Warrior of Love Rainbowman

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Warrior of Love Rainbowman
Created byToho Company Ltd.
StarringKunihisa Mizutani
Eriko Ishigawa
Akihiko Hirata
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes52
Production
Running time24 minutes (per episode)
Release
Original networkNET (now TV Asahi)
Original release6 October 1972 – 18 September 1973
Warrior of Love Rainbowman
愛の戦士レインボーマン
(Ai no Senshi Reinbōman)
Manga
Written byMitsuru Adachi
Published byTV Magazine Otomodachi
DemographicShōnen
Original run19721973
Anime television series
Directed byNobuhiro Okasako
Produced bySayumi Kawauchi
Music byJun Kitahara
StudioMBS/Ai Kikaku Center
Original networkTBS
Original run 10 October 1982 27 March 1983
Episodes22
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Warrior of Love Rainbowman (愛の戦士レインボーマン, Ai no Senshi Reinbōman) is a tokusatsu series created by Kōhan Kawauchi, this was the first superhero TV series produced by Toho Company Ltd., and was broadcast on NET (now TV Asahi) from October 6, 1972 to September 18, 1973, with a total of 52 episodes. Mitsuru Adachi wrote a manga series based on the show which was serialized in TV Magazine Otomodachi from 1972 to 1973.

Overview[edit]

The series focuses on pro wrestler Takeshi Yamato, a young man who, after training in India with the yogi sage Devadatta, gains the ability to transform into a superhero called Rainbowman who possesses seven different superhero forms called "Dashes", with the seven Dashes representing yin and yang (the Moon and the Sun) and the five elements (wu xing) of ancient Chinese philosophy. In each Dash form, (with Dash 1 representing the Moon (yellow), Dash 2 representing fire (red), Dash 3 representing water (blue), Dash 4 representing wood (green), Dash 5 representing metal (gold), Dash 6 representing earth (brown) and Dash 7 representing the Sun (white)), Rainbowman is endowed with a color-coded costume and powers related to that element. Later in the series he gains the ability to create a fusion state between Dash 7 and any two other forms with all their related powers.

Rainbowman opposes the "Die Die Gang," a group representing hostile foreign powers bent on revenge against Japan for acts carried out in World War II. They make use of elite mercenaries, cyborgs, wizards and supernatural monsters in pursuit of their plans.

In 1982, a 22-episode anime remake loosely based on the series was produced. Instead of a superhero as in the live-action series, the anime featured a young man who commands seven giant robots which can merge with a larger giant robot.

Cast[edit]

  • Takeshi Yamato (大和 タケシ, Yamato Takeshi): Kunihisa Mizutani (水谷 邦久, Mizutani Kunihisa)
  • Devadatta: Shōbun Inoue (井上 昭文, Inoue Shōbun)
  • Tami Yamato (大和 たみ, Yamato Tami): Kakuko Motoyama (本山 可久子, Motoyama Kakuko)
  • Mizuki Yamato (大和 みゆき, Yamato Mizuki): Eriko Ishigawa (石川 えり子, Ishigawa Eriko)
  • Ichirō Yamato (大和 一郎, Yamato Ichirō): Hiroshi Koizumi (小泉 汪 (as 小泉 博), Koizumi Hiroshi)
  • Hisasō Yamato (大和 久蔵, Yamato Hisasō): Junji Masuda (増田 順司, Masuda Junji)
  • Akiko Yamato (大和 秋子, Yamato Akiko): Reiko Mutō
  • Toshie (淑江, Toshie): Megumi Itō (伊藤 めぐみ, Itō Megumi)
  • Mr. K (ミスターK, Misutā Kei): Akihiko Hirata
  • God Iguana (ゴッドイグアナ, Goddo Iguana): Machiko Soga

Theme songs[edit]

Opening song[edit]

Yuke Rainbowman (行けレインボーマン, Go Rainbowman)

Ending Songs[edit]

Yamato Takeshi no uta (ヤマトタケシの歌, Theme of Yamato Takeshi, ep.1 - ep.13)

  • Lyrics: Kawauchi Kohan
  • Composition: Jun Kitahara
  • Singer: Yū Mizushima

Aitsu no namae wa Rainbowman (あいつの名前はレインボーマン, That Man's Name is Rainbowman, ep.14 - ep.52)

  • Lyrics: Kawauchi Kohan
  • Composition: Jun Kitahara
  • Singers: Cat's Eye and Young Fresh

Other song[edit]

  • Shineshine-dan no uta (死ね死ね団の歌, Theme of Shineshine-dan)
  • Lyrics: Kawauchi Kohan
  • Composition: Jun Kitahara
  • Singers: Cat's Eye and Young Fresh

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