Initially released as a three-part OAV (1987), Dangaioh has been substantially recut and re-edited for this release. Four Earthlings--Mia, Pai, Lambda, and Roll--have been trained by Professor Tarsan to be "Espers," war... more »riors with psychic abilities. They become the Dangaioh Team (their mecha combine to form the title robot, the most powerful weapon in the universe), battling the evil Galimos. The character designs have a dated look that recalls Robotech (1985) and American Saturday-morning TV. The reworked story line makes very little sense, even with long exposition scenes and a voice-over narration to fill in missing plot points. The English dub is often unintentionally comic: as one of Galimos's minions prepares to incinerate the Dangaioh Team, she declares, "They'll look like French fries when I'm through with them!" Dangaioh reveals the enormous strides Japanese animation made in the years that followed. (Rated 13 and older: violence, minor profanity) --Charles Solomon« less
"I don't know why such a great company would release such a terrible product! This DVD is missing the first episode of the original three volume mini-series. The first episode is depicted as a mere prologue to the remaining two episodes. The original Japanese language track is non-existant. As a good fan of the series, I was highly disappointed. Dangaioh fans stay away!"
Oh no they DID not!
tamiko | Waipahu, HI USA | 06/28/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"what was the point of releasing this piece of... well you know what i mean. why bother if you aren't going to show the first episode?! then there wouldn't be any need for a prologue that was just way to long and boring to begin with. i thought i would fall asleep before the damn thing even started. i am seriously disappointed, since i watched it a very long time ago and have been waiting forever for them to finally re-release this title. that they would do so little justice to it is just pitiful.
not to mention the fact that you can't even watch it in japanese with english subtitles. although it was fun to watch it with the english dub... i don't think i can remember the last time i heard so much swearing."
This has nothing to do with the Transformers movie/DVD's..
tamiko | 02/17/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Ultimate Transformers. An Inter-Stellar Sci-Fi Adventure Of Mecha Androids And Transformers.When four psychic warriors discover that evil invaders have destroyed their planets, they are brought together byia mysterious doctor, Tarsanito unite andiform Dangaioh, theimost powerful weaponiin theiuniverse. Using their full collective cyonic powers, they alone can stop theibloody tyranny of captain Garimoth andihis wicked henchmanito prevent theiend of theiuniverse. But isitheir psychogenic wave strong enough ito destroy theinotorious cyborg Gil Birg, or will theiwarriors fall victimito Garimoth's trickery that finds weaknessiin their forgotten pasts?This exciting inter-stellar sci-fi adventure of mecha androids anditransformers features mechanic designs byiShoji Kawamori (Macross Plus) andiproduction direction byiMasami Obari (Virus / Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture)."
Incomplete and and absolutely worthless
L. LeSueur | 10/21/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I must admit that I sometimes enjoy watching old-school anime with a sort of a grotesque fascination; I am amused by the cheesy plots, the inane dialogue, and 80's-style animation quality. I actually owned this three-part OAV set on an import laserdisc(!). I always thought that the first episode was probably the highest in quality of the three as far as animation is concerned. When the Dangaioh does its transformation, it is quite smooth and fluid. But the second and third installments are pretty much low-end anime even for the 80's. I would've been much happier if this DVD release had only the first episode rather than the second and third; it would make more logical sense anyway! The fact that this putrid company released this DVD WITHOUT the first episode is not only insulting but aggravating. Hopefully, it'll at least fetch me a buck or two on eBay. Anchor Bay, you suck!"
English rewrite better than original Japanese version
Agent 760 | San Francisco, CA | 04/21/1998
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The story focuses around four ESPers: Miya, Lamba, Rol and Pai. They do not recollect any of their past memories, but the stories around their pasts will become evident to them as the series progresses. Under the careful guidance of Dr. Tarsan, they create a special force which controls Dangaioh, a gigantic robot with incredible powers. The original release in Japan had three distinct episodes, each running 45 minutes long. However, the English distributor decided to splice two out of the three episodes together and make the first episode a prologue to the rest of the movie, a good change, since the original anime did not seem to follow any logic. The character acting for the English version made for a colorful rendition for English speakers, although the plot created did not follow the original Japanese version accurately. However, the changes made for a better understanding of the original work and really impressed me, although I felt that its conclusion left me hanging. Another of its drawbacks was the musical score, which reminded me of an animated version of Power Rangers. Of its positive points, the character designs were created by Shoji Kawamori and Koichi Ohata, famous for their works on such animes as M.D. Geist and Super-Dimensional Fortress Macross. END"