|Tomica Hero: Rescue Force|
Tomica Hero: Rescue Force title card from episode 45
|Created by||Takara Tomy|
|Written by|| Shinichi Inotsume |
|Directed by|| Masato Tsujino |
|Starring|| Kenta Izuka |
Seigo Noguchi (Flame)
|Voices of|| Yasuda Dai Circus |
|Narrated by||Bunkō Ogata|
|Opening theme||"STORY" by camino |
"THE LIFE (TV Version)" by camino
|Ending theme||"Kokoro Hakobu (TV Version)" by TRIPLANE |
"Arigatō" by Yusaku Kiyama
"Harebare" by 2BACKKA
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||51|
|Original network|| TV Aichi |
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Original release||April 5, 2008 –|
March 28, 2009
|Followed by||Tomica Hero: Rescue Fire|
Tomica Hero: Rescue Force (トミカヒーロー レスキューフォース, Tomika Hīrō Resukyū Fōsu) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series that began airing April 5, 2008, on TV Aichi. It is the first Tomica Hero series based on Takara Tomy's Tomica toy car line. The characters use Tomica's Super Tools (スーパーツール, Sūpā Tsūru) and Super Vehicles (スーパービークル, Sūpā Bīkuru) to help save people from Super-Disasters and battle the evil causing them. It is the second tokusatsu series that Takara Tomy has been involved in following Madan Senki Ryukendo . It is directed by Masato Tsujino (辻野 正人, Tsujino Masato), and written by Shinichi Inotsume (猪爪 慎一, Inotsume Shin'ichi) and Hiroyuki Kawasaki (川崎 ヒロユキ, Kawasaki Hiroyuki), the same team behind Ryukendo. A film for Tomica Hero: Rescue Force was released in December 2008.
The second-generation Rescue Force (レスキューフォース, Resukyū Fōsu) is a special Super-Disaster Response Team (超災害対応部隊, Chōsaigai Taiō Butai) in the United Fire-Defense Agency (世界消防庁, Sekai Shōbō Chō) or "UFDA", which is a branch of the Earth Federation (地球連邦, Chikyū Renpō). Based on the Hyper Rescue group, the Rescue Force is deployed to protect human lives from various disasters too extreme for normal rescue workers. By the time of Rescue Fire's formation, the Rescue Force is transferred to Europe branch. Normally stationed at the Rescue Phoenix (レスキューフェニックス, Resukyū Fenikkusu) in Tateishi City (楯石シティ, Tateishi Shiti), whenever the artificial satellite Rescue Eye (レスキューアイ, Resukyū Ai) detects a Super-Disaster, Rescue Phoenix switches from Fortress Mode (フォートレスモード, Fōtoresu Mōdo) to Flight Mode (フライトモード, Furaito Mōdo) to carry the Rescue Force and the best situational choice of the Rescue Vehicles to the disaster site. The Rescue Phoenix assumes Spiral Catapult Mode (スパイラルカタパルトモード, Supairaru Kataparuto Mōdo) upon landing, when launching the Core Striker Max. Each of the Rescue Force members has an orange suit, but they each have different colored armor.
The Neo Terror (ネオテーラ, Neo Tēra) is an evil organization which causes Super-Disasters (超災害, Chō Saigai), working incognito until the events of episode 6 reveals their existence as the culprit of the disasters. Under its creator Daen, with Batsu pulling the strings, the Neo Thera exists to "reset the Earth". Their original base of operations is an air fortress that hides within the clouds until the time of Daen's death, now traveling across the country under Maen's leadership until she reveals herself as Batsu.
An ancient nanocomputer that existed on Earth for 600 million years, Batsu (バーツ, Bātsu, 25, 49-50) watched over the newly born planet until humanity came into being and disrupted the natural order. As he attempted to steer their actions in the guise of various deities, Batsu came to the conclusion that mankind must die so the Earth can be saved. In the form of a mermaid of light, Batsu enters Obuchi's body and amplifies the man's malice, giving him the means to create the Neo Thera. After Daen's defeat, Batsu left him and assumed the guise of Maen (マーエン, Māen, 28-49), a female solid hologram with a moody spoiled brat persona dressed in gothic lolita fashion. Claiming to be created by Daen, Maen uses the Executives to continue where Daen failed, making the call for a Zukcrane to be activated.
Upon defeat, Maen leaves for the next town with a new recharge for the Executives once they make it to her location to start anew. Maen eventually reveals herself to the Rescue Force during the Kurei City incident, suggesting a Super-Disaster Title Match with the promise to stop her attack on the city. However, she adds a second round involving the Zukcrane causing the disaster. Later at Academia City, Maen attempts to have her Zukcrane take out the Rescue Max in a diversion while the executives obtain the Omeganium she requested. Once getting it, she uses both it and them to complete her Omega Zukcrane to carry out her master plan. But the plan goes awry when she is forced to directly link up to her creation, going down when it is destroyed. Maen also aided the insane Mataro Madano/Dr. Mado, but regretted her choice of teaming up with a human when he screwed up.
Deciding to finish things and achieve her goal, Maen uses a mass firestorm to lure Super Rescue Max Crane into executing its Final Rescue, taking in enough energy to finally discard her guise and assume her true form as Batsu before scattering its being across the planet to commit global-scale genocide of the human race, while the main body remained in Japan with a barrier around it. Though the Great God Striker is able to pierce the barrier stop Batsu's plan, it was a step ahead of the UFDA's attempt with its unforeseen ability to regenerate from even the smallest remains making the battle seem hopeless. However, refusing to accept defeat, R1 and the Rescue Striker manage to enter Batsu's body and destroy it from the inside out.
Batsu's name comes from the Japanese word for " X " (バツ, batsu), seen by the cross mounted on its back, while Maen's name comes from the Japanese word for " circle " (真円, maen).
kyū Sutoraikā}} is R1's large-scale water truck Rescue Vehicle, which carries four small-scale Rescue Vehicles to the disaster site. By itself, the Rescue Striker's Final Rescue is called the Water Cannon (ウォーターキャノン, Wōtā Kyanon), in which it shoots a jet stream of water with freezing ability. The Rescue Striker can also execute Hyper Up with the medium-scale Rescue Vehicles for more power. The Rescue Striker forms the torso of both Rescue Max and Super Rescue Max, with the Core Striker as the robot's brain. It is destroyed in the final fight with Batsu, with a new one built a month later.
The Rescue Saver (レスキューセイバー, Resukyū Seibā) is R2's large-scale all-terrain armored Rescue Vehicle. By itself, the Rescue Saver's Final Rescue is called the Flash Cannon (フラッシュキャノン, Furasshu Kyanon), in which it shoots a cannonball of freezing water. It is able to split into four smaller vehicles, and can execute "Rescue Combine" with the medium-scale Rescue Vehicles for more power. The Rescue Saver forms the limbs and head of Rescue Max.
The Rescue Diver (レスキューダイバー, Resukyū Daibā) is R2's new large-scale armored Rescue Vehicle, completed during the Mach Train incident, able to assume Drill Tank Mode (ドリルタンクモード, Doriru Tanku Mōdo) and Jet Mode (ジェットモード, Jetto Mōdo). By itself, the Rescue Diver's Final Rescue is called the Flash Drill (フラッシュドリル, Furasshu Doriru), in which it shoots eight freezing missiles. It is the successor vehicle of the Rescue Saver, based around its design, and forms most of Super Rescue Max. It is able separable into four smaller vehicles, and can execute "Rescue Combine" with the medium-scale Rescue Vehicles for more power.
The Rescue Max (レスキューマックス, Resukyū Makkusu) is a super large-scale humanoid robot created when the Rescue Striker and the Rescue Saver "Max Combine". Its design was developed by Obuchi before his change into Daen. However, learning that his cane contained Obuchi's designs, the UFDA secretly made the modifications on both the Striker and Saver vehicles during the lack of the Neo Thera activity until it resumed six months later. Its Final Rescue, the Max Cannon (マックスキャノン, Makkusu Kyanon), allows it to freeze the target before bursting it into pieces with its fists.
The Super Rescue Max (スーパーレスキューマックス, Sūpā Resukyū Makkusu) is a robot created when the Rescue Striker and the Rescue Diver "Max Combine". Its Final Rescue is the Drill Blaster (ドリルブラスター, Doriru Burasutā), which freezes the target before bursting through it with the drill.
The Zero Fire (ゼロファイヤー, Zero Faiyā) is R5's super large-scale carrier Rescue Vehicle with a large container with the four Zero Fire Cannons (ゼロファイヤーキャノン, Zero Faiā Kyanon) which can carry five medium-scale Rescue Vehicles. It was originally R0's vehicle in the movie.
The Rescue Commander (レスキューコマンダー, Resukyū Komandā) is an electronic pad used for reading Rescue Cards, communicating with the Rescue Phoenix, searching a disaster site, and transmitting data collected at a disaster site to the Rescue Phoenix.
The Max Commander (マックスコマンダー, Makkusu Komandā) is R1's personal electronic pad used to transform into R1 Max.
The Rescue Cards (レスキューカード, Resukyū Kādo) are used by the Rescue Force, slashed through the Rescue Commander. While the Build Up (ビルドアップ, Birudo Appu) card (R1, R5) and the Change (チェンジ, Chenji) card (R2, R3, R4) are used by all members to suit up while in the Rescue Phoenix, R1 and R2 use the other cards to activate the mecha they use in their missions. The Max Up (マックスアップ, Makkusu Appu) card is used by R1, slashed through the Max Commander.
The Rescue Breaker (レスキューブレイカー, Resukyū Bureikā) is the common rescue tool of the Rescue Force with eight modes, usually kept in Mobile Mode (モバイルモード, Mobairu Mōdo): until needed.
The Rescue Crusher (レスキュークラッシャー, Resukyū Kurasshā) is a powerful rescue tool with three modes, usually kept in Trunk Mode (トランクモード, Toranku Mōdo) until needed. The Rescue Commanders can be installed onto the Rescue Crushers in their other two modes so they can use Rescue Cards, and its mode is called a Special Mode (スペシャルモード, Supesharu Mōdo).
The Max Divider (マックスディバイダー, Makkusu Dibaidā) is R1 Max's gauntlet-type rescue tool with three modes. It has red, blue, and green buttons, and generates the ability of flame, ice, and wind.
The Rescue Zamber (レスキューザンバー, Resukyū Zanbā) is a rescue tool originally used by R0 before being used by the main Rescue Force. It has two modes:
Disaster Generating Devices (災害発生メカ, Saigai Hassei Meka) are used by the Neo Thera to cause disasters to reset the Earth from humanity's machinations.
Tomica Hero: Rescue Force Explosive Movie: Rescue the Mach Train! (トミカヒーロー レスキューフォース 爆裂ＭＯＶＩＥ マッハトレインをレスキューせよ！, Tomika Hīrō Resukyū Fōsu Bakuretsu Mūbī Mahha Torein o Resukyū seyo!) opened in theaters on December 20, 2008. Taking place between episodes 38 and 39, the film features guest stars Hiroshi Fujioka (藤岡 弘、, Fujioka Hiroshi,) as Reiji Osakabe, the Director of the UFDA and R0; and Ryota Yamasato (山里 亮太, Yamasato Ryōta) of Nankai Candies (南海キャンディーズ, Nankai Kyandīzu) as Doktor Madu/Mataro Madono (ドクトル・マドゥ／真殿 麻太郎, Dokutoru Madu/Madono Matarō), who joins forces with the Neo Thera to hijack the super express train Mach Train with his Metal Train, intending to use the Mach Train in the most Super-Disaster ever. Kinuyo Kodama (児玉 絹世, Kodama Kinuyo) plays Miyuki Maijima (舞島 美有紀, Maijima Miyuki), a high school student who befriends the Rescue Force and is later trapped with the other civilians during the hijacking. Cameo guest stars include Shogo Yamaguchi (山口 翔吾, Yamaguchi Shōgo), Gen (源, Gen), Kohei Kuroda (黒田 耕平, Kuroda Kōhei), and Ryota Sato (佐藤 亮太, Satō Ryōta) reprising roles from Madan Senki Ryukendo ; Takao Handa (飯田 孝男, Handa Takao) as a ferryman; Gajiro Sato (佐藤 蛾次郎, Satō Gajirō) as Gajiro's father; and camino as customers in yakitori restaurant. The short Explosive Run! Tomica Hero Grand Prix (爆走！トミカヒーローグランプリ, Bakusō! Tomika Hīrō Guran Puri) was shown alongside the film.
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|New television show|| Tomica Hero Series |
2008 - 2009