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Series: Denji Sentai Megaranger
Denji Sentai Megaranger (Electromagnetic Squadron Megaranger) is the twenty-first installment in the Super Sentai series, running from 1997 to 1998. Adapted in the US as Power Rangers in Space.

Kenta Date is a high-school underachiever who enjoys two things: eating yakiniku and playing the "Megaranger" arcade video game. One day, a couple of recruiters show up. It turns out that the Megaranger game is really a simulation intended to recruit people to become actual Megarangers. Kenta is the first person to be good enough at the game to be recruited. While Dr. Kubota tries to talk Kenta into accepting, the Earth is invaded by Nejiregia, invaders from the Twisted Dimension. Due to the emergency, the Megaranger gear is given to Kenta and four of his classmates who happened to be in the area. And the battle begins...

The heroes and their gear are themed after different pieces of digital technology. Manages to avoid being too Totally Radical given the show was made when computers were first becoming mainstream, but technology still marches on.

Not to be confused with Power Rangers Megaforce, the Power Rangers counterparts to Tensou Sentai Goseiger and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. note 

The heroes:

The villains (Nejiregia):

Recurring Super Sentai tropes:

Tropes specific to Denji Sentai Megaranger:

  • Compressed Hair: Many of Shibolena's disguises feature her with long hair. Justified that it's more like a transformation than disguise.
  • Cool Sword: In a sense. The Galaxy Mega has the second-highest number of sword finishers in Sentai history, losing only to the semi-sentient Bio Robo.
  • Creepy Centipedes: Centipede Nejire is not only creepy but is rather formidable foe as well. Thank to its "Summon Magic" and that Delta Mega being "mind-controled".
  • Dancing Theme: The second ending theme, "Bomb Dancing Megaranger."note 
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The last arc, in general. The Nejiregia managed to expose the Megarangers' identity to the school, and this in turn causes everyone to drive the Megarangers away from their school, even if they're model students like Kouichirou or not-so-insufferable geniuses like Shun, and everyone lost their will to fight on. But the Nejiregia still continued their assault to humanity, so the Megarangers pick up their resolve to fight on, save mankind and in the same process, restore their reputation that they're not bad students, but fighting to save their asses. It works and they're welcomed back, and able to graduate.
  • Egg McGuffin: Komutan.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Javious. We don't find out his true nature until after he's Killed Off for Real, but it's a doozy. After his death, the villains' fortress shakes a lot, and suddenly it's in real space instead of that swirly zone and it's no longer half Tron Lines. Shibolena asks what happened to the Twisted Dimension, and Dr. Hinelar tells her that it's gone. Javious himself was the whole dimension, a being so powerful and alien as to be a world unto himself. He/it no longer exists.
  • Elemental Powers: The Nejiranger's true forms each have one:
  • Elite Mook: Boss Kunekune, a Monster of the Week.
  • Enemy Civil War: Guirail and Yugande clash over Guirail's more underhanded tactics vs. Yugande's more honorable methods. It hits the fan when Guirail severely injures Yugande by using him as a Human Shield against the Megarangers. Hinelar then decides to end it by offering Guirail a power-up that's really Psycho Serum that turns Guirail into a mindless One-Winged Angel. Guirail is soon the first to be killed by the Megarangers' Mid-Season Upgrade mecha.
    • Even Evil Has Standards, Even Evil Has Loved Ones: All those because at least Hinelar form a strong bond/companionship with his creations (Shibolena and Yugande) and would take care of them greatly, Guirail does not, so he learns the hard way what happens when some 'newcomer' made not by him tried to double cross his 'family'.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: In episode 16, Miku bought one when she and everyone thought they will die thanks to Poison Moth Nejire. After the plot resolve it was discovered by Chisato who teases her that whom Miku will wear it for.
  • Giant Mook: King Kunekune, which is Boss Kunekune surrounded by a "body" of Kunekunes.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Miku. Surprisingly, she lost it when she reappears in Gaorangers vs Super Sentai
  • Gratuitous English: The opening (and the transformation sequence) gives us this garbled mess.
    • Tighten up reality gangster / Stigma through idiot hearing / Keep frustration clear / Patience open ahead / Getting away with it lead / Some distant memory drove / Get the message / Indiscipline all remains / Wish double editorials cover / Under stress new canoe / Primal tribal / [a final line which is obscured by the main text of "MEGA[insert color here] READY"].
  • High School: All the Megarangers except Yuusaku are high-school students.
  • Home Base: Subverted - Nejirejia destroys INET's Earth base very early on, so for most of the show Megaranger's 120-man strong support team is based aboard the Mega Ship. They're in there during battles as well.
  • Hypocritical Humor: With a Freudian Slip to match.
    Kenta: *seeing Miku eating a lot* Miku, did you just get fatter?
    Miku: (Beat) Fat?
    Shun: Kenta, you shouldn't bemean a woman's heart with words like that!
    Miku: Shun, did I get fatter?
    Shun: Yep - I mean, just a little!
  • Idiot Hero: Megaranger began this trope in Sentai. It's now used at least every other series, but Megaranger is one of the only ones to actually justify it with Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Ironic Echo: Guirail constantly claims that "To defeat Megarangers, we must do whatever it takes." This is exactly what Hinelar and Shibolena said after the Super Serum Hinelar gave to Guirail is taking effect and turning him into a mindless berserker at cost of power.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Mega Voyager for the heroes, Yugande's repaired form and the switch to cyborg Monsters Of The Week for the villains.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Yusaku can qualify as one.
  • Ms. Fanservice: All main female characters.
  • Nice Hat: Because of the way the Mega Shuttle combines with the Mega Ship, it looks like Galaxy Mega is wearing a nice shuttle-shaped hat. Behold.
  • Official Couple: Shun & Miku and Koichiro & Chisato are both heavily implied. Even Shibolena & Yugande qualify this. This doesn't stop the Ship Tease though.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Bibdebi. His name even come from the word devil(debi in japanese). Dr.Hinelar appearance(specifically, his "horns") is also seem to be inspired by one as well.
  • Palette Swap: Perhaps an unintentional genius moment, but like in older video games, the Megarangers' suits are near identical save for color and a slight difference in vizor shape.
    • Hizumina is one to Shibolena as well
  • Panty Shot: Miku has a famous one in episode 50.
    • Shibolena's can be seen alot. Lampshaded by Yusaku in episode 36.
    Yusaku:"The view from down here is pretty good too."
    Shibolena:"Really?(held her sword) This will cool you down!"
  • Parental Abandonment: Dr. Hinelar is Shibolena's father, but her mother never appears.
  • Pac Man Fever: Inverted; the Megaranger game at the beginning of the show had photo-realistic graphics (at least for the characters; there's not much in the way of backgrounds) due to it being actors in suits.
  • Product Placement:
    • In the first episode, if you look hard enough when Kenta is playing the Megaranger arcade, you'll see there's an X-Men vs. Street Fighter machine behind him.
    • In episode 14, when Kenta is scolding the little children at the arcade, you can blatantly see a Virtua Cop 2 machine in clear sight.
  • The Psycho Rangers: The US adaptation of the Nejirangers is the Trope Namer.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Shiborena is actually a robot modeled after Dr. Hinelar's dead daughter, Shizuka
    • Hizumina is a replacement of Shibolena
  • Rocket Punch: Super Galaxy Mega's finishing blow.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: Kousoku Sentai Turboranger with digitial technology replacing automobiles as the theme.
  • Secret Identity: As they're just highschoolers, the Megarangers keep their identities as secret as possible - a point hammered home by the Nejirangers attacking users of a popular wireless 'net access device, just because it made the same sound as their Transformation Trinket. Yuusaku, on the other hand, has no such reservations, and frequently doesn't bother. Then again, near the end of the series Dr. Hinelar does find out who the Rangers are, and sends a monster to attack them at school, leading to them being ostracized and having to live in an old warehouse.
  • Ship Tease: While there're official couples above, Kenta gets fair share of teases with both Chisato and Miku and in the former case the times is almost equal to Chisato and Kouichiro.
    • And on the villain side we have Bibidebi(perhap one-sided) with Shibolena.
  • Sky Surfing: The Megarangers ride around on hoverboards called the Cyber Sliders. Mega Silver has a modified version, the Auto Slider, that also transforms into a Cool Bike.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Denshi Sentai Denziman. The series' share, among other things, the light-up foreheads of the ranger's helms and the hideous, twisted, asymmetrical look of the monsters.
  • Something about a Rose: One Neji monster was based on a rose, and it turned people into plant people. Turning Chisato's best friend into a plant person and laughing about it in her face is not a good idea, as Shibolena found out first hand.
  • Super Prototype: The Mega Silver suit, customized and fitted for actual battle, and noticeably more powerful than the Mega Ranger suits. Naturally, it has a 2.5 minute time limit. Becomes more of an Ace Custom later on, after Yuusaku removes the time limit, accompanied by a drop in power.
  • Taken for Granite: The Ankounote  Nejire Beast had this power.
  • Taking the Bullet: After Yugande's power is reduced and he is almost killed by MegaRed's Drill Saber, Shibolena runs in to take the damage instead.
  • Tank Goodness: The Digitank, the first Sentai tank (that isn't just a form or component of a mecha) since the Jack Tank in J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai.
  • Tech Marches On: Surprisingly averted; the writers predicted the rise of digital technology. For example, Chisato was a photographer who specialized in using digital cameras. In 1997.
    • Red's and Pink's forehead symbols are outdated however, red's being a desktop PC with a CRT monitor, and pink's being a cellphone which looks more like a pocket calculator then modern phones.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The Nejirangers do not get along, even though it's in their best interest to do so.
  • Tempting Fate: After Miku screwed up for the umpteenth time...
    Chisato: Oh great. Now we just need a Nejirejia attack to complete the day!
    *Digitizers ring*
    Whole team: *sigh*
  • Theme Naming
    • The surnames of the five main Megarangers (Date, Endoh, Namiki, Jogasaki and Imamura) form the word "DENJI".
    • Keeping with their "twisted" theme, everyone in Nejiregia (including Nejiregia itself) is named after either the Japanese word for "to twist" or a synonym.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: Kenta hums the shows theme song while riding his bike in episode 24.
  • Too Long; Didn't Dub: The "twisted" bit, actually. Fansubbers usually leave the term "nejire"/"nezire" alone, but it does come from a word meaning twisted, and it's used a lot with no explanation in the dialogue because the target audience tends to know their own word for 'twisted.' When you know this, a lot of things suddenly make tons more sense. The villains come from the Twisted Dimension. That's why objects spontaneously become warped when a portal opens. That's why Dr. Samejima went nuts and returned as Dr. Hinelar: his mind became warped. It's also why in the final episodes his body begins to temporarily distort and then return, and once it gets bad he decides to self-destruct his mecha and take the Rangers with him: his body was beginning to twist upon itself from being in the Twisted Dimension. He spent the last couple of episodes knowing he'd soon be dead or worse. It's also why the monsters are hideous even by monster standards and always have a spiral pattern somewhere: what else do you expect from Twisted Beasts? It's also why the villains' names are mainly puns on different words for twisted (including Hizumina from the Mega/Ginga teamup: even if she's from a different series she's a Dr. Hinelar creation; Hizumu means distort.) However, since they are creations of a former human rather than true natives of the Twisted Dimension, the expected spiral pattern is absent from Shibolena and Hizumina; they look human and their outfits better resemble the 'digital' look of the other human creations such as the Megaranger tech.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Many who haven't seen the series believe it takes place in Cyberspace, being similar to Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad. However, that isn't so: battles take place in the real world, though occasionally Yellow does trap grunts in a digital Phantom Zone. It could be confusion about the "recruited via a game" bit and the electronics theme combined with a few of the trippier moments that were used in Power Rangers in Space; however, the game was just a recruitment tool, and they may be teens in the school's computer club but that doesn't mean they actually enter the computers. Think less TRON and more The Last Starfighter.
  • Villain Song: Shibolena has "The Blue Devil's Smile", and Bibidebi has "Bibi! Bibidebi da Debi".
  • Villainous Breakdown: Neji Blue is particularly fixated on attacking his counterpart. When five Mega Blues and one Neji Silver show up, he attacks his own teammates to get at them.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Yuusaku can only stay as Mega Silver for 2.5 minutes at a time at first, but he later fixes it, at the cost of reducing Mega Silver's overall strength.
  • What The Hell, Townspeople?: The Megarangers are thrown out of school when Neziera finds out their identities. Only one person sticks up for them and in episode 50 the entire town is badmouthing them.
  • The Worf Barrage: When fighting Mad Guirail the Super Galaxy Mega is given a new uber attack. If anything it only pisses him off more.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Averted first in episode 50 when Mega Red kills Shibolena and later in Seijuu Sentai Gingaman vs. Megaranger, where he kills Hizumina.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Dr. Hinelar pulls off one of these late in the series, when he decides that he wants to be the actual leader of Nejiregia, not just the de facto one. Thus, he creates the Nejirangers, secretly using Javious' life force as their power source. He knows full well the Megarangers will eventually kill the Nejirangers, so he made sure that when the Nejirangers die, the backlash kills Javious too. Hinelar succeeds, becoming the new Big Bad. Until then, he had Pyscho Rangers working for him.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Hinelar(Silver and Purple), Shibolena(Blue) and(if you count) Bibidebi(Green)
  • You Fail The IQ Test: In one episode Miku evolves into a genius with an IQ of 800.
    • Which would make her a pretty good contender to join Volt, wouldn't it?
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Chisato
    • And, if tall boots count, Shibolena too.

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