Sunday, March 6, 2011

Space Sheriffs

I've never seen any of the Space Sheriff shows, aside from a few clips here and there (my pal Chris Elam has graciously sent me several comps).  they spawned the "metal hero" genre in Japan, and some would say mutated with Kamen Rider as well.

anyway, we start with Space Sheriff Gavan, who was the first one.  I like the idea of a Green Lantern Corp, I mean Space Police being sent out to stop various evil space aliens.

Gavan comes from Earth (well, his mother did) and is happy to help defend it.  Mimi is there to help him, with her laser powers of illusion.  or something, as an illusion of a bird can't really fly.

the first episode is pretty good, and quite action packed.  this series was made right before effects started to take over completely for Japan's superhero show (parents with nothing better to do complained about all the dynamic violence or something, I've heard).

I'm looking forward to watching the rest of the series.


C. Elam said...

GAVAN is probably the best Japanese superhero series of the 1980s. Yes, I realize KAMEN RIDER BLACK is from that decade, too. It's just that great!

While there are diminishing returns in the format until they changed it over entirely with METALDER, the sequels and imitations are all pretty entertaining. However, I think GAVAN has just the right combination to be fantastic.

Xenorama said...

it's pretty good just from the first episode I've watched. glad it's got your recommendation!