Dunbine is set in Byston Well, a parallel world that resembles the countryside of medieval Europe with kingdoms ruled by monarchs in castles, armies of unicorn-riding cavalry armed with swords and crossbows, and little winged creatures called Ferario, flying about offering help or hindrance depending on their mood. The main draw to the series were the insect-like Aura Battlers, used by the population of Byston Well to fight their wars. These fighting suits are powered by a powerful energy called “aura” or “life energy.” Certain people are strong enough with the aura-energy to act as power-supply to these mecha, making them Aura Warriors.
The series aired on Nagoya TV from February 5, 1983 to January 21, 1984, totaling for 49 episodes. There was a three episode anime OVA sequel, New Story of Aura Battler Dunbine (also known as The Tale of Neo Byston Well) released in 1988.
The series was later dubbed by ADV Films and was released to DVD in North America, along with the original Japanese version in 2003. However, it quickly became out of print, and until 2018, was only available as a digital purchase from the now-defunct Daisuki site, then Sentai Filmworks licensed the series.
New Story of Aura Battler Dunbine (also known as The Tale of Neo Byston Well), is a three episode anime OVA released in 1988. It is a sequel to the TV Series Dunbine set roughly 700 years after the events of the show. It is also the second show set in the fictional medieval land of Byston Well, and is followed by Garzey’s Wing and The Wings of Rean.
It was directed by Toshifumi Takizawa (Samurai 7).