BIOMAN and the beautiful Japanese language


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

Source: http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Ryosuke_Sakamoto
Source: http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2016/08/ryosuke-sakamoto-biomans-red-one-diagnosed-cancer/

2. Green Two – Real Name: Naoto Ōta

Source: http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Naoto_Ota

3. Blue Three – Real Name: Akito Ōsuga

Source: http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Akito_Osuga

4. First Yellow Four: Real Name: Yuki Yajima

Source: http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Yuki_Yajima

5. Second Yellow Four: Real Name: Sumiko Tanaka

Source: http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Sumiko_Tanaka

6. Pink Five: Real Name: Michiko Makino

Source: http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/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!

Arigatou Gozaimasu!

Bioman Opening

Bioman Closing

Bioman Opening Song – Concert by Takayuki Miyauchi

Bioman Closing Song – Concert by Takayuki Miyauchi

Attribution: Bioman picture by Rickey Layman




 

42 Replies to “BIOMAN and the beautiful Japanese language”

    1. Thanks Etaya =) Oh yes, Power Rangers.. I also remember them =) Awww, childhood =) So is Bioman new to you? You grew up with Power Rangers i guess? =)

  1. What a cool post! Japan has made such an impact on entertainment worldwide. Many of my friends were into the anime “Starblazers” series, which is another feat of Japanese creativity. The way you described absorbing the language without really learning it is similar to what I think happens a lot with English and Spanish speakers in the US – we are always exposed to each other’s media and culture and can appreciate it “informally” this way, as kids.

    1. Thank you Penny =) With us in the Philippines, Japan has a big impact on our culture. When I was thinking of blog post which is close to my heart, what first came to my mind is this Sentai series. It was only then as I was writing it I realized that I actually know the song, without formally or deliberately trying to learn it, given that it is a foreign song which I do not understand what it really meant. So is Bioman new to you or you have heard them before? I am actually trying to see up to what extent the series was spread.. was it just regional or worldwide back then? =)

  2. It is really interesting see how they look like now and Akito definitely changed a lot. And listening to closing song just brings back the old memories.

    1. Thanks Furkan for dropping by. yes, Blue 3 changed a lot. Almost all of them except probably Michiko, Pink 5. She is aging beautifully. Yeah, childhood memories =) So who are you in Bioman when you were a kid? =)

    1. Thanks Mark =) You can ask your Japanese friends about Bioman…hehehe… they are popularly known there as Choudenshi Bioman =) Was it your first time hearing about Bioman or you have encountered them before already?

    1. It is an honor brother =) I guess you know these songs by heart also… hehehe… though it may be almost 30 years since it last aired on TV, we still can feel that they have been a great part of our childhood =)

  3. How have I not heard of Bioman?! What a blast from the past this must be for many people! How cool is it to look back and see where they all are now. I enjoyed the video, always love learning of old superheros from the past 🙂

    1. Hi Jen, thanks to see you here again =) Bioman was a big hit in the Southeast Asian region in the lates 80s and early 90s. I was also very glad I found sites that shared where they are now. Now, after making this post, their music still lingers in my head… LOL =) I suddenly missed my childhood =)

  4. Wow that’s crazy, I’ve never heard of Bioman before. But now I can see that Power Rangers stole the idea from Bioman. Either that, or there was some kind of accidental telepathy haha.
    Nice Post

    1. HI Jeff, hahaha… it is very interesting that a lot have commented about not knowing Bioman and having knowledge of The Power Rangers. I think Power Rangers was inspired by Bioman… though I’ll try to research further and maybe create an article. But it is humbling to know that I’ve shared it. At least, you get to hear the beautiful accent and tone of the Japanese language. Thanks for dropping by =)

  5. Nice article. I’m sure it’s a walk down memory lane for those who grew up with Bioman.
    These Biomen remind me of the power ranger; they seem similar although I never actually watched too many episodes of the power rangers. I had never heard of them before.
    Regarding the Japanese language, I have watched some Japanese dramas and movies although I’m more into Korean, Taiwanese, Chinese and Thai, so I know how the language sounds and I can generally distinguish between Korean, Mandarin and Japanes.

    1. hi Chris, thanks =) yeah, the Bioman was an inspiration of the Power Rangers. I did a little bit of research and it was said that the Sentai series was adapted to local American Western culture, hence, the Power Rangers’ similarity… interesting =) I actually grew up with both… Bioman and Power Rangers… hehehe =) It also great to know that you love Korean, Taiwanese, Chinese, and Thai movies… I also adore their series =) I have several favorites too that I will share in my upcoming articles =) Thanks again for dropping by =)

  6. I din’t know Bioman until I read this post. My childhood was filled with Power Rangers. Sad to know the news of Ryosuke Sakamoto diagnosed cancer. Anyway I like the ending theme of Bioman it sounds energetic, cute and happy (I can imagine when you and your friends singalong during the childhood time, ha!). I like Japanese language as well especially their pop song (First Love – Hikaru Utada) is super nice. Thanks for sharing this post and I learn something new 🙂

    1. Hi Roy, thanks for passing by. Power rangers, I love them too… grew up watching them also =) In the Philippines, we were introduced to both series… but Bioman came first, then towards the early 90s, Power Rangers was also a hit =) In my research, it is sad indeed that Red 1 was diagnosed with the big C… nways, It was an honor introducing to you these Bioman songs… it might take quite an LSS (last song syndrome) if we listen to it… hehehe =) thanks again =)

  7. Hahaha these old japanese shows are so cheesy but still so cool! Yeah I grew up on Power Rangers and Voltron but they all have a similar premise. Aside from these, I also used to watch Samurai X religiously, and later moved on to Naruto and Death Note. In my book, the ONE RULE when watching any japanese programming is this: NEVER WATCH THE ENGLISH DUBBED VERSION. ALWAYS WATCH THE SUBTITLED VERSION. Something about hearing the Japanese language in the shows kinda of enhances the experience for me somehow. It’s like immersing yourself in the work of art the way it was meant to be experienced. Like how deep and gruff and loud some japanese words have to be said, it just cannot be replicated in english! Great Post!

    1. hi Pat, that’s amazing =) I actually grew up with Power Rangers and Voltron too =) I so love the 80s and the 90s… hehehe =) I totally agree with you with watching subtitles.. I also prefer it that way… it really brings out the raw experience =) I must admit though, that some doesn’t like it that way.. they seem to be “distracted” while reading then watching… but I guess that’s fair too… very understandable =) Again, thanks for dropping by =)

  8. Hi there, I thought your pic was of the Power Rangers until I started reading. I watched the videos and think that the Bioman Closing Song – Concert by Takayuki Miyauchi was my favorite. Sort of a catchy tune even though I don’t understand the words so I can imagine if you were watching as a child that it would slowly sink in. It’s wonderful what a childhood memory can invoke. The language is indeed very beautiful.

    1. hi Maria, thanks for dropping by =) Yeah, as children, we didn’t care before and just started singing the words subconsciously =) It is fascinating that a lot thought that they were the Power Rangers… hehehe… =) Thanks for listening to these Japanese songs… it absolutely catchy and beautiful..also they evoke nostalgia to many =) Thanks =)

  9. Hi JR.,

    I would have to admit I’ve never heard of Bioman but they look like the Power Rangers. I have nephews that grew up with the Power Rangers. I really enjoyed the videos. I especially enjoyed the Opening Song of the concert. That was very energetic. Sad to read that Ryosuke Sakamoto was diagnosed with cancer.

    This is a great post. Thank you for sharing.

    1. hi Rosa, thank you for dropping by. Yeah, I also grew up with The Power Rangers. I believe for us, growing up in the Philippines, we were exposed to both BioMan and The Power Rangers =) As a kid back then, I really didn’t see or notice the difference… for me, they are all my heroes.. hehehe =) Now, looking back, it is just fascinating to see them again and how I subconsciously loved the language =) Thanks again =)

  10. BIOMAN really seems like an interesting to watch and get into. It’s amazing the work and the beauty of language that goes into creating these great TV shows. I’ve never actually seen this series myself. However, I can always appreciate someone who goes out of their way to research and find out what happened to tv actors.

    1. hi Caleb, thanks for visiting my blog =) You should watch BIOMAN, you’ll find it interesting and you will see some similaritie with the likes of Power Rangers… but because it’s Japanese (though the series has English subtitles too already), you get to witness parts of their culture =) Thank you for mentioning finding past actors.. it is really a humbling moment when you find out where your super heroes or idols are now =) Thanks again Caleb =)

  11. What a cool page! I do not know the Biomic Biomen, but there was an animated series available here in the US called ‘Speed Racer’, which seemed to be an exercise in very excited voices over minimal animation. It was interesting to see the various videos, both of the show’s opening and closing, and the videos of present day stars. Japanese TV has always been a mystery to me, and remains so now, even after all your efforts! Thanks!

    1. hi Bobby, thanks for dropping by =) Oh wow, Speed Racer, i think i know that too… =) I agree with you that Japanese TV shows are full of mysterries… from their animated series to their comedy tv shows… ghere is something that hooks you in watching it yet you question why you are watching it… hehehe… thanks again =

  12. Bioman does remind me of Power Rangers. I am new to Bioman, but they look very interesting. Thanks for sharing your fond childhood memories of your Bioman days. It sounds like you really enjoyed them. Have a great day!

    1. Hi Brandon, yeah, I can imagine how you would see Bioman as a replica of Power Rangers. There is a big similarity visually. As for us in the Southeast Asia, growing up with Bioman in the late 80s and transitioning to Power Rangers in the early 90s was a breeze. As kids, it felt the same. It is only now as an adult, looking back at this magnificent era, that I get to really see the difference. I am happy you saw a glimpse of my childhood. I am happy you get to know the Bioman. =)

  13. Wow very great interesting article i was actually wondering about the power rangers from different places around the world , and this was really greatly appreciated 🙂

    1. Hi Sara, thank you for dropping by. Bioman actually preceded the Power Rangers. The Power Rangers we know, as per my understanding, was based on these Japanese Sentai characters. Interestingly, a lot of inspiration was drawn from these sentai characters, including the colors of the heroes. I am glad you appreciated this new information. =)

  14. Yeah, I can totally relate to what you mean. When I was growing up I wanted a lot of anime and the theme songs were always in Japanese, even though the rest of the show had been translated into English.

    It was always cool to get to listen to music and lyrics in a foreign language when I was young, and it seems like I’m not the only one who thinks so!

    I never watched Bioman, but I did watch the original Power Rangers, which this show reminds me of. Pretty cool!

    1. hi Nick, thanks for dropping by =) Listening now to these songs really brings me back to my childhood. And I am with you, I also appreciated foreign sounding songs even when I was a child…hehehe =) For us in Southeast Asia, the Philippines to be more particular, before the dawn of Power Rangers, Bioman was the biggest hit. Ask any Filipino born in the 80’s and I am pretty sure they would know the Bioman and these songs =) Thanks again Nick =)

  15. One of my close friends actually studies Japanese. It is very beautiful language and extremely hard to learn. It has so many sound varieties that if you do not have musical hearing it will be really hard for you to learn it. Also the pronunciation is quite a struggle too, a little of discrepancy on one word can lead to absolutely different meaning. I would love to start studying it but not sure if I have enough capabilities for that 😀

    1. hi Anna, thanks for visiting =) I do agree that Japanese is indeed a very beautiful language. On a personal level, it defined my childhood with the BIOMAN songs that’s why I appreciate it very much. I also agree that like other languages, it is quite a bit challenging to learn it. However, constant exposure and practice I believe will help us master it, at least at its basic levels. It is not too late to learn it. You can start by listening to their songs like the BIOMAN songs… hehehe =) Nways, thanks again Anna =)

  16. Thanks for this fond memory about Nihongo from a children’s TV perspective. In the ’80s I was too tied up in work and too old to get into these shows, but I became immersed in Japanese in my work, and loved it. So I took a course at the local community college and fell in love with the culture. I have friends around the world and great memories because of my flirtation with Nihongo. In fact, a few weeks after the somber experience of visiting the Peace Park in Hiroshima, I shared a tour of Manila with a Japanese expat living in Singapore. At the memorial garden overlooking the city as we heard about Japanese atrocities in the Philippines I shared a bond of ancestral guilt with her that is only possible in this strange cross-cultural way. Many thanks for this beautiful website – it is a labor of love, and that really shows!

    1. Hi Steve, thanks for visiting and for sharing your story. I guess we share the same love in the Nihongo language. It may be indirect for me at the beginning as we grew up with these Japanese series, but I guess it left a big mark in my subconsciousness that I now reap the passion and love for it. I am also glad you visited my homeland and shared the experience in learning the influence of Japan in our culture in both spectrum of humanity. We Filipinos love Japanese culture. It is embedded in us and we have it wherever we go =) Thanks for your kind comment too on loving my website. It is my simple way of sharing the love for languages and culture =) Thanks again =)

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