Series: Kousoku Sentai Turboranger
Kōsoku Sentai Turboranger
(High-Speed Squadron Turboranger) is the thirteenth entry of Super Sentai
series, airing from 1989 to 1990. Before the retroactive recognition of Himitsu Sentai Goranger
and J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai
into the franchise, this is the series that celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Sentai franchise.
Because of nature being destroyed, the fairies can no longer maintain the seal on the Hundred Boma Tribes, who have now revived in an attempt to Take Over the World
. The fairy, Seelon, under the command of Saint Beast Lakia, calls out to five warriors who can hear her voice, five high school students (who apparently stumbled upon the fairies lair and witnessed them). And they fight the Boma, using the combined power of mysticism from Seelon, and science (mainly cars) from their guiding professor as the Turborangers!
The Leaders of the Hundred Bōma Tribes:
The Nagare Bōma Tribe:
- Yamimaru: Half-Boma Half-Human, thus able to take form of a human schoolboy Delinquent under the name Hikaru Nagareboshi. The Rival to Riki. As Hikaru, he's sort of The Ace with mad piano skills.
- Kilika: Another Half-Boma Half-Human, born with the name Sayoko Tsukikage, and was Shunsuke's childhood friend and has a crush on Riki, but was horribly bullied ever since she was a kid (and Riki didn't even notice). A chance encounter with Yamimaru/Hikaru eventually sets her off to hate her human heritage and joins him as Kilika.
Recurring Super Sentai tropes:
- All Your Powers Combined: The Turbo Laser Plasma Shoot.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "Turboranger!" Or, once more, their individual names.
- Calling Your Attacks
- Combination Attack: One of their team attacks is called "Combination Attack!"
- Cool Bike: The five Mach Turbo bikes, one for each member.
- Cool Car: The team's own vehicles served as components for their Giant Robot. Red Turbo also got his own stand-alone vehicle in the form of the Turbo Attacker.
- Crossover: The first episode is a retrospective of all the previous Sentai shows since Battle Fever J. However, it is not an actual crossover, as the previous rangers only appear in costume to pose and wish them luck with the current team and they're not involved in any actual storyline. Still, the retrospective did have the largest on-screen gathering of Sentai teams with 53 rangers (ten teams of five, plus a trio), a record later broken by Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger with exactly 146 additional heroes.
- Eye Catch: Turborobo is shown, which then becomes the Turborangers and a colorful explosion. Coming back from the commercial, we have Seelon showering fairy dust then showing Saint Beast Lakia.
- In the Super Sentai retrospective, the eyecatch before the break shows Red Turbo posing with the ten previous red rangers (Battle Japan, Denzi Red, Vul Eagle, Goggle Red, Dyna Red, Red One, Change Dragon, Red Flash, Red Mask and Red Falcon). After the break, the eyecatch features Pink Turbo posing with all the previous female rangers (Miss America, Denzi Pink, Goggle Pink, Dyna Pink, Yellow Four & Pink Five, Change Mermaid & Change Phoenix, Yellow Flash & Pink Flash, Yellow Mask & Pink Mask, and Blue Dolphin).
- Finishing Move: The Turbo Laser Plasma Shoot, succeeded by the V-Turbo Bazooka.
- Five-Man Band: There are two Smart Guys on the team. note
- Home Base: The Turbo Builder, which could actually combine with the Super Turbo Robo.
- Humongous Mecha: Featured both, the first six-piece combination in Sentai, as well as the first seven-piece combination. Since the team started with five members from the get go, their main robot was once again a five-piece combination and two upgrades were introduced mid-series that could combine with it.
- A Mech by Any Other Name: The Turbo Machines.
- Combining Mecha: Turbo GT (Red) + Truck (Black) + Jeep (Blue) + Buggy (Yellow) + Wagon (Pink) = Turbo Robo
- Transforming Mecha: The Rugger Fighter, which transforms into the Turbo Rugger
- Mecha Expansion Pack: The Turbo Rugger and the Turbo Builder.
- Turbo Robo + Turbo Rugger = Super Turbo Robo
- Super Turbo Robo + Turbo Builder = Super Turbo Builder
- In the Name of the Moon
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: By around #38, guess who manages to trounce Redha and Zimba by himself? Riki! That's who! He also gets two vehicles, a Mach Turbo bike like everyone else, and the Turbo Attacker buggy.
- Lighter and Softer: Overall, this season is when Super Sentai got less serious. Especially jarring after the very dark turn the ending of the previous season, Liveman, had.
- Make My Monster Grow: Unlike the past Super Sentai, where there was one monster whose job was only this, the task of enlarging the monsters fell to whomever supervised the evil scheme of the week.
- Redha would play a tune on his staff that causes the Turborangers pain, making an image of his face appear and shoot down a tornado that revived and enlarged the monster.
- Zimba would make hand gestures to summon a red tornado to revive and enlarge his monsters.
- Jarmin would open her mouth to release a fiery snake that would go into the sky to summon a tornado.
- Zulten would blow on his dried-out blowfish to summon a blue tornado (anyone sensing a pattern here?) that not only would revive and enlarge his monsters, but also drain the lifeforce of the Turborangers in the process.
- Mooks: The Wulars
- Elite Mook: Wu and Lar, the twin captains of the Wulars.
- Monster of the Week: The Boma Beasts
- The Movie: A new Monster of the Week tried to revive his 'dad', who caused Seelon's sister to die sealing it. The Turborangers must stop the monster before Seelon tried to sacrifice her life sealing the monster like her sister. (Note: Yamimaru hasn't appeared during the Movie's run)
- "On the Next Episode of..." Catch Phrase
- The Smurfette Principle: The second lone girl in a row and a return to pink. However, Seelon does serve the role of a second heroine to the team, much like Colon did to Liveman, despite not being in the core team and not even fighting occasionally like Colon.
- Supervillain Lair: The Bōma Castle
- Theme Music Power-Up
- Transformation Trinket: The Turbo Brace.
- Weapon of Choice
Tropes Specific To Kousoku Sentai Turboranger
- Acting for Two: Masako Morishita portrayed Kilika and her human mother.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Lakia at the beginning. Seelon followed suit at the end.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": The letter on each Turboranger's belt buckle and the beginning letters of their weapons represents his or her designated Turbo Machine: GT (for Gran Tourer), J(eep), T(ruck), B(uggy) and W(agon).
- The Chew Toy - Yohei just can't seem to take a break. Aside of being the teacher's most prominent target of scolding (aside of Riki, that is), he gets poisoned and nearly dying in place of Haruna (and then she accidentally hit him on the head using volleyball); then a Boma swapped his face with a Nerd who proceeds to show cowardice using his face; while Yohei had to do heroics with the Nerd's face, and when the face returns to default, the girls who used to swoon over him now abandon him for the Nerd thanks to the heroics Yohei did using the Nerd's face and the Nerd's cowardice using Yohei's face.
- Clip Show: The series actually starts with one. The first episode has the appearance of the past 10 Sentai, with most of it being an overview of each of them lasting a few minutes each and showing various clips.
- Dawson Casting - Only Jun-ichi Katagiri (Shunsuke) was actually a teenager when he did the series. The rest of the rangers were in their early 20s.
- Deal with the Devil - One Monster of the Week heals a girl's finger so she can play flute in a concert, but whenever she plays her flute in front of children, it steals their energy and makes them sick.
- Dirty Coward - Zulten works for whoever is in charge of Boma Castle at the time. He has no loyalty to anyone.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune - The opening and endings are sung by Kenta Satou, who plays Red Turbo. He even puts on his old costume when he does them in concert.
- The Dulcinea Effect - One episode has Youhei meet a girl with the same name as a girl he was friends with as a kid who lives in the same house, which is said to be cursed, which caused his old friend to leave. Turns out the curse was because of a Monster of the Week sealed in the house's basement.
- Dynamic Entry - The Turbo Robo always open up the fight with this (using fist, though), since it roller-skates to the opponent upon formation.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones - Yamimaru and Kilika. To the surprise, the resident bitch Jarmin is actually showing some genuine feelings with the resident love-hater Zimba, and he reciprocates by taking her place first when Ragorn sentenced her to death, and when he died, she felt rather crushed.
- Everything's Better with Princesses - Inverted. It's so much worse in the Bouma since said Princess is Jarmin. Thankfully she didn't last very long. Played straight with Bellchime Bouma, a princess that decide to stop fighting against human and become friend with them but is forced by Jarmin to fight the Turboranger.
- Fake Defector - Haruna makes up a plan to fake amnesia to recover an antidote on the fly after taking a hit to the head during battle. Despite being unplanned it works flawlessly.
- Flung Clothing - During a Big Damn Heroes moment when the Turborangers dress up like samurai in order to save Daichi and a kid from a Monster of the Week that transforms people into samurai who think they're in ancient Japan, the disguised Turboranger do this after destroying the monster's hat that it uses for the transformation.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus - comes into play as early as the first episode, where Jarmin's snake face flashes for a bit on the screen. Brrr.
- Green Aesop - See Space Whale Aesop below.
- Half-Human Hybrid - Yamimaru and Kilika
- Happily Married - Masked Bouma(Kilika's father) and Kilika's mother(a human woman)
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure - A severely cruel one is pulled by Jarmin, holding the whole Bell Chime tribe as a hostage for Bell Chime Boma to fight the Turborangers, and when she eventually was thwarted, Jarmin personally destroyed the whole tribe in front of her. This is one move that cements her to be Turboranger's biggest bitch.
- Love Hurts - Zimba's origin. What makes him a Tragic Monster was that his love WAS genuine, but the princess he was wooing rejected him in the time he needed mostly and stated how much she disliked him... like a bitch. No wonder Zimba got pissed.
- Magitek: The heroes' powers are a result of fusing faerie magic and super science
- Meaningful Name - The Turborangers are named after the elements and/or parts of the Earth..
- Riki Honoo (Red Turbo)
- Riki = Power
- Honoo = Flame
- Daichi Yamagata (Black Turbo)
- Daichi = Earth
- Yama = Mountain (also, Yamagata is a prefecture.)
- Youhei Hama (Blue Turbo)
- Hei = Plains
- Hama = Beach
- Shunsuke Hino (Yellow Turbo)
- Haruna Morikawa (Pink Turbo)
- Haru = Spring (the season)
- Mori = Forest
- Kawa = River
- Hikaru Nagareboshi (villain)
- Hikaru = Comes from light (hikari)
- Nagareboshi = Shooting star
- Mid-Season Upgrade: the V Turbo Bazooka (might not count since they had no cannon before it) for the weapons, and the Turbo Rugger for mecha. They also get a new base that can transform into a mecha as well. Also they get new weapons early on but its not close to midway then.
- Milestone Celebration: The first episode was a clip show which summarizes all of the previous Sentai shows since Battle Fever J. All 48 Sentai warriors from said shows appear in the special to lent their support to the five Turborangers.
- Mix and Match- Unlike all other Sentai which has a general theme for everything Turboranger has its various parts pulled seemingly at random. High School students use car themed powers and weapons, powered by fairies to fight demons? It somehow works but it comes off as really weird at times.
- Monster Clown - The Wular Soldiers (Mooks.)
- Mundane Made Awesome:
- Oddly Named Sequel: This is the first sentai to use the "-ranger" suffix since Himitsu Sentai Goranger. At the time, "-man" was the dominant suffix, which had been used for the previous six sentai in a row (plus one additional time before that).
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You - Nagareboshi/Yamimaru goes so far as to tell Riki the weakness of one Monster of the Week so that he won't be killed by the Hundred Boma Tribes.
- Recruit Teenagers with Attitude - Preceded even the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers in this situation. Granted, Seelon has the justifications that they saw her kin in the past, but there are other kids who saw her that way, but... maybe they lack attitude so they do not get chosen.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni - The two henchmen of Onibōma in Episode 9 were literally a Red Oni and a Blue Oni. Episode 18 uses the more subtle one with the Gōkaku Bōma brothers.
- Red String of Fate - Yamimaru and Kilika, he even uses it literally to save her from falling to her death.
- Sealed Evil in a Can - The Hundred Boma Tribes.
- Space Whale Aesop - Take care of nature, or else the fairies won't be able to protect Earth from the Hundred Bōma Tribes.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World - Early on, the Turborangers (mainly Riki) are always getting yelled out by their teacher for shirking class. Lessened later on as the teacher becomes less cartoony and is shown to genuinely care about her students.
- Whip It Good - Jarmin's weapon of choice.