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Japanese: 沙羅曼蛇


Type: OVA
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 25, 1987 to Feb 25, 1989
Producers: Pony Canyon
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Pierrot
Source: Game
Genres: AdventureAdventure, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Duration: 53 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 5.931 (scored by 541541 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #96462
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #11488
Members: 1,767
Favorites: 1


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Three tales based on the Gradius video game series by Konami. The planet Latis is under attack by the Space Dragon Salamander and it's war planet, the Bacterian horde destroying everything in sight, their defenses ineffective and losing all hope, three heroes from the planet Gradius join Lord British in defense of his beloved planet.

Then in a prequel, a girl from a distant planet brings an ominous warning to the planet Gradius, the Bacterians and how three people become heroes of the galaxy.

Then we jump to the future, after the signing of a peace treaty, one of our heroes gets captured by the Bacterians, can the military might of Gradius and our remaining heroes save the prisoner from a fate worse than death.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Shimamoto, Sumi

Latis Pilot

Ootsuka, Houchuu


Katou, Seizou

Latis Cabinet Minister

Yanami, Jouji


Tamano, Harumi
Episode Director
Mikimoto, Haruhiko
Character Design


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Ending Theme

"I Remember You" by Yasuhiko Shigemura


Dec 6, 2022
I genuinely don’t understand why does this anime have such a low score and such a small community (at the moment of writing this review, the score is 5,83 based on 465 votes only), and I think it deserves a little more than this. Let’s be clear, this is not an all-time classic nor an unforgettable mastepiece by any means, but it’s definitely not a bad one. It’s quite good actually and I’ve seen more obscure ones having a bigger community. Apparently this isn’t well known despite being related to a famous videogame franchise.

It is the adaptation of a 1986 Konami game by the ...
Jan 17, 2013
Not your everyday space opera anime to watch, and most ppl these days don´t even know this one for sure. I think there was an computergame years ago for this on a platform but ok, for a short 3/part ova this is quitr enjoyable but the animation is average, good colours though. The story in the biginning can be a bit predictable , but i does´nt turn out the way u expect the further it develops with a small suprise.Cheaper mecha-a-la-macross style wich was no problem for me , good spacefights and nice opera background music, no spoiled charachters here cus each has an interesting ...
Sep 9, 2010
Salamander as most people probably don't know is a game series related to Gradius, a series people might know. The basic premise of this anime is lifted from the Salamander game. Basically you have four pilots unrelated to the game that have to save their world from the Bacterians that are going to turn it into yet another new home for them. The plot is pretty thin and most of the episodes are talking and flying around in the Vic Vipers to shoot stuff. Just like a game. However it does flesh out some of the questions people might have had about why they are ...

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