Kaiketsu Raion Maru (1972– )

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A ninja swordsman, able to transform into a lion-headed warrior, defends Japan from an army of demons who murdered his master.

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Series cast summary:
Tetsuya Ushio ...
 Lion Maru / ... (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Akiko Kujô
(2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Masaaki Okabe
(2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Daisaku Shinohara ...
 Narration (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Shin Tokudaiji
(2 episodes, 1972-1973)
Naruhiko Umechi
(2 episodes, 1972-1973)


A ninja swordsman, able to transform into a lion-headed warrior, defends Japan from an army of demons who murdered his master.

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Action | Fantasy





Release Date:

1 April 1972 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Magic of the Ninja  »

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(54 episodes)

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Raion Maru ga Yattekuru
("Lion Maru is Coming")
Ending Theme
Music by Asei Kobayashi
Arrangement by Hiroshi Tsutsui
Lyrics by Tomio Shinoda
Sung by Young Fresh
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Edited from the 'Lion Man Maru' serial
29 March 2007 | by (Tampa, Florida) – See all my reviews

Suitably filmed martial arts fantasy set during the Feudal wars in medieval Japan and concerning a shapeshifting sword fighter. This amusing 'mini feature' seems patterned after comic book fluff and resembles a cross between a kung fu flick and the fun Japanese cult series 'Ultra Man'.

I got this old video tape for Christmas back in the 1980s from my parents and was surprised to find it was an episode of a t.v. series from the early 70s. Despite really rank dubbing, this has a few things going for it: marauding skull ninjas (looking like they stepped out of 'He Man & The Masters Of The Universe'), sword swinging villain that looks like a poor cousin of 'The Thing' (from 'Fantastic Four') here called 'Mole Man', three likable nomadic war orphans (one of which is the lycanthropic 'Lion Maru') and a running time of 22 minutes. I can't find enough info on this series to tell what episode this might be but judging from the narration and the story, it's possible that this is the first one.

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