Redman (TV series)

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Redman
Created byTsuburaya Productions
StarringKin'ichi Kusumi
Composer(s)N/A
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes138
Production
Running time5 minutes
Release
Original networkNippon TV (Japan)
Original releaseApril 3rd, 1972 –
September 8th, 1972

Redman (レッドマン, Reddoman) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series. A Kyodai Hero programme, it features the titular hero growing to immense size and fighting similarly sized monsters. Originally broadcast as 138 five-minute segments as part of the children's variety show Ohayo! Kodomo Show on Nippon TV, it was produced by Tsuburaya Productions. Redman was initially aired between April 3, 1972 to September 8 of that same year. In 2016, Tsuburaya Productions uploaded the series to its official YouTube channel.

The superhero Redman battles the Ultraman monster Jirass. Many of Redman's foes were from the Ultra Series.

It is similar in many ways to Tsuburaya Productions' other Kyodai Hero programmes, particularly the Ultra Series, with all of Redman's foes being reused Ultra Series monsters. The titular hero, described as a peace-loving alien from Planet Red in the Red Nebula, has a reputation among fans for the level of aggression he displays in fights, earning the fan nickname of Red Phantom Killer (赤い通り魔, Akai Tōrima). Redman's original premise, similar to that of various other Tsuburaya Kyodai Heroes, is that he is an incorporeal alien being who, upon escaping the destruction of Planet Red, bonds with Officer Sakomizu of the Scientific Investigation Agency (SIA) and must protect Earth from evil spirits that are able to revive fallen monsters from the dead.

Comic book[edit]

A comic series titled Redman: The Kaiju Hunter, written and illustrated by Matt Frank and Gonçalo Lopes, began in Japan in November 2017. An English-language trade paperback collecting chapters 1-5 was published by Night Shining, Inc. in August 2018. The second volume, collecting chapters 6-10, was published in February 2019. The comic series adheres to the popular interpretation of Redman as an aggressive killer, featuring the titular hero wandering a desolate world populated by monsters and framed as a mysterious group of aliens watching "episodes" on television.

References[edit]

  • Redman at the Japan Hero Encyclopedia.