Barom-1[1][2] (Japanese: バロム・1, Hepburn: Baromu Wan) is a Japanese manga series written by Takao Saito. The original story was serialized for about a year from 1970 in Weekly Bokura Magazine (週刊ぼくらマガジン, Shukan Bokura Magajin). It was available online in English through JManga, but is now on Crunchyroll.[3]

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Cover of Barom One volume 1 as re-edited in May 1998
(Baromu wan)
GenreSupernatural, Science fiction, Superhero
Written byTakao Saito
Published byKodansha
MagazineWeekly Bokura Magazine
Original run19701971
Television drama
Chōjin Barom-1
Directed byKatsuhiko Taguchi
Written byMasaru Igami
StudioToei Company
Original networkNippon TV
Original run April 2, 1972 November 26, 1972
Anime television series
Directed byTsuneo Tominaga
Written byShigemitsu Taguchi
StudioE&G Films
Licensed by
Original networkAT-X
Original run December 7, 2002 March 22, 2003

In 1972, the manga was adapted into a TV tokusatsu series titled Chōjin Barom-1 (超人バロム・1) by Toei, and broadcast by Yomiuri TV every Sunday 19:30–20:00 from April 2 to November 26. In this TV series, the original story and character designs by Saito were widely changed.

During the airing seasons of the tokusatsu series; due to the naming of the villain character Doruge (ドルゲ, Doruge), a German child studying in Japan with a similarly sounding surname was bullied by native schoolmates - which was led to be mentioned in the newspaper in August 25 (four months later from the airing of the first episode) and also led the series to be aired further with the notice; "The fictional character Doruge has no relation with living people."

An anime version was created and broadcast from December 2002 to March 2003 by AT-X. In this version the plot and story were also changed from its original version.


One night, a monster comes out from a lake and starts attacking Takeshi Kido and Kentaro Shiratori, childhood friends who were born on the same day. When the monster is about to kill both of them, a being called Kopu calls and tells them that they are the chosen ones to protect the world from the evil creature Doruge.[4] Kopu gives a radar to Kentaro and Takeshi and the ability to transform into the powerful monster Barom-1 by joining their hands. Now both boys must destroy the monsters possessed by Doruge.

References to Barom-1 in other mediaEdit

In Battle Royale manga during Yumiko Kusaka and Yukiko Kitano's flashbacks in the second volume (Shuuya Nanahara illustrates a point by mentioning the two main characters of the story).

After having their bodies swapped, Excel and Hyatt from Excel Saga return to normal after Nabeshin's instructions to fuse themselves as a monster that is very similar to Barom-1 (even Excel says she wanted to be Takeshi).


  1. ^ "9/15(土)AM10時~13時 強化稽古!!:友情のバロムクロス???". Retrieved May 8, 2014.
  2. ^ "バンダイ ソフビ魂 Vol−11超人バロム1 エネルギーダウン初期Ver". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Barom". Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
  4. ^ "グロキモい (4)". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 19, 2016.

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