Diamond Eye (1973-74)
|Kawauchi Trilogy series|
Diamond Eye (ダイヤモンド・アイ, also called Warrior of Light Diamond Eye Daiyamondo Ai) (光の戦士 ダイヤモンド・アイ, is a Hikari no Senshi Daiyamondo Ai)Japanese tokusatsu television program co-produced by Toho and NET that aired from October 5, 1973 to March 29, 1974. It serves as a spiritual successor to the 1972 series Warrior of Love Rainbowman, and is the second in a trilogy of superhero stories authored by Kohan Kawauchi.
Warrior of Light Diamond Eye focuses on the life of young reporter Kotaro Rai, who had been on the trail of a ring of gem thieves. But, Rai is faced with an evil that threatens all of Asia, the Zensei Majin who had been in disguise. Luckily, the man's life was saved by a good spirit named Diamond Eye who had appeared from one of the stolen diamond rings. From that day on the diamond hero entrusted the ring in Rai, and when he was in need of help, Diamond Eye would appear and protect him.
- "My Name is Diamond Eye"
- "Defeat the Zensei Majin!"
- "Operation Hurricane Ready!"
- "Don't be Discouraged, Raiko"
- "The Vanished 2 Billion!"
- "Raiko Cornered!"
- "Smash the Wall of Death!!"
- "Chase the Mastermind!"
- "The Jewelry Exhibition Conspiracy!"
- "Mojingah's Great Counterattack"
- "Kerarin's Great Challenge"
- "Gerarachin's Attack"
- "King Cobra's Great Battle!"
- "A New Enemy: Princess Cobra"
- "Devil's Den!! Hitodetsubo's Fierce Attack"
- "Secret Technique!! Lightning of Wareatama"
- "Kero Cat's Great Game"
- "Onikabuton's Great Escape"
- "King Cobra's Great Revival"
- "Hitodetsubo's Great Tornado from Hell"
- "King Cobra's Great Execution Strategy"
- "Princess Cobra's Great Deathmatch"
- "The Great Diamond Eye Obliteration Strategy"
- "The Great Dynamite Strategy"
- "The Great Secret Factory Strategy"
- "King Cobra's Final Battle"
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Masahiro Takase (episodes 1-2, 5-7, 10-11, 14-15, 22-23), Hideo Rokushika (episodes 3-4, 8-9, 12-13, 16-17, 20-21), Takeshi Yamada (episodes 18-19, 24-26)
- Written by Tsunehisa Ito (episodes 1-6, 10, 13, 15-16, 20-22, 26), Tatsuo Tamura (episodes 7-9, 11-12, 14, 17-19, 23-25)
- Based on a story by Kohan Kawauchi
- Produced by Masayoshi Kataoka, Etsuo Yamamoto
- Music by Takaharu Ikeda
- Cinematography by Fumio Tajima
- Production Design by Haruo Asao
- Assistant Directing by Takaki Nakamura
- Special Effects by Yoichi Manoda, Kunitoshi Shiga, Masumi Suzuki, Masao Masuko
- Fight Choreography by Takamitsu Watanabe, Koji Uenishi, Kanzo Uni
- Narration by Shinji Nakae
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Shiro Ohama as Kotaro Rai
- Noriko Kurosawa as Kaboko
- Satoru Fukuda as Goro
- Ryoichi Tamagawa
- Shiro Kuno
- Kin Sugai
- Hidemi Aoki
- Takashi Kanda
- Shigeyuki Sunochi as Mon-chan
- Koji Tanioka
- Kazuyo Sumita as Ranka / Voice of Princess Cobra
- Goro Kataoka as Kilt / Voice of Onikabuton
- Koji Nanbara as Genkairyu / Voice of King Cobra
- Michihiro Ikemizu as Voice of Diamond Eye (episodes 1-7)
- Keiichi Noda as Voice of Diamond Eye (episodes 8-26)
- Haruhiko Hashimoto, Tatsumi Nikamoto, Kanetsumi Arikawa, Takanobu Toya, Chitakeshi Furuta, Junji Iwashita as Zensei Majin
- Yosuke Naka as Voice of Satan Bat (episode 2)
- Koji Uenishi as Machine Gun Joe / Voice of Kerarin (episode 4)
- Susumu Kurobe as Beheading Jaguar / Voice of Wareatama (episode 5)
- Katsumasa Uchida as Drill / Voice of Gerarachin (episode 6)
- Toki Shiozawa as Cat Mask / Voice of Kero Cat (episode 7)
- Kazuyuki Senba as Viper / Voice of Wareatama (episode 9)
- Kusuo Kita as Hitman Saturn / Voice of Kerarin (episode 11)
- Norifumi Sasamoto as Wolf / Voice of Gerarachin (episode 12)
- Tomoko Mayama as Voice of Kero Cat (episode 13)
- Yasuo Araki as Condor / Voice of Satan Bat (episode 14)
- Shozo Furuyama as Voice of Hitodetsubo (episode 15)
- Koichi Uenoyama as Geruba / Voice of Wareatama (episode 16)
- Yudai Ishiyama as Demura / Voice of Hitodetsubo (episode 20)
- Kazuo Suzuki as Gamuro / Voice of Gerarachin (episode 22)
- Miki Yoshida as Voice of Kero Cat (episode 23)
- Shinya Kashima as Dogra / Voice of Hitodetsubo (episode 26)
- Iwao Kumagaya as Diamond Eye (episodes 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13)
- Yoichiro Tajiri as Diamond Eye (episodes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14-26)
Characters and Monsters
Vehicles, Weapons, and Races
Pioneer LDC (2003)
- Released: March 3, 2003
- Region: Region 2
- Audio: Japanese
- Format: Color, Dolby, Limited Edition
- Other Details: 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 650 minutes run time, 5 discs
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