Theme from 『ジャイアントロボ』/"Giant Robo" (1967) - Performed by My Star Singer(s)/マイスタージンガー
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As part of the vanguard of Big Fire's invasion force is the Super Robot, "G1" codenamed "Giant Robo", who sported a peculiar Egyptian Pharoah/Sphinx appearance. Built by a kidnapped foreign scientist (Professor/Dr. Lucius Guardian), the robot stands nearly 100 feet tall (30 meters), weighs 500 tons and is powered by an atomic/nuclear power source. Armed with nearly limitless array of weapons and virtually indestructible, Big Fire hopes to use the robot to destroy all humanity. However the Professor sacrifices his life by giving Daisaku the control watch that commands Giant Robo. Once Daisaku speaks to Giant Robo via the wristwatch controller, he is forever tied to the robot and no one else can command the robot from that moment forward. Daisaku joins Minami and Unicorn in battling Big Fire and their army of monstrous, behemoths, rogue robots and mutant giants including "G2", Big Fire's own Super Robot machine and Calamity, an identical clone robot of Giant Robo controlled by a doppelganger of Daisaku.
While not as groundbreaking as "Ultraman"(which debuted in the previous year), "Giant Robo" none-the-less inspired and paved the way for future Super Robot shows such as
『大鉄人１７』/"Daitestujin 17" which shared many similarities. The stories, while obviously geared towards juvenile audiences, were played relatively straight-faced and the monster action and SFX were quite good for the time. The finale stands as one of the most riveting and saddest endings in Tokusatsu history and proved that even though a kid's program, it still had the ability to move adults.
The striking title theme was composed by the great composer Yamashita Takeo/山下毅雄 who also composed such memorable themes to such shows such as 『ルパン三世』/"Lupin III" and 『プレイガール』//"The Playgirl", with lyrics supplied by writer Igami Masaru/伊上勝 who wrote for such shows as 『仮面ライダー』//"Kamen Rider". The Men's Choir group "My Star Singer(s) save the song and gave the theme an almost military sound to it with their booming, tenor vocals (the lyrics included some of the voice commands Daisaku would tell Giant Robo).
Theme from 『スペクトルマン』/"Spectreman" (1971/1978) - American version performed by .Jerry Winn, Bob Todd and Gregory Sill.
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While similarities to "Girl From U.N.C.L.E." and "Modesty Blaise" were evident, the show was also a precursor to the much more adult themed "Playgirl" which would follow a few month later.
While most of the actresses may be unfamiliar to Western Audiences, Yumi Kaoru is perhaps the best known among Godzilla fans for her work in Toho's cult spy thriller "ESpy".
An OVA anime series that was a bit closer to the Ishinomori manga and had the girls as cyborgs similar to Ishinomori's famed 『サイボーグ 009』/"Cyborg 009" series was released in 2006. Also to celebrate Ishinomori's 75th birthday, a low budget Toei action film based on his manga - 『009ノ1 ゼロゼロクノイチ THE END OF THE BEGINNING』 was also released last year (2013).
Kobayashi Asei/小林亜星 whose credits include numerous CM/Advert songs, anime tunes and movie themes.
Ending Theme to 『秘密戦隊ゴレンジャー』/"Himitsu Sentai Goranger" (1975) - Performed by ささきいさお & こおろぎ'73/Sasaki Isao and Korogi '73
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『科学忍者隊ガッチャマン』/"Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman". Creator/producer Ishinomori Shotaro/石ノ森 章太郎 borrowed elements liberally from that anime series including copying the character prototypes of the team members (the stoic young leader, the brash and rebellious loner; the jovial comedian; the happy-go-lucky youngster and the beautiful token female) as well as other plot details.
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Theme to 『超電子バイオマン』/"Cho Denshi Bioman" (1984) - Performed by 宮内タカユキ & こおろぎ'73/Miyauchi Takayuki and Korogi '73
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『快傑ズバット』/"Kaikestu Zubat" (1977) - Performed by 水木一郎/Mizuki Ichiro
Dagger again attempts to kill Goro by attacking the hospital that he is recuperating in and as Ken and Goro try to escape the facility, Goro is savagely shot down by a unknown assassin. The only thing that Ryu hears is the kiler's psychotic laughter as he leaves the scene. Vowing to avenge the death of his childhood friend, Ken discovers that Goro had been working on a top secret project involving developing a "super suit" for future use by NASA for space travel.
Using Goro's notes and prototype blueprints, Ken creates the "Zubat Suit", a super powered battle suit that gives its wearer superhuman abilities. However due to the incomplete notes and imperfections of the building process, the Zubat Suit can only function optimally for five minutes time. If the wearer doesn't turn off the suit within that time frame it will kill its wearer. Ken dons the suit and becomes the "Magnificent Zubat" to track down the killer(s) of his friend. Along the way he encounters an army of bizarre foreign assassins, deformed and scarred killers and mysterious and eccentric individuals.
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The opening theme song ! ! メガロマン」/"Yuke Yuke Megaloman" was written by Kariya Tetsu and composed by Tozuka Shouzou with lyrics by Kamakami Ryou. It is the second song on the list sung by the prolific 水木一郎/Mizuki Ichiro who along with Horie Mitsuko and Kageyama Hironobu are the "King", "Queen" and "Prince" of Tokusatsu theme songs (oddly rival ささきいさお/Sasaki Isao who sang such songs as "Uchusenkan Yamato" doesn't seem to be included in the list). Over the course of his 40 year career, Mizuki, who is known as "Aniki" by fans (a play not only on older brother but a shortened form of "Anime King") has recorded close to 1200 songs for various TV shows, anime, Tokusatsu shows, OVAs and video games. He contributed on nearly every anime and Tokusatsu theme song during the 70s with very few exceptions. Even at age 66, Mizuki shows no signs of slowing down as he continues to sing solo and as a part of the Anime song tribute band JAMS Project.with fellow "anison" vocalists Kageyama Hironobu (Dragon Ball Z), Endoh Masaaki (The King of Braves GaoGaiGar), Sakamoto Eizo (vocalist of ANTHEM and Animetal), and Matsumoto Rica (Pokémon). Here's a clip of Mizuki singing a number of the Anime songs he is known for -