Growing up in the Philippines in the 80s and early 90s, one of my fondest memories was watching a Japanese television series by Toie Company called BIOMAN. I didn’t realize until now, that in the process of my make believe world, I was actually appreciating the beautiful Japanese language.
Long before the dawn of the internet, it was either we were watching an afternoon super hero series on a TV set with just 6 to 8 channels or we would be playing on the streets of Manila with our friends.
I clearly remember that super hero role playing was a hit back then. With BIOMAN’s 5 Super Sentais (a subgenre of Japanese live action drama which features a team of multicolored dressed-up heroes), I clearly remember that I was Blue 3.
Where are the BIOMAN actors now?
This question fascinated me when I was creating this blog post. Where can my childhood super heroes presently be? In my research, I found websites that share where they are and what they look like now:
(I will just be putting the source so the researcher who wrote about them will be attributed.)
1. Red One – Real Name: Ryosuke Sakamoto
2. Green Two – Real Name: Naoto Ōta
3. Blue Three – Real Name: Akito Ōsuga
4. First Yellow Four: Real Name: Yuki Yajima
5. Second Yellow Four: Real Name: Sumiko Tanaka
6. Pink Five: Real Name: Michiko Makino
Here is Pink Five’s latest video too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZb9xFZE8Xc
(Quick note on the video of Pink Five – no English subtitles. However, just watching her speak in her native Japanese language is mesmerizing.)
The Beautiful Japanese Language
Here in GlobalPolyglots.com, as a celebration of languages, allow me to share with you the music and the beautiful Japanese language of the TV series.
I remember back then that though I don’t speak Japanese in the Philippines, these songs defined my childhood. Together with my friends, we sing these songs always. Now, hearing it again gives me a glimpse of childhood nostalgia.
If you know BIOMAN, enjoy the trip to memory lane.
If you are reading my blog and the Sentai series is new to you, get a glimpse of the beautiful Japanese language.
I am sharing here the Opening and Closing of the TV series, plus bonus videos of the concert by Takayuki Miyauchi where he also sang the two songs to a live audience. Enjoy!
Bioman Opening Song – Concert by Takayuki Miyauchi
Bioman Closing Song – Concert by Takayuki Miyauchi
Attribution: Bioman picture by Rickey Layman