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Psycho Armor Govarian (サイコアーマー ゴーバリアン saiko āmā gōbarian?, also romanized as Psycho Armor Gobarian and Psychoarmor Govarian) is a TV anime created by mangaka Go Nagai. It was produced by Knack and TV Tokyo. The series was originally broadcast from July 6, 1983 (1983-07-06) to December 28, 1983 (1983-12-28) in Japan.[1][2]. Besides Japan, it was also broadcast in South Korea in 1988 by MBC[3] where it was known as 사이코아머 고바리안 or 싸이코 아머 고바리안. It is also known as 海王星战士 in Taiwan. The anime is considered a mix of Genma Taisen, Mazinger and Gundam.[4]

Story

Script error The Garadain Empire has exhausted the primary resources of their native planet, so they send different space expeditions to find a new world where to live. One of their main objectives is planet Earth. However, Zeku Alba, an alien scientist, decides to rebel against the imperial rule and flees towards the Earth, where he gathers a group of youngs gifted with the power of "psychogenesis", an ability that consists in creating solid matter from mental energy.

The most gifted of the squadron is Isamu, a young orphan whose family was killed in the first attack of the Garadain Empire. He is able to generate the powerful robot Govarian, an armor with which he can battle the alien monsters and is able to regenerate thanks to the psychic energy of the pilot. Helped by two other robots created by his team-mates, Isamu, aboard the robot Govarian, defends the Earth in the long war against the alien invaders.

Characters

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  • Isamu Napoto (イサム・ナポト?, played by Yoshikazu Hirano)
  • Lisa Achika (アチカ・リサ achika risa?, played by Masako Miura)
  • Kurt Buster (クルト・バスター kuruto basutā?, played by Naoki Tatsuta)
  • Hans Schultz (ハンス・シュルツ hansu shurutsu?, played by Kenyu Horiuchi)
  • Layla Swani (ライラ・スワニー raira suwanī?, played by Miyuki Muroi)
  • Karim Atlas (カリム・アトラス karimu atorasu?, played by Hideki Fukushi)
  • Pike (ピケ?, played by Runa Akiyama)
  • Puke (プケ?, played by Chiaki Tachikawa)
  • Tongari (トンガリ?, played by Mikako Ohara)
  • Michie (ミッキー mikkī?, played by Naoki Tatsuta)
  • Zeku Alba (ゼクー・アルバ zekū aruba?, played by Kazuya Tatekabe)
  • Ordon (オルドン orudon?, played by Naoki Tatsuta)
  • Nekoban (ネコバン?, played by Mikako Ohara)
  • Meria (メリア?, played by Mikako Ohara)
  • Christo (クリスト kurisuto?, played by Kazuhiko Inoe)
  • Domson (ドムゾン domuzon?, played by Hirotaka Suzuoki)
  • Emperor Garadain (ガラダイン皇帝 garadain-kōtei?, played by Toshiya Ueda)

Mechas

Main mechas

  • Psycho Armor Govarian
Length: 13 meters
Weight: 47 tonnes
Pilot: Isamu Napoto
  • Psycho Armor Raid (サイコアーマーレイド saiko āmā reido?)
Length: 11 meters
Weight: 43 tonnes
Pilot: Kurt Buster, Hans Schultz (after the death of Buster)
  • Pyscho Armor Garom (サイコアーマーガロム saiko āmā garomu?)
Length: 11 meters
Weight: 63 tonnes
Pilot: Karim Atlas

Garadain mechas

  • Flynger (フラインジャー furainjā?): The basic flying infantry mecha.
  • Baranger (バランジャー baranjā?): The basic walking infantry mecha.
  • Genocider Guringa (ジェノサイダーグリンガ jienosaidā guringa?): Mecha used by Meria
  • Genocider Zarius (ジェノサイダーザリウス jienosaidā zariusu?): Mecha used by Meria
  • Genocider Bobal (ジェノサイダーボーバル jienosaidā bōbaru?)
  • Genocider Batam (ジェノサイダーバタム jienosaidā batamu?)
  • Death Gander Doguros (デスガンダードグロス desu gandā dogurosu?): The most powerful mecha, controlled by Christo. Kurt Buster dies trying to destroy it. After Buster's attack, it's modified and later it is finally destroyed by Meria in a suicide attack.

Episodes

# Title Scenario Original airdate
01
"honō no naka senshi tanjō" (炎の中戦士誕生)
July 6, 1983 (1983-07-06) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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02
"chōnōryoku senshi fāsuto fairu" (超能力戦士ファーストファイル)
July 13, 1983 (1983-07-13) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
03
"josenshi meria no atsui nikushimi" (女戦士メリアの熱い憎しみ)
July 20, 1983 (1983-07-20) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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04
"senjō no kaiten mokuba" (戦場の回転木馬)
July 27, 1983 (1983-07-27) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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05
"wanpaku sōko no merodī" (わんぱく双児のメロディー)
August 3, 1983 (1983-08-03) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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06
"uchū no bōsō raidā" (宇宙の暴走ライダー)
August 10, 1983 (1983-08-10) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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07
"ore tachi no tatakai" (俺たちの戦い)
August 17, 1983 (1983-08-17) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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08
"niji ni kie ta basutā" (虹に消えたバスター)
August 24, 1983 (1983-08-24) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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09
"ai to nikushimi no famirī" (愛と憎しみのファミリー)
August 31, 1983 (1983-08-31) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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10
"atorasu no seishun" (アトラスの青春)
September 7, 1983 (1983-09-07) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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11
"akūkan saizensen" (亜空間最前線)
September 14, 1983 (1983-09-14) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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12
"tsuigeki domuson gundan" (追撃·ドムソン軍団)
September 21, 1983 (1983-09-21) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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13
"gekisen supēsu koronī" (激戦·スペースコロニー)
September 28, 1983 (1983-09-28) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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14
"gaika demon dosu dai bakuhatsu" (凱歌·デモンドス大爆発)
October 5, 1983 (1983-10-05) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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15
"you jigen garadain shiro" (妖次元·ガラダイン城)
October 12, 1983 (1983-10-12) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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16
"dasshutsu! nokosa reta ai" (脱出!残された愛)
October 19, 1983 (1983-10-19) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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17
"kyodai yousai daingarāmu" (巨大要塞ダインガラーム)
October 26, 1983 (1983-10-26) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
18
"aika senjō no kanata" (哀歌·戦場のかなた)
November 2, 1983 (1983-11-02) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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19
"tsuki jigoku no honō" (月·地獄の炎)
November 9, 1983 (1983-11-09) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
20
"ankoku desu macchi" (暗黒デス·マッチ)
November 16, 1983 (1983-11-16) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
21
"getsumen bakuha daingarāmu" (月面爆破·ダインガラーム)
November 23, 1983 (1983-11-23) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
22
"yōma no toride guron desurōmu" (妖魔の砦グロン·デスローム)
November 30, 1983 (1983-11-30) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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23
"jigen shinryaku yōsai" (次元侵略要塞)
December 7, 1983 (1983-12-07) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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24
"shitō kyokuten no burizādo" (死闘極点のブリザード)
December 14, 1983 (1983-12-14) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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25
"saishū sakusen kaishi meria tai kurisuto" (最終作戦開始-メリア対クリスト-)
December 21, 1983 (1983-12-21) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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26
"kaimetsu? chikyū jigen idō" (壊滅?地球次元移動)
December 28, 1983 (1983-12-28) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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Source(s)[1][2]

Staff & production notes

Source(s)[1][3]

Theme songs

  • Opening theme: "Lonely journey" (孤独の旅路~LONELY JOURNEY~ kodoku no tabiji Lonely Journey?), lyrics by Tomoaki Taka, composition by Shunji Inoe, arrangement by Neverland & Hiroki Harada (chorus), song by Tomoaki Taka.
  • Ending theme: "Lullaby" (ララバイ rarabai?), lyrics by Tomoaki Taka, composition by Shunji Inoe, arrangement by Neverland, song by Tomoaki Taka.
  • Insert song: "It's LOVE" (It's LOVE ~それは愛~ It's LOVE ~sore wa ai~?), lyrics by Tomoaki Taka, composition by Shunji Inoe, arrangement by Tatsumi Yano, song by Tomoaki Taka. This theme is used in the last episode.
  • Insert song: "Yuhi no Omoi" (夕陽の想い Yūhi no Omoi?, translated as "Thought of the sunset"), lyrics by Tomoaki Taka, composition by Shunji Inoe, arrangement by Tatsumi Yano, song by Tomoaki Taka.

"Lonely Journey" and "Lullaby" have been used in several music collections in arranged versions sung by Hironobu Kageyama.

Media

Home video

The series was released in VHS format during the 1980s in 6 volumes.[4] In 2006-03-25 a DVD-box set containing the whole series was released by the company Japanese company BM3 with the standard number OHK-27.[5][6]

Picture books and manga

Besides the main TV series, two series of picture books were released, one by Shogakukan and the other by Asahi Sonorama.[7] Also a short manga serialization, with the art of Tatsuo Yasuda (another pen name of Tatsuya Yasuda), was published in the Kodomo magazine Yoiko published by Shogakukan from August 1983 (1983-08) to February 1984 (1984-02).[7][8]

Soundtracks

Four vinyl records were released during 1983 by King Records. The first one, an EP called Psycho Armor Govarian - Lonely Journey, contains the opening and ending theme, both of them performed by the Japanese group Neverland.[9] The second EP, called Psycho Armor Govarian - It's LOVE, contains the themes "It's LOVE" and "Yuhi no Omoi". Also performed by Neverland, both themes have lyrics by Tomoaki Taka, composition by Shunji Inoe, arrangement by Tatsumi Yano and are sung by Tomoaki Taka.[10][11] The last two are full LP album containing the BGM of the series and the opening and ending themes.[12][13][14][15]

Title Type Artist Standard number Release date
Psycho Armor Govarian - Lonely journey EP record Neverland K07S-3052 July 1983 (1983-07)
Psycho Armor Govarian BGM Vol.1 LP album Tatsumi Yano K22G-7144 September 1983 (1983-09)
Psycho Armor Govarian - It's LOVE EP record Neverland K07S-3063 October 1983 (1983-10)
Psycho Armor Govarian BGM Vol.2 LP album Tatsumi Yano K22G-7173 December 1983 (1983-12)

Appearances in other media

Besides its series related media, Govarian has appeared in other media. The most prominent is its appearance in the Dynamic Super Robots Soshingeki!! (ダイナミックスーパーロボット総進撃!! dainamikku sūpā robotto sōshingeki?) clips that were included at the end of the DVDs of Shin Getter Robot tai Neo Getter Robot. Govarian appears alongside Great Mazinger, Venus A, Getter Robot G, Kotetsu Jeeg, God Mazinger and Groizer X to rescue Mazinger Z and Aphrodite A, but are defeated and in turn saved by Shin Getter Robot and Grendizer just before the arrival of Mazinkaiser.

The opening and ending songs of the series are included in several CD compilations of anime series.

Title Label Standard number Release date
Nagai Go Hero Densetsu: Kotetsu Majin Hen First Smile Entertainment FSCA-10204 January 17, 2002 (2002-01-17)
Nagai Go Hero Densetsu: Kijin Sugosen Hen First Smile Entertainment FSCA-10210 February 20, 2002 (2002-02-20)
Super Robot Tamashii The Best Vol.1: Super Robot Hen Be! Smile BSCH-30001/2 October 22, 2003 (2003-10-22)
Super Robot Tamashii The Best Vol.2: Super Robot Hen 2 Be! Smile BSCH-30003/4 November 19, 2003 (2003-11-19)
Getter Densetsu + 10: The Legends of GETTER Be! Smile BSCH-30013 March 10, 2004 (2004-03-10)
Kageyama Hironobu Best & Live Be! Smile BSCH-30014 April 7, 2004 (2004-04-07)
Super Robot Tamashii The Instrumental: Super Robot & Real Robot Hen Vol.1 Be! Smile BSCH-30030 December 1, 2004 (2004-12-01)
Super Robot Spirits Shudaika Best Collection Be! Smile BSCH-30037 July 6, 2005 (2005-07-06)
Nagai Go Dynamic!! The chronicle Be! Smile BSCH-30040 December 21, 2005 (2005-12-21)
The Best!! Super Robot Spirits: Super Robot Studio Recordings Be! Smile BSCH-30063/6 July 11, 2007 (2007-07-11)
Super Robot Spirits: Non stop mix Vol.3 Be! Smile BSCH-30086 July 9, 2008 (2008-07-09)
The Best!! Super Robot Spirits: The Best Karaoke songs Be! Smile BSCH-30094/7 December 10, 2008 (2008-12-10)

Merchandise

Some toys and action figures based in the robots of the series were released, including several South Korean bootleg versions.[16] The official figures were made by the company Poem.

Relationship to the Mazinger series

The head of the main mecha of the series, Govarian, is similar to the head of Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger. This was done on purpose by Go Nagai and Dynamic Planning in accordance with the demand of production company Knack.[17] In South Korea, it was presented as being part of the Mazinger series along with Groizer X.[18] Other than that, Psycho Armor Govarian has no real relationship to any of the Mazinger series.

References

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