Zone Fighter (1973)

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Zone Fighter
Opening of Zone Fighter
Air date April 2, 1973 - September 24, 1973
Producer(s) Tomoyuki Tanaka, Kimihiko Eto,
Shunji Takahashi, Yoshio Nishikawa
Channel(s) Nippon Television[1]
Genre(s) Kyodai Hero
Episodes 26

Zone Fighter (流星人間ゾーン,   Ryūsei Ningen Zōn, lit. Meteor Human Zone) is a Japanese tokusatsu kaiju series co-produced by Toho Eizo and Man-Nen-Sha 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.[1]

Plot[edit | edit source]

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.

Production[edit | edit source]

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

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Episode no. Title Director Writer(s) Director of
special effects
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 Garogas' Grand 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
1973/07/09
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[edit | edit source]

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

  • Supervised by   Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Organized 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
  • 1st assistant directors   Masao Minowa, Kohei Oguri, Masahiko Yamamoto
  • Directors of special effects   Teruyoshi Nakano, Koichi Kawakita, Yoshio Tabuchi, Shinichi Kamisawa
  • 1st assistant directors of special effects   Kiyotaka Matsumoto, Shinichi Kamisawa

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Characters and monsters[edit | edit source]

Weapons, vehicles, and races[edit | edit source]

Hikaru, Hotaru and Akira before they transform
Hikaru, Hotaru, and Akira after they transform

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video releases[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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