November 11, 2010

Toku Spotlight: Inazuman

Inazuman was a tokusatsu series airing from October 2, 1973 to March 26, 1974 for 25 episodes. It was one of the many works created by Shotaro Ishinimori.

 Daisuke Ban (then known as Naoya Ban) plays college student Goro Watari, who, after rescuing two kids from a group of goons, is recruited into The Youth League, a secret group of freedom fighters consisting of humans with the powers of telekinesis and super-strength. Goro is able to use his own psionic skills to transform into Inazuman to fight the Neo-Human Empire, led by Emperor Bamba, who wants to use The Youth League's powers for his own evil agenda.

 Inazuman's costume resembles a blue moth with lightning bolts painted on its arms and legs. He transforms using the kinetic energy in his belt, similar to Kamen Rider, except Kamen Rider used wind to power up his belt and transform. Before he can become Inazuman, however, Goro has to transform into Sanagiman, a form that somewhat resembles The Thing from Fantastic Four. He gets around using the Raijingo, a yellow-and-red car with teeth on its front grill and the ability to shoot missiles out of it.

 The series was followed by a direct sequel series, Inazuman Flash, which continues the story with a mostly-new supporting cast.

 Here's the theme song:


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