(闘将ダイモス, Tosho Daimos
? Brave Leader (or Fighting King) Daimos) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Nihon Sunrise. Daimos
is the third installment of the "Romantic Trilogy", following Chōdenji Robo Combattler V
and Chōdenji Machine Voltes V
. It ran from 1 April 1978 to 27 January 1979 and consisted of 44 episodes. A movie with the pivotal episodes strung together titled Starbirds
was released in the US by the same company that released Tranzor Z
. The name Daimos is derived from Deimos, one of the two moons of Mars. Outside of Japan, the show also aired in the Philippines, Malaysia and Italy. In the early 1980s there was a VHS release in France, but only the first seven episodes were available. In the 1990s, the entire series was shown in Poland (although with Polish voiceover, the Italian dubbing could be heard in background).
Nagahama, who directed the series, is often miscredited as the "creator" of the trilogy. It was actually created by "Saburo Hatte", best known to American fans as the creator of Voltron (Golion in its original Japanese).
"Saburo Hatte" (sometimes "Saburo Yatsude") is not a real person. Similar to "Hajime Yadate", the name is a pseudonym which refers to the collective staff of Toei Co. Ltd (specifically, the main Toei division, as opposed to the animation division). The series was animated by Sunrise on Toei's behalf.