Chargeman Ken!

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Chargeman Ken!
ChargeKenDVD1.jpg
Cover for the First DVD Volume.
チャージマン研!
(Chājiman-ken!)
Genre Science Fiction
Anime television series
Directed by Noboru Miura
Written by Masaki Wakuda
Toyohiro Ando
Yoshio Tamado
Music by Kunio Miyaichi
Studio Knack Productions
Licensed by
Original network TBS
Original run April 1, 1974 June 28, 1974
Episodes 65
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Chargeman Ken! (チャージマン研!, Chājiman-ken!) is a science fiction anime series created by Eiji Tanaka and animated by Knack Productions. It was directed by Noboru Miura and written by Masaki Wakuda, Toyohiro Ando and Yoshio Tamado. Consisting of 65 7-minute episodes, it originally aired on TBS from April 1, 1974 to June 28, 1974. Discotek Media currently licensed the series outside Japan.[1]

Plot[edit]

The show takes place in a futuristic city, where science has greatly progressed. A race of aliens called the Jurals invade the Earth to steal its resources, and Ken Izumi must become the superhero Chargeman Ken to stop them.

Episode listing[edit]

# Title Original air date
01 "Danger!! The Children's Space Station"
(危機!! 子供宇宙ステーション) 
April 1, 1974
02 "Safe by a Hair!!!"
(危機一髪!!) 
April 2, 1974
03 "The Butterfly Swarm Flutters!"
(蝶の大群が舞う) 
April 3, 1974
04 "The Mysterious Handsome Boy"
(謎の美少年) 
April 4, 1974
05 "Terror! The Mummy Comes by Carriage!"
(恐怖! ミイラが馬車でやってくる) 
April 5, 1974
06 "Uncanny! The Space Botanical Garden"
(怪奇! 宇宙植物園) 
April 8, 1974
07 "Man of the West Ken!"
(西部の男・研!) 
April 9, 1974
08 "Juralian X-6"
(ジュラル星人X-6号) 
April 10, 1974
09 "Enter, the Juralmons!"
(ジュラルモンス登場) 
April 11, 1974
10 "Barican Runs Amuck!"
(バリカン大暴れ!) 
April 12, 1974
11 "Save the Earth!"
(地球を守れ!) 
April 15, 1974
12 "We Can`t Eat Vegetable Salad"
(野菜サラダが食べられない) 
April 16, 1974
13 "Showdown! The Undersea City"
(対決! 海底都市) 
April 17, 1974
14 "The Daibutsu That Vanished into the Night"
(闇夜に消えた大仏) 
April 18, 1974
15 "The Art Gallery Mystery!"
(美術館の怪!) 
April 19, 1974
16 "Murder Record, Melody of Terror!"
(殺人レコード 恐怖のメロディー) 
April 22, 1974
17 "Find Ken's Secret!"
(研の秘密を探れ!) 
April 23, 1974
18 "The Great Escape from Prison Island"
(囚人島大脱走) 
April 24, 1974
19 "Bank Gang: Caron's in Danger!"
(銀行ギャング キャロンが危ない) 
April 25, 1974
20 "Ken Gets a Girlfriend"
(ガールフレンドが出来た) 
April 26, 1974
21 "Caron's Present"
(キャロンへの贈り物) 
April 29, 1974
22 "Time Bomb Fax TV"
(時限爆弾電送テレビ) 
April 30, 1974
23 "Mental Hospital Terror!"
(恐怖! 精神病院) 
May 1, 1974
24 "An Invitation to the Robot Club"
(ロボットクラブへの招待状) 
May 2, 1974
25 "Save Young Yuuichi!"
(雄一少年を救え!) 
May 3, 1974
26 "The Girl Who Lost Her Memory"
(記憶を無くした少女) 
May 6, 1974
27 "The Burning Poison Mushroom House"
(燃える毒きのこの家) 
May 7, 1974
28 "Space Rocket Z9"
(宇宙ロケットZ9号) 
May 8, 1974
29 "Rub Out the Fashion Model!"
(ファッションモデルを消せ!) 
May 9, 1974
30 "Save Caron from the Top of the Tower!"
(塔上のキャロンを救え!) 
May 10, 1974
31 "Crisis! One Second to Blast"
(危機! 爆破1秒前) 
May 13, 1974
32 "The Master Safe Cracker"
(金庫破りの名人) 
May 14, 1974
33 "Is My Dad Old-Fashioned?"
(僕のパパは時代おくれ?) 
May 15, 1974
34 "Sky Rod, Burrow into the Earth's Depths!"
(スカイロッド 地底に突っこめ!) 
May 16, 1974
35 "Dynamite in the Brain!"
(頭の中にダイナマイト) 
May 17, 1974
36 "Shudder! The Devil's Hospital"
(戦慄! 悪魔の病院) 
May 20, 1974
37 "Beat the Hijack!"
(ハイジャックをやっつけろ!) 
May 21, 1974
38 "Operation Juralian Fake Friendship"
(ジュラルのニセ友情作戦) 
May 22, 1974
39 "The Pretty Robot is a Herald of Death"
(美人ロボットは殺しの使者) 
May 23, 1974
40 "Race on Murder Highway!"
(疾走! 殺人ハイウェイ) 
May 24, 1974
41 "Cinderella Girl"
(シンデレラの少女) 
May 27, 1974
42 "The Air Force Base is Targeted!"
(空軍基地が狙われている!) 
May 28, 1974
43 "Peer Through the Camera Viewfinder!"
(カメラのファインダーを覗け!) 
May 29, 1974
44 "Beat the Fake Ken!"
(研の偽者をやっつけろ!) 
May 30, 1974
45 "When the Cuckoo Clock Strikes Three"
(鳩時計が3時を指したら) 
May 31, 1974
46 "Terror! The House of the White-Haired Crone!"
(恐怖! 白髪老婆の家) 
June 3, 1974
47 "The Great Juralian Counterattack"
(ジュラルの大逆襲) 
June 4, 1974
48 "Showdown on the Solitary Island!"
(孤島の対決!) 
June 5, 1974
49 "The Delinquent's True Colors!"
(不良少年の正体は!) 
June 6, 1974
50 "Save the Orphan Center!"
(みなし子センターを救え!) 
June 7, 1974
51 "Stray Dog Koro"
(捨て犬コロ) 
June 10, 1974
52 "Blow Up the Undersea Oil Field!"
(海底油田を爆破しろ!) 
June 11, 1974
53 "The Suspicious Bride"
(怪しい花嫁) 
June 12, 1974
54 "Spooky! The Waxwork Museum"
(怪奇! ロウ人形館) 
June 13, 1974
55 "The Ones They Met in Egypt"
(エジプトで出会ったやつ) 
June 14, 1974
56 "Runaway! Horseback Ken"
(暴走! 馬上の研) 
June 17, 1974
57 "The Antarctic Amusement Park"
(南極遊園地) 
June 18, 1974
58 "Circus of Fiends"
(悪魔のサーカス団) 
June 19, 1974
59 "Forest of Terror"
(恐怖の森) 
June 20, 1974
60 "Tsunami Attack"
(大津波の襲撃) 
June 21, 1974
61 "Barican's Old Friend Pays a Visit"
(バリカンの旧友が尋ねて来た) 
June 24, 1974
62 "Crisis at the Agricultural Complex!"
(農業コンビナートの危機) 
June 25, 1974
63 "Defeat the Murderous Boxer!"
(殺人ボクサーを倒せ!) 
June 26, 1974
64 "Explosion! The Mammoth Control Center"
(爆発! マンモスコントロールセンター) 
June 27, 1974
65 "Victory! Chargeman Ken"
(勝利! チャージマン研) 
June 28, 1974

Production and cult status[edit]

Most of the staff had previously worked on Knack’s Super Robot anime Astroganger, which had a very similar plot and character design. Due to lack of credits, the identities of its voice cast (save for the main villain) remain unknown to this day.

After its initial broadcast, the show remained obscure until 2007, when it was released on DVD and uploaded to the video sharing site Nico Nico Douga. The show quickly gained a cult reputation as “so bad it’s good” due to its ridiculous dialogue, limited animation and sound effects, the ineptitude of the villains and the cruelty of Ken, the “hero” of the show. It then became a popular internet meme, leading to dozens of video remixes and MADs.[2] An original soundtrack was released in 2010.[3] Discotek Media released the entire series on DVD on October 31, 2017.[4]

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