Dancougar - Super Beastial Machine God (³¬ªCÉñ¥À¥ó¥¯©`¥¬, Ch¨j¨± Kishin Dancouga?) is a Super Robot anime television series. (The English name chosen by the Japanese companies is "God Bless The Machine Dancouga", but the US release opts for an accurate title translation.) The show ran for 38 episodes from 4 April 1985 to 17 December 1985 and was produced by Ashi Pro. (also known for their work in the Dorvack series). After the TV series ended, a number of OVAs were created. Juusenki Tai Songs featured music videos of the various theme and insert songs from the series to TV series footage. The 1986 OVA Requiem for Victims featured a recap of the television series and a newly-animated conclusion to the story. Additionally, there was a 1987 sequel OVA (often mislabeled a movie by American fans because it was animated in widescreen) God Bless Dancouga. In 1989 the four-part Blazing Epilogue OVA series presented a new sequel. The story will be continued further in the upcoming series Dancouga Nova, slated for 2007.
The series is about a team of four soldiers; Shinobu Fujiwara, Sara Yuki, Masato Shikibu, Ryo Shiba, who pilot the mecha Dancougar. They fight to liberate Earth from alien invaders known as the Muge Zorbados Empire.
Dancougar is an example of the combining robot type of Super Robot. However, unlike the more traditional "component machines struggle against the monster of the week before combining and easily dispatching the monster" format, Dancougar does not combine until midway through the series. This means that, unlike the previously mentioned type of combining robot, where the components were generally of little use, the Cyber Beast Machines were all capable of effectively combatting their enemies. The main components of the Cyber Beast mecha were able to follow the emulation of evolution. The mecha started out as four vehicles that could transform into beasts (an eagle, cougar, liger and mammoth respectively) to humanoid robots, and finally combining together to form Dancougar.
Many of the Dancougar story elements revolve centrally around religion (mostly Christianity, although the series also borrows heavily from Daoist philosophy), harmony, and music. The theme of "gods" is heavily present in most of the episodes.
Note that each of the machines used in the forming of Dancougar is capable of changing between Vehicle, Beast and Humanoid forms, as well as combining to form Dancougar itself.