Mashin Sentai Kiramager (roughly translated as "Djinn Advancementnote Squadron Shining Mage Ranger") is the 44th program in the Super Sentai franchise that will air from 2020 to 2021 and the second Sentai entry in the Reiwa Era. It is the second magic-themed installment in the franchise, following Mahou Sentai Magiranger (2005). The series' overall themes are djinns, gemstones and vehicles.
When the planet of gems and jewels, Crystalia, is taken over by the Dark Empire Yodonheim, its Princess Mabushiina escaped with the five Kiramei Stones. Arriving on Earth, the Kiramei Stones, able to transform into sentient vehicles known as Mashin, sought five individuals with a strong "shining spirit" known as Kiramental, to team up and partner with them as the Kiramagers in order to fight back and take down the Yodonheim army, who have set their sights on taking over Earth next.
The Kiramagers are:
- Juru Atsuta / Creation Warrior KirameiRed: An Ordinary High-School Student with a passion for drawing, and The Leader of the Kiramagers. Partnered with Mashin Fire, a firetruck.
- Tametomo Imizu / Shooting Warrior KirameiYellow: The number-one esports player who specialises in shooting games. Partnered with Mashin Shovellow, an excavator.
- Sena Hayami / Speed Warrior KirameiGreen: A speedy athlete who holds the top place in womens' track and field. Partnered with Mashin Mach, a sportscar.
- Shiguru Oshikiri / Slashing Warrior KirameiBlue: A popular action actor who specialises in swordplay. Partnered with Mashin Jetter, a bladed jet.
- Sayo Ooharu / Healing Warrior KirameiPink: A beautiful Super Doc who is proficient in aikido and is also The Medic for the team. Partnered with Mashin Helico, a helicopter and the sole female Mashin.
Recurring Super Sentai tropes:
- Combining Mecha: Shown in the trailer: The Mashin can combine in the following combinations:
- Mashin Fire + Mashin Shovellow + Mashin Mach = Ground Mage
- Mashin Jetter + Mashin Helico = Sky Mage
- Ground Mage + Sky Mage = Kiramazin
- Five-Man Band: Shown in the trailer: Five charismatic and talented people are chosen to fend off together against the enemies.
- Fleeting Demographic Rule: It has been 15 years since the last magic-themed Sentai (which coincidentally featured a djinn), while a whopping 24 years since the last magically-powered vehicle-themed Sentai and 31 years since the one before.
- Humongous Mecha: Shown in the trailer: The Mashins can take the form of large vehicles who can combine into a single robot.
- Leader Forms the Head: Shown in the trailer: While the KirameiGreen's Mashin technically forms the head of Kiramazin, the trope is still played straight since KirameiRed's is clearly the most important piece of the combination and forms almost everything below the neck.
- Mecha Expansion Pack: Magazine scans have shown additional Mashins beyond the Kiramagers' personal ones; including Mashin Rolland the steamroller, Mashin Lifton the forklift, and Mashin Carry the flatbed truck.
- Transforming Mecha: Shown in the trailer: The Mashins unfold from rectangular gemstones and then into different parts of the whole robot.
- Transformation Trinket: Shown in the trailer: One of the functions of the watch-like Kiramei Changer is changing to the ranger form.
- Weapon of Choice: Shown in the trailer and in official pre-release info: The main team each has a Sword and Gun in the Kiramei Sword and Kiramei Shot, which can be combined into a Kiramei Buster.
Tropes Present in Mashin Sentai Kiramager:
- Mythology Gag: Sena is shown in the trailer wearing SCRTC-brand gear from Juken Sentai Gekiranger at a track meet.
- Power Crystal: Shown in the trailer: A major series theme; the Kiramagers draw their powers from magic jewels, and their costumes and mecha are gem-encrusted.
- Punny Name: From the trailer and pre-release info:
- The literal translation of "Mashin" is something akin to "demon advance" (though in context "demon" refers to a generic mystic spirit rather than an evil one), but it's also a pun on "machine".
- "Kiramazin" combines "kiramei" ("shining") with the "jin"/"zin" ("god") suffix seen in other Sentai mecha;note which in turn ends up punning (intentionally or not) on "majin" ("devil" — same deal as in "Mashin"; it doesn't necessarily carry the same infernal connotations in Japan that it does in the West), "meijin" ("master/talent/professional"), and the English word "amazing".
- Spell My Name with an "S": How an English speaker would spell "kiramei" is rather inconsistent, as it could be "kiramei", "kiramai", or "kirama". The only spelling officially confirmed so far is "-ma" in the team name as a pun on "mage". Most often, you'll see someone use "kiramei" when it's on its own but "kirama" when it's combined with something else to make a pun.