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Professor Masada is killed by the evil Docougar organization, which wants to steal the secrets of his latest invention, the Super Energy Vimra. His son Kenta takes the research to the mobile secret base of the God Thunder organization, assembling the "Goshogun" team of warriors to fight against the minions of Docougar.

Kunihiko Yuyama's movie Goshogun (1982) takes the cast to the South American republic of Felcona, where president Santos requires their assistance against Docougar agents. A reedit of episodes 17 and 20 of the TV series, the "movie" adds scraps of extra footage, including an introductory sequence and false interstitial advertisements for nonexistent products endorsed by the cast-Kernagul's Fried Chicken, Kutnall's Tranquilizers, Gitter's 35-section Combining Robot, and Docougar Total Training. The film also used images of characters' previously unseen childhood years in the closing credits, a device that foreshadowed the subplot of the final Goshogun release (see below).

In 1985, the Goshogun series was combined with Srungle and released in the U.S. as Macron One. As with its contemporary Robotech, the series was given a completely new storyline, in this case about a teleportation experiment that hurls test pilot David Jance into a parallel universe, where he leads the Beta Command robot team against alien menaces. Meanwhile, the evil overlord Dark Star has been transported by the same experiment into our own universe, where another team must hold back his army of robotic warriors. With the U.S. market interest in SF buoyant after Return of the Jedi (1983), Macron One boasted a successful mix of alien crew, prattling robots, and enemies who looked suspiciously like Imperial Storm Troopers. The show's appeal was augmented further with contemporary pop music, not just Duran Duran's "The Reflex" over the opening titles, but other chart-toppers strewn around the battle scenes. These additions gave the show a feel not unlike an MTV pop video but inadvertently damaged its long-term salability, since rights were not cleared for the same tunes to be used on video.

Back in Japan, the original had a last hurrah in the video Goshogun: Time Étranger (1985), often confused with the unrelated Time Stranger. Also shown in Japanese theaters, this is the incarnation of the series best known today through the dub made by Manga Entertainment. Recycling the plot from the Goshogun novels, Time Étranger added a framing device set 40 years later in a world that looks like Chicago with taller buildings and hover-cars. Much of the footage is wasted on a pointless car chase, leaving little time for anything but a few shots of beeping machines and hand-wringing bedside vigils. The strangely ageless Remi, infamous for refusing her medals, is mortally injured in a crash and looks back on her life while the rest of the old team (including three of her former foes, now pals with their one-time enemies) bickers around her comatose form. Using the world's most irritating French accent, Remi recalls an incident when she fell down a well as a child, and she also hallucinates a surreal "mission" involving those who are assembled around her bed. The film then cuts to the team trapped in a city of confused religious fundamentalists (they worship like Muslims but have crucifixes in their graveyard), who are convinced that the God Thunder team's day of destiny has arrived, and that Remi will be the first of them to die. Remi and her friends fight off the seething locals in quietly racist scenes of the God Thunder team, with vastly superior firepower, shooting into wave after wave of stick-waving towelheads. They steal a tram (yes, a tram, driving it off its rails, not unlike the plot), mess around with hang gliders, and have a fight in a bar while pontificating about destiny and fate. All this, it transpires, is a metaphor for Remi's critical condition in the present day, since she must confront the demons of her childhood and psyche if she is to awaken from her coma. However, her fate is left unclear in an ending that is either a ham-fisted metaphor for her death or a reunion scene riddled with continuity errors and poor writing. So Remi either makes a miraculous recovery, springs out of bed, and chases after her comrades, or dies, recovers, and dies again, depending on your interpretation. To add to everybody's confusion, the movie was rereleased in the U.S. in 2003 under the title Time Stranger.

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Name Goshogun
Name: 戦国魔神ゴーショーグン
Romaji: Sengoku Majin Goshogun
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Start Year 1981
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Aliases "Civil War Devil-God Goshogun"
"Demon God of the War-Torn Land GoShogun"
"Warring Demon God GoShogun"
"Macron 1"
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