Tensō Sentai Goseiger (Celestial Armament Squadron Planet Defen-ger) note Tensō means "heavenly cloth" or "celestial armament", while the name "Goseiger" is a portmanteau of goseija (planet guardian) and "ranger" is the 34th program in the Super Sentai series, airing from 2010 to 2011.Long ago, humanity split off into a new group calling themselves the Gosei Angels. From their home plane of Gosei World, the Gosei Angels have used the power of their magic "Gosei Cards" to protect humanity in secret for generations.In the present day, a alien race known as "Warstar" has descended upon the Earth in the name of conquest, destroying the Tower of Heaven that acts as the gateway to Gosei World. Now the only hope of humanity rests with five fledgling Gosei Angels who have been stranded on Earth: the Goseiger.As time goes on, the Goseiger learn what it truly means to protect the Earth, and face a number of escalating threats: the mysterious insectoids known as "Yuumajuu", the calculating and robotic "Matrintis" faction, and a dark secret from the past of Gosei World.Has been adapted into Power Rangers Megaforce, which began airing in 2013.
Eyecatch: The eyecatch involves the character(s) of the episode transforming to a Goseiger, and then changing to a Gosei Card while the title card appears on the bottom right of the screen. When the break ends, it goes in reverse. The segment first appeared in Epic 1 with Alata, then Hyde, Moune, Eri, and Aguri respectively in that order from the first 7 Epics. The segment continues on until the end of the series. In some occasions, there can be 2 people in the eyecatch like Agri and Moune, Alata and Eri, and more.
Mystic Brothers: The Mystic Runner and Egg Headder, an ostrich and egg set that can equip to either Gosei Great (as twin flails mounted on the left arm) or Datas Hyper (as a Helicopter Pack).
Knight Brothers: The Sealeon and Skyon Gosei Machines, which combine with Groundion to form Gosei Ground.
GoseiWonder: A full set of five new Headders for the main team, consisting of a Kabuto beetle, alligator/crocodile, elephant, and dolphin, with Gosei Bird being the only mostly new one. Combines with the Phoenix, Snake, Tiger, and Shark bodies to form Wonder Gosei Great. Movie exclusive until episode 38.
GoseiUltimate: A spaceship-like mecha originally meant to serve as the foundation of the new Heaven's Tower. Combines with the Miracle Gosei Headders to form its robot mode, and can attach to Gosei Great as a jetpack.
Merchandise-Driven: All Sentai has this, but Goseiger has been pretty blatant with it. The show currently has two gimmicks. One to support the Dice-O card game (and the only way to get the cards on the show is to buy all the other merchandise attached to the show, including the expensive roleplay jackets in ADULT AND CHILD sizes.) and then the Headders, who are of course, with the exception of the main ones, are sold seperately from the mechs. The Exotic Headers are another good example of the merchandising nature of the season. The reason they appeared once in the show was so they could do limited edition header redecos for special items.
Motif: 3. Three clans, three kinds of Gosei Power, the Goseiger were supposed to be 3 sets of 2, 3 sets of villains that Brajira is a part of, the way he has the 3 clans' powers and a focus on both hero and villain sides with the trinity of heaven/space, earth and the sea.
The Warstar Army's designs seem to be based on a colony of...Bees. My god.
Ironically, the Goseigers themselves subvert their seemingly "Angelic" motif, by not being anything like the classic angels in literature...and fighting an interstellar invasion fleet. Actually Double-Subverted when the Big Bad turns out to be Buredoran/Brajira, a fallen Gosei Angel, just like Satan.
The Gosieger's wings appear and disappear. Alata has flown once and they've appeared in a variation of Red Break.
The way the last few eps of the season go down imply that permanent wings the five can pull out to use or hide at any time was something they had to work their way towards. When they leave in the finale, they just sprout their wings and fly right off.
The Yuumajuu shifted to a monster, which is a relatively recurring theme in Super Sentai history, with their three head honchos being Bigfoot, The Blob, and a Chupacabra.
The Matrintis Empire that consists entirely of robots.
And Burajira uses Headders based off Mythlogical Creatures.
All of the Gosegier's Air-Based Mecha are all mythological creatures. Alata's Dragon, Eri's Phoenix, and Gosei Knight's "Skyleon" (Which people took as a literal "sky lion" and assumed it was a Griffin.)
Regular Caller: Datas calls the Goseigers on their Tensouders when he detects activity from the bad guys. Before he came along, the Goseigers would detect trouble by sensing disturbances in the air/earth/water, depending on their tribe.
Transformation Trinket: The Tensouder, basically a head that can read cards. The cards run on the same Carddass system Kamen Rider Decade uses. And like Decade, the cards tie into an arcade game, Dice-O.
Knight has the Leon Cellular, a combination card reader/cell phone.
Ambiguously Gay: Alata during the Warstar arc up until the beginning of the Matorintis arc. He engages in many feminine tendencies, not limited to planting, house decoration, and cooking. (Though to be fair, Hyde cooks, too) He has a very cheerful disposition unlike Agri and Hyde, who are rather quiet and prideful. The show simply explains it off as a Plot Device by saying that all Skick Tribe members are naturally cheerful and bubbly. Of course, by the time the Matorintis arrived, he had made his transition to The Leader, and was changed into more of a battle-ready combatant compared to his formerly carefree attitude. (He still retained his cheerfulness, however.)
Animal Motifs: Everything centered around Gosei Knight has a lion motif, including himself
That's not the only thing; in the ensuing giant battle against Mons Drake, they were able to take him down, along with his spaceship, Indevader. The problem? The team's strongest mecha up to that point, Hyper Gosei Great was introduced a couple of episodes ago, against Dereputa, which makes this a case of misplaced climax rather than anti-climax.
"Blind Idiot" Translation: "Plasuma wave mesurment system is working now..."note That's Hyde's computer, searching for plasma emissions from Matrintis to locate Datas in Epic 42
The tribe names and some of the card names. While generally spelled correctly, they're made from English words (or suffixes) but go together in ways no English-speaker would ever combine them. "Skick" is first and foremost on this list.
The Blind Leading the Blind: a stunning three-level affair in Epic 20. Nozomu convinces a schoolmate to approach the Gosei teens for love advice (since apparently Cupid is kind of like an Angel), and they in turn look to Prof. Amachi of all people. (Yes, he has a son and is obviously qualified, but you really wouldn't think so otherwise...)
Epic 23's MotW lets out mosquito noises to invoke this trope (it's the beginning of summer, when mosquito buzzing can reach maddening levels), but thanks to some additional distortion effects, it sounds like farting at times.
Alata's "Now's the time to show them the power of us five!".
Gosei Knight's "It's my turn."
Chekhov's Skill: Eri's singing and Alata's practice in using the CompreThunder card resurface in Epic 48.
Chest Blaster: Gosei Dragon on GoseiGreat, the core five on Hyper GoseiGreat and, most prominently, the Miracle Headders on Gosei Ultimate which, when folded in, resemble Master Head's face. Metal Alice has a rather...suggestive variant.
Clip Show: Epic 45. Though a normal occurance in any Sentai season, this one served a particular purpose beyond reflecting on how the heroes had grown: Finding out the true identity of Buredoran.
Compressed Vice: In Epic 9, Eri is shown to be very messy and lazy, annoying Neat Freak Moune. This is used to set up a bonding moment that drives them to rescue the boys together, and then (even though they agree to disagree) Eri's laziness and untidiness never crop up again.
Dance Battler: Moune's fight in episode 11 combines her cheerleading with a Sparquake card to effectively short-circuit a monster.
Dancing Theme: The ending theme, "Gotcha* Goseiger", subverted this despite initial guesses. While the melody does sound like a Dancing Theme, there's very little dancing footage...if you count the Goseigers doing a Ring-Around-the-Rosie for a couple of seconds as "dancing".
It only subverted it until Epic 8, at which point the ending played it straight with "Gotcha* Goseiger TYPE 2 REMIX", which includes new visuals and the Goseigers singing and dancing with the incoming microphone toy. Though Version 1 pops up again every so often.
Dead Sidekick: Hyde's partner, Magis, who would have been the sixth (green) member of the team but was killed in action against Kurasunīgo of 5000°C in a suicidal attack off a cliff, while at the same time Heaven's Tower was destroyed by Dereputa.
Determinator: Alata and Hyde are this, especially the former. See Epic 49.
Disc One Final Boss: The Warstar are the major driving force for the first quarter of the show, with Mons Drake presenting himself as a serious threat. He's still offed by Epic 15, clearing the way for the Goseiger to move up the Sorting Algorithm of Evil.
Soon after which they're replaced by the Yumajunote Spectral Demonic Beasts.
Which are finished off in Epic 32, just in time to be replaced by the Matrintis, effectively making them a rare case of a Disc Two Final Boss.
Even then the Matrintis are destroyed in Epic 44, making them the Disc Three Final Boss and leaving Buredoran, or rather Brajira, as the final Big Bad.
Does Not Know His Own Strength: The Abare Headder inverts this. It knew its strength, and was terrified of going out of control and hurting people. Thankfully, the Goseigers were able to assure it that they would help prevent that from happening, allowing it to turn into the Miracle Gosei Headders.
Early-Bird Cameo: The five Goseigers appear in Shinkengervs.Go-onger, where they prevent Akumaro, Juzo and Dayu from interfering in the main battle. Starting the recent tradition of new Sentai teams making their debut in the Vs. movie between the two previous teams before their series premieres. Equivalent to the new Kamen Rider appearing in the summer movie of the current and soon to depart Rider, coming to the aid of his predecessor, which started with Double in Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker.
Evil Genius: Buredoran/Brajira. He manipulated each group he was part of to gain knowledge from them (martial tactic's from Warstar, magic from the Yūmajū and technology from Matrinits) in order to gain more power.
Expy: The formation of Gosei Ground is similar to that of God Sigma.
The Fair Folk: The basis for Epic 25's Monster of the Week. Moune is nearly abducted by one.
Fanservice: Epic 11 begins Moune and several other girls doing a cheerleading sequence, including a Panty Shot. Epic 23 contains a scene where Moune and Eri lose their bikini tops while being shot into mid-air, although they're rescued by Datas and we don't see anything.
Foreshadowing: Watch the original ED sequence, with the ring-around-the-tree and the running across the bridge, then watch the finale.
Freudian Trio: While the team themselves aren't a trio, the tribes they come from fit this.
Ego: Skick Tribe
Id: Landick Tribe
Superego: Seaick Tribe
Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Alata punches Knight back to the side of good. However, it made sense: Alata was trying to use good Gosei Power to drive the Dark Gosei Power out of him, one attack at a time, until it worked and GK's brainwashing was undone.
Japanese Beetle Brothers: The Stag and Kabuto Headders are a type C; they appear at separate times and are not used together.
Just for Pun: The command "Tensou" used in Tensou jutsus whenever they activate a card has a homophone meaning "Transfer/Teleport", making this also a meaningful pun whenever they summon or transport something.
Meaningful Name: Nozomu's family name, "Amachi", is written with the Kanji "Sky/Heaven" and "Know/Notice", a nod to his status as the Secret Keeper. Also applies to Professor Amachi through a different take due to being an astronomer.
Yūmajū monster names start with one Kanji which bears some indication of the bearernote For example, Kingon's Kanji means "Muscle".
Actually, most of the Goseiger names could be stretched to being meaningful in one form or another. The two Skick members are Alata ("Winged") and Eri ("Airy"), the two Landick are Agri ("Agriculture") and Moune ("Mound" or "Mountain"), and the Seaick is Hyde ("Hydro").
And then, there's the way all the villains are based on movie names. Some of them tell of their power, as well (Bakutofuji-ER - Back to the Future - time reversal powers.)
Mood Whiplash: The beginning of episode 45. After the grave, foreboding ending of episode 44, the first thing we see in episode 45 is... the Goseigers happily setting up Christmas decorations around the observatory as though nothing had happened. But then Alata lashes us back in the other direction by abruptly starting a serious discussion about the implications of the previous episode.
Warstar has an insect motif, Yuumajuu has both a cryptid motif and an arthropod motif, Matrintis has a machine motif and a marine invertebrate motif, and Burajira's Dark Headers have a Hybrid Monster motif.
Not to mention Gosei Knight transforming into the Grounddion Headder to "train" Agri...
My Friends... and Zoidberg: Likely unintentional, but the DVD-only Reunion Show, "Tenso Sentai Goseiger Returns: The Last Epic'' has the narrator reintroduce the team: "Alata. Eri. Moune. Hyde. These five Gosei Angels acted as Tenso Sentai Goseiger." Uh, mister narrator dude, you left somebody out.
Mythology Gag: The series obviously isn't the first to have the word "Gosei" in the titlenote The meanings are different though. "Gosei" in Dairanger means "(Of the) Five Stars/Five-Star". Goseiger's has the Kanji "Protect", "Star/Planet" and "Person"; roughly, "Those who protect the Planet" or "Planet Guardians".
Tyranno Header bears a strong resemblance to CarriGator from Engine Sentai Go-onger}}. It even ends up in the same place as CarriGator's head, left foot.
Gosei Knight's mecha form, Groundion, resembles a cross between GoGo Dump from GoGo Sentai Boukenger and Sei Shishi, the Lion mecha from Dairanger.
Even better, Gosei Ground's face has the same colors and scheme as Muteki Shogun's. (Does it make sense now why its intro Epic had Sasuke and Tsuruhime guest-starring, with a Kappa MOTW?)
If you squint a bit, Gosei Knight bears some resemblance to Biohunter Silva - red eyes, silver body, has a gun for a weapon...
The title for Epic 31: "Never Give Up Goseiger". For that matter, Goseiger references quite a few things from Gaoranger, such as a Blue Ranger whose shark-based mecha forms the right arm of the combined mecha, and similar villain arc structures.
Our Angels Are (Very Very) Different: The Gosei Angels are actually a race of humans born with mysterious powers who fled to another world 10,000 years ago so that they wouldn't disturb normal humans.
Except for all the white feathers that keep showing up.
Lampshaded in the team up with Shinkenger. When Kotoha meets Hyde and Moune, she wonders if having a pair of angels come to meet her means she's dead, then asks where their wings and halos are. The Goseigers quickly explain that they're not that kind of angels.
Punny Name: Yumaju is a play on "UMA" meaning "unidentified mystery animal", which is used to refer to "Cryptids".
Also, some of the Goseigers have punny (or at least punnish) names: "Eri" possibly referring to air, "Agri" possibly referring to agriculture, and "Hyde" as in hydro. "Alata" is Latin for "winged", possibly explaining the unusual romanization.
Robogog's full name is "Robogog of the 10-sai", which is both a pun based on "tensai" (which, depending on the kanji, can mean "genius" or "disaster") and on the fact that he uses ten attacks whose names in Japanese include "sai" in their names.
Rocket Punch: Gosei Great has a variation: It can launch all five of its Headders and control them remotely.
Taken to the extreme when it combines with Datas Hyper to form Hyper Gosei Great. The newest finishing attack launches a grand total of 15 Headders all at once.
Satanic Archetype: Our Angels Are Different, but Burajira of the Messiah is a fallen Gosei Angel and the manipulator behind the series' events. At one point, when Gosei Knight is being mind-controlled by him and Alata (Gosei Red) is trying to talk him down, we get each over his shoulder, Good Angel, Bad Angel style.
D'reptor was designed with claw-weapons and wings resembling Gigan.
And Epic 15 involved something akin to an Oxygen Destroyer...
Zan-KT2 in Epic 34 has some similarities to Moguera.
There's some clear inspiration from Gurren Lagann in Datas, especially with his limbs extending and gaining a new headpiece as DatasHyper. And in Epic 23, Mystic DatasHyper has a visible reaction to Eri and Moune getting their bikini tops blasted off.
Most of the time, the MotWs have an ability related to whichever movie they're named for - the Warstar named for The War Of The Worlds is responsible for The Virusnote Which would be an inversion, since viruses are what killed off the aliens in that movie., the Yuumaju named for A Nightmare on Elm Street targets people in their sleep, the Matroid named for Back to the Future can reverse time, and so on.
The esque of the head of Gosei Ground to Ground Gosei Great is but similar to Unicorn Gundam.
The Yuumajuu are monster sci-fi, plus they have a relevant kanji in their name. Examples: Yuumajuu (UMA 2010, with "UMA" being a term that means "Unidentified Mysterious Animal"; the film's known in the US as Rise of the Gargoyles), Makuin (McQueen's Absolute Risk, known in the US as The Blob; with "maku" for "membrane"), and Kinggon (King Kong, with "kin" for "muscle").
The Matrintis are robot sci-fi, with English characters incorporated into the names as well. Examples: Matrintis (The Matrix, combined with "Atlantis"), Robogog (RoboCop), and Metal-Alice (Metropolis).
The Big Bad has two aliases, both of which come from Tech Noir films: Buredoran (Blade Runner) and Brajira (Brazil). "Buredoran" even gets altered to fit whatever group he's with, including "bu" for "warrior" with the Yuumajuu and becoming BuredoRUN with the Matrintis. His monsters are also named after fantasy series: Namono-Gatari (Naruniakoku Monogatari, aka The Chronicles of Narnia), Bari-Boru-Dara (Harry Potter), and Ro-O-Za-Ri (Rodo Obu Za Ringu, aka Lord of the Rings).
Significant Anagram: The species of Warstar's members are anagrams on species of bugs; Brasca = Scarab, Gubydal = Ladybug, Glus = Slug...Surprisingly, judging from the Kana, it's done by rearranging the letters in English first; the Kana and pronounciations are made after that.
Spell My Name with an "S": The characters all have fairly normal Japanese names, but the official romanizations are...quite unexpected, to say the least; particularly glaring was "Alata". Also, the names for the tribes- most English speakers would assume they're meant to be "Landic," "Seaic", and "Skyic", but instead the official romanizations were "Landick", "Seaick", and most bizarrely of all, "Skick", which is, according to the official Kana, pronounced "Sukaikku"/"Skaick".
Another issue is Knight's main robo, GoseiGr[a/ou]nd. The card on the show spells it "Gosei Ground", but the Leon Cellular clearly pronounces it as "Grand".
Even some subbers decide to transliterate the bad guys' names differently (Dereputa vs D'repter for example); one such case is actually referring to the Yuumajuu's Big Bad as "McQueen" (the Japanese title of The Blob is "Makkuin no Zettai no Kiki" or "McQueen's Absolute Risk"; roughly akin to calling the movie "Steve McQueen in: The Blob").
The Remnant: Upon the arrival of the Yumaju, Bladerun of the Comet is revealed as one of the few to have escaped sealing so long ago, shedding his disguise and revealing himself to be Bladerun of the Chupacabra (with the "Bu" being the kanji for "war").
This Is a Drill: The Sainote Rhino Headder. Landick Gosei Great's finishing move with it is a drill kick.
"With Our Swords" Scene: With a twist. Since Brajira basically cannibalized his teammates to get the power to seal the Yumaju long ago, even though the three working together couldn't do so Agri, Eri, Moune, and Hyde figure that perhaps Alata could take out Brajira on his own with their powers if they were willing to sacrifice themselves. Of course, they found another, less drastic means in the end.