Tōshō Daimos (闘将ダイモス), or simply Daimos, is the third instalment of the Robot Romance Trilogy that followed Combattler V and Voltes V. Unfortunately, none of them are about romancing robots and are just super robot shows with romantic subplots, as was the style at the time.
In this particular case, the survivors of the planet Baam try to invade Earth because while they’re a technologically advanced nomadic race, they can’t find their own damn planet, go figure. Their invasion is halted by the return of Kazuya Ryuuzaki and, with the aid of a portly professor and an extended cast of comedy sidekicks, the activation of the super robot Daimos.
The forces of Baam mostly consist of this Saint Seiya-looking prince called Richter, his sister Erika, who will be Kazuya’s designated love interest, and Balbos, a general who’d look more at home in Fist of The North Star. There’s not a lot to say about them except they look like Thanagarians and washed the Earth’s military with the doofiest robots I’ve seen in a while.
The Daimos robot design is pretty good. It reminds me a lot of the contemporary Sentai mecha that weren’t so much combining robots as they were giant Transformers. Interestingly, Daimos was amongst the line-up of Shogun Warriors toys produced by Mattel.
This show is about as stock and trade for the 70’s super robot genre as you can get and I’m honestly struggling to think of things to type. The animation is fine for the time, the voice acting sounds okay, and I can see why it may be considered a classic.
I didn’t hate it but I didn’t exactly like it, either. It’s just “fine”.
You can now find Daimos, as well as many other tokusatsu shows, on the TOEI Tokusatsu World Official YouTube channel to watch for free with English subtitles.
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