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Ace Pilot: Puria Richardson and Lee Jenshin each pilot a Cool Plane, and are indispensible allies to Gaiking on the battlefield, helping him out of many stickiy situations.
Alternate Continuity / In Name Only: The only things the two shows share in common are the mecha (obviously including the Daikuu-Maryuu and Gaiking themselves), and Daiya's last name among other things (attacks, the way certain things in the series look i.e. Dvorak's face being the original Face Open with all the original attacks) Otherwise, the second series is a completely separate series that has no relation to the original.
An Axe to Grind: Gaiking and Vulking's Great Axes. Surprisingly, despite being on the cover art for Super Robot Wars K, Gaiking's axe does not show up in the game. In episode 14 Shizuka arises from scrap and seems to be dual wielding two that appear to be Getter Tomahawks of the Shin Getter - Armageddon variety...
Ascended Extra: Kain started out as one of Nouza's direct subordinates. Very, very quickly, all the other subordinates got killed off. Kain, however, sticks around and pretty much is the only reason Nouza got over his Heroic BSOD. Daiya's childhood friend also becomes very prominent in the last eight episodes.
Kain is also the only one of Nouza's lieutenants that actually makes it into Super Robot Wars K.
Beach Episode: Episode 7 sees the crew disembark to relax on a beach.
BFG: The Serpent support ship can dock with Gaiking's right arm to be a gun
Big Bad: At first, the 17th Emperor of Darius who spends most of the series focusing on other matters, so his generals take center stage. Later on, Proist ascends to being The Dragon, and finally becomes the Big Bad near the end after the 17th Emperor of Darius reveals his intentions.
Big Eater: Daiya comments off-handedly about lunch being the most mportant thing in the day.
Book Ends: Daiya's first and last battles both end with him using a point-blank Hydro Blazer while the show's theme plays.
A nice one for the Puncher Grind attack. When Daiya first uses it, he fires it off without warning, Wrong Genre Savvy in his belief that it'll return using propulsion and guidance like any other Rocket Punch. The first time he uses Giga Puncher Grind as Gaiking The Great, it misses Proist completely, who doesn't expect that it has Raiking's wind power and can thus fly through the air with ease (and hit her on the return trip)
Cassandra Truth: At the start of the story, nobody believes Daiya about the monster he saw five years ago when his father was lost at sea.
Chekhov's Gun: In the first episode, when Naoto grabs Daiya's Gridder, it burns. This seemingly is because enemies are approaching, or because the Daiku Maryu entered the human world again. The real reason turns out to be that Naoto has a flame JUST AS HOT as Daiya. This would come in handy later when Rongo is unable to pilot Daiku Maryu, as he is the only other person capable.
Gaiking can also combine with its three support bots (Stinger/Superior Stinger, Serpent, and the Crab Bunker) to form Sky, Buster, or Marine Gaiking, can combine with any number of them (namewise, a combination would be something like "Sky Buster Gaiking"), and can combine with all three to form Triple Gaiking. The Maryus also technically combine with their respective robot in that the robots chest is the "head" of the Maryu (except for Tenku-Maryu - Raiking's chest is on Tenku-Maryu's chest area as well). And finally, Superior Stinger can combine to form a second head for Daiku Maryu.
Coming-of-Age Story: Going hand-in-hand with the Down the Rabbit Hole setting. There's a strong theme about becoming independent from your parents; Garis requests that all the Daiku Maryu crew members are adults - not necessariily in terms of age, but in terms of responsibility, and Daiya has to make the step to part with his mother, not knowing if he'll be alive to see her again. Several characters' arcs involve growing independent from their parents, most notably Proist, who represents a negative aspect of independence - she emotionally depends on her father, and when she kills him accidentally, she loses what little sanity she had left in her grief.
Curb-Stomp Battle: The battle between Chou Maryuu Dvorak and Gaiking the Great. Proist doesn't even get a single hit in, and is not only badly beaten but horribly humiliated as well.
Dark Is Not Evil: the black flame of the Darius is not inherently wrong or evil, although Proist's was potent enough to kill her father without even noticing
Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Subverted. Face Open appears to be this at first, but it's not forbidden, per se - they just hadn't installed the restraint mechanism to turn it off before Daiya collapsed from heat exhaustion. After this, it becomes a standard Super Mode.
Designated Hero: Double-subverted in-universe. Daiya finds out fairly quickly that the people on Darius view the Daikuu Maryuu as invaders and he has to face the fact that technically they are the bad guys. And then we find out they're just helping out a pre-existing rebellion that got started by inhabitants of Darius anyways and the Darius Empire isn't as noble as the citizens think.
Deadly Upgrade: Face Open at first. During his first time using it, Daiya had no way of turning it off and was exhausted of all possible strength. It wasn't until later that an emergency shut-off was installed.
Super Robot Wars K omits this little detail as the emergency shut-off is in the attack's animation all the time, including when it first debuts in the game proper.
Eye Beams: The Despair Sight on Gaiking. On Raiking and Gaiking the Great, they are stored in the fingers.
Actually, both Raiking and Gaiking the Great HAVE Eye Beam Despair Sights. Raiking only uses it one time (under enemy control), and Gaiking the Great never chooses to use it.
Fastball Special: The Shinryu Hydro Blazer (and its Death Fire Combination Attack) is a variation. While Daiya doesn't exactly throw an ally at the opponent, he does throw a ball-shaped Hydro Blazer either directly at an enemy or towards Dick to launch back at the enemy.
Faux Affably Evil: Proist generally maintains a cool, regal air about her person, masking her ruthless nature with a persona of elegance. The illusion shatters whenever she loses face and succumbs to her inner rage.
The Dragon: Proist, the member with the Emperor's interests most often on mind, and the one who usually tries to get things done just for the sake of Darius. Although, after The Reveal, she turns out to be just as self-serving as any of them
In Name Only: Aside from Daiya's last name, the Daikuu Maryuu and Gaiking themselves (which both use the same attacks) and the names "Darius" and "Death Cross", this series has no other connections to the original series.
It shares a lot more than that. Kill Jaguar bears the same animal theme of the original Gaiking support robots (that is, based on an animal), Death Fire is thrown around a lot more (it used to be a Gaiking exclusive attack, in Face Open mode at that), some attacks used by the originals were moved (The Miracle Drill and Giant Cutter were moved from the Daiku Maryu to the Daichi and Tenku Maryus respectively), and at one point Gaiking uses a Combination Attack with the Daiku Maryu reminiscent of the Fire Wheel Cutter (for that matter, the shield on the Volution Mode of the Daiku Maryu is reminiscent of that same attack).
Instant Expert: Downplayed. When Daiya first gets into Gaiking, he knows how to run, jump and fight, but doesn't know how to use any of Gaiking's special attacks.
Lolicon: Dick seems to be specially interested in Ruru, y'know...
Made of Explodium: The Kaiju cause the dock to explode with every step they take in the first episode.
Meaningful Name: "Puria" is a subversion; she's not exactly pure in personality.
Mid-Season Upgrade: Superior Stinger (Puria) and Vulking (Lee). Nouza also gets a power up when he turns good in Raiking (far stronger than anything he had as a villain). Daiya gets three, technically - one when he unlocks Face Open, one when he figures out the mechanics of Lee's martial arts style (leading to the Shin Ryu Hydro Blazer), and one with Gaiking The Great.
Off Model: This is not an anime that relies upon its looks to entertain its audience; most of the series was made up of the usual choppiness expected from Toei However, pretty much any scene animated by Hiroyuki Imaishi (of Gurren Lagann and Dead Leaves fame) could be really fun to watch.
Only Known by Their Nickname: Mecha variation. Puria is one of the very few people who refers to the Crab Bunker by its actual name. Everyone else pretty much uses Daiya's nickname for it, "Kani Tank", which pisses off Puria. Daiya takes the nickname further when the Crab Bunker docks with Gaiking by calling the new combined form "Kaniking".
Reality Ensues: It turns out that, when something you're holding if shot and explodes, a lot of dust gets in your eyes, and will probably blind you for a significant period of time.
Rocket Punch: A Discussed Trope. As soon as Daiya learns that Gaiking has a move like this, he fires it off immediately. It doesn't come back, before Ruru radios in to tell him that it doesn't have a mechanism to return to Gaiking, and that he should only be using it as a finisher move to avoid leaving him without an arm. He later improvises a return mechanism by using the grappling dart technique, Zecter Hook, to snatch it back from the air.
And when he's in Gaiking The Great, it can return on its own because it has Raiking's turbines on it.
Robeast: Daiku Maryu and Vestaanu's Mechanical Beasts.
Serial Escalation: Face Open increases the power of Gaiking's Flame Power by eight. Gaiking the Great has ten times the flame of regular Gaiking. The Final Battle gives us Face Open: The Great, which is Gaiking the Great using Face Open - eighty times the Flame Power of regular Gaiking!