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Dangaioh - Hyper-Combat Unit: The Ultimate Transformers

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Initially released as a three-part OAV (1987), Dangaioh has been substantially recut and re-edited for this release. Four Earthlings--Mia, Pai, Lambda, and Roll--have been trained by Professor Tarsan to be "Espers," warriors with psychic abilities. They become the Dangaioh Team (their mecha combine to form the title robot, the most powerful weapon in the universe), battling the evil Galimos. The character designs have a dated look that recalls Robotech (1985) and American Saturday-morning TV. The reworked story line makes very little sense, even with long exposition scenes and a voice-over narration to fill in missing plot points. The English dub is often unintentionally comic: as one of Galimos's minions prepares to incinerate the Dangaioh Team, she declares, "They'll look like French fries when I'm through with them!" Dangaioh reveals the enormous strides Japanese animation made in the years that followed. (Rated 13 and older: violence, minor profanity) --Charles Solomon