Kaiketsu Lion-Maru (快傑ライオン丸 Kaiketsu Raionmaru?), The Vigilant Lion Knight (or literally translated as Swift Hero Lion Maru), was a Japanese tokusatsu television series in the Lion-Maru franchise that aired in 1972-1973, produced by P Productions and set during Japan's Sengoku period (the Age of Warring States).
- Shishimaru (獅子丸?): A man who becomes Lion-Maru (ライオン丸 Raionmaru?) by unsheathing the katana Kinsachi (キンサチ?) and uttering the words "O Wind! O Light! Ninja Art: Lion Change!" (風よ! 光よ! 忍法: 獅子変化ん! Kaze yo! Hikari yo! Ninpō: Shishi-Hengen!?) to take on the power. 
- Saori: An acrobatic female fighter who often becomes a damsel in distress.
- Kosuke: The young boy who uses his flute to summon the pegasus Hikarimaru.
- Gousan (豪山 Gōsan?): The series' chief villain.
- Tora Jōnosuke: A man recruited by Gosun, given the mysterious sword Ginsachi (ギンサチ?) to become Tiger Jo (タイガージョー Taigā Jō?).
- Tetsuya Ushio as Shishimaru
- Akiko Kujō as Saori
- Norihiko Umechi as Kosuke
- Kazuo Kamoshida as Kaiketsu Lion Maru (suit actor)
- Shingo Fukushima as Tiger Joe (suit actor)
- Kiyoshi Kobayashi as Akuma Gosun / Devil Gosuun (voice)
- Kōji Tonohiro as Tora Jōnosuke [episodes 27-30, 36-41]
- Yoshitaka Fukushima as Tora Jōnosuke [episodes 42-53]
- Daisaku Shinohara as Narrator
- Opening Theme
- "Kaze yo Hikari yo" (風よ光よ?, "Oh Wind, Oh Light") by Yuuki Hide (秀夕木 Hide Yuuki?) & Young Fresh (ヤング・フレッシュ Yangu Furesshu?)
- Ending Themes
- "Lion-Maru ga yatte kuru" (ライオン丸がやってくる?, "Lion-Maru is coming") by Young Fresh (ヤング・フレッシュ Yangu Furesshu?)
The series was broadcast in Italy in the late 70s, dubbed as Ultralion, and in Brazil under the title Lionman. The series was also dubbed into English, but only one episode (the first) surfaced in North America, released on a VHS tape in the 1980s, entitled Magic of the Ninja and sold through toy store chains such as Toys R Us.
In P Productions' publicity materials for the 2002 DVD release, Lion Maru was subtitled The Beast-Transformed Ninja Warrior.
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