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Manga / Choujin Barom 1

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Choujin Barom 1 is a manga by Takao Saito (of Golgo 13 fame) that was notably adapted into a tokusatsu in 1972. It revolved around two children, Takeshi and Kentaro, two children given powers by a kind alien Kopuu to transform into the superhero Barom-1 to fight Cosmic Entity Doruge and his minions. More details below.

Later a major influence on Kamen Rider Double.

Tropes featured in Choujin Barom 1 include:

  • The Big Guy: Takeshi
  • Body Motifs: While most of Doruge's minions were themed after animals or plants, the last few monsters of the series were based on a specific body part; for example, Kuchibiruge has a giant mouth for a head, while Hyakumeruge is a walking mass of eyes.
  • Cosmic Entity: Doruge
  • Cool Car: The Machroad.
  • Expository Theme Tune: A very well-loved one too among the original singer, he has used it in two of his medleys.
  • Fusion Dance: An unusual variant. When the Barom Cross is initiated, the two kids just decide what Barom-1 should do and are reduced to tiny images in Barom's eyes.
  • Mooks: Antmen
  • Moral Guardians: Due to complaints from the Japanese PTA about the shows apparent monsters and the schoolchildren incident below, the series only lasted for 35 episodes.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Due to school children teasing a kid about his family being named Doruge, a disclaimer had to be added stating Doruge is a fictional character.
  • The Smart Guy: Kentaro.
  • Swiss-Army Weapon: Bop. Can transform into a car, be used as a throwing blade, a Transformation Trinket...the list goes on and on...