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The Brave Series (or Yuusha Series) is a toy and animation franchise formed after toy company Takara had ended the animated "Generation 1" storyline of Transformers in Japan. Following a decline in the series' popularity that led to the cancellation of the OVA series Transformers Zone, Takara struck a cooperative deal with the animation studio Sunrise (known for the Gundam series) to develop a new franchise and set of toy lines. This would lead to the development of the Brave Series, a landmark Super Robot series in the 1990s.

The Brave Series includes:

A ninth series, The Saint Of Braves Baan Gaan, was planned but never produced. However, development was so near completion that Sunrise considers material from it to be canonical. The material meant to be used in this canceled series was later recycled into the plots for the Brave Wars Video Game Quantum Leap Rayserver, and later into the unrelated Super Robot anime GEAR Fighter Dendoh. Also, due to the OVA GaoGaiGar Final Grand Glorious Gathering Version, Betterman could be considered as a spinoff to the series.

Names to know for this franchise:

  • Kunio Okawara: Chief Mechanical Designer of Sunrise, who, was already the Chief Designer for the Gundam franchise, came into the department to design all of the principal robots within the Brave Series franchise. He then eventually designed nearly every single robot for GaoGaiGar.
  • Masami Obari: One of the most important animators involved throughout the series. Mainly on Title Sequences and Finishing Moves.
  • Nobuyuki Hiyama: The only voice actor to be cast as Principal Actor more than once throughout the franchise, note  earning him the reputation of The Hero; and ultimately became the person representing the franchise as a whole for the franchise's various anniversary events.
  • Shinji Takamatsu: Director for 3 consecutive series of the franchise. note  Later known to be the director of, out of all works: Gintama, and Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto.
  • Show Hayami: The only voice actor to be cast as the Principal Robot more than once throughout the franchise. note 

Common tropes that are seen throughout the franchise are the following: