Sonic Soldier Borgman

Sonic Soldier Borgman (超音戦士ボーグマン, Chōon Senshi Bōguman), or simply Borgman (ボーグマン, Bōguman, also spelled as Borg-Man), is a science fiction anime television series that aired on Nippon Television from April 13 to December 21, 1988.[1] It features a Super Sentai-like three member team that fights an organization known as the GIL Crime Organization, who originated from the Demon World. The three main characters are: Chuck, Ryo and Anice. Ryo is the leader, while Chuck and Anice are teachers at a public school. Sometimes, the students tend to help or cause trouble to the Borgmen in some way and some even know their secret identities. Ryo has a talking "modern" blue motorcycle that can upgrade itself. The team's transformation code is "Borg, Get On". Each member has a personal cannon that matches his/her armor color that appears only to finish the monster they fight. Two movies, an OVA mini series and a video game were also released, in 1989, 1990 and 1993, respectively.[2][3]

Sonic Soldier Borgman
超音戦士ボーグマン
(Chōon Senshi Borgman)
GenreAction, Science fiction
Anime television series
Directed byHiroshi Negishi
Produced byTōru Horikoshi (Nippon TV)
Minoru Ōno (YOMIKO Advertising)
Kōji Yoritsune (Toho)
Hiroshi Katō (Ashi Productions)
Written byHideki Sonoda
Music byHiromoto Tobisawa
StudioAshi Productions
Original networkNippon TV
Original run April 13, 1988 December 21, 1988
Episodes35
Anime film
Borgman: The Last Battle
Directed byHiroshi Negishi
Produced byKōji Yoritsune
Yasushi Shibahara
Yukinao Shimoji
Written byNobuaki Kishima
Music byHiromoto Tobisawa
StudioAshi Productions
ReleasedSeptember 1, 1989
Runtime60 minutes
Anime film
Borgman: Lover's Rain
Directed byKiyoshi Murayama
Produced byKōji Yoritsune
Written byHideki Sonoda
Music byHiromoto Tobisawa
StudioAshi Productions
ReleasedDecember 1, 1990
Runtime35 minutes
Original video animation
Sonic Soldier Borgman II: New Century 2058
Directed byKiyoshi Murayama
Produced byMachiu Hattori
Akifumi Shirogawa
Yukinao Shimoji
Written byKiyoshi Murayama
Music byHiromoto Tobisawa
StudioStudio Giants
Released October 1, 1993 December 1, 1993
Runtime30 minutes each
Episodes3
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1/10 Anice Farm from Sonic Soldier Borgman - Resin Kit Model (2013).

PlotEdit

In 1999, four "demon stones" fell to Tokyo and destroyed the capital. Thirty-one years later, in 2030, a new city called Megalo City, which was built on Tokyo Bay sees invaders from a different dimension known as GIL. Their purpose was to complete the fifth demon stone, and resurrect their demon king to conquer the world. Just when everyone thought that humanity was on the verge of destruction, three people armed with the "Balector" battlesuits stood up and fought back against the criminal organization. They are cyborg warriors known as the "Borgman".

CharactersEdit

Sonic TeamEdit

Ryo Hibiki (響 リョウ, Hibiki Ryō)
Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto
Chuck Sweagger (チャック・スェーガー, Chakku Swēgā)
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue
Anice Farm (アニス・ファーム, Anisu Fāmu)
Voiced by: Yoshino Takamori
Memory Gene (メモリー・ジーン, Memorī Jīn)
Voiced by: Masako Katsuki

Psysonic AcademyEdit

Shinji Oda (織田 シンジ, Oda Shinji)
Voiced by: Akari Hibino (credited as Yoko Ogai)
Molly Rangwald (モーリー・ラングォルド, Mōrī Rangworudo)
Voiced by: Chie Kojiro
Randō Gōda (郷田 乱童, Gōda Randō)
Voiced by: Toshiharu Sakurai
Tōru Momoki (桃木 亨, Momoki Tōru)
Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe

Megalo CityEdit

Charlie Berger (チャーリー・バーガー, Chārī Bāgā)
Voiced by: Yuzuru Fujimoto
Miki Katsura (桂 美姫, Katsura Miki)
Voiced by: Naoko Matsui
Fritz K. Ridel (フリッツ・K・リデル, Furitsu Kei Rideru)
Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi

GIL Crime OrganizationEdit

Gilbert Mesh (ギルバート・メッシュ, Girubāto Messhu)
Voiced by: Banjo Ginga
Dust Gead (ダストジード, Dasto Jīdo)
Voiced by: Koichi Yamadera
Fellmina (フェルミナ, Ferumina)
Voiced by: Yoko Matsuoka
Wangot (ウォンゴット, Uongotto)
Voiced by: Yuzuru Fujimoto
Cerberus (ケルベルス, Keruberusu)
Voiced by: Yu Shimaka
Vader (ヴェーダ, Bēda)
Voiced by: Kozo Shioya

ReleaseEdit

In 2004, both the Lover's Rain and the Last Battle movies were released on DVD in the U.S. by ADV (now Section23).

Other mediaEdit

In 1988, a video game was produced based on the series for the Sega Master System. This game was only released as a tie-in for the Japanese market, and for the US and European territories it was marketed as Cyborg Hunter, with references to Borgman removed.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "超音戦士ボーグマン(1988)". allcinema.net (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "超音戦士ボーグマン LOVERS RAIN(1990)". allcinema.net (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "超音戦士ボーグマン2 新世紀2058(1993)". allcinema.net (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved May 1, 2015.

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