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IronKing (Series)

Iron King (アイアンキングAian Kingu?) is a tokusatsu superhero TV series about a giant cyborg. The series was produced by Nippon Gendai andSenkosha (now Senko Planning), and aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System from October 8, 1972 to April 8, 1973, with a total of 26 episodes.

Plot descriptionEdit

The Shiranui Clan have planned for 2000 years to conquer Japan in retaliation for their nomadic ancestors being banished from the country by theYamato Clan (who eventually became known as the Japanese people). Each armored ninja-like member of the clan controls a gigantic robot warrior in order to overthrow the "Yamato Government," as they call it.

In response to this terrorist threat, Japan's National Security Organization sends agent Gentaro Shizuka (pop star Shoji Ishibashi), disguised as what can best described as a spaghetti western version of a singing cowboy, to stop their plans with the assistance of the comical Goro Kirishima (Mitsuo Hamada). In an unusual direction for such tokusatsu programs, it is not the heroic but often surprisingly ruthless Gentaro but the bumbling, bespectacled Goro who has the power to become the giant cyborg superhero Iron King by touching the medals on the sides of his unique red Turning Hat and shouting "Iron Shock!" when danger threatens.

However, often Iron King is unable to defeat the clan's giant robots without help from Gentaro, who wields a weapon called the Iron Belt that can become a slender rapier-like sword or an infinitely extendable metal whip capable of hurting giant monsters. In addition, transforming into the hydrogen oxide-powered Iron King quickly dehydrates Goro, and he can only remain as Iron King for a short period of time. Strangely, although Gentaro knows Iron King's time limit comes from using up his water supply he never manages to connect it with Goro's omnipresent thirst until the final episode.

In the tenth episode the Shiranui Clan is destroyed but their place is taken by the skull-symboled Phantom Militia (A/K/A thePhantom Opposition Party) who also use giant robots to enact their revolution against the Japanese government, although rather than being humanoid in shape their's take the form of dinosaur like kaiju.

From the nineteenth episode to the end of the series Gentaro and Goro battle black cloak and Puritan hat-clad white-masked aliens called Titanians who have various inhuman powers such as flight, possession, mind control and the ability to enlarge themselves to giant size. Upon doing the latter they are then able to assume their true, insect-like monster forms.

Theme SongEdit

Iron King Opening Theme02:41

Iron King Opening Theme










Episode listEdit

# Title[1] Guest cast Director First aired
1. Secret Messenger of the Morning Wind

朝風の密使

Shinzo Hotta

Kiro Abe Fudeko Tanaka Kinji Takinami Hiroshi Ikaida

Shozo Tamura 1972-10-08
2. The Swan in the Ruins

廃墟の白鳥

Shinzo Hotta

Hiroshi Ikaida

Shozo Tamura 1972-10-15
3. The Warrior's Smile

戦士の微笑

Shinzo Hotta

Hiroshi Ikaida

Shozo Tamura 1972-10-22
4. Gentaro Travels Alone

弦太郎孤独旅

Shinzo Hotta

Yosuke Akimoto

Toru Sotoyama 1972-10-29
5. The Duel in the Autumn Wind

秋風の中の決斗

Shinzo Hotta

Shogo Hanagi

Toru Sotoyama 1972-11-05
6. Lullaby for a Warrior

戦士の子守唄

Shinzo Hotta

Seishiro Kuno Masayuki Tobuyo

Shozo Tamura

Kiyoshi Suzuki

1972-11-12
7. Those That Fly the Skies

大空を征く者

Shinzo Hotta

Kaori Seki Hisashi Kato

Shozo Tamura

Kiyoshi Suzuki

1972-11-19
8. The Shadow Area

影の地帯

Shinzo Hotta

Mitsuko Hoshi Yoshinori Furukawa Shinobu Miura

Noriaki Yuasa

Kiyoshi Suzuki

1972-11-26
9. Gentaro in a Close Shave

弦太郎危機一髪!

Shinzo Hotta

Yuki Ikazaki

Toru Sotoyama 1972-12-03
10. A Kiss for the Dead

死者へのくちづけ

Katsumi Muramatsu

Shima Mizue Kiyoshi Tokugawa Gin Minemura

Hiroshi Fukuhara 1972-12-10
11. Tokyo Is Burning

東京は燃えている

Katsumi Muramatsu

Kiyoshi Tokugawa Gin Minemura

Toru Sotoyama 1972-12-17
12. State of Emergency in Tokyo

東京非常事態宣言

Katsumi Muramatsu

Teresa Noda Junko Natsu Wataru Mitsui Ikuo Kosaka

Toru Sotoyama 1972-12-24
13. Attacking the Underground Fortress

地下要塞攻撃命令

Katsumi Muramatsu

Junko Natsu Wataru Mitsui Isamu Matsuzawa

Toru Sotoyama 1972-12-31
14. Secret of the Brainwave Robot

脳波ロボットの秘密

Katsumi Muramatsu

Hijiri Matsuki Teppei Takasugi Kazuo Arai

Hiromu Edagawa 1973-01-14
15. Marathon Monster Capri-Gon

マラソン怪獣カプリゴン

Katsumi Muramatsu

Masahiro Takashina Harue Kyo

Hiromu Edagawa 1973-01-21
16. Destroy Tora-Girasu!

トラギラスを倒せ!

Katsumi Muramatsu

Yumi Mizusawa

Hiroshi Fukuhara 1973-01-28
17. The Order to Assassinate Iron King

アイアンキング殺害命令

Katsumi Muramatsu

Chidori Tashiro Koetsu Omiya

Toru Sotoyama 1973-02-04
18. Monster Robot Annihilation

ロボット怪獣全滅作戦

Katsumi Muramatsu

Eiko Ogawa

Toru Sotoyama 1973-02-11
19. The Giant Bug Kabutoron Appears

大虫人カブトロン出現

Chiaki Ukyo

Hajime Izu

Hiroshi Fukuhara 1973-02-18
20. The Titanians Strike Back

宇虫人タイタニアンの逆襲

Chiaki Ukyo Hiroshi Fukuhara 1973-02-25
21. Kama Guras Wants Lethal Gas!

カマギュラス殺人ガスを狙う

Chiaki Ukyo

Mari Sakurai Tetsuya Sano

Toru Sotoyama 1973-03-04
22. Terrifying Titanian Underworld

恐怖のタイタニアン地獄

Chiaki Ukyo

Fumio Ikeda

Toru Sotoyama 1973-03-11
23. The Insect Humanoid Masquerades as a Woman

女に化けた虫人

Chiaki Ukyo

Ryoko Sakaguchi Hideo Saito

Shozo Tamura 1973-03-18
24. Tokyo Assault Frontline Base

東京攻撃前線基地

Chiaki Ukyo

Yoku Shioya

Hiroshi Fukuhara 1973-03-25
25. Iron King in a Panic!

アイアンキング大ピンチ!

Chiaki Ukyo Toru Sotoyama 1973-04-01
26. The Great Tokyo War

東京大戦争

Chiaki Ukyo

Hajime Izu

Toru Sotoyama

1973-04-08

DVD releasesEdit

[1][2]Cover to the 2007 DVD release On November 6, 2007, BCI Eclipse released the complete series on DVD in Region 1.[2] As of 2009, this release is now out of print as BCI Eclipse ceased operations.

On March 9, 2010, Mill Creek Entertainment re-released the entire series on DVD in Region 1.[3]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Ragone, August (2007). The Super Hero Samurai Spaghetti Western. Ronin Entertainment.
  2. ^ "Iron King - The Complete Series". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
  3. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Iron-King-Various/dp/B00310PSTY

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