Denshi Sentai Denziman

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Denshi Sentai Denziman
Denziman Title Card.jpg
Genre Tokusatsu
Created by Toei
Marvel Comics
Starring Shin'ichi Yuuki
Kenji Ohba
Eiichi Tsuyama
Naoya Uchida
Akira Koizumi
Narrated by Toru Ohira
Composer(s) Michiaki Watanabe
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 51
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) TV Asahi
Toei Company
Toei Advertising
Broadcast
Original channel TV Asahi
Original run February 3, 1980 – January 31, 1981
Chronology
Preceded by Battle Fever J
Followed by Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan

Denshi Sentai Denziman (電子戦隊デンジマン Denshi Sentai Denjiman?, [Note 1]) is Toei's fourth entry to its Super Sentai series. It was broadcast from February 3, 1980 to January 31, 1981. The title given to this series for international distribution by Toei is Denziman, Electric Fighters.[1]

Plot[edit]

3000 years ago, the Vader Clan devastated the planet Denzi. Denziland, an island from Denzi, landed on Earth. In modern times, the computer of Denziland awoke the Denzidog IC when it detected the Vader Clan approaching Earth. IC found five young people (who may or may not be descendants of the Denzi people) to become the Denzimen in order to defend Earth, the Vader Clan's next target.

Characters[edit]

Denzimen[edit]

The Denzimen are the first Super Sentai team to use a personal transformation device carried on their person (see below). Their costumes are the first to use helmets with translucent materials for visors (although some exterior footage shows their helmets with perforated visors as was the practice with previous Super Sentai series). Prior to battle, the team shouts "Behold, the Denshi Sentai, Denziman!"

The Surnames of the members contain the kanji for their corresponding colors.

  • Ippei Akagi (赤城 一平 Akagi Ippei?) / Denzi Red (デンジレッド Denji Reddo?): A teacher of karate and other sports to children at the Athletic Club. Twenty years after Denziman ended, Ippei appeared along with 23 other Red Rangers summoned by Liveman's Red Falcon, in Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai.
    • Special move: Denzi Vacuum Kick (デンジ真空蹴り Denji Shinku Keri?), Denzi Punch (デンジパンチ Denji Panchi?)
  • Daigoro Oume (青梅 大五郎 Ōme Daigorō?) / Denzi Blue (デンジブルー Denji Burū?): A circus acrobat who teaches yoga and gymnastics at the Athletic Club and loves anpan. Years later, he becomes an anpan vendor, during which he encounters the Gokaigers.
    • Special moves: Blue Rocket (ブルーロケット Burū Roketto?), Blue Screw Kick (ブルースクリューキック Burū Sukuryū Kikku?), Blue Snake (ブルースネーク Burū Sunēku?), Denzi Drill (デンジドリル Denji Doriru?)
  • Jun Kiyama (黄山 純 Kiyama Jun?) / Denzi Yellow (デンジイエロー Denji Ierō?): An inventor and space researcher. He coaches calisthenics.
    • Special moves: Denzi Suplex (デンジスープレックス Denji Sūpurekkusu?), Flying Attack (フライングアタック Furaingu Atakku?), Hammer Punch (ハンマーパンチ Hanmā Panchi?), Yellow Headbutt (イエローヘッドバット Ierō Heddobatto?), Denzi Pile Diver (デンジパイルダイバー Denji Pairu Daibā?)
  • Tatsuya Midorikawa (緑川 達也 Midorikawa Tatsuya?) / Denzi Green (デンジグリーン Denji Gurīn?): A detective who lost his father to a Vader attack. He coaches boxing.
    • Special move: Green Spin Kick (グリーンスピンキック Gurīn Supin Kikku?)
  • Akira Momoi (桃井 あきら Momoi Akira?) / Denzi Pink (デンジピンク Denji Pinku?): A former tennis player who teaches swimming at the Athletic Club. Quit the team in the first episode rejoined at the end of episode two. She saw her coach burn to death because of the Vader Clan's first attack.
    • Special move: Denzi Thunder (デンジサンダー Denji Sandā?)

Allies[edit]

  • Denzi Dog IC (デンジ犬アイシー Denji Ken Ai Shī?): Intelligent robot dog that came from Denzi Star 3000 years ago to assemble the Denziman team. He sacrificed his life to become a circuit for DaiDenzin in order to defeat the Omnipotent Monse.
  • Princess Denzi (デンジ姫 Denji Hime?) (movie, 26, 45): A survivor of Denzi Star who visited Earth 3000 years ago, ordering a servant girl to defend the Earth with the rainbow stones. She left Earth to patrol the universe.

Arsenal[edit]

  • Denzi Ring (デンジリング Denji Ringu?): The Denzimen's transformation device. The transformation call is "Denzi Spark!" (デンジスパーク Denji Supāku?).
  • Denzi Stick (デンジスティック Denji Sutikku?): Each Denziman is armed with a Denzi Stick. These combine into the DenziBoomerang and are all used in the Electronic Lightning Fall. Other team attacks, not involving the sticks, include the Shot Gun, Blitzkrieg Attack, Denzi Circle, Denzi Shower, Dragonfly, Scramble Chain, Denzi Super Science, and Denzi Tower.

Vehicles[edit]

  • Denzi Machine (デンジマシーン Denji Mashīn?): DenziRed's motorcycle.
  • Denzi Buggy (デンジバギー Denji Bagī?): A jeep for the rest of the team.
  • Denzi Crafts (デンジクラフト Denji Kurafuto?): Hovercrafts that the team uses.
  • Denzi Shooter (デンジ射手 Denji Shoota?): Underground transporter that can travel from the Athletic Club to Denzi Land.

Mecha[edit]

  • Denzi Tiger (デンジタイガー Denji Taigā?): The flying fortress carrying the Denzi Fighter that launches from Denzi Land (デンジランド Denji Rando?), the island headquarters.
  • DaiDenzin (ダイデンジン Daidenjin?, Giant Electric Man, Big Electroid, or Great Electronic God): The first transforming giant robot in the Super Sentai genre, DaiDenzin transforms from an airship called the Denzi Fighter (デンジファイター Denji Faitā?). The Denzi Fighter nose becomes DaiDenzin's back, the sides of the underside become the chest, and the lateral sides become the legs. Its main weapon is the Denzi Sword (デンジ剣 Denji Ken?) and it destroys monsters with its finishing attack, the Electronic Full-Moon Cut (電子満月斬り Denshi Mangetsu Giri?). Its other weapons are the Denzi Ball (デンジボール Denji Bōru?) and DaiDenzin Boomerang (ダイデンジンブーメラン Daidenjin Būmeran?, Great Electric Man Boomerang). The Denzi Fighter helped out in the fight against Rakushaasa in Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai.

Vader Clan[edit]

The Vader Clan (ベーダー一族 Bēdā Ichizoku?) are invaders from another dimension with warped (to us) concepts of outer beauty. They intend to pollute and corrupt the Earth and its inhabitants to fit its unusual aesthetic.

  • Queen Hedrian (ヘドリアン女王 Hedorian Joō?): She hates inner beauty and wants to pollute the world. She finds happiness in human suffering. Cares deeply about her subjects. She vanished and sealed herself away in the North Pole, only to be found by Black Magma and revived as a cyborg under their control.
  • General Hedrer (ヘドラー将軍 Hedorā Shōgun?) (1-50): Field commander. He had a personal rivalry with Banriki Demon King. He was killed in battle when he interrupted the battle between the Denzimen and Banriki Demon King and Omnipotent Demon Monse. He grew giant and fought against the DaiDenZin but fell to the DenjiSword after the Denziman used the DenziBall. He was saluted by the Denzimen after being defeated.
  • Keller and Mirror (ケラー&ミラー Kerā to Mirā?): Female spies in silver and gold respectively. Keller can change into a shield, and Mirror a vanity mirror. Though Keller only turned into a shield once and that was to defend Queen Hedrian from an attack by Banriki Demon King. Sadly, it cost Keller her life, just as Mirror lost her life defending her Queen by blinding the Omnipotent Demon King.
  • Demon King Banriki (バンリキ魔王 Banriki Maō?) (37-51): A half-naked, musclebound space wanderer. He had a personal rivalry with General Hedrer. He attacked all the Denziman until there was DenziRed, not injured in Episode 37 (DenziYellow blinded in one eye, DenziGreen injured by the wind, DenziBlue injured by hand in the water, and DenziPink being injured by things blowing up around her and getting hit by a van). The others fought through their fight against him. In Episode 37, he grew after fighting Denziman and was wounded after Denziman used DenziStick Boomerang. Denziman tried to give him the final blow with the Electronic Full Moon Cut in Episode 37. In Episode 48, he had Sakkalar to help him take over Vader Clan. He was turned into a human candle. With the help of the Omnipotent Monse, he turned into a human and took back the Vader Clan. He was finally killed off by the Denzi Boomerang.
  • Dustlers (ダストラー Dasutorā?): Grunts (footsoldiers) in black tights with skeletal designs. Armed with sickles. They can teleport from one spot to another.
  • Vader Monsters (ベーダー怪物 Bēdā Kaibutsu?): Monsters hatched from eggs that all have a specific numbered belt buckle. The number on the buckle is usually the episode number minus one. They all also possess the ability to control their body's Cellular structure and are thus able to make themselves grow larger or smaller. Each time a Vader Monster was destroyed, a bust was made in its honor.

Episodes[edit]

  1. Take the Express to the Super Fortress (超要塞へ急行せよ Chō Yōsai e Kyūkō Seyo?)
  2. The Cannibalism Soap Bubbles (人喰いシャボン玉 Hito-kui Shabondama?)
  3. Oil Hell, Big Panic (油地獄大パニック Abura Jigoku Dai Panikku?)
  4. Vader Demon Castle, Pursuit (ベーダー魔城追撃 Bēdā Majō Tsuigeki?)
  5. The Red Poison Flower That Crawls up the Wall (壁に蠢く赤い毒花 Kabe ni Ugomeku Akai Doku Bana?)
  6. A Girl's Demon Offshoot (悪魔分身の少女 Akuma Bunshin no Shōjo?)
  7. The Great Tragedy of Denzistar (デンジ星の大悲劇 Denjisei no Dai Higeki?)
  8. The Skeleton Town's Great Demon King (白骨都市の大魔王 Hakkotsu Toshi no Daimaō?)
  9. The Bizarre Telephone That Calls Death (死を呼ぶ怪奇電話 Shi o Yobu Kaiki Denwa?)
  10. I Love Witchcraft Cuisine!? (魔法料理大好き!? Mahō Ryōri Daisuki!??)
  11. Chase the Life-Stealer (いのち泥棒を追え Inochi Dorobō o Oe?)
  12. The Dangerous Child Spy (危険な子供スパイ Kiken na Kodomo Supai?)
  13. The Rainbow-Colored Balloon is Torn (割れた虹色の風船 Wareta Niji-iro no Fūsen?)
  14. Come to the 100-Point Cram School (100点塾へおいで Hyakuten-Juku e Oide?)
  15. An Invitation to the Garden of Evil (悪の園への招待状 Aku no Sono e no Shōtaijō?)
  16. Smash the Conspiracy at Atami (熱海の陰謀を砕け Atami no Inbō o Kudake?)
  17. Don't Cry! Baseball Novice (泣くな!野球小僧 Naku na! Yakyū Kozō?)
  18. Romance Blooms at the Southern Sea (南海に咲くロマン Nankai ni Saku Roman?)
  19. My Prince of the Stars (私の星の王子さま Watashi no Hoshi no Ōjisama?)
  20. Gorilla Boy's Great Riot (ゴリラ少年大暴れ Gorira Shōnen Ōbare?)
  21. Attack the Grim Reaper Faction (死神党を攻撃せよ! Shinigami Tō o Kōgeki Seyo?)
  22. Super Time, Strange Experience (超時間ふしぎ体験 Chō Jikan Fushigi Taiken?)
  23. A Demon That Walks Above the Ceiling (天井裏を歩く悪魔 Tenjōura o Aruku Akuma?)
  24. The Man With the Mysterious Power to Affix Traps (罠をはる怪力男 Wana o Haru Kairiki Otoko?)
  25. The Tiger's Hole is an Escape Maze (虎の穴は逃走迷路 Tora no Ana wa Tōsō Meiro?)
  26. Princess Denzi's Space Tune (デンジ姫の宇宙曲 Denji-hime no Uchū Kyoku?)
  27. Red Beetle Bomb (赤いカブト虫爆弾 Akai Kabutomushi Bakudan?)
  28. The Secret Butcher of the Cursed House (呪いの館の密殺者 Noroi no Yakata no Missatsusha?)
  29. The ESPer Detective's Raid (超能力刑事の急襲 Chōnōryoku Keiji no Kyūshū?)
  30. Missing, Stolen, Gone (消えた盗んだ出た Kieta Nusunda Deta?)
  31. The Magician's Battle of Secret Arts (魔法使い秘術合戦 Mahōtsukai Hijutsu Gassen?)
  32. Hell's Great Shooting Battle (地獄の大銃撃戦 Jigoku no Dai Jūgekisen?)
  33. The Bloodsucking Instrument Lesson (吸血楽器レッスン Kyūketsu Gakki Ressun?)
  34. The Sad Orphan's Tale (哀しい捨て子の物語 Kanashii Sutego no Monogatari?)
  35. The Puzzling Weaver Princess (謎のはたおり姫 Nazo no Hataori Hime?)
  36. Poem of the Brave Puppy (勇気ある仔犬の詩 Yūki Aru Koinu no Uta?)
  37. Brute Force Banriki Devil King (蛮力バンリキ魔王 Banriki Banriki Maō?)
  38. The Infinite Demon Sky's Great Adventure (無限魔空の大冒険 Mugen Makū no Daibōken?)
  39. The Queen's Angry Apparition Art (女王怒りの妖魔術 Joō Ikari no Yōmajutsu?)
  40. The Champion's Enemy (チャンピオンの敵 Chanpion no Teki?)
  41. The Greatest All-Out War in History (史上最大の総力戦 Shijō Saidai no Sōryokusen?)
  42. The Bad Dream That Ate Boys (少年を喰う悪い夢 Shōnen o Kuu Warui Yume?)
  43. The Puzzling Spectrum Lady (謎なぞ七色レディ Nazonazo Nanairo Redi?)
  44. The Tale of the Strange Lamp (不思議ランプ物語 Fushigi Ranpu Monogatari?)
  45. Princess Denzi was Two People (二人いたデンジ姫 Futari Ita Denji-hime?)
  46. Starvation Hell X Plan (腹ペコ地獄X計画 Harapeko Jigoku Ekkusu Keikaku?)
  47. The Mermaid Who Disappeared in the Morning Sun (朝日に消えた人魚 Asahi ni Kieta Ningyo?)
  48. Banriki Devil King's Rebellion (バンリキ魔王反乱 Banriki Maō Hanran?)
  49. Vader Castle Big Disaster (ベーダー城大異変 Bēdā-Jō Daiihen?)
  50. The General Dies Twice (将軍は二度死ぬ Shōgun wa Nido Shinu?)
  51. Resound, Bells of Hope! (ひびけ希望の鐘よ Hibike Kibō no Kane yo?)

Movie[edit]

The movie version of Denshi Sentai Denziman premiered during the Toei Manga Matsuri film festival on July 12, 1980. The character of Princess Denzi makes her first appearance in this movie and is referenced in two later episodes of the series (26, 45), placing the events of this movie sometime before Episode 26.

Cast[edit]

Songs[edit]

Opening theme
  • "Ah Denshi Sentai Denziman" (ああ電子戦隊デンジマン Aa Denshi Sentai Denjiman?, "Oh Denshi Sentai Denziman")
Ending theme
  • "Denziman ni Makasero!" (デンジマンにまかせろ! Denjiman ni Makasero!?, "Leave it to Denziman!")
    • Lyrics: Kazuo Koike
    • Composition & Arrangement: Michiaki Watanabe
    • Artist: Ken Narita

International broadcasts[edit]

Denshi Sentai Denziman was the first super sentai series being broadcast in Thailand. The series was aired on Channel 7 and proved to be very popular amongst viewers which lead to more broadcasts of super sentai series later in the country. Denziman was also broadcast dubbed in Italy, in some regional channels

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Denshi (電子?) literally translates as "Electron". In the case of the series' title, "Electronic" is a closer translation.

References[edit]

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