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An alternate-world fantasy in which Earthling Sho Zama is pulled into the world of Byston Well and forced into becoming a mech pilot for a war monger.

Japanese boy Sho Zama is transported to the alternate world of Byston Well because his human "aura" will make him a powerful robot pilot in Drake Luft's quest to rule the planet. However, Sho defects to the other side and leads the resistance, until his former employers, fighting a rearguard action, open a gateway through to our world and begin a second conquest.

Inspired by Wings of Lin, an earlier novel by Gundam-creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, Dunbine shares its stablemate's concentration on big robots (a studio addition not in the original) and heavy character development. It was soon remade by Toshifumi Takizawa as a three-part video series incorporating designs from Patlabor's Yutaka Izubuchi. The new series, Aura Battler Dunbine: Tale of Neo Byston Well (1987), featured more expensive animation and robots with literally scintillating armor. The original Dunbine designer Shott Weapon is thrown through a time warp at the end of the TV series to arrive in Byston Well 700 years later. He brings with him a veritable battalion of Earth weaponry, including a fully laden aircraft carrier, and the locals must form a new resistance to stop him. Although the video series only consisted of 75 minutes of footage, the series was stretched out three times as long with the aid of digest versions of the previous TV episodes.

Much later, in the wake of the similar Escaflowne, Tomino would adapt the robot-free Wings of Lin itself into a video anime, the truly awful three-parter Garzey's Wing (1996). Chris, a Japanese teenager, loses half his soul when he is summoned to Byston Well by the priestess Hassan. The Meitomias tribe wishes to escape from Ashigaba slavers, and Chris is to be their champion. He guides them through their flight to their promised land, fighting off Roman-armored, dinosaur-riding Ashigabas, while the Tokyo half of his soul sends telepathic messages about such topics as how to make gunpowder. This show is very cheaply animated and shoddily written, and, though this was the only part of the series to be released in the U.S., the poor quality of the dub makes it almost unwatchable. A further sequel, Wings of Leen (2005), was premiered on the Internet in six parts.

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Name Dunbine
Name: 聖戦士ダンバイン
Romaji: Seisenshi Dunbine
Publisher ADV
Start Year 1983
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