Anime: Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger

From left to right:
Front row: Monk, Pochiro, Bakumaru, Urii, Nyorori
Middle row: Gaoh, Hols, Pakaracchi, Souffle, Tart (second form), Drago
Background: Nyanma, Princess Aura, Cream

In this (arguably) Spiritual Successor to Kyatto Ninden Teyandee, life is peaceful for the citizens of the utopian country of Mugen. The country and its citizens are connected to Heaven by the Novel Pole, a gigantic totem pole composed of the "worlds" of the beloved stories, fairy tales, and other assorted classics of the human world; these stories are thus called "Novel Worlds." Suddenly, a threat appears — a mysterious and evil catwoman known as Nyanma scatters her minions, the Jyarei Monsters, to the Novel Worlds to corrupt them, which will eventually result in their destruction and thus the destruction of the Novel Pole, which, being the only thing holding the country of Mugen up above the ocean, would result in drowning all of Mugen beneath the sea. So Princess Aura, the de facto ruler of Mugen, enlists the aid of the Bakuretsu ETO Rangers, a team of 12 animal heroes corresponding to the 12 signs of the eastern zodiac. Using the flying machine Kirinda, our heroes must travel to the Novel Worlds, reveal the Jyarei Monsters and stop their corruption, and put an end to the threat of Nyanma.

The series never received an official translation, and was only ever dubbed in Tagalog for the Philippines. An English fansub was attempted in 2007, but was ultimately unsuccessful and stopped at Episode 15 due to the translation team, MugenX, disbanding. A second fansub began on YouTube in 2015, piggybacking off of MugenX's yet-to-be-edited work and taking more creative liberties.

This anime series provides examples of:

  • Action Girl:
  • A Day in the Limelight: If the coordinates of a Novel World are a three-in-a-row match, you know the episode's going to be one.
    • Tart is the focus of Episode 5, when The Ugly Duckling (coordinates: Chicken, Chicken, Chicken) is tackled. The swan in the story is swapped out for an innocent ostrich by the Jyarei, and she takes it on herself to look after him, feeling sorry for his plight after she herself was convinced that she was an "ugly, big-butt bird" by the rest of the team.
    • Episode 6, which deals with Journey to the West, is Monk's turn. He looks like Son Goku, he acts like Son Goku, so everything should go as swimmingly for him as it did for Son Goku, right? He quickly finds out otherwise. He is forced to swallow his pride and take charge when Bakumaru loses the Revealing Mirror and is captured, both because he injured his hand saving Monk from falling earlier.
    • An unusual case of the main character getting one in Episode 16, which dealt with The Mouse Bride (coordinates: Mouse, Mouse, Mouse). He's mostly just the plucky leader and a typical Shōnen Genre hero in most episodes, but this one makes sure to delve into his character as he's forced to swallow both his pride and his sense of duty in order to save Cream.
    • Episode 24 focuses very strongly on Souffle; Bakumaru isn't even in the away team this time! Because of that, Souffle offers to be the temporary leader when they travel to The Boy who Cried Wolf (coordinates: Sheep, Sheep, Sheep), desperate to be useful somehow.
    • Episode 29, which takes place in Frankenstein, focuses on Pakaracchi, who falls in love with a young woman that turns out to be the corrupted version of the non-titular monster herself.
  • Adipose Rex: Corrupted Pinnochio, who, while not a king, is wealthy enough to have quite a bit of control, as he's made of gold instead of wood.
  • Always Save the Girl: In episode 16, the Novel World of the Mouse's Wedding has been corrupted into a martial arts contest. Bakumaru ends up competing in the contest, which has marrying an attractive female mouse as the prize, but actually it's because the Jyarei Monster is likely to be competing in the contest. Bakumaru makes it to the final round against a lizard warrior using a whip, but the lizard is, of course, the Jyarei Monster, and he has his buddies kidnap Cream with the threat to do away with her unless Bakumaru throws the fight. To ensure Cream's safety, Bakumaru intentionally lets the monster beat the tar out of him until Cream escapes, shows up, and uses the Jyarei Mirror to reveal the Jyarei Monster.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Pochiro tends to talk like a feudal samurai.
  • As You Know: Kirinda always gives a summary of the story that the team is about to enter before they leave, just in case a team member, or the audience, isn't familiar with it.
  • Attack Its Weak Point:
    • A Jyarei made of crystal is able to No Sell light attacks like Bakumaru's sword and Urii's Bi-e Beam. And then Pakaracchi manages to make a crack...
    • Nyorori realizes that the structure of one Jyarei monster's wings is similar to the ones on his own failed flying machine, which meant that the base was weak.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Nearly all of the Jyarei Monsters are gargantuan in their true forms, but Gousen gets a special mention. He's normally past the Bishonen Line like the rest of the Elite Four. Super Gousen, however, is bigger than even most of the regular Jyarei Monsters.
  • Audience Surrogate: Bakumaru has shades of this. He's the only Etoranger who's picked for every mission with the lone exception of Episode 24, so he's privy to the same adventures the audience is.
  • Badass: Most of the Etorangers count, obviously. A side-character example is the corrupted version of Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Badass Adorable:
    • Most prominently, Souffle in Episode 24. Even when equipped with a scouter and a submachine gun, she still manages to be super-lovable.
    • Urii also becomes an example during the Grand Finale, as he's one of only three Etorangers who faces Nyanma and lives to tell the tale, surviving when three other Etorangers died because he hid behind the others when the house blew up.
    • For the same reason, Cream also becomes an example during the Grand Finale, as she too survives Nyanma's slaughter of most of the Etorangers.
  • Badass Grandpa: Heizou, the old man who appears in the corrupted Stone Age version of The Grateful Crane. He's a champion mammoth hunter and coin tosser. Unfortunately, this becomes a huge problem, as Tetsuko, the grateful crane in the story, has been changed into a mammoth, so the Etorangers have to prevent him from seeing her or he'll eat her. And he still beats them all; Tart has to save the day by taking Tetsuko's place so Heizou will still think he's seeing a crane.
  • Bait and Switch:
    • Dramatically, twice, and both by the same villain, too! The first time, in episodes 12 and 13, the Etorangers go into the Novel World of the Three Little Pigs, and fight against a giant mechanical wolf. They eventually beat the wolf, so the Three Little Pigs should go back to normal...except they don't. What's going on?! Actually, it turns out this is actually the Novel World of the Wolf and Seven Lambs; Genen, one of Nyanma's four subordinates, didn't just corrupt the Novel World into bizarro-ville like the Jyarei Monsters did, she corrupted the Novel World until it looked like the normal version of a completely different Novel World! The second time, in episodes 20 and 21, the Etorangers visit the corrupted version of Puss in Boots. The king in the story is much nastier than usual, so obviously he's the evil one! That turns out to be true; the king is actually Gousen, one of Nyanma's four subordinates, in disguise. The Etorangers do really well against Gousen at first, but the battle turns against them when it turns out Puss in Boots is also an evil subordinate: Genen!
    • Comedically:
    *colorful lights and soft music starts up*
    Cream: Bakumaru... do you... know how to drive?
  • Battle Butler: One is where Little Red Riding Hood learned her combat skills from. Considering he's the Jyarei of that episode, it makes sense that he'd be the source of her phenomenal strength.
  • Berserker Tears: Urii has a variant. He doesn't technically "go berserk" when he cries...but whenever he cries (which he does when scared, he's a little boy after all), the crystal on his chest fires a huge laser beam; this has actually defeated one or two Jyarei Monsters by itself.
  • Big Bad: Nyanma. However, as it turns out near the end of the series, the real Big Bad is Bagi, the evil cat spirit/demon/goddess/whatever.
  • Brand X: Bakumaru really wants the popular new Portable Gaming System.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Urii pretends to be one in order to get a Novel World character to let go of a totally-not-a-Game Boy that he's not supposed to have, crying about it to his "mother", Tart. She thinks he's getting a little too much into the act, though.
  • Bull Seeing Red: Hols' main contribution to the Etorangers. Whenever he sees red, he transforms into an actual bull instead of an anthropomorphic one.
  • The Bully: In a very brief flashback in the Puss in Boots episode, we see how Bakumaru developed his fear of cats, as Chocolat used to be this trope to Bakumaru, constantly chasing him around.
  • Bunnies for Cuteness: Cream, #4 in the Etorangers, is a cute rabbit.
  • The Butler Did It: Bakumaru says this trope by name. Little Red Riding Hood's Battle Butler is the first Jyarei to reveal himself to be evil before being blasted by the Mirror by trying to kill Urii when Corrupted Red and the other Eto Rangers were away.
  • But Now I Must Go: Two tragic examples. Souffle falls in love with a clothing store worker named George in the corrupted world of Cinderella, and Urii becomes best friends and playmates with the corrupted version of Little Red Riding Hood (mostly because Red thought Urii was cute). Neither the love nor the friendship ends well, because the Etorangers have to fix the worlds so the Novel Pole won't be destroyed and the worlds along with them, but the process erases the memories of the inhabitants of the worlds so their stories can continue properly. Souffle has to leave George behind since George will forget her once Cinderella is fixed, and Urii has to leave Little Red Riding Hood behind since she'll forget him when her world is fixed.
  • Chain of Deals: Since one of the episodes dealt with the Trope Maker of The Straw Millionaire, this was inevitable.
    • Original story: Straw with fly > Orange > Cloth > Horse > Mansion
    • Infected story: Straw with fly > Handheld game > Straw with fly > Robot dog > Bazooka > Orange-shaped bird > Hoverbike > Car > Straw with fly > Winged backpack > Straw with fly > Balloon > Straw with fly > Hoverboard > Straw with fly > Orange > Cloth > Pakaracchi > Umbrella
  • Character Development:
    • Bakumaru has to get past his crippling fear of cats so he can help the team.
    • At the beginning of the series, Monk and Pochiro are willing to put a mission in jeopardy in order to get one over on each other. At the end of the series, they both give up their lives for each other.
    • Towards the end of the series, Souffle has to put her nervousness aside and Take A Level In Badass when the roulette chooses her instead of Bakumaru for a mission.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Cream, in Episode 16. She just about loses it because Bakumaru has to compete for the hand of Shun-Lin, the Corrupted Mouse Bride, in order to keep the Novel World together. Poor Urii.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk. He's introduced nearly eating the magic beans the moment he was introduced — Twice — and later nearly jumps off of Drago's cloud, eagerly wants the giant's autograph... Even Bakumaru gets sick of it.
  • Clucking Funny: Generally averted with Tart, but her beak springing up again on her human body upon being hit in the face is probably because of this.
  • The Comically Serious: Drago ends up in this role quite a few times, just nonchalantly floating while the rest of the team is up to their usual shenanigans.
  • Crystal Dragon Jesus: The country of Mugen, including Princess Aura, worship a god called the Great God Goal. He's a representation of everything positive in the human imagination, and stands for courage, love, and creativity; he's technically the ruler of the Novel Worlds just as Aura is the ruler of Mugen.
  • Dare to Be Badass: In the world of Peter Pan, the Jyarei Monster disguised as Tinkerbell has hypnotized Peter Pan into being afraid of heights. Pakaracchi the Horse befriends Peter Pan for the rest of the episode due to Pakaracchi sympathizing with Peter Pan's desire to be a strong youth. Then during a fight with Captain Hook, Wendy is put into danger and Peter Pan must rediscover his flying powers to rescue her. So Pakaracchi gives Peter Pan a huge speech about the power of youth enabling one to face his fears, especially for a pretty lady like Wendy, and this inspires Peter Pan to overcome a fear of heights and fly.
    • Also, on multiple occasions, when the team is feeling dispirited about their chances, Bakumaru suddenly yells at them that they're the Etorangers, and they have jobs to do, so it doesn't matter how difficult it is, they need to do their jobs. This usually motivates the team and raises their spirits.
  • Deal Withthe Devil: Chocolat kicks off the whole series by accepting a deal with Bagi to turn her into Nyanma and get revenge against Princess Aura. In a cruel twist, unbeknownst to Chocolat, Bagi herself was responsible for the humiliation that prompted Chocolat to take the deal.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: In episode 17, Gaoh develops a crush on an innocent young girl named Otama. Unfortunately for Gaoh, once Kirindia purifies the world of Aladdin, it turns out Otama's actually the princess, and she's supposed to marry Aladdin. She does thank Gaoh for his help, though.
  • Did Not Get The Man: Tart has a crush on Gaoh, but Gaoh does not return her feelings. Tart moves on, to Pochiro according to the interpretation of some Japanese fans.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: During the Kill 'em All incident, Tart and Gaoh died together, him cradling her in his arms as they both fell to their deaths.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Chocolat thought Princess Aura deliberately got her disqualified from a race. As Nyanma, she chooses to take her revenge, not just on the princess she thought had wronged her, but on the entire country of Mugen, trying to sink it into the sea by wrecking the Novel Worlds and thus, by extension, the Novel Pole holding up the country. This is more justified than usual examples of this trope, however, as Chocolat turned into Nyanma by accepting a deal with the evil cat spirit Bagi, so Nyanma is not entirely thinking straight.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Well, distracted by the "Cute" in this case. In episode 1, during the athletic event, Cream wishes Bakumaru luck while winking at him. He blushes and brags to Cream about how well he'll do, but he stops paying attention and several other racers pass him.
  • Dub Name Change: All of the characters' names were changed in the Philippine dub;
    • Bakumaru — Powell
    • Hols — Bukuh
    • Gaoh — Delacao
    • Cream — Kelly
    • Drago — Paccalachi
    • Nyorori — Wannie-Wannie
    • Pakaracchi — Yaboo
    • Souffle — Cesley
    • Monk — Mencue
    • Tart — Chickee
    • Pochiro — Yalung
    • Urii — Vivi
    • Nyanma — Mostar
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Pakaracchi uses this in episode 15 to snap Peter Pan out of his fear of heights; Wendy is in danger, so Peter Pan should be able to do anything to save her.
  • Eastern Zodiac: The whole gimmick of the show. Each of the heroes has a numbered badge corresponding to the order in which he/she finished the "race to determine the Etorangers" (which actually happened before the series began; the race you see in the first episode is more of a sporting event, and in fact the fact you don't know right away what happened in the actual race becomes a plot point later). Of course, the heroes coincidentally finished in the same order that their corresponding animals finished in the eastern Zodiac legend. They are:
    • #1, Bakumaru, the Mouse
    • #2, Hols, the Ox
    • #3, Gaoh, the Tiger
    • #4, Cream, the Rabbit
    • #5, Drago, the Dragon
    • #6, Nyorori, the Snake
    • #7, Pakaracchi, the Horse
    • #8, Souffle, the Sheep
    • #9, Monk, the Monkey
    • #10, Tart, the Chicken
    • #11, Pocchiro, the Dog
    • #12, Urii, the Boar
    • The famous "exception" to the eastern zodiac, the Cat, who in the legend was disqualified from the race. Of course, this series has Chocolat, the Cat who was disqualified from the race; this is a spoiler because, in part, that's what turned Chocolat into the villain Nyanma.
  • Elite Four: The Jyarei Four, Rouran, Genen, Gousen, and Jyuken, are Nyanma's main subordinates. They're the most humanoid of all the Jyarei Monsters, but the most devastating as well.
  • Enemy Detecting Radar: Souffle's main contribution to the team; she has a radar she can use to try to locate the Jyarei Monster. It doesn't always work; the first time in the series she tried to use it, there was too much metal around and it messed with the readings, but it worked brilliantly the second time in the series she used it.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Subverted. Chocolat thought that Princess Aura did this, by promising her Etoranger membership if she started a race right then, and then suddenly disqualifying her for seemingly no reason. Actually, the "promise" was a fake by Bagi, and Princess Aura was within her rights to disqualify Chocolat for starting the race too early.
  • Even Pranksters Have Standards: Monk keeps playing tricks and pranks, and can be really callous about it. However, in episode 33, after the flashback is finished, when Pochiro asks Monk if it's possible that Monk tricked Chocolat into getting herself disqualified using his voice changer, Monk imitates Princess Aura's voice for a few seconds before angrily shouting at Pochiro that he didn't do such a thing to Chocolat. So however insensitive Monk can be sometimes, he is above humiliating Chocolat by impersonating Princess Aura.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In episode 23, Jyuken cannot comprehend why Pochiro would save Bakumaru from a trap even though Bakumaru himself accidentally triggered it. Jyuken also cannot understand that Gaoh would come to Tart's defense not just because Tart was the Bluebird of Happiness at the time, but because Gaoh and Tart and the rest of the Etorangers are friends.
  • The Fake Cutie: The Jyarei Monster disguised as Tinkerbell is notable for being the first Jyarei Monster to both actively mislead our heroes by suggesting another target and act as a heroic ally throughout the episode (the butler in episode 8, for instance, only tried to get our heroes to leave without suggesting a fake Jyarei target and then screwed up by doing something obviously evil).
  • Feather Fingers: First Form Tart. She was even seen filing her non-existent nails at one point.
  • Finishing Move: Bakumaru gets one later in the series, learning a technique called the Killer Hurricane, where he spins around like a ball with his laser sword outstretched like a pinwheel of death.
  • Flat Earth Atheist: Bakumaru, who doesn't believe in divine punishment even though his entire mission is to protect the structure that tethers Mugen directly to Heaven.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • In Episode 16, Bakumaru is only allowed to take Cream and Urii to the world of "The Mouse Bride"; the smallest away team yet. He shouts at Kirinda, "How can I do anything with just these guys?!" Cue Episode 38, when those three are the last ones alive.
    • Also in episode 16, the girls are talking about weddings, and Monk asks Tart what she's going to do if a guy she likes doesn't like her back, which makes Tart mad at Monk. Then, in episode 17, when Gaoh's crush on Otama doesn't work out because she's supposed to be with Aladdin, Tart tries to cheer Gaoh up by saying first crushes never work out. Both of these episodes foreshadow something that occurs much later on in the series, namely the fact that Gaoh doesn't return Tart's feelings.
  • Four Is Death: Later in the series, Nyanma stops relying on the Jyarei Monsters and splits off four parts of herself to become evil cat subordinates, who then become "boss fights" for the Etorangers.
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: Played for Drama. The Jyarei are intentionally doing this to the Novel Worlds in order to literally fracture them.
  • Freudian Excuse: Nyanma has one. She used to be Chocolat, a friend of the soon-to-be Etorangers and Gaoh's best friend in particular. However, due to a giant misunderstanding (see Poor Communication Kills), Chocolat ended up disqualified from the race that could have qualified her to be an Etoranger and she mistakenly thought Princess Aura was responsible. That turned her against the citizens of Mugen, and out of revenge she sought power from Bagi, the evil cat spirit. Bagi then turned Chocolat into Nyanma, granting her the power she sought.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Chocolat was just an ordinary, albeit somewhat bratty, cat girl who looked up to Princess Aura. And then she fell into Bagi's trap.
  • Furry Reminder: Very common.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Kirinda used to be a reporter named Lydia who was killed and then magically revived as Kirinda. Lydia was a male reporter, however.
  • Genre Shift: In-universe, as one of the several forms the fairy tale fracturing takes. To give an early example, the first episode has the Eto Rangers venture into Momotaro IN SPACE. They thought they'd stumbled into the wrong world at first.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: An In-Universe version, as in episode 17, it's revealed that Soufflé is a big fan of the Arabian Nights, and she was very disappointed when the Jyarei Monster corrupted the Novel World of Aladdin into the Edo period of Japan, as Soufflé much prefers the desert sands, since she thinks they're prettier.
  • God Is Good: The Great God Goal, worshipped by the country of Mugen, is a benevolent god, and he helps our heroes directly near the end. Also, he's a more literal example of this trope than usual, as he is literally a representation of courage, love, creativity, and everything positive in the human imagination.
  • Golden Super Mode: Kirinda obtains one after being revived with the Rei-Lin Stone. It can't purify the most powerful Jyarei Monsters without transforming into it.
  • Gratuitous French: Chocolat's name. It's French for "Chocolate".
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • In episode 15, Nyorori really wants to be able to fly more than just the piddling levitation he can manage, even to the point of trying (and failing) to build a personal flying machine, so he gets excited and jealous when he visits the world of Peter Pan. When Peter tells him that, even though he can fly, he won't because he's scared of heights, Nyorori does NOT take it well.
    • In episode 16, in the corrupted world of The Mouse Bride, Bakumaru has to compete for the hand of Shun-Lin, the titular mouse bride, in order to move the story along. Shun-Lin thinks the world of Bakumaru and repeatedly tells him so, but Cream, who has feelings for Bakumaru, becomes jealous every time she hears Shun-Lin call Bakumaru handsome and wonderful and strong and smart, and finally storms off in a rage which gets her kidnapped by the Jyarei Monster's cronies and used as leverage to force Bakumaru into a Sadistic Choice.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Twice, with first Jyuken and then Nyanma herself. Both occasions were a direct result of questioning their masters' goals.
  • Heroic Albino: Cream is white-furred and has red eyes, and she's a member of a team of 12 heroes.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • The only reason that Nyanma's trap house didn't immediately result in a Total Party Kill is because Nyorori noticed something was off in time and shoved the others out of the way before they were locked in. Not fast enough to save himself, Pakaracchi, or Soufflé, however.
    • Pochiro Taking the Bullet for Monk. Not that it helped.
  • Hot-Blooded: Bakumaru and Pakaracchi.
  • The Hunter Becomes The Hunted: How Little Red Riding Hood is corrupted. The Big Bad Wolf had been captured, and was scheduled to be executed and made into a stew to be eaten by Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother the following day instead of the other way around.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Hols complains about the size of Tart's butt early in episode 5 when she lands on him by mistake. Hols is a bull.
  • Image Song: Every character has one, compiled into the CD "Hit Song Collection". It's only known to exist on YouTube as of this writing.
  • Infant Immortality: In the events described under the spoilered Kill Em All below, Nyanma manages to kill almost all of the Etorangers. Only three are left, and of course, Urii is one of those three, because of this trope as a meta-reason, and as the in-story reason he was standing behind three other Etorangers and thus didn't get caught in the explosion when Nyanma blew up the house.
  • The Ingenue: Souffle.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: This is how the Jyarei Monster disguised as Heizou's wife blows its cover in episode 18. In the corrupted Stone Age world of The Grateful Crane, the titular crane in question still looks like a young woman like in the story, but instead of a crane, she changes into a mammoth. Then, the Jyarei Monster shouts this latter fact, which is true—except, how could she have known that in advance? At the time, Tart had taken Tetsuko's place, looking like a crane. The only way Heizou's wife could have known there was supposed to be a mammoth there is if she changed the crane into a mammoth in the first place.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Tart, who although confident and hot-headed, is a member of a team of 12 heroes. Souffle has an innocent personality, and her eyes are bluish-green.
  • Insistent Terminology: In episode 12, Urii and Monk have a brief argument when Monk jokes that the Three Little Pigs are Urii's relatives so Urii is lucky to be able to meet them, and Urii insists he's a boar and not a pig, and Monk thinks there isn't a difference and Urii insists there is.
  • Intercourse with You: Nyorori is not very subtle in his Image Song. When the song's title contains "Hey Baby!" in Gratuitous English, you know it's going to be kind of embarrassing. And that's just the title; in the lyrics themselves, he sings about how he cares, how he's tender, how he wants to stuff your body...
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: Of the "malfunctioning Transformation Trinket" variety; Tart's beak occasionally shows up again if she gets hit in the face, like with a soccer ball, or a beam from the Revealing Mirror.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: Subverted in Episode 3. When our heroes reach the Novel World of Cinderella, everything seems quiet and normal, no signs of corruption are apparent at first. But our heroes conclude that this is because Kirinda's readings were off and no Jyarei Monster is in this world, so they take a 2-day vacation. This comes back to bite them, as then they start noticing that there are phones, cameras, and other high technology in what should be a medieval world, and finally they discover that the "ball" has been changed to a disco dance contest, but since the Etorangers thought nothing was wrong earlier, now they only have one night to find and defeat the Jyarei Monster.
  • Kill 'em All: Shockingly enough, Nyanma almost manages to do this! First, Nyanma's final evil subordinate actually manages to get Hols and Drago killed when he collapses his lair as he dies, and Hols gets trapped and Drago doesn't manage to get Hols away in time. Then, when the Etorangers fight Nyanma herself, Nyanma manages to trap Nyorori, Souffle, Pakaracchi, and Urii in a house and then she kills first Nyorori, then Souffle and Pakaracchi. Urii survives, however, because he was standing behind the others and thus didn't actually get hit with the blast. Later, Nyanma aims a killing blast at Monk, but Pochiro intercepts and is killed instead. This causes Monk to go berserk and ferociously attack Nyanma, but Nyanma wins and kills Monk. Gaoh attacks next and actually almost wins, but he can't bring himself to kill his old friend Chocolat, so Nyanma blasts Gaoh over a cliff and Tart, trying to rescue him, merely falls in herself so they both fall to their deaths. That's 9 out of 12 Etorangers dead; however, Bakumaru, Cream, and Urii survive because they finally manage to get through to Nyanma that Bagi, rather than Princess Aura, was responsible for Nyanma's disqualification. Also, the Great God Goal manages to revive all the others as part of a gambit anyway.
  • Jerkass Ball: While the final straw for Tart before transforming was something else, the rest of the team harassing her the first part of Episode 5 certainly didn't help.
    Hols: Tart! Hurry up and move that big butt of yours off me, somewhere else!
    Tart: What? Well, I'm sorry my butt is big! Leave me alone!
    Nyorori: Telling a lady her butt is big is terribly rude nyorori.
    Hols: But it's true!
    Bakumaru: So, then, the one with the big butt didn't mean to say that... let's find the Ugly Duckling!
    Bakumaru: What do you think, Tart?
    Bakumaru: What is it? Are you still worked up over what happened earlier?
    Urii: What happened earlier?
    Nyorori: Yeah, it's ugly, nyorori.
    Hols: Yeah, it's ugly.
    Tart: *growls* I'll always be the ugly, big-butt bird! You guys' constant chatter is irritating. Hmmph...
    Bakumaru: Hey! Wait, Tart!... Jeez, acting all saucy... Who are you? The one calling herself ugly, big-butt, and hysterical?
    Urii: You added one more.
    Bakumaru: ...ah, did I?...
  • Kamehame Hadouken: The "Hadouken" part — a lethal energy sphere — is Nyanma's main mode of attack, and she used the "Kamehame" part is used at several points. Gousen even does the complete Kamehameha motion, making it a possible direct Shout-Out.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Kirinda speaks in a very clear one from the start.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: Tart is quite a fan of Moby-Dick, so Nyorori jokes that he'll get her Captain Ahab's autograph, much to her dismay, and then, due to her Hair-Trigger Temper, his. He actually makes sure to get it later, and shows it to her to calm her down after the team returns to Kirinda.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Souffle begins episode 24 feeling useless to the team, and while trying to give Souffle a pep talk, Tart mentions that yes, it does feel like "Bakumaru does everything around here", referring to Bakumaru being the Etoranger who usually gives the Jyarei Monsters the finishing blow.
  • Laser Blade: Bakumaru's main weapon. Interestingly, he doesn't start out the series with it; instead, near the end of episode 2, Momotaro gives Bakumaru his laser sword as a gift (it makes sense in context; the world of Momotaro had been corrupted into a sci-fi futuristic battle in space).
  • Last Minute Hookup:
  • The Leader: Bakumaru. He has the necessary hot-blood and determination traits, and every time the Etorangers need to visit a Novel World and Kirinda must pick four or five members to go, Bakumaru is chosen in the lineup almost every single friggin' time. There was exactly one episode where Bakumaru wasn't picked, and Souffle ended up taking the lead on that particular mission. When this happens, Kirinda tells him, "You can take a break this time."
  • Lost World: The Novel World in Episode 12 starts out as one, as it was already so saturated with evil energy that Kirinda could barely even locate it let alone identify it. It was The Wolf and Seven Lambs, which had been so utterly and thoroughly corrupted that it seemed like The Three Little Pigs. The only reason it was able to be restored at all is because Nyanma was injured and needed Genen to return and help her.
  • Love Freak: Pakaracchi, who muses about the preciousness of youth every other sentence. His Day in the Limelight episode is even called "Pakaracchi: Of Love and Youth".
  • Manchild: Peter Pan in episode 15, of course, but in an unusual example of this trope this turns out to be a good thing: when Wendy is put into danger and Peter Pan has a fear of heights, Pakaracchi explains that overcoming hardship is a part of youth, and also a part of youth is the capacity to do anything if it's for someone you like. And Peter Pan should of course be able to do something as "youthful" as saving Wendy despite his fear of heights, as he's the boy who never grew up!
  • Manly Tears: Pakaracchi, sometimes.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • While "baku" can be a reference to a dream-eating tapir from mythology, the Japanese word "baku" can mean "command esteem" or "win acclaim", and the "maru" suffix means "circle", so "Bakumaru" is a fitting name for the esteemed leader of a team of 12 heroes based on the circular Chinese zodiac.
    • Holstein is a very common breed of cattle.
    • "Gaou" is the roar of a tiger.
    • "Pakaratchi" is the sound of a horse's hooves.
    • Nyoro-Nyoro is the Japanese onomatopoeia for wiggling or slithering, as snakes like Nyorori are bound to do.
    • Soufflé refers to an infamously fragile kind of dessert, but the word itself is the past participle of the French word souffler, which means either "to blow up" or "to puff up", and Souffle has puffy hair.
    • Aside from being an obvious shortening of "Monkey" or another kind of "Monk", "Monku" can also mean "to complain", as Pochiro and Urii love to point out.
    • "Tart" has several meanings, and one of them is cutting, bitter, or sarcastic, and Tart has a sharper tongue than most of the other Etorangers.
    • "Pochi" essentially means "Pooch".
    • "Uribou" means "wild boar piglet".
    • "Nyan" means "meow". "Ma" means "evil" or "demon".
    • "Chocolat" is Gratuitous French for "Chocolate", and obviously refers to her dark fur.
    • As a Shout-Out, Bagi is a fitting name for the Man Behind the Man of a monstrous cat woman.
  • Misplaced Retribution: It turns out that Gaoh's old friend Chocolat is doing this as Nyanma, as Nyanma's entire evil plan is motivated by a desire to get back at Princess Aura for supposedly setting her up to be disqualified from a race. Actually, Bagi was responsible, not Princess Aura, and finding this out near the end causes Nyanma to turn against Bagi.
  • Mistaken for Badass: During the first encounter with the extremely powerful Genen the Cruel, the other Eto Rangers have all been driven back, but Bakumaru is staring her down in a display that even gets her complimenting him on his bravery. After she's forced to leave, he's still in that defiant position; the others then realized that he wasn't standing up to her, he was frozen in peril and fainted standing up because he's a mouse and she's a cat.
  • Monster of the Week: The Jyarei Monsters. This is a variant of the trope, however: they're disguised as characters of the Novel Worlds themselves, so before our heroes can do battle they first have to use the Jyarei Mirror on the disguised monster to get him/her to reveal his/her true form. Sometimes it's the obvious culprit, such as the Jyarei monster disguised as the evil stepmother in Cinderella, who corrupted the prince's royal ball into a "disco dance contest" so the prince can't marry Cinderella, but sometimes it's someone they don't suspect at first, such as the Jyarei Monster disguised as the rhinoceros waiter in the corrupted "gangster car race" version of the Tortoise and the Hare, who wasn't revealed the first time Bakumaru used the Jyarei Mirror on the entire bar because he was standing behind him while he was using it. Still other times, the culprit acts in hiding so while the audience knows who it is our heroes don't even meet the monster at first, such as the Jyarei Monster disguised as the cricket in the corrupted version of Pinocchio, who corrupted the world by advising Pinocchio to have evil desires instead of good ones.
  • National Stereotypes: Subtle due to the lack of a dub, but several rangers have traits, including accents, that point to these.
  • The Needs of the Many: Because the Novel Worlds are what comprise the Novel Pole, and because the Novel Pole is what's preventing the country of Mugen from falling into the sea, the Etorangers absolutely have to fix any corrupted Novel World or the Novel Pole will be destroyed, drowning and killing everyone in Mugen. Normally, this isn't an issue, as most of the time everyone in the story benefits from the corruption being removed. But on a few occasions, the Etorangers have to revert a change that was actually beneficial to a story's protagonist so that the Novel Pole and Mugen will remain intact. Little Red Riding Hood's story is supposed to end with her being eaten by the wolf before finally being saved by the woodsman, but the Jyarei Monster turned her into a wolf-slayer. Unfortunately this has to be fixed so the Novel World won't be destroyed. Snow White is supposed to bite into a poisoned apple so the story can end with her being awoken by Prince Charming, but the Jyarei Monster corrupted the world so that Snow White was capable of standing up to the wicked queen; unfortunately this needs to be reverted, as if the wicked queen is defeated/killed, the Novel World will be destroyed. The Little Mermaid is supposed to die at the end, throwing herself into the sea, but the Jyarei Monster turned her into an aspiring idol-to-be in a setting where she is in no danger of dying. In this case, when she finds out the truth, the mermaid deliberately chooses to help the Etorangers fix her story, knowing what will happen to her but knowing it's for the best.
  • Nerd Glasses: Nyorori is never seen without his pink ones.
  • New-Age Retro Hippie: Pakaracchi, full stop — with his tied-back long hair, his blindingly colorful outfit, and his constant shouts about the Springtime of Youth.
  • Nice Hat: Drago's imperial hat, Nyorori's turban, and Urii's big, floppy child's hat are all major parts of their regular outfits.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
  • Nice Mice: Played with, as Bakumaru the mouse can be brash and loud, but he's the leader of a team of 12 heroes.
  • Noodle Incident: We never do find out what Bakumaru's "Shanghai Cabbage" story, which was promised to be a Tear Jerker, is. The mission that interrupted his telling it was so stressful that he forgot it himself.
  • Not So Harmless Punishment:
    • The Ugly Duckling is corrupted by turning the titular "duckling" into an ostrich. While it seems silly at first, Tart quickly realizes the issue; ostriches can't swim, so if the story tries to play itself out as normal, he'll drown.
    • Princess Kaguya is corrupted by turning the elderly couple into successful restaurant owners who constantly get customers. That seems beneficial at first, but one, they get so many customers that they're constantly exhausted, and two, if they're too busy to leave the restaurant they can't discover the baby Kaguya in the bamboo and the story can never begin (and the baby could have died if the Etorangers hadn't left Hols and Gaoh to care for her in the elderly couple's absence).
  • Official Couple: Bakumaru and Cream.
  • Oh Crap!: In Episode 10, Pochiro let it slip that when he knocked Tart's face off with a soccer ball earlier in the episode, it was on purpose. And then he sees that Tart was standing right there listening.
  • Once an Episode: Since having all 12 Etorangers visit a Novel World at the same time would be disruptive to the world, Kirinda picks about four or five Etorangers each mission by using a slot-machine reel.
  • One-Winged Angel: Nyanma, after killing and absorbing Jyuken. Not much changes about her appearance — primarily, her hair turns blue — but when it happens, the Rangers know they're in serious trouble.
  • Opaque Nerd Glasses: Played for Drama at one point. Nyorori's eyes vanish entirely when Pakaracchi is telling him to Please Wake Up.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: While the Jyarei Monsters sometimes disguise themselves as obvious villains, or pets, or bystanders, etc., sometimes they'll disguise themselves as usually benign characters. So if you see a character in a Novel World whose "in-story" role is "good" suddenly act like a massive Jerkass, this is an alert that this character is probably the Jyarei Monster in disguise. For example, in the Pinocchio story, the cricket is supposed to be the voice of reason and compassion, so when the audience sees him suddenly advising Pinocchio to act lazy and immature, we know right away (though the Etorangers don't at first) that this isn't really the cricket, but the Jyarei Monster. For another example, when we learn that Peter Pan was hypnotized into being afraid of heights by Tinkerbell of all people, even the Etorangers are surprised; isn't Tinkerbell supposed to be Peter Pan's best friend? This of course means she's not Tinkerbell, but the Jyarei Monster.
  • Painting the Medium: Played for Laughs. When Corrupted Peter Pan tells Nyorori about how he was supposed to take Wendy flying, he jealously imagines it. Peter then yanks the thought bubble away and crumples it up. Even Nyorori's shocked, desperately trying to iron it back together.
  • Papa Wolf: Gaoh has a weakness for young, cute girls in distress, so he gets more dangerous than usual if you threaten one. The Arima Family ninjas in episode 17 find that out the hard way when they threaten the innocent Otama in Gaoh's presence. Then, when the Arima Family kidnaps Otama later to bargain for the Magic Lamp, Gaoh chases them down, beats them up, and saves Otama himself.
  • Panty Shot: Only once. In one episode, as Kirinda is sending the chosen Etorangers down to the Novel World enclosed in glass bubbles as usual, Souffle is accidentally put in the bubble the wrong way and her panties are showing to everyone. Pakaracchi makes a crack about the springtime of youth, Nyorori says how much he likes what he's seeing, and Cream gets angry on Souffle's behalf and intentionally starts crashing into everyone else's bubbles so they can't concentrate.
  • Partial Transformation: Tart the Chicken? Attractive. Tart the Human? Attractive. Tart the Human Body with a Chicken Head? Completely ridiculous. It seems to be a bit of a Berserk Button for her — the second time it happened, she didn't even bother fixing the malfunction before storming off to kick Bakumaru and Pochiro's asses.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Cream wears pink and red clothing, Souffle has pink hair, and Princess Aura wears a pink dress, and all three have "feminine" personalities. Tart, who is more tomboyish, dresses in dark clothing instead.
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: Nyorori may be The Smart Guy, but he's not very creative; his attempt at writing involved taking The Honest Woodcutter and replacing the word "Axe" with the word "Urii".
  • Playboy Bunny: One of Cream's costume changes. She uses it to serve as a distraction, but it either fails (like against the Hare in "Tortoise and the Hare") or she misinterpreted what sort of distraction they actually needed (like against a giant wolf mecha).
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: And one with a significantly larger impact than most examples of this trope, as this trope caused the main conflict of the series to happen. Chocolat used to look up to Princess Aura, but devoted her life to revenge after she mistakenly thought she had set her up to be humiliated.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: Nyanma's One-Winged Angel state is defined by her hair turning electric blue.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Drago shows signs of this in episode 12, as the team gets an SOS from Aura Castle while some of them have already left for a Novel World. Drago is the one to suggest the remainder of the team going to the castle, even though they're unable to let the other heroes know they'll be gone, but Drago is sure that Bakumaru and the others will understand.
  • The Prankster: Monk.
  • Princesses Rule: Aura is the ruler of the country of Mugen, and she is addressed as "Princess Aura" rather than "Queen Aura". However, this might be because she herself answers to a higher power, the Great God Goal.
  • Pun: Journey to the West was corrupted into... Journey to The Western.
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: In Episode 15, Nyorori does not like Corrupted Peter Pan very much.
    Nyorori: D-Don't make me laugh nyorori! I want to fly in the sky so much that I worked hard to build a flying machine nyorori!
    Pakaracchi: Hey, Nyoro-kun, don't get too carried away...
    Nyorori: Shut up nyorori! But you... but you! With the ability to fly, you are scared of heights?! Don't joke!
  • Raymanian Limbs: Nyorori uses a pair of telekinetically manipulated white gloves as his hands, giving him this appearance.
  • Red Herring: Sometimes an episode will set up an obvious candidate for the Jyarei Monster corrupting the Novel World, only for it to turn out to be someone else. For example, in the corrupted "Western" version of Journey to the West, the episode seems to be leading up to the Jyarei Monster being the gold-toothed leader of the enemy cowboy gang. To make it more convincing, he and his partner are even based off the famous "gold and silver brothers" from the original Chinese Journey to the West. The Jyarei Monster is actually disguised as this character's pet scorpion. For another example, it seems obvious that the Jyarei Monster corrupting the Peter Pan story is disguised as Captain Hook, Peter Pan's arch-enemy. The Jyarei Monster is actually disguised as Tinkerbell.
  • Redshirt Reporter: Unusually Played for Drama, when reporter Lydia the Giraffe — A.K.A. Kirinda -- witnesses Nyanma's transformation only to become her first victim.
  • Refused by the Call: Chocolat was disqualified from the race, and thus also disqualified from becoming an Etoranger like she dreamed. But as it turns out, the call didn't actually refuse her; because of a trick by Bagi the evil cat spirit involving a fake Princess Aura, Chocolat disqualified herself from the call and didn't realize it due to lack of information.
  • The Reveal: The Big Bad, Nyanma, is actually the team's former friend, Chocolat, who was corrupted by Bagi after Bagi tricked her into thinking Princess Aura had wronged her. There's another one that's almost as important: Kirinda, their ship's computer, used to be a reporter named Lydia, who was killed by Nyanma shortly after transforming and was then magically revived as Kirinda.
  • Sadistic Choice: Bakumaru is presented with a very nasty one in episode 16: he has to choose between saving the Novel World, and saving Cream, the person he most cares for. He is placed in a martial arts contest for the hand of the mouse bride, and just before the final match, his opponent Geton the Lizard has his cronies kidnap Cream and threaten to "skin this rabbit" unless Bakumaru throws the match. But as Bakumaru realizes, if he throws the match, the mouse bride can't marry a mouse like she's supposed to, so the story can't be completed properly, and the Novel World will be destroyed. So when Bakumaru is asked to choose between saving the Novel World and saving Cream, he picks Cream. He throws the match and lets Geton beat him up, but Cream escapes and reveals Geton to be the Jyarei Monster, so they're able to save the Novel World anyway.
  • Serious Business: In episode 16, we learn that flying is serious business to Drago, as while watching Bakumaru's fight against a hermit crab who can fly and breathe fire, Drago gets irritated that the hermit crab is flying "inelegantly", which Drago doesn't do when he flies.
  • She's a Man in Japan: In Japanese, Bakumaru is male. In Tagalog, Powell is female.
  • Shipper on Deck:
  • Shock and Awe: Drago can control the weather directly, and Pochiro's staff has taser-like electrodes in both ends.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Hare's showing off his new car, he does a series of poses with it like the Speed Racer opening.
    • One of the extras in the Battle for the Bride martial arts tournament was named "Rasca the Raccoon", a rather blatant reference to Rascal.
    • In the world of The Boy Who Cried Wolf-turned-high-tech-war, Souffle and Urii prominently wear functioning scouters as part of their equipment. That's not the only Dragon Ball reference, either; Majirisu, one of the opponents in the Battle for the Bride, is clearly meant as a nod to it, first knocking his first opponent out of the ring with seemingly a single punch, then when he faces Bakumaru, it's revealed that he has Krillin's signature dots on his forehead, along with Calling His Attacks and fighting Bakumaru primarily with Ki Blasts. Milked for all it's worth in the 2015 Woolseyism, which emphasizes that he got the type of lines Dragon Ball Z is infamous for.
    "mpossible! He slashed those away like it was nothing! I've never seen a power level like his..."
  • Sim Sim Salabim: Nyorori has a very distinct Indian accent, a big, jewelled turban, and, um... psychic powers. And his thinking that he's one charming snake can't be a coincidence.
  • Smug Snake: Nyorori's a literal Smug Snake, but he's a non-villainous example, as part of a team of 12 heroes.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Since it never aired outside of Japan and the Philippines, this was inevitable. Do Monk and Pochiro end in a U? Does Gao end in an H? Is "Etorangers" one word or two, and if it's two, is "ETO" in all-caps?
  • Strictly Formula: Subverted. A significant portion of the series is "Team squabble, then roulette, then go to the Novel World, then find out what's wrong, then reveal the Jyarei, then fight and purify, then bring up the team squabble again". However, there starts to be noticeable periodic breaks in the formula starting with Episode 12, and by Episode 33, it's abandoned entirely with the final Novel World segment being over and done with in the first two minutes of the episode. Then the Dark Mugen saga begins.
  • Super Mode: Several rangers possess one.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Corrupted Ugly Duckling, because he's an ostrich. And First Form Tart, which is in part why she's no longer in her first form.
  • Supreme Chef: Soufflé is revealed to be this in episode 16, as during a tea party, Bakumaru responds to Tart's accusation that he and Monk don't care by saying he does care, as he "wouldn't miss Soufflé's cakes for the world!"
  • Taken for Granite: In the world of The Honest Woodcutter, the entire team except for Bakumaru and Nyorori fell into the pond and were turned into wooden totems.
  • Team Mom: The other team members see Tart as this, and she very much is, but it just confuses her.
  • Tear Jerker: Multiple times in-universe.
    • Cream hates the ending to Princess Kaguya / The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter so much that she specifically asked not to go on that mission. Of course, that didn't stop the roulette from picking her.
    • Bakumaru promises that Shanghai Cabbage would have been one... if he hadn't forgotten it.
    • Souffle hates the ending to The Little Mermaid because it's the Hans Christian Andersen version where the mermaid dies in the end, and for that reason when they go to that Novel World, Souffle at first attempts to keep the truth hidden from the mermaid, who is now an aspiring star-to-be not in danger of dying. But when Bakumaru leaves Souffle a message on her radar compact while she's sleeping, the mermaid, who is still awake, overhears Bakumaru's message and learns the truth, and then decides to help the Etorangers fix the Novel World despite now knowing the tear jerking ending in store for her.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Bakumaru and Monk get on each other's nerves. Monk is frequently at odds with Pochiro as well. Despite this, they manage to work together as a team as part of the Etorangers. It gradually evolves into just plain "teamwork" without the "teeth clenched" part.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Souffle in episode 3. It doesn't end well for her; she's an Etoranger, so she has to leave the guy she had a crush on while visiting the Novel World of Cinderella.
  • Title Drop: Once an Episode, when the Jyarei monster asks "Who Are You?"
    "We're the Twelve Warriors! Bakuretsu! Eto Rangers!".
  • Tomboy: Tart, although she can be girly and feminine when discussing matters of, for example, romance.
  • Toros y Flamenco: Hols is strongly implied to be Spanish, with his accent, general bullfighting theme, and the fact that his Image Song is, you guessed it, a flamenco.
  • Transformation Trinket: Gaoh can transform into an actual tiger instead of an anthropomorphic one by putting on sunglasses and shouting "Tora Tora Hai!", meaning "Tiger Tiger Equip!" (changed to "Tora Tora Eye!" in the MugenX sub and "Tiger's Eye!" in the 2015 Woolseyism). Drago can transform into an actual dragon by using a ball with a miniature dragon inside it called the "Adult Drop". Cream's magical carrot-shaped stick can transform her into various disguises.
  • True Companions: The Etorangers, natch.
  • Undercover as Lovers: In episode 14, in order to get the protagonist of The Straw Millionaire to give up his car, Bakumaru and Cream stage an argument where they pretend to be lovers, and Cream hits Bakumaru and yells at him for not taking her on a romantic drive like he promised. Then Cream pretends to cry and says Bakumaru doesn't love her anymore. However, Bakumaru almost confesses he loves Cream for real, embarrassing them both and Cream has to remind him that they're just pretending. This foreshadows them becoming an Official Couple later.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Nyorori keeps adding his name, "nyorori", to the end of his sentences.
    • Hols has "Ushi", which is Japanese for "bull".
    • Pochiro has "Degozaru", an antiquated equivalent to "Desu". Changed to "'Tis" in the 2015 Woolseyism.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The show starts out fairly lighthearted. And then Nyanma shows up.
  • Villain Respect: Genen compliments Bakumaru on his bravery the first time they meet for defiantly staring her down instead of being driven back like his teammates. It turns out he just fainted standing up.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: The Corrupted Seven Dwarves, of all people, who were turned into a team of hulking musclemen in boxer shorts after intense training spurred on by Snow White's warning. Yeah, Tart had the same reaction as you just now.
    "Can't you say anything without posing?"
  • Walking Spoiler: Chocolat, Bagi, and Lydia.
  • Wave Motion Gun:
    • Urii's Bi-e Beam, which is one of the most powerful attacks in the team, period.
    • Nyanma primarily uses Kamehame Hadoukens to fight, in both forms of the trope.
  • We Used to Be Friends:
    • Gaoh and Chocolat, the cat spirit who became Nyanma.
    • In one episode, in the corrupted world of Pinocchio, the titular Pinocchio is friends with a sweet and innocent girl named Meru, who as the Woolseyism noted is actually a reference to the Blue Fairy (the Woolseyism changed her name to "Mary" to reflect this). Unfortunately this friendship is broken when one of Nyanma's Jyarei Monsters corrupts Pinocchio into a golden-bodied Jerkass, but Meru instantly forgives Pinocchio when Pinocchio starts working at the port, and they're friends again.
  • Wham Episode:
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Hols in episode 11 unwittingly ends up wearing a dress in the Novel World of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. And he seemed to be enjoying it, until the Wicked Stepmother called him "unpleasant". He's considerably less enthusiastic about it when it happens again in Episode 23.
  • Who Are You?: The Jyarei asks this Once an Episode after being revealed, and Bakumaru always responds with a Title Drop.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Nyanma actually tries to avert this by successfully breaking into Princess Aura's throne room, attempting to assassinate her herself with a Death Ball. In other words, she basically did try to shoot the only person who could make her plans fall apart. She underestimated her target, however, and wound up injured herself.
  • With Friends Like These...: Oh yes. There are times when the Rangers get along with each other, but those are generally limited to when someone's life is on the line.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Part of how the world of The Honest Woodcutter was corrupted; vast expanses of pure gold sand dotted the landscape, to the point where wood was a more valuable commodity. This was a trap so Nyorori and Bakumaru would realize too late that their now-wooden comrades were valuable and likely to be stolen.
  • Would Hurt a Child: At least two serious attempts have been made on Urii's life. He survived both times. The first was by the still-disguised Jyarei of Little Red Riding Hood's world, which he survived by revealing his crying beam. The second was a death blast fired directly by Nyanma that he only got away from by hiding behind Pakaracchi.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Bagi uses one to cause the main conflict of the series. First, before an upcoming race to determine Etoranger membership, Bagi sends Chocolat, the cat spirit, a phony vision of Princess Aura telling Chocolat to begin a race right away. This causes Chocolat to begin the race too early, thus disqualifying herself by unintentionally cheating. Chocolat doesn't realize the vision wasn't real and thinks Princess Aura deliberately set her up for a fall, so she runs off in tears. Then Bagi appears to her, offering her the power to get revenge, which Chocolat takes, turning Chocolat into Nyanma. Nyanma then unleashes Jyarei Monsters on the Novel Worlds, thus becoming a pawn in Bagi's own schemes against Mugen.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Among the Etorangers, Cream has shades of this, but Souffle is the straightest example. There's also a couple of side characters who fit this archetype: Meru, Pinocchio's friend who is also a reference to the Blue Fairy, and Otama in the corrupted "Japanese Edo period" version of Aladdin.
  • You Are Number Six: Each of the Etorangers has a numbered badge, which reflects their rank and the order in which they finished the original "Etoranger qualification race". Interestingly, we don't actually see why each Etoranger finished in each position until a flashback in episode 33:
    • Bakumaru is #1 because he was in third for most of the race (technically fourth, but Chocolat, who technically finished first, doesn't count because she unintentionally started too early and was thus disqualified), but Bakumaru "leapfrogged" over Hols and Gaoh by jumping off Hols' back and catapulting himself across the finish line. This is a Mythology Gag to the original zodiac race tale, where the rat finished first by riding on the ox.
    • Hols is #2 because he and Gaoh were neck and neck in the lead for most of the race, but Bakumaru leapfrogged over him and finished first, and Hols and Gaoh crashed into the wall with Hols a single step ahead of Gaoh.
    • Gaoh is #3 because he and Hols were neck and neck in the lead for most of the race, but Bakumaru leapfrogged over Hols and finished first, and Hols and Gaoh crashed into the wall with Gaoh a single step behind Hols.
    • Cream is #4 because, while she could have finished higher, she went back and shoved a delayed Souffle forward into the race.
    • Drago is #5 because he flew on his cloud the entire race, though his cloud wasn't as fast as Bakumaru, Hols, Gaoh, and Cream.
    • Nyorori is #6 because, though he planned to catapult himself straight to the finish, a wind blew him off-course onto Drago's cloud, and he was sitting behind Drago when the cloud crossed the finish line so Nyorori has one number higher than Drago.
    • Pakaracchi is #7 because he ran at a leisurely pace the whole race instead of his full sprinting speed.
    • Souffle is #8 because she first got delayed because after running outside her house, she went back to lock her door. However, Cream went back and shoved Souffle forward into the race.
    • Monk is #9 because he and Pochiro were actually very fast runners, but they began the race going the wrong way. Then, when they finally reached the finish line, Tart attempted to finish ahead of Monk by knocking him out, but Monk's hand fell across the finish line which is why he still finished ahead of Tart and Pochiro.
    • Tart is #10 because she had a fast start, but she went back to retrieve Urii, who was still sleeping, and carried him with her for part of the way. She then attempted to knock Monk out to finish ahead of him, but Monk's hand fell across the finish line so she still finished behind him.
    • Pochiro is #11 because he and Monk were actually very fast runners, but they began the race going the wrong way. Then, when they finally reached the finish line, Tart attempted to finish ahead of Monk by knocking him out, but Monk's hand fell across the finish line and Pochiro was so shocked that he finished behind both Tart and Monk.
    • Urii is #12 because he was still sleeping when the race began, and Tart went back to retrieve him and carried him partway. She let go of him to attempt to knock out Monk, but Urii woke up and slowly trudged toward the finish line...but Chocolat being knocked back from the finish line tripped Urii and caused him to roll across the finish line.

Now, describe Shanghai Cabbage he— *fwip*

Alternative Title(s):

Eto Rangers