Barom-1 (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.
|Genre||Supernatural, Science fiction, Superhero|
|Written by||Takao Saito|
|Magazine||Weekly Bokura Magazine|
|Original run||1970 – 1971|
|Directed by||Katsuhiko Taguchi|
|Written by||Masaru Igami|
|Original network||Nippon TV|
|Original run||April 2, 1972 – November 26, 1972|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tsuneo Tominaga|
|Written by||Shigemitsu Taguchi|
|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 25 August (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."
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. 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
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).
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- "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". rakuten.co.jp. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- "Barom". Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
- "グロキモい (4)". rakuten.co.jp. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- Barom One (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
- Barom One (anime) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia