Episode 1: A NEW FOE ARISES! DEMONICUS MAKES HIS MOVE!
Japan, 1972. In a small suburban neighborhood stands the house of the Sakimori family. The Sakimori family is comprised of Raita, the family patriarch, Yoichiro (who is Raitas son) and Tsukiko, who are the parents of Hikaru, the oldest child, a girl named Hotaru and a young boy named Akira Sakimori. Hikaru is an exceptional young man ... but a very lazy man at that. Finally becoming sick of Hikaru always sitting at home, doing nothing, Tsukiko ordered him to look for a job. Any chance to disagree was thwarted by Raita. You never argue with Raita Sakimori. So, Hikaru applied for many different jobs, with hilarious consequences. He eventually got a job as a Taxi driver. One day, while he was doing his job, a monster appeared in the city to tear it apart. This wouldn't be out of the ordinary in Japan, but their was a big difference: This creature wasn't born, but CREATED! The crazy mastermind behind this attack was DR. DEMONICUS, and evil genius who plans to take over THE WORLD! He warned that, if the world leaders won't surrender to him, his monster BATRAGON will destroy all of their cities. As a show of his power, he unleashed Batragon in Tokyo. And, right in the middle, was Hikaru. Trying to avoid the debris coming down by the destruction the monster brought, he steered the taxi like a pro, finally bringing the man in the back to safety. Hikaru, however, started to ran towards the monster, to do what he trained his whole life to do: Kicking monster butt. The Sakimori's weren't just a normal family, you see. No, they are actually aliens, whose homeplanet Peaceland was destroyed by alien invaders. With Raita acting as his sensei, Hikaru became a formidable warrior. Equipped with the right technology, Hikaru has the ability to turn into ZONE FIGHTER. And that was exactly what he did. With Raita on speaker as his guide, Zone Fighter was able to beat Batragon and thwart Demonicus' evil plan. For now ...
Later, Hikaru received a call from the man who was in his taxi when all hell broke loose. He says that he is the owner of a garage, that they need a test driver for their cars, and that he thinks that Hikaru is the best man for the job. WIN!
Episode 2: INCREDIBLE DISCOVERY! INCREDIBLE DANGER!
The world is agasp after a sensational find is discovered: The SNOWMAN is real! He is quickly detained, and brought to a local zoo. The media is buzzing over this discovery, and the Zone family visits the zoo to take a look at the creature. However, they aren't the only ones who are interested in the Snowman. Demonicus, out for revenge after his monster Batragon was defeated by Zone Fighter, takes the Snowman, and turns him into the mighty YETRIGAR! Yetrigar goes on a rampage, until he is confronted by Zone Fighter. Hitaru is hesitant to kill the beast, however, since the Snowman is the last of his kind. But when Yetrigar nearly kills Zone Angel, Zone Fighter finally stops him for good. The day was saved, but at what cost?
Unbeknownst to the Zone Family though, another problem arises. Back at the zoo, a young reporter by the name of RAI KOTARU saw how Hitaru turned into Zone Fighter, and he is now determined to find out who the mysterious saviour is!
Episode 3: DEATHLA ATTACKS! IS THIS THE END FOR ZONE FIGHTER?!
Mankind always was their worst enemy, and nothing made that more clear than pollution. And someone who knows very well how to use that against them is Dr. Demonicus. In yet another attempt to destroy Zone Fighter, he creates DEATHLA, a monster made out of pure pollution and garbage. Demonicus unleashes this newest spawn of evil on Japan, and it wasn't long until Zone Fighter came to intervene. However, his attacks had no effect on Deathla, and just being near the monster did tremendous damage to him, so he had no other choice but to retreat. After getting far away from the monster, Hitaru collapses because of the poison Deathla emitted. There, while still in his Zone Fighter form, he was found by Rai Kotaru. Before Kotaru was able to remove the mask, however, Hitaru was whisked away by one of Raita's inventions.
Back at the home of the Zone family, Hitaru receives treatment by his mother, while Yoichiro and Raita try to figure out how to defeat the monster. And was then that they found out that a huge load of electricity dehydrated the cells of the monster. They have a way to kill it! So a plan was put into motion: luring the monster to the nearest power plant, they plan to siphon the energy of the plant and fry the monster. However, for that, they had to keep the monster busy, and the only one who can do that is Zone Fighter. Hitaru, not completly healed but able to stand, assures them that he can do it. To help him in this task, Raita makes some adjustments to the suit that he hopes will better protect his grandson from the poisonous aura Deathla possesses. Well, only one way to find out …
So the plan began. Deathla was lured to the plant by Zone Fighter, while Zone Angel and Zone Junior prepare the plant itself. While better equipped for the fight than before, Zone Fighter was still weak from their previous encounter, and it didn't look good. Thankfully, the other Zone children managed to finish their task, and Deahtla was fried by millions and millions of volts, until only a smoldering husk remanined. The day was saved, and the Zone family can rest. Demonicus though? He was PISSED!
Random Episode Trivia: This episode was very controversial when it first aired, due to the way Deathla's attack was depicted, which was a little to close to the monster Hedorah. The director was a survivor of Hedorahs attack on Tokyo, so the similarities were intentional.
Episode 4: SHOCKING! HERE COMES THE ENERGY BEAST!
Japan was in grave danger, when a dam was suddenly attacked by … Zone Fighter?! No, not really. Infact, learning from his past mistake, Demonicus decided to use the power of electricity to his advantage this time. Using the Life-Stone, he mutated a normal centipede into the energy devouring, shapeshifting terror known as CENTRIPOR, THE ENERGY BEAST! Centripor took the form of Zone Fighter to trick the japanese citizen into thinking that Zone Fighter became their enemy. This ruse was quickly shattered when the real Zone Fighter appeared to challenge his evil doppelganger. In their battle, Centripor revealed his true form. Absorbing the energy from Zone Fighters attacks and the electricity of the dam, Centripor began to grow exponentially. Hard pressed to fight against this giant beast, Zone Fighter tried to drag his foe away from any form of energy. Successful in that, Zone only used melee attacks. At first, Centripor was able to counter most attacks, but his energy reserves began to deplete. Trying to escape the battle to absorb more energy, he was always stopped by Zone Fighter. The more energy Centripor used, the more he shrank. His power nearly completely drained, Zone Fighter grabbed the beast by it's tail and threw him into a nearby lake. Electricity and water obviously don't mix, and the Energy Beast was annihilated. Once again, Zone Fighter was victorious.
Episode 5: THUNDER AND LIGHTNING! MONSTER BATTLE ROYALE!
When a freak accident at a laboratory leds to the creation of the monster only known by his nickname LIGHTNING BUG, Zone Fighter was called by the scientists to help them contain the creature. But when Zone Fighter confronts the creature in a battle, he was suddenly struck by a blow from YETRIGAR? Confused at how the mutated snowman could still be alive, Zone Fighter nonetheless battles the two titans. In this epic confrontation between the three gargantuans, the answer to how Yetrigar is alive is revealed: his outer skin blown off by an accidental attack by the Lightning Bug, Yetrigar is revealed to be nothing more than a robot. A ROBO-YETRIGAR, if you will. Robo-Yetrigar is a robot created by Dr. Yukiko Ifukube, using one of Demonicus former creations as a base. Dr. Ifukube was abducted by Demonicus and forced to build the robot for him. While Zone Fighter was busy fighting Robo-Yetrigar and Lightning Bug, Zone Angel and Junior make their way to where Demonicus was keeping the doctor hostage. Zone Fighter though was hard pressed to fight both opponents at once. Luckily for him, Lightning Bug was not one of Demonicus creations, as was made clear by Lightning Bugs retaliation when he was accidentally struck by one of Robo-Yetrigars chest missiles. Enraged by the attack, Lightning Bug attacked the robotic snowman, which allowed Zone Fighter to catch his breath (and refill his energy reserves). The battle between the two monsters was close, but in the end, Robo-Yetrigar's superior defenses and firepower put an end to the mutation. His energy refilled, Zone Fighter now only had one opponent to take care of. Robo-Yetrigar still was a formidable opponent with his weaponry and martial arts prowess. Zone Fighters luck saved him again though, when Angel and Junior managed to locate and free Ifukube from Demonicus' minions. Now only running on rudimentary artificial intelligence, Robo-Yetrigar didn't fare nearly as well against Zone Fighter as before. The robot was destroyed after getting hit with Zone Fighters final attack, the Meteor Missile Might.
Episode 6: CRUSTACEAN CARNAGE! BEWARE, THE LORD HOWE MONSTER!
One would think that Demonicus would be the only madman that the poor people of Japan have to deal with. Well, they would be partly correct, since Demonicus has some help this time from a madWOMAN! Her name is Dr. Yamazaki, a disgruntled scientist, who was laughed at by her peers when she told him that she created a massive monster! Her peers wouldn't laugh now, after seeing the untold destruction Demonicus' creations have wrought, but it's too late to apologize. Dr Yamazaki joined forces with the evil Doctor Demonicus, and gave her own creation the power to shoot lasers out of her eyes. The first target of the LORD HOWE MONSTER? The science expo that was convenietly in town. All of her former colleagues were there, and she would get her revenge. Unfortunately for her, the Lord Howe Monster was no match for Zone Fighter. While the crustacean was tough, Zone Fighters maneuverability and superiour fighting skills were it's undoing. Failing in her quest for revenge, Dr Yamazaki swears that she would come back, with a better, stronger monster! However, Doctor Demonicus doesn't tolerate failure from his allies. Surprising Yamazaki, he shoots her in the chest, killing her. There is only room for one mad scientist, it is him.
Episode 7: RED RONIN! PROTECTOR OR MENACE?!
Again and again, Demonicus attacked Japan, with more and more kaijus created by his Life-Stone. And again and again, Zone Fighter managed to defeat every single one of them. Japan was not content with just letting Zone Fighter handle their protection. Oh no, they were gonna take matters into their own hands. And thanks to this, a giant, mechanical guardian known as RED RONIN was born. Designed by Yuriko Takiguchi with help from Dr Ifukube (who naturally jumped at the chance to create something that would put Demonicus in his place) and piloted by Yuriko's grandson, Rob Takiguchi, the robot was, quite literally, a marvel. Demonicus thought so too, which is why he devised a plan to take control of the robot. He creates two monsters known as the MEGAVOLT MONSTERS to attack Japan. As expected, Zone Fighter was there to battle the two, but Japan chose this moment to test their newest weapon. What they didn't know, however, was that this is exactly what Demonicus wanted. Distracted by the fight, Rob didn't notice Demonicus and his forces entering the cockpit. Red Ronin was officially theirs to command.
With a mighty Meteor Missile Strike, Zone Fighter destroys the Megavolt Monsters. There was no moment to catch his breath though, since Red Ronin decks him with a metallic right hook that sends him reeling. Defending against the advancing robot, a confused Hitaru asks Raita what the hell is going on? Raita explains that Red Ronin was now controlled by Demonicus, and that Zone Angel and Junior are already on their way. Hitaru just has to hang on a little longer. Which is easier said than done.
Stealthily entering Red Ronin, Zone Angel and Junior sneak up on Demonicus and his forces. With a surprise attack, they manage to defeat and capture the madman. Not a minute too late, as Zone Fighter's energy reserves were running increasingly low in the fight. A few minutes more, and he would have been powerless. Thankfully, that wasn't the case.
Demonicus was finally defeated and in captivity. Japan was safe, once and for all.
Or was it?
Episode 8: TERROR ON THE MOON! SPACE FIGHT TO WIN!
The Moon. While it is the closest celestial neighbor of our home planet of Earth, there is still not much we know about it. So, an expedition was launched that would establish a small research center on the Moon. For a while, everything was fine. Transmissions between the research center and the Earth command were frequent, and everything seemed to be working fine. One day, however, the transmissions stopped, without any clue what actually happened.
The Zone family was shocked when they saw the news footage that was talking about these events. Fearing the worst, they decided to go to the Moon themselves to check it out. Retrofitting one of Raita's previous vehicles with outer space capabillities, they made their way to the Moon's surface. When they got there, they found the research center to be completly abandoned. There was no sign of the crew, but there were signs of struggle. It didn't take long for the culprit to reveal himself: strange, humanoid creatures attacked Zone Fighter, Zone Angel and Zone Junior. They emitted a strong gravity field that nearly managed to snatch the three Peacelanders into their grasps, but they managed to release themselves from their gravitational grip using the stations artificial gravity generators and fight back. They were doing pretty well too. That is, until the creatures were starting to fuse into one, gigantic being, known as the GRAVITY GOLIATH. Zone Fighter changed into his giant form and starts batteling the monster. Using the Meteor Proton Beam, he was able to defeat the Goliath. After the defeat of the Goliath, it is revealed the gravity creatures absorbed the crew of the research center, and that the destruction of the Goliath freed them. The crew thanks their saviours, and the Zone family departs.
Episode 9: AN ANCIENT EVIL AWAKES! A NEW HERO IS BORN!
Japan enjoyed a few months of relative peace after Demonicus capture. It looked like that his mad reign of terror was finally over … of course, there is no force on Earth that can hold the evil DOCTOR DEMONICUS!!! No surprise then that he escaped from prison. However, there was still the problem of how to defeat Zone Fighter. Demonicus considers that he might need a new approach. Maybe something more … supernatural …
His men tell him about the demon MAOH, who was trapped back in ancient times in an underground cave. Demonicus wants to form an alliance with this demon, that will finally bring an end to the pesky Zone Family!
The Zone Family is hot on his trail, and managed to find the same cave Demonicus was heading to to awake the demon. What they don't know, however, is that Rai Kutoro was following them. Failing again and again to get substantial evidence of the fact that the Sakimori's are actually aliens, Kutoro was hoping this time would finally be his chance. He would get a lot more than that, though.
While the Zone family did their best to stop Demonicus from freeing Maoh, they were unsuccessful. Maoh was freed, and summons his most powerful minion KUMASOGAMI, who takes Zone Fighter out of the cave and turns into a giant. Zone Angel and Junior are still battling Demonicus forces inside the cave, but something else was calling to Kutoro. A voice was calling for his name, beckoning him to find it. He leaves the battlefield, without being seen, in a search for the origin of the voice. Further into the cave, Rai finds a mysterious ring with a blue diamond on it. The voice tells him to put on the ring, and although Rai was hesistant at first, he does so. And with that act, a wonderful transformation occurs ...
Meanwhile, Kumasogami proves to be too much for Zone Fighter alone to handle. That is when suddenly, DIAMOND EYE appears! He is actually the one who captured Maoh a long time ago, and now helps Zone Fighter in his battle against the demon. Their powers combined are enough to defeat Kumasogami, and they set their eyes on Maoh. Using Diamond Eyes powers, they were able to seal Maoh back in his prison, and Demonicus flees. After the job is done, Diamond Eye turns back into Rai Kutoro. Rai places the ring back to where he found it. His experience as Diamond Eye makes him realise that it would be foolish to reveal Zone Fighters secret, and with a new found respect for the heroes, he departs.
Episode 10: DEMON OF STONE AND BRUTALITY! GEKIDO-JIN!
His alliance with Maoh thwarted, Demonicus has known of another legend that might prove useful. On the island of Kiryoku-shima stands a menacing statue that the locals call GEKIDO-JIN. This oni was trapped inside his stone prison hundred of years ago, but Demonicus plans to unleash the beast. With the help of a small portion of his Life-Stone, Demonicus awakens Gekido-Jin from his slumber, and the oni quickly goes on a rampage. This is a job for Zone Fighter! Thinking that this would be an easy job (Gekido-Jin only reached up to Zone Fighters knee), Zone Fighter quickly dispatches the stone warrior. However, Gekido-Jin reforms his body, bigger and stronger than before. Again, Zone Fighter was able to destroy his form, but again Gekido-Jin came back, even bigger. He was now the same height as Zone Fighter, dealing massive damage with it's giant war hammer. After getting his butt handed to him by the oni, Zone Fighter realised that the only way to defeat Gekido-Jin is to destroy the Life-Stone fragment that became part of Gekido-Jin's helmet. That proved to be difficult, thanks to Gekido-Jin's might, but he was ultimately successful in destroying the fragment. After it's destruction, Gekido-Jin turned back to stone, and began to crumble. His newest creation destroyed, Demonicus fled the scene, cursing and swearing revenge. Same old, same old.
Episode 11: THE MIGHTY BURTANNUS! THE SEARCH FOR WHAT?!
It was a quiet day in Tokyo. People were minding their own business, doing their best to live a normal life in this busy town. However, since this is Japan, a normal day could turn sour, fast. And this was once again the case, when a gigantic reptilian beast arose from the waters in Tokyo bay. Zone Fighter was quick to intercept the monster, before it could reach the city itself. With a hide that proved impervious to harm, Burtannus was a frightening opponent. Zone Fighter wasn't alone though: this time, the japanese deploy Red Ronin to help him. With a reinforced cockpit after the last time he was in the field, Red Ronin and Zone Fighter double team the gigantic saurian. Strangely though, the creature appeared to be rather uninterested in a battle with the two guardians of Japan. It appears as if it was searching for something. And searching for something it did, as Raita found out. Doing a thorough scan of the area, he saw that, in a secure location near Tokyo, another creature from the same species was kept locked up. And who would capture a baby from his mother? Demonicus, of course. He planned to use the baby in his experiments to create more powerful monsters in his quest for world domination. Raita informs Zone Fighter about this discovery. Hitaru wastes no time and stops his attack on Burtannus. Red Ronin doesn't know about the baby though, and continues attacking the mother. Blocking his attack, Zone Fighter stands in front of the weakened mother. Confused, Red Ronin stops, and Zone Fighter points towards the location Raita told him about. Quickly, Zone Fighter flys to that exact location, frees the baby and returns it to his mother. Satisfied with the return of her child, Burtannus grabs the baby and goes back to the sea.
Episode 12: END GAME PART 1: THE HUMAN VAPOUR!
Young love is something beautiful, as Hotaru found out. She was seeing a young man named Mizuno, who was the son of a renowned scientist. One day, Mizuno took Hotaru with him to the lab of his father to show her his father's newest invention: a device that would use vapour to create new clean, powerful energy. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes again. A group of terrorists attacked the laboratory to steal this device. In the scuffle, Mizuno was thrown into the device, and in this freak accident became the HUMAN VAPOUR. Unable to touch anything (unless he wanted to vapourize it), he was brought to another lab. The scientists were out of options: they don't know how to cure the boy from his predicament. Another man's ire is another man's gain, because one day, Demonicus visits the boy. Knowing of his destructive capabillities, he shows him a video of his captured father and mother. Mizuno wanted to attack Demonicus, but the mad scientist kept him at bay when he told him that Mizunos parents would be killed if he would lay even one finger on him. The only way for Mizuno to see his parents again is to capture Zone Fighter and his family, and bring them to him. With no other option available, Mizuno accepts.
Mizuno escapes from the lab, and rampages through the city, trying to get Zone Fighters attention. Local police are powerless against the Human Vapour, as bullets just vapourize as soon as they come near him. Finally, Zone Fighter, Angel and Junior arrive. Angel, remembering who he is, tries to reason with him, but Mizuno tells her that he has no choice, and attacks the trio. Nothing the Zone family does is able to hurt the Human Vapour, and they are ultimately defeated. After the fight, Demonicus arrives and captures them.
Back at Demonicus flying battleship, Demonicus gloats about his victory. He tells them that he could destroy the three of them anytime he wants to, but he wants them to watch how he will finally destroy Japan. Demonicus sends three monsters down to Earth, the MEGA-MONSTERS (TRIAX, RHIAHN, KROLLAR). Without a way to free themselves, the Zone children watch in terror as the monsters destroy the town. All hope seems lost …
Episode 13: END GAME PART 2! THE FINAL BATTLE BEGINS!
The MEGA-MONSTERS tear through all major cities of Japan, leaving only destruction and chaos. Only Red Ronin remains to fight the monsters, but the combined might of the terrifying trio is to much for him. Soon, he too will fall …
Bursting into a maniacal laugh, Demonicus celebrates his victory. Finally, after so many failures, he has WON! Zone Angel tries to convince the Human Vapour to help them, but he tells her that he can't. Demonicus has his family, so he has to do what Demonicus tells him to do. Zone Angel is not the only one who hears this though. Back in the Sakimori house, Raita listens to the conversation between Angel and the Vapour, and decides that he has to do something. It's time for Zone Great to lace up his boots again! Using one of his many vehicles, Raita makes his way to Demonicus' fortress. Entering without being seen, he searches for Mizunos family in this maze of corridors. Finally, he finds the room where they are kept. Problem is, it is heavily guarded by Demonicus' henchmen. But even though he is nowhere near as powerful as before, Zone Great was still able to overcome the henchmen. He takes them to his vehicle, and quickly flys them to safety. Using his comm link to Zone Angel, he informs her that Mizuno's family is safe. She gives Mizuno the news, that his family his free from Demonicus clutches. Wasting no time, the Human Vapour releases Zone Fighter, Angel and Junior from the imprisoment, and together, they attack Demonicus and his forces. A huge battle ensues, which sees Demonicus flying fortress damaged, and about to crash! The Zone family wants to flee, but the Vapour refuses to leave without getting his hands on Demonicus first. Angel tries to reason with him, but she has no choice than to leave him. Escaping through an escape pod, the Zone children watch as Demonicus fortress crashes to the Earth and explodes. However, the fight is not over. There are still three extremely powerful monsters on the loose, and Red Ronin is on the brink of destruction. Changing into his giant form, Zone Fighter joins the battle. The odds somewhat turned, Red Ronin and Zone Fighter fight against the onslaught of attacks from the Mega-Monsters. It was a close fight, in which Red Ronin was destroyed, but they managed to defeat the beasts. Exhausted, Zone Fighter turns back into his human form, and collapses. They have won, and Demonicus was defeated once and for all.
Or so they thought.