YMMV / Gekisou Sentai Carranger

  • Complete Monster: In an evil organization full of idiots who don't get their job right, Exhaus is the only villain in the show to be presented as a legitimate threat, even more so than an empowered Ritchhiker. Disguising himself as a fortune-teller, he tricked the Bowzock into doing his dirty work by giving them a post card about the good luck they would gain through blowing up planets, including Dappu's. The first thing he did in his debut is to intoxicate Planet Polis, turning Signalman into a Rabid Cop. Exhaus would later enact a new Evil Plan to get rid of the Carrangers by kidnapping Dappu and siphoning his Kuru-Magic Power for the Bowzock mecha's "Akumagic Power". When that failed, he personally took matter into his own hands: he used the Bowzock to distract the Carrangers as part of his Xanatos Gambit before backstabbing the said villain group by turning their Supervillain Lair into a Colony Drop in an attempt to to destroy Earth, and he would've succeeded if it weren't for Sirender. A petty, selfish and greedy bastard, Exhaus wants nothing more than the annihilation of Earth to make way for his "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"-style interstellar highway for aliens.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The theme for VRV Robo.
    • When the Carrangers finally get around to acting like honest-to-god heroes, a certain theme starts playing: "Gekisou Accel Changer!" (specifically the second part, starting at 0:38).
    • Signalman and Sirender's theme song is surprisingly cool, especially during Sirender's first fight: Shirobai Yaro Signalmannote 
    • Victrailer Kyodai-naru Machine (Giant Machine VicTrailer) has a ludicrously heroic theme. Godzilla meets a goddamn force of justice, really.
    • Dakara Tatakau Carranger (Why Carranger Fights) plays while Red Racer mans (leaders?) up and steals back the stolen RV Robo.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Zonnette, before her High-Heel–Face Turn.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Carranger vs Ohranger has Kyousuke learn an important lesson, that he should always judge whether someone's good or not based on their physical appearance.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Youko. A big deal is made in episode 11 about how overweight she is with everyone from the monster of the week to news reporters commending on it. When she is shown in a bikini, however, she is basically skin and bones.
  • Memetic Mutation: The "Select Your CarRanger" music from the Super Famicom game has seen plenty of use in YTPMVs.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Averted. It's pretty basic but the Super Famicom game based on the show is a decent play.
  • Recycled Premise: Sort of. Exhaus' evil plan is almost identical to that of the Vogons from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
    • Not just that, but the "car" theme was already used by Kousoku Sentai Turboranger, something that was referred to even back when Carranger first came out (and Gokaiger doesn't hesitate to use for a gag). Ironically, the full title of this series was originally the preliminary title for Turboranger.
    • It's also similar to Blazing Saddles in that it's a comedy involving an army of thugs sent to clear out a small backwater to make way for the construction of a lucrative transport route.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: One of the battle themes seems very much similar in tone of Super Robot Wars 4's Time To Come.
  • Tear Jerker: The death of Speed King Max in episode 9 is not played for laughs at all, and it's heartbreaking.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After four preceding seasons of mixed audience reactions and wildly varying styles, a bit of parody restored viewer faith. Helps that it does the parody right - everything is ramped Up to Eleven, both good and bad. The serious moments are serious, the comedy moments are hilarious.
  • The Woobie: Naoki

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