Denshi Sentai Denjiman

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Denshi Sentai Denjiman
Denziman Title Card.jpg
Title Screen
GenreTokusatsu
Superhero fiction
Science fiction
Created byToei
Marvel Comics
Developed byShozo Uehara
Directed byKoichi Takemoto
StarringShinichi Yuuki
Kenji Ohba
Eiichi Tsuyama
Naoya Uchida
Akira Koizumi
Narrated byToru Ohira
Composer(s)Michiaki Watanabe
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes51
Production
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)TV Asahi
Toei Company
Toei Advertising
Release
Original networkTV Asahi
Original releaseFebruary 2, 1980 –
January 31, 1981
Chronology
Preceded byBattle Fever J
Followed byTaiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan

Denshi Sentai Denjiman (電子戦隊デンジマン, Denshi Sentai Denjiman)[Note 1] is Toei's fourth entry to its Super Sentai metaseries. It was broadcast from February 2, 1980 to January 31, 1981. The title given to this series for international distribution by Toei is Denjiman, Electric Fighters.[1]

Plot[edit]

3,000 years ago, the Vader Clan, led by Queen Hedrian, devastated the planet Denji. Denji Land, an island from Denji, landed on Earth. In modern times, the computer of Denji Land awoke the Denji Dog IC when it detected the Vader Clan approaching Earth. IC found five young people (who may or may not be descendants of the Denji people) to become the Denjimen in order to defend Earth, the Vader Clan's next target.

Characters[edit]

Denjimen[edit]

The Denjimen 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 Denjiman!"

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

  • Ippei Akagi (赤城 一平, Akagi Ippei) / Denji 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 Denjiman ended, Ippei appeared along with 23 other Red Rangers summoned by Liveman's Red Falcon, in Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai.
    • Special move: Denji Vacuum Kick (デンジ真空蹴り, Denji Shinku Keri), Denji Punch (デンジパンチ, Denji Panchi)
  • Daigoro Oume (青梅 大五郎, Ōme Daigorō) / Denji 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 time 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), Denji Drill (デンジドリル, Denji Doriru)
  • Jun Kiyama (黄山 純, Kiyama Jun) / Denji Yellow (デンジイエロー, Denji Ierō): An inventor and space researcher. He coaches calisthenics.
    • Special moves: Denji 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), Denji Pile Diver (デンジパイルダイバー, Denji Pairu Daibā)
  • Tatsuya Midorikawa (緑川 達也, Midorikawa Tatsuya) / Denji 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) / Denji 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: Denji Thunder (デンジサンダー, Denji Sandā)

Allies[edit]

  • Denji Dog IC (デンジ犬アイシー, Denji Ken Ai Shī): Intelligent robot dog that came from planet Denji 3000 years ago to assemble the Denjiman team. He sacrificed his life to become a circuit for Daidenjin in order to defeat the Omnipotent Monse.
  • Princess Denji (デンジ姫, Denji Hime) (movie, 26 & 45): A survivor of planet Denji 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]

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

Vehicles[edit]

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

Mecha[edit]

  • Denji Tiger (デンジタイガー, Denji Taigā): The flying fortress carrying the Denji Fighter that launches from Denji Land (デンジランド, Denji Rando), the island headquarters.
  • Daidenjin (ダイデンジン, Daidenjin): The first transforming giant robot in the Super Sentai genre, Daidenjin transforms from an airship called the Denji Fighter (デンジファイター, Denji Faitā). The Denji Fighter nose becomes Daidenjin's back, the sides of the underside become the chest, and the lateral sides become the legs. Its main weapon is the Denji 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 Denji Ball (デンジボール, Denji Bōru) and Daidenjin Boomerang (ダイデンジンブーメラン, Daidenjin Būmeran). The Denji 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 Denjimen and Banriki Demon King and Bankiri Monse. He grew giant and fought against the Daidenjin but fell to the Denji Sword after the Denjiman used the Denji Ball. He was saluted by the Denjimen 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 Denjiman until there was Denji Red, not injured in Episode 37 (Denji Yellow blinded in one eye, Denji Green injured by the wind, Denji Blue injured by hand in the water, and Denji Pink 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 Denjiman and was wounded after the Denjiman used Denji Boomerang. The Denjiman 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 Bankiri Monse, he turned into a human and took back the Vader Clan. He was finally killed off by the Denji 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]

No. Title Director Writer Original air date
1"Take the Express to the Super Fortress"
Transcription: "Chō Yōsai e Kyūkō Seyo" (Japanese: 超要塞へ急行せよ)
Koichi TakemotoShozo UeharaFebruary 2, 1980 (1980-02-02)
2"The Cannibalism Soap Bubbles"
Transcription: "Hito-kui Shabondama" (Japanese: 人喰いシャボン玉)
Koichi TakemotoShozo UeharaFebruary 9, 1980 (1980-02-09)
3"Oil Hell, Big Panic"
Transcription: "Abura Jigoku Dai Panikku" (Japanese: 油地獄大パニック)
Koichi TakemotoShozo UeharaFebruary 16, 1980 (1980-02-16)
4"Vader Demon Castle, Pursuit"
Transcription: "Bēdā Majō Tsuigeki" (Japanese: ベーダー魔城追撃)
Koichi TakemotoShozo UeharaFebruary 23, 1980 (1980-02-23)
5"The Red Poison Flower That Crawls up the Wall"
Transcription: "Kabe ni Ugomeku Akai Doku Bana" (Japanese: 壁に蠢く赤い毒花)
Itaru OritaShozo UeharaMarch 1, 1980 (1980-03-01)
6"A Girl's Demon Offshoot"
Transcription: "Akuma Bunshin no Shōjo" (Japanese: 悪魔分身の少女)
Itaru OritaShozo UeharaMarch 8, 1980 (1980-03-08)
7"The Great Tragedy of Planet Denji"
Transcription: "Denjisei no Dai Higeki" (Japanese: デンジ星の大悲劇)
Koichi TakemotoShozo UeharaMarch 15, 1980 (1980-03-15)
8"The Skeleton Town's Great Demon King"
Transcription: "Hakkotsu Toshi no Daimaō" (Japanese: 白骨都市の大魔王)
Koichi TakemotoTakashi EzureMarch 22, 1980 (1980-03-22)
9"The Bizarre Telephone That Calls Death"
Transcription: "Shi o Yobu Kaiki Denwa" (Japanese: 死を呼ぶ怪奇電話)
Koichi TakemotoShozo UeharaMarch 29, 1980 (1980-03-29)
10"I Love Witchcraft Cuisine!?"
Transcription: "Mahō Ryōri Daisuki!?" (Japanese: 魔法料理大好き!?)
Itaru OritaShozo UeharaApril 5, 1980 (1980-04-05)
11"Chase the Life-Stealer"
Transcription: "Inochi Dorobō o Oe" (Japanese: いのち泥棒を追え)
Itaru OritaShozo UeharaApril 12, 1980 (1980-04-12)
12"The Dangerous Child Spy"
Transcription: "Kiken na Kodomo Supai" (Japanese: 危険な子供スパイ)
Koichi TakemotoShozo UeharaApril 19, 1980 (1980-04-19)
13"The Rainbow-Colored Balloon is Torn"
Transcription: "Wareta Niji-iro no Fūsen" (Japanese: 割れた虹色の風船)
Koichi TakemotoTakeshi EzureApril 26, 1980 (1980-04-26)
14"Come to the 100-Point Cram School"
Transcription: "Hyakuten-Juku e Oide" (Japanese: 100点塾へおいで)
Kimio HirayamaShozo UeharaMay 3, 1980 (1980-05-03)
15"An Invitation to the Garden of Evil"
Transcription: "Aku no Sono e no Shōtaijō" (Japanese: 悪の園への招待状)
Kimio HirayamaShozo UeharaMay 10, 1980 (1980-05-10)
16"Smash the Conspiracy at Atami"
Transcription: "Atami no Inbō o Kudake" (Japanese: 熱海の陰謀を砕け)
Koichi TakemotoShozo UeharaMay 17, 1980 (1980-05-17)
17"Don't Cry! Baseball Novice"
Transcription: "Naku na! Yakyū Kozō" (Japanese: 泣くな!野球小僧)
Koichi TakemotoTakeshi EzureMay 24, 1980 (1980-05-24)
18"Romance Blooms at the Southern Sea"
Transcription: "Nankai ni Saku Roman" (Japanese: 南海に咲くロマン)
Koichi TakemotoHirohisa SodaMay 31, 1980 (1980-05-31)
19"My Prince of the Stars"
Transcription: "Watashi no Hoshi no Ōjisama" (Japanese: 私の星の王子さま)
Itaru OritaShozo UeharaJune 7, 1980 (1980-06-07)
20"Gorilla Boy's Great Riot"
Transcription: "Gorira Shōnen Ōbare" (Japanese: ゴリラ少年大暴れ)
Itaru OritaSusumu TakakuJune 14, 1980 (1980-06-14)
21"Attack the Grim Reaper Faction"
Transcription: "Shinigami Tō o Kōgeki Seyo" (Japanese: 死神党を攻撃せよ!)
Yoshiaki KobayashiShozo UeharaJune 21, 1980 (1980-06-21)
22"Super Time, Strange Experience"
Transcription: "Chō Jikan Fushigi Taiken" (Japanese: 超時間ふしぎ体験)
Yoshiaki KobayashiShozo UeharaJune 28, 1980 (1980-06-28)
23"A Demon That Walks Above the Ceiling"
Transcription: "Tenjōura o Aruku Akuma" (Japanese: 天井裏を歩く悪魔)
Ichigi YoshikawaHirohisa SodaJuly 5, 1980 (1980-07-05)
24"The Man With the Mysterious Power to Affix Traps"
Transcription: "Wana o Haru Kairiki Otoko" (Japanese: 罠をはる怪力男)
Ichigi YoshikawaTakashi EzureJuly 12, 1980 (1980-07-12)
25"The Tiger's Hole is an Escape Maze"
Transcription: "Tora no Ana wa Tōsō Meiro" (Japanese: 虎の穴は逃走迷路)
Kimio HirayamaHirohisa SodaJuly 19, 1980 (1980-07-19)
26"Princess Denji's Space Tune"
Transcription: "Denji-hime no Uchū Kyoku" (Japanese: デンジ姫の宇宙曲)
Kimio HirayamaShozo UeharaJuly 26, 1980 (1980-07-26)
27"Red Beetle Bomb"
Transcription: "Akai Kabutomushi Bakudan" (Japanese: 赤いカブト虫爆弾)
Yoshiaki KobayashiSusumu TakakuAugust 2, 1980 (1980-08-02)
28"The Secret Butcher of the Cursed House"
Transcription: "Noroi no Yakata no Missatsusha" (Japanese: 呪いの館の密殺者)
Yoshiaki KobayashiShozo UeharaAugust 9, 1980 (1980-08-09)
29"The ESPer Detective's Raid"
Transcription: "Chōnōryoku Keiji no Kyūshū" (Japanese: 超能力刑事の急襲)
Koichi TakemotoShozo UeharaAugust 16, 1980 (1980-08-16)
30"Missing, Stolen, Gone"
Transcription: "Kieta Nusunda Deta" (Japanese: 消えた盗んだ出た)
Koichi TakemotoHirohisa SodaAugust 23, 1980 (1980-08-23)
31"The Magician's Battle of Secret Arts"
Transcription: "Mahōtsukai Hijutsu Gassen" (Japanese: 魔法使い秘術合戦)
Koichi TakemotoShozo UeharaAugust 30, 1980 (1980-08-30)
32"Hell's Great Shooting Battle"
Transcription: "Jigoku no Dai Jūgekisen" (Japanese: 地獄の大銃撃戦)
Takafumi HattoriSusumu TakakuSeptember 6, 1980 (1980-09-06)
33"The Bloodsucking Instrument Lesson"
Transcription: "Kyūketsu Gakki Ressun" (Japanese: 吸血楽器レッスン)
Takafumi HattoriShozo UeharaSeptember 13, 1980 (1980-09-13)
34"The Sad Orphan's Tale"
Transcription: "Kanashii Sutego no Monogatari" (Japanese: 哀しい捨て子の物語)
Koichi TakemotoHirohisa SodaSeptember 27, 1980 (1980-09-27)
35"The Puzzling Weaver Princess"
Transcription: "Nazo no Hataori Hime" (Japanese: 謎のはたおり姫)
Koichi TakemotoHirohisa SodaOctober 4, 1980 (1980-10-04)
36"Poem of the Brave Puppy"
Transcription: "Yūki Aru Koinu no Uta" (Japanese: 勇気ある仔犬の詩)
Koichi TakemotoHirohisa SodaOctober 11, 1980 (1980-10-11)
37"Brute Force Banriki Devil King"
Transcription: "Banriki Banriki Maō" (Japanese: 蛮力バンリキ魔王)
Yoshiaki KobayashiHirohisa SodaOctober 18, 1980 (1980-10-18)
38"The Infinite Demon Sky's Great Adventure"
Transcription: "Mugen Makū no Daibōken" (Japanese: 無限魔空の大冒険)
Yoshiaki KobayashiShozo UeharaOctober 25, 1980 (1980-10-25)
39"The Queen's Angry Apparition Art"
Transcription: "Joō Ikari no Yōmajutsu" (Japanese: 女王怒りの妖魔術)
Koichi TakemotoShozo UeharaNovember 1, 1980 (1980-11-01)
40"The Champion's Enemy"
Transcription: "Chanpion no Teki" (Japanese: チャンピオンの敵)
Koichi TakemotoShozo UeharaNovember 8, 1980 (1980-11-08)
41"The Greatest All-Out War in History"
Transcription: "Shijō Saidai no Sōryokusen" (Japanese: 史上最大の総力戦)
Takafumi HattoriShozo UeharaNovember 15, 1980 (1980-11-15)
42"The Bad Dream That Ate Boys"
Transcription: "Shōnen o Kuu Warui Yume" (Japanese: 少年を喰う悪い夢)
Takafumi HattoriHirohisa SodaNovember 22, 1980 (1980-11-22)
43"The Puzzling Spectrum Lady"
Transcription: "Nazonazo Nanairo Redi" (Japanese: 謎なぞ七色レディ)
Koichi TakemotoTakashi EzureNovember 29, 1980 (1980-11-29)
44"The Tale of the Strange Lamp"
Transcription: "Fushigi Ranpu Monogatari" (Japanese: 不思議ランプ物語)
Koichi TakemotoShozo UeharaDecember 6, 1980 (1980-12-06)
45"Princess Denji was Two People"
Transcription: "Futari Ita Denji-hime" (Japanese: 二人いたデンジ姫)
Takafumi HattoriHirohisa SodaDecember 13, 1980 (1980-12-13)
46"Starvation Hell X Plan"
Transcription: "Harapeko Jigoku Ekkusu Keikaku" (Japanese: 腹ペコ地獄X計画)
Takafumi HattoriHirohisa SodaDecember 20, 1980 (1980-12-20)
47"The Mermaid Who Disappeared in the Morning Sun"
Transcription: "Asahi ni Kieta Ningyo" (Japanese: 朝日に消えた人魚)
Takafumi HattoriHirohisa SodaDecember 27, 1980 (1980-12-27)
48"Demon King Banriki's Rebellion"
Transcription: "Banriki Maō Hanran" (Japanese: バンリキ魔王反乱)
Yoshiaki KobayashiShozo UeharaJanuary 10, 1981 (1981-01-10)
49"Vader Castle Big Disaster"
Transcription: "Bēdā-Jō Daiihen" (Japanese: ベーダー城大異変)
Yoshiaki KobayashiShozo UeharaJanuary 17, 1981 (1981-01-17)
50"The General Dies Twice"
Transcription: "Shōgun wa Nido Shinu" (Japanese: 将軍は二度死ぬ)
Itaru OritaShozo UeharaJanuary 24, 1981 (1981-01-24)
51"Resound, Bells of Hope!"
Transcription: "Hibike Kibō no Kane yo" (Japanese: ひびけ希望の鐘よ)
Itaru OritaShozo UeharaJanuary 31, 1981 (1981-01-31)

Movie[edit]

The movie for Denshi Sentai Denjiman (written by Shozo Uehara and directed by Koichi Takemoto) premiered during the Toei Manga Matsuri film festival on July 12, 1980, the same day episode 24 aired. The character of Princess Denji 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 Denjiman" (ああ電子戦隊デンジマン, Aa Denshi Sentai Denjiman, "Oh Denshi Sentai Denjiman")
Ending theme
  • "Denjiman ni Makasero!" (デンジマンにまかせろ!, Denjiman ni Makasero!, "Leave it to Denjiman!")
    • Lyrics: Kazuo Koike
    • Composition & Arrangement: Michiaki Watanabe
    • Artist: Ken Narita

International broadcasts[edit]

Denshi Sentai Denjiman 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 led to more broadcasts of Super Sentai series later in the country. Denjiman was also broadcast dubbed in Italy, in some regional channels.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Literally translated as Electro-Squad Denjiman.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Library -- English Titles -- TOEI TV Website". Archived from the original on 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-13.

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