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The Brave Series (勇者シリーズ Yūsha shirīzu) toy and animation franchise began after the toy company Takara ended the animated "Generation One" storyline of Transformers in Japan. Following a decline in the series' popularity that led to the cancellation of the OVA series Transformers: Zone, Takara struck a cooperative deal with the animation studio Sunrise (known for its mecha series, most notably Gundam) to develop a new franchise and set of toy lines, which became the Brave series. This franchise would help reintroduce the Super Robot genre to the Japanese mainstream in the 1990s.

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List of Media

Brave Series Animated Works

Year Aired English Name Japanese Name Romanized Name Type of Media Number of Episodes
1990-1991 The Brave Fighter Exkizer 勇者エクスカイザー Yūsha Ekusukaizā TV Series 48
1991-1992 The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird 太陽の勇者ファイバード  Taiyō no Yūsha Faibādo TV Series 48
1992-1993 The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn 伝説の勇者ダ・ガーン  Densetsu no Yūsha Da-Gān TV Series 46
1993-1994 The Brave Express Might Gaine 勇者特急マイトガイン  Yūsha Toukyū Maitogain TV Series 47
1994-1995 The Brave Police J-Decker 勇者警察ジェイデッカー Yūsha Keisatsu Jeidekkā TV Series 48
1995-1996 The Brave of Gold Goldran 黄金勇者ゴルドラン  Ōgon Yūsha Gorudoran TV Series 48
1996-1997 The Brave Command Dagwon 勇者指令ダグオン  Yūsha Shirei Daguon TV Series 48
1997 The Brave Command Dagwon - The Boy with Crystal Eyes 勇者指令ダグオン 水晶の瞳の少年 Yūsha Shirei Daguon - Suishō no Hitomi no Shōnen OVA 2
1997-1998 The King of Braves GaoGaiGar 勇者王ガオガイガー  Yūsha Ō GaoGaiGā TV Series 49
2000-2003 The King of Braves GaoGaiGar FINAL 勇者王ガオガイガーFINAL Yūsha Ō GaoGaiGā Fainaru OVA 8
2005 The King of Braves GaoGaiGar FINAL - Grand Glorious Gathering 勇者王ガオガイガーFINAL GRAND GLORIOUS GATHERING Yūsha Ō GaoGaiGā Fainaru Gurando Guroriasu Gyazāringu TV recut of OVA 12

The Saint of Braves Baan Gaan

Japanese: 勇者聖戦バーンガーン (Yūsha Seisen Bān Gān). The 9th Brave Series, which is a game-exclusive one that was originally planned to be made into an anime, but due to the Brave Series' decline in viewers after GaoGaiGar, the anime was scrapped and the series was incorporated into the Brave Saga video games instead. Despite that, a full-fledged anime opening and the transformation/combination scenes for Baan Gaan, Mach Sperion and Great Baan Gaan has also been animated and incorporated into the games.

Other Media

  • Brave Saga (video game, 1998).
  • Brave Saga 2 (video game, 2000).
  • Brave Saga New Chapter - Astaria (video game, 2001).
  • New Century Brave Wars (video game, 2005).

Although being the main series in the 2005 video game New Century Brave Wars, Quantum Leap Layzelber (量子跳躍レイゼルバー - Ryōshi Chōyaku Reizerubā) is not counted among the Brave Series on the official website.

The anime Betterman can be considered as a spinoff/sequel for The King of Braves GaoGaiGar, which took place between the TV series and the OVA. In 2016, a crossover/sequel novel for GaoGaiGar Final and Betterman was released under the name Supreme Realm King - GaoGaiGar vs Betterman (覇界王~ガオガイガー対ベターマン~).

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Trivia

  • All 8 shows and Baan Gaan feature a drill-based mecha in one way or another:
  • During the respective series' Great Combination (aside from GaoGaiGar), Great Exkizer, Great Fighbird and Great Da-Garn GX use a completely new head, different from their original smaller units while from Great Might Gaine onwards, all robots have their original unit's head combined with various parts from their combining partners.
  • All feature a 3-piece mecha and (excluding Exkizer) an additional unit for enhancement. GaoGaiGar is the sole exception to the pattern.
  • All the main primary robots have enhancement units that usually when combined, look completely different from their original form. Once again, GaoGaiGar is the sole exception, as the titular mecha remains unaltered from the enhancement, say for the right arm. It did, however, gain successor mecha of similar design.
  • With the exception of Fighbird and GaoGaiGar, all of the shows features designs and concepts borrowed from Transformers.
  • Goldran was the final series to have it's main theme song sung by a woman. The last entries would have their themes sung by men. Da-Garn's TV-sized opening was solely performed by a female singer, while a distinctly male voice can be heard in the full size version. Another full version, however, contains only female voices.
  • The J-Decker Build Team is the only sub-group in which the members' names are solely based on their most distinguishing features rather than a common naming method.
  • Exkizer and Fighbird are the only series to have newly molded villain toys. The others with toys of the villains (Da-Garn, Might Gaine and Goldran) have recolored Transformers toys as villains.
  • If all of the Brave Series took place in a single universe, then Goldran would take place in 1996, Dagwon in 1997, Exkizer in 2001, GaoGaiGar and GaoGaiGar Final in 2005 and 2007 respectively, Fighbird in 2010 and J-Decker in 2020. Might Gaine would be the series that takes place the furthest into the future, in the 124th to 125th Showa year (2050 - 2051). As "Episode 1" of the Brave Saga game also covers the event of J-Decker's first episode it can be presumed that The Saint of Braves Baan Gaan takes place in 2020. As of the moment it is unknown in which year did the events of The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn took place in. The events of Betterman took place between GaoGaiGar and GaoGaiGar FINAL, 2006, while the GaoGaiGar vs Betterman novel took place in 2017. 
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