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Cover art from the DVD release of Hurricane Polymar
|Genre||Adventure, Science fiction, Superhero|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Hisayuki Toriumi|
|Written by||Jinzō Toriumi|
|Music by||Shunsuke Kikuchi|
|Original network||NET (now TV Asahi)|
|Original run||October 4, 1974 – March 28, 1975|
|Original video animation|
|Hurricane Polymar: Holy Blood|
|Directed by||Akiyuki Shinbo|
|Written by||Hideki Kakinuma|
|Music by||Tatsumi Yano|
|Studio||Tatsunoko Production, J.C. Staff|
|Released||September 21, 1996 – February 21, 1997|
|Runtime||30 minutes (each)|
Hurricane Polymar (破裏拳ポリマー Hariken Porimā) is a Japanese anime and OVA series produced by Tatsunoko Productions. The show was created by Tatsuo Yoshida, who had produced many of Tatsunoko's series. Other romanizations of the name include Hurricane Polymer, and Hariken Polymar (since the latter is spelled using Japanese kanji). Hurricane Polymar is the secret identity of Takeshi Yoroi (鎧武士 Yoroi Takeshi). He wears a special suit which enables him to fight crime. The suit is made of memory plastic which enables him to assume any shape, including morphing its wearer in 5 different vehicles.
A remake was released in Japan on September 21, 1996, followed by episode 2 on February 21, 1997. It was later dubbed by New Generation Pictures, and was released in the United States by Urban Vision on VHS on October 1, 1998.) It was re-released by Discotek Media on DVD on March 19, 2013.
Onigawara, the director of the International Secret Police Agency, looked forward to making Takeshi a top-notch criminal investigator. Takeshi was given training, which turned him into an all-around sportsman as well as martial arts expert. However, Takeshi's attitude toward crime-fighting was so incompatible with Onigawara's, that he disowned him. For a while Takeshi investigated crime alone; then he became a private detective Joe Kuruma's assistant and general handyman under the alias Takeshi Yoroi. Secretly, however, Takeshi obtained from a scientist a new artificial polymer, polymet, that was far stronger than steel. With this polymet Takeshi transformed himself into Hurricane Polymar, a costumed hero for fight for the justice and defeat to the different gangs.
- Kazuyuki Sogabe as Takeshi Yoroi/Onigawara (Polymar)
- Takeshi Aono as Joe Kuruma
- Miki Ochiai as Teru Nanba
- Masashi Amenomori as Toragoro Onigawara
- Kan Tokumaru as Inspector Deret
- Kazuya Tatekabe as Baron (Danshaku)
- Kei Tomiyama as Next Episode Preview Narrator
Hurricane Polymar's main ability, aside from augmented strength and high-speed rotation, is transforming into one of five different vehicles (described below). Polymar's suit can also last up to forty-six minutes and one second before having to transform back; if Takeshi does not reverse the transformation, he is in danger of dying from hyperthermia. Since the suit is powered by magnetism, it is vulnerable to high voltage and will also lose power in temperatures lower than −50 degrees Celsius. When inactive, the suit is disguised as Takeshi's motorcycle helmet.
Polymar's vehicles are:
- Polymar Hawk (supersonic jet);
- Polymar Grampus (submarine);
- Polymar Drill (tank with twin drills);
- Polymar Machine (formula-one race car); and
- Polymar Roller (steam roller).
|#||Episode Name||Original air date|
|01||"Phantom Thieves: The Flying Squirrels"|
"Kaitō musasabi tō" (怪盗むささび党)
|October 4, 1974|
|02||"Deadly Assassin: The Red Scorpion"|
"Ansatsu oni kurenai sasori" (暗殺鬼紅サソリ)
|October 11, 1974|
|03||"Machine Gang: The Centipede Plan"|
"Mekagyangu mukade sakusen" (メカギャングむかで作戦)
|October 18, 1974|
|04||"The Skull King: Rattlesnake"|
"Toguro maō garagara hebi" (とぐろ魔王ガラガラ蛇)
|October 25, 1974|
|05||"Web-Spinning Devils: The Demon Spiders"|
"Ito guru majin tsuchi gumo" (糸ぐる魔人土ぐも)
|November 1, 1974|
|06||"Machine Transformation: The Mole Thieves"|
"Meka henka mogura tōzoku dan" (メカ変化もぐら盗賊団)
|November 8, 1974|
|07||"The Bite-Bark Killers"|
"Wanwan kamukira" (わんわんカムキラー)
|November 15, 1974|
|08||"Acid Machine: The Pitcher Plant"|
"Yōkai mashin'u tsubōra" (溶解マシンウツボーラ)
|November 22, 1974|
|09||"The Cat Demon Gang: Dancing in Darkness"|
"Nekoma dan yami wo odoru" (猫魔団 闇に踊る)
|November 29, 1974|
|10||"Electric Gang: The Jellyfish"|
"Den ma dan kuragera" (電魔団クラゲラー)
|December 6, 1974|
|11||"Robo-Beast Gang: White Wolf"|
"Meka kemono dan howaitoraia" (メカ獣団ホワイトウルフ)
|December 13, 1974|
|12||"Winged Humans: The Robo-Birdmen"|
"Chōjin torimekaman" (鳥人トリメカマン)
|December 20, 1974|
|13||"The Phantom Image: Misty Butterfly"|
"Gen'ei oboro chō" (幻影おぼろ蝶)
|December 27, 1974|
|14||"The Great Squeak Plan"|
"Chūchū daisakusen" (ちゅうちゅう大作戦)
|January 3, 1975|
|15||"Lightning Phantom: Sparker Dale"|
"Inaduma kaijin pikaderu" (稲妻怪人ピカデール)
|January 10, 1975|
|16||"Monster Fish Pirate: Piracanth"|
"Kemono sakana kaizoku pirakansu" (獣魚海賊ピーラカンス)
|January 17, 1975|
|17||"The Secret of Polymar's Birth"|
"Porima tanjō no himitsu" (ポリマー誕生の秘密)
|January 24, 1975|
|18||"Peril at -50°C"|
"Mainasu 50 do no kiki" (マイナス５０度の危機)
|January 31, 1975|
|19||"Yama Devil: Stikatung"|
"En ma kaijin berodasse" (えん魔怪人ベロダッセ)
|February 7, 1975|
|20||"Phantom Thieves: The Archer Fishmen"|
"Kaitō deppō sakana nin" (怪盗てっぽう魚人)
|February 14, 1975|
|21||"Bark Bark: A Disguise Battle"|
"Konkon shichihenge" (コンコン七変化)
|February 21, 1975|
|22||"Demons of Vengeance: The Helmed Crickets"|
"Fukushūki kerakabuto" (復讐鬼ケラカブト)
|February 28, 1975|
|23||"Undersea Devils: The Water Kites"|
"Kaitei majin uotonbi" (海底魔人ウオトンビ)
|March 7, 1975|
|24||"The Magnificent Octomask"|
"Kaiketsu tako kamen" (怪傑タコ仮面)
|March 14, 1975|
|25||"Sea Turtle General: Tortishell"|
"Umi kame shōgun bekkōda" (海亀将軍ベッコーダー)
|March 21, 1975|
|26||"Polymar's Final Battle"|
"Porima saigo no kessen" (ポリマー最後の決戦)
|March 28, 1975|
A two-part anime OVA was created in the mid-90's entitled Hurricane Polymar: Holy Blood featuring extremists that mutate into amphibious shark-like creatures. Urban Vision initially released it on VHS in the late 1990s, but since then the U.S. DVD rights have gone to Discotek Media. Hurricane Polymar was featured in the PlayStation game Tatsunoko Fight with him and Teru (in a costume she wore in episode 15) as playable characters along with an original character named Astral Chameleon who is composed of the souls of the criminals that died in the series. Hurricane Polymar later appeared as a playable character in the Wii video game Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.
|1||"Holy Blood Vol.1"||September 21, 1996|
|2||"Holy Blood Vol.2"||February 21, 1997|
Live action film
In November 15, 2016, a live action film adaptation is in development with Koichi Sakamoto set as director, Shinsuke Onishi as writer and Junpei Mizobata, Yuki Yamada, Yurina Yanagi and Mikie Hara set to star in the film. It was released on May 13, 2017 in Japanese theatres.
- Ai Orikasa as Nina Nielsen
- Michiko Neya as Ryoko
- Ryotaro Okiayu as Takeshi
- Takehito Koyasu as Pulsar
- Takeshi Aono as Joe Kuruma
- Tesshō Genda as Nova
- Yasunori Matsumoto as Sukamuugu
- Yuko Miyamura as Namba Teru
- Alex Fernandez as Hurricane Polymar/Takeshi
- Matt K. Miller Additional Voices
- John DeMita as Joe Kuruma
- Jack Fletcher as Skamugu / Onigawara
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