Seisenshi Dunbine

Aura Battler Dunbine

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Synonyms: Holy Warrior Dunbine, Dunbine
Japanese: 聖戦士ダンバイン
English: Aura Battler Dunbine
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Type: TV
Episodes: 49
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 5, 1983 to Jan 21, 1984
Premiered: Winter 1983
Broadcast: Saturdays at 17:30 (JST)
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: IsekaiIsekai, MechaMecha
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.061 (scored by 25352,535 users)
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Ranked: #38302
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Popularity: #5582
Members: 12,696
Favorites: 44

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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.

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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


Tomino, Yoshiyuki
Director, Script, Storyboard, Original Creator
Imagawa, Yasuhiro
Episode Director, Storyboard
Iuchi, Shuji
Episode Director, Storyboard
Macek, Carl
Script, ADR Director


Opening Theme

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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


Jun 21, 2020
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 ...
Sep 19, 2018
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.
Jan 22, 2019
Mixed Feelings
- Introduction

Well where to begin.. I remember hearing about this anime about 10 years ago. The art looked out dated and didn't peak my interest. Then early last year I was checking out some of Tomino's non Gundam Works. After finishing Space Run Away Ideon I decided to give Aura Battler a go. After a bout a year I finally completed it. How do I feel about it? Well lets find out

Lets start with a synopsis

It's about a Japanese Boy named Sho that one night while riding his Motorcycle he ends up being transported to a land named Byston Wells. Soon after arriving he finds ...

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