Black Knight | 8 Great Rivals from the Robot Japanese anime genre (Part 2) #GEAR戦士電童


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It can’t get any better than the black knight.

GEAR FIGHTER Dendoh has me sold and I genuinely enjoy it. I already made a review before the first half.

Commander of the Galfa Forces, Altair is the perfect rival. A troublesome guy that the protagonists strive to defeat time and time again, and it’s usually a hassle. That is what I look for in a rival. To add onto that, he uses the same weapons as said protagonists, since GEAR weapons formerly belonged to Galfa.

Altair is constantly attacking Dendoh and upon his debut, he kidnaps the pilots. That, his coldness, and his fighting experience (compared to kids), is enough to prove his presence in the show early on. We also get some mystery as he is a guy who wears a mask. In Sunrise works, that’s usually a clue on a close connection to someone on the cast.

C.V Nakata Mitsuhiro (中田 和宏) does a great job bringing out Altair’s arrogant, dignified language, and the voice sounds like its muffled by the mask. He’s in various Sunrine shows such as G Gundam, V Gundam, J-Decker, Goldran, Dagwon, Gundam SEED and more. Also, Jirōbō Ikkanzaka of BLEACH and Joseph Shingetsu of XENOGLOSSIA.

I love it when he says “VIPER WHIP!”

Illness? Sketch a Day + DF Dendoh Lyrics and Game #GEAR戦士電童


A small follow up from yesterday’s article Quick Impressions of GEAR FIGHTER DENDOH!

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I am a bit ill so here’s a Sketch today and some lyrics that I’ve been wondering about when I started the Dendoh series. So episode 1’s intro song, and occasional scene music, is called “Heaven’s Premonition” (天空の予感; tenkuu no yokan). I thought it was a good insert for the scene where the Data Weapons scatter across the earth, and seeing a mysterious little girl stumbling across a beach.

天空の予感

If I were the sun,
I’d be gone.
If I were the moon,
had be gone.

If I were the sky,
I’d be gone.
and If I were the star,
had be gone.

If I talk with you,
I could Dream, may be free.

So you know,
I were alone so long

If I were the sun, I’d be gone.
If I were the moon, had be gone.

By the way, here’s footage of the PS1 game:

Bickerin’ bros show, plenty of action | GEAR Fighter DENDOH Quick Impressions ! #mecha #GEAR戦士電童


OFFICIAL SITE: http://www.dendoh.net/chara/

SRW WIKI: Dendoh on SRW.Wiki

“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.

Fun Facts:
– 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.