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Ryusei Ningen Zon 3

episode 3 / Zone Fighter - Strike! Garoga's Underground Base

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 Masaru Takesue, created by Tomoyuki Tanaka, music by Goh Misawa, special effects by Koichi Kawakita

TV-series
Zone Fighter

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Dr. Morita, eminent scientist on the verge of presenting his secret weapon to defend earth, disappears without a trace - and since his son Mamoru is a good friend of Akira (Takashi Sato), youngest of the Zone family, the family soon figures evil alien organisation Garoga has abducted him into the fourth dimension. So to find Dr. Morita, the Zone family uses another eminent scientist as bait, and soon enough they've made it through the fourth dimension into Mount Fuji, the secret hide-out of the Garoga. Once there Zone Fighter (Kazuya Aoyama), Zone Angel (Kazumi Kitahara) and Zone Junior (Takashi Sato) beat everybody to a pulp until Gold Gagoga (Munemaru Koda) flies in the monster of the week, fourth dimensional terror beast Dorora, a dinosaur-like giant creature with a second head on its back, and Zone Fighter consequently grows to giant size to fight the monster - until he runs out of energy of course and his siblings need to refuel him - and then he beats Dorora to a pulp.

 

Despite the whole fourth dimension trip being somewhat psychedelic fun, this episode suffers greatly from being quite so formulaic in plot. At least the monster fight is nice though, also thanks to the rather eccentric monster on display, making this entertaining nostalgic silliness.

 

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