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Video Warrior Laserion
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ビデオ戦士レザリオン
(Bideo Senshi Rezarion)
Genre Mecha
TV anime
Director Kozo Morishita
Studio Toei Animation
Network Japan: TBS TV
Hong Kong: TVB
Puerto Rico: WKAQ-TV Chile: Chilevisión
Original run March 4, 1984February 3, 1985
Episodes 45
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Video Warrior Laserion (ビデオ戦士レザリオン Bideo Senshi Rezarion?) was an anime series aired in 1984 to 1985 in Japan and Hong Kong. There were 45 episodes aired at 30 minutes each. It was the first Japanese anime series to feature the idea of virtual reality. It is also referred to as "Rezarion", "Laserion"", "Video Senshi Laserion". It was broadcast in Spanish as "El Super Laser".

Contents

Original story

The story is about Takashi Katori and his best friend Sarah, who began as mere online game fans and created a small virtual world to develop their games. They would play by sending data using satellite technology. One day while they were playing, a scientific experiment involving teleporting a plane from Japan to New York using the same satellite was being conducted. In a freak accident, the plane that was converted into digital information was sent to Sarah's computer while Takashi Katori's robot information was rematerialized into a real robot.

Takashi is caught and captured, but later the Earth Government discovers that Dr. Godheim, an evil scientist from the Moon (now a sort of abandoned colony with restricted access) is hacking into virtual worlds and security. The government forces Takashi to pilot the virtual robot Laserion and protect the Earth with Sarah's help. In the end, the whereabouts of Takashi's love, Olivia, becomes a matter of concern.

Concept

Takashi sits down behind a computer which has a program written in advanced BASIC. He then merges with virtual reality to become a pilot, controlling a hexagon-shaped chrome plane. The plane is the Laserion robot's head detached. In the virtual reality, the plane combines with the robot body to form the video warrior Laserion, which carries a bazooka beam, energy laser sword, laser gun and missiles.

Staff

Original creator: Saburo Yatsude Character Design: Hideyuki Motohashi Mechanical design: Akira Hio, Koichi Ohata Theme Song Writer: Chuumei Watanabe Theme Song Performance Opening: Takayuki Miyauchi Theme Song Performance Ending: Kumiko Kaori

Characters

Japanese Name English Name Voices by
Takashi Katori (香取敬 Katori Takashi?) Takashi Katori Tōru Furuya
Olivia Lawrence (オリビア・ローレンス Oribia Rōrensu?) Olivia Lawrence Keiko Han
Sahara (サハラ Sahara?) Sarah Eiko Hisamura
Sylvester (シルベスタ Sirubesutaa?) General Sylvester Keiichi Noda
Blueheim (ブルーハイム Burūhaimu?) Blue home Masaya Taki
Godheid (ゴッドハイド Goddo Haido?) Professor Godheim Eiji Kanie
Kensuke Katori (香取研介 Katori Kensuke?) Eiji Kanie
Inspire (インスパイア Insupaia?) Inspire Mori Isao
Monroe (モンロー Monrō?) River Youko
Charles Danner (チャールズ・ダナー Chāruzu Danā?) Charles Norio Wakamoto
Debit (デビット Debitto?) Debit Yoku Shioya
Eric Sid (エリック・シッド Erikku Shiddo?) Eric Sid

Episodes

Names
1. My Dream Robot Game
2. Fleeing David
3. Don't Cry, Mother
4. Don't Let The Death Flower Blossom
5. Letter From The Moon
6. Foe? Friend? UFO??
7. Friendship Melody
8. Powerful Enemy! Eric Sid!
9. Input To Victory
10. The Fragrance whose Peace is Sweet
11. Demon's Birthday
12. So Long, Friend of Thermal Sand
13. Holiday War
14. Running Olivia
15. Fleeing Victory
16. The Nervous Reunion
17. Mystery of Sid's Disappearance
18. Hello, Transfer Student
19. Harapeko War
20. Black Cloud Of Stealth
21. Special Training For Cover!!
22. Laserion Seizure Plan
23. When Mars Is Bitten
24. At That Time, Father's Voice...
25. Rebels On The Spacecraft
26. The Approaching Jack Empire
27. Death Match Of 12 Hours
28. Song Of Love For Victory
29. The Twin Brothers Of Illusion
30. Day Of Hawaii Battle
31. A Solitary Attack
32. Desperate Defense
33. Great Empire Appears
34. Father Who Returns From The Moon
35. Dream Of The Illusive Monk
36. Fortress In Savanna
37. The Friendship Which Burns In The Desert
38. Golden Pyramid
39. Emperor Jack, Move!!
40. Olivia Rescue Mission
41. The Desperate 380,000 Kilometres
42. Life Or Death Escape
43. The Emperor, Arrival At The Moon
44. Rebellion
45. Final Countdown

Reaction

The show was the first Japanese anime show or series to feature a plot taking place in virtual reality as a setting. Future anime like Serial Experiments Lain expanded on the idea, though it can be said that Tron explored the idea in western media first. Super Robots were entering something of a dip in popularity at the time of Laserion's release, and despite its innovative nature the series was something of a flop.

This was perhaps not helped by the nature of the figures released to promote the series. Designed by Bandai and released under the Chogokin label, both the DX and ST versions of Laserion lacked extensive features compared to many other toys of the period. The fun factor was considered limited, and the show carried the popularity of the toy.

Trivia

  • The Laserion robot is 35 meters tall.
  • The two different Laserion toys were widely released in America as part of Bandai's Godaikin line.
  • laserion was first aired on ABS-CBN 2 in 1987

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