Kaiketsu Lion-Maru

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Lion-Maru

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).

Plot[edit]

During the late 16th century, a trio of ninja orphans are wandering Japan and saving people from evil by battling a villain of the week in each episode.

Characters[edit]

  • 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!」 Kaze yo! Hikari yo! Ninpō: Shishi-Henge!?) to take on the power. [1]
  • Saori (沙織 Saori?): An acrobatic female fighter who often becomes a damsel in distress.[2]
  • Kosuke (小助 Kosuke?): The young boy who uses his flute to summon the pegasus Hikarimaru.
  • Gousan (豪山 Gōsan?): The series' chief villain.
  • Tora Jōnosuke (虎 錠之介 Tora Jōnosuke?) (episodes 27-30, 36-54): A man recruited by Gosun, given the mysterious sword Ginsachi (ギンサチ?) to become Tiger Joe (タイガージョー Taigā Jō?).

Episodes[edit]

  1. Emissary of Darkness Orochi (魔王の使者オロチ Maō no shisha orochi?)
  2. Beat It!! Monster Yamawaro Child (倒せ!!怪人ヤマワロ童子 Taose!! Kaijin yamawaro dōji?)
  3. The Demon Forest: Wakuranba (魔の森 わくらんば Ma no mori : wa kuran ba?)
  4. Musasabian: Explosion Plan!! (ムササビアン 爆破作戦!! Musasabian : bakuha sakusen!!?)
  5. Shinigami Obo Who Came From Hell (地獄から来た死神オボ Jigoku kara ki ta shinigami obo?)
  6. The Man-Eating Flower Flowander (人食い花フラワンダー Jin gui hana furawandā?)
  7. The Cursed Gold Mine: Ginzame (呪われた金山 ギンザメ Noroware ta kanayama : ginzame?)
  8. Shadow Clone Demon King Debonba and Monster Iwageba (分身魔王デボノバと怪人イワゲバ Bunshin maō debonoba to kaijin iwageba?)
  9. The Vampire Who Calls Death, Monster Zombie (死を呼ぶ吸血怪人ゾンビー Shi o yobu kyūketsu kaijin zonbī?)
  10. Water of Death: Poison Newt (死の水 ドクイモリ Shi no mizu : doku imori?)
  11. Wolf of Hell, Kamakirian! (地獄の狼カマキリアン! Jigoku no ōkami kamakiri an!?)
  12. Monster Giroji: The Sea's Pits (怪人ギロジー 海の落し穴 Kaijin girojī : umi no otoshiana?)
  13. Monster Umikaburo and The Man-Eating Merman (怪人ウミカブロと人食い怪魚 Kaijin umikaburo to hito gui kai gyo?)
  14. The Wandering Monster Nezuganda (さすらいの怪人ネズガンダ Sasurai no kaijin nezuganda?)
  15. Elethunder: The Duel On The Hell Valley (エレサンダー 地獄谷の決闘 Eresandā : jigogudani no kettō?)
  16. The Creeping Hands of Evil: Meleonga (忍びよる魔の手 メレオンガ Shinobi yoru ma no te mereonga?)
  17. Monster Jeromo: The Demonic Beacon (怪人ジェロモ 悪魔のノロシ Kaijin jeromo akuma no noro shi?)
  18. Monster Muiodoro: The Call of The Blessed Mountain! (怪人ムイオドロ 恵山の叫び! Kaijin muiodoro : esan no sakebi!?)
  19. The Monster Who Takes Children: The Confrontaion at Sunset! (子連れ怪人 夕陽の対決! Kozure kaijin : yūhi no taiketsu!?)
  20. The Killer Pursuer Kumaoroji (殺しの追跡者クマオロジ Koroshi no tsuiseki sha kumaoroji?)
  21. Hannyarasu: A Mother's Love Lullaby (ハンニャラス 母恋い子守唄 Hannyarasu : haha koi komori uta?)
  22. The Stolen Pipe: Monster Kibagira (盗まれた笛 怪人キバギラー Nusumare ta fue : kaijin kibagirā?)
  23. The Snake and Scorpion Monster Dakatsu (蛇と蝎の怪人ダカツ Hebi to sasori no kaijin dakatsu?)
  24. Lion Flying Slash vs Monster Tobimusashi (ライオン飛行斬り対怪人トビムサシ Raion hikō kiri tai kaijin tobi musashi?)
  25. Shadow Hunter Monster Mothgiger (影狩り怪人モスガイガー Kage kari kaijin mosugaigā?)
  26. The Last Defense Captain Kuwarugirubi (最後の守備隊長クワルギルビ Saigo no shubi taichō kuwarugirubi?)
  27. Great Demon King Gorsun Gets Mad! (大魔王ゴースン怒る! Dai maō Gōsun okoru!?)
  28. The Evil Swordsman Tiger Joe (悪の剣士タイガージョー Aku no kenshi Taigā Jō?)
  29. Three Shadows: Monster Dokuronga (影三つ 怪人ドクロンガ Kage mittsu : kaijin dokuronga?)
  30. Monster Matsubaraba: The Mystery of The Solitary Pine Tree (怪人マツバラバ 一本松の謎 Kaijin matsuba raba : ipponmatsu no nazo?)
  31. The Demon Sword of Resentment: Orochi Junior (怨みの魔剣 オロチジュニア Urami no ma ken : orochijunia?)
  32. Gamaurufu: The Note's Secret (ガマウルフ 覚え書の秘密 Gamaurufu : oboe sho no himitsu?)
  33. The Heartless Robber: Gamemadara (非情の盗賊 ガメマダラ Hijō no tōzoku : gamemadara?)
  34. The Killer Melody: Monster Pandaran (殺しのメロディ 怪人パンダラン Koroshi no merodi : kaijin panda ran?)
  35. Laughing In Blood Monster Arisazen (血に笑う怪人アリサゼン Chi ni warau kaijin arisazen?)
  36. The Broken Spear: Monster Hachigaraga (折れた槍 怪人ハチガラガ Ore ta yari : kaijin hachigaraga?)
  37. The Targeted Man: Monster Todokazura (狙われた男 怪人トドカズラ Neraware ta otoko : kaijin todokazura?)
  38. Gorsun's Secret: Monster Tatsudorodo (ゴースンの秘密 怪人タツドロド Gōsun no himitsu : kaijin tatsudorodo?)
  39. Monster Kichiku: The Evil Buddha (怪人キチク 悪の念佛 Kaijin kichiku : aku no nen hotoke?)
  40. Great Demon King Gorsun: Gets Mad Once Again! (大魔王ゴースン 再び怒る! Dai maō Gōsun : futatabi okoru!?)
  41. Great Demon King Gorsun: Aim For That Heart! (大魔王ゴースン あの胸を狙え! Dai maō Gōsun : ano mune o nerae!?)
  42. The Killer Stranger: Kirugoddo (殺しの流れ者 キルゴッド Koroshi no nagare sha : kirugoddo?)
  43. Betrayal's Ridge: Monster Girara (裏切りの峠 怪人ギララ Uragiri no tōge : kaijin girara?)
  44. A Female Ninja's Tears: Monster Meganda (くの一の涙 怪人メガンダ Kunoichi no namida : kaijin meganda?)
  45. A Runaway Ninja's Animal Path: Monster Hanzaki (抜け忍けもの道 怪人ハンザキ Nuke nin ke mo no michi : kaijin hanzaki?)
  46. The Biwa Master of Darkness: Monster Noizer (暗闇の琵琶法師 怪人ノイザー kurayami no biwa hōshi : kaijin no izā?)
  47. The Coffin of Hell: Monster Jenma (地獄の棺桶 怪人ジェンマ Jigoku no kanoke : kaijin jenma?)
  48. The Hitman Covered In Wounds: Monster Mafian (傷だらけの殺し屋 怪人マフィアン Kizu darake no koroshi ya : kaijin mafian?)
  49. The Terrifying Butcher: Monster Jamura (恐るべき屠殺人 怪人ジャムラ Osoreru beki tosatsu jin : kaijin ja mura?)
  50. Hang Up Lionmaru!! Monster Juukaku (ライオン丸を吊るせ!!怪人ジュウカク Raionmaru o tsuruse!! kaijin jūkaku?)
  51. The Final Eight: Monster Abuter (最後の八人衆 怪人アブター Saigo no hachi nin shū : kaijin abutā?)
  52. The Fast-Drawing Six-Chambered Revolver: Monster Gunrad (早射ち六連発 怪人ゴンラッド Haya uchi roku renpatsu : kaijin gonraddo?)
  53. The Sad Tiger Joe's End! (悲しきタイガージョーの最期! Kanashiki Taigā Jō no saigo!?)
  54. Lionmaru: The Final Battle To The Death (ライオン丸 最後の死闘 Raionmaru : saigo no shitō?)

Cast[edit]

  • 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

Music[edit]

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?)

Foreign releases[edit]

The series was broadcast in Italy in 1983, 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.

DVD release[edit]

In P Productions' publicity materials for the 2002 DVD release, Lion Maru was subtitled The Beast-Transformed Ninja Warrior.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
N/A
Lion-Maru
1972
Succeeded by
Fuun Lion-Maru