|Gear Fighter Dendoh|
(Gear Faitā Dendoh)
|Genre||Mecha, Action, Drama|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Mitsuo Fukuda|
|Produced by|| Kazunori Takagi (Yomiko Advertising)|
Naotake Furusato (Sunrise)
Naotake Goshima (TV Tokyo)
|Written by||Chiaki Morosawa|
|Music by||Toshihiko Sahashi|
|Original network||TV Tokyo|
|Original run||October 4, 2000 – June 27, 2001|
Gear Fighter Dendoh (Gear 戦士電童, Gia Faitā Dendō) 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.
Gear Fighter Dendoh tells the story of two Japanese schoolboys—short-tempered Ginga Izumo and level-headed Hokuto Kusanagi—who meet each other one day, only a few minutes before the Earth is attacked by Galfa (sometimes translated as Gulfer or Garufa), a race of sentient machines determined to wipe out all life in the universe. In the midst of this chaos, the two are chosen by Dendoh, a giant robot built to battle Galfa, to be its pilots, causing them to become members of the Guard Earth and Advanced Reconnaissance organization designated with the protection of Earth from the Galfa advance. The two young pilots find themselves in a race to obtain the powerful and animal-like Data Weapons before Galfa can get their hands on them.
The show is directed and plotted by Mitsuo Fukuda and his wife, Chiaki Morosawa, the duo who went on to create Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and its sequel Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny . Notably, Morosawa was not sole head scriptwriter for Dendoh, instead sharing duties with Yasuko Kobayashi, who went on to be the head writer for Toei's Kamen Rider Ryuki , Kamen Rider Den-O , and Samurai Sentai Shinkenger .
Seventeen years before the events of the series, Emperor Galfa was a biological manager program from planet Alktos that sought to destroy human life due to how they can and have easily destroyed nature. In an effort to save the environment from human intervention, he created a vast empire of machines to exterminate human life and named the empire after himself. In the final episode Galfa reveals his true form as a six headed mechanical dragon, possibly a reference to The Beast From The Sea or Orochi. After conquering the planet he created a large moon-sized satellite resembling the Death Star that emits an energy barrier that shields the entire planet and not only houses all of his forces, but also is armed with a gravitational cannon that can destroy planets.
Gear Fighter Dendoh has spawned one platform title for the PlayStation. It was released in 2001.
Dendoh was also featured in the Super Robot Wars series of Japanese simulation games. It first appeared in 2002's Super Robot Wars R for the Game Boy Advance and Super Robot Wars MX for the PlayStation 2 and its PSP version.
In episode 24 of the series Dendoh is forced to fight without the aid of data weapons, forcing it to use an arsenal of weapons that are homages to various early mecha anime. This incarnation has been dubbed as Full Armor Dendoh.
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