Then in 1979, Marvel Comics wanted to do joint venture series with Toei Productions and TV Asahi. They had already created one successful series in the Japanese Spiderman a few years earlier (who was a cross between Peter Parker and Kikaida). This new series would be a spin off from Capt. America. They mixed the theme with the Go Rangers style, and Battle Fever J was born! It was then aired in Hawaii a couple of years later, subtitled by JN Productions, on then KIKU channel 13. It quickly became my favorite TV show. My dad recorded every epsidode for me on his brand new VCR gadget (Beta not VHS), and it is something I treasure to this day.
Battle Fever J, was actually the first series of the Super Sentai franchise. If you
look at early Sentai picture books, or watch the TurboRangers 11
Sentai Special, Battle Fever is called the first Super Sentai
team. Later, Toei decided to retroactively add its
predecessors, Go Rangers and JAKQ to the franchise making Battle
Fever the 3rd series (kind of like adding Alan Scott or Jay
Garrick to the Green Lantern and Flash continuities).
However Battle Fever was still the first to have a giant robo
mecha, so it gets featured in all the anniversary specials.
Of course this all took place a good 2 decades before Saban
Entertainment completely butchered the genre into those American
Tetsuzan Shogun outfits the team with special battle suits that enhance all of their natural fighting ability, which they learned in the different countries that they were previously stationed. Each team member is a master of a different martial art which becomes even more powerful as the suits and their bushido discipline focus their ki energies. Additionally, a giant battle mecha, the Battle Fever Robo is constructed to combat Ego's evil weapons.
Each week, Satan Egos would use the monster
capsule, to create a kaijin
to lead a sinister new plot. Battle Fever would be sent to
investigate the scheme, which usually targeted the children of
Japan. They would flush out the evil kaijin, and destroy it
using their special weapon, penta force.
Before dying the kaijin would summon it's younger brother, a 300
ft tall clone of it to wreak havoc. The Battle Fever Robo would then be
dispatched to deal with it using it's electric sword.
Battle Fever became the protectors of Japan's children.
Egos plots would frequently promote the moral corruption of society, emphasizing such traits as greed, avarice, and sloth. Many storylines included very faustian deals with Egos, in exchange for personal gain (usually at the expense of a rival), and they were portrayed in such a way that you could always feel the temptation and lure of the "dark side". It is the strength of character that Battle Fever's members portrayed, never giving up, never taking the easy route, constantly training and improving themselves, concentrating and working hard, that would win the day. These were the virtues that I always took away from watching Battle Fever, and they very heavily influenced my personal work ethic and therefore who I am today.
As the series progressed, each member of the team would each be
challenged, their characters developed, and their backgrounds more
colorfully recounted. Many episodes featured serious elements,
such as old friends, or family members of young children, or
others they would meet who would die because they were too late to
save them. Even the members of the Battle Fever team were
not invulnerable. Along the way, Diane is seriously wounded
by blood loss. Her friend Nagissa Maria
must take her place, as she returns to America to rest.
Another member, Shiraishi Kensaku is
even killed in the lined of duty, and
his friend Jin Makoto avenges his death and
replaces him. But despite their losses, Battle Fever
triumphs in the end...
February 1999 marked the true 20th anniversary for Battle Fever and the Super Sentai genre. I thought it was only fitting to finally create a website dedicated to the heros of my past; a hyperlink to my early childhood.
2001 - This page has a new home on my own web server at the Cyber Tea Club. With all of the added web space, I now am able to post CD quality mp3s of the Battle Fever Music!
2004 - Okay, I walked into Collector's Maniacs on Waialae, and I
saw they had a Battle Fever video for rental. When I looked at the
case, they had MY screencaptures all over it. The must've
taken the ones I made for my website. When I went to
complain about it, they just brushed me off. So I
haven't really frequented Collector's Maniacs anymore. It
also made me kinda upset and not want to maintain my site
anymore. Look, I don't mind if you want to borrow my images
or anything, but it's just common courtesy to ask my permission
first. I worked hard on this website, and you should give
credit, where it's due. Nothing on this site is Freeware,
it's all Alohaware, so if you like something drop me line to say mahalos!
2007 - I really wanted to meet up with Ban Daisuke when he was
appearing at Shirokiya, to ask if he would do an interview for
this site. But unfortunately I couldn't make it, and I
don't speak Japanese anyway, so I'm not quite sure how I would
conduct an interview. But if anyone knows how to get in
touch with him, I'd like very much like to interview him for the
site. Also, I've been trying to get in touch with the
people at Generation
Kikaida, to see if they would want to release Battle Fever
to DVD. Since they've released all of Kikaida and
Inazuman, it only makes sense that they would release Battle Fever
as well (following Ban Daisuke's career). Plus since
Toei has released a clean copy of Battle Fever to DVD, and I still
have the JN Productions translations from the original broadcast, I figure it
would be easy for them. But I havent' been able to get a
hold of them...
2008 - Whoa... This site is almost 10 years old. It hasn't
been up in several years. The net has changed a lot since then...
But it's back, and I actually own the battlefever.com name now! These are golden days
now, my friend. You can actually buy Battle Fever J on DVD from Japan now. Plus Bandai has
released the AWESOME Soul of Chogokin
GX-30 Battle Fever Robo!! So I've decided to reopen my site,
redesign it to take advantage of today's bandwidth, and revisit
the favorite superheroes of my youth.
2009 - I can't believe it! Ito Yukio, the actor who
played the first Battle Cossack, Shiraishi Kensaku, actually wrote
me an email! He said that he came across my website, and
wanted to express his happiness and appreciation that someone
remembered his work even after 30 years. Kensaku was one of
the greatest heroes of my childhood, especially since he was killed in the line of duty. So
the fact that the actor who portrayed him actually found me and
emailed me, was the thrill of a lifetime, and made all the work
putting up this site completely worthwhile.
2013 - In 2011, Japan was hit with one of the biggest natural disasters the world has ever seen, an earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear meltdown all in one. It was like they were actually attacked by Godzilla in real life. On the flip side, it was also the year of the 35th anniversary Super Sentai series, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. To celebrate, the Gokaigers got the power to transform into any ranger team in history, including Battle Fever J. It was like a dream come true for me, to see Battle Fever's team and robo in glorious High Definition with beautiful CGI special effects. Visit my new Gokaiger page to learn more! I also decided to have some fun with my Soul of Chogokin GX-30 Battle Fever Robo, coupled with my wife's incredibly prodigious Photoshop skills, and there are some new BattleFever.com exclusive, Full HD wallpapers in my wallpaper section, that you just have to see!