Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger

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Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger
Akibaranger-logo.png
Logo for Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger
Genre Tokusatsu, parody, comedy
Created by Toei
Written by
Directed by
Starring
Opening theme "Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger" by Haruko Momoi feat. Yukio Yamagata
Ending theme "Ashita wa Akiba no Kaze ga Fuku" by Nobuo Akagi (Masato Wada)
"Super Sentai Hikōnin Ōenka" by Nobuo Akagi (Masato Wada), Yukio Yamagata, and Mojo
Composer(s) Kenji Kawai
Country of origin Japan
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)
Running time 26 minutes (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel BS Asahi
Tokyo MX
Original run April 6, 2012 – June 28, 2013
Chronology
Related shows Joshi Zu
External links
Website

Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger (非公認戦隊アキバレンジャー Hikōnin Sentai Akibarenjā?) is a Japanese tokusatsu comedy series based on the Super Sentai Series. It is not part of the official line up in Toei Company's Super Sentai franchise, but is instead a parody geared towards adults who were fans of the franchise as children. The show aired on BS Asahi (TV Asahi's broadcast satellite channel) starting April 6, 2012, and Tokyo MX starting April 9, 2012.

A second season was officially announced in January 2013 at a teaser event tying in with the final appearances of the characters from Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, featuring Masato Wada, who performs as main character Nobuo Akagi.[1] The second season is titled Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger: Season Tsuu (非公認戦隊アキバレンジャー シーズン痛(ツー) Hikōnin Sentai Akibaranger: Shīzun Tsū?) and premiered on April 5, 2013.[2]

Plot[edit]

Three individuals (a Super Sentai otaku, a cosplay otaku, and a closet anime otaku) are chosen by a beautiful scientist otaku to become the "Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger" and "protect Akihabara" from powerful otaku villains that only exist in their delusions. However, the otaku fight eventually gets literally real when their "otaku enemies" begin to materialize in the real world.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Writer Original air date
1 "Pain Is Power"
"Itasa wa Tsuyosa" (痛さは強さ) 
Naruhisa Arakawa April 6, 2012
2 "The Bizarrely-Decorated Vehicle's Activation Unleashes a Red Delusionary Full Blast"
"Saiki suru Itakon ga Yobu Akaki Mōsō no Furu Burasuto" (再起する痛魂が喚ぶ赤き妄想のフルブラスト) 
Naruhisa Arakawa April 13, 2012
3 "Ouch! Drunken Hero Adventure!!"
"Itata! Yoidore Hīrō Dai Bōken!!" (痛タッ!酔いどれヒーロー大冒険!!) 
Junko Kōmura April 20, 2012
4 "Forbidden Delusion Is the Pain of an Immoral Blue"
"Kinjirareta Mōsō wa Aoi Haitoku no Itami" (禁じられた妄想は青い背徳の痛み) 
Junko Kōmura April 27, 2012
5 "Our Pain ☆ Yellow Mama"
"Itaita ☆ Ierō Mama" (イタイタ☆イエローママ) 
Junko Kōmura May 4, 2012
6 "Take Flight Leader! The Painful Trap of Deluded Photography"
"Habatake Ōgosho! Mōsō Satsueijo no Itai Wana" (はばたけ大御所!妄想撮影所の痛い罠) 
Naruhisa Arakawa May 11, 2012
7 "Delirious Runaway Itasher Break Through the Limit!"
"Mōsō Itasshā Genkai Toppa seyo!" (妄走イタッシャー限界突破せよ!) 
Naruhisa Arakawa May 18, 2012
8 "The Bonds of Painful Special Training Are the Authorization Road's Conspiracy Intersection"
"Itaki Tokkun no Kizuna wa Kōnin Rōdo no Inbō Kōsaten" (痛き特訓の絆は公認ロードの陰謀交差点) 
Junko Kōmura May 25, 2012
9 "The Pain Sentai Disbands."
"Ita Sentai, Kaisan." (痛戦隊、解散。) 
Junko Kōmura June 1, 2012
10 "The Painlessly Inducing Curse of Z ― Into a New Chapter"
"Hiita naru Zetto no Noroi ― Soshite Shin Shō e" (非痛なるZの呪い ― そして新章へ) 
Naruhisa Arakawa June 8, 2012
11 "The Second Generation Is a Fresh and Painless Warrior"
"Nidaime wa Sawayaka Mutsū Senshi" (二代目はサワヤカ無痛戦士) 
Naruhisa Arakawa June 15, 2012
12 "Most Painful Times. Farewell, Delusional Sentai"
"Saitsūkai Saraba Mōsō Sentai" (最痛回 さらば妄想戦隊) 
Naruhisa Arakawa June 22, 2012
13 "Evaluation Meeting! If You Don't Hurt, That's Alright!"
"Hanseikai! Itakunakereba Zattsu Ōrai!" (反省会!痛くなければザッツオーライ!) 
Junko Kōmura June 29, 2012
14 "Delusion War"
"Mōsō Taisen" (妄想大戦) 
Naruhisa Arakawa April 5, 2013
15 "Chinese Delusion"
"Mōsō Chūka" (妄想中華) 
Naruhisa Arakawa April 12, 2013
16 "Martial Arts Delusion"
"Mōsō Kengeki" (妄想拳劇) 
Naruhisa Arakawa April 19, 2013
17 "Delusional Goddess"
"Mōsō Megami" (妄想女神) 
Naruhisa Arakawa April 26, 2013
18 "Delusional Import"
"Mōsō Yunyū" (妄想輸入) 
Naruhisa Arakawa May 3, 2013
19 "Delusional Niangniang"
"Mōsō Nyannyan" (妄想娘娘(ニャンニャン)) 
Naruhisa Arakawa May 10, 2013
20 "Delusional Spy"
"Mōsō Kanja" (妄想間者) 
Naruhisa Arakawa May 17, 2013
21 "Delusional Beautiful Fight"
"Mōsō Bitō" (妄想美闘) 
Naruhisa Arakawa May 24, 2013
22 "Delusion Number Two"
"Mōsō Nigō" (妄想弐號) 
Naruhisa Arakawa May 31, 2013
23 "Delusional Pillow Talk"
"Mōsō Makurakotoba" (妄想枕語) 
Naruhisa Arakawa June 7, 2013
24 "Delusional Cemetery"
"Mōsō Bochi" (妄想墓地) 
Naruhisa Arakawa June 14, 2013
25 "Delusional Apostle"
"Mōsō Shito" (妄想使徒) 
Naruhisa Arakawa June 21, 2013
26 "Delusional Compilation"
"Mōsō Shūhen" (妄想集編) 
Naruhisa Arakawa June 28, 2013

Web radio series[edit]

On July 6, Animate.tv started broadcasting Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger Official Web Radio (Temporary) (非公認戦隊アキバレンジャー公認WEBラジオ(仮) Hikōnin Sentai Akibarenjā Kōnin Webu Rajio (Kari)?). The bi-weekly web radio series is hosted by Masato Wada, who plays Nobuo Akagi in the TV series. Other cast members from the series, as well as voice actors from other Super Sentai series, make guest appearances.[3][4]

Cast[edit]

[5][6]

  • Nobuo Akagi (赤木 信夫 Akagi Nobuo?): Masato Wada (和田 正人 Wada Masato?)
  • Mitsuki Aoyagi (青柳 美月 Aoyagi Mitsuki?): Kyoko Hinami (日南 響子 Hinami Kyōko?) (Season 1)
  • Luna Iwashimizu (石清水 美月 Iwashimizu Runa?): Shione Sawada (澤田 汐音 Sawada Shione?) (Season 2)
  • Yumeria Moegi (萌黄 ゆめりあ Moegi Yumeria?)/Yuko Yokoyama (横山 優子 Yokoyama Yūko?): Karin Ogino (荻野 可鈴 Ogino Karin?)
  • Hiroyo Hakase (葉加瀬 博世 Hakase Hiroyo?)/Hiroyo Tsuzuki (都築 博世 Tsuzuki Hiroyo?), Aoi Ichikawa (市川 葵 Ichikawa Aoi?) (Voice): Maaya Uchida (内田 真礼 Uchida Maaya?)
  • KozuKozu Mita (三田 こずこず Mita Kozukozu?): Kozue Aikawa (愛川 こずえ Aikawa Kozue?, of Danceroid)
  • Sayaka Honiden (本位田 さやか Hon'iden Sayaka?): Miiko Morita (森田 美位子 Morita Miiko?) (Season 1)
  • Tazuko (たづ子?): Yuki Ueda (植田 ゆう希 Ueda Yūki?)
  • Takuma Tsuzuki (都築 タクマ Tsuzuki Takuma?): Shinpei Takagi (高木 心平 Takagi Shinpei?) (Season 1)
  • Malseena (マルシーナ Marushīna?): Honoka (穂花?)
  • Doctor Z (ドクターZ Dokutā Zetto?): Kazuki Yao (矢尾 一樹 Yao Kazuki?) (Season 1)
  • General Tsuu (ツー将軍 Tsū Shōgun?): Ryō Horikawa (堀川 りょう Horikawa Ryō?) (Season 2)
  • Delu Knight (デリューナイト Deryū Naito?, Voice): Hiroaki Hirata (平田 広明 Hirata Hiroaki?)

Guest stars[edit]

Season Tsuu
  • Owner of Toy Shop: Yuu Kamio (神尾 佑 Kamio Yū?, 1)[Note 4]
  • Male Past Sentai Warriors (Voice), China Red (Voice), Tyrano Ranger (Voice), Hurricane Red (Voiced), Kabuto Raiger (Voice): Tomokazu Seki (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10)
  • Male Past Sentai Warriors (Voice), Dragon Ranger (Voice), Hurricane Yellow (Voice), Kuwaga Raiger (Voice): Takeshi Kusao (草尾 毅 Kusao Takeshi?, 1, 5, 7)
  • Female Past Sentai Warriors (Voice), Sanae Yuru (Voice), Hurricane Blue (Voice): Akiko Nakagawa (中川 亜紀子 Nakagawa Akiko?, 1, 6, 7)
  • Kiba Ranger (Voice): Wataru Abe (阿部 渡 Abe Wataru?, 2, 3)
  • Ryu Ranger (Ryo of the Heavenly Fire Star, Voice): Keiichi Wada (和田 圭市 Wada Keiichi?, 3)
  • Himself: Yukio Yamagata (3)
  • Himself: MoJo (3)
  • Yasuko Yokoyama: Mitsuko Horie (堀江 美都子 Horie Mitsuko?, 4)
  • Akina Maihama: Sakina Kuwae (桑江 咲菜 Kuwae Sakina?, 5)
  • George Spielburton: Koichi Sakamoto (坂本 浩一 Sakamoto Kōichi?, 5)
  • Himself: Nobuo Tanaka (田中 信夫 Tanaka Nobuo?, 6)
  • Yuru-Chara Jigen (Voice), Herself: Haruko Momoi (6, 10)
  • Hadezukin (Voice): Nao Nagasawa (長澤 奈央 Nagasawa Nao?, 7)
  • Himself: Yoshinori Okamoto (岡本 美登 Okamoto Yoshinori?, 8)
  • Himself: Seiji Takaiwa (高岩 成二 Takaiwa Seiji?, 8)
  • Customer at Karaoke Box: Taito Hashimoto (橋本 汰斗 Hashimoto Taito?, 8)[Note 5]
  • Nurse Hirata: Yuka Hirata (平田 裕香 Hirata Yuka?, 10, 11)
  • Prism Ace: Tōru Furuya (古谷 徹 Furuya Tōru?, 12)

Staff[edit]

  • Z-Cune Aoi Character design: Keiichi Sato (さとう けいいち Satō Keiichi?)[7]

Theme songs[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Opening theme
  • "Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger" (非公認戦隊アキバレンジャー Hikōnin Sentai Akibarenjā?)
    Theme of the first season.
Ending theme
  • "Ashita wa Akiba no Kaze ga Fuku" (明日はアキバの風が吹く?, "Akiba's Wind Will Blow Tomorrow")
    In most episodes, the ending theme features a monologue by a character in the series talking about himself/herself, adding details to their background.

Season 2[edit]

Opening theme
  • "Akibaranger Season Tsuu!" (アキバレンジャー シーズン痛! Akibaranger Shīzun Tsū!?)
    • Lyrics & Composition: Haruko Momoi
    • Arrangement: Hiroaki Kagoshima
    • Artist: Haruko Momoi feat. Yukio Yamagata & MoJo
    In episode 1, "Demo DEMO Version" (でもDEMOバージョン Demo Demo Bājon?, "But Demo Version") of this song sung only by Haruko Momoi is used.
Ending themes
  • "Super Sentai ☆ Hikōnin Ōenka" (スーパー戦隊☆非公認応援歌 Sūpā Sentai Hikōnin Ōenka?, "Super Sentai Unofficial Fan Song")
    • Lyrics: Mike Sugiyama
    • Composition: Seiji Miura
    • Arrangement: Yasumasa Sato
    • Artist: Nobuo Akagi (Masato Wada), Yukio Yamagata, & Mojo
    • Episode: 1
    In episode 8, "Mōsō Senshi ver." (妄想戦士ver Mōsō Senshi Bājon?, "Delusional Warrior ver.") of this song sung by Nobuo Akagi, Luna Iwashimizu, and Yuko Yokoyama is used. In episode 13, "ver. MAX!!" of this song sung by Nobuo Akagi, Luna Iwashimizu, Yuko Yokoyama, Haruko Momoi, Yukio Yamagata, and MoJo is used.
  • "Fight! Sun Vulcan Robo" (ファイト!サンバルカンロボ Faito! San Barukan Robo?)
    • Lyrics: Keisuke Yamakawa
    • Composition: Michiaki Watanabe
    • Arrangement: Hisashi Ichi
    • Artist: Yuko Yokoyama (Karin Ogino)
    • Episode: 2
    Image song from Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan covered by Yuko Yokoyama.
  • "Go! Love Sick"
    Image song from Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoFive covered by Luna Iwashimizu.
  • "Cap-tan Chu-Chu-Chu" (キャプたん Chu-Chu-Chu Kyapu-tan Chu-Chu-Chu?)
    Song based on the opening theme "Tatakae! Ninja Captor" (斗え!忍者キャプター Tatakae! Ninja Kyaputā?, "Fight! Ninja Captor") of Ninja Captor.
  • "girls in trouble! DEKARANGER"
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: Yūmao
    • Arrangement: Yukihiko Nishihata
    • Artist: Nobuo Akagi & General Two (Masato Wada & Ryō Horikawa)
    • Episode: 5
    Alternate ending theme song from Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger covered by Nobuo Akagi and General Two.
  • "Yume o Kanaete Dynaman ~Sayoko Hagiwara Version~" (夢をかなえてダイナマン~萩原佐代子バージョン~ Yume o Kanaete Dainaman ~Hagiwara Sayoko Bājon~?, "Dynaman Fulfills Our Dreams")
    The song from Kagaku Sentai Dynaman covered by Hiroyo Hakase.
  • "Shinken Matsuri" (シンケン祭り?, "Shinken Festival")
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Jack Denyor
    • Artist: Luna Iwashimizu, Yuko Yokoyama, Malseena, & Nobuo Akagi (Shione Sawada, Karin Ogino, Honoka, & Masato Wada)
    • Episode: 7
    Image song from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger covered by Luna Iwashimizu, Yuko Yokoyama, Malseena, and Nobuo Akagi.
  • "HOT! HOT! Gao Muscle!!" (HOT! HOT! ガオマッスル!! Hotto! Hotto! Gao Massuru!!?)
    Image song from Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger covered by KozuKozu Mita.
  • "Ki no Sei ka na" (気のせいかな?, "Isn't It Imagination?")
    • Lyrics: Saburo Yatsude
    • Composition & Arrangement: Taka-Tora
    • Artist: General Two (Ryō Horikawa)
    • Episode: 10
    Ending theme song from Denji Sentai Megaranger covered by General Two.
  • "Dolla! ~Majo Bandora no Theme~" (Dolla! ~魔女バンドーラのテーマ~ Dōra! ~Majo Bandōra no Tēma~?, "Dolla! ~Theme of Witch Bandora~")
    • Lyrics: Kayoko Fuyumori
    • Composition & Arrangement: KAZZ TOYAMA
    • Artist: Malseena (Honoka)
    • Episode: 11
    Image song from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger covered by Malseena.
  • "Shot Bomber Zenryoku Shūchū" (ショットボンバー全力集中 Shotto Bonbā Zenryoku Shūchū?, "Shot Bomber All Power Focused")
    • Lyrics: Kazunori Sonobe
    • Composition: Takeshi Ike
    • Arrangement: Daito Fujita
    • Artist: Luna Iwashimizu, Yuko Yokoyama, Hiroyo Hakase, & KozuKozu Mita (Shione Sawada, Karin Ogino, Maaya Uchida, & Kozue Aikawa)
    • Episode: 12
    Movie theme song from Hikari Sentai Maskman covered by Luna Iwashimizu, Yuko Yokoyama, Hiroyo Hakase, and KozuKozu Mita.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Yoshinobu Kaneko previously portrayed Aokage in Akakage, The Masked Ninja.
  2. ^ Mitsu Murata previously portrayed Douji in Kamen Rider Hibiki and Bishop in Kamen Rider Kiva.
  3. ^ Julia Nagano previously portrayed Mio Usagi in the Ryuta Tasaki film Salvage Mice.
  4. ^ Yuu Kamio previously portrayed Kiyoto Maki in Kamen Rider OOO.
  5. ^ Taito Hashimoto previously portrayed Kazari in Kamen Rider OOO.

References[edit]

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