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Series / Himitsu Sentai Goranger

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The original five that started it all... after 45 years.
Gonin sorottenote ... Gorenger!

Himitsu Sentai Gorenger (Secret Squadron Five Rangers) was the first entry in the Super Sentai franchise (although it and its direct successor J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai were simply recognized as the plain "Sentai Series" until years later), airing from 1975 to 1977, lasting 84 episodes and a movie (longer than any of its successors).

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.

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.


The Gorengers:


The Black Cross Army:

Recurring Super Sentai tropes:

  • All Your Colors Combined
  • All Your Powers Combined
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: GO!
  • Calling Your Attacks
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Aside from the lack of giant robots, growing monsters or even spandex, the most jarring is when the second Kiranger is hit with a flying blade which impales and kills him instead of knocking him down in a shower of sparks.
  • Eye Catch: Gorenger's eyecatch features illustrations of the Gorenger team.
  • Genius Bruiser: Daita Ooiwa, a master of judo and skilled engineer.
  • Finishing Move
  • Home Base: The Gorenger Room hidden underneath Snack Gon.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each title has the name of a color in it.
  • In the Name of the Moon
    Tsuyoshi: "Akaranger!"
    Akira: "Aoranger!"
    Daita: "Kiranger!"
    Peggy: "Momoranger!"
    Kenji: "Midoranger!"
    Kaijo: "Gonin sorettenote ..."
    All: "Goranger!"
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Monster of the Week: The Masked Monsters (Kamen Kaijin)
  • Mooks: Zolders
    • Elite Mooks: The Black Cross Army Stealth Corps (featured in Episode 64 and onward).
    • Praetorian Guard: Golden Mask has two imperial guards who are always on his side.
  • Mook Mobile: The Condolas, aircraft that assaulted the Gorengers.
  • The Movie: Five of them; but the first three and the fifth were just theatrical showings of select TV episodes (specifically 6, 15, 36 and 54). Only the fourth one, "Bomb Hurricane," was an all-new work and it takes place during Daigorō's brief tenure on the team.
  • "On the Next Episode of..." Catch-Phrase:
  • Regular Caller:
  • 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.
  • "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 Music Power-Up:
  • Weapon of Choice: Each ranger's signature weapon materializes from their goggles/"eye masks".

Tropes specific to Gorenger:

  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Gorangers base was found and destroyed by the villains in the last episode.
  • Ascended Extra: Yakyu Kamen (Baseball Mask), the Masked Monster for Episode 53, would show up 35 years later in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger the Movie: The Flying Ghost Ship. To a lesser extent, he appeared again the next year as one of the many villains in the Dai-Zangyack alliance in Super Hero Taisen.
  • Baseball Episode: Episode 53.
  • Big Eater: Ōiwa Daita orders four extra large bowls of curry in the first episode.
    • Commander Edogawa tells him that their "large" bowls are massive, and tries to convince him to have two. Daita insists on having four. When they are served up, they are indeed massive.
  • Camp: Very much so.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: No giant robot, no Transformation Trinket (they'd just yell "Go!" while jumping.)
  • 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.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Black Cross Fuhrer can take human form, either gender, if he wishes to.
  • 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.
  • Kiai: The Zolders shout out a distinctive "hoi" whenever they attack their victims.
  • 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.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: This happens with alarming frequency, as the Gorengers will often gain new abilities without any explanation or build up. We don't even see them get their powers in the first episode!
  • One, Two, Three, Four, Go!
  • 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.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The team's name is spelled "Gorenger" on their various arsenal and even on Commander Edogawa's patch.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Daigorō,
  • Tank Goodness: The Varitank. It gets a song!
  • 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.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Himitsu Sentai Gorenger


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