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France Five (フランスファイブ Furansu Faibu?), originally titled Jushi Sentai France Five (銃士戦隊フランスファイブ Jūshi Sentai Furansu Faibu, translated as Musketeers Squadron France Five) and later known as Shin Kenjushi France Five (新剣銃士フランスファイブ Shin Kenjūshi Furansu Faibu, translated as New Sword Musketeers France Five), is a French series produced by Buki X-1 Productions in 2000s. It is a homage to both Toei's ever-popular Super Sentai series (which was extremely popular in France in the 1980s) and another Sentai pastiche, Aikoku Sentai Dai-Nippon ("Patriot Squadron Great Japan") (1982) by Daicon Films (now Studio Gainax).

Glou Man Chou, ruler of the empire Lexos, desires to conquer planet Earth. However, the Eiffel Tower generates a barrier around the planet that keeps him from sending his armies en masse. Glou Man Chou sends his warriors and monsters to Earth in order to destroy the tower and enable a full scale invasion, but they are opposed by the France Five.


The series' fourth episode ended on a Cliffhanger with the fifth poised to be the Grand Finale. This was in 2005. Episode 5 was finally released online in 2012 with the true finale, episode 6, released in 2013.

In 2019, Maliki revealed she was part of the adventure as a storyboard artist and the artist of the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue... and that she is working with the team on an audio episode with art to celebrate the 20 years of France Five. Said episode will be an Interquel between episodes 3 and 4. Details here (warning: in french).


The France Five:

The Lexos:

France Five provides examples of:

  • Plucky Comic Relief: Albert
  • The Power of Hate: Blue Accordéon figures out that this is what gives Warduke a boost in his last stand. His hatred is so strong, it's able to create a duplicate of his, invisible to the naked eye.
  • The Power of Love: Antoine manages to break through Extasy's brainwashing by finishing the proposal he made to Sophie just before Lexos abducted her.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Zakaral leads one in the last couple episodes, with Gorlock, Succulard, Agony and Lady Warcry.
  • Shock and Awe: Glou Man Chou's favorite way of punishing those who failed him, or smiting his foes, is with lightning.
  • Shout-Out: Along with being a huge homage to Dai-Nippon, the series has frequent callbacks to other Sentai shows:
    • The original opening (episodes 1-2) is a remix of the Bioman theme, while the ending (episodes 1-2) is a remix of Jetman's closing theme — both of which were broadcast and extremely popular in France.
    • Also, the teleport fly-by from episode 2 onward is a blatant Jetman homage.
    • The team's mecha follow early '80s Sentai conventions: One jet, one tank, and a main carrier.
    • Blue Accordéon's original bow-and-arrow weapon in episode 1.
    • The Olympic Crusher attack in episode 3 is not only a throwback to the Goranger Storm but a shot-for-shot nod to Gaoranger Storm attack featured in Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai.
    • Before using France Robo's fencing thrust final attack in Episode 3, he quotes Cyrano de Bergerac:
      Red: At the envoi's end, I touch!
    • France Robo's appearance in Episode 6 is a complete homage to the launch sequence of Mazinger Z.
    • When Red's cockpit moves after the big robot combination in Episode 6, it looks remarkably similar to Duke Freed's "Chute In" sequence from when he'd activate Grendizer (probably more appropriate to say...invoked Goldorak).
    • Speaking of which, the password to make the robots combine? alea jacta est (lit. "The Die Is Cast") — a regular catchphrase in Asterix.
    • The final battle of Episode 6 has several visual nods to Episodes 5 and 6 of GunBuster.
    • For the ultimate full-circle, Glou Man Chou inadvertently quotes the French narration to Battle of the Planets. Which is the first International adaptation of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. Which is considered to be the ultimate forerunner of the Super Sentai franchise.
  • Sixth Ranger: Silver Mousquetaire who, in a funny subversion of the formula, enters the scene right in the first episode. But it is supposed to be a late episode of a bigger "series".
  • The Smurfette Principle: Catherine
  • Spandex, Latex, or Leather: Spandex for the heroes, naturally, since the series tries to stick very closely to classic Sentai. The villains are a bit more varied, with leather, dominatrix-style, for Extasy, spandex shorts and little else for Warduke, and flowing robes for Cancrelax and Glou Man Chou.
  • Spin to Deflect Stuff: Blue Accordéon and Yellow Baguette, against Glou Man Chou's lightning.
  • "Super Sentai" Stance: Of course. Most notably, during the Eye Catch for the earlier episodes.
  • This Cannot Be!: Naturally said by Glou Man Chou during the ultimate battle.
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: Or Paris is, in this case. Justified, since the Eiffel Tower is protecting the Earth from a large-scale alien invasion.
  • Torso with a View: Succulard in episode 6 (although the chain wrapped around him is undamaged...).
  • Transformation Is a Free Action: Notably defied in episode 2, with Discostreum firing a blast just as the heroes try to transform, twice.
  • Transformation Sequence: For the France Five, naturally.
  • Voice of the Legion: Glou Man Chou
  • Weaponized Landmark: The series revolves around the idea that the Eiffel Tower is a shamanic totem holding the evil galactic empire at bay.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The series' final ending.
  • Wolverine Claws: Cancrelax has a Freddy Claw, more accurately. Although being the Evil Genius, he's never seen using it in a fight.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Warduke pulls out a swinging neckbreaker, a suplex and a powerbomb during his final appearance.


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