France Five

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Not to be confused with France 5.
Shin Kenjūshi France Five
The opening title card for Shin Kenjūshi France Five
The opening title card for Shin Kenjūshi France Five
Genre Tokusatsu
Created by Buki X-4 Productions
Starring
  • Sébastien Ruchet
  • Grégory Goldberg
  • Daniel Andréyev
  • Thomas Blumberg
  • Wendy Roeltgen
  • Nolwenn Daste
  • Grégoire Hellot
Opening theme "Shin Kenjūshi France Five" by Akira Kushida
Country of origin France
No. of episodes 6
Production
Running time 24-25 minutes (per episode)
Broadcast
Original airing 2000
External links
Website

France Five (フランスファイブ Furansu Faibu?), originally titled Jūshi 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 Kenjūshi 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-4 Productions in the 2000s (decade). It is an homage to Toei's ever-popular Super Sentai series (better known elsewhere in the west as the Power Rangers series), which was extremely popular in France in the 1980s. As a nod to Super Sentai titles having certain motifs, France Five has each member themed after certain aspects of French culture.

There have been four half-hour episodes of France Five produced. The fifth episode aired on May 5, 2012 during a projection in Paris, and will premiere in June for Japan and the French television, Nolife, created by the creators of France Five. The episode includes a preview of the sixth and final episode.

This series is said to be a nod to another Sentai pastiche, Aikoku Sentai Dai-Nippon (Patriot Squadron Great Japan) (1982) by Daicon Films (now Gainax).

The series has become somewhat popular in Japan as well, with singer Akira Kushida singing an original theme for the series starting with episode 4. Prior to that point, the themes were French remixes of older Sentai theme songs (Choujin Sentai Jetman and Choudenshi Bioman) as well as an original French theme.

Story[edit]

Glou Man Chou, ruler of the Lexos Empire, 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 France Five.

In the fourth episode, the shield is disabled and Lexos's army is shown prepared to invade the planet. Professor Burgone is captured and France Five go in hiding. In episode 5, France Five reappear to battle Lexos, but they are overpowered by Zakaral and his generals. After being freed from captivity by France Five and his robot assistant Margarine, Professor Burgonde initiates a top-secret program in France Five's system as a last-ditch effort to save them.

Characters[edit]

France Five[edit]

France Five: (from left) Yellow Baguette, Black Beaujolais, Red Fromage, Blue Accordéon, Pink à la Mode.
"En garde! Jūshi Sentai France Five!"/ "France Five!, En garde!"
  • Antoine Deschaumes/Red Fromage: A skilled boxer and leader of France Five. A very patriotic person who takes his duty seriously, he hardly ever laughs.
  • Thierry Durand/Black Beaujolais: The son of a rich winemaker in the Beaujolais region, he rejected his family heritage to live a rebellious life - which often clashes with Red Fromage's authority.
  • Albert Dumas/Blue Accordéon: The son of a musician, he is the comic relief of the team.
  • Jean Pétri/Yellow Baguette: A bread baker and the youngest member of the team.
  • Catherine Fontaine/Pink à la Mode: A fashion model who is very critical of cleanliness - much to the team's dismay.
  • Aramis Leclair/Silver Mousquetaire: The mysterious warrior in the tradition of the Super Sentai franchise's "sixth warriors". Aramis is also an old friend of Antoine. He died protecting Antoine from a laser shot in Episode 4, and his spirit reappears in Episode 6.

Allies[edit]

  • Professor Aristide Burgonde: Creator of France Five's suits and mecha. He is an ethnologist, veterinarian and a robotology diploma holder. He secretly developed France Five in conjunction with the French Ministry of Defense.
  • Margarine: Professor Burgonde's robot assistant. She was killed in Episode 6 by a piece of Antoine's broken sword thrown by Zakaral.
  • Sylvie Dumas: A French tour guide who is Albert's sister.

Mecha[edit]

  • Jet Charlemagne: Flying fortress, carries the Falcon D'Artagnan and the Joan Of Arc Mont.
  • Falcon D'Artagnan and Joan Of Arc Mount: Vehicles that combine into the France-Robot. A new, standalone France Robot appears in the final episode.
  • Machine Chanteclerc: Silver Mousquetaire's rooster mecha. In the final episode it combines with the new France Robot into the Robot D'Artagnan.

The Lexos Empire[edit]

  • Glou Man Chou: Emperor of the Lexos Empire. After destroying many planets, he has his sights set on Earth and sends his minions to destroy the Eiffel Tower and deactivate Earth's protective barrier for a full invasion.
  • Extasy: One of Glou Man Chou's lieutenants, who takes pleasure in making her victims suffer. Extasy's true identity is Sophie Burgonde, Antoine's fiancee who was kidnapped by Warduke prior to the first episode.
  • Warduke: A lieutenant with colossal strength and an insatiable lust for battle.
  • Cancrelax: Glou Man Chou's cowardly chamberlain, who often shows sycophancy to the Emperor and blames Extasy and Warduke for every defeat at the hands of France Five. Whenever a Streum Monster is defeated by France Five, he casts a spell to revive and grow it to giant size. In episode 5, he evolves his physical form into Grand Crelax.
  • Zakaral: Glou Man Chou's highest-ranked lieutenant.
  • Gorlock: A burly brute armed with a giant hammer.
  • Succulard: A bloodthirsty chef itching to paint his cleaver with the blood of his victims.
  • Agony: A lizard-like warrior with remarkable agility.
  • Lady Warcry: An Amazon warrior who is Warduke's daughter.

Monsters[edit]

  • Hypnostreum (1)
  • Discostreum (2)
  • Toxicostreum (3)
  • Pyrostreum (4)

Episodes[edit]

  1. "Hypnostreum's Attack! Don't Lose the Guide!" (2000)
  2. "Everyone on the Dance Floor! Discostreum Leads the Party" (2001)
  3. "Cheating Isn't Fairplay! Toxicostreum Reverses the Rules" (2002)
  4. "Is Paris Burning? The Menace Is Named Zakaral" (2004)
  5. "The Day of Glory has arrived! Farewell France Five" (May 5, 2012)
  6. "This Time, It's the End. Antoine Faces His Destiny!" (April 12, 2013)

Cast[edit]

Grégory Goldberg on November 2006 during G.A.M.E. in Paris 3.
  • Antoine Deschaumes: Sébastien Ruchet
  • Thierry Durand: Grégory Goldberg
  • Albert Dumas: Daniel Andréyev
  • Jean Pétri: Thomas Blumberg
  • Catherine Fontaine: Wendy Roeltgen (eps. 1-3); Nolwenn Daste (eps. 4-6)
  • Aramis Leclair Grégoire Hellot
  • Professor Aristide Burgonde: Tibor Clerdouet
  • Margarine: Émilie Thoré; Clémence Perrot; Lætitia Girard
  • Sylvie Dumas: Dorothée Leclére-Tardif
  • Glou Man Chou: David Guélou
  • Extasy: Nadège Bessaguet; Aurélie Maurice
  • Warduke: Jean-Marc Imbert
  • Cancrelax Olivier Fallaix
  • Grand Crelax: Aurélien François
  • Zakaral: Patrick Giordano
  • Gorlock: Michel Toustou
  • Succulard: Ruddy Pomarède
  • Agony: Romanesque Ishitobi; Frédéric Hosteing
  • Lady Warcry: Léna Desfontaines

Suit actors[edit]

  • Red Fromage: Aurélien François
  • Black Beaujolais: Grégory Goldberg
  • Blue Accordéon: Yannick Beaupuis
  • Yellow Baguette: Thien An Nguyen
  • Pink à la Mode: Loan Trinh, Suzuka Asaoka
  • Margarine: Suzuka Asaoka, Aurore Blaise
  • Zakaral: Frédéric Hostering

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