Cult Classic Anime ‘Chargeman Ken’ Arriving On Blu-ray

The 1974 sci-fi anime ‘Chargeman Ken’ is notorious among fans for “being so bad it’s good.” While its popularity waned over time, it was rediscovered in the twenty-first century and has since become a cult classic. Discotek Media plans on releasing the entire series on Blu-ray for the first time in the United States.

Created by Eiji Tanaka and Tetsuji Suzukawa, the Japanese animation studio Knack Productions (now ICHI Corporation) released all sixty-five episodes which were directed by Noboru Miura. The score was handled by Kunio Miyauchi and the episodes were written by Masaaki Wakuda, Toyohiro Andō, and Yoshio Tamado.

Discotek plans on releasing the Blu-ray on November 28, 2023, though it is currently available for pre-order on the Right Stuf Anime website.

You can take a look at the DVD box set below:

The series stars Setsuko Takemoto, Fuyuki Takahashi, Kiyoshi Kawanishi, Yuki Aida, and Noboru Sato.

AniList describes the synopsis as follows,

“It is the year 2074. In a world threatened by aliens… an unlikely hero emerges! Ken Izumi may look like an ordinary 10-year-old boy, but he secretly possesses weapons, armor, and accessories that transform him into the superheroic Chargeman Ken. Ken protects his mom, dad, little sister Caron, robot pal Barican, and the rest of mankind from the diabolical Juralians, shape-shifting alien invaders bent on terrorizing the earth with flesh-eating butterflies, booby-trapped scientists, an evil doll, a prison break, alien mummies, a kid that sets stuff on fire, a song that makes you die… basically, they have about 65 plans for world domination.

The only thing standing between the fragile human race and conquest by the Juralians is Chargeman Ken and his unquenchable thirst for fiery, atomic justice!”

The Japanese publisher Tokuma Shoten released a manga version in 1974, followed by a second edition from Akita Shoten. strives to be an apolitical, balanced and based pop culture news outlet. However, our contributors are entitled to their individual opinions. Author opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of our video hosts, other site contributors, site editors, affiliates, sponsors or advertisers. This website contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. We disclaim products or services we have received for review purposes, as well as sponsored posts.

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Jacob Airey
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Jacob Airey is an author, nerd, movie reviewer, and pop culture critic. He started this website in 2012 where he covers a vast variety of topics including film, TV, anime, and faith. He also hosts the YouTube vidcast StudioJake.

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