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A 1980 Super Robot series by Production Reed, followed up by a 1981 movie produced by Reed and distributed by Toei Company.

A distant planet called S-1 is polluted. Our hero, Marin, is a boy who escaped from S-1's crazed military dictator Zeo Gattler. Unfortunately, before he can do anything about the people trying to overthrow the evironmentalists' hard work at restoration, he is sucked into a time warp and ends up near Earth in 2100. There, he uses his ship to form part of the mighty mecha, Baldios, and joins the rebel military team called the Blue Fixers.

The finale of the series is unexpectedly soul-crushing. You should know that now. The entire show is downbeat in tone, but the abrupt ending was caused by the fact that it was cut off before it could have the one more season it had been planned. The small fanbase the show gathered made a large upcry about the awful ending, and in the following year, a movie with a "fixer ending" was released by Toei in the holiday season of 1981.

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  • All-Encompassing Mantle: Gattler has a huge red one.
  • Bitter Sweet Ending: Although at the end of episode 34 Gattler's fleet is destroyed and the Earth won't become highly radioactive due to transporting a radioactive core out of the ocean, most of the planet still becomes submerged with the survivors living in an apocalyptic world. Aphrodia also goes missing.
  • Blood Knight: Holy crap, Gattler.
  • Book-Ends: The lighthouse, in the movie.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: The hero Marin and his allies can only watch as the Big Bad, Zeo Gattler, unleashes his "Final Weapon" which triggers a cataclysmic series of gigantic tsunamis that ravage the surface of the earth. The last shot of episode 32 the series is a freeze-frame of a tsunami wave, with the word "End" appearing next to it. The next two episodes are essentially scenes of other minor characters throughout the series being killed off.
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  • Downer Ending: You Should Know This Already.
  • Earth All Along: In the movie anyway. Turns out that Planet S-1 is in fact Earth from far in the future, polluted and damaged so badly that it's become almost unrecognizable. It turns out that the inhabitants of S1 are responsible for polluting the Earth in the first place thanks to a Stable Time Loop, one which our heroes are unable to stop. Hell, they practically only learn about it after the fact, and by then, there's absolutely nothing they can do about it. There's a reason this show has a reputation for being ridiculously depressing...
  • Epic Fail: Gamujado's destruction in episode 18.
  • Fatal Family Photo: Used in the movie.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams
  • Humongous Mecha
  • Mecha Show
  • Never Say "Die": Used narmfully by the English dub.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: At the end of the movie, that is how Marin holds Aphrodia After the End.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Just showing sympathy to the enemy will get you brutally murdered by Aphrodia.
  • Special Attack
  • Super Robot
  • Time Travel: Serves as the main plot twist in the last two episodes and the movie.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Marin.

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