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Choujuu Sentai Liveman
Number 10 (prior to 1995)
12
Number of episodes: 49
First episode: Friends! Why Did You Do This!?
Original airing: February 27, 1988 – February 21, 1989
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Choujuu Sentai Liveman (超獣戦隊ライブマン Chōjū Sentai Raibuman?, translated into English as Super Beast Squadron Liveman) was the 12th entry of the Japanese Super Sentai franchise. It was produced by Toei Company and aired on TV Asahi on February 27, 1988 to February 21, 1989. This season holds the distinction of being the first anniversary season.

Plot

Liveman

Liveman

"Friends, why have you sold your soul to the devil!?"
―Narrator[src]

This series takes place on Academia Island, which is both a location and a school for scientists. One day, Academia's three finest students, Tsukigata, Senda, and Omura felt their talents were being wasted at Academia and left. They accepted a position in the evil organization Volt. On the night of their departure, their former classmates Yusuke Amamiya, Joh Ohara, Megumi Misaki, Takuji Yano, and Mari Aikawa saw them leaving on a space ship. When asked where they were going, Tsukigata drew a gun on the five, killing Takuji and Mari.

Prior to the pair's deaths, Takuji and Mari were working alongside Yusuke, Joh, and Megumi in creating a suit strong enough for space exploration. They had made substantial progress on the night that they were murdered. One of the professors at the school, Professor Hoshi, pitched in to help them complete their original ambitions. Hoshi was also worried that Volt would begin attacking people, and thus helped out to prepare against a future assault.

Two years later, Academia launched a shuttle for space exploration. However, a mysterious ship appears and downs the shuttle; Yusuke, Joh and Megumi are among the few survivors. They discover that Tsukigata, Senda, and Omura were responsible for the destruction of the shuttle. As a result, Yusuke, Joh, and Megumi took up the powers of the original project, becoming Liveman to battle against their former classmates and Volt.

Later in the series, they are joined by Tetsuya and Jun'ichi, the younger brothers of the late Takuji and Mari.

Characters

Liveman

Main article: Livemen
Red Falcon Yusuke Amamiya
Yellow Lion Joh Ohara
Blue Dolphin Megumi Misaki
Black Bison Tetsuya Yano
Green Sai Jun'ichi Aikawa

Allies

Armed Brain Army Volt

Arsenal

Mecha

Legend:◆ piloted mecha, ➲ carrier mecha

Episodes

  1. Ep. 1: Friends! Why Did You Do This!? (友よ君達はなぜ!? Tomo yo Kimitachi wa Naze!??)
  2. Ep. 2: Three Powers Sworn to Life (命に誓う三つの力 Inochi ni Chikau Mittsu no Chikara?)
  3. Ep. 3: Obular Demonic Transformation (オブラー悪魔変身 Oburā Akuma Henshin?)
  4. Ep. 4: Expose! The Dummy Man (暴け! ダミーマン Abake! Damī Man?)
  5. Ep. 5: The Reckless Driving Engine Monster (暴走エンジン怪獣 Bōsō Enjin Kaijū?)
  6. Ep. 6: Attack! The Dinosaur That Lived (襲来! 生きた恐竜 Shūrai! Ikita Kyōryū?)
  7. Ep. 7: Dinosaur VS Live Robo (恐竜VSライブロボ Kyōryū tai Raibu Robo?)
  8. Ep. 8: The Duel of Love and Anger! (愛と怒りの決闘! Ai to Ikari no Kettō!?)
  9. Ep. 9: Rose! Smell Feverish (バラよ熱く香れ! Bara yo Atsuku Kaore!?)
  10. Ep. 10: The Skateboard to Escape the Maze (スケボー迷路破り Sukebō Meiro Yaburi?)
  11. Ep. 11: The Man Who Bit a Brain Beast (頭脳獣を噛んだ男 Zunōjū o Kanda Otoko?)
  12. Ep. 12: Super-Genius Ashura! (超天才アシュラ! Chō Tensai Ashura!?)
  13. Ep. 13: Burn! Steel Colon (燃えよ鋼鉄コロン Moe yo Kōtetsu Koron?)
  14. Ep. 14: The Scream of Kettle-Man Yusuke (ナベ男勇介の叫び Nabe Otoko Yūsuke no Sakebu?)
  15. Ep. 15: Deadly! Grim Reaper Gash (必殺! 死神ガッシュ Hissatsu! Shinigami Gasshu?)
  16. Ep. 16: The Letter of the Jiang Shi (キョンシーの手紙 Kyonshī no Tegami?)
  17. Ep. 17: The Crying Doll! The Attacking Doll! (泣く人形! 襲う人形! Naku Ningyō! Osō Ningyō!?)
  18. Ep. 18: A Trap! Joh's Beloved Brain Beast (罠! 丈の愛した頭脳獣 Wana! Jō no Ai Shita Zunōjū?)
  19. Ep. 19: Geek-Boy Obular (ガリ勉坊やオブラー Gariben Bōya Oburā?)
  20. Ep. 20: Failing Obular's Counterattack! (落第オブラーの逆襲! Rakudai Oburā no Gyakushū?)
  21. Ep. 21: Listen, Gou!! Mother's Voice… (豪よ聞け! 母の声を… Gō yo Kike! Haha no Koe o...?)
  22. Ep. 22: Enter the Space Karaoke Master (宇宙カラオケ名人登場 Uchū Karaoke Meijin Tōjō?)
  23. Ep. 23: The Life Risked at 0.1 Second (コンマ1秒に賭けた命 Konma Ichibyō ni Kaketa Inochi?)
  24. Ep. 24: Can You Get a 100 for Playing!? (遊んで百点が取れる!? Asonde Hyakuten ga Toreru!??)
  25. Ep. 25: The 8 Brain Beasts of Tsuruga Castle! (鶴ケ城の8大頭脳獣! Tsugurajō no Hachidai Zunōjū!?)
  26. Ep. 26: Aizu's Huge Rhinocerous Beetles! (会津の巨大カブト虫! Aizu no Kyodai Kabutomushi!?)
  27. Ep. 27: Daughter!! Destroy the Giga Project (娘よ! ギガ計画を射て Musume yo! Giga Keikaku o Ite?)
  28. Ep. 28: The Challenge of the Huge Giga Volt (巨大ギガボルトの挑戦 Kyodai Gigaboruto no Chōsen?)
  29. Ep. 29: The Vengeful Live Boxer (復讐のライブボクサー Fukushū no Raibu Bokusā?)
  30. Ep. 30: Five Warriors, Here and Now (今ここに5人の戦士が Ima Koko ni Gonin no Senshi ga?)
  31. Ep. 31: Mama! The Parasitic Monster's Cries (ママ! 寄生怪物の叫び Mama! Kisei Kaibutsu no Sakebi?)
  32. Ep. 32: Kemp, The Riddle of Blood and Roses (ケンプ、血とバラの謎 Kenpu, Chi to Bara no Nazo?)
  33. Ep. 33: Do Your Best, Tetsu-chan Robot (がんばれ鉄ちゃんロボ Ganbare Tetsu-chan Robo?)
  34. Ep. 34: Love That Runs through the Future and Present! (未来と今を駆ける恋! Mirai to Ima o Kakeru Koi!?)
  35. Ep. 35: Yusuke and Kemp's Promise!! (勇介とケンプの約束!! Yūsuke to Kenpu no Yakusoku!!?)
  36. Ep. 36: Crash! The Tackle of Friendship (激突! 友情のタックル Gekitotsu! Yūjō no Takkuru?)
  37. Ep. 37: 16-Year-Old Kemp's Fear Beast Transformation! (16才ケンプ恐獣変身! Jūrokusai Kenpu Kyōjū Henshin!?)
  38. Ep. 38: Mobile Weapon of Destruction Mazenda (動く破壊兵器マゼンダ Ugoku Hakai Heiki Mazenda?)
  39. Ep. 39: Protect it! A Lifeform of Space (守れ! 宇宙の一粒の命 Mamore! Uchū no Hitotsubu no Inochi?)
  40. Ep. 40: Love!? Megumi and the Jewel Thief (恋!? めぐみと宝石泥棒 Koi!? Megumi to Hōseki Dorobō?)
  41. Ep. 41: The Confession of Gou, The Invisible Man!! (透明人間、豪の告白!! Tōmei Ningen, Gō no Kokuhaku!!?)
  42. Ep. 42: Bias' Challenge From Space (ビアス宇宙からの挑戦 Biasu Uchū Kara no Chōsen?)
  43. Ep. 43: A Mystery!? Guildos' Final Form (怪!? ギルドス最後の姿 Kai!? Girudosu Saigo no Sugata?)
  44. Ep. 44: Butchy's Great Reckless Driving of Tears!! (ブッチー涙の大暴走!! Butchī Namida no Dai Bōsō!!?)
  45. Ep. 45: Ashura Reversal One Chance Game (アシュラ逆転一発勝負 Ashura Gyakuten Ippotsujōbu?)
  46. Ep. 46: Honorable Man, Arashi! The Final Battle (オトコ嵐! 最後の戦い Otoko Arashi! Saigo no Tatakai?)
  47. Ep. 47: A 1000-Point Brain! Mazenda!! (千点頭脳! マゼンダ!! Senten Zunō! Mazenda!!?)
  48. Ep. 48: Birth!! Boy King Bias! (誕生!! 少年王ビアス! Tanjō!! Shōnen Ō Biasu!?)
  49. Final Ep.: The Fall of Great Professor Bias (大教授ビアスの崩壊 Dai Kyōju Biasu no Hōkai?)

Songs

Cast

Voice actors

Suit actors

Stage Shows

Notes

Sentai 10th Anniversary Logo

10th Anniversary Logo.

  • Along with its successor, Turboranger, Liveman celebrates the anniversary of the Sentai franschise, an anniversary logo was created and Daisuke Shima and Megumi Mori (who both were extremely popular singers at the time) were cast as a little something special for the anniversary. Although Liveman is the twelfth series, at the time of the series' debut, it was the tenth series, as Goranger and JAKQ weren't counted as Super Sentai until later. Both series celebrated the tenth anniversary of Super Sentai as Liveman was the tenth series and Turboranger aired ten years after the then first series, Battle Fever J.
  • This series introduces the following firsts in Super Sentai:
    • The first to feature a female Blue Ranger (Blue Dolphin).
    • The first to feature both a Black Ranger and a Green Ranger in the core team instead of interchanging them wherein one will be featured but not the other (or in the case of Zyuranger, Ohranger, and Gingaman, wherein one is in the core team and the other will join later as the sixth member).
    • The first to have a Super Fusion Robo, Super Live Robo (combination of Live Robo and Live Boxer).
    • The first to have less than 50 episodes in Super Sentai.
  • This season and Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger are notable for sharing similar concepts: both teams start off as a team of three with later members joining and both are themed and have mecha tied after the same three animals: a heraldic bird, a dolphin and a lion.
    • Liveman also shares similarity with Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan in being only the second series that starts with a three member team. Likewise, both season have similarities between their connected powers: the red teammate is a bird (Eagle/Falcon), the blue teammate an aquatic creature (Shark/Dolphin) and the yellow teammate a large cat. (Panther/Lion)
  • The Land Lion is the first true animal-based mech, as opposed to a mech that has animal motifs such as the others the Liveman use. Mechs actually based on animals would not become more standard until Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger.
  • Liveman is the very last Sentai to be credited as part of the "Showa period", both in Japanese and Sentai history. In actual terms, it is the last series to air during the reign of Japanese emperor Hirohito (also known as "Showa"), who died on January 7, 1989 (with six episodes left to air). In Sentai terms, Liveman is considered a cut-off point due to many of the changes and adjustments to the franchise to come after this series.
  • Jouji Nakata (Great Professor Bias), Yutaka Hirose (Doctor Kemp/Kenji Tsukigata) and Yoshinori Okamoto (Doctor Ashura/Arashi Busujima) are castmates in Choushinsei Flashman.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Choujuu Sentai Liveman

  • Pyrotechnics

    • Liveman appears to be the first super sentai to involve, on hero costumes, the use of mini flash pots with flash cotton and electric spar...
  • Beagle and Swallow

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    • What category would the two prototypes from the first episode be under?
    • The problem with the prototypes is they were only made for space travel, not combat. We can mention the suits but they're not Rangers.

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