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Web Video: France Five

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.


The France Five:

The Lexos:


France Five provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Paris Is the Center of the Universe: Justified, since the Eiffel Tower is protecting the Earth from a large-scale alien invasion.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Albert
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Zakaral leads one in the last couple episodes, with Gorlock, Succulard, Agony and Lady Warcry.
  • Shock and Awe: Glou Man Chou's favorite way of punishing those who failed him, or smiting his foes.
  • Shout-Out: Along with being a huge homage to Dai-Nippon, the series has frequent callbacks to other Sentai shows:
    • The original opening (episodes 1-2) is a remix of the Bioman theme, while the ending (episodes 1-2) is a remix of Jetman's closing theme — both of which were broadcast and extremely popular in France.
    • Also, the teleport fly-by from episode 2 onward is a blatant Jetman homage.
    • The team's mecha follow early '80s Sentai conventions: One jet, one tank, and a main carrier.
    • Blue Accordéon's original bow-and-arrow weapon in episode 1.
    • The Olympic Crusher attack in episode 3 is not only a throwback to the Goranger Storm but a shot-for-shot nod to Gaoranger Storm attack featured in Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai.
    • France Robo's appearance in episode 6 is a complete homage to the launch sequence of Mazinger Z.
    • When Red's seat moves down after the robots combine in episode 6, it looks remarkably similar to Duke's seat doing the same when he'd activate Grendizer (probably more appropriate to say... Goldorak).
    • Also, the password to make the robots combine is alea jacta est, a regular catchphrase in Astérix.
    • Also in the climax of episode 6, there are several nods to episodes 5 and 6 of GunBuster.
  • Sixth Ranger: Silver Mousquetaire who, in a funny subversion of the formula, enters the scene right in the first episode. But it is supposed to be a late episode of a bigger "series".
  • The Smurfette Principle: Catherine
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Blue Accordéon and Yellow Baguette, against Glou Man Chou's lightning.
  • "Super Sentai" Stance: Of course. Most notably, during the Eye Catch for the earlier episodes.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Red Fromage and Zakaral exchange some words while they're both falling from a building.
  • This Cannot Be!: Naturally said by Glou Man Chou during the ultimate battle.
  • Torso with a View: Succulard in episode 6 (although the chain wrapped around him is undamaged...).
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Notably defied in episode 2, with Discostreum firing a blast just as the heroes try to transform, twice.
  • Transformation Sequence: For the France Five, naturally.
  • Voice of the Legion: Glou Man Chou
  • Weaponized Land Mark: The series revolves around the idea that the Eiffel Tower is a shamanic totem holding the evil galactic empire at bay.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The series' final ending.
  • Wolverine Claws: Cancrelax's (Freddy Claws, more exactly).
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Warduke pulls out a swinging neckbreaker, a suplex and a powerbomb during his final appearance.


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