The battles end up spread across the entire Earth, and Genesic GaoGaiGar's fight with Palparepa is shown to be very one-sided until Palparepa powers up by injecting himself with his own Doping Cylinders. Palparepa uses his improved God and Devil as Guy unveils the true form of Hell and Heaven.
8"Mythology"
"Shinwa (maisorojī)" (神話(マイソロジー))
March 21, 2003 (2003-03-21)
In the final battle against the 11 Sol Masters, GGG fares well initially against each of them. However, the Soul Masters are capable of regenerating infinitely, and ultimately manage to overpower the heroes. Each member of the Mobile Unit uses their desperation attack, most of which were formerly only listed in tech specs, and emerges victorious. Guy manages to defeat the powered-up Palparepa even after he undergoes yet another transformation, and reveals that the G-Stones convert courage into life force. Against this power, the Loud G-Stones that power the Sol Masters lose their strength; furthermore, the G-Stone's power can grow indefinitely, exceeding the Loud G-Stone's limit. As the Sol Masters fall, their Regeneration Machine - Pisa Sol - proceeds to revive and duplicate them a hundred times over. This drains its power, giving GGG the opportunity they need to use their ultimate weapon, the Goldion Crusher, to destroy it and thus end the menace of the Sol Masters. Unfortunately, GGG is faced with the discovery that this Repli-jin universe is collapsing, and there is only a 1-meter gateway that will be open for 2 seconds for anyone to escape. In the end, Mamoru and Kaidou are sent in torpedoes out of the universe, bidding tearful farewells to their comrades. Upon their return to earth, Mamoru, Kaidou and Hana create a memorial to honor GGG's sacrifice.

Light novel[edit]

A sequel web light novel, titled King of Destruction: GaoGaiGar VS Betterman (覇界王~ガオガイガー対ベターマン~, Hakaiō ~Gaogaigā tai Betāman ~) was written by Yuichiro Takeda and released by Sunrise under the Yatate Bunko imprint on September 30, 2016. It serves as a crossover to Betterman, following after the events of the OVA, and uses unused concepts from GaoGaiGar Final Project Z.[2] The first novel volume is released by Shinkigensha on June 22, 2017.[3] A web manga adaption was released in September 2018. The manga is written by Yuichiro Takeda and illustrated by Naoyuki Fujisawa.

Video games[edit]

The series has been included in various video games, starting with Bandai Namco Entertainment's long running Super Robot Wars franchise, starting from 3rd Super Robot Wars Alpha: To the End of the Galaxy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sunrise Launches "Yatate Bunko" Light Novel Imprint". crunchyroll.com.
  2. ^ "サンライズ蔵出し企画を読み物にして連載する「矢立文庫」開設! : 映画ニュース - 映画.com". eiga.com.
  3. ^ "構想約20年!?獅子王凱と天海護の再会は叶うのか!?『覇界王~ガオガイガー対ベターマン~』本日発売!!". 電撃ホビーウェブ.

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