Hikari Sentai Maskman

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Hikari Sentai Maskman
Superhero fiction
Science fantasy
Created byToei
Developed byHirohisa Soda
Directed byTakao Nagaishi
StarringRyousuke Kaizu
Kouichi Kusakari
Issei Hirota
Yuki Nagata
Kanako Maeda
Shinji Higashi
Hayato Tani
Mina Asami
Narrated byHiroshi Takeda
Opening theme"Hikari Sentai Maskman" by Hironobu Kageyama
Ending theme"Ai no Soldier" by Hironobu Kageyama
ComposerGoro Omi
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes51
ProducersKanetake Ochiai
Takeyuki Suzuki
Kyōzō Ustunomiya
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesTV Aashi
Toei Company
Toei Advertising
Original release
NetworkTV Asahi
ReleaseFebruary 28, 1987 (1987-02-28) –
February 20, 1988 (1988-02-20)

Hikari Sentai Maskman is a Japanese television series. It is the 11th series in Toei's Super Sentai series.

It was the first Super Sentai series that showcased each members having their own individual vehicles that form their robot, it also introduced non-Japanese martial arts discipline.

Plot[change | change source]

Commander Sugata is a scientist and sage who excels in mental reinforcements and is a master of every martial arts discipline. He discovered the existence of the Underground Empire Tube, a once peaceful kingdom that has turned into a malignant force under the mysterious Zeba, who desires to conquer the surface. In order to stand against them and thwart their plans, Sugata recruits five young people to become the Maskmen. Each becomes specialized in a style of martial arts, and Sugata teaches them the ways of the mystical Aura Power. A year after Sugata recruits and trains the Maskmen, the Underground Empire Tube is ready to strike. Princess lai of the deposed Igam Royal Family, sent to spy above ground as Mio, falls in love with Takeru, and wishes for those underground and above ground to coexist. She is kidnapped and imprisoned in ice for her betrayal. As Takeru and the Maskmen battle Tube, they learn about lai and Igam's relationship, and a terrible dark secret about Zeba, the Tube leader.

Characters[change | change source]

Maskman[change | change source]

Actor Name Rangers Mecha
Ryousuke Kaizu Takeu Red Mask Mask Fighter
Kouichi Kurasaki Kenta Black Mask Mask Drill
Issei Hirota Akira Blue Mask Mask Tank
Yuki Nagata Haruka Yellow Mask Mask Jet
Kanako Maeda Momoko Pink Mask Mask Gyro
Shinji Higashi Ryo Asuka X1 Mask ??????

Cast[change | change source]

  • Takeru / Red Mask: Ryousuke Kaizu
  • Kenta / Black Mask: Kouichi Kurasaki
  • Arika / Blue Mask / Unas: Issei Hirota
  • Haruka / Yellow Mask: Yuki Nagata
  • Momoko / Pink Mask: Kanako Maeda
  • Ryo Asuka / X1 Mask: Shinji Higashi (episode 39)
  • Commander Sanjuro Sugata: Hayato Tani
  • Prince (Princess) Igam, Princess lai: Mina Asami
  • Narrator: Hiroshi Takeda

Song[change | change source]

Opening Theme
  • "Hikari Sentai Maskman"
    • Lyrics: Masao Irino
    • Composition: Daisuke Inoue
    • Arrangement: Ohzuchi Fujita
    • Artist: Hironobu Kageyama
Movie Opening Theme
  • "Shot Bomber Zenryoku Shūchū" ("Shot Bomber All Concentration Force")
    • Lyrics: Kazunori Sonobe
    • Composition: Takeshi Ike
    • Arrangement: Daito Fujita
    • Artist: Hironobu Kageyama
Ending Theme
  • "Ai no Soldier" ("Soldier of Love")
    • Lyrics: Masao Irino
    • Composition: Daisuke Inoue
    • Arrangement: Ohzuchi Fujita
    • Artist: Hironobu Kageyama