YMMV: Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger

  • Badass Decay: Averted with Burai. Despite being benched until the last minute in fights, he still manages to be awesome.
  • Broken Base: Between those who thinks Zyuranger on its own is awesome, links with Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers notwithstanding, and those who thinks that the series qualities decrease because they are going to see a lot of helpless little kids considered The Scrappy series-wide because Bandora specifically targets them.
  • Bizarro Episode / Big Lipped Alligator Moment: At one point Dan and Mei turned into punks, and they suddenly attended gambling joints and assaulted mafias, actually killing them. That stuff was never brought up when they returned to normal, and none of the Zyurangers called them out for it.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Burai. He's one of the most memorable aspects of the show, and all Sixth Rangers to appear later in the franchise owe their existences to how much the fans loved him.
  • Ear Worm: The opening theme.
  • Evil Is Cool: Burai, pre-Heel-Face Turn.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Lamie - played straight when in her normal form, but subverted when enlarged by Bandora at which moment she becomes an ugly monster, making Ami Kawai (the actress playing as her) feel pretty embarrassed whenever that happens.
  • Fridge Logic: In the final episode, how did Kai survive the Dora Talos exploding long enough to make it back to Bandora Tower?
    • Wait, in the final episode why did the Zyurangers entrust the baby dinosaurs to children?! Yep, no possible way that can go wrong. To be fair, the baby dinosaurs are the last pair of dinosaurs on Earth, and should the eggs they were hatched from be destroyed, then the dinosaurs would be forever extinct from the world.
      • To be both smart AND fair, the baby dinosaurs should've been given to scientists or the authorities.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: See So Okay, It's Average below. Despite being considered as such in Japan, it has a cult following in America (particularly with fans of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers).
    • So much so that it now has an American DVD release!
  • Harsher in Hindsight: At the beginning of episode 6, Geki gets transported to a strange land by Guardian Beast Tyrannosaurus, and sees the toppled Tokyo Tower. Tokyo was badly rocked by an earthquake/tsunami many years later.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The first closing theme was deliberately Latino-styled, almost like a foreshadowing of the also dinosaur-themed Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger which had a heavy Latino-style to it.
  • It Was His Sled: The final fate of the Dragon Ranger is probably the most commonly pointed out difference between Zyuranger and its American counterpart.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Kill Burai and not come back. Oh yes, they would.
  • Moe: Mei. Super cute face provided by Reiko Chiba? Check. High pitched voice? Check. Innocence? Aplenty, so check. Bonus points for being Badass Adorable.
  • Narm: So, so much. It doesn’t help (or rather, does help) that bandora is Arabic for ‘tomato’, and Witch Bandora’s Villain Song is clearly influenced by Arabic music (she even does a little shoulder shake!).
  • Nightmare Fuel: Dai Satan and his laugh. Just the idea of a big blue floating head in the sky!
    • The process of summoning Dai-Satan. First, 13 children at 10 years old get sucked into anything that has a reflection. Then they're all sealed while being aware into a tall, disturbing tower, with their face and hands visible, and suspended there, to be sacrificed for Dai Satan himself. That and during the process of summoning him, Bandora is supposed to be weakened and near death as she continues the ritual and to top it off she screams that she's gone blind and we clearly see blood running from her eyes, she does get restored to normal once she successfully summons Dai-Satan.
    • Then there's what happens to Dora Franke. Goodness gracious.
    • Burai's nightmare before his death. Nothing's scarier than the thought of you dreaming of you about to die and it's going to happen... Except for Burai himself, when he saw that there's one boy about to get claimed soon, and that's when Burai started freaking out, it looks like for him, not saving the boy is scarier than going to the afterlife alone.
    • Zyuranger in general is one of the scarier seasons of the series. And this is a season with heavy focus about kids.
  • Newer Than They Think: The tradition of having all the Sentai titles end with the suffix "-ranger" actually began here. The only shows prior to Zyuranger to have the word "-ranger" were Goranger and Turboranger (and even then, the former actually used "Gorenger" on the show). In fact, 9 of the 15 shows prior to Zyuranger actually ended with suffix "-man" (starting from Denziman and all the way to Jetman).
  • Plot Tumor: Burai's subplot ended up taking a lot of screentime, particularly towards the end. Since we're talking about Burai,no one's complaining.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The Zyuranger game for the Famicom had some weird ideas on how to adapt its source material. For example, one segment involves Daizyuzin facing off against Dragon Caesar in a deadly match of table ping pong.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Burai's death was supposed to show that sometimes the heroes can die in battle.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The show isn't bad, but it's not a fan favourite. The general consensus is that Burai is great, and that's it.
    • It does have a strong cult following in America, for obvious reasons. Grown-Ups In Spandex's fansub release also helped in this regard.
  • Special Effect Failure: Happens from time to time, due to having a lower budget than the previous series.
  • Tear Jerker: Burai's death. Kai's death may also qualify.
    • A late episode when the imitation Zyurangers appear may count. For the first time in Sentai, rather than creating evil imitations for solely fighting the Sentai, this one is used to make Zyurangers look like bad guys, and it shows when a mother slapped Mei right on the face when she's just helping a kid, followed by the people throwing stones to the Zyuranger and driving them away. Hell, to hammer it home, aside of the lamentations of the heroes, we're also given with the second time Mei is visibly crying (the first time is when Burai died). Of course, by the end they came back to life, but before that, it was a pretty powerful scene too.
    • Bandora's sobbing fit when Kai dies for the second time.
  • Too Cool to Live: Burai. To the point where fans tried to start a letter writing campaign to bring him back. It didn't work.
  • The Woobie: Again, Burai. Even long after his Heel-Face Turn, it is revealed that he was killed by natural disaster while suspended in animation and given only a temporary extra life by Clotho under Daizyujin's orders. And if that isn't depressing enough, we soon learn that, for unknown reasons, he could not be revived after dying a second time, despite his efforts to stay alive while using up the remainder of his life outside the Lapseless Room where he could remain alive, only to have it destroyed by Bandora. Burai could easily have the most tragic life in the entire Super Sentai franchise. However, even if Burai is pretty justified for angsting about that, he instead takes the path of Iron Woobie, he'll use his short time to help Geki when he can, and when he's nearly dying for real, he uses his time to befriend and protect a similarly dying boy even at cost of his... limited time.
    • By extension, this would make Geki one as well.