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Lightspeed Electroid Albegas (光速電神アルベガス, Kōsoku Denjin Arubegasu) is an anime series that aired from 1983 to 1984 in Japan, Latin America, Spain and Italy. There were 45 episodes aired at 25 minutes each. Other loosely translated names are "Arbegas", "Arebegas", "Lightspeed ElectroGod Arbegas" and "Arbegas: El Rayo Custodio".
|Lightspeed Electroid Albegas|
(Kōsoku Denjin Arubegasu)
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Kozo Morishita (Series Director)|
|Written by||Akiyoshi Sakai, Shozo Uehara, Hiroshi Okawa, Toyohiro Ando|
|Music by||Michiaki Watanabe|
|Original network||MegaTON (TV Tokyo)|
|Original run||March 30, 1983 – February 8, 1984|
Three talented students of a technical high school, Daisaku, Tetsuya, and Hotaru, create award-winning robots as part of a school competition. At this time, the evil Derinja race that plans control of all space extends its ambitions to Earth. To combat this threat, Hotaru's father, Professor Mizuki, takes the three robots and modifies them for battle. Albegas, a super robot, is born.
The three individual robots form by stacking on top of one another to form a super robot called Albegas. There are six stackable formations. Each one serves a special function. Individually, the name of the robots are derived from the first 3 letters of the Greek alphabet (Alpha, Beta, and Gamma). Albegas' weapon of choice is the Sanbai Plasma Sword, with which he defeats enemy Derinja robots (called "Mecha-Fighters") by splitting them in half. Each robot also uses an individual sword.
|Daisaku Enjoji||Toshio Furukawa|
|Tetsuya Jin||Hideyuki Hori|
|Hotaru Mizuki||Hiromi Tsuru|
Aoba School alliesEdit
|Prof. Mizuki||Eiji Kanie|
|Goro Kumai||Kōzō Shioya|
|Saeko Asabuki||Chiyoko Kawashima|
|Prof. Danko Kibi||Noriko Tsukase|
Derinja (Derringer) CivilizationEdit
A race of purple-skinned beings led by Grand Deram, a sentient being made of energy which lives in the center of the Derinja's home planet Deram. "President" Azass is the leader of the invading force stationed at his orbital base and Generalissimo Duston his top army officer, until they are replaced in Episode 29 by Bios and his lieutenant Dari.
Their giant robots, called "Mecha-Fighters" and often prefixed with "Mecha-", act as monsters of the week. A few are piloted, and the pilot is usually killed when Albegas splits their Mecha-Fighter in half. Duston (in Episode 27), Azass (Episode 29) and Bios (Episode 45) suffer this fate as well, while Dari (Episode 44) is badly hurt but taken prisoner by the Albegas staff, dying later in their headquarters.
All remaining Derinja (as well as Bios' second orbital base/mothership) are dematerialized in Episode 45 when Albegas destroys Grand Deram and makes the Deram planet explode.
|President Azass||Eiji Kanie|
|President Bios||Hidekatsu Shibata|
|Generalissimo (Shogun) Duston||Masaharu Satō|
|Generalissimo Dari||Masaharu Satō|
|Commander Katastra||Kōji Totani|
|Commander Mira Zero||Satomi Majima|
|Officer Dime||Reizō Nomoto|
|Grand Deram||Masaharu Satō|
|Alpha Robo||Black||Daisaku Enjoji|
|Beta Robo||Blue||Tetsuya Jin|
|Gamma Robo||Red||Hotaru Mizuki|
A friend of the three pilots, Goro, also piloted the comic relief Gori Robo (in the tradition of Boss Borot from Mazinger Z).
|Albegas Mode||Abilities||Stack (top to bottom)||Albegas Colors|
|Denjin Dimension (Electroid Dimension)||Basic fighting mode, best for finishing off enemies.||Alpha, Beta, Gamma||Black, Blue, Red|
|Magma Dimension||Able to fight underground and in hot environments.||Beta, Gamma, Alpha||Blue, Red, Black|
|Space Dimension||For outer space battles.||Alpha, Gamma, Beta||Black, Red, Blue|
|Marine Dimension||For battles in water.||Gamma, Alpha, Beta||Red, Black, Blue|
|Guard Dimension||Defensive.||Gamma, Beta, Alpha||Red, Blue, Black|
|Sky Dimension||For flying through the atmosphere.||Beta, Alpha, Gamma||Blue, Black, Red|
When combined, the first listed robot forms the upper torso, head, arms, and thighs of Albegas, the second robot listed forms the midriff, upper backpack, and the backs of the lower legs, and the third robot forms the waist, the lower backpack, and the prominent portion of the lower legs.
Super Abega and New Super AbegaEdit
In the beginning of the series, each pilot also used a smaller aircraft, which was flown in through small hatches into the backs of the robots in order to pilot the robots. The three aircraft could also combine into a single jet called the Super Abega.
They were very quickly replaced by a different set of small aircraft that could transform into different bipedal droid forms, and similarly combined into the New Super Abega.
|Original Jet||Transforming Jet/Robot||Pilot|
|Jet Alpha||New Jet Alpha/Jetrobo Alpha||Daisaku Enjoji|
|Jet Beta||New Jet Beta/Jetrobo Beta||Tetsuya Jin|
|Jet Gamma||New Jet Gamma/Jetrobo Gamma||Mizuki Hotaru|
Voltron and AlbegasEdit
Albegas was intended to be incorporated into the Voltron universe as the third portion of the Voltron: Defender of the Universe series, but due to the extreme popularity of the GoLion-derived Voltron and lack of popularity of the Dairugger XV–adapted portion of the series, the plan was ultimately scrapped in favor of a season of newly-animated "Lion Voltron" episodes commissioned specifically for the American show. However, die-cast Albegas toys were still released as "Voltron II" (a.k.a., "Gladiator Voltron") in the Matchbox Voltron toyline, and Albegas made a brief appearance as Gladiator Voltron in the Voltron comic book series.
In Japan, Game Machine magazine listed Albegas on their July 1, 1984 issue as being the tenth most-successful upright/cockpit arcade unit of the month. In North America, it was going to be published by Bally Midway for the U.S. under the title of Cybernault and a prototype video was made to demonstrate what the game would be like. However, the release of the game was cancelled.
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