Battle Fever J

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Battle Fever J
Battle Fever J Title Card.jpg
Genre Tokusatsu
Created by Toei
Marvel Comics
Starring Kouki Tanioka
Yukio Itou
Narimitsu Kurachi
Kenji Ohba
Diane Martin
Chiyonosuke Azuma
Nahomi Hagi
Daisuke Ban
Narrated by Toru Ohira
Composer(s) Michiaki Watanabe
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 52
Production
Producer(s) Tetsuo Kanno
Kanetake Ochiai
Itaru Orita
Susumu Yoshikawa
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) TV Asahi
Toei Company
Broadcast
Original channel TV Asahi
Original run February 3, 1979 – January 26, 1980
Chronology
Preceded by J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai
Followed by Denshi Sentai Denziman

Battle Fever J (バトルフィーバーJ Batoru Fībā Jei?) is a live-action Japanese TV series. The third entry of the Super Sentai series franchise, Battle Fever J was co-produced by Toei Company and TV Asahi. A total of 52 episodes aired on TV Asahi between February 3, 1979 and January 26, 1980.

The team have codenames named for countries around the world, also respectively named in their theme song: Battle France, Battle Cossack (Soviet Union), Battle Kenya, Miss America (United States) and Battle Japan. It was also the first series in the Super Sentai franchise where the heroes must control giant robots to defeat a monster who itself has grown to a gigantic size. Toei's Tokusatsu adaptation of Spider-Man was the first to introduce this format and was also the inspiration for this series. The series was also partially inspired by the Marvel Comics character Captain America.

Battle Fever J was the first series to use the term Super Sentai (unlike the previous two who were just called Sentai, without the “Super”) until Toei announced in 1995 that its predecessors Himitsu Sentai Gorenger and J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai were also part of the Super Sentai series, when Chōriki Sentai Ohranger was announced as the 19th Super Sentai team.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

General Kurama assembles four young agents who had been dispatched around the world for training. They are joined by FBI investigator Diane Martin, whose father was murdered by Egos. The five don powered suits to become the Battle Fever team. The Battle Fever team's trump card is the Battle Fever Robo. Egos tries to stop the construction of the Robot, but the monsters they send to perform this task are defeated one by one by the Fever team. Egos then unleashes the "younger brother" of the Buffalo Monster, a giant robot replica of its "older brother". The Robot, fortunately, is finished in time. Aboard it, the Fever team defeats the Buffalo Monster and its successors. The Fever team never stops, even when it lost two of its members (the original Miss America and Battle Cossack). With new members, the team defeats Hedder, now the Hedder Monster, and breaks into Egos' headquarters, where they are fed into the Egos Monster Making Machine so that they may be used as material for a Battle Fever Monster. The team destroys the machine and slays the mysterious deity Satan Egos himself with the Lightning Sword Rocketter sword-throwing move.

Characters[edit]

National Defense Ministry[edit]

Team Battle Fever[edit]

Team Battle Fever is unique among Super Sentai shows in that, originally, they did not "transform" into their costumes (as in the previous two series, Gorenger and JAKQ), instead they resorted to an unseen costume change. In most episodes, however, the members yell "Fever!" and spin around to transform although in episode 24 it is revealed they can store their costumes in their Battleceivers.

  • Masao Den (伝正夫 Den Masao?) / Battle Japan (バトルジャパン Batoru Japan?): A former National Defense Ministry officer. He is good at judo and karate. He is armed with a spear. He does a kung fu dance. 21 years after Battle Fever J ended, Battle Japan appeared as one of the 24 Red Rangers in Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai, introduced by Liveman Red Falcon to inspire the current team.
  • Kensaku Shiraishi (白石謙作 Shiraishi Kensaku?) / Battle Cossack I (バトルコサック初代 Batoru Kosakku Shodai?) (1-33): He was good at science as well as war. Wielded twin sais. He does a Cossack dance. He was the original second in command of the team. He left the Big Baser without the Battle Cossack uniform and was killed by Egos with Machine Guns, attempting to save Mayumi from Egos. He loved to play Pachinko and enjoyed eating caviar.
  • Kyousuke Shida (志田京介 Shida Kyōsuke?) / Battle France (バトルフランス Batoru Furansu?): He is trained in France. He became the new second in command of the team after Kensaku's death. He is normally a beautician, a dandy and playboy. He enjoys eating escargot. He is armed with a fencing sword. He does a Spanish dance.
  • Shiro Akebono (曙四郎 Akebono Shirō?) / Battle Kenya (バトルケニア Batoru Kenia?): Unofficially the first Black Warrior in Super Sentai history. He was trained in Kenya. He is a wild child who can talk to animals. He is armed with a whip and does a tropical dance. He eats just about anything. The smell of his cooking is not appreciated by the other team members. Shirou later appeared in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.
  • Diane Martin (ダイアン・マーチン Daian Māchin?) / Miss America I (ミスアメリカ初代 Misu Amerika Shodai?) (1-24): An FBI agent who joined the Fever team to avenge her father Bosner, who was slain by Egos. She is armed with throwing knives. She does a disco dance. After she was wounded by the Dracula Monster, she returned to the United States. Diane has a sister named Catherine.
  • María Nagisa (汀マリア Nagisa Maria?) / Miss America II (ミスアメリカ二代目 Misu Amerika Nidaime?) (24-52): An FBI agent trained by Diane Martin's father. When Diane was injured, Maria took her place as Miss America and then stayed on permanently when Diane decided to return to the United States.
  • Makoto Jin (神誠 Jin Makoto?) / Battle Cossack II (バトルコサック二代目 Batoru Kosakku Nidaime?) (33-52): A silent cowboy. A man of action, not words. A scientist who trained in the Defense Ministry along with Kensaku. He joined Battle Fever to avenge the death of his friend. Makoto is an expert marksman. He is a loner, preferring to go off by himself. Makoto plays a trumpet to distract Egos.

Gear[edit]

  • Battleceiver (バトルシーバー Batorushībā?): The Battle Fever Squad's communication device.
  • Command Bat (コマンドバット Komando Batto?): The Battle Fever Squad's standard issue weapon. It transforms into the Battle Fever Squad's assigned weapons. Forms the Penta Force (ペンタフォース Penta Fōsu?) cannon or boomerang.

Vehicles[edit]

  • Battle Fever Car (バトルフィーバーカー Batoru Fībā Kā?): Stock green Mazda RX-7 used by Battle Japan and Miss America.
  • Three Machines (スリーマシーン Surī Mashīn?): The motorcycles used by the rest of the BFS. In episode 35, Miss America rode Battle France's motorcycle.

Mecha[edit]

  • Big Baser (ビッグベイザー Biggu Beizā?): The Battle Fever Squad's box-like undersea headquarters. It can move from place to place under the sea.
  • Battle Shark (バトルシャーク Batoru Shāku?): A submarine-like mecha carrier. Splits in half to launch the Battle Fever Robo and stores all of its weaponry.
  • Battle Fever Robo (バトルフィーバーロボ Batoru Fībā Robo?): Resembling a samurai, this the first giant robot in Super Sentai history. It has a variety of weapons:
    • Lightning Sword (電光剣 Denkō Ken?): Samurai-type sword with scabbard. On the grip are the letters "ACFKJ" (America, Cossack, France, Kenya, Japan).
      • Bamboo Slice (唐竹割り Karatake Wari?): The Battle Fever Robo's primary finisher.
      • Battle Fever Power (バトルフィーバーパワー Batoru Fībā Pawā?): The auxiliary finisher using the robot's total energy. It was used to kill Hedder Monster.
      • Lightning Sword Rocketter (電光剣ロケッター Denkō Ken Rokettā?): The auxiliary finisher used to kill Satan Egos in the final battle.
    • Swords Fever (ソードフィーバー Sōdo Fībā?): The throwing daggers stored in sheaths attached to the robot's legs. It was used in the Cross Fever (クロスフィーバー Kurosu Fībā?) attack.
    • Fever Axe (フィーバーアックス Fībā Akkusu?): The hatchet.
    • Chain Crushers (チェーンクラッシャー Chēn Kurasshā?): The chains stored in the robot's arms.
    • Stick Attacker (スティックアタッカー Sutikku Atakkā?): A spear.
    • Attack Lancer (アタックランサー Atakku Ransā?): A trident. It can be used in conjunction with either Chain Crusher.
    • Cane Knocker (ケーンノッカー Kēn Nokkā?): A shakujo. It was used in Episode 24 to fight the Dracula Robot.
    • Battle Shield (バトルシールド Batoru Shīrudo?): A defense tool. It can withstand 28,000 tons of pressure.
    • Knuckle Punchers (ナックルパンチャー Nakkuru Panchā?): Knuckle dusters.
    • Cross Turn (クロスターン Kurosu Tān?): The robot can attack using its detached horns.
    • Fever Cannons (フィーバーカノン Fībā Kanon?): The cannons stored inside the robot's lower legs.

Allies[edit]

  • General Tetsuzan Kurama (倉間鉄山将軍 Kurama Tetsuzan Shōgun?): The chief of the special science office of the National Defense Ministry who established the Fever team. He is a master of traditional Japanese swordsmanship.
  • Keiko Nakahara (中原ケイコ Nakahara Keiko?): One of the operatives that runs Big Baser.
  • Tomoko Ueno (上野トモコ Ueno Tomoko?): The other operative that runs Big Baser.
  • Masaru Nakahara (中原マサル Nakahara Masaru?): Keiko's little brother.
  • Yuki Ueno (上野ユキ Ueno Yuki?): Tomoko's little sister. Was used by Egos in episode 27 to find Battle Fever's base.
  • Kyutaro (九太郎 Kyūtarō?): Robot mynah bird built by Tetsuzan as a present. Often had insight into the situation. Revealed in episode 51 to have a freezing ray built in.

Secret Society Egos[edit]

Secret Society Egos (秘密結社エゴス Himitsu Kessha Egosu?) is a religion of mad egocentrists who intend to plunge the world into chaos.

  • Satan Egos (サタンエゴス Satan Egosu?): The mysterious head, entirely draped in black. He creates the Egos Monster's inside the Egos heart, clalign them "My beloved Children" and they call him "Father." He is ultimately slain by the Lightning Sword Rocketter.
  • Commander Hedder (ヘッダー指揮官 Heddā Shikikan?) (1 – 51): The high priest of Egos. He later becomes the Hedder Monster and is slain as such by the Battle Fever Squad's new attack, Battle Fever Power.
  • Salomé (サロメ Sarome?) (19 – 52): An Egos American branch officer who came to Japan to aid Hedder with her super strength. She is responsible for all the assassination's in America. She allowed herself to be captured by Battle Fever after attacking and replacing several police men with disguised cutmen, with whom she stole a Billion Yen to give to Egos. Then thought herself aken to the Battle Fever Base but in reality taken to warehouse.She carries a hand mirror with a tracker in it. She uses it usually to fire solar beams or bludgeon people with it. She was killed in the collapsing castle as Satan Egos fled. Her last words were begging Egos to help her.
  • Cutmen (カットマン Kattoman?): The foot soldiers in grey and black armed with MP40 machine guns.

Episodes[edit]

  1. Assault!! Run to the Ballpark (突撃!!球場へ走れ Totsugeki!! Kyūjō e Hashire?)
  2. Egos' Monster-Making Method (エゴス怪人製造法 Egosu Kaijin Seizō Hō?)
  3. Search for the Spy! (スパイを探せ! Supai o Sagase!?)
  4. It's a Super-Powered Trap! (超魔力の罠だ! Chōmaryoku no Wana da!?)
  5. Robot Big Dogfight (ロボット大空中戦 Robotto Dai Kūchūsen?)
  6. Launch the Multipurpose Battleship (万能戦艦発進せよ Bannō Senkan Hasshin Seyo?)
  7. The House Burns!! (お家が燃える!! O-uchi ga Moeru!!?)
  8. The Riddle of the Strongarm Ace (鉄腕エースの謎 Tetsuwan Ēsu no Nazo?)
  9. The Woman from the Land of Ice (氷の国の女 Kōri no Kuni no Onna?)
  10. I Saw the Naumann Elephant (ナウマン象を見た Nauman-zō o Mita?)
  11. The Great Case of the Pet Kidnapping (ペット誘拐大事件 Petto Yūkai Dai Jiken?)
  12. The Cursed Killing Method, Rose Snowstorm (呪い殺法バラ吹雪 Noroi Sappō Bara Fubuki?)
  13. Golden Eggs and Sunny-Side-Up Eggs (金の卵と目玉焼き Kin no Tamago to Medamayaki?)
  14. Marriage of the Beauty and the Beast (美女と野獣の結婚 Bijo to Yajū no Kekkon?)
  15. Egos' Hellish Cooking (エゴスの地獄料理 Egosu no Jigoku Ryōri?)
  16. The Tragedy of the Unarmed-Combat Queen (格闘技女王の悲劇 Kakutōgi Joō no Higeki?)
  17. Steal the Monster Machine (怪物マシンを奪え Kaibutsu Mashin o Ubae?)
  18. Hurry to the Dove's Nest of Evil (鳩よ悪の巣へ急げ Hato yo Aku no Su e Isoge?)
  19. The World's Strongest Beauty!! (世界最強の美女!! Sekai Saikyō no Bijo?)
  20. Hazardous Ghost Hunting (危険な幽霊狩り Kiken na Yūrei Kari?)
  21. Assault the Dinosaur Peninsula!! (恐竜半島へ突撃!! Kyōryū Hantō e Totsugeki?)
  22. The Female Spy Team's Counterattack (女スパイ団の逆襲 Onna Supai Dan no Gyakushū?)
  23. Decisive Battle!! All Monsters Appear (決戦!!怪人総登場 Kessen!! Kaijin Sō Tōjō?)
  24. Tears! Diane Falls (涙!ダイアン倒る Namida! Daian Taoru?)
  25. The Film Studio is a Strange Haunt (撮影所は怪奇魔境 Satsueijo wa Kaiki Makyō?)
  26. The Bandage Man's Masked Report (包帯男の仮面報告 Hōtai Otoko no Kamen Hōkoku?)
  27. Beware of First Love Thief (初恋泥棒にご用心 Hatsukoi Dorobō ni Goyōjin?)
  28. Chase the Mysterious Boat (謎のボートを追え Nazo no Bōto o Oe?)
  29. Did You See Her!? The Woman With the Torn Mouth (見たか!?口裂け女 Mita ka!? Kuchisake Onna?)
  30. The Bizarre Taste, Omnivorous Head Chef (悪食雑食の料理長 Akujiki Zasshoku no Ryōrichō?)
  31. Violent Dash Truck Siblings (激走トラック兄妹 Gekisō Torakku Kyōdai?)
  32. Hometown Homicide Village (ふるさと殺人村 Furusato Satsujin Mura?)
  33. Cossack Dies in Love (コサック愛に死す Kosakku Ai ni Shisu?)
  34. The Dark Shogun Who Laughs in Hell (地獄で笑う闇将軍 Jigoku de Warau Yami Shōgun?)
  35. Starving Big Panic (腹ペコ大パニック Harapeko Dai Panikku?)
  36. The Blown-Up Wedding (爆破された結婚式 Bakuhasareta Kekkonshiki?)
  37. Lightning Sword vs. Pinwheel Sword (電光剣対風車剣 Denkōken Tai Fūshaken?)
  38. The Bizarre Party's Trap (怪奇パーティーの罠 Kaiki Pātī no Wana?)
  39. The Friend Who Became a Demon (悪魔になった友 Akuma ni Natta Tomo?)
  40. The Beautiful Teacher, in the Nick of Time (美人先生危機一髪 Bijin Sensei Kikiippatsu?)
  41. A Big Come-from-behind on the Verge of Explosion (爆破寸前の大逆転 Bakuha Sunzen no Dai Gyakuten?)
  42. The Fireworks of Electric Human Love (電気人間愛の花火 Denki Ningen Ai no Hanabi?)
  43. Assassin Jackal (暗殺者ジャッカル Ansatsusha Jakkaru?)
  44. The Tsukikage Clan of Hell Valley (地獄谷の月影一族 Jigoku-dani no Tsukikage Ichizoku?)
  45. Five Minutes Before the Heart Stops! (心臓停止五分前! Shinzō Teishi Gofun Mae?)
  46. The Cursed Straw Doll (呪いのワラ人形 Noroi no Wara Ningyō?)
  47. A Mystery! Strategic Grass-Lot Baseball (怪!謀略の草野球 Kai! Bōryaku no Kusayakyū?)
  48. The Big Thief and the Robber Boy (大盗賊と泥棒少年 Dai Tōzoku to Dorobō Shōnen?)
  49. The Five Second Graders Rebel Army (2年5組の反乱軍 Ninen Gokumi no Hanrangun?)
  50. The Demon Who Aims at the Shogun's Mask (将軍を狙う覆面鬼 Shōgun o Nerau Fukumen-ki?)
  51. Egos' Revival Ceremony (エゴス復活の儀式 Egosu Fukkatsu no Kishiki?)
  52. The Symphony of the Heroes (英雄たちの交響曲 Eiyūtachi no Kōkyōkyoku?)

Cast[edit]

Songs[edit]

Opening theme
  • "Battle Fever J" (バトルフィーバーJ Batoru Fībā Jei?)
  • "Battle Fever J (Alternate Opening)"
    • Lyrics: Keisuke Yamakawa
    • Composition and Arrangement: Michiaki Watanabe
    • Artist: MoJo, Columbia Yurikago-Kai, Feeling Free
Ending theme
  • "Yūsha ga Yuku" (勇者が行く?, "Brave Men Go")
    • Lyrics: Saburō Yatsude
    • Composition and Arrangement: Michiaki Watanabe
    • Artist: MoJo

International broadcasts[edit]

Battle Fever J was popular in Hawaii,[2] along with Gorenger, Kikaider, Kamen Rider V3, and Ultraman; all of which were shown in the original Japanese dialogue and subtitled by JN Productions on then KIKU Channel 13. The show was also broadcast in Thailand late in the mid-1990s, title Ranger J on MCOT Channel 9.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Original version only. Subsequent airings and releases have replaced Kenji Ushio by Masashi Ishibashi, except for episodes 4 and 6
  2. ^ http://www.battlefever.com

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