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Uchuu Keiji Gavan
Number 1
Number of episodes: 44
First episode: The Strange Fortress Beneath Tokyo
Last episode: The Neck of Don Horror
Intro: Space Sheriff Gavan (theme)
Original airing: March 5, 1982
Producer: Toei
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Uchuu Keiji Gavan (宇宙刑事ギャバン Uchū Keiji Gyaban?), translated in English as Space Sheriff Gavan, is the first of the Metal Hero Series. It aired on TV Asahi from 5 March 1982 through February 25, 1983.

For distribution purposes, Toei refers to this television series as Space Cop Gabin.

Plot

Earth is invaded by the Makuu Empire (literally "demon space"), led by Don Horror, who had first destroyed a space colony near Earth. Don Horror wants to dominate the whole universe, and the Earth represents an obstacle that he has to overcome, but not necessarily destroying it. To do this, Don Horror sends spaceships to create panic on Earth. While the Makuu is trying to impose its domination, Space Sheriff Gavan from the Galactic Union Patrol, arrives in his spaceship, the Dolgiran. He comes from the Bird Planet, the planet where Space Sheriffs are trained and where they are stationed while on call. Gavan is asked to defend the Earth, which is his mother's planet of origin.

Gavan is helped by Mimi, the daughter of Commander Qom, and is given information by Qom, assisted by Marin on his home planet. Gavan goes to Earth to defend it against Don Horror and his devilish schemes. He settles on Earth incognito, using his actual human name, Retsu Ichijouji; he takes a job at the Avalon Youth Club in Japan.

Characters

Protagonists

Gavan-Movie-Team-Up

Two Gavans

Space Sheriff Gavan Retsu Ichijouji
Space Sheriff Gavan Type‑G Geki Jumonji

Allies

Gokai Red Captain Marvelous
Gokai Blue Joe Gibken
Gokai Yellow Luka Millfy
Gokai Green Don Dogoier
Gokai Pink Ahim de Famille
Gokai Silver Gai Ikari
  • Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters
Red Buster Hiromu Sakurada
Blue Buster Ryuji Iwasaki
Yellow Buster Yoko Usami
Beet Buster Masato Jin
Stag Buster Beet J. Stag
  • Battle Fever J
Battle Kenya Shirou Akebono
  • Denshi Sentai Denziman
DenziBlue Daigoro Oume
  • Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger
Kyoryu Red Daigo Kiryu
Kyoryu Black Ian Yorkland
Kyoryu Blue Nobuharu Udo
Kyoryu Green Souji Rippukan
Kyoryu Pink Amy Yuuzuki
Kyoryu Gold Utsusemimaru
  • Samurai Sentai Shinkenger
Shinken Yellow Kotoha Hanaori
  • Kamen Rider
Kamen Rider Wizard Haruto Soma
Kamen Rider Beast Kosuke Nitoh

The Space Crime Organization Makuu

(宇宙犯罪組織マック, Uchū Hanzai Soshiki Makū)

Bootleg Gavan Bootleg

BEM Kaiju

Double Monsters / Doublers

Episodes

Main article: Gavan Episodes
  1. The Strange Fortress Beneath Tokyo (東京地底の怪要塞 Tōkyō Chitei no Kai Yōsai?)
  2. The Stolen Japanese Islands (盗まれた日本列島 Nusumareta Nihon Rettō?)
  3. It's Major! Stop Dr. Kuroboshi's BEM Project (大変だ!黒星博士のベム計画を阻止せよ Taihen da! Kuroboshi-Hakase no Bemu Keikaku o Soshi Seyo?)
  4. The Majin Helmet That Calls Big Time (死を呼ぶ魔人兜 Shi o Yobu Majin Kabuto?)
  5. Mimi Cries; The Deadly Poison Cobra Bullet Hits Retsu (ミミーは泣く 猛毒コブラ弾が烈に命中 Mimī wa Naku Mōdoku Kobura Dan ga Retsu ni Meichū?)
  6. The Geniuses of the Makuu School (魔空塾の天才たち Makū juku no Tensai-tachi?)
  7. A Monster Hides, a Girl Kissed a Petal (怪物がひそむ花びらに少女は口づけした Kaibutsu ga Hisomu Hanabira ni Shōjo wa Kuchidzuke Shita?)
  8. Justice or Demon? The Silver-Masked Great Hero (正義か悪魔か?銀マスク大ヒーロー Seigi ka Akuma ka? Gin Masuku Dai Hīrō?)
  9. The Beautiful Puppet Spy (美しい人形スパイ Utsukushii Ningyō Supai?)
  10. Crush the Human Crusher Corps! (人間クラッシャー部隊を撃破せよ! Ningen Kurasshā Butai o Gekiha Seyo!?)
  11. Is Father Alive? The Mysterious SOS Signal (父は生きているのか?謎のSOS信号 Chichi wa Ikite Iru no ka? Nazo no Esu Ō Esu Shingō?)
  12. Express to the Theme Park! UFO Boys' Big Pinch (遊園地へ急行せよ!UFO少年大ピンチ Yūenchi e Kyūkō Seyo! Yūfō Shōnen Dai Pinchi?)
  13. Danger, Retsu! The Great Reversal (危うし烈!大逆転 Ayaushi Retsu! Dai Gyakuten?)
  14. A Parting of Love And Sadness, The Final Blow (愛と悲しみの別れ とどめの一撃!! Ai to Kanashimi no Wakare Todome no Ichigeki!!?)
  15. Illusion? Shadow? Makuu City (幻?影?魔空都市 Maboroshi? Kage? Makū Toshi?)
  16. My First Love is a Jewel's Radiance; Goodbye, Galaxy Express (初恋は宝石の輝き さようなら銀河特急 Hatsukoi wa Hōseki no Kagayaki Sayōnara Ginga Tokkyū?)
  17. The Running Time Bomb! The Bad Guy Who Rode a Police Bike (走る時限爆弾!白バイに乗った暗殺者 Hashiru Jigen Bakudan! Shirobai ni Notta Ansatsusha?)
  18. Princess Contest, Nonsense Ryuuguu Castle (乙姫様コンテスト ハチャメチャ竜宮城 Otohimesama Kontesuto Hachamecha Ryūgūjō?)
  19. Jouchaku at 6:00 AM! Z Beam Charge Complete (午前6時蒸着!Zビームチャージ完了 Gozen Rokuji Jōchaku! Zetto Bīmu Chāji Kanryō?)
  20. The Mysterious? Emergency Hospital! Humanity's Great Collapse Approaches (なぞ?の救急病院!人類の大滅亡が迫る Nazo? No Kyūkyū Byōin! Jinrui no Dai Metsubō ga Semaru?)
  21. The Dancing, Prickly Great Pinch: Operation Honey! (踊ってチクリ大ピンチ ハニー作戦よ! Odotte Chikuri Dai Pinchi Hanī Sakusen yo!?)
  22. Golden Mask and Younger Sister: The Yacht Running Toward the Sun (黄金仮面と妹 太陽に向って走るヨット Ōgon Kamen to Imōto Taiyō ni Mukatte Hashiru Yotto?)
  23. The Beauty's Cries That Cut Through the Night! The Phantom Coach in the Fog (闇を裂く美女の悲鳴!霧の中の幽霊馬車 Yami o Saku Bijo no Himei! Kiri no Naka no Yūrei Basha?)
  24. Mimi's Nightmare!? The Howling, Cut-Up Demonbeast (ミミーの悪夢か!?吠える切り裂き魔獣 Mimī no Akumu ka!? Hoeru Kirisaki Majū?)
  25. The Suspiciously Flickering Underwater Flower; Wakaba in Danger (怪しくゆらめく水中花 わかばが危ない Ayashiku Yurameku Suichūka Wakaba ga Abunai?)
  26. I Saw The Doll! The True Identity of the Poison Gas Killer Corps (人形は見た!!毒ガス殺人部隊の正体 Ningyō wa Mita!! Dokugasu Satsujin Butai no Shōtai?)
  27. The Teachers are Weird! A School Full of Weirdness (先生たちが変だ!学校は怪奇がいっぱい Sensei-tachi ga Hen da! Gakkō wa Kaiki ga Ippai?)
  28. The Dark Sea of Space, Wandering Witch Monica (暗黒の宇宙の海 さまよえる魔女モニカ Ankoku no Uchū no Umi Samayoeru Majo Monika?)
  29. Blitzkrieg Magic Battle! A Program of Assassination (電撃マジック合戦!暗殺のプログラム Dengeki Majikku Kassen! Ansatsu no Puroguramu?)
  30. Don Horror's Son Has Returned to Makuu Castle (ドンホラーの息子が魔空城に帰って来た Don Horā no Musuko ga Makūjō ni Kaettekita?)
  31. Listening to the Angel's Song, the Princess Who Became a Doll (天使の歌が聞こえる 人形にされた王女 Tenshi no Uta ga Kikoeru Ningyō ni Sareta Ōjo?)
  32. The Mysterious Underground Maze Target is WX1 (謎の地底迷路 ターゲットはWX-1 Nazo no Chitei Meiro Tāgetto wa Daburu Ekkusu Wan?)
  33. A New Monster is Born: The Boy Who Picked up an Alien (新怪物誕生 エイリアンを拾った少年 Shin Kaubutsu Tanjō Eirian o Hirotta Shōnen?)
  34. Memories are Tears of Stars: a Fatherless Child, a Motherless Child (思い出は星の涙 父のない子 母のない子 Omoide wa Hoshi no Namida Chichi no Nai Ko Haha no Nai Ko?)
  35. The Young Lion of Makuu; San Dorva's Opposition (マクーの若獅子 サンドルバの反抗 Makū no Waka Shishi San Doruba no Hankō?)
  36. The Roadshow of Resentment; The Film Studio is Makuu Space (恨みのロードショー 撮影所は魔空空間 Urami no Rōdoshō Satsueijo wa Makū Kūkan?)
  37. The Funny Tomboy Princess' Earth Adventure Trip (おてんばひょうきん姫の地球冒険旅行 Otenba Hyōkin Hime no Chikyū Bōken Ryokō?)
  38. The Surrounded Transport Corps; the Righteous Sun Sword (包囲された輸送部隊 正義の太陽剣 Hōi Sareta Yusō Butai Seigi no Taiyō Tsurugi?)
  39. When I Returned From School, My House was a Makuu Base (学校から帰ったらぼくの家はマクー基地 Gakkō Kara Kaettara Boku no Uchi wa Makū Kichi?)
  40. The Decisive Battle of the Valley of Doom; You're a Space Sheriff Too! (死の谷の大決戦 君も宇宙刑事だ! Shi no Tani no Dai Kessen Kimi mo Uchū Keiji da!?)
  41. Makuu City is a Battlefield of Men; The Red Hourglass of Life (魔空都市は男の戦場 赤い生命の砂時計 Makū Toshi wa Otoko no Senjō Akai Seimei no Sunadokei?)
  42. Retsu! Hurry! Dad (烈よ急げ!父よ Retsu yo Isoge! Chichi yo?)
  43. Reunion (再会 Saikai?)
  44. The Neck of Don Horror (ドンホラーの首 Don Horā no Kubi?)

Films

Gokaiger vs. Gavan

Main article: Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Uchuu Keiji Gavan: The Movie

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Uchuu Keiji Gavan: The Movie (海賊戦隊ゴーカイジャーVS宇宙刑事ギャバンTHE MOVIE Kaizoku Sentai Gōkaijā Tai Uchū Keiji Gyaban Za Mūbī?) is a film featuring a team-up between Gavan and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. Released on January 21, 2012, the film commemorated the 30th anniversary of Gavan and is part of the 35th anniversary of the Super Sentai Series.

Uchuu Keiji Gavan: The Movie

Main article: Uchuu Keiji Gavan: The Movie

Uchuu Keiji Gavan: The Movie (宇宙刑事ギャバンTHE MOVIE Uchū Keiji Gyaban Za Mūbī?) is a film released on October 20, 2012. In the film, Kenji Ohba once again reprises his role as Gavan.

Super Hero Taisen Z

Main article: Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z

Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z (仮面ライダー×スーパー戦隊×宇宙刑事 スーパーヒーロー大戦Z Kamen Raidā × Sūpā Sentai × Uchū Keiji: Supā Hīrō Taisen Zetto?) is an upcoming film set to be released during Spring 2013 which will feature the first crossover between characters of Toei's three main Tokusatsu franchises, Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and the Space Sheriff Series representing the Metal Heroes series as a whole. The protagonists of Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie, Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger are featured, but the casts of Kamen Rider Wizard, Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, and Kamen Rider Fourze also participate in the film. The Space Ironmen Kyodain from Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Space, Here We Come! will also make an appearance. The teaser for the film was shown after Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie War Ultimatum.

Cast

Guest stars

Directed by

Story and Screenplay by

Produced by

Songs

Opening theme
Ending theme
  • "The Starry Sky's Message" (星空のメッセージ Hoshizora no Messēji?)
    • Lyrics: Keisuke Yamakawa
    • Composition: Michiaki Watanabe
    • Arrangement: Kōji Makaino
    • Artist: Akira Kushida
  • "Our Super Hero Gavan" ( Suupaa hiiroo boku-ra no Gyaban?)
    • Lyrics: Keisuke Yamakawa
    • Composition: Michiaki Watanabe
    • Arrangement: Kōji Makaino
    • Artist: Akira Kushida, Koorogi '73
  • "Chase! Gavan" (チェイス! ギャバン?)
    • Lyrics: Keisuke Yamakawa
    • Composition: Michiaki Watanabe
    • Arrangement: Kōji Makaino
    • Artist: Akira Kushida

In other countries

  • Uchuu Keiji Gavan was released in the Philippines as Sky Ranger in the early 1990s - years after its sequel Uchuu Keiji Shaider aired in that country. Oddly enough, the series was not as popular as Shaider.
  • The series was aired in France under the title X-OR. Its popularity led to airings of subsequent Metal Hero shows such as Uchuu Keiji Sharivan and Jikuu Senshi Spielban
  • Malaysia's screening of Gavan (translated as Space Cop Gaban) on local TV has gained itself a cult following, and the word 'Gaban' itself has become a meme. It's used after adjectives to give an image of bravery e.g "besar gaban" (epically big) or "gaban betul" (really brave).

Notes

  • The eyecatch for Uchuu Keiji Gavan features an illustration of Gavan with a Shotari Ishinimori-inspired look. This makes Uchuu Keiji Gavan the only Toei show not created by Shotaro Ishinomori to feature Ishinomori-inspired illustrations as an eyecatch.

External Links

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Gavan  • Sharivan  • Shaider  • Juspion  • Spielban  • Metalder  • Jiraiya  • Jiban  • Winspector  • Solbrain  • Exceedraft  • Janperson  • Blue SWAT  • B-Fighter  • Kabuto  • Kabutack  • Robotack

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