Let’s watch Chargeman Ken! Episode 1 - “Danger!! The Children’s Space Station”
Chargeman Ken is a low budget anime produced by Knack in 1974. It consists of 65, 5 minute episodes. I’m going to post one episode a day and review it for you.
This is the first episode and as such it has a pretty normal flow of events. We get introduced to Maou, the evil leader of a race of aliens known as Jurals. They are advanced 800 years beyond our current technology. His plan to take over the world: Kidnap all the children of earth…and use them as HOSTAGES!
After that we are introduced to Ken Izumi. The main hero of the show. A ten year old boy with a younger sister named Caron and a strange spherical looking robot friend named Barican. Today Ken and crew visit the children’s space station. After Ken plays a rather mean prank on his sister and Barican by almost KILLING them he notices the children are being abducted by tall, menacing, purple aliens! Ken does a backflip out of the flying car and transforms into Chargeman ken by shouting “CHARGING GO!” Get used to this scene because it’s in every episode. There is no explanation as to how ken got his powers or what he even does so….well just leave it at that for now.
After Ken transforms it’s time to FIGHT THE ALIENS. Ken jumps into his signature UFO known as the skyrod. This sometimes appears when he transforms. The jurals shoot lasers from the emblems on their chests! OH! Ken dodges swiftly by rolling several inches off the ground!! Ken pulls out his laser gun and shoots the invaders. It seems that one shot from his laser gun is enough to destroy one or even multiple aliens.
Ken gets attacked by the rather oddly shaped UFO of the enemy. He swiftly dodges and maneuvers around the oncoming pink lasers. After circling around it a few times Ken BLOWS the UFO to smithereens with a pretty hilarious scream coming from the jural commander. Ken waves and it appears as if all the children are back. Ken saved the day..this time. BUT IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO BE A DICK as Ken goes to play a prank on Caron and Barican again. But Barican’s foolish antics have the episode resolve with hokey laughter.
Bottom Line: Fairly good introductory episode. Except for the fact that none of ken’s powers are explained and the motives of the aliens is a bit unclear. Lots of sound effects missing.
Rating: Two barican’s out of five!
Let’s watch: Chargeman Ken! - Episode 2: Close Call!!
Note: This episode does not have subs yet. A lot of the episodes will not be having subs from now on so just see the episode description here.
We open with a shot of futuristic Tokyo to show off what kind of technology Japan has achieved. A lot of episodes will be focusing on how Japan might look in the future. We see a bullet train speed by at incredible speed.
And then we get probably the most dramatic line reading in all of Japanese voice acting history.
The random Jural soldier pulls a switch that releases a rocket into the sky where it EXPLODES and emits a strange dark cloud of smoke. General Maou laughs quite heartily. His experiment was a success! He’s been doing some research on the Chargeman and has developed a plan to eliminate him once and for all. It’s simple…
Okay it’s actually not that simple. They plan to lure out Ken to their remote mountain base and launch these rockets to cloud out the sun which the Jurals have discovered is the source of Ken’s powers.
It’s Caron’s birthday at the Izumi household. A lavish feast fit for a king is set on the table and Ken is helping put up decorations. Barican finds matches to light the birthday cake and they begin to sing Happy Birthday in English. BUT IT IS INTERRUPTED by a Jural alien who appears on their roof. He lures Ken away from the party but Caron and Barican INSIST on going with him. They just love being in danger don’t they? Ken hops in the skyrod and flies to the mountain base.
After Kent gets out Maou gives Caron her Happy Birthday present! MISSLES UPON MISSLES. They explode and cloud out the sky. KEN CAN’T TRANSFORM! Jurals draw near ready to eliminate the pesky hero. Thinking quickly Caron takes out the matches and tries to light one enough so that Ken can transform. Apparently he only needs a little light. But it’d too windy. Thinking quickly Barican withdraws and Caron uses his body like a lantern. Ken successful transforms!
IT’S ALIEN MURDERING TIME!
Ken flips over the aliens and in mid air the disc on his belt spins. The Bijoux Belt is Ken’s secondary attack and also kills the aliens in one hit. then Ken does that rolling animation again. I think the animation team has a boner for Ken rolling. he zaps the remaining aliens who emit pretty hilarious death screams.
Ken, Caron and Barican celebrate their victory but General Maou reminds them that THIS IS NOT OVER YET! and that he’ll be back again. He escapes in a UFO. Ken ….instead of chasing after with the skyrod decides to just return home….
Rating: 3/5 Baricans. Fairly good episode! Not a lot of errors and pretty good plot line.
Let’s watch Chargeman Ken! - Episode 3: Swarm of Butterflies Fluttering
What a nice title. I’m sure were in for a very nice and relaxing episode today, right?
This awesome scientist looking guy starts explaining about the colorful butterflies he has posted on the wall. Although they look harmless they are actually robots capable of turning humans into cyborgs! Ken’s father (lovingly referred to as papa) recounts an earlier outing with his family gone terribly wrong…..after thinking about it for a good 5 seconds.
As the Izumi family enjoys a carefree picnic, Barican is suddenly distracted by some rabbits which he chases down. Ken and Caron go to scold Barican but he brings back a person….? Not sure if the person is dead or just fainted but judging from the family’s reaction its not pretty. A swarm of pink butterflies flutters around the corpses of a few other people. WHAT A HORRIFYING SCENE.
After the researcher conveys the sense of danger and urgency to his comrades we cut away with our recurring “crisis” music to the inside of a Jural UFO. Pink butterflies dance around him as he calls them “kawaii”. The butterflies don’t hurt him because it was the Jurals all along who planned this insect invasion! Maou gives them the order to release the butterflies into the city where they promptly wreck havoc on civilians. People scream for dear life as the pink butterflies…float harmlessly in their face? THE HORROR
Ken decides that’s enough bullshit and jumps out the window to become CHARGEMAN KEN. Ken fires his crotch laser as the pink menace
Then he starts waving his laser around with a really bored face taking out all the butterflies.
Maou retreats after seeing the scene of hundreds of dead pink butterflies. Ken waves his gun and stares at the screen for a while before caron comes and says “It’s a shame…they were so cute Ken…and you killed them all.” To which Ken just stares off in the distance….epicly
Rating: 3/5 Pretty hilarious episode.
Let’s watch Chargeman Ken! - Episode 4: Mysterious Handsome Boy
This is it folks. The hands-down greatest episode of the series. The one you’ve been waiting for.
Today’s episode has SUBTITLES
Today’s episode starts with a Fanfare announcing the school-wide American football tournament! People are heard cheering as we see the captain of the rival team appear. His name is Hoshi!
The epitome of manliness. The king of kawaii. The puba of pretty. Every girl wants to have him and every guy wants to BE him. yeah…he’s THAT Guy. Just look at that red flowing hair FUCK. If I had ovaries they would have detonated into nuclear explosions.
ahem well anyway…Ken is on the opposing team. Barican roots for Ken like the butt humper he is but Caron is obviously all over that hunk of man meat, Hoshi-kun.
but with teammates like this how can Ken possibly lose? Hoshi gets the ball and runs like the flash on PCP before getting tackled and piled upon by many pre-pubescent boys. It wouldn’t be the first time he had that many boys on him I’m guessing. Caron calls Ken a “baka baka” for daring to touch such pristine beauty. Then it’s time for the kick off… It’s high and dry. How is Hoshi-kun going to catch the ball? BY JUMPING 500 FEET OFF THE GROUND STRAIGHT INTO THE AIR WHILE SCREAMING EEEEEII. THATS HOW! GODDAMN LOOK AT THAT BAD ASS.
And if that wasn’t a display of his amazing power he runs down the field and utterly destroys one of Ken’s teammates by sending him flying into the air while shouting WEI! I’m pretty sure that kid died on impact. Hoshi-kun dives and scores winning the game 18-0. Ken falls on the ground while making a puny squeak.
After, Ken is seen regretting the game. Looks like he really wanted to win it after all. Suddenly he is approached by the man, the myth, the LEGEND: Hoshi-kun. He says he has a favor to ask of him. So Ken, like the little naive bastard he is hops on the back of Hoshi-kun’s motorcycle.
They go to a construction site away from human eyes and Hoshi finally proposes his little proposition. He want’s to see Ken’s Charging Go. NO not that “Charging Go” you perverts. Ken think’s this might be a pretty bad idea. He doesn’t want to transform unnecessarily. Hoshi-kun is absolutely unrelenting in his quest to see it though. He begs and pleads Ken. Ken finally gets fed up with his begging and agrees. He jumps in the air doing the pose but lets out a really fake scream going YAAAAAAAA! Hoshi-kun is unimpressed at his fake Charging Go. Ken has had enough. He is not going to show Hoshi-kun and decides to leave. but not before showing off his ass and crotch to the camera for some reason…
STOP RIGHT THERE
Yells Hoshi-kun in a deep strange voice. Ken turns around and…Hoshi starts morphing!!
Jesus christ how horrifying. His handsome face replaced by a big giant green eye and purple skin. Hoshi was really an ALIEN THE WHOLE TIME. Ken is horrified and finally decides he’ll have to transform in order to beat the Jural. CHARGING GO!
Time for a battle of epic proportions! We actually get the vocal version of the battle music this time. Hoshi jumps on his motorcycle which can shoot lasers now? Hoshi wrecks shit all over and Ken RIDER KICKS the shit out of him. Hoshi decides to smite the puny mortal by cutting a chain holding some steel girders. Road Rolla-da! Ken remembers he has a laser that can literally destroy anything in one shot and decides now would be a good time to use that. ZAP. Hoshi and the girders are evaporated.
what the fuck just happened…
Well anyway Ken wipes his brow of the tough battle and goes home. Caron is DEVASTATED that Hoshi-kun is gone. Ken tells Caron he “transferred” Yeah just like Satoshi transferred in higurashi, Right? Barican consoles her saying she still has Barican. “SHUT UP BARICAN! I HATE YOU!” Ken laughs his fucking ass off at Barican…who also laughs…and now…CARON’S LAUGHING. OK EVERYONE’S LAUGHING NOW. HAHAHA IT’S FUNNY WE JUST KILLED HOSHI.
Rating: 5/5 Baricans. I can watch this episode Repeatedly without ever getting bored. Despite having probably the MOST errors out of any episode it’s definitely the best. This is the first time we learn that Jurals can disguise as humans and is going to set the plot for a lot of the coming episodes. But don’t worry there will be more 5 star episodes to come eventually.
Let’s watch Chargeman Ken! - Episode 5: Fear! Come by buggy mummy
oops no subs today sorry folks!
We start tonight’s episode with a shot of a futuristic jet plane flying across the sky. It’s filled with Ken’s classmates and teacher. Looks like they are all going on a field trip of some sort! We see some of Ken’s classmates on the plane
And we also get to see Ken’s…
This smoking fox is Ken’s teacher. She is going to appear in a lot of coming episodes. GOOD. I wonder if she’ll give me extra credit if I polish her apple….
AHEM ….what was I doing…Oh yeah the review
The pilots of the plane notice a problem and are forced to land as the fog begins to get thick. The adverse conditions pick up and it begins to rain hard and the waves crash. The children don’t seem to mind to much as they hold out in some kind of play pen.
“THIS IS THE BEST CHANNEL EVER!!!!!!!!! FUCK!”
Ken talks to his teacher about the bad weather. but elsewhere trouble is brewing. The rain turns to snow and the water freezes into ice. Something wicked this way comes…
Is it a Jural?
Is it Maou?
NO ITS THE TERRIFYING
huh? what the fuck is a buggy mummy…
Well the two pilots step out into the cold to find out the source of the problem. One of the pilots runs away because hes a babyman and the other fires his gun at the approaching monster…except his gun makes no sound. The buggy mummy leaps and fires some eye lasers…evaporating the pilot. Ken sees the pilot getting zapped and transforms!
Ken hops in the skyrod and SLAMS into the buggy causing the mummy to crash into a lamp post where the carriage instantly catches fire and the horses and buggy burn up. GODDAMN. Talk about animal cruelty in an anime! Ken chases after the mummy who looks REALLY odd when he runs. KEN SHOOTS! HE SCORES!
But he is not alone. Soon his comrades appear and a small army of disfigured orange mummies appear! They all shoot their eye beams in tandem. and ….
Ken you are not even trying to miss the horses ;___; the fuck is wrong with you!
Ken leaps up and zaps the ice with his gun and the ice cracks! All the mummies and the horses drown in the opening Ken makes. Good job Ken… GOOD. JOB.
Ken says something derpy and gets scolded by Nagisa sensei. Fade to black
Rating: One barican. Tons of errors and a terrible plot. Plus the Jurals weren’t even in it!! Just not one of the better episodes…sorry folks. Next episode is better. I promise, Nagisa sensei returns!
Let’s watch Chargeman Ken! - Episode 6: Horror! Botanical space garden!
Today’s another school centric episode. We finally get to see the building where Ken goes to class. Jesus christ…who hired the architect for such a high building! It has like a billion floors and slopes downward…was it originally going to be a ski jump?
You get to see the school’s gym and a couple of the classrooms that all look exactly the same. The children study by using computers at their desks. This was probably a really unique idea at the time.
Even Nagisa sensei can appear on the computers. awww yeah. Well she lets the students know that it’s time for ANOTHER field trip…because the last one went REALLY WELL. Everyone gets ready to go.
EXCEPT YOU NISHINO-KUN. You have to stay behind. Sooooy
After a short trip by moving sidewalk Ken arrives at the botanical space garden! All of a sudden Ken hears “Oni-chan!” Whoa. It’s Caron and Barican who decided to tag along. Ken explains they will get in trouble if Nagisa Sensei sees them. Caron assures him it won’t be a problem. Caron and Barican hide behind Ken as Nagisa shows them all the beautiful flowers and plants of the future!
How horrifying…and that’s BEFORE some plants begin to attack one of Ken’s classmates! A giant flower sucks up a little girl. The kids run away screaming HELP as plant like tentacles grab two more boys. yes…..it’s going there…. Ken hears the voice of a Jural laughing from somewhere. It looks like it is coming from the ground.
Ken transforms and…now they are underwater. How the fuck did we go underwater suddenly. There’s an army of Jurals waiting for Ken at the sea bed. Ken can also breathe and talk underwater quite easily somehow… Ken shoots in various Derpy poses and kills all the aliens. He then shoots a large column which break and destroys a Jural UFO that was parked inside the Garden. It doesn’t make ANY sense. Nagisa thanks Ken and Barican almost tells her that he is in fact Chargeman Ken. Ken hushes Barican because he doesn’t want anyone to know of his secret alter ego. Barican trips and falls over causing everyone to laugh at him.
Rating: 3/5 Baricans. And that last barican is only because Nagisa sensei was in it. otherwise it’s pretty much the same as the first episode.
Let’s watch Chargeman Ken! - Episode 7: Ken Goes West!
Just think of Fievel goes west but in 1970’s anime form
The episode opens with the Ending music for once actually. It’s a pretty good ending song actually. It’s very calm and peaceful.
Ken, Caron and Barican all took a trip to the wild west! Complete with cowboy hats and horses! And a donkey for Barican. Ken and crew are suddenly approached by hooping Indians with tomahawks held high! They are coming straight for them. What to do?
POP POP POP WATCHING NATIVE AMERICANS DROP. Probably would not be able to get away with this now a days so enjoy it. After Ken slaughters the indigenous, he decides to visit the OK coral. Creepy music starts to play as they get strange looks from the resident cowboys. Also notice how they all have yellow scarves…and Ken has a red scarf….seem familiar?
Just sayin’ Maybe it’s not a reference but a mere coincidence. Ken and crew enter the saloon where they are greeted by more cowboys with stern looks. Did Ken violate the no yellow onesies rule or something? Ken tries to order a drink but begins to get hassled by an old, portly cowboy with an eyepatch and a Cigar. For some creepy reason he starts hitting on Caron! Barican stands up for her but is promptly shoved aside. Ken can’t stand it and protects her.
The man reaches for his gun but Ken is quite the quick draw and shoots the gun out of the man’s hand. The blonde cowboy throws a cup….yeah a cup and Ken blocks it….WOW. They all jump him but he punches them away with one hit! Ken jumps up and down comically on the blonde guy and Caron hits one with a frying pan.
And with one last punch, Ken ends the brawl with the cowboys on the floor! They mount their horses and leave. But they don’t get far before…the same three cowboys block their way again! Ken and crew get off their horses and stare down the men. It’s a stand off at high noon! The shoots ring out! all six guns are smoking. Who shot who?
The cowboys fall down in a funny way with smiles on their faces. Barican blow smoke from his gun acting cocky and Ken laughs. Suddnly Caron screams though. All the Indians and all the cowboys are standing in a row! The portly man who was JUST gunned down thanks Ken. Apparently everyone here is just robots! It’s a wild west recreation park! Ken and crew were never in any real danger…
Feeling awkward Ken begins to leave. The eye patch cowboy laughs. He flashes his true form for a brief second. He is actually a Jural alien in disguise! With Ken’s back turned he plans to gun the kid down!
“HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!” Ken over hears and declares war on the aliens as they open fire. Ken, how the fuck did you get your horse up there? Ken jumps off the cliff and back flips off his horse transforming. He let’s the horse plummet and it kind of just disappears off screen. I hate to say it but from that height it looks awfully fatal to the horse. Ken….again with the horses. What is your problem? what did horses ever do to you!? ;____;
Ken stands off between two of the men. The third one tries to sneak around but Ken is too fast and zaps him good. He quickly turns around and zaps the other two before they get the chance to fire. The battle is settled….
The blonde guy didn’t turn into a Jural when he got hit though!? Could Ken just have killed off his first human? or is it just an animation error……
oh looks like Ken’s horse made it after all. Maybe that’s a robot horse too. MAYBE THE WHOLE DESERT IS A ROBOT. MAYBE KEN’S A ROBOT?
they ride off into the sunset. Victorious…for now
Rating: 4/5 Baricans. GREAT episode. I really love how well they stereotyped the American wild west and it was a neat little vacation from the regular plot line.
Let’s watch Chargeman Ken! - Episode 8: Jural Alien X-6
Another beautiful day in future Tokyo. Ken is outside near the school by the woods enjoying the scenery and decides to take up drawing suddenly.
I’M GONNA DRAW THE FUCK OUTTA THIS TREE AND NO ONE IS GOING TO STOP ME. I’VE SEEN ENOUGH BOB ROSS SPECIALS. DON’T WORRY, I’M A PRO!
But Ken’s short lived drawing career comes to screeching halt as a purple haired woman standing behind him. She morphs briefly revealing that she is really a Jural alien disguised as a human female! Lifting up one arm she launches a laser beam from her armpit which makes a tree bleed. Children run screaming as the tree begins to fall….sloooowly…The jural (X-6) begins to laugh as the tree suddenly hits another on it’s way down. This tree is somehow right in the path of her and is going to crush her. She gasps while looking at it for a good 3 seconds. She tries to get away but trips. Luckily Ken is there to push her out of the way to safety. But not without sacrificing himself!
OUCH that’s got to hurt! his legs are crushed! but at least his round yellow ass is in tact.
X-6 Recalls the words of Maou who charged her to assassinate the young boy. She draws her knife and holds it ready to strike him down.
She hesitates…she just can’t do it! Soon Nagisa-sensei and two other kids come running to Ken’s aid. X-6 bounces. But doesn’t get far and promptly gets whipped by a fellow Jural. She begs Maou for another chance and he grants her it. She promises to finish off Ken for good this time.
MEANWHILE at the hospital. Ken is recovering and his legs have been placed into casts. He sleeps soundly as his father who dropped him off returns to work.
Well hellooooooooooo NURSE!
This is X-6’s chance to redeem herself. She sneaks up on the sleeping boy to slit his throat. Her knife held high once more…But Ken wakes up! with the best suprised face I’ve ever seen.
Ken still doesn’t realize that X-6 is a Jural. He thinks she is working for them however and tries to get her to stop. She drops the knife and falls to her knees. She can’t possibly kill such a charming and good looking young human. She must be unlike the other cold blooded Jurals. Sparing his life she quickly makes her exit. She doesn’t get far before three Jural soldiers stand in her way. For the crime of treason they sentance her. TO DEATH
With a laughable scream shes passes on. Ken over hears it and doesn’t realize she transformed before dying. Somehow managing to do a backflip with BROKEN LEGS, Ken transforms. Casts instantly dissapearing. ok
Ken zaps an alien! then he zaps the other two aliens! WOW WHAT A FIGHT.
Ken is now outside(?) and flips his gun triumphantly.
Presumably sometime later at sunset Ken lets out a single tear for his fallen friend. Even though she was a Jural, Ken thinks she was a beautiful person and it was fateful that she had to work for the tyrannous Jurals. Even though she tried to kill him…TWICE. He lays flowers for her…in the middle of a field… Awkward place to put them kid.
In Ken’s sadness Caron and Barican come hopping along and let Ken know that dinner is ready. They walk off into the sunset holding hands.
Rating: 5/5 EXCELLENT episode. It’s just so bad that it’s worth watching time and time again. Classic. It has a ton of animation errors and plot errors. Somehow the comedy of Knack failing at such a tragic storyline makes for good entertainment
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Let’s watch Chargeman Ken! - Episode 9: The Jural’s Monster Appears
We start with a sunset this time. Over looking the tokyo bay! Three men are in the captain’s quarters looking out from the ship. A large mass arises in the distance!
OH GOD ITS THE DRAGON ROBOT FROM GAIKING! The men quickly turn around trying to escape. But it is futile! The monster picks up the entire ship with huge metal claws and tosses it in the air before shooting laser beams from it’s eyes. Evaporating the ship slowly into nothingness.
LATER THAT NIGHT. Ken and Barican are rough housing inside while Caron watches. KEN VS. BARICAN WHO WILL WIN? Barican manages to hold his own even while being pummeled by the insane ten year old. barican actually manages to defeat Ken with his BARICAN SPECIAL HEADBUTT OF DEATH.
After Barican flexes his muscles and Caron laughs, the announcer on the television interrupts their little game. apparently the Monster has emerged onto land and is wrecking havoc in the city! Ken takes off in the skyrod without his two compadres this time. Ken finds the monster and begins shooting lasers from the skyrod at it! The monster arches its back as if it has an itch! Clearly it’s not enough firepower to defeat the giant mechanaloid. After Ken flies around like a pesky fly the monster shoots another laser that hits Ken’s ship!! and down it goes! it spirals downward on a collision course! (I think this is the only time in the series Ken’s ship gets hit) Maou laughs as Ken’s fate is supposedly sealed.
At the last second Ken shoots a blast of air from the front of his ship and safely lands it! He hops out right before he is smashed by the monster’s huge metal claw. IT’S MORPHING TIME
Ken flies up using his Astro boy shoes and shoots his laser upside down into the monster’s FACE. BOOYAH his eyes explode and the whole monster detonates. Ok this leads me to believe Ken’s gun is REALLY overpowered. Especially since his Ship did nothing to the monster. Ken stares at the destruction he’s caused… Then he flies off into the sunset..even though it was night….?
Then ken lifts off from the ground? even though he was flying already? and now it’s night again? FUCK KNACK MAKE UP YOUR MINDS!!!!!
Rating: 2/5 Baricans. Although the fight with the monster was pretty entertaining the highlight of the episode is definitely Barican handing Ken his own ass.
Let’s watch Chargeman Ken! - Episode 10: Barican’s Rampge!
Despite the title no this is not and episode where Barican gets revenge on Ken.
The episode starts with another mundane day at Ken’s oddly shaped school. Ken yawns after a long day of studying. Ken leaves the school but is stopped by a very dainty and fragile voice!
IS THAT A TOUHOU? IN MY CHARGEMAN KEN? more likely than you think!
Ken is not good with pretty girls and quickly acts like a buffoon. Hitomi asks ken if he’d like to accompany her and Ken agrees faster than cheetah during mating season. She runs away teasing Ken and lets him chase her for a bit. Dawww isn’t he just so precious. Running after her like that. He loses sight of her though. Hearing her voice he turns around and…A GLASS FORCE FIELD TRAPS KEN! When he turns around he realizes…it was Hitomi who tricked him! But why would she do such a thing.
BECAUSE SHE…or he rather IS ACTUALLY MAOU SAMA. IN DISGUISE. FUCK. Why the hell did he disguise as a little girl. Well I guess it worked considering Ken is susceptible to cute girls.
Cut away to the park where Caron is by herself singing with her dolly. She gets interrupted however by a menacing Jural! It’s so scary that she faints immediately and is taken away. Fortunately Barican overhears the excitement and pursues the kidnapper to a landed Jural UFO in the middle of some desert.
Inside the UFO it seems that even mama and papa are captured and being held captive. With the entire Izumi family captive all hope seems lost! Maou sets up a guillotine to execute Caron. That’s a little racy don’t you think?
Wow Maou sama sure is tall. Maou traps Ken inside of a ice cube and forcs him to watch her sister about to be slain. It looks as if all hope is lost. And just then it’s BARICAN to the RESCUE! Barican tries to peek in on the room where the Izumi’s are being held. Barican slips and starts randomly grabbing onto wires and electrocuting himself. He’s being a big nuisance and Maou sama tell his underlings to stop him! Barican pushes a bunch of buttons which finally frees Ken! Finding a florescent light Ken transforms.
Ken zaps the bars holding his parents and free them telling them to take care of Caron. Ken and Barican make a break for it and Ken zaps the Jurals that give chase. The Izumi family escapes and hides behind a nearby rock. The UFO begins to take off! Ken jumps out and does DAT ROLL ANIMATION. Then Zaps the UFO and ducks for cover.
The UFO explodes! No word on how Maou escaped however…. But he will be back…someday…. next episode actually!
And the day is saved thanks to….
Rating: 4/5 Another great and thrilling episode. Barican being the hero was unexpected and nice for a change. Maou becoming a little girl was also extremely hilarious.
Let’s Watch Chargeman Ken! - Episode 11: Protect the Earth!
This episode is completely different from every episode in the series and it’s a really interesting one. you’ll see what I mean.
We start out in space this time. Ken and his father along with a few respected scientists all meet inside some kind of space station or ship in outer space. In the distance you can see a very large fiery meteor… HEADED STRAIGHT FOR EARTH! oh boy…things do not look good. If that meteor hits Earth, the entire human race will be at stake!
Ken gets vital information from Professor Yoshizaka who I have now dubbed from this moment onwards… Dr. No-pants
He’s got dat CURLEH MUSTACHE.
The scientists discuss how Ken should go and risk his life for the entirety of the Earth. But his father believes it’s time for some drastic measures. Just as Ken gets ready to intercept the meteor, the station gets a message from… GENERAL MAOU!?
Maou actually contacts Ken and offers him a preposition… Maou knows the only way to save the earth is to alter the course of the meteor. The Jural’s science is advanced 800 years beyond humans and they will need all the help they can get…Ken realizes…he will have to work with Maou in order to save the Earth. You see Maou can’t conquer the Earth if there is no Earth to be had. WHAT A TWEEST.
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It’s Earth saving time FUCKYEAR. mortal enemies working together! Ken transforms and heads out in the skyrod
Ken approaches the meteor and starts blasting at it. It does nothing. SHIT! Ken somehow swaps out ships for blue-ish looking rocket. Ken pulls a switch and starts shooting the meteor with a tractor beam of some sort. Maou shows up in one of those weird looking UFO’s and starts blasting it with a tractor beam also that just so happens to make the most annoying noise in the universe WEOWEOWEOWEOWEOWEOWEOWEOWEOWEOWEOWEO.
With their combined efforts they finally get the meteor to move in another direction!
Maou parts way keeping his promise to not attack Ken while they take care of the meteor. Ken stares at Maou as he flies off. You know Maou can be a pretty cool guy when he’s not trying to take over the world.
and how the fuck did he get back in the skyrod.
Knack pay attention please.
Rating: 4/5 A very interesting episode. No aliens actually got murdered this time AND the earth got saved. It was really interesting to see Maou work with Ken. Most series don’t use that aspect in their show and I thought it was pretty unique. Good episode!
Let’s watch Chargeman Ken! - Episode 12: I don’t want to eat salad!
what the hells up with the weird title? let’s find out!
a typical day in the Izumi household! Caron is doing her butt-robics to the radio when it starts to cut out. Ken turned it off to tell Caron that lunch is ready. After Ken goes, Caron goes back to spin spin spinning and knocks over the radio like a derp. it switches to the news briefly.
A small feast is laid out on the table all prepared by mama Izumi.
Mogu Mogu. It’s chow time!
Ken digs in but Caron reminds him that he has to eat his vegetables in order to be strong! Ken makes a disgusted face. Apparently Ken hates salad! Ken says screw this and goes to watch TV. The announcer comes on to tell Ken (specifically) that all the vegetables in Japan are being withered away by Jurals!
Ken says hes going out but then papa Izumi jumps out “KEN, PAPA WILL COME TOO!” apparently papa really likes vegetables sheesh!
Ken and Papa set out in the skyrod while Jural UFO’s shoot various types of crops. Cabbages, Apple trees… EVEN A NANNER TREE. Not only that but the city looks pretty busted up too. Just when the UFO approaches another city Ken finds them!
Then they have an aerial dog fight where the lasers make absolutely no sound. Ken finally fires his laser and blows up the ship! Papa congratulates him on saving the nearby city! and they go home.
Caron goes back to her butt-robics and then Ken turns off the radio being a dick like usual. The announcer says something and then the episode just…ends. damn
Rating: 0/5 First episode I’ve given 0 Baricans to. This is just a really boring episode. Even if you could understand the Japanese. For and episode about vegetables there sure weren’t a lot of them in it. They could’ve done a lot more with the theme of this episode. Like have the salad turn into a Jural. That would’ve been something!
Let’s watch Chargeman Ken! - Episode 13: Showdown! Underwater City!
boy let’s hope this episode is better than yesterdays!
And it already is as we see Nagisa sensei captured and strapped to a table in a Jural laboratory. She stirs and wakes up asking what’s going on! Maou himself tells her that she is going to become a brainwashed soldier of the Jurals! She is knocked out and zapped with some weird black electricity. She becomes obedient and ready to destroy the Chargeman!
LATER. The class takes yet ANOTHER field trip! because the last ones worked out so great didn’t they? This time we visit the beautiful underwater city!
Looks really well designed. Reminds me Rapture a little bit, or at least something you’d see in Jabberjaw. nyuck nyuck nyuck. All the children look outside the window of the underwater building and admire the diverse sea life! The fish are drawn very colorful here which is good. Also Caron and Barican are here too? Why? They don’t even go to Ken’s school! they just wanted an excuse to get into danger and couldn’t resist!
Ken asks Nagisa something which he gets the death stare
Am I the only one who finds that Incredibly sexy?
Three men open the automatic door and introduce themselves. Steve zissou talks to Nagisa sensei and he agrees to show her the control room. Ken knows something is not right here. While the other children play Ken sits in the corner looking anxious. Caron asks him what’s wrong and he says there’s something wrong with Nagisa sensei.
Mustachio show her the control room full of numbered robots. They are all under their control and carefully maintaining the electricity. Nagisa gives him the death stare too and…
FUCK I lost all my color. I hate when that happens. She takes the remote control from him that controls the robots.
the robot responds in a high pitched voice: HAI!
She then commands him to shut down the main power switch! Endangering the life of her classmates! Good thing Ken eavesdropped. He heard everything and tries to stop the robot. But headbutting a giant metal robot doesn’t work really well and Ken’s squishy head gets bonked….twice. Time to bring out the big guns!
Ken transforms! the amazing light display from his henshin undoes the brainwashing somehow and knocks Nagisa out. Ken picks up the remote and tells the robots to FUCK OFF. to which they blindly comply.
Now where there’s a catastrophe theres a Jural…Ken hops in the skyrod…which can fly indoors now and looks like the size of a football…and now theyre in the ocean? Ken comes across a Jural Submarine which is the only time we’ll ever see it in the show. The captain of it just says “OH NO IT’S CHARGEMAN!” Before Ken shoots the sub twice and it explodes heartily. Damn that took TWO shots.
Afterwards everyone is safe and sound once more. Nagisa sensei is back to her regular self and everything worked out okay.
Rating: 4/5 Kens! Getting to see what the bottom of the ocean looks like in the future was neat! We also got to see some beautifully animated sea creatures and of course Nagisa was in this episode so that already makes it pretty good. The NUMBER 12 thing always cracks me up. The fight scene was really rushed however. Only thing keeping it from a 5.
Let’s watch Chargeman Ken! - Episode 14: The Buddha disappeared at night
We begin with a look over the landscape of Japan. In the distance a large Buddha statue sits with a peaceful look on his face. Apparently Knack decided to take the high road and draw a curly mustache on the Buddha. GOOD job…
Suddenly it begins to change the look on it’s face! It’s coming alive! A Jural soldier is using a controlling device to animate the giant stone monument! It growls and rises and begins to walk into the city.
THE NEXT MORNING: at the Izumi household! Mama prepares breakfast for her two children. When I say prepare I mean she hits a button and a robot poops out an instantly made meal. Ken is sleeping soundly in his jam jams and won’t get up until Caron yells at him to. Ken wakes up and goes downstairs. The television is on and is showing footage from the Buddha attack inside the city! buildings are broken and smoke is rising. Looks like trouble! Ken hurries and runs off to go save the city! Caron and Barican tag along too even though their parents tell them not to go!
Ken flies off with his two friends inside to the city. He sees the Buddha who is partying like its 1974.
Also I love whenever there’s a robot or monster in the show it makes the most ridiculous growls ever. Ken flies near the statue and goes to shoot it down. Caron stops him because apparently its not nice to shoot a Buddha. In his hesitation his ship gets punched and tumbles through the air briefly.
Ken then notices a landed UFO of the Jurals! He realizes the Buddha is being controlled and flies towards them. The Jural gets surprised and flies closer to some buildings so that Ken can’t shoot his laser. If he did it would damage the nearby city. Instead, the UFO emits a cloud of smoke which stops the skyrod in it’s tracks. The Buddha comes up behind and misses while trying to grab it. Ken flies high up and shoots the laser straight into the antenna on the UFO. it destroys the controlling device and the statue turns back to non-living stone right away.
Then the episode ends with Ken saying something about how we should respect ancient religious artifacts… Ok Ken…Ok….
Rating: 1/5 Kens. Another silly episode with hardly any plot. They didn’t even explain how the Jural got away. No aliens died. Nothing exploded. Nothing…
1 Ken for jam jams and dancing buddha
Let’s watch Chargeman Ken! - Episode 15: The mystery of art!
Well class you know what time it is?
FIELD TRIP TIME
FUCK? AGAIN? YES! now sit down and shut up
Today’s visit is to the art museum. Which was apparently designed by the same people who built the school.
One thing that’s impressive is that actual art pieces show up in the animation in the backgrounds, I’ll give you an A for effort here Knack. The beautiful Nagisa sensei explains all about art n stuff. Ken is giving Barican a piggy back ride with no Caron in sight. Must be too busy with butt-robics. Nagisa comes over to Ken asking if he’s seen one of his fellow classmates. Ken hasn’t and it appears he’s gone missing.
Can you find the pattern here folks? Nothing good ever happens on a field trip in this series!!!
Two girls approach the teacher and tell her that two other girls have gone missing. More and more children vanish and the remaining class begins to search for them. They arrive in front of a strange painting of an old man in front of an egg. ART.
(Man I like that kid’s star clothes!)
Anyway the old man in the painting begins to wave to the red haired girl on the left! she sticks out her arms in typical zombie fashion and walks …INTO THE PAINTING? what is this Super Mario 64?
Ken dives headfirst into the painting. OUCH. rejected by ART.
The old creepy man escorts the young girl into the egg and looks back smiling. Ken declares this is the work of the Jurals. Ken has to save his trapped friends!
He transforms and somehow…is in the painting now…in his ship. ok. how the HELL did he get his ship in there and how the HELL did he get in the painting? Also for a painting world the background is surprisingly bland. I was expecting a little more here. The egg turns into a UFO and flies off. The missing children cry out! Ken has to save them without blowing up the UFO. Ken chases the UFO and the Jurals shoot and miss a bunch of times. Ken shoots at a Jural by a small porthole and he gets zapped. Then he shoots again, then two die.
The captain of the ship emits some kind of wave that messes up the controls to the skyrod briefly but Ken keeps it under control. Ken shoots once more and destroys the captain. (presumably saving the children? Idk the never show him saving anyone!!). Then the creepy old man BURSTS into flames.
OLD PEOPLE BURNING OLD PEOPLE BURNING! THROW YOUR HANDS UP!
Everyone admires the eggless, oldmanless painting. wow it looks like shit now. Barican says something embarrassing about Ken and Ken chases him down. Everyone laughs! fade to black
Today’s episode gets a 3/5 Pretty good idea for the plot. Good action. Had nagisa in it. One of the better episodes for sure at least. let’s just hope there’s no more field trips!