I guess I should make this topic again after having conversed with Robert_Silvermyst and Chipper Blu-wolf about it.
There was a previous topic long ago, but it's very old and numerous links in it are dead.
Anyway, I've been fixated on an old anime series made by Sunrise Inc. from 1995 called Wild Knights Gulkeeva.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Knights_Gulkeevahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auC_M2WuwL0https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=145
The series (26 episodes) isn't very well known outside of Japan as it has never been brought to and shown in the U.S. As for why, I don't know. Maybe it just wasn't that popular or appealing? What piqued my interest in this series was the anthropomorphic characters in it known as Beast Warriors or sometimes called Animaloids (Animal Humanoids). For those trying to find and buy the series on DVD, I wish you good luck. I'm one of the few people that has it, thanks to my best friend getting it for me.
Don't ask me where he got it from as I don't know. But for those who want to try and find the DVD set, it should look like the following. Don't settle for anything less!
There is also a "Memorial Box Set" that has 5 colored discs instead of the normal 3. As for what else makes this Memorial box set special, I do not know.https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8081/29171597276_46663fcdff.jpghttps://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8348/29171597306_3af1e141f8.jpghttps://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8217/29205844635_71565d9247.jpg
The 26 episodes of the series:
1. Knights Need To Be Together With Their Beasts
senshi wa kami juu totomoni
2. The Legendary Spirit of the Knight
densetsu toiu na no honoo
3. What Am I Fighting For?
kono omoi dare ga tame ni
4. The Lost Knight
aoki senshi no meisou
5. The Spreading War
bara wa senka ni moeyu
6. A Man With the Warrior`s Eyes
senshi no me wo motsu otoko
7. The Shivering Smile
hohoemi wa senritsu wo utau
8. Love of a Fierce Warrior
mahoroba no kyou senshi
9. There`s a Light Breeze
suzukaze no fuku basho
10. The Great Earth is Peaceful
akaki ha, ao ni chiru
11. The Start of the Nightmare
seinaru akumu no jokyoku
12. A New Soul Has Been Awakened
arata naru tamashii no mezame
13. Stubborn Beast Warriors
mou i hangyaku no shishi senshi
14. Fugitive in the Rain
ame no toubou sha (soushuuhen)
15. The Faraway Heart
kokoro haruka ni
16. A Nightmare in the Morning
ashita ni furu yami
17. Many Nights
tawamure no yoru
18. The Howling Fang
doukoku no kiba
19. Black Udon
20. Golden Snow Scene
kane no sekkei
21. Warm and Sorrowful
22. Fated Prophecy
unmei no yokan
24. To The Ends of Bewilderness
samayoi no hate
25. Senshi Kira
26. Semshi Toya
senshi momo ya
The story/plot of the series is a bit hard to understand, but not impossible. Mostly because of the poor dubbing/translations which IMO are only about 75% accurate.
Don't expect any fancy CGI in this series. It is all "old school" anime which is hand drawn. This series, from what I've seen on the Net, has mostly recieved a 3 or 3 1/2 rating out of 5. So it's neither good nor bad, but rather average or "slightly" above average.
It's been awhile since I've watched this series, but I'll try to remember what I can. PLOT:
Touya is your average Tokyo high school student until one day, forces from another world/dimension called Darknoids, attack the city on a mission to look for something. Three Beast Warriors from the same/similar world and/or dimension travel to Earth to stop the Darknoids. During the first 1-3 episodes, we soon learn that Touya (and his parents) are not from Earth, but instead from another world where the Darknoids and Beast Warriors come from (Read the Wikipedia article further above). Not only that, but it appears Touya has the long dead spirit of an ancient warrior named Radias inside him. So I guess Touya is the reincarnation of Radias? With his new Beast Warrior friends (Greyfus, a wolf; Beakwood, a eagle; and Garriel, a gorilla) helping him, Touya is able to defeat the Darknoids. But the Darknoids always come back to Earth wreaking more havoc and chaos. They always send some form of large robotic beast piloted by various henchmen to Earth to fight and destroy Touya, his friends, and cause general chaos.
As for Touya's other human high school friends, there is Kira (Lavendar colored hair) who we find out that he is also a knight warrior with special powers/abilities just like Touya, but not until the middle of the series. Unfortuneately, he dies towards the end of the series. Then there is Konoha who cares for Touya and seems to have a crush/fall in love with him. Nothing special about her. She's just your average high school girl.
The Darknoids are commanded by Prince Zaza who looks childish like a young teenager.
He is the main antagonist. There is also one female Darknoid which I forgot her name. Apparently, I think she suffers amnesia towards the end of the series and changes her allegiances.
As for why the Darknoids keep attacking Earth, it's not so much an invasion, but rather they keep looking for something. Toward the last episodes of the series, I believe it was mentioned/shown they were looking for objects that would help "switch" their world with Earth. They wanted to bring their world (Which was dying) to our dimension, and send Earth to their dimension, thereby saving their own world.
To fight the Darknoids, Touya, his friend Kira, and the Beast Warriors, all have green star shaped crystals that when activated, gives them special powers/abilities and armor. Touya and Kira "transform" into Knights, and the Beast Warriors transform into larger and more powerful feral animal forms. This series is not without a bit of comedy too. There's a blonde woman character who seems to have a crush on Greyfus.
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<--- Kira (Left) and Konoha (Right)https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8080/29205844725_311bba9454.jpg
<--- Kira and Touya in their "Knight" forms.
Various Darknoid main characters.https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8076/28583048504_e79112e00f.jpghttps://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8343/29171444156_358b094d1b.jpg
<---- Prince Zaza, main antagonist.https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8474/29171444186_d499cc9f8c_b.jpghttps://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8841/29171444196_65e9ec09a0_b.jpg
Greyfus, a wolf. Leader of the Beast Warrior group sent to Earth. Has a laser whip for a weapon. Is fascinated by Earth technology and likes to tinker with things as evidenced when he tried to repair Touya's bike in Episode 2, but failed miserably. Unsure of how his name should be spelled. I've seen it the following: Greyfus, Grayfas, Greyfas, Greyfasshttps://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8067/29098252132_3f52896400_z.jpghttps://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8246/28917833230_8e5ae010b0.jpghttps://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8231/28917833290_10c5c20c21_b.jpghttps://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8133/28917833310_e611abf37c_b.jpghttps://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8121/28917833320_e8aca02573_z.jpghttps://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8082/28583328124_bf3faf9708_z.jpghttps://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8549/28583328134_06449b3b6f.jpghttps://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8297/28583328154_31aeb68da3_b.jpghttps://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8534/29171713696_4de5d1f7e7.jpghttps://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8368/29171713706_cf4e152419.jpg
Beakwood, an eagle. Often gives advice and wisdom. Has a crossbow gun for a weapon (Similar to what Chewbacca uses in Star Wars.).https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8489/28917564850_a8a0b46cdf.jpghttps://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8349/28917564870_7820e73578_z.jpg
Garriel, a gorrilla. Strongest member of the Beast Warriors. A bit of a wisecrack/comedian. Has some sort of energy shurikan for a weapon. https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8281/29098252052_4e10ee2d25_z.jpghttps://c7.staticflickr.com/8/7563/29098252062_fd51636c78.jpg
Didium. Not sure of his species. I think he might be a wolverine or ferret. Has a bit of an attitude problem and is a hothead, and doesn't always agree with the other Beast Warriors. Has a long staff for a weapon. Doesn't appear till about the middle of the series. Seems to be Kira's friend/companion.https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8278/29171444206_819a4d4c2d_z.jpghttps://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8411/28917670390_50c3d27467.jpghttps://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8074/28917670410_2ce279b130_z.jpg
The Beast Warriors all have larger and more powerful feral animal modes when fighting the Darknoids. These "modes" are only activated by a green star shaped crystal that each Beast Warrior has.https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8694/28583009844_2b47bc2590.jpg
<--- Group shothttps://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8728/28583009954_e237e51b84.jpg
Group shot pics.https://c5.staticflickr.com/9/8208/29171713716_a2400796dc.jpghttps://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8102/29171713746_a926b814b7.jpghttps://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8347/29205981125_2451708770.jpghttps://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8439/29205981155_b6cf87a635_z.jpghttps://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8475/29205981165_97ec293f4f_z.jpghttps://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7693/29205981205_ea96cfeffc_z.jpghttps://c3.staticflickr.com/8/7719/29171768986_d8fb5637de_z.jpghttps://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8772/29171769026_8026fa3f31_z.jpghttps://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8359/29171769066_f15d06c744_z.jpg
You never really see many other Animaloids (Beast Warriors) in the entire series. What you do see is maybe shots that last less than 3-5 seconds or are "background" shots of other Animaloids. Pretty sad really. Would have loved to see many more Animaloids in this series. https://c2.staticflickr.com/9/8069/28585217953_7b35c431d3_b.jpghttps://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8338/28585217973_674f1ca3a1_b.jpghttps://c8.staticflickr.com/9/8365/28585217983_51feff9ecb_b.jpghttps://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8070/28585218003_943d85efe6_b.jpghttps://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8085/28917564830_f6c9aaac52_b.jpg
A selection of fan art I've seen on the Net.http://orig08.deviantart.net/2e33/f/2010/008/f/e/great_warrior__greyfus_by_aokamidu.jpghttp://pre07.deviantart.net/0228/th/pre/f/2010/008/7/e/graceful_soldier__beakwood_by_aokamidu.jpghttp://orig03.deviantart.net/e50f/f/2010/008/e/7/hearty_fighter__garriel_by_aokamidu.jpghttp://orig15.deviantart.net/745e/f/2010/082/2/b/hard_headed_brawler__tedium_by_aokamidu.jpghttps://static.hummingbird.me/anime/poster_images/000/002/793/original/title_Voin_Gulkiba_Juusenshi_Gulkeeva_11423_2291.jpg?1431568556https://simkl.net/posters/29/2916790686b534fe0_w.jpgThat concludes my "review" for this series. Thanks for reading.