Daicon Opening Animations

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Synonyms: Daicon, Daikon, Daicon films, Daicon III, Daicon IV
Japanese: DAICONオープニングアニメ


Type: Special
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 22, 1981 to Aug 20, 1983
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Gainax
Source: Other
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MusicMusic, Otaku CultureOtaku Culture
Duration: 5 min. per ep.
Rating: PG - Children


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Ranked: #11692
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Daicon III Opening Animation
An unnamed girl watches as the Science Patrol lands their aircraft. A masked individual exits the ship and approaches the girl, entrusting her with a cup of water and a simple task: to water a radish. The girl enthusiastically accepts her mission but is obstructed by a multitude of foes. Faced with waves of unrelenting monsters, mechas, and starfighters, can the young heroine protect the cup of water and make it to the radish unharmed?

Daicon IV Opening Animation
Clad in a Playboy Bunny suit, an older version of the same girl takes on new and notable adversaries from around the galaxy. From dueling with lightsabers to surfing the magical sword Stormbringer, there is no shortage of action!

Set to Electric Light Orchestra's "Twilight," the Daicon IV Opening Animation is a grand tribute to science fiction culture, showcasing hundreds of familiar characters in one spectacular bout.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


The Daicon III and Daicon IV Opening Animations were produced with the intent of being showcased at the twentieth and twenty-second Nihon SF Taikai science fiction conventions—specifically the 1981 and 1983 Osaka conventions, nicknamed Daicon III and Daicon IV.

Daicon III Opening Animation
The 1981 Daicon III Opening Animation was solely animated by the three-person studio Daicon Film—consisting of university students Hideaki Anno, Hiroyuki Yamaga, and Takami Akai. While others were involved in the short's production, there were only three members credited.

Daicon IV Opening Animation
The animation's unauthorized use of the Electric Light Orchestra song "Twilight" prevented it from receiving an official release; however, unofficial laserdiscs were produced to pay off the debt of the production.

The production of the 1983 Daicon IV Opening Animation was said to be rigorous, and its completion was on the day of its premier. Nevertheless, the short's reception was overwhelmingly positive and spawned it a favorable legacy. A 2001 edition of the Animage magazine ranks both shorts at number 35 in its Top 100 anime productions ranking.

The twelve individuals involved with the production of Daicon IV would go on to found the studio Gainax, responsible for the acclaimed anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Brief moments of Daicon IV can be seen in Gainax's anime Otaku no Video, which is based around the formation of the studio.

Characters & Voice Actors


Yamaga, Hiroyuki
Director, Episode Director
Electric Light Orchestra
Theme Song Performance
Anno, Hideaki
Key Animation, Animation Director
Sadamoto, Yoshiyuki
Key Animation


Opening Theme

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"Twilight" by Electric Light Orchestra

Ending Theme

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Dec 29, 2021
This was a guerilla team of otaku's tribute to everything they geeked out over. Made with a fast and loose approach to copyright laws, and using Electric Light Orchestra's music without permission these opening animations are a hallmark of GAINAX's love of big cool nonsense.

Star Wars, Ultraman, Kamen Rider, other old sentai properties, bunny girls, booba, huge explosions animated by Hideaki Anno himself, these shorts have everything befitting a science fiction convention in the late 80's.

Massive copyright infringement, fair use in limbo, and made for free in their spare time these projects are an essential part of understanding Gainax and all of their ...
Dec 21, 2020
Daicon III:

It's endearing to know that the otaku in charge of that convention understood even then that the essence of anime is "cute gorl; also fetishistic referencing and remixing." I liked her design and I liked the ersatz monsters and mechanical stuff. It's not like I was expecting a story, so I wasn't really disappointed in any regard. If there's not enough here, it's just because they would go on to do bigger and better stuff as professionals. As a community, we should be and are glad that they did.

Daicon IV:

Everything that Daicon III was, but, like, more of it. And topping it in ...
Aug 12, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Gainax's two short films made for the science-fiction conventions Daicon III and Daicon IV. But that's not exactly true. The truth is is that this wasn't made by Gainax in name, but rather a group of young animators that would go on to form that of one of anime's most prolific and influential studios of all time. These seemingly little things birthing such a giant of Japanese animation would come as no surprise to anyone who'd watch them. These music videos are full of fluent, active animation as mascot girls jump between absurd scenes and battles featuring science-fiction icons such as Darth Vader, Gundam, and ...

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