We’ve finally reached the end of Ken’s journey, and what a way to end it. Yabuki Jiro (Taki from Kamen Rider) joins the cast this week so be on the lookout for him. Strangely, the credits say that Isao Sasaki is in episode 31 as a detective, but we can’t find a trace of him. We suspect whatever scene he was in was, unfortunately, cut. With Zubat I’ve often found myself unable to write a decent blog entry about it. It’s such a unique show that speaks for itself and I think that anything I could tell you about the episode would spoil the fun. One of the neat things about this show is that you never know what’s going to happen. Sure, there’s a standard formula they follow, but you never know what Ken is going to be best at, or how he’s going to one-up the bad guys. Every episode is a mini adventure full of laughs and suspense. I really liked how Zubat could be incredibly silly one moment, and then incredibly dark the next. Yet it wasn’t jarring. And as incompetent as Dakkar was, I never thought they were any less of a threat. They just happened to be second best. It’s been a real treat to work on this show and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
As a bonus we’ve made a lyrics page with translations for the three songs that appeared in Zubat. Check it out here
From the very first episode, I fell in love with Zubat and its amazing combination of surreality and charm. It may not always be the best show in the conventional sense — all tightly interwoven plotlines and carefully crafted characters — but there’s still something magical about it. It overflows with spirit and wild ideas in a way only 70s tokusatsu can.
Not many shows can pit a superhero against everyday human beings and make you root for the hero. Not many shows can create a hero so convincing in his vulnerability despite his being nominally invincible and diegetically the best at everything in the world.
That’s the magic of Zubat, and it’s my pleasure to have played a part in spreading that magic to everyone here. I hope you enjoy it to the very end.
I’d like to say I had a deep, emotional connection to Zubat that lead to my interest in the series, but the truth is that I just think Hiroshi Miyauchi is the best. Zubat has long been considered Miyauchi’s greatest role, and after I finished seeing the show, I felt like I could really see why. Hopefully you guys can, too.
Zubat and Ken, two sides of the same coin and yet still inseparable figures in their own right. Whether battling against the minor henchmen of Dakkar or that week’s hired gun, both Ken and Zubat shined magnificently. The show had amusing bad guys, clever Characters of the Week, two spunky tagalongs who followed Ken’s journey, along with a trusted friend in Tojo. But Ken was the one who brought everyone a bit of joy with his cocky, yet well-played grin as he searched the countryside for his friend Asuka’s killer.
Did Zubat play to your expectations just as Ken played his guitar in every episode? Was this the greatest attempt to bring you Zubat in his 32 glorious scene-stealing stories? While I can only admit to a small part in MFC’s subbing of Zubat, I am not the second-best. (or possibly even the third-best) Those honors go to Kou, Megan and Lynx for starting down the path of burning winds with Zubat and inviting me along for the ride. To them, I give thanks and to you, the viewer who traveled with us along this grand journey, I thank as well.
While Ken and Zubat’s journey may be over, we hope you truly enjoyed the experiences along with him.