|This article is about a/an series entry (the 12th) in the Super Sentai series.|
|Choujuu Sentai Liveman|
|Number||10 (prior to 1995)|
|Number of episodes:||49|
|First episode:||Friends! Why Did You Do This!?|
|Original airing:||February 27, 1988 – February 21, 1989|
Choujuu Sentai Liveman (超獣戦隊ライブマン Chōjū Sentai Raibuman?, translated into English as Super Beast Squadron Liveman) was the 12th entry of the Japanese Super Sentai franchise. It was produced by Toei Company and aired on TV Asahi on February 27, 1988 to February 21, 1989. This season holds the distinction of being the first anniversary season.
- "Friends, why have you sold your soul to the devil!?"
This series takes place on Academia Island, which is both a location and a school for scientists. One day, Academia's three finest students, Tsukigata, Senda, and Omura felt their talents were being wasted at Academia and left. They accepted a position in the evil organization Volt. On the night of their departure, their former classmates Yusuke Amamiya, Joh Ohara, Megumi Misaki, Takuji Yano, and Mari Aikawa saw them leaving on a space ship. When asked where they were going, Tsukigata drew a gun on the five, killing Takuji and Mari.
Prior to the pair's deaths, Takuji and Mari were working alongside Yusuke, Joh, and Megumi in creating a suit strong enough for space exploration. They had made substantial progress on the night that they were murdered. One of the professors at the school, Professor Hoshi, pitched in to help them complete their original ambitions. Hoshi was also worried that Volt would begin attacking people, and thus helped out to prepare against a future assault.
Two years later, Academia launched a shuttle for space exploration. However, a mysterious ship appears and downs the shuttle; Yusuke, Joh and Megumi are among the few survivors. They discover that Tsukigata, Senda, and Omura were responsible for the destruction of the shuttle. As a result, Yusuke, Joh, and Megumi took up the powers of the original project, becoming Liveman to battle against their former classmates and Volt.
Later in the series, they are joined by Tetsuya and Jun'ichi, the younger brothers of the late Takuji and Mari.
- Main article: Livemen
|Red Falcon||Yusuke Amamiya|
|Yellow Lion||Joh Ohara|
|Blue Dolphin||Megumi Misaki|
|Black Bison||Tetsuya Yano|
|Green Sai||Jun'ichi Aikawa|
- Doctor Hoshi
- Takuji Yano
- Mari Aikawa
- Toshiko Omura (21-22)
- Youichirou Misaki (27)
- Dr. Dorothee (30)
- Mai Funachi (32)
Armed Brain Army VoltEdit
- Great Professor Bias
- Kenji Tsukigata / Doctor Kempu / Beauty Beast Kemp / Fear Beast Kemp
- Rui Senda / Doctor Mazenda / Machine Mazenda / Robo Mazenda
- Gou Omura / Doctor Obular
- Arashi Busujima / Doctor Ashura
- Guardnoid Gash
- Guildian Guildos
- Chibuchian Butchy
- Brain Beasts
- Bias Brain Beasts
- Kemp Brain Beasts
- Mazenda Brain Beasts
- Obular Brain Beasts
- Ashura Brain Beasts
- Guildos & Butchy Brain Beasts
- Gash Brain Beasts
- Twin Brace
- Live Blaster
- Triple Bazooka
- Falcon Sword
- Lion Punch
- Bison Rod
- Sai Cutters
- Biomotion Buster
- Moto Machines
- Moto Falcon
- Moto Lion
- Moto Dolphin
- Live Cougar
- Opening: Choujuu Sentai Liveman
- Ending: Ashita ni Ikiru ze!
- Mecha Theme (Live Robo): Dash! Live Robo
- Mecha Theme (Live Boxer): Live Boxer no Uta
- Susume! Live March
- Knock! Nekkyou no Live
- Utsukushiki Dreamer
- Seigi wa Fumetsu sa, Liveman
- Spark! Umi e
- Live Century ~Ore-tachi no Shinseiki~
- Hop Step Love Jump!
- Maken Kimanten! Liveman
- Yusuke Amamiya: Daisuke Shima
- Joh Ohara: Kazuhiko Nishimura
- Megumi Misaki: Megumi Mori
- Tetsuya Yano: Seirou Yamaguchi
- Jun'ichi Aikawa: Jin Kawamoto
- Rui Senda/Doctor Mazenda: Akiko Kurusu
- Kenji Tsukikata/Doctor Kemp: Yutaka Hirose (credited as Takumi Hirose)
- Great Professor Bias: Jouji Nakata
- Goh Omura/Doctor Oblar: Toru Sakai
- Arashi Busujima/Doctor Ashura: Yoshinori Okamoto
- Doctor Hoshi: Daisuke Ban (episodes 1-2)
- Narrator: Takeshi Kuwabara
- Red Falcon: Kazuo Niibori
- Yellow Lion: Masato Akada
- Blue Dolphin: Yuuichi Hachisuka
- Black Bison, Live Boxer: Hirofumi Ishigaki
- Green Sai: Shoji Hachisuka
- Live Robo, Super Live Robo: Hideaki Kusaka
- Colon: Haruko Watanabe
- Gash: Naoki Ohfuji
- Liveman Stage Show at Super Hero Korakuen Yuenchi
- Liveman Stage Show at 10th Anniversary Korakuen Yuenchi
- Liveman Stage Show at 3 Heroes Korakuen Yuenchi
- Along with its successor, Turboranger, Liveman celebrates the anniversary of the Sentai franschise, an anniversary logo was created and Daisuke Shima and Megumi Mori (who both were extremely popular singers at the time) were cast as a little something special for the anniversary. Although Liveman is the twelfth series, at the time of the series' debut, it was the tenth series, as Goranger and JAKQ weren't counted as Super Sentai until later. Both series celebrated the tenth anniversary of Super Sentai as Liveman was the tenth series and Turboranger aired ten years after the then first series, Battle Fever J.
- This series introduces the following firsts in Super Sentai:
- The first to feature a female Blue Ranger (Blue Dolphin).
- The first to feature both a Black Ranger and a Green Ranger in the core team instead of interchanging them wherein one will be featured but not the other (or in the case of Zyuranger, Ohranger, and Gingaman, wherein one is in the core team and the other will join later as the sixth member).
- The first to have a Super Fusion Robo, Super Live Robo (combination of Live Robo and Live Boxer).
- The first to have less than 50 episodes in Super Sentai.
- This season and Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger are notable for sharing similar concepts: both teams start off as a team of three with later members joining and both are themed and have mecha tied after the same three animals: a heraldic bird, a dolphin and a lion.
- Liveman also shares similarity with Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan in being only the second series that starts with a three member team. Likewise, both season have similarities between their connected powers: the red teammate is a bird (Eagle/Falcon), the blue teammate an aquatic creature (Shark/Dolphin) and the yellow teammate a large cat. (Panther/Lion)
- The Land Lion is the first true animal-based mech, as opposed to a mech that has animal motifs such as the others the Liveman use. Mechs actually based on animals would not become more standard until Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger.
- Liveman is the very last Sentai to be credited as part of the "Showa period", both in Japanese and Sentai history. In actual terms, it is the last series to air during the reign of Japanese emperor Hirohito (also known as "Showa"), who died on January 7, 1989 (with six episodes left to air). In Sentai terms, Liveman is considered a cut-off point due to many of the changes and adjustments to the franchise to come after this series.