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Inazuman (TV series)
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Number of episodes: 25
First episode: Horror of the Neo-Human Race: The Challenge of Banba!!
Original airing: October 2, 1973 - March 26, 1974
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Inazuman (イナズマン?) was produced by Toei Company Ltd. and broadcast on NET (now TV Asahi) from October 2, 1973 to March 26, 1974, with a total of 25 episodes. The series starred Daisuke Ban (as Naoya Ban) of Kikaider fame in the title role as he fights Emperor Banba and his mutant minions. The entire 48-episode series was broadcast (with English subtitles) on KIKU-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii in the mid-1970s, during the height of the popularity of tokusatsu programs ignited by the success of Kikaider in 1974.

Story

As Watari Goro and his friend Marume Gosaku are walking home from college classes one evening, they discover two children being attacked by evil mutants. Fighting the creatures off, Watari discovers that the kids are part of the Youth League and their adversaries were Fantom Army foot soldiers from the Neo-human Empire.

The Neo-humans, led by Emperor Bamba, know that the Earth's resources are limited and that in a few years famine will strike and there will not be enough food for everyone. Their plan is to wipe out humanity so that Neo-humans will be able to have all of the resources during the hard times to come.

The Youth League, a group of kids with secret bases throughout Japan, is fighting the Neo-humans with limited success. When their leader, Capt. Sarra (who pretty much disappears after the first episode,) tests Watari however he discovers that Goro is a very powerful mutant. Putting him into one of their advanced machines, the Youth League activates Watari's abilities. He's then able to shout "Summon Massive Power" and turn into Sanagiman! Not only that, but when "Sanagiman matures, his belt reaches maximum and he becomes Inazuman!" Capt. Sarra also gives him a special car, Raijingo. This colorful vehicle can not only speed along the roads, but it can fly and has air-to-air missiles that it launches from its 'mouth.'

With his new powers, which include the ability to teleport, turn his scarf into a giant chain, and the "Supreme Lightning Strike that finishes off his opponents, Inazuman battles Emperor Bamba, the head of the Neo-humans, and his hoard of monsters.

Characters

Sanagiman/ Inazuman
Goro Watari

Allies

Youth League

Villains

Neo-Human Empire Phantom Army

Episodes

  1. Horror of the Neo-Human Race: The Challenge of Bamba!! (恐怖の新人類 バンバの挑戦!! Kyōfu no shin jinrui: Banba no chōsen!!?)
  2. Youth League, Beware! The Cursed Water!! (危うし少年同盟! 呪いの水!! Ayaushi shōnen dōmei! Noroi no mizu!!?)
  3. Fantom Hell Beckons the Black Death! (黒い死を呼ぶファントム地獄! Kuroi shi o yobu fantomu jigoku!?)
  4. The Japanese Archipelago Explodes!! (日本列島大爆発!! Nipponrettō dai bakuhatsu!!?)
  5. Epic Dogfight! Raijingo Bites!! (大空中戦! かみつくライジンゴー!! Dai kūchū-sen! Kamitsuku Raijingō!!?)
  6. Bizarre Snow Bambara's Neo-Human Surgery!! (怪奇ユキバンバラ! 新人類手術!! Kaiki yukibanbara! Shin jinrui shujutsu!!?)
  7. Weird! A Flying Eye!? (奇怪! 空飛ぶ一ツ目!? Kikai! Soratobu hitotsume!??)
  8. Terrifying Sandstorm! Major Airport Engulfed!! (恐怖砂あらし! 大空港沈没!! Kyōfu suna arashi! Dai kūkō chinbotsu!!?)
  9. The Glowing Mold Stalks the Night!! (光るカビは夜歩く!! Hikaru kabi wa yoruaruku!!?)
  10. Terror of the Carnivorous Gas!! (人喰いガスの恐怖!! Hito kui gasu no kyōfu!!?)
  11. Rose Bambara is Inazuman's Mother (バラバンバラはイナズマンの母 Barabanbara wa Inazuman no haha?)
  12. Mother's Enemy: Bamba vs. Inazuman (母の仇バンバ対イナズマン Haha no ada Banba tai Inazuman?)
  13. Inazuman Wounded (傷ついたイナズマン Kizutsuita Inazuman?)
  14. The Fury of Raijingo: Great Dogfight!! (怒りのライジンゴー 大空中戦!! Ikari no Raijingō dai kūchū-sen!!?)
  15. A Mother's Shadow Devoured (影をくわれたお母さん Kage o kuwa reta okāsan?)
  16. Race to Fulfill a Promise! (約束に向って走れ! Yakusoku ni mukatte hashire!?)
  17. Puzzling Confrontation! Two Goro Wataris!! (謎の対決! ふたりの渡五郎!! Nazo no taiketsu! Futari no Watari Gorō!!?)
  18. A Lightning Strike for Friendship!! (友情のイナズマ落し!! Yūjō no inazuma otoshi!!?)
  19. The Mysterious Deadly Boxer: Mirror X? (謎の殺人ボクサー ミラーX? Nazo no satsujin bokusā: Mirā X??)
  20. Chase the Star Saucer! Raijingo!! (星円盤を追え! ライジンゴー!! Hoshi enban o oe! Raijingō!!?)
  21. Watari Goro: Inazuman Dies!? (渡五郎 イナズマン死す!? Watari Gorō: Inazuman shisu!??)
  22. The Walking Clay Doll: Terror of the Cracking Earth!! (歩く土人形 恐怖の大地割れ!! Aruku tsuchi ningyō kyōfu no dai jiware!!?)
  23. The Cursed Paint That Melts Humans (呪いのえのぐが人を溶かす Noroi no e no guga hito o tokasu?)
  24. The Mysterious Robot Warrior? (謎のロボット戦士? Nazo no robotto senshi??)
  25. Majestic! The Last of Emperor Bamba!! (壮烈! 帝王バンバの最期!! Sōretsu! Teiō Banba no saigo!!?)

Cast

  • Watari Goro: Daisuke Ban (伴 大介 Ban Daisuke)
  • Gosaku Marume: Kōichi Kitamura (北村晃一 Kitamura Kōichi)
  • Satoko Ogi: Mari Sakurai (桜井 マリ Sakurai Mari)
  • Katsumi Ogi: Yoshikazu Yamada (山田 芳一 Yamada Yoshikazu)
  • Kaoru Tomikawa: Fusayo Fukawa (府川 房代 Fukawa Fusayo)
  • Captain Sara: Hideo Murota (室田 日出男 Murota Hideo)
  • Emperor Banba (Voice): Shōzō Iizuka (飯塚 昭三 Iizuka Shōzō)
  • Shinobu Watari: Yūko Hamada (浜田 ゆう子 Hamada Yūko)
  • Narrator: Ichirō Murakoshi (村越伊知郎 Murakoshi Ichirō)

Suit actors

  • Inazuman: Bunya Nakamura (中村 文弥 Nakamura Bunya)
  • Emperor Banba: Rikiya Ikeda (池田 力也 Ikeda Rikiya)

Notes

  • Inazuman is the fourth Tokusatsu series to be released by the Hawaiian company JN Productions on Region 1. DVD.
  • In episode 24, a new group appears which hates mutants but is not on the side of normal humans either, and Inazuman discovers that a new enemy threatens the peace of the world.
  • Inazuman was created from an idea called "Mutant Z" by Hatano Yoshifumi, a Toei producer of animated programs (including one of the Cyborg 009 animated series) and was originally planned to be an animated series. This changed, and Inazuman wound up becoming a Tokusatsu in the vein of Kamen Rider, Kikaider & other tokusatsu series.
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