Warrior of Love Rainbowman (1972-73)

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Kawauchi Trilogy series
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Warrior of Love Rainbowman
Warrior of Light Diamond Eye
Warrior of Love Rainbowman
Warrior of Love Rainbowman
Air date October 6, 1972 -
September 28, 1973
Channel(s) NET TV
Genre(s) Tokusatsu
Episodes 52

Warrior of Love Rainbowman (愛の戦士レインボーマン,   Ai no Senshi Reinbōman), originally aired as simply Rainbowman (レインボーマン,   Reinbōman),[note 1] is a tokusatsu series co-produced by NET and Toho which aired from October 6, 1972 to September 28, 1973. It was succeeded by the 1973 series Warrior of Light Diamond Eye, and is the first in a trilogy of superhero stories authored by Kohan Kawauchi.

An anime adaptation of the series was also later produced in 1982 by Tsuchida Productions.

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

Warrior of Love Rainbowman's 52 episodes are split across four story arcs, as noted by their DVD releases.

Episode no. Title Director(s) Writer(s) Air date
Overall Arc
Operation Cat's Eye (キャッツアイ作戦編)
1 1 "The Miraculous Holy Man" Takeshi Yamada Tsunehisa Ito 1972/10/06
2 2 "The Birth of Rainbowman" Takashi Nagano 1972/10/13
3 3 "Rainbow Dash 7" 1972/10/20
4 4 "The Macanese Murder Show" Takeshi Yamada 1972/10/27
5 5 "The Die Die Gang Conspiracy" 1972/11/03
6 6 "5 Hours of Evil Have Come!" Takashi Nagano 1972/11/10
7 7 "Operation Cat's Eye is a Go" 1972/11/17
8 8 "The Lonely Battle" Takeshi Yamada 1972/11/24
9 9 "Takeshi's Gone Mad" 1972/12/01
10 10 "Kill Them All!" Takashi Nagano 1972/12/08
11 11 "Spring the Trap!" 1972/12/15
12 12 "Critical Moment!!" Takeshi Yamada Yoichi Onaka 1972/12/22
13 13 "The Great Rainbow Operation" Tsunehisa Ito 1972/12/29
Operation M (M作戦篇)
14 1 "The Horrifying Operation M" Takashi Nagano Tsunehisa Ito 1973/01/05
15 2 "The Professional Killers" 1973/01/12[note 2]
16 3 "Revenge of the Pro Killer Garuma" Hiroyasu Sahara Tsunehisa Ito,
Koei Yoshihara
1973/01/19
17 4 "Witchcraft: The Human Fossil" Takeshi Yamada Yoichi Onaka 1973/01/26
18 5 "Hoshikko's Transformation" Tsunehisa Ito 1973/02/02
19 6 "Race! The Flying Squirrel Technique" Takashi Nagano 1973/02/09
20 7 "Thwart Operation M!" 1973/02/16
21 8 "Defeat the Sparkman!!" Takeshi Yamada 1973/02/23
22 9 "Rescue One Hundred Million People!!" Hiroyasu Sahara 1973/03/02
23 10 "There's Their Base!!" Takashi Nagano 1973/03/09
24 11 "A Man's Promise" 1973/03/16
25 12 "By Dawn, the Witch Vanished" Takeshi Yamada 1973/03/23
26 13 "The Secret Base is Destroyed!!" 1973/03/30
Mograd (モグラート編)
27 1 "Revenge of the Die Die Gang" Takashi Nagano Tatsuo Tamura 1973/04/06
28 2 "Search for the Subterrene Mograd!" 1973/04/13
29 3 "Demon Squadron DAC" Takeshi Yamada Tsunehisa Ito 1973/04/20
30 4 "The Mograd Destruction Operation" 1973/04/27
31 5 "The Terrifying Explosions" Hideo Rokushika Takayuki Kase 1973/05/04
32 6 "Cyborg Pagora" 1973/05/11
33 7 "DACer Air Force, Sortie!" Hiroyasu Sahara Tsunehisa Ito 1973/05/18
34 8 "The Hollow Tornado Technique" Tatsuo Tamura 1973/05/25
35 7 "The Shadowy Black Hand" Takeshi Yamada 1973/06/01
36 8 "Your Lover is an Assassin" Takayuki Kase 1973/06/08
37 9 "The Zone X Destruction Order!!" Hideo Rokushika Tsunehisa Ito 1973/06/15
38 10 "Detonate the ABCD Line" Hiroyasu Sahara Tatsuo Tamura 1973/06/22
39 11 "The Last Day for Tokyo" Takeshi Yamada Tsunehisa Ito 1973/06/29
The Cyborg Army (サイボーグ軍団編)
40 1 "Operation Diamond Heist" Hideo Rokushika Tatsuo Tamura 1973/07/06
41 2 "Face the First Cyborg" Tsunehisa Ito 1973/07/13
42 3 "The Thousand Kilometer Chase!" Takeshi Yamada Tatsuo Tamura 1973/07/20
43 4 "I Swear by the Sun and Earth!" 1973/07/27
44 5 "The Rainbow Combination Technique" Hideo Rokushika Tsunehisa Ito 1973/08/03
45 6 "Doctor Borg's Obsession" Tsunehisa Ito,
Tatsuo Tamura
1973/08/10
46 7 "The Cyborg Slave Force" Takeshi Yamada Tatsuo Tamura 1973/08/17
47 8 "The Black Star is a Cursed Mark" Tsunehisa Ito 1973/08/24
48 9 "Duel the Masked Devil" Hiroyasu Sahara Tatsuo Tamura 1973/08/31
49 10 "Burn Up! The Decisive Match" Tsunehisa Ito 1973/09/07
50 11 "The Wild Bullet!" Susumu Kodama Tatsuo Tamura 1973/09/14
51 12 "Mission for the Cross" Hideo Rokushika Tsunehisa Ito 1973/09/21
52 13 "On a Rainbow He Soars, Warrior of Love" Takeshi Yamada Tatsuo Tamura 1973/09/28

Staff

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

  • Directed by   Takeshi Yamada, Takashi Nagano, Hiroyasu Sahara, Hideo Rokushika, Susumu Kodama
  • Written by   Tsunehisa Ito, Yoichi Onaka, Koei Yoshihara, Tatsuo Tamura, Takayuki Kase
  • Based on a story by   Kohan Kawauchi
  • Produced by   Masayoshi Kataoka, Koichi Noguchi
  • Music by   Jun Kitahara
  • Cinematography by   Fumio Tajima
  • Edited by   Yasuo Hiraki
  • Production design by   Toshio Mamada
  • Assistant directors   Hideo Rokushika, Masami Masuko
  • Director of special effects   Sadamasa Arikawa
  • Narration by   Goro Naya

Cast

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

  • Kunihisa Mizutani   as   Takeshi Yamato
  • Shobun Inoue   as   Daiba Datta
  • Kanuko Motoyama   as   Tami Yamato
  • Eriko Ishikawa   as   Miyuki Yamato
  • Hiroshi Koizumi   as   Ichiro Yamato
  • Junji Masuda
  • Megumi Ito
  • Masao Murata
  • Takehiko Ono
  • Junji Yamazaki   as   Iron Yappa
  • Machiko Washio   as   Sakura
  • Yoichi Sase   as   Roko
  • Michio Kida
  • Moto Noguchi
  • Shiro Kuno
  • Osman Yusuf   as   Daringer
  • Takashi Asakura
  • Rumiko Mori
  • Akihiko Hirata   as   Mr. K
  • Mayumi Yamabuki   as   Dianna
  • Mieko Saegusa   as   Mitchy
  • Yoko Takagi   as   Cathy
  • Ritsuko Fujiyama   as   Olga
  • Taeko Minagawa   as   Lolita
  • Toki Shiozawa   as   Witch Iguana
  • Shuntaro Emi   as   Herodenia III
  • Ulf Otsuki   as   L-Banda
  • Machiko Soga   as   God Iguana
  • Dai Sagasawa   as   Dr. Borg
  • Enver Altenbay   as   Dr. Guld
  • Hatsuko Wakahara
  • Maria Mizuno   as   Malinda
  • Mei Jun   as   Norma
  • Chico Roland   as   Pagora
  • Akira Yamauchi   as   DAC One
  • Tetsu Nakamura   as   Calimos
  • Asao Matsumoto

Appearances

Characters and monsters

Vehicles, weapons, races and organizations

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]
  • Episode 15 of Warrior of Love Rainbowman was release theatrically on July 28, 1973 as part of the Toho Champion Festival, alongside Son of Godzilla, episode 1 of Ultraman Taro, episode 22 of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, episode 8 of Toy Shop Ken-chan, and episode 3 of Fables of the Green Forest.[2] It was the first of two Toho series to be given a theatrical run, followed by Flying Saucer War Bankid in 1977.
  • 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.[3]
  • 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.


Notes

  1. While the series' title card reads simply Rainbowman, it was often marketed on promotional material by the Warrior of Love Rainbowman title. The latter title was used on the endscreen of the show's finale and has been consistently in use since, including on DVD releases as recent as 2016.
  2. Released theatrically as Rainbowman: The Professional Killers on July 1, 1973.

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Green Blob Thing

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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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