Anime: Panzer World Galient

In one night, the three-thousand-year history of House Volder was destroyed. No, as long as the prince lives, it is not over. One day, our greatest dream will come true. After that abominable day, a journey of hardships began... all to escape the gaze of Marder's hunters. It was obvious that Marder, subjugator of Arst, would issue orders to capture the prince. It became necessary to raise the prince as my own grandson. But this did not mean we were fleeing with neither purpose nor destination. We believed that, somewhere in this world, an iron colossus existed, and it was this unknown land that we sought. The legends of old state that "when evil rules the world, Galient the Iron Giant will manifest, and cleanse this world of darkness."

Panzer World Galient (機甲界ガリアン Kikōkai Garian)(1984-1985) is a Humongous Mecha anime produced by Sunrise and Tatsunoko Production, directed by Ryosuke Takahashi of Armored Trooper VOTOMS fame and featured the mechanical designs of Yutaka Izubuchi (who also designed mechas in some Gundam series and Patlabor, as well as created and directed Rahxephon).

Set in the far flung medieval-looking world of Arst, the millenia-old kingdom of Volder is celebrating the birth of Prince Jordy Volder when the troops of the conqueror Marder invade the capital city, using an army of advanced robots called panzers. The city falls easily, and during the battle the king is killed and the queen kidnapped, but not before they trust their newborn son to Asbeth, one of their most loyal and most Badass soldiers. Asbeth flees the city and becomes a wandering warrior in order to hide Jordy from Marder, raising him as his own grandson while searching the land for the legendary giant robot "panzer" Galient, which is one of many panzers to have been preserved underground for thousands of years. Twelve years later, Jordy finds Galient and prepares to fight Marder, who is conquering all of Arst in preparation of his plan for dominance of the Crescent Galaxy.

Galient is noteworthy for being one of the first anime to combine a Medieval European Fantasy setting with Humongous Mecha.

Compare and contrast with Aura Battler Dunbine and Vision of Escaflowne.

Tropes from the show:

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  • Ace Custom: Hy Shaltat's Wingal Zee, which has a silver coat of paint and wields two tomahawks (instead of one, unlike the others).
  • Action Girl: Hilmuka. Martial artist, sniper... you better believe she can look after herself in a fight.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Jordy Volder is a surprisingly focused and capable fighter, considering the fact that he's merely 12 years-old.
  • After the End: Several millennia before the beginning of the show, the world of Arst was devastated by a terrible war. Most of the survivors left the planet as the rest started to rebuild it. Tens of centuries later Arst is inhabitable again, but their inhabitants technology has regressed to medieval levels.
  • Alien Sky: Planet Arst is orbited by two moons.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Redd Windu, who is dark-skinned but it is hard to tell what race he is supposed to be.
  • A Mech by Any Other Name: Collectively, they're called Armored Soldiers (Kikouhei). Each mech line is also classified with the prefix word Panzer. For example, Galient is Panzer Blade, centaur mechs like Promaxis are Panzer Trampler, while flyable Wingals are Panzer Gust.
  • An Ax To Grind: General Zaba's robot and some more mechas use battle axes.
  • And I Must Scream: After getting captured, Queen Felia -Jordy's mother- was frozen, framed and turned into a strange blend of living painting and statue to adorne Marder's private chambers. She is aware, but she cannot move, talk or even blink.
  • Animal Mecha: Galient's Falcon Flight Form.
  • Apathetic Citizens: The Lanplatians. Even when a tower falls on their friends right in front of them, they just stand there drooling in confusion. Marder's grand plan is actually to make them forget this and care about *something* again.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Chururu gave one to Jordy in episode 3 when she asked him if he liked Hilmuka and to tease her, he replied "What if I do?"
  • Awesome, yet Impractical: Galient's Flight Form makes quick travel to other places convenient, but since it has no weapons to speak of, it's completely vulnerable to aerial attacks. Luckily, this is eventually fixed via the Assault Galient upgrade.
  • Badass and Child Duo: Asbeth and Jordy in the first chapters. The later was the prince, the former was his surrogate grandfather and his father's trusted knight.
  • Bald of Evil: Marder has one makes glaringly obvious he is not good.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: In episode 3, an enemy mecha swung an axe at Galient. Galient blocked it with both forearms, managing to stop the strike, but the impact sent it backwards.
  • Beard of Evil: Marder has a pretty thick. He even has a goatee.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between Jordy and Chururu. They fight constantly but they are fond of each other.
  • The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: Swords always act like this in this series. In one episode, two characters are dueling when the vehicle where they are standing on blows up. The sword of one of them flew away and landed right on its tip.
  • Cut Short / Bittersweet Ending: The anime sort of just...ends. The Arstians all escape Lanplate, and the Eraser comes and wipes out the planet and all of its inhabitants. Marder abruptly decides to end the Arst War and spend the last few minutes with his people.
  • Chest Blaster: Marder's battle robots have a blaster located in their midsections.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Between Jordy and Chururu. They met when they were toddlers. Then got married eventually.
  • Child Soldier: Jordy Volder, not that the circumstances give him much of a choice in the matter.
  • Clingy Jealousgirl: Chururu gets pretty temperamental when a beautiful woman like Hilmuka is around Jordy.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: In chapter 6, to prevent the Marder troops from striking White Valley, Hilmuka suggest to raid Marder's weapons factories to draw his troops away from White Valley. Windu logically protests that place is bound to be heavily guarded -since it is Marder's lifeline-, but Jordy decides to do it anyway.
  • Crush Blush: Chururu blushes when someone mentions her crush on Jordy.


  • Diagonal Cut: This is how Galient finishes many of Jordy's friends.
  • Distressed Damsel:
    • Queen Felia gets captured in episode 1.
    • Himulka kidnaps Chururu in episode 3.
  • The Dragon: Hy Shaltat, Marder's Royal Guard Commander. He is his most loyal and most valued warrior.
  • Dual Wielding: Hy Shaltat does it with two axes.
  • Empathic Weapon: Galient often feels Jordy's distress and acts accordingly.
  • The Empire: Marder's Empire.
  • Enemy Civil War: The first time that you see General Zaba and Commander Hy, you can easily tell that they don't like each other AT ALL.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Zauel's sword spins like a drill.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Both Marder and his dragon Hy are prone to big, dramatic speeches and declarations.
  • Evil Overlord: Marder.
  • Expy: Hy Shaltat has Chirico Cuvie's exact face.
  • Faceless Goons: Marder's soldiers always wear a mouthless white mask that covers their heads fully and a blue helmet.
  • Falling into the Cockpit: Jordy enters into Galient and pilots it for first time despite of having no idea of how piloting machines, let alone robots -let alone that robot-. Justified, since he was being mind-controlled during the ordeal for someone that transfered in his mind the necessary knowledge.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: When Jordy and Asbeth arrive at White Valley, Jordy meets and befriends White Valley's leader's girl, Chururu. Shortly after Asbeth and Chururu's father explain to both they had already met when they were two-years-old, during an ealier visit of Jordy's "grandfather". Naturally, since Jordy and Chururu were toddlers back then, they had completely forgotten that.
  • Fricking Laser Beams: In chapter 5, characters are floating in an inversed gravity enviroment, helped by slow-moving jetpacks, and still are capable to dodge laser beams.


  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Subverted. In episode 4, Chururu was throwing a tantrum, and Hilmuka slapped her in order to calm her down. However, the only it managed was making Chururu crying and screaming louder.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Chururu wears this hairstyle.
  • Green Eyes: Hilmuka has green eyes that add to her considerable appeal.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Averted with Jordy, who uses a dagger, and played straight with his sword-wielder mecha.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Marder. While it's made apparent early on that he wants to take over the entire Crescent Galaxy (to the point of treating Arst's conquest as an anciliary goal), the reason why isn't revealed for a good while. It turns out that he sees the peace on his home planet of Lanplate as "false", since the populace is practically emotionless. As such, he plans to use Arst's technology to cause a chain reaction that will plunge the entire galaxy into all-out war, with him as the victor that will promote true peace.
  • Human Aliens: Neither of the characters in show are from Earth and all of them look like your baseline human. There are not discernible differences between people of Arst -like Jordy or Chururu- or people born in other planet -like Hilmuka or even Marder-. Justified, since Hilmuka and other people from her homeworld migrated from A Rst a long time ago.
  • Humongous Mecha: The titular giant robot and the panzers.
  • I Miss Mom:
    • In the first chapter Jordy asks Asbeth about his deceased mother. Asbeth's reply makes clear that Jordy constantly asks about her.
    • After being forced to leave White Valley Chururu also begins to miss her mom and dad.
  • In Universe Nickname: Jojo for Jordy Volder. Justified, since Asbeth is hiding his royal lineage until the time is right to rally up the White Valley's rebels.


  • Jet Pack: Several Marder's squads use them. In episode 4, Hilmuka and Chururu used jet-packs to travel across a low-gravity area (Inverted Trope in this instance, since they were using them to STOP themselves from flying away).
  • Kid Hero: Being twelve-year-old, Jojo is even younger than your average Humongous Mecha show protagonist (barring the Zambot3 pilots).
    • During chapter 5, Hy is trying to find out who is the pilot of Galient. When he realized Jojo was the pilot, he was shocked.
  • Killed Off for Real: Asbeth and General Rhodan. Also, the end credits in the final episode heavily imply this for Hy Shaltat and Marder, as well.
  • Kill Sat / Attack Drone: The Eraser is a network of these that uses a powerful gravity surge to destroy the surfaces of planets.
  • The Kingdom: The Kingdom of Arst. Marder invaded it and conquered in the first episode.
  • Large Ham:
    • Redd Windu. Of course, given that his voice actor is Shigeru Chiba, it's to be expected.
    • Hy tends to be... quite dramatic when he gets angry or thrilled:
      Hy: Cur, who are you? I will expose your true might!
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Jordy is a repeat offender. He is too Hot-Blooded, rash and loud for his own good. And he is unable to keep it low during a stealth mission. As his friends are trying to decide how storming an enemy base to create a distraction, he decides that they don't need a plan and he will charge and storm the front gates.
  • Lost Technology: Under the ground of Arst are buried giant robots, advanced machinery and weaponry... they are leftovers of wars waged long ago and forgotten.
  • Luminescent Blush: As seen in chapter 6, talking to Jordy about love is the quickest way to get his face red (he even stutters in a very cute fashion).


  • Macross Missile Massacre: Artillery Panzers used that tactic. In episode 7 a large group of them surrounded the cave where Jordy and his allies were hiding and shot volley after volley of explosive projectiles.
  • Mecha-Mook: Out of the Marder Army's entire supply of Panzers, the Promaxis is the most common one.
  • Mecha Show
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Asbeth became Jordy's surrogate grandfather, mentor and trainer, taking care of him and training him since he was a newborn. He died trying to kill the Big Bad to fulfill a prophecy that would ensure Jordy's victory over Marder.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Assault Galient.
  • Mindcontrol Eyes: In episode 3, Jordy's pupiles fade and only his blue irises are visible as his mind is being controled by Galient.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Marder often shows up floating in a reanimation chamber completely naked. To be an old guy he is pretty muscled and well-toned.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Himuka.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: In episode 5, to keep Jordy and the crew from escaping, Hy turns off the gravity-scrambling device that was altering gravity in the whole valley. Jordy and his friends are about of dying from falling, from being hit by rocks... and then they find themselves about of getting crushed between two walls of rock, with no escape. However, Protz turned on the device to keep his own base of crumble apart, accidentally saving them right on time.
  • Obviously Evil: With his black outfit, piercing eyes, black goatee and lack of hair, it'd be difficult to mistake Marder for anyone other than the Big Bad.
  • Ojou Ringlets: Queen Felia has very long and curly.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: Some of the giant robots of Marder resemble mechanical, giant, horned, one-eyed centaurs armed with lances, shields and Chest Blasters.
  • Original Video Animation: Three of them: Crest of Earth and Crest of Heaven are Compilation Movies, while the third, Crest of Iron, is an Alternate Universe.


  • Panty Shot: Chururu is a rather unfortunate provider of these. Somewhat disturbing, since she is twelve.
  • Parental Substitute: Asbeth became Jordy's "grandfather" after his father's death and his mother's disappearance.
  • Power Crystal: Galient has one between its eyes.
  • Real Robot Genre
  • Red Is Heroic: Galient is almost completely red. Also, Jordy wears black and red armor and body suit.
  • The Rival: After their first duel, Hy gets quickly obsessed with defeating Jordy and crushing Galient. He goes as far as to disobey orders.
  • Rock Beats Laser: Played with. In the first battle, Marder's forces were equiped with beam weapons and giant robots and wiped out easily their enemies armed with traditional swords and lances. Sometimes, though, an army equiped with nothing but bladed weapons -albeit backed by Galient- managed to beat them.


  • Schizo Tech
  • Science Fantasy: The setting is a typical medieval fantasy world... with giant robots thrown in the mix.
  • Shonen Hair: Jordy Volder.
  • Shoulder Cannon: Assault Galient's beam gun and Monocot's flash arrow pod. Panzer artillery troops are fitted with long cannons on their shoulders to shoot dozens of explosive projectiles every round.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Hilmuka has this combination of colour of hair and eyes.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Where to even start? At the very least, X Nebula's fansub transliterations of the names are pronounceable.
  • Super Robot Wars: Galient shows up in Super Robot Wars BX.
  • Spoiler Opening: A small example. The Zauel and Skartz are briefly shown in it, long before their respective pilots appear in the story proper.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: Wingal's tomahawk can be used as beam gun.
  • Sword Fight: As you may expect in a show where both human characters and mechas use bladed weapons, there were several throughout the series (like the scuffle between Himulka and Hy in episode 5).
  • Tap on the Head: In chapter 5, Hy uses the "karate chop to the neck" variant with Lord Protz. The blow was strong enough to slam Protz in a nearby railing, though.
  • Tears of Joy: In chapter 5, Chururu cries in happiness when she meets Jordy again.
  • Tell Me About My Father: Jordy constantly asks Asbeth about his mother. One of his first lines in the series consists of him asking: "What my mother was like?". Inverting the trope, he is not seen asking about his father, but his surrogate grandfather decides motu propio to tell him that he is son of the late King of Arst.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: In episode 5, Redd grabs Himulka's breast as hugging her. He got slapped for it.
  • The Three Faces of Eve:
    • Queen Felia is the wife, calm, mature and wise.
    • Hilmuka is the temptress, beautiful, sultry, and more than willing to use her charms to get what she wants.
    • Hot-tempered, rash, immature, emotional twelve-year-old Chururu is the child.
  • Transforming Mecha: Galient can morph into a jet fighter (which really resembles [a valkyrie's hybrid mode.
  • Trickster Mentor: Hilmuka, to some extent.
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero: Asbeth looked after and raised Jordy after his parents' death, teaching him to be kind, honorable, selfless and generous. When Jordy grew up he became The Hero that freed planet Arst from tyrant Volder and ruled the planet fairly.


Tropes from Third OVA: Crest Of Iron

  • Ace Custom: Both Jordy and Marder have their own version of Jinbahei.
  • Alternate Universe: Jordy, Hy Shaltat and Chururu both are brothers-in-law, Hilmuka is not an Alien.
  • Attack Drone: Tetsukyojin electrifying own sword, and attack Jashin- Hei and broke the sword, but the broken parts from the sword fly and attack Jashin-Hei destroying him, and back from the grip from the sword and rebuild him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: and How Tetsukyojin destroy all army without one serious damage!.
  • Foreshadowing : In the beginning of the OVA, one thunder hit the hut showing in a flame a image from Hy Shaltat killing King Madaru.
  • Snake Mecha: Jashin Hei piloted by Hy Shaltat.
  • Villain Protagonist: Hy Shaltat.

What is the point of eternal peace? Life and death clash against each other. Lusts and ideals intertwine, and joys and sorrows color this world. Therefore, paradise... can only be unbearable grief. It can only be unbound joy. The paradise of all living things is, indeed, in chaos.