Armored Fleet Dairugger XV

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Armored Fleet Dairugger XV
Box art from the Bandai Dairugger XV model kit
(Kikō Kantai Dairagā Fifutīn)
Anime television series
Directed byKozo Morishita
Produced byMasahisa Saeki
Written byKeisuke Fujikawa
Shigemitsu Taguchi
Music bySeiji Yokoyama
StudioToei Animation
Daiwon Animation
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run 3 March 1982 23 February 1983
Episodes52 (List of episodes)
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Armored Fleet Dairugger XV (機甲艦隊ダイラガーXV (フィフティーン), Kikō Kantai Dairagā Fifutīn, "XV" read "Fifteen") is a mecha anime series aired in Japan from 1982 to 1983. It is also referred to as Dairugger 15, Dairugger XV, Armored Armada Dairugger XV, Armored Squadron Dairugger XV, or Machine Platoon Dairugger.

In the United States, it was heavily edited to become part of the Voltron series.[1] The Dairugger footage was the primary source for the "Vehicle Voltron" episodes, though various footage was also inserted into the more commonly known "Lion Voltron" episodes (themselves adapted from another, unrelated Japanese series, Beast King GoLion).


The Rugger Team is an exploration, planetary survey, and defensive force. Planet Earth is in a time of prosperity. The president of the Terran League launches a mission to explore the galaxy and build a complete map of the stars. Soon after commencing the mission, the Rugger Team and their starship, the Rugger Guard, are attacked by the Galveston Empire. Dairugger, the super robot, must defend the Rugger Guard and its fleet as they attempt to continue their mission. When Galveston repeatedly refuses to accept peaceful coexistence, their mission turns to finding the Galveston homeworld, liberating its people from their despotic Emperor, and helping them find a new planet before their world collapses.[1][2]


The Rugger Team is made of three smaller teams of 5 members each: Air, Sea, and Land, referred to alternately as Aki Team, Keats Team, and Walter Team after each team's leader. Aki is the overall leader of the Rugger Team. Each of the 15 parts is referred to as Rugger, and can combine into larger machines as separate teams called Kurugger (Air), Kairugger (Sea), and Rikurugger (Land), as well as together to form the super-robot Dairugger. The 15 separate Rugger units as well as the name come from the sport of rugby, since 15 players are required to form a rugby union team.[3]


  • Planning
    Susumu Yoshikawa
    Yasuo Oyobe
    Yu Saito
  • Original concept
    Saburo Hatte
  • Chief Director
    Kozo Morishita
  • Series Composition
    Keisuke Fujikawa
  • Script
    Keisuke Fujikawa
    Shigemitsu Taguchi
  • Character Design
    Shigetaka Kiyoyama
  • Mechanical Design
    Katsushi Murakami
    Takayuki Masuo
    Yoshiroh Harada
    Yutaka Izubuchi
  • Music
    Seiji Yokoyama
  • Production
    Toei Agency
    TV Tokyo
    Daiwon Animation
    Toei Animation


Dairugger pilots[edit]

Aki Team uniforms are blue and white.

Keats Team uniforms are black and cyan.

Walter Team uniforms are white and red.

Function Pilot Name Voice actor Team Vehicle Dairugger Body
Rugger #1 Pilot Manabu Aki (安芸 マナブ, Aki Manabu) Toshio Furukawa Air Team Command Jet Explorer head
Rugger #2 Pilot Shinobu Kai (甲斐 シノブ, Kai Shinobu) Ryōma Yamamoto Air Team Strato Weapons Module upper torso
Rugger #3 Pilot Shota Kreutz (ショーター・クロイツ, Shōtā Kuroitsu) Kōzō Shioya Air Team Advanced Recon Helicopter right upper arm
Rugger #4 Pilot Yasuo Mutsu (陸奥 ヤスオ, Mutsu Yasuo) Satomi Majima Air Team Advanced Recon Helicopter left upper arm
Rugger #5 Pilot Patty Ellington (パティ・エリントン, Pati Erinton) Keiko Han Air Team Falcon VT Fighter chest plate
Rugger #6 Pilot Miranda Keats (ミランダ・キーツ, Miranda Kītsu) Hideyuki Hori Sea Team Communications Module torso mid-rif
Rugger #7 Pilot Haruka Kaga (加賀ハルカ, Kaga Haruka) Harumi Iizuka Sea Team Space Prober right thigh
Rugger #8 Pilot Saruka Katz (サルタ・カッツ, Saruta Kattsu) Masaharu Satō Sea Team Space Prober left thigh
Rugger #9 Pilot Tatsuo Izumo (出雲タツオ, Izumo Tatsuo) Shō Hayami Sea Team Multi-Wheeled Explorer right lower leg
Rugger #10 Pilot Barros Karateya (バーロス・カラテヤ, Bārosu Karateya) Ken Yamaguchi Sea Team Multi-Wheeled Explorer left lower leg
Rugger #11 Pilot Walter Jack (ワルター・ジャック, Warutā Jakku) Katsuji Mori Land Team Jet Radar Station hips
Rugger #12 Pilot Moya Kirigas (モーヤ・キリガッス, Mōya Kirigassu) Nana Yamaguchi Land Team Rotating Personnel Carrier right forearm
Rugger #13 Pilot Mack Chukker (マック・チャッカー, Makku Chakkā) Banjō Ginga Land Team Armored Equipment Carrier left forearm
Rugger #14 Pilot Tasuku Izu (伊豆 タスク, Izu Tasuku) Shingo Hiromori Land Team All-Terrain Space Vehicle right foot
Rugger #15 Pilot Kazuto Nagato (長門 カズト, Nagato Kazuto) Hiroshi Ōtake Land Team All-Terrain Space Vehicle left foot

Other characters[edit]

Japanese Name Voice actor
Shinji Ise (伊勢 シンジ, Ise Shinji) Hideyuki Tanaka
High Commander Wakasa Masaharu Satō
Supreme Commander Dewa Hiroshi Ōtake
Dick Asimov Kōji Yada
Doctor Search Kōji Totani
Commander Socrat Teles (テレス司令)
Drake Ryoma Yamamoto
Internal Commissioner Socrat Tes Eiji Kanie
Sirk Satomi Majima
Luciano Masaharu Satō
Supreme Commander Al Caponero Banjō Ginga
Emperor Corsair Kazuhiko Kishino

Dairugger specifications[edit]

Dairugger is made of 15 vehicle parts, and is 60 meters tall.

  • Weapons
    • Dairugger Sword
    • Dairugger Cutters or Spin Cutters or Spin Kilders (formed from the helicopter rotors of ruggers #3 and #4)
    • Electromagnetic Whip
    • Electromagnetic Beam or Miracle Beam
    • Laser Beams
    • Laser Spear or Dairugger Lancer
    • Electromagnetic Cross
    • Shot Arrow
    • Wing Beam
    • Dairugger Kick
    • Dairugger Typhoon (Spin Cutters on Dairuggers' shoulders spin to create a violent wind, first appears in the episode Eldoras Plea)


# Episode Name Original air date
01"Galactic Clash"
March 3, 1982 (1982-03-03)
02"The Isolated Regiment"
October 1982, 3 (3-10-1982)
03"Farewell, Achilles"
May 1982, 3 (3-17-1982)
04"# Rescue Mission To Hell"
December 1982, 3 (3-24-1982)
05"Battle for the Experiment Planet"
July 1982, 3 (3-31-1982)
06"Fall to the Meteor Shower"
July 1982, 4 (4-07-1982)
07"Annihilation of the Reinforcement Fleet"
February 1982, 4 (4-14-1982)
08"Specters of the Binary System"
September 1982, 4 (4-21-1982)
09"The Glorious Suicide Corps"
April 1982, 4 (4-28-1982)
10"Sneak Attack on the Space Fortress"
May 1982, 5 (5-05-1982)
11"A Momentary Truce"
December 1982, 5 (5-12-1982)
12"Legend of the Space Forest"
July 1982, 5 (5-19-1982)
13"The Enemy Within the Mind"
February 1982, 5 (5-26-1982)
14"The Earth Fleet's Counterattack"
February 1982, 6 (6-02-1982)
15"Breakdown of the Space Talks"
September 1982, 6 (6-09-1982)
16"The Two Rebellions"
April 1982, 6 (6-16-1982)
17"Orders For Asimov's Return"
November 1982, 6 (6-23-1982)
18"A Touch and Go Situation"
June 1982, 6 (6-30-1982)
19"Red Moon Rising"
July 1982, 7 (7-07-1982)
20"Desperate Struggle for Planet K"
February 1982, 7 (7-14-1982)
21"Arise Galaxy Garrison"
September 1982, 7 (7-21-1982)
22"Ex-Commander Teles"
April 1982, 7 (7-28-1982)
23"The Mission to Recapture Planet K"
April 1982, 8 (8-04-1982)
24"Riot on Galveston"
November 1982, 8 (8-11-1982)
25"Bitter Struggle on the Planet of Light"
June 1982, 8 (8-18-1982)
26"The Snare of the Hell Planet"
January 1982, 8 (8-25-1982)
27"Storming the Space Fortress"
January 1982, 9 (9-01-1982)
28"Eldora's Plea"
August 1982, 9 (9-08-1982)
29"Uprising of the Space Fort"
March 1982, 9 (9-15-1982)
30"Earth's State of Emergency"
October 1982, 9 (9-22-1982)
31"Locate Enemy Headquarters"
May 1982, 9 (9-29-1982)
32"Destruction of the Front Line Base"
June 1982, 10 (10-06-1982)
33"The New Allied Fleet to the Rescue"
January 1982, 10 (10-13-1982)
34"Planet of the Burning Cave"
August 1982, 10 (10-20-1982)
35"Get Yourself Together, Mutsu"
March 1982, 10 (10-27-1982)
36"A Desperate Undersea Combining"
March 1982, 11 (11-03-1982)
37"Air Rugger Vanishes"
October 1982, 11 (11-10-1982)
38"Emma, the Female Captain"
May 1982, 11 (11-17-1982)
39"The Tears of a Rugby Player"
December 1982, 11 (11-24-1982)
40"The Boy Denon and the Elk"
January 1982, 12 (12-01-1982)
41"Discovery of the New World"
August 1982, 12 (12-08-1982)
42"Impending Crisis on the Inhabitable Planet"
March 1982, 12 (12-15-1982)
43"Teles and Asimov"
October 1982, 12 (12-22-1982)
44"Aki Team Gets Caught"
May 1982, 12 (12-29-1982)
45"Defend the Third Planet"
May 1983, 1 (1-05-1983)
46"The Fall of the Survey Base"
December 1983, 1 (1-12-1983)
47"The Invisible Super Weapon"
July 1983, 1 (1-19-1983)
48"Get Past the Tenth Planet"
February 1983, 1 (1-26-1983)
49"Entering the Final Zone of Defense"
February 1983, 2 (2-02-1983)
50"The Struggle for Galveston"
September 1983, 2 (2-09-1983)
51"Fierce Battle in the Underground City"
April 1983, 2 (2-16-1983)
52"Galactic Dawn"
November 1983, 2 (2-23-1983)


In the early 1980s, the original ST Dairugger toys were released by Popy Pleasure under the toy release number of GB-72, as part of the Chogokin label, and constructed of high-quality die-cast materials. A GB-73 would follow, with a transforming DX Dairugger, which could separate only into the three larger combined vehicles. A larger version of Dairugger XV was also released, which did not contain die-cast materials, as the metal content was too heavy for the design and for the friction motors installed in many of the vehicles. The smallest non-transforming ST Dairugger and the fully transforming plastic Dairugger XV would be resold in the US as part of the Voltron series by Matchbox, entirely under the Voltron name. However, the Popy version came with a sword, missiles, and stickers that the Matchbox version did not.

Because Dairugger had 15 pieces, and was a highly playable figure compared to many of the other fixed-state super robots of the early '80s, there were many imitations and bootlegs of Dairugger. Some are cheap plastics, some do not assemble well, some have neon-glowing colors dissimilar to the show. Even approved brands such as Big Bear were spawned to rejuvenate the toyline.[4] However, no version is identical in quality, packaging, or comes with all the pieces as does the Japanese original.


The entire series, in 3 volumes, has been released on DVD in region 1. Collection 1 was released on February 23, 2010,[5][6] Collection 2 on May 25, 2010,[7] and Collection 3 on January 4, 2011. All three volumes are now out-of-print.

Changes for Voltron version[edit]

  • Dairugger XV and GoLion are not related in any way, in contrast to the U.S. version (the coincidental similarities in design, most notably in the face, are due to having the same mechanical designer and a significant portion of the same animation staff).
  • Scenes of Earth and Galaxy Garrison were edited into Lion Voltron episodes, but do not exist in GoLion (the Lion Voltron source material), only in Dairugger XV, since Earth in GoLion has been destroyed in a thermonuclear war.[8]
  • Many allied and enemy soldiers and commanding officers die in Dairugger, as opposed to disappearing without any explanation in the U.S. Voltron series (Voltron omitted almost all blood and death). The finale of Dairugger XV was different in its Voltron form — the U.S. footage had no depiction of Emperor Corsair's (Zeppo's) true fate, which left a lot of questions for U.S. viewers (although one shot of Corsair dead on the throne remained intact). The scene of Emperor Corsair's death, perishing in an assassination attempt by Teles (Hazar) and the resistance, who want freedom for their people, was cut due to violence.
  • In Dairugger, Teles (Hazar) dies a martyr, and there is a sad scene where his body is left to die on Galveston at his request. In Voltron, he becomes the new leader of his people.
  • Sirk (Dorma) is Teles's adjutant, not his sister as in Voltron.
  • Aki (Jeff) and Haruka (Lisa) have a closer relationship, which is not clearly shown in Voltron. The lucky charm that Haruka gives to Aki is left with Teles (Hazar) after his death on Galveston.
  • Dick Asimov (Captain Newley) was Shinji Ise's (Commander Hawkins) superior officer in the original series. The dialogue was rewritten in Voltron to suggest that Hawkins was Newley's superior. There were inconsistencies, however that reveal the original ranks of the two officers.

Note: names in parentheses are Voltron names

Korean version[edit]

There is a South Korean knockoff anime of Dairugger XV called Super Titan 15 (슈퍼타이탄15).[9] It also cribs characters and vehicles from Galaxy Express 999.

Appearances in other media[edit]

The show was spoofed on an episode of Robot Chicken. Dairugger's Voltron incarnation is called to action by an outpost being attacked by a Robeast, but the vehicles take too long to combine. By the time Dairugger gets there, most of the crew is dead, and the sole survivor shoots himself when he realizes it's not the Lion Voltron.[10]


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  2. ^ "Armored Fleet Dairugger Collection 2 DVD Review". Archived from the original on 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2010-06-12.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Clements, Jonathan. McCarthy Helen. [2006] (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5
  4. ^ BigBear Dairugger. "BigBear Info Archived 2006-11-13 at the Wayback Machine." Dairugger Toy Re-release. Retrieved on 2006-11-06.
  5. ^ Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Media Blasters & Kitty Media February Solicitations". 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2009-11-20.
  7. ^ Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
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  9. ^ 이십오. "슈퍼타이탄15". Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  10. ^ Adult Swim (27 May 2011). "Voltron Force Assemble! - Robot Chicken - Adult Swim". Retrieved 25 February 2019 – via YouTube.

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