UFO Warrior Dai Apolon

UFO Warrior Daiapolon (UFO戦士ダイアポロン, Yūfō Senshi Dai Aporon) is a Japanese mecha anime television series that was produced by Eiken. There were 47 episodes aired at 25 minutes each. It is also known as "UFO Senshi Dai-Apolon", "UFO Soldier Dai-Apolon", "UFO Robo Dai-Apolon", "Daiapolon", "Shadow World".

UFO Warrior Daiapolon
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Screenshot from UFO Warrior Daiapolon
UFO 戦士ダイアポロン
(Yūfō senshi daiaporon)
GenreMecha
Anime television series
Directed byTatsuo Ono
Written byChikara Matsumoto
Noboru Shiroyama
Seiji Matsuoka
Sōji Yoshikawa
Takao Koyama
StudioEiken
Original networkTBS (part 1)
Tokyo 12 Channel (part 2)
Original run April 6, 1976 February 24, 1977
Episodes47

SynopsisEdit

The series is about a 16-year-old boy Takeshi who recently formed an American football team at the Blue Sky orphanage. One day the game is interrupted by a light in the sky. Takeshi discovers he is the son of the king of the planet Apolon, spirited away to Earth by his father's retainer Labi to avoid death at the hands of General Dazaan. He turns out to have special energy abilities which can control UFO saucers from a base under the ocean floor. His friends Miki, Matsuo and Goro also become pilots. They magically change into their uniforms every time they yell U! F! O!. There are three robots: Header (Head); Trangur (Trunk) and Legger (Leg). They combine into a larger and powerful robot called Daiapolon. Through a solar-powered process known as "body fusion", activated by the "Key Energy" device placed inside the boy's chest, Takeshi can "grow" in mass and become a giant humanoid, thus "wearing" the Daiapolon as a kind of cybernetical armour.

DevelopmentEdit

The anime was loosely based on the manga Galactic Warrior Apolon by creator Tetsu Kariya (which also created the manga Oishinbo) and illustrator Shigeru Tsuchiyama (serialized in Weekly Shonen King, which also serialized the first run of the Galaxy Express 999 manga). That manga featured a 15-year-old orphan called Akira. Although there are UFO scenes in the manga, it did not have the American football or super robot elements, and the enemies were demons with the power of the 108 Stars of Destiny.[1] It was unusual for the football element to be added, since the sport was barely even recognized as an amateur sport in Japan in the mid 1970s. It may just be a coincidental blend to add variety to the super robot genre.

The original run ended at 26 episodes, followed by 21 episodes of UFO Warrior Dai Apolon II. Some episodes of this combined new footage and re-edited footage from the first series, and the rest were reruns.

English releaseEdit

Five episodes were combined and dubbed in English to create a re-edited movie called Shadow World. The setting was changed to California and the names of the protagonists were changed to American ones, although Dai Apolon and some of the villains kept their names. This movie was released on video in 1986.

Voice actorsEdit

Character Original English
Narrator Osamu Ichikawa John Mayer
Takeshi/Terry Akira Murayama Richard Rossner
Goro/Grey Keisuke Yamashita Gregg Berger
Miki/Mickey Kazue Komiya Marla Scott
Matsuo/Mark Sachiko Chijimatsu Mona Marshall
Hideki/Harold Kiyoshi Komiyama Robert A. Gaston
Principal/Ms. Johnson Miyoko Shoji Laura Mendoza
Giraniku/Garano Shōzō Iizuka Paul Ross
Joketsu/Josephine Kazuko Sawada Marla Scott
Emperor Dazan Toshiya Sugita Bunker Jenkins
Rabi/Largo Junji Chiba John Mayer

StaffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Clements, Jonathan; McCarthy, Helen (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5

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