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|Panzer World Galient|
Cover of the Premium Blu-ray Box release, depicting the two titular mecha of the series. Top: Assault Galient. Bottom: Tetsukyojin.
|Genre||High fantasy, Mecha, Military sci-fi|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Ryōsuke Takahashi|
|Written by||Sōji Yoshikawa|
|Music by||Tooru Fuyuki|
|Original network||Nippon Television|
|Original run||October 5, 1984 – March 29, 1985|
|Anime film series|
|Chapter of the Land and the Sky|
|Directed by||Ryōsuke Takahashi|
|Written by||Sōji Yoshikawa|
|Music by||Tooru Fuyuki|
|Released||January 21, 1986 – March 25, 1986|
|Runtime||57 minutes (each)|
|Original video animation|
|Crest of Iron|
|Directed by||Masashi Ikeda|
|Written by||Jinzo Toriumi|
|Music by||Seiji Yokoyama|
|Released||August 5, 1986|
Panzer World Galient (機甲界ガリアン, Kikōkai Garian) is a 1984 Japanese fantasy and science fiction anime television series produced by Sunrise. It was broadcast on Nippon Television from October 5, 1984 to March 29, 1985.
The series premiered on TV in October 1984 and lasted 25 episodes. It was directed by Ryōsuke Takahashi, with mechanical design by Kunio Okawara and Yutaka Izubuchi.
Set in a far flung medieval-looking world of Arst, Prince Jordy Volder takes up the fight against the ambitions of the conqueror Marder. Jordy uses the legendary giant robot "panzer" Galient, which is one of many panzers that have been preserved underground for thousands of years. Using an army of advanced robot panzers, Marder is conquering all of Arst in preparation of his plan for dominance of the Crescent Galaxy.
The show's opening and ending musical themes were composed and performed by EUROX, a Japanese progressive rock band formed in 1984 in Tokyo, Japan. They also did English versions of both songs which have quite different lyrics from the Japanese ones. They also did a 2009 remake of both songs in both languages.
The ending theme of the show was normally accompanied by nighttime shots of a sword stuck in the sand and images of the characters reflected on its blade as the credits flash on screen with the ending showing the same sword now being showered with rain (as reference to a line in the song about crying).
The final episode was different, with a tighter daylight shot on the sword that pans up to the handle. Prince Jordy's hand then pulls the sword from the sand and lifts it up in the air and we see him embracing Chururu. The credits flash onscreen as the Prince and Chururu look at each other as the images of the prince's mother and friends appear onscreen with rose petals blowing in the wind completing the ending.
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