Jinzo Ningen Kikaida

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(ended 1973)

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Jinzo Ningen Kikaida is the story of Jiro, a mechanical man created by Dr. Komyoji, a brilliant robotics professor, to combat the evil forces of DARK.

DARK was led by Professor Gill, who wanted to develop powerful machine soldiers with which he could dominate the world. To this end, he kidnapped Dr. Nobuhiko Komyoji and his daughter Mitsuko, forcing them to begin construction of his android army. However, while in captivity, Dr. Komyoji secretly created Jiro, his 'second son': to take the place of his own son, Taro, who had been killed by DARK, as well as to thwart Professor Gill and his diabolical machinations. Jiro was strong, but when necessary he could, using switches built into his shoulders, transform himself into a more powerful combat-form, the red-and-blue warrior Kikaida.

Announcing himself to the enemy by playing his guitar, roaring into action on his yellow motorcycle, Sidemachine, Jiro and his adventures captured the hearts and imaginations of many children. The series was a such a huge phenomenon in Hawaii when it was first aired in 1974 that when the cast visited Honolulu, every place they made an appearance was utterly swamped with avid fans.

With Jinzo Ningen Kikaida back on the air waves since 2001 (and in Hawaii, with its sequel Kikaida 01), a new generation of Kikaida fans have discovered what made their parents go crazy waaaaaay back in the 1970's...

Change! Switch on! 1-2-3!

A special "Ariga-toh!" to the wonderful folks at JN Productions and Generation Kikaida for all their support. And, a loud and grateful Thank you and Mahalo!!! to August Ragone of Kaiju Productions, at Henshin! Online, for permission to use the Kikaida data he amassed on his very excellent site...

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Daisuke Ban

Daisuke Ban

Jiro/Kikaida

Hajime Izu

Hajime Izu

Professor Nobuhiko Komyoji

Jun Mizunoe

Jun Mizunoe

Mitsuko Komyoji

Kenji Mayama

Kenji Mayama

Saburo/Hakaida

Kenji Ohba

Kenji Ohba

Jiro stunt double

Masaaki Okabe

Masaaki Okabe

Narrator

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