Daitarn 3 was another overengineered #mecha #anime where the pilot would drive a flying police car (the Mach Patrol), dock into a hole between the legs of the robot, then take a high-speed rocket railway to the other side of the robot and then begin a long transformation sequence.
For being a #mecha #anime designed to promote a transformable toy, Daitarn 3 had pretty good humor. Plus, the Meganoid commanders were all caricatures of human flaws: narcissism, greed, lust, ambition...
This one for instance wanted to direct the greatest martial arts movie of all times 😂
The Meganoids also had their own transformation sequences: they used a special machine with four energy emitters to grow and shapeshift their bodies into a Megaborg before the final duel with the Daitarn 3.
There are cues that becoming a Megaborg is irreversible and a difficult step for some Meganoid commanders who are still attached to their original human form.
This one was huge in France. There it is called "Goldorak".
Probably due to the numerous anime broadcasted in the 80s/90s, France became the 2nd largest market for manga (still 17 less than Japan I think), and half of the comics there are manga (and there is a big tradition of franco-belgian comics)
Maybe it looks complicated because they have a process similar to trains where the staff use hand gestures and describe actions to be sure that none is missed.
@Fabimaru In the Italian dub, it was called Goldrake, and all the characters got English-sounding names:
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