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Series / Metal Heroes

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The first six Metal Heroes: Gavan, Shaider, Sharivan (L-R, top), Spielban, Juspion and Metalder (L-R, bottom).

The Metal Heroes were a franchise of toku TV series produced by Toei, the same company behind Kamen Rider and Super Sentai. Unlike its brother franchises where teams of warriors in color coded suits fight evil or a cyborg fights against the evil organization that made him one, the Metal Heroes focused on solo heroes or much smaller teams than a Sentai who either wore metal armors or were in fact robots fighting evil. Many were Space Police, Super Soldiers or robotic armored Rescue workers. The Metal Heroes shows were on Japanese television from 1982 to 1998, more or less coinciding with the 80s and 90s hiatus of Kamen Rider on Japanese television.note  The Metal Heroes are relatively darker in tone than either Sentai or KR, and it had a larger adult audience that the other shows did at the time.


Outside of Japan, the Metal Heroes were insanely popular in France, Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines where the failed Zaido spinoff was produced in 2006. In the United States, Saban Entertainment applied the Power Rangers formula to several Metal Heroes shows, resulting in VR Troopers (1994-1995) which was cobbled together from three different shows and Beetleborgs (1996-1997) which was made from at least taking two relatively related shows in the franchise. In 2020, the Toei Tokusatsu is airing most of the shows via the official World Youtube page with English subs to promote show outside Japan.

The following shows were produced in the Metal Heroes franchise:

It should be noted that there are a few distinct trilogies within the franchise:

  • The first three shows (Gavan, Sharivan, and Shaider) form the Space Sheriff trilogy (Uchuu Keiji in Japanese).
  • Winspector, Solbrain, and Exceedraft form the Rescue Mission trilogy.

Other continuations include:

  • Juukou B-Fighter and B-Fighter Kabuto are a continuation from one another as the Beetle Fighter series.
  • B-Robo Kabutack and Tetsuwan Tantei Robotack are also considered sharing the same universe, having a crossover of the two while having similar themes.
  • A crossover episode also denotes that Jiban and Jiraiya also share the same universe, despite having distinct themes.
  • Finally, the ending of Gavan vs Dekaranger depicts a random pick of past Sentai and nearly all the other Metal Heroes as a MCU-style Shared Universe.

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