Daimakan (大魔艦 is an alien battleship which appears in the Daimakan, lit. Giant Demon Ship)1977 Toho tokusatsu film, The War in Space. The personal starship of the Yomi Alien Commander Hell created as a weapon of interplanetary conquest, it was stationed on Venus as a temporary base of operations. The craft is equipped with a vast array of advanced weaponry and houses a fleet of Hell Fighters.
The Daimakan's name literally translates to "giant demon ship" and was likely chosen as a parallel to Commander Hell and the Hell Fighters. The ship's name may be noted fully as the Venus Daimakan (金星大魔艦, due to its being stationed on Venus. It is also described as a "Roman ship" Kinsei Daimakan, lit. Giant Venus Demon Ship) (ローマ船 by characters during the film. Rōmakan)
The Daimakan was designed by production designer and storyboardist Yasuyuki Inoue, who also designed the Gohten in the film, and finalized by Minoru Kujirai. The ship's oar-shaped laser cannons were patterned after the oars of a galley boat, inspired by pirate movies that special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano had seen as a child. A 6-shaku miniature of the ship was modeled by Inoue and his company, Alpha Kikaku.
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The Daimakan can travel at a cruising speed of 300,000 kilometers per second, and is equipped for warp navigation. It is propelled by four rockets from its underside and two on the back, supported by a total of 8 gyrostabilizers on its sides. The Daimakan is also capable of interdimensional travel by using a pair of dimensional conversion devices (次元転換装置, allowing it to freely pass through space and time. jigen tenkan sōchi)
Space Beam cannons
The Daimakan's primary offensive measure is its Space Beam cannons (スペース・ビーム砲. There is one affixed between its array of antennae and 9 on the ship's bridge. Supēsu Bīmu hō)
Undulating beam cannons
The Daimakan has a total of 36 oar-shaped Undulating beam cannons (波状ビーム砲 on its port and starboard, 18 for each side. Hajō bīmu hō)
The Daimakan can emit highly destructive gravitational waves from a Gravity cannon (重力砲 housed in the ship's bridge. Jūryoku hō)
The Daimakan is armed with 64 Hell Missiles (ヘル・ミサイル, fired from four cannons at the ship's bow. Heru Misairu)
At the ship's bow, the Daimakan is equipped with a large golden figurehead of a dragon called the Crush Bow (クラッシュ・ボウ. Though unseen, this would have likely been used to ram enemy vessels. Kurasshu Bō)
The Daimakan is able to store and deploy 75 Hell Fighters from a compartment in the ship's stern.
Energy Absorber Antennae
The Daimakan is equipped with Energy Absorber Antennae (エネルギー・アブソーバー・アンテナ which function as both radar antennae and solar panels of sorts, collecting energy from space to provide the power of its weapons. Enerugī Abusōbā Antena)
The Daimakan can generate a near-impregnable forcefield around itself to block oncoming attacks, though this has the disadvantage of preventing the use of its own weaponry. The ship's forcefield was lowered after Space Fighters buried it in the rubble.
- At speeds of nearly Mach 900,000, the Daimakan is one of the fastest known Toho vehicles, beat only by the TOKYO-3 from Bye-Bye Jupiter.
- The Daimakan is referenced in episode 47 of the 2003-2005 anime series Sonic X entitled "Map of Mayhem," which pays extensive homage to a number of Toho's films and characters. Upon reaching their destination at Latitude Zero, itself a reference to the film of the same name, the protagonists are attacked by Dr. Eggman's battleship Egg Giant-Makan (エッグ大魔艦, which references the Daimakan in both name and appearance. In the show's English dub, the craft was renamed to simply "Egg Battleship." Eggu Daimakan)
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