Series / Uchu Sentai Kyuranger
aka: Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger

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Say the Go!

"When the universe falls into the clutches of evil, and its inhabitants are engulfed in sorrow, then, chosen by the power of the Kyutama, nine ultimate saviours will appear!"

Uchu Sentai Kyuranger (Space Squadron Kyunote -Ranger) is the 41st entry in the Super Sentai franchise. It airs alongside Kamen Rider Ex-Aid in the Super Hero Time block.

Sometime in the distant future, the eighty-eight constellations of the universe suffer under the tyrannical "Jark Matter" shogunate. When all hope seems lost, nine magical globes bearing the power of galactic constellations appear and find their way to nine chosen heroes from all across the universe. Travelling aboard a Cool Starship called the Orion, these eclectic warriors unite under the flag of "Rebellion" to liberate the cosmos as Kyuranger!

The protagonists of Kyuranger are:

Recurring Super Sentai tropes:

  • Animal-Themed Superbeing: The rangers are based on constellations, which are all animals. Tenbin Gold is the exception, being based on Libra the Scales.note 
  • Arm Cannon: In addition to being transformation devices, the Seiza Blaster doubles as a ranged weapon too.
  • Beach Episode: Space 15 with a twist taking place in a mostly oceanic planet. Then subverted as Jark Matter has already polluted the ocean and beaches to a horrific level.
  • Boss Subtitles: Every major character gets these when they first appear. The Kyurangers themselves even get their names in color, with a star next to them.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: The Seiza Blaster announces "Say The Change!" ("Say" in English, with "Say-Za" punning off of "seiza"/constellation). The following transformation phrase is "Star Change!" Shou says "Wish upon a star!" as Ryu Violet and later, as Ryu Commander, he uses Garyou Tensei!note 
  • Color-Coded Characters: Notable for having nine colors to start off with, including silver and gold, which are often reserved for sixth rangers. It also has the franchise's fourth Orange Ranger.
  • Combining Mecha: The Voyagers, based on each ranger's constellation. Uniquely, however, is that the majority of Voyagers can all form either an arm or a leg rather than having a single set position, something that hasn't been seen since Mirai Sentai Timeranger and never to this degree. This makes them a literal Mix and Match variety.
    • Shishi Voyager + 4 limb Voyagers = KyurenOh
    • Ryu Voyager + 2 limb Voyagers = RyuteiOh
    • Shishi Voyager + Ryu Voyager + 6 limb Voyagers = Ryutei KyurenOh
  • Evolving Credits: Unlike series before it, there is more frequency with this as the rangers are slowly being added rather than being complete at the start, so this is much more evident. There are even things like characters who only recently joined the team changing into their uniforms the next episode (for example, Lucky and Garu appear in their default outfit in the opening for the premiere, but after that episode they appear in their Rebellion uniforms).
    • This is most apparent during the End Credits song as, while all the Kyurangers are present, their unmorphed forms are only added after they join the team. There are even large gaps in the final pose where the non-recruited Kyurangers are clearly meant to go.
      • After Space 12, the Kyutama dance itself has evolved to replace the pelvic thrusts with arm pumping motions. Probably to account for the fact that there's a Kid Hero on the team now.
  • Five-Man Band: Zigzagged. The team consists of nine rangers plus, but Shou Ronpo implements a rule such that only five can go out of the mission at a time. As this lasts for about an episode, it's hard to associate a ranger with a role other than Shishi Red being The Leader.
  • Humongous Mecha: KyurenOh and RyuteiOh, which have multiple versions based on which Rangers combine with Shishi or Ryu Voyager.
  • In the Name of the Moon: As with the last season but simpler, this time with each member naming their constellation and color along with their "Star" nicknames.
    Lucky: Super Star! Shishi Red!
    Stinger: Poison Star! Sasori Orange!
    Garu: Beast Star! Ookami Blue!
    Balance: Trick Star! Tenbin Gold!
    Champ: Ring Star! Oushi Black!
    Naga Ray: Silent Star! Hebitsukai Silver!
    Hami: Shinobi Star! Chameleon Green!
    Raptor 283: Speed Star! Washi Pink!
    Spada: Food Mei-Star! Kajiki Yellow!
    Shou Ronpo: Dragon Ma-Star! Ryu Commander!
    Kotaro Sakuma: Big Star! Koguma Skyblue!
    Lucky: The ultimate saviors...
    All: Uchu Sentai Kyuranger!
  • Make My Monster Grow: Zigzagged. Each Daikaan has an Enlarge Inrou note that automatically revives and grows them if they die, but it's a one-time use item as they burst apart upon usage. However, some don't get to use them, instead opting to use Moraimarz in fighting mode.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: Beyond usual things such as the suit colors and helmet designs, some rangers also have additional features.
    • Sasori Orange has a stinger tail.
    • Ookami Blue has a fur ruff around his collar as though it was sticking out from his helmet. His gloves and boots also have claws. His uniform also has furry fuzz, most visible on the shoulders and thighs. The mouth part of the helmet also has fangs.
    • Tenbin Gold has a more armored form than the others, and looks somewhat mechanical.
    • Oushi Black has a much bulkier body than the others, as well as the horns of his visor extending past the helmet. He actually keeps most of his untransformed look intact. The uniform's belt even goes over his champion belt.
    • Hebitsukai Silver has a scale pattern going down his suit.
    • Chameleon Green's helmet has the chameleon's head facing upward with the eyes popped out, and the mouth acts as the visor.
    • Washi Pink has a pair of small wings on her back.
    • Kajiki Yellow has the front of his visor extend forward, much like a sword.
    • Similarly, Champ and Balance have their own spin on the (untransformed) team jacket. Champ wears it on his arm like a matador's cape while Balance repaints his body to a similar color scheme.
  • Sixth Ranger: Shou Ronpo as Ryu Commander. Koguma Skyblue also qualifies, with Kotaro joining the team shortly after Shou, though he doesn't have the usual trappings of one (unique Transformation Trinket, weapon, mecha, etc.) while Shou does.

Tropes Present in Uchu Sentai Kyuranger

  • Artistic License Physics: Space 10. The Orion would need to travel at half the speed of light to reach the sun in 15 minutes. That's still plenty.
  • Ascended Extra: Normally, robotic allies are either mascots, assistants, or Sixth Rangers/Extra Heroes. This time around, three of them are a part of the core team to begin with.
  • BBC Quarry: The alien planets are really just various familiar Toei tokusatsu places but with props, civilians with costumes and make-up, or filter!
  • The Caper: The real premise of Space 7. Ignoring the rather ridiculous Monster of the Week gimmick and the Crossover with Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, they have a rare case of coordinating all the Kyurangers' skills to break into the enemy stronghold and get something out, complete with "Mission: Impossible" Cable Drop courtesy of Naga!
  • Common Tongue: Implied to be the oral form of the Cypher Language appearing in signs and posters around the show.
  • Constellations: The motif of the series, with each ranger being based off a different constellation.
  • Cypher Language: The alien language used in the show. Fans have taken time to translate it too.
  • Darker and Edgier: Despite the general quirkiness of the cast, the series still starts with one of the most brutal Downer Beginning in Super Sentai history, with evil having conquered the universe, and actually showing citizens getting killed by the enemy. Kyuranger is shaping up to be a rather dark series.
  • Debut Queue: The first episode introduces Champ, Hami and Spada as the rangers before being joined by Lucky and Garu, and Raptor 283 being the pilot of Orion but not a ranger. The second episode introduces Balance and Naga Ray. The third episode introduces Stinger and the team commander Shou Ronpo.
  • Demoted to Extra: Most works involving the constellations like Saint Seiya or Kamen Rider Fourze will give special priority to the 12 Horoscopes, emphasising the completed lineup, but here we have some of them like Cancer and Pisces relegated to attack powerups while lesser-known ones like the eagle, swordfish and chameleon are turned into Rangers alongside known ones like Libra, Taurus and Leo. It helps avoid Small Reference Pools in a way.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: The deathworm the team encounters in Space 11; it's a wild, irrational creature which no one knows how ended up on Earth and can feed off the living things in an entire city, all by itself. The Kyurangers give it top priority (especially after Kotaro and Stinger go missing while fending it off) while Ikagen and Madako have the good sense of pulling back while it's running amok, proving that Jark Matter doesn't even have a hand in its rampage.
  • Downer Ending: Ep 11. Because Lucky starts having a run of bad luck, the first of the three Kyu Globes needed to revive the Argo falls into Ikaren's hands and Lucky's confidence and happy-go-lucky nature are shattered, causing him to start recalling his Mysterious Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Earth Is the Center of the Universe: Played with. On the one hand, none of the Kyurangers are from Earth; Hami had never heard of it and Champ confirms that it's "in the middle of nowhere". On the other hand, Earth has some sort of secret to it that leads Jark Matter to station an absurd number of their forces there, and the series devotes an entire story arc to liberating it, which includes recruiting an Earth-born Kyuranger in Koguma Skyblue, as well as the discovery that the three Kyutama needed to summon the Argo are located there.
  • Eureka Moment: Played for Laughs in Space 14, when Shou attempts to spin whatever Raptor just said into his next move to aid the Kyurangers - which only sends them through one shenanigan after another until Raptor has freaking had it.
    "WILL YOU STOP TWISTING MY WORDS INTO INSPIRATION?!?!?"
  • Fish-Eye Lens: Used in the ending theme to simulate a spherical shot.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Orion, the Kyurangers' mothership, is apparently an acronym for "Offensive Resistance Interstellar Orbiter of REBELLION".
  • Fun with Homophones: The series loves to pun on different meanings for "kyu". Some major ones:
    • Lucky declares the team the "ultimate saviors" at the end of the roll call, using the words "kyukyoku" (ultimate) and "kyuseishu" (savior).
    • The Chi Kyutama. "Chi" on its own means "life energy", but together it could be "Chikyu-tama"; "Chikyu" is the Japanese word for the planet Earth.
  • Gratuitous English: Starts being used as of Space 4. When the Kyurangers are first surveying Earth, we see a Jark Matter pamphlet that clearly reads "SURRENDER, YOU LOST", and Raptor posts in her blog in English (which, while technically correct, is funny to read - "It's the importance a dream is believed, isn't it?").
  • Human Aliens: Half of the background aliens are people with strange clothing.
  • Ironic Echo: Stinger has to deal with an evolved Tsuyoindaver that survived an actual battle during one of the Transformation Lessons - it was Played for Laughs at the time, but then Scorpio does the same thing in Space 13, and it's not meant to be funny at all.
  • It Can Think: The Orion, as shown at the end of Space 4. He is apparently an artificial intelligence like Raptor.
  • Locked Room Mystery: Invoked for Space 10. When the Orion starts flying out of control and Naga is found collapsed on the floor, Shou immediately declares it as one. Turns out the Orion was being controlled by the Monster of the Week's microbes, which followed the Voyagers onto the ship and fortunately work like a Keystone Army, while Naga's accident was his own damn fault.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Following the 40th anniversary of the franchise, we have a series based on constellations. However, Kyuranger isn't the first team with that motif. That designation actually goes to, believe it or not, the first Sentai.note 
      • This show also has another allusion to Gorenger, and it's in its title no less. The Gorengers consisted of five members, whereas the Kyurangers consist of nine members. "Go" is Japanese for five, while "Kyu" is Japanese for nine.
      • Not to mention that they are introduced with "Nine members assembled, Kyurangers!"note  much like "Five members assembled, Gorengers!"note 
    • A green, chameleon-based female warrior? This isn't the first time Sentai has done it, but Chameleon Green is heroic right off bat.
    • This isn't the first team to have it's members hail from across the galaxies.
    • They're also not the first to have four of its members be non-humans that note  avert the Human Alien trope.
    • Garu/Ookami Blue isn't the only Toei-related hero with the "Space Wolf" moniker.
    • A partnership between the Gold and Silver members wherein one is a robot and the other is a human/humanoid? It's like Beet and Stag Buster, only with the colors reversed.
      • Similarly, they join the team as the 6th and 7th members, with the Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, and Black members already present - kind of like the other series that had a pair of Gold and Silver rangers join later, Engine Sentai Goonger.
    • Champ seeks revenge against a cloaked person who killed someone close to them, which isn't the first time a Black Ranger had this motivation.
    • The first place the Kyurangers eat at on Earth is Cafe Safari, a place that specializes in curry. Kiranger and Captain Marvelous would have been proud.
    • In the same vein as the Goranger reference above, the team's first Sixth Ranger, Ryu Commander, brings to mind the ORIGINAL Sixth Ranger, DragonRanger - while the colors are different note , the motif is the same. His trench coat, on the other hand, brings to mind a certain magician from another Toei series. Additionally, he starts off with a time limit for how long he can use his powers - kind of like MegaSilver, except unlike MegaSilver, he's able to get rid of the time limit without weakening his power. Coincidentally enough, the episode he debuts in brings to mind last Sentai with a mentor who becomes a violet ranger, mainly due to Naga Ray, Balance, and Champ being elsewhere at the time he transformed.
    • This isn't the first series to have a Kotaro associated with bears - Kotaro Sakuma's last name means "Little Bear", and he's also the bear themed Koguma Skyblue.
    • Ryu Voyager evokes the same feeling as the Mythical Beast RyuseiOh. Even its intro is similar!
    • Shou suggests a new name now that there are ten Kyurangers. He calls the team Uchu Sentai Zyurangernote . Hami and Spada immediately say that they should stick to Kyuranger.
    • While it's only been 8 years since the last Sentai series with sculpted lips on the helmets, it's been 21 years since the last series to have sculpted lips not be on a separate mouthpiece.
      • Speaking of Ohranger, Space 4 sees the start of an arc about seeing the team liberating the already-conquered Earth from the villains, as opposed to simply protecting it from conquest or destruction. Said plot was also used for the last 2 episodes of Ohranger.
      • Speaking of Ohranger again, the way Kyuren-Oh and Ryutei-Oh combines is very similar to how Ohranger Robo and Red Puncher combines to form Buster Ohranger Robo.
    • Scorpio and Stinger's backstory, as revealed in Space 5, is essentially the story of the Kureshima brothers but with their roles reversed. Bonus point for Kyuranger for actually having Takatora's actor reprising his role as the big brother.
      • Also for Scorpio, his Karo form's primary color is the exact same color as Takatora's Ride Wear color as both Zangetsu and Zangetsu Shin.
    • Space 9 features two certain Tsuyoindaver. Metchatsuyoindaver and Mutchatsuyoindaver. So where's Watchatsuyoindaver?
    • In the episode Kotaro becomes Koguma Skyblue, Big Bear ends up possessing him, and his hair turns blue...kind of like a Sentai version of an Imagin. Similarly, his ability to grow giant size using the Ohguma Kyutama brings Ultraman and Kamen Rider J to mind, although his size is more akin to that of Kamen Rider Arc.
    • The first 5 Kyurangers to join are Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, and Blacknote  - the same colors as Choujuu Sentai Liveman and the core team of Engine Sentai Go-onger, and much like those two seasons, Kyuranger follows the Three Plus Two rule - although ironically, Green and Black (who joined the team after Red and Blue) are already a part of the team at the start (the "Three"), whereas Red and Blue are the "Two" that join the core team this time.
    • At the end of Space 13, the way Scorpio destroys Mondomuyoinvader, what with wrapping his tail around one leg to create armor and kicking the monster is very reminiscent of a rider kick. Heck, his finisher leaves an impact pattern not unlike Kiva does.
  • Odd Name Out: All of the members have an animal theme to them... except for Tenbin Gold, who's themed after balancing scales.
  • Oddly Named Sequel: This is the first series since Juken Sentai Gekiranger to not abbreviate the "-ranger" suffix in its title as "-ger".
  • One Extra Member: The "Nine-rangers" have more than nine members. Lampshaded when Shou becomes the tenth and suggests they change the team name to match; but the others reject it. See Pun-Based Title below, and one of the Mythology Gag bullet points above.
  • Orange/Blue Contrast: Stinger and Kotaro, the Orange and Sky Blue Rangers, are considered a two-man team within the show.
  • Planet of Hats: Naga's homeworld takes this Up to Eleven by being a Planet Of One Guy.
  • Pun: Part of their catchphrase involves the phrase "say the" (e.g. "Say the Change!"), which is phonetically similar to "seiza" ("constellation")
  • Pun-Based Title: The word "kyu" can apply in many ways here. It can mean "nine" and there are nine core rangers. It can also mean "sphere" or "globe", which part of their design revolves around, particularly the collectibles. "Kyu" also ties into the word for "starsign"note . The Japanese words for "ultimate"note  and "savior"note  begin with kyu, so the Kyurangers are sometimes referred to as "the ultimate saviors"note  or "the nine saviors"note  as puns on their name.
  • Put on a Bus: Space 13 does this to three Kyurangers all at once: Kotaro is sent to Resistance HQ for basic training while Stinger and Champ leave the Orion (with Shou's permission) in order to investigate Stinger's brother Scorpio.
  • Rainbow Motif: The battle formation of the Kyurangers sans Tenbin Gold, Ooshi Black and Hebitsukai Silver plus Ryu Commander appears to take after this.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: All three robots in the team are capable of feeling emotions, pain and dreaming. Balance even gets poisoned by Stinger's attack in Space 3!
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: The other half of the background alien extras are people with props attached to them or have make-up. Some are full suits.
  • Running Gag: Every evolved Tsuyoindaver tends to wind up with an Overly Long Name. Which doesn't help much.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: In addition to the oft reused lion, wolf, bull, and eagle, there is also a swordfish and chameleon. There's also a scorpion and snakes, which are usually reserved for more villainous characters, on the heroes' side.
    • And then there's the completely inanimate Scales of Justice as a motif.
  • Serial Escalation: Most Sentai teams are fighting to save the Earth. The Kyurangers? They're fighting to save the universe. Also, in most Sentai series, the Evil Overlord ruling a planet with an iron fist would be the Big Bad. Here? They're Monsters of the Week. The real big bad is the Evil Overlord of the entire universe. The fact that they come to Earth not too long after the start of the series, though, might mean that Toei hasn't strayed too far from the formula.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Solar and Lunar: The Sun and Moon Kyutama, which Lucky can use for power-up forms.
  • Space Is Cold: In Space 1, when Lucky gets thrown into space by Jark Matter.
  • Space Opera: Super Sentai style. The series ticks off most of the requirement. From The Saving the World plot, the larger than life hero and heroines, the alien and exotic creatures, etc.
  • Spiritual Successor: In many ways, the series feels like one to Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger - the core team are all aliens, the series starts off with an invasion of Earth, the villains are evil empires, the team can all be compared to the Gokaigers in some waynote , the team all have bounties placed on their head, and the team gain an Earthling Sixth Ranger.
  • Stock Ness Monster: Space 15 has one of the fake monster variety. Aside from being the Monster of the Week as well. To wit, it's a real monster masquerading as a fake monster based on an actual real monster...
  • The Future: It is stated that this series takes place in the distant future
  • Villain World: Taken Up to Eleven, as Jark Matter managed to conquer the entire universe.
  • Visual Pun: Impracticality aside, the way how the people in Orion send extra Kyutama to the Kyurangers on the field involve playing billiards in a pool, with the Kyutama being set to be hit by the other balls or the cue ball... or a kyu ball.

Alternative Title(s): Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger

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