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Series / Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger

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Left to right: Mikoto, Yukito, Ryoga, Ranru, Asuka

"The iron DinoGuts!"

Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger ("Exploding Dragon"/"Explodasaur" Squadron Rampangernote ) is the twenty-seventh program in the Super Sentai franchise, airing from 2003 to 2004.

In the backstory of Abaranger, the meteorite that killed all the dinosaurs in the distant past actually split Earth into two parallel worlds: "Another Earth", the world as we know it where the dinosaurs became extinct, and "Dino Earth", where dinosaurs lived on alongside humans and eventually evolved into "Bakuryu"note  and "Ryujin"note  respectively.

All is well in Dino Earth until the awakening of the evil Evolien and their god, Dezumozorlya. Dino Earth soon falls to the Evolien, and a lone Ryujin warrior called Asuka flees through an interdimensional portal to Another Earth. There he seeks human allies with the ability to harness a powerful inner energy called "Dinoguts", and fight against the invading Evolien before they conquer Another Earth as well.


He soon finds three: Ryouga Hakua, a young father with boundless optimism; Yukito Sanjō, a cold and cynical chiropractor; and Ranru Itsuki, a keen tomboy mechanic. Together they gain the partnership and power of three Bakuryu, and fight against the Evolien as the Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger.

Asuka soon recovers from being Brought Down to Normal and joins as the fourth Abaranger, only to have his resolve tested as he is forced to fight Jeanne, a vicious Evolian general who shares the appearance of his lost love. Later on, a powerful Evil Counterpart appears in the form of Mikoto Nakadai, an amoral genius who uses a Super Prototype of the Abaranger technology to become "AbareKiller", a nemesis that challenges the Abaranger's belief in the basic goodness of humanity.

The theme of the series is, quite obvious from the title, dinosaurs, lots and lots of hotbloodedness, and explosions.note 


Oh, and did we mention that the Dinosaurs talk?

Partnered with the Kamen Rider series Kamen Rider 555 before concluding its airing alongside the first episodes of Kamen Rider Blade in the Super Hero Time block, marking the first such Sentai/Rider partnership to be accompanied by the name.

The AbaRangers:

  • Ryōga Hakua / AbaRed: An environmental protection investigator from the US. An easygoing Nice Guy.
  • Yukito Sanjō / AbareBlue: A cold-hearted chiropractor with legendary skills.
  • Ranru Itsuki / AbareYellow: An enthusiastic Wrench Wench.
  • Asuka / AbareBlack: The last survivor of Dino Earth, and a brave warrior. Tends to be a fish out of water in Another Earth.
  • Mikoto Nakadai, M.D. / AbareKiller: A brilliant Deadly Doctor who captures the Super Prototype Dino Minder Transformation Trinket and decides to use its power to alleviate his crippling boredom with the world.

And The Evoliens:

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Adapted as Power Rangers Dino Thunder which gave a nod to the original show in one of their episodes.

Recurring Super Sentai tropes:

Tropes specific to Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger:

  • All Just a Dream: Episode 44
  • And I Must Scream: the victims of the Ep. 38 Trinoid are turned into Rafflesia flowers, known for smelling like rotting meat and relying on flies to be pollinated. Think about it.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: DinoGuts.
  • Artifact of Doom: The cursed armor that Asuka acquires eventually causes the wearer to go insane attacking both friend and foe alike.
  • Badass Longcoat: Yukito fancies himself as one initially. Then Mikoto comes along and hijacks the trope for his own.
  • Berserk Button: Ryouga goes crazy in attacking Mikoto in episode 34 after Mikoto said he doesn't care if everybody on Earth ends up being killed off.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In episode 14 when Denjirou tells Ranru about his old friendship with Ryunosuke, with a flashback for the viewer. She interrupts the story to ask which of the boys in the flashback scene is Ryunosuke.
  • Butt-Monkey: Asuka, generally in AnotherEarth's everyday life.
  • Call-Back: In episode 2, Sanjo claims he wants 400 million yen for his services. In episode 49, Asuka says he has 398,125,000 yen to go.
  • Camp Gay: Ranru's trainer for Idol Singing sure is one. No wonder she quits...
  • Christmas Episode: Episode 41.
  • Color Failure: the ep. 37 Giganoid's Finishing Move. Seriously.
  • Companion Cube: Ranru's bicycle, nicknamed "Mr. Birdie".
  • Crossover: With Tsuribaka Nisshi, a fishing Manga/Anime. Really.
    • Even funnier is that this episode was actually adapted in Dino Thunder ("It's a Mad Mad Mackerel").
  • Cute Bruiser: Ranru.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: Surprisingly for a Sentai, which is generally having Lighter and Softer tone compared to its sister series Kamen Rider, this series is one of few series that managed to have this implemented on the story. There is an Eldritch Abomination that is crashed together with meteor that caused the Dino Earth and our Earth gets separated. Said entity is later worshipped as God of Evil through brainwashing his followers for launching their invasion on earth. It even doesn't stop there, as said creature splitted himself into two parts, and said latter half is held within the Sixth Ranger's body, manipulating him and leading him to the events of his life. It even gets worse once both half of the said entity fused together, which likely will cause extinction.
  • Dancing Mook Credits: The series had dancing Baomia grunts as part of its end title sequence. (In most series, the it's the Rangers who dance, if anyone.)
  • Dartboard of Hate: Mikoto is doing this with a picture of the yellow, blue, and AbareMax Red rangers at the start of episode 37.
  • Dead Guy Junior: At the very end of the season, Asuka and Mahoro name their baby daughter Mikoto after the deceased Abare Killer.
  • Deadline News: episode 39. See And I Must Scream above.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Paras' final attack.
  • Dream Within a Dream: Episode 44 starts with the 4 rangers in a dream world where they have white collar jobs in a office building. They eventually figure out it's a dream and escape to reality. Then they find out they were trapped in that dream because of a attack by Yatsudenwani. The rangers track him down and blow him up, except it turns out the whole episode was a nightmare Yatsudenwani was having.
  • Dumb Is Good: Once again... *sigh*... Asuka. The exception is when he's fighting Evoliens.
    • Ryouga is even more. At least Asuka was knowledgable in Dino Earth culture. But Ryouga out-messiah'd Asuka.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Exactly what Asuka did.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Of course!
  • Evil Laugh: Mikoto does a very hammy version. Still, not as bad as Rijewel's.
  • Expy: The three main Abarangers draw their powers from dinosaurs that were represented by three of the Zyurangers (namely the tyrannosaurus, the triceratops and the pteranodon), while Abare Black draws his power from a brachiosaurus (which was present in Zyuranger in the form of King Brachion).
  • Fastball Special: in The Movie, the villain is defeated after Tyranno tail-whips RYOGA into him.
  • For the Evulz: Mikoto's motivation.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble
    • Ryouga: Choleric
    • Yukito: Phlegmatic
    • Ranru: Sanguine
    • Asuka: Melancholic
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Ryouga and Yukito in Episode 27.
  • Freudian Trio
    • Id: Ryouga
    • Superego: Yukito
    • Ego: Ranru
  • Fuel Meter of Power: Abarekiller's suit is set to self-destruct after a set amount of transformations. It eventually does.
  • Fun with Acronyms: "Abare"; it's a word-per-syllable acronym instead of word-per-letter, and stands for "Attack Bandit Resistance".
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Episode 28 manages to sneak in a sex scene between Asuka and Mahoro, though nothing actually explicit is shown — all that's shown is Mahoro's hand wearing the bracelet Asuka gave her, and their pendants overlapping.
  • Giant Robot Hands Save Lives: done in the final battle with AbarenOh's very-seldom-used hands.
  • Grand Theft Prototype: AbareKiller forces Stego into combining with TopGaler to form KillerOh. Later on he temporarily kidnaps every non-main Bakuryu and uses them against their own will.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: The Parasarokkiru zord does this, because it woke up off the coast of Chile.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Mecha variation in The Movie, after BakurenOh jacks AbarenOh's drill arm.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Dr. Nakadai Mikoto/AbareKiller, Mahoro/Jeanne, and (arguably) Yatsudenwani.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: episode 35, Ranru jacks up to three vehicles in succession.
  • Hot-Blooded: "Abare Mode" encourages hot-bloodedness, since rage equals ass-kicking in this form.
    • And let's not forget that Masaaki Endoh did the theme song.
      "Rampage! Rampage! Rampage even more! Get up!"
    • "Blast-Dinosaur Task Force Rampage Rangers"... It seems no further elaboration would be necessary.
  • Identical Stranger: At the very end of the series, most of the cast has reunited at the Dino Curry restaurant. People identical to Asuka and Mahoro show up with a daughter who looks like Lije. Then, a couple come in who are identical to Mikoto and Lijewel. Ryouga, Yukito, Ranru, Emiri, Ryunnosuke, and Yatsudenwani are very surprised.
  • Id Like You To Meet An Old Friend Of Mine: Episode 6 feature's Aiko Ito's old friend from her time as an idol as Ranru's old friend from her time as an idol. They even play one of the group's songs.
  • Idol Singer: Ranru trained as one before becoming a mechanic.
  • Inn Between the Worlds: Ever since its creation, the Dinosaur Curry shop has been referenced in some of the annual teamups, serving as a place where members of the past and present teams meet each other. The thing's a landmark.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: If any one trope sums up Yukito's character, this is it.


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