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Aura Battler Dunbine (聖戦士ダンバイン Seisenshi Danbain) is an anime television series, created by Sunrise, aired on Japan TV from 1983 to 1984, ran for 49 episodes, and 12 volumes of videos were released on VHS and DVD. Created by Hajime Yatate (a pseudonym for the Sunrise team) and Yoshiyuki Tomino, director of such anime series like Gundam and Heavy Metal L-Gaim, it was quite successful in Japan, due to its combination of complex characters,
radical mecha designs, and plot twists.
Dunbine was one of the first anime series to combine fantasy with
modern science fiction. The series is set in the medieval-like world of Byston
Well, resembling a countryside in medieval Europe with kingdoms ruled by monarchs
in castles, armies of unicorn-riding
cavalry armed with swords and crossbows, and little winged creatures called
Ferario, or fairies,
flying about offering help or hindrance depending on their mood.
The main draw to the series were the insect-like Aura Battlers, used by the
population of Byston Well to fight their wars. These fighting suits are powered
by a powerful energy called "aura" or "life
energy", which is transmitted to the suit by the pilot. (Wikipedia)