Choudenshi Bioman

Red one! Green two! Blue three! Yellow four! Pink five!

If you’re a boy (living in the 80’s) then you’d want to be Red one (as with other boys your age) and have a crush on the cute Pink five. Girls of the same age all want to be Pink five – never Yellow four. You just have to be fast enough to call who you want to be. I can relate, I was an 80’s kid.

Who isn’t familiar with Bioman?

Bioman is one of the Super Sentai series shown here during the late 80’s, 1987 to be exact. Sentai is a Japanese word which means squadron or task force in English. This is a five man group, three men and two women who battles the Neo Gear Empire who wants to take over the Earth – yup, classic battle between good and evil but with a twist in the end.

Take note that this was shown in English dub – yeah, those were the times when tagalog dubbing did not exist yet.

I have to admit, I had difficulty remembering the characters’ names, as I was only able to recall three of them – namely Kenny, Kimberly and Peebo. I had no idea what their original japanese names were, heck, I had no idea that the show was japanese in the first place! I was a kid; like other kids, I only knew how to watch and it didn’t matter if the show we were watching was japanese.

Peebo - a girl or a boy? Your guess.

THE BIOMEN (please take note that I’m writing what I remember from my childhood days)

  1. Kenny (Go Shiro) as Red 1 – the leader and can talk to animals because of the bio particles in his genes.
  2. Sammy (Takasugi Shingo) as Green 2 – a race car driver. I remember him wearing white pants all the time and it never goes dirty, even after a nasty fight.
  3. Franky (Nanbara Ryuta) as Blue 3 – I really don’t remember much about him; just this one episode where his look alike was a thief and his Super electronic ear.
  4. A. Casey (Koizumi Mika) as the first Yellow 4 – As a kid, I liked this Yellow 4 better. Too bad that she died on the tenth episode. I just know that she’s a photographer.   B. June (Yabuki Jun) as the second Yellow 4 – is an Olympic archer.  Yeah, I don’t like her. But then, who wants to be Yellow 4 when there’s the cute Pink 5?
  5. Every little boy and girl loves Pink Five

    Kimberly (Katsuragi Hikaru) Pink 5 – boys have a crush on her, girls want to be like her. I remember her so well, playing the flute, with that dimpled smile and then the episode where she befriends the enemy computer called ‘Brain’.

I never get tired watching this even if it was a replay and I’ve watched it for more than five times already. Unfortunately though, local networks here (during the last two decades) have this ‘disease’ of never showing the complete series. They just replay certain episodes until the show is taken off the air.

A sentai show will never be complete without the mecha. The Bio Dragon which carries the two Bio Jets to the scene of the battle. Bio Jet 1 is piloted by Red 1 and Pink 5 and forms the upper half of the Bio Robo; Bio Jet 2 is forms the lower half of the Bio Robo and is piloted by Green 2, Blue 3 and Yellow 4.

The Neo Gear Empire

And then there’s the Neo Gear Empire – Dr. Man (very creative and unforgettable name) is the ruler of the Empire, he’s a cyborg with a long white hair, by the way; Prince is Dr. Man’s creation, he only appeared in the later episodes (as a kid I never knew what happened to him) and then there’s the usual foes namely Mason (who killed the first Yellow 4), Farrah and her assistant Farrah Cat and the bald guy with a big body who I actually forgot the name, haha! And let’s not forget the Mecha clones, the foot soldiers of the Empire.

It’s the good guys versus the bad guys. As an 80’s kid we pretended to be these characters, arguing who gets to be Red 1 and Pink 5 (you really have to be fast enough and loud enough to say this: “I want to be Pink 5! There, I said it first, now you’ll be Yellow 4.”) And often, the pretend to be a super hero & arch enemy game end with a real quarrel, because unintentionally, someone gets hit in the face or any part of the body – unintentionally. Admit it, you got into a fight with other kids one time or another because you got hit or you hit someone unintentionally, right?

What else do you remember about this super sentai series? It’s SENTAI and not hentai, alright? There’s a big difference with these two words although it sounds so much alike.

Below is the opening video for Bioman, enjoy!

And Peebo is a girl right? Or will this eternal question about this golden robot’s gender never end? What do you say, a girl or a boy?