A notoriously bad 1974 Cult Classic
anime, known as チャージマン研！, (“Chājiman Ken!”) in Japan.
Our hero is Ken Izumi. Well, how heroic his actions are is debatable.
He dons his special uniform and drives his Cool Car
called the Sky Rod to fight against evil alien invaders. Ken is joined by his sister Caron and his robot dog Balican (who looks more like some sort of robo-duck).
The production was something of a reunion for those who worked on Astro Ganger
. Individual episodes only ran about 5½ minutes apiece, which led to horrendous pacing issues. It was cancelled after 65 episodes. This fascinatingly dreadful series would have been completely forgotten had it not been for the 2007 DVD release being added to Nico Nico Douga
. Memetic Mutation
Not to be confused with the robot master from Mega Man 5
with a really cool theme song.
Tropes related to the series:
- Anti-Hero: Ken, although it's unlikely the creators meant for that to be the case.
- Apologetic Attacker: Hilariously done in episode 35, with Ken's infamous "Dr. Volga, forgive me!" line as he launches him at the enemy as a human bomb.
- Arson Murder And Life Saving: The aliens mostly messed with Asshole Victims; they've stopped a suicide, a bank heist, a plane hijacking and even an asteroid impact onto earth.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Dinosaurs in "Dynamite in the Brain".
- Bishōnen: Hoshi. Ken is also supposed to be one.
- Brought to You By the Letter K: Ken's street clothes, such as they are.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The fights in this show typically last a few seconds and largely involve Ken shooting Jural invaders. The one time this formula was inverted was when Hoshi (himself a Jural alien) leads his football team to an 18-0 shutout against Ken's.
- Evil Is Sexy: Invoked. Juralians often disguise as really good looking humans.
- Excuse Plot: Most episodes. Ken abruptly concludes the Jural are responsible for the incident, although there's few clues to support him.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: Caron becomes one in episode 45. Sadly, it doesn't last.
- Immune to Bullets: The Jural, strangely enough, are not affected by bullets, but they are by Ken's laser gun.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Happens a lot with the Jural villains in human form, but hilariously highlighted when an aspiring arsonist is told, "Everyday, from now on, you will burn down a house." (Kore kara mainichi ie wo yakouze)
- Light Is Good: It's used to power up Chargeman Ken, but good is debatable...
- Moral Dissonance: A lot of what makes this show funny is how incredibly cruel Ken (and his family in some episodes) is.
- Off Model: Anything that is not Ken's family.
- Planet Looters: The evil aliens are supposed to be a case of them.
- Ray Gun: Ken's weapon.
- Robot Dog: Balican, called the "grandpa robot" in the show and looks like a screwed up predecessor of Haro.
- Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: Caron is seven years old but is always fighting space escapades while she should be at school. Ken himself doesn't look more than about eleven or twelve. Their teacher and classmates do appear, however, and are usually victims of whatever that may happen.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Ken.
- Stock Dinosaurs: An episode opens with two of them fighting in a city, with the stock [[Franchise/Godzilla SKREEEONK]].
- Viewers Are Goldfish: "Dynamite in the Brain" flashes back to a scene that occurred literally 30 seconds earlier.