'''Computer On! [[CallingYourAttacks God Troping]]! [[DescribeTopicHere DESCRIBE RAIDEEN HEEEEEEEEEERE!]]'''

Brave Raideen (Yūsha Raidīn) is a SuperRobot anime series. Produced by Tohokushinsha, Asahi News Agency and Creator/{{Sunrise}}, it aired on NET (now TV Asahi) from 4 April 1975 to 26 March 1976, with a total of 50 episodes. The official name being Raideen the Brave, it is mainly known as "Brave Raideen," or "Heroic Rydeen"

After a slumber of 12 millennia, the Demon Empire awakens to seize control of the Earth. Raideen, [[LostTechnology the giant robot-like protector of the lost continent of Mu]], [[DetectEvil senses the evil presence]] and awakens within its golden pyramid. A young Japanese boy, Akira Hibiki, is alerted about the Demon Empire by a [[TheVoice mysterious voice]] and rushes to the pyramid. It is soon revealed that Akira is a [[SingleLineOfDescent descendant of the ancient people of Mu who must help Raideen save the Earth]].

In typical anime style, Akira is aided by Mari Sakurano, who happens to be [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter the daughter of a prominent scientist]], [[TagAlongKid and his friends from the soccer club]].

The Brave Raideen series is renowned in Japan as the first to include a giant robot whose origins are mystical rather than scientific; Raideen itself is in fact portrayed as a sentient being. Raideen is also historically noteworthy for being one of the first transforming giant robots (the eponymous hero of ''Series/AmbassadorMagma'' was an earlier character, although his transformation from robot to rocket ship was not a detailed mechanical transformation). The diecast toy version of Raideen, released in Japan in 1975 by Popy, was the first true transforming robot toy. Brave Raideen was the first anime mecha work of anime director and writer Creator/YoshiyukiTomino, better known as the creator of Gundam. The latter half was directed by Tadao Nagahama, and may be seen as a predecessor to his famous Romantic Trilogy, consisting of ''Anime/CombattlerV''[[note]]Pronounced "Combattler 'Vee'".[[/note]] , ''Anime/VoltesV''[[note]]Pronounced "Voltes '5'".[[/note]] and ''{{Anime/Daimos}}''.

This series was the second collaboration between writer/director Creator/YoshiyukiTomino and artist Yasuhiko Yoshikazu. The first work to feature both men was ''WanderingSun'' (Sasurai no Taiyō) (1971). The two would later team up again for both ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91 Gundam F-91]]''.

There were followup series in the 90s (''Chousha Raideen'', or ''Raideen the Superior'') and 2000s (simply titled ''REIDEEN'' and now animated by Creator/ProductionIG). ''Chousha Raideen'' was a GenreShift (to HenshinHero) featuring a FiveManBand chosen to guard the secret of Reideen from the Chouma, a race of demons who seek to use the Super Robot to their own evil ends. ''REIDEEN'' is the story of Junki Saiga, a teenager whose family has come out into the country to identify the remains of his archaeologist father when he finds himself standing in the way of the powerful Reideen and a group of aliens to wish to steal it. ''REIDEEN'' is noted for a seemingly slow style of movement and combat that more realistically depicts the sheer size and mass of the mecha and {{robeast}}s.

Despite the word "Yuusha" in the title, it has nothing to do with the later [[Anime/BraveSeries "Yuusha" series]] produced by Creator/{{Sunrise}}.

Not to be confused with ''VideoGame/{{Raiden}}'', the ShootEmUp video game series, or Raiden the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' character.


!!This anime provides examples of:
* AbusivePrecursors: The Youma Empire.
* AccidentalKiss: Mary and Akira.
* ActionGirl: Ray Asuka
* AlasPoorVillain: Prince Sharkin who after failing to defeat Raideen in his [[OneWingedAngel giant monster form]], commits suicide by {{Seppuku}} while shouting glory to his empire to the end. He sheds the [[BloodlessCarnage first visible blood]] in the series. Even Akira was sadded by his death and realized what a WorthyOpponent the guy was. [[ExpressiveMask Even Raideen looks grief stricken]].
* AnimalMecha: Raideen can turns into an eagle-like jet for faster flight and often used for Raideen's finishing attacks.
* {{Atlantis}}: The lost continent of Mu.
* BadassBaritone: Especially evident when he calls "God" attacks, Akira's voice is way too deep and awesome for kid to have, but nobody cares because it's that awesome.
* BadassBiker: Akira Hibiki
* BadassLongcoat: Riki Jinguchi
* BenevolentArchitecture: After an earthquake, Akira was riding his bike towards the docks. Some chunks of shattered concrete just had the right shape to use them like a springboard.
* {{BFS}}: [[spoiler:God Blade in REIDEEN]]
* BigBad: Emperor Barao.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: '''God Breaker! Gorgon Sword!'''
* BlowYouAway: '''Manual Power On! [[PsychicPowers Psychic Rays]]! God All-phaaaa! Raiiiiii!'''
* BraggingThemeTune
* ButtMonkey: On the human side, fat kid Dan Araiso. On the demon side, General Agyaru.
* CallingYourAttacks: Every attack beginning with God on this page.
* ChewingTheScenery: And the best part about the above is that Akira's voice drops several octaves as he declares each one, hence the bold emphasis everywhere.
* ChivalrousPervert: Dan Araiso toward Mari, in several occasion he watch her panties.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Mari Sakurano become jelaous of Asuka everytime Rei is around him.
* DeadpanSnarker: Jinguuji.
* TheDragon: Prince Sharkin in the first half of the series, CoDragons The Violence Brothers in the second half
* EldritchAbomination: Emperor Barao, who's true monstrous form is a cross between {{Satan}} and [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]]
* EvilIsHammy: With their [[LargeHam booming voices]], [[EvilLaugh maniacal laughs]], and [[MilkingTheGiantCow sweeping arm gestures]], the demons seem to be in constant testosterone overdrive.
* EvilLaugh: All demons practice this particular form of performance art, but Sharkin is the virtuoso. His laugh is no mere expression of amusement, it's a battle cry.
* ExpressiveAccessory: General Agyaru's helmet resembles a demonic head, and its expressions always mirrors the General's.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: "The Radiant Skies, the sparkling oceans. There is no way, I would let them fall into the hands of demons!"
* {{Expy}}: The character of [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char]] [[CharClone Aznable]] was based on Prince Sharkin.
** Midorino Akira in ''REIDEEN''. You would be forgiven if you confused her with [[Anime/RahXephon Reika Mishima]].
* FallingIntoTheCockpit: When Reideen sensed the coming of the Demons, he called Akira by telepathy. Akira led towards Reideen like if he was in a trance. When he woke up he was inside the Reideen's cockpit and surrounded by monsters, and the first thing he did was screaming: "LET ME OUT OF HERE!". Reideen tried calming him down, stating he only needed think what wanted him doing and he would heed his mental commands.
* GroinAttack: Mari does this to General Agyaru.
* HenshinHero: Chousha Raideen
* InvisibleToNormals: The transformed Reideens and Chouma in ''Chousha Reideen''.
* JamesBondage: Akira's father was the show's [[DistressedDamsel damsel in distress]]. The indignities he suffered included being [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] and tied to a cross (not at the same time.)
* TheLabRat: Uber-nerdy Dr Sarumaru, resident computer whiz, who also whips up cool gadgets from time to time.
* LatexSpaceSuit: Akira's pilot suit.
* TheLegionsOfHell: The Youma Empire.
* TheLoad: Akira is always surrounded by children who can be counted upon to put themselves in mortal danger every episode.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: '''God Block!''', a retractable shield in its right arm.
** EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: This is later upgraded to be used as a buzzsaw called '''God Block! Spin!'''.
* MakeMeWannaShout: The '''God Voice'''. From the chest of Raideen, some satellite dishes are shown to amplify by several times Akira's voice, who screams "God Ra Mu". Extremely powerful purple sonic rings are launched from those satellite dishes, to entrap enemies and tear them apart at a molecular level. However, this attack has heavy repercussions to its pilot, Akira.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: Sharkin wore a [[CoolMask cool mask]].
* TheNudifier: As the heroes of ''Chousha Reideen'' find out, you may have been wearing clothes when you transform, but you don't get them back when you revert. One of the TeamMom's main tasks is providing the team with spare clothes.
** This also is present in the subsequent series, ''[=REIDEEN=]''. Between the fact that the robot enforces manditory nude piloting, [[{{Fanservice}} Junki being a definite bishonen]], and him spending a good deal of the early episodes naked, [[DistractedByTheSexy it can be a bit hard to follow the plot.]]
* OneWingedAngel: Sharkin's 150-foot-tall battle form.
* PantyShot: A RunningGag with Mary that wear always mini-skirt. Even the monsters wanted to see under Mari's skirt.
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: '''God Boomerang!''', a red bladed bird-like boomerang hidden in its right arm. . Justified at Raideen is a robot and can control its trajectory.
** BoomerangComeback: And it tends to make this kind of movements.
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: In the ancient chronicle of the land of Mu, it was said when the Age of Demons began, Raideen would awake and battle with the demons. Of course, all of it came to pass.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: '''God Bird, Change! Chojun Set!'''
** Subverted in that [[BolivianArmyEnding we aren't told whether the attack was actually successful.]]
** DetachmentCombat: '''God Bird, Change! Head Cutter!'''
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Akira's eyes turn red when Raideen is talking to him telepathically.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: "Raideen" was named after Raiden, the Japanese god of thunder.
* {{Robeast}}: Fossil Beasts
* ShockAndAwe: '''God Thunder!''' where he summon lightning from the sky and directing it towards an enemy.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Curiously, most merchandising refers to the original 1970s Raideen as ''Reideen''...
* SpiritualSuccessor: [[WordOfGod According to]] ''Anime/RahXephon'' [[WordOfGod director Yutaka Izubuchi]], the similarity of designs and powers of the title robots and the basic plots of [=RahXephon=] and Raideen are intentional...
** Taken beyond the logical conclusion in the fanfic ''FanFic/SupernaturalTaisen'', where Raideen and [=RahXephon=] are in fact one and the same.
* TeamPet: Ponta the tanuki.
* TransformationNameAnnouncement
* TransformingMecha: Raideen was able to transform into a robotic eagle.
* {{Tsundere}}: Mari is a rather high-maintenence girlfriend.
* TurnedToStone: [[spoiler:Akira's Father]] in the first episode.
* VillainSong: Barao Ga Warau by Koorogi 73.
* WorthyOpponent: Prince Sharkin, who could be described as a literal [[NobleDemon noble demon]].
* YamatoNadeshiko: Akira's mother, [[spoiler: although she's really Ra Mu, not Japanese]].