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Kazuya and Erika with Daimos in the background

Toushou Daimos (Hero Fighter Daimos, Great Leader Daimos, or just Daimos) is the third entry of Tadao Nagahama's Robot Romance Trilogy (or often shortened the Nagahama Romance), preceded by Combattler V and Voltes V.

Daimos tells the story of Earth being invaded by a race of Winged Humanoids called the Brahmins/Balmians, all due to failed peace negotiations that took a great toll on both sides. The Earth is outmatched, but they have hope in form of the Motion Capture Mecha Daimos, piloted by the Karate champ Kazuya Ryuuzaki. But problems arise when Kazuya himself meets a mysterious girl named Erika, and falls in love... and later finds out that she is the Princess of the Brahmins, and the sister of the head of the invaders, Prince Richter, to boot.

Just like its predecessor Voltes V, Daimos features alien enemies that turn out to be Not So Different, though it still follows the Monster Of The Week formula.

Daimos provides examples of:

  • Action Bomb: Episode ten featured a Mecha Soldier designed to latch on Daimos and detonate the nuke built in its body.
  • Action Girl: Nana is The Gunslinger. Erika gets upgraded to this in the manga Victory Five.
  • Afro Asskicker: Kyoushirou is LITERALLY an Afro Samurai
  • Airborne Aircraft Carrier: Guranrol and Cobrard. Both could carry around combat troops and several Mecha Soldiers. The first was equipped with giant missiles and four giant blades that could be turned in giant spinning cutters. The second was equiped with four-headed cobras that fired green lasers and a turret shot tinier missiles.
  • Alien Invasion: The Brahmins had no intention of invading Earth and wanted negotiating a peaceful settlement. However, the death by poisoning of their Emperor and the belief of Terrans had assassinated him changed that.
  • Aliens Are Bastards: Averted. Although someone who will be not mentioned -coughMiwacough- was convinced of it, Brahmins are not different than humans and most of them are decent people.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Richter. He cares for his sister a lot... but you would have a hard time telling it, firstly because he put his duties above his blood ties (I'm sorry if she has disappeared, but my obligation to find a place to settle our people on takes precedence about everything else, and my sister knew damned well she ought not go down to Earth) and later because he was not happy about her being in love with an Earthian.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Erika is tall, dark-haired and calm and rational.
  • Anti-Villain: All of the Brahmin antagonists except for Olban and his lackey, Georiya.
  • Award-Bait Song: The closing theme "Erika No Ballad". It sums up the Star-Crossed Lovers plotline right off the bat.
  • Badass Bookworm: In an episode where Dr. Izumi is at risk of dying, a flashback reveals it was him who trained Kazuya in martial arts. Kazuya even uses a move he was taught by Izumi to defeat the two enemy robots he's fighting.
  • Battle Couple: In a spinoff manga featuring the Nagahama Romance robots, Erika gets her own mecha, Phobos (aka Deimos and Phobos, the moons of Mars), which allows her to fight with Deimos and do a Combination Attack.
  • Beard of Evil: Olban has a nice, thick one.
  • Berserk Button: Kazuya is a good, nice, peaceful boy, but... Threatening his beloved Erika? Bad idea. Killing children in front of him? VERY bad idea. Getting people executed for no reason other than you are a racist nutjob? ASTOUNDINGLY bad idea. Miwa found out about that the hard -and very painful- way.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kazuya is a rather nice guy when not fighting. But if he's pissed off... he'll go majorly batshit. You're warned, Miwa.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Earlier in the series, Miwa is mostly treated as a buffoon and an annoyance. Over time, however, his General Ripper tendencies become more and more clear, like when he imprisons Kazuya with the accusation of being a spy after his romance with Erika is outed, and personally beats him.
  • Big Applesauce: The first episode opens with Brahmins blowing up New York, complete with the newly constructed World Trade Center twin towers.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Earth and Brahmin make peace, Kazuya and Erika reunite, but Richter died in a Heroic Sacrifice committed suicide.
    • Not to mention the lives of so many Humans and Brahmins were needlessly lost in a war neither side wanted.
  • The Blade Always Lands Pointy End In: Often, when someone lost his sword, it landed point-first on the ground. It happened to enemies but also to Kyoshiro.
  • Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Not literally, but Erika is about to be executed in her mother's wedding dress, and then wears another when she's about to marry Olban, and we know how that turned out.
  • Break the Cutie: Erika.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Very, very much so.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Erika is in constant fear of telling Kazuya that she played a part in killing his father, while in truth, a lackey of Olban did it, and he makes it look like Richter and Erika did it.
  • Compilation Movie: One titled Starbirds: The Movie was produced by 3-B Productions (the people who did Tranzor Z. It features a whole new round of Dub Name Changes (Kazuya becomes Kelly, Kyoshiro becomes Duncan) and Dub Induced Plot Holes (natural when cutting a 44 episode series down to a 72 minute movie), but is overall fairly coherent.
  • Cool Car: Kazuya's Tryper 75S, which boards a Cool Tranzer which in turn transforms into a Cool Mecha.
  • Diagonal Cut: Daimos does this to a enemy mecha in episode 8. And he did not it with a bladed weapon but with its hand.
  • Dub Name Change: Kazuya to Kelly in Starbirds, and Richard in the Philippine dub.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Erika is the princess of her people.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: One episode deals with Kyoshiro dealing with his ex-girlfriend from France.
  • Evil Laugh: Olban. In the English dub, he laughs at Daimos for being unable to penetrate his space station's shields.
  • The Evil Prince: Richter.
  • Expository Theme Tune: "Beat them, beat them, as long as you have strength. Show them your karate." And the closing credits tune narrates Starcrossed Lovers Erika and Kazuya love story.
  • Fantastic Racism: Mostly thanks to sever cases of Poor Communication Kills.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Brahmins have Western names, Ancient Egyptian or Greco-Roman culture and their religion looks Christian.
  • First Contact: The Emperor initiated it, hoping it led to a peaceful collaboration and understanding among both peoples. Unfortunately, not all shared his ideals.
  • General Ripper: General Miwa. Also The Neidermeyer and Butt-Monkey, sometimes.
  • Going to Give It More Energy: In one Daimos episode shows ups a Robeast capable to disintegrate matter -such like tanks, missiles and jet fighters-, turn it into energy and absorbing it. Kazuya was at a loss on how defeating it, until he decided testing how much matter it could absorb by feeding it with a forty-five-meters-tall Humongous Mecha.
  • Gonk: Balbas, one of Richter's lackeys.
  • Good Wings, Evil Wings: The Baam-Seijin had functional, angel-like, white wings sprouting from their backs. Their wings don't represent their alignment at all, though, they were not portrayed like being inherently good or evil, but like Not So Different than humans (Always Chaotic Evil was completely averted).
  • The Gunslinger: To some degree, Nana.
  • Hero Ball: The good guys certainly take a lot of time to figure out that Erika is just pretending to be into marrying Olban while secretly planning to murder him. Despite being blackmailed into marrying him in the first place, despite her reaction when she realizes she shot Kazuya with an actual bullet. The bad guys, including the future husband himself, are much more suspicious of her new-found loyalty.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Halleck in episode 9.
  • Home Base: The Space Daimobic, which has multiple functions of The Battlestar, Space Base and Mission Control.
  • Hotblooded Sideburns: Kazuya.
    • Lampshaded in the intro. When he is doing his karate, a close-up of the sun can be seen behind him.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Aizam, Richter's buddy. It didn't kill him, though.
  • Infant Immortality: This trope is averted as soon as the SECOND episode. A kid spends a short while egging Kazuya and Erika on to kiss. Later, when the enemy attacks, an explosion destroys the greenhouse had gone into. Kazuya and Erika bolt to the place and find him lying between the rubble. The kid opens his eyes and asks Kazuya if he "got lucky" before dying as Kazuya is holding him in arms.
  • Interspecies Romance: Kazuya and Erika.
  • Launcher Move: Double Blizzard sends an enemy flying up, and on the way down it is jump kicked into oblivion, Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Daimos' fist or Clean Cut down the middle by a karate chop. It gets upgraded later in the series into Fire Blizzard, which follows a Freezer Blast, thanks to the enemy upgrading their robots' armor.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Erika's mother.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Erika. Or better said, she's The Evil Prince's Beautiful Little Sister.
  • Made of Explodium: Some Robeasts exploded even if Kazuya only had punched through them or sliced in two pieces with a karate chop or sweeping kick. It was justified in the episode 9, though, when he fought a mecha had a nuke inside.
  • Manly Tears: And Kazuya is not ashamed of shedding them!
  • The Medic: Erika's job.
  • McNinja: Brahmin assassins.
  • Motion Capture Mecha: One of the first in animation history. There was at least one before; the South Korean cartoon Robot Taekwon V (so named because its pilot was a Tae Kwon Do champ who used martial arts to fight the Monster of the Week) which, apart from this gimmick started out as a cheap knockoff of Mazinger Z.
  • My God, What Have I Done? ==> Driven to Suicide: Richter had the realization of the former in the last episode and drove him to the latter, but not before saving the lives of everybody in the Brahmins' space station first.
  • My Nayme Is: the Italian dub, as opposed to most others, avoids Dub Name Change, but a lot of names is pronounced differently, if not weirdly: for example, Richter becomes "Richiter", Georiya is pronounced either "Gero" or "Guerroyer" and Balbas is "Valbas".
  • The Neidermeyer: Miwa Sakimori is this, and a General Ripper. He mostly hides behind his soldiers, or Daimos itself from danger. And when opportunity presents, he'll show his extreme racist tendencies by shooting actually harmless Brahmins. And all that's in his mind is... well, you guessed it, promotions.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: later in the series, monsters of the week are often equipped with Unobtainium armor which makes attacks bounce off as if from a rubber band. It takes a combination of severe heat and cold to render them brittle.
  • Not So Different: There are bad humans and good humans, as well as bad Brahmins and good Brahmins.
  • Obviously Evil: One look at Georiya (Grovil in the Filipino dub) and you just knew he had something to do with the death of the previous Brahmin emperor and Kazuya's father.
  • Once per Episode: Every episode, to transform and activate Daimos, Kazuya yelled "Daimos, Battle Turn!", as -pretty uselessly- performing a kata with his arms.
  • Personal Space Invader: In episode 9, a Battle Robot loaded with nukes latches in Daimos to blow it up. Kazuya could not get rid of it, and it took an enemy committing Heroic Sacrifice to save his life.
  • Please Spare Her My Liege!: Margaret did this to save Erika from Richter's wrath when he found out she was in love with Kazuya.
  • The Power of Love: Other than Daimos, THIS is Kazuya's forte.
    • He even develops a combo attack with Erika based on love in the Victory Five manga!
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Halleck Gurney.
  • Ramming Always Works: Ramming its fist -or itself- through the enemy is one of the actual attacks from Daimos, and often Kazuya uses it like a Finishing Move.
  • Rapunzel Hair: You've got to wonder how Richter could fly around without getting his hair stuck into something mid-flight. Even the girls' hair lengths are more manageable in comparison.
  • Recycled In Space: To a certain extent, it's basically Romeo and Juliet IN SPACE!
  • Redemption Equals Death: For several bad guys.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Richter. Or maybe we should say revenge INSTEAD OF reason. He was so full of fury and hatred all he could think of was taking revenge, refusing to heed the advice of whoever tried talking him into making peace with the Earthians.
  • Robeast: Mecha Soldiers.
  • Robot Buddy: There's one in the Daimobic. Sometimes the crew finds it helpful and endearing. Other times they want to disassembly it.
  • Robot Romance Trilogy: The final entry.
  • Samurai: Kazuya's buddy Kyoshiro... an afro Samurai.
  • Say My Name ("ERIKAAAAA!!!", also followed by "KAZUYAAAAA!!!!")
  • Shorttank: Nana, nicnkamed "Candy Candy with a gun" by fans.
  • Shoryuken: "Hissatsu! Reppu! Seikenzukiii!"
  • Spanner in the Works (Olban's plan for world domination started to unravel when Maradon, a gardener, found out he was responsible for the previous Emperor's assassination.)
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Brahmin... or Balm?