Dengeki Sentai Changeman (Blitzkrieg Squadron Changeman) is the ninth Super Sentai series, running from 1985 to 1986. Until Goranger was retroactively included as a Super Sentai installment, it was also the longest with 55 episodes and two movies (both original works). It was also the third series not to have a yellow warrior.In order to save the world from threat of invasion by the Great Star League Gozma, a special force called the Earth Defense Force is set up. One day, the Gozma launch an attack on them and have them on the ropes. That is, until the Earth itself grants five officers the power of the Earth Force, which lets them become the Changemen.
Hiryū Tsurugi (Change Dragon): The Leader in red, who is willing to do the right thing.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Notable for having the first female white rangernote and the first true white ranger, since Big One could be considered more of a "rainbow ranger", both aesthetically and functionally, as well as the fact that J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai was only retroactively counted as Super Sentai when Chouriki Sentai Ohranger aired., substituting yellow in this case (later shows would have white as a substitute for pink instead). However, just like Sun Vulcan, the codenames are animal-based (specifically based on mythical creatures).
Combination Attack: The Changemen have various team attacks with their side arms; the girls have their own set as well.
Cool Airship: The Shuttlebase, which was actually a spaceship in addition to being their mecha carrier.
Cool Bike: The Auto Changer bikes, the first time each ranger had an individual bike.
Home Base: The Dengeki Base, although the Shuttle Base also served this role in some episodes.
Humongous Mecha: Once again there were three components, with an individual mecha for the red leader and two shared mechas for the rest of the team. This would also be the last time the heroes would have just one big robot.
Combining Mecha: Jet Changer 1 (Dragon) + Heli Changer 2 (Griffin and Mermaid) + Land Changer 3 (Pegasus and Phoenix) = Change Robo
Make My Monster Grow: Gyodai's purpose on the show. Conveniently, Gyodai could only enlarge a monster once a day, since this power consumes too much of his strength, and by contrivance, he is also attracted to the energy discharge of the Power Bazooka, which serves as a sign as to when to use his powers.
There's a notable two-parter where the Gohzma try to engineer a way around Gyodai's "one monster per day" limit in a satisfying display of Genre Savvy.
Two Girls to a Team: The second Sentai team to have two girls at the same time. However, instead of the now-traditional Pink and Yellow duo, this one had Pink and White. In later teams, White was more often used for female rangers as a substitute for Pink (not counting Magi Mother, who was an extra ranger). There is technically another Pink and White duo, which is the Gokaiger version of JAKQ.
Darker and Edgier: Along with Growing the Beard, this series is well known for being more serious than many previous series and introducing perhaps the first truly despicable villain in sentai with Star King Bazoo.
Earth-Shattering Kaboom: After discovering that Star King Bazoo is actually the planet they believed he was on, the Changemen use ChangeRobo to blow up the entire planet and kill him.
Genius Loci: You know the planet where the team fights Bazoo in the finale? Yep, that planet is Bazoo.
Heavy Sleeper: Gyodai; in fact, he is more than often wakened up when it's grow time.
This is because growing the monsters takes a lot out of Gyodai's energies, so he sleeps that much to conserve them.
Heel-Face Turn: Shima, Gator, and Gyodai survive to defect from Gozma.
Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Used in one episode. A Gozma monster causes destruction by singing along with the people he hears; he can't stand bad singing, like Change Pegasus'.
Kick the Dog: During one fight, Ahames's actions indirectly cause a school bus to crash. She really kicks the dog when she sends her monsters to try to thwart the Changemen from getting medical aid to the victims.
Punny Name: Gyodai's name is a play on the word "kyodai" or "huge". Naturally, Gyodai's powers consists of making monsters grow.
Shapeshifter Mode Lock: One episode dealt with Tsurugi being stucked in his Change Dragon form. Unlike in otherinstances where it is treated as a minor annoyance at best, here it is treated as a real threat.
Ship Tease: Episode 19 is basically a huge tease for Tsurugi/Sayaka.
The Speechless: The Gozma monsters, all of whom can talk (and sing!) on human scale, are suddenly reduced to growling beasts upon getting the enlarging ray.
Spot the Imposter: A Gozma monster captures Sayaka and changes into her, however after failing nearly every security check in the base the Changemen prove to be quite on the ball and automatically assume something's wrong rather than constantly writing it off.
Surprisingly Good English: The fake arrest orders for Yūma Ōzora in Episode 5 is written in English. Although they do make some odd translation choices ("Dengeki Sentai" is translated as "Lightning Party"), it's pretty comprehensible and grammatically correct for a one-scene prop that was written for a Japanese TV show.
That's No Moon!: Bazoo is revealed to be the planet they thought he was on.
Change Dragon: Hiryu Tsurugi means "flying dragon" and "sword"
Change Griffon: Sho Hayate means "soar" and "hurricane"
Change Pegasus: Yuma Ozora means "courageous horse" and "great sky"
Change Mermaid: Sayaka Nagisa means "bright" and "beach"
Change Phoenix: Mai Tsubasa means "linen robe" and "wings"
Theme Tune: Changeman was the first series to have a theme song sung by legendary anime/tokusatsu theme singer Hironobu Kageyama, who would later go on to do several songs for Dragon Ball Z.
Tomboy and Girly Girl: Mai and Sayaka. Mai's extreme tomboyishness only lasts for the first 10 or so episodes though before she levels out a bit.
Training from Hell: Commander Ibuki puts the future Changemen through this just as the Gozma first attack.
Villainous Breakdown: Ahames loses her mind when she finds out that her home planet was destroyed all along.
Pretty much every other member of Gozma, apart from Bazoo and Super Giluke, goes through some sort of this towards the finale. Booba also didn't break down, granting him to a Dying Moment of Awesome.
What Could Have Been: The Working Title was "Uchū Sentai (Space Squadron) Cosmoman" and the show was originally going to have a space exploration motif. While it was changed to a military motif at the end, traces of the original motif are still evident in the design of the Change Robo and the Shuttlebase, not to mention the fact that the villains are space aliens. And possibly, the choice of final title was influenced by this, as the team's symbol is a "CM" which could stand for either Cosmoman or Changeman.