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  • Anti-Climax Boss: Lethal Doggler's final fight against the Galaxy Robo...isn't very much different from your average Monster of the Week battle, only an evil face appears after he explodes—and then the face explodes, too.
  • Awesome Music:
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: You would be forgiven for believing Igam was always intended to be viewed as female and subbers were mistaken for using masculine pronouns.
  • Evil Is Sexy: While heroines, Momoko and Haruka become this whilst pretending to be brainwashed armed robbers in #41.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • There's a lot of fans who'd rather Takeru end up with Momoko eventually. Also an example of Ships That Pass in the Night since Takeru and Momoko don't get a focus episode together or even talk to each other very much.
    • Takeru/Haruka is also a popular pair, and might have more support in a way that Haruka was once a recipient of Takeru's Get A Hold Of Yourself Man.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • One of the inexplicably popular Sentai series aired in the Philippines, including a Tagalog dub of the opening/closing themes done by former Boyfriends band member Norman Caraan.
      • Also reciprocated because Ryosuke Kaizu (Red Mask himself) now has a family with his Filipino wife. Said wife was even a Red Mask fangirl in the past.
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    • It has a very strong fanbase in Brazil. Many fans hold the show dearly in their hearts as a very special memory.
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  • Les Yay: Prince Igam’s interactions with the mermaid Lelai in the movie, when you consider the Sweet Polly Oliver reveal later on. Though it soon becomes No Yay when it turns out to be part of an evil plan.
    Igam: Let’s get married.
  • Older Than They Think: Although Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger is the first series to have a full-time Sixth Ranger, The 30 Sentai Encyclopedia states that the concept was actually introduced here with X1 Mask. Coincidentally, Maskman and Zyuranger have the same ranger colors.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Episode 24, where a boy gets transformed into a monster by the Monster of the Week. The episode was clearly made to make viewers uncomfortable. The music is somber and sad. The kids where shown in lots of painful moments, terrified of the situation. An episode to remember, indeed.
    • Also in Episode 26, the one where Kenta meets Seira and dies in the hands of the Monster of the Week. The sad music did not help.
  • Ugly Cute: Okelampa
  • Values Dissonance:
    • The male Maskmen jokingly impersonate criminals to get the female members to strip. That strikes a modern viewer as rather creepy.
    • Takeru delivering a Get A Hold Of Yourself Man slap to Haruka makes perfect sense in context, though that still doesn't make it any less uncomfortable to watch.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: A lot of the solo mecha component footage was pretty good looking, probably because they wanted to showcase the first 5-piece mecha. Even the carrier looked kickass, with the rolling tank treads on it. It's just too bad they didn't fight on their own more often.


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