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Iron King
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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.

Plot

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.

Characters

Heroes

Iron King Goro Kirishima

Allies

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Villains

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Supporting Characters

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Episodes

# Title[1] Guest cast Director First aired
1. Secret Messenger of the Morning Wind
朝風の密使
Shinzo Hotta

Kiro Abe Fudeko Tanaka Kinji Takinami Hiroshi Ikaida

Shozo Tamura 1972-10-08
2. The Swan in the Ruins
廃墟の白鳥
Shinzo Hotta

Hiroshi Ikaida

Shozo Tamura 1972-10-15
3. The Warrior's Smile
戦士の微笑
Shinzo Hotta

Hiroshi Ikaida

Shozo Tamura 1972-10-22
4. Gentaro Travels Alone
弦太郎孤独旅
Shinzo Hotta

Yosuke Akimoto

Tetsuro Sotoyama 1972-10-29
5. The Duel in the Autumn Wind
秋風の中の決斗
Shinzo Hotta

Shogo Hanagi

Tetsuro Sotoyama 1972-11-05
6. Lullaby for a Warrior
戦士の子守唄
Shinzo Hotta

Seishiro Kuno Masayuki Tobuyo

Shozo Tamura 1972-11-12
7. Those That Fly the Skies
大空を征く者
Shinzo Hotta

Kaori Seki Hisashi Kato

Shozo Tamura 1972-11-19
8. The Shadow Area
影の地帯
Shinzo Hotta

Mitsuko Hoshi Yoshinori Furukawa Shinobu Miura

Noriaki Yuasa 1972-11-26
9. Gentaro in a Close Shave
弦太郎危機一髪!
Shinzo Hotta

Yuki Ikazaki

Tetsuro Sotoyama 1972-12-03
10. A Kiss for the Dead
死者へのくちづけ
Katsumi Muramatsu

Shima Mizue Kiyoshi Tokugawa Gin Minemura

Hiroshi Fukuhara 1972-12-10
11. Tokyo Is Burning
東京は燃えている
Katsumi Muramatsu

Kiyoshi Tokugawa Gin Minemura

Tetsuro Sotoyama 1972-12-17
12. State of Emergency in Tokyo
東京非常事態宣言
Katsumi Muramatsu

Teresa Noda Junko Natsu Wataru Mitsui Ikuo Kosaka

Tetsuro Sotoyama 1972-12-24
13. Attacking the Underground Fortress
地下要塞攻撃命令
Katsumi Muramatsu

Junko Natsu Wataru Mitsui Isamu Matsuzawa

Tetsuro Sotoyama 1972-12-31
14. Secret of the Brainwave Robot
脳波ロボットの秘密
Katsumi Muramatsu

Hijiri Matsuki Teppei Takasugi Kazuo Arai

Hiromu Edagawa 1973-01-14
15. Marathon Monster Capri-Gon
マラソン怪獣カプリゴン
Katsumi Muramatsu

Masahiro Takashina Harue Kyo

Hiromu Edagawa 1973-01-21
16. Destroy Tora-Girasu!
トラギラスを倒せ!
Katsumi Muramatsu

Yumi Mizusawa

Hiromu Edagawa 1973-01-28
17. The Order to Assassinate Iron King
アイアンキング殺害命令
Katsumi Muramatsu

Chidori Tashiro Koetsu Omiya

Tetsuro Sotoyama 1973-02-04
18. Monster Robot Annihilation
ロボット怪獣全滅作戦
Katsumi Muramatsu

Eiko Ogawa

Tetsuro Sotoyama 1973-02-11
19. The Giant Bug Kabutoron Appears
大虫人カブトロン出現
Chiaki Ukyo

Hajime Izu

Hiroshi Fukuhara 1973-02-18
20. The Titanians Strike Back
宇虫人タイタニアンの逆襲
Chiaki Ukyo Hiroshi Fukuhara 1973-02-25
21. Kama Guras Wants Lethal Gas!
カマギュラス殺人ガスを狙う
Chiaki Ukyo

Mari Sakurai Tetsuya Sano

Tetsuro Sotoyama 1973-03-04
22. Terrifying Titanian Underworld
恐怖のタイタニアン地獄
Chiaki Ukyo

Fumio Ikeda

Tetsuro Sotoyama 1973-03-11
23. The Insect Humanoid Masquerades as a Woman
女に化けた虫人
Chiaki Ukyo

Ryoko Sakaguchi Hideo Saito

Shozo Tamura 1973-03-18
24. Tokyo Assault Frontline Base
東京攻撃前線基地
Chiaki Ukyo

Yoku Shioya

Hiroshi Fukuhara 1973-03-25
25. Iron King in a Panic!
アイアンキング大ピンチ!
Chiaki Ukyo Tetsuro Sotoyama 1973-04-01
26. The Great Tokyo War
東京大戦争
Chiaki Ukyo

Hajime Izu

Tetsuro Sotoyama 1973-04-08

Cast

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Notes

  1. ^ Ragone, August (2007). The Super Hero Samurai Spaghetti Western. Ronin Entertainment.
  2. ^ "Iron King - The Complete Series". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
  3. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Iron-King-Various/dp/B00310PSTY

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