Seisenshi Dunbine

Aura Battler Dunbine

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Alternative Titles

English: Aura Battler Dunbine
Synonyms: Holy Warrior Dunbine, Dunbine
Japanese: 聖戦士ダンバイン


Type: TV
Episodes: 49
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 5, 1983 to Jan 21, 1984
Premiered: Winter 1983
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, Sci-FiSci-Fi, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, MechaMecha
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.041 (scored by 15901,590 users)
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Ranked: #35172
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Popularity: #5275
Members: 9,179
Favorites: 31
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Shou Zama is an ordinary 18-year-old from Tokyo who finds himself summoned to the medieval fantasy world of Byston Well. Upon arrival, he is put into service under the ambitious lord Drake Luft, who seeks to greatly expand his power. Those like Shou who come from "Upper Earth" possess strong aura power and are ordered to pilot "Aura Battlers," insectoid mecha designed by a man named Shot Weapon, who also came from Upper Earth.

However, Shou's alliances quickly change when he meets Marvel Frozen, a young woman who has decided to rebel against Drake's political agenda. As he realizes the lord's true intentions, the boy chooses to join the fight against Drake and team up with Neal Given, who leads the resistance movement. The resistance isn't alone—Riml, daughter of their enemy and Neal's secret love, aids their efforts, hoping to escape from her father's clutches. As Shou finds himself fighting alongside his new comrades, they put their lives on the line to prevent the villainous Drake from taking over Byston Well before it's too late.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Aura Battler Dunbine is adapted from the novel The Wings of Rean by director Yoshiyuki Tomino, which originally did not include mechs, added into the anime at the sponsors' request.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Hunm, Elle

Sasaki, Run

Coochibie, Jeryll

Otsuka, Tomoko

Light, Zet

Tachiki, Fumihiko

Poe, Musy

Yokoo, Mari

Luft, Riml

Irokawa, Kyouko


Tomino, Yoshiyuki
Director, Original Creator
Iuchi, Shuji
Episode Director, Storyboard
Macek, Carl
Script, ADR Director
Tomita, Sukehiro


Opening Theme

#1: "Aura Road" by MIO
#2: "Dunbine Tobu" by MIO

Ending Theme

"Mieru Darou Byston Well (みえるだろうバイストン・ウェル)" by MIO

Sep 19, 2018
killinki (All reviews)
This would be a masterpiece if anyone but Tomino made it. He follows the same stunted pattern of interpersonal drama in all of his shows. Prepare for criminal levels of autism from every character.

Aside from that the fantasy world teeming with insect-like mecha and especially its relation with Earth are very interesting. As with all cel animation, watching the Blu-ray edition of this is a treat.

Definitely one of the better mecha shows just by its concept alone. If you don't like medieval stuff you'll probably drop this before the focus shifts on anything else than big ol' ladybugs fighting each other for castles.
Oct 12, 2008
ParaParaJMo (All reviews)
This anime is based on a novel originally titled Wings of Rean by Gundam creator, Yoshiyuki Tomino who of course worked as the director of this series. If you’re familiar with his work or the Gundam franchise in general, then you can recognize the approach and formula of how he does things, but in a different context in comparison to Gundam. And the original novel did not contain any mechs which was added at the insistence of sponsors such as Bandai. The pacing is appropriate for its length of 49 episodes and you’re getting all kinds of characterizations of the cast, and each character acts read more
Jun 21, 2020
punishedsneed (All reviews)
Aura Battler Dunbine, besides some stunted death scenes (I forgot one of the characters had died and was waiting for them to show up during my binge) is solid. The ending does come at you fast, and while it definitely delivers, Tomino has done some better endings (Controversial, but I liked how Victory's ending played out.)

The concept, worldbuilding, characters and so on should be experienced blind by the viewer. Take my word on it and hop into Dunbine. It's an older, episodic anime but it's worth 'battling' through.

This is probably the most unique fantasy mecha out there. I am actually glad Tomino wasn't allowed to read more
Jan 22, 2019
bennitori (All reviews)
I went into this anime because of its connection to Garzey's Wing. So my standards were set pretty low from the start. The first third of the show isn't very good. The main character is thrown into situations that make no sense, mood whiplash occurs between shots (one second an army seems hostile, throws stuff at the characters, then suddenly start acting friendly for minimally explained reasons,) and I had to switch from subbed to dubbed because the script seemed mistranslated because of how random some things seemed. I soon learned that wasn't the case. I understand that our main character is bewildered and confused, read more

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