Armored Fleet Dairugger XV (機甲艦隊ダイラガーXV Kikō Kantai Dairagā Fifutīn?) was an anime series aired in Japan from 1982. It is also referred to as "Dairugger 15", "Dairugger XV", "Armored Armada Dairugger XV", "Armored Squadron Dairugger XV", or "Machine Platoon Dairugger".
Dairugger XV is an exploration robot, as well as an intended peace-keeping force. The Earth is in a time of prosperity. The president of the Terran League launches a mission to explore beyond the galaxy. After commencing its mission of exploration, the starship Rugger-Guard is attacked by a ship of the Galbeston Empire. Dairugger, the super robot, is deployed in order to defend the Earth. It is somewhat by fate that they must help the people of Galbeston find a new planet before it explodes, and liberate it from its despotic Emperor.
There are three assault team units: Land, Air, and Sea. There are a total of 15 parts referred to as "Rugger", which can combine together to form the super-robot Dairugger. The design of the 15 separate Rugger units came from the sport of rugby, since 15 players are required to form a rugby union.
- Original concept
- Chief Director
- Series Composition
- Character Design
Air Team uniforms were red and silver.
Sea Team uniforms were blue and gold.
Land Team uniforms were yellow and bronze.
|Function||Pilot Name||Seiyū||Team||Vehicle||Dairugger Body|
|Rugger #1 Pilot||Manabu Aki (安芸 マナブ Aki Manabu?)||Toshio Furukawa||Air Team||Command Jet Explorer||head|
|Rugger #2 Pilot||Shinobu Kai (甲斐 シノブ Kai Shinobu?)||Ryōma Yamamoto||Air Team||Strato Weapons Module||upper torso|
|Rugger #3 Pilot||Shota Kreuz (ショーター・クロイツ Shōtā Kuroitsu?)||Kōzō Shioya||Air Team||Advanced Recon Helicopter||right upper arm|
|Rugger #4 Pilot||Yasuo Mutsu (陸奥 ヤスオ Mutsu Yasuo?)||Satomi Majima||Air Team||Advanced Recon Helicopter||left upper arm|
|Rugger #5 Pilot||Patty Ellington (パティ・エリントン Pati Erinton?)||Keiko Han||Air Team||Falcon VT Fighter||chest plate|
|Rugger #6 Pilot||Miranda Keets (ミランダ・キーツ Miranda Kītsu?)||Hideyuki Hori||Sea Team||Communications Module||torso mid-rif|
|Rugger #7 Pilot||Haruka Kaga (加賀ハルカ Kaga Haruka?)||Harumi Iizuka||Sea Team||Space Prober||right thigh|
|Rugger #8 Pilot||Saruta Katz (サルタ・カッツ Saruta Kattsu?)||Masaharu Satō||Sea Team||Space Prober||left thigh|
|Rugger #9 Pilot||Tatsuo Izumo (出雲タツオ Izumo Tatsuo?)||Shō Hayami||Sea Team||Multi-Wheeled Explorer||right lower leg|
|Rugger #10 Pilot||Baros Karateya (バーロス・カラテヤ Bārosu Karateya?)||Ken Yamaguchi||Sea Team||Multi-Wheeled Explorer||left lower leg|
|Rugger #11 Pilot||Walter Jack (ワルター・ジャック Warutā Jakku?)||Katsuji Mori||Land Team||Jet Radar Station||hips|
|Rugger #12 Pilot||Moya Kirigas (モーヤ・キリガッス Mōya Kirigassu?)||Nana Yamaguchi||Land Team||Rotating Personnel Carrier||right forearm|
|Rugger #13 Pilot||Mack Chakker (マック・チャッカー Makku Chakkā?)||Banjō Ginga||Land Team||Armored Equipment Carrier||left forearm|
|Rugger #14 Pilot||Tasuku Izu (伊豆 タスク Izu Tasuku?)||Shingo Hiromori||Land Team||All-Terrain Space Vehicle||right foot|
|Rugger #15 Pilot||Kazuto Nagato (長門 カズト Nagato Kazuto?)||Hiroshi Ōtake||Land Team||All-Terrain Space Vehicle||left foot|
|Shinji Ise (伊勢 シンジ Ise Shinji?)||Hideyuki Tanaka|
|High Commander Wakasa|
|Dick Asimov||Kōji Yada|
|Socrat Teles (テレス司令?)||Kōji Totani|
|Internal Commissioner Socrat Tes|
|Commander Caponello||Banjō Ginga|
Dairugger is made up of 15 vehicle parts. Dairugger is 60 meters tall.
Spinning Laser Blades
1. Galactic Clash
2. The Isolated Regiment
3. Farewell, Achilles
4. Rescue Mission To Hell
5. Battle of the Experiment Planet
6. Fall to the Meteor Shower
7. Annihilation of the Reinforcement Fleet
8. Specters of the Binary System
9. The Glorious Suicide Corps
10. Sneak Attack on the Space Fortress
11. A Momentary Truce
12. Legend of the Space Forest
13. The Enemy Within the Mind
14. The Earth Fleet's Counterattack
15. Breakdown of the Space Talks
16. The Two Rebellions
17. Orders For Asimov's Return
18. A Touch and Go Situation
19. Red Moon Rising
20. Desperate Struggle for Planet K
21. Arise Galaxy Garrison
22. Ex-Commander Teles
23. The Mission to Recapture Planet K
24. Riot on Galveston
25. Bitter Struggle on the Planet of Light
26. The Snare of the Hell Planet
27. Storming the Space Fortress
28. Eldora's Plea
29. Uprising of the Space Fort
30. Earth's State of Emergency
31. Locate Enemy Headquarters
32. Destruction of the Front Line Base
33. The New Allied Fleet to the Rescue
34. Planet of the Burning Cave
35. Get Yourself Together, Mutsu
36. A Desperate Undersea Combining
Episodes 37-52 List coming soon.
In the early 1980s, the original ST Dairugger toys were released by Popy Pleasure under the toy release number of GB-72, as part of the Chogokin label, and constructed of high-quality die-cast materials. A GB-73 would follow, with a transforming DX Dairugger, which could separate only into the three larger combined vehicles. A larger version of Dairugger XV was also released, which did not contain die-cast materials, as the metal content was too heavy for the design and for the Friction motors installed in many of the vehicles. The smallest non-transforming ST Dairugger and the fully-transforming plastic Dairugger XV would be resold in the US as part of the Voltron series by Matchbox, entirely under the Voltron name. However, the Popy version came with a sword, missiles, and stickers that the Matchbox version did not.
Because Dairugger had 15 pieces, and was a highly playable figure compared to many of the other fixed-state super robots of the early '80s, there were countless imitations and bootlegs of Dairugger. Some are cheap plastics, some do not assemble well, some have neon-glowing colors that are completely misaligned with the show. Even approved brands such as "Big Bear" were spawned to rejuvenate the toyline. No version, however, is identical in quality, packaging, and comes with all the pieces like the Japanese original.
Dairugger XV Collection 2 was released on May 25, 2010.
Dairugger XV Collection 3 will be released on September 28, 2010.
Plot changes within Voltron
- Dairugger XV and GoLion are not related in any way, in contrast to the U.S. version. (The coincidental similarities in design, most notably in the face, are due to having the same mechanical designer and a significant portion of the same animation staff.)
- The Galaxy Alliance only exists in Dairugger XV in the Japanese, since Earth in GoLion is destroyed in a thermonuclear war.
- Many of the allied and enemy force members died in Dairugger, as opposed to disappearing without any explanation in the U.S. Voltron series. The finale of Dairugger XV was different in its Voltron form — the U.S. footage had no depiction of Emperor Zeppo's true fate, which left a lot of questions for U.S. viewers (although one shot of Zeppo dead on the throne remained intact). The scene of Emperor Zeppo's death was cut out due to violence, perishing in an assassination attempt by Hazar and the Drules, who want freedom for their people. His death was similar to the bloody nature of Emperor Zanbazir's in Voltes V.
- In the Japanese version, Telesu (Hazar) dies a martyr, and there is a sad scene where his body is left to die on Galveston at his request. He does not become the new leader of the new Drule people after all, but rather, his sister Dorma; the series ending where the Drules are finally at peace. This is highly referential to the ending in Daimos, where Erika, not Richter, becomes the new leader. The flames that engulf him are similar to Prince Heinel's redeemed death in Voltes V.
- Aki (Jeff) and Haruka (Lisa) have a serious relationship in the show. The lucky charm that Haruka gives to Aki dies with Telesu (Hazar).
- Dick Asimov (Captain Newley) was Shinji Ise's (Commander Hawkins) superior officer in the original series. The dialogue was rewritten in Voltron to suggest that Hawkins was Newley's superior. There were inconsistencies, however that reveal the original ranks of the two officers.
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