The Unchallengeable Daitarn 3 (無敵鋼人ダイターン3, Muteki Kōjin Daitān 3, lit. Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3) is an anime series created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yatate, and produced by Sunrise. It was first broadcast on Japanese TV in 1978. The series lasted for 40 episodes. The opening theme Come Here! Daitarn 3 is sung by Makoto Fujiwara.Sōzō Haran was a brilliant scientist that was conducting research on Mars. He created a form of cyborg life with the ability to think for itself. These cyborgs, dubbed the Meganoids (メガノイド, Meganoido), soon ran out of control and killed Dr. Haran along with his whole family, save his youngest son, the 16-year-old Banjō Haran.Banjō escapes from Mars on a rocket with a solar-powered super robot called Daitarn 3, which was built with the special metals of Mars. Now 18 years old and living on Earth in a luxurious mansion, Banjō fights against the Meganoids with the aid of his faithful butler Garrison and his two gorgeous companions, Action Girl and ex-INTERPOL agent Reika Sanjo and his childhood friend Beautiful "Beauty" Tachibana. Oh, and Bratty Half-Pint Toppo, a surprising crack shot who they picked up from a city that got levitated off the ground by the Meganoids in episode 2 and then stays with Banjō & Co. for no apparent reason. Together they must stop the evil Meganoids which aspire to turn all humans into cyborgs and thus "improve" the human race.
Crazy-Prepared (A strip of platinum is all it takes to counter the effect of the Meganoids' brainwashing liquid. Banjō keeps one on his person at all times, just in case he's captured and dumped in a vat of the stuff.)
Improbable Age/Younger Than They Look (Banjō is seriously 18 years old, even though he looks like a man in his thirties and have graduated several colleges, been a member of CIA for quite some time and has traveled through various countries A LOT)
Thank God the real Jimmy Dean, a country music star and founder of a brand of sausages didn't find out.
Limited Wardrobe (Played straight with Banjō, Toppo and Garrison; averted for the two bond girls female sidekicks. Also, defied in episode 20: Koros captures both Beauty and Reika, turns them into Meganoids and sics them on Banjō. Banjō kills them both, then explains that he noticed "Beauty" and "Reika" are wearing different clothes than the ones they left home with, and therefore are two female Meganoids disguised as Beauty and Reika, who indeed are still being held captive by Koros.)
An interesting point to note is a light comedic element running through the whole series - the Meganoid foot soldiers exert some of their own personality with witty banter, bringing a fresh change to the silent drones which permeated super robot series previously.
Once an Episode: "Borrowing the power of the Sun! Sure-kill attack! SUN ATTACK!" and "DAITARN CRASH!"
Power Of Love, The: Quite literally in episode 17: Reika uses her pink, heart-shaped mind-beams of love to convince a man with Psychic Powers to refrain from killing Banjo.
Paper Fan of Doom: Daitarn 3 carries two of these. Note that Daitarn 3 is actually a Humongous Mecha. And Daitarn uses them for defense. Which may or may not be more outlandish. In Super Robot Wars, Daitarn 3 can use said paper fan to either block attacks in defense by opening the fan, use it like a sword to block sword attacks and missiles, or use them like nunchucks. Note that Daitain already has a pair of swords and it still uses the paper fan like this.
Redemption Earns Life\; Despite his personal hatred of the Meganoids, Banjō is more than willing to let the ones who show they are capable of love or are honourable live as long as they don't kill humans; he even offers most of his enemies multiple opportunities to surrender during his battles.