Warrior of Love Rainbowman (1972-73)

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Toho Company, Limited Series
Warrior of Love Rainbowman
Warrior of Love Rainbowman

Air Date October 6, 1972 -
September 28, 1973
Distributed by Toho
Channel Nippon Television[1]
Genre Tokusatsu
Episodes 52

Warrior of Love Rainbowman (愛の戦士レインボーマン,   Ai no Senshi Reinbōman?) is a tokusatsu kaiju series created by Toho that aired from October 6, 1972 to September 28, 1973. An anime adaptation of the series was later created in 1982 by Tsuchida Productions, and served as a spiritual successor despite not having any relations to Toho.

Plot

Takeshi Yamato was an undisciplined professional wrestler who fought frivolously in the ring, putting no care in to how he won a match. After being kicked off of the team for being too violent, he traveled to India to train with a yogi saint named Daiba Datta. He taught Yamato discipline and granted him the ability to transform into Rainbowman. Rainbowman battles magical monsters created by the witch Iguana, hired by Mr. K, a World War II veteran who abhors Japan. Together, with Mr. K's terrorist army the Die Die Gang, they seek to destroy Rainbowman and the whole of Japan.

Episodes

  1. The Miraculous Holy Man
  2. The Birth of Rainbowman
  3. Rainbowman Dash 7
  4. Makao's Murderer Show
  5. Plot of the Shine Shine Dan
  6. The Evil 5 O'Clock has Come!
  7. Operation Cat's Eye Comes Ashore
  8. Lonely War
  9. Let's Drive Takeshi Mad
  10. Kill The Bastards!
  11. Let's Spring the Trap!
  12. Critical Moment!!
  13. Mission: Rainbow
  14. Terror Operation M
  15. Murder Professional
  16. Murder Pro Garuma's Revenge
  17. Witchcraft-Human Petrification!!
  18. Hoshikko Catastrophic Change
  19. Racing! Giant Flying Squirrel Killing Technique
  20. Abandon Operation M!!
  21. Let's Attack the Electric Current People!!
  22. Rescue One Hundred Million People!!
  23. That Over There is the Bastards' Base!!
  24. A Man's Promise
  25. In the Morning Sun, the Witch Disappeared
  26. The Secret Big Ground Explosion
  27. The Resurrected Shine Shine Dan
  28. Hold Back the Underground Tank Mogurard!
  29. The Demonic Corps DAC
  30. Operation Mogurard Wreak Havoc
  31. The Terrifying Sequential Explosions
  32. The Cyborg Pagora
  33. Dakaa Airforce, Sortie!!
  34. The Vacuum Waterspout Technique
  35. The Invisible Black Hand
  36. Your Sweetheart is an Assassin
  37. X Zone Destruction Order!!
  38. Big Explosion on the ABCD Line
  39. The Final Sun in the Capitol of Tokyo
  40. Operation Diamond Plunder
  41. The Battle With Cyborg Mark 1
  42. Pursuit 1000 km!
  43. I Swear by the Sun and the Green!
  44. The Rainbow Combination Technique
  45. Doctor Borg's Tenacity
  46. The Cyborg Slave Corps
  47. The Black Star is an Accursed Mark
  48. A Bluff is the Only Decision
  49. Burn! Great Victory or Defeat
  50. The Bullet That Went Insane
  51. The Cross of the Mission
  52. The Rainbow Soars, Warrior of Love

Appearances

Characters and Monsters

Trivia

  • The Robot Rainbow Seven as seen in the 1982 Rainbowman anime
    Warrior of Love Rainbowman was the first Japanese superhero series to be aired in Hawaii.[1]
  • Despite popular belief, Warrior of Love Rainbowman aired just one day after Go! Godman began airing therefore making it Toho's second kaiju series rather than the first.
  • This series is considered to be a bit controversial, as it portrays elements of racism between the Americans and Japanese. Another is the fact that the some of the enemies are alluded to be WWII veterans of the Allied forces suffering from what can only be described as PTSD induced insanity. The last controversy is that the show is criticized by some as a platform of creator Kōhan Kawauchi's nationalistic views of Japan.
  • Manga writer and creator Go Nagai has stated that this TV series inspired him to create the super heroine Cutie Honey.[2]
  • A 1982 anime remake of the series was made by Tsuchida Production for MBS. Instead of being a Superhero show, it focused mainly on Giant Robots. Takeshi Yamato could still transform into the seven redesigned dashes of Rainbowman, but could also access an eighth form: that of a giant robot named Rainbow Seven. Another notable element of the anime was that the WWII references of the original show were removed, as Japan and America were on friendlier terms during the 1980s and thus bringing up such things would have likely offended both nations.


References

This is a list of references for Warrior of Love Rainbowman. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

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Deathrock9

6 months ago
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ISIS and the Taliban are nothing compared to the Die Die Gang. Nobody messes with the Die Die Gang!
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Les

6 months ago
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Shine Shine Dan sounds way cooler to me, but Die Die Gang is the literal translation.