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Ryusei Ningen Zon 23

episode 23 / Zone Fighter - Secret of the Great Terror Beast Bakugon

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, Munemaru Koda (voice), Kiyoshi Kobayashi (voice)
written by Masaru Takesue, created by Susumu Takeuchi, music by Goh Misawa, special effects by Kichio Tabuchi

TV-series
Zone Fighter

review by
Mike Haberfelner

A witch tests out evil alien race Garoga's newly developed hallocinogenic gas on humans - and when it's determined that it works, terror beast Bakugon is sent to earth to hide under a scrapyard and infuse the locals with hallucinogenic gas ... the locals being mainly a bunch of kids who start playing baseball on same scrapyard, believing it's a wonderful garden. Of course, the Zone family gets wind of this through Zone Junior (Takashi Sato), and soon enough, he, Zone Fighter (Kazuya Aoyama) and Zone Angel (Kazumi Kitahara) investigate the place - when Bakugon rises from its hide-out and challenges Zone Fighter, now in his giant form, to a fight. Zone Fighter is at first winning, until Bakugon uses its halugenic gas to confuse Zone Fighter, then gives him a good beating and prevents for a while that Zone Fighter gets recharged. But ultimately Zone Fighter gets recharged all the same, gives Bakugon a good beating pack, and fortunately Bakugon is a good enough sportsman to not use his halugenic gas, which helped it so much earlier, anymore and instead let Zone Fighter blast it to pieces.

 

The idea with the witch and the halucinations is at least somewhat inspired, some scenes of destruction are nicely executed, and one has to love the somewhat silly anteater-inspired terror beast design in this episode, but to really be memorable the whole thing is just too straight-forward, up to a much too forseeable finale.

 

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