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->''"The Ultimate Marriage Between Man, Woman And Machine"''
-->--'''Show {{tagline}}'''

In the past, Earth was [[AlienInvasion under attack from an alien force]] called the "Mimetic Beasts". They carry the [[TheVirus Insania Virus]], which usually targets males and mutates them into monstrosities. TheHero, Goh Saruwatari, along with his partner Milla Ackerman, pilots the HumongousMecha pair [[MeaningfulName Dannar and Neo Okusaer]] and led the final battle against the HiveQueen of the Mimetic Beasts, driving it away at the cost of Milla's life, but in the same time, Goh saved a young girl named Anna Aoi, the daughter of his boss. Attempting to get over Milla's death (whom he actually loved), Goh decided to move on and...proposed to Anna, despite the age gap (Anna's still a high school girl, Goh is...well, someone that would be of a tenured salaryman).

Flash forward TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.

Five years later, all's set for Goh and Anna to get married. Anna already confirms her vow, but right before Goh can declare his...he gets an urgent call that the Mimetic Beasts are back and he needs to go pilot the Dannar and quell them again, thus forcing him to delay stating the vow to Anna. Frustrated, she tries to follow Goh, only to find the Neo Okusaer, sealed after Milla's death. Anna goes on to pilot it (since she's somehow a master of a [[IKnowMortalKombat similar riding game]]) and helps Goh, and thus their life as a newlywed couple and HumongousMecha pilot commence. Their two mechs can even combine into the mighty Godannar, complete with a final attack that requires both of them working in tandem to pull off.

This show is notorious for the amount of {{fanservice}} presented, especially {{gainaxing}}. At the same time, it's unique in that it combines over-the-top super robot action with, of all things, a nice dose of CharacterDevelopment: more exactly, an examination of marriage, as Goh and Anna face difficulties both on the battlefield and in their relationship.

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This show has the examples of:

* AchillesInHisTent: Anna, [[spoiler:after learning that Goh still has some feelings for Milla]].
* AdventureRebuff: TokenMiniMoe Lou Roux is never let into battle due to the dangers. [[spoiler:She rebels on her own eventually]].
* AffectionateParody: ''Godannar'' is a love letter to old-school SuperRobot shows and to the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' tokusatsu, and it's an absolute treat to any fan of either genre. The Super Robot side is well repented: from it's catchy theme songs (the first one sung by AkiraKushida, the second one's sung by [[JAMProject Ichiro Mizuki]] and MitsukoHorie) to its wholehearted embrace of cliches (CallingYourAttacks, [[TransformingMecha robots "hulking out" into more powerful forms]], CombiningMecha) and similar; the Ultra side has its monster designs and even behaviors call back to the old school Toku. That the monsters all explode when hit with the heroes' finisher just adds to the feel. As a result, this show is just one huge ball of awesome.
* AlienInvasion
* AllThereInTheManual: Lou's surname is never mentioned or shown during the series. Likewise, you'd never guess the Valentine siblings aren't blood- related without WordOfGod informing you otherwise.
* AnAxeToGrind: The Goddiner, China's super robot, has a pair of huge tonfas that can be turned into even bigger axes... and into a pair of kusarigama... and can be joined together to form [[ThisIsADrill a drill]]. Yes, Goddiner RULES. [[DemotedToExtra And yet it never makes it to]] ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars''.
* BackFromTheDead:
** Mira Ackerman, killed while fighting Mimetic Beasts during the backstory, mysteriously reappears at the end of the first episode.
** [[spoiler:Shizuru Fujimura, killed at the end of the first season, gets resurrected by Mira's kiss.]]
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: [[spoiler:Specifically, the ending, which gives the impression that Anna's going to die, as are lots of other people, and doom and despair will ensue. The "Lake of Blood" doesn't help things, either, or the fact the song's called ''Trench Coffin''!]]
* BattleCouple: Damn near all the characters.
* {{BFS}}: Ken's "Gainer" wields one. Its partner, "Celeblader", [[spoiler:transforms into an even bigger sword for Ken to use]]
* BodyHorror / NightmareFuel: The [[TheVirus Insania Virus]].
* BridgeBunnies: Konami Sasagure and Momoko "Momochi" Momozono.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Knight Valentine and little sister Ellis...almost.
* CallingYourAttacks: ''HEAAAARRTT BREAKEEERRR!!! SOULLLL BREAKERRRRR!!!!''.
* CombinationAttack: ''GODANNAR TRIPLE DRIVE!!!''.
* CombiningMecha: Every country's [[SuperRobotGenre Super Robot]] has to be formed by combining two units, save England's.
** No, even Dragliner is a CombiningMecha. It just stays precombined most of the time, because it's more transportable and usually stronger as a bomber.
* CannotSpitItOut: Damn near ''every'' tech in the Dannar Base.
* CantCatchUp: Subverted; the Godannar may be the most powerful robot on the good guys' side, but it can't do ''everything''. Its component units, Dannar and Neo Okusaer, are more than capable of winning the day without combining, and the other robots in the series can more than hold their own as well (even Lou's teeny-tiny "Cosmo Diver"). Also, some units specialize in environments in which the Godannar's actually useless, like underwater/in space (Cosmo Diver) and aerial fighting ("Dragliner").
* CatchPhrase: In the dub, Shizuru gave us "Who the hell do you think I am?", ''[[OlderThanYouThink way before]]'' [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]])
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** Both the Dannar and Neo Okusaer are launched by being dragged through the launching strip by a mechanical arm. Said arm pulls them by ''[[FreudWasRight their crotch]]''.
** When [[spoiler:Shizuru]] is doing her farewell speech, she says women aren't what they seem; they may be tough on the surface, but they're nice and soft on the inside. Cue a shot of the inside of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster's mouth]], which is meaty and wet and... let's just say a drill wouldn't look out of place inside it. She also destroys said mouth by shooting it with a nice, long, phallic cannon.
** The official DVD promo points out the freudian implications of a husband and wife "combining".
* {{Ecchi}}: Nothing too explicit, but the series ''is'' famous for its naughty humor.
* TheEngineer: The maintenance crew, obviously.
* {{Fanservice}}: Overloaded, to a point where the staff made a {{doujinshi}} to fund the production of the second season. But to roughly summarize:
** [[WhipItGood A robot using a whip?]] Check!
** [[BrotherSisterIncest A brother and sister who love each other a little TOO much?]] Check!
*** Kinda averted. They're not blood relatives.
** [[{{Yuri}} Lesbians?]] Check!
** Massively megalogigantic [[{{Gainaxing}} ultrabouncing]] mammaries, [[NonMammalMammaries even on the robots?]] Check!
*** [[HourglassHottie And the hips]] and booty to [[IncrediblyLamePun back]] it up? Check!
** [[BrainsAndBondage An intelligent woman who keeps her co-pilot as a submissive slave?]] Check!
** [[FreudWasRight Phallic symbols]] [[GagPenis out the wazoo?]] Check!
** [[HugeGuyTinyGirl A big, muscled, manly man]] and a teeny tiny girl who adores him and follows him around? Check!
** [[ClothingDamage Clothes getting ripped to shreds?]] Check!
** [[CoveredInGunge Slimed up girls?]] Check!
** [[MrFanservice Hot looking guys?]] Check!
** [[TransformationSequence Transformations(actually done by the robots) where people are seen naked?]] Check!
** [[SchoolSwimsuit A girl in a Japanese school PE uniform?]] Check!
** [[PantyShot Panties?]] Check!
** [[NerdsAreSexy Sexy brainy people?]] Check!
** [[{{Meganekko}} A spectacle wearing]], delicious older lady? Check!
** [[ImpossiblyLowNeckline All]] [[{{Underboobs}} possible]] [[VictoriasSecretCompartment forms]] [[AbsoluteCleavage of cleavage?]] Check!
** [[HotSpringsEpisode Completely random hot springs on a tropical island?]] Double check!
* {{Gainaxing}} (To the max, even the mechas if they look girly. Except Lou, but then again, she's a loli)
* GiantRobotHandsSaveLives: Ingeniously subverted: the Dannar has airbags that deploy specifically for this purpose.
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: They never explain where and why the Mimetic Beasts come to Earth...
* GoingCommando: When wearing the pilot suits. Also, it seems that none of the female characters wear bras.
* HandsomeLech: Knight.
* HeroicBSOD: Goh gets sorta traumatized at one point in the show to the point he can't pilot, and he REALLY goes on screen saver when [[spoiler:Shizuru dies]].
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Ken.
* HotBlooded: A massive subversion for {{mecha}}: [[spoiler:the more hotblooded a guy is, especially a pilot, the more they're likely to succumb to the Insania Virus and enter "[[BerserkButton Rabid Syndrome]]". The only exception are perverted or submissive men...or Tetsuya Kouji]].
* HotbloodedSideburns : In epic number.
* HumongousMecha: Indubitably.
* InstantArmor: A borderline use in the Mimetic Beasts, who can rapidly construct bodies for themselves out of whatever materials happen to be handy, including people.
* JumpedAtTheCall: When Goh ran off to fight the Mimetic Beasts, Anna's first impulse was to jump in a mech and run right after him.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Poor, poor Moukaku...and he just proposed to Shukuyu in the same episode, too...]].
* LanternJawOfJustice: Goh.
* LargeHam: Goh "I must scream out my grief louder than everyone else!" Saruwatari.
* LatexSpaceSuit (All of the pilot suits)
** Also, the crew of Cosmo Base. And ''the engineers of Dannar Base.'' '''''And the medical staff.''''' The members of MissionControl put these on as well before the final battle, with the two BridgeBunnies [[LampshadeHanging thinking they'd never have to wear the tight things.]]
* LittleMissBadass: Lou takes herself more seriously than most of the other characters.
* LowerDeckEpisode: Episode 17 follows the maintenance crew, showing off their everyday routines, what they go through when there's a Mimetic Beast battle, and some of their romantic drama.
* LoveDodecahedron: Goh has three women going after him: Anna, Shizuru and [[spoiler:Milla]], though the latter two [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy back down for Anna]]. Shizuru herself has Kouji and Goh's little brother Shinobu swooning over her.
* MaleGaze: Without it, this series would not exist. Period.
** Oh, Shizuru. Camera focus goes to her lovely butt. [[http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r277/Robo-Demon/4c26eafa8f76a1301f35f747b953142382a.gif Her butt is so big]] ''it gets her stuck'' while entering her mecha.
* ManlyTears: Plenty, given it's a friggin SuperRobot show.
* MarriedToTheJob: Protagonist Goh Saruwatari is married to Anna Aoi, daughter of his boss Dr. Kiriko Aoi, who is also now his mother-in-law.
* MayDecemberRomance: Goh is a SalaryMan, Anna is a schoolgirl. [[spoiler: Subverted later, when Go is put into stasis and wakes up years later... and he and Anna are the same age, physically speaking.]]
* MeaningfulName: "Okusaer" is taken from the word "okusa", which means "wife" in Japan. "Dannar" is taken from "danna", meaning "husband". [[spoiler:"Godannar" is a combination of Project "God" and "Anna"]].
* MistressAndServantBoy: Ekaterina and Kukrachyov, the pilots of Valspinner, which actually used the combination command "Slave On". It even became a plot point of how submissive and "unmanly" Kukrachyov is when [[spoiler: the male pilots one after the other flip out from the virus.]] Just to drive the point home, [[spoiler: Shadow, one of America's lesbian pilots, is the only girl affected by it because she's the "manly" one of the two girls.]]
* MsFanservice: Nearly any notable female would count, but the trope champion of Godannar is undoubtedly Shizuru. Oh god, Shizuru!
* MultinationalTeam: Other than Japan, there's Russia, USA, Britain and China.
* MusicalPastiche: A lot of the OST is recycled from Michiaki Watanabe's earlier compositions from ''Anime/{{Iczer}}-One'', ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'', and the ''Franchise/MetalHeroes'' franchise. This is somewhat natural considering this IS an AffectionateParody of '70s super robot shows.
* NamesToKnowInAnime
** Creator/TakayukiKondo (Go)
** Creator/MaiNakahara (Anna)
** Creator/YumiKakazu (Shizuru)
** Creator/NobuyukiHiyama (Kouji)
** Creator/KaoriShimizu (Lou)
** Creator/AyaHisakawa (Milla)
** Creator/HikaruMidorikawa (Knight)
** Creator/YukariTamura (Ellis)
** Creator/MamikoNoto (Momoko)
** Creator/ToruOkawa (Ken)
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Ken's "Blade Gainer". A giant super robot ninja with a cape and earrings and a skyscraper-sized sword, with a GIANT ROBOT CROW perched on its shoulder. Piloted by Ken, whose voice is the same as [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Colonel Roy Mustang]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Rufus Shinra]], with {{shout out}}s to the [[{{Daimos}} Double Blizzard]] from its blade. [[RuleOfCool Yeah]].\\
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''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsK'' takes it a step further, by making it a something of an expy of [[{{GunXSword}} Van]], who just happens to be in the same game. It even has the ring jingling...
* NotQuiteDead: Kouji, shot down near dead many times, but his response is always "I'm not dead...".
* OddCouple: Goh and Anna: a man at work with a high school girl that hasn't even graduated. Some MayDecemberRomance, huh?
* OutOfClothesExperience: Shizuru, after [[spoiler:she "dies" at the end of season one. Sadly, it ends up just a FramingDevice for a RecapEpisode]].
* ParentalAbandonment
* PoppingButtons: Kiriko Aoi [[http://www.majhost.com/gallery/thunderpig/yepy/godannar2.gif does this]] in the 5th episode, and her shirt stays that way for the rest of the episode.
* PutOnABus: Lou for much of season two.
* RescueRomance: Goh and Anna.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Lou and Ken.
* {{Robeast}}: The Mimetic Beasts.
* RunningGag:
** "I'm not dead..."
** Also Morimoto's "[[CannotSpitItOut Will you m-...m-...m-..."]] to Hayashi.
* ShooTheDog (How Lou gets separated with her soon-to-be-dead father, the beginning of her RoaringRampageOfRevenge)
* ShoutOut:
** Tetsuya Kouji's name is taken from the heroes of MazingerZ and GreatMazinger ('''Kouji''' Kabuto and '''Tetsuya''' Tsurugi). Also, look at the NinjaPirateZombieRobot entry. The show's second theme song is even sung by Ichiro Mizuki, THE singer for anime robot theme songs, including Mazinger, CombattlerV, {{Dangaioh}} and many other classics.
** Anna's outfit while doing the TrainingFromHell is a shout out to Noriko Takaya of GunBuster
** Tatsuya Aoi, Anna's dad, is voiced by Hiroya Ishimaru, the voice actor for Kouji Kabuto in MazingerZ. And the first thing he does when he reveals his identity is order the Z MISSILE to be fired. Ye-he-hea! Not to mention that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qPLDGJJzLw&feature=player_detailpage#t=465s this is how he looks like in his youth]].
** In episode 2, Goh is reading a Newspaper that has the Marriage of Gai and Mikoto (of GaoGaiGar fame) as it's headline. This show is really all about shout outs from hommages to attack names, seiyuu and character's names. There would be far too many to list.
** Musical homage to a tune from ''Series/SpaceSheriffGavan'' is used during several battle sequences. Specifically, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtmCGiJmmbc&feature=related Laser Blade theme]], which has gotten a lot of mileage (also getting an homage in ''DanGaiOh'').
* StockFootage: Any Dannar/Neo-Okusaer launching sequence or any CombiningMecha sequence.
* {{Stripperific}}: All female pilots...even Lou.
* VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: Makes a less-than-appreciated debut in Scramble Commander 2, but a "proper" one in [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsK K]]. Although none of the non-Japanese mecha and characters make it in so it still hasn't gotten a complete showing. [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsL L]] has some late mechs cameo, but the playable mechs remains the same.
* TheTease: Shizuru does this Kouji with glee, which does nothing to squelch his ginormous crush on her. It's implied that since Shinobu like her too, she does this purposely get them to fight over her for the lulz.
* TrainingFromHell:
** Right after Anna debuts in piloting, she's subjected to this.
** Lou also goes through one when being trained to pilot by [[spoiler:Ken]], set to a [[TrainingMontage training montage]], to boot.
* TransformingMecha: The Cosmo Diver has a vehicle mode for underwater and space mobility in addition to a humanoid form. Dragliner first separates its somewhat underwhelming humanoid RealRobot cargo, and the remainder of the bomber goes into Beast Mode.
* {{Tsundere}}: Deconstructed. Shizuru was this for Go, but she only managed to push him away from her. When she decided that she ''did'' love him... he was with Anna already.
* {{UST}}: There's SO much UST in this series, it's probably what fuels the robots. Plasma Drive be damned.
* {{Vapor Wear}}: Not one female on the show wears a bra.
* TheVirus: Insania Virus.
* WalkingTheEarth: [[spoiler:Lou and Ken]] are shown doing this. It even looks like it's pulled out of FistOfTheNorthStar; perhaps a ShoutOut?
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* WhipItGood: Ekaterina's robot has a laser whip...and is [[FemmeFatale QUITE appropriate, considering her personality]].
* WorldOfHam
* WrenchWench: All female technicians in the Dannar Base.
* XMeetsY: ''GetterRobo'' meets ''AiYoriAoshi''.
* YourTomcatIsPregnant: A conversation between Anna and her mother reveals this had taken place off-screen regarding Anna's by this time very visibly pregnant cat. Mew.
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