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Ryusei Ningen Zon 24

episode 24 / Zone Fighter - Defeat the Needle Shooting Terror-Beast Needlar

Japan 1973
produced by
Kimihiko Eto, Shunji Takahasi, Yoshio Nishikawa, Tomoyuki Tanaka (executive) for Mannen-Sha, Toho/NTV (= Nippon Television Network)
directed by Ishiro Honda
starring Kazuya Aoyama, Kazumi Kitahara, Takashi Sato, Shoji Nakayama, Sachiko Kozuki, Shiro Amakusa, Hideaki Ohara, Munemaru Koda (voice), Kiyoshi Kobayashi (voice)
written by Yuji Amamiya, created by Susumu Takeuchi, music by Goh Misawa, special effects by Kichio Tabuchi

TV-series
Zone Fighter

review by
Mike Haberfelner

On a hiking trip, friend of the Zone-family Takeru (Hideaki Ohara) stumbles upon a corpse and also upon some weird lights that apparently hypnotized the inhabitants of a nearby village. However, when he reports this to the police, they find the villagers all perfectly fine and nobody seems to remember being hypnotized. However, the Zone family immediately suspect some Garoga meddling and thus Zone Fighter (Kazuya Aoyama) and Zone Angel (Kazumi Kitahara) go investigate and find a mention of the weird lights in the deceased man's journal. However, when driving back home they are exposed to some hypnotic sound by the Garoga that makes them fall asleep, and subsequently drive their car off a cliff to their certain deaths. But of course, Zone Fighter and Zone Angel come out of this completely unharmed and infiltrate a nearby Garoga operation where the Garoga want to turn all villagers into cyborgs. Zone Fighter and Zone Angel are found out, notice they can't turn into their superheroic selves for ... reasons - but while the Garoga already prepare to turn them into cyborgs, Zone Junior (Takashi Sato) saves the day. And of course, in the finale Zone Fighter has to fight the explosive needle-shooting monster Needlar and ultimately once again saves the day.

 

The beginning of this episode shows some for this show uncharacteristically eerie scenes and a sure hand for atmosphere, and really the plotline of the Garoga hypnotizing the villagers makes for a bit of a change in formula. But unfortunately, the ending is just your typical same old same old, another Zone Fighter vs giant monster fight that while feeling tagged on was pretty much as standard as can be, even if it ends with an uncharacteristically gory decapitation. So basically, a promising episode ... that just isn't too good in keeping its promise.

 

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