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.
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|
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.
- 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 King of Destruction - GaoGaiGar vs Betterman (破壊王 ガオガイガー対ベッターマン).
- 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
- 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 Da-Garn would be the first series to take place chronologically (1992), with Exkizer taking place 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).