The Mysterious Ship, Skull
Directed by

Akira Takahashi

Produced by

Kimio Ikeda

Written by

Go Nagai

Air Date (JP)

November 8, 1980

Air Date (UK)

November 20, 1982

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Wipe Out the
Transport Fleet

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X-Bomber Goes Forth

The Mysterious Ship, Skull (謎の帆船ドクロ号! nazo no hansen dokuro gō!) is the fifth episode of Star Fleet. It aired on November 8, 1980 on Fuji TV in Japan, and November 20, 1982 on ITV in the UK.

Plot SummaryEdit

XBomberCrewpatch Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The X-Bomber lands at Pluto Base with the transport fleet; Dr. Benn congratulates the boys on a job well done. After the ship lands, Shiro, Hercules and Lee set out to search for their former academy tutor Captain Carter in a snow mobile and then by foot.

Lee and Hercules are certain that Carter is dead, a short flashback of the attack on Pluto Base follows. Shiro however refuses to accept that and is convinced he is still alive. A Flashback to Shiro being taught under Carter during his days at the academy follows.

Shiro is unable to shoot his ray gun on the target, Carter chides Shiro about his poor marksmanship. He tells Shiro to shoot him in the heart of his bulletproof jacket. Shiro is reluctant, but is roused to do so by Carter, who calls him a coward unworthy of being part of the academy. Shiro shoots Carter, who comes up to him and congratulates him on proving he can aim and shoot at the same time. Further training montages come up, and the flashbacks ends with Carter telling Shiro "Always trust your instincts".

Meanwhile back on X-Bomber, Lamia is contacted by someone calling themselves as 'the Skull', asking for his 'compatriot' with the pendant; meaning Lamia. Lamia launches X-Bomber's shuttle craft and departs. On discovering her departure, Shiro, Hercules and Lee take the separate Dai-X fighters out to search for her.

Lamia shuts off communication with her friends and then spots the Skull, a giant flying sailing ship in space. However Lamia's engine fails and she is stranded. Shiro in Braincom catches up. Shiro refuses to allow Lamia to contact the Skull, fearing it could be an Alliance trick. Hercules and Lee catch up. The three try to plead for Lamia to return, but their argument is interrupted by the appearance of the Imperial Battlecruiser.

Makara realizes the Skulls presence makes Lamia F-01 for sure - so she orders Orion to head out to destroy the Skull. Lamia is distraught over the attack on the Skull, but the boys don't assist at Dr. Benn's orders. The Skull returns fire and takes out a few astrofighters and Makara takes over the attack from Orion. As the pilots are surprised to see the Imperial Alliance Retreat, Makara opens up fire with laser torpedoes which breach the Skull's hull, setting off an explosive chain reaction that causes massive damage to the ship.

X-Bomber returns and the Dai-X fighters grapple onto Lamia's shuttle craft. Makara ignores the arrival of the X-Bomber, assuming they won't interfere.

The boys are able to persuade Dr. Benn to get involved in the fight. X-Bomber fires its neck lasers on Makara's Cruiser from behind as she pursues the Skull. Makara orders a retreat, as she does so, she returns fire on X-Bomber. The two ships have a near miss as the Cruiser retreats into deep space and out of sight. After the Cruiser retreats, X-Bomber tells Shiro that they have lost visual on the Skull and are unable to locate it. Lamia is tearfully upset that her attempts to communicate with the Skull have failed, as this would have explained some of its deepest mysteries of Lamia's history.

Voice CastEdit

Main CastEdit

Character Japanese Voice English Voice French Voice
Dr. Benn Mikio Terashima Peter Marinker Robert Bazil
Shiro Hagen Toshio Furukawa Jay Benedict Éric Legrand
Barry Hercules Shigeru Chiba Constantine Gregory Michel Elias
John Lee Naoki Tatsuta Mark Rolston Frédéric Pieretti
Lamia Mami Koyama Liza Ross Pascale Reynaud
PPA Yūji Mitsuya John Baddeley Michel Elias
Captain Carter Norio Wakamoto Garrick Hagon Frédéric Pieretti
Commander Makara Rihoko Yoshida Denise Bryer Annie Balestra
Captain Orion Reizō Nomoto Sean Barrett Christian Alers
Narrator Yuzuru Fujimoto Peter Marinker Michel Elias

Secondary CastEdit

Character Japanese Voice English Voice French Voice
Termoids Hideyuki Tanaka Jacob Witkin Frédéric Pieretti
Captain Halley Katsuji Mori Peter Marinker André Valmy
Pluto Base Radio Officer Garrick Hagon Frédéric Pieretti

Equipment UsedEdit

Earth Defence ForcesEdit

Imperial AllianceEdit

  • Imperial Battlecruiser



  • During Shiro's training flashback sequence, a hand is visible rising Shiro's arm on a stick when he goes to raise his laser gun.
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