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Brave Command Dagwon (''Yuusha Shirei Daguon'') is a 1996-97 anime, the seventh entry in Sunrise's BraveSeries.

Whereas in past entries the protagonists tended to be self-aware robots, the primary characters in Dagwon are high-school students who, after transforming into their Dag-(insert your favorite element here) forms, and then fuse with their mecha - they don't pilot their mecha, they ''are'' their mecha.

The show first aired at around the tail end of Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion, and is clearly influenced by it - think "well-adjusted high-schooler Shinji" and that's half the show. The other half being an invasion by alien prisoners from the Sargasso prison in nearby space, a plot closer to standard Tokusatsu fare.

Rather unfortunately overshadowed by ''{{GaoGaiGar}}'', the next Brave Series show.

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'''Brave Command Dagwon provides examples of:'''

* AnimalMotifs: Fire Dagwon is a ...bird of some sort. Shadow Dagwon is a dragon, a tiger, a wolf, and a hawk. Power Dagwon is a dinosaur. Lian is... a Lion sword.
* AnimeThemeSong: Of the ExpositoryThemeTune variety. It's very heroic.
* {{BFG}}: Gunkid, a newly-created gundroid with the personality and self-control of a 5 year old. Transforms into the Mugenhou - the "infinity cannon" - and can cheerfully blow away a mountain.
* {{BFS}}: Lian, a surviving Ken-seijin ("Sword-Alien", so... "Swordian"?). Can alter his size in sword form, anything from Fire Dagwon-sized to Fire En-sized.
* BigDamnHeroes: En and the Dag Base. Everyone else is captured and paralyzed by the BigBad in Sargasso. En can't do anything except shout out [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion "Move! Move!"]] at the unresponsive Dag Base. Then they fuse.
* {{Bishonen}}: The main characters were designed this way (even ''Geki'' to an extent), and are proportioned fairly realistically. The effect is... actually a little jarring in a mecha show.
* {{Blade Below The Shoulder}}: Shadow Ryu.
* BythePowerofGreyskull: Try Dagwon!
* CaptainErsatz: One of [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi Jabba The Hutt]] appears in episode 20. Dag Drill also bears a ''slight'' resemblance to Advenger from [[Anime/TheBraveOfGoldGoldran the previous installment]].
* ClipShow: Demakka-seijin tries this, and learns all he needs to know about the Dagwon... then accidentally gives the show a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny CMoF]].
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Super Fire Dagwon is a forced combination, and falls between this and DeadlyUpgrade. Gets used three times in the show, after which En has to spend some time unconscious.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Oh yes. As much as you can get for an anime appealing to grade-schoolers.
* DarkestHour: ...Leading up to Dag Base ''Robo's'' appearance.
* DrillTank: Dag Drill. Basically a steam locomotive-turned mecha with a large drill for a weapon. He also likes to tank.
* DynamicEntry: How Dag Base Robo enters Sargasso, fist-first.
* ElementalPowers: And how! Fire Dagwon is [[PlayingWithFire all about the flames]], Dag Turbo's is SuperSpeed, Dag Armor has [[MoreDakka weapons up the wazoo]], Dag Wing can fly and create [[AnIcePerson chilling]] [[BlowYouAway winds]], Shadow Dagwon is a {{Ninja}}, Thunder Dagwon predictably [[ShockAndAwe brings down lightning]], and Dag Drill burrows through the ground.
* {{Engrish}}: Kai's "Don't Say! Four or Five!". And "We Are Dagwon", the English version of the theme song - the lyrics are okay, but it's sometimes hard to understand what they are.
* {{Expy}}: Brave-seijin might just remind you of [[Anime/ZettaiMutekiRaijinOh Eldran]] or Series/{{Ultraman}}. A little bit.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: The actual BigBad, Genocide, comes off as this.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Mind, this is a kid's show. It's typically the aliens that get this.
** Example: there's a train car-sized bug on some train tracks. A commuter train is about to collide with it. Armor Shin shows up, opens fire, (cut to GDS), and the train passes safely over ''the bug-colored splatter on the tracks.''
* HotBlooded: En and Geki, Shin to a lesser extent. Fire Dagwon appears to literally have this.
* JumpedAtTheCall: At the outset, only En really took being a Dagwon seriously.
** Geki, upon meeting Brave-seijin for the first time, tells him to "hurry up and make me a Dagwon so I can go save Maria!"
* LargeHam: Geki shows shades of this as a Dagwon.
* LaserSword: Galaxy Luna has one of these.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: En gets the best toys to play with.
** However, this is in the sense that his mecha are the most well-rounded. Super Liner Dagwon is better at fighting multiple targets at once, Shadow Dagwon's Ga-oh Giri can destroy without collateral damage, and Thunder Dagwon is incredibly fast and agile in air or space.
* LawOfInverseRecoil: Subverted - Fire Dagwon and Power Dagwon can fire the Mugenhou just fine (from the right hip and left shoulder while using his shovel as a ground, respectively), but when Super Liner Dagwon and Shadow Dagwon try it (together!), they get blown back onto their asses a considerable distance away.
** Note that everyone is tuned to their own weaponry, and the trope is otherwise played straight.
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: Well there ''are'' seven of them...
* MaleGaze: Galaxy Luna has a brief one when she transforms.
* MeaningfulName: All the characters.
* MotionCaptureMecha: The characters directly fuse with their Dag Vehicles post-transformation.
* {{NINJA}}: Shadow Ryu, Dag Shadow, Shadow Dagwon... Ryu himself, when he feels like it.
* OddballInTheSeries: Dagwon, from top to bottom, does not resemble most other entries in the BraveSeries and suffered in ratings as a result. That said, its successor, GaoGaiGar, actually took some of the better ideas and refined them into the Crowner we know it to be.
* PowerGlows: And burns, for Fire Dagwon.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Dag Base Robo, when running on this, is capable of ''ripping an asteroid apart from the inside''.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: The last thing En yells as a Dagwon: I'M! A! DAGWON!
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Drill Geki ''and'' the Drill Liner live and breathe this trope. And, in order to stop Arc-seijin from freezing the world, En has to use the Fire Jumbo this way.
* {{Reconstruction}}: This show came out a bit before [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]] ended, and while it liberally borrows visuals (quite a few of the aliens could pass as Angels) and some other ideas, it wholeheartedly rejects the self-destructive nature of that show. ''Especially'' in the endgame. If you look closely, you can even see some of the elements that made it over to GaoGaiGar.
* RedOniBlueOni: Kai is the Blue Oni. The Red Oni is... everyone else, really, but mostly En.
* RedShirtArmy: The Zagos-seijins are based on ants, and fight with numbers.
* RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude: Essentially what Brave-seijin does.
** Subverted slightly, though - the teens he picked actually had useful skills, but with the exception of Ryu these don't really match the powers and equipment he assigns them. Kai is pretty good with a wooden sword, but becomes the speed-themed Dag Turbo, ''who doesn't have a sword''.
* {{Robeast}}: Occasionally, but most of the invaders are intelligent.
* RocketPunch: Fire Dagwon is designed in such a way that would allow this, but it's sadly averted.
* ShoutOut
** This show is basically Franchise/SuperSentai fighting [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Angel]]-style [[Series/{{Ultraman}} alien invaders]].
** The Mouser-seijin mecha attempts to use the [[Anime/CombattlerV Chou-Denji Spin]] on Fire Dagwon - complete with a Choudenji Tatsumaki-style holding effect.
** Brave-seijin is pretty obviously an Series/{{Ultraman}} ShoutOut, right down to the "Tearduct Eyeholes" at the corners of his eyes[[note]]The original Ultraman costumes, had little holes in the lit-up eyes, close to the nose, with the effect being that they were cross-eyed[[/note]] (only visible in closeup, though).
** The Thunder Shuttle is summoned with [[Anime/{{Daitarn3}} "Come here! Thunder Shuttle!"]] and one of Thunder Dagwon's finishers is the [[Anime/{{Zambot3}} Moon Attack]]. The Thunder-Lancer-from-the-chestplate thing is probably too broad to be a shout out, though.
** One of Dagshadow's attacks has him [[Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce combine the powers of Heaven, Earth, and Man]].
* SomethingPerson: Not quite how it usually works, but naming scheme is "Element-Name", ie: Turbo Kai.
** ...does this make [[GaoGaiGar Cyborg Guy]] the 9th Dagwon?
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: It's written 'Da-gu-o-n', but 'Dagwon' is the official romanization.
* StockFootage: Well, yeah - it's a mecha show.
* ThemeNaming: The 7 main characters all have single-kanji personal names related to the element or style of their Dagwon battle armor. Geki is the exception, since his name refers more to his attitude.
* TransformationSequence: Human -> Dag Tector battle armor, for the 7 main leads. Unlike most examples however, the sequences aren't overly flashy - pull the bracelet, suit comes on, easy peasy - and are [[SuperSentai Sentai]]-derived.
* TransformationTrinket: The Dag Braces.
* TransformingMecha: Of course! This does lead to some possible BodyHorror, however...
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