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The original five that started it all.
"Gonin sorottenote ... Gorenger!"
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The one that started it all.

Himitsu Sentai Gorenger (Secret Squadron Gorengernote ) was the first entry in the Super Sentai franchisenote , airing from 1975 to 1977, lasting 84 episodes and a movie (longer than any of its successors). The Title Theme Tune was performed by Isao Sasaki and Mitsuko Horie.

The evil terrorist group known as the Black Cross Army is threatening the world, so the Earth Guard League (EAGLE) is set up to defend it. The Black Cross Army destroys EAGLE's bases in Japan, but five secret agents survive, using superpowered battle suits to become Gorenger, and take revenge against the forces of evil.

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On November 2, 2020, Seven Seas Entertainment announced that it will be releasing the Gorenger manga drawn by Shotaro Ishinomori. The manga was released on April 20, 2021.

An original tie-in film, Himitsu Sentai Gorenger: The Bomb Hurricane!, premiered July 18, 1976.


Gorenger provides examples of:

  • The Chew Toy: Daita seems to be the team member who most often has the bad luck in the team.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: At the start of the series, Commander Edogawa is assisted by three female secret agents who help out the Rangers. Their names are Yōko Katō (007), Tomoko Hayashi (008) and Haruko Nakamura (009). After several episodes, Tomoko and Haruko stop showing up completely and only Yōko remains as a regular character.
  • Color Character: The codenames used each member's respective color as the head word and the word "Ranger"/"Renger" as the tail. Unlike the majority of Sentai shows from Denziman and onward, except Ninninger, the codenames used the Japanese names for the colors instead of English ones (i.e. "Aka" instead of "Red").
  • Cool Airship: The Variblune, which is destroyed in #42 and replaced by the Varidorin during the same episode.
  • Cool Bike: The Gorenger Machines, which consist of one solo bike for Tsuyoshi (the Red Machine) and two sidecar-equipped bikes for the rest of the team (Akira's Blue Machine and Kenji's Green Machine, which are shared with Daita and Peggy respectively). The Gorenger Machines are later destroyed and replaced with the Star Machines, which also consisted of one solo bike (the Red Star) and two sidecar bikes (the Blue Star and the Green Star).
  • Cool Helmet: The Gorengers' helmets are distinguished by their numbers and distinctive visors from which their weapons are summoned.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: In the final episode, Black Cross Fuhrer transforms into Black Cross Castle. Despite being a gigantic warship, being filled with explosives makes him vulnerable of exploding just by being rammed and crashed by the New Gorenger Machines.
  • Death by Irony: In the second half, some of the Goranger Hurricane finishers have the monsters die in funny ways.
  • Defeat Equals Explosion: Justified in that the monsters are taken out by the Goranger Storm/Hurricane, which is essentially an elaborate bomb.
  • Deus ex Machina: Episode 29 has Tsuyoshi stuck in a trap that will kill him if he doesn't get out in time. This is resolved by having him use the Drill Bute to dig out. However, this is the first and only appearance of the drill, and there is absolutely no build-up or scene showing that his weapon could do that, and we never see the Drill Bute again.
  • Dying as Yourself: Episode 73 has the monster Kendo Mask, who follows the bushido code of honor, begin to express disgust on the Black Cross Army's ways, resulting in him being gravely wounded and brainwashed by cybernetic implants. By the end he recovers his own self and accepts his defeat at the hands Gorengers, committing seppuku.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: No giant robot, no Transformation Trinket (they'd just yell "Go!" while jumping.)
  • Elite Mooks: The Black Cross Army Stealth Corps (featured in Episode 64 and onward).
  • Eye Catch: Gorenger's eyecatch features illustrations of the Gorenger team.
  • Homage: To The Benny Hill Show of all things in Episode 70, which has a scene where Kenji, Peggy and Daita replace a car's flat tire in fast-motion.
  • Eenie, Meenie, Miny Moai: The Monster Of The Week in episode 39 is based on these.
  • Fake Crossover: In a stage show at Korakuen Yuenchi, the Gorengers received a helping hand fighting the Black Cross Army from Kamen Rider Stronger.
  • Genius Bruiser: Daita Ooiwa, a master of judo and skilled engineer.
  • Home Base: The Gorenger Room hidden underneath Snack Gon.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Black Cross Fuhrer can take human form, either gender, if he wishes to.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each title has the name of a color in it.
  • Improbable Weapon User:
    • The Gorengers fight with standard weapons, but when it comes time to finish of the monster, they summon a mighty... soccer ball. Which somehow causes the enemy to explode by beaning him in the head.
    • Later on, they use the Gorenger Hurricane: an American football with fins on it, which rather than exploding turns into whatever the villains fear or are weak against. More recent fans will probably remember it as the move that turned into a garbage truck in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger's first episode. As homage, Ressha Sentai Toqger's team cannon does the same thing.
  • In the Name of the Moon
    Tsuyoshi: "Akaranger!"
    Akira: "Aoranger!"
    Daita: "Kiranger!"
    Peggy: "Momoranger!"
    Kenji: "Midoranger!"
    Kaijo: "Gonin sorettenote ..."
    All: "Goranger!"
  • Jet Pack: The Birdies.
  • Kiai: The Zolders shout out a distinctive "hoi" whenever they attack their victims.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Suit design-wise, there are several things which make Tsuyoshi stand out as leader among the Gorengers.
    • He is numbered "1", shown twice on his suit,
      • He has a yellow "V" shape across his chest, while those of his teammates (the amount depending on their number) are colored red (although red stripes wouldn't show up on his suit).
      • A gold "1" is placed atop his visor with eagle wings coming off from it. These wings are lacked by the other Gorenger's, with the color of the number being silver for the other men and red for Momo Ranger.
    • His collar is much taller than the other four.
    • While Akira, Daita, and Kenji have black visors, Tsuyoshi has a blue visor, while Peggy's is red.
    • He wears white boots and gloves, this is shared by Peggy, while the other men have black boots and gloves.
  • Literal Surveillance Bug: Tsuyoshi and Peggy use one in episode 11 to listen in on Boat Ear Mask's plot.
  • Market-Based Title: Was called Star Rangers when it was broadcast in the Philippines.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Episode 43 in particular, which is focused on showing the team's new powers, weapons and vehicles (including a new finishing move).
  • Praetorian Guard: Golden Mask has two imperial guards who are always on his side.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Ōiwa Daita's temporary replacement.
  • Redshirt Army: If you are a member of EAGLE but are not a Gorenger, YOU WILL DIE. This kicks off on day one, with each Gorenger-to-be being the sole survivor of his or her respective base, which is indeed what leads to them being made the Gorengers.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Peggy, who not only wears pink, but has a red valentine heart-shaped visor on her helmet and uses the earrings on her helmet as small grenades. However, the Gorengers are assisted by a secret agent named Yōko Katō, who serves as the show's second heroine. Yōko even wears the Momo Ranger suit in two different episodes.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The team's name is spelled "Gorenger" on their various arsenal and even on Commander Edogawa's patch.
  • "Super Sentai" Stance: Surprisingly the stance in the lead image isn't used until very late in the series.
  • Supervillain Lair: The Black Cross Castle. It's later learned the Fuhrer is actually a part of the castle itself.
  • Theme Naming: The first syllable of each of the original rangers' family namenote  form the name "Kashiopea", as in "Cassiopeia".
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: Daigorō Kumano's final episode was titled "Crimson Special Attack!! Yellow Ranger Dies at Sunset".
  • Too Dumb to Live: One victim of the week. If you're being chased by a pink telephone monster, and as soon as you think you've ditched it you notice a giant pink telephone... you probably shouldn't use it to make a call.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Daita and his love of curry, to the extent that Homages in other shows would reference the rollcall first and this second.
    • For Daigorō, it's Neapolitan spaghetti.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: Establishing this as norm for the franchise, we generally have the Black Cross sending out a MOTW with an Evil Plan Once an Episode, with our heroes then arriving on the scene to stop them.
  • Villain Song: "Demonic Black Cross Army"
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Every battle seems to end with "shoot the monster in the back while he's trying to escape."
  • Would Hurt a Child: At one point, the Gorengers' commander is surprised to find out that the Black Cross Army actually would stoop to harming children.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: In the last episode, Golden Mask (and even Tusyoshi) warn the Black Fuhrer not to attack because astrology predictions says with the way everything is aligned, he will lose. The Fuhrer decides to go out anyway just to prove the logic wrong, and naturally, the rangers kill him off.

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