Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger (Electrobeast Squadron Dinosaur-ger) is the 37th program in the Super Sentai franchise, scheduled to air from 2013 to 2014. It is the third dinosaur-themed instalment in the franchise, following Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger (1992) and Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger (2003).A long time ago, in the age of the dinosaurs, the Earth came under attack by an alien force known as the Deboss Army. However, they were defeated by a team of dinosaurs given supernatural powers, and sealed within the polar ice caps. Torin, the divine mentor of the heroes, stored the souls of these brave dinosaur warriors in capsules so that their power could be called upon if the threat of the Deboss ever returned.Now in the modern age, a new team of humans are scouted by Torin to fight against the revived Deboss Army. Defeating their partner dinosaurs in single combat to earn their trust and respect, these chosen are granted their awesome prehistoric power and the ability to become the new generation of heroes, the Kyoryuger!
The Kyoryugers are:
Daigo "King" Kiryu/Kyoryu Red: "The Fanged Hero", the confident and courageous leader of the group.
Ian Yorkland/Kyoryu Black: "The Bullet Hero", a cocky and stylish charmer from Europe.
Nobuharu "Nossan" Udo/Kyoryu Blue: "The Armored Hero", a goofy but reliable handyman.
Souji Rippukan/Kyoryu Green: "The Slashing Hero", a straight-faced high-school student and expert swordsman.
Utsusemimaru (aka "Ucchi")/Kyoryu Gold: "The Thunderous Hero", a samurai from the feudal era who survived to the modern day.
Ramirez/Kyoryu Cyan: "The Steel Hero", the spirit of a European warrior. Jovial, and kind, as well as very strong.
Tessai/Kyoryu Gray: "The Clashing Hero", the spirit of a Chinese martial artist. Noble, and disciplined, as well as very devoted to the team's well being.
Yayoi Ulshade/Kyoryu Violet II: "The Marine Heroine", an intelligent and clever scientist, and very adept fighter. She replaced her Grandfather, Dr. Ulshade, following his retirement.
Torin/Kyoryu Silver: "The Radiant Hero", the Kyoryugers' Mentor. Originally a vanguard of the Deboss Legion, he turned against them after discovering bravery, and fought them for millions of years. An expert swordsman and the most powerful member of the team.
Recurring Super Sentai tropes:
All Your Powers Combined: The Kentrospiker. This is the first time since Goseiger to have a weapon formed from the team's individual weapons (which is expected since this is also the return of the aforementioned Weapon of Choice), and the first since Gaoranger to be a melee weapon, although the Finishing Move involves Red throwing it after the whole team catapult him to the air, similar to the Goggle Golden Spear. After he joins, Kyoryu Gold participates by riding the Kentrospiker like a surfboard and then slashing the target while they're getting skewered by the 'spiker. There are also two lesser combinations that don't require the Kentrospiker Zyudenchi:
Fang Shot: Combination of Kyoryu Red and Black's weapons.
Shield LanSlasher: Combination of Kyoryu Blue, Green, and Pink's weapons.
Later on, there's the Victory battery, which combines the powers of the core five Kyoryugers for a finishing blast, and the Maximum battery, which adds in Kyoryu Gold and whichever auxiliary team members happen to be around at the time.
Boss Subtitles: Characters getting names on the bottom of the screen when they first appear returns to the franchise after being absent from Boukenger onward. The Monster of the Week doesn't get introduced thusly, though.
Color-Coded Characters: Kyoryuger is the first-ever Sentai to feature a gray ranger, as well as a cyan ranger that's specifically called that (There are other light blue rangers, but they're simply called blue. Also, some silver rangers look gray, but Kyoryu Gray makes a point of his color: combining black and white as he's fully in balance, he's gray. A yin-yang symbol spins faster until its black and white blur together as gray as he says it. And we're getting an actual Kyoryu Silver down the line.). It's also the second Sentai to feature a violet ranger (as well as the first female violet ranger), and is the first Sentai since Changeman to not have a yellow ranger.
On top of that, the Spirit Rangers have gold "sashes" across their suits' chests; the living Kyoryugers have yellow sashes.
Continuity Nod: Out of the people who come help the Kyoryugers in #35, two of them are children from #19 and #12 respectively.
Cool Bike: The team's bikes, the Deinochasers, are each actually combined from two Zyudenryu mechs called "Deinos" and "Chase." Deathryuger has his own motorcycle called D-Racer.
Dancing Theme: The ending sequence, all variations. Even the dinosaurs dance.
The Deboss join in too, with some Mooks as backup dancers for our heroes, and the generals getting a few seconds of dancing in themselves.
The endings now also feature, in a split screen with the original ending, viewer-submitted video footage of Japanese children of all ages and even organized dance troupes doing the dance.
Debut Queue: All five Kyoryugers meet in the first episode, but it takes a few more episodes before they start being open to each other.
Eyecatch: After being absent for the last two years.
The pre-break eyecatch has all 5 main Zyudenchi in a circle before being thrown screenward by the team. The post-break eyecatch has the team posing for a jump-shot in front of Kyoryuzin's smiling face!
Fleeting Demographic Rule: It's been ten years since the last dino Sentai (Abaranger), and twenty-one since the one before that (Zyuranger). Additionally, the title is basically a reversal of Zyuranger's: Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger (Dinosaur Squadron Beastranger) => Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger ((Electro)Beast Squadron Dinosauranger).
Toei is acknowledging this in an awesome way by having the Zyurangers and Abarangers show up in Kyoryuger vs Go-busters.
Leader Forms The Head: One of the exaggerated examples, as Gabutyra makes up all of Kyoryuzin but the arms.
Mecha Expansion Pack: Most mecha can combine with Gabutyra to become the arms of the combined robot; each one granting unique weaponry - and in a twist, Kyoryu Red's Super Mode essentially lets them combine with him the same way. Other mecha can also use these weapon arms in place of their own:
Stegotchi + Dricera = an unnamed default mode for Kyoryuzin; called the "Samba" combo with Kyoryu Red Carnival.
Parasagun + Zakutor = Kyoryuzin Western. Pteraiden-Oh can also use a "Western" combo.
Transforming Mecha: Pteragordon/Pteraiden-Oh, Plezuon/Plezu-Oh, and Bragigas/Gigant Bragi-Oh.
Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each episode is referred to as "Brave", while the titles are written in only hiragana and katakana. Also, the first word in the title is an exclamation, something that Goranger, J.A.K.Q, and Megaranger had previously done (partially in the case of the latter).
In the Name of the Moon: After the previoustwo seasons took a break from it, Kyoryuger heralds a return to the more elaborate role call sequences. Note that the members are usually willing to roll call at any time, no matter which members of the team are present or absent; missing members just get skipped.
Daigo: Listen and be amazed!
Daigo: The Fanged Hero! Kyoryu Red!
Ian: The Bullet Hero! Kyoryu Black!
Nobuharu: The Armored Hero! Kyoryu Blue!
Souji: The Slashing Hero! Kyoryu Green!
Amy: The Horned Heroine! Kyoryu Pink!
Utsusemimaru: The Thunderous Hero! Kyoryu Gold is here!
Ramirez: The Steel Hero! Kyoryu Cyan!
Tessai: The Clashing Hero! Kyoryu Gray!
Dr. Ulshade/Yayoi: The Oceanic Hero(ine)! Kyoryu Violet!
Make My Monster Grow: Luckiero pours "water" (a liquid form of Master Deboss's own cells) from a cute little can he keeps in his pouch on the monster to make it grow. The soundtrack has a little ta-daaa! fanfare when he pulls it out.
They can also make their Monsterssmall again with a ball that sucks the embiggening juice out. Hitting the monster with it again puts the water back in.
Plucky Comic Relief: There's two on the team. Ian is occasionally a joker and tends to be "pluckier" than Nobuharu. On the other hand, Nobuharu tends to be on the receiving end of "comic relief".
Precursor Heroes: An unusual example, the mecha this season are actually the Kyoryuger's predecessor team.
There have also been a few Kyoryugers in the past, such as Ramirez, Utsusemimaru, Tessai, and Doctor Ulshade.
Super Mode: Daigo gets his very own power-up called Kyoryu Red Carnival, which allows him to use the Zyudenryu armaments similar to Kyoryuzin.
Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: When Deboss first start their invasion, they and the Kyoryugers fight battles worldwide. After a one-month timeskip, however, everyone's gathered in Japan with no reason given.
Justified in episode 14. Japan is the "Golden Land," the place the Zyudenryu were created by Torin and the only place they would gather naturally.
Awful Truth : In #28, Chaos reveals to the Kyoryugers that Torin was once a member of the Deboss Legion and is Chaos's younger brother.
Badass Boast: Daigo delivers one in episode 9. When Souji and Amy have been captured, he, Nobuharo, and Ian are faced with a Hostage Situation. But instead of dropping his gun like he's told to, Daigo shoots the crystal ball that's being used to show them their captured teammates. When the Monster of the Week called him an idiot and asked how he could still shoot, he responded with this line.
Who's the idiot? If the guys you'd captured were weaklings, even I would throw away my gun. Why'd you capture such strong guys? We're a team! The five of us together are invincible, but we're still really strong by ourselves! I believe in their strength!
The Bad Guys Win: To a certain degree the Deboss Army sort of wins every episode with them getting at least some energy to revive Deboss each episode and then this trope is played completely straight in Episode 7 with Chaos successfully stealing Pteragordon.
Bare-Handed Blade Block: Daigo performs this at one point. While he catches the katana, his opponent merely draws the blade back, slicing his palm open.
Beware My Stinger Tail: The tails of a Zyudenryu that form a Zyuden Giant's arm, except Stegotchi, turn into weapons when their Zyudenchi is installed. Bragigas, whom can form his own Zyuden Giant, has one as well.
Book Ends: #19 begins and ends with Utchi practicing his sword skills and seeing the same boy trip and fall in front of him. In the beginning, the boy is a spoiled brat and cries when Utchi doesn't help him up; in the ending, the boy falls, but he gets up all by himself, proud that he has learned from Utchi to be more self-sufficient.
But Not Too Foreign: Amy is a Japanese-American studying abroad in Japan. Similarly, "Ian Yorkland" is a very Anglo name and the character is known to have found his partner Zyudenryu in Europe, though it's not clear if he was born or raised there. Both characters are played by Japanese actors.
Averted with Ramirez, who is the first hero in franchise history to be played by a non-Japanese actor; namely Robert Baldwin, who was actually born, raised, and lives in Japan (and actually speaks the language much better than Ramirez does).
#33 introduces Erika Stonesfield, an old girlfriend of Ian's from Europe. Naturally, she's portrayed by the very lovely, and very Japanese, Nami Iwasaki.
Costume Porn: The Kyoryugers go through this twice in Episode #40 as part of a movie theme, first as detectives, then as delinquents (with the exception of Souji for the latter). They even manage to stay in character after transformation, as evidenced by their Delinquent version of their Roll Call.
Coup de Grāce: Kyoryu Blue performs one a Mook he just knocked to the ground in the opening.
Crack! Oh My Back!: Dr. Ulshade usually ends up in this condition whenever he gets over-excited. This also ultimately led to his retirement as Kyoryu Violet as this ended up happening to him during his roll call.
Crazy-Prepared: In #14, Gentle reveals that he placed a GPS tracker on the obi on Amy's kimono in the case that she happens to runs off to fool around.
Dance Battler: While the Kyoryugers dance to transform (rather than the usual posing), they don't usually use dance moves in combat... that is, until Daigo activates his Carnival form.
Early-Bird Cameo: A tradition started by the Goseigers, the five Kyoryugers make their debut in Go-Busters vs. Gokaiger, resulting in an awkward moment when Kyoryu Red finds he is alone when he comes to assist Red Buster and Gokai Red, the rest of his team ran late and only arrived after the two Reds took their leave.
Gigant BragiOh appears in the Kyoryuger/GaimSuper Hero Time bumper which was first shown two weeks before its debut in #34.
Emotion Eater: The Monsters of the series are trying to absorb different types of emotions from the civilians. Aigaron collects sadness, Dogold collects anger, Candelira collects happiness, and Endolf collects hatred.
Exact Words: The name of the show itself. "Zyuden Sentai" and "Kyoryuger" are used as separate terms here; the "Zyuden Sentai" refers to the six major characters, while "Kyoryuger" refers to anyone chosen by a Voltasaur, with three to five people (really four to six), depending on whether you count Kyoryu Violet once or twice and if you even count Deathryuger at all, being Kyoryugers, but not part of the Zyuden Sentai.
Fake Cutie: One Monster of the Week, Debo Kyawaeen, is a literal example, as she has a "baby" form so nauseatingly adorable that she hypnotizes parents into abandoning their own children in order to fawn over her, to the point where she can then kidnap said hypnotized parents in order to further twist the knife in those now-abandoned children. Debo Kyawaeen's true form is that of a scary vampiress in a black ballgown, with a constantly agape mouth.
Fast Forward Gag: #25 has Utchy declare that they need to kill Debo Akkumoon quickly before they fall asleep, leading to the ensuing transformation dance, rollcall, and finisher being done in fast forward, complete with sped-up music.
Foreshadowing: #28 had lots of references to Torin being a member of Deboss that you have to watch again. First off, the lyrics in Candelira's songs are all about letting loose the darkness in one's heart. The other hint was Daigo's father asking whether or not Daigo will stand by Torin's side.
#34 has a flashback of the Guardian Zyudenryu in their final moments, and you can briefly see what looks like Tobaspino's head recolored as Allomerus, Zaktor recolored into Deinochaser, and the ultimate Mythology Gag, the head of Bakuryu Styracosaurus standing in for Stymero.
Fuel Meter Of Power: Part of the "battery" concept; the Kyoryugers carry three or four batteries each, and they lose their charge when they're used for special attacks, summoning gear, and the like. They can be recharged afterward, but some care does have to be taken so they're not all used up in a single battle.
#4 shows the first time this drawback comes into play, where the Kyoryugers have to go to battle while their Zyudenchi are still charging.
Fun with Acronyms: Take the first one or two letters of the Kyoryugers' names: the first names (of the first seven heroes) make up "Dinosaur" and the last names (of the core five) are "Kyouryu". It still remains to be seen how further Kyoryugers will fit in.
Fusion Dance: In #30, Luckyuro accidentally combines two past Debo Monsters into a new hybrid form.
Gratuitous English: "Gratuitous" is an understatement here. Both Ian and Amy use English copiously, since they're depicted as being from Europe and North America, respectively. Ramirez is obviously Caucasian and uses plenty of English himself. Also, the command for inserting a Zyudenchi is "Brave In!"
There's also some Gratuitous Spanish and, in what might be a first for Super Sentai, Gratuitous Portuguese. When Kyoryuzin transforms, the background music chants "Ha Ha, Sim Ha Ha"; "sim" is Portuguese for "yes".
Gretzky Has the Ball: A Show Within a Show example; Amy's favorite manga, Love be Ball Touchdown, is about rugby. When Tessai hears this, he grumbles that rugby doesn't have touchdowns, it has tries, and Torin explains that the title comes from the manga's heroine making such a mistake.
Kyoryu Violet is ridiculouslyHotblooded. Which is to be expected, since he's played by Shigeru Chiba. In fact, the equipment has his voice because Dr. Ulshade recorded it. (In sentai and Kamen Rider, narration and talking Transformation Trinkets are often the same guy and this series is no exception. As such, Dr. Ulshade basically "is" the narrator. Played with at one point, when what we thought was narration turns out to be Dr. Ulshade actually describing events.
Informed Ability: Debo Hyogakki (Ice Age) is credited with having wiped out the dinosaurs. He's the first monster and thus naturally gets wiped out with relative ease.
This one has just been revealed to be a subversion, because episode #17 reveals two things. First, he was more powerful because Deboss was awake back then. Second, he wasn't the only one who wiped out the dinosaurs. He, Debo Viruson (Virus), and Debo Nagareboshi (Meteor) were a Power Trio, which was first mentioned in #17 and confirmed in #21. In other words, when he was defeated in the first episode, it was a severe case of The Worf Effect due to Worf Had The Flu. If anything, he was being overconfident in his current powerlevel when Deboss was still sleeping.
To put the first part in perspective, #17 had the Mooks become extremely difficult for the Kyoryugers to defeat as Deboss started to awaken. When the Power Trio of extinction-based monsters (the Zetsumates, from zetsumetsu, meaning extinction) returns, they are much stronger, especially Ice Age, who spends four episodes being Dragon-levelBadass, treated like an equal by the generals, being easily the toughest monster the Rangers had faced, and nearly freezing Earth with humanity's tears with his final plan. In episode one, you'll laugh when he supposedly wiped out the dinosaurs, but by episode 24 you'll have no trouble believing he's everything he's cracked up to be.
Insistent Terminology: Ramirez says he's not a ghost, he's a "spirit". Nobuharu isn't sure what the difference is.
Mostly subverted when Souji rescues Mitsuhiko from being killed by the MotW. After Souji says that protecting people, regardless of whether or not he likes them, is what he does, and after Mitsuhiko witnesses Amy and Souji transforming in front of him, he freely gives Amy the amber stone that the Kyoryugers were seeking. After the contest is over, Mitsuhiko still has an over-inflated sense of worth, but he resolves to work hard to truly be a respectable and honorable person.
Lethal Joke Item: Several Zyudenchi have downright ridiculous effects that are nonetheless extremely effective weapons:
A standout example is Stymero, which causes its victim to fall in love with the next person it sees. Such applications include luring a dangerous enemy out of a sensitive area while simultaneously rendering them harmless, pacifying a group of mooks, or even hitting a group of mooks while they're looking at their Monster of the Week boss, causing them to mob and immobilize said MotW. Its influence is also extremely potent, able to completely dominate the minds of even the most ancient and powerful Debo monsters.
Lighter and Softer: After the more serious Go-Busters underperformed, Kyoryuger was designed to be bright and upbeat.
List Song: The ending lists all the batteries' names and effects in numerical order.
Love Triangle: A bizarre one: Aigaron is in love with Candelila. However, she later fell in love with Nobuharu, who reciprocated.
Magic Music: Candelira's songs can give other Deboss a power boost. It's later explained that the Kyoryuger powers are also based in music, hence all the dancing.
Magnetic Hero: Daigo. He's the one who got the other Kyoryugers to work with each other - they didn't even want to share their identities otherwise.
Mood Whiplash: #25 has the Kyoryugers going through some hilarious time in their nightmares—mostly through Luckyuro. Then we get Utsusemimaru's nightmare of him unable to save his lord and Luckyuro dressed up as said lord. That's when the laughing stops. Of course, we never actually see his nightmare, but still...
The cheerful ending sequence can cause whiplash in some episodes, but none more than episode 28...Torin just committed seppuku. And now, happy dancing children!
The opening can be this, too, since it starts abruptly with a loud GABURINCHO! Case in point: Episode 29. Everyone is mourning Torin. The Spirits and Daigo are looking at him depressed, the other men are collapsing over it, Amy and Yayoi are on the verge of tears, sad music is playing... GABURINCHO!
Multinational Team: While it's not clear if the Kyoryugers themselves are multinational (especially because they're Not Too Foreign), the Zyudenryu seem to be scattered worldwide and the Kyorugers are well-traveled to have found them.
However, the trope seems to be clearly be played straight with the previous Kyoryugers; the Caucasian Ramirez fought during the Dark Ages and looks to be some sort of European warrior, Utsusemimaru was a samurai in feudal Japan, and Tessai is a monk from China.
Mundane Utility: Gabutyra, the core mecha this year, standing in for a dinosaur exhibit in #2.
Battle Fever ones include the Dance Battling, a multinational team, and the one girl being Asian-American.
Zyuranger ones include prehistoric beings in suspension for the past millenia and the presence of a Bigger Bad.
A Pteranodon mech emerges from a volcano?
The restaurant where Amy works is called "Tiger Boy" and has a yellow sign; a reference to the Yellow Tiger Ranger named Boi.
Jan also called himself a tiger boy (tora no ko, literally "tiger's child").
Kyoryuzin's chest resembles that of Daizyujin... as does the -yujin name. Not the first time Daizyujin has been homaged with a similarly-named mech.
The Psycho Rangers are Mooks disguised as Rangers and have no special powers, sent impersonate the real team rather than fight them on even terms. (Difference is, Zyuranger's were to get the public against the heroes, while Kyoryuger's were to get the heroes against each other.)
Yayoi /Kyoryu Violet II's dress and hairstyle is very similar to Mei (Ptera Ranger)'s
Abaranger ones include the dinosaurs being living partners of the heroes, the Mooksdancing during the ending theme (though this time joined by our heroes), a restaurant that every hero has enterednote (though in Abaranger, it was their base of operations; in Kyoryuger it's Amy's workplace and the others' occasional hangout.), and a pterosaur-themed Sixth Ranger.
The upgrade mode where the suit gets spikier, though it's only on one arm so far.
Blue's "weapon" is a shield.
The design of Raiden Kyoryuzin is practically identical to Killer Abaren-Oh, minus Stegaraidon. The pteranodon robot piloted by the Sixth Ranger transforms into its beast mode and docks with the main robot's back.
The Tuperanda Zyudenchi represents an obscure pterosaur called a Tupandactylus and is colored white, just like Abarekiller.
Related to both Zyuranger and Abaranger, there's yet another dino mecha with a huge drill just like Gouryuzin, Abarenoh, and Gokaiger's Gozyujin; as well as another Red Ranger Super Mode that borrows powers from teammates like Armed Tryrannoranger and AbareMax. Also, dinosaur series seem to like their zigzag patterns.
The order in which each member reveals their identity roughly follows the order in which the members of Jetman are recruited (at least in their character archetype): the first is of course Red, followed by Pink/White, Blue/Yellow, Green/Blue and lastly Black.
Pink is a rich lady, who is American and fights with kicks. Seems to be like Miss America, White Swan and Yellow Buster.
Souji's father Genryu knows Barizorg/Sid (later Joe)'s Signature Move.
Ramirez's Transformation Sequence calls him a Spirit Ranger. Also a rare male Ranger in the lighter blue color, just like one of PRJF's Spirit Rangers, and an older member of the order just like all of 'em.
The Kentrospiker is a ramped up Goggle Golden Spear from Dai Sentai Goggle Five, it's a spear and using it involves Black, Blue, Green, Pink put their hands together and catapult a leaping Red even further to the air where he throws it to the Monster of the Week.
Utsusemimaru is a member of the previous generation of the team, survives into the present day by being possessed by one of the villainous lieutenants, is responsible for that lieutenant's erratic behavior, and goes all I Work Alone once freed. It's word-for-word from Gaoranger's Shirogane.
Not to mention that his mecha changes its appearance when it turns from evil to good, just as GaoHunter did.
It comes full circle in Super Hero Taisen Z when Wizard boards Kyoryuzin and has Wizardragon combine with it!
Episode 10 was not the first time a member of the team had his soul loaded into one of the team's special items and fired at a teammate who was under an enemy's control. It was how Sousuke got his body back after being the victim of Grand Theft Me.
Deathryuger's personal weapon doubles as a boomerang and a flute. Another nod to Zyuranger.
Episode 21 had the three revived Zetsumates make their entrance by first showing them flipping through the air in front of the sun. And they had a Finishing Move that involved them passing a ball (in this case, one of Debo Nagareboshi's meteorites) to each other with the third one shooting it at their enemies. Where have we seen this before?
In the same episode, after the Kyoryugers manage to steal said meteorite as their enemies try to do the same attack again, the way they returned the favor looked a lot like the Goranger Storm.
The Summer Special DVD has two past Debo Monsters Back from the Dead and planning to turn the Summer Festival into a Blood Festival, read as "Chimatsuri".
Torin's backstory evokes Master Kaku, what with the being part of the bad guys until he becomes the heroes' mentor thing.
The Monster of the Week from #31 has an ice cream cone drill arm; its special attack? Triple Drill Cream. (Of special note, both Gojyujin and the Kyoryu mecha being hit, Plezuoh, triple-change from flying vessel to dinosaur to humanoid.)
The Gokaiger mecha homage continues in #32, where Kyoryuzin wielded the Zyuden Bat to become Kyoryuzin Baseball. Gokai-Oh wielded the one-off Gokai Bat weapon in Gokaiger #8.
#33 homages an episode of Gogo Sentai Boukenger, where not only is the focus on the Black and Sixth Ranger, but the Sixth comes in a metallic color and they display their newfound caramaderie by morphing via contacting their morphers together!
#36 is an homage to Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger with the main focus being on the non-humanoid mentor becoming a Ranger. And it's probably not a coincidence that like Dekamaster, KyoryuSilver is a Master Swordsman.
We also have Utsusemimaru, as a cop, saying "Perfect" with an Engrish that would make Hoji proud.
There's another point where everyone is forced into a high-school movie. Daigo's outfit looks familiar.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Good job awakening Bragigas at long last, Rangers! Except... Bragigas in his fossilised form had been acting as a cork in the bottleneck that is the opening to Deboss Hades. Might wanna settle that first...
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Although Chaos's 400 year old plan to both capture Pteragordon and seal away Utsusemimaru was beautifully executed, the fact remains that had he simply destroyed both, they wouldn't have been able to return to fight against the Deboss Legion in the modern day.
This is justified, though, as the Deboss are all about using their enemies' emotions against them, and the plan they did enact would have a larger net gain.
Happens again in #37 when Debo Akumoon does his "Freaky Friday" Flip on Souji and Utsusemimaru to try and throw them off their game. However, since both of them are swordsmen who have trained together (and as a result know each others' techniques), it comes back to bite him in the ass.
One of Us: Amy, Luckyuro and Torin are all fans of the in-series manga Love be Ball Touchdown.Luckyuro's love of the manga causes him to even have a morality crisis as pointed out by Amy, since if the Earth's destroyed, he won't get any new volumes.
Palette Swap: When they appear as full-sized zyudenryu in a flashback in #34, Stymero, Allomerus, and Deinochaser are this. Allomerus is a reddish Tobaspino, and Deinochaser is a yellow Zakutor. Amusingly enough, rather than being a recolor of Dricera, Stymero is instead a recolor of Bakuryu Styracosaurus.
Perma Stubble: Nobuharu, though given his demeanor, it's more played to reinforce his occupation as a handyman who has little time to groom himself, versus his polished salaryman look (seen briefly in #8).
The Power of Friendship: Sentai always celebrates teamwork, but more emphasis is placed on the Kyoryugers being a team than usual.
The Zyudenryu and Zyudenchi love this. Every single one of their names is some sort of pun that combines the name of the dinosaur (or other ancient creature) that they're based on with a word that relates to their powers.
Gabutyra: Gabu (an onomatopoeia for "bite") and Tyrannosaurus.
Parasagun: Parasaurolophus and Gun. Additionally, gun is a homophone of "gan", which is an onomotopoeia for gunshots.
Stegotchi: Stegosaurus and Gocchin (an onomatopoeia for slashing). You might think it strange that the zyudenryu belonging to "the armored hero" has a name related to slashing attacks, but then you remember that Stegotchi is the one that forms Kyoryuzin's sword.
Zakutor: Zaku (meaning "to cut") and Raptor.
Dricera: Drill and Triceratops. By playing with the pronunciation a little, it can also become a reference to a type of battery called a dry cell.
Pteragordon: Pteranodon and Gorogoro (an onomatopoeia for rumbling, usually thunder).
Ankydon: Ankylosaurus and Don (an onomatopoeia for a heavy thud).
Bunpachy: Buun (an onomatopoeia for swishing) and Pachycephalosaurus.
Plezuon: Plesiosaurus and Zuoon (an onomatopoeia for "zoom")
Bragigas: Brachiosaurus and Gigas (latin for "giant")
Deinochaser: Deinonychus and Chase.
Deinosgrander: Deinosuchus and both Grand and Ground (they're homophones in Japanese and use the same kana).
Kentrospiker: Kentrosaurus and both Spike and Supasupa (an onomatopoeia for slicing). If you're not sure how you can get "supasupa" from "spiker", just remember that from a japanese perspective, "spiker" would be pronounced somewhere along the lines of "supaika".
Stymero: Styracosaurus and Meromero (an onomatopoeia for "falling down drunk", which can be used to describe blind lust).
Allomerus: Allosaurus and Meramera (an onomatopoeia for burning flames).
Beyonsmo: Biyooon (onomatopoeia for stretching) and Seismosaurus.
Ovirappoo: Oviraptor and Poo.
Igeranodon: Iguanodon and Geragera (an onomatopoeia for guffawing).
Tuperanda: Tupandactylus and Perapera (an onomatopoeia for "flop").
Gurumonite: Guruguru (an onomatopoeia for spinning) and Ammonite.
Archenolon: Archelon and Noronoro (an onomatopoeia for moving slowly).
Pukuptor: Pukupuku (an onomatopoeia for swelling) and Fukuiraptor.
Futabain: Futabasaurus and Bai (Japanese for "double").
Tobaspino: Butobasse (a slang word that refers to "kicking butt") and Spinosaurus.
Daigo Kiryu's preferred nickname, King, is a Stealth Pun on the dinosaur he commands, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Rex being Latin for King. His given name also sounds an awful lot like "Dino Kyoryu".
Rearrange the Song: KyoryuRed Carnival's theme, "Chou Shinka! Kyoryu Beat" has five different mixes- one for standard Carnival and one for each of his primary Kamitsuki Change forms. In the episode that introduced Kamitsuki Change, they were all used.
Running Gag: Nobuharu having the Pukuptor Battery used on him. Lampshaded by the man himself in episode 21.
Sealed Evil in a Can: The Deboss Army has been frozen in ice since the extinction of the dinosaurs. Even after their awakening, their leader Deboss is still imprisoned.
#30 is mainly a Kyoryuger take on the trend of reality running game shows with celebrity contestants, such as Running Man from South Korea and Japan's own Run for Money in particular, which employs The Men in Black much like this ep did.
#40 shows Daigo wearing a delinquent costume - which makes him look like Gentaro from Kamen Rider Fourze.
Show Within a Show: That shoujo manga Amy and Luckyuro have been following is fast becoming one, with Torin himself explaining the backstory in #38.
Something Only They Would Say: #8 has a variation, where Nobuharu's sister Yuko is caught in a Debo Monster illusion in which she sees her dead husband, Kenichi, alive again. Nobuharu starts cracking some of his trademark bad puns, which pisses off the illusory Kenichi. This makes Yuko realize that the "Kenichi" in front of her is a fake, since the real Kenichi actually loved Nobuharu's bad puns.
Space Is an Ocean: Played with; Dr. Ulshade refers to space as a "cosmic sea" in his roll call, and his mecha Plezuon is a spaceship-Plesiosaur, but other than the beginning of his premier episode, they don't seem to be going out any farther than Earth's upper-atmosphere.
Spell My Name with an S: Not counting the various ways Dinoranger has been romanized using long vowels, (Kyoryuger, Kyouryuuger, and every combination between) electrobeast has been romanized as Zyuden and also Jyuden by some, with the former of each set being used in Bandai and Toei's merchandise range.
Before the official romanization of Kyoryu Gold's mecha was revealed, fansubs used either "Pteragodon" or "Pteragoldon" depending on preference. It was eventually revealed to be "Pteragordon", which is a pun on gorogoro, a japanese onomatopoeia for rumbling thunder.
Then there's "Devoss" or "Deboss" and the show adds to the confusion with "Deboth."
Spoiler Opening: Wow, the opening finally gets a well-deserved update- wait, Daigo gets a Super Mode? And Endolf isn't with the villains?
The ending did not keep the name of ZyuDenRyu #6 (Pteragordon) a mystery. It even described it as having Shock and Awe powers!
#6's ending also reveals all the next six Zyudenchi this way when by then, only #7 (Ankydon) and #11 (Deinochaser) were already shown.
The ending seems to be Pokerapping all the dinos, to the point that the early endings have more that you haven't seen in action than you have.
Stealth Pun: When Daigo assigns the team their various basketball positions in #32, it is worth noting that Ian is the shooting guard and Souji is the small forward, a position usually known for slashing.
There's another from the same ep. Nobuharu's wish was to hold the hands of several beautiful women, and thinks his wish is equally unlikely. As he's walking home, Rika's teacher and several women he's done jobs for come upon him and all thank him for all his hard work, each holding his hands as they arrive. He's enjoying the attention...until he realizes the implications of the situation. He even says "Oh Crap!" out loud, complete with a beautiful closeup of his face as it hits him.
Theme Naming: The Deboss Knights and Luckyuro all include currencies in their names: Dogold, Aigaron(galleon), Candelila(lira) and Luckyuro(euro).
Trailers Always Spoil: Twofold in the preview for 29. First the trailer starts out with the announcer screaming "TORIN'S DEAD!!!" and showing his petrified corpse... but then at the end there's a shot of him posing victoriously with the Kyoryugers.
Transformation Is a Free Action: Utterly skewered in #25, where Souji's Love Interest gives him a Gargle Blaster she calls "Wake-Up Drink" after seeing him trying to stay awake (thanks to a nightmare-causing Debo Monster). He shares the drink with the team, and they get so pepped up that they actually do the full transformation sequence (from dance to "Try and stop us!") in under ten secondsnote including their shouting their respective In the Name of the Moon speeches in unison. Luckyuro, who was hunkering down for the whole thing, is competely floored by how fast they get it done.
True Companions: Both the team itself as well as their Zyudenryu partners. It's clear to see that they really do care for one another.
Gabutyra and Daigo. In #12 when Daigo goes missing along with Ucchi, Gabutyra is called on to locate them both. Not only does the big guy succeed, but upon finding his partner in trouble, he comes stomping in and takes out the attack force in seconds!
Villain Song: Candelilla sings one in #6. With the help of Debo Virsun, it becomes a Brown Note capable of putting people to sleep and causing them to have pleasant dreams, enabling the Deboss to harvest their happiness.
Wham Episode: At #6's end we see the Zyudenchi for Kyoryu Gold. But it's in High Priest Chaos's hands!
And in #7 Chaos sends out a monster to keep the Kyoryugers occupied while he went to free Pteragordon and put it under his control!
#9 qualifies, too. Dogold is revealed to be a Animated Armor containing the former KyoryuGold, Souji and Amy have been captured by a Monster of the Week, and Torin is slowly turning to stone thanks to an old injury. Not to mention the Deboss are still in control of Pteragordon.
#17 has Tessai calling for Daigo to be kicked from the Kyoryugers because he has no weakness and have Ucchi be made the leader.
#20 has a Wham Scene involving Daigo's father. This, along with the introduction of the Ulshades and the revival of the Extinctioners, kicks of two Wham Arcs with a connecting Wham Episode. In the first arc, Kyoryu Violet is introduced and Deboss is awoken and implanted into Chaos, and every villain save for Candelila and Luckyuro are presumed dead, with Candelila fainting. The connecting episode features a plot by Luckyuro which results in the return of the other villains and the creation of a new villain, Endolf, who gets is own arc resulting in...
#28, Oh boy... Endolf hatches a successful plan so that the Deboss army can control Torin, and then he and Kyoryuzjin have to duke it out. Did we mention that Torin is Chaos's brother?!
The ending of that same episode warrants its own example: Torin essentially COMMITS SEPPUKU on Kyoryuzin's sword in order to break free of Deboss' control.
And, capping it all off, #29. Daigo masers his new Super Mode and utterly destroys Endolf with it after the team revives Torin... except Endolf survived. However, the entire episode was Dogold's plan to weaken Endolf to the point where he can make Endolf his new host. That's right; ten Wham Episodes in a row.
Wham Shot: #9: When Dogold's armor cracks, it reveals a human eye underneath it.
#20: Deboth Tanabanta confronts Daigo's father.
#40 also crosses with Wham Line: Chaos ambling back to the Frozen Castle, with a black aura around him and pleading for "his body" back.
World of Badass: When you have fathers who can fight off monsters by punching the air or using a wooden sword, a little six-year-old girl badass enough to stand in front of a rampaging monster (who can subsequently squish you like a bug), a woman who can smack Kyoryu Red by hurling a barrel in his face or even be a mangaka that tackles a Zorima to save a girl in distress, what do you expect?
Wrestler in All of Us: Seems to be Nobuharu's fighting style; We've already seen him throw a lariat, a cross-body, and a gut-wrench suplex.
Writing Around Trademarks: #32. One of the Jyudenryu fossils is inside an ancient trophy that's been handed down ever since an ancient sporting competition started in ancient Greece. And it's not the Olympics.
X-Ray Sparks: #33. Good thing the Zandar Thunder wasn't loaded.
You Shall Not Pass: Nobuharu's niece, Rika, does this to the Monster of the Week in Ep 2. when he was about to destroy the T-Rex statue she and the other kids made. In perspective, the monster can flatten skyscrapers with a wave of his hand, and the niece is at most six.
Your Size May Vary: Depending on the scene, Gabutyra can be as small as a normal T. rex, or as tall as a skyscraper.