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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.

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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  • 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
  • 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.
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  • Blood Knight: Holy crap, Gattler.
  • Book-Ends: The lighthouse, in the movie.
  • Combining Mecha: Baldios is formed from the union of Marin's Pulsaburn with two of Earth's most advanced spaceships, Baldiprize and Cataranger.
  • 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 Aprodia 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams
  • Humongous Mecha
  • Mecha Show
  • 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.
  • 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: Gattler decides to have Marin executed after he seemingly betrayed the location of the Blue Fixer base, stating that he was disappointed in his lack of conviction.
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  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Marin.


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