YMMV / Chargeman Ken

  • Canon Defilement Played for Laughsnote : Many fanworks make Ken a bigger bastard than he is in the actual series. Others make Hoshi go from having some Ho Yay with Ken to being a full-out paedophile.
  • Designated Hero: Ken, which is part of why the show is so hilarious. He basically goes around doing horrendous and needlessly cruel things and gets no reprimand or punishment. It's almost like he does stuff like that so often that no one is surprised by it anymore.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Episode 47: Maou's speech to his fellow Jurals, and his talks about how Jurals are mightier than the humans.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song, which is probably the best thing about the show.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Hoshi and Dr. Volga are extremely popular among [MAD] makers, far more than the hero is. Both only appear in one episode.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Jurals' human disguises pretty much always end up handsome or hot.
  • Fountain of Memes: The amount of videos uploaded to Nico Nico Douga and YouTube (although most if not all of the YT videos are re-uploads of the fansubs for accessibility) and fanart devoted to the series just keeps increasing. For the more traditional meaning of meme, many lines have mutated in Japan. Here are some examples:
    • How dare you sell such a lunacy record!" (よくもあんなキチガイレコードを!)
    • Europe is our TARGET!
    • "Dr. Volga, forgive me!" (from the most popular episode, "Dynamite in the Brain".)
    • A single phrase from Maou, "Never mind!" (気にするな) turned Episode 47 into the one episode Chargeman Ken fans normally think out when they hear about him.
  • Fridge Horror: Seen here.
  • Friendly Fandoms: Crossovers with Touhou are so common that they have their own tag on Nico Nico Douga, 東方充電男note , with nearly 600 videos.
  • It Was His Sled: In the fandom, it is pretty much well-known that Hoshi and many, many other one-shot characters are Jurals.
  • Ho Yay: Hoshi and Ken in the fourth episode. This becomes irrelevant when Hoshi is revealed to be a Jural.
  • Lost in Medias Res: The very first episode. No explanation whatsoever is given as to what the Juralians are, why they want to conquer the world, or where Ken got his powers.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Many, many characters, up to and including, but not limited to: the Chinese delivery man in Episode 29, the mentally disturbed, muscular man in a bra from Episode 23, Hitomi, a girl and Maou-sama's disguise who appears in Episode 10, and Mr. Matsumoto, an agricultural complex worker from Episode 62.
  • Self-Fanservice: Fairly common in the fandom, and not just in Rule 34. Aged up versions of Caron and Yuuichi (or even their usual selves) are especially prominent in this respect. And then there's Ms. Nagisa... Though she and other characters like Hoshi, who were meant to look good but didn't due to Off-Model animation, can be considered a subversion.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The animation is godawful even by mid-70's standards. Recording quality is bathroom level; 95% of sound effects are missing (Ken's laser gun is often the only exception). The pacing is horrendous; episodes can and do switch from too-quick to sluggish on a dime. Finally, the "hero" is a certified jackass. This show is terrible. And it's glorious.
  • They Also Did: The show's production studio was Knack. Anyone who watched Nickelodeon in the late 1980s may remember them for The Little Prince anime, which was much better made.
    • Despite Knack Productions being founded by some of the best animators of the era and having had notables in the anime industry working with them, quite a number of their productions (especially in the 70s-80s) are for some reason either very low quality (sometimes horrendously so) and/or outright copycats of more-popular shows.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Despite being a cruel Evil Overlord, some fans actually find Maou to be a way more likeable character than Ken, if only because Ken is somewhat more one-dimensionally ruthless and thorough in his hatred of Juralians.
    • Miyuki, from Episode 20. A nice girl who actually shows concern when Ken ditches Barican to take her to the place she was going to. Upon being revealed as a Jural, Miyuki simply flees. Ken chases her down and coldly shoots her in the spine.
  • Values Dissonance: The villain in Episode 23 commits suicide. This isn't so bad back then, but is downright unthinkable to depict in a children's anime today, given Japan's notoriously high suicide rate.
    • The show's occasional and outright use of the word kichigai ('crazy', 'lunatic', 'loony', 'crackpot') is another example, thanks to censorship.
  • What an Idiot: Maou is notorious for this. In Episode 47, a Jural comes up to him, wanting to talk with Maou regarding Chargeman Ken.
    • You'd Expect: Maou, noting that Ken is very good at killing Jurals, decides to listen to one of his loyal soldiers.
    • Instead: "Never mind!".
    • Then: The Jural reasonably explains that Ken has killed lots of their brethren and prevented them from carrying out the invasion of Earth as Maou planned. Maou says that Chargeman Ken is insignificant and says that the Jural should not be concerned about him, after which Maou sends out the X-Corps to attack an airport.
    • The Result: Ken defeats the Juralian spaceships and slaughters (presumably) the entire X-Corps.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: It's targeted towards children, but has blood, violence towards children (including a sister almost stabbing her brother), animal death and more than one on-screen suicide, all handled in a very juvenile way.
  • The Woobie: X-6, oh so much. Suffers an emotional breakdown over a kid who saved her? Check. Berated and whipped into submission by Maou-sama and his cronies? Check. Is killed for treason? Double check!

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