Iron King

Iron King (アイアンキング, Aian Kingu) is a tokusatsu superhero TV series about a giant cyborg. The series was produced by Nippon Gendai and Senkosha (now Senko Planning), and aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System from October 8, 1972 to April 8, 1973, with a total of 26 episodes.

Iron King
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Iron King title card
Kyodai Hero
Created byMamoru Sasaki
Directed byNoriaki Yuasa
StarringShōji Ishibashi
Mitsuo Hamada
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes26
Running time24 minutes (per episode)
Original networkTBS
Original releaseOctober 8, 1972 (1972-10-08) –
April 8, 1973 (1973-04-08)

Plot descriptionEdit

The Shiranui Clan have planned for 2000 years to conquer Japan in retaliation for their nomadic ancestors being banished from the country by the Yamato Clan (who eventually became known as the Japanese people). Each armored ninja-like member of the clan controls a gigantic robot warrior in order to overthrow the "Yamato Government," as they call it.

In response to this terrorist threat, Japan's National Security Organization send agent Gentaro Shizuka (pop star Shoji Ishibashi), disguised as what can best described as a Spaghetti Western version of a singing cowboy, to stop their plans with the assistance of comical, mountaineering-clad Goro Kirishima (Mitsuo Hamada). In an unusual direction for such tokusatsu (visual effects) programs, it is not the heroic but often surprisingly ruthless Gentaro but the bumbling, bespectacled Goro who has the power to become the giant cybernetic superhero Iron King by touching the medals on the sides of his funny red Turning Hat and shouting "Iron Shock!" when danger threatens.

However, often Iron King is unable to defeat the clan's giant robots without help from Gentaro, who wields a weapon called the Iron Belt that can become a slender rapier-like sword or an infinitely extendable metal whip capable of hurting giant monsters. In addition, transforming into the hydrogen oxide-powered Iron King quickly dehydrates Goro, and he can only remain as Iron King for a short period of time. Strangely, although Gentaro knows Iron King's time limit comes from using up his water supply he never manages to connect it with Goro's omnipresent thirst until the final episode.

In the tenth episode the Shiranui Clan is destroyed but their place is taken by the skull-symboled keffiyeh-clad Phantom Militia (A/K/A the Phantom Opposition Party) who also use giant robots to enact their revolution against the Japanese government, although rather than being humanoid in shape theirs take the form of dinosaur-like kaiju.

From the nineteenth episode to the end of the series Gentaro and Goro battle black cloak and Puritan hat-clad white-masked aliens called Titanians who have various inhuman powers such as flight, body-possessing mind control and the ability to enlarge themselves to giant size. Upon doing the latter they are then able to assume insect-like monster forms.

Episode listEdit

# Title[1] Guest cast Director First aired Monster appeared
1. Secret Messenger of the Morning Wind
Shinzo Hotta
Kiro Abe
Fudeko Tanaka
Kinji Takinami
Hiroshi Ikaida
Shozo Tamura 1972-10-08 Vacumira
2. The Swan in the Ruins
Shinzo Hotta
Hiroshi Ikaida
Shozo Tamura 1972-10-15 Jairogesu
3. The Warrior's Smile
Shinzo Hotta
Hiroshi Ikaida
Shozo Tamura 1972-10-22 Double Satan
4. Gentaro Travels Alone
Shinzo Hotta
Yosuke Akimoto
Toru Sotoyama 1972-10-29 Devil Tiger
5. The Duel in the Autumn Wind
Shinzo Hotta
Shogo Hanagi
Toru Sotoyama 1972-11-05 Black Knight, Bronze Demon, Monster Bird
6. Lullaby for a Warrior
Shinzo Hotta
Seishiro Kuno
Masayuki Tobuyo
Shozo Tamura
Kiyoshi Suzuki
1972-11-12 Monster Bird
7. Those That Fly the Skies
Shinzo Hotta
Kaori Seki
Hisashi Kato
Shozo Tamura
Kiyoshi Suzuki
1972-11-19 Silver Rider
8. The Shadow Area
Shinzo Hotta
Mitsuko Hoshi
Yoshinori Furukawa
Shinobu Miura
Noriaki Yuasa
Kiyoshi Suzuki
1972-11-26 Gold Fire
9. Gentaro in a Close Shave
Shinzo Hotta
Yuki Okazaki
Toru Sotoyama 1972-12-03 Gold Fire
10. A Kiss for the Dead
Katsumi Muramatsu
Shima Mizue
Kiyoshi Tokugawa
Gin Minemura
Hiroshi Fukuhara 1972-12-10 Gold Fire, Zaira Unicorn
11. Tokyo Is Burning
Katsumi Muramatsu
Kiyoshi Tokugawa
Gin Minemura
Toru Sotoyama 1972-12-17 Zaira Unicorn
12. State of Emergency in Tokyo
Katsumi Muramatsu
Teresa Noda
Junko Natsu
Wataru Mitsui
Ikuo Kosaka
Toru Sotoyama 1972-12-24 Tongazaurus
13. Attacking the Underground Fortress
Katsumi Muramatsu
Junko Natsu
Wataru Mitsui
Isamu Matsuzawa
Toru Sotoyama 1972-12-31 Tongazaurus
14. Secret of the Brainwave Robot
Katsumi Muramatsu
Hijiri Matsuki
Teppei Takasugi
Kazuo Arai
Hiromu Edagawa 1973-01-14 Jurassdon
15. Marathon Monster Capri-Gon
Katsumi Muramatsu
Masahiro Takashina
Harue Kyo
Hiromu Edagawa 1973-01-21 Caprigon
16. Destroy Tora-Girasu!
Katsumi Muramatsu
Yumi Mizusawa
Hiroshi Fukuhara 1973-01-28 Toragilas
17. The Order to Assassinate Iron King
Katsumi Muramatsu
Chidori Tashiro
Koetsu Omiya
Toru Sotoyama 1973-02-04 Dodzilla, Kumagross
18. Monster Robot Annihilation
Katsumi Muramatsu
Eiko Ogawa
Toru Sotoyama 1973-02-11 Kumagross
19. The Giant Bug Kabutoron Appears
Chiaki Ukyo
Hajime Izu
Hiroshi Fukuhara 1973-02-18 Kabutoron
20. The Titanians Strike Back
Chiaki Ukyo Hiroshi Fukuhara 1973-02-25 Kabutoron
21. Kama Guras Wants Lethal Gas!
Chiaki Ukyo
Mari Sakurai
Tetsuya Sano
Toru Sotoyama 1973-03-04 Kamagyrus
22. Terrifying Titanian Underworld
Chiaki Ukyo
Fumio Ikeda
Toru Sotoyama 1973-03-11 Kirigirin
23. The Insect Humanoid Masquerades as a Woman
Chiaki Ukyo
Ryoko Sakaguchi
Hideo Saito
Shozo Tamura 1973-03-18 Kangarole
24. Tokyo Assault Frontline Base
Chiaki Ukyo
Yoku Shioya
Hiroshi Fukuhara 1973-03-25 Cockroachaur
25. Iron King in a Panic!
Chiaki Ukyo Toru Sotoyama 1973-04-01 Cricketton, Possessed Iron King
26. The Great Tokyo War
Chiaki Ukyo
Hajime Izu
Toru Sotoyama 1973-04-08 Cricketton, Possessed Iron King

DVD releasesEdit

Cover to the 2007 DVD release

On November 6, 2007, BCI Eclipse Entertainment Company LLC released the complete series of Iron King on DVD in Region 1.[2] As of 2009, this release is now out of print as BCI Eclipse ceased operations.

On March 9, 2010, Mill Creek Entertainment re-released the entire series on DVD in Region 1.[3]


  1. ^ Ragone, August (2007). The Super Hero Samurai Spaghetti Western. Ronin Entertainment.
  2. ^ "Iron King - The Complete Series". Archived from the original on 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2007-11-28.
  3. ^ "Iron King: The Complete Series".


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