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Anime / Sei Juushi Bismarck

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Clockwise from upper left: Richard Lancelot, Shinji Hikari, Bill Wilcox and Marianne Louvre. In the center: Bismarck.

Sei Juushi Bismarck is the story of four space explorers stationed on Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter. Their goal is to protect our solar system from the Deathcula imperium.

Although not as popular as Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, an Americanized (and arguably Macekred) dub produced by World Events Productions, it is more sophisticated—and unlike Saber Rider, it does have action figure toys in its own country.



  • Awaken The Sleeping Giant: Towards the end of the series Deathcula successfully tricks the Federation into signing a peace accord and allowed to settle on Mars alongside the human colonists who're already there. They then launch a massive assault, massacring just about the entire population. In response, the Federation musters a massive war fleet and proceed to curb stomp them into oblivion. They don't even need Bismarck's help; even Deathcula's feared giant robots crumbled under the unending assault. By the time the battle is over, all that's left of the Deathcula species is on their space station, and it's destroyed by the Bismarck team.
    • It's hinted that the only reason Deathcula even manages to do as well as they do is because the Federation just didn't really consider them a big threat and at most just raiders. Once they massacre the population of Mars, however, the Federation unites in the cause of vengeance and wipes them out.
  • Big Red Button: Shinji's console has the button that converts the Bismarck from space cruiser to giant robot.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Bill Willcox, although he proposes to a woman named June.
  • Childhood Friends: Marianne and Shinji have known each other for years, and she actually went to Ganymede to find him because her father decided he was the best fit to be Bismarck's main pilot.
  • Combining Mecha: Some of the Deathcula mecha turn out to be these, usually disguised as ordinary vehicles. However, they also tend to be more fragile than the regular humanoid Deathcula mecha, as they can be destroyed by Bismarck's weaponry even without transforming.
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  • Commander Contrarian: Bill to Shinji. Bill generally prefers straightforward tactics while Shinji pays more attention to what their actual mission parameters are. Bill usually backed down once the plan is actually explained.
  • Cool Car: Shinji's Road Leon.
  • Cool Horse: Richard's steed Donatello.
  • Cool Plane: Bill's Arrow Striker.
  • Cool Ship: Bismarck itself. Besides being a powerful warship, it's also able to function as a reasonably comfortable home for the Bismarck team.
  • Darker and Edgier: Compared to Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs. Deathcula disintegrate upon death (rather than being sent back to the Vapour Zone as in Saber Rider), and there are multiple reaction shots of people both human and Deathcula screaming as they're consumed in explosions. There are also several on-screen shootings of people.
  • Face Fault:
  • Five-Man Band:
    • The Hero: Shinji Hikari
    • The Lancer: Bill Wilcox
    • The Big Guy: Richard Lancelotnote .
    • The Chick: Marianne Louvre
    • The Mentor: Charles Louvre
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Shinjiro Hikari, Shinji's father, who saved the galaxy from the Deathcula's first invasion 15 years before the series took place.
  • Humongous Mecha: Deathcula have several models that reappear throughout the series, making it clear they are simply another piece of military equipment rather than custom models.
    • Bismarck's Battleload formation transforms it from ship mode to robot mode.
  • Kick the Dog: Deathcula seem genuinely unable to not do this.
  • Monster of the Week: Deathcula generally has at least one Humongous Mecha on hand to deploy as a last resort. This isn't always the case, though.
  • Multinational Team: Shinji is Japanese, Bill is American, Richard is British and Marianne is French. This is reflected by the flags they wear on their Protect Gear.
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  • Parental Abandonment: Shinji's and Bill's parents are dead, as is Marianne's mother. Only Richard has both parents still alive.)
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Shinji is the Red oni while Richard is the Blue oni; although Bill has the blue armor, he's sort of in between.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Shinji and Marianne start out the series as childhood friends who haven't seen each other in some time, and while sometimes people tease them about being a couple they generally seem to just be friends. As the series progresses, however, they start engaging in more and more couple-like behaviour until the last few episodes make it clear they're now in a relationship.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Marianne. When she first shot a Deathcula marine, she was disgusted. In another episode, she almost throws up when she hears the death screams of numerous Deathcula dying after the unleashes a load of Bismarck's missiles upon them. Shinji has to tell her to hold it together, at least until Bill could arrive and take over weapons again.
  • Sentai: Downplayed. On the upside, the heroes are a team unit, with colored Sentai-esque uniforms and helmets, and they use custom vehicles and weaponry AND a Transformable Humongous Mecha, and do battle the evil Mooks as well as the Monster of the Week. On the downside, they don't have a Transformation Sequence themselves since they are not Henshin Heroes, instead being Badass Normal fighters, they don't make use of "Super Sentai" Stance and, while they CAN throw punches and kicks when they need to, they fight mostly by shooting and blowing stuff up.
  • Team Dad: Dr. Charles Louvre.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: In one episode, Deathcula forces attack a space station and kill everyone aboard, leaving the corpses floating out in space. In another, the Bismarck team wipes out a Deathcula bridge crew (including the fleet commander) by opening the bridge's viewport and sucking them all out into space.
  • Title Confusion: Many viewers referred to the series as Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs, although World Events Productions did not use all the episodes.)
  • True Companions: The Bismarck team quickly become this, despite their rather rough first meeting.
  • Was It All a Lie?: When Richard discovers a young woman he met and was smitten by turned out to be a Deathcula spy, he asks her this. She instead asks him to join her, and tries to kill him when he refuses. She's dead in seconds.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: When the Federation finally decides to wipe out the Deathcula once and for all, they wipe out all of them. The Deathcula forces trying to defend against the onslaught are completely overwhelmed by the humans they disregarded as weak and stupid.
  • You Are Too Late: The Bismarck team often arrives after the Deathcula have already destroyed whatever town or base called for help. This isn't really their fault: generally the distress signal comes in when the attack has already begun, and the Deathcula battle tactics involve overwhelming defenders before help can arrive.
  • Zerg Rush: The basic Deathcula tactic is to overwhelm the enemy with masses of small, one-man attack craft launching missiles and blaster fire from all directions. It's actually very effective.
    • Unfortunately for Deathcula, in the final few episodes the Federation uses the same tactic against them... except the Federation forces are much, much, much bigger.


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