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.


Year Aired English Name Japanese Name Number of Episodes
1990 Brave Fighter Exkizer 勇者エクスカイザー Yūsha Ekusukaizā 48
1991 The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird 太陽の勇者ファイバード Taiyō no Yūsha Faibādo 48
1992 The Brave Fighter of Legend Da-Garn 伝説の勇者ダ・ガーン Densetsu no Yūsha Da Gān 46
1993 The Brave Express Might Gaine 勇者特急マイトガイン Yūsha Toukyū Maitogain 47
1994 Brave Police J-Decker 勇者警察ジェイデッカー Yūsha Keisatsu Jeidekkā 48
1995 The Brave of Gold Goldran 黄金勇者ゴルドラン Ōgon Yūsha Gorudoran 48
1996 Brave Command Dagwon 勇者指令ダグオン Yūsha Shirei Daguon 48, 2 OVAs
1997 The King of Braves GaoGaiGar 勇者王ガオガイガー Yūsha Ō GaoGaiGā 49

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  • All 8 shows feature a drill-tank in one way or another.
    • Exkizer: Drill Max
    • Sun Fighbird: Drill Baron
    • Da-Garn: Drill Lander
    • Might Gaine: Drill Diver
    • J-Decker: Drill Boy
    • Goldran: Drill Silver
    • Dagwon: Dag Drill
    • GaoGaiGar: Drill Gao
  • 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 look completely different from the sandard form. Once again, GaoGaiGar is the sole exception, as the titular mecha remains unaltered from the enhancement, say for the right arm.