Dai-Guard Terrestrial Defense Corp.
Dai-Guard Terrestrial Defense Corp.
Dai-Guard Terrestrial Defense Corp.
Dai-Guard Terrestrial Defense Corp.
Dai-Guard Terrestrial Defense Corp.
Dai-Guard Terrestrial Defense Corp.


Our Rating: 3 stars
Reader’s Rating: 3 stars

Volumes
Total # of Volumes: 6
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1: Hostile Takeover
2: To Serve and Defend But Not to Spend
3: Checks and Balances of Terror
4: Red Tape and Proud Hearts
5: In the Red
6: The Bottom Line

Review:

What if the defense of Japan was privatized? Is the free market better equipped to handle the Godzillas of the world than the military? The 21st Century Defense Security Corporation believes so and they have won the contract to manufacture and operate Dai-Guard, a (supposedly) powerful robot designed to defeat alien invaders.

Unfortunately, in a commodity market the bottom line is everything. Dai-guard can not be started because the cost of operating it is prohibitive. To even move the machine, a labyrinth of bureaucrats and directors must be negotiated and the pilots are forced to work part time as tour guides to make ends meet.

But now the alien, known as a heterodyne, threat from a little over a decade earlier that inspired the construction of Dai-Guard has reappeared. Can three young people stop an unknown invader in an untested machine where every dollar of damage is going to come directly out of their paychecks?

Volume 1: "Hostile Takeover" Plot Summary:

Akagi, Ibuki and Aoyama all work in the public relations unit, division 2, of 21st Century Security Corporation. Normally, their workday involves donning character costumes and handing out balloons to kids at company promotions but they do have another duty - as pilots of the massive Dai-Guard, a robot built to repel the mysterious Heterodyne. Unfortunately, no one has seen a Heterodyne in twelve years, so they spend 100% of their time doing the balloon thing.

That all changes one afternoon in Odaiba. A Heterodyne appears and Dai-Guard is needed. But can three young (but eager) office workers defeat an unknown alien monster? And how will they handle the wrath of not only the army but their own board of directors? Only time can tell.




Series Details

12+
Genre: Action/Adventure
Format: DVD
Type: Series
Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable

Series Staff
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Creator: XEBEC
Director: Seiji Mizushima
Character Designer: Mitsuru Ishihara
Music: Kohei Tanaka
Animation Director: Mitsuru Ishihara
Animation Studio: Production I.G./Xebec
Japanese Producers:
XEBEC
Victor Entertainment
Sotsu Agency
TV Tokyo

American Producers: ADV Films

Volume 1 Information

Title: Hostile Takeover
Running Time: 125
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 5

Episode Titles

1: Disaster From the Sea
2: The Fort at Night: Huge Offensive-Defensive Battle
3: Circumstances of a Hero
4: The Heroine's Melancholy
5: Can't Run Facing the Setting Sun








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