For Immediate Release
February 27, 2004
Kikaida - Thirty Years in Hawaii
HONOLULUBelieve it or not, Kikaida’s hit the big "three-oh".
Kikaida, the retro 1970s superhero, marks his 30th anniversary in Hawaii in 2004, with the official release of the seventh volume of the Kikaida DVD series on Tuesday, March 23.
Kikaida and friends, as well as actor Ban Daisuke (Jiro) will kick off the 30th Anniversary of Kikaida in Hawaii with appearance/autograph sessions at Shirokiya on March 26, 3:30 to 5 pm, Blockbuster Pearl City on March 27, 12:30 to 1:30 pm, and Blockbuster Kaneohe on April 3, 12:30 to 1:30 pm. The stores will distribute free balloons and Kikaida coloring books (while supplies last).
So many thirty- and forty-something-year-olds have thanked me for bringing back their favorite super hero of the mid-seventies, said Joanne Ninomiya, JN Productions owner and president. Were planning a big 30th anniversary celebration at the end of 2004 to bring back nostalgia and re-live those childhood memories. Kikaida and other Japanese super heroes from the seventies influenced a whole generation of children growing up in Hawaii at the time, Ninomiya said.
The Kikaida series first aired in Japan from 1972 to 1973 and then debuted in Hawaii in February 1974 on the original KIKU-TV. The show became a hit with kids, transforming Kikaida into a pop icon and retail hit for Hawaii merchants. The series proved its enduring appeal with a revival that began when Ninomiya brought it back to Hawaii television in November 2001.
Volume 7 of the Kikaida DVD includes Episodes 31-through-35 of the original 43-episode series. JN Productions expects to release the ninth and final volume in the series by the end of the year.
Ban, known as Jiro to members of Generation Kikaida, guest-starred in Blood of the Samurai, the martial arts-action television series produced by local filmmaker Aaron Yamasato.
I am happy to be included each time with Kikaida events in Hawaii, Ban said. This gave me the opportunity to meet so many nice and talented local people.
In addition to the action-packed episodes, the disc features an all-new interview with Ban-san. Other special features on the DVD include behind-the-scenes Kikaida factoids, cast and crew profiles, and DARK Destructoid monster profiles with sound effects.
In addition to boasting digitally remastered picture and sound, the Kikaida DVDs feature bilingual English and Japanese menus. The five episodes are fully subtitled in English, and even boast a family-friendly, expletives-deleted subtitle selection option. The total running time of the five Kikaida episodes is two hours and five minutes.
The Kikaida DVD is distributed exclusively by The Mountain Apple Company and is available whereever DVDs are sold and through the official Generation Kikaida website (http://www.generationkikaida.com/store).
Classic episodes from the Kikaida series air on Saturday from 7 to 8 pm on KIKU-TV (Oceanic 9/Digital 89, UHF 20, Craig TV 10).