Dash Out, Tank Trancer!

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"Dash Out, Tank Trancer!"
Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos episode
"Dash Out, Tank Trancer!" title credit
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 9
Directed by Junichi Yokoyama
Written by Toshimichi Okawa
Original air date August 28th, 1986
Guest actors

Daisuke Gouri as King Girandor
Kaneto Shiozawa as Trim Sponsor
Yuko Mizutani as Rudi

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Dash Out, Tank Trancer! is the ninth episode of the animated television series Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos, which was broadcast on August 28th, 1986 in Japan.[1]


The Rainbow Sands of Arambia in Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos episode 9, "Dash Out, Tank Trancer!"

The quest has brought the travelers to the painted desert of Arambia with its beautiful but deadly Rainbow Sands. While the group rests at some trees Reina wanders on to the blue sands is almost eaten by a monster. After hearing some evil laughter Rom sees a Tank Transer being attacked by two Gandora Devil Soldiers, which Rom defeats. Drill recognizes him as his childhood friend Trim Sponsor and saves him from the sand monster. That night, the group spot a mysterious singer in the desert. Trim says it is his lover Rudi but refuses to let them meet her. Trim insists on staying in the desert while the others continue to the city to follow the Wolf Sword. He tells them to follow the green sands to the city, which he insists are safe, but they are attacked by poison gas. Drill saves them by burrowing underground where they find a giant drill sand submarine with the Wolf Crest on it. The ship takes them to King Girandor who tells them Arambia is suffering an energy shortage since Trim betrayed them on a mission to get bantonium from another settlement. Drill reacts angrily but Rom offers to recapture the bantonium for the king, and promises Drill they will find out why Trim did it. They head into the desert and split up to find him.

Trim ambushes Rom, refusing to listen to reason. He acts erratically and begins to break up before suddenly exploding. Rom spots and confronts Rudi, who turns out to be a lifeless android carrying the bantonium. Rom finds a recording in the robot. Trim's message explains the king - working for the Gandora - used an experimental bantonium bomb, mutating the desert, killing Rudi and infecting him. He stole the bantonium to prevent the king making further bombs. The others swear vengeance. In Blade Dragon form Rom confronts the king, backed by Jet and Drill. The king turns into a massive Gandora monster, so Rom calls up Vikung-Fu and uses the mutated desert to destroy him. Victorious, they bury Trim's remains.


Heroes Gandora Others
Rod Drill Devil Soldiers Blue Sand Monster
Reina Stol King Girandor Trim Sponsor
Blue Jet Gades Rudi
Rom Stol Grujious Sand Submarine Pilot
Triple Jim Diondora Bulldozer Robos
Blade Dragon


  • Firsts: The is the first appearance of Bulldozer Robo and Tank Transer mechanoids as well as the dangerous Rainbow Sands.
  • The Rainbow Sands of Arambia have different dangers based on their colors. Red sands are infernally hot, white sands are near absolute zero, blue sands have monsters, the green sands have pockets of poison gas.
  • Rom Stol's lecture this week is about "triumph". The Devil Soldiers doesn't deserve to know Rom's name, but when King Girandor asks, he tell him he is Blade Dragon.
  • This episode establishes that Rod Drill and Trim Sponsor are both from the Battle Clan.
  • The wheels on Rudi's shoulders and hips suggest suggest she was a member of the Battle Clan, like her lover, and turned into a car.
  • Battleflex is missing again until it's time to travel, then he suddenly appears from nowhere.
  • Grujious refers to the people of the planet Cronos as Cronosians.
  • The light of the Wolf Sword seems to reveal the true form of King Girandor's minions.
  • Trim Sponsor's burial site is marked with a cross.
  • Death toll: Rom dispatches two Devil Soldiers with his Serpentine Blade Chop. Vikung-Fu kills King Girandor by dropping him on the infernally hot red sands.
  • The French dub of this episode was called "Le Tank, Transfuge des Enfers", which means "The Tank, Defector of the Underworld".
  • In some English subtitles the name of this episode is "Kidnapped! Tank Transer!".



  1. "Dash Out, Tank Trancer!". Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos. August 28tht, 1986. No. 9, season 1.

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