Densetsu Kyojin Ideon: Hatsudou-hen

The Ideon: Be Invoked

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Japanese: 伝説巨神イデオン 発動篇
English: The Ideon: Be Invoked
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 10, 1982
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Maiden Japan
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: DramaDrama, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, SpaceSpace
Duration: 1 hr. 38 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.901 (scored by 41144,114 users)
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Ranked: #7892
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Popularity: #6298
Members: 10,764
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Pushed out to the far reaches of the galaxy, the crew of the Solo Ship faces impossible odds of survival. With the Earth destroyed and the remnants of the Buff Clan pushing them to their limit, the Ideon shows as the last line of defense for the battered remains of humanity.

As the tensions of their last stand rack up on their minds, Captain Bes Jordan and pilot Cosmo Yuuki race against the clock to protect their final opportunity of survival, even as desperation eats away at the minds of their loved ones. Using any weapons left at their disposal, the crew desperately fight on to protect themselves in the cold clutches of space, punished with a final duel against Harulu Ajiba, who is now desperate to reclaim the honor lost in her father's eyes.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Takizawa, Toshifumi
Tomino, Yoshiyuki
Director, Original Creator
Matsuzaki, Kenichi
Script, Screenplay
Tomita, Sukehiro


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Mar 12, 2023
It was all worth it. The awful first half, the nonsensical battles, the bizarre nature of the Ideon, neither side willing to negotiate after failed attempts to do so...

The movie rendeemd all of the TV show's faults and goes far beyond its original scope. It's hard to believe this was originaly intended to be a bunch of episodes as the flow of the entire film is quite smooth.

The score definitely helps in this case; we go from typical campy and upbeat songs you'd expect from an old-school anime to a proper orchesrta adding their colourful and rich sound to the events that unfold.

All of ...
Jul 31, 2022
Nowadays Ideon may come off as a heavy-handed allegory for nuclear warfare and the apparent inevitability of human conflict, but Be Invoked--a feature film that provides the original series with a final arc and ending, instead of the rushed final episodes prompted by the show's cancellation--continues to be one of the most emotionally devastating and spiritually aspirational anime. The fact that Ideon began as a transparently toyetic mecha franchise, which is still reflected in many of its designs, doesn't detract from how seriously the story takes itself, its characters, and its message. The violence pulls no punches, even when children are involved, and this is ...
Apr 10, 2022
There will be spoilers as there is no other way I can do this.

When I first watched Ideon with the series, I sat in awe of the marvel of the Ideon itself. A giant sentient being with unlimited power. Still, there was always something that didn't feel right from the start. It's the lyrics to the opening. As much as I felt grateful for it saving the cast time and time again, something didn't feel right. Something felt eerie, or even disturbing, about the Ideon. Soon enough, it's shown that this is a monster, and no one from Captain Bes's ship wanted it anymore soon ...

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Why do people say this was a BAD END Tomino show?
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Do i ahve to watch the TV series?
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