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Ryusei Ningen Zon 1

episode 1 / Zone Fighter - Destroy the Terror-Beast Missile!

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

TV-series
Zone Fighter

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Peaceland was once, as the name suggests, a peaceful planet - but then it was attacked and destroyed by an evil race, the somewhat human insect-like Garoga, and only one family (Kazuya Aoyama, Kazumi Kitahara, Takashi Sato, Shoji Nakayama, Sachiko Kozuki, Shiro Amakusa) could make it off the planet in time and eventually settling on earth as the Sakimoris. They live in peace for the longest of times, until a mysterious missile drops onto earth, and investigating the drop site, its soon clear it's a Garoga missile. And soon enough, the whole family is kidnapped by the Garoga, but good thing the kids are secretly superheroes Zone Fighter (Kazuya Aoyama), Zone Angel (Kazumi Kitahara) and Zone Junior (Takashi Sato). They give the Garoga kidnappers a good beating, and once the Garoga call to help giant monster Red Spark, Zone Fighter just grows to giant size, gives the monster a good beating, then shoots a missile from his wrist that makes Red Spark explode. Then though the Garoga send magnetic monster Jikiro, which turns out to be much more of a challenge for Zone Fighter as it's not easy to fight something magnetic when you're made out of metal, and it sucks out his energy, too. But Zone Angel and Zone Junior send rescue plane Smokey - which apparently hides in the clouds - that quickly recharges Zone Fighter, upon which he takes care of this monster as well ...

 

Now it's not that Zone Fighter esentially broke new ground here, it's rather one in a long tradition of Japanese superheroes vs. giant monsters series (think Ultraman here), but that doesn't mean it isn't at least some fun: The monsters used here look pretty inventive, the fights are well-enough staged, and the miniature work is mostly convincing enough. Nothing great of course, but an entertaining piece of nostalgia for kaiju fans at least.

 

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