Anime

Cult Cartoon Essentials: Dancouga – Super Beast Machine God

Dancouga – Super Beast Machine God ran for 38 episodes from April-December 1985. It follows four soldiers, Shinobu Fujiwara, Sara Yuki, Masato Shikibu and Ryo Shiba, who pilot the Cyber Beast Machines. The idea behind the Cyber Beast Machines is that they emulate evolution: beginning as four vehicles which could transform into animals (an eagle, cougar, tiger and mammoth) – then into humanoid robots – then later into Dancouga.

Dancouga is a bit different from the usual “Japanese small robots combine to make a big robot” format, instead Dancouga does not combine until midway through the series as the Cyber Beast Machines were capable of effectively fighting their enemies.

 

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