Tetsujin Taiga 7 (Iron Man Tiger 7)
October 06, 1973 - March 30, 1974 (26 episodes).
Created by Ushio, Shoji
Music by Kikuchi, Shunsuke
Iron Man Tiger 7
Crown Prince Gill
Crown Prince Gill (voice)
Black Mask (voice)
Using the tiger-faced pendant to activate the powers of his artifical heart Takigawa, Go can tranform into the super warrior Tetsujin Taiga Sebun (Iron Man Tiger Seven) with the word "Tiger Spark".
For the first 7 episodes Tiger 7 appeared without the red scarf. In episode 8 the scarf belonged to Takigawa, Go's girlfriend. After she was murdered by Stone Primitive, Go started wearing the scarf as a memorial to her. The scarf stays on him when he transform into Tiger 7.
Most of Tiger 7's special combat techniques come from his "Fight Glove": His most used technique is the"Tiger Cutter" karate chop. With "Tiger Hawk" his glove hand pierces the monster's body. He can throw his glove which becomes a sharp boomerang, "Tiger Glove Cutter". He can throw a powerful "Tiger Punch". He can also produce a powerful "Tiger Strike" kick. In one instance he used a bladed weapon, "Tiger Slicer".
Tiger 7's belt gives him the power to heal wounds (his own or others), "Tiger Buckle Energy". If someone's heart has stopped beating Tiger 7 may be able to save them if he reaches them in time, by biting them and releasing "Tiger Energy" into their body. However, this puts a great strain on him. Tiger 7 can release all his energy in a single blast with "Buckle Energy Red Zone".
Tiger 7 can spray a gust of wind from his mouth, "Tiger Hurricane". His eyes fire a yellow beam, "Tiger Eye Attack". Tiger 7's most powerful weapon uses the jewel in his head, "Tiger Point". With it he absorbs light from the sun, converting it into a powerful laser, "Tiger Head Beam".
Takigawa, Go rides a Susuki motorycycle which is equiped with rocket boosters, allowing it to reach speeds other motorcycles cannot match. When he transforms into Tiger 7 the motorcycle transforms into "Spike Go". Although is probably supposed to be happening all the time Spike Go is not actually seen until episode 6. Spike Go is faster than ordinary motorcycles and can fly. Spike Go drives itself to Tiger 7 when he roars. Spike Go can shoot flame and smoke. Using Spike Go, Tiger 7 performs the "Tiger Hurricane Top" attack, in which the monster is smashed under Spike Go's front wheel.
Takigawa, Go works with a group of scientific researchers who become an Anti Mu Primitive group, Professor Takaid˘ and his students(?): Kitagawa, Shiro; Hayashi, Sanpei; and Aoki, June (the only female). The child in this series is June's younger brother Jiro. June and Jiro are orphans, raised by Professor Takaid˘ who promised their father he would take care of them before the man died. Aoki, Jiro discovers that Takigawa, Go is Tiger 7 at the end of episode 9. Professor Takaid˘ eventually figures it out too but none of Go's other friends seem to notice the tiger pendant he wears or that Go and Tiger 7 wear the same red scarf. Kitagawa, Shiro is especially mean to Go believing he is a coward, who runs away when the monsters show up.
P-Productions also produced Magma Taishi [Ambassador Magma] (1966-1967), Kaiju Ouji [Monster Prince] (1967), Supekutoruman [Spectreman] (1971-1972), Kaiketsu Lion Maru [Swift Hero Lion Maru] (1972-1973), Fuun Lion Maru [Storm Cloud Lion Maru] (1973) and Denjin Zab˘gÔ [Electroid Zab˘gÔ] (1974-1975).
Last modified Monday, August 4, 2008
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My thanks to Japan Hero for cast list and Mu photos,
and to "Shin Hayata" for the title screen, pendant and henshin photos.