Warrior of Love Rainbowman (1972-73)

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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
Distributed by Toho
Channel(s) Nippon Television[1]
Genre(s) Tokusatsu
Episodes 52

Rainbowman (レインボーマン,   Reinbōman), also called 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. 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

  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"

Staff

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

  • Directed by   Takeshi Yamada (episodes 1, 4-5, 8-9, 12-13, 17-18, 21, 25-26, 29-30, 35-36, 39, 42-43, 46-47, 52), Takashi Nagano (episodes 2-3, 6-7, 10-11, 14-15, 19-20, 23-24, 27-28), Hiroyasu Sahara (episodes 16, 22, 33-34, 38, 48-49), Hideo Rokushika (episodes 31-32, 37, 40-41, 44-45, 51), Susumu Kodama (episode 50)
  • Written by   Tsunehisa Ito (episodes 1-11, 13-16, 18-26, 29-30, 33, 37, 39, 41, 44-45, 47, 51), Yoichi Onaka (episodes 12, 17), Koei Yoshihara (episode 16), Tatsuo Tamura (episodes 27-28, 34-35, 38, 40, 42-43, 45-46, 48, 50, 52), Takayuki Kase (episodes 31-32, 36)
  • 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 Directing by   Hideo Rokushika, Masami Masuko
  • Special Effects by   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

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.


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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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