Daikū Maryū Gaiking as a Super Robot mecha anime series produced by Toei Animation, credited as an original idea by Akio Sugino. However, in reality the original idea was of Go Nagai[1]. Toei deliberately took Nagai out of the credits in order to avoid the payment of royalties[2][3]. Because of that, Nagai sued Toei and stopped further collaborations with Toei for a long time[4][5]. The legal battle lasted more than 10 years[3]. Nagai himself confirmed that he was the creator of Gaiking in the Comicon 2007 in Naples, Italy[6][7].

It ran from April 1976 through January 1977 and consisted of 44 26-minute episodes. Gaiking was notable for being one of the few super robot series to take place in real places outside of Japan, and for being the first Super Robot series to have a mobile carrier for the chief robots. Gaiking was part of Jim Terry's Force Five anthology series.

In 2009 William Winckler Productions, known for the English dubbed version of Tekkaman the Space Knight, produced three (3) all new English language compilation feature films from the classic Gaiking series. The 100-minute films were written, produced and directed by William Winckler.

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The story chronicled the battle between the crew of the semi-transformable carrier Daikū Maryū (also called the Kargosaur) and the Super Robot Gaiking against an invading race of aliens from the planet Zela, whose home planet is facing destruction by a black hole. Notable aspects of the series include the dinosaur-based designs of the Daikū Maryū and its support machines and the use of part of the carrier to form the main robot. The robot Gaiking was piloted by a baseball star named Sanshiro Tsuwabuki (Sanshiro's name was changed to Aries Astonopolis for the English version of the show with the carrier being called the "Great Space Dragon", a literal translation of "Daikū Maryū". Likewise, for the Latin America version the main character was called Brando Drummond and the carrier "Gran Dragon del Espacio"). It is most easily distinguished from other mecha by its skull-shaped golden torso, formed from the head of the Daikū Maryū, and its golden horns.

The leader of the alien villains was named Darius, and all of their ships and mecha were fish-shaped, which most likely inspired the Darius series of video games. Daikū Maryū Gaiking


  • Shanshirou Tsuwabuki
Akira Kamiya
  • Doctor Daimonji
Hidekatsu Shibata
  • Fan Li
Kan Tokumaru
  • Gen Sakon
Keaton Yamada
  • Bunta Hayami
Kenichi Ogata
  • Peter Richardson
Makio Inoue
  • Midori Fujiyama
Mami Koyama
  • Erica
Noriko Ohara
  • Hachiro
Noriko Tsukase

Gaiking: Legend of Daikū Maryū (2005-2006)Edit

A sequel to the original series was aired in TV Asahi from November 12, 2005 to September 24, 2006, lasting in a total of 39 episodes. This version features a completely different story and main character. However, some of the names are very similar to the original series.

Both Daikū Maryū and Gaiking have similar designs to the originals; Gaiking's torso is still skull shaped and the support machines come from Daikū Maryū and the open face form of Gaiking is a tribute to the old Gaiking. There's also the introduction of two new mechs: Raiking and Balking which can combine with Gaiking to form Gaiking the Great.


Five years ago, the main character Daiya Tsuwabuki was on a fishing trip with his father when giant monsters attacked. Daiya was saved by the crew of Daiku Maryu. In the present, Daiya believes that his father is still alive but no one believes him, not even his own mother. But when the same monsters attack the city, Daiya becomes the pilot of Gaiking and joins Daiku Maryu as they go to the world of Darius to stop them from taking over the earth.

Despite the similarity in family name, Daiya and Sanshiro from the original Gaiking are NOT related at all.


  • Daiya Tsuwabuki
Mayumi Tanaka
  • Sakon
Hideyuki Tanaka
  • Naoto Hayami
Naomi Shindoh
  • Puria
Reiko Kiuchi
  • Daimon-jiisan
Ryûzaburô Ôtomo
  • Shizuka Fujiyama
Satsuki Yukino
  • Doctor Wan
Shinji Nakae
  • Jian Xin
Takeshi Kusao
  • Vice-captain Rosa
Tomoe Hanba
  • Lulu
Tomoko Kawakami
  • Captain Garis
Toru Ohkawa


  • Gaiking: The main robot in both animes, born from the union of the head of Daikyu Maryu and two robotic parts.


Counter Cross: Gaiking uses the two "stars" of his knees to use them as a sword, throw them or atach them to a lance (the new series) is a basical atack.

Despair Sight: Eye laser atack, very destructive.

Volt Paralizer: Electrical shock from Gaiking´s horns

Zaul Gaizer: Bicolor(red and blue) beam from the eyes of Daikyu Maryuu´s head(Gaikings breast).

Puncher Grind: A basic rocket punch. But it does't come back so it can only be used twice.

Zector Hook: A steel hook that is used to grab things, usually the enemy. It has been also used in conbination with the puncher grind to grab the lost arm.

Killer Bite: Imitating Daikyu Maryuu, Gaiking can bite the enemy with the chest.

Hidro Blazer: The strongest and the most powerful attack of Gaiking. Emiting a fire blast from the eyes and mouth of the chest head.

Face Open: The special abillity that consist of opening the face to show gaiking's true power. In the old series, Gaiking loses the face covering metal and gains two attacks, the Rapid Misiles which are fired from the face, and the Death Fire. In the new version, Gaikings chest face opens to provide him 4 times his flame output, giving him more speed streght and turning all his body into black, due to the heat and energy consumed, it can't be used without a time controller, his finishing command is Closed Face.

Shin Ryuu Hidro Blazer: Using martial art knowledge, Daiya is able to create a large ball of flame and conprime it to cause more damage. Only used in the new version.

  • Raiking: The second red flame giant whith electrical based atacks fast and letal the first pilot to use it was Proist who waked up Raiking and Tenku Maryuu. Other pilots: Nouza and Keine.


Despair Sight: Not only an eye laser atack Raiking uses his eyes and his finger beams to atack the enemy, also with his ability to separe his arms and controle them Raiking can use this atack more efficiently than Gaiking.

  • Vulking: The third red flame giant whith earth and munition based atacks he has the most destructive power os the three giants intead of beeing slower than the other two.Pilots: Proist, Sauspeage and Li.