METAL ARMOR DRAGONAR (機甲戦記ドラグナー, Kikō Senki
Doragunā) is a 48-episode mecha anime series, created by Sunrise and
aired from 1987 to 1988. Devised shortly after the release of Mobile
* 1 Story
* 2 Characters
* 2.1 Earth Federation Military (formed Earth Alliance) * 2.2 United Lunar Empire Gigano * 2.3 Civilians
* 3 Theme Songs * 4 Video games * 5 Production Notes * 6 References * 7 External links
Dragonar takes place in the year 2087 AD, when a military force
called the United Lunar Empire Gigano has risen and captured the Moon
. Their stated goal is the rebirth of mankind, but their primary
intention by some of its members is the destruction of all those who
dwell on Earth. To this end, the Empire uses humanoid battle machines
called Metal Armors, as well as a gigantic mass driver cannon.
Originally intended to send lunar material to Earth orbit for later
Kaine Wakaba "> MAFFU-09 Falguen
MEIO PLATO - Giganos' top ace pilot, nicknamed the Blue Hawk
(蒼き鷹, Aoki Taka). He gained fame piloting the Falguen and is
fiercely loyal to Guiltorre. His father Lang Plato is the engineer who
helped develop the Dragonars, and he has a younger sister, Linda, who
opposes the war. Despite his calm nature and popularity with younger
pilots, he is repeatedly looked down on by his superiors for failing
to capture the Dragonars and begins to chaffe under Dorchenov's
command, eventually being framed for murder of Guiltorre by Dorchenov.
In the end, he and Kaine set aside their differences and defeat
Dorchenov by exploiting Dorchenov's machine's weakness and attacking
with a volley of missiles and finished by a combination attack using
their beam swords (which was recognised and implemented into Super
Robot Wars). He is very much an homage to
DAN KRUGER Practice Squad member. Fiercely loyal to Meio Plato. Out of the Plato Squad Members, he is the only one to die, which happens while he protects Meio and the rest of the squadron from enemy fire as the rest escape to cover while their sensors were damaged earlier.
WELNER FRITZ Practice Squad member. Fiercely loyal to Meio Plato.
KARL GEINER Practice Squad member. Fiercely loyal to Meio Plato.
MARSHAL GUILTORRE The supreme commander of Giganos. Though he declares war on the Earth Federation, he truly treasures the Earth for its beauty, eventually questioning himself whether declaring war was really the right option, moments before he was murdered by Dorchenov.
CHEPHOV Giganos Lt. stationed on an abandoned satellite, who captured the three Dragonar but then began to train and befriend them. Shot by Meio Plato for refusing Guiltorre's orders that the Dragonar pilots be taken into his custody. Given a funeral ceremony by Kaine, Tapp, and Light.
GON JEM Leader of the "Gon Jem Shittenoh" platoon and pilot of the YAMA-13 Geyzam, and later the YGMA-14 Gilgazamune. Ridiculed with the nickname of "Garbage of Giganos". Despite his infamy, he respects and values his subordinates Gold, Ganan, Zin and Min to the point of swearing revenge against the Dragonar Team for the death of the first three.
LEE SUE MIN Gon Jem Shittenoh member, and pilot of the Stark Deins. Eventually joins Meio Plato's platoon when fighting against Dorchenov. Her machine is best known for the chainsaws attached onto the arms, which makes her a deadly opponent when close-up.
GOL Gon Jem Shittenoh member, and pilot of the Stark Gewei. He is usually seen carrying a chaingun and is prone to fire it at random during fits of rage. Because of his savage nature, low level of intellect and size, he is nicknamed "Gorilla", something that he hates being called.
GANAN Gon Jem Shittenoh member, and pilot of the Stark Gan-Dolla. He is known for carrying a knife (or more) wherever he goes. His last words are a cry for help after Kaine slashes his unit in half with his laser sword, which destroys the robot unit and sends the motorcycle unit, with Ganan on board, crashing into a cliff, killing him instantly.
ZIN Gon Jem Shittenoh member, and pilot of the Stark Dauzhen. The womanizer and somewhat more civilized one of the group. His weapon of choice is a pair of Sai. Zin's machine's unique attribute is the ability to generate holograms of itself to confuse the opponent, though it can be negated by D-3's jammers.
DORCHENOV - Dorchenov is an ambitious officer of Giganos who, while not seen much early on, becomes the main villain of the series when he wages a coup d'état of the Empire and assassinates Guiltorre, and putting the blame on Giganos ace Meio Plato who also happens to be at the scene. Though mostly a political figure in Giganos, he is just as capable as a pilot in a Metal Armor.
* "Dream-Colored Chaser" (夢色チェイサー, Yume-Iro Cheisā) (episodes #1–26) Performed by Mami Ayukawa Music by Kyōhei Tsutsumi Lyrics by Machiko Ryū Arrangement by Shirō Sagisu * "Starlight Serenade" (スターライト・セレナーデ, Sutāraito Serenāde) (episodes #27–48) Performed by Mami Yamase Music by Daisuke Inōe Lyrics by Yukinojō Mori Arrangement by Kazuo Ōtani
* "Searching for an Illusion (イリュージョンをさがして, Iryūjon wo Sagashite) (episodes #1–26) Performed by Mami Ayukawa Music by Kōji Makaino Lyrics by Machiko Ryū Arrangement by Shirō Sagisu * "Shiny Boy" (episodes #27–48) Performed by Mami Yamase Music by Daisuke Inōe Lyrics by Yukinojō Mori Arrangement by Kazuo Ōtani
Though it has no dedicated games, Dragonar has appeared in several
related games. Its earliest known appearance is in the PlayStation
game developed by
Much confusion had surrounded the early release of this series even
before it went on the air. The Japanese anime magazine Animec for
example, still hailed the title under the working name "Stillevar",
not "Dragonar", despite the fact that the mecha and character designs
were already approved. Before the series went to air, there were fans
in North America who believed this to be a
Character Designer: Kenichi Ohnuki
Dragonar first opening directed by: Masami Ōbari
* ^ Great Mechanics, issue 7, 「ガンダムをリニューアルする」
* Official web site (in Japanese )
* Kiko Senki Dragonar (anime) at
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