What kind of hero is Hurricane Polymar?

Source:(c)2017“Hurricane Polymar”production committee(c)TATSUNOKO PRODUCTION

Do you all know the hero by the name of “Hurricane Polymar?”
He is an anime hero created in the early 1970s by Tatsunoko Productions, the company that has produced a large number of series such as Science Ninja Team Gatchaman and Casshan.
Influenced by the Kung-fu boom associated with hits like Bruce Lee’s star performance in Enter the Dragon, the main character of this series is “Hurricane Polymar,” who commands a unique style of martial arts known as “Hairken,” and is clad in a suit made from the remarkably heavy compound “polymar.” As a fighter of bad guys, he plays a classic good-versus-evil hero role.
In honor of the 55th anniversary of Tatsunoko Productions, Hurricane Polymar is going to be made into a live-action film (premiering on May 13th), so I will be taking a look at the hero figure within main character Hurricane Polymar.

■A decent work that follows in the footsteps of inspired heroes

Still, with that being said, the truth is that not even I know that much about Hurricane Polymar. So, I dusted off our company’s database to learn more.
While the overall degree of name recognition is only at 9%, that percentage among men in their late-40s and early 50s is over 30%. No wonder I’m not familiar (I’m in my early 40s).
Unfortunately, there was nothing recorded in the database about heroism, but in the words of the star of the live action film Junpei Mizobata, heroism means that “no matter what obstacle you encounter, you never lose faith in yourself, and you conquer your own pride.” So, the aim of our “hero analysis” (*1) is basically a hero high in the qualities of willpower and perseverance, unwavering conviction, and self-confidence.
Now, based on the movie trailer alone, it seems that a hero is also in possession of exceptional talents and the ability to protect others during a crisis, while his sense of solidarity with his companions is not particularly high (or I guess it’s really his regard for his companions).
Based on this, when I search for similar heroes on the “hero database” (*2), the heroes Golgo 13, Kenshiro, and Luffy came up, and in 6th place came the name Bruce Lee.
As I thought, not only does this work appear to have a hero figure which has taken influence from others, but the actors seem to be keenly aware of this fact, making this a production to look forward to in my opinion.
And by the way, as a closing remarking, I hear that the live-action film Hurricane Polymar has a certain relevance to our Fields. I’m sure you’re thinking “Wow, thanks for the advertisement!” You have my sincerest apologies. Still, even if you have only the slightest interest, please stroll over to your nearest theater and give it a chance.
I haven’t seen it yet, but it certainly looks like a pinnacle of classic good-versus-evil heroism and action.

*1 “Hero analysis” refers to a method of assessing a heroic character on the “six hero attributes” and “13 personality traits” based on FRI’s quantitative surveys.
*2 The “hero database” is the database of all our hero analysis evaluations.

(Author: Masanori Ota)

Fields Research Institute (FRI) conducts research in entertainment. This article was written by the member of FRI, through the original coverage of his/her interests that discovered from daily life.


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