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Planet Robo Danguard A(ce)
Danguard Ace Title.jpg
惑星ロボ・ダンガードA(エース)
(Wakusei Robo Dangaado A(ehsu))
Genre Mecha
TV anime
Director Tomoharu Katsumata
Studio Toei Animation
Network Fuji TV
Original run March 6, 1977March 26, 1978
Episodes 56[1]
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Planet Robo Danguard Ace (惑星ロボ ダンガードA(エース) Wakusei Robo Dangādo Ēsu ?) is a Japanese science fiction anime series created by Leiji Matsumoto with Dan Kobayashi. It was licensed by Jim Terry Productions as part of the Force Five promotion as simply "Danguard Ace". The titular robot also appeared in Marvel Comics' Shogun Warriors series, as well as the toy line of the same name.

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Plot

Danguard Ace takes place on a future Earth in which nearly all natural resources have been depleted. People have begun looking toward other planets to survive, in particular the fictional tenth planet, Promete. Although people had hoped to peacefully begin settlement there, disaster strikes as the first explorers are destroyed by betrayal.

After this event, an individual named Mr. Doppler leaves toward Promete on his own ship, and declares himself Chancellor of the planet. Using Promete's resources, Chancellor Doppler constructs a vast military force greater than that of Earth's. He forbids anyone approaching the planet, under the insane belief that only he is entitled to it.

To gain control of Promete, the governments of Earth begin constructing massive combat robots. Doppler is able to attack and destroy all robots before they are completed, except for Danguard Ace. The forces sent to attack Danguard's base were destroyed because of the efforts of Captain Dan. Nothing is known of this mysterious man, save that he previously served Doppler while under mind control.

Takuma Ichimonji, son of the man who betrayed the initial Promete exploration team, becomes a cadet at Danguard's base. Ichimonji hopes that he might restore his fathers honor by fighting against Doppler's forces.

In the early 1980s a French dubbed version was released through Jacques Canestrier Productions. Titled "Danguard - La Conquete des Planetes", only the first volume of 3 or 4 episodes was released on VHS.

Influences

Wakusei Robo Danguard Ace was a major influence to the popular anime OVA Gunbuster. Several characters and plot elements of Gunbuster are mirrored from Danguard Ace. Ex: The character Noriko from Gunbuster is treated roughly as a cadet since her father was a famous Admiral, whereas Ichimonji from Danguard Ace is treated the in much the same way because his father was a traitor. Both shows feature stoic and demanding trainers: Coach in Gunbuster, and Capt. Dan in Danguard Ace. Both shows feature incomplete robots that were not usable at the onset of the show.

Some of the main characters designs were similar to characters appearing in Space Cruiser Yamato or known in the U.S. Market as Star Blazers.

Takuma Ichimonji character resembles Space Cruiser Yamato character Susumu Kodai. The doctor on the show is resembles Dr. Sakezo Sado from Space Cruiser Yamato.

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