YMMV: Ressha Sentai ToQger

aka: Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger
  • Americans Hate Tingle: While the hate has died somewhat since the show first premiered, a sizable portion of the Sentai fanbase complained about the show's plot, characters, and motif from start to finish. It's not uncommon to hear the show referred to as To-Crap-Ger.
    • In America trains don't play nearly as big a role in transportation as they do in Japan and Europe, possibly making many viewers less nostalgic towards their use as a motif.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The theme song. Especially the opening.
    • Akira's theme as ToQ 6gou, titled Ame Nochi Rainbow.
    • That BGM that's become as ubiquitous as Buchido Icchokusen from Shinkenger - victory vibe from jump.
    • To some extent, Akira's little "death requiem" on the harmonica.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Narutaki's appearance in ToQger vs Kamen Rider Gaim, but that's pretty standard for him at this point.
  • Broken Base: The suit designs and mecha. Are they an interesting throwback to 80's Sentai or idiotic designs that make the rangers look like a group of mooks?
    • Many people have pointed out that they look like knockoff suits used in parodies.
    • Meanwhile, many people are pointing out that the merchandise is both extremely uninspired and a blatant rip-off of all of Go-Onger.
    • Some others have drawn an unfavorable comparison to more low-budget costumes made in extremely budget pressed times like that of 70s Tokusatsu such as Bankid and Kagestar.
    • With the reveal that Kobayashi's head writer, more are willing to give this series a chance.
    • The teaser is out. So, fans now seem to be trying to find something to bash just for the hell of it. The theme song and red's voice are the worst offenders right now.
    • And now, since the series' debut, people have generally warmed up to the series, but it still has it's detractors. In other words, another average year for a Sentai.
    • Fans view Right as either a refreshing protagonist with flaws unlike Daigo or a Vanilla Protagonist who is just as sensitive as Alata, and not being a Memetic Badass as Daigo, again. Although Daigo's impressive collection of people who hate him like Right simply because he's not Daigo and doesn't hog the screentime.
  • Ear Worm
    • The series opening theme. Especially the guitar riff at the start.
    • The ending as well.
    • Ditto on that BGM they use for everything.
    • Akira's little tune he plays on the harmonica/recorder.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Schwarz is getting this reaction, due averting the Orcus on His Throne trope by actually confronting the rangers on his own, his Noble Demon traits, and his Pet the Dog moments with Grita.
  • Evil Is Cool: Emperor Z, due to his Anti-Villain status.
  • Evil Is Sexy
    • Some apparently find Madame Noire attractive, especially when compared to her daughter.
    • Schwarz to the ladies.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: After episode 26, Akira and Kagura started to develop a following. Tokkati and Mio are often paired together too.
  • Freud Was Right
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Fan comparisons of Grita with Big Eater Quina have taken a dark turn after Grita gave Zed the Ozzy Osbourne treatment during their wedding.
  • Growing the Beard: While the show was already good, episode 15 is where it starts to improve and Akira's introduction is where it really starts to shine.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Les Yay: Mio and Kagura are particularly close, even for a team as tightly-knit as the ToQGers. In any given group shot there's a good chance the two of them are side-by-side, especially in one shot where they're sharing the same seat in ToQ-Oh's cockpit (which has seats for all the ToQgers). They're actually holding hands in Station 21. Becomes more obvious since they did first in their childhood.
    • Station 30 has Kagura wanting very badly to give Mio a great birthday. Yeah, that's something a best friend would do, but there are moments where it's played as if Kagura wanted to surprise her girlfriend.
    • Ho Yay: There are rumors that Akira Nijino is pressumed to be gay after the events of Station 34, where he kissed a man who had a crush on Mio, and now said man is having a crush on him.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: A Yasuko Kobayashi staple.
  • Memetic Mutation: Toqgers pose, have various variations, Madoka Magica, Kamen Rider Den-O, Kamen Rider Gaim, Heisei Kamen Riders , Random Girls,Random Guys, the obligatory Akibaranger one...
  • Moe:
  • Moral Event Horizon: Zed crossed it when he hijacked and killed Grita, revealing that getting devoured by her was part of his plan. He remorselessly tells Schwarz that she has served her purpose, and then attacked Schwarz as he was grieving.
    • Episode 41 pushes him even further over the horizon. He kills Madame Noir in front of her daughter, strikes down Nero and Morc for getting in his way when they were just trying to help him, and then kills Schwartz.
  • Most Annoying Sound/Most Wonderful Sound: The equipment speaks in a manner meant to sound like a train conductor, i.e. in a cheery monotone laden with excessive politeness and constantly repeating itself. It's also almost constantly talking during battle scenes, having easily three or four times the amount of dialogue per action as any other Sentai team's equipment. The result is that very few people are neutral on the subject of the To Q Changer's voice, though which one they consider it to be varies wildly from person to person.
    • Ever since Akira joined the team, the repetition has been shortened, especially during team henshins
  • Nightmare Fuel: Gritta eating Z in episode 22.
    • #23: Z breaking out of a dying Gritta's body, killing her from the inside out. It's quite a startling jump scare.
  • Special Effects Failure: The first episode bizarrely seems to use a lot of very obvious stock explosions.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: #20 has Jack-in-the-Box Shadow make two sumo wrestlers dance to what sounds a bit like Carlos Santana's "Smooth". It's the electric guitar that sells it.
  • Tough Act to Follow: ToQger is this because it premiered after the awesomeness that is Kyoryuger.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: When the ToQ-Oh toy came out, people realized that they could unfold the Red Ressha and give the robot a long red cylinder extending from its crotch. Just people being people and perverting anything they get their hands on into something dirty, right? Well, no. The function shows up in-show in #3, where the ToQgers use it to, er, thrust Red Ressha out of the trap they're in.
  • The Untwist: It seems that the ToQgers were the most surprised to learn that they were children. The show offered ample evidence to support this to the point where it became a common theory. evidence of this as follows:
    • Their memories that come flooding back slowly feature them only as kids.
    • They are wearing the same clothing in the first episode that feature in some of these flashbacks
    • Their powers run on imagination and operate out of a train that can only be seen by those with moderately high imaginations which pretty much means only children can see it.
    • Their behavior especially in early episode is quite childish
  • The Woobie: Grita. She may be from the villain side but considering all the crap she ends up going through like having your body taken over to seeing your own mother and romantic interest die as a result of rescuing her, its not hard to feel sorry for her.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Sure, there are plenty of colorful aspects, but there are some surprisingly dark elements going on.
  • X Meets Y: This season is basically Super Sentai meets Kingdom Hearts with its themes of friendship, childhood innocence, and Light vs Darkness.

Alternative Title(s):

Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger