Looking for the name of an anime where the robot/mecha was also an airplane.
The pilot (white uniform) would typically fly the plane to fight the bad guys then there would be a scene where the plane attaches to the robot body "backwards" and then "turns around" to be become the robot head. Specifically the robot head does not come up through the body. The plane is the robot head and attaches "backwards" and "turns" to complete the transformation.
Vaguely, I remember there was an episode where the pilot was ill and couldn't get to the plane.
There may have been another episode where the "baddy" used a magnet to reverse the polarity (negative negative) between the robot body and plane/head and they couldn't attach. I have a few vivid memories of the above episode above and there was a scene where it does a dummies explanation with a picture of a magnet with two negative (-) (-) signs to explain why the head and body couldn't attach.
I think it was based on Earth. From memory, it was a relatively light hearted anime - not a gritty space opera. For some reason, I'm thinking more Dr Slump than Gundam/Evangelion - though that's a feeling more than a memory.
The pilot was the main hero — single pilot, single robot/mecha. Other than the plane/attaching head, the robot/mecha doesn't combine with any other robots. I have a vague memory of the pilot also being a costumed hero and being able to jump really high.
It would have been an anime in the mid '80s – possibly early '90s.
- Great Mazinger
- Robotech: Macross
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- Tōshō Daimos
- Voltes V
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- Video Warrior Laserion
- Getter Robo
- Six God Combination God Mars
- Combattler V
- Dairugger XV
- Vehicle Voltron
Edit 22/12/2021: guys, I'm updating the list above as people give suggestions and sharing titles which have been ruled out. Note not all of the titles above fit the description (ie. some suggestions have multiple pilots and robots that merge together), but for completeness, I'm adding them to the above ruled out list. Thanks everyone, I'm continuing to look at suggestions.
It may be the same cartoon as the one asked about in this question.
I've been going through youtube Mecha opening compilations for the last few hours but haven't been able to spot it yet.
EDIT UPDATE 13/03/2023 After skimming 100s of random Mecha/Sentai animes for the last 18months, I've finally found it: its Gyakuten! Ippatsuman (Sixth entry to the Time Bokan). Its the only anime that I've come across with a plane that combines with the robot body and then turns 180 back to front to activate the mecha/
Heres a link to a youtube clip of the plane/robot and transformation for anyone interested:
Also the Episode I was thinking of was Episode 23 - see clip:(https://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm18044579) The bad guy creates a robot with a magnet gun which fires a negative polarity and stops the Plane Head from connecting with the Body.
Interesting things about the anime is that its a bit of comedy series. The main character has a special move where he throws a baseball. The Body of the Mecha transforms from a "Dinosaur Car".