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“Protect earth from the evil hands of Galfa!” SENPUU KAITEN KYAKU!
Only episodes 1 – 5. Will I finish? I can hope.
Where else can you fight mosquito or maybe hummingbirds attacking your precious earth?
This show starts up with a bit of mystery and some beautiful music.
Dendoh looks and feels 90s, especially the music, having humour and that dated animation, but it actually just crossed the bridge into the 2000s. Mechanical alien antagonists, extraterrestrial commanders, fighting large robots, upgraded powers, strength from the heart, plenty of action and comedy, Dendoh has the correct recipes.
You could consider Dendoh “Pre-Gundam SEED” as it has the same director – Fukuda Mitsuo (福田 己津央), who also worked on Cyber Formula and Gundam SEED series with his late wife Murosawa Chiaki (両澤 千晶). Among the three works, there are similarities in terms of cast and design; character designer Hisayuki Hirokazu (久行 宏和) took part in Cyber Formula’s OVA series. Mechanical Designer is Akutsu Junichi (阿久津 潤一), who has done designs for Detonator Orgun, SEED, Code Geass, Build Fighters and Cross Ange. I can’t help but see Asurada’s boosters when Dendoh uses its strongest finals attacks.
The creator of the work is Yatate Hajime (矢立 肇), a joint name for Sunrise planning staff. In the past, it was the pen name for Yamaura Eiji (山浦 栄二).
If you’re a really 90s dope, you’ll enjoy the Opening and Ending theme songs. The OP W-Infinity, a duet by Mieno Hitomi and Kageyama Hironobu, has a fine beat with a geniune 90s feel. It’s almost obligatory to put a JAM Project singer in these robot shows. That is a definite for Mieno as it turns out that she did various songs for the HAOU TAIKEI RYU KNIGHT series! My favorite being “Kaze no Tsubasa” from the OVA series. From upbeat to soft, isn’t she perfect for Dendoh?
And C.V Mitsuichi Kotono (SEED’S Murrue, CF’s Asuka, Build Fighters’s Rinko) is #1 Mom/head lady again. Also, she is in charge of narration.
The contrast between the two Dendoh pilots Hokuto and Ginga, blue boy who uses his head and red boy who puts muscle above all, is a highlight in this series. They have to work as one to get out of a troublesome situation and face Galfa. When their confidence is shaken against a strong opponent, doesn’t it make good development?
As for the Dendoh itself, it is indeed a warrior as it excels in mostly melee attacks, and combines with the Data Weapons for different attacks. It is really neat in a sense that it uses cylindrical rotors to both attack and travel. Unlike most mecha attacks, most of Dendoh’s physical strikes are named in Japanese (ie: Senpuu Kaiten Kyaku, Senkou Raijingeki, Shippu Gekisokyaku). The Data Weapons product some neat effects, and their skills are in English (ie: Fire Wall).
Of course there is the fabulous rival, Altair. We got to have them. His machine Ouga/Ogre ends up being the main character’s strongest rival once again. Even though Cyber Formula’s Ouga is a deep purple color instead of black and red. Both CF and Dendoh’s Ouga uses the same Kanji, meaning “Phoenix Fang” (凰牙).
I’d say that the show is a turn pager.
– Vega’s C.V Mitsuishi Kotono had (?) a Yamaha FZ250 Phaser motorcycle; Vega rides a motorcycle as well.
I already explained the cast has connects with the staff’s products. In the main character’s case, Ginga’s C.V Matsuoka Yoko is Cyber Formula’s Randall; Hokuto’s C.V Naomi Shindo becomes Cagalli in SEED.