Magic. It is a sacred power. Magic. It is an adventure into the unknown. Magic. It is the proof of courage!
Mahō Sentai Magiranger (Magic Squadron Magiranger) is the twenty-ninth program in the Super Sentai franchise, airing for 2005 to 2006.Years ago, a war broke out between the heavenly plane of Magitopia and the hellish underworld of Infershia. The divine warriors of Magitopia were victorious, and placed a great seal on the gate to Infershia. Now in the modern day, that seal has begun to weaken and the demonic hordes within have put into motion a plan to revive their god, N Ma.The only hope for the world rests with the Ozu family, five ordinary siblings who suddenly discover that they are the heirs to a secret magical legacy. Drawing arcane power from courage, they transform into the Magiranger and must master the art of magic to defend the world from evil. They are later joined by Sixth Ranger Hikaru, a legendary hero of Magitopia who becomes their mentor.The motif this time around is "Magic", and the theme of "Courage" and "Family" is also strong all over. Also the first Sentai team to don capes since... around thefirst time.
General Branken: The Dragon, although he had some Big Bad traits when he started off.
Meemy: Replaces Branken as The Dragon after the latter is killed. Used to be Raigel, one of the Heavenly Saints, but pulled a Face-Heel Turn and was turned into a mummy for this. Unsealed along with Hikaru, he constantly proclaims that allying with N Ma allows him to use his magic for his own selfish ambitions, yet is essentially a slave to the dark god's will.
In the Name of the Moon: Magiranger had quite possibly one of the longest sequences at its time, roughly on par with Dekaranger. At least until two years later. But length-wise, it still outdraws the others due to having the largest roster in Super Sentai history.note At least until eight years later!
Isamu: "The raging fire element! Heavenly Hero, Wolzard Fire!"
Miyuki: "The sparkling ice element! The White Magician, MagiMother!"
Hikaru: "The shining solar element! Heavenly Hero, MagiShine!"
Makito: "The howling earth element! The Green Magician, MagiGreen!"
Houka: "The blowing wind element! The Pink Magician, MagiPink!"
Urara: "The swaying water element! The Blue Magician, MagiBlue!"
Tsubasa: "The galloping thunder element! The Yellow Magician, MagiYellow!"
Kai: "The burning flame element! The Red Magician, MagiRed!"
All: "Our overflowing courage changes into magic! Mahou Sentai Magiranger!"
In addition, two of the Heavenly Saints also perform one of these speeches when they get to fight.
Rin: "The serene moon element! Heavenly Saint, Lunagel!"
Snowgel: "The sparkling ice element! Heavenly Saint, Snowgel!"
Law of Chromatic Superiority: A mild example, as while Kai does have the occasional burst of power and two unique Mechs, his access to these is quite unreliable. Storywise though, he's always at the center of the resolution of each major story arc.
Make My Monster Grow: When they need to up the ante, Wolzard (Vancuria temporarily assumes the duty about halfway through the second arc) or Meemy chant the Black Magic spell "Douza Uru Ugaro" (or, in Meemy's case, "Douza Meru Megaro") to enlarge the beasties. The members of the Pantheon, on the other hand, invert the trope, as they're naturally giant... though they can grow and shrink at will without the use of magic.
Oddly enough though, there are a few early monsters who spontaneously become giant sized without the use of magic. These monsters are noted by NaiandMare as having "special bodies" like them.
Two Girls to a Team: The main team consisted of two girls as usual, Pink and Blue, making Magiranger the fourth Sentai team to have a female Blue, as well as the second team where she was not the lone girl. Magi Mother joins her children towards the end of the series as well, serving as the team's third female member. Half of the Heavenly Saints were also women and all of them were in high positions of authority.
Villain Teleportation: Provided by Wolzard and Meemy's magic, and in fact the only way for the vast majority of the Infershian forces to even reach the surface.
Absurdly Sharp Blade: Shichijuurou of the four Hell Kings can set his sword to slice through intangible concepts like the bonds between family.
Accidental Kidnapping: Hades God Toad had no idea that the "special soul" he'd stolen from the Flower Garden of Souls was Miyuki.
Accidental Pervert: Kai in one episode where Houka is attempting to help him on a date with his love interest, Yuka Yamazaki, ends up knocking him over, and causes him to see up his crush's skirt.
Smoky becomes one at the end of Stage 26 when he accidentally gropes Urara. Cue Urara's Megaton Punch.
Achilles in His Tent: Following the apparent death of their mother in Stage 2, Tsubasa and Houka abandon the fight against Infershia, pissing off Kai. They get their spirit back after hearing the message their mother left for the siblings in the Magic Room.
Amplifier Artifact: The sword Hell Fang and the Jagun Shield, crafted from N Ma's fang and eye, respectively.
Amusing Injuries: Nai and Mea suffer from this during the last arc of the series, as they are either stepped on by their new bosses, or swatted like flies when said bosses get angry. Since they can't die, they get better.
And I Must Scream: Depending on how you interpret what Urara says, the people who got turned into stone by the MOTW in Stage 4 were still fully aware of everything happening around them.
Also Raigel, during the time he was turned into a mummy and sealed in a cave by Sungel.
Animorphism: After battling the traitorous Raigel, Hikaru turns into a frog, only to turn back into a human after Urara kisses him 15 years later.
In addition, Meemy, upon revival, turns Nai and Mea into centipedes to show them who's boss.
An Aesop: The "courage equals magic" rule is typically expressed with one of these.
Apocalypse How: Each member of the Infershia Pantheon is capable of performing their own variation of a Class 4 or 5 apocalypse. N Ma himself was on the verge of achieving a Class X-4 in the final episode, before Kai's timely intervention.
Arbitrary Skepticism: In Stage 6, the siblings don't believe Kai when he tells him that Wolzard contacted him in his dreams for no better reason than to facilitate him going against Wolzard alone.
Arc Words: "You may also create a new legend". Hikaru says this with regard to each sibling from stages 25 through 29, foreshadowing their obtainment of the Legend Mode.
Avenging the Villain: While Hades God Drake was already raring to go to the surface and rampage, the death of Hades God Gorgon makes him even more so. Ironically, it is Hades God Sphinx who callously dismisses his anger on Gorgon's behalf.
Badass Grandma: Not a literal example, but in addition to being the oldest of the Heavenly Saints, Snowgel also gave Miyuki her magic powers, making her something of a metaphorical grandmother to the Magirangers.
Blood Knight: Hades God Drake. Guy was itching for a fight, he even went off before it was his turn to take on MagiShine.
Book Ends: The first scene of the family is everyone eating together, minus Kai who was late getting back. The same goes for the final scene, with the addition of Hikaru as Urara's husband and Isamu restored to the family.
Breather Episode: After the very intense psychological battle against the Hades God Cyclops, the focus of the fight against the Hades God Gorgon is on a "Freaky Friday" Flip between Kai and Houka which is mostly played for laughs.
In Stage 5, Houka attempts to disguise herself as a post box, and when Kai sees through her, she responds "I am just an ordinary post box]]. She does the same thing in Stage 39, Kai sees through her disguise again, and she responds "As before, I am just an ordinary post box."
Dreaming of Things to Come: In Stage 43, both Urara and Tsubasa have the same dream of when their mother rescued them when they were young, which they take as a sign that they will soon rescue her from the Hades Gods. It also turns out that Miyuki also had the same dream.
Evil Can Not Comprehend Good: The Hades Gods simply do not understand the concept of bonds and courage against impossible odds. Titan and Sphinx, along with Vancuria, try to figure it out, resulting in their Heel-Face Turn.
Evil Counterpart: Groom Do Bridon acts and fights like an evil version of Kai; the clincher is their mutual desire for Yuka Yamazaki.
Figure It Out Yourself: In stage 41, Snowgel tells Hikaru/Sungel that he must learn an important lesson from Kai, and refuses to tell either of them what that lesson is on the grounds that Hikaru has to, well...
Four Is Death: The Four Hell Kings, most powerful of the Hades Beastmen.
Fragile Speedster: Hades God Wyvern. Said to be the fastest by their leader, Dagon, but proves to be really bad at taking hits. Wolzard demonstrates this twice, the second time leading to Wyvern's death.
From My Own Personal Garden: A heroic example played for mild laughs, Makito's "big brother salad" is made with vegetables he grows himself.
Functional Magic: A combination of inherent gift (Only heavenly saints, those descended from heavenly saints, or those chosen by heavenly saints can wield magic), rule magic (good magicians must have courage, evil magicians must swear themselves to N Ma), and device magic (most magicians use phones or other tools to assist in their spell casting).
Funny Background Event: During Stage 13, as Makito and Urara argue about money woes in the foreground, Tsubasa chases Kai with a broom in the background while Kai uses Mandora Boy as a shield.
Heroic BSOD: Tsubasa, of all people, has one in Stage 38, after Cyclops pops caps on three of his siblings, leaving only him and Kai left to try to escape him. At one point, he gives up on running away because he couldn't uphold the promise he had made to Makito, to stand in for them when he was out. He only gets back on his feet and devises a plan to beat Cyclops when Kai pulls a Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! on him.
Honest Axe: In the Magi Red VS Magi Shine Special.
Hope Spot: At the end of Stage 46, it appears that everyone's efforts to get Titan to the Lake of Slumber so that N Ma can't be reborn will succeed. Then Dagon shows up and stabs Titan through the gut, bringing about N Ma's rebirth.
And then in Stage 48, Kai leads his siblings to defeat Hades God Sleipnir by following his father's example. Cue N Ma arriving and casually tossing down Blagel's and Hikaru's corpses.
Hope Sprouts Eternal: During the final episode a single flower is all that remains in N Ma's future world
Hostage for MacGuffin: Urara is taken hostage in Stage 22, with Hikaru's Travelion MagiTicket as the MacGuffin.
Indy Ploy: Hikaru learns an aesop about using these.
Ineffectual Loner: Lunagel; it didn't help that Wolzard had spent the past four episodes powering up before the fight.
Also, Shichijuurou of the four Hell Kings turns Kai, Tsubasa, Houka, and Urara into this by severing their familial bonds. Funny about this is that Kai is the only one that does not move out of the Ozu house because, being underage, he cannot purchase his own home.
Magic A Is Magic A: This show does a fantastic job of making sure each and every magic spell is consistent in design, intent, and casting, even near the end of the series when the heroes are getting so powerful that they start crossing spell tiers. The show doesn't tend to go over this in detail though; if you want to see how coherent the spell system is, you're going to have to do some research.
To give a quick summary, the ten buttons on the Magiphone each have a specific function, and spells are made by combining them, and the series sticks with this. For example, with the transformation call Maaji Maji Majiro, the words mean (in order) "Transform", "Warrior", "Body".
Magic and Powers: Each of the Ozu siblings have their own unique magic abilities.
Magical Incantation: Each spell in the series is constructed from these. The Magirangers have one set of words, The Heavenly Saints another, and Meemy and Wolzard each have their own with some crossover.
Makito, an earth magic user as well as a farmernote Turns out his farm is the sole source of income for that Big Fancy House, in fact, means "sower." "Maki" refers to "firewood," linking him to his element.
Finally, take the first syllable of each sibling's name in order of birthnote Makito, Houka, Urara, Tsubasa, Kai and you get "Mahoutsukai"note Magician.
And their mother? Miyukinote Snow.
They are all technically "Ozu no Mahotsukai"; "Wizard(s) of Oz."
Even Kai's love interest Yuka Yamazaki gets in on it; her name roughly means "Gentle flower on the mountain top", which is how Kai describes her when she first appears.
And of course, the Heavenly Saints.
Magiel, the arch-saint of all magic
Sungel and Hikaru both have something to do with light.
Lunagel is obviously the Heavenly Saint of the Moon.
Raigel, the Heavenly Saint of Lightningnote rai is an alternate reading of the kanji ikazuchi, which means "thunder".
Snowgel, the Heavenly Saint of Ice.
Chronogel, the Heavenly Saint of Time.
Isamu's Saint name is Blagel, the Blazing Fire Heavenly Saint. Furthermore, Isamu means "Bravery", and he's universally acknowledged as the bravest of the Heavenly Saints.
Hell, even the villain of The Movie gets in on this. His desire is to marry Yamazaki, and his name is Groom Do Bridon.
Meaningful Rename: The Heavenly Saint Raigel renames himself as the Dark Priest Memmy upon being revived by N Ma.
Mind Rape: The Hades God Cyclops pulls the mundane version on Tsubasa, N Ma the supernatural variety on Magi Shine
Moment Killer: Hikaru and Urara were interrupted twice. One when the siblings disturbed their alone-time in one episode and the other when Lunagel interrupts their wedding kiss to tell them that N Ma has destroyed Magitopia.
Monster Mash: The leaders of Infershia follow this general motif.
Motif: Magic, as well as circus acts, legends, prophecies, and heaven vs. hell. Parallels between family issues and the war with Infershia are also frequent.
Mundane Utility: Miyuki, after using magic to kill a troll, then uses it to pour tea and make a cake.
Later on, Houka uses her MagiPhone to schedule dates for herself.
Musical Assassin: The Monster Siren Neries uses her voice to kill, though she has to use the spirit of a deceased pop singer for whom Tsubasa falls in love to do the job for her.
My Sister Is Off Limits: Makito does NOT approve of his sister rushing into marriage, and doesn't care what her excuses may be.
Mythology Gag: Sungel/Hikaru is a special ranger who wears dark blue (OK, mainly gold, but still) and happens to love Urara who is the female blue ranger. In Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger, Isshuu was a special ranger who wore dark blue and happened to love Nanami who was the female blue ranger.
And then there's the way MagiKing gets assembled, with MagiTaurus serving as the core that gets armored up by the other mechs, not unlike DaiRenOh. Plus, the four non-red mechs combine into MagiDragon which can be used as a mount by MagiPhoenix], similar to how Ryou's [=RyuSeiOh rides the Heavenly Chi Palace.
In the movie, the siblings perform the Five Fantastic Fire technique, in which they leap into the air and transform into a giant fire bird. The Jetman team uses a very similar attack in the penultimate episode of their series.
The Saint Kaiser resembles a non-evil version of the first form of Dora Talos. Highly appropriate, considering that Big Good Magiel is played by the same actress as Zyuranger's primary Big Bad. This particular nod even carries over to the Power Rangers adaptation.
Also, the Infershia Pantheon, which serves N Ma directly.
Narm: In-universe example; in flashback it is revealed that Kai was mauled by a bear that had escaped from the zoo while Tsubasa was out hanging with his friends, and when he finds out, his first response is to laugh at the absurdity of it all. Makito did not think this was funny. At all.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind: On multiple occasions the Magirangers will hit the enemy with a powerful attack that sends them flying off camera, and then they act as though the battle was already won. The most notable example of this is the final battle against N Ma.
Redemption Demotion: Hades God Titan seems to lose much of his power following his Heel-Face Turn. Justified, as he is having to restrain N Ma's soul within himself, which was specifically noted to weaken Blagel when he did the same thing.
Sadistic Choice: To escape Lunagel's pocket dimension, one of the Magirangers has to willingly enter a column of fire and stay there. Subverted, she is in truth too kind for a real sadistic choice, so just diving in is enough to save everyone.
Screw Destiny: The Magirangers are told in Stage 36 that if they try to fight back against the Infershia Pantheon, it will result in the destruction of the surface world and Magitopia. It does, but they fix it in short order.
Sdrawkcab Name: Neries from Act 28, who is a Siren (which is pronounced seiren in Japanese).
Shout-Out: In Stage 2, when Houka and Tsubasa entered the secret room in their house, they exited from a fireplace. As if it can't get enough, there was also a blinking portrait, and they summoned their broomsticks telepathically.
In Stage 6, Nai and Mare provide Branken and Wolzard's power levels.
Time to Unlock More True Potential: Stage 30 has the Magirangers go on a quest to find the Heavenly Saint Snowgel and convince her to unlock their inner power, which they succeed at thanks to their oath rings, which shine with the Courage they'd demonstrated over the preceding five episodes.
Verbal Tic: Mandora Boy's "de gozarimasu desu" which, considering its lengthnote It's a combination of "de gozaru", "-(i)masu" and "-desu", which, in their own ways, are applicable Verbal Tics, borders on parody.
Villain Song: Nai and Mea have "Bloody Friday Nightmare" in Stage 11, which they use to hypnotize people so their Monster of the Week can turn them into vampires (though it's them, rather than the monster, who do it to Houka, which extends the episode's plot into the next one). Listen to it here.
Later at a certain point, they even consider making another gig (after Meemy's defeat and Infershia's apparent destruction, before they meet the Pantheon).
Wolzard also gets a rather impressive one, which never gets played during the actual series.
Wartime Wedding: Urara and Hikaru marry just before N Ma takes the war to Magitopia.
Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: Kai is the only one of the five siblings who still studies. At least, during the series' run; it's unknown if he stayed in school after becoming a liaison between Infersia and the overworld at the end.
Wedding Smashers: Lunagel interrupts Hikaru and Urara's wedding, but she had a very good reason.
Stage 33: Wolzard is in fact Isamu/Blagel, the Magirangers long presumed dead father.
Stage 34: Miyuki is alive, and the Gods of Infershia will soon rise.
Stage 35: Miyuki is being held prisoner by the Infershia Pantheon, which has now risen to subject the surface to their "divine punishment".
Wham Line: Stage 34 Children, can you hear me? Your mother is alive.
Also, Urara getting pumped up to win a year's worth of rice, including a Hotblooded shout.
What Happened to the Mouse?: The Book of Prophecy, an ancient tome that perfectly and accurately describes everything that happens throughout the course of the series. It flies away after the second time Nai and Mea try to read it, and is never mentioned again.
Also, during the movie, Yuka Yamazaki finds out that Kai and MagiRed are the same person. In the end, nothing comes of this.
Also, in the first episode, we can see flying minions in Infershia. They are never used or seen again.
Worf Had The Flu: Inverted, Lunagel loses against Wolzard after the latter spent four straight episodes increasing his power exponentially.
The Worf Effect: Deconstructed with regards to MagiShine; when first introduced he is the great heavenly hero who nigh effortlessly defeats all those who oppose him. However, as the forces of Infershia wise up and and send out enemies not even he can handle, he begins to suffer considerable doubts in his own abilities, especially in the face of his pupil's ever increasing power. Ultimately, he comes to terms with his doubts, realizes how to overcome them, and defeats the Hades God Drake who'd previously defeated him in a devastating Curb-Stomp Battle.
You Are Not Alone: Urara Receives one to show her that she doesn't need to take on all the responsibility of taking care of the family herself.
You Are Not Ready: Miyuki refused to give Kai magic at first on the grounds that he was too reckless and did not understand what true courage was. He becomes ready when he performs a Bare-Handed Blade Block against Wolzard to defend his siblings.
You Can't Fight Fate: This gets played with, as while all the prophecies mentioned on the show, including the one about how if the surface world fights against the Hades Gods both Magitopia and the surface world will be destroyed do come to pass, their consequences can still be undone.
When N Ma is reborn, Snowgel declares that the whole world has only three days left before he destroys everything.
Your Princess Is in Another Castle: You didn't really think that they were going to permanently prevent N Ma's rebirth in Stage 46, with three more episodes to go, did you?
Xanatos Gambit: In Stage 42, Dagon sends Sleipnir to the surface to join Drake's battle against the Magirangers, either killing them all or flushing out Wolzard, who is currently holding N Ma's soul captive within himself.
Finishing the trope page with seriousness, Magiranger!