Brave Command Dagwon

Last updated
Brave Command Dagwon
517IZk3yu5L. SL500 AA300 .jpg
Cover of the series' DVD Box I
勇者指令ダグオン
(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
Episodes48
Original video animation
Brave Command Dagwon: The Boy with Crystal Eyes
Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki
Written byHiroaki Kitajima
Music byTatsumi Yano
StudioSunrise
Released October 22, 1997 December 28, 1997
Episodes2
Wikipe-tan face.svg   Anime and mangaportal

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.

Contents

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).

Composition

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.

Team

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

Allies

Humans

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.

Aliens

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
Genocide
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
1996-1997
Succeeded by
The King of Braves GaoGaiGar

Related Research Articles

<i>Giant Robo</i> (TV series) Television series

Giant Robo, also known as Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot in the United States, is a manga and tokusatsu series created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama. It is similar to Yokoyama's Tetsujin 28-go, but Giant Robo has more elements of fantasy. The original 26-episode tokusatsu TV series, produced by Toei Company, aired on NET from October 11, 1967 to April 1, 1968.

<i>Gaiking</i>

Divine Demon-Dragon Gaiking is a Japanese Super Robot mecha anime series produced by Toei Animation. For distribution purposes, Toei refers to this television series as Dino Mech Gaiking or simply Gaiking.

<i>Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos</i>

Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos, known in France as La Revanche des GoBots, is a Japanese anime television series produced by Ashi Productions. It ran on TV Tokyo from July 3, 1986, through May 28, 1987.

<i>Brave Raideen</i> Japanese anime television series

Brave Raideen is a super robot anime series. Produced by Tohokushinsha, Asahi News Agency and Sunrise, it aired on NET from 4 April 1975 to 26 March 1976, with a total of 50 episodes. The official name being Raideen the Brave, it is mainly known as "Brave Raideen" or "Heroic Raydeen". A series called Raideen the Superior (超者ライディーン) was broadcast from 1996 to 1997 on TV Tokyo, and another series called Reideen was broadcast in 2007 on WOWOW.

<i>Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3</i>

The Unchallengeable Daitarn 3 is a Japanese anime television series created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yatate, and animated by Sunrise. It was first broadcast on Japanese TV in 1978. The series lasted for 40 episodes. The opening theme Come Here! Daitarn 3 is sung by Makoto Fujiwara. Despite being relatively unsuccessful in Japan, the series became very popular abroad, especially in Italy during the early 1980s.

Super Machine Zambot 3 is a Super Robot anime series created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Yoshitake Suzuki, featuring character design by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and produced by Sunrise. It was first broadcast on Japanese TV in 1977. The series lasted for 23 episodes.

The Brave series is a toy and anime franchise that began after toy company Takara had ended the animated "Generation One" storyline of Transformers in Japan. Following a decline in the series' popularity that led to the cancellation of the OVA series Transformers: Zone, Takara struck a cooperative deal with the animation studio Sunrise to develop a new franchise and set of toy lines. The franchise, in fact, would play a key role in the reintroduction of the Super Robot genre to the Japanese mainstream in the 1990s.

<i>Great Dangaioh</i>

Hyper Combat Giant Great Dangaioh is a 2001 Japanese mecha anime series produced by AIC as the sequel to the 1987 OVA Hyper Combat Unit Dangaioh. It is directed by Toshiki Hirano and written by Sumio Uetake, while Hirano's wife, Narumi Kakinouchi, was the animation director for episodes 1 and 3. It aired in TV Asahi in Japan from 5 April 2001 to 5 July 2001.

Gear Fighter Dendoh is an anime series that aired in Japan. It ran for 38 episodes, from October 4, 2000 to June 27, 2001, on the TV Tokyo network and its affiliates.

<i>Future Robot Daltanious</i>

Future Robot Daltanious is an anime television series which aired on Tokyo Channel 12 from March 21, 1979 to March 5, 1980. Produced by Toei Animation, with animation co-produced by Nippon Sunrise, consisting of 47 episodes.

VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fire is a Japanese manga, and anime television series, it is the sequel to NG Knight Lamune & 40. The character designer for the series was Tsukasa Kotobuki, noted for Saber Marionette. The show lasted for 26 episodes; the story of which follows the adventures of Baba Lamunade, the son of Baba Lamune. A sequel OVA was created and titled VS Knight Lamune & 40 FRESH and it follows the adventures of Cacao and Parfait, holy virgins, in their search and rescue mission of the 4th Warrior Ramunes, given to them by the apparent head of their religious order, Master Follower. The anime is licensed in North America by Discotek Media on December 2, 2019 and can be watched on Crunchyroll.

<i>The Brave Express Might Gaine</i>

The Brave Express Might Gaine is an anime television series begun in 1993, created by Takara and Sunrise under the direction of Shinji Takamatsu, and was the fourth in the Yūsha or Brave metaseries.

<i>Brave Police J-Decker</i>

Brave Police J-Decker is the fifth series of the anime television meta Brave series (Yūsha) created by Takara and Sunrise. It aired in Japan from February 5, 1994 to January 28, 1995. Brave Police J-Decker returns the series to a subtly lighter tone, focusing more on the concept of "robot as human-built AI construct" emphasized by the previous season's series, The Brave Express Might Gaine. The series takes place in the fictional city of Nanamagari City.

<i>Dancouga Nova – Super God Beast Armor</i>

Dancouga Nova – Super God Beast Armor is a Super Robot anime television series, produced by Ashi Productions and is directed by Masami Ōbari, who was also in charge of mechanical design. The series is supposedly a follow up of its predecessor, Dancouga – Super Beast Machine God. The series premiered across Japan on the Japanese CS television network Animax, and also TV Tokyo on 15 February 2007, spanning a total of 12 episodes.

<i>The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn</i> 1992 Japanese mecha anime television series

The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn, sometimes simply Da Garn, is a Japanese animated television series that aired in 1992, created by Takara and Sunrise under the direction of Shinji Takamatsu, and is the third of the long running Yuusha or "Brave" series. The official Japanese title does not include the word "Fighter" in the title, despite the fact it appears on the Japanese DVD box art.

<i>The Brave of Gold Goldran</i>

The Brave of Gold Goldran is a Japanese anime television series begun in 1995, created by Takara and Sunrise under the direction of Shinji Takamatsu, and was the sixth in the Yūsha/Brave metaseries. Goldran follows the adventures of three young boys who are tasked with finding alien robot fighters, or Braves, that are sleeping in the form of crystals. Their major antagonist is the flamboyant and thoroughly incompetent Walter, and the villains that follow him are often similarly humorous. The entire show is extremely focused on comedy and silliness almost to the exclusion of much in the way of storytelling, although the series does develop some running plot lines towards its end. In terms of television ratings, Goldran was the peak of the Brave series' popularity.

<i>The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird</i>

The Brave of Sun Fighbird is a 1991 anime television series, created by Takara and Sunrise under the direction of Katsuyoshi Yatabe. It is the second incarnation in the long-running "Brave", , franchise. This series's title's English translation bears "Fighter" after "Brave" on the Japanese DVD box art.

Ginguiser is a Japanese mecha anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and co-produced by Ashi Productions. It ran from April 9 to October 22, 1977.