Series / Denji Sentai Megaranger

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Denji Sentai Megaranger (Electromagnetic Squadron Megaranger) is the twenty-first installment in the Super Sentai series, running from 1997 to 1998.

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.

The series would be adapted into the Power Rangers season: Power Rangers in Space.

Not to be confused with Power Rangers Megaforce, the Power Rangers counterparts to Tensou Sentai Goseiger and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.note  Also not to be confused with two sImilarly-named older series Denshi Sentai Denziman or Choudenshi Bioman of 1980s.

The heroes:

The villains (Nejiregia):

Adapted in the US as Power Rangers in Space.

Recurring Super Sentai tropes:

  • Alas, Poor Villain Doctor Hinelar created Shibolena as a Replacement Goldfish for his daughter Shizuka to ease the pain of her loss.
    • 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.
    • You'll feel bad for all of them (except Guirail) by the end, as Yugande risks using an unstable powerup without being asked to due to his Undying Loyalty toward Hinelar, Shibolena really cares for him and takes a fatal blow to save him. However, he's so enraged at her injury that he attacks the Rangers again though he's no longer in any condition to and that's what leads to his death. Then we have Shibolena's last words before she dies, saying she wishes she could have stayed by Dr. Hinelar's side forever. Then he has to watch his daughter die again. By the end when Hinelar has lost everyone he cares about and finds his body is twisting upon itself due to his time in the Twisted Dimension, it's no wonder he tries to pull a Taking You with Me. He really has nothing left. And on top of this, It's not like Samejima asked to be warped into an evil madman in the first place. Entering the Twisted Dimension was an ill-advised experiment but nothing evil.
  • All Your Powers Combined: The Multi-Attack Rifle. In a subversion, it is formed from all but Kenta's weapon.
  • Bifurcated Weapon: The Mega Snipers.note 
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": "M" is for Megaranger.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!:
  • Combining Mecha:
    • Mega Ship + Mega Shuttle = Galaxy Mega
    • Ro Voyager 1 + Shuttle Voyager 2 + Rocket Voyager 3 + Saucer Voyager 4 + Tank Voyager 5 = Mega Voyager
  • Cool Bike: Mega Silver's Auto Slider, which can transform into a hoverboard much like the Cyber Sliders rode by the main team.
  • Crossover: Megaranger vs. Carranger, where the Megarangers get the exclusive Megatector armors.
  • Super Mode: This series features three of them, with two of these being more the Deadly Upgrade trope, as they can potentially kill the user:
    • Miku gets one for an episode, aptly named Super Miku, after being hit by a strengthening serum meant for the Monster of the Week. This gives her the ability to use all of her teammates weaponry to maximum effectiveness, while enhancing her IQ to 800 points and turn her normally ditzy personality into a more calm and collected one. However, she had to turn back to normal, as these effects would ultimately kill her.
    • Yugande gets one in the finale, called Burning Yugande, in which he literally Turns Red. This upgrade increases his power, uses it up more almost immediately, causing him to die.
    • The entire Megaranger team gets the Mega Tector armor in Megaranger vs Carranger.
  • Supervillain Lair: Grand Nejiro.
  • Super Wrist-Gadget: The Battle Riser.
  • Transformation Name Announcement: "Complete! Galaxy Mega!"
  • 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 sentai completely lack any justification for their nature or magic based heroes using phones in defiance of their themes without even a Hand Wave.
  • Transforming Mecha:
    • Delta Mega, which has a shuttle mode.
    • Mega Winger, Mega Silver's mecha, has three modes (fighter, tank and jet).
  • 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.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Kenta: Drill Sabernote 
    • Kouichirou: Mega Rodnote 
    • Shun: Mega Tomahawknote 
    • Chisato: Mega Slingnote 
    • Miku: Mega Capturenote 
    • Yuusaku: Silver Blazernote 

Tropes specific to Denji Sentai Megaranger:

  • Arm Cannon: Delta Mega has gatling guns on each arm.
  • Badass Bookworm: Yuusaku. Designs mecha by day, beats down mooks barehanded and untransformed ...er, also by day. It helps that he works out.
  • Breather Episode:
    • Episode 29 features the infamous Diet Crepe song and a stupid looking pig monster. It takes place just before Guirail's final battle and consequent destruction.
    • Episode 37 features a comical canary monster stealing Chisato's voice, causing her to sound like an old man. This episode is featured before the appearance of the Nejirangers and with it the start of Dr. Hinelar's endgame.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Game Over!", said before destroying the Monster of the Week with Galaxy Mega. Dropped when they switch to Mega Voyager.
  • Cool Old Guy: Professor Kubota, the mentor of the team, is this. His trust in the Megaranger team is unwavering, despite them being high school students and he is certainly not afraid to enter the battlefield himself should the need arise.
  • Cool Starship: The Megaship and Delta Mega.
  • 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.
    • Yugande's Dark Crisis also qualifies. It is a large curved sword with the ability to perform element-based attacks by pressing certain buttons on its hilt.
  • Cool Teacher: Ken Ooiwa. While he first appears to be a slacker, who rather stays in bed than teach his students, he certainly cares for them and gives good advice about how to face life's problems. What really cements him as cool, is his attitude when faced by a Monster of the Week. Said monster wanted to have a precious meteorite Ooiwa had in his possession, resulting in Ooiwa eating it to prevent said thing from happening. He is also one of the few teachers voluntarily staying at school after many other teachers left due to Nejirejias more aggressive attacks. His reasoning was that there should always be someone looking out for the students still wanting to stay. After Nejirejia managed to turn almost the whole school against the Megarangers by revealing their identities, Ooiwa is the only teacher maintaining his trust in the team and even managed to rally his class to cheer for the Megaranger.
  • Compressed Hair: Many of Shibolena's disguises feature her with long hair. Justified that it's more like a transformation than disguise.
  • 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 
  • Darker and Edgier: Especially in comparison to its predecessor Carranger. Two episodes deal with the Megarangers befriending a member of Nejiregia only to watch them killed in front of them. Then towards the end, Nejiregia exposes the Megarangers' identities which leads to their school and the entire town turning on them.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first couple episodes have the Megarangers bringing the Nezire monsters into some weird virtual reality alternate dimension in order to defeat them.
  • 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. Neji Red/Neji Phantom has Playing with Fire, Neji Black/Neji Vulgar has Dishing Out Dirt, Neji Blue/Neji Bizzare is An Ice Person, Neji Yellow/Neji Sophia note  has Blow You Away, and Neji Pink/Neji Jealous has Green Thumb.
  • 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. 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'.
  • Evil Is Petty: After the Megarangers destroyed Hinelar City, Hinelar focused the remaining episodes on getting revenge on them.
  • 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. Her short hairdo shows that She's All Grown Up.
  • 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 obscured by the main text of "MEGA[insert color here] READY"].note 
  • High School: All the Megarangers except Yuusaku are high-school students.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dr. Hineler's creations, the Nejirangers, which paved the way for his ambitious utopia Hineler City, ended up being the cause of his ambition being undone.
  • 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.
  • Karma Houdini: The entire town who not only turn on the Megarangers following the exposure of their identity, but even demand that they still protect them while doing so.
  • 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.
  • Older Sidekick: Mega Silver may be the Sixth Ranger, but Yuusaku Hayakawa (age 25) is this to the rangers, who are just finishing high school.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues: The Megaranger arcade games were developed to find combatants worthy of the warrior program that Dr. Eikichi Kubota is developing. When they meet Kenta, the highest ranked player, Dr. Kubota is incredibly excited to meet Kenta in-person. However, Dr. Kubota comes to realize that for the mids 90's, a person extremely talented at an arcade game is so because that's all he does and Kenta seems lazy, ditzy, and is easily won over by free food. Kenta is a good person at heart and he makes a great Megaranger, but Dr. Kubota's expectations are off based on what he knows from Kenta's data only.
  • 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, not even transforming in front of a Monster of the Week - 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. Probably because he has no life outside working for I Net so there are no consequences for him that the enemy knows he is Megasilver. 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:
    • Kenta gets a fair share of teases with both Chisato and Miku and in the former case the times is almost equal to Chisato and Kouichiro.
    • On the villain side we have Bibidebi (perhaps one-sided) with Shibolena.
  • Shirtless Scene: The last scene of #25 has Yuusaku on the beach like this, and #27's last scene has Kenta, Kouichirou, and Shun enjoying the beach like this.
  • 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.
    • The fact that the heroes are high school students brings it closer to Kousoku Sentai Turboranger.
    • The main hero of the story was recruited by being good at a video game was the driving plot of The Last Starfighter.
  • 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*
    • Episode 37. Chisato is very sure that no such things as being hospitalized or being caught by a fever will stop her from entering the class singing contest this year. Guess what happens. A Nejirejia Beast swapped her voice with a boorish man's voice and this effect stays until night, so she skips the contest again. She still gets to sing for her classmates though.
  • 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.
  • Ungrateful Bastards: Pretty much the entire town after Nejirejia exposes the Megarangers' identities. Not only are they kicked out of school, but one woman has the gall to cry for them to save her during an attack only to snap at them afterwards for involving civilians in a fight they didn't even instigate.
  • 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.
  • Zettai Ryouiki:
    • Chisato.
    • If tall boots count, Shibolena.

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