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Release: December, 1997 (Version: 3.6.8)

Frequently Asked Questions about Metal Heros

5.1 What is a Metal Hero series?

Metal Heros are typically men (not necessarily human) who protect the Earth from, usually, aliens. They fight alone (or with a partner--typically not whole teams) in body armor that resembles a robot. Common characteristics of Metal Heros are laser-swords and pistols as well as back-up flying machines.

5.2 What shows were made and when?

  1. Uchuu Keiji Gyaban (Space Sheriff Gavan)
    March 5, 1982 - February 25, 1983; 44 Episodes
    [Technically "Uchuu Keiji" is Space Detective in Japanese.]
  2. Uchuu Keiji Shariban (Space Sheriff Sharivan)
    March 4, 1983 - February 24, 1984; 51 Episodes
  3. Uchuu Keiji Shaidaa (Space Sheriff Shaider)
    March 5, 1984 - March 1, 1985; 48 Episodes
    [Final "Space Shierff" type Metal Hero.]
  4. Kyojuu Tokusou Jasupion (Megabeast Special Investigation Juspion)
    March 15, 1985 - March 24, 1986; 46 Episodes
  5. Jikuu Senshi Supiruban (Dimensional Warrior Spielban)
    April 7, 1986 - March 9, 1987; 44 Episodes
    [Source Footage for VR Troopers scenes with J.B. and Kaitlin]
  6. Choujinki Metarudaa (Super Man Machine Metalder)
    March 16, 1987 - March 1, 1988; 39 Episodes
    [Source Footage for VR Troopers scenes with Ryan Steele during Season 1]
    (Unbelievably unpopular in Japan--causing early ending of series.)
    Motion-Picture released July 7, 1988
  7. Kidou Keiji Jiban (Mobile Detective Jiban)
    January 29, 1989 - January 28, 1990; 52 Episodes

    Law-Enforcment oriented metal-heros include:

  8. 1990: Tokkei WINSUPEKUTAA (Special Police WINSPECTOR)
  9. 1991: Tokkyuu Shirei SORUBUREIN (Special Rescue Command SOLBRAIN)
  10. 1992: Tokusou EKUSHIIDORAFUTO (Special Investigation EXCEEDRAFT)
  11. 1993: Tokusou Robo JANPAASON (Special Investigation Robo JANPERSON)
  12. 1994: BURUUSUWATTO (Blue Swat)

    And B-FIGHTER (Insect-type) Series':

  13. 1995: Juukou BIIFAITAA (Heavy Armor B-FIGHTER)
  14. 1996: Juukou BIIFAITAA KABUTO (Heavy Armor B-FIGHTER KABUTO)
  15. 1997: Biirobo BIITAKKU (B-Robo BEETACK)

5.3 Are Kamen Rider series' considered Metal Heroes?

No
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