Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A (Very) Concise History and Notes of Super Sentai

This very Concise History or Notes of Super Sentai is mainly taken from old Wikipedia article about Super Sentai. The old article gives us brief description of each show in one paragraph, but the current version of article just trimmed this paragraph off. I also take several notes from to find interesting facts.
Whenever I can, I added one or two trivias to let us reminded to the series. So, here it is, A Very Concise History of Super Sentai once published in Wikipedia.

This compilation will divided into three parts:
Part 1 - Gorenger to Fiveman (14 titles)
Part 2 - Jetman to Dekaranger (14 titles)
Part 3 - Magiranger to Kyoryuger (10 titles + Akibaranger)

this is part 1

Himitsu Sentai Gorenger (秘密戦隊ゴレンジャー Himitsu Sentai Gorenjā):
Year 1975–1977 and developed by Shotaro Ishinomori, the very first super sentai team. The motif is spies and technologies. When transform the team shout "Go!" and their homebase organization is called EAGLE. They fight against a secret terrorist monster force called The Black Cross Army.
- The longest running series with 84 episodes
- Colors : Red, Blue, Yellow, Pink and Green.

J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai (ジャッカー電撃隊 Jakkā Dengekitai):
Year 1977, a unique series with motif of playing card  — Jack, Ace, King and Queen — and the first series to have white color as team leader, Big One. The homebase organization is also called ISSIS and the villain is called Criminal Organization Crime.
- Due to low ratings, the series was canceled after 35 episodes - making it the shortest-running Super Sentai.
- The first to had a versus movie J.A.K.Q. vs Gorenger. This use of a crossover would not happen again until 1995, and to be continued ever since.
- Actor that played Big One is the same with Blue Gorenger / AoRanger , the first actor reprising role of ranger.
- The only series that technically had four members as active rangers.
- Colors: Red, Blue, Pink, Green, White stripped

Battle Fever J (バトルフィーバーJ Batoru Fībā Jei):
Year 1979, motif is national countries (Japan, Soviet Union, Kenya, French and United States) which is also based on Earth's continent. Home base organization is National Defence Ministry, villain is EGOS. This is also a co-production between Toei and Marvel Comic. Thus the character is most unique super sentai design ever, featured characters resembling Captain America and Miss America.
- Also using world dance motif
- Battle Fever J also featured the first giant robot, an idea carried over from the Spider-Man production. From then on, the series' official name came to be Super Sentai.
- the first series to feature a team cannon formed from the members' individual weapons.
- the second but most notable super sentai  actor reprising role as core member, Kenji Ohba as Black ranger (Battle Kenya) and then appeared again in Denjiman. Later Shiro Izumi who played Pegasus Blue (in Changeman) will also play Burai / Dragon Ranger in Zyuranger, but in Zyuranger he is an extra ranger.
- once upon a time, Toei counted the Super Sentai franchise only start from Battle Fever J, before adding Gorenger and J.A.K.Q in the future.
- Colors: Red, Blue, Pink, Green, Black

Denshi Sentai Denziman (電子戦隊デンジマン Denshi Sentai Denjiman):
Year in 1980, this was the first series completely produced by Toei. No strong motif in Denjiman, but the heroes all connected to Space Planet Denji. No formal organization, villain is called Vader Clan.
- The first series to have a transforming giant robot
- the first to introduce a personal transformation device  in this case, each member wore a special ring.
- the first to use helmets with translucent materials for visors
- the only super sentai series to shared same actor as main core member
- Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, Pink, Green , which is the same combination back to Gorenger.

Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan (太陽戦隊サンバルカン Taiyō Sentai San Barukan):
Year 1981, this series served as a direct sequel to Denziman, with Machiko Soga's Queen Hedrian character returning. The motif of this series is based on basic elements: air, land and sea. Home base organization is Guardian of World Peace (GWP), villain is Black Magma
- the first to use full animal motif, although Battle Fever J also had character with animal design.
- the first combining robot to be used, a trend that continues throughout the Super Sentai Series.
- the first series to use a transformation bracelet - a device that would be standard in majority of the Super Sentai franchise.
- the first to use three member team, and the only three active rangers.
- Sun Vulcan was also the only series to have all male member.
- earliest series to use domestic building as their homebase camouflage (a restaurant and safari park)
- the only series with Red ranger replacement in the middle of series. Vul Eagle II was the one appeared in the next super sentai franchise, as in Gaoranger vs Super Sentai.
- Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue

Dai Sentai Goggle-V (大戦隊ゴーグルファイブ Dai Sentai Gōguru Faibu):
Year 1982. Motif is based on gemstones, ancient civilizations and rhythmic gymnastics. Home base organization is Future Science Laboratory, villain is Dark Science Deathdark.
- the first series that started the tradition of the main cast members shouting the team name on the opening title.
- each ranger to be assisted by Comboyputter, a boy / girl who stand by with computer
- the first series to literally use the number "V" / five in the team's name
- colors: Red, Black, Blue, Yellow, Pink

Kagaku Sentai Dynaman (科学戦隊ダイナマン Kagaku Sentai Dainaman):
Year 1983. Motif is science. Home base organization is Yumeno Invention Center, a private Earth's defend organization that use a playground as headquarter. Villain is Jashinka Empires.
- the first series to use "spandex" costumes for the heroes and was the first series to remove the scarves from the costume (a tradition carried over from Ishinomori's Kamen Rider Series).
- Several episodes of Dynaman were comically dubbed into English and aired during the USA Network's 1987 Night Flight programming block.
- also use Baseball theme for its uniform
- the name is choose because of the many explosion in the series, "Dyna-mite"
- the last sentai to strickly use Red, Blue, Yellow as male ranger, not to be used again until Turboranger
- Colors: Red, Black, Blue, Yellow, Pink

Choudenshi Bioman (超電子バイオマン Chōdenshi Baioman):
Year 1984. Motif is loosely a super bionic skill, Red is Radar / Navigational skill, Green is the ability to see through deception, Blue had super hearing, Yellow had photographic skill and Pink is simply a Laser Beam. No formal organization, villain is New Empire Gear.
- the first series to feature two heroines on the team
- the first to feature a helping robot to aid the heroes.
- The show was also the last to have a change in team members mid-season, with yellow replacement.
- The first to use Yellow as female ranger
- Colors: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink

Dengeki Sentai Changeman (電撃戦隊チェンジマン Dengeki Sentai Chenjiman):
Year 1985, motif is based on legendary creatures in European traditions mixed with a military theme. Homebase organization is Earth Defence Force against villain The Great Star League Gozma. Changeman revived the use of the team cannon, which became the final weapon of later Super Sentai groups.
- the second series to entirely based on animal theme
- the first to use White as female ranger color, then the second five team without a yellow color, after J.A.K.Q.
- Pegasus Blue actor Shiro Izumi will later play in Zyuranger as extra ranger, Burai / DragonRanger.  new update
- the last series not to have Yellow color, until Kyoryuger in 2013
- Colors: Red, Green, Blue, Pink, White

Choushinsei Flashman (超新星フラッシュマン Chōshinsei Furasshuman):
Year 1986. Motif is based on light and refractions, and also colored crystal from different planets. No formal Earth defence organization, villain is Mess.
- the first series to add a second giant robot for the team to fight with.
- this is one of four series to not have a title 'Sentai' in the team name, as with Battle Fever J, J.A.K.Q, and Choudenshi Bioman.
- the first sentai to have all member not born on Planet Earth, to be repeated later only in Gokaiger 2011.
- the first sentai not to revealed the ranger's last name
- Colors: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink

Hikari Sentai Maskman (光戦隊マスクマン Hikari Sentai Masukuman):
Year 1987. Motif is based on martial arts and Ch'i aura powers. No formal Earth defending organization, Maskman was trained by Commander Sugata to counter villains Underground Empire Tube.
- the first with an individual mecha piloted by each member of the team.
- The series also featured the first sixth warrior, appearing for only one episode.
- the first series to use non technological power as the 'explanation' to its super power.
- Colors: Red, Black, Blue, Yellow, Pink and Green as sixth warrior

Choujuu Sentai Liveman (超獣戦隊ライブマン Chōjū Sentai Raibuman):
Year 1988. Motif is based on animals. The first to had started as a trio like Sun Vulcan, then expanded into a five member mid-season — a practice that continued in some later series. Home base organization is Academia, villain is Volt.
- the first Super Sentai series to have a female blue warrior
- one of first series to had seen the background story of how one of villain character evolved (Doctor Kemp)
- the first animal-based mecha as well as the first combination of two individual robots into a single powerful robot.
- Liveman was celebrated as the tenth anniversary to the series, Gorenger and J.A.K.Q. were still not counted as part of Super Sentai at that time
- Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow and later Green and Black

Kousoku Sentai Turboranger (高速戦隊ターボレンジャー Kōsoku Sentai Tāborenjā):
Year 1989. Motif is based on automobiles. Turboranger is simply a Fairy skilled personality and villain group is called Boma Tribe. This was the 10th anniversary series (by Toei's official count until Goranger & J.A.K.Q. were re-included), Turboranger featured an anniversary crossover with the previous teams.
- the first to feature all high school student as rangers
- the first series to have a command base to be combined with the other giant robots to create a very powerful robot.
- the series that lack of traditional super sentai role call after the transformation, both as individual call or as a team. This become a problem in the Gaoranger vs Super Sentai movie, as every past red ranger were giving a footage of role call. Turboranger's role call in this movie is simply a new shoot. new update
- the first series to produce in Japan's Heisei era. This is after Emperor Akihito in throne. All previous sentai was under Emperor Hirohito, thus called Showa era.
- Colors: Red, Black, Blue, Yellow, Pink

Chikyu Sentai Fiveman (地球戦隊ファイブマン Chikyū Sentai Faibuman):
Year 1990. Motif is based on world martial arts and academic subjects: (science, athletics, language, music and mathematics), as each member poses as a school teacher. This series featured both an antagonistic team of villainous counterparts.  They are defending Earth from villain group Zone empire
- the first to have the entire team consist of family siblings.
- the first to have  a team power upgrade armor.
- one of the earliest series to have a comedy elements in majority of its show
- Colors: Red, Black, Blue, Yellow, Pink
continue to PART 2
Part 3 - Magiranger to Kyoryuger

Total 37 Super Sentai + 1 Unofficial per 2013

I compiled these articles in quite a rush, so if there are corrections please give in "comments" below. Not all details necessary included here, but interesting facts are welcome. Article compiled from Wikipedia and Powerranger Wikia.

Concise History of Super Sentai (Part 2)

This very concise notes and also history of Super Sentai is mainly taken from old Wikipedia article about Super Sentai. The old article gives us brief description of each show in one paragraph, but the current version of article just trimmed this paragraph off. I also take several notes from to find interesting facts.
Whenever I can, I added one or two trivias to let us reminded to the series. So, here it is, A Very Concise History of Super Sentai once published in Wikipedia.

This compilation will divided into three parts:
Part 1 - Gorenger to Fiveman (14 titles)
Part 2 - Jetman to Dekaranger (14 titles)
Part 3 - Magiranger to Kyoryuger (10 titles + Akibaranger)

read part 1

Chōjin Sentai Jetman (鳥人戦隊ジェットマン Chōjin Sentai Jettoman):
Year 1991. Motif is based on various birds, an homage to the anime and manga Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. Home base organization is Skyforce and villains is Vyram.
- the first to feature a marriage of two members of the team and overall a series with strong romance theme
- the first to have 3rd level giant robo
- Jetman have a manga epilogue that introduced a new member.
- the first to have core member killed
- the first and only sentai team that literally can fly
- the first to have a female mentor
- the first five member sentai to not have pink color, to be repeated again in Gaoranger and Go-onger
- the last super sentai without western conversion, aka Power Ranger counterpart.
- Colors: Red, Black, Blue, Yellow, White

Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger (恐竜戦隊ジュウレンジャー Kyōryū Sentai Jūrenjā):
Year 1992. Motif is based on dinosaurs and mega fauna. Ranger's team is lead by the Guardian Beast and villains is by Bandora the Witch.
- the first regular sixth team member
- the first seven mecha combination.
- the first Super Sentai adapted into Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for American audiences, beginning the Power Rangers franchise.
- Witch Bandora , the evil queen is the first main villain not to be killed in the end, she was only sealed by Zyuranger. Along with Zonnette, Lila (Timeranger) and Lamie (Zyuranger), they are villains minion that not killed in the end. new update
- the first series to have a mystical supreme leader, as opposed to a living person or technology.
- Colors: Red, Black, Blue, Yellow, Pink and Green as sixth ranger

Gosei Sentai Dairanger (五星戦隊ダイレンジャー Gosei Sentai Dairenjā):
Year 1993. Motif is based on Kung fu and traditional Chinese mythological creatures. Rangers are powered with 'chi' as descendent of Dai tribe and to fight villains group Dorma.
- the first to have child member, but when transformed, to have adult body, called Kibaranger
- the only super sentai after Power Ranger franchise that did not used for its costume. Power Ranger Season 2 in fact continued using Zyuranger costume. However, Kibaranger costume was used.
- Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink and White

Ninja Sentai Kakuranger (忍者戦隊カクレンジャー Ninja Sentai Kakurenjā):
Year 1994. Motif is based on ninjas and one loosely based on the classic Journey to the West. Five descendant of ninjas to fight villain group Youkai. As another anniversary series, the crossover "Super Sentai World" movie was produced featuring characters from Fiveman, Jetman, Zyuranger, Dairanger and Kakuranger.
- the first female acting as leader
- the first five-piece secondary robot.
- the first sixth ranger that not using variant of main costume. Instead sixth ranger, Ninjaman, is different design, costume and theme wise.When angry Ninjaman turn into Samuraiman in giant form.
- Ninjaman also the first full sixth member to not have human form
- the first to use anime-style character flash to add in effect when the ranger do an attack
- the first series to not have all five member appeared physically right from episode 1. The full team only appear in episode 3.
- Footage used in Power Ranger Season 3 and Alien Ranger
- Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, White and Ninjaman colored as Gold Blue

Chōriki Sentai Ohranger (超力戦隊オーレンジャー Chōriki Sentai Ōrenjā):
Year 1995. Motif is based on geometric shapes. The series back to formal organization theme, named UAOH to fight villain Baranoia of Pangaea ancient civilization.
- Ohranger began the annual VS Series movie releases with Chōriki Sentai Ohranger vs. Kakuranger.
- Only in Ohranger season that the first two show, Gorenger and J.A.K.Q, acknowledged as part of Super Sentai franchise by Toei.
- The return of military theme super sentai 
- Ohranger marked a very low rating in Japan and almost put the franchise into cancellation, only the next Carranger managed to pulled up the popularity, thus saving the whole series from dismissed by Toei.
- Footage used in Power Ranger Zeo
-  Colors: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink and Black

Gekisou Sentai Carranger (激走戦隊カーレンジャー Gekisō Sentai Kārenjā):
Year 1996. Motif is based on automobiles, serving as a parody of Turboranger and the Super Sentai Series as a whole. The ranger is gathered in the shop called Pegasus, their auto repair center. Villain is called Space Bosozoku Bowzock.
- the first full parody of Super Sentai, the series try to lower the seriousness of previous Ohranger with comedy elements, but actually gone too extreme.
- the first loosely connection between Super Sentai and Space Sheriff franchise, as the sixth and seventh ranger , Signalman and VRV Ranger is designed as Space Sheriff, rather than as Super Sentai.
- the first to have villain member attracted seriously to the rangers
- the first sentai, known, to openly cast adult actress to play, as a villain. Later there will be more.
- Footage used in Power Ranger Turbo
- Colors; Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink and Signalman colored as Silver and VRV Master as Black.

Denji Sentai Megaranger (電磁戦隊メガレンジャー Denji Sentai Megarenjā):
Year 1997. Motif is based on electronics devices, video gaming and space travel, with several elements of similar to Bioman.  Homebase organization is called INET, villains is Nejiranger.
- the first silver-colored hero
- the first using cell phone based transformation by Mega Silver's Keitaizer, which would be standard in many later Super Sentai titles.
- the return of school students as ranger member
- Footage used in Power Ranger In Space, and due to its all high school member making this the closest resembling of its Power Ranger counter parts.
- Colors: Red, Black, Blue, Yellow, Pink and Silver
Seijuu Sentai Gingaman (星獣戦隊ギンガマン Seijū Sentai Gingaman):
Year 1998. Motif is based on classical elements (Fire, Earth, Water, Thunder, Flower) and bestial animals. Gingaman team stayed in Ginga Forest fighting villains called Space Pirate Barban.
- the first two additional combining robots in addition to the primary robot used by the Gingaman.
- the last show to use "-man" for the name
- earliest sentai to use exterior place as their working head quarter, as opposed to a building.
-  Footage used in Power Ranger Lost Galaxy
- Colors: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink and Black

Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGo-V (救急戦隊ゴーゴーファイブ Kyūkyū Sentai GōGō Faibu):
Year 1999. Motif is based on emergency services, fire fighter, paramedic, helicopter pilot and police man. The Tatsumi family to fight against villains Psyma family organization called Calamity Demon Family.
- This was the first series since Jetman to only feature five heroes. Additional heroes appear in one of its movie but not in regular episodes.
- the return of all siblings theme after Fiveman
- the sentai's name Gogo-V can be read as 555, Japan's emergency called number
- Footage used in Power Ranger Lightspeed Rescue
- Colors: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink

Mirai Sentai Timeranger (未来戦隊タイムレンジャー Mirai Sentai Taimurenjā):
Year 2000. Motif is based on time travel (four of the five main heroes are police officers from the year 3000). Home base organization is The Time Protection Deparment, villains is from Londerz Family led by prisoner Don Dolnero.
- the first series to feature the sixth hero in Red color.
- The direct-to-video Timeranger Special features the Timerangers taking a time-travel tour to all of the past Super Sentai series.
- the first to use colorful visor, repeated again in Go-busters
- the second series to have female ranger as leader (Pink)
- Footage used in Power Ranger Time Force
- Colors: Red, Pink, Blue, Yellow, Green and Red

Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger (百獣戦隊ガオレンジャー Hyakujū Sentai Gaorenjā):
Year 2001. Motif is based on wild animals. No formal protagonist organization, villains is called Demon Tribe Org. Gaoranger also served as the 25th Anniversary series, featuring the Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai crossover movie.
- the first series to utilize multiple possible mecha combinations from a planned total of one-hundred mecha (only 22 were utilized in the series run).
- the first to begin tradition of a film adaptation as a double bill with that year's Kamen Rider Series film.
- the first to have sixth ranger mentioned in opening credit
- the first to begin traditional 5 year anniversary and to have a movie with summoned past Super Sentai member
- Gaoranger once got all member killed but later revived
- the first to use cellphone tranformation device for all members
- the second series to use Kanji character flash in their attack, after Kakuranger
- Footage used in Power Ranger Wild Force
- Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue, Black, White and Silver

Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger (忍風戦隊ハリケンジャー Ninpū Sentai Harikenjā):
Year 2002. Motif is based on ninjutsu with elemental powers, combining elements from Kakuranger and Liveman. They formed the official Hurricaneger ninja school to fight villains Universal Ninja Group Jakanja.
- the first three pieces ranger since Liveman as starting member
- the first to have rival ranger team, Gouraiger team with insect-themed powers, but later joined together
- the free ranger agent Shurikenger, making this counted as sixth ranger, the second to have member without human form, actually Shurikenger can disguised into several human form through-out the series.
- as announced on April 2013, Hurricaneger will has a new V-Cinema movie. This is to celebrated their 10th anniversary of the series. All original casts are reprising their roles. To be released on August 2013. The title is "Ninpuu Sentai Hurricanger: 10 YEARS AFTER"
- the first to use of smaller mecha that serve as weapons for the teams' robots.
- the first season since Gorenger whose name ends with "-ger" but not "-ranger".
- Footage used in Power Ranger Ninja Storm
- Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, then Red and Blue, and Green

Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger (爆竜戦隊アバレンジャー Bakuryū Sentai Abarenjā):
Year 2003. Motif is based on dinosaurs (as with Zyuranger). Abaranger are to fight villains group Evolians.
- the first series to present an alternate transformation for one of its members (Aba Red into Abare Max),
- the return only four core member in majority of the show, before a White color ranger join in. The first since J.A.K.Q.
- the first to have the allies mecha able to talk
- the first to have a parody extra member, as seventh member by AbarePink
- introducing Abaranger's home head quarter, which is a curry shop, the place to be a refered many times in the future show
- Footage used in  Power Ranger Dino Thunder
- Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, Black and White

Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger (特捜戦隊デカレンジャー Tokusō Sentai Dekarenjā):
Year 2004. Motif is based on a police/detective theme with its ranger fighting extraterrestrial criminals. Home base organization is Special Police Dekarangers and to fight random villains from outer space.
- the first semi-regular seventh hero (Deka Master)
- the first to have theoretically unlimited number of ranger as Special Police Dekaranger (similar to Time Ranger). And three additional heroines who appear once each throughout the series: Deka Swan (episode 36), Deka Bright (episode 40), and Deka Gold (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger The Movie: Full Blast Action)
- thus the first series to have the most number of rangers, up to ten (Deka)
- this series started the tradition of a "passing the torch" segment after the ending credits of the series finale: the red warrior of the series that has just ended interacts with the red warrior of the upcoming series.
- the first series to have no organized villains, as the monster of the week is fighting in his own act, only loosely control by master villain, Agent Abrella
- the second Sentai series where the female ranger's uniforms do not have skirts, since Fiveman.
- the first series to feature more than one female on a core team since Denji Sentai Megaranger.
- The opening sequence is different with every episode, with the villain(s) for each episodes previewed in opening sequences
- the first to have all member upgraded suit
- Footage used in Power Ranger SPD 
- Colors: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink, sixth is White (Deka Break), Black (Deka Master). Then White (Deka Swan), Gold (Deka Gold) and White/Silver (Deka Bright)
Continue to PART 3

Total 37 Super Sentai + 1 Unofficial per 2013

I compiled these articles in quite a rush, so if there are corrections please give in "comments" below. Not all details necessary included here, but interesting facts are welcome. Article compiled from Wikipedia and Powerranger Wikia.

Concise History of Super Sentai (Part 3)

This very concise history and notes of Super Sentai is mainly taken from old Wikipedia article about Super Sentai. The old article gives us brief description of each show in one paragraph, but the current version of article just trimmed this paragraph off. I also take several notes from to find interesting facts.
Whenever I can, I added one or two trivias to let us reminded to the series. So, here it is, A very concise history of Super Sentai once published in Wikipedia.

This compilation will divided into three parts:
Part 1 - Gorenger to Fiveman (14 titles)
Part 2 - Jetman to Dekaranger (14 titles)
Part 3 - Magiranger to Zyuohger (12 titles + Akibaranger)

this is part 3

Mahou Sentai Magiranger (魔法戦隊マジレンジャー Mahō Sentai Majirenjā):
Year 2005. Motif is magic and basic elements. Magiranger represented Magitopia to fight villains group Infershia.
- the first to have the ranger physically transformed into a mecha, as opposed to machine based mecha.
- the third all siblings member, after Fivemen and Gogo-V
- the sixth hero marries one of the core team members, the second marriage between member since Jetman
- the rarely-used seventh and eighth heroes are the parents to the core team.
- the footage is shoot in New Zealand
- Footage used in Power Ranger Magic Force
- Colors: Red, Green, Yellow, Blue, Pink and Gold, with White and Dark Blue as extra member

GoGo Sentai Boukenger (轟轟戦隊ボウケンジャー GōGō Sentai Bōkenjā):
Year 2006. Motif is based on adventure and treasure hunting. Home base organization is Search Guard Successor SGS, to fight villains which are consisted of three groups, the Gordom Civilization, Jaryuu Tribe, and Dark Shadow, which collectively called Negative Syndicate. As the 30th Anniversary series, this series included the 30 Sentai Encyclopedia clip at the end of each episode.
- the first appearance of Aka Red, the spirit of Super Sentai warrior in movie The Boukenger vs. Super Sentai.
- the first series to be filmed in high-definition resolution.
- the first to featured multiple groups of loosely allied antagonists instead of one main antagonist group.
- Boukenger featured extra ranger which is originally a weapon, which transformed into human form name Zubaan.
- Footage used in Power Ranger Operation Overdrive
- Colors: Red, Black, Blue, Yellow, Pink and Silver, plus Gold

Juken Sentai Gekiranger (獣拳戦隊ゲキレンジャー Jūken Sentai Gekirenjā):
Year 2007. Motif is based on Chinese martial arts (then Muay Thai and karate to its additional warriors) theme with wild animals. Home base organization is SCRTC, villains called RinJyuKen Warriors. Instead of robots, the mecha of Gekiranger are manifestations of the heroes' qi (気 ki). Gekiranger is also unique in that the story also focused on the show's two primary antagonists turned anti-heroes.
- the first new colored hero in ten years, which is violet
- return of only three + two members team for the majority of the show, before villains turn into rangers which counted as extra hero in official Super Sentai 199 movies, which gathered all Super Sentai in one movie.
- Footage used in  Power Ranger Jungle Fury
- Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, Violet and White/Silver, then Black and Green  
Engine Sentai Go-onger (炎神戦隊ゴーオンジャー Enjin Sentai Gōonjā):
Year 2008. Motif is based on automobiles mixed with an ecological theme: the antagonists are seeking to pollute the Earth. Go-onger is associated with Machine World to fight villains Gaiark. To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Super Sentai VS crossover series, Engine Sentai Go-onger vs. Gekiranger was released theatrically; and every next sentai to follow this tradition.
- the first female additional ranger who joins with a male ranger, bringing the team size to seven regular members
- the first twelve-piece combining robot.
- As with Abaranger, the Go-onger mecha are a character and speak in the Japanese language.
- the return of prefix "Go-" after Gorenger, then to be followed with Go-buster
- the series is semi-parody sentai, just not as extreme as Carranger
- Marking the debut of the music supergroup Project.R, Go-onger was also the first Super Sentai series to have its theme song single reach the top-ten of the local music chart.
- Footage used in  Power Ranger RPM
- Colors: Red, Black, Blue, Green, Pink, and Silver and Gold.

Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (侍戦隊シンケンジャー Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā):
Year 2009. Motif is based on samurai theme with other aspects of Japanese culture. Shinkenger fighting under Shiba Clan banner to villains as Gedoshuu.
- the first crossover with the Kamen Rider Series which running parallel in that season
- the first to have additional movie, an "encore" release following the end of the series.
- the first to featured female Red ranger as extra member, the second to have Red as extra member since Timeranger
- the first to featured all equal gender on the same battle at one point, 3 male 3 females. Dekaranger did reach same equal gender but they didn't manage to gathered at the same moment.
- starting Shinkenger, TOEI begin to use majority no human form in villain's designs, believe to make it easier to bring them back in the future as well cutting the budget for hiring actress/actor
- Footage used in  Power Ranger Samurai and Super Samurai, marking the first Super Sentai to have two seasons in Power Ranger since Zyuranger.
- Colors: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink and Gold, then Red female ranger.

Tensou Sentai Goseiger (天装戦隊ゴセイジャー Tensō Sentai Goseijā):
Year 2010. Motif is based on angels and collectible card games. Goseiger fight under Gosei World name, against villains group from Warstar, Juumaju to the last group Matrintis. The series is directly runs with the Super Sentai Battle: Dice-O arcade game, a card game, and also a clips of previous super sentai versus movies.
- Three groups of antagonists appeared in the series, one supersede the other
- the return of non human sixth ranger, Gosei Knight
- Goseiger don't have an official leader as usually played by Red ranger, but all team member are equal in term of leadership.
- This is the first season to have all the Rangers use a card. MagiShine in Magiranger was the only other Sentai Ranger to use cards.
- This is the fifth season to feature vehicle-animal hybrid mecha, following Liveman, Zyuranger, Dairanger, and Go-Onger.
- the first show to have the team appeared briefly as cameo in the current running Versus show. Mean Goseiger made appearances in Shinkenger vs Go-onger show, the tradition to be continue ever since.
- included rare background story of deceased ranger given in full detail, Gosei Green. The actor is the same with Dekaranger's Sen-Chan / Deka Blue, this is the third occurring super sentai actor between series, although Deka Blue is a regular ranger and Gosei Green is only a cameo ranger.
- Footage used in  Power Ranger Mega Force
- Colors: Red, Black, Blue, Yellow, Pink and Gold

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (海賊戦隊ゴーカイジャー Kaizoku Sentai Gōkaijā):
Year 2011, motif is based on pirates. Gokaiger is the 35th Super Sentai anniversary, the main storyline is to obtain all previous 34 sentai teams' power, thus making Gokaiger a heavily cameo to all past sentai show. Gokaiger fight as private pirate against villains group called Zangyack.
- the series is a total homage to Super Sentai franchise, thus making each episodes an unique one with return of previous sentai team.
- the first sentai that able to transform into other 34 super sentai power, using Gokai Key. The list of past sentai which featured in Gokaiger's episode can be seen in this list.
- the first sentai to have a roll called mostly in different pose, accordance to cameo of past super sentai
- the first sentai that officially team up with Space Sheriff show franchise
- the first time to have hero's head quarter used as regular mecha, the Galleon is their main mecha for whole show -
- Power Ranger adaptation is Super Megaforce. Super Megaforce will also maintained footage from Goseiger, it will be Power Ranger 20th anniversary with lots of return PR actor as in Gokaiger. The poster had been released by Saban in June 2013.  
- Colors: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink and Silver

Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters (特命戦隊ゴーバスターズ Tokumei Sentai Gōbasutāzu):
Year 2012, motif is based on spies and energy crisis theme. Go-busters is a return to strict and formal organization called Energy Management Center to fight villains Evil Organization Vaglass.
- the first series to use leather costumes for the heroes.
- the first series where each member to have personal partner, they are androids. The androids is in human formed and then transformed into mecha.
- the first series to almost didn't use roll called in their early episodes.
- the first series to have the official name in plural form, Go-Busters
- the first series to not use 'ranger' or '-ger' in the series name, instead use "Go-" , the second after Go-onger
- as Gokaiger is a popular show, Go-Busters was a shock to have the lowest rating of 4, one of worst series in super sentai history
- Go-Busters marked the crossover to Metal Heroes franchise in regular episodes as Gavan type-G appear in two Go-Busters episodes. 
- the first show since Dairanger that will not have a Power Ranger adaptation.
- the first sentai to have another super sentai show running parallel. Akibaranger is "un-official" sentai show , which is a parody running in the same year as Go-Busters.
- Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow with Gold and Silver.

Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger (非公認戦隊アキバレンジャー, Hikōnin Sentai Akibarenjā)
Year 2012 and 2013. This is 'un-official' Sentai show running parallel with Go-Busters and Kyoryuger in 2012 and 2013. Three ranger are fighting as Sentai fans in delusion mode, to fight villains who going to take over Tokyo's Akihabara lead by Marushina and General Tsu.
- the first official 'un-official' spin off of Super Sentai from Toei
- this is a parody show and contained serious adult theme, not suitable for children
- running two seasons
- Only three active ranger with many past sentai appearances, the Blue ranger is replacement from the previous season.
- the only series to have female ranger as majority to male ranger, and in fact all female crews in head quarter.
- Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow

Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger (獣電戦隊キョウリュウジャー, Jūden Sentai Kyōryūjā)
Year 2013. Motif is based on Dinosaur. Kyoryuger under leader Torin to fight villains group Deboss Army.
- The return of Dinosaur theme after Zyuranger and Abaranger
- The first sentai to have at least ten rangers appears on regular season show. Dekaranger also has ten rangers but some of them only exclusively appears on summer movie or extra OVA.
- The first sentai to have a dead member come as a ghost/spirit as extra ranger
- The second show to have Violet color ranger, and Violet to be the oldest ranger that do transform in super sentai series. Kyoryu Violet later will be transfered from Dr Ulshade to his daughter, Yayoi Ushade, making the first non-red ranger transfer in Super Sentai since Bioman. Yayoi also to be the first female ranger to wearing a glasses.
- The first show to have Gray color, Gray is confirmed as there also appear Silve color.
- The first show to have all three of Blue, Cyan and Navy color together in one show.
- The first Sentai to crossover with previous sentai of same motif, in this case Zyuranger and Abaranger
- The first to have the current sentai actively collaboration with their previous 'spirits' / senior sentai team
- The first sentai to shown the substitution / transformation of ranger power to new member, in the late of the show  
- Thus, Ayumi Kinoshita become the first actress to officially played in two super sentai team
- In Movie 100 Years after, thus the first sentai team to have concrete story for their whereabout and legacy in the future, 100 years after.
- Colors: Red, Black, Blue, Green, Pink and Gold. Extra and Spirit ranger Cyan, Gray, then Silver, Violet and by now only in summer movie, Navy.

Ressha Sentai ToQger (烈車戦隊トッキュウジャー Ressha Sentai Tokkyūjā)
Year 2014. Motif is based on Train theme.
- The first sentai that have their member changed colors between each other. 
- The first team to have member wears glasses 
- The first team to have their ranger also can transformed into villain formed, due to its past history.
- Two more colors (Purple and Black) ranger, but restricted to few episodes only
- The first red ranger to transformed to black and rainbow color
- Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Pink, Orange, Purple, Black

Shuriken Sentai Ninninger (手裏剣戦隊ニンニンジャー)
Year 2015. Motif is Ninja.
- The third sentai that based on Ninja theme.
- The second sentai to have previous sentai team appeared on regular episode, Gokaiger is the first one, but Gokaiger is a tribute season.
- The color red, blue and yellow all male, the last sentai using this is Gaoranger. The female are white and pink, the last sentai using this is way back to Liveman.
- The sixth ranger is the first sentai using western cowboy theme.
- The second series where previous sentai member appeared in regular episode, refered to Hurricanger, Magiranger member appearances.
- Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, White, Pink, Golden

Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger (動物戦隊ジュウオウジャ)
Year 2016. Motif is animal.
- The first main animal theme after Gaoranger
- The first to have majority of ranger as non-human, beside Zyuoh-Red, all the four of them are Zyuman tribe.
- Color note: Red, Yellow, Cyan, White and Green. This is the first to have this combination. The first series to not have navy blue since Magiranger and before that, Hurricanger. The first yellow male since Magiranger.

Uchu Sentai Kyuranger (宇宙戦隊キュウレンジャー)
Year 2017. Motif is space / planet / constellation.
- This is the most radical changes in super sentai series, Kyuranger started with nine sentai member, although they appeared one by one in the first four episodes.
- The first to have exclusively space theme, Carranger is one of them.
-  The first sentai to have more than five member in starting line up
- Color note: Red, Orange, Blue, Gold, Black. Silver, Green. Pink, Yellow, then = Violet, Cyan and Red

Total 40 Super Sentai + 1 Unofficial per 2016

I compiled these articles in quite a rush, so if there are corrections please give in "comments" below. Not all details necessary included here, but interesting facts are welcome. Article compiled from Wikipedia and Powerranger Wikia.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman 1990 - Underrated Sentai

The 1990 edition of Super Sentai, Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman was never as popular as the other sentai, but they are fun to watch. Fiveman surely one of earliest parody sentai to be implemented through out the series. They are awkward theme, such as episode six, the children monster that went off the school because of hate the math lesson, then pink fiveman to teach the monster a math lesson. And many unique theme as well.

Fiveman also the last sentai in traditional children-orientated sentai. The successor, Jetman is a huge sentai development, implemented more mature theme. Then Zyuranger and so on were another era of Super Sentai, where they exported as Power Ranger and their theme were written in more details. Fiveman was still a simple, one story per episode style. The predecessor of Fiveman , Turboranger was also very similar vibes, making Fiveman almost too close to Turboranger and the fans claimed to be not interesting enough. Compare to the past from Bioman - Changeman - Flashman - Maskman - Liveman were all strong numbers. Fiveman is understandable under performed by such classics.

The producer of Fiveman then cleverly put in more lighter humors, lighter theme and strange events, only to be seen again in much extreme situation in Carranger. But, then Fiveman is a nice sentai to watch for me. Chemistry between all five members were strong. This is one of earliest series where non-red character got many interesting character development. I mostly enjoy Fumiya as the series most interesting character. Fiveman latest footage can be found in Gokaiger transformation, in episode 42 and 49. As well in the 199 Heroes movie.

Revisit Fiveman as underrated Super Sentai with all its humors and obscured theme, with GUIS fan sub it at least until episode 10.

Chemistry between Pink and Black is strong in Fiveman 

Red Fiveman is a strong character and not overly strict in leadership

Fiveman control deck

Fiveman in Action 1990, the Hoshikawa sibling: Goku Hoshikawa (Red), Ken (Blue), Fumiya (Black), Kazumi (Pink) and Remi (Yellow)

Fiveman hi resolution picture found with Google image search, I only add in contrast to make it more standout

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

BIMA The Garuda Warrior - English Trailer Subtitled

Here comes the first real deal of Indonesian tokusatsu, with full support of Japan's company. BIMA The Garuda Warrior is the latest Indonesian-Japan tokusatsu project. The series will premier on June 30th 2013, produced by joint operation Indonesia's MNC and Japan's Ishimori Production. It also reported to have toy line produced by Bandai.

The villain is Rasputin from VUDO evil organization. The hero is Ray Bramasakti , the name is translated as Ray=Light (well, English anyway supposedly), Brama=name of Hindu God , Brahma, sakti=powerful. Ray to be transformed into Bima, armoured super hero, by using a Red Power Stone by mentor, Mikhail. Ray allies is Rendy and Rena, Ray is an orphan.

Bima weapon revealed to be Helios and his finishing move is Garuda Strike. The character design of Bima is very close resembling of Kamen Rider series.

The casts: Christian Loho as Ray Bramasakti, Stella Cornelia (JKT48) as Rena Iskandar, Rayhan Febrian as Randy Iskandar, Adhitya Alkatiri as Mikhail, Sutan Simatupang as Rasputin.

By now, only a trailer and production team's interview being released. Red White Sentai proudly released the sub title of the trailer. You can found it in the link below.

Official Trailer - Bima Satria Garuda

English Subtitle (Hard sub)
DDL for Bima Trailer 2013  ( M e d i  a   f i r e)
26.8 Mb

meanwhile I just learn that JEFusion also provide source of English subtitled BIMA trailer, you can check it here at JEFUSION , where you can find alternative translation there.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Gobuster vs Gokaiger - Photos

The annual versus movie, this time Gobuster vs Gokaiger was released by TV-Nihon with English subtitle. This is still not our last farewell to Gokaiger, Marvelous, Joe, Don, Luka and Ahim as they were suppose to return in movie Super Hero Taisen Z. Kyoryuger is also making cameo in a clever way.

The movie also inserted out last impression of Goggle V in 2013 version, as well Timeranger and many others cameo. Please see the photos impression below for the Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs. Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: The Movie!

Gokaiger Team 2013

Gobuster Team 2013

Both Red Ranger from Gokaiger and Gobuster

11 rangers - Gokaiger + Silver and Gobuster

Beet Buster

Blue Buster

Stag Buster

Yellow Buster

and the man... Red Buster

Goggle V, after 30 years , they also do Sun Vulcan

Timeranger after 13 years

Red Go-onger, Magi Red, Liveman Red, Dyna Red, Denji Red and Geki Red

Monday, May 6, 2013

Kyoryuger First Ten Episodes - Kyoryu Gold Summoned

Now Kyoryuger / Kyouryuuger has reach 11 episodes in fan sub version. The story now developed into quite a nice twist. Addition of two sixth and seventh ranger is the most unusual in the Super Sentai show. Especially now addition of Kyoryu Gold aka Utsusemimaru went into Edo era style storyline, similar to Shinkenger background story.

 Here the photos selection from episode 11, which is the turning point of Kyoryu Gold back story.

As usual, Amy is the one that catch up with the new guy the first. Utsusemimaru aka Utchy sharing his past story to Amy.
Utsusemimaru's ex lord, a close resemblance to Daigo, Lord Iwaizumi Moshinosuke

And Kyoryu Gold is one of the strongest extra ranger in Super Sentai

The Gold Kyoryuger

Chandelira / Canderrilla in human form, portrait by voice actress Haruka Tomatsu
Haruka Tomatsu as Canderrilla
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