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Go Shogun (Sengoku Majin Goshōgun) was a super robot anime series produced in 1981 by Ashi Production and aired in 1982 in Japan. It is variously referred to in English as "Demon God of the War-Torn Land GoShogun", "Warring Demon God GoShogun", "Civil War Devil-God GoShogun".

It was released in America in the mid-1980s note  by Saban Entertainment (yes, them) as "Macron 1", where it was spliced together with footage from the show Aku Daisakusen Srungle, claiming it was two groups of heroes fighting two branches of the same villain group.

A meteor strikes the Earth and is found to emanate a powerful new energy called Beamler, which is used to power a battle robot, GoShogun, and a teleporting fortress, Good Thunder. The Docouga Crime Syndicate, lead by crime lord Neo Neros, try to steal the secret of the energy from the inventor of GoShogun, but he kills himself rather than let them acquire it. His son Kenta is targeted by Neo Neros next, but he is taken in by the crew aboard Good Thunder, who travel the world fighting Neo Neros's forces with GoShogun. Eventually Kenta learns that he is actually an alien. In the end, Neo Neros's three officers side against him with the GoShogun crew. After he is defeated, Kenta takes GoShogun into space, back to his home planet.


Go Shogun has a sequel: a movie Go Shogun: The Time Étranger (戦国魔神ゴーショーグン 時の異邦人, Sengoku Majin Goshōgun: Toki no Étranger), released in 1985. The movie takes place 40 years after the series. Remy Shimada, a former member of the Go Shogun team, now an old woman, lies in a coma after a car accident as her former team mates and Docouga generals watch it helplessly. But in the depths of her subconscious Remy goes back to the time of her childhood and youth and fights death along with her five comrades. The movie is strikingly different from the series in its dark and surrealistic tone, resembling the works of Satoshi Kon.

There are also eight Go Shogun novels, written by Takeshi Shudo and published in 1982-1991. Go Shogun: The Time Étranger is a film adaptation of the eponymous fifth novel. Yoshitaka Amano made most of the covers and illustrations, as well as a number of pictures in the artbooks.


As of 2017, the series and the movie have both been licensed by Discotek, who has officially translated the title as "Warring States Destroyer Goshogun".

Tropes in the series

  • Action Bomb
  • Adjective Noun Fred
  • An Axe to Grind/Blade on a Stick: Go Stick
  • Ancient Astronauts: Neoneros reveals to be this in the final episode
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Beamlar
  • Artificial Human: Yatta-la Kernagul and Sabalas.
  • BFG: Space Bazooka
  • But Not Too Foreign: Remy Shimada (part-French, part-Japanese)
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Chest Blaster
  • Combining Mecha: GoShogun itself is a single unit, but the three jets the pilots use to dock with it (Shingo's King Arrow, Killy's Jack Knight, and Remy's Queen Rose) can combine into a separate robot called Try-3. Being smaller and weaker than GoShogun, the heroes mostly use it for missions that are expected to be less intense.
  • Cool Sword: GoSaber
  • The Dandy: Leonardo Medici Bundle
  • Driven to Suicide: Go Flasher Special ultimately invokes this. It doesn't deal any damage, but rather grants sentience to the enemy machine, which decides that they would rather be destroyed than continue to be used by Docooga.
  • Education Mama: OVAnote  the robot acts just like this, always reminding Kenta that he has to study. This may or may not be intentional.
  • Enemy Mine: The Good Thunder team teams up with Docooga's Quirky Miniboss Squad in one episode to take out a third faction who plans to destroy Good Thunder. Said faction is unaware that the Beamler energy inside of Good Thunder is capable of causing a solar system-level Apocalypse How if not treated carefully, making it a case of Evil Versus Oblivion as well.
  • Evil Doppelgänger: GoNagurl
  • Eyepatch of Power: Suegni Cutnall
  • Finishing Move: Go Flasher Special
  • Heel–Face Turn: Neo Neros's three officers
  • Hot Wings
  • Implied Love Interest: Bundle and Remy. More obvious on Bundle's side, but in The Time Étranger Remy is quite flirty around him, too. Yoshitaka Amano's illustrations and artbooks imply this even stronger - this, for example.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": OVA is pronounced "O-va" (as opposed to "O.V.A.")
  • Leader Forms the Head: Being the leader of the team, Shingo docks into the torso of GoShogun and is thus treated as its main pilot. He also forms the torso of Try-3, but in a twist it's actually Remy who has primary control of that formation, despite only being its legs.
  • Meaningful Name: Leonardo Medici Bundle's first and second names are based on Leonardo da Vinci and Lorenzo de Medici.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: In the first episode. The Mooks who appear have lightsabers hidden in their umbrellas, but Savalas' umbrella is also a weapon: a machine gun. Guess who wins.
  • Parody: Go Shogun is one of the first robot anime to parody other robot series and poke fun at the genre concepts. Two of the more obvious examples are Kernagul, whose greatest ambition is to own a chain of fast food restaurants, and an enemy robot in episode 22 named Doshard was modeled after the RX-78-2 Gundam, which, when granted sentience by GoShogun, declares that it doesn't want to fight any more and destroys itself.
    • Bland-Name Product: Yatta-la Kernagul wants to open a chain of fried chicken restaurants called "Kernagul's Fried Chicken" and a hamburger chain called "KerDonald's".
  • Pirate: Suegni Cutnall
  • Power Glows
  • Power Trio: Shingo Hojo, Killy Gagly, and Remy Shimada
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Docooga Crime Syndicate
  • Shout-Out: During Kenta's study session in Episode 18, the monitor asks in English whether Baldios or Goshogun is stronger. Baldios was Ashi Production's previous super robot series.
  • Super Robot: GoShogun is a Combining Mecha that runs on Beamlar and one of the pilots calls out its attacks. It definitely counts.
  • Wine Is Classy: Leonardo Medici Bundle is usually holding a rose or a glass of red wine in his hands.

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