Series: Juken Sentai Gekiranger
"A martial art which grants the power of beasts through sensing one's own feral spirit: Juken. Jūken Sentai Gekiranger
Juken is split into two opposing styles.
One, a Juken of Justice: Geki Juken Beast Arts!
The other, a Juken of Evil: Rin Juken Akugata!
Martial artists destined to fight.
Every day they aim for the top.
They learn. They change."
(Beast Fist Squadron Gekiranger) is the 31st program in the Super Sentai
series, airing from 2007 to 2008.SCRTC
(pronounced "Scratch") is a sportswear company that acts as a front for a secret martial arts academy teaching the ancient art of "Juken". The academy specialises in the "Geki Juken Beast Arts" school of Juken, teaching students to harness their inner spirit of justice to generate a powerful force called "Geki".
One day, a talented student of Geki Juken Beast Arts decides to defect from the academy in his pursuit of more power. He revives the opposing school of Rin Juken Akugata, an evil style that reaps strength from the suffering of others, and resurrects an army of undead Rin Juken fighters.
Opposing him are the top three students of Geki Juken: the wild child
Jan Kandou, the straightforward and honest Ran Uzaki, and the stylish Retsu Fukami. With their training and Gekichangers
, they harness their Geki to transform into the heroes of Geki Juken Beast Arts: the Gekiranger.
While on the surface, Gekiranger
focuses on Chinese martial arts, it more specifically takes its elements from the Wuxia
genre: split sects, constant competition in martial arts
, and Wire Fu
prominent in Wuxia media, to name a few. And also, since a major standpoint of the series is how heroes and villains alike strive to improve and perfect their skill, it was a notable entry exhibiting Character Development
to both sides.
Despite having some of the worst TV ratings and toy sales in Japan, it was met with sizable success in Korea and is widely regarded as one of the greatest Sentai series in the West.Note
: The word "Ken" used throughout the page can mean either "Fist"/"Ken", alternatively "Kobushi", or "Martial arts"/"Kenpo", owing to the same Kanji.
Geki Juken Beast Arts
- Miki Misaki (Geki Ju Leopard-ken): The high executive of SCRTC, and Mama Bear. Big Eater.
- Natsume Misaki: Miki's daughter, and Big Eater.
- Bae (Geki Ju Fly-ken): A former Geki Juken user, now a small half-fly... in Mele's stomach. Never fails to drop in on any giant battle as Combat Commentator. Voiced by Akira Ishida.
- There is actually one mecha fight he misses, because Mele is busy with an unconscious Rio. So Elehung did commentary that time.
- The Seven Kensei: And yes, the names are puns on names of famous martial artists.
Rin Juken Akugata
Like every modern Super Sentai series, (barring Gosei Sentai Dairanger
was adapted into a Power Rangers
season, titled Power Rangers Jungle Fury
Recurring Super Sentai tropes:
Tropes specific to Juken Sentai Gekiranger:
- Animal Battle Aura: Juken largely consists of weaponising this trope.
- Artifact of Doom: Bracelet of the Kenma. Sure enough, it allowed the revival of three major antagonists.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Rio and Mele, at the end.
- Back from the Dead: Long, multiple times.
- Badass: Rio, Gou, Jan, etc. This is "Badass: The Series"!
- Even Long manages to pull off being badass at some point.
- Big "NO!": Maga does this in English in episode 7.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Long.
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: No, really.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Ken. He spent much of his study period in JuKenGyo wooing girls in a nearby village instead of training. But even then, he's really powerful already.
- Breather Episode: Fittingly enough, the Christmas Episode. Episode 36 also counts, as it's a rather tame episode that falls between the destruction of the Three Kenma and the start of the Genjyuken arc.
- Broken Faceplate: Jan gets a hole punched in his visor during his final fight with Rio.
- Casting Gag: Hiroya Ishimaru, the official Japanese dub voice of Jackie Chan, as Sharkie Chan, who's also based on Jackie Chan.
- All three of the pre-Super Gekiranger Kensei's voices are the official Japanese dub voices for Chinese Kung Fu actors: Yuu Mizushima is Sammo Hung (Gambou) and Shuichi Ikeda is Jet Li.
- Character Development: Very, very heavy in the series. This is one of the main reasons Gekiranger is a fan-favourite.
- For Jan, Rio, and Mele, sure. Ran, Retsu, Gou, and Ken, not so much.
- Chekhov's Gun: The sealing technique the Kenma used on the Kensei. In the finale, Rio uses a special technique to download RinJyuKen into the Power Trio, Matrix-style, allowing them to get around Long's immortality by using it on him.
- Chinese Girl: Mele's outfit design.
- Chinese Vampire: The basis for the Rinshi. Also played straight in that they're undead.
- Chosen One: Deconstructed with Jan and Rio. When Jan learns that his father declared that he would avenge his defeat at Rio's hands, he collapses under the pressure. Rio has a similar reaction upon learning that Long had been manipulating the entire course of his life, and ultimately both reject their fates.
- Competitive Balance: The core trio line up pretty well with the universal types.
- Glass Cannon: Retsu. He can use his skill for offense or defense, but lacks physical constitution.
- Mighty Glacier: Jan. He's not physically large like most examples, but his focus is strength and defense, and he's the team's official tank.
- Lightning Bruiser: Ran. By far and above the fastest, but strong enough to use the Geki Hammer and dangerously accurate.
- Completely Different Title: The Korean dub refers to the series as Power Ranger Wild Spirits.
- Crucified Hero Shot: As Rio takes Long's blast to protect Mele.
- Cute Little Fangs: Fukui Mina, Ran's actress, has two slightly prominent upper canines you can spot when she smiles.
- Cuteness Proximity: Watch what happens when Jan and later Natsuki during the Boukenger teamup meet Sha Fu for the first time.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Geki Juken's forbidden techniques turn the user into a half-animal form of their Fist style.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Most of the Gekiwaza Technique names have the first word doubled.
- Devil but No God: Long
- Discard and Draw: Rio and Mele gain Gen Juken power and forms while giving up their Rinki. They eventually reverse it, though.
- Devour the Dragon: After changing into his Mugenryuu form, Long eats Sanyo.
- Don't Think; Feel: The motto of Brusa Ee, founder of Juken.
- Drunken Boxing: Retsu, probably unintentionally and beautifully, pulls it off in Training 36. No less from the Kenshi embodying "Technique", eh?
- Enemy Mine: In several instances, the Gekirangers are getting beaten up by some third party villain, and Rio and Mele have to bail them out.
- Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Oh god, were they ever! You can count the total number of characters who can't fight, not counting Characters-of-the-Day, easily with one handnote .
- Expy: Gekitohja and Geki Fire are bestial versions of God Sigma.
- Fanservice: Not just the obvious Ms. Fanservice Mele, but the female audience also gets some of this, namely Jan's occasional Shirtless Scenes as well as the Furo Scene in episode 12.
- Fingerless Gloves: Geki Changers are these.
- For the Evulz: Long's reasoning is that being immortal is so boring and he just wanted to make his life more interesting.
- Fountain of Youth: An MoTD's technique turned Jan into a kid and Retsu into a baby. It leads to a Mama Bear moment for Ran, and to a Shout-Out to Fist of the North Star.
- Freudian Trio
- Id: Jan
- Ego: Ran
- Superego: Retsu
- Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Nunchaku Banki in the teamup movie with Engine Sentai Go-onger just loved this trope. Regardless of whether he was attacking, jumping, getting hit, or painfully getting knocked across the battlefield by exceptionally powerful attacks, he still made these noises.
- Furo Scene: Episode 12 has Jan, Retsu and Ran being sent to a bathhouse to start their sentou training.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: Miki does this to all three of the Power Trio after Rio pounds them and takes Shafu hostage. Jan does it to Rio after they learn the truth about Long.
- Gratuitous English: The fighting style of any character will be expressed with the English name of the animal; for example, Rio's style is "Rinju Lion-ken" instead of "Rinju Shishi-ken".
- Heel-Face Turn: Rio and Mele.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Rio and Mele: They look even better than the Gouma Trio.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In episode 48 after Rio and Mele become good, they sacrifice their lives to protect the Gekirangers.
- Idiot Ball: The other team members carry it when an impostor from the Mirror World replaces Retsu whom they cannot tell from the original. They even invent handy excuses for the impostor, like for him being suddenly left-handed, which he didn't think of.
- If It Swims, It Flies: Quite arguable with GekiShark: It never floats through air, and jumps out of a small "pool" of Geki when summoned. But then another question pops up on how it approaches the base Mecha.
- GekiPenguin, however, completely averts this by floating around on a small jet surf-board.
- Ki Attacks: Spammed for all its worth: Geki Juken has "Gekiwaza", Rin Juken has "Ringi", Gen Juken has "Gengi". But they all boil down to "[School Name] Technique".
- Lampshade Hanging: When Ran lets being team captain go to her head, Elehung and Michelle refer to her as Moe and Tsundere respectively, even remarking that those tropes are popular lately.
- Language Barrier: In episode 43 (the Christmas special), Ken meets an English-speaking boy named Carl who he thinks is sad because he's poor on Christmas, but is actually sad because his mother died on Christmas. Hilarity ensues as Ken continually misunderstands the boy throughout the episode.
- The fact that Ken kept misunderstanding the English-speaking Carl while the others at SCRTC questioned his ability to communicate with the boy is even funnier when you consider that the actor who portrayed Ken (Sotaro Yasuda) is American. He was probably the ONLY member of the main cast who would have had any idea what the kid was saying!
- Ken's escapades eventually lead to Miki translating for the boy.
- Love Redeems: Rio turns good when he realizes that he loves Mele.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Jan turns out to be the son of "White Tiger" Dan, whom Rio "defeated" in a duel years ago.
- Making Use of the Twin: An episode features an Evil Twin of Retsu, played by Takagi Manpei's identical twin brother.
- Meaningful Name: One word: "SCRTC".
- Ken Hisatsu. "Hissatsu" means "finisher" or "final strike", Ken means "fist". He's the last warrior to appear; so he's the "Finisher Fist".
Most of The Rin Ju Den Kenshi, save Rio and Mele, have names based on the Japanese for their theme animal, but with the first Kana moved to the endnote .
- Brusa Ee, the grand founder of Juken, is named from Bruce Lee. Also, when written in Kana, his name his a combination of "Bruce" and "Sai/Rhino".
- Retsu, Gou, Ran, and Jan are named to say "Let's go run and jump."
- Long is Chinese for dragon.
- My Juken Is Stronger Than Yours: THE core element of the series.
- Mythology Gag: Heart, Technique, and body as the core elements to a Sentai? We also got that in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, where all three were the essence of Kakure Style Ninjutsu. It's relatively obscure, but worth mentioning regardless. What's more, just like Kakuranger, they had a female, who was not the Red Ranger, as the team's official leader.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The Five Deadly Venoms, and later the Kenma, which literally translates into "fist demon". Corny, but nothing with the word "demon" in its name is bad, especially here. Later we get the Four Mythical Generalsnote and the Mythical Beast Kingnote . It's also revealed that Long's true identity is something called the Infinity Dragonnote .
- Not Worth Killing: Rio defeats the Rangers more than once, only to let them go.
- Oddly Named Sequel: This is thus far the last series to have "ranger" in its title unabbreviated. Every series afterwards uses the short form, "-ger" note .
- One-Winged Angel: Long. Interestingly, he gets his butt kicked after transforming, and fights in his usual armored form in the finale. Then again, it's a giant dragon...
- Panthera Awesome: The three core Rangers use tiger, cheetah, and jaguar styles. Rio uses a lion style. Even Miki uses leopard style (which we get to see... once or twice).
- Perky Female Minion: Mele, Mele, Mele.
- Pet the Dog: Rio is mostly evil, but he is nice to Mele every once in a while.
- Pummel Duel: Ran in spades. Especially in Training 5, when this trope makes up the majority of the final normal-sized fight with Kademu.
- Redemption Equals Death: Rio and Mele.
- Rhino Rampage: Ken, and Brusa Ee before him, hence the existence of SaiDain.
- Scenery Porn: The scenes of the rangers fighting in the opening (before they announce the title.)
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The three Kenma, and in the end, Long.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Ken and Gou.
- Shout-Out: To an earlier fellow Sentai series; SaiDain, a giant white animal mecha, also a standalone giant, piloted by the White Sixth Ranger on its back with a curved saber. WonTiger, a giant white animal mecha, also a standalone giant, piloted by the White Sixth Ranger on its back with a curved saber. Hmm...
- Speaking of Dairanger, the Ranger suit designs are very similar to Dairanger's, only solid-coloured.
- Ken shares some key character traits with Kinnikuman. In one episode he even yells "Kajiba no Kuso Jikara"!
- The not so quirky miniboss squad the Five Venom Fists are a reference to the "Five Deadly Venoms."
- Rio's Lion Armor has many similarities◊ to Lowemon.
- At one point, Geki Yellow performs Hokuto Zankai Ken on an unfortunate Monster of the Week, complete with the beast apparently exploding.
- At the end of Lesson 43, the Gekirangers pose like the Imagin from Kamen Rider Den-O, whose colors they parallel (Jan = Momotaros, Ran = Kintaros, Retsu = Urataros, Gou = Ryutaros, Ken = Sieg).
- A Shout-Out to previous Sentai: Rio being mainly black-colored, learning Gryphon-ken, and later gets counted as a ranger (unofficially) whereas in Dengeki Sentai Changeman, we have a Black Ranger called Change Gryphon...
- Shout-Out Theme Naming: The Kensei are named after various martial arts film stars: Elehung Gambou, Bat Li, Sharkie Chan, Gorie Yen, Byon Biao and Michelle Peng.
- Significant Anagram: The Monster of the Week will typically have as its name the katakana of the Japanese name for the animal it represents, with the first kana shifted to the end (for example, a frog (kaeru)-themed enemy is called Eruka).
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Even the other two Kenma fear Maku and his Dorinki (as do the good guys—even when he was initially killed, his heart was removed to assure that he would never be resurrected. As is often the case, the impossible took a while.)
- Spell My Name with an "S": An alternative spelling to Master Shafu's name is "Xia Fu". Considering the series take heavily from Chinese Wuxia, it makes sense.
- Not to mention "Jyan", "Retu", and "Mere" from The Movie's opening sequence.
- And Brusa Ee. A possible alternative on his name is a combination of "Bruce Lee" and "Sai"/"Rhinoceros", his Kenpo style, thus "Brusa I".
- Supernatural Martial Arts: One of the main themes of the series.
- The Four Gods: The Shigenshou are based on this trope. Sanyo the Basilisk (Genbu), Sūgu the Chimera (Byakko), Mele the Phoenix (Suzaku), Long the Dragon (Seiryū), and Rio the Griffin (Huánglóng). Lampshaded with Sūgu, as his prior identity had white tiger powers and he was nicknamed "Byakko" because of it.
- Interestingly, Long could also represent Huánglóng given his gold outfit and status as True Final Boss
- Theme Naming: All five of the Gekirangers' names contain two Kanji for Family Name, and two Kana for First Name. And the first syllables of the core group's names when combined spell "Kung Fu".note
- Threatening Shark: Averted! Sharkie Chan is a really nice guy!
- Double Subversion with GekiShark: One of the first things it does after it's summoned is attack GekiTohja. But it turned out to be jacked by Dokariya.
- Three Plus Two
- Took a Level in Badass: The powerful moments of the series are built on this.
- The Rangers when they acquire their "Kageki"note powerup, and later Rio and Mele as they learn "Dorinki"note .
- Personality-wise, Jan took a level in badass over the course of the series. By the mid-30s, he's almost unrecognizable as the Idiot Hero he was in the early episodes.
- Rio and Mele take another level in badass when they join up with Long and swap their Rinki for Genki.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Sure, the Gekirangers and people associated with SCRTC are around the Kensei long enough to get used to their unusual appearances(Jan's even fascinated by them), but even ordinary people don't bat an eye at the sight of talking animal people who aren't wearing costumes!
- Villain Protagonist: Rio and Mele are probably the only Sentai villains to get as much focus and Character Development as the heroes. Justified as they are sort of a rival team and they perform a Heel-Face Turn near the end of the series, cementing their position as sixth and seventh rangers.
- Villainous BSOD: Rio, when he realizes that he is an Unwitting Pawn.
- Wax On, Wax Off: Shafu's all-time favourite, but other masters also employ this concept in their own ways.
- Unwitting Pawn: Rio, whose whole life turns out to have been masterminded by Long.
- Wham Episode: Training 40. After three relatively-lighthearted episodes spotlighting most of the characters' relationships with their families, all of which ended well, we get this episode. Jan finds out who his father is and what became of him. It's not pretty. At all. Jan has a Heroic BSOD. Gou flips out too, since Jan's father was a friend of his. Rio and crew hand the Gekirangers their asses in a Curbstomp Battle before issuing a challenge to Jan. Then the episode ends.