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Teknoman was an anime series originally created and aired in Japan under the name Tekkaman Blade (translated and transliterated). It concerned a mysterious young man named Slade who had the power to transform into an armored space warrior, helping Earth's forces to fight an alien invasion. He fights alongside the Space Knights, a small paramilitary organization. Aired on Tokyo TV from 1992 to 1993, the series was brought to the United States in 1995 by Haim Saban, who had previously achieved success by importing another Japanese show that was Americanized into the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Of the original 49 Japanese episodes, the first 26 were dubbed and aired on UPN before the show was cancelled. An English-language version aired outside of the US included 46 episodes, some having been combined or eliminated. This show guide reflects Teknoman, the American show, rather than Tekkaman Blade, the original Japanese show. This is due to the vagaries of having to translate Japanese titles, names and dialog as well as the mismatch between the number of English language and Japanese episodes. Data including air dates reflects the UPN broadcasts. Among Teknoman's weapons are the Tekno Lance, Fire Lance, Tekno Rang and Techno Power Blaster.moreless