人造人間キカイダー Jinzō Ningen Kikaidā
Kikaida, a transforming super-android on the run from an evil organization, fights its rampaging robot monsters and helps his creator’s daughter & son find their lost father.
A classic good-versus-evil tale, the show pitted a guitar-playing, denim-clad young biker named Jiro, played by actor Ban Daisuke, against the evil DARK, a shadowy criminal organization bent on wreaking havoc upon Japan.
Professor Gill (Ando Mitsuo), the mastermind behind all the evil plots, has kidnapped brilliant robotics scientist Dr. Komyoji (Izu Hajime) and forced him to build a battalion of android monsters to serve Gill’s malicious ends. The only one who can save Japan from Gill’s evil designs is Jiro, himself a Komyoji creation. Jiro, actually the human form of an android, can transform into the mechanized superhero Kikaida. – Generation Kikaida
Kikaida In Japan
Kikaida, a tokusatsu superhero TV series was created by Japanese manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori, the show was produced by Toei Company Ltd., and was broadcasted on Japanese television station NET, (now TV Asahi). The live action superhero prime time series aired it’s first episode on July 8, 1972 and ran for just one season until May 5, 1973, with a total of 43 episodes.
Kikaida In Hawai’i
The Kikaida TV series debuted in Hawai’i on the “old” KIKU in February 1974, 9 months after the last episode in Japan. There are two stories on how Kikaida got to Hawai’i. According to Generation Kikaida, an official Kikiada Hawai’i website states Joanne Ninomiya, then the general manager of Japanese-language station KIKU-TV Honolulu, saw Kikaida for the first time during a trip to Japan and started negotiating to bring the series to Hawaii. Another source claims KIKU-TV had a half hour open slot during prime time and asked Japan’s NET tv station to send a show, any show to Hawai’i so that KIKU could fill the time slot.
Either way, no matter how the show found its way to Hawai’i and only lasted one 43 episode season, by the summer time of 1974 it was clear that the program was a smash-hit throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Kikaida was so popular it had better Saturday night ratings than same time slot shows Mission Impossible and Chico and the man. It was only fitting that Kikaida made live appearances and hosted live shows around the islands. Kikaida also visited then Governor Ariyoshi’s office, Hawai’i was hooked, obsessed with Kikaida. An autograph session at Pearlridge Shopping Center was shut down after a crowd of more than 10,000 showed up.
Kikaida was such a huge success it opened the door to other Japanese superhero shows to follow such as Kikaida 01, Kamen Rider V3, Rainbowman, Denjin Zaboga, Diamond Eye, Inazuman, Gorenger (Go Rangers, Five Rangers), Ultra 7, and even Ganbare!! Robocon, more of a klutzy family robot than a superhero. However, none could top Kikaida.