Gaiking (TV 1/1976)

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Alternative title:
Daikū Maryū Gaiking (Japanese) 
Dino Mech Gaiking 
Festival de los Robots: El Gladiador (Spanish) 
Gaiking Il Robot Guerriero (Italian) 
Great Sky Dragon Gaiking 
Великий Небесный Дракон Гайкинг (Russian) 
大空魔竜ガイキング (Japanese) 
Genres: action , adventure , science fiction 
Themes: mecha 
Objectionable content: Mild 
Plot Summary:
Earth is still in danger: aliens from planet Zeraz are willing to invade our planet because theirs is being swallowed by a Black Hole. Led by Great Darius and his four generals, they begin seeding death and destruction. When an ESP warrior is killed by aliens, professor Hi-Tech understands the danger and builds the huge Space Dragon (Daiku Maryu) piloted by Pete, and the gint robot Gaiking whose pilot is Sanshiro Shiwobuki, an ex-baseball player. Daiku Maryu is a big dragon shaped spaceship and his head is the Gaiking torso. When the Gaiking enters the action, Daiku Maryu launches other Gaiking's components and then it re-unite neck with tail, becoming unbreakable. 
The story chronicled the battle between the crew of the semi-transformable carrier Daikū Maryū and the Super Mecha Gaiking against an invading race of aliens from the planet Zela, whose home planet is facing destruction by a black hole. The robot Gaiking was piloted by a baseball star named Sanshiro Tsuwabuki (Sanshiro's name was changed to Aries Astonopolis for the English version of the show with the carrier being called the "Great Space Dragon", a literal translation of "Daikū Maryū". Gaiking was notable for being one of the few super robot series to take place in real places outside of Japan, and for being the first Super Robot series to have a mobile carrier for the chief robots. 
User Ratings: 29 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Excellent: 3 votes (sub:2, dub:1)
 Very good: 6 votes (dub:3, sub:1, raw:1, others:1
1 Spanish dubbed
 Good: 11 votes (sub:3, dub:3, edit.dub:2, ?:1, others:2
2 Spanish dubbed
 Decent: 3 votes (sub:1, dub:1, ?:1)
 So-so: 3 votes (sub:1, raw:1, others:1
1 Italian dubbed
 Not really good: 1 vote (others:1
1 Indonesian dubbed
 Weak: -
 Bad: -
 Awful: -
 Worst ever: 1 vote (sub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 96 users, rank: #3839 (of 6577)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.862 (Good), std. dev.: 1.8518, rank: #2888 (of 6580)
Weighted mean: 6.850 (Good), rank: #2844 (of 6580) (seen all: 7.38 / seen some: 6.00 / won't finish: 5.91)
Bayesian estimate: 7.047 (Good), rank: #2075 (of 5027)
Running time: half hour per episode 
Number of episodes: 44 
Episode titles: We have 44
Vintage: 1976-04-01 to 1977-01-27 
Opening Theme:
"Daikuu Maryuu Gaiking" by Isao Sasaki, Columbia Yurikago-kai and Koorogi '73 
Ending Theme:
"Hoshizora no Gaiking" by ??? 
Official website:
Trivia: We have 2
When the series was first aired in Japan, Toei Animation credited Akio Sugino as its original creator to avoid paying royalties to Go Nagai, the series real creator. This resulted in a legal battle between Nagai and Toei that lasted for 10 years.
Licensed in 1980 by Jim Terry Productions as part of the Force Five series. 
News: Show:
In Memoriam (Dec 31, 2009)
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DVD (Region 1)
    Gaiking - The Movie Collection (Dub.DVD) 2013-01-15 (from $13.67)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Tomoharu Katsumata 
Scenario: Masao Maruyama 
Script: Kunio Sakatani 
Music: Shunsuke Kikuchi 
Original creator: Go Nagai 
Character Design:
Akio Sugino (original concept design) 
Kazuo Komatsubara 
Takeshi Shirato (settings) 
Mechanical design: Dan Kobayashi (original concept design) 

Animation: Akio Sugino (OP, ED) 
Audio Director:
Ryosuke Koide 
Yasunori Honda 
Key Animation:
Yoshiaki Kawajiri (OP) 
Yoshinori Kanada (7 episodes
eps 5, 10, 17, 21, 26, 31, 41
Planning: Shoichi Taguchi 
Theme Song Performance:
Columbia Yurikago-kai (OP) 
Isao Sasaki (OP) 
Koorogi '73 (OP) 
Akira Kamiya as Sanshirou Tsuwabuki 

Hidekatsu Shibata as Dr. Daimonji 
Kan Tokumaru as Fan Li 
Keaton Yamada as Gen Sakon 
Kenichi Ogata as Bunta Hayami 
Makio Inoue as Peter Richardson 
Mami Koyama as Midori Fujiyama (debut) 
Noriko Ohara as Erica 
Noriko Tsukase as Hachiro 
Japanese companies
Broadcaster: Fuji Television Network 
Music Production: Columbia Music Entertainment 
Production Cooperation: Sunrise 
English cast
English staff
Director: William Winckler (WW Dub) 
Collins Walker 
William Winckler (WW Dub) 
Executive producer:
J.F. Oya (WW Dub) 
Kozo Morishita (WW Dub) 
William Winckler (WW Dub) 
Jim Terry 
Michael Gonzales (WW Dub) 

John Sudderth (WW Dub) 
Michael Champey (WW Dub) 
Sharon Rutter (WW Dub) 
William Winckler as Sanshiro Tsuwabuki (WW Dub) 

Robert Axelrod as Emperor Darius (WW Dub) 

Bradford Hill (WW Dub) 
David Gerrold (WW Dub) 
Don Glut (WW Dub) 
Kimberly Woods (WW Dub) 
Kyle Rea (WW Dub) 
Larry Butler (WW Dub) 
Marieve Herington (WW Dub) 
Paul Oberle (WW Dub) 
Robert Tousignant (WW Dub) 
Shy Pilgreen (WW Dub) 
English companies
Broadcaster: Syndicated 
Licensed by:
Discotek Media (2015) 
Jim Terry Productions (License expired) 
Shout! Factory (2012) 
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
Theme Song Performance: Guillermo Aguirre (a.k.a Santiago) 
Edgar Wald as Fan Li 
Jesus Barrero as Brandon (Sanshiro Tsuwabuki) 
Maru Guzmán as Marissa Morgan/Midori Fujiyama 
Spanish companies
Distributor: Cau Cau - Pro Pu Eve Ltda. (Latin America) 
Soundtrack: Saban Records 
Italian staff
Italian cast
Dubbing Director: Gabriella Rasero (from ep 27 on) 
Script: Marco Danieli (from ep 27 on) 
Translation: Amanda Ronzoni (from ep 27 on) 
Francesco Bulckaen as Sanshiro Suwabuki (eps 27-44) 
Romano Malaspina as Sanshiro Suwabuki (eps 1-26) 

Willy Moser as Fan Li 

Alessio Puccio as Hachiro (eps 27-44) 
Andrea Lala as Desmon (eps 1-26) 
Carlo Reali as Dankel (1st voice; eps 1-26) 
Dario De Grassi as Black Darius 
Diego Michelotti as Killer (eps 1-26) 
Diego Reggente as Dottor Daimoji (eps 1-26) 
Erasmo Lo Presto as Dankel 
Fabrizio Latini Vidale as Hakiro (eps 1-26) 
Fabrizio Vidale as Hakiro 
Federica De Bortoli as Midori Fujiyama (eps 27-44) 
Giorgio Locuratolo as Black Darius (eps 1-26) 
Guido Sagliocca as Ashmov (1st voice) 
Laura Boccanera as Midori Fujiyama (eps 1-26) 
Leo Valeriano as
Dankel (2nd voice; eps 1-26) 
Luciano Marchitiello as Narratore (eps 27-44) 
Luigi Ferraro as Bunta Hayami (eps 27-44) 
Massimiliano Alto as Sakon (eps 27-44) 
Massimo Rossi as Peat Richardson (eps 1-26) 
Maurizio Romano as Fanli (eps 27-44) 
Monica Gravina as Lisa 
Nanni Baldini as Yamatake (eps 27-44) 
Oliviero Dinelli as Sakon (2nd voice) 
Pierluigi Astore as Black Darius (eps 27-44) 
Renzo Stacchi as Ashmov (eps 1-26) 
Riccardo Rossi as
Pella (eps 1-26) 
Tony (eps 1-26) 
Rino Bolognesi as Dottor Daimoji (eps 27-44) 
Roberto Del Giudice as Bunta Hayami (eps 1-26) 
Rodolfo Bianchi as Sakon (eps 1-26) 
Stefano Crescentini as Peat Richardson (eps 27-44) 
Italian companies
Broadcaster: GBR (from 1979) 
Cinitalia Edizioni (eps 1-26) 
Yamato Video (Italy) 
Cinitalia Edizioni (eps 1-26) 
Promovision (from ep 27 on) 
Tagalog staff
Tagalog companies
Broadcaster: MBS-4 
Tagalog cast

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