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Dinosaur Great War Izenborg (恐竜大戦争アイゼンボーグ, Kyōryū Dai Sensō Aizenbōgu) was a Japanese television program produced by Tsuburaya Productions that aired from 1977 to 1978 on Tokyo 12 Channel. It is unique in that it combined Tsuburaya's trademark suitmation tokusatsu techniques with Japanese animation. The show ran for 39 episodes.

In 1982, a film compiling various episodes of the series dubbed in English titled Attack of the Super Monsters was released in the United States.

Plot[]

Aizenborg crews

The Crew of Izenborg

Dinosaurs reappearing on Earth, stronger and more intelligent than before, led by Dinosaur Satan Gottes, an evil humanoid from the Black Nebula, and this time they are back to rule earth once more and wipe out humankind. They are alive and even thriving, in an underground empire they built.

In 1986, Ururu, the leader of dinosaurs, declares war against humanity. In an attempt to reclaim the Earth's surface, some of the dinosaurs evolve into deadly monsters and start wreaking havoc on the human population centers around the globe. The story revolves around the D Force (D戦隊 D Sentai), and its two members, a brother and sister team of Ai Tachibana (立花 愛) and Zen Tachibana (立花 善), the Special Ops force, whose mission is to combat evolved dinosaurs and protecting the humanity at all cost.

However, early in the series, the siblings suffered a near-fatal injury from the massive explosion during the test of a prototype super-tank, "the predecessor to Izenborg." Their father died in the explosion. They survived, barely clinging to life. To keep them alive they needed to receive cybernetic body parts and other implants so they could function normally within the society and to synchronize with their combat vehicle and form the system known as Izenborg (Ai + Zen + Cyborg) (called Gemini in the US movie) and fight the Dinosaurs.

Before the Izenborg process, each sibling has only a robotic half, intertwined with the human one (Zen, robot right half - Ai, robot left half). During the Izenborg process, Zen inherits both the human "halves" and becomes the pilot known as Izenman, Ai inherits both the robotic "halves" and becomes the Mother Computer of the ship, the tank Izen-I converts into the powerful ship Izenborg-Go.

During episode 20, Ai and Zen were able to combine into a "second step fusion", the giant humanoid Izenbo. Zen becomes Izenbo, while Ai - inside a modified version of the Izenborg-Go - is embedded into the head and provides the main body with energy and additional computing faculty.

Izenborg-Go Profile[]

  • Height: 33 m
  • Width: 17 m
  • Weight: 154 t
  • Activity Time: 3 minutes and 30 seconds

Appearances[]

Heroes[]

Kaiju[]

Cast[]

  • Zen Tachibana (立花 善, Tachibana Yoshi): Kyonosuke Kami (上 恭ノ介, Kami Kyōnosuke)
  • Ai Tachibana (立花 愛, Tachibana Ai): Yoko Asagami (麻上 洋子, Asagami Yōko)
  • Ippei Kurosawa (黒沢 一平, Kurosawa Ippei): Shingo Kanemoto (兼本 新吾, Kanemoto Shingo)
  • Dr. Torii (鳥居博士, Torii Hakase): Tetsuo Mizutori (水鳥 鉄夫, Mizutori Tetsuo)
  • Goro Kamihara (神原 五郎, Kanbara Gorō), Ururu (ウルル): Junpei Takiguchi (滝口 順平, Takiguchi Junpei)
  • Gottes (ゴッテス, Gottesu): Jun Hazumi (筈見 純, Hazumi Jun)
  • Zobina (ゾビーナ, Zobīna): Kazue Takahashi (高橋 和枝, Takahashi Kazue)
  • Alien Superior Musashi (スペリオ星人ムサシ, Superio Seijin Musashi): Katsuji Mori (森 功至, Mori Katsuji)
  • Narrators (ナレーター, Narrētā): Katsuji Mori (森 功至, Mori Katsuji), Akira Murayama (村山 明, Murayama Akira)

Music[]

Opening Theme
  • Tatakae! Izenborg (戦え! アイゼンボーグ, Tatakae! Aizenbōgu, lit. "Fight! Izenborg")
    • Lyrics: Akira Takagi
    • Composition and Arrangement: Toshiaki Tsushima
    • Artist: Sunny Singers, Nishirokugo Boys and Girls' Choir
Ending Theme
  • Chikai no Kyodai (誓いの兄妹, lit. "Oath of Brothers and Sisters")
    • Lyrics: Akira Takagi
    • Composition and Arrangement: Toshiaki Tsushima
    • Artist: Nishirokugo Boys and Girls' Choir

Home Media[]

The series was released on DVD by Toei Video from June 21 to August 9, 2013,[1] followed by the rest of the Tsuburaya Dinosaur Trilogy. The seventh and eighth volumes come with special features.[2]

Spin-offs[]

  • Return of Izenborg (帰ってきたアイゼンボーグ, Kaettekita Aizenbōgu): A Japanese-Arabic documentary about the series,[3] which concludes with a minisode segment depicting the characters in the high-quality style of more modern shows. It aired in the Middle East on December 15, 2017 and released on YouTube on December 30 with Japanese and Arabic subtitles.[4][5][6]
  • Dinosaur Great War Izenborg: The Dinosaur Army (恐竜大戦争アイゼンボーグ:恐竜軍団編, Kyōryū Dai Sensō Aizenbōgu: Kyōryū Gundan Hen): A comic for the series created by Matt Frank and Hiroshi Kanatani was released in Japan on December 23, 2021.[7][8] It was first announced on December 26, 2020 and was published by Phase 6.[9] The first chapter was added to TSUBURAYA IMAGINATION on February 1, 2022.[10]

Gallery[]

Images[]

Videos[]

Trivia[]

  • Dinosaur Great War Izenborg was created after Dinosaur Expedition Born Free, which similarly combined animation with stop-motion and puppets. The next series, Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon, had a human-sized hero and did fairly well.
  • The show involves dinosaurs reappearing on Earth, more intelligent than before.
  • Ururu, the tyrannosaurus villain of the first 19 episodes, was a reused suit from from The Last Dinosaur. Many of the dinosaur suits would go on to star in Koseidon.
  • The Stegosaurus suit that was used for Gallon, Stella, Sugora, and Sutego would also be used for a Stegosaurus in Koseidon.
  • The first wave of Ururu's soldiers are all monsters from latter Tsuburaya kaiju series, notably from Fireman and Ultraman.
  • In the universe where Izenborg is set, the Ultraman Series are popular TV shows.
  • While the series had good popularity in Japan, it was a big hit in the Middle East,[8] hence why Return of Izenborg was produced. It was also popular in Italy, where it was titled I-Zenborg. The series was re-aired on the Italian channel Man-Ga in 2012, and the Yamato Italian DVD set got huge sales.

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Productions
Showa Series Ultra Q | Ultraman | Ultraseven | Return of Ultraman | Ultraman Ace | Ultraman Taro | Ultraman Leo | Ultraman 80
Heisei Series Ultraman Tiga | Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Cosmos | Ultra Q: Dark Fantasy | Ultraman Nexus | Ultraman Max | Ultraman Mebius | Ultraseven X | Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle | Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey | Neo Ultra Q | Ultraman Ginga | Ultraman Ginga S | Ultraman X | Ultraman Orb | Ultraman Geed | Ultraman R/B
Reiwa Series Ultraman Taiga | Ultraman Z | Ultraman Trigger: New Generation Tiga | Ultraman Decker | Ultraman Blazar | Ultraman Arc
Outside of Japan Ultraman: The Adventure Begins | Ultraman: Towards the Future | Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero | Ultraman: Rising
Original Video and TV Special Ultra Fight | Ultraman vs. Kamen Rider | Ultra Super Fight | Ultraman Nice | Heisei Ultraseven | Ultraman Neos | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Idemitsujin | Ultra Zone
Showa Movies Ultraman: Monster Movie Feature | Ultraman, Ultraseven: Great Violent Monster Fight | The 6 Ultra Brothers vs. The Monster Army | Ultraman (1979) | Ultraman: Great Monster Decisive Battle | Return of Ultraman: MAT Arrow 1 Takeoff Order | Ultraman ZOFFY: Ultra Warriors vs. the Giant Monster Army | Ultraman Story
Heisei Movies Ultra Q The Movie | Revive! Ultraman | Ultraman Zearth | Ultraman Zearth 2 | Ultraman Tiga & Ultraman Dyna | Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Dyna, & Ultraman Gaia | Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey | Ultraman Cosmos: The First Contact | Ultraman Cosmos 2 | New Century Ultraman Legend | Ultraman Cosmos vs. Ultraman Justice | New Century 2003 Ultraman Legend | ULTRAMAN (2004) | Ultraman Mebius & the Ultra Brothers | Super 8 Ultra Brothers | Mega Monster Battle Ultra Galaxy: The Movie | Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial | Ultraman Saga | Ultraman Ginga Theater Special | Ultraman Ginga Theater Special: Battle Royale | Ultraman Ginga S The Movie | Ultraman X The Movie | Ultraman Orb The Movie | Ultraman Geed The Movie | Ultraman R/B The Movie
Reiwa Movies Ultraman Taiga The Movie | Ultraman Trigger: Episode Z | Shin Ultraman | Ultraman Decker Finale | Ultraman Blazar The Movie
Spin-Offs Andro Melos | Ultraman Zearth: Parody Chapter | Revival of the Ancient Giant | The Return of Hanejiro | Gaia Again | Ultra Q Kaiju Legend | Ultraman Kaiju Legend | Hikari Saga | Armored Darkness | Ghost Rebirth | Ultraman Zero vs. Darklops Zero | Q - Door to Another Dimension | Killer the Beatstar | Ultra Zero Fight | Ultra Fight Victory | Ultraman Orb THE ORIGIN SAGA | Ultra Fight Orb | New Generation Heroes | The Absolute Conspiracy | Sevenger Fight | The Struggle of Special Section 3 | The Destined Crossroad | Continued Ultra Fight | Shin Ultra Fight | Return of Special Section 3 | Ultraman Regulos | Ultraman Regulos: First Mission | Ultraseven IF Story | SKaRD Break Room
Rebroadcast Shows Ultraman Retsuden | New Ultraman Retsuden | Ultraman Zero: The Chronicle | Ultraman Orb: The Chronicle | Ultraman New Generation Chronicle | Ultraman Chronicle: ZERO & GEED | Ultraman Chronicle Z: Heroes' Odyssey | Ultraman Chronicle D | Ultraman New Generation Stars
Informational Ultraman The Prime | ULTRAMAN ARCHIVES | Ultra Science Fantasy Hour | Ultra Fight Club | UlSummer Information Station | Ultra Information Center | Professor Teruaki's "Blazar Kaiju Academy" | Super Power! Ultra Encyclopedia! | Ultra Construction Tour | THE ORIGIN OF ULTRAMAN | Ultraman 4K Discovery
Docudramas Fly in the Sea Breeze! Ultraman | The Men Who Made Ultraman | My Beloved Ultraseven | The Man Who Wanted to be Ultraman | The Kaiju Club | The Two Ultramen
Other Series and Movies Kaiju Booska | Captain Ultra | Mighty Jack | Fight! Mighty Jack | Operation: Mystery | Chibira-kun | Mirrorman | Redman | Triple Fighter | Emergency Directive 10-4·10-10 | Iron King | Horror Theater Unbalance | Fireman | Jumborg Ace | Mirror Fight | Jumborg Ace & Giant | Mars Men | Army of the Apes | Pro-Wres no Hoshi Azteckaiser | The Last Dinosaur | Dinosaur Expedition Born Free | Dinosaur Great War Izenborg | Star Wolf | Dinosaur Squadron Koseidon | Anime-chan | Gridman the Hyper Agent | Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad | Moon Spiral | Cyber Beauties Telomere | Booska! Booska!! | Otasuke Girl | Mysterious Incident Special Investigation Team SRI | Mirrorman REFLEX | Bio Planet WoO | Operation: Mystery - Second File | Mirror Fight 2012 | Operation: Mystery - Mystery File | Gridknight Fight
Anime The☆Ultraman | Ultraman Kids | Ultraman Graffiti: Wild! Ultra Country | Ultraman: Super Fighter Legend | Ultra Nyan | Ultra Nyan 2: The Great Happy Operation | Ultraman M78 Theater Love & Peace | Gridman the Hyper Agent: boys invent great hero | The・Ultraman: Jackal vs. Ultraman | Kaiju Sakaba Kanpai! | Kaiju Girls | SSSS.GRIDMAN | ULTRAMAN (2019) | Kaiju Step Wandabada | SSSS.DYNAZENON | KAIJU DECODE | GRIDMAN UNIVERSE
Outlaw Content Space Warriors 2000 | Project Ultraman | Ultraman The Animation | Ultraman: A Little Journey on Earth | Fun... English with Ultraman | Young Ultraman | Ultraman Big Transformation | Sinic Q | Red Jade | Dragon Force: So Long Ultraman | Dragon Force: Rise of Ultraman
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