The first of the Braves.Brave Exkaiser
) is the first installment in the Brave Series. It was broadcast in 1990 through 1991, and mostly draws inspiration from Transformers
. The story begins with Exkaiser and his men chasing the Geisters through space and their search takes them to the Earth. Soon, a boy named Kouta comes across the titular robot and a bond between them is formed.
Exkaiser was so popular, it soon spawned seven Brave shows after it. Even today, long-time fans still remember it fondly.
This show provides the following tropes:
- Alien Among Us: The Kaisers, duh.
- Bizarre Alien Biology: The Geisters are alien robots...Alien robots who can smoke, drink sake and eat cuckoo-clocks.
- Badass: Exkaiser and Co. Also, Dino Geist.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Dino Geist hurls himself into the sun, to avoid being captured by Exkaiser.
- Big Bad: Dino Geist.
- Big Damn Heroes: The Kaisers. All. The. Time.
- BFS: Great Exkaiser's sword.
- But Now I Must Go
- By The Power Of Grey Skull: Change, (Name)!!!
- Calling Your Attacks: "JET BOOMERANG!" "THUNDER FLASH!!" "THUNDER ARROW!!"
- Combining Mecha: The Raker Brothers, Max Team, and Exkaiser's auxiliary mecha.
- Cool Big Sis: Fuuko to Kouta
- Cool Car: Dash Max
- Cool Plane: Sky Max.
- Cool Train: Blue and Green Raker.
- Car Fu: More like Car Parkour.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The final battle between Exkaiser and Dino Geist.
- Deus ex Machina: There are some in a few episodes.
- Drill Tank: Drill Max.
- The Faceless: Dragon, Dragon Kasier's drone form.
- Five-Man Band
- Hey, It's That Guy!: The Geister robots are "played" by the original Dinobots from Transformers with new paintjobs. Takara actually used modified Transformers designs in every Brave show except Fighbird and GaoGaiGar.
- Hot Blooded
- Humongous Mecha: King Loader, Dragon Jet.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to the more grim Jushin Liger anime, this show is about as kid-friendly as it gets.
- Laughably Evil: Despite being the most dangerous space pirates in the Galaxy, the Geisters have a collective IQ of about 5.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Dragon Kaiser, anyone?
- Monsters of the Week
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Geisters.
- Shou Hayami: Exkaiser.
- Theme Music Power-Up: In episode 35 Kotomi playing the show's ending theme on the piano causes the battered Kaisers to have a Heroic Second Wind.
- Victory Pose