Armored Fleet Dairugger XV

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Armored Fleet Dairugger XV
DairuggerPromo.jpg
Box art from the Bandai Dairugger XV model kit
機甲艦隊ダイラガーXV
(Kikō Kantai Dairagā Fifutīn)
GenreMecha
Anime television series
Directed byKozo Morishita
StudioToei Animation, Daewon Animation
Licensed byUnited States Media Blasters
NetworkTV Tokyo
Original run3 March 198223 March 1983
Episodes52
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Armored Fleet Dairugger XV
DairuggerPromo.jpg
Box art from the Bandai Dairugger XV model kit
機甲艦隊ダイラガーXV
(Kikō Kantai Dairagā Fifutīn)
GenreMecha
Anime television series
Directed byKozo Morishita
StudioToei Animation, Daewon Animation
Licensed byUnited States Media Blasters
NetworkTV Tokyo
Original run3 March 198223 March 1983
Episodes52
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Armored Fleet Dairugger XV (機甲艦隊ダイラガーXV Kikō Kantai Dairagā Fifutīn?) is a mecha anime series aired in Japan from 1982 to 1983. It is also referred to as Dairugger 15, Dairugger XV, Armored Armada Dairugger XV, Armored Squadron Dairugger XV, or Machine Platoon Dairugger.

In the United States, it was heavily edited to become part of the Voltron series.[1] The Dairugger footage was the primary source for the "Vehicle Voltron" episodes, though various footage was also inserted into the more commonly known "Lion Voltron" episodes (themselves adapted from another, unrelated Japanese series, Beast King GoLion).

Story[edit]

The Rugger Team is an exploration, planetary survey, and defensive force. Planet Earth is in a time of prosperity. The president of the Terran League launches a mission to explore the galaxy and build a complete map of the stars. Soon after commencing the mission, the Rugger Team and their starship, the Rugger Guard, are attacked by the Galveston Empire. Dairugger, the super robot, must defend the Rugger Guard and its fleet as they attempt to continue their mission. When Galveston repeatedly refuses to accept peaceful coexistence, their mission turns to finding the Galveston homeworld, liberating its people from their despotic Emperor, and helping them find a new planet before their world collapses.[1][2]

Concept[edit]

The Rugger Team is made of three smaller teams of 5 members each: Air, Sea, and Land, referred to alternately as Aki Team, Keats Team, and Walter Team after each team's leader. Aki is the overall leader of the Rugger Team. Each of the 15 parts is referred to as Rugger, and can combine into larger machines as separate teams called Kurugger (Air), Kairugger (Sea), and Rikurugger (Land), as well as together to form the super-robot Dairugger. The 15 separate Rugger units as well as the name come from the sport of rugby, since 15 players are required to form a rugby union.[3]

Staff[edit]

Characters[edit]

Dairugger pilots[edit]

Aki Team uniforms are dark blue and white.

Keats Team uniforms are black and aqua.

Walter Team uniforms are white and red.

FunctionPilot NameVoice actorTeamVehicleDairugger Body
Rugger #1 PilotManabu Aki (安芸 マナブ Aki Manabu?)Toshio FurukawaAir TeamCommand Jet Explorerhead
Rugger #2 PilotShinobu Kai (甲斐 シノブ Kai Shinobu?)Ryōma YamamotoAir TeamStrato Weapons Moduleupper torso
Rugger #3 PilotShota Kreuz (ショーター・クロイツ Shōtā Kuroitsu?)Kōzō ShioyaAir TeamAdvanced Recon Helicopterright upper arm
Rugger #4 PilotYasuo Mutsu (陸奥 ヤスオ Mutsu Yasuo?)Satomi MajimaAir TeamAdvanced Recon Helicopterleft upper arm
Rugger #5 PilotPatty Ellington (パティ・エリントン Pati Erinton?)Keiko HanAir TeamFalcon VT Fighterchest plate
Rugger #6 PilotMiranda Keats (ミランダ・キーツ Miranda Kītsu?)Hideyuki HoriSea TeamCommunications Moduletorso mid-rif
Rugger #7 PilotHaruka Kaga (加賀ハルカ Kaga Haruka?)Harumi IizukaSea TeamSpace Proberright thigh
Rugger #8 PilotSaruta Katz (サルタ・カッツ Saruta Kattsu?)Masaharu SatōSea TeamSpace Proberleft thigh
Rugger #9 PilotTatsuo Izumo (出雲タツオ Izumo Tatsuo?)Shō HayamiSea TeamMulti-Wheeled Explorerright lower leg
Rugger #10 PilotBaros Karateya (バーロス・カラテヤ Bārosu Karateya?)Ken YamaguchiSea TeamMulti-Wheeled Explorerleft lower leg
Rugger #11 PilotWalter Jack (ワルター・ジャック Warutā Jakku?)Katsuji MoriLand TeamJet Radar Stationhips
Rugger #12 PilotMoya Kirigas (モーヤ・キリガッス Mōya Kirigassu?)Nana YamaguchiLand TeamRotating Personnel Carrierright forearm
Rugger #13 PilotMack Chakker (マック・チャッカー Makku Chakkā?)Banjō GingaLand TeamArmored Equipment Carrierleft forearm
Rugger #14 PilotTasuku Izu (伊豆 タスク Izu Tasuku?)Shingo HiromoriLand TeamAll-Terrain Space Vehicleright foot
Rugger #15 PilotKazuto Nagato (長門 カズト Nagato Kazuto?)Hiroshi ŌtakeLand TeamAll-Terrain Space Vehicleleft foot

Other characters[edit]

Japanese NameVoice actor
Shinji Ise (伊勢 シンジ Ise Shinji?)Hideyuki Tanaka
High Commander WakasaMasaharu Satou
Supreme Commander Dewa
Dick AsimovKōji Yada
Doctor Search
Commander Socrat Teles (テレス司令?)Kōji Totani
Drake
Internal Commissioner Socrat TesEiji Kanie
Sirk
LucianoMasaharu Satou
Supreme Commander Al CaponeroBanjō Ginga
Emperor Corsair

Dairugger specifications[edit]

Dairugger is made of 15 vehicle parts, and is 60 meters tall.

Episodes[edit]

  1. Galactic Clash
  2. The Isolated Regiment
  3. Farewell, Achilles
  4. Rescue Mission To Hell
  5. Battle of the Experiment Planet
  6. Fall to the Meteor Shower
  7. Annihilation of the Reinforcement Fleet
  8. Specters of the Binary System
  9. The Glorious Suicide Corps
  10. Sneak Attack on the Space Fortress
  11. A Momentary Truce
  12. Legend of the Space Forest
  13. The Enemy Within the Mind
  14. The Earth Fleet's Counterattack
  15. Breakdown of the Space Talks
  16. The Two Rebellions
  17. Orders For Asimov's Return
  18. A Touch and Go Situation
  19. Red Moon Rising
  20. Desperate Struggle for Planet K
  21. Arise Galaxy Garrison
  22. Ex-Commander Teles
  23. The Mission to Recapture Planet K
  24. Riot on Galveston
  25. Bitter Struggle on the Planet of Light
  26. The Snare of the Hell Planet
  27. Storming the Space Fortress
  28. Eldora's Plea
  29. Uprising of the Space Fort
  30. Earth's State of Emergency
  31. Locate Enemy Headquarters
  32. Destruction of the Front Line Base
  33. The New Allied Fleet to the Rescue
  34. Planet of the Burning Cave
  35. Get Yourself Together, Mutsu
  36. A Desperate Undersea Combining
  37. Air Rugger Vanishes
  38. Emma, the Female Captain
  39. The Tears of a Rugby Player
  40. The Boy Denon and the Elk
  41. Discovery of the New World
  42. Impending Crisis on the Inhabitable Planet
  43. Teles and Asimov
  44. Aki Team Gets Caught
  45. Defend the Third Planet
  46. The Fall of the Survey Base
  47. The Invisible Super Weapon
  48. Get Past the Tenth Planet
  49. Entering the Final Zone of Defense
  50. The Struggle for Galveston
  51. Fierce Battle in the Underground City
  52. Galactic Dawn

Merchandise[edit]

In the early 1980s, the original ST Dairugger toys were released by Popy Pleasure under the toy release number of GB-72, as part of the Chogokin label, and constructed of high-quality die-cast materials. A GB-73 would follow, with a transforming DX Dairugger, which could separate only into the three larger combined vehicles. A larger version of Dairugger XV was also released, which did not contain die-cast materials, as the metal content was too heavy for the design and for the friction motors installed in many of the vehicles. The smallest non-transforming ST Dairugger and the fully transforming plastic Dairugger XV would be resold in the US as part of the Voltron series by Matchbox, entirely under the Voltron name. However, the Popy version came with a sword, missiles, and stickers that the Matchbox version did not.

Because Dairugger had 15 pieces, and was a highly playable figure compared to many of the other fixed-state super robots of the early '80s, there were many imitations and bootlegs of Dairugger. Some are cheap plastics, some do not assemble well, some have neon-glowing colors dissimilar to the show. Even approved brands such as Big Bear were spawned to rejuvenate the toyline.[4] However, no version is identical in quality, packaging, or comes with all the pieces as does the Japanese original.

DVDs[edit]

The entire series, in 3 volumes, has been released on DVD in region 1. Collection 1 was released on February 23, 2010,[5][6] Collection 2 on May 25, 2010,[7] and Collection 3 on January 4, 2011. All three volumes are now out-of-print.

Changes for Voltron version[edit]

Note: names in parentheses are Voltron names

Korean version[edit]

There is a South Korean knockoff anime of Dairugger XV called Super Titan 15 (슈퍼타이탄15).[9] It also cribs characters and vehicles from Galaxy Express 999.

Appearances in other media[edit]

The show was spoofed on an episode of Robot Chicken.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Armored Fleet Dairugger Collection 1 DVD Review". Mania.com. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  2. ^ "Armored Fleet Dairugger Collection 2 DVD Review". Mania.com. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  3. ^ Clements, Jonathan. McCarthy Helen. [2006] (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5
  4. ^ BigBear Dairugger. "BigBear Info." Dairugger Toy Re-release. Retrieved on 2006-11-06.
  5. ^ mediablasters.com
  6. ^ "Media Blasters & Kitty Media February Solicitations". Mania.com. 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  7. ^ mediablasters.com
  8. ^ "Voltron -Anime News Network". Anime News Network. 2002-03-14. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  9. ^ glwwf.egloos.com/656755

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