With its outrageous stories, over-the-top plots, fetching heroines, melodramatic dialog, and campy Tokusatsu-like action "Sukeban Deka" would not only captivate Japanese teen audiences in the mid 80s but would also encourage production company 東映/Toei to produce a number of other similar idol action shows such as 『 花のあすか組!』 (1988) and 『少女コマンドーIZUMI』 (1987) as well as inspire copycat shows like 『セーラー服反逆同盟』 (1986) and 『ポニーテールはふり向かない』 (1985). While taking a page from rival 大映/Daiei's hugely popular 大映テレビドラマ series like 「スチュワーデス物語」 (1983) and 「不良少女とよばれて」 (1984) with regards to making the story almost like a teen "Soap Opera", Toei would do them one better and incorporate trendy fashion, keen pop-culture references and a "Chart Topping" pop music soundtrack to the mix, making a winning formula that Daiei would ironically copy from Toei for their subsequent idol dramas such as 「ヤヌスの鏡」 (1985) and 「アリエスの乙女たち」 (1987). "Sukeban Deka" was also wickedly humorous in a very "tongue in cheek" way, from the gruff 関西/Kansai street-lingo catch phrases that heroine Asamiya Saki spouted out like - 「おまんら、許さんぜよ」 and 「せからしか! きさんら許さんわい! 」 to the flamboyant way she would display her 「桜 の ダイヤモンド」 police badge (contained in her Yo-Yo Weapon which she would reveal in an obvious homage to iconic classic series 『水戸黄門』), to the often times outrageous ways Asamiya Saki would take down her various opponents with her Yo-Yo, this series was definitely not for the overly serious.
|Weapon of Choice - Sukeban Deka's Yo-Yo|
|Image courtesy of Opus Magnum blog|
|Cover for Sukeban Deka Vol. . 2 DVD courtesy of Supra70|
|Image courtesy of the Houkagou AKB48 Time Ameba Blog|
|L-R - Yoshizawa, Nanno and Sagara - Image courtesy of the Toei Channel website|
|The Kazama San Shimai - Onishi, Yui and Nakamura. Image courtesy of the Toei Channel website.|
|The Many Faces of Asamiya Saki|
|Ayaya as Asamiya Saki in full battle suit mode. Courtesy of BluePhobo Image Gallery|
Other notable songs used within the various episodes include ナンノ's 2nd single 「さよならのめまい」, cast mates 吉沢秋絵's 「季節はずれの恋」 and 相楽ハル子's 「ヴァージン・ハート」.
ナンノ's 6th single 「楽園のDoor」 would be featured prominently in the first 『スケバン刑事』 movie which debuted on Valentine's Day 1987. It eventually went on to become a No. 1 オリコン hit for her. The song was composed by めぐみ with lyrics by たかお and arranged by
Former おニャン子クラブ/Onyanko Club member 福永恵規/Fukunaga Satomi's 「ハートのIgnition」 "Heart No Ignition" was initially used for Season 3's ED song before Asaka Yui's 6th single release 「STAR」 was chosen as the ED for the series starting from Ep. 8. "Star" would be Yui's first Top Ten オリコン hit since her debut in 1985. The song was composed by 有川正沙子/Arikawa Masako (who also wrote 1986 Omega Tribe's hit "Kimi Wa Sen Percent") with lyrics by タケカワユキヒデ/Takekawa Yukihide and arrangements by 鷺巣詩郎/Sagisu Shiro.
For the Anime OVA, Rock musician 謝花義哲/Shabana Yoshinori's song 「絆 KIZYNA」 would be used as the theme song.
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There are a few CDs available which feature all the songs from the 『スケバン刑事』 series, the best of which is Sony's release 2006 release - 「スケバン刑事 ラスト・メモリアル~麻宮サキよ永遠に~」 which features most of the songs from all three seasons. Independent label SMD would release individual BGM soundtracks for each season - 「スケバン刑事 オリジナル・サウンドトラック」, 「スケバン刑事II 少女鉄仮面伝説 オリジナル・サウンドトラック」, and 「スケバン刑事III 少女忍法帖伝奇 オリジナル・サウンドトラック」, however all three are currently OOP.
|L-R - Asamiya Saki #1 - Saito Yuki and Asamiya Saki #2 - Minamino Yoko|