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Can't Beat The Fleet by Kingoji Can't Beat The Fleet by Kingoji
Acryllics and watercolours, from my sketchbook. Pretty old by now.

A tribute to the early 80's Japanese show X-Bomber, known as Star Fleet in the west. It was a puppet show along the lines of Gerry Anderson's work only it was created by Go Nagai (of Devilman fame), so inevitably, by the time the series had finished, only about a quarter of the cast lived.

Brian May loved it, and so should you!
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Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
Go Nagai would be impressed (hopefully)

Star Fleet/X-Bomber was a great show. I wish it aired here in America :(
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Riderboy1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student Writer
It is a great show; Commander Makara was a pretty intimidating villain, she kinda has a smaller face on her own one that would speak in a male voice at times.
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Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student Filmographer
Yeah It's cool!

I feel both the Dai-X and Govarian are the most underappreciated Nagai mechs
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Riderboy1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student Writer
I agree and Mazinger is one of the most OP Nagai mecha ever!!!!!!!! I'm making my own show in the same style, called "Gashlan the Mighty".  The story is this:

In the year 3023; Earth becomes part of an intergalactic war against a race of evil aliens known as the “Ziracons”; their leader Zarabrak wants to destroy the Earth so he can rebuild it in the form that he desires. But the Space Defence Squadron (SDS) is the only ones standing in Zarabrak’s way; aided by the half sentient, half pilotable alien Mecha known as Gashlan.

What do you think, is this a good idea?
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Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student Filmographer
I like it actually


It reminds me somewhat of my first idea for a mecha series that has since evolved into what I call the Dai-Man trilogy (Dai-Man, Superior Dai-Man and Dai-Fighter) It's like a retelling of both Mazinger and Johnny Sokko almost. With a few twists though

Set initially in 2026, The main character is a Gynoid named Sasha who is apart of the UKH (United Kaiju Hunters) and possesses the 30 meter tall mecha Dai-Man and possesses a telepathic bond with which she gained from a mad scientists who came to her aid after she had been caught in a train crash caused by a giant monsters and soon fought off that monster with the mech and joined the UKH by being convinced by a human named Michael who was a member of the American division.

Overtime lost civilizations like the Mu Empire and mechanized Terrorist groups like X-Crusher attack Earth leaving Dai-Man the only one to stop them. In the last episode Dai-Man fights and X-Crusher experimental robot called the Mars Vanguard which inside possesses a live nuclear device which the now fully sentient Dai-Man seemingly sacrifices himself to stop it by diving into the sea far away from land and seemingly blows himself up with the mech (or so Sasha and the others initially think, really he in fact survived the explosion, more on that later) and at this point (2027) a new mech, Superior Dai-Man is built to replace Dai-Man which actually can be piloted in a cockpit and still has to fight off the X-Crusher and Mu threat as well as a new enemy, an alien bounty hunter named Zargon who has access to Hyperspace, which in it has some of the most powerful alien creatures in existance at his disposal.

Soon Sasha gains assistance from an alternate universe version of herself and that Sasha's mech Saturn and the two become a duo of sorts. Eventually in a final battle with all three threats, Zargon reveals his true form, a monsterous being called thr Garabon which manages to destroy Saturn with the AU Sasha being unharmed and Superior Dai-Man severely damaged until the original
Dai-Man shows up at the last minute to finish off Garabon and the Remaining Mu and X-Crusher forces and by 2028 Superior Dai-Man is repaired and given to the AU Sasha to replace her old mecha and Sasha and Dai-Man reunited.

In Dai-Fighter , it's been a decade after the events of the original Dai-Man and Sasha is now a part of a space program who finds out that Zargon had been hired by an alien robot named Calibra and her and her empire plan to invade Earth. Soon Sasha's new mecha, now named Dai-Fighter has to fight off Calibra and her footmen for the fate of Earth.

There'd also be an epilogue Dai-Man: Endgame which deals with Sasha having been reunited with her old team, now the K 2 team and as Earth is threatened by an unknown force with an army of Kaiju, alien and seemingly now sentient former X-Crusher mechs that were previously unknown to the world, Sasha and Dai-Man have to fight together one last to fight off this final threat

What do you think of mine?
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Riderboy1 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student Writer
Your idea is pretty cool; by the way, are you doing yours in hand drawn animation? Mine is going to done in the same style as X-Bomber (Which is also Star Fleet over here.) with the puppets and the models.
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Mrtrainfreak12 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student Filmographer
Mine is like I-Zenborg. The humans, Androids, animals and some aliens are in hand drawn while The mecha's and monsters and other aliens and buildings and explosions are like a Tokusatsu show
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Riderboy1 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student Writer
I'm using puppets and models for mine.
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prince-allion Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
the Big-dai-x is very marvellous !!!! Bravo !!!
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Thanks! :D
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chinofernandez Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great one! I really loved this show when it came out, especially the robot Dai-X!
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SCDifference Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply perfect.
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Thanks!
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GreatTeacherDiCenso Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Just saw the clips of the "movie" version on You Tube. I gotta say, it's actually pretty good! I'm used to Godzilla-level SPFX and the voice dubs are on par with the best anime dubs! The story's basic but smart and fun space opera!
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Yeah, it's a real unsung gem. :)
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Bladez636 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just took a look at the series and being an avid fan of Gerry Anderson's techniques, I loved it! It reminds me of Gerry's "Terrahawks" series, which dosen't surprise me as they were both made in 1983 or around that time....
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
I think that Star Fleet was actually the inspiration for Gerry Anderson to try the rod method of puppetry...
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Bladez636 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could've been!
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Herr-Flick Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Very, very nice :) Good to see such a tribute to such a classic show. I rewatched it recently on DVD, and in hindsight its amazing how dark a show it actually is, how many people get bumped off by the final episode!
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Thanks!

And I know! They wouldn't get away with it in a kids show these days.
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duo2nd Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Go Nagai = Mazinger

DEFINITELY EPIC!
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
Thanks!
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Cosmeon Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009   Digital Artist
XD Welcome.
(Switched accounts)
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duo2nd Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
You're welcome.
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Sentaifreak Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
very nice...and is it me or is the dai x the basis for the ideon design?
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
There is a definite similarity... but then, how many mecha has Japan come up with? Some are bound to lightly resemble others now and then.
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evilmunky Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
awsome pic

just found this on DVD at play.com :D
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
Already have my copy!
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overfiend-87 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008   Writer
oh wow I was just watching this and wondering "Hmm...will anyone remember this series?" and look! Someone does!!!!
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Never forget. It's too awesome.
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overfiend-87 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008   Writer
lol yeah very true :D
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dectoons Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
BAD.




ASS.

badass.
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
Glad you like it!
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dectoons Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
heard it's going to be released on DVD in the near future.

i can't wait!
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
January in the UK.
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mrpranny Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
absolutely brilliant! rewatched the series last yr and currently reloving ulysses 31 :). great job !
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
Thank you very much. I considered doing a bit for U31, but I find myself drawn to other things first. Like maybe Wheeled Warriors or Inhumanoids.
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mrpranny Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
yes do jayce! full volume on a sunday morning at 6 am i believe .
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
Sounds like a plan.
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SeanRM Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
I just watched this about a month or so ago, great job with the characters! You can almost year the feral roar the Dai X would make during its fights.

I think you've inspired me to whip up a bit of X-Bomber fan-art myself. Thanks!
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
Not a problem. I think I messed up on Barry's arms, but otherwise I'm quite proud.
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bggyjns84 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
dude, seriously. I'm gonna have to come out with a whole line of fanart now. This show pwned my childhood.

I've often thought about attempting to pen a feature length screenplay.

A Star Fleet/X Bomber movie will be made. Oh yes. It will be made.
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2008
I totally agree. The X-Bomber is the single greatest space-faring craft ever concieved, and it's Moonbase launch sequence needs to be done shot for shot in a theatrical release.
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blacksquareart Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Does this ean you beats me with the obscure reference fanart now?
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007
Nah, I think there's only really two obscure pieces in my gallery. So far.
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Paradox18 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
I really miss this.
kinda wish I could watch the whole thing again.
nice art. never thought I'd see a fanart of this show. ^^
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
You can probably find a bootleg of the show on eBay or something. Thanks for the fav.
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