Starting this June 30th, Indonesia's MNC and Japan's Ishimori Production will start airing Indonesia's latest tokusatsu hero, “BIMA Satria Garuda”, or BIMA the Garuda Warrior. And like any Japanese produced tokusatsu, it will also have merchandises courtesy of Bandai.
Led by the enigmatic Rasputin, the evil organization VUDO came from a parallel universe to steal the natural resources of Earth like oxygen, water and sunlight. Ray, a young man from Earth, was chosen to be a hero to protect the Earth from the evil invaders' attack.
BIMA stars Christian Loho as Ray Bramasakti, Stella Cornelia (JKT48) as Rena Iskandar, Rayhan Febrian as Randy Iskandar, Adhitya Alkatiri as Mikhail, and Sutan Simatupang as Rasputin.
Ray Bramasakti is the main protagonist who transforms itself to Bima Satria Garuda by using the Red Power Stone given by the mysterious person named Mikhail. A honest and quiet man, he is working as a technician in the Satria Motor. He was an orphan, but have Randy and Rena as his close friends.
As BIMA, Ray is granted the agility, focus and strength of a Garuda. He also uses a weapon named Helios. When called, Helios will come flying out from the sun. His finishing move is the Garuda Strike.
Randy Iskandar is one of Ray's best friends since high school, and acts as his big brother. Also known as Ray Way, he was an orphan, who inherited wealth from his parents. He lived and raised by his uncle who saved him as a child.
Rena Iskandar is the younger sister of Randy. She is innocent and naive. Even though she always tries to help Bima, but often just ended up getting in his way by getting kidnapped, etc. She admires both Randy and Ray, and she is in love with Ray.
Rasputin is the head of the evil organization VUDO, which comes from a parallel world to take on the earth elements, such as oxygen, water, and sunlight. It uses the power of the Black Power Stone as main power resource. He have a right hand man by the name of Iron Mask, which acts as the captain of their warship. The face behind the mask is not known, however, he has the power of Blue Power Stone.
Monsters include Tiger, Scorpion and Lizard Monsterman. There is also a guy called Azazel who fights BIMA for Rasputin. He has a weapon called Toranus (God of Thunder).
And finally, here's a good look at BIMA Satria Garuda via the recently uploaded trailer from RCTI official YouTube page, and other related videos.
Scheduled for 26 episodes, BIMA Satria Garuda starts airing on June 30th (Sunday) at 8:30 AM, with replays every Saturday at 3:00 PM on RCTI. They also have plans to release the show overseas, such as Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.
UPDATE: Christian Loho will also be the BIMA's suit actor with the choreography handled by Ishimori production. Three choreographers, the cameraman and director all came from Japan, as well as the equipment to be use to create the series.
Additionally, the designer and writer for the story will be Masato Hayase who is known for writing the Sea Jetter Kaito and Cyborg 009 Conclusion mangas; S.I.C. Hero Saga, Kamen Rider Eve, and KIKAIDER00 novels; and, the character designer for Voicelugger, Kamen Rider Agito, Ryuki, Faiz, Hibiki, Kabuto, Den-O, Kiva, Decade, W, and OOO
Sources: KAORI Nusantara, AnteraNews (link 2), HotGame Magazine, Duniaku.net. Special thanks to Aditya Wibowo.
Additional info from Video Games Indonesia, Hai Online via Juspion