Thursday, January 5, 2012

Hero Profile: Gavan

This month the movie Gokaiger vs. Gavan premieres in Japan, but who is Gavan?
Earth is invaded by the Makuu Empire, led by Don Horror, who had first destroyed a space colony near Earth. Don Horror wants to dominate the whole universe and sends spaceships to create panic on Earth. While the Makuu is trying to impose its domination, Space Sheriff Gavan from the Galactic Union Patrol, arrives in his spaceship, the Dolgiran. He is the son of Tamiko Ichijouji and Voicer. When needed, he is teleported via a silver chrome combat suit using the Jouchaku process which consists of fusing Granium particles to Gavan's body. He is an accomplished athlete and has various weapons at his disposal. On Earth, he uses the name Retsu Ichijoji.

He comes from the Bird Planet, the planet where Space Sheriffs are trained and where they are stationed while on call. Gavan is asked to defend the Earth, which is his mother's planet of origin. Gavan is helped by Mimi, the daughter of Commander Qom, and is given information by Qom, assisted by Marin on his home planet. Gavan goes to Earth to defend it against Don Horror and his devilish schemes. He settles on Earth incognito, using his actual human name, Retsu Ichijouji; he takes a job at the Avalon Youth Club in Japan. In the Uchuu Keiji Crossover, Gavan announces to Sharivan and Shaider that he has proposed to Mimi.

 He has been played by Kenji Oba, he has played this role in six different shows or movies. First in Uchû keiji Gyaban (Space Sherrif Gavan) and then later in Sharivan and Shaider. In the special Space Cop Shaider: Pursuit! Shigi Shigi Abduction Plan in 1985. Then in one episode of Chojinki Metalder in 1987 and World Ninja War Jiraiya in 1988. And finally Gokaiger vs. Gavan in 2012 where he plays the dual roles of Ichijouji Retsu and Shirou Akebono from Battle Fever J and Denjiman respectively.

1 comment:

dianamagupayo said...

Gavan is also known as X-OR in France, Space Cop Gaban in Brazil and Sky Ranger Gavan in the Philippines. He indeed married Mimi and had children. I really wanted to see Retsu Ichijouji and Mimi Ichijouji's sons and daughters in the movie. They really wanted just like their parents, Den Iga, Lily, Dai Sawamura and Annie. It's a shame they didn't see Voicer alive, but they indeed had another grandfather: (Retired) Commander Qom.