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For the robot itself, please see Daimos (mecha) 

Tōshō Daimos (闘将ダイモス Tōshō Daimosu?, Brave Leader (or Fighting King or Battle Commander) Daimos) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Sunrise. Daimos is the third installment of the "Romantic Trilogy", following Chōdenji Robo Combattler V and Chōdenji Machine Voltes V. It ran from 1 April 1978 to 27 January 1979 and consisted of 44 episodes. A movie with the pivotal episodes strung together titled Starbirds was released in the US by the same company that released Tranzor Z. The name Daimos is derived from Deimos, one of the two moons of Mars. Outside of Japan, the show also aired in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Italy. In the early 1980s there was a VHS release in France, but only the first seven episodes were available. In the 1990s, the entire series was shown in Poland (although with Polish voiceover, the Italian dubbing could be heard in background).

Tadao Nagahama, who directed the series, is often miscredited as the "creator" of the trilogy. It was actually created by "Saburo Yatsude," best known to American fans as the creator of Voltron (Golion in its original Japanese).

"Saburo Yatsude" is not a real person. Similar to "Hajime Yatate", the name is a pseudonym which refers to the collective staff of Toei Co. Ltd (specifically, the main Toei division, as opposed to the animation division). The series was animated by Sunrise on Toei's behalf.

The first appearance of Daimos in the United States was in the late 1970s as a part of Mattel's Shogun Warriors line of imported Super Robot toys.

StoryEdit

After the destruction of their home world, the survivors of the planet Baam ("Brahmin" in the Philippine dub, and "Valerians" in the US dub Starbirds) head towards Earth with the goal of negotiating the purchase of land for emigration. Unfortunately, during the negotiations, the Baam-seijin (literally, 'Baam Star People') leader, Leon, is assassinated by his second in command, Georiya, and the delegation from Earth is framed for the murder. In the ensuing chaos, Doctor Isamu Ryūzaki of the Earth delegation is shot and killed.

Shortly after the disastrous end of the talks, the Baam-seijin begin a campaign of terror against Earth, led by Leon’s son, Admiral Richter, who deploys a variety of “Mecha Soldiers” against the planet’s defenses. The only thing standing between the Earthlings and annihilation is the transforming, karate-using super robot, Daimos and its pilot, Kazuya Ryūzaki (Richard Hartford in the Filipino English dubbed version). But that changes when he meets and falls in love with a mysterious girl named Erika, who turns out to be Richter’s sister. Over the course of their struggles to reunite, Kazuya and Erika each learn that the other’s people are not all evil... and that their own people are not all good.

CharactersEdit

EarthlingsEdit

  • Kazuya Ryūzaki
    The pilot of Daimos and the hero of the series, he was raised by Izumi after his mother’s death. After meeting and falling in love with Erika, he fights for the day when the war will end and they will be reunited, with his strong will of survival motivating him to be victorious. He is a karate black belt and champion (which helps battling the monsters, as Daimos has a system that makes it mimic its pilot’s movements). When he was 14 years old, he suffered a terrible accident, but managed to finish his rehabilitation successfully. He is also an accomplished drummer. His father thought him how to form and pilot Daimos in the first episode.
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Richard Hartford
    • Starbirds dubbed name
      Kelly Hunter
    • French dubbed name
      Kazuya Ryūzaki
    • Italian dubbed name
      Kazuya Ryūzaki
  • Kyōshirō Yūzuki
    Kazuya’s friend with a dark brown Afro style hair, and the main pilot of the jet fighter Galva FX-II. Apart from being an ace fighter pilot, he is also a skilled swordsman who takes the war with the Baams very seriously. In episode 22, he also has a grudge against his strict grandfather, whom he blames for his parents’ misfortune.
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Edward Kramer
    • Starbirds dubbed name
      Duncan
    • French dubbed name
      Kyoushiro
    • Italian dubbed name
      Kyoshiro Yozuki
  • Nana Izumi
    The granddaughter of Shinichirou Izumi (in the Filipino English dub, she's introduced as Richard's younger sister), an excellent marks woman and sometimes co-pilot of Galva FX-II. She has a crush on Kazuya, and initially resents Erika. She leaves the group for some time after committing a big mistake that almost costs her her life, and returns with a more serious attitude.
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Joanna
    • French dubbed name
      Nana
    • Italian dubbed name
      Nanà Izumi
  • Shin'ichirō Izumi
    After the death of Doctor Ryuuzaki, he takes over the operations of Daimobic. He taught Kazuya in the art of Karate.
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Professor Yurgen
    • Starbirds dubbed name
      Professor Wells
    • French dubbed name
      Docteur Izumi
    • Italian dubbed Name
      Professor Izumi
  • Cairo
    The ever-cheerful support robot at Daimobic. A useful assistant to Doctor Izumi, but sometimes bumbling, wise-cracking and always harassed by Nana's nanny Okane.
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Wilbur
  • Okane
    Nana's nanny. In episode 23, Nana thought that she wanted to marry Kitou (called Striker in the Filipino dub) but it was revealed that her niece wanted to get ready for her own wedding and she also got her nephew named Genta in episode 33.
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Bertha
  • Genta
    Okane's annoying nephew.
    • Appearance
      Episodes 33-44
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Darwin
  • Doctor Douglas Banks
    A scientist from Utopia, he arrived at the Baam Greenpeace Force Base to examine the secret formula of the ring. Later, he gave this secret formula to Dr. Izumi to upgrade the Daimos-Light energy along with more weapon upgrades for Daimos. In episode 39, he attended the United Nations Court with Dr. Izumi to appeal for Kazuya's freedom from General Miwa's illegal detention.
    • Appearance
      Episodes 27, 28, 37, 39
  • General Sakamori Miwa
    A leader of Earth’s military, Miwa is a bigot who wants nothing more than to see all of the aliens destroyed. In episode 38, he wants to take control of the Daimobic and Daimos itself, but in the end he gained nothing. In episode 40, he was knocked unconscious by Kazuya after the Daimobic relaunches from the Baam underwater base, and as his misdeeds were discovered, he was to be arrested.
    • Appearance
      Episodes 1-40
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      General Harris
  • Isamu Ryūzaki
    The founder of the Daimobic labs and designer of Daimos. He was killed during the breakdown of the negotiations between the Baam Seijin and the Earthlings. In episode 34, it was revealed that he was shot by Georiya.
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Professor Hartford
    • Starbirds dubbed name
      Professor Hunter
    • French dubbed name
      Docteur Isamu Ryuzaki
    • Italian dubbed Name
      Professor Isamu Ryuzaki

Baam PeopleEdit

The Baam are winged humanoids in the Daimos storyline. Their wings gives them the ability to fly, and they can retract their wings in order to conceal their true identities. Aside from their wings, they also wear headbands fastened around their heads and are shaped like a snake's head. They have a mixture of Egyptian aesthetics in them.

  • Emperor Leon
    A compassionate Baam emperor. Father of Richter and Erika. He was assassinated by poisoning during the council meeting with the earth forces. In episode 34, it was revealed that he was poisoned by Georiya.
    • Appearance
      Episodes 5, 17
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      King Leon
  • Olban
    The personal adviser of Emperor Leon. He usurped the throne by killing Emperor Leon since the rightful heir has not reached the age of maturity. As their leader, he was selfish and eventually intended to turn everyone into zombies so nobody will rebel against him. In episode 37, he wanted to make Erika his queen. In the end, he was killed by Richter in mortal combat but before he died, he revealed that he has a remote-controlled implant in his heart that in case he was killed, it would automatically control the whole Baam Asteroid City to move towards Jupiter, but this was thwarted by Kazuya and Richter.
    • Appearance
      Episodes 1, 5, 34-44
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Olvan
    • Starbirds dubbed name
      Olban
  • Georiya
    Olban's right hand man. He poisoned Emperor Leon and killed Kazuya's father which caused the Baams and Earthlings to go to war. In episode 34, Olban ordered him to kill all the Baam people in the Baam Asteroid City. He was killed by Richter in episode 42.
    • Appearance
      Episodes 5, 34-42
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Grovil
  • Richter
    A disgruntled admiral and prince who has hatred for all Earthlings because of his father’s death. He has an obsession to conquer the Earth and make it the new home for the Baam race. At first, he hated Kazuya because of Erika’s love for him, but in the end after he found out that Georiya was the one who assassinated Emperor Leon, he becomes determined to kill Olban and regain the throne of Baam. However, he ends up being mortally wounded by a wave of Baam genocide squad machine guns. Just before he dies, he manages to prevent the Baam Asteroid City from crashing into Jupiter and tells Kazuya to look after Erika for him. Although not an evil person, he is often blinded by his desire for vengeance. He is concerned for the safety of his people as well.
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Ulrich
    • Starbirds dubbed name
      Roderick
    • Italian dubbed name
      Rikiter
  • Erika
    The Baam princess, sister of Richter and the true love of Kazuya. Once a royal princess, while accompanying her father Leon and brother Richter to a council meeting with the earth forces, she witnessed her father's death, and, in attempting to calm Richter, accidentally caused Doctor Ryuzaki's death. Thus, to atone for the death of her father, she is working as a field doctor while Richter became the admiral for the Baam forces against Earth. In a space accident, she fell out of a burning spaceship and fell to the sea, losing her memory (temporary amnesia). Kazuya finds her unconscious after his first battle, and by that moment falls in love with her, unknowing that she is a Baam Seijin. After she recovers her memory, her guilty conscience becomes the greatest obstacle to their happiness. In episode 21, Kazuya sees a girl who taken hostage by Balbas that looked like Erika. Later, he hears from Nana that the girl’s name is Sayuri (called Carina in the Filipino dub).
  • Raiza
    Richter’s beautiful, green-haired scientist and a loyal subject of the Baam Empire. She has secret affections and high regards for Richter but she dislikes Erika because she considers her a traitor. In episode 42, she was killed by Olban while helping Richter to plan an assassination plot against the adviser.
    • Appearance
      Episodes 1-42
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Laila
    • Starbirds dubbed name
      Lisa
    • Italian dubbed name
      Laiza
  • Balbas
    Richter’s bald-headed stocky general. In episode 35, he was killed when he helped Kazuya get into Daimos. Eventually revealed that he has a noble soul.
    • Appearance
      Episodes 1-35
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Zendor
  • Margarete
    Erika’s nanny. She was the only witness of the two royal siblings growing up, and eventually she is a confidant to Erika’s feelings for the enemy pilot Kazuya. She even sacrificed her life to protect Erika from Richter’s brutal torture. In episode 18, she lost her wings as a punishment for being a traitor but she managed to protect Erika for the remainder of her life. In episode 43, she was killed by Olban's guard.
    • Appearance
      Episodes 1-43
    • Filipino dubbed name
      Rowena
    • Starbirds dubbed name
      Margareta
    • Italian dubbed name
      Margarete
  • Gurney Halleck
    A Baam warrior who, in exchange for a pardon for his supposedly traitorous activities, challenged Kazuya to a man-to-man duel. When the duel was interrupted by Baam ninja attempting to kill them both, Kyoshiro helped him and Kazuya escape. During their rematch, a combat machine containing a nuclear bomb attacked them. Halleck entered the machine, flew it into space and sacrificed himself to save Kazuya. In his final transmission to Kazuya, he told him that Erika was waiting for the day that they will be reunited again in peace. His name was clearly derived from the Frank Herbert novel "Dune".
    • Appearance
      Episode 9
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Hector
  • Aizam
    A Baam scientist and also a close friend of Richter. Originally under the orders of Olban to replace Richter in the invasion of Earth, Aizam instead turned to Richter and became his trusted advisor, temporarily replacing Raiza as his scientist. He hides a fatal sickness, but overworks himself. It is because of his inventions that Daimos was forced to undergo several upgrades (particularly the Daimos-Light energy and more weapon upgrades). Aizam is killed in battle against Kazuya, declaring that he could not ask for more than a warrior's death in the battlefield instead of succumbing to his sickness.
    • Appearance
      Episodes 26-28
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Aizard
  • Cindy
    She is Erika's childhood friend. During her childhood, Erika saved her from a storm. On episode 16, she and Margarete sacrificed their lives to protect Erika from Richter’s brutal torture.
    • Appearance
      Episodes 13-16
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Sirei
  • Merubi
    He is the drunkard nephew of Olban. He rescued Erika from being imprisoned by General Miwa. Later, he was killed by the battle robot Gatsuru. Before he die he gave his ring to Erika and told her to take this ring to Barandooku.
    • Appearance
      Episode 19
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Aide Nerby
  • Barandooku
    He is the leader of Baam Greenpeace Force. He wanted bring peace with Baam and Earthlings. In episode 31, General Miwa had finally discovered his secret base in New Zealand. He tried to tell General Miwa that Baam are not the enemy but General Miwa ignore his words. However, he ended up being mortally wounded by a wave of General Miwa's squad machine guns. He told Erika to take Baam somewhere safe. He died when he activated the secret base's self-destruct sequence.
    • Appearance
      Episode 20-31
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Paradox
  • Uoorin
    A Baam physician. He is Erika's mentor. He saved Erika from Richter's execution and escaped from the Baam Underwater Base. However, he was wounded during the escape with Erika and then rescued by General Miwa. In episode 18, he died when Erika failed to heal his wounds when General Miwa took her as prisoner.
    • Appearance
      Episode 17-18
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Doctor Bowens
  • Maradon
    Baam war leader.
    • Appearance
      Episode 34
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Maradon
  • Mylor
    Balbas' close friend.
    • Appearance
      Episode 35
    • Filipino English dubbed name
      Mylor

Other Appearances in Video GamesEdit

Daimos appears throughout the Super Robot Wars series as well as the Galva FX II.

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