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Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser
Aztekaiser
Format: TV Drama
Created by: Tsuburaya Productions
Starring: Mimaki Shimamura
Asao Matsumoto
Rika Yazaki
Kura Tadayoshi
Majorai Hitoshi
Akira Ōizumi
Shohei Yamamoto
Opening Theme: "Come On! Azteckaiser" by Masato Shimon and Koromubia Yuri Kago-kai
Ending Theme: "Fight! Azteckaiser" by Masato Shimon and Koromubia Yuri Kago-kai
Country Of Origin Japan
Number Of Episodes 26
Running Time 30 minutes
Original Channel NET (now TV Asahi)
Original Air Date 7 October 1976 - March 31, 1977
Preceded by Dinosaur Expedition Born Free (production)
Succeeded by Dinosaur Great War Izenborg (production)
Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser (プロレスの星 アステカイザー, Puroresu no Hoshi Asutekaizā, lit. Star of Pro-Wrestling Aztekaiser) is a Japanese pro-wrestling-themed tokusatsu/anime superhero television series produced by Tsuburaya Productions, and created by Go Nagai and Ken Ishikawa. Nagai and Ishikawa created three manga series, simply named Azteckaiser (アステカイザー Asutekaizā), published in different magazines by Shogakukan. None of them are related to each other or the TV show. They were compiled in a single tankōbon in 1978 (Futabasha), 1986 (Asahi Sonorama) and 2001 (Futabasha).

The show was first broadcast on TV Asahi from October 7, 1976 - March 31, 1977.

Plot

After witnessing the death of his brother Daiji at the hands of Black Mist, an evil organization in the world of professional wrestling, Shun Takaba quit wrestling. He vowed to stop Black Mist and continued training secretly. When Black Mist reappeared a year after his brother's death, Shun gained the ability to transform into a warrior of justice Azteckaiser using the Star of Aztec, to fight and destroy the Black Mist organization.

Staff

  • Original Work: Tsuyoshi Nagai, Ken Ishikawa
  • Planning: Tsuburaya Bogo (Tsuburaya Productions), Kimihiko Eto (Yorozutoshisha), Dynamic planning
  • Producer: Tadashi Yoshizu (NET), Takahashi Mataichi (Tsuburaya Productions)
  • Screenplay: Bunzo Wakatsuki, Keiichi Abe, Susumu Takaku, Kiyosumi Fukasawa
  • Music: Toshiaki Tsushima
  • Photo: Goro Uchiyama
  • Lighting: Yuji Ito
  • Art: Tetsuzo Osawa
  • Editing: Kobayashi HiroshiAkira
  • Synthesis: Miyashige Michihisa
  • Optical: Takashi Shirako
  • Procedure: Ono Futoshiware
  • Assistant Director: Takashi Ryukura
  • Vertical: Hidenobu Otsuka and world action
  • Narrator: Toshio Furukawa
  • Synthetic drawing: Kujirai real
  • Animator: Takeshi Shiratsuchi, Atsushi Takagi, Group Dirt
  • Production Contact: Atsushi Takayama, Kimoto Takashiotto (Yorozutoshisha)
  • Cooperation: New Japan Pro Wrestling, Mizuno Sports, Toyota Motor Sales
  • Publisher: Shogakukan
  • Director: Kiyosumi Fukasawa, Akira Okazaki, Kanji Otsuka, Shohei Tojo
  • Production: NET, Tsuburaya Productions, Yorozutoshisha

Theme Songs

  • Opening Theme: "Come On! Azteckaiser" (「カモン!アステカイザー」)
  • Ending Theme: "Fight! Azteckaiser" (ファイト!アステカイザー)
    • Lyrics: Keisuke Yamakawa
    • Composer: Toshiaki Tsushima
    • Arrangement: Hiroshi Tsutsui
    • Song: Masato Shimon, Columbia Cradle Association
    • Label: Nippon Columbia

References

Shows and Films
Showa Series


Ultra Q | Ultraman | Ultraseven | Return of Ultraman | Ultraman Ace | Ultraman Taro | Ultraman Leo | Ultraman 80


Heisei Series


Ultraman Tiga | Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Cosmos | Ultra Q: Dark Fantasy | Ultraman Nexus | Ultraman Max | Ultraman Mebius | Ultraseven X | Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle | Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey | Ultraman Retsuden | Neo Ultra Q | Shin Ultraman Retsuden | Ultraman Ginga | Ultraman Ginga S | Ultraman X | Ultraman Orb | Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle | Ultraman Geed | Ultraman Orb: The Chronicle | Ultraman R/B


Outside of Japan


Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Ultraman: Towards the Future | Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero


OV・TVSP


Ultra Fight | Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider | Ultraman Nice | Heisei Ultraseven | Ultraman Neos | Ultra Idemitsujin | Ultra Zone | Ultra Zero Fight | Ultra Fight Victory | Ultraman Orb THE ORIGIN SAGA | Ultra Fight Orb | Ultraman Super Fighter Legend


Showa Movies


Ultraman: Monster Movie Feature | Ultraman, Ultraseven: Great Violent Monster Fight | Ultraman: Great Monster Decisive Battle | Ultraman (1979) | Ultraman ZOFFY: Ultra Warriors vs. the Giant Monster Army | Ultraman Story


Heisei Movies


Ultra Q The Movie: Legend of the Stars | Ultraman Zearth | Ultraman Zearth 2: Superhuman Big Battle - Light and Shadow | Revive! Ultraman | Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna: Warriors of the Star of Light | Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, & Ultraman Gaia: The Decisive Battle in Hyperspace | Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey | Ultraman Gaia: Once Again Gaia | Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact | Ultraman Cosmos 2: The Blue Planet | Ultraman Cosmos Vs Ultraman Justice: The Final Battle | ULTRAMAN (2004) | Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers | Great Decisive Battle! The Super 8 Ultra Brothers | Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends The Movie | Ultraman Zero The Movie: Super Deciding Fight! The Belial Galactic Empire | Ultraman Saga | Ultraman Ginga S The Movie: Showdown! The 10 Ultra Warriors! | Ultraman X The Movie: Here Comes! Our Ultraman | Ultraman Orb The Movie: Lend Me The Power of Bonds! | Ultraman Geed The Movie: Connect The Wishes!


Other Series


Captain Ultra | Mighty Jack | Operation: Mystery | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | 10-4, 10-10 | Iron King | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | Army of the Apes | Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser | Dinosaur Expedition Born Free | Dinosaur War Aizenborg | Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon | Denkou Choujin Gridman | Mirrorman REFLEX | Bio Planet WoO | Mirror Fight 2012
Anime


The☆Ultraman | Ultraman Kids | Ultraman Graffiti: Wild! Ultra Country | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Nyan | Denkou Choujin Gridman: Boys Invent Great Heroes | The・Ultraman: Jackal vs. Ultraman | Kaiju Sakaba Kanpai! | Kaiju Girls | SSSS.GRIDMAN | ULTRAMAN (2019)
Outlaw


Space Warriors 2000 | Project Ultraman | Dragon Force: So Long Ultraman