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Mirrorman (ミラーマン Mirāman) is a tokusatsu SF/kaiju/superhero TV series. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions, the series aired on Fuji TV from December 5, 1971 to November 26, 1972, with a total of 51 episodes. This was Tsuburaya Productions' first non-Ultra superhero (even though there were concepts that were similar to Ultraman, which became Tsuburaya trademarks). In comparison to most of the Ultra Series, 'Ultraman is bright like the sun, but Mirrorman is the moon, shining on the dark of night'. The entire series was much darker than most tokusatsu series, similar to Ultraseven. But by episode 26, major changes were forced upon the series by the network (making the action lighter and the hero more like Ultraman), it became a typical action-oriented superhero adventure of its era. There was a spin-off, a short series titled Mirror Fight, broadcast on TV Tokyo from April 1, 1974 to September 27, 1974, with a total of 65 short-episodes. It was similar in concept to the earlier Ultra Fight. Over the years, there were several sequel series rumors. In 2005, this somewhat came true in Mirrorman REFLEX, a straight-to-DVD series that would be later compiled into a film. Featuring no characters or connection to the old series, REFLEX had a darker tone on par with the first half of the original television series.


In 1980s, an evil alien race known simply as the Invaders are about to take over the Earth, using assorted daikaiju (giant monsters) and other fiendish plots. Assigned to investigate this threat is an organization called the Science Guard Members (SGM). But another hope comes from someone, unbeknownst even to himself, possessing otherworldly power. Professor Mitarai, the leader of SGM, finally shares a secret with his foster son, young photojournalist named Kyôtarô Kagami ("kagami" = Japanese for "mirror"), a secret only he himself knows: Kyôtarô a half-cast of an alien father and a human mother (both of whom are missing — captives of the Invaders). Kyôtarô discovers that he is actually the son of Mirrorman, a superhero from the 2nd Dimension. However, the original Mirrorman was defeated by the Invaders' toughest monster King Zyger (explained in Episode 14), but his son Kyôtarô survived, and shares the same powers as his namesake. Naturally, the young man had difficulty accepting his destiny, but he soon realizes that he is the only one who can save the Earth from the Invaders, when they try to assassinate him. In order to transform into Mirrorman, Kyôtarô must stand in front of any reflective surface (mirrors, water, etc.), and flash his Mirror-Pendant, and utter the words "Mirror Spark".


  1. Mirrorman is Born (ミラーマン誕生 Miraaman Tanjo)
  2. The Invaders Are Next Door (侵略者は隣りにいる Inbeda-wa Tonari-ni Iru)
  3. The Super-Express Vanishes (消えた超特急 Kieta Chotokkyu)
  4. Terror of the Cobalt 60 (コルバルト60の恐怖 Korubaruto 60-no Kyofu)
  5. Monster Bird Inbera Appears! (怪鳥インベラー現わる! Kaicho Inbera Arawaru!)
  6. A Graveyard in the Mirror (鏡の中の墓場 Kagami-no naka-no Hakaba)
  7. Obliterate! Operation: Human Body Invasion (打倒!人体侵略作戦)
  8. Iron: The Steel Dragon Strikes Back (鋼鉄竜アイアンの大逆襲 Kotetsu Ryu Aian-no Daigyakushu)
  9. Multi Appears Riding Upon a Kite (凧に乗って来たマルチ Tako-ni Nottekita Maruchi)
  10. The Town Where Time Stopped (時計が止まった街 Tokei-ga Tomatta Machi)
  11. Blast Zailas: The Holocaust Mutant (火焔怪人ザイラスを撃て! Kaen Kaijin Zairasu-o Ute!)
  12. Here It is! The Silver Cross (出たっ! シルバークロス Detta! Shirubaa Kurosu)
  13. The Flute Playing Witch (笛を吹く魔女 Fue-o Fuku Majo)
  14. Defeat King Zaiger! (キングザイガーを倒せ! Kingu Zaigaa-o Taose!)
  15. The Mysterious Monster Screen (謎の怪獣スクリーン ー三大怪獣登場ー Nazo-no Kaiju Sukuriin San Daikaiju Tojo)
  16. Chase Kinder: The Doll Monster! (人形怪獣キンダーを追え! Ningyo Kaiju Kindaa-o Oe!)
  17. Mirrorman is Ensarned in a Trap (罠におちたミラーマン Wana-ni Ochita Miraaman)
  18. Dinosaur Aroza Rises from the Dead (生きかえった恐竜アロザ Ikikaetta Kyoryu Aroza)
  19. Crisis! S.G.M. (危機一髪! S.G.M. Kiki Ippatsu! S.G.M.)
  20. Bodyguard from the Deep (二大怪獣出現ー深海の用心棒ー Ni Daikaiju Shuggen Shinkai-no Yojimbo)
  21. Terror of Taigan: The Liquid Monster (恐怖の液体怪獣タイガン Kyofu-no Eikitai Kaiju Taigan)
  22. Death Duel with King Wonder: The Moon Monster (月面怪獣キング・ワンダーとの死闘 Getsumen Kaiju Kingu Wandaa to-no Shito)
  23. Attack of Andros Zaurus: The Saturn Monster! (土星怪獣アンドロザウルス襲来! Dosei Kaiju Andorozaurusu Shurai!)
  24. Challenge Coldon: The Capsule Freezing Monster! (カプセル冷凍怪獣コールドンに挑戦せよ! Kapuseru Reito Kaiju Korudon-ni Chosen-seyo!)
  25. The Monster That Dwells in the Fairy (怪獣を探す妖精少女 Kaiju-o Shinsu Yosei Shojo)
  26. Mirrorman Annihilated! (ミラーマン・絶体絶命!ー二大怪獣登場ー Miraaman Zettai Zetsumei! Ni Daikaiju Tojo)
  27. Total Attack! S.G.M. (総攻撃! S.G.M)
  28. Written Challenge from Kiragon: The Killer Monster (キーラゴン 殺し屋怪獣からの挑戦状)
  29. My Friend! Phoenix (わが友! フェニックス ー二大怪獣対決作戦ー)
  30. The Great Operation of Rescuing Mirrorman (ミラーマン救出大作戦)
  31. Finisher of Blitz (電光石火の必殺技! ーミラクル・キック登場ー)
  32. Save You Now! The Sea of Death (今救え! 死の海 ーシーキラザウルス登場ー)
  33. Invader's Base Under the Sea (インベーダーの海底基地)
  34. S.G.M. vs. Mirrorman (S.G.M対ミラーマンの決斗)
  35. S.G.M. Special Attack Operation (S.G.M特攻作戦)
  36. Monster Army Assaulting Mirrorman (怪獣軍団ミラーマンを襲う ー五大宇宙怪獣激斗!ー)
  37. Hitting Mirrorman into The Sun (ミラーマンを太陽へぶちこめ! ー激斗! 彗星怪獣対土星怪獣ー)
  38. Hell Valley Magumagon: The Yōkai Monster! (地獄谷! 妖怪怪獣 マグマゴン)
  39. Freaking Great Monster (怪奇大怪獣 ーサンガーニ登場ー)
  40. Invader Immigrant Operation (インベーダー移住作戦)
  41. Mystery Different Dimension Monster (謎の異次元怪獣 ーテロリンガ登場ー)
  42. The Small Invader (小さなインベーダー ーインベザウルス登場ー)
  43. Defeating The Different Dimension spirit Monster Ghost! (打倒! 異次元幽霊怪獣 ゴースト)
  44. Rescuing Operation of Devil (魔の救出大作戦)
  45. Boy with Blackgon : The Great Black Monster (ブラックゴン 少年と黒い大怪獣)
  46. Ringing Bell of Love in Death City (死都に愛の鐘が鳴る)
  47. Operation of defeating Invaders: Customize Monster Giranda in coming (侵略者撃破計画 改造怪獣ギランダー登場)
  48. Third Appearence of Red Bird Monster! (赤い怪鳥は三度来た!)
  49. One Hit with Anger (怒りをこめたこの一撃)
  50. The Last Day on Earth (地球最後の日)
  51. Farewell Mirrorman (さよならミラーマン)

In Popular Culture

The nickname "Mirrorman" was applied by the mass media and internet to Kazuhide Uekusa, an economist who was arrested in 2004 for sex offences involving peeping under girls' skirts with a hand-held mirror.


Mirror Knight, an homage to Mirrorman, appeared in the film Ultraman Zero The Movie: Super Deciding Fight! The Belial Galactic Empire.


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