Series: Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger
Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger
From hundreds of millions of years ago, in the age of the dinosaurs, 5 warriors revive in the present time!
(Dinosaur Squadron Beastranger note
) is the sixteenth entry in the Super Sentai
franchise, which aired from 1992 to 1993.
170 million years ago, humans lived in peace with dinosaurs, until the evil witch Bandora appeared, killed the dinosaurs, and began to attack humanity. The Guardian Beasts, great gods in the form of prehistoric-animal-shaped Humongous Mecha
, sealed her away on the stray planet Nemesis. In modern times, astronauts exploring Nemesis accidentally release Bandora and her followers from captivity, and she again starts to attempt to kill humanity, starting with the children. The ancient wizard Barza, in disguise as a landlord, releases five warriors from the five prehistoric human tribes to fight Bandora's forces alongside the Guardian Beasts.
This series is very important for three reasons:
- It was the first series that was adapted for American audiences as part of the Power Rangers franchise, serving as the basis for the first season of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and having the costumes of its heroes and villains continued to be used for the next two.
- It started the Sixth Ranger tradition with the addition of Burai, the Dragon Ranger, whose story and fate was the focus of much of the show after his appearance.
- It was the first series to get an official North American release in its original, unadapted form, courtesy of Shout! Factory, who negotiated with Saban Brands and Toei Company for the rights.
The Zyurangers are:
The villains are:
And then there's:
Recurring Super Sentai tropes:
- All Your Powers Combined: The Howling Cannon and the Ranger Stick's Babel attack!
- By the Power of Grayskull!: Dino Buckler! (While Burai's equivalent is called the Dragon Buckler, he still says "Dino Buckler" when he transforms.)
- Calling Your Attacks
- Color-Coded Characters: Subverted. The Zyurangers don't use color-based codenames like most other Sentai teams, instead being named after a respective totem beast. Dragon Ranger, being the sixth ranger, is named after a mythical creature instead of an actual prehistoric beast like the rest. The American version plays this straight.
- Combination Attack
- Cool Bike: The Zaurer Machines, much like the Goranger Machines, consisted of an individual bike for the red ranger (Geki's Road Zaurer 1) and a pair of sidecar-equipped bikes for the rest of the main team (Goushi's Side Zaurer 2 and Dan's Side Zaurer 3, which were shared with Boi and Mei repectively).
- Since the Zyurangers never drove their bikes in their transformed states (other than in the opening intro and commercial bumpers), the only time the bikes were ever shown in Power Rangers was in the background of one fight scene. However, the bikes were still carried over by the merchandising and the toy versions were sold as the "Battle Bikes"
- Custom Uniform: The Dragon Ranger outfit stands out from the rest of the team due to its golden Dragon Armor vest and the Ranger Armlets which Geki inherits after Burai's death. The outfit also has golden trims on its boots and gloves.
- Eye Catch: The eyecatch before the break features the main 5 Zyurangers in their vehicles and stopping in front of the camera. The title card can be seen on the bottom right of the screen. After the break, the eyecatch features the main 5 mecha. Starting in episode 32, a new version was introduced with the team posing before the break and the mecha after.
- Finishing Move:
- Five-Bad Band
- Five-Man Band
- Full Potential Upgrade: A quest for legendary weapons is undertaken when the Rangers weapons are broken and all the available replacements are too old to be usable.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Halfway through episode sixteen, the word "PUSSY" can be seen rather prominently scrawled on a wall behind Boi when he sneezes.
- Home Base: A temple to the gods underneath a humble apartment building. Who knew?
- Humongous Mecha: The very first Super Sentai where the mechas were Mechanical Lifeforms. Each one had its own conscience and could communicate with the Zyurangers.
- A Mech by Any Other Name: The individual mechas of the six Zyurangers were known as the Shugozyunote , while King Brachion gets the unique classification of Zyukishinnote .
- Animal Mecha: The second type, and Stock Dinosaurs to boot.
- Combining Mecha: Like the Five Machines and the Jet Machines, the five original Guardian Beasts could combine in one of two forms, although one of the first combination is just a transitional form of the other.
- Tyrannosaurus + Pteranodon + Zyu Mammoth + Triceratops + Saber Tiger = Beast Tank Dino Tanker, which then transforms into Daizyuzinnote .
- Transforming Mecha: Daizyuzin is technically a transformed version of Dino Tanker, although later episodes skip the Dino Tanker formation when the five main Guardian Beasts combine. The form King Brachion takes when it pulls out its twin tail cannons is also considered a transformed mode called Super Beast Tank King Tanker, although it is never referred by that name on the show.
- Mecha Expansion Pack: Dragon Caesar functioned not only as a partner to Daizyuzin, it could also replace the Tyrannosaurus and Pteranodon in combining with the other Guardian Beasts, forming a completely different giant robot. Later Daizyuzin gets the ability to combine with Dragon Caesar itself, along with King Brachion, a brachiosaurus-based mecha that served as steed for the other giant robots.
- Dragon Caesar + Zyu Mammoth + Triceratops + Saber Tiger = Gouryuzinnote
- Daizyuzin + Dragon Caesar = Zyutei Daizyuzinnote
- Zyutei Daizyuzin + King Brachion = Kyukyoku Daizyuzinnote
- In the Name of the Moon: "(Ranger name)! (Civilian name)!" followed by "Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger!"
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: The Tyrannosaurus is the only one of the five main Guardian Beasts that is bipedal and can stand toe-to-toe with some of the early Dora Monsters. After Burai's death, Geki also inherits the Dragon Armor, as well as the Zyusouken, allowing him to become the Armed Tyrannoranger and summon Dragon Caesar. How's that for an advantage?!
- Make My Monster Grow: Bandora uses her "Dora Scepter" to call upon evil spirits to make her minions grow. Of course, its bears mentioning that its US adaptation named this trope!
- Merchandise-Driven: For one interesting example, later on in the series, there are several appearances of cute plushie versions of the Guardian Beasts, often given to kids as gifts from the Rangers or other kids. Of course, these plushes were really made. (They even had motorized walking functions and made various growls and roars.)
- Mooks: The Golem soldiers.
- Monster of the Week: The Dora Monsters. Quite a few are based on Classical Mythology.
- The Narrator: After a nine year absence, Tōru Ōhira returns to bring more exposition.
- "On the Next Episode of..." Catch Phrase
- Psycho Rangers: Episode 46 has Dora Mirage, a monster who could alter the appearances of himself and four Golems to resemble that of the Zyurangers'.
- Regular Caller:
- The Smurfette Principle: Ptera Ranger, who even has the title of "Princess." The American remake ended up gender flipping the Tiger Ranger to provide its team with a second heroine.
- Supervillain Lair: Bandra Palace, which was practically created from a few errant buildings.
- Theme Music Power-Up
- Transformation Name Announcement
- Transformation Trinket: The Dino Buckler, the first belt-worn trinket. Burai wears a golden-colored version called the Dragon Buckler.
- Weapon of Choice
Tropes specific to Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger: