Matchless Raijin-Oh

Matchless Raijin-Oh
(Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh)
Genre Adventure, Mecha
Anime television series
Directed by Toshifumi Kawase
Written by Hideki Sonoda
Music by Kohei Tanaka
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Anime Midstream
Network TV Tokyo, Kids Station
Original run April 3, 1991 March 25, 1992
Episodes 51
Original video animation
Raijin-Oh Final
Directed by Toshifumi Kawase
Written by Hideki Sonoda
Music by Kohei Tanaka
Studio Sunrise
Released August 5, 1992 February 24, 1993
Runtime 30 minutes
Episodes 4

Matchless Raijin-Oh (絶対無敵ライジンオー Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh, lit. Absolutely Invincible Raijin-Oh) is a 51 episode Japanese anime television series, and the first series produced for the Eldran franchise funded by Tomy and produced by Sunrise. It aired in Japan from April 3, 1991 to March 25, 1992. The story revolves around a group of elementary school children who are given command of a mecha named Raijin-Oh and their efforts to defend the Earth from the evil Jaaku (evil) Empire.

There is also a four-episode OVA sequel.

Anime Midstream, Inc. announced in December, 2008, that it acquired the license for and planned to release the anime series Matchless Raijin-Oh in the U.S. sometime in 2009 as their first anime release. The company began selling the first volume of the series direct from their website, as well as several other online retailers as of late December, 2009. The first volume contained episodes 1-5. The second volume, containing episodes 6-10, was released in September 2010, and translated the title beginning with this volume (and current printings of the first volume are now also marketed under that title). The third volume was released on July 12, 2011, containing episodes 11-15. Each volume contains English and Japanese audio, as well as special features such as music videos, clean openings/closings, voice bloopers, and the third volume contains an audio commentary with several of the English voice actors. Two more volumes were released on June 30, 2012 for volume four and July 1, 2013 for volume five.

The rest of the series was released as a five disc boxset; the Season 2 Collection, released on September 30, 2014. However this set is in Japanese with English subtitles only.

The plot

Before the Ganbar Team was formed, and there were Ganbaruger, Revolger and Gekiryuger, the first evil organisation called Evil Empire (ジャーク帝国 Jāku Teikoku) comes to Earth with intent to conquer and despoil it. From their fortress they launch a missile that will flood the world with (Akudamas (アークダーマ Ākudama)), eggs of darkness which hatch into evil monsters called (Evil Beasts (邪悪獣 Jāku Jyū)) based on things that annoy or frustrate humans.

The "guardian of light" Eldran appears, an Ultraman-like entity who is sworn to protect the universe and Earth in particular. Using the heroic robot Raijin-Oh, Eldran attempts to thwart the Evil Empire by preventing the missile from striking Earth. What happens instead is that the missile detonated against Eldran, throwing Raijin-Oh down to Earth. The robot crashes into Japanese Hinobori city(日昇町 (Hinobori Chō)), elementary school Hinobori School.

Eldran must leave to continue protecting the Earth, so he leaves the duty of defeating the Evil Beasts to a 5th grade classroom full of children, Earth Defense Class (地球防衛組 Chikyuu Bouei Gumi) in the school where he crashed. He entrusts the children with Raijin-Oh, granting each child a different role to perform in either operating or supporting Raijin-Oh. Eldran also transforms their school itself, so it can transform into a command center when Raijin-Oh is needed. Jin, Asuka and Koujii are chosen to lead Raijin-oh, but every day they live lots of amusing experiences in the school. Jin does not want to study, while his friends do and force him to do it by tickling him.


Earth Defense Class (地球防衛組 Chikyuu Bouei Gumi)

Jin Hyuga (日向 仁 Hyuuga Jin)
Voiced by: Rica Matsumoto

Jin Hyuga is a leader in Earth Defense Class, the main pilot of Ken-oh and Raijin-Oh and God Raijin-Oh. He is brash, a braggart, and very good at sports. He has spiky hair, is boss of the kids, and has a strong sense of justice. His student number is the eighth. He often quarrels with Maria, but they trust each other. His parents run a sake shop, the Hyuga Store.

Asuka Tsukishiro (月城 飛鳥 Tsukishiro Asuka)
Voiced by: Rie Iwatsubo

Asuka Tsukishiro is the main pilot of Hou-oh, and flight and altitude controller for Raijin-Oh, God Raijin-Oh. He is a handsome, smart, rich, realist, but a vain and timid boy. He is very popular with girls in the class, and has his own fan club. His student number is seventh.

Koji Hoshiyama (星山 吼児 Hoshiyama Kouji)
Voiced by: Mari Maruta

Koji Hoshiyama is the main pilot of Jyu-oh, also the power controller for both Raijin-Oh and God Raijin-Oh, and all-weapon controller. He is kind-hearted, timid but courageous, has a pair of binoculars, and he believes in UFO and alien. His student number is ninth.

Maria Shiratori (白鳥 マリア Shiratori Maria)
Voiced by: Konami Yoshida

Maria Shiratori is a commander in the Earth Defense Class, and the main pilot of Bakuryu-oh. She is smart, strong-willed, daring, has a ponytail, and is half Japanese and half French.

Tsutomu Kojima (小島 勉 Kojima Tsutomu)
Voiced by: Bin Shimada

Tsutomu Kojima is the advisor in the Earth Defense Class, and computer operator. Tsutomu is a smart, polite, stubborn, and a typical nerd with bobbed hair and thick glasses who likes to study and research. He has done an analysis of the robots of Eldoran. Takako Kojima is Tsutomu's relative and cousin, who he respects her.

Kirara Haruno (春野 きらら Haruno Kirara)
Voiced by: Kyoko Minami

Kirara Haruno is mainly an operator with the outside. Kirara is an honest, frank, fluffy long-haired girl, and is broadcasting committee member. She wants to be a newscaster, and is Asuka's fan club president.

Akira Imamura (今村 あきら Imamura Akira)
Voiced by: Kyoko Minami

Akira Imamura is an operator of core robots's starting system and weapon selector of Bakuryu-oh. Akira is a pretentious, sore loser, a punk boy who wants to be a rock star, and had put the mesh in his hair.

Reiko Ikeda (池田 れい子 Ikeda Reiko)
Voiced by: Saori Suzuki

Reiko Ikeda is mainly an operator with Raijin-Oh. Reiko is a lively, curious, big almond-shape eyed girl who is a big wrestling fan, and she troubled with the fact that she's the shortest student in the class. She is in love with Tsutomu.

Miki Mano (真野 美紀 Mano Miki)
Voiced by: Saori Suzuki

Miki Mano is the energy gauge manager, launcher of Bakuryu Cutter fire, and safety manager of Bakuryu-oh's weapons. Miki is a diligent, but quickly gives up, and is a member of the breeding committee.

Hiroshi Takamori (高森 ひろし Takamori Hiroshi)
Voiced by: Mami Matsui

Hiroshi Takamori is a vice-commander in the Earth Defense Class, safety manager of Raijin-Oh's weapons, and sub pilot of Bakuryu-oh. Hiroshi is the male representative of the class, and is usually inconspicuous, but trusted. He's in love with Cookie, his childhood friend.

Orie Ishizuka (石塚 織絵 Ishizuka Orie)
Voiced by: Mami Matsui

Orie Ishizuka, known as "Potato", is Hou-oh's all sensor systems monitor, and Raijin-oh's damage counter. Orie is a generous, strong-willed, chubby girl whom loves potato chip.

Yoko Kuriki (栗木 容子 Kuriki Youko)
Voiced by: Rie Iwatsubo

Yoko Kuriki, known as "Cookie", is Raijin-oh's radar operator. Cookie is a short, big-eyed girl whom likes adorable things, but has strong dependence on others and can't do anything on her own. Her own teddy bear turns into an evil beast in episode 11.

Yoshiaki Ogawa (小川 よしあき Ogawa Yoshiaki)
Voiced by: Tomoe Sato

Yoshiaki Ogawa, known as "Yoppa" is Ken-oh's circuit-based monitor, and Bakuryu-oh's transformation manager. 'Yoppa' is an own-pacer, lacking in cooperating, fat boy with spiky hair, who's somehow lovable.

Tokie Sakai (坂井 ときえ Sakai Tokie)
Voiced by: Tomoe Sato

Tokie Sakai is Jyu-oh's sensor systems monitor, and Bakuryu-oh's damage counter manager. Tokie wears overalls, a meddler, and a big super hero fan. She became friends with Osekkaizar, the evil beast from episode 36.

Hidenori Kondo (近藤 ひでのり Kondo Hidenori)
Voiced by: Konami Yoshida

Hidenori Kondo is Raijin-oh's radar operator. Hidenori is a super-rich, small, kind-hearted, polite, shy boy.

Daisuke Sato (佐藤 大介 Satou Daisuke)
Voiced by: Kozo Shioya

Daisuke Sato is Ken-oh's circuit system monitor, launcher of Bakuryu Canon fire, and main mechanic of robots. Daisuke is the tallest and biggest student in the class, but a gentle, shy boy, and the eldest son of large family.

Yu Izumi (泉 ゆう Izumi Yuu)
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara

Yu Izumi is a commander in Earth Defense Class, and main pilot of Bakuryu-oh. Yu is sickly, shy, timid, and has braided hair. She is the tallest girl in the class.

Aiko Shimada (島田 愛子 Shimada Aiko)
Voiced by: Ai Sato, Rica Matsumoto(since episode 37)

Aiko Shimada, known as "Love" is Ken-oh's sensors system monitor, and Bakuryu-oh's pulse checker. Aiko is a mature, tall girl who is good at sports, and is a physical education committee member.


Syuntaro Shinoda (篠田 俊太郎 Shinoda Shuntarou)
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada

Homeroom teacher of 5th Grade Class 3 in Hinobori School, known as Earth Defense Class, 25-year-old. Mr. Shinoda is a young passionate teacher whom love the students, but he has offten been disturbed a lesson by Evil Beasts.

Ruruko Himeki (姫木 るる子 Himeki Ruruko)
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara

A kind, beautiful public health doctor in Hinobori School, 23-year-old. Mr. Shinoda is in crush on her.

Eikichiro Yazawa (矢沢 永吉郎 Yazawa Eikichirou)
Voiced by: Toshiro Ishii

Hinobori School principals, a good supporter for Earth Defense Class, 65-year-old. he's master of Tai Chi, also adviser of Kenpo club. He has a pet goat that is named Carol.

General Takeda (武田長官 Takeda Choukan)
Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura

General of the Defense forces. he had objected to the children fight, but to cooperate with them later.

Eldran (エルドラン Erudoran)
Voiced by: Bin Shimada

The guardian of light in the earth, look alike a glowing man, gave a Raijin-oh to Earth Defense Class for beat Evil Empire.

Jark Empire (ジャーク帝国 Jāku Teikoku)

Emperor Warusa (皇帝ワルーサ Koutei Wruusa)
Voiced by: Shigezō Sasaoka

Ruler of the Jark Empire, that exists in the five dimensions.

Belzeb (ベルゼブ Beruzebu)
Voiced by: Kiyoyuki Yanada

Commander in Jark Empire, also main pilot of Jark Satan. Belzeb is a handsome, quick temper, strict warrior with long purple hair. the creatures in five dimension able deform own body like the amoeba, also able teleportation.

Falzeb (ファルゼブ Faruzebu)
Voiced by: Megumi Hayashibara

Belzeb's Alter ego, Falzeb is small woman look-like fairy with silver-haired and kimono. living in sub-space in Belzeb's chest, Falzeb turns devil face at the time irradiation the Jark Power.

Taidar (タイダー Taidaa)
Voiced by: You Yoshimura, Mahito Tsujimura(since episode 39)

Belzeb's subordinates. Taidar is a happy-go-lucky, leisurely, faithfulness, bearded plump man with punk fashion. he get an outburst of anger from Belzeb and Falzeb well. Taidar is hired at Hyuga Store later, he appeared as a minor character also Genki Bakuhatsu Ganbaruger frequently.

Gokudo (ゴクドー Gokudoo)
Voiced by: Akio Ōtsuka

Appears at the OVA, a new evil guy from Jark Empire.

The Robots

Ken-Oh (剣王 Ken-Oo)

Ken-Oh (literally "Sword King") is a humanoid robot, piloted by Jin, the leader of the trio. It has a sword called the Ken-Oh Blade, which protrudes from the shield on Ken-Oh's back when needed. It forms the torso of the Raijin-Oh.

Hou-Oh (鳳王 Hou-Oo)

Hou-Oh (literally "Phoenix King") resembles a phoenix. It is piloted by Asuka, and is the fastest of the trio. Hou-Oh forms the arms and wings of Raijin-Oh.

Juu-Oh (獣王 Juu-Oh)

Juu-Oh's (literally "Beast King") appearance is that of a lion, and is controlled by Kouji. It forms the legs of the Raijin-Oh and the lion head is used as a shield which contains the Raijin Sword. Juu-Oh is the strongest of the trio.

Raijin-Oh (ライジンオー/雷神王 Raijin-Oo)

If the enemy becomes too powerful for the trio to handle individually, all three robots will combine, and they form into Raijin-Oh, a large humanoid robot with wings. In the early parts of the series, Raijin-Oh will trap its opponent with a beam from the Raijin Shield and finish it off with the Raijin Sword.

Bakuryu-Dragon (バクリュウドラゴン Bakuryuu-Doragon)

After the evil commander Belzeb (short for Beelzebub or Satan) was given a giant crystal robot named Jaaku Satan by Emperor Warza (literally "evil emperor") to assists the Jaaku Beasts in destroying Raijin-Oh, the Raijin-Oh soon realized that it was unable to defeat its enemies alone. At the brink of defeat, the Earth Defense Class managed to uncover one last robot, Bakuryu-Dragon bears the appearance of a dragon but can transform into a humanoid robot, Bakuryu-Oh.

Bakuryu-Oh (バクリュウオー Bakuryuu-Oh)

Bakuryu-Dragon's humanoid form. As strong as Raijin-oh, its arsenal includes a cannon and a shield.

God Raijin-Oh (ゴッドライジンオー Goddo Raijin-Oo)

The Raijin-Oh and Bakuryu-Oh can further combine to form the ultimate robot, God Raijin-Oh. In the early parts of its appearance, God Raijin-Oh finishes off Jaaku Beasts with a cannon. Soon after the God Raijin-Oh Sword is discovered and is used since then to defeat Super Jaaku Beasts (Jaaku Satan combined with a powered-up Jaaku Beast).

Cultural Impact

Raijin-Oh was a tremendously popular series at the time of its release, spawning two similar sequels and OVAs. This led to waves of similar TV shows in the early 90s, where a child or children were made into the pilots of giant robots. This was a significant change of pace for the mecha genre, which usually pursued an older demographic and used teenage or adult characters as pilots.

To modern fans, Raijin-Oh is probably most notable for being the subject of the deconstruction manga series Bokurano: Ours. Bokurano contains many plot elements that directly parody Raijin-Oh's premise, characters, and especially its tone. Otherwise Raijin-Oh had little worldwide impact, despite some success in Southeast Asian countries like China and Taiwan.

Raijin-Oh was featured in the New Century Brave Wars game, along with several of the Yuusha series robots, also created by Sunrise at around the same time. The reason for this was likely to have been the similarities between the Yuusha series and the Eldran trilogy, that and both series were animated by Sunrise. The toy company which made the Yuusha series, Takara would later merge with Tomy and thus both companies had access to each other's toy ideas, hence why Raijin-Oh was part of the video game. However the other two Eldran series, Genki Bakuhatsu Ganbaruger and Nekketsu Saikyo Go-Saurer were not included; in fact a few of the Yuusha series robots were also left out of the game.

Raijin-Oh has only recently begun to appear in Banpresto's Super Robot Wars series of games. It has appeared in Super Robot Wars GC and it's remake, Super Robot Wars XO, and Super Robot Wars NEO. This is in part due to the fact that the Super Robot Wars series largely concerned itself with 70's and 80's series at the time the game series began in the early 90's. As of 2009, Raijin-Oh is nearly 20 years old and therefore old enough to be nostalgic to adult gamers. It is not clear why Raijin-Oh has only appeared in the 3D Super Robot Wars games that appear on Nintendo consoles, as opposed to the more popular 2D games that appear on PlayStation systems and Nintendo handhelds.

Episode list

Original Airdate Episode number Title
04/03/1991 1 "Raijin-Oh arrives!"
04/10/1991 2 "We are the Earth Defense Class"
04/17/1991 3 "Test is how big an annoyance!?"
04/24/1991 4 "Protect the field of flowers!"
05/01/1991 5 "Decision! Unrivaled dragon tail"
05/08/1991 6 "Survive the traffic war!"
05/15/1991 7 "Taking care of drunkard"
05/22/1991 8 "Absolute union of friendship!"
05/29/1991 9 "Blowing away moldy feelings"
06/05/1991 10 "The town where gasoline vanished"
06/12/1991 11 "Cookie's nightmare"
06/19/1991 12 "The pool is too hot"
06/26/1991 13 "Get back the baby!!"
07/03/1991 14 "Final match! Baseball"
07/10/1991 15 "Fly at Mach 9!"
07/17/1991 16 "Crash course in returning the shot!"
07/24/1991 17 "Teacher is a Jaaku beast!?"
07/31/1991 18 "Presentation! Earth Defense Class' secrets"
08/07/1991 19 "Seaside School is in chaos!!"
08/14/1991 20 "Maria has disappeared!"
08/21/1991 21 "The enemy is Raijin-Oh!?"
08/28/1991 22 "Departure! The invincible warrior"
09/04/1991 23 "Come forth! Absolutely Invincible Union!!"
09/11/1991 24 "Dog/cat panic plan!"
09/18/1991 25 "Getting the scoop!!"
09/25/1991 26 "Great African battle!"
10/02/1991 27 "Defeat the earthquake"
10/09/1991 28 "Garuma's competition of fear!!"
10/16/1991 29 "Appear! Super Jaaku beast"
10/23/1991 30 "Jaaku beast is a friend?"
10/30/1991 31 "Fierce battle! Channel war"
11/06/1991 32 "Adventure in the haunted house"
11/13/1991 33 "Terror! Dancing Jaaku beast"
11/20/1991 34 "Skiing is too cold"
11/27/1991 35 "Vanished Commander"
12/04/1991 36 "Jaaku beast is an ally of justice!?"
12/11/1991 37 "Graffiti revolt"
12/18/1992 38 "Psychic Jin"
12/25/1992 39 "The celebration is a troubling thing"
01/08/1992 40 "Belzeb's great approach"
01/15/1992 41 "Kidnapping of the absolutely invincible"
01/22/1992 42 "Protect the secret of the school!"
01/29/1992 43 "Super Giant Reiko Appears!"
02/05/1992 44 "Decisive micro-battle!"
02/12/1992 45 "Broadcast! Earth Defense Class facts!!"
02/19/1992 46 "Taida becomes an Earthling"
02/26/1992 47 "Adult to child chaos!?"
03/04/1992 48 "Transformation! Black Taida"
03/11/1992 49 "Appear! Jaaku Empire"
03/18/1992 50 "Defeat Emperor Warza!"
03/25/1992 51 "Our dream is absolutely invincible!"

OVA List

Original Airdate OVA number Title
08/26/1992 1 "5 Nen 3 Kum 3 Memorial Page! (Room 5 Class 3?)"
09/30/1992 2 "Epic War for First Love!"
12/16/1992 3 "Story of the Nobori Castle Robot of Light Daydream"
02/24/1993 4 "Everyone is the Earth Defense Class"

Game Appearances

The series first appeared on Sunrise Eiyuutan for the Dreamcast. Later on, it was included on Super Robot Wars GC for the Nintendo GameCube and again in Super Robot Wars XO for the Xbox 360.

Raijin-Oh is again included as an entry in the Super Robot Wars series of video games, beginning with Super Robot Wars NEO for the Wii along with the other 3 Eldran robots.

It also appeared in New Century Brave Wars on the PlayStation 2 in Japan to establish the first official connection between the Eldran and Yuusha series, following the merger of Takara and Tomy.

It would later appear as one of the various Sunrise animated robots as a playable character in the RPG Battle of Sunrise, to celebrate the studio's 30th anniversary, released on the PlayStation 2.

There also exists a Game Boy fighting game published by Tomy in 1991, which has been translated into English through a fan-made patch.

Raijin-Oh, once again, is included in the Super Robot Wars series in Super Robot Wars OE and Super Robot Wars BX. BX is notable to be the first time Raijin-Oh appeared in a 2D Super Robot Wars game.

Preceded by
Matchless Raijin-Oh
Succeeded by
Genki Bakuhatsu Ganbaruger
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