Zone Fighter (1973)
Zone Fighter (流星人間ゾーン is a Ryūsei Ningen Zōn, lit. Meteor Human Zone)Japanese tokusatsu kaiju series produced by Toho which ran from April 2, 1973 to September 24, 1973. The series is notable for including appearances by Godzilla, Gigan, and King Ghidorah, placing the show in the Showa canon. NTV cancelled the series after 26 episodes due to poor ratings, leaving the story's central conflict unresolved.
The evil Garogas plan to take over Earth with their army of giant Terror-Beasts. They are opposed by the Zone Family, hailing a planet called Peaceland that was destroyed by Garoga. The family uses a variety of exotic vehicles and weapons, but their best defense against Garogas is their oldest child Hikaru, who is able to transform into the giant Zone Fighter.
Godzilla occasionally helped Zone Fighter battle the Terror-Beasts, and even sparred with him in their spare time.
King Ghidorah appeared in the show, controlled by the Garoga. He was able to avoid death at the hands of Zone Fighter, unusual for a villain on the show.
Gigan also appeared, having been captured by the Garogas after fleeing from Godzilla and Jet Jaguar. He did not share King Ghidorah's luck; he was dramatically killed by Zone Fighter's Meteor Missile Might bracelets.
- Main articles: Toho Monster TV Film Project: Zone The Meteor Man, Toho Special Effects Terror-Beast Series: Zone The Meteor Man - Production Memo.
- Destroy the Terror-Beast Missile!
- Attack! Destro-King
- Strike! Garoga's Underground Base
- Invasion! Garoga's Grand Army: Godzilla Appears
- Attack King Ghidorah!
- King Ghidorah's Counterattack!
- Zone Family's Critical Moment!
- Defeat the Invader of Fear!
- Find the Secret of the Red Spider!
- Zone Fighter, Destroyed!
- In a Hair's Breadth: The Roar of Godzilla!
- The Terror-Beast Base: Invade the Earth!
- Hair-Raising! The Birthday of Terror
- Rampage! The Garoga Boys Attack Force
- It's Sinking! Godzilla, Save Tokyo
- Terrifying Attack! The Garoga Robot
- Go! Fighter, Scramble
- Command: "Destroy the Japanese Islands"
- Order: "Destroy the Earth with Comet K"
- Fierce Fight! Can You Hear Fighter's Song?
- Invincible! Godzilla Rages
- Counterattack! Defeat Super Jikiro
- Secret of the Great Terror-Beast Bakugon
- Defeat the Needle Shooting Terror-Beast Needlar
- Carnage! Zone & Godzilla vs. the Allied Terror-Beast Forces
- Pulverize! The Garoga Gamma-X Strategy
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Ishiro Honda, Jun Fukuda, Akiyasu Kikuchi, Kengo Furusawa, Kohei Oguri, and Masao Minowa
- Written by Masaru Takesue, Satoshi Kurumi, Jun Fukuda, Yuji Amamiya, Akira Ishikari, Juro Shimamoto, Kazuhisa Hattori, Kohei Oguri, Motoo Nagai, Norio Komata, Shinichi Kanzawa, Shiro Ishimori, Shozo Uehara, Susumu Takeuchi, and Yoshihisa Araki
- Produced by Kimihiko Eto, Shunji Takahashi, and Yoshio Nishikawa
- Executive Producing by Tomoyuki Tanaka
- Music by Goh Misawa
- Edited by Yoshio Tamura, Isao Takeda, and Hisashi Kondo
- Assistant Directing by Kiyotaka Matsumoto and Shinichi Kanzawa
- Special Effects by Teruyoshi Nakano, Koichi Kawakita, Kichio Tabuchi, and Shinichi Kanzawa
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Kazuya Aoyama as Hikaru Sakimori
- Kazumi Kitahara as Hotaru Sakimori / Zone Angel
- Kenji Sato as Akira Sakimori / Zone Junior
- Shoji Nakayama as Yoichiro Sakimori
- Sachiko Kouizuki as Tsukiko Sakimori
- Shiro Amakusa as Raita Sakimori / Zone Great
- Hideaki Obara as Takeru Jou
- Munemaru Kōda as Gold Garoga (voice)
- Kin'ichi Kusumi as Zone Fighter (giant)
- Tatsumi Nikamoto as Garogas / Zone Fighter (human size / voice)
- Isao Zushi as Terror-Beasts / Godzilla
- Toru Kawai as Godzilla
- Kiyoshi Kobayashi as Narrator
- The suits reused and constructed for the kaiju and Terror-Beasts in the series are of considerably better construction and design than Toho's previous tokusatsu series.
- In addition, the sets are also in better condition, and have a quality about them which is almost identical to Toho's late Showa era films.
- Supplementary material issued by Toho after the series' conclusion revealed that this series is included in the Showa era continuity, taking place between Godzilla vs. Megalon and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.
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