Anime: The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird
Brave of the Sun: Fighbird
was the second Brave Series
, which aired from 1991 to 1992 in Japan. The series centered around the adventures of Yutaro Katori, an android possessed by an energy-based lifeform
from space, and his fellow Space Police officers, in their fight against the evil being known as Draias.
Unlike the previous Brave series, Brave Exkaiser
, which featured the hero as an energy being which inhabited a car, Fighbird focused more on self-parodying humor by having the robot leader take possession of a humanoid-simulating android instead (which interfaces with the Fire Jet to form the robot Fighbird). This forces him to coexist with humanity on their terms, causing a great deal of trouble as he attempts to adapt to human life. The concept of the "Space Police Force" otherwise remains intact (though not connected to the earlier series), a key difference being that the mecha that Fighbird and one of the combiner teams use was developed previously by a human scientist, whose nephew accompanies the Space Police in their battles.
These are the tropes used in Fighbird:
- Absent-Minded Professor: Hiroshi Amano has his moments of being this.
- Adorkable: Yutaro Katori, whenever he assumes his lab assistant identity.
- Aloof Ally: Guard Wing. While he does cooperate with the other Space Policemen for the most part, he tends to go off on his own tangents.
- Animal Mecha: The Death Team, as well as most of the Mecha Beasts.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Guard Wing covers the "arrogant" part of the trope, as he claims to be the strongest member of the Space Police Force. Even after being summarily trounced by Draias.
- Badass: Katori kicks the asses of alien henchmen on a regular basis.
- Bald of Evil: Shura and Zol.
- Betty and Veronica: Yoshiko is the Betty and Momoko is the Veronica.
- BFG: The Gran Cannon.
- BFS: The Flame Sword. Great Fighbird's version of it is even bigger. On his end, Draias has the Death Blade.
- Big Bad: Draias.
- Busman's Holiday: Any time Katori and the Amanos go out on a trip, it just so happens that the location they visit is where Draias' men decide to carry out their latest plan...
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: Out of all the Space Police officers, Ace Baron is the one most likely to display this.
- Co-Dragons: Shura and Zol.
- Cool Boat: Aqua Baron.
- Cool Car: Road Baron, Guard Star, Guard Rescue, Guard Fire.
- Cool Jet: Fighbird, Sky Baron, Guard Wing, Fire Jet, and Draias Jet.
- Combining Mecha: Duh. In this case, the Guard Team, Baron Team and Fighbird himself (via the Fire Jet, Flame Breaster and, later on, Fire Shuttle and Breaster Jet).
- Drill Tank: Drill Baron.
- Elaborate Underground Base: Underneath the Amano Peace Labs.
- Energy Beings: What Fighbird, the Space Police, Draias, Shura, and Zol technically are.
- Evil Counterpart: Draias is one to Great Fighbird.
- Evil Old Folks: Dr. Jango.
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: Draias tries to make one as his main goal in the series, literally named Devil's Tower.
- Fiery Redhead: Momoko.
- Final Boss Preview: Happens whenever Draias decides to directly interfere with the Space Police's efforts.
- Friend on the Force: Inspector Satsuda, although he is also a bit of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Friend to All Children: Katori, as you might expect.
- The Heavy: Dr. Jango's main role. Except when Draias decides to act personally, that is.
- Hospital Hottie: Dr. Yoshiko Kunieda, although extremely indirectly.
- Hot-Blooded: Katori and Momoko. Fighbird/Great Fighbird and Guard Fire are literally so.
- Idiot Hero: Due to his lacking knowledge of Earth's culture, Katori comes off as this.
- Invisible Parents: While Kenta's mother and Haruka's parents do appear in a few episodes (one in the latter's case, as they are abroad in Germany), Kenta's father is never seen or mentioned.
- Intrepid Reporter: Momoko, natch. It doesn't help that she's infatuated with Fighbird, whom she is trying to interview.
- Jerk Ass: Guard Wing, to the point that Kenta himself wonders how the other Space Police officers can be friends with him.
- Kōji Totani: Guard Wing.
- Large and in Charge: Draias, which is only apparent when he has the 3-unit Death Team combined. Katori follows suit once he acquires his Great Fighbird form.
- Large Ham: Dr. Jango.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Dr. Yoshiko normally has her long hair tied into a bun and only lets it down in the last arc. Her hair is also seen this way in both of the openings.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Jango.
- Made of Evil: Draias, Zol, and Shura are composed of minus energy. The last arc features Draias harvesting this from space in an attempt to restructure the universe.
- Mecha-Mooks: The Teshitas, 'nuff said.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Fire Shuttle and Granbird.
- Monster of the Week: The Mecha Beasts, not to be confused with mechanical beasts or mecha-boosts.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Displayed from time to time, given that the heroes are Super Robots, though the Gatherway Blaster in episode 43 is a particularly blatant case.
- Nice Guy: Katori and Ace Baron, but especially the former.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Episode 36 has the Teshitas disguise themselves as vampires in Germany.
- Police Are Useless: Try as they might, the police is clearly helpless compared to the Space Police. Ironically, Inspector Satsuda becomes far more useful after finding out the Amanos' secret and formally deciding to support them.
- The Professor: Hiroshi Amano.
- Ramming Always Works: Thunder Baron's Finishing Move, the Thunder Crash.
- Rescue Romance: Momoko desperately tries to invoke this with Fighbird. No such luck.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Katori, again.
- Running Gag: Inspector Satsuda getting annoyed at his police car (really Guard Star in disguise) suddenly vanishing/being "stolen".
- Secretly Wealthy: Professor Hiroshi Amano, so much so that Inspector Satsuda hounds him because of it.
- Shonen Hair: Katori, but only when he's geared up to fight the villains.
- Space Police: Similarly to Exkaiser.
- Spell My Name with an S: When it comes to the series itself, Fighbird alternately gets referred to as Firebird, Fyvard or Fightbird.
- Supervillain Lair: Dr. Jango's Underwater Base in the Pacific ocean.
- Tagalong Kid: Kenta, though he gets to take a more active role.
- Tank Goodness: Ace Baron and the Baron Team.
- Team Mom: Haruka essentially fulfills this role for Katori and the Amanos.
- Team Pet: Champ the squirrel monkey, although he curiously doesn't make many appearances.
- Transforming Mecha: Of course! This is the Brave Series, after all.
- Triang Relations: Type 3, with Dr. Yoshiko and Momoko both having feelings for Katori. There is no clear winner.
- Would Hurt a Child: If it helps him achieve his plans, Dr. Jango won't hesitate to put children's lives in danger.
- Yasunori Matsumoto: Yutaro Katori aka Fighbird.