|This article is about a/an show in the Tokusatsu Super Hero subgenre.|
|Number of episodes:||26|
|First episode:||Secret Messenger of the Morning Wind|
|Original airing:||October 8, 1972 - April 8, 1973|
Iron King (アイアンキング Aian Kingu) is a tokusatsu superhero TV series about a giant cyborg. The series was produced by Nippon Gendai and Senkosha (now Senko Planning), and aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System from October 8, 1972 to April 8, 1973, with a total of 26 episodes.
The Shiranui Clan have planned for 2000 years to conquer Japan in retaliation for their nomadic ancestors being banished from the country by theYamato Clan (who eventually became known as the Japanese people). Each armored ninja-like member of the clan controls a gigantic robot warrior in order to overthrow the "Yamato Government," as they call it.
In response to this terrorist threat, Japan's National Security Organization send agent Gentaro Shizuka (pop star Shoji Ishibashi), disguised as what can best described as a Spaghetti Western version of a singing cowboy, to stop their plans with the assistance of comical, mountaineering-clad Goro Kirishima (Mitsuo Hamada). In an unusual direction for such tokusatsu (visual effects) programs, it is not the heroic but often surprisingly ruthless Gentaro but the bumbling, bespectacled Goro who has the power to become the giant cybernetic superhero Iron King by touching the medals on the sides of his funny red Turning Hat and shouting "Iron Shock!" when danger threatens.
However, often Iron King is unable to defeat the clan's giant robots without help from Gentaro, who wields a weapon called the Iron Belt that can become a slender rapier-like sword or an infinitely extendable metal whip capable of hurting giant monsters. In addition, transforming into the hydrogen oxide-powered Iron King quickly dehydrates Goro, and he can only remain as Iron King for a short period of time. Strangely, although Gentaro knows Iron King's time limit comes from using up his water supply he never manages to connect it with Goro's omnipresent thirst until the final episode.
In the tenth episode the Shiranui Clan is destroyed but their place is taken by the skull-symboled keffiyeh-clad Phantom Militia (aka the Phantom Opposition Party) who also use giant robots to enact their revolution against the Japanese government, although rather than being humanoid in shape their's take the form of dinosaur-like kaiju.
From the nineteenth episode to the end of the series Gentaro and Goro battle V For Vendetta-like black cloak and Puritan hat-clad white-masked aliens called Titanians who have various inhuman powers such as flight, body-possessing mind control and the ability to enlarge themselves to giant size. Upon doing the latter they are then able to assume insect-like monster forms.
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|#||Title||Guest cast||Director||First aired|
|1.||Secret Messenger of the Morning Wind|
Kiro Abe Fudeko Tanaka Kinji Takinami Hiroshi Ikaida
|2.||The Swan in the Ruins|
|3.||The Warrior's Smile|
|4.||Gentaro Travels Alone|
|5.||The Duel in the Autumn Wind|
|6.||Lullaby for a Warrior|
Seishiro Kuno Masayuki Tobuyo
|7.||Those That Fly the Skies|
Kaori Seki Hisashi Kato
|8.||The Shadow Area|
Mitsuko Hoshi Yoshinori Furukawa Shinobu Miura
|9.||Gentaro in a Close Shave|
|10.||A Kiss for the Dead|
Shima Mizue Kiyoshi Tokugawa Gin Minemura
|11.||Tokyo Is Burning|
Kiyoshi Tokugawa Gin Minemura
|12.||State of Emergency in Tokyo|
Teresa Noda Junko Natsu Wataru Mitsui Ikuo Kosaka
|13.||Attacking the Underground Fortress|
Junko Natsu Wataru Mitsui Isamu Matsuzawa
|14.||Secret of the Brainwave Robot|
Hijiri Matsuki Teppei Takasugi Kazuo Arai
|15.||Marathon Monster Capri-Gon|
Masahiro Takashina Harue Kyo
|17.||The Order to Assassinate Iron King|
Chidori Tashiro Koetsu Omiya
|18.||Monster Robot Annihilation|
|19.||The Giant Bug Kabutoron Appears|
|20.||The Titanians Strike Back|
|Chiaki Ukyo||Hiroshi Fukuhara||1973-02-25|
|21.||Kama Guras Wants Lethal Gas!|
Mari Sakurai Tetsuya Sano
|22.||Terrifying Titanian Underworld|
|23.||The Insect Humanoid Masquerades as a Woman|
Ryoko Sakaguchi Hideo Saito
|24.||Tokyo Assault Frontline Base|
|25.||Iron King in a Panic!|
|Chiaki Ukyo||Tetsuro Sotoyama||1973-04-01|
|26.||The Great Tokyo War|
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- ^ Ragone, August (2007). The Super Hero Samurai Spaghetti Western. Ronin Entertainment.
- ^ "Iron King - The Complete Series". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
- ^ http://www.amazon.com/Iron-King-Various/dp/B00310PSTY