France Five (フランスファイブ Furansu Faibu?), originally titled Jushi Sentai France Five (銃士戦隊フランスファイブ Jūshi Sentai Furansu Faibu, translated as Musketeers Squadron France Five) and later known as Shin Kenjushi France Five (新剣銃士フランスファイブ Shin Kenjūshi Furansu Faibu, translated as New Sword Musketeers France Five), is a French series produced by Buki X-1 Productions in 2000s. It is a homage to both Toei's ever-popular Super Sentai series (which was extremely popular in France in the 1980s) and another Sentai pastiche, Aikoku Sentai Dai-Nippon ("Patriot Squadron Great Japan") (1982) by Daicon Films (now Studio Gainax).Glou Man Chou, ruler of the empire Lexos, desires to conquer planet Earth. However, the Eiffel Tower generates a barrier around the planet that keeps him from sending his armies en masse. Glou Man Chou sends his warriors and monsters to Earth in order to destroy the tower and enable a full scale invasion, but they are opposed by the France Five.The series' fourth episode ended on a Cliffhanger with the fifth poised to be the Grand Finale. This was in 2005. Episode 5 was finally released online in 2012 with the true finale, episode 6, released in 2013.
Affectionate Parody: Very much so. The show can't be said to really "mock" Sentai, but rather follows every trope of the genre quite faithfully. The humor comes from the decalage of setting a Sentai in France.
Lady Warcry is Warduke's daughter, and wants to avenge her father.
A subversion with Glou Man Chou, as he doesn't care about Antoine killing Zakaral, figuring if Zakaral had been worthy he wouldn't have lost.
Baguette Beatdown: Yellow Baguette's weapons of choice, first as a sword and later as a staff. Starting episode 2, he throws croissant boomerangs as his calling card, in a manner resembling a certain anime series.
Also "Double Cheese"; Red Fromage is fond of this.
Cerebus Syndrome: The last two episodes are much more serious than the beginning of the series. Again, it fits with the genre parodied, since the end of a Sentai series generally takes a turn for the drama.
Zakaral as well. Rather than coming up with some roundabout way to allow an invasion by hypnotizing tourists or some such thing, he sneaks some big guns to Earth and uses them to just blow up the thing keeping the bulk of their armies out.
Evolutionary Retcon: Several costumes were upgraded over the series. Namely, Margarine, the France Five suits, and France Robo itself. The episode 1 costumes reappear in flashbacks during episodes 3 and 6, explained away as prototypes for the current models which now have always been there.
Just Eat Gilligan: The standard one of these for Sentai series — why the Big Bad doesn't send all his monsters at once — is parodically justified. The Eiffel Tower projects a force field around planet Earth, meaning that the Big Bad can only send small squadrons of troops to Earth at a time, including a monster, some Panous-Panous and his two lieutenants.