Jushin Liger (anime)

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Jushin Liger
Jushin Liger Hoo Hisho Hen (1993).jpg
Cover of the CD album Jushin Liger: Hoo Hisho Hen (1993) published by King Records.
獣神ライガー
(Jūshin Raigā)
Genre Action, sci-fi
Anime television series
Directed by Norio Kashima
Produced by Osamu Sekita
Toshifumi Kawase
Masao Ito
Written by Sho Aikawa
Yoshimasa Takahashi
Toshiki Inoue
Yoshiyuki Suga
Hiroyuki Kawasaki
Music by Hiromoto Tobisawa
Studio Sunrise
Network Nagoya Broadcasting Network, TV Asahi
Original run March 11, 1989January 27, 1990
Episodes 43
Manga
Written by Go Nagai
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Children
Magazine Comic Bom Bom
Original run March 1989January 1990
Volumes 2
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Jushin Liger (獣神ライガー Jūshin Raigā?, lit. Beast God Liger, also sometimes romanized as Juushin Liger, Bio Armor Ryger, Jushin Riger, Jushin Ryger and some other variations) is an anime superhero TV series created by Go Nagai. Produced by Sunrise Inc. with cooperation of Dynamic Planning (Nagai's own company), the series was originally broadcast on Nagoya Broadcasting Network (NBN)/TV Asahi from March 11, 1989 (1989-03-11) to January 27, 1990 (1990-01-27) with a total of 43 episodes.[1][2][3][4]

A manga series, written and drawn by Go Nagai, was also released alongside the anime, originally published by Kodansha in the magazine Comic Bom Bom from March 1989 (1989-03) to January 1990 (1990-01).[5][6][7][8]

This anime series inspired the real-life pro-wrestler, Jushin "Thunder" Liger.

The opening theme "Ikari no Jushin" (怒りの獣神 ikari no jūshin?, "Jushin's Rage"), which was performed by Yumi Hiroki, is also wrestler Jushin "Thunder" Liger's theme song. The song "Kiseki no Jushin" (奇跡の獣神 kiseki no jūshin?, "Jushin's Miracle") was also used by Liger on occasion.

The story[edit]

It is 199X A.D. In Kushiro, Hokkaido, three bodies of Dragonite appear. Possessing overwhelming destructive force, they attack the city. They also awaken the evil Jashin Drago from the holy seal he was trapped in. 200 years ago, Drago was trapped in the seal by a holy warrior with the tattooed mark of the Liger. Assuming that the warrior is dead, Drago and Empress Zara are free to conquer the Earth using their army of biomechanical beasts. Even the Japan Self-Defense Forces are no match for the Dragonites' awesome power. One of the people fleeing is the protagonist, a milquetoast 16 year old boy named Ken Taiga. Unbeknownst to the Dragonites, Ken realizes that he is the descendant of the Liger warrior. In a burst of anger, Ken's Liger birthmark appears, and he rises his palm into the air, shouting the henshin command, "LIGER!" which then covers him in demonic, long-haired biomechanical armor. Ken transforms into Jushin Liger to fight the evil forces of the Dragonite!

Main characters[edit]

  • Ken Taiga (大牙剣 taiga ken?, played by Mayumi Tanaka)
  • Ryuzo Taiga (大牙龍造 taiga ryūzō?, played by Ritsuo Sawa)
  • Yui Kamishiro (神代ゆい kamishiro yui?, played by Naoko Matsui)
  • Mai Kamishiro (神代まい kamishito mai?, played by Miki Ito)
  • Saeko Yagami (八神冴子 yagami saeko?, played by Kayoko Fujii)
  • Dangoro (団五郎?, played by Kozo Shioya)
  • Mini-Knight (ミニナイト mini naito?, played by Chie Kojiro)
  • Empress Zara (女帝ザーラ nyotei zāra?, played by Mizuka Arima)
  • Ryu Dolk (リュウ・ドルク ryū doruku?, played by Kiyoyuki Yanada)
  • Doll Satan (ドル・サタン doru satan?, played by Masako Katsuki)
  • Doll Command (ドル・コマンド doru komando?, played by Bin Shimada)
  • Doll Phantom (ドル・ファントム doru fantomu?, played by Hidetoshi Nakamura)
  • Doll Navy (ドル・ネイビー doru neibī?, played by Koji Totani)

TV anime episodes[edit]

# Title Writer Original airdate
01 "The Raging Bio Armor, Liger appears!"
"Ikari no Baio Āmā Raigā tōjō!!" (怒りのバイオアーマーライガー登場!!) 
Sho Aikawa March 11, 1989 (1989-03-11)
02 "Old enemy, Demon dragon king Doluga!!"
"Shukuteki, Maryūō Doruga!!" (宿敵、魔竜王ドルガ!!) 
Yoshimasa Takahashi March 18, 1989 (1989-03-18)
03 "Be careful of Satan's shadow!!"
"Satan no kage ni Ki wo tsukero!!" (サタンの影に気をつけろ!!) 
Toshiki Inoue March 25, 1989 (1989-03-25)
04 "Aim the flaming arrow, Liger!!"
"Raigā o nerau honō no ya!!" (ライガーを狙う炎の矢!!) 
Sho Aikawa April 1, 1989 (1989-04-01)
05 "Bare your fangs Doluga Dragon!!"
"Kiba o muku Doruga doragon!!" (牙をむくドルガ・ドラゴン!!) 
Yoshiyuki Suga April 8, 1989 (1989-04-08)
06 "Break through Hell's Trap!!"
"Jigoku no Wana o Bucchigire!!" (地獄の罠をぶっちぎれ!!) 
Yoshimasa Takahashi April 15, 1989 (1989-04-15)
07 "Grab the stone! Emperess Zaala's curse"
"Iwa o tsukamu Nyotei Zāra no noroi" (岩をつかむ女帝ザーラの呪い) 
Hiroyuki Kawasaki April 22, 1989 (1989-04-22)
08 "Swallow your tears! Shoot your friend!!"
"Namida o koraete Tomo o ute!!" (涙をこらえて友を撃て!!) 
Toshiki Inoue April 29, 1989 (1989-04-29)
09 "The rose's magic, The lion's smile"
"Bara no majutsu Shishi no hohoemi" (バラの魔術師死の微笑み) 
Yoshiyuki Suga May 6, 1989 (1989-05-06)
10 "Farewell, Chiro! Sorrowful Demon Dragon Warrior"
"Saraba Chiro ... Kanashimi no Maryū Senshi" (さらばチロ…哀しみの魔竜戦士) 
Hiroyuki Kawasaki May 20, 1989 (1989-05-20)
11 "Rampant! Traitorous Doll Armi!"
"Bōsō! Hangyaku no Doru āmī" (暴走!反逆のドルアーミー) 
Yoshimasa Takahashi May 27, 1989 (1989-05-27)
12 "Roar! The Angry Liger Slash"
"Hoero! Ikari no Raigā Surasshu" (吠えろ!怒りのライガースラッシュ) 
Yoshimasa Takahashi June 3, 1989 (1989-06-03)
13 "The carefree Dragon Mini Knight appears!"
"Nōtenki doragon mini naito tōjō!" (のーてんきドラゴンミニナイト登場!) 
Hiroyuki Kawasaki June 10, 1989 (1989-06-10)
14 "The New Demon General, Doll Commando"
"Ma no shin shōgun Doru Komando" (魔の新将軍ドルコマンド) 
Yoshiyuki Suga June 17, 1989 (1989-06-17)
15 "The Girl who loved the Demon Dragon Warrior"
"Shōjo o aishita Maryū Senshi" (少女を愛した魔竜戦士) 
Toshiki Inoue June 24, 1989 (1989-06-24)
16 "The god that abandoned our castle"
"Kami ga nokoshita ore tachi no shiro" (神がのこした俺たちの城) 
Yoshiyuki Suga July 1, 1989 (1989-07-01)
17 "Danger, Liger! The Pegasus shrieks"
"Ayaushi Raigā Tenma o yobu sakebi" (危うしライガー天馬を呼ぶ叫び) 
Yoshimasa Takahashi July 8, 1989 (1989-07-08)
18 "He's strong! Heavy Battle Horse Vegaruder!"
"Tsuyoi ze! Jūsen uma Begarūda!" (強いぜ!重戦馬ベガルーダ!) 
Hiroyuki Kawasaki July 15, 1989 (1989-07-15)
19 "Yui and Mai's Mixed-up Battle!"
"Yui to Mai no hachamecha Batoru!" (ゆいとまいのハチャメチャバトル!) 
Toshiki Inoue July 22, 1989 (1989-07-22)
20 "Enraged Blade! The Wings of Friendship"
"Ikare ken! Yūjō no tsubasa" (怒れ剣!友情のつばさ) 
Yoshiyuki Suga July 29, 1989 (1989-07-29)
21 "Mini Knight's favorite is Dragon Knight!"
"Mini naito no kōbutsu wa dorago naito!" (ミニナイトの好物はドラゴナイト!) 
Yoshimasa Takahashi August 5, 1989 (1989-08-05)
22 "The Fear of the Revived Legend"
"Yomigaeru densetsu no kyōfu" (よみがえる伝説の恐怖) 
Hiroyuki Kawasaki August 12, 1989 (1989-08-12)
23 "The Salior Suit and Beast God Liger"
"Sērāfuku to Jūshin Raigā" (セーラー服と獣神ライガー) 
Toshiki Inoue August 19, 1989 (1989-08-19)
24 "Drago's blood calls out the Devil's tomb"
"Dorago no chi o yobu akuma no seihai" (ドラゴの血を呼ぶ悪魔の聖盃) 
Yoshiyuki Suga August 26, 1989 (1989-08-26)
25 "Drago's fangs strike down!"
"dorago no kiba o hikkonuke!" (ドラゴの牙をひっこぬけ!) 
Yoshimasa Takahashi September 2, 1989 (1989-09-02)
26 "Demon Dragon King Doluga Files to the South Pole!"
"Maryūō Doruga nankyoku nitobu!" (魔竜王ドルガ南極にとぶ!) 
Yoshimasa Takahashi September 9, 1989 (1989-09-09)
27 "The girl who dances to the Death Melody"
"Shi no Merodī ni mau shōjo" (死のメロディーに舞う少女) 
Hiroyuki Kawasaki September 23, 1989 (1989-09-23)
28 "Now, Stand up Thunder Liger!"
"Ima, tachi agaru Sandā Raigā!" (今、立ちあがるサンダーライガー!) 
Hiroyuki Kawasaki September 30, 1989 (1989-09-30)
29 "Take down Metal Knight!"
"Metaru Naito o buttobase!" (メタルナイトをぶっとばせ!) 
Yoshiyuki Suga October 7, 1989 (1989-10-07)
30 "The Soldier that brings love"
"Senshi ni sasageru ai" (戦士に捧げる愛) 
Toshiki Inoue October 14, 1989 (1989-10-14)
31 "Fight! With our robot"
"Tatakae! Ore tachi no robotto de" (戦え!俺たちのロボットで) 
Yoshimasa Takahashi October 21, 1989 (1989-10-21)
32 "Ryu Doluc's meeting with fate"
"Ryū doruku unmei no deai" (リュウ・ドルク運命の出会い) 
Hiroyuki Kawasaki November 4, 1989 (1989-11-04)
33 "Yui, Mai, Assassination Orders"
"yui, mai ansatsu shirei" (ゆい、まい暗殺指令) 
Yoshiyuki Suga November 11, 1989 (1989-11-11)
34 "Save Mai! Drago Empire's fight!"
"Mai o sukue! Dorago teikoku no kessen" (まいを救え!ドラゴ帝国の決戦) 
Yoshimasa Takahashi November 18, 1989 (1989-11-18)
35 "Zaala's retaliation towards the traitors"
"Zāra uragirimono e no hōfuku" (ザーラ裏切者への報復) 
Hiroyuki Kawasaki November 25, 1989 (1989-11-25)
36 "Doll Satan's love of flowing blood"
"Doru Satan ryūketsu no ai" (ドルサタン流血の愛) 
Toshiki Inoue December 2, 1989 (1989-12-02)
37 "Drago's curse of the demonic Triangle Zone"
"Dorago no noroi ma no sankaku chitai" (ドラゴの呪い魔の三角地帯) 
Yoshiyuki Suga December 9, 1989 (1989-12-09)
38 "Two Yuis!? Mai's courage"
"Futari no Yui!? Mai no yūki" (二人のゆい!?まいの勇気) 
Yoshimasa Takahashi December 16, 1989 (1989-12-16)
39 "Yui's sad decision"
"Yui no kanashī ketsui" (ゆいの悲しい決意) 
Hiroyuki Kawasaki December 23, 1989 (1989-12-23)
40 "Rushing into a witch"
"Majō Totsunyū" (魔城突入) 
Yoshiyuki Suga January 6, 1990 (1990-01-06)
41 "Archfiend's Revival (Prelude)"
"Jashin fukkatsu (Zenpen)" (邪神復活(前編)) 
Toshiki Inoue January 13, 1990 (1990-01-13)
42 "Archfiend's Revival (Conclusion)"
"Jashin fukkatsu (Kōhen)" (邪神復活(後編)) 
Hiroyuki Kawasaki January 20, 1990 (1990-01-20)
43 "The Battle of the Gods that crossed over time"
"Toki o koeta kamigami no tatakai" (時をこえた神々の戦い) 
Yoshimasa Takahashi January 27, 1990 (1990-01-27)

Source(s)[9][10]

Staff and production notes[edit]

Source(s)[1][2][4][11]

Theme songs[edit]

    • 1st Opening theme: Ikari no Jushin (怒りの獣神 ikari no jūshin?) (lyrics by Yoshihiko Ando, composition by Takashi Kudo, arrangement by Tatsumi Yano, song by Yumi Hiroki)
    • 2nd Opening theme: Kiseki no Jushin (奇跡の獣神 kiseki no jūshin?) (lyrics by Yoshihiko Ando, composition by Takashi Kudo, arrangement by Tatsumi Yano, song by Yumi Hiroki)
    • 1st Ending theme: The Fire (lyrics by Yoshihiko Ando, composition by Takashi Kudo, arrangement by Tatsumi Yano, song by Yumi Hiroki)
    • 2nd Ending theme: Hangyaku no Senshi ~Ryu Dolk no Theme~ (反逆の戦士〜リュウ・ドルクのテーマ〜 hangyaku no senshi ~ryū doruku no tēma~?) (lyrics by Yoshihiko Ando, composition by Takashi Kudo, arrangement by Tatsumi Yano, song by Yumi Hiroki)
    • Insert song: Kagami no Komori Uta (鏡の子守り歌?) (lyrics by Yoshihiko Ando, composition & arrangement by Hiromoto Tobisawa, song by Yumi Hiroki)
    • Arranged theme: Ikari no Jushin (lyrics by Yoshihiko Ando, composition by Takashi Kudo, arrangement by Kazuo Nobuta, song by MIO)(not used in the original series, but widely available in several music collections)

This was one of the first TV anime to feature two opening and two ending themes, a tendency that has been followed since then by several TV anime. The Ikari no Jushin, besides being still by Japanese wretler Jushin Liger, has been used by the Hanshin Tigers as the climbing theme of pitcher Hirotaka Egusa. It's one of the anime themes that has been in constant use even after the TV show ended.

Manga[edit]

The manga, which was originally published in Kodansha's magazine Comic Bom Bom, was not published in tankōbon format by this company. Instead, it was published by Keibunsha, Daitosha and Daiso Shuppan.[6][7]

  • Keibunsha (Keibunsha Comic Han, 1990)
Japanese release date Vol.
January 16, 1990 (1990-01-16) 1
February 15, 1990 (1990-02-15) 2
  • Daitosha (St Comics, 1999)
Japanese release date Vol. ISBN
June 8, 1999 (1999-06-08) 1 488653127X
  • Daiso Shuppan (Daiso Comic Series, 2002)
Japanese release date Vol.
July 31, 2002 (2002-07-31) 1
July 31, 2002 (2002-07-31) 2

Media[edit]

Home video[edit]

The TV series was released in VHS format by King Records in 1989 and 1990. The whole series was released in DVD by Geneon Entertainment in two DVD boxes of 4 discs each, with standard numbers GNBA-1230 and GNBA-1231 and released in August 25, 2006 (2006-08-25) and October 25, 2006 (2006-10-25).[3]

Music[edit]

The anime has generated the following records and CDs, all of them produced by King Records.

Title Format Standard number Release date
Jushin Liger (Ikari no Jushin) EP record K07S-10295 March 5, 1989 (1989-03-05)
Jushin Liger (Ikari no Jushin) Cassette K10H-23034 March 5, 1989 (1989-03-05)
Jushin Liger (Ikari no Jushin) 8cm single CD K10X-23049 March 5, 1989 (1989-03-05)
Jushin Liger: Hoo Hisho Hen LP album 230R-7 May 21, 1989 (1989-05-21)
Jushin Liger: Hoo Hisho Hen CD album 276A-7006 May 21, 1989 (1989-05-21)
Jushin Liger: Fuun Ryuko Hen LP album 230R-8 August 5, 1989 (1989-08-05)
Jushin Liger: Fuun Ryuko Hen CD album 276A-7010 August 5, 1989 (1989-08-05)
Jushin Liger (Kiseki no Jushin) Cassette 091S-10015 September 5, 1989 (1989-09-05)
Jushin Liger (Kiseki no Jushin) 8 cm single CD 091X-10015 September 5, 1989 (1989-09-05)
Jushin Liger: Majin Hoko Hen CD album 276A-7017 November 21, 1989 (1989-11-21)
Jushin Liger: Hoo Hisho Hen CD album KICA-2158 March 5, 1993 (1993-03-05)
Jushin Liger: Fuun Ryuko Hen CD album KICA-2159 March 5, 1993 (1993-03-05)
Jushin Liger: Majin Hoko Hen CD album KICA-2160 March 5, 1993 (1993-03-05)
Jushin Liger (Ikari no Jushin) 8 cm single CD KIDA-2121 August 21, 1998 (1998-08-21)

Appearances in other media[edit]

The theme Ikari no Jushin appears in both its original and arranged versions in these CD music collections.

Title Label Standard number Release date
Kettei Ban: Star Child Best Collection King Records 250A-50063 September 21, 1989 (1989-09-21)
Pro-Wrestling: Pro-Wres Kakumeiji Theme Shu Victor Entertainment VDR-1649 October 21, 1989 (1989-10-21)
The Pro-Wrestling '90's Victor Entertainment VICL-5041 October 25, 1990 (1990-10-25)
Shin Nihon Pro-Wres King Records KICS-84 February 5, 1991 (1991-02-05)
The Pro-Wrestling: Zen Nihon Pro-Wres Shin Nihon Pro-Wres Saishin Ban Victor Entertainment VICL-5111 December 5, 1991 (1991-12-05)
Cho Gekisen Samurai Den Victor Entertainment VICP-5189 August 26, 1992 (1992-08-26)
Gekitotsu Sengoku: Shin Nihon Pro-Wres vs. WAR Victor Entertainment VICL-5196 March 24, 1993 (1993-03-24)
Shin Nihon Pro-Wres Best: King of Pro-Wrestling King Records KICS-361/2 November 23, 1993 (1993-11-23)
Mazinger Densetsu First Smile Entertainment FSCA-10031 February 18, 1998 (1998-02-18)
Super Robot Spirits Live Tour'98 First Smile Entertainment FSCA-10051 September 18, 1998 (1998-09-18)
Shin Nihon Pro-Wres Best: King of Pro-Wrestling King Records KICS-2271 December 23, 1998 (1998-12-23)
Shin Nihon Pro-Wres VIII ~Top of the super-junior~ King Records KICS-2278 December 23, 1998 (1998-12-23)
Kakuto Ongaku Taizen Pro-Wres Q8 ~ Ji da yo! Zenin Shugo King Records KICS-2319 October 4, 2000 (2000-10-04)
Euro Anime-J Chapter One CHCB-90004 December 21, 2000 (2000-12-21)
Nagai Go Hero Densetsu Kotetsu Majin Hen First Smile Entertainment FSCA-10204 January 17, 2002 (2002-01-17)
Toukonssuka! Pony Canyon PCCA-01928 August 20, 2003 (2003-08-20)
Super Robot Spirits The Best Vol.1: Super Robot Hen Be! Smile BSCH-30001/2 October 22, 2003 (2003-10-22)
Mazinger Densetsu + 7: The Legends of MAZINGER Be! Smile BSCH-30012 March 10, 2004 (2004-03-10)
Live!! Super Robot Spirits The Best: SRS Hen Part 1 Be! Smile BSCH-30016/7 April 21, 2004 (2004-04-21)
Super Robot Spirits The Instrumental: Super robot & Real Robot Hen Vol.1 Be! Smile BSCH-30030 December 1, 2004 (2004-12-01)
Best of MIQ - MIQUEST: Tamashii wa koku o koete... Be! Smile BSCH-30032 January 7, 2005 (2005-01-07)
Super Robot Spirits Shudaika Best Collection 2 Be! Smile BSCH-30038 September 7, 2005 (2005-09-07)
Nagai Go Dynamic!! The chronicle Be! Smile BSCH-30040 December 21, 2005 (2005-12-21)
Super Robot Spirits Best & Live: Girls Hen 2 Be! Smile BSCH-30042 February 1, 2006 (2006-02-01)
Live! From Super Robot Spirits Tour'98 King Records KICA-1403/4 May 24, 2006 (2006-05-24)
The Best!! Super Robot Spirits: Ultimate LIVE 10th Anniversary Edition Be! Smile BSCH-30057/60 April 25, 2007 (2007-04-25)
The Best!! Super Robot Spirits: Super Robot Studio Recordings Be! Smile BSCH-30063/6 July 11, 2007 (2007-07-11)
The Best!! Super Robot Spirits: Girls Best Collection Be! Smile BSCH-30077/8 November 28, 2007 (2007-11-28)
Super Robot Spirits: Non stop mix Vol.3 Be! Smile BSCH-30086 July 9, 2008 (2008-07-09)
Buraban! Tigers Nippon Crown CRCP-40217 September 24, 2008 (2008-09-24)
The Best!! Super Robot Spirits: The Best Karaoke songs Be! Smile BSCH-30094/7 2008-12-10 (2008-12-10)

Jushin Liger appears in the Wii video game Super Robot Wars NEO.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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