Computer On! God Troping! DESCRIBE RAIDEEN HEEEEEEEEEERE!
Brave Raideen (Yūsha Raidīn) is a Super Robot
anime series. Produced by Tohokushinsha, Asahi News Agency and 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, the giant robot-like protector of the lost continent of Mu
, senses the evil presence
and awakens within its golden pyramid. A young Japanese boy, Akira Hibiki, is alerted about the Demon Empire by a mysterious voice
and rushes to the pyramid. It is soon revealed that Akira is a 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 the daughter of a prominent scientist
, 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 Ambassador Magma
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 Yoshiyuki Tomino
, 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 Combattler V
, Voltes V
This series was the second collaboration between writer/director Yoshiyuki Tomino
and artist Yasuhiko Yoshikazu. The first work to feature both men was Wandering Sun
(Sasurai no Taiyō) (1971). The two would later team up again for both Mobile Suit Gundam
and 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 Production I.G
). Chousha Raideen
was a Genre Shift
(to Henshin Hero
) featuring a Five Man Boy Band
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 robeasts
Despite the word "Yuusha" in the title, it has nothing to do with the later "Yuusha" series
produced by Sunrise
Not to be confused with Raiden
, the Shoot 'em Up
video game series, or Raiden the Mortal Kombat
This anime provides examples of:
- Abusive Precursors: The Youma Empire.
- Action Girl: Ray Asuka
- Alas, Poor Villain: Prince Sharkin who after failing to defeat Raideen in his giant monster form, commits suicide by Seppuku while shouting glory to his empire to the end. He sheds the first visible blood in the series. Even Akira was sadded by his death and realized what a Worthy Opponent the guy was. Even Raideen looks grief stricken.
- Animal Mecha: Reideen's alternate shape looks like a bird.
- Atlantis: The lost continent of Mu
- Badass Biker: Akira Hibiki
- Badass Longcoat: Riki Jinguchi
- Benevolent Architecture: 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: God Blade in REIDEEN
- Big Bad: Emperor Barao.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: God Breaker! Gorgon Sword!
- Blow You Away: Manual Power On! Psychic Rays! God All-phaaaa! Raiiiiii!
- Bragging Theme Tune
- Butt Monkey: On the human side, fat kid Dan Araiso. On the demon side, General Agyaru.
- Calling Your Attacks: Every attack beginning with God on this page.
- Chewing the Scenery: 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.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Mari Sakurano
- The Dragon: Prince Sharkin in the first half of the series, Co-Dragons The Violence Brothers in the second half
- Eldritch Abomination: Emperor Barao, who's true monstrous form is a cross between Satan and Cthulhu
- Evil Is Hammy: With their booming voices, maniacal laughs, and sweeping arm gestures, the demons seem to be in constant testosterone overdrive.
- Evil Laugh: 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.
- Expressive Accessory: General Agyaru's helmet resembles a demonic head, and its expressions always mirrors the General's.
- Expository Theme Tune: "The Radiant Skies, the sparkling oceans. There is no way, I would let them fall into the hands of demons!"
- Expy: The character of Char Aznable was based on Prince Sharkin.
- Midorino Akira in REIDEEN. You would be forgiven if you confused her with Reika Mishima.
- Falling into the Cockpit: 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.
- Groin Attack: Mari does this to General Agyaru.
- Henshin Hero: Chousha Raideen
- Invisible to Normals: The transformed Reideens and Chouma in Chousha Reideen.
- James Bondage: Akira's father was the show's damsel in distress. The indignities he suffered included being turned to stone and tied to a cross (not at the same time.)
- The Lab Rat: Uber-nerdy Dr Sarumaru, resident computer whiz, who also whips up cool gadgets from time to time.
- Latex Space Suit: Akira's pilot suit.
- The Legions of Hell: The Youma Empire.
- The Load: Akira is always surrounded by children who can be counted upon to put themselves in mortal danger every episode.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: God Block!
- Make Me Wanna Shout: GOD... VOIIICE! GOD... RA MUUUUUUUUUUUU!
- Malevolent Masked Men: Sharkin wore a cool mask.
- Names to Know in Anime: Masato Shimon.
- The Nudifier: 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 Team Mom's main tasks is providing the team with spare clothes.
- One-Winged Angel: Sharkin's 150-foot-tall battle form.
- Panty Shot: Even the monsters wanted to see under Mari's skirt.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: God Boomerang!. Justified at Raideen is a robot and can control its trajectory.
- Prophecies Are Always Right: 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.
- Ramming Always Works: God Bird, Change! Chojun Set!
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Akira's eyes turn red when Raideen is talking to him telepathically.
- Robeast: Fossil Beasts
- Shock and Awe: God Thunder!
- Shout-Out: "Raideen" was named after the sumo wrestler "Raiden Tameemon".
- Who in turn was named after Raiden, the Japanese god of thunder.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Curiously, most merchandising refers to the original 1970s Raideen as Reideen...
- Spiritual Successor: According to RahXephon director Yutaka Izubuchi, the similarity of designs and powers of the title robots and the basic plots of RahXephon and Raideen are intentional... Which is taken to its logical conclusion in Super Robot Wars, where RahXephon's debut was in a game which also featured Raideen, and the two shows had a lot of common plot points.
- Super Robot Wars: First appeared in Super Robot Wars 3. Later appeared in Shin, Alpha, Alpha Gaiden, Compact, Compact 2 Trilogy, MX, and Alpha 3
- Team Pet: Ponta the tanuki.
- Transformation Name Announcement
- Transforming Mecha: Raideen was able to transform into a robotic eagle.
- Tsundere: Mari is a rather high-maintenence girlfriend.
- Turned to Stone: Akira's Father in the first episode.
- Worthy Opponent: Prince Sharkin, who could be described as a literal noble demon.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Akira's mother, although she's really Ra Mu, not Japanese.