Go! Godman (1972-73)

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Good Morning! Kid's Show series
Redman
Go! Godman
Go! Greenman
Go! Godman
Go! Godman
Air date October 5, 1972 -
September 28, 1973[note 1]
Distributed by Toho
Channel(s) Nippon Television
Genre(s) Tokusatsu, kyodai hero
Episodes 33 (arcs), 156 (total)

Go! Godman (行け!ゴッドマン,   Ike Goddoman) is a Japanese tokusatsu series produced by Toho that aired from October 5, 1972 to September 28, 1973. It succeeded Tsuburaya Productions' Redman as the second tokusatsu segment on Nippon TV's Good Morning! Kid's Show. A followup series, Go! Greenman, was also later produced.

Plot

In Go! Godman, one or more kaiju appear and menace Japan, until Godman, the show's titular hero, is called from his home planet by a person in peril calling for his name. He then defeats the monsters over the course of a few episodes. Each 'saga' or 'arc' was divided into three to six 5-minute episodes to lengthen the show's battles out due to a limited budget.

Episodes

  1. "Godman vs. Kinger" Part 1-6 (10/05-10/10/1972)
  2. "Godman vs. Gabara" Part 1-6 (10/12-10/17/1972)
  3. "Godman vs. Ghoston" Part 1-6 (10/19-10/24/1972)
  4. "Godman vs. Yasugon and Tsunokeler"
    1. "Godman vs. Yasugon" Part 1-2 (10/26-10/27/1972)
    2. "Godman vs. Yasugon and Tsunokeler" (10/28/1972)
    3. "Godman vs. Tsunokeler" Part 1-3 (10/29-10/31/1972)
  5. "Godman vs. Tsunosilver" Part 1-6 (11/02-11/07/1972)
  6. "Godman vs. Gorosaurus" Part 1-6 (11/09-11/14/1972)
  7. "Godman vs. Madalan" Part 1-6 (11/16-11/21/1972)
  8. "Godman vs. Gattlar" Part 1-6 (11/23-11/28/1972)
  9. "Godman vs. Momonglar" Part 1-6 (11/30-12/05/1972)
  10. "Godman vs. Kamoebas and Folgon"
    1. "Godman vs. Kamoebas" Part 1-3 (12/07-12/09/1972)
    2. "Godman vs. Folgon" Part 1-3 (12/10-12/12/1972)
  11. "Godman vs. Volpes" Part 1-6 (12/14-12/19/1972)
  12. "Godman vs. Imogoras" Part 1-6 (12/21-12/26/1972)
  13. "Godman vs. Bullman" Part 1-6 (01/04-01/09/1973)
  14. "Godman vs. Dongolar" Part 1-6 (01/11-01/16/1973)
  15. "Godman vs. Skeleto-Man No. 1 and Skeleto-Man No. 2" Part 1-6 (01/18-01/23/1973)
  16. "Godman vs. Sanda" Part 1-6 (01/25-01/30/1973)
  17. "Godman vs. Gaira" Part 1-6 (02/01-02/06/1973)
  18. "Godman vs. Trunker" Part 1-3 (02/08-02/10/1973)
  19. "Godman vs. Hotter" Part 1-3 (02/11-02/13/1973)
  20. "Godman vs. Green Mask" Part 1-3 (02/15-02/17/1973)
  21. "Godman vs. Hundler" Part 1-3 (02/18-02/20/1973)
  22. "Godman vs. Bat Man" Part 1-3 (02/22-02/24/1973)
  23. "Godman vs. Kappalge" Part 1-3 (02/25-02/27/1973)
  24. "Godman vs. Alien Tiborus" Part 1-3 (03/01-03/03/1973)
  25. "Godman vs. Ostotam" Part 1-3 (03/04-03/06/1973)
  26. "Godman vs. Tsunozillas" Part 1-3 (03/08-03/10/1973)
  27. "Godman vs. Elephander" Part 1-3 (03/11-03/13/1973)
  28. "Godman vs. Totsaurus" Part 1-3 (03/15-03/17/1973)
  29. "Godman vs. Shilarji" Part 1-3 (03/18-03/20/1973)
  30. "Godman vs. Wolflar and Gejilba"
    1. "Godman vs. Wolflar" Part 1-2 (03/22-03/23/1973)
    2. "Godman vs. Wolflar and Gejilba" Part 1-2 (03/24-03/25/1973)
    3. "Godman vs. Gejilba" Part 1-2 (03/26-03/27/1973)
  31. "Godman vs. Trilorn" Part 1-3 (03/29-03/31/1973)
  32. "Godman vs. Ibogiller" Part 1-3 (04/01-04/03/1973)
  33. "Godman vs. Stegodzillas and Akumon" Part 1-6 (04/05-04/10/1973)

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

Appearances

Characters

Monsters

Weapons, vehicles, and races

  • God-Crush
  • God-Circle
  • Boeing 727

Video releases

Toho (2008)

  • Return of the "Good Morning" Heroes: Go! Go! Godman and Greenman BOX (帰ってきた“おはよう”ヒーロー 行け!行け!ゴッドマン&グリーンマンBOX,   Kaettekita Ohayō Hīrō Ike! Ike! Goddoman ando Gurīnman Bokkusu)
  • Released: 2008
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Other Details: 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 70/74 minutes run time (disc 1/2), 3 discs, box set
  • Features:
    • Disc 1: Go! Godman, Godman Fighting Special (Digest versions of Godman's battles), Godman Monster List
    • Disc 2: Go! Greenman, Greenman Fighting Special (Digest versions of Greenman's battles), Greenman Monster List
    • Disc 3: Go! Godman (2008), Making of Go! Godman (2008), Godman Karaoke Hall

Toho (2019) [Volume 1]

  • Released: January 16, 2019
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Features: "Go! Godman" Still Collection Part 1

Toho (2019) [Volume 2]

  • Released: January 16, 2019
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Features: "Go! Godman" Still Collection Part 2

Toho (2019) [Volume 3]

  • Released: January 16, 2019
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Features: "Go! Godman," "Our Godman" music videos

Toho (2019) [Volume 4]

  • Released: January 16, 2019
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese
  • Features: Go! Godman (2008)

Trivia

  • Due to the limited budget, Toho used monsters that were seen in many of the Showa films, with their suits being reused for the show. These monsters included Gaira and Sanda, Gabara, Gorosaurus, Kamoebas and one of the Bat Men which was turned into his own character, Bat Man. The monsters Tsunozillas, Shilarji and Yasugon were also reused from the 1971 series, Chibikko Special where they were enemies of the show's mascot monster, Terra Incognita.
  • Often, the suits for the returning monsters were in bad condition, and some were extensively repaired.
    • Gaira and Sanda's suits received new masks.
    • A large cavity is easily observable in Gorosaurus' chest. The suit was so deteriorated he was permanently retired afterwards.
    • Gabara lacks his trademark ginger hair, his eyes appear to have a more confused expression, and his skin is a darker shade of green.
  • Throughout the series, several of the original monsters' suits were also altered and reused.
    • Kinger shares the suit of Wolflar from the neck down, the latter having a different head and added hair on its body.
    • Kinger's head had its eyebrows removed and hair added to the top to become Madalan.
    • Volpes' lower half appears to have been repainted and attached to a new upper half to portray Alien Tiborus.
  • Aya Hirano, as Konata Izumi from the anime Lucky Star, sang the Go! Godman theme song for a Lucky Star music compilation CD.

Notes

  1. While Go! Godman's finale aired on April 10, 1973, reruns ran until September 28.

References

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