Written by Jinzō Toriumi
Studio Tatsunoko Production
First episode date 1974
Directed by Hisayuki Toriumi
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Original network NET (now TV Asahi)
|Original run October 4, 1974 – March 28, 1975|
Genres Adventure fiction, Science Fiction, Superhero fiction
Cast Kazuyuki Sogabe, Takeshi Aono, Kazuya Tatekabe, Masashi Amenomori, Kei Tomiyama
Similar Casshan, Gowappa 5 Gōdam, Tekkaman: The Space Knight, Ganbare!! Robocon, Daitetsujin 17
Hurricane Polymar (破裏拳ポリマー, Hariken Porimā) is a Japanese anime and OVA series produced by Tatsunoko Productions. The show was created by Tatsuo Yoshida, who had produced many of Tatsunoko's series. Other romanizations of the name include Hurricane Polymer, and Hariken Polymar (since the latter is spelled using Japanese kanji). Hurricane Polymar is the secret identity of Takeshi Yoroi (鎧武士, Yoroi Takeshi). He wears a special suit which enables him to fight crime. The suit is made of memory plastic which enables him to assume any shape, including morphing its wearer in 5 different vehicles.
A remake was released in Japan on September 21, 1996, followed by episode 2 on February 21, 1997. It was later dubbed by New Generation Pictures, and was released in the United States by Urban Vision on VHS on October 1, 1998.) It was re-released by Discotek Media on DVD on March 19, 2013.
Anime Sols attempted to crowd-fund the release of the show on North American DVD, but was not successful.
Onigawara, the director of the International Secret Police Agency, looked forward to making Takeshi a top-notch criminal investigator. Takeshi was given training, which turned him into an all-around sportsman as well as martial arts expert. However, Takeshi's attitude toward crime-fighting was so incompatible with Onigawara's, that he disowned him. For a while Takeshi investigated crime alone; then he became a private detective Joe Kuruma's assistant and general handyman. Secretly, however, Takeshi obtained from a scientist a new artificial polymer, polymet, that was far stronger than steel. With this polymet Takeshi transformed himself into Hurricane Polymar, an invincible costumed hero for fight for the justice and defeat to the different gangs.
Hurricane Polymar's main ability, aside from augmented strength and high-speed rotation, is transforming into one of five different vehicles (described below). Polymar's suit can also last up to forty-six minutes and one second before having to turn back. Because the suit is powered by magnetism it is vulnerable to high voltage and will also lose power in temperatures lower than −50 degrees Celsius. Polymar's vehicles are: Polymar Hawk (supersonic jet); Polymar Grampus (submarine); Polymar Drill (tank with twin drills); Polymar Machine (formula-one race car); and Polymar Roller (steam roller).
A two-part anime OVA was created in the mid-90's entitled Hurricane Polymar: Holy Blood featuring extremists that mutate into amphibious shark-like creatures. Urban Vision initially released it on VHS in the late 1990s, but since then the U.S. DVD rights have gone to Discotek Media. Hurricane Polymar was featured in the PlayStation game Tatsunoko Fight with him and Teru (in a costume she wore in episode 15) as playable characters along with an original character named Astral Chameleon who is composed of the souls of the criminals that died in the series. Hurricane Polymar later appeared as a playable character in the Wii video game Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.
Live action film
In November 15, 2016, a live action film adaptation is in development with Koichi Sakamoto set as director, Shinsuke Onishi as writer and Junpei Mizobata, Yuki Yamada, Yurina Yanagi and Mikie Hara set to star in the film. It is set for a May 23, 2017 release in Japanese theatres.