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 Ishimori, 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 byShotaro Ishimori
Starring
Narrated byAsao Koike
Composer(s)
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes27
Production
Producer(s)
  • Kanetake Ochiai
  • Keizo Nanajo
  • Akimasa Ito
  • Masahide Shinozuka
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)TV Asahi
Toei Company
Release
Original networkTV Asahi
Original releaseJuly 8, 1978 –
January 27, 1979

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

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 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). 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)

External linksEdit