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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: B-
  • Menus Rating: C+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Manga Entertainment
  • MSRP: 19.98
  • Running time: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Dangaoih


By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: January 28, 2003

© Manga Entertainment

What They Say
Dangaioh is a sci-fi adventure featuring the mechanical designs by Shoji Kawamori (Macross Plus) and the production direction of Masami Obari (Virus/ Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture).

When four psychic warriors discover that evil invaders have destroyed their planets, they are brought together by a mysterious doctor to unite to form Dangaioh, the most powerful weapon in the universe. Using their full collective psionic powers, they alone can stop the bloody tyranny of Captain Garimoth and his wicked henchman to prevent the end of the universe.

The DVD is comprised of two episodes originally known as "The Spiral Knuckle of Tears" and "Gil Burg: Demon of Revenge."

The Review!
It?s time for old school robot anime with Dangaioh! A team of four strangers, their memories torn away, are brought together to save the civilized galaxy from the forces of Captain Garimos. It?s not enough to save this anime though.


There is no Japanese soundtrack on this release since Manga?s release is an edited together release of about 2-3 episodes. An English stereo and a 5.1 soundtrack is provided on this release. For the first half, I listened to the 5.1 mix. Music and sound effects are aimed mainly at the front left and right speakers with dialogue through the center. The rear speakers are rarely used. The show?s 5.1 remix did not sound hollow. I enjoyed the stereo mix also, as I felt it had a little more oomph to it. No sound distortion was present.


Dangaioh was originally released by Manga back in 1994. There is no information from Manga about when Dangaioh originally came out in Japan, not on the package or in the credits, but it was released one episode a year between 1987 and 1989. For a series this old, the picture quality is quite good. I couldn?t locate any line aliasing or compression artifacts. Perhaps it?s the age of the show, but the colors for the series seem washed out.


The front cover seems very washed out, with the Dangaioh team displayed on the left side and one of the enemies they encounter on the right side. The Dangaioh robot is on the front cover, but is relegated to the background. The back cover has better shot of the Dangaioh with three of it?s four pilots. Who?s missing, but the lone male pilot of course.


The main menu uses the same image from the back cover, with blurry video playing in the background. A poorly made logo for Dangaioh is displayed on the top. The only options are play movie, scene access, audio setup, and Manga extras (which only leads to trailers). There is no indicator in the audio setup menu for what sound type you?ve selected.



Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

With mecha designs by Shoji Kawamori and Masami Obari, you?d think we might have a pretty good show here. Unfortunately, the execution of this story is so poor nothing can really save it.

Dangaioh is a three episode OVA that doesn?t have a conclusion, since director Hirano had run out of ideas when he finished the third episode. The project was shelved for a number of years before Hirano went on to make Great Dangaioh. Due to this shelving, the third episode doesn?t conclude anything.

Manga Entertainment basically got shoved Manga UK?s release of Dangaioh. Episode one was basically ripped to shreds in order to form a shortened prologue, and episodes two and three are spliced together to form a movie. Also, the director has taken a lot of liberties, especially during episode three, when the swearing builds up to whole new levels.

The prologue begins by introducing the four members of the Dangaioh team: Mia Alice, Roll Kuran, Lamda Nom, and Pai Thunder. All four members have psychic powers, making them espers. Each one also is suffering from memory loss due to Dr. Tarsan erasing their memories when he formed the team. Dr. Tarsan also created four fighter craft that the Dangaioh team can use to form the great robot Dangaioh, the strongest force in the universe!

The enemy forces are commanded by Captain Garimos, who is hell bent on ruling the galaxy. What?s interesting though is Dr. Tarsan is actually part of Garimos? forces, and originally created the team for Garimos. The Dangaioh team didn?t want any part of that though, and escaped. Garimos sent his right hand man, Gil-Burg to flush the team out by attacking Mia?s home world of Earth. After defeating Gil-Burg, the Dangaioh team pledges to fight Garimos? evil.

During the prologue, Pai and Mia both learn about their pasts. Episode two focuses on Lamda Nom, when a woman from her past comes to seek revenge on her for the loss of their home planet. In the last episode, we focus on Roll Kuran who used to be a freedom fighter against Garimos until he was betrayed.

Dangaioh is a very formulaic show: place team in new area, someone from a member?s past shows up, person who shows up has the wrong idea about the whole situation, member of team gets in trouble, team comes together to save member, form big robot, then kick some major ass. I?m sure this would have been present in the first episode also, if we could have seen it.

The mecha and character designs are quite good, and the Dangaioh robot formation sequence is very well animated. Unfortunately, eye candy only goes so far. The plot is unoriginal, and the acting is lackluster and uninspired. Due to the hack job, I really can?t recommend this title at all.

English 5.1 Language,English 2.0 Language,

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 to a Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears


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