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Ep. 10: Goodbye Yellow

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Goodbye Yellow (さよならイエロー Sayonara Ierō?) is the tenth episode of Choudenshi Bioman.

This episode is a peculiar episode in the history of Super Sentai in being the final episode of a character without the actual actor appearing in the episode. Due to matters during Bioman's production leading to the possible firing of actress Yuki Yajima, who portrayed Mika Koizumi (Yellow4), this episode concludes her story with her death. Yajima herself does not appear outside archival footage at the end, with her entire performance done in her Yellow4 costume by her suit actor and with all of her lines spoken by voice actress Mayumi Tanaka. In regards to the story leading to this, this is the first appearance of the element of "Anti-Bio Particles", which are key regarding the destruction of planet Bio and will be further explored much later in the story.

In the Philippine Dub, the title of the episode changed to "Yellow Four's Gift of Life".

Synopsis

Doctor Man develops a gun devised of Anti-Bio Particles to destroy the Bio Particles within the Bioman, forcing Mika to make a move that may ultimately prove to be fatal!

Plot

The Neo Empire Gear are ready with their best weapon yet; a gun that fires beams that completely negate the bio-particles in Bio Robo and the Biomen. The Biomen learn this the hard way when they fight a giant mecha and Mason zaps Bio Robo, leaving it defenseless. The Biomen are soon forced out and Mason tries to zap Red One, but Mika (Yellow4) takes the hit, which severely injures her. Peebo manages to rescue the Biomen, but Mika is M.I.A. Mika realizes the gun already used up so much power, it'll soon be useless--however, her injuries are proving to be mortal. As the others find her, Mason threatens the Biomen with the same fate as Mika. Knowing she's dying anyway, Mika pushes the other Biomen out of the way and absorbs the rest of the gun's power. The Biomen avenge Mika by taking out the mecha. After destroying the mecha, Shiro and the group mourns in Mika's funeral as the Bio Robo's eyes glowed to reactivate Mika's bio particles to trigger the Bio Hologram to flash a footage of Mika which they saddened over her loss. Shiro later carries Mika's corpse in her Yellow4 form along with his group and Peebo, walking away.

Notes

  • Last appearance of Mika Koizumi as a main character.
  • Yellow4 is never shown untransformed in this episode due to Yuki Yajima quitting the show (the reasons why are unknown and there has been different theories on this, one theory says that she left the show due to pay issues with Japan Action Club, while another version is that, according to Ryosuke Sakamoto who plays Sirou Gou/Red1, during an interview in a conference in Japan Expo 2003 in France, Mika's death in the tenth episode was already planned since the start of the series to show that arrogance could lead to defeat[1]). Also, her voice was dubbed over by an uncredited Mayumi Tanaka as Yuki Yajima had only completed ADR for the first nine episodes.
  • Near the end of the episode, Bio Robo's Eyes Glowed trigerring the Bio Hologram to flash a footage of Mika. That footage is actually Mika's Shot in the Closing sequence.

DVD releases

Bioman DVD Vol 1

Bioman Volume 1, DVD cover

Choudenshi Bioman Volume 1 features episodes 1-11. [2]

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