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Anime: Detonator Orgun

Tomoru Shindo is an ordinary college student who is having some troubles. He doesn't really know what he wants to do with his life, outside of maybe joining the Earth Defense Force. Lately, he's been having odd dreams about protecting a woman from some giant monsters. He also has dreams about some mecha named Orgun running from some other mechas, which get destroyed by Orgun for their effort.

It's more than a dream: A race of metallic warriors called the Evoluder (no, not those Evoluders) have been traveling through the galaxy annihilating all civilizations in their path, and Earth is next. But Orgun, one of the higher-ranking Evoluders, has gone rogue and is determined to make it to Earth first, even if it costs him his life.

Meanwhile, a woman named Dr. Michi Kanzuki had received signals from the moon thanks to the supercomputer I-Zach causing her to build her own mecha. When the Evoluder attack and the EDF's weapons are unable to do anything to it, Dr. Kanzuki's mecha wakes up and breaks out. Dr. Kanzuki goes after it in an attempt to retreive it. At the same time, Tomoru tries to find the place where the aliens have been attacking. In the process, they are both attacked and trapped by the aliens only to be saved by the Doctor's robot. Tomoru and the robot, which turns out to be Orgun fused together, go to fight the aliens.

This is a three episode OVA from 1991. It was directed by Masami Obari and distributed by AIC and Artmic (which notably featured many of the staff from Bubblegum Crisis, including Obari himselfnote ).

This work contains examples of:

  • Beam-O-War: Orgun's Cross Attack against Zoath's Anti-Matter Cannon
  • Big Damn Hero: Orgun pulls one when Youko was about to be attacked by one Eyd.
  • Blade on a Stick: Orgun uses a double edged polearm.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "OOORGUN!"
  • The Cameo: Catty in an EDF recruitment commercial.
  • Defector from Decadence: Orgun
  • Double Weapon: Orgun uses one in the fight against the Evoluders.
  • Expy: Tekkaman Blade can be seen as a expy of Detonator Orgun to the point that in Super Robot Wars W both D-Boy and Tomoru are worried about being taken over by their powers.
    • Actually, both are reimaginings of the same show, the original Space Knight Tekkaman.
  • Fiery Redhead: Averted, while Youko does have Red hair she's a rather calm and surprisingly nice person.
  • Generation Xerox: Evoluders and Earthlings.
  • Kill Sat: Zoath's Anti-Matter Cannon.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Against Zoa, when Tomoru finds out what he's fighting for.
  • La Résistance: EDF's Solid Armors and Orgun.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine - The P.A.S.F.U., a commercial interactive movie/video game that works in your own dreams.
  • Power of Love: Tomoru uses this against Zoa.
  • Powered Armor: Orgun is like Tekkaman Blade in the sense that they are both considered Super Robots thanks to Banpresto but are small so they could really be considered Powered Armor.
    • The Solid Armor used by the EDF (based on Orgun's second form) seems to be a little different that most types: It's like a robot that digitizes the pilot into data instead of being worn.
      • Other way around. The Solid Armor is based upon Orgun, yes, but is worn. Orgun is part of a race that had become so advanced, they ARE the power armor.
  • Shout-Out: The shouts are retroactive as Detonator Orgun is rather old but the bird-man suits can make you think of Macross and Appleseed
  • Super Robot Wars: Appears in W.
  • Transforming Mecha: Actually Transforming Powered Armor, really. In both Aerial and Tank varieties.

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