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The Kagestar

Debuting in April 1976, The Kagestar was a 1976-77 was a live action series that ran for 34 episodes. It was created by Saburo Yatsude and followed the adventures of a young shadow puppeteer turned salaryman Kageoh Sugata (Naoki Tachibana) who thanks to an electric shock received while rescuing his wealthy boss’s daughter from kidnappers, gained the ability to merge with his shadow and transform into Kagestar (“kage” is Japanese for “shadow”).

With a touch of Evel Knievel, The Kagestar rode a winged white motorcycle called the KageroCar that he kept housed in a big and quite bizarre-looking anthropomorphic aircraft called the Kageboosee which he summoned with his flashlight-gun. He could also, as in the later video game and anime Blue Dragon, bring his silhouette-style shadow to life in giant form to battle the forces of evil.

Originally fighting American comics-style costumed crooks, later episodes saw his enemies be more like Kamen Rider-style mutated monsters created by his archenemy Dr. Satan (Goro Naya), a former Nazi scientist turned megalomaniacal mastermind also identified in some English language sources as Dr. Saturn.

Kagestar was assisted his similarly empowered white-skirted partner Bellestar (Emi Hayakawa) who rode a motorcycle of her own called the BelleCar and had a small bell on her bracelet that rang to warn her of danger.

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Founded Cult Faction in 2014; previously crawled out of the Black Lodge in 1976, only to find himself in the Village.

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