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Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger (roughly translated as "Mecha-World Squadron Full Throttle-ger") is the 45th program in the Super Sentai franchise and the third entry of the Reiwa Era. It began running alongside Kamen Rider Saber on March 7, 2021, following a prelude movie triple-billed with that of the Mashin Sentai Kiramager and Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger movies on February 20. It is the 45th anniversary season and the second crossover Sentai season after Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.

The Super Sentai exist in multiple parallel worlds. One of these worlds is Kikaitopia, a once-peaceful land of Ridiculously Human Robots called Kikainoids, now under the tyranny of the Kikaitopia Dynasty Tojitendo, who seek to lock up all the other worlds in order to rule over The Multiverse, with Earth being their last target. To prevent this and save the worlds already dominated by the Tojitendo, Kaito Goshikida, a young human whose parents went missing after discovering The Multiverse, teams up with four rebelling Kikainoids to face them. Harnessing the powers of all 45 Super Sentai, they transform into the Zenkaigers, fighting at full-force, full-throttle!

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For the Kamen Rider equivalents, see Kamen Rider Decade and its Spiritual Successor/Stealth Sequel, Kamen Rider Zi-O.


The Zenkaigers are:


Recurring Super Sentai tropes:

  • Dancing Theme: The Zenkai Dance. But in a twist on the norm, this series has Kaito and the Kikainoids dancing in the opening this time, as opposed to the ending, which this show lacks.

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  • Call-Back:
    • ZenkaiJuran, ZenkaiGaon, ZenkaiMagin and ZenkaiVroon are all call-backs to 4 mechas (Daizyuzin, GaoKing, MagiKing, and DaiBouken respectively) that the Go-Busters' mecha transformed into in the climax of their movie with the Gokaigers via mecha Gokai Changes.
    • The main team being composed of one Token Human and four non-human aliens from a parallel dimension was done before in the previous anniversary series, though the Zyumans were given human forms as disguises by their transformation devices.
  • Non-Standard Character Design:
    • While Zenkaiser is fairly normal, if ornate, the rest of the Zenkaigers are very obviously mechanical and far more armored than usual, looking more like Metal Heroes.
    • The inverse also applies within the team; as Zenkaiser is the Token Human while his form is based on a Cool Plane instead of a proper humanoid mecha, he comes off more like a Ranger-shaped Anthropomorphic Personification than a Robot Soldier like the rest of the team is.
  • Oddball in the Series: It is safe to say that this time, the rulebook has not only been thrown away, but trashed and burnt. Normally, there are multiple rangers, who summon mecha. This time, there's just one human ranger, and the rest of the team ARE the mecha. While it is not uncommon for someone other than the red ranger as the leader, they still tend to be the The Face of the team or take some kind of protagonist role, while Zenkaiser, the white ranger, takes this role instead (though he technically wouldn't be the first).
  • Retraux: Zenkaiser has holes in his visor, reminiscent of Gorenger and JAKQ's helmets. The holes were needed back then due to the way the visors were made, but nowadays a visor can be any color and still let the suit actor see out of it. This just ups the homage aspects towards those two series even more.
  • Rhyming Names: Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger. Also in that they deal with parallel worlds, also known as "sekai", while episode titles play with the word "kai".
  • When Dimensions Collide: The series starts off a month after Kikaitopia has overlapped with Earth, bringing the Kikainoids over to our world. The Monster of the Week, Walds, also causes Earth to overlap with the parallel world each of the Walds represent through their own presence.

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