North American DVD cover of the first volume
(Shinkon Gattai Godannar!!)
Genre Mecha, Comedy, Romance
Anime television series
Directed by Yasuchika Nagaoka
Written by Hiroyuki Kawasaki
Music by Chumei Watanabe
Studio Oriental Light and Magic
Licensed by
Network AT-X
TV Kanagawa
KBS Kyoto
Tokyo MX
English network
Original run October 1, 2003 June 29, 2004
Episodes 26
Platform PlayStation 2[1]
Released June 24, 2004[1]

Godannar (神魂合体ゴーダンナー!! Shinkon Gattai Gōdan'nā!!, sold as Marriage of God & Soul Godannar!! in North America) is an anime series created by Yasuchika Nagaoka, Anime International Company and Project Godannar, which consists of IMAGICA Entertainment, Taki Corporation, KlockWorx, NTT Data Contents Planing, Sojitz and Oriental Light and Magic. The series is produced by AIC and OLM, with Nagaoka serving as director and Hiroyuki Kawasaki serving as its main script writer. The first season aired in Japan from October 1 to December 24, 2003 on AT-X.[2] A second season later aired from April 5 to June 29, 2004. Both seasons were licensed by ADV Films for North America.[3] However, as of 2013, it is now licensed by Sentai Filmworks.[4]


In 2042, alien threats known as the Mimetic beasts (擬態獣 gitaijū) laid waste to Japan. During a final battle against the Mimetic beasts, Goh Saruwatari defeats the alien "boss" and saves his future fiance, Anna Aoi, with his robot, the Dannar.[5]

Now, on their wedding day, the Mimetic beasts emerge after five years of tranquility. Goh and Dannar are called to action, forcing Goh to leave Anna at the altar.

As Goh struggles in his battle against the Mimetic beast, Anna stumbles upon a sealed robot known as "Neo Okusaer". She is able to activate and pilot the Neo Okusaer to save her "husband" by merging it with the Dannar to activate the Godannar's Twin Drive.

During the course of the series, it is discovered that humanity is threatened by the "Insania" virus, which is spread by the Mimetic beasts. All of humanity is infected, but the virus affects robot pilots most severely, since they come into close contact with the beasts on a regular basis. The virus has the effect of transforming human males into Mimetic beasts; females are somehow immune, unless they naturally generate large amounts of male hormones. The virus is stimulated by human hormones, especially those released in great quantities during combat.

During the second season, the pilots of Dannar Base struggle to balance the need to fight the Mimetic beasts with the danger of further infection. Eventually, it is discovered that Mira, Goh's former combat partner and lover, who was trapped inside a Mimetic beast for five years, is the source of the vaccine humanity needs.

The series is famous for its fanservice: 'up skirt' shots, bouncing breasts, and the scantily clad female pilots.


Voiced by: Takayuki Kondo (Japanese); Brett Weaver (English)[8][9]
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese); Hilary Haag (English)[8][9]
Voiced by: Yumi Kakazu (Japanese); Tiffany Grant (English)[8]
Voiced by: Takako Honda (Japanese); Laura Chapman (English)[8]
Voiced by: Hiroya Ishimaru (Japanese); John Swasey (English)[10]
Voiced by: Taro Yamaguchi (Japanese); Mike Vance (English)
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
Voiced by: Kaori Shimizu (Japanese); Kira Vincent-Davis (English)
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese); Mariela Ortiz (English)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Japanese); Christopher Ayres (English)
Voiced by: Yuko Kaida (Japanese); Christine Auten (English)
Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (Japanese); Sasha Paysinger (English)
Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi (Japanese); George Manley (English)
Voiced by: Wakana Yamazaki (Japanese); Kelly Manison (English)
Voiced by: Shinji Kawada (Japanese); Illich Guardiola (English)
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (Japanese); Chris Patton (English)
Voiced by: Toru Ohkawa (Japanese); John Gremillion (English)
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (Japanese); Carli Mosier (English)[10]
Voiced by: Nanae Katō (Japanese); Cynthia Martinez (English)[6]
Voiced by: Jin Horikawa (Japanese); Rob Mungle (English)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese); Andy McAvin (English)[6]
Voiced by: Shinji Kawada (Japanese); Mark X. Laskowski (English)[6]


Season one

Season Series Title Original air date[14] English air date
0101 "Wedding Bells on the Battlefield"
"Senjou no Uedingu Beru" (戦場のウェディングベル) 
October 1, 2003October 4, 2005
In the year 2042 while battling an alien force known as mimetic beasts, Goh Saruwatari, the pilot of the humanoid mecha robot Dannar, rescues 12 year old Anna Aoi. Now five years later, after finally gotten over losing his best friend Max Jr and his lover Mira Ackerman in the battle, Goh is close to retiring and is to marry Anna as they have fallen in love. On the day of their wedding, the ceremony is interrupted by a call from Dannar Base when the mimetic beasts strike again and Goh leaves the wedding to pilot the Dannar after his friends and fellow mecha pilots have been defeated by an infected robot; "Club Mariner" which was once piloted by Max. As he struggles in his battle against the seemingly pilot-less robot, Anna stumbles upon a sealed mecha known as Neo-Okusaer and, despite not being a pilot joins the battle in order to protect her new husband, in the process, accidentally exposing their marriage and her relationship to the Director of Dannar Base, Dr Kiriko Aoi. Despite Goh's fear of losing Anna and initial reluctance, Dannar and Neo-Okusaer merge to become the mighty robot Godannar and together are able defeat the mimetic beast and Club Mariner. Immediately after, Anna's mom and Goh's Boss, Dr Aoi receives a message in which footage of a nude blonde girl is seen falling out of Club Mariner, much to her shock. It is revealed through a flashback of her death, that the nude girl is Mira. Goh's past lover. 
0202 "Burning Virgin Road"
"Honō no Bājin Rodo" (炎のバージンロード) 
October 8, 2003October 4, 2005
Goh and Kiriko discuss Anna's wish to become a pilot and the marriage that Anna and Goh tried to hide from everyone. Goh is embarrassed at having the Dannar Base personnel refer to him by "Goh-chin" Anna's pet name for him, while Anna kept their relationship hidden under orders given to her by her high school principal (due to the difference in ages) to prevent a scandal. Kiriko feels that Anna is ready to become Goh's partner in battle and believes that her and Goh were destined to be married and that Goh should accept this, while Goh feels that piloting a robot is too dangerous for Anna. While Anna takes numerous tests for what she believes is training for piloting a mecha (some of which she excels at) Goh becomes even more reluctant after seeing how tired she has become and rejects her as a pilot. Anna confronts him about it and they have a fight about how Goh decides everything for them both from where they live, to having Goh's brother Shinobu live with them-which has prevented the couple from consummating their marriage and treating her like a child. Goh replies that she should not feel proud about piloting the Neo-Okusaer the one time and calls it a "fluke" thereby hurting Anna who runs to school crying, while Kiriko observes close by. It is shown then that Mira has been placed in hydro-statis and Kiriko ponders what she's going to do about her. While the mechanics at Dannar Base are trying to remove the mimetic beast's remains from Club Mariner, two Mechanics are attacked and Hayashi the female has been absorbed by the monster, who escapes into the nearby town. Anna, riding with Shinobu through the streets at the time notices and lures the creature away to her high school gym where she tries to get to a soccer robot. Goh laments that Anna is still too young, but Kiriko reminds him that Anna isn't the type to give up and is stronger than what he believes despite her age and also reminds Goh that Mira's death was not due to him not being able to protect her, but due to Mira's choice (much like Anna's) to give her all in a fight. Goh activates Dannar and reaches the school, seemingly late without a trace of Shinobu, Anna or Hayashi and kills the mimetic beast in anger and despair of having lost Anna. 
0303 "Battle Royal Honeymoon"
"Batoru Roiyaru Hanemūn" (バトルロイヤル・ハネムーン) 
October 15, 2003October 4, 2005
This episode reveals that Anna, Shinobu and Hayashi did not die from the previous attack by a mimetic beast and Anna and Goh have left Shinobu to go to their Honeymoon in China. A huge mimetic beast is spotted close by and 4 bases answer the call: Goddiner from Dino Base in China, Volspina from Vega Base in Russia, Genesister from Silicone Base in the United States and Dragliner from Union Base in England. They attack together and seemingly defeat it, while Moukakou the brash pilot of Goddiner is attempting to harass Knight Valentine, co-pilot of Dragliner they are stumbled upon by Goh who reveals that he is fighting again and is now married. While the friends talk and are introduced, Luna dives in her Luna Sister and finds that not only is the mimetic beast alive, the large body is merely a decoy for the brain. Not only did they not kill it, but they must now find a way to do so without releasing the highly toxic liquid within its body. The robots go into battle again, leaving Goh and Anna behind. While the others are attacking the beast who seems to be too strong, Goh informs Anna that the world of mecha pilots is very hard but he reveals that he had forgotten how strong she was and that it's the very reason that he fell in love with her. He reveals through flashback that after he ripped through the mimetic beast from before, Anna burst out of the rubble in her soccer robot with an unconscious but alive Hayashi in its arms. As the present mimetic beast grabs hold of Volspina, Anna wants to defeat it and Goh finally accepts her as a pilot, however he asks her to never die on him, as without her, he cannot go on. Anna agrees and Goh tosses a box with a ring at her. He promises to take her as his wife and partner. Anna rejoices and together they call upon their robots and use their wedding/transformation rings to change into their uniforms and join the battle. They free the other robots and merge in order to kill the mimetic beast, with GoDannar's Heart Breaker technique but the beast flees. The other robots intercept and give Goh and Anna an opening, and they're finally able to destroy it with their combined attacks. Upon victory Goh formally introduces Anna to his friends and comrades and she is accepted into the team and Goh inquires about starting their Honeymoon, finally eager to consummate it with Anna 
0404 "Shizuru, Once Again"
"Shizuru, Futatabi" (静流、再び) 
October 22, 2003October 4, 2005
Shizuru reflects upon her life in Dannar Base. While Anna envies Shizuru's incredible shooting skills, Shizuru envies Anna's relationship with Goh. Flashbacks show a younger Shizuru in Dannar Base. She is seen as an amateur shooter and Goh trying to help her aim by telling her to "imagine she is shooting all her feelings at someone she loves". Advice that seems to both help shizuru improve her aim and make her fall for Goh. In the present day she is seen overlooking at Anna and Goh and sadly wondering if she really belongs in Dannar Base. She reviews some of her phone messages, one being from a man, begging her to meet with him. Meanwhile a new mimetic threat has been discovered,: type 16 which can burrow underground and regenerate itself to heal its wounds. It destroyed Oasis Base completely, leaving the few survivors in intensive care. Since Core Gunner is still under repair GoDannar and Neo Okusaer are sent to kill it, with Anna having to leave her friend Sakura with Shinobu. While in battle with the mimetic beast Goh gets impaled on its retractable spikes and ends up in the medical ward. Angry and jealous Shizuru confronts and slaps Anna, blaming her for Goh's injuries. A worried Shinobu tells Anna that he thinks Shizuru might be leaving Dannar Base, as when he and Sakura saw her in town she was talking to a "trader" a kind of corporate head hunter and feels that if she was talking to him, there's a big probability that Shizuru is leaving. Anna finds Shizuru in the shooting range and demands to talk to her, eventhough Shizuru doesn't want to. Anna goes so far as stand in between her and the target but Shizuru still shoots. While Shizuru hit the target, Anna wasn't hurt, she only fainted. While Anna is unconscious Shizuru admits to her about not being able to express her feelings. Anna wakes up and begs Shizuru not to leave Dannar Base, promising her to become a better pilot. Shizuru explains that she was never going to leave Dannar Base, and that she'll hold Anna to her promise. With Goh still in recovery, Neo Okusaer and Core Gunner are sent into battle with the beast. Anna fails to denotate the bomb she implanted in number 16 and the beast's attack render the Core Gunner's automatic sniper arm useless. While Anna laments her failure, Goh shows up and attacks the beast, this time avoiding its spikes. Shizuru shoots her sniper gun manually and the creature is rendered weak. She expertly hits the next spot and Anna and Goh merge and finish it off with the Heart breaker. The last flashback shows younger Shizuru in love with Goh as the Danner personnel comment about Goh's new girlfriend: Mira. 
0505 "The Girl From the Sky"
"Sora Kara Kita Shōjo" (空から来た少女) 
October 29, 2003October 4, 2005
A mimetic beast attacks Cosmo Base in space. The leader of the base stays behind to defend it, and sends his daughter Lou down to earth so she'll be safe. When Lou, in Cosmo Diver, and Goh return to the base to keep it from crashing in Earth, they end up fighting the mimetic to avenge Lou's father. 
0606 "The End of the Dream"
"Yume no Owari" (夢の終わり) 
November 5, 2003November 29, 2005
Goh finds out that his old partner Max and girlfriend Mira are alive, but have been in comas ever since. The newly revived Max steals Mira away, leading to a confrontation with Goh, whom he blames for losing her in the first place. Mira awakes from her coma with an unexpected handicap – she has no memories. 
0707 "Death by Reminiscing"
"Tsuioku ni Shi su" (追憶ニ死ス) 
November 12, 2003November 29, 2005
Max attacks the base in the Core Gunner. Goh confronts him in Godannar. Max blames Goh for Mira's death. 
0808 "The Graceful Shooting Star"
"Karei Naru Gekitsui Ou" (華麗なる撃墜王) 
November 19, 2003November 29, 2005
Repairs are underway at Dannar Base, and a mimetic beast attacks. Dragliner deployes with Dannar and Neo-Okusaer. Mira is learning more and more, and there are hints of jealousy in Anna. In the wake of Max' attack, Knight Valentine stirs up trouble, one woman at a time. 
0909 "The Castaway Survival"
"Ryū Sarete Sabaibaru" (流されてサバイバル) 
November 26, 2003November 29, 2005
The fighters crash on an island. Go, Anna, Knight, and Ellis inspect the damage to their robots. Okusaer and Dannar can move, but the jetboys are heavily damaged, so the four of them are stuck there. Rescue teams are sent out to recover the Dragliner, Neo-Okusaer, and Dannar. But the mimetic beast is flying around the area, so the rescue has to be delayed. 
1010 "Lu Takes Off"
"Rū Shutsugeki" (ルウ出撃) 
December 3, 2003January 17, 2006
A mysterious robot fights against a mimetic beast that had been attacking Caucasus 1. 
1111 "A Flawless Departure"
"Yogorenaki Tabidachi" (汚れなき旅立ち) 
December 10, 2003January 17, 2006
Ken comes to Lou's rescue. Goh and Anna realize he's the one who attacked Caucasus 1, and they confront him. Lou decides to join Ken to learn from him. 
1212 "Those Who Have Departed"
"Sari Yuku Mono Tachi" (去り逝く者たち) 
December 17, 2003January 17, 2006
A mimetic beast attacks Cosmo Base. But the Dannar and the Neo-Okusaer are out of commission, so the only one to challenge the new threat is Shizuru in the Core Gunner. 
1313 "Last First-Kiss"
"Rasuto Fāsuto-Kisu" (ラスト・ファーストキス) 
December 24, 2003January 17, 2006
Reports come in from across the globe of a large number of mimetic beasts, and robots all over the world are trying to fight them. 

Season two

Season Series Title Original air date[15] English air date
0114 "The Reviving Soul"
"Yomigaeru Tamashii" (蘇る魂) 
April 6, 2004March 21, 2006
While in a state of limbo, a fallen mech pilot relives the events of the series. 
0215 "The New Confession"
"Arata Naru Kokuhaku" (新たなる告白) 
April 13, 2004March 21, 2006
Anna struggles to get by on her own, from keeping a roof over her head to humiliating employment. Mira has teamed up with Goh in Neo-Okusaer, but he hasn't made any moves toward her because he's waiting for Anna to come back. Kiriko decides it might be time to bring out Go-Okusaer, a prototype of Neo-Okusaer. 
0316 "Its Name Is Go Okusaer!"
"So no Naha Gō Okusā!" (そのなはごーおくさー!) 
April 20, 2004March 21, 2006
A new player for Anna's affections and hand in marriage has come into play. While she sorts out this new monkey wrench in her life, Anna realizes that she had given up on her dream, and decides to go back to the base. Shizuru tests the Go-Okusaer. Mira faints and Kiriko is worried about using her as a pilot. 
0417 "Tonko, My Love"
April 27, 2004March 21, 2006
The perspective is altered, focusing on some of the mechanics that keep Godannar and the other mechs running. A female mechanic named Tonko is being pushed into an arranged marriage that she doesn’t want, but a mimetic beast destroys the restaurant where the wedding was to take place. 
0518 "Ice Cold Smile"
"Hi no Bishou" (氷の微笑) 
May 4, 2004May 16, 2006
Anna and Shizuru train in order to be able to control the plasma drive. Ekaterina holds a party, but it gets interrupted when more mimetic beasts attack and she has to go out to fight them. Shadow dreams she’s attracted to Luna. 
0619 "Genesister Out of Control!"
"Jenesisutā Bousou!" (ジェネシスター暴走!) 
May 11, 2004May 16, 2006
Kiriko gets Max's data. There have been changes not only to his body, but to his brain as well. Luna gets nervous because it will be her and Shadow's last battle together, and she gets shot down. 
0720 "Sorrowful Song of the Plum Blossoms"
"Touka Aika" (桃花哀歌) 
May 18, 2004May 16, 2006
The strange plague that killed Max is identified – it is called the Insania Virus. Moukaku gets into a bar fight, and he's starting to undergo the same mutation as Max and Shadow. He gets it under control though, and later proposes to Shukuyu. 
0821 "Godannar Ground Order!"
"Gōdannā Shutsudo Kinshi Meirei!" (ゴーダンナー出動禁止命令!) 
May 25, 2004July 11, 2006
Goh is carrying the Insania Virus and is ordered to stop piloting the Dannar. 
0922 "Crash! Danner vs. Gainar"
"Gekitou! Dannā VS Gainā" (激突!ダンナーVSガイナー) 
June 1, 2004July 11, 2006
Ken manages to kill a beast before he mutates completely. But Ken is so pumped up even after the fight that it triggers the virus and he starts mutating. Goh gets into Godannar to stop Ken. 
1023 "Dannar Base S.O.S."
"Dannā Besu SOS" (ダンナーベースSOS) 
June 8, 2004July 11, 2006
Mimetic beasts are focusing their attacks on the bases. And they've found a way to control the bases' weapons. But just when it seems the beasts have won, they all retreat, heading towards Godannar. 
1124 "After the Mortal Combat"
"Shitou no Hate ni" (死闘の果てに) 
June 15, 2004August 29, 2006
Anna's dad, Tetsuya - the founder of Dannar Base - resumes control. It turns out that the mimetic beasts have developed the ability to merge and share their abilities. They've grown into a super-mimetic beast. 
1225 "The Eternal Couple"
"Eien no Futari" (永遠のふたり) 
June 22, 2004August 29, 2006
Ken has arrived, almost completely under the sway of Insania. He and Goh, slowly succumbing to Insania, attack the beast, mutating more and more. But the beast is too much for Goh to handle, and it tries to absorb Godannar into itself. Mira, making good on a certain vow, attacks Godannar before it can cause too much damage. Anna tries to stop her. 
1326 "The Inevitable Tomorrow"
"Kitarubeki Ashita" (来るべき明日) 
June 29, 2004August 29, 2006
They win against the mimetic beasts, but Goh transforms completely in the process. Seven years later, after a cure for the Insania Virus is found, Goh and Anna get remarried. During their ceremony, the last mimetic beasts attack. Goh, Anna, and the rest of the pilots go out to fight them. 


Stig Høgset of T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews gave a mixed review of season one ranging from admiration of the animation to criticism of the story in the later episodes.[16] The seven volumes of the ADV Films release have been graded by Chris Beveridge in his reviews at Mania.com ranging from A- for the first two volumes to B for volumes five and six.[17] Theron Martin of Anime News Network gave a generally favorable review of the first volume of this classic mecha series although he did comment that Hilary Haag "gets a little too shrill at a couple of points."[9] In another favorable review Mike Toole has complemented the director Yasushi Nagaoka and some of the voice actors including the Japanese and English voices for Goh and Anna.[18]


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