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Seiun Kamen Machineman (Nebula Mask Machineman) was a Japanese Tokusatsu series exhibited in Japan during January 13 until September 28, 1984, telling the adventures of Nick, a.k.a Ken Takase, a college student from the Ivy planet (located at the Pleiades) to study the behavior of the Earthlings.
This Toku series includes the following tropes:
- Brought to You by The Letter "S": M for Machineman.
- By the Power of Grayskull: DOLPHIN!!!
- Cool Car/Cool Plane: The Machine Dolphin, which can change to the Dolphin Jet.
- Clark Kenting: Like Superman, Nick comes from a different planet, goes under the name of Ken Takase as a civilian, and as Machine Man. But he doesn't fly though.
- Finishing Move: Machine Thunder. (See Zorro Mark below)
- Henshin Hero
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Bandora is Ball Boy.
- Improbable Weapon User: Machineman uses his sidekick, Ball Boy as an actual baseball to stun enemies.
- Merchandise-Driven: The DX Machine Dolphin is still a highly sought collectors' item.
- Monster of the Week: averted. He would battle the Battle Butler sent by either the Tentacle or Octopus organizations.
- Robot Buddy: Ball Boy for Nick/Ken.
- Thou Shall Not Kill: Machineman will destroy robot, but only subdue the Battle Butler and use his power to make them Heel Face Turn.
- X Meets Y: Superman meets Zorro as a Henshin Hero.
- Zorro Mark: His finishing move.