Brave Command Dagwon

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Brave Command Dagwon
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Cover of the series' DVD Box I
(Yūsha Shirei Daguon)
Genre Mecha, Action
Anime television series
Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki
Written byKenichi Araki
Music byEdison
Studio Sunrise
Original network Nagoya TV
Original run February 3, 1996 January 25, 1997
Original video animation
Brave Command Dagwon: The Boy with Crystal Eyes
Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki
Written byHiroaki Kitajima
Music byTatsumi Yano
Released October 22, 1997 December 28, 1997
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Brave Command Dagwon is a Japanese anime series begun in 1996, created by Takara and Sunrise under the direction of Tomomi Mochizuki and was the seventh Yūsha or "Brave" metaseries.


Earth is the target of the former Sargasso prisoners who seize control Sargasso and attack our planet - to counter this, Brave Seijin selects five (and then later seven as the series progresses) teenage men from Earth to receive the wrist-worn DagCommanders that shall turn into the series' title superhero team, the alien equivalent to "brave".

Drawing inspiration from superhero-genre tokusatsu films and series, the selected teenage protagonists transform into special DagTector (ダグテクター, DaguTekutā) battle suits by activating their DagCommanders' transformation function with the transformation call "Try Dagwon", which grant them pseudo-elemental powers and attacks as well as protection, weapons, tools and amplified physical power. If that is not enough, they have personal basic mecha at their disposal which can turn into humanoid forms as a part of Fusion Combination (融合合体, Yūgō Gattai), a process that sees a character (hero, villain, or otherwise) merge with their mecha not in the sense of a physical merger but in a style where the character transforms their body into anti-matter, like they became an illusion or ghost, and becomes an embodiment for their mecha's humanoid transformation, the mecha serving also as a way of assuming a mecha form. If even greater power is needed, the heroes can merge with additional support units (or perhaps each other) to strengthen their Fusion Combination transformations by forming a physical mecha combination.

In addition to the heroes, other friendly beings soon make arrivals to aid their efforts. Gunkid, whose own transformations include a tank, jet or the hand-held Infinity Cannon (無限砲, Mugen Hō), was initially on Sargasso's side before he decides to support the Dagwon team - Lian, as such, proceeds to become Gunkid's teacher. The team also have DagBase (ダグベース, DaguBēsu), a base which En, one of the Dagwon team's members, uses one ability of: Super Fusion Combination (超融合合体, Chō Yūgō Gattai), a form of Fusion Combination which is slightly stronger than the basic kind as a user assimilates DagBase, transforming themselves and DagBase into DagBase Robo (ダグベースロボ, DaguBēsu Robo).


This series consists of 48 episodes, first aired on Nagoya TV from February 3, 1996 to January 25, 1997. Its success, despite children being put off by its male bishōnen superhero theme and instead finding an audience in women who are fond of male bishōnen main characters (especially male bishōnen protagonists and male bishōnen superheroes), warrants the two-episode OVA The Boy with Crystal Eyes (水晶の瞳の少年, Suishō no Hitomi no Shōnen), which came out in September 1997. The show currently is not licensed in the US as is the status with all the other Brave series, except GaoGaiGar.


En Daidouji (大堂寺 炎, Daidōji En)

Voiced by Kōichi Tōchika

The fire warrior. The stereotypical hot-headed, juvenile-delinquent-like and determined type. Reckless, short-tempered and stubborn to a fault, but also brave, fearless and a loyal friend. En often locks heads with Kai, who just so happens to be his superior in school. He develops a close friendship with Ryu in the beginning of the series. En's basic mecha is Fire Stratos (a police car). His first auxiliary mecha is Fire Jumbo, based on a Boeing 747 jumbo jet (Fire Jumbo is euipped with two sub-ordinates: Fire Ladder, based on a Japanese fire truck and Fire Rescue, based on a Japanese ambulance). His second auxiliary mecha is Fire Shovel, based on an excavator.

DagTectorFire En
Fusion CombinationFire En + Fire Stratos = DagFire
Blazing Combination (火炎合体, Kaen Gattai)DagFire + Fire Jumbo = Fire Dagwon
Herculean Strength Combination (剛力合体, Gōriki Gattai)DagFire + Fire Shovel = Power Dagwon
Super Blazing Combination (超火炎合体, Chō Kaen Gattai)DagFire + Fire Jumbo + Fire Shovel = Super Fire Dagwon (Note: Super Blazing Combination is executed only if DagBase's special Super Blazing Combination Light-Wave (超火炎合体光波, Chō Kaen Gattai Kō-Ha) is fired upon the components (specifically if DagFire has performed Hurculean Strength Combination prior) - the transformation begins instantly. (One fatal downside is that En, for a time, is rendered unconscious from this combination because the power is seriously strong))

Kai Hirose (広瀬 海, Hirose Kai)

Voiced by Takehito Koyasu

The speed warrior. Kai is head of the student council and practitioner of Kendo. He is almost always seen carrying a shinai, which he uses to enforce the rules at school. He also tries to remind the team of their job and that it's not only fun and games, but does not always succeed since his strict, no-nonsense personality tends to rub them the wrong way. Kai's mecha is Turbo Liner which is based on a 300 Series Shinkansen.

DagTectorTurbo Kai
Fusion CombinationTurbo Kai + Turbo Liner = DagTurbo
(Super) Coupling Combination ((超)重連合体, (Chō) Jūren Gattai)DagTurbo + DagArmor + DagWing (+ DagDrill) = (Super) Liner Dagwon

Shin Sawamura (沢邑 森, Sawamura Shin)

Voiced by Jin Yamanoi

The weapons warrior. Shin is a luckless flirt with girls and has an alarming tendency to get shot down whenever he talks to one. In spite of this, he is friendly and good-natured. He is also skilled at martial arts, as seen when he uses Judo to stop a purse-snatching in the first episode. Shin's vehicle is Armor Liner, based on an E1 Series Shinkansen.

DagTectorArmor Shin
Fusion CombinationArmor Shin + Armor Liner = DagArmor
(Super) Coupling Combination ((超)重連合体, (Chō) Jūren Gattai)DagTurbo + DagArmor + DagWing (+ DagDrill) = (Super) Liner Dagwon

Yoku Kazamatsuri (風祭 翼, Kazamatsuri Yoku)

Voiced by Hiro Yūki

The sky warrior. Shy and a bit geeky, Yoku is the brains of the team. He is very knowledgeable and computer savvy. He also likes to study strange and unusual things. Yoku's vehicle is Wing Liner, based on a 400 Series Shinkansen.

DagTectorWing Yoku
Fusion CombinationWing Yoku + Wing Liner = DagWing
(Super) Coupling Combination ((超)重連合体, (Chō) Jūren Gattai)DagTurbo + DagArmor + DagWing (+ DagDrill) = (Super) Liner Dagwon

Ryu Hashiba (刃柴 竜, Hashiba Ryū)

Voiced by Atsushi Kisaichi

The shadow warrior. Calm, mysterious and a puzzle even to his team members. He's the only one to have "subordinates": transforming beast mecha stored in the form of cards. He was the last of the team to achieve his mecha fusion. Ryu develops a close friendship with En in the beginning of the series. Ryu is one of two members of the team who doesn't get an upgrade combination. Ryu's vehicle is Shadow Jet, based on an F-15 Eagle.

DagTectorShadow Ryu
Fusion CombinationShadow Ryu + Shadow Jet = DagShadow (Note: Dragon Plasma Burn, one of DagShadow's attacks, requires DagShadow assuming a special Shadow Dragon (シャドードラゴン, Shadō Doragon) transformation)
Machine Beast Combination (機獣合体, Ki Jū Gattai)DagShadow + Guard Beasts, a team of three transforming beasts-to-humanoids (Guard Tiger, Guard Wolf, Guard Hawk) = Shadow Dagwon

Geki Kuroiwa (黒岩 激, Kuroiwa Geki)

Voiced by Hisao Egawa

The ground warrior. Geki has a rivalry with En, who injured his arm in a fight at Geki's old school. He is even more short tempered and impatient than En and has a serious crush on Maria. Geki had something of a misguided view on being a hero at first, but eventually became a valuable member. His Fusion Combination transformation combines with Kai's, Shin's and Yoku's own to assemble the super form of an already existing mecha combination. Geki's vehicle is Drill Liner, based on a JRN Class C62 steam engine.

DagTectorDrill Geki
Fusion CombinationDrill Liner = DagDrill
Super Coupling Combination (超重連合体, Chō Jūren Gattai)DagTurbo + DagArmor + DagWing (+ DagDrill) = Super Liner Dagwon

Rai Utsumi (宇津美 雷, Utsumi Rai)

Voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi

The thunder warrior. An alien officer who appears later in the series. He is very good looking, which earns him the unwanted advances of practically every female student at the boys' school. Rai hates the attention and it easily embarrasses and flusters him. Like En, his Fusion Combination transformation is a stand-alone mecha and does not combine with the others. his auxiliary mecha Thunder Shuttle's transformation into the body of Thunder Dagwon is based on Galaxy Shuttle from Transformers: Victory. Like Ryu, Rai doesn't combine with any other mechs to achieve an upgrade. Rai's basic vehicle is Thunder Bike, based on a sidecar motorcycle .

DagTectorThunder Rai
Fusion CombinationThunder Rai + Thunder Bike = DagThunder
Thunder Combination (雷鳴合体, Raimei Gattai)DagThunder + Thunder Shuttle = Thunder Dagwon



Maria Tobe (戸部 真理亜, Tobe Maria)
Voiced by Miki Nagasawa
En's classmate. Because she is very interested in occultism, she is often implicated into the commotion of aliens. She and En have been friends since they were 9 years old, they often quarreled with each other. But she gradually came to love him.
Manabu Tobe (戸部 学, Tobe Manabu)
Voiced by Naomi Nagasawa
Maria's younger brother. His nickname is "Gaku". Because he is very interested in Dagwons, he is often implicated into the commotion of aliens, too.
Erika Serizawa (芹沢英里加, Serizawa Erika)
Voiced by Yuko Mizutani
A high school reporter trying to find out the identity of Dagwon and later becomes Shin's love interest despite her not liking him and having affection for his alter ego DagArmor.
Yukari Fujii (藤井 ユカリ, Fujii Yukari)
Voiced by Kumiko Nishihara
A junior high student and a friend of Yoku.
Minako Hashiba (刃柴 美奈子, Hashiba Minako)
Voiced by Hiroko Konishi
Ryu's younger sister. She has the power to foresee the future by dream, and predicts the revival of Fire Jumbo.
Souichi Asahiyama (朝日山 壮一, Asahiyama Sōichi)
Voiced by Yū Shimaka
The principal of Sankai High School.
Haruka Ijuuin (伊集院 遥香, Ijūin Haruka)
Voiced by Ken Shiroyama
The vice-principal of Sankai High School.
Nagisa ()
Voiced by Mika Kanai
Kai's younger sister who is more lean-back than her brother. She only appears in the OVA.


Brave Alien (ブレイブ星人, Bureibu Seijin)
Voiced by Jōji Nakata
An alien police officer who chooses the team's members. He is killed by Mado and Gedo in retaliation for killing Hido.
Sword Alien Lian (剣星人ライアン, Ken Seijin Raian)
Voiced by Yutaka Hirose
A warrior whose people, the Sword Aliens, were exterminated by Arch Seijin a long time ago. His transformation from humanoid is a sword. He joins forces with the title protagonists after they prove themselves regarding their worth to him and he learns a lesson about personal revenge vendettas - common ground is established.
Gunkid (ガンキッド, Gankiddo)
Voiced by Miki Nagasawa
Formerly named Gundroid T96, a young artillery youth who used to be corrupted by Sargasso, but eventually turns to the side of good by joining Brave Command Dagwon - Lian, as such, proceeds to become Gunkid's teacher. His transformations from humanoid are a jet, a tank and the Infinity Cannon (無限砲, Mugen Hō) (which can be used by both Fire Dagwon (Gunkid sends out a waist-mounted connecter when Fire Dagwon is the user - Gunkid attaches his Ifinity Cannon transformation onto this connector. The power of the Cannon is so strong that when used by Fire Dagwon, a recoil forces the user back) and Power Dagwon (Power Dagwon's all-purpose Power Arm goes into the ground so that Power Dagwon, when the Infinity Cannon fires, is not forced back. Power Dagwon uses an in-built connector stored in the right shoulder).
Luna (ルナ, Runa)
Voiced by Yumi Fukamizu
An alien Dagwon officer and a galaxy-elemented warrior. Luna comes to Earth in the middle of the series and gives creates Fire Shovel after Fire Jumbo's temporary destruction. She is kidnapped afterward and brainwashed by Hido into his bidding. Kai is able to free her after trying to kill him. She is also shown to have feelings for him. She has no basic (and therefore Fusion Combination) and ehancement mecha (and therefore physical mecha combination) like the others, but flies a fighter ship instead. She wields a lipstick-beam rapier in her DagTector armor.
DagTectorGalaxy Luna
Kenta (ケンタ, Kenta)
Voiced by Tomoko Ishimura
The OVA's title character. Although shy-natured he is of a race of crystal-like aliens called the Deandozol that drain the energy of stars unless they are killed in juvenile form. In order to stop him, Kenta himself uses and merges the Dagwon team's powers into a new humanoid mecha which is used for his own destruction.

Major antagonists

Arch Alien
The first major villain in the series. He is responsible for exterminating the Sword Aliens a long time ago. He wears black knight-like armour and is revealed to look human underneath his armour when he is defeated by Lian
Warugaia Seijin Brothers
* Hido
Voiced by Masahito Yabe

First appearing in his human disguise, crashing into Luna's ship as she is leaving earth, kidnapping and then brainwashing her into doing his bidding. He tries to have her kill Kai who is able to break the brainwashing. He is killed by Brave Seijin.

* Gedo
Voiced by Takashi Nagasako
The muscle of the brothers. Killed by Power Dagwon & Lian
* Mado
Voiced by Koji Ishii
The leader of the three. Killed by Super Fire Dagwon with Lian and Gunkid
Voiced by Ryuzaburo Otomo

He is responsible for the Sargasso prison break. His power is machine and organism possession. He manipulates the prisoners throughout the entire series when his asteroid-like body crashes into Sargosso and takes over the prison's computer system. He was thought to be killed when Sargasso was split in half by Dag Base. He survives and possesses Fire Dagwon, creating a barrier of hatred that consumes the Earth. Finally killed when En forces a combination into Super Fire Dagwon and self-destructs in space.

Minor antagonists

Preceded by
The Brave of Gold Goldran
Brave series
Succeeded by
The King of Braves GaoGaiGar

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