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|
- 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.