Series: Chouriki Sentai Ohranger
Only those who have learned the power of the Super-Civilization will be able to save humanity from its greatest crisis: Baranoia, the Machine Empire, which plans to invade the Earth!Chōriki Sentai Ohranger
(Super Powered Squadron Ohranger note
) is the nineteenth installment in the Super Sentai
series, airing from 1995 to 1996.
Six million years after being exiled from Earth by his creators on Pangaea, the evil robot Bacchushund has returned with his Machine Empire, Baranoia. In order to defeat the threat, five officers of UAOH (United Airforce Overtech Hardware) must use technology from Pangaea itself to become the mighty Ohranger team.
The show commemorated the 20th anniversary
of the Super Sentai Series, following the retroactive inclusion of Himitsu Sentai Goranger
and J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai
two years earlier. It was also the first Sentai show to start the yearly crossover specials between the current team and previous one with Olé vs. Kakuranger
Adapted into Power Rangers Zeo
, continuing where Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
The Ohrangers consist of:
- Chief Miura: Mentors and creator of the Ohranger technology.
The Machine Empire Baranoia is comprised of:
- All Your Powers Combined: The Big Bang Buster, where the weapons are held together with one of the Ohranger's King Smashers.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Chouriki Henshin!" note
- Calling Your Attacks
- Cool Bike: The Jetter bikes. This was the last time each member of the main team had bikes of their own. After this point, only certain rangers (usually reds or extras) rode bikes if there were any.
- Crossover: Started the tradition of the yearly crossover movie with Olé vs. Kakuranger.
- Finishing Move: Chōriki Dynamite Attack!
- Five-Man Band:
- Home Base
- Humongous Mecha: Ohranger is known for having the most variety when it comes to individual mecha and possible mecha formations in Super Sentai, even when compared to succeeding shows.
- A Mech by Any Other Name: The Chōriki Mobiles (the components of the Ohranger Robo) and the Blocker Robos (the components of the Oh Blocker).
- Animal Mecha: Only three this time. The Chōriki Mobiles for the male Ohrangers are based on mythological beasts, while the ones for the female members are tanks based on ancient humanoid statues.
- Combining Mecha: Two again. Their first one, the Ohranger Robo, also had five interchangeable helmets, one for each member, with the default one being Oh Red's Wing Head (the other four being Green's Horn Head, Blue's Graviton Head, Yellow's Vulcan Head and Pink's Cannon Head.
- Chariot Formation (not exactly a mecha combination in the traditional sense, since it involves Green's and Blue's Chōriki Mobiles hauling Yellow's and Pink's respectively by being chained to them)
- Gran Taurus + Dogu Lander = Taulander
- Dash Leon + Moa Roader = Leoroader
- Sky Phoenix + Gran Taurus + Dash Leon + Dogu Lander + Moa Roader = Ohranger Robo
- Red Blocker + Green Blocker + Blue Blocker + Yellow Blocker + Pink Blocker = Oh Blocker
- Mecha Expansion Pack: The Red Puncher served this function to the Ohranger Robo, while the King Pyramider could work with both of them, as well as the Blocker Robos.
- Ohranger Robo + Red Puncher = Buster Ohranger Robo
- King Pyramider, the mecha of the King Ranger, has three formations: its default Pyramid Formation, where its shaped like a mobile pyramid; the Carrier Formation, where it becomes a flying warship that carries the Chōriki Mobiles and Red Puncher on top of it; and the Battle Formation, where it becomes a giant robot after combining with the Chōriki Mobiles and Red Puncher or with the Blocker Robos.
- Robot Buddy: Tackle Boy, which transforms into a rolling wheel tossed by Oh Blocker.
- Mechanical Lifeform: Gunmazin
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming
- In the Name of the Moon: Ohranger, Olé!
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Even though it's tradition for the first battles in Sentai series to have the whole team, Oh Red actually gets to fight a battle and look awesome on his own at the end of episode one, as his astonished teammates watch. It's in the next episode that they assemble and fight as a team.
- Also, Gorō's the only one who managed to tame the Red Puncher robot. Furthermore, he's a Captain, while the other four are all First Lieutenants.
- Make My Monster Grow: Acha and Kocha's reason for living.
- Monster of the Week: The "Machine Monsters"
- Mooks: The Barlo Soldiers, who are Mecha-Mooks
- The Movie: One where the Ohrangers had to escape a movie within a movie! One of the Machine Monsters in the movie reappears as the MOTW in Episode 31.
- "On the Next Episode of..." Catch Phrase
- Regular Caller
- Supervillain Lair
- Theme Music Power-Up
- Transformation Trinket: Power Braces for the main five and King Brace for Riki.
- Two Girls to a Team: Makes a return after a three-year absent with the fifth Yellow and Pink duo.
- Weapon of Choice
Tropes specific to Chouriki Sentai Ohranger:
- All Men Are Perverts: Subverted. Chief Miura is unaffected by Multiwa's Charm spells because he's trained his body and heart to resist being moved against his will. The Ohranger males however are constantly taken down by it, despite knowing who she is.
- A Twinkle in the Sky: Happens to Juri in episode 12.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Buster OhrangerRobo's Gattai sequence starts with OhrangerRobo and RedPuncher standing back to back.
- BFS: OhBlocker's Twin Blocken Crash finisher. It combines the two sabers together above its head, allowing them to project a gigantic Laser Blade that comes crashing down on the monster. Was only used twice, afterwards being replaced by OhBlocker rolling Tackleboy at the monster.
- Battle Couple: Buldont and Multiwa. They even die together.
- Benevolent Genie: Gunmajin... Hm. In what way, you ask?
- "Punish those bullies" = Puts them on a very high branch and blows wind at them.
- "Take over/destroy the world for me!!" = "don'wanna. Not fun." * reverts to ittybitty form* (Incidentally, it's Bomber The Great giving this order. Think about it.
- Catch Phrase: "Ohre!" for... the whole team.
- Continuity Snarl: The Ohranger vs. Kakuranger crossover movie features the Oh Blocker, Tackle Boy and Gunmazin. This is despite the fact the movie is set when Emperor Bacchushund is still alive, whereas Oh Blocker's first battle was precisely the battle where Bacchushund died and the other two appeared afterward.
- Darker and Edgier: This is What Could Have Been (see Too Soon in the Trivia page).
- Although, the first few episodes did manage to be surprisingly gritty and intense, especially with episode 1 to 4 or so, giving a little insight of what the show could have been.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: One Baranoia monster's scheme was to amplify the sound of babies crying to destructive levels. He wanted to discourage humans from ever having babies; pity he never imagined they'd try desperately to calm them down.
- Fake Defector: Juri fakes cowardice in order to get the antidote for a monster's poison. It doesn't go that well.
- Fanservice: One scene by the river during the Kakuranger team up, where we can see some talent from the Ohranger girls.
- There's also episode 23, in which Juri has to battle her brainwashed team-mates in first her swimsuit and then in just her underwear.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Riki.
- Kissing Cousins: Kaiser Buldont and Princess Multiwa get married in episode 41 and have a child six episodes later. There's no Squick because they're robots.
- Lost Technology: The Ohrangers get their powers from technology created on Pangaea.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Actually has two. Red Puncher Midseason, and it has a 3/4 season upgrade with Ohblocker later on.
- Older Than They Look: Riki might be a kid, but he's a Six-Million Year Old Kid!
- He was in stasis though, so he's really not that old. He is however very mature for his age.
- Precursors: Pangaea, again.
- Pun-Based Title: "Ohranger" can mean several things depending on the context. It can refer to the O.H. (Overtech Hardware) technology used by the heroes, the Japanese word for "King", the Spanish word "Olé" (which is the catchphrase of the Ohrangers), or even as a homophone for the word "Aura" (oura).
- Punny Name: Bara Ivy. The Japanese word for "rose" is bara.
- One guest character is named "Henna-jiisan", which literally means Old Man Henna. However, "henna" is also an adjective for someone who is weird, so his name ends up sounding like "weird old man".
- Reunion Show: Jump started the annual team ups between current and previous Super Sentai teams.
- Synchronization: The Baranoia monster Bara Brain was linked to a counterpart, the giant Bara Seperate, and was destroyed when Bara Separate fell to the first use of the Ohranger Robo.
- Tagalong Kid: Averted with Riki in spite of his age.
- Theme Naming: The Ohrangers, sans Riki, have surnames relating to their geometric symbols.
- Maruo = Round tail
- Nijo = Two Lines note
- Mita = Three Fields note
- Yokkaichi = Fourth Day City note
- Hoshino = Star Field
- Riki's symbol is the Kanji "Oh"/"King", matching his codename. It has six "terminals" in its shape as he's literally the Sixth Ranger of the group.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Juri and Momo. They switch based on the situation. Generally Juri is more physically competent and outspoken and confident, while Momo has a softer feminine personality and is the Distressed Damsel a few times.
- Torpedo Tits: Keris shoots lasers from her nipples in giant monster form
- Trojan Horse: The Ohrangers use a Trojan Horse gambit (Chief Miura directly brings up the myth, even) to get themselves and the Blocker Robos inside the Baranoia moon base in "The Five Robos' Great Riot".
- Twenty Minutes into the Future: This is set in the then-future year 1999. Or at least, it was intended before the teamups.
- Whip It Good: Keris' weapon in human guise is a whip.
- Xanatos Gambit: Buldont and Multiwa combine this with a Uriah Gambit when they reprogram Boomer and have him attack the Ohrangers. The outcome of Boomer being defeated has a bonus as his death would trigger a missile that would destroy the sun. Fortunately, Gunmajin manages to stop the missile.