Left to right: Mikoto, Yukito, Ryoga, Ranru, Asuka
"The iron DinoGuts!"
Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger (Blastosaur Squadron Rampagernote A combination of Abare (Rampage) and "ranger".) is the twenty-seventh program in the Super Sentai franchise, airing from 2003 to 2004.In the backstory of Abaranger, the meteorite that killed all the dinosaurs in the distant past actually split Earth into two parallel worlds: "Another Earth", the world as we know it where the dinosaurs became extinct, and "Dino Earth", where dinosaurs lived on alongside humans and eventually evolved into "Bakuryu" and "Ryujin" respectively.All is well in Dino Earth until the awakening of the evil Evolien and their god, Dezumozorlya. Dino Earth soon falls to the Evolien, and a lone Ryujin warrior called Asuka flees through an interdimensional portal to Another Earth. There he seeks human allies with the ability to harness a powerful inner energy called "Dinoguts", and fight against the invading Evolien before they conquer Another Earth as well.He soon finds three: Ryouga Hakua, a young father with boundless optimism; Yukito Sanjyo, a cold and cynical chiropractor; and Ranru Itsuki, a keen tomboy mechanic. Together they gain the partnership and power of three Bakuryu, and fight against the Evolien as the Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger.Asuka soon recovers from being Brought Down to Normal and joins as the fourth Abaranger, only to have his resolve tested as he is forced to fight Jeanne, a vicious Evolian general who shares the appearance of his lost love. Later on, a powerful Evil Counterpart appears in the form of Mikoto Nakadai, an amoral genius who uses a Super Prototype of the Abaranger technology to become "AbareKiller", a nemesis that challenges the Abaranger's belief in the basic goodness of humanity.The theme of the series is, quite obvious from the title, dinosaurs, lots and lots of hotbloodedness, and explosions.note Just for starters: The word "AbaRanger" is from "Abare", meaning "riot/rampage/outbreak/run wild".Oh, and did we mention that the Dinosaurs talk?
Ryōga Hakua / AbaRed: An environmental protection investigator from the US. An easygoing Nice Guy.
Yukito Sanjyo / AbareBlue: A cold-hearted chiropractor with legendary skills.
Mikela: The "Messenger of Creation", who creates Monsters of the Week with magical paint. Because he uses three colours in his paintings, his monsters are mishmashes of three elements: a creature, a plant/herb, and a machine.
Styracosaurus + Dino Carry = Max Ojanote Although, the Dino Carry was just a chariot pulled by the Styracosaurus, so the Max Oja could be considered more of a Transforming Mecha depending on whether you view the Dino Carry as part of the Styracosaurus or as a separate equipment.
Carnoleutus + Chasmoshieldon = Bakuren-oh
Mecha Expansion Pack: The Brachiosaurus stored many of the smaller dinosaurs inside, which could be used as upgrades to the main mecha.
Ranru: "Dashing with courage!note Yuuki de bakushin!AbareYellow!"
Asuka: "The invincible soul of the Dragon People! note Muteki no Ryujin tamashi!AbareBlack!"
Mikoto: "The finest example of excitement.note Tokimeki no haku.AbareKiller!"note The work "Haku" is a wordplay; "Haku" means "Doctor", among other things, and the Kanji used here for "Ha" stands for "White".
All: "The Iron DinoGuts! Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger!"
Brachio has his twist; his lines are different every time he goes through his Stock Footage.
Artifact of Doom: The cursed armor that Asuka acquires eventually causes the wearer to go insane attacking both friend and foe alike.
Badass Longcoat: Yukito fancies himself as one initially. Then Mikoto comes along and hijacks the trope for his own.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: In episode 14 when Denjirou tells Ranru about his old friendship with Ryunosuke, with a flashback for the viewer. She interrupts the story to ask which of the boys in the flashback scene is Ryunosuke.
Butt Monkey: Asuka, generally in AnotherEarth's everyday life.
Camp Gay: Ranru's trainer for Idol Singing sure is one. No wonder she quits...
Evil Laugh: Mikoto does a very hammy version. Still, not as bad as Rijewel's.
Expy: The three main Abarangers draw their powers from dinosaurs that were represented by three of the Zyurangers (namely the tyrannosaurus, the triceratops and the pteranodon), while Abare Black draws his power from a brachiosaurus (which was present in Zyuranger in the form of King Brachion).
Fun with Acronyms: "Abare"; it's a word-per-syllable acronym instead of word-per-letter, and stands for "Attack Bandit Resistance".
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Episode 28 manages to sneak in a sex scene between Asuka and Mahoro, though nothing actually explicit is shown — all that's shown is Mahoro's hand wearing the bracelet Asuka gave her, and their pendants overlapping.
"Blast-Dinosaur Task Force Rampage Rangers"... It seems no further elaboration would be necessary.
Idol Singer: Ranru trained as one before becoming a mechanic.
Inn Between the Worlds: Ever since its creation, the Dinosaur Curry shop has been referenced in every annual teamup, serving as a place where members of the past and present teams meet each other. The thing's a landmark.
Meaningful Name: Ryouga, Yukito and Ranru's family names, "Hakua" (Cretaceous), "Sanjyo" (Triassic) and "Itsuki" (Jurassicnote Jyura-ki; "jyu" is a possible reading for the kanji "Itsuki"), are puns on names of the prehistoric periods where dinosaurs thrived in. Lampshaded in Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger vs. Abaranger.
There's also Mikela, the painter, named after Michelangelo, and Voffa, the composer, whose name derives from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Medium Awareness: in episode 14, Ranru meets Ryuunosuke's old friend, who relates a story from their childhood in the form of a sepia toned flashback that they can actually see.
More Than Mind Control: After breaking free from AbareKiller's influence, Stego decides to stay with him anyway since this means a promotion from "auxiliary zord called out once-every-so-often" to "one half of a Megazord". Even Mikoto was surprised at the Face-Heel Turn.
Nephewism: Ryouga is biologically Mai's uncle and has been caring for her since her parents were killed.
New Powers as the Plot Demands: Actually justified in-universe, with Wrench Wench Ranru making random modifications to the Dino Braces (explaining the out-of-nowhere 'Abare Beam' in the Hurricaneger teamup) and adding stuff to the Bakuryu (Kera slaps a bug on the ep. 25 Trinoid, which tricks it into attacking a holographic building).
Punny Name: Each Trinoid comes from three concepts: a plant, an animal and a man-made appliance, not necessarily in that order. Naturally, their names are punny portmanteaux of all three. For the pun to work, however, each concept's last syllable(s) must be the same as the next concept's first syllable(s).
For example, the first Trinoid to appear in the series is created from "Bakudan/Bomb", "Dandelion" and "Lion". Its name? Bakudandelion.
Taken to its logical extreme with the Hexanoid's six-piece name: Hanabinote fireworks + Binote bee + Bikini + Nikibinote pimple + Binasunote Venus + Nasunote eggplant = Hanabikinikibinasu.
Put on a Bus: Happens to Emiri and Ryuunosuke sometime before episode 13, when the Rangers get hurled into the past and meet their Identical Strangers.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In the final episode, the Abarangers have a reunion some time after defeating the Evoliens. Asuka and Mahoro (now back on Dino Earth) cannot be there, nor can Mikoto (dead) and Rijewel (de-aged past Rije into an infant, back on Dino Earth), so all five (counting Rije/Rijewel as two separate characters) are replaced by identical-looking customers who just happen to wander into Dino Curry at the right moment.
That Woman Is Dead: Jannu is formerly Asuka's lover Mahoro. She discarded her name and became the Destruction Messenger Jannu, fixated on killing Asuka for betraying her.
These Hands Have Killed: episode 30, when we learn that Asuka was not only the first to become Geildon, but killed scores of fellow Ryujin.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Let's just say that Mai-chan got along well with the Bakuryu awfully fast. Case in point: Tyra is the one who attacked the building she and Ryoga are living in, and at the end of the other next episode, she's cheerfully riding on Tyra's head.
Verbal Tic: Every. Single. Bakuryu. Except Styracosaurus, Carnoryutus, and Chasmoshieldon.
Wanting Is Better Than Having: Dr. Nakadai was naturally good at anything he tried, due to being the host for half of the series' main villain, and spent most of his life bored out of his skull from the lack of challenge. When he found the dangerous prototype Transformation Trinket, he became a supervillain rather than a good guy because it was more fun, and learning that the device will eventually explode only made it more exciting.