Zone Fighter (1973)

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Zone Fighter
Opening of Zone Fighter
Air date April 2 - September 24, 1973
Producer(s) Kimihiko Eto, Shunji Takahashi,
Yoshio Nishikawa
Production company Toho Eizo, Man-Nen-Sha
Channel(s) Nippon TV[1]
Genre(s) Kyodai Hero
Episodes 26
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Zone Fighter (流星人間ゾーン,   Ryūsei Ningen Zōn, lit. "Meteor Human Zone") is a Japanese tokusatsu kaiju television series co-produced by Toho Eizo and Man-Nen-Sha which aired on Nippon TV from April 2 to September 24, 1973. The series is notable for including appearances by the Godzilla, Gigan, and King Ghidorah from the Showa Godzilla series, placing it in those films' canon. Nippon TV canceled the series after 26 episodes due to poor ratings, leaving the story's central conflict unresolved.[1]


The evil Garogas plan to take over Earth with their army of giant Terror-Beasts. They are opposed by the Zone Family, hailing from a planet called Peaceland that was destroyed by the Garogas. The family uses a variety of exotic vehicles and weapons, but their best defense against the Garogas is their oldest child Hikaru, who is able to transform into the giant hero named 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 series, controlled by the Garogas. He was able to avoid death at the hands of Zone Fighter, unusual for the show's villains.

Gigan also appeared, having been captured by the Garogas after fleeing from Godzilla and Jet Jaguar. He did not share King Ghidorah's luck, however; he was dramatically killed by Zone Fighter's Meteor Missile Might gauntlets.


Main articles: Toho Monster TV Film Project: Zone The Meteor Man, Toho Special Effects Terror-Beast Series: Zone The Meteor Man - Production Memo.


No. Title Directed by Written by Special effects by Air date
1 "Destroy the Terror-Beast Missile!" Jun Fukuda Teruyoshi Nakano 1973/04/02
2 "Attack! Destro-King" 1973/04/09
3 "Strike! The Garogas' Underground Base" Ishiro Honda Masaru Takesue Koichi Kawakita 1973/04/16
4 "Invasion! The Grand Garoga Army: Godzilla Appears" Shozo Uehara 1973/04/23
5 "Attack King Ghidorah!" Jun Fukuda Juro Shimamoto
Akira Ishikari
Teruyoshi Nakano 1973/04/30
6 "King Ghidorah's Counterattack!" 1973/05/07
7 "The Zone Family's Critical Moment!" Kengo Furusawa Satoshi Kurumi 1973/05/14
8 "Defeat the Invader of Fear!" Akiyasu Kikuchi Koichi Kawakita 1973/05/21
9 "Find the Secret of the Red Spider!" Kengo Furusawa Juro Shimamoto Teruyoshi Nakano 1973/05/28
10 "Zone Fighter, Destroyed!" Akiyasu Kikuchi Motoo Nagai Koichi Kawakita 1973/06/04
11 "In a Hair's Breadth: The Roar of Godzilla!" Jun Fukuda Kazuhisa Hattori Teruyoshi Nakano 1973/06/11
12 "The Terror-Beast Base: Invade the Earth!" Ishiro Honda Norio Komata Yoshio Tabuchi 1973/06/18
13 "Hair-Raising! The Birthday of Terror" Jun Fukuda 1973/06/25
14 "Rampage! The Garoga Boys Attack Force" Akiyasu Kikuchi Masaru Takesue Koichi Kawakita 1973/07/02
15 "It's Sinking! Godzilla, Save Tokyo" Kengo Furusawa Kohei Oguri
Norio Komata
16 "Terrifying Attack! The Garoga Robot" Akiyasu Kikuchi Susumu Takeuchi 1973/07/16
17 "Go! Fighter, Scramble" Jun Fukuda Satoshi Kurumi Teruyoshi Nakano 1973/07/23
18 "Command: "Destroy the Japanese Islands"" Ishiro Honda Yuji Amamiya Yoshio Tabuchi 1973/07/30
19 "Order: "Destroy the Earth with Comet K"" 1973/08/06
20 "Fierce Fight! Can You Hear Fighter's Song?" Masao Minowa Shiro Ishimori Teruyoshi Nakano 1973/08/13
21 "Invincible! Godzilla Rages" Kohei Oguri Shinichi Kamisawa 1973/08/20
22 "Counterattack! Defeat Super Jikiro" Masao Minowa Masaru Takesue Shinichi Kamisawa 1973/08/27
23 "Secret of the Great Terror-Beast Bakugon" Ishiro Honda Yoshio Tabuchi 1973/09/03
24 "Defeat the Needle Shooting Terror-Beast Needlar" Yuji Amamiya 1973/09/10
25 "Carnage! Zone & Godzilla vs. the Allied Terror-Beast Forces" Kengo Furusawa Yoshihisa Araki Koichi Kawakita 1973/09/17
26 "Pulverize! The Garoga Gamma-X Strategy" Kohei Oguri Satoshi Kurumi Shinichi Kamisawa 1973/09/24


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

  • Supervised by   Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Planned by   Kunmei Takahashi, Hiroshi Domon
  • Directed by   Jun Fukuda, Ishiro Honda, Kengo Furusawa, Akiyasu Kikuchi, Masao Minowa, Kohei Oguri
  • Written by   Jun Fukuda, Masaru Takesue, Shozo Uehara, Juro Shimamoto, Akira Ishikari, Satoshi Kurumi, Motoo Nagai, Kazuhisa Hattori, Norio Komata, Kohei Oguri, Susumu Takeuchi, Yuji Amamiya, Shiro Ishimori, Shinichi Kamisawa, Yoshihisa Araki
  • Produced by   Kimihiko Eto, Shunji Takahashi, Yoshio Nishikawa
  • Music by   Go Misawa
  • Theme song "Zone Fighter" and insert song "Meteor Victory"
    • Performed by   Masato Shimon
    • Lyrics by   Akira Ishikari
    • Composed and arranged by   Go Misawa
  • Cinematography by   Yoshio Nakao, Masaru Kakinuma, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Motoyoshi Tomioka, Takeshi Yamamoto, Takao Tsurumi
  • Edited by   Hisashi Kondo, Yoshio Tamura, Isao Takeda
  • Production design by   Kazuo Takigasaki, Kinya Uchida, Hiroshi Komura
  • First assistant directors   Masao Minowa, Kohei Oguri, Masahiko Yamamoto
  • Directors of special effects   Teruyoshi Nakano, Koichi Kawakita, Yoshio Tabuchi, Shinichi Kamisawa
  • First assistant directors of special effects   Kiyotaka Matsumoto, Shinichi Kamisawa


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


Heroes and monsters

Weapons, vehicles, and races



Video releases


  • The show has two opening sequences, one for its first 13 episodes and one for the remaining 13, which differ in the footage which plays beneath them.
  • 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 TV 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 it is included in the Showa era continuity, taking place between Godzilla vs. Megalon and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.[2]


This is a list of references for Zone Fighter (series). These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 SciFi Japan: ZONE FIGHTER Series Guide
  2. Godzilla Movie Studio Tour. Windows 95, Premier Systems, 1998.


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