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Battle Fever J
Number 1 (prior to 1995)
3
Number of episodes: 52
First episode: Assault!! Run to the Ballpark
Original airing: February 3, 1979 – January 26, 1980
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Battle Fever J (バトルフィーバーJ Batoru Fībā Jei?) is the 3rd entry of the Super Sentai series franchise. It was produced by Toei Company and aired on TV Asahi on February 3, 1979 until January 26, 1980 with a total of 52 episodes. It was Toei’s second co-production with Marvel (the first being Spider-Man).

The Rangers have designations named for countries around the world: Battle Japan, Battle France, Battle Cossack (Soviet Union), Battle Kenya and Miss America. It was also the second show to introduce the Super Sentai format (Spider-Man was the first), where the heroes must control giant robots to defeat a monster who itself has grown to a gigantic size (or anything similar).

The First Super Sentai?

Early Battle Fever

An earlier version of the Battle Fever suits. The final design would be mostly the same with slight modifications.

Battle Fever J was the first series to use the term Super Sentai (unlike the previous two who were just called Sentai, without the “Super”). For a long time, Battle Fever J was considered the first entry in the Super Sentai series, as seen in Episode 1 of Kousoku Sentai Turboranger that honors the past 10 Sentai (the other 9 being Denziman, Sun Vulcan, Goggle V, Dynaman, Bioman, Changeman, Flashman, Maskman and Liveman) until Toei announced in 1994 that its predecessors Gorenger and J.A.K.Q. were also part of the Super Sentai series, when Chouriki Sentai Ohranger was announced as the 19th Super Sentai team.

Plot

Battle Fever J

Battle Fever J

General Kurama assembles four young agents who had been dispatched around the world for training. They are joined by FBI investigator Diane Martin, whose father was murdered by Egos. The five don powered suits to become the Battle Fever team. (The word 'fever' was trendy at the time.) The Battle Fever team's trump card is the Battle Fever Robo. Egos tries to stop the construction of the Robot, but the monsters they send to perform this task are defeated one by one by the Fever team.

Egos then unleashes the 'younger brother' of the Buffalo Monster, a giant robot replica of its "older brother". The Robot, fortunately, is finished in time. Aboard it, the Fever team defeats the Buffalo Monster and its successors. The Fever team never stops, even when it lost two of its members (the original Miss America leaves and first Battle Cossack is killed). With two new members, the team defeats Hedder, now the Hedder Monster, and breaks into Egos' headquarters, where they are fed into the Egos Monster Making Machine so that they may be used as material for a Battle Fever Monster. The team destroys the machine and slays the mysterious deity Satan Egos himself with the Lightning Sword Rocketter sword-throwing move.

Characters

Battle Fever J

Battle Fever unhenshined

The first team.

Main article: Battle Fever J (team)
Battle Japan Masao Den
Battle France Kyousuke Shida
Battle Cossack Kensaku Shiraishi Makoto Jin
Battle Kenya Shirou Akebono
Miss America Diane Martin Maria Nagisa

National Defense Ministry

Other Allies

Secret Society Egos

Main article: Secret Society Egos

Arsenal

Transformation Devices

Team Blaster and Weapons

  • Command Bats/Penta Force cannon/boomerang
    • Spear
    • Sais
    • Fencing Sword
    • Whip
    • Throwing Knives
    • Nunchaku

Vehicles

Mecha

Legend:✶ team-piloted mecha, ➲ carrier mecha

Episodes

  1. Ep. 1: Assault!! Run to the Ballpark (突撃!! 球場へ走れ Totsugeki!! Kyūjō e Hashire?)
  2. Ep. 2: Egos' Monster-Making Method (エゴス怪人製造法 Egosu Kaijin Seizō Hō?)
  3. Ep. 3: Search for the Spy! (スパイを探せ! Supai o Sagase!?)
  4. Ep. 4: It's a Super-Powered Trap! (超魔力の罠だ! Chōriki no Wana da!?)
  5. Ep. 5: Robot Big Dogfight (ロボット大空中戦 Robotto Dai Kūchūsen?)
  6. Ep. 6: Launch the Multipurpose Battleship (万能戦艦発進せよ Bannō Senkan Hasshin Seyo?)
  7. Ep. 7: The House Burns!! (お家が燃える!! O-ie ga Moeru!!?)
  8. Ep. 8: The Riddle of the Strongarm Ace (鉄腕エースの謎 Tetsuwan Ēsu no Nazo?)
  9. Ep. 9: The Woman from the Land of Ice (氷の国の女 Kōri no Kuni no Onna?)
  10. Ep. 10: I Saw the Naumann Elephant (ナウマン象を見た Nauman-zō o Mita?)
  11. Ep. 11: The Great Case of the Pet Kidnapping (ペット誘拐大事件 Petto Yūkai Dai Jiken?)
  12. Ep. 12: The Cursed Killing Method, Rose Snowstorm (呪い殺法バラ吹雪 Noroi Satsu Hō Bara Fubuki?)
  13. Ep. 13: Golden Eggs and Sunny-Side-Up Eggs (金の卵と目玉焼き Kin no Tamago to Medamayaki?)
  14. Ep. 14: Marriage of the Beauty and the Beast (美女と野獣の結婚 Bijo to Yajū no Kekkon?)
  15. Ep. 15: Egos' Hellish Cooking (エゴスの地獄料理 Egosu no Jigoku Ryōri?)
  16. Ep. 16: Unarmed-Combat! The Queen of Darkness (格闘技! 闇の女王 Kakutōgi! Yami no Joou?)
  17. Ep. 17: Steal the Monster Machine (怪物マシンを奪え Kaibutsu Mashin o Ubae?)
  18. Ep. 18: Pigeon! Hurry to the Nest of Evil (鳩よ悪の巣へ急げ Hato yo Aku no Su e Isoge?)
  19. Ep. 19: The World's Strongest Beauty!! (世界最強の美女!! Sekai Saidai Kyō no Bijo?)
  20. Ep. 20: Hazardous Ghost Hunting (危険な幽霊狩り Kiken na Yūrei Kari?)
  21. Ep. 21: Assault the Dinosaur Peninsula!! (恐竜半島へ突撃!! Kyōryū Hantō e Totsugeki?)
  22. Ep. 22: The Female Spy Team's Counterattack (女スパイ団の逆襲 Onna Supai Dan no Gyakushū?)
  23. Ep. 23: Decisive Battle!! All Monsters Appear (決戦!! 怪人総登場 Kessen!! Kaijin Sō Tōjō?)
  24. Ep. 24: Tears! Diane Falls (涙! ダイアン倒る Namida! Daian Taoru?)
  25. Ep. 25: The Film Studio is a Strange Haunt (撮影所は怪奇魔境 Satsueijo wa Kaiki Makyū?)
  26. Ep. 26: The Bandage Man's Masked Report (包帯男の仮面報告 Hōtai Otoko no Kamen Hōkoku?)
  27. Ep. 27: Be Careful of the First Love Thief (初恋泥棒にご用心 Hatsukoi Dorobō ni Goyō Kokoro?)
  28. Ep. 28: Chase the Mysterious Boat (謎のボートを追え Nazo no Bōto o Oe?)
  29. Ep. 29: Did You See Her!? The Kuchisake-Onna (見たか!? 口裂け女 Mita ka!? Kōretsuke Onna?)
  30. Ep. 30: The Villainous, Omnivorous Head Chef (悪漢雑食の料理長 Akkan Zasshoku no Ryōrichō?)
  31. Ep. 31: Violent Dash Truck Siblings (激走トラック兄妹 Gekisō Torakku Kyōdai?)
  32. Ep. 32: Hometown Homicide Village (ふるさと殺人村 Furusato Satsujin Mura?)
  33. Ep. 33: Cossack Dies for Love (コサック愛に死す Kosakku Ai ni Shisu?)
  34. Ep. 34: The Dark General Who Laughs at Hell (地獄で笑う闇将軍 Jigoku de Warau Yami Shōgun?)
  35. Ep. 35: The Great Starvation Panic (腹ペコ大パニック Harapeko Dai Panikku?)
  36. Ep. 36: The Blown-Up Wedding (爆破された結婚式 Bakuhasareta Kekkonshiki?)
  37. Ep. 37: Lightning Sword vs. Pinwheel Sword (電光剣対風車剣 Denkōken Tai Kazegurumaken?)
  38. Ep. 38: Bizarre! The Costume Party (怪奇! 仮装行列 Kaiki! Kasōgyōretsu?)
  39. Ep. 39: The Friend Who Became a Demon (悪魔になった友 Akuma ni Natta Tomo?)
  40. Ep. 40: The Beautiful Teacher, in the Nick of Time (美人先生危機一髪 Bijin Sensei Kikiippatsu?)
  41. Ep. 41: A Big Counterattack on the Verge of Explosion (爆破寸前の大逆転 Bakuha Sunzen no Dai Gyakushū?)
  42. Ep. 42: Electric Humans: The Fireworks of Love (電気人間愛の花火 Denki Ningen-Ai no Hanabi?)
  43. Ep. 43: Assassin Jackal (暗殺者ジャッカル Ansatsusha Jakkaru?)
  44. Ep. 44: The Moonlight Clan of Hell Valley (地獄谷の月影一族 Jigoku Tani no Getsuei Ichizoku?)
  45. Ep. 45: Five Minutes Before the Heart Stops! (心臓停止五分前! Shinzō Teishi Gofun Mae!?)
  46. Ep. 46: The Cursed Straw Doll (呪いのワラ人形 Noroi no Wara Ningyō?)
  47. Ep. 47: A Mystery! Strategic Grass-Lot Baseball (怪! 謀略の草野球 Kai! Bōryaku no Kusayakyū?)
  48. Ep. 48: The Great Thief and the Robber Boy (大盗賊と泥棒少年 Dai Tōzoku to Dorobō Shōnen?)
  49. Ep. 49: The Rebel Army of Class 2-5 (2年5組の反乱軍 Ninen Gokumi no Hanrangun?)
  50. Ep. 50: The Masked Demon Who Aims for the General (将軍を狙う覆面鬼 Shōgun o Nerau Fukumen Oni?)
  51. Ep. 51: Egos' Revival Ceremony (エゴス復活の儀式 Egosu Fukkatsu no Kishiki?)
  52. Final Ep.: The Symphony of the Heroes (英雄たちの交響曲 Eiyūtachi no Kōkyōkyoku?)

Songs

Cast

Stunt Actors

International broadcasts

Battle Fever J was especially popular in Hawaii, along with Gorenger, Kikaider, Kamen Rider V3, and Ultraman; all of which were shown in the original Japanese dialogue and subtitled by JN Productions on then KIKU Channel 13. The show was also broadcasted in Thailand late in the mid-1990s under the name of Ranger J on MCOT Channel 9.

Stage Shows

Notes

  • The first Sentai series to have a Giant Robo (Battle Fever Robo).
  • The first Sentai series to feature a Black Ranger (Battle Kenya), as well as the only one with a recurring Orange Ranger (Battle Cossack). SPD was the first Power Rangers series, to have an albiet unoffical Orange Ranger, Boom.
  • Battle Fever J was the first Sentai series to feature lips sculpted onto the heroes' helmets, and currently the only one to feature noses. Though X1 Mask, the unofficial Sixth Ranger of Hikari Sentai Maskman, had a nose sculpted onto his helmet, the rest of his team didn't.
  • Battle Fever J was originally going to be called Captain Japan, and would have been mainly a show about one hero who would team up with other heroes in the show.[2]
  • The first Sentai series to feature video games.
  • The first Sentai series to feature a regular female villain (Salomé).
  • Battle Fever J has had the most power transfers in the Sentai series as two heroes had been replaced.
  • Oddly, the Battle Fever team was not called "Battle Fever J" within the show; that is the name of the show itself, not the team. In-show, the writing reference the rangers as simply "Team Battle Fever".
  • Battle Fever J holds a TV show rating of 12%. [1]
  • This series is designated as Earth-79203 of the Marvel multiverse, making it an alternate reality of Marvel Comics.
Original BF

Original designs for the Battle Fever team.

  • The original designs for the Rangers were drawn by Shuuhou Itahashi and Yuuji Kaida, although the final designs are very different from the originals.[3]
  • Battle Fever J is fourth longest season behind Gorenger, Changeman, and Kakuranger with 52 episodes.

Footnotes

  1. Original version only. Subsequent airings and releases have replaced Kenji Ushio by Masashi Ishibashi, except for episodes 4 and 6
  2. http://risingsuntokusatsu.com/?p=1568
  3. http://themsfightinwords.blogspot.com/2013/04/dance-party-bfj.html

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