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

In 2100, A distant planet called S-1 is contaminated by deadly radiation. The planet's Emperor is given two options: The scientists wish to develop technology to clean up the radiation and save their world, but the military commander Zeo Gattler would rather invade and colonize a nearby, cleaner planet they've discovered(guess which one). Too impatient with the king's decision of an already short ultimatum to give the scientists time to finish their tech, Gattler assasinates the Emperor and takes over as dictator.

Our hero, Marin, is the son of the planet's head scientist. Unfortunately, before he can do anything about the people trying to overthrow the evironmentalists' hard work at restoration, he is sucked into a wormhole and ends up near Earth. There, he uses his ship to form part of the mighty mecha, Baldios, and joins the rebel military team called the Blue Fixers.


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  • Aggressive Negotiations: "The False Peace Conference" features a peace conference where Gattler demands via self-destructing robotic double the extermination of all Earthlings in exchange for ceasing hostilities and orders an immediate attack on the attending dignitaries. It's the largest battle of the war to date, and even Blue Fixer's intervention with Baldios and a portable bunker only saves part of the Earth delegation
  • Back for the Dead: The final episodes track down nearly every one-off side character just to show how they died, mostly due to the effects of Gattler's final weapon.
  • Big Bad: Gattler, the military dictator of S-1 and the main threat to Earth.
  • 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.
  • Broken Bird: Aphrodia. Being raised by the cruel warmonger who assasinated her parents and also deflowered her in order to make her into an emotionless and ruthless henchwoman qualifies.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Jamie Hoshino, The Chick of the Blue Fixers team was born in Europe and her mother is japanese.
  • Combining Mecha: Baldios is formed from the union of Marin's Pulsaburn with two of Earth's most advanced spaceships, Baldiprize and Cataranger.
  • Compilation Movie: Was given one in the US under the name Space Warriors: Battle for Earth Station S-1. It's remarkable in how little a part the Baldios mecha actually plays when stripped down to its major story beats.
  • Compressed Hair: Aphrodia's hair is nearly waist-length and she somehow fits it all under her Commissar Cap.
  • Dangerous Deserter: Episodes 20 and 21 center on a gang of deserters from the Earth and S-1 armies who stumble upon a long-lost ICBM launch site. They declare themselves the Third Empire and proceed to hold the Earth to ransom with their stash of H-bombs. Both armies send in kill teams that wind up slaughtering each other, leaving Marin and Aphrodia to take on the deserters by themselves.
  • 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.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Aphrodia in the arms of the hero Marin.
  • Doomed Hometown: Raita was born in Little Japan, a lunar colony founded in a resource-poor region whose inhabitants the world government ordered relocated to Venus in his infancy. The transport ship was destroyed en route by a meteor strike, leaving him the Sole Survivor. Little Japan's location turns out to be strategically important in the war against S-1, and it winds up destroyed in the fighting.
  • Downer Ending: You Should Know This Already. The movie fixes it somewhat: A rogue S-1 officer sets off a significant amount of Earth's nuclear arsenal, finishing its transformation into S-1, and Gattler finally gives in to his God complex before Aphrodia shoots him. On the other hand, Marin and Aphrodia have a chance at life together and most of Blue Fixer survived the final battle and hope to find most survivors in shelters on Earth.
  • The Dragon: Aphrodia, the right-hand woman of Gattler and field commander of the S-1 army. Before she falls for Marin and sacrifices herself.
  • Earth All Along: 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...
  • Foreshadowing: There are several signs pointing towards the series' big reveal that S-1 is a future Earth.
    • When Marin first sees the Grand Canyon, he thinks it's identical to a location he knows on Planet S-1.
    • Marin also recognizes the opening verses of The Book of Genesis from his school days.
    • Episode 31 gets a bit heavy-handed with a flashback where Dr. Raygun tells his son that the name S-1 is shorthand for "First planet orbiting Soll." The episode ends with Mercury and Venus getting destroyed by a phlebotinum-induced black hole, leaving Earth as the closest planet to Sol. The Narrator even declares this a similarity whose significance no one yet grasps.
  • Frame-Up: The plot of Baldios is kicked off by Aphrodia murdering the emperor of S-1 and framing Marin and his father, leading to Marin escaping to Earth.
  • Future Food Is Artificial: After an S-1 chemical attack devastates Earth's agricultural lands, Dr. Quinstein works to create an artificial food source before the remaining stockpiles run out. No mention is ever made of a counter-agent to the chemicals, so Earth likely spends the rest of the series on artificial food.
  • Human Aliens: The people of S-1 look exactly like humans with futuristic clothes. That's because they actually ARE humans from the future.
  • Humongous Mecha: The titular Baldios is stated to be 100 meters in height.
  • Hyperspace Or Subspace: The S-1 forces' use of hyperspace technology is their main advantage over Earth's defenders. Their main base is hidden in hyperspace and effectively beyond enemy reach, while fighters and mechs can strike without warning and evade attacks by entering hyperspace. Gattler and Aphrodia regularly plot to abduct or kill Earth's leading hyperspace researchers in order to maintain this advantage. Baldios being able to access hyperspace is one of its greatest assets.
  • Intrepid Reporter: A woman nicknamed "The Sidewinder" turns up in "The False Peace Conference" to report on Blue Fixer's activities. She's feared for her exposes of government and corporate corruption, but is still naive enough to accept peace overtures from Gattler. She spends the final episodes reporting on the utter devastation created by Gattler's final weapon, broadcasting until her jet-copter runs out of fuel.
  • Lady of War: Aphrodia, being a commander of the S-1 army.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Baldios is powered up in utmost secrecy after receiving significant damage in battle against Mirror Jaguar. The World Alliance is understandably upset that their greatest asset is unable to sortie for an extended period with no proper explanation, but come around once Baldios's new power is revealed.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Dr. Quinstein's specialty is usually stated to be hyperspace physics, but she's also capable of integrating human and alien technology into a single giant robot, developing an artificial food source, and whatever else the plot requires.
  • Pietà Plagiarism: At the end of the movie, that is how Marin holds Aphrodia After the End.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Raita's original home town, the lunar colony of Little Japan, is inhabited by elderly colonists who refused to relocate to Venus. They have surrounded themselves with android duplicates of their children, perpetually youthful family that would never abandon them. The copies of Raita's parents help him escape an S-1 attack because his arrival fulfilled their dream of seeing their robotic infant grow up.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Gattler decides to have Marin executed after he seemingly betrayed the location of the Blue Fixer base, stating that he was disappointed in the traitor's lack of conviction.
  • Special Attack
  • Team Mom: Dr. Quinstein is like this to the Blue Fixers, a bit cold and stern, but she is the charismatic mentor and mediator of the team and shares Jamie's role in helping Marin getting along with the other members.
  • Time Travel: Serves as the main plot twist in the last two episodes and the movie. Both Marin and the S-1 hyperspace fortress pass through a Negative Space Wedgie en route to Earth. This actually threw them back in time and their actions at the end of the series alter Earth and the Solar System into a mirror image of S-1.
  • Token Enemy Minority: Marin is the son of S-1's most prominent scientist, who tried to oppose Gattler's plan to conquer Earth, and he joined forces with the people of Earth after being framed for the murder of S-1's emperor and Gattler's rise to power.
  • You Killed My Father: Marin kills Aphrodia's brother Miran after he killed Marin's father under Gattler's orders. This started the feud between Marin and Aphrodia before their relationship develops into Dating Cat Woman.