Akira as Secret Police (Himitsu Keiji) agent Daimon, Yutaka; the man
who controlled Denjin Zaboga (Electroid Zaboga). Yamaguchi Akira also
played Yuki Joji/Riderman in Kamen Rider V3.
Unlike the quiet Yuki Joji, Daimon Yutaka is always shouting as he goes
into combat. Daimon is determined to destroy the evil group Sigma, for
its murder of his father (the creator of Zaboga). This determination
leads him into bloody battles against cyborgs and robots which are
usually stronger than he is. Of course Daimon and Zaboga always win.
(Yamaguchi, Akira died on April 6, 1986 of lung cancer. He was only 39
April 6, 1974 - June 29, 1975, 52 episodes
Created by Koike, Kazuo
Music by Kikuchi, Shunsuke
Chief Inspector Nitta, Daigoro (episodes 1-29)
Nitta, Miyo (episodes
Dr. Akunomiya (episodes 1-39)
Miss Borg (episodes
Lady Borg (episodes
Asao, Yuki (episodes
Devil Hat (episodes
Queen Meza (episodes
Matsue, Ken (episodes
Stuck In Somebody's Frame
At age six Daimon, Yutaka was "killed" in an automobile accident. To revive him a special circuit (a kind of super pacemaker) was implanted in his chest. This circuit keeps Daimon alive when he's been so badly wounded that he should die. This circuit was created by Daimon's scientist father who decades later created Denjin Zaboga. Daimon and Zaboga are linked by this circuit. Zaboga is powered by Daimon's anger. In at least one episode Zaboga cannot function because Daimon is not angry enough.
While Daimon, Yutaka was out of the country his father, Dr. Daimon was murdered by his former partner Dr. Akunomiya. Dr. Akunomiya murdered Dr. Daimon over Dr. Daimon's invention of the metal Daimonium (which Dr. Akunomiya wanted to use to create cyborgs and robots to carry out a crime spree). Daimon, Yutaka returned to Japan to find his father's murderer. Dr. Daimon left his son a map to his secret lab and a key. The key turned on Dr. Daimon's greatest invention the robot warrior Denjin Zaboga (made out of Daimonium).
Unlike the android heroes "Jinzo Ningen Kikaida" and "Kikaida 01" or the non-transforming "Robot Detective", Denjin Zaboga can not speak, has no emotions and has to be activated by Daimon's command "Go Zaboga" or "Denjin Zaboga Go" or "Fight Zaboga" or "Henshin Zaboga". Once activated, Zaboga's programming allows him to fight, although Daimon normally has to order Zaboga to use the special techniques. Daimon controls Zaboga through a microphone built into his motorcycle helmet.
Should Daimon not be wearing his helmet he can still control Zabogā using a second microphone. In early episode he kept this backup microphone in his pocket. In later episodes he stores it inside an especially designed watch.
Daimon, Yutaka knew that Zabogā was needed because he received radio messages, which only he could hear, through a special receiver implanted on his eyeglasses, whenever cyborgs, robots or dinosaur men were on the prowl. In the early episodes the messages came through Chief Inspector Nitta, Daigoro. In later episodes the messages came from the Zaboga-Head Base (introduced in episode 26) operated by Nitta, Hiroshi; Daigoro's son and the young woman Asao, Yuki. Daimon, Yutaka was trained in Shorinji Kempo, Judo and Karate. His special combat technique is "Flying Dragon Tri-Stage Kick" (Hi Ryuu San Dan Geri).
Zaboga's special attacks are "Jet Punch" (fist on chain fires at enemies at 10 yards per second), "Double Punch" (both fists shoot out), "Boomerang Cutter" (his "ears" are blades which, when thrown, return to him after doing their damage)...
...and "Rapid-Fire Destruction Gun"(Sokusha Hakai Juu) - his mouth opens to reveal a gun which fires exploding shells to destroy the evil robots.
"Jet Punch!" "Boomerang Cutter" "Sokusha Hakai Juu"
Inside Zaboga's head
is Heli-Cat, a miniature helicopter with a video camera, used for
spying on the villains. The video appears on a screen on Machine
Denjin Zaboga can transform into the motorcycle Machine Zaboga, for Daimon, Yutaka to ride.
"Change Machine Zaboga!" "Denjin Zaboga Go!" "Change Zaboga!"
Zaboga's eyes take still photographs.
Inside Zaboga's back is a Sea Shark, looks like a miniature jet and flies but also operates underwater like a submarine.
In each of Zaboga's feet is 1/2 of a small car. The two pieces snap together to form Mouse Car.
(Daimon, Yutaka tests out Sea Shark and Mouse Car)
Initially Daimon, Yutaka is assisted by Chief Inspector Chief Nitta, Daigoro who has a daughter Miyo and a son Hiroshi. Hiroshi is the requisite child. He is played by the Jinzo Ningen Kikaida Masaru actor Kamiya, Masahiro. Later in the series Detective Nakano takes over for Chief Inspector Nitta.
After Miyo and Hiroshi learn that Daimon, Yutaka controls Denjin Zaboga they run the Zaboga-Head Base for Daimon.
Denjin Zaboga's 52 episodes were divided into two chapters. The first chapter, episodes 1-39, featured the terrorist group Sigma, led by the evil Doctor Akunomiya and his female assistants Miss Borg (episodes 1-35) and Lady Borg (episodes 37-39). This part of the series was shown on TV in Hawaii.
After many others have failed to kill Daimon, Yutaka, Dr. Akunomiya assigns the task of eliminating his greatest enemy to Akitzuki, Gen (episodes 22-30 and 34-38) a young assassin who rides the motorcycle Machine Hawk.
After the death of Dr. Akunomiya and the destruction of Sigma peace should have been restored, but another group arose to terrorize Japan....
The second chapter,
episodes 40-52, had a new version of Zaboga, Strong Zaboga fighting Kyouryuu Gundan (Dinosaur Army), led
by Triple Neck Demon, Devil Hat and Queen Meza. Actually the Dinosaur
Army was introduced in episode 39 but Daimon, Yutaka doesn't encounter
them until episode 40. This part of the series was not shown in Hawaii.
Denjin Zaboga vs. the Dinosaur Army
(Denjin Zaboga tai Kyouryuu Gundan)
Starting in episode 40 Daimon, Yutaka wears a sort of uniform, green and red jacket, white shirt, red tie, green and red pants. The episode also introduces Secret Police (Himitsu Keiji) agent, Matsue, Ken who rides a motorcycle that has two bazookas mounted on it, Machine Baja. After episode 43 Daimon, Yutaka's shirt is black and the tie is gone.
Nitta, Hiroshi's sister Miyo vanishes from the show to be replaced by Asao, Yuki who seems to like Matsue, Ken.
"Change Gattai Zaboga!"
In episode 41 Machine Baja and Machine Zaboga combine to form Strong Zaboga.
Episode 42 reveals that Matsue, Ken can command Strong Zaboga.
Strong Zaboga's new weapons are "Jet Boomerang", "Rocket Jet Punch" and "Strong Bazooka Fire".
In 2011 "Karate-Robo Zaborgar" a movie remake of Denjin Zaboga was released.
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 Tetsujin Taiga 7 [Ironman Tiger 7] (1973-1974). As far as I know Denjin Zaboga was their last tokusatsu series.
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