May 7, 1979 through December 24, 1979, 31 episodes
Created by Kariya, Tetsu
Music by Yokoyama, Seiji
Shishidou, Takeshi/Captain Dagger
When their human friends Takamine, Ran (Ran="orchid"); Kurokava, Seiji; Saru, Ippei; and Yuri, Heisuke learn their secret Rosemary gives them Energy Bracelets that allow them to transform into Sentai-like multi-colored warriors to fight the human sized aliens. Takeshi's bracelets give him the ability to fly as well transform into Megaloman. All of the bracelets function as monster detectors, registering the energy used by the Black Star Army. The other bracelets are all linked to Takeshi's. Although Takeshi can transform alone the others can only transform when he is with them.
As Takeshi learns more about martial arts he incorporates his new skills into Megaloman's combat techniques. Megaloman's final blow "Megalo Fire" is unique in tokusatu. He flings fire from his long white hair. In addition to the fire based weapon Megaloman also makes uses of giant sized martial arts weapon, "Megalo Blade".
Rosemary monitors the battles from inside the spacecraft which brought her and Takeshi to Earth, radioing advice to Megaloman, through the bracelets. Takeshi's mentor is his martial arts teacher, Takamine, Sougen; Ran's father. During the second half of the series Takamine, Sougen closes down his martial arts center to become the leader of a military group charged with defending Japan against the giant monsters. For the most part this group is ineffective.
Taking time out of their normal lives to fight alien invaders causes trouble for Takeshi's friends. For example, Hyousuke's brother doet not believe the stories he tells about monsters invading earth, neither does Ippei's father and Seiji gets into trouble for leaving work early when his bracelet detects a monster. Seiji is missing from episodes 20 and 21. He's back for episodes 22, 23, 24 and 25 (his final episode). Ren has a crush on Takeshi, which of course he fails to notice.
Black Star Army officer Captain Dagger, who starts off wearing a silver helmet, kills his superior in order to take full control of the Black Star Army (episode 11). From then on he wears a gold helmet. After all his monsters are kiled Captain Dagger has himself transformed into a giant warrior.
Episode 20 introduces Berlock, an evil scientist who tries to find ways to defeat Megaloman for Captain Dagger. Berlock is played by Kurobe, Susumu who was Hayata in Ultraman. In episode 28 Berlock proves he's fanatically loyal to Captain Dagger by turning his own son, Hyme, into a monster (Buffalon). In episode 29 Berlock plans to turn Yuri, Hyousuke into a monster, hoping Megaloman won't have the heart to kill a friend.
At the end of the series a surprising relationship between Takeshi and Captain Dagger will be revealed. Captain Dagger is Takeshi's long lost twin brother, Hiroshi. <---(highlight for spoilers)--> And their father isn't dead after all.
1. 05-07-1979 The
Fiery Superman Strikes
2. 05-14-1979 The Bracelets of Friendship
3. 05-21-1979 The Shout of the Space Team
4. 05-28-1979 Appearance of the Magnetic Monster
5. 06-04-1979 The Star of Mt Hoshimigoka
6. 06-11-1979 Order: Operation Invasion
7. 06-18-1979 Fighting the Warrior of Love
8. 06-25-1979 On Guard, Small Hero
9. 07-02-1979 A UFO and a Dead Soldier in the Sea
10. 07-09-1979 Combat in the Crime Army
11. 07-16-1979 Battle For Command
12. 07-23-1979 The Great Challenge
13. 07-30-1979 The Battle of the Monsters
14. 08-06-1979 The Earth's Children are Threatened
15. 08-13-1979 Inner Conflict
16. 08-20-1979 The Mask of Gold
17. 08-27-1979 Where is the Secret Base?
18. 09-03-1979 Proof Positive
19. 09-10-1979 The Secret of the Scales
20. 09-17-1979 The Great Invasion of Monsters
21. 09-24-1979 The Heroism of Mary
22. 10-01-1979 The Secret of the Megalo-Fire
23. 10-08-1979 Infernal Prisoner
24. 10-15-1979 Blood Urge
25. 10-22-1979 The Death of Seiji
26. 10-29-1979 The Monster Zagno Zvider
27. 11-05-1979 A Providential Aide
28. 11-12-1979 The Sacrifice of Hyme
29. 11-19-1979 Takeshi - Don't Shoot the Monster!
30. 11-26-1979 Dagger's Counterattack
31. 12-24-1979 The Ultimate Challenge
For episodes 1-13 the series was titled Megaloman, for episodes 14-31 it was retitled Honou no Choujin Megaloman (Megaloman: Superman of Flame).
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Megaloman/Honou no Choujin Megaloman © 1979 Toho E-B Co., Ltd.
Episode titles and monster names provided by David McRobie
Second and last Megaloman photos provided by Arislan
Captain Dagger photo from Japan Hero