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Ryūsei Ningen Zone
Zone Title
Developed by Toho
Created by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Directed by Jun Fukuda
Ishirô Honda
Written by Koji Amemiya
Jun Fukuda
Juro Shimamoto
Susumu Takeuchi
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Shozo Uehara
Country of Origin Japan
Language Japanese
Number of Episodes 26
First Episode Destroy the Terro-Beast Missile!
Coloring Process Color
Sound Process Mono
Production
Running Time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original Channel Nippon Television
Original Run April 3, 1973 - August 24, 1973
Zone

Godzilla shaking hands with Zone Fighter

Zone Fighter, known in Japan as Ryūsei Ningen Zone (流星人間ゾーン Ryūsei Ningen Zōn, lit. "Meteor Human Zone", also known as Meteor Human Zone, Zone Fighter & Zone, the Meteor Man), is a tokusatsu science fiction superhero television series. Produced by Toho Company Ltd., the show aired on Nippon Television from April 2 to September 24, 1973, with a total of 26 episodes. This was Toho's answer to not only the popular Ultra Series, but the Henshin Hero phenomenon started by shows like Kamen Rider and Android Kikaider. The previous year, Toho had just made their successful first superhero show, Rainbowman. The series was also notable for its guest appearance by Toho's own Godzilla, as well as two other Toho monsters, King Ghidorah and Gigan. Supplementary materials published by Toho have confirmed Zone Fighter to be part of the Showa-era Godzilla series, taking place in between Godzilla vs. Megalon and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.


PlotEdit

The Zone Family is forced to find shelter on Earth after their home planet, Peaceland, is destroyed by the Garoga Army. Posing as the Sakimori Family the Zone's had hoped to begin a new life, instead they would become Earth's defenders against the Garoga Army. The Zone Fighters are able to transform to giant size to battle the giant beasts enslaved by the Garoga. Godzilla is soon called upon to aid in the protection of Earth. Together Zone Fighter and Godzilla would prove to be more than a match for Garoga's beasts. Garoga would call upon two of Godzilla's nemesis, King Ghidora and Gigan, to aid in the destruction of Earth. Even these two monsters would prove to be no match for Earth's new dynamic duo. Zone Fighter would send King Ghidora packing while Godzilla would kill Gigan.

CharactersEdit

HeroesEdit

Zone Fighter Hikaru Sakamori
Zone Angel Hotaru Sakamori
Zone Junior Akira Sakamori

AlliesEdit

Godzilla
Zone Father Yoichiro Sakamori
Zone Great Raita Sakamori

EpisodesEdit

  1. Destroy the Terro-Beast Missile!
  2. Beat Destro-King
  3. Defeat Garoga's Subterranean Base
  4. Onslaught! The Garoga Army: Enter Godzilla!
  5. Blast King Ghidora At Point Blank!
  6. King Ghidora Strikes Back!
  7. Zone Family's Critical Moment
  8. Smash The Terrifying Invader!
  9. Search For The Secret Of Red Spider
  10. Zone Fighter Annihilated!
  11. In The Twinkling Of An Eye: The Roar Of Godzilla!
  12. Terrorbeast HQ - Invade The Earth!
  13. Absolute Terror: Birthday Of Horror!
  14. Insane With Anger! The Garoga Boy's Squad
  15. Submersion! Godzilla, Save Tokyo!
  16. Counterstrike Of Terror! Garoga-Robot!
  17. Go! Fighter Emergency Take Off!
  18. Directive: Destroy The Japanese Laboratory!
  19. Order: Crush The Earth With Comet K!
  20. Desperate Struggle! Can You Hear Fighter's Song?
  21. Invincible! Godzilla's Violent Charge!
  22. Counterstrike! Strike Down Super-Jikiro!
  23. Secret Of Bakugon - The Great Terro-Beast!
  24. Smash The Pin-Spitter Needlar!
  25. Bloodbath! Zone & Godzilla vs The United Terro-Beast Army!
  26. Pulverize Operation: Garoga Gamma-X!

CastEdit

NotesEdit

  • Besides the hero occasionally teaming up with Godzilla, he also fought other famous Toho monsters such as Gigan and King Ghidorah.

External LinksEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Toho considers the series as part of Godzilla's official time-line.
  • King Ghidorah is the only giant monster not killed during the entire series
  • The Sakimori Family car can transform into a flying car named "The Mighty Liner"
  • In episode #12, Terrorbeast HQ - Invade The Earth!, Zone Fighter fights a giant chicken beast who is afraid of the dark.
  • It is possible that the series was canceled due to the 1973 energy crisis in Japan. At that time several TV and movie projects were cut short.

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