Song Collection: Jikuu Senshi Spielban

Hello! I'm back again with another random Song Collection review. This time around I'll be listening to the song collection from the 1986 Toei Metal Hero Series Jikuu Senshi Spielban (or Spielvan or Jaspion 2 if you're in South America or Europe). I honestly picked this one because it's a road less traveled by me. Yeah, I don't really listen to this one very often outside of the awesome theme songs (well, two out of three of them). I figure...why not?

Normally I listen to two random song collections and really strain to find some kind of connection. This month is a little bit different... Right now you can also check out a little review of a Kakuranger purchase I recently made. That's right...I *finally* bought a Kakuranger Ball! Check it out here.

For this review I'll be listening via my trusty Super Hero Chronicle Metal Hero Shudaika Sonyuuka Daizenshuu I. I previously took a look at the entire CD series in this woefully incomplete post.


01. Jikuu Senshi Spielban / Ichiro Mizuki

Ahhhh...what a fine song.

Legendary singer (and cast member when it comes to this series) Ichiro Mizuki belts out this amazing example of a theme song. It's an epic with a tinge of tragedy and action. Perfect. I feel like they tried to replicate this the following year with the theme song to Metalder, but it doesn't quite gel as nicely.

The bassline ties the whole thing together to make a tight start to our weekly adventure. It may not be my absolute favorite Metal Hero theme of the 80s, but it's up there.

02. Waller no Theme / Dr. JOE

Heh. This one is alright.

I like the droning music, but the vocals by...umm...Dr. Joe... are a bit messy. Intentionally, sure, but I can't really say it's my favorite part of the song. Naturally I like the guitar bits that are dropped in since they break up the droning for a minute.

It's not Fushigi Song from Shaider weird, but it's still a weird song.

I should cover Shaider someday...

03. Kanashimi no Helen / Naomi Morinaga

The first of the trio of character songs by our main cast. It's a ballad song by Naomi Morinaga. You know what...I never really put much thought into this song, but it really isn't bad. Morinaga isn't a brilliant singer, but this is WORLDS better than Annie ni omakase from Shaider. Someone spent 1985 taking singing lessons.

Yeah, you know...I officially dig this song. It's a good one. Also, I realize I just made another Shaider reference.

04. Kimi no nakama da Spielban / Ichiro Mizuki

The first series ending song. It's...OK.

Mizuki sounds drunk more than anything during the slow parts. He has some decent ballads, but he can't seem to nail sincerity/softness.

Maybe an infinitely cooler song will replace it about eleven episodes in...

05. Diana Action / Makoto Sumikawa

Another character song--this one by Diana actress Makoto Sumikawa. There is a great reason why Sumikawa never did a song for Kamen Rider BLACK RX. Then again, Tetsuo Kurata had a few songs and a flippin' OP despite being awful.

Yeah, this song isn't great. This sounds like a second-tier Sentai song. It's a random mess of jerky lyrics and a bland bassline. This one is really far too chirpy and fluffy for this song collection.

Can I go back to admiring Kanashimi no Helen?

06. Hikari no Hoshi Mizu no Hoshi / Hiroshi Watari

The third of the character songs...and this one is by Spielban himself, Hiroshi Watari.

Awesome...awesome stuntman and actor. Good lord is he not a singer. Oof. Yeah, this is really, really bad. Especially when he tries to hold a note. Honestly, Diana Action is better despite the thrashing I just gave it. The only thing I can give this song credit for is that it sounds like it belongs here.

Thank god he didn't sing a song for Sharivan.

07. Ore no ikari ni te wo dasu na! / Ichiro Mizuki

A surf-ish sounding song by Mizuki. I like this one even if it kinda reminds me of the Grand Birth theme from Sharivan (Hmmm...two in a row for Sharivan now...). I like the vibe, though. It's very 1986 in a verrrry specific way. Flashman also had a song similar to this.

08. Chase! Spielban / Ichiro Mizuki

The only legit action song here that isn't a theme song. I really enjoy this one even if it's a bit basic. In a lesser world this could really pass as the theme song for the series.

Really, this is the type of jam that Ichiro Mizuki was made for.

09. Muteki no ooja / Ichiro Mizuki

The Grand Nasca / Gaios theme. It's another big sounding song that songs very much like a mash-up of recycled Watanabe music. That said, it's a fantastic and strange song. The first verse covers Grand Nasca and the second covers Gaios. The third...just never happens. The remainder of the song is basically Karaoke.

Huh...weird... I've heard this song several times, but never really noticed that. Kinda like how the Blue Brothers snuck out of the door during Sweet Home Chicago. I guess that would make me John Candy "Where's Jake??".

10. Kesho da! Spielban / Ichiro Mizuki

Yessss! The wildly improved second ending song for the series. Kesho da! is a legit jam and second only to Time Limit for awesome 80s Metal Hero ending songs. Not only does this song kick supreme ass, it complements the opening theme song perfectly. No drunk singing...just full-force Mizuki.


This song collection has it's ups and downs, but it's largely consistent. It's mostly ups, though. I'm not sure why this one never really made it into my regular rotation, but it's a pretty solid set of ten songs. The positives really outweigh the negatives. Even if that Watari song is dreadful...

Give this one a spin. It may not have the most variety, but it's a solid listen.

The only thing I'm left with is...do I listen to Shaider next...or Sharivan?


That's all for now. Be sure to read my mini review of the Kakuranger Ball. It took me twenty-six years, but I finally have it!

Have a good one!



Kakuranger Ball!!!
The Toys That Made Us: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
Jukou B-Fighter Song Collection
Choriki Sentai Ohranger Song Collection
The CD Collection


  1. I want to know who does the falsetto "OK!" during the ED song. Is it Mizuki?

    1. I imagine it's a Columbia session singer/intern. Kinda sounds similar to the "Kick" "Flash" "Go" from the Flashman heroine song.

  2. The opening of Spielban is a perfect hymn to a space odyssey.

    the second ending is my top 5 of ending in metal heros.

    The best songs of the ost. 7/10 for the ost of spielban.

    I want to see your opinion about shaider, sharivan and then metalder.


    1. For sure. I'll be getting to all of those eventually!