November 11, 2010

Toku Spotlight: Seigi no Shinboru Kondoruman



Seigi no Shinboru Kondoruman, or Condorman, Symbol of Justice, was a tokusatsu series airing from March 31 to September 22, 1975 for 24 episodes.

 Coming to the aid of a dragon condor and its unhatched egg, Ishin Mitsuya is killed, but is brought back to life when the egg hatches and the the baby merges with his body. Although he gains the power to transform into Condorman from this, he loses all memory of his life before the accident.

 Condorman can use his "Condor Eye" to see through the disguises of monsters pretending to be humans. He can also link his mind telepathically with birds, so he can view their sights and understand their chirps and calls. Condorman is armed with feather-shaped throwing daggers called the "Condor Arrows", and can defeat monsters using the "Condor Thunder", "Condor Hurricane", and the "Shock Punch". Later episodes show Condorman's ability to actually transform into a dragon. He drives the Mach Condor, a yellow car with a hood in the shape of a falcon's beak.

 One should note that this is not to be confused with the 1981 Disney film Condorman.

 Here's the theme song:

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