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Number of episodes: 49
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Original airing: November 4, 1958

Yusei Oji (遊星王子 Yūsei Ōji?, Planet Prince) is a 1958 tokusatsu superhero television series. Created by veteran writer Masaru Igami and produced by Nippon Gendai and Senkosha, the series aired on NTV from November 4, 1958 to October 6, 1959, with a total of 49 episodes (divided into several segments). It was created to capitalize on the success of the Super Giant serials. In fact, the title hero (whose alter-ego was Waku-san, played by Toshio Mimura) bore a strong resemblance to Super Giant.

Toei produced two movies that featured the character, but in a completely different, more streamlined costume (and goggled helmet). The hero was this time played by Tatsuo Umemiya. The films were titled:

  • Planet Prince (遊星王子) (Yūsei Ōji) Released: May 19, 1959
  • Planet Prince - The Terrifying Spaceship (遊星王子 - 恐怖の宇宙船) (Yūsei Ōji - Kyōfu no Uchūsen) Released: May 25, 1959

For release in America, these two movies were compiled into a TV movie titled Prince of Space.

Plot

Characters

Waku-san/Yusei Oji/Prince Of Space

Ambassador Phantom/Krankor

Cast

  • Planet Prince/Waku-san (Prince of Space/Wally) - Tatsuo Umemiya
  • Ambassador Phantom (Ambassador Dictator Phantom) - Joji Oka
  • Sachiko (Susie) - Hiroko Mine
  • Dr. Maki (Dr. Macken) - Ushio Akashi
  • Ichiro (Johnnie) - Akira Asami
  • Makoto (Mickey) - Koji Komori
  • Kimiko (Kimmy) - Midori Tsuzuki
  • Takeda (Commissioner) - Takashi Kanda
  • Sawamoto (Dr. Sangamon) - Akira Tatematsu
  • Shibasaki - Masahiko Naruse
  • Mukai - Ken Sudo
  • Tabei - Ken Hasebe
  • Higashino - Giichi Sugi
  • Sakai - Koji Sahara
  • Tsunoda - Tokio Kozuka
  • Keichi Kawajima (Inspector) - Rin'ichi Yamamoto
  • Dr. Naito - Hiroshi Katayama
  • Newspaper reporter - Yuji Kitamine
  • Newspaper reporter - Hajime Kubo
  • Phantom's follower - Tsutomu Iwaki
  • Phantom's follower - Kenji Todoroki
  • Phantom's follower - Hiroshi Mihara
  • Phantom's follower - Nobuo Yana
  • Dr. Tateishi (Dr. Fletcher) - Shusuke Sone
  • Mrs. Tateishi - Kaoru Nakano
  • Commander Koda - Akikane Sawa
  • Secretary of Defense Fukuhara - Shiko Saito
  • Major Munakata - Tadashi Minamikawa
  • Colonel Matsuda - Junkichi Orimoto
  • Colonel Watanabe - Junji Masuda

Notes

  • The US dubbed and spliced version of the series 2 feature films, The Prince of Space, was mocked and riffed on the series Mystery Science Theater 3000 and featured a caricature of Krankor played by Bill Corbett.

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