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Daikyu Maryû Gaiking

Japanese name: Daikyu Maryû Gaiking Daikyu Maryû Gaiking TV Series image
Japanese name: 大空魔竜ガイキング
English name: Demon King of the Heavens Gaiking; Gaiking
Italian name: Gaiking Il Robot Guerriero
Spanish name: El Gladiador
Dates: April 1, 1976-January 27, 1977
1982 (Italy)
Broadcast time: Thursday, 19:00-19:30 (7:00-7:30 pm)
Number of episodes: 44
Animation Studio: Toei Doga
Production Company: Dynamic Planning, Toei Doga
Broadcaster: Fuji Television (CX)
Cinitalia Edizioni (syndicated) (Italy)
Creator(s): Kunio Nakatani, Akio Sugino, Mayumi Kobayashi Daikyu Maryû Gaiking TV Series image
Series Director: Tomoharu Katsumata
Episode Director(s): Tomoharu Katsumata, Akinori Orai, Youichi Kominato
Planning: Masao Maruyama (series composition), Koji Bessho, Azuma Kasuga, Takeshi Tamiya
Writer(s): Susumu Takaku, Shozo Uehara, Haruya Yamazaki
Art Director: Fumihiro Uchikawa, Shohei Kawamoto, Mariko Ito, Toshikazu Yamaguchi
Art Design: Fumihiro Uchikawa (setting)
Character Designer(s): Takeshi Shirato
Animator(s): Takeshi Shirato (director), Moriyasu Taniguchi (director), Kyomu Fukuda (director)
Music: Shunsuke Kikuchi
Sound: Yasunori Honda (director), Ryosuke Koide (director)
Voice Actors
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Genre(s): adventure, science fiction, giant robots, alien invasion, space travel, black holes
Home Video
Italy: DVD (Yamato Vido)
Note(s): Gaiking was part of the Force Five program on United States television. Not all of the episodes were broadcast.

Only the first 26 episodes were broadcast on Italian television. The other episodes were later made available on home video.

El Gladiador was part of El Festival de los Robots on Latin American television.

This series was remade in Gaiking Legend of Daiku-maryu (2005).

To see what other animated programs were out at the same time as Daikyu Maryû Gaiking go to the Chronology of Animation.

Note on finding copies of programs:
Unfortunately I lack the time or resources to help people find copies of anime television programs. I have put together a web List of Online Video and Book Stores that will be useful to find copies in the United States, some other countries, and one Japanese store. There are other similar stores on the Internet around the world that might be able to supply the DVDs, LDs, VCDs, or video tapes that are desired. Check my Japanese Animation Information page for links to Internet resources that may have further information. I am not involved in trading materials from my own collection. I am still waiting to see most of the programs in this List of Anime Television Series and would be happy to find sources for many of them.

Because of these circumstances I will not respond to requests for help to find these types of materials.

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