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 tooTotally 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 Power Rangers Megaforce have been referred to as "Mega Rangers" on occasion.
Even more sad as Shibolena's body exploded before his eyes. He grieved for the loss of her and Yugande, and during the final battle, with him the last villain standing, he called for them to watch him the same way the heroes are more prone to doing when avenging someone who suffered Death by Origin Story.
Humongous Mecha: After six straight shows that started with five-piece combinations, the Galaxy Mega was the first main robot since the Five Robo that was combined from less than five mechas. In fact, the Galaxy Mega is the first main robot since the Bio Robo that is formed from only two mechas. This was later remedied with the introduction of the Mega Voyager, in addition to support robots for both.
Transformation Trinket: A trope applying to all Super Sentai, but notable here in that Yusaku's Transformation Trinket is the very first use of a cell phone as such in Super Sentai, which has since become ubiquitous to the point of absurdity. Justified here given that the show's entire theme is digital technology; later shows completely lack any justification.
No justification except that cell phones are rapidly approaching ubiquity in real life, thus making a cell phone-shaped morpher extremely easy to hide or carry.
They are ubiquitous now (one of several things the show got right), but as a Transformation Trinket they would be somewhat more difficult to use mid-battle than a bracelet, with maybe only Boukenger showing otherwise.
Two Girls to a Team: The seventh Yellow and Pink duo and the third one in a row. This was the last Sentai team with two female rangers at the same time for the next six years.
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 "Bomb" here may be a mistranslation or a pun on the fact that it should be Bon dance (bon-odori).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.