Message from Space: Galactic Wars

Message from Space: Galactic Wars (宇宙からのメッセージ・銀河大戦, Uchū kara no Messēji: Ginga Taisen) is a Japanese TV series written by Shotaro Ishinomori, co-produced by Toei Company and TV Asahi and aired on TV Asahi from July 8, 1978 to January 27, 1979, with a total of 27 episodes. It is a spin-off of the 1978 film Message from Space.[1]

Message from Space: Galactic Wars
GenreTokusatsu, Science fiction
Created by
Written byMasaru Igami
Directed byMinoru Yamada
Starring
Narrated byAsao Koike
Composers
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes27
Production
Producers
  • Kanetake Ochiai
  • Keizo Nanajo
  • Akimasa Ito
  • Masahide Shinozuka
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesTV Asahi
Toei Company
I.D.D.h.
Release
Original networkTV Asahi
Original releaseJuly 8, 1978 (1978-07-08) –
January 27, 1979 (1979-01-27)

CastEdit

  • Hayato Gen/Maboroshi (ゲン・ハヤト/まぼろし, Gen Hayato/Maboroshi): Hiroyuki Sanada (真田広之, Sanada Hiroyuki)
  • Ryu/Nagareboshi (リュウ/流れ星, Ryū/Nagareboshi): Akira Oda (織田あきら, Oda Akira)
  • Ape-Man Ballou (猿人バルー, Enjin Barū): Ryo Nishida (西田良, Nishida Ryō)
  • Tonto (トント) (Voice): Iwao Tabuchi (田渕岩夫, Tabuchi Iwao)
  • Sofia (ソフィア): Yoko Akitani (秋谷陽子, Akitani Yōko)
  • Narrator (ナレーター, Narētā): Asao Koike (小池朝雄, Koike Asao)

Suit actorsEdit

StaffEdit

MESSAGE FROM SPACE SPACE WARS
Producers Kanetake Ochiai, Keizo Shichijo, Akimasa Ito, Masahide Shinozuka, Hubert Chonzu
Created by Shotaro Ishinomori
Serialized in Shogakukan's "Tv-Kun", Kodansha's "TV Magazine", Tokuma Shoten's "TV Land"
Written by Masaru Igami, Miyoko Nagase, Ayuko Anzai, Taku Eren
Music Shunsuke Kikuchi & Kenichiro Morioka
Theme Song "Oh Braves Cross the Galaxy"

"Love is Beyond the Stars"

Lyrics Shotaro Ishinomori
Performed by Isao Sasaki, Columbia Male Choir
Monologue Asao Koike
Theme From "Sankuokai" Éric Charden
Stunts by Japan Action Enterprises
Staff
Directors of Photography Sakuji Shiomi, Shozo Sakane, Yuhei Harada, Takeharu Kobayashi, Kiyoshi Kitasaka
Lighting Tokuji Wakaki, Keiichi Kano, Yasuo Otani, Yoshikazu Watanabe, Heisaku Kato, Tsuyoshi Muguruma
Sound Recordists Koichi Sakamoto, Masayuki Kato
Art Akira Takahashi (Cosmo Productions)
Editing by Takeo Araki
Scripter Girls Kyoko Kurokawa, Yuko Nishikawa, Yoshiko Ishida, Yoko Miru
Equipment and Decorating Shigekazu Yoshioka, Yoshiaki Shiraishi, Terumasa Tabata, Shigeharu Yamamoto
Assistant Directors Mitsukazu Kawamura, Hideo Suzuki, Kiyomi Yada, Yuji Takakura, Isamu Sone, Kazue Saito, Masaki Godai
Beauty & Hairdressing Towa Beauty
Costumes Tamotsu Iwatuki, Muneyuki Kuroki
Acting Officers Eiji Morimura, Takayasu Kuzuhara, Yoshiaki Yamashita, Masaru Fujiwara, Mamoru Shimokawa
VFX Minoru Nakano
Special Video Programming Commodore Japan
Stunt Arrangers Toshio Sugawara, Ikuo Miyoshi, Junnosuke Doi, Junji Yamaoka (JAC)
Chief Managers Yoshio Yamamoto, Manshu Sugiura, Takahiro Tarayaka, Hiroshi Mazawa, Hiroshi Kanada, Susumu Uji
Special Thanks Nara Dreamland
Film Processing IMAGICA
English Dubbing 3B Productions
Music

Sound Design

Doug Lackey, Joseph Zappala
Associate Producer

Supervising Editor

Michael Part
Written, Produced and Directed by Bunker Jenkins
Editor Floyd Ingram
Additional FX George Budd
Post Production Gomillion Sound, American Film Factory
Another Presentation from Newhope Entertainment
SFX Unit
SFX Made By Special Effects Research Laboratory
Practical Effects Subaru Suzuki
Director of Photography Satoru Takanashi
Art Director Tetsuzo Osawa
Lighting Akiyoshi Hiji
Produced by Yoshiyuki Nakamura
Director Nobuo Yajima
Directed by Minoru Yamada, Tomoomi Yoda, Miki Wakabayashi
Produced by Toei Company, TV Asahi
In Association with IDDH, France 2

SongsEdit

Opening theme
  • "Yūsha yo Ginga o Watare" (勇者よ銀河を渡れ)
    • Lyrics: Shotaro Ishimori (石森 章太郎, Ishimori Shotaro)
    • Composition and Arrangement: Shunsuke Kikuchi (菊池 俊輔, Kikuchi Shunsuke)
    • Artist: Isao Sasaki (ささきいさお, Sasaki Isao) with Columbia Male Choir (コロムビア男声合唱団, Koromubia dansei gasshō-dan)
Ending theme
  • "Ai wa Hoshizora no Kanata ni" (愛は星空の彼方に)
    • Composition and arrangement: Kenichiro Morioka (森岡賢一郎, Morioka Ken'ichirō)

Manga adaptationEdit

A manga adaptation by Kaoru Shintani was published in Kodansha's TV Magazine from August to December 1978.

International broadcastsEdit

Message from Space: Galactic Battle was broadcast in the Philippines in the early 1980s under the title Space Wars. It also aired in 1979 in parts of Europe under the title San Ku Kaï. It aired in parts of Latin America in the early 80s under the title "Sankuokai". In the United States, the series was retitled Space Ninja and dubbed by 3B Productions (Tranzor Z), but released straight-to-video (there is no documentation, currently, of any television broadcast) in 1981. 3B produced a compilation feature, Swords of the Space Ark, which was aired on the Christian Broadcasting Network in 1983. Toei promoted the series overseas as Message from Space: Galaxy Wars.

DVD ReleaseEdit

During Otakon 2018, Discotek Media announced that they licensed the show for a one-disc SD on BD release.[2] It was released on October 29, 2019, in Japanese with English subtitles.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Otaphysica - Memories of Message from Space: Galactic Battle
  2. ^ . August 12, 2018 https://twitter.com/discotekmedia/status/1028666678660526080. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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