GEAR Fighter Dendoh is a 38-episode Super Robotanime directed and written by Mitsuo Fukuda and Chiaki Morosawa, a husband and wife team more (in)famous in America for Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny, along with Yasuko Kobayashi of Toku fame.Dendoh tells the story of an Alien Invasion of Earth by mechanical aliens known as the Galfa and two elementary school kids, Hokuto Kusanagi and Ginga Izumo, who are chosen to fight them by a giant kung fu robot called Dendoh. As chosen pilots of mankind's last, best superweapon, they are recruited by the organization GEAR to repel the invaders.As people familiar with Super Robot Genre anime can tell, Dendoh is pretty standard for the genre, and intentionally so. Where it excels is in its storytelling - not being Strictly Formula- and its likeable cast of characters and their relationships. And of course, tons of Shout Outs.The show's other major distinguishing point is that it's something of a buddy cop show: Hokuto and Ginga are complete opposites (the former is an introverted nerd, the latter is a boisterous jock) but they're forced to work together because only two people working in tandem can pilot Dendoh.A sequel was planned at one point, but when that fell through the staff released plot details, character, and mecha designs onto the Internet for all to see.This show provides examples of:
Action Mom: Mrs. Izumo is a badass martial artist, and then there's Vega, alias Mrs. Kusanagi
Continuity Nod: Three of the Professional Machines that appear in episodes 9, 10 and 11 also appear in the flashback of the fall of Alktos, destroying many combat robots and defeating and capturing Altair and Ogre.
There is a fansub in the works based off the Italian version.
No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Justified by Dendoh being alien technology that is not fully understood yet... And then subverted by the original builders having created not just Dendoh, but also Ogre and at least four other similar mechas (appearing only in a flashback due having been destroyed in battle by the Galfas).
Not So Stoic: Vega is usually very composed and cool, but sometimes things are so crazy that she can't help but flip.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Subverted by Vega, who wears a wig and contacts in addition to the traditional mecha anime mask
Post Episode Trailer: (featuring Hokuto and Ginga arguing about something pointless instead of telling you what's going to happen).
Properly Paranoid: Gear has a lot of hardware that would be just plain silly... Except that a plane that fires Dendoh's batteries is useful for in-battle resupply, and the fake Dendoh appearing in episode 9 was surprisingly useful.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Ginga and Hokuto, respectively. Later, partially subverted in terms of their abilities. Hokuto starts out more intellectual, coming up with the solutions to various problems, while Ginga has more strength and skill, but as time passes it becomes clear that Hokuto's combat abilities have increased greatly, while Ginga's intelligence has not, creating a noticeable imbalance.
Right-Hand Attack Dog: Emperor Galfa's horrific two-headed pet, Lagowe. Somewhat subverted as he wanders on his own.
Robeast: All the Galfas are technically this. They are divided in Galfa Soldiers, Mechanical Beasts (a Galfa Soldier that has found some technological artifact to absorb to become more powerful), Galfa Guards (a supposedly more powerful version of the Soldiers), Heavy Machines, Professional Machines, and Rasenjo (a spiral-like Big Dumb Object with heavy firepower and the ability to carry a crapton of standard-sized Galfas), plus Aldebaran (a relatively small starship-type Galfa), Zero (similar to a Professional Machine but immensely more powerful), Lagowe (a cyborg) and Emperor Galfa itself.
Secret Keeper: Ginga's parents and Hokuto's mother find out that they're Dendoh's pilots pretty fast (actually Hokuto's mother knew since the start, being Vega and all...), but don't tell. Most notable is Ginga's father, who is an Intrepid Reporter and, after finding out, destroys the memory card with the pictures proving it, deciding that the world doesn't need to know yet (and asking Eris to call him first when the world will need to know).
Wham Episode: Episode 12. It starts as a Breather Episode made of montage from previous episodes with some elements of future episodes placed in, and then, right at the end, Vega takes off the wig that prevents people to recognize her as Hokuto's mother and confirms that Altair is her older brother, and Eris deduces that there is a seventh Data Weapon.
It also incorporates a lot of unused elements from Project Z, a proposed third GaoGaiGar show, most notably the two protagonists are patterned after Mamoru and Kaidou. The nonsensical idea of two kids being forced to pilot a Motion Capture Mecha together was originally a somewhat more understandable result of the two protagonists having to use their alien powers to fuel the new human-built Gaogaigar's Hell and Heaven attack in the absence of a G-Stone, as the last one was trapped on the other side of the galaxy with Gai and Galleon at the end of FINAL.
You Have Failed Me: Emperor Galfa threaten to feed Rasenjo's main underlings to his pet Lagowe as punishment for their failures (and it's implied that the very act of sending Lagowe to fool around inside Rasenjo and on Earth is a potentially lethal punishment, as the monster is liable to eat them just because), but he never gets around doing it due Lagowe and the underlings getting killed by Dendoh.