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The Super Sentai Series' (スーパー戦隊シリーズ) is a franchise of Japanese sci-fi shows, usually involving three to seven main characters in brightly colored suits and robots. The shows are part of the tokusatsu special effects genre and have been a mainstay of Japanese pop culture since the 70s. A new show is produced every year, with a show generally not receiving any more material beyond its air time outside of the VS special, though Samurai Sentai Shinkenger will be the first series to have a semi-sequel in the form of a direct to video feature.

Synopsis

Each series deals with an overall theme or motif that is represented in the suits and mecha of the team of characters, often called rangers or senshi. A typical series will run 50 episodes and involving a year-long plot, often segmented into four arcs, with each arc being made up of many character building episodes. The shows were originally created to add a superhero flair to the typical secret agent stories popular in the 70s and 60s, though more recent shows have dived into mystical and magical elements for story purposes.

Main Characters

Characters can usually have their personality derived from the characteristics of the colors of their individual suits. Though a common misconception, red is not always the leader of a team, but the main character of the series. In addition to the core set of characters, there might be an older or younger character who acts as a mentor to the team, as well as comic relief characters. The series will often involve the introduction of one or more extra rangers later on in their run.

Music

Super Sentai music often uses popular anisong artists, with a major group called Project.R made in recent years to be the official Super Sentai band.

Series

  1. Himitisu Sentai Goranger - "Secret Sentai Goranger" - 84 episodes
  2. J.A.K.Q. Dengeki-tai - "J.A.K.Q. Electric Team" - 35 episodes
  3. Battle Fever J - 52 episodes
  4. Denshi Sentai Denjiman - "Electronic Sentai Denjiman" - 51 episodes
  5. Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan - "Solar Sentai Sun Vulcan" - 50 episodes
  6. Dai Sentai Goggle-V - "Super Sentai Goggle-V" - 50 episodes
  7. Kagaku Sentai Dynaman - "Science Sentai Dynaman" - 51 episodes
  8. Choudenshi Bioman - "Super Electronic Bioman" - 51 episodes
  9. Dengeki Sentai Changeman - "Electric Sentai Changeman" - 55 episodes
  10. Choushinsei Flashman - "Supernova Flashman" - 50 episodes
  11. Hikari Sentai Maskman - "Light Sentai Maskman" - 51 episodes
  12. Choujuu Sentai Liveman - "Ultra Beast Sentai Liveman" - 49 episodes
  13. Kousoku Sentai Turboranger - "High Speed Sentai Turboranger" - 51 episodes
  14. Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman - "Earth's Sentai, Fiveman" - 51 episodes
  15. Choujin Sentai Jetman - "Birdman Sentai Jetman" - 51 episodes
  16. Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger - "Dinosaur Sentai Zyuranger"- 50 episodes
  17. Gosei Sentai Dairanger - "Five Star Sentai Dairanger" - 50 episodes
  18. Ninja Sentai Kakuranger - 53 episodes
  19. Chouriki Sentai Ohranger - "Superpower Sentai Ohranger" - 48 episodes
  20. Gekisou Sentai Carranger - "Racing Sentai Carranger" - 48 episodes
  21. Denji Sentai Megaranger - "Electric Sentai Megaranger" - 51 episodes
  22. Seijuu Sentai Gingaman - "Galactic Beast Sentai Gingaman" - 50 episodes
  23. Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoFive "99 Sentai GoGoFive" - 50 episodes
  24. Mirai Sentai Timeranger - "Future Sentai Timeranger" - 51 episodes
  25. Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger - "Hundred Beast Sentai Gaoranger" - 51 episodes
  26. Ninpu Sentai Hurricanger - "Hidden Wind Sentai Hurricanger" - 51 episodes
  27. Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger - "Blast Dragon Sentai Abaranger" - 50 episodes
  28. Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger - "Special Investigation Sentai Dekaranger" - 50 episodes
  29. Mahou Sentai Magiranger - "Magic Sentai Magiranger" - 49 episodes
  30. GouGou Sentai Boukenger - "Rumbling Sentai Boukenger" - 49 episodes
  31. Juuken Sentai Gekiranger - "Beast Fist Sentai Gekiranger" - 49 episodes
  32. Engine Sentai Go-Onger - 50 episodes
  33. Samurai Sentai Shinkenger - 49 episodes
  34. Tensou Sentai Goseiger - "Heavenly Armored Sentai Goseiger" -

Movies

Since 2001, there has been a yearly movie in the franchise every year, these movies are typically short, lasting only 20 to 35 minutes in length and are double-billed with the yearly Kamen Rider movie, the films in another franchise of sci-fi created by the same company.

  1. Himitsu Sentai Goranger
  2. Goranger: The Blue Fortress
  3. Goranger: The Red Death Match
  4. Goranger: Fire Mountai's Final Explosion
  5. Himitsu Sentai Goranger: The Bomb Hurricane
  6. J.A.K.Q. Dengeki-tai
  7. J.A.K.Q. vs Goranger
  8. Denji Sentai Denjiman: Bells of Hope
  9. Choudenshi Bioman the Movie
  10. Changeman the Movie
  11. Dengeki Sentai Changeman: Shuttle Base! Near Miss
  12. Choushinsei Flashman
  13. Flashman: Big Rally! Titan Boy!
  14. Hikari Sentai Maskman the Movie
  15. Kousoku Sentai Turboranger
  16. Gosei Sentai Dairanger
  17. Ninja Sentai Kakuranger
  18. Ohranger the Movie
  19. Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger the Movie: Fire Mountain Roars
  20. Ninpu Sentai Hurricanger: Shushuuto the Movie
  21. Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger DELUXE: Abare Summer is Freezing!
  22. Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger the Movie: Full Blast Action
  23. Mahou Sentai Magiranger the Movie: Bride of Infershia
  24. GouGou Sentai Boukenger the Movie: The Strongest Precious
  25. Juuken Sentai Gekiranger Movie Edition: Nei-Nei! Hou-Hou! Hong Kong Decisive Battle
  26. Boom Boom! Bang Bang! GekijouBANG!!
  27. Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (silver screen): The Fateful War

V-Cinema

Direct to video/DVD films have also been a staple of Super Sentai, often called the "V-Cinema" series by Toei, the production company, these will run slightly longer than the theatrical films (anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour) and serve as side-stories.

External Links

http://www.super-sentai.net/