Sukeban Deka II (1985) – Episode 33





Shocked to discover Saki’s true identity, the Old Man of Kamakura sends his servant Kikaibo to find out how much she knows about the secrets of the iron mask. With the police and media suppressed, Kage no Soto has started to implement Seiroukai’s Wolf Revolution, but there are still some key student leaders he needs to recruit to the cause, such as Kudo Miki. The students of Ryozan High have joined forces with students from other schools to form the Ryozan Alliance, but Saki may be too exhausted and conflicted to lead them. And then there’s the Namera problem…

Get it from Nyaa or Mega.

Special thanks to Phillip S., Aardvark and Dillon!

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10 Responses to Sukeban Deka II (1985) – Episode 33

  1. Nagaregumo says:

    Many thanks for this upcoming release 🙂

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  2. Steve H says:

    Oh NO! Another 2-parter!!

    Well, the bar set by the trio of girls twirling gymnastic ribbons of DEATH hasn’t been vaulted yet, but ‘cat girl with fake fangs that inject poison’ comes pretty close. 🙂

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    • Nanto says:

      A cat girl with fake fangs that inject a neurotoxic poison rendering the victim susceptible to hypnotic control by a spooky wind instrument, no less. Not to mention that she’s the last surviving member of a freaking clan with the same MO.

      It’s little details like these that separate merely crazy from 1980s Toei-style crazy.


      • Steve H says:

        I was in a hurry, dealing with super crap family emergency. I should have indeed mentioned the magic ocarina. 🙂

        So, the Iron Mask contains a GREAT SECRET, there’s the mystery of the Old Man, Japan surely had a huge problem in the ’80s with wandering itinerant priests who are really ninja or something like that (probably a carryover from the ’70s) but will Nishiwaki ever find love? 🙂

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      • Nanto says:

        In my opinion Nishiwaki is cooler than James Bond, and his secret identity as a teacher at Ryozan has an endearing quality like Christopher Reeve’s Clark Kent.


  3. Steve H says:

    I must be totally honest. ‘Nishiwaki’ is magnetic when he’s on screen. He plays the complete bad-ass and goofy dude perfectly. That scene in this episode where he met the other girls looking for Saki, one moment he’s in his ‘secret identity’, then he goes around the corner a little and just like THAT now he’s super slick secret agent dude. All with just a slight change of how he was carrying himself. He’s just got that very watchable ‘look’, that whole ‘acting with body emotion’ thing Sonny Chiba was trying to instill via the Japan Action Club. Have I seen the actor in other Toei shows and I am just ignorant?

    And that’s the odd thing. By this point ‘Saki’ should be much more comfortable in her role, more assured but from time to time she has this odd awkwardness as if it were her first day shooting. I wonder if she was getting lackluster direction. Look how stiffly she positions her body in some scenes, as if she was told to hit that mark and freeze. She’s like an anime scene shot on 4s, the inbetweeners not knowing their job (like some of those really rough Macross episodes).

    But saying that ‘evil Saki’ is really nailing it. 🙂

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    • Nanto says:

      Yeah, I thought that smooth personality transition just as Nishiwaki is out of Yukino and Okyo’s sight was really well done, at the same moment as he drops the pantomime of walking off and stands against the wall to listen in and make sure they’ve taken the bait. That’s the scene that made me think of the Christopher Reeve analogy.

      Kanie Keizo hasn’t done much SF (apart from a couple of guest shots in the Ultraman franchise) but he had a very successful career for decades in TV dramas. He played a lot of different characters in various episodes of the classic Toei police procedural G-Men ’75. He played a police inspector in Janus no Kagami, a really loopy Daiei drama about a girl with a split personality (honor student by day, violent delinquent by night). The theme song is a Japanese language cover of Jim Steinman’s “Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young” from Streets of Fire.

      My theory on Nanno’s odd, bewildered affect is that it’s a deliberate acting choice, meant to emphasise the fact that this is a character who spent most of her formative years with her head locked inside an iron mask, isolated and shunned by humanity. She’s been out of the mask for only a few months at this point, and despite baby steps towards having a few normal teenage social experiences, her time out of the mask has been dominated by violent conflicts and a desperate struggle to find out who killed her father and who the heck she even is.

      That said, I’m sure the filming of the closeups in the action scenes must have been a rather confusing process of setting up the shots rather quickly and shouting out directions (“sharp left turn, raise your yo-yo to shoulder level and look furious.”)


  4. Aardvark says:

    Woo Hoo! Thanks Nanto.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. limit says:

    Metamorphosed Saki is very beautiful.
    I envy the cat girl 🙂


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