Choujyu Sentai Liveman
Choujyu Sentai Liveman (超獣戦隊ライブマン, Chōjū Sentai Raibuman)[Note 1] is the twelfth entry of Toei Company's Super Sentai metaseries. The last Super Sentai title of the Shōwa period, it aired on TV Asahi from February 27, 1988 to February 18, 1989. Its international English title as listed by Toei is simply Liveman. The series was broadcast in France as Bioman 3, being marketed as the direct sequels to Choudenshi Bioman and Bioman 2 (Hikari Sentai Maskman).
|Choujyu Sentai Liveman|
The first title card for Choujyu Sentai Liveman
|Developed by||Hirohisa Soda|
|Directed by||Takao Nagaishi|
|Narrated by||Takeshi Kuwabara|
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||49|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||TV Asahi|
|Original network||TV Asahi|
|Original release||February 27, 1988 –|
February 18, 1989
|Preceded by||Hikari Sentai Maskman|
|Followed by||Kousoku Sentai Turboranger|
It was the first Super Sentai series to have a female Blue Ranger as well as the first Super Sentai series that introduced animal-based mecha. It was also the first Super Sentai series that introduced a super-combined robot (that is 2 or more robots put together); the first Super Sentai series to have three members from the start, with two additional members joining later on; it was the last Super Sentai series that had its mechas transported to the battle through a flying fortress on a regular basis, which would not occur again until Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger; and it was the first Super Sentai series to have both a Green Ranger and a Black Ranger in the main five, as opposed to interchanging one with another, which would not occur again until Engine Sentai Go-Onger.
Academia Island is an elite school that various genius students from across the globe attend. Among them are Yusuke Amamiya, Joh Ohara and Megumi Misaki who with Takuji Yano and Mari Aikawa sought to create a suit strong enough for space exploration. However, three of their classmates and friends Kenji Tsukigata, Rui Senda, and Goh Omura felt their talents were being wasted and leave to join an evil organization called Volt who offers to raise their full scientific potential. As a result, when Yusuke and company saw them leaving, Kenji draws a gun on the three with Takuji and Mari taking the fatal blow. Soon after, one of the professors at the school Professor Hoshi pitches in to help Yusuke and his friends complete the suits so they can serve to prepare against Volt.
And then in 1988, the present day, with Kenji, Rui, and Goh now known as Doctors Kemp, Mazenda and Obular, Volt begins its attack by devastating Academia Island. As a result Yusuke, Joh, and Megumi take up the suits they created and become the Livemen to battle against their former classmates and Volt. Though they managed to get Goh to leave Volt, the organization recruits new members in Doctor Ashura and the aliens Guildos and Butchy. Soon after, the Livemen are joined by Tetsuya and Jun-ichi, the respective younger brothers of Takuji and Mari, while learning that there is a darker agenda behind Volt that only its leader Bias knows.
After Black Bison and Green Sai join the team, the Livemen can execute the Spark Attack (スパークアタック, Supāku Atakku), turning into balls of light and strike the enemy.
- Yusuke Amamiya (天宮 勇介, Amamiya Yūsuke)/Red Falcon (レッドファルコン, Reddo Farukon): A poor student at Academia, but a strong leader and quick at thinking under pressure. He is a brave hard worker and enjoys rock music and work outs. Initially starts as a hot-headed and sarcastic rebel, but grows into the role of dependable leader as the series progresses. Yusuke was once in love with Rui Senda, but she did not return his love. He was good friends with Kenji during their first year or so at Academia until things went sour between them once Kenji started down a dark path. In the 2001 Sentai direct-to-DVD crossover film Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai, Yusuke is found visiting the graves of Takuji Yano, Rui Senda, Kenji Tsukigata, and Mari Aikawa. He briefly dueled Gaku Washio (Gao Yellow) in a sword fight and then lectured Gaku on the many sword-wielding warriors of the Super Sentai franchise, and introduced the Gaorangers to all the 23 other Red Warriors. He performed his roll call twice in that special, one along with the Dream Sentai and Gaorangers and then again with the other Red Warriors.
- Weapons: Falcon Sword (ファルコンソード, Farukon Sōdo), Falcon Saber (ファルコンセイバー, Farukon Seibā).
- Attacks: Falcon Break (ファルコンブレイク, Farukon Bureiku).
- Joh Ohara (大原 丈, Ōhara Jō)/Yellow Lion (イエローライオン, Ierō Raion): He is at the bottom of the class at Academia and a sportsman and skateboarder. He is short tempered and ready to dive into danger. Joh has the strength to back up his actions. He was once good friends with Goh and was heartbroken when their friendship dissolved once the weak-willed Goh fell into a bad crowd. Years later, during Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Joh would appear to the Gokaigers and grant them the Greater Power of the team, which was their mecha Super Live Robo.
- Weapons: Lion Bazooka (ライオンバズーカ, Raion Bazūka), Lion Punch (ライオンパンチ, Raion Panchi).
- Attacks: Skateboard Attack.
- Megumi Misaki (岬 めぐみ, Misaki Megumi)/Blue Dolphin (ブルードルフィン, Burū Dorufin): A top class student at Academia who was nonetheless friends with Yusuke and Joh and did powered suit research with them and the late Takuji Yano and Mari Aikawa. She is good at swimming and bicycling and was taught archery by her father. Megumi often criticizes Yuusuke's strategies. A caring figure, feeling even for her enemies. She is very skilled and has fired an arrow from the Dolphin Arrow while riding the Moto Dolphin.
- Weapons: Dolphin Arrow (ドルフィンアロー, Dorufin Arō).
- Tetsuya Yano (矢野 鉄也, Yano Tetsuya)/Black Bison (ブラックバイソン, Burakku Baison) (28-49): The younger brother of Takuji and elder brother of Takeshi. He is good at boxing. He nearly destroyed the Gran Tortoise after being taken over by Volt. Tetsuya is generally a good-hearted person, but has a temper and hatred, mostly fueled by his desire for revenge on Kemp for the murder of his older brother.
- Weapons: Bison Rod (バイソンロッド, Baison Roddo).
- Jun-ichi Aikawa (相川 純一, Aikawa Jun'ichi)/Green Sai (グリーンサイ, Gurīn Sai): (29-49) The younger brother of Mari and a rugby player. He calls Tetsuya "Tetsu-chan", looking up to him as an older brother. The youngest member of the team, temporarily leaving high school in order to fight Volt. While impregnated by Vega Zuno, Junichi was fearful of the life inside him to the point of getting an abortion until the unborn Vega Baby pleas for its life and Junichi decides to "give birth," only to lose the child when it was killed by its biological parent and ended up getting a newfound respect for mothers.
- Weapons: Sai Cutters (サイカッター, Sai Kattā, Rhino Cutters).
- Twin Brace (ツインブレス, Tsuin Buresu): The Liveman's transformation device. The right wrist is the one with the animal icon. When transforming by themselves, they transform by saying their name (i.e. "Red Falcon!", "Yellow Lion!" etc.). Starting with episode 4, they shout "Liveman!".
- Live Blaster (ライブラスター, Raiburasutā): The standard sidearm of the team. It can be used as a gun or be separated into a sword and shield. It can be brought out on its own from the Twin Brace without transforming.
- Bimotion Buster (バイモーションバスター, Baimōshon Basutā): The finishing cannon used throughout the series. It was summoned by all three, and later five, members.
- Triple Bazooka (トリプルバズーカ, Toripuru Bazūka): First used in episode 22, it is a weapon formed from the Falcon Saber, Dolphin Arrow, and Lion Bazooka. It is apparently faster to bring out and fire than the Biomotion Buster.
- Moto Machines (モトマシン, Motomashin): the individual motorcycles for the original trio, based on a Suzuki RH250.
- Moto Falcon (モトファルコン, Motofarukon): Red Falcon's Moto Machine.
- Moto Lion (モトライオン, Motoraion): Yellow Lion's Moto Machine.
- Moto Dolphin (モトドルフィン, Motodorufin): Blue Dolphin's Moto Machine.
- Live Cougar (ライブクーガー, Raibu Kūgā): A four-wheeled drive initially for the original trio. It's also used by Colon and later by Black Bison and Green Sai. Based on a 2nd generation Suzuki Jimny.
- Machine Buffalo (マシンバッファロー, Mashinbaffaroo): A flying fortress that carries the mecha components of the Live Robo and the Live Boxer. It is launched from the tower that rises out of the undersea base, the Gran Tortoise (グラントータス, Gurantootasu).
- Live Robo (ライブロボ, Raibu Robo): The primary robot of the Liveman team formed when the command "Combine! Live Dimension!" (合体! ライブディメンション!, Gattai! Raibu Dimenshon!) is given. Apparently, as seen in some episodes, the Live Robo can be launched into battle already formed. Its main weapon is the Super Beast Sword (超獣剣, Chōjūken) that is used for destroying monsters with its finishing attacks like the Super Live Crash (スーパーライブクラッシュ, Sūpā Raibu Kurasshu) and the Strong Crashdown (ストロングクラッシュダウン, Sutorongu Kurasshudaun). Its other weapons are the Live Shield (ライブシールド, Raibu Shīrudo), Double Cannons (ダブルカノン, Daburu Kanon), and the Live Robo Beam (ライブロボビーム, Raibu Robo Bīmu).
- Jet Falcon (ジェットファルコン, Jetto Farukon): Red Falcon's jet that forms the Live Robo's head, back, waist, thighs and the Live Shield. It is stored in the upper compartment of the Machine Buffalo. It has legs for touchdown. It appeared again in Gaoranger vs Super Sentai.
- Land Lion (ランドライオン, Rando Raion): Yellow Lion's mecha-lion. It forms the torso and arms of the Live Robo, and the Double Cannons. It is stored in the lower compartment of the Machine Buffalo behind the Aqua Dolphin.
- Aqua Dolphin (アクアドルフィン, Akua Dorufin): Blue Dolphin's submarine. It forms the legs of the Live Robo. It is stored in the lower compartment of the Machine Buffalo in front of the Land Lion. It has wheels for land travel and can fire Dolphin Missiles.
- Live Boxer (ライブボクサー, Raibu Bokusā): Liveman's second robot, formed when the command "Combine! Boxer Dimension!" (合体! ボクサーディメンション!, Gattai! Bokusā Dimenshon!) is given. Its special attack is the Piston Punch (ピストンパンチ, Pisuton Panchi), and its finishing attack to destroy monsters is the Miracle Big Blow (ミラクルビッグブロー, Mirakuru Biggu Burō).
- Bison Liner (バイソンライナー, Baison Rainā): A trailer piloted by Black Bison that fires the Bison Beam from its horns; Red Falcon and Yellow Lion co-pilot at times. It forms the head, torso, arms, and left foot of the Live Boxer, and the left shoulder, helmet, waist shield, and feet of the Super Live Robo.
- Sai Fire (サイファイヤー, Sai Faiyā): A missile truck piloted by Green Sai; Blue Dolphin co-pilots at times. It forms the legs and right foot of the Live Boxer, and the forearms and right shoulder of the Super Live Robo.
- Super Live Robo (スーパーライブロボ, Sūpā Raibu Robo): The combination of the Live Robo and the Live Boxer into a powerful robot under the command "Combine! Super Live Dimension!" (合体! スーパーライブディメンション!, Gattai! Sūpā Raibu Dimenshon!). Its ultimate finishing attack to destroy monsters is the Super Big Burst (スーパービッグバースト, Sūpā Biggu Bāsuto), gathering energy from the Bison Liner and the Sai Fire shoulder armor to fire a beam of energy from the mouth of the Land Lion.
- Doctor Hoshi (星博士, Hoshi-hakase, 1 & 2): The principal of Academia who made the Gran Tortoise and gave the Liveman mecha the ability to combine before dying. He died helping a pregnant woman trapped in the rubble of Academia Island escape.
- Colon (コロン, Koron): A female robot built by Doctor Hoshi to be in charge of the Gran Tortoise and assist the team. She frequently supports Liveman on foot, car, bike, and the Machine Buffalo (especially before Black Bison and Green Sai joined). Since Ashura appeared, Colon wanted to be more help to the Livemen and met Tanaka, a malfunctioning Dummyman who fell in love with her before he sacrificed himself to save her from the monster Dokugas Zuno. She later fell in love with Yusuke (who treated her coldly at that time until she saved him by taking a sword cut meant for him). She is able to swim, or otherwise move underwater, perhaps as part of being in charge of the Gran Tortoise. She has a habit of saying "Colon".
- Takuji Yano (矢野 卓二, Yano Takuji): An Academia student studying on the power suits for space travel with Yusuke, Joh, Megumi, and Mari. The older brother of Tetsuya and Takeshi. His prototype power suit featured a swallow. Yusuke was his best friend. He was killed protecting his friends from Kenji's blasts. He promised his youngest brother Takeshi to build a dream car with him, his death resulting in the death of Takeshi's dream until he approached Yusuke who agreed to help him build it, creating the Live Cougar. In the GaoRanger VS. Super Sentai Yusuke is found visiting his grave.
- Mari Aikawa (相川 麻理, Aikawa Mari): An Academia student studying on the power suits for space travel with Yusuke, Joh, Megumi, and Takuji. The older sister of Jun-ichi. Her suit featured a dog. She was also working on the plans for the Bison Liner and the Sai Fire before her death. In the GaoRanger VS. Super Sentai Yusuke is found visiting her grave.
- Doctor Dorothee (ドロテ博士, Dorote-hakase, 30): Tetsuya and Junichi's benefactor, the leader of the Academia group that built the Bison Liner and the Sai Fire. She later arrives to help the Livemen by providing a new power core for the Bison Liner. She was played by French children entertainer Dorothée.
- Takeshi Yano (矢野 武志, Yano Takeshi, 5): The younger brother of Takuji and Tetsuya, he met Yusuke and the others before Takuji was killed by Volt. He helps Yusuke complete the Live Cougar vehicle, which Yusuke started to build with Takuji. He is considerably younger than his two brothers and very little mention is made about his relation with Tetsuya.
- Toshiko Omura (尾村 俊子, Omura Toshiko, 20 & 21): Go's mother. When Go was young, Toshiko pressured her son into succeeding academically at the expense of giving him a normal childhood. When Go returns to her home for refuge while hiding away from Volt, she becomes terrified when she witnesses her son's transformation into the monster Dr. Obler. Yusuke makes her see the error of her ways and she manages to revert Go back to his human form by reminding him of the motherly love she gave to him as a child.
- Yoichiro Misaki (岬 与一郎, Misaki Yoichirō, 27): Megumi's father. A master of a form of archery known as the Higo Cross style (肥後バッテン流, Higo Batten Ryū). He goes to Tokyo to visit his daughter with the intention of pairing her with a potential marriage partner. Although his archery skills has deteriorated as a result of his age, he is able to see through Volt's disguises when a group of Dummymen posed as hostages. He becomes proud of his daughter when he sees her use the Dolphin Arrow.
- Mai Funachi (舟地 マイ, Funachi Mai, 32): A long-time friend of Yusuke who works as a day-care worker in a kindergarten, who also knew Kenji before he became Doctor Kemp. When she was a high school student, Kenji gave her a bouquet of roses he specially bred known as "Kenji Roses", which helped her mother recover from an illness due to the positive energy it radiated. Later, when Kenji suffered an accident from a lab experiment, she donated her blood to save his life, as she carries the same rare blood type (β ZO Negative). She still holds Kenji in high esteem, until she finds out that he has become Doctor Kemp.
Armed Intellect Volt ArmyEdit
Believing most of humanity to be inferior, Armed Intellect Volt Army (武装頭脳軍ボルト, Busō Zunō Gun Boruto) is based on the orbiting space station Zuno Base (ヅノーベース, Zunōbēsu) with its officers using a triangular shuttle to journey between it and Earth. Though it appeared Volt's goal was to create the ideal world for superior geniuses and exterminate those with "inferior minds", it's true agenda is to complete the Giga Brain Wave so Bias can achieve immortality while subjugating the human race via mind control.
- Great Professor Bias (大教授ビアス, Daikyōju Biasu): A super genius scientist whose appearance belies his actual age, well versed in all knowledge and worshipped as a god by his officers. Bias' intellect prevents him from brutally punishing or berating his officers for their failures; he believes they should recognize and learn from their shame. In reality, Bias was originally human until he devised a means to cheat death by absorbing a mind-controlling thought pattern-based energy called "Giga Brain Wave". But as twelve minds with an IQ of 1,000 each is needed, Bias tricks eleven followers under him to be educated until achieving the ideal IQ. From there, Bias extract the achievers' brains and places them in the Brain Room to set up the Giga Brain Wave. Hiding this from his current followers so he can complete the Giga Brain Wave, Bias took extremes by ordering the execution of Miku Kitamura, a girl from 2003, and then Gou, who unknowingly witnessed Bias' previous absorbing of an incomplete Giga Brain Wave. When the effects of it begin to waver, Bias attempts to use his incomplete Giga Brain Wave to have Tetsuya destroy the Grand Tortoise for him before it backfired and aged him before he managed to regain his youthful appearance. Soon after, once Kemp reaches the IQ of 1,000, Bias uses Kemp's brain to complete the Giga Brain Wave and becomes a child as a result of absorbing the energy. However, Kemp's spirit rallies the ghosts of Bias' previous victims to take their revenge, causing Bias to revert to his true aged self. He dies in a wizened state aboard the exploding Zuno Base with Gash, imagining the voices of people praising him.
- Kenji Tsukigata/Doctor Kemp (月形 剣史/ドクター・ケンプ, Tsukigata Kenji/Dokutā Kenpu, 1-48): He is Yusuke's former friend at Academia whose dream was to develop biotechnological means to make humans immune to any disease. However, Kenji became egotistical and power hungry after taking the test Bias sent to him, killing Takuji and Mari while leaving to join Volt. Becoming Bias's top pupil, having an unwavering faith in the professor, Kemp's overconfidence and vanity reflected in his monstrous form of Beauty Beast Kemp (美獣ケンプ, Bijū Kenpu, 1-36), able to execute moves like Beautiful Eye and Beautiful Rainbow. While in human form, he uses the Slit Cutter as a weapon. Wanting to power his Beauty Beast form, Kemp creates Gore Zuno to synthesize his β ZO Negative blood type before finding Mai, a young woman who saved his life after he suffered blood loss from a lab explosion. After deciding not to take her blood and the events of October 22, Bias is forced to discard his pride and undergo a risky operation to modify himself into a more powerful being. Though Megumi's interference caused him regress to his teenage self with no memory of being in Earth Academia and after, Kemp regains his memories upon remembering his low grade and completes his transformation into Fear Beast Kemp (恐獣ケンプ, Kyōjū Kenpu, 37-48). In his new form, Kemp can use his Kemp Tentacles and execute attacks such as Kemp Demon Flare. He managed to obtain the IQ of 1,000, only to be betrayed by Bias who takes his brain away. As a result, Kemp's body becomes the mindless Fear Beast Zuno (恐獣ヅノー, Kyōjūzunō, 48) before being destroyed by the Super Live Robo. However, despite being bodiless, Kemp's mind is able to muster enough strength to rob Bias of his new found youth, resulting in his own death in the finale. In GaoRanger VS. Super Sentai Yusuke is found visiting his grave.
- Rui Senda/Doctor Mazenda (仙田 ルイ/ドクター・マゼンダ, Senda Rui/Dokutā Mazenda, 1-47): She is a haughty woman who was Megumi's rival at the Academia and broke Yusuke's heart. Rui reconstructs herself as a cyborg to reflect her coldness and her desire to preserve her beauty, with concealed weapons within her robotic body like the Arm Gun, Elbow Gun and Finger Gun. However, Mazenda's subconsciousness expresses her regret in discarding her love and kindness which manifests in her attack pattern. Eventually, since the Miku incident, Mazenda begins to doubt Bias before she upgrades herself into Machine Mazenda (マシン・マゼンダ, Mashin Mazenda, 38-47). In her new state, 90% of Mazenda's body is fully mechanized with new built-in weapons like the Five-Finger Gun, Arm Bazooka, Elbow Gun Double Hit, and Crouch Knee Missile. However, upon learning the truth behind Bias' goals, Mazenda removed all organic traces of her being and became Robo Mazenda (ロボマゼンダ, Robo Mazenda, 47) to keep Bias from taking her brain. Mortally wounded as a result of defying Bias, Mazenda dies after regaining some of her former humanity. In GaoRanger VS. Super Sentai Yusuke is found visiting her grave. Her name is a pun on the word Magenta (マゼンタ, Mazenta).
- Goh Omura/Doctor Obler (尾村 豪/ドクター・オブラー, Omura Gō/Dokutā Oburā, 1-21, 41, 46 & 47): He is Joh's one-time friend at Academia Island. Goh is a childhood prodigy who was forced by his mother to study with no time to play with other children. Struggling to meet everybody's expectations, Goh is brought into Volt by Bias out of pity and unknowingly witnessed Bias in his Brain Room. Using Volt's research with his inferiority complex as a motivation, Obler turns himself into a completely inhuman monster, called Monster Obler (獣人オブラー, Kaijin Oburā); in this state, he uses a battle axe as his weapon. During the failed Benyo Zuno experiment, Obler suddenly regresses to Goh; although Guildos returns him to his monstrous form, he is expelled from Volt for his weakness as he reverted again. Stealing Guildos's cross-sword, Goh returns to Earth and takes refuge at his childhood home to perfect his Obler form, destroy the Livemen, and win back Bias' praise. But he is captured by the other Earth-based Volt scientists and used in the creation of the Obler Zuno. When the clone attempts to kill his mother, Obler takes the hit meant from her, reverting to an exhausted, nearly comatose Goh. Months after his rehabilitation, Goh regains his memories when he was unknowingly used in Kemp's experiment with Tomei Zuno. Soon after, as the young man was a witness to his dark secret, Bias orders his forces to find Goh and kill him as Joh manages to get him to safety. Though guilt-ridden by his actions against him and the others, Goh reveals what he knew about Bias before he went into hiding. Goh later finds religion and tries to help the Livemen in hopes of saving Rui and Kenji. Though attempting to protect Mazenda from Gash, Goh is unable to save her in the end as he returns to his normal life again.
- Arashi Busujima/Doctor Ashura (毒島 嵐/ドクター・アシュラ, Busujima Arashi/Dokutā Ashura, 11-46): He was a tough-as-nails underworld figure and gang leader with a poor education who bears a grudge against the Science Academia and those smarter than he is. When one of his men is converted into an Apeman by Hihi Zuno, Arashi tracks down the Zuno Beast and uses him to commit crimes before Yusuke battles Arashi in a fist fight prior to Obler's interference. Impressed with Arashi, Bias accelerates his intelligence to the point that he built a chamber that modifies him into his current form. Other than his newfound genius and brute strength, Ashura uses the attacks "Demon Kick", "Break Ashura", "Ashura Reverse Attack", and "Cut Ashura". After his initial lost to the Livemen, Ashura remodified himself to execute "Cyber Bunshin" to generate the Shurer Three (シュラー三人衆, Shurā Sanjinshu, 14-46) with whom he executes the "Blood Shed Attack." Ashura also has a soft spot for women and has sided with Mazenda. He is targeted by Bias when he used the Hacker Zuno to uncover suspicious articles regarding Bias' secret. Soon afterward, Bias decides that Ashura is a hopeless candidate and strips him of his super-intelligence. Back to being Arashi, he ends up being befriended by the Liveman and Goh before strapping himself with dynamite to make a suicide run on Battle Zuno.
- Guardnoid Gash (ガードノイド・ガッシュ, Gādonoido Gasshu): Bias's robot bodyguard, a relentless machine who has knowledge of firearms and use his Video Eye to locate targets. Gash is also the only member of Volt who knows the true plans of Bias. Though normally deployed to fire Giga Phantom enlargement bazooka and create Zuno Beasts, Gash is also sent to carry out missions like stealing the Metaforce Jewel from the robot Joh befriended. Gash eventually dies with Bias inside the Brain Base after losing his right forearm to Yusuke.
- Guildian Guildos (ギルド星人ギルドス, Girudo Seijin Girudosu, 19-43): A robot secretly built by Bias to spur his scientists to break their limitations, believing himself to be an alien intelligence from the planet Guildo. Eventually, becoming prideful from the false memories their creator installed into him, Guildos begins to question why he and Butchy should even follow Bias as he created the Zuno Beast Guild Zuno to prove himself superior to Bias. However, after overexerting his energy to repeatedly revive Guildo Zuno, Guildos malfunctions while realizing his true nature. In a state of shock that his entire life was a lie, Guildos trips and falls to his death.
- Chibuchian Butchy (チブチ星人ブッチー, Chibuchi Seijin Butchī, 22-44): An orange ape-like robot secretly built by Bias to spur on Kemp et al. Like Guildos, he was made to have others believe he was an alien intelligence from the planet Chibuchi. Jocular, likes roller skating and music (he claims to be a karaoke expert). His attacks include expanding the size of his hands to execute his Butchy Punch move. After learning the truth behind Guildos and himself, along with their purpose, Butchy is forced to continue serving Bias. However, while forcefully enacting his Rampaging Destruction scheme, Butchy's tears are noticed by Megumi. Despite Ashura's tough love, Butchy is stopped from further destruction by Megumi offering her friendship. His acceptance results in Butchy being labeled a dunce and targeted for execution. Though Megumi tries to save him, Bias activates the self-destruct within Butchy as he pushes Megumi away before exploding.
- Jimmers (ジンマー, Jinmā): The green-skinned android soldiers with mohawk 'haircuts'. They are very difficult to defeat, as their head and limbs operate independently when dismembered. Mazenda later develop a variants of Jimmers called Dummymen (ダミーマン, Damīman) that can assume human form. In episode 13, a Dummyman who calls himself Tanaka (タナカ) defects from Volt and assists the Livemen after he falls in love with Colon before sacrificing himself to save her.
- Dinosaur Gon (恐竜ゴン, Kyōryū Gon, 6 & 7): A dinosaur that Time Zuno brought to the present, Gon was befriended by a boy named Kenichii. While Mazenda and Kemp hold off the Livemen, Oblar later catches Gon and uses Gash to enlarge Gon into a giant berserker controlled by Oblar. Though overpowered, the Live Robo manages to restore Gon. However, Gon died as the result of the enlargement's side effects on non-Zuno Beasts.
- Giga Volt (ギガボルト, Gigaboruto, 28-30): Created by Bias as the result of his Giga Project, using the Giga Metal that Kemp synthesized and powered by the Giga Energy developed by Mazenda from geothermic heat to build this giant robot personally. Once finally activated, this robot emerges with Kemp piloting it as it overpowers the Live Robo and counters its Super Live Crash before placing it in a Giga Field. But the interference of the Live Boxer results in the Live Robo being rescued and this robot is trapped in its own Giga Field. Doctor Ashura takes over this robot until it is finally destroyed by the newly formed Super Live Robo.
Episodes aired on Saturdays at 6:00 PM JST.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original airdate||Rating|
|1||"Friends! Why Did You Do This!?"|
Transcription: "Tomo yo Kimitachi wa Naze!?" (Japanese: 友よ君達はなぜ!?)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||February 27, 1988||12.1|
|Academia Island is an island for science students. The students staying at Academia Island were hand-picked from all over the world by the United Nations. They are studying under Doctor Hoshi to make a better future for Earth, and were chosen to work on a special project. The Academia is constructing a satellite that will become the first outer space science base. Here the academy's youthful dream was aflame.|
|2||"Three Powers Sworn to Life"|
Transcription: "Inochi ni Chikau Mittsu no Chikara" (Japanese: 命に誓う三つの力)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||March 5, 1988||12.1|
|Hurry. Doctor Hoshi has built a secret base deep under the cape of hope. But then Gush creates a Brain Beast.|
|3||"Obular Demonic Transformation"|
Transcription: "Oburā Akuma Henshin" (Japanese: オブラー悪魔変身)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||March 12, 1988||11.6|
|Using Virus Brain, Go Omura starts an experiment to alter his body entirely. Jo bursts into a blazing rage after being betrayed by Go who he tried to save.|
|4||"Expose! The Dummy Man"|
Transcription: "Abake! Damī Man" (Japanese: 暴け! ダミーマン)
|Minoru Yamada||Hirohisa Soda||March 19, 1988||10.0|
|The Jinmers are taking on human forms and causing panic in the city. Megumi, who discovers Mazenda's plan, runs to the rescue.|
|5||"The Reckless Driving Engine Monster"|
Transcription: "Bōsō Enjin Kaijū" (Japanese: 暴走エンジン怪獣)
|Minoru Yamada||Hirohisa Soda||March 26, 1988||8.7|
|Yusuke tries to make a cruiser with plans his friend Takuji left behind. But that cruiser has been carjacked by Engine Brain.|
|6||"Attack! The Dinosaur That Lived"|
Transcription: "Shūrai! Ikita Kyōryū" (Japanese: 襲来! 生きた恐竜)
|Shouhei Toujou||Hirohisa Soda||April 2, 1988||8.1|
|Obler created Time Brain, able to bend space and time. As a result, a dinosaur has been brought to live in our time.|
|7||"Dinosaur VS Live Robo"|
Transcription: "Kyōryū VS Raibu Robo" (Japanese: 恐竜VSライブロボ)
|Shouhei Toujou||Hirohisa Soda||April 9, 1988||10.7|
|Gon starts to realize he is carnivorous and attacked pigs. On top of that he's being controlled and turned into a giant. Gon is attacking Live Robo.|
|8||"The Duel of Love and Anger!"|
Transcription: "Ai to Ikari no Kettō!" (Japanese: 愛と怒りの決闘!)
|Takao Nagaishi||Kunio Fujī||April 16, 1988||8.7|
|Rage Brain absorbs anger chaos and takes away people's fighting spirit. The Livemen are no exception. Get a grip of yourselves, Livemen!|
|9||"Rose! Smell Feverish"|
Transcription: "Bara yo Atsuku Kaore!" (Japanese: バラよ熱く香れ!)
|Takao Nagaishi||Toshiki Inoue||April 23, 1988||11.3|
|Mazenda created Tank Brain whose perfume can control men's minds and is using them as slaves.|
|10||"The Skateboard to Escape the Maze"|
Transcription: "Sukebō Meiro Yaburi" (Japanese: スケボー迷路破り)
|Minoru Yamada||Hirohisa Soda||April 30, 1988||9.1|
|Kyoko and Shinya are siblings who own a pizzeria. Jo has become a skateboard delivery boy for them but suddenly the city has become a huge labyrinth.|
|11||"The Man Who Bit a Brain Beast"|
Transcription: "Zunōjū o Kanda Otoko" (Japanese: 頭脳獣を噛んだ男)
|Minoru Yamada||Hirohisa Soda||May 7, 1988||14.6|
|There was a man capable of controlling a Brain Beast. Arashi, an underground gang leader, saves the Livemen from Baboon Brain who could turn humans into ape men.|
Transcription: "Chō Tensai Ashura!" (Japanese: 超天才アシュラ!)
|Shouhei Toujou||Hirohisa Soda||May 14, 1988||10.9|
|13||"Burn! Steel Colon"|
Transcription: "Moeyo Kōtetsu Koron" (Japanese: 燃えよ鋼鉄コロン)
|Shouhei Toujou||Hirohisa Soda||May 21, 1988||11.5|
|14||"The Scream of Kettle-Man Yusuke"|
Transcription: "Nabe Otoko Yūsuke no Sakebi" (Japanese: ナベ男勇介の叫び)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||May 28, 1988||10.4|
|15||"Deadly! Grim Reaper Gash"|
Transcription: "Hissatsu! Shinigami Gasshu" (Japanese: 必殺! 死神ガッシュ)
|Shouhei Toujou||Toshiki Inoue||June 4, 1988||10.7|
|16||"The Letter of Jiang Shi"|
Transcription: "Kyonshī no Tegami" (Japanese: キョンシーの手紙)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||June 11, 1988||11.2|
|17||"The Crying Doll! The Attacking Doll!"|
Transcription: "Naku Ningyō! Osou Ningyō!" (Japanese: 泣く人形! 襲う人形!)
|Shouhei Toujou||Kunio Fujī||June 18, 1988||11.9|
|18||"A Trap! Joh's Beloved Brain Beast"|
Transcription: "Wana! Jō no Ai Shita Zunōjū" (Japanese: 罠! 丈の愛した頭脳獣)
|Takao Nagaishi||Kunio Fujī||June 25, 1988||13.0|
Transcription: "Gariben Bōya Oburā" (Japanese: ガリ勉坊やオブラー)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||July 2, 1988||8.9|
|20||"Failing Obular's Counterattack!"|
Transcription: "Rakudai Oburā no Gyakushū!" (Japanese: 落第オブラーの逆襲!)
|Shouhei Toujou||Hirohisa Soda||July 9, 1988||7.2|
|21||"Listen, Gou!! Mother's Voice…"|
Transcription: "Gō yo Kike! Haha no Koe o..." (Japanese: 豪よ聞け! 母の声を…)
|Shouhei Toujou||Hirohisa Soda||July 16, 1988||8.7|
|22||"Enter the Space Karaoke Master"|
Transcription: "Uchū Karaoke Meijin Tōjō" (Japanese: 宇宙カラオケ名人登場)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||July 23, 1988||9.2|
|23||"The Life Risked at 0.1 Second"|
Transcription: "Konma Ichibyō ni Kaketa Inochi" (Japanese: コンマ1秒に賭けた命)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||July 30, 1988||8.1|
|24||"Can You Get a 100 for Playing!?"|
Transcription: "Asonde Hyakuten ga Toreru!?" (Japanese: 遊んで百点が取れる!?)
|Shouhei Toujou||Kunio Fujī||August 6, 1988||8.2|
|25||"The 8 Brain Beasts of Tsuruga Castle!"|
Transcription: "Tsurugajō no Hachidai Zunōjū!" (Japanese: 鶴ケ城の8大頭脳獣!)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||August 13, 1988||6.6|
|26||"Aizu's Huge Rhinoceros Beetles!"|
Transcription: "Aizu no Kyodai Kabutomushi!" (Japanese: 会津の巨大カブト虫!)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||August 20, 1988||10.0|
|27||"Daughter!! Destroy the Giga Project"|
Transcription: "Musume yo! Giga Keikaku o Ite" (Japanese: 娘よ! ギガ計画を射て)
|Shouhei Toujou||Hirohisa Soda||August 27, 1988||8.9|
|28||"The Challenge of the Huge Giga Volt"|
Transcription: "Kyodai Gigaboruto no Chōsen?" (Japanese: 巨大ギガボルトの挑戦)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||September 3, 1988||8.1|
|29||"The Vengeful Live Boxer"|
Transcription: "Fukushū no Raibu Bokusā" (Japanese: 復讐のライブボクサー)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||September 10, 1988||9.5|
|30||"Five Warriors, Here and Now"|
Transcription: "Ima Koko ni Gonin no Senshi ga" (Japanese: 今ここに5人の戦士が)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||September 17, 1988||9.0|
|31||"Mama! The Parasitic Monster's Cries"|
Transcription: "Mama! Kisei Kaibutsu no Sakebi" (Japanese: ママ! 寄生怪物の叫び)
|Shouhei Toujou||Hirohisa Soda||September 24, 1988||11.9|
|32||"Kemp, The Riddle of Blood and Roses"|
Transcription: "Kenpu, Chi to Bara no Nazo" (Japanese: ケンプ、血とバラの謎)
|Shouhei Toujou||Kunio Fujī||October 1, 1988a||6.1|
|33||"Do Your Best, Tetsu-chan Robot"|
Transcription: "Ganbare Tetchan Robo" (Japanese: がんばれ鉄ちゃんロボ)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||October 15, 1988||12.4|
|34||"Love That Runs through the Future and Present!"|
Transcription: "Mirai to Ima o Kakeru Koi!" (Japanese: 未来と今を駆ける恋!)
|Takao Nagaishi||Kunio Fujī||October 22, 1988||12.2|
|35||"Yusuke and Kemp's Promise!!"|
Transcription: "Yūsuke to Kenpu no Yakusoku!!" (Japanese: 勇介とケンプの約束!!)
|Shouhei Toujou||Kunio Fujī||October 29, 1988||11.4|
|36||"Crash! The Tackle of Friendship"|
Transcription: "Gekitotsu! Yūjō no Takkuru" (Japanese: 激突! 友情のタックル)
|Shouhei Toujou||Toshiki Inoue||November 5, 1988||10.0|
|37||"16-Year-Old Kemp's Fear Beast Transformation!"|
Transcription: "Jūrokusai Kenpu Kyōjū Henshin!" (Japanese: 16才ケンプ恐獣変身!)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||November 12, 1988||10.9|
|38||"Mobile Weapon of Destruction Mazenda"|
Transcription: "Ugoku Hakai Heiki Mazenda" (Japanese: 動く破壊兵器マゼンダ)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||November 19, 1988||13.6|
|39||"Protect it! A Lifeform of Space"|
Transcription: "Mamore! Uchū no Hitotsubu no Inochi" (Japanese: 守れ! 宇宙の一粒の命)
|Shouhei Toujou||Kunio Fujī||November 26, 1988||13.8|
|40||"Love!? Megumi and the Jewel Thief"|
Transcription: "Koi!? Megumi to Hōseki Dorobō" (Japanese: 恋!? めぐみと宝石泥棒)
|Shouhei Toujou||Toshiki Inoue||December 3, 1988||12.7|
|41||"The Confession of Gou, The Invisible Man!!"|
Transcription: "Tōmei Ningen, Gō no Kokuhaku!!" (Japanese: 透明人間、豪の告白!!)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||December 10, 1988||10.8|
|42||"Bias' Challenge From Space"|
Transcription: "Biasu Uchū Kara no Chōsen" (Japanese: ビアス宇宙からの挑戦)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||December 17, 1988||10.7|
|43||"A Mystery!? Guildos' Final Form"|
Transcription: "Kai!? Girudosu Saigo no Sugata" (Japanese: 怪!? ギルドス最期の姿)
|Shouhei Toujou||Hirohisa Soda||December 24, 1988||10.4|
|44||"Butchy's Great Reckless Driving of Tears!!"|
Transcription: "Butchī Namida no Dai Bōsō!!" (Japanese: ブッチー涙の大暴走!!)
|Shouhei Toujou||Hirohisa Soda||January 14, 1989b||11.3|
|45||"Ashura Reversal One Chance Game"|
Transcription: "Ashura Gyakuten Ippatsu Shōbu" (Japanese: アシュラ逆転一発勝負)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||January 21, 1989||11.2|
|46||"Honorable Man, Arashi! The Final Battle"|
Transcription: "Otoko Arashi! Saigo no Tatakai" (Japanese: オトコ嵐! 最後の戦い)
|Takao Nagaishi||Hirohisa Soda||January 28, 1989||12.3|
|47||"A 1000-Point Brain! Mazenda!!"|
Transcription: "Senten Zunō! Mazenda!!" (Japanese: 千点頭脳! マゼンダ!!)
|Shouhei Toujou||Hirohisa Soda||February 4, 1989||10.2|
|48||"Birth!! Boy King Bias!"|
Transcription: "Tanjō!! Shōnen Ō Biasu!" (Japanese: 誕生!! 少年王ビアス!)
|Shouhei Toujou||Hirohisa Soda||February 11, 1989||10.6|
|49||"The Fall of Great Professor Bias"|
Transcription: "Daikyōju Biasu no Hōkai" (Japanese: 大教授ビアスの崩壊!!)
|Shouhei Toujou||Hirohisa Soda||February 18, 1989||11.3|
|^a Episode 32 aired at 5:30 PM JST to accommodate coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics. The broadcast was interrupted with breaking news and subsequently rebroadcast on October 8, 1988.|
|^b Episode 44, the first Heisei period episode, was delayed from January 7 to January 14, 1989 as a result of all programming being cancelled following the death of Emperor Hirohito.|
- Yusuke Amamiya: Daisuke Shima (嶋 大輔, Shima Daisuke)
- Joh Ohara: Kazuhiko Nishimura (西村 和彦, Nishimura Kazuhiko)
- Megumi Misaki: Megumi Mori (森 恵, Mori Megumi)
- Tetsuya Yano: Seiro Yamaguchi (山口 正朗, Yamaguchi Seirō)
- Junichi Aikawa: Jin Kawamoto (河本 忍, Kawamoto Jin)
- Great Professor Bias: Jōji Nakata (中田 譲治, Nakata Jōji)
- Kenji Tsukigata/Doctor Kemp: Yutaka Hirose (広瀬 裕, Hirose Yutaka) (credited as Takumi Hirose (広瀬 匠, Hirose Takumi))
- Rui Senda/Doctor Mazenda: Akiko Amamatsuri (天祭 揚子, Amamatsuri Akiko) (credited as Akiko Kurusu (来栖 明子, Kurusu Akiko))
- Goh Omura/Doctor Obler: Toru Sakai (坂井 徹, Sakai Tōru)
- Arashi Busujima/Doctor Ashura: Yoshinori Okamoto (岡本 美登, Okamoto Yoshinori)
- Doctor Hoshi: Daisuke Ban (伴 大介, Ban Daisuke) (credited as Naoya Ban (伴 直弥, Ban Naoya)) (episodes 1 & 2)
- Takuji Yano: Hiromichi Hori (堀広道, Hori Hiromichi) (episodes 1, 5, 8, 29 & 30)
- Mari Aikawa: Masae Hayashi (林優枝, Hayashi Masae) (episodse 1, 8, 29 & 30)
- Takeshi Yano: Hirofumi Taga (多賀啓史, Taga Hirofumi) (episode 5)
- Great Professor Bias (Child): Kentaro Ishizema (石関賢太郎, Ishizema Kentarō) (episodes 48 & 49)
- Opening theme
- "Choujyu Sentai Liveman" (超獣戦隊ライブマン, Chōjū Sentai Raibuman)
- Ending theme
- "Ashita ni Ikiru ze!" (あしたに生きるぜ!, "Live to Tomorrow!")
- Lyrics: Akira Ohtsu
- Composition: Yasuo Kosugi
- Arrangement: Ohzuchi Fujita
- Artist: Daisuke Shima
- Literally translated as Super Beast Squad Liveman.
- Official Choujyu Sentai Liveman website (in Japanese)