GODZILLA MEETS ZONE FIGHTER, THE METEOR MAN (1. It should be noted here that just after the release of Godzilla vs. Megalon, the heroic Showa version of Godzilla appeared several times on Toho’s super- hero TV series Zone Fighter, The Meteor Man, which aired on Japan's NTV network from April 2 to September 2.
Zone Fighter, the Meteor Man was Toho's contribution to this genre, and though the character is today considered little more than one of the many rip- offs of the Ultraman character and formula who appeared during the early 1. G- fandom by establishing itself as part of the world inhabited by Godzilla and company (Toho produced a few other sentai series for TV that were said to take place in the Showa Tohoverse, and these series included guest appearances by Gorosaurus and Sanda; the series covered in this section is the only one that featured Godzilla himself, however, and is probably the most well- known of Toho's sentai series for the small screen).
Zone Angel had the gift of keen . Akira was simply adept at outwitting many of his Garogain opponents in his own inimitable manner, as he was more or less just along for the ride as the token .
For the purpose of completeness, I have included the 2- part King Ghidorah episode, despite the fact that Godzilla didn’t appear in it. Also, please note that the spellings of the monsters' names (and sometimes even the names themselves) will vary from source to source, due to the difficulty in translating a proper noun, particularly an imaginary one, from Japanese to English, along with the individual aesthetic preferences of various kaiju- fans. The Attack of Garoga’s Army”. While investigating a fallen meteor near their house, the Zone family discovers one of their race, Tatsuo . Unable to become Zone Fighter, Hikaru is about to have his bogus car placed in a scrap metal crusher. To compensate for this serious power loss, Gigan is given the new ability to release explosive charges from the tips of his hand scythes upon impact with a solid object.
However, as soon as the Big G leaves the area, Gigan rises again, where he's finally confronted by Zone Fighter. Despite Gigan's new ability to release explosives from the scythes on his forearms, it once again proves no substitute for the several formidable powers that he lost, and Zone Fighter promptly destroys the cyborg monster with a full power display of his Missile Might, thereby ending the career of the brutal alien kaiju once and for all. The Horrible Allies”. In the next to last episode of the series, the Garogain launch their ultimate scheme: they place dozens of monsters in capsules, and prepare to release them all over Japan in an attempt to completely overwhelm Zone Fighter through sheer force of numbers. Megalon since he appeared in the show just two months after that movie was released.
Animetal - Meteor Man Zone (Ry
Gigan that Andre's article noted was bereft of any mobility. The alien costumes and masks blatantly looked as if they were made on the cheap, and the obviously plastic faces of the Garogain were completely stiff and expressionless. As for the Terro- Beasts, who were supposed to be the highlight of the series, most of them were utterly ludicrous in appearance, worse even than some of the monsters seen early in the American Power Rangers franchise, and certainly below the quality we would expect to see on a rival sentai show produced by Tsuberaya Productions. Many of them looked as if they were thrown together by a few six year old kaiju enthusiasts using material that they found in their attics or rescued from the garbage cans in their back yards, along with some low grade monster masks and latex kits their parents purchased for them from Captain Company, who advertised in the back pages of FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND and other Warren mags from the late 1. Captain Company, now bereft of Jim Warren's ownership, still advertise in the last several pages of the current version of that exhalted monster mag that is today published by Ray Ferry!). For those who may believe I'm being too harsh on the monster suits used for the series, then simply take a gander at the screen captures of all of these creatures in the Monster Bios section of Toho Kingdom that were expertly and painstakingly created by James Webster. In fact, Andre Du.
Bois described the actor who played the title role as .
Zone Fighter - Wikipedia. Zone Fighter, known in Japan as Ry. Produced by Toho Company Ltd., the show aired on Nippon Television from April 2 to September 2. This was Toho's answer to not only the popular Ultra Series, but the Henshin Hero phenomenon started by shows like Kamen Rider and Android Kikaider. The previous year, Toho had just made their successful first superhero show, Rainbowman. The series was also notable for its guest appearance by Toho's own Godzilla, as well as two other Toho monsters, King Ghidorah and Gigan.
Supplementary materials published by Toho have confirmed Zone Fighter to be part of the Showa- era Godzilla series, taking place in between Godzilla vs. Megalon and Godzilla vs.
Mechagodzilla. Characters. To stop the Garoga army's invasion on Earth, the Sakimori family's three children, Hikaru (the oldest son), Hotaru (the teenage sister) and Akira (the young boy) transform into the superheroes Zone Fighter, Zone Angel, and Zone Junior. Their transformation code (associated with a . He works as a test driver for cars.
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As Zone Fighter, upon uttering the command . His killing attacks are the . Just like Ultraman, he can only become giant sized for a limited time, and the meter light on his belt buckle changes from blue (normal) to yellow (caution) to red (danger). He was played by Kazuya Aoyama. Hotaru Sakimori/Zone Angel is the second oldest of the siblings.
She attends high school. She was played by Kazumi Kitahara. Akira Sakimori/Zone Junior is the youngest of the siblings. He attends grade school. He was played by Kenji Sato.
Bird Zone. Yoichiro Sakimori is the father of the three children. He is the proprietor of the Toy Research Institute, which explains the family's penchant for toys. He invents the gadgets and vehicles used by the Zone siblings to fight the Garoga army. He was played by Shoji Nakayama. Tsukiko Sakimori is Yoichiro's wife and the mother of the three children. She was played by Sachiko Kozuki. Raita Sakimori/Zone Great is Y.
When his grandchildren are in a terrible predicament, he uses the Great Raideki satellite to get them out of trouble. He was played by Shiro Amakusa.
Godzilla, the King of the Monsters himself, is Zone Fighter's occasional ally in fighting the Garoga Terro- Beasts. He is usually called forth by the Zone Family to assist Zone Fighter when he is outmatched or injured, and as the series progresses becomes a close friend to Zone Fighter. The Zone Family even built a . Godzilla appeared in Episodes 4, 1. He was played by Toru Kawai and Isao Zushi. Zushi would play Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla in 1.
Kawai would don the Godzilla costume for 1. Terror of Mechagodzilla. Zone arsenal. Transforms from his racecar Skyline GT. It can also fly. Smokey is the mini- aircraft Zone Angel and Junior ride. So named because it resides in a cloud until called upon.
Zone Angel and Junior can recharge Fighter's energy with an emergency battery that comes with the aircraft. Bolt Thunder/Great Raideki is the cloud controlled by Raita Sakamori from the control panel in the family's house. Shoots destructive lightning bolts that can damage a Terro- Beast. Garoga army. They have red, black, blue and yellow bodies, along with the same colors for the eyes and faces and floppy antennas. Their appearance seems very similar to the aliens that appear in the film Mars Attacks! They operate in a huge satellite in space. Gold Garoga - He is the leader of the Garoga Army.
He wears a cape to signify his authority. He is sometimes known as .
Man in the 1. 98. Choudenshi Bioman and Gorma Emperor XV in the 1. Sentai Series Gosei Sentai Dairanger. Silver Garoga - They are the Garoga henchmen. Red Garoga - They are the Garoga generals. When there is a pack of henchmen, they act as the leaders of the packs.
White Garoga - They are the Garoga scientists. They create the Terro- Beasts that fight Zone Fighter. Garoga X- Agents - They are a squadron of Garogas that were highly trained for any situation. They were the last weapons sent to kill Zone Fighter. During the series finale they merge to create the monster, Grotogauros. Terro- Beasts are the various giant monsters sent by the Garoga army to attack the Earth.
They are sent in various ways. They are launched to Earth from the Garoga satellite via a Terro- Beast missile. A Garogan transforms into a Terro- Beast while spying on Earth.
A certain group of Garogas can merge to become Terro- Beasts in desperate times. Terro- Beasts. In these appearances the space dragon was discovered being controlled by the Garogas. He is also the only monster in the series (excluding Godzilla) that didn't die in the series. Gigan appears in Episode 1.
The cyborg has lost the ability to fly or use his buzzsaw, but has been given the power to cause explosions with his scythes. He fights and is briefly defeated by Godzilla, but after reviving he is killed by Zone Fighter at the end of the episode.