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episode 20 / Zone Fighter - Fierce Fight! Can You Hear Fighter's Song?

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

TV-series
Zone Fighter

review by
Mike Haberfelner

When Takeru (Hideaki Ohara), friend of the Zone family, witnesses a "friendly old man" trying to kidnap young Shinichi, he interferes, so see the old man turn out to be a Garoga, and he has brought others like him, too. And instead of saving Shinichi, Takeru becomes a Garoga captive as well. Soon enough, the friendly old man also captures other neighbourhood kids, to such an extent that the Zone family decides to use Zone Junior (Takashi Sato) as bait to ultimately lead Zone Fighter (Kazuya Aoyama) to the Garoga headquarters. But Zone Fighter loses the Garoga when pursuing them and only catches up when Zone Junior and the other children area already locked in one of this weeks terror beast's heads, the two headed Goram. Now Zone Fighter, in his giant form, can't use any weapons to fight Goram to not harm the children, and he can't even beat Goram up, so he has to let Goram wear itself out beating him to a pulp. He almost runs out of energy, but enter Zone Angel (Kazumi Kitahara), who charges him again, and then Zone Fighter rips off the head the kids are in and lets the children escape before taking care of Goram for good.

 

Mostly a pretty childish episode, but at least the monster looks fun even if its very limited in its movements, and giving Goran a handgun and a holster is almost a stroke of genius. So in all, not exactly a rounded out episode, but at the same time one that's unintentionally hilarious at points.

 

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