Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger

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Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger
ZyuRanger-title.jpg
The title card for Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger.
Genre Tokusatsu
Created by Toei
Written by Noboru Sugimura
Kenichi Araki
Susumu Takaku
Naruhisa Arakawa
Toshiki Inoue
Kyōko Sagiyama
Directed by Shōhei Tōjō
Takeshi Ogasawara
Tarō Sakamoto
Katsuya Watanabe
Keita Amemiya
Starring Yūta Mochizuki
Aohisa Takayasu
Hideki Fujiwara
Takumi Hashimoto
Reiko Chiba
Shiro Izumi
Narrated by Tōru Ōhira
Opening theme "Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger" by Kenta Satou
Ending theme "Bouken Shite Rappapiiya!" by Pythagoras
Composer(s) Akihiko Yoshida
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 50
Production
Producer(s) Kyōzō Utsunomiya
Atsushi Kaji (TV Asahi)
Takeyuki Suzuki
Shinichirō Shirakura (Toei)
Running time approx. 25 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel TV Asahi
Original run February 21, 1992 – February 12, 1993
Chronology
Preceded by Chōjin Sentai Jetman
Followed by Gosei Sentai Dairanger

Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger (恐竜戦隊ジュウレンジャー Kyōryū Sentai Jūrenjā?, [Note 1][Note 2]) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series and the sixteenth installment in the long-running Super Sentai franchise of superhero programs. Produced by Toei and Bandai, it aired on TV Asahi from February 21, 1992 to February 12, 1993, with a total of 50 episodes. It was the first Sentai series to be adapted into an installment of the American Power Rangers series - footage from all 50 episodes was extensively used for the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.[1] The title Toei gives this series for international distribution is Galaxy Rangers.[2]

Plot[edit]

Five young warriors from an ancient civilization of Dinosaur-evolved Humans (恐竜人類 Kyōryū Jinrui?) are awakened during the present day after 170 million years of suspended animation when their sworn enemy, Bandora the Witch, is inadvertently released from her magical container on Planet Nemesis by two astronauts. The five warriors, the Zyurangers, must summon the power of mechanical-looking deities known as Shugozyu, each modeled after a different prehistoric beast, in order to protect mankind from Bandora's evil forces. A sixth warrior, Burai the Dragonranger, later becomes involved with the conflict between the Zyurangers and Bandora's forces.

Episodes[edit]

  1. The Birth (誕生 Tanjō?)
  2. The Revival (復活 Fukkatsu?)
  3. Fight In The Land of Despair (戦え絶望の大地 Tatakae Zetsubō no Daichi?)
  4. Reawaken, Legendary Weapons (甦れ伝説の武器 Yomigaere Densetsu no Buki?)
  5. Scaaary Riddles (怖~いナゾナゾ Kowāi Nazonazo?)
  6. Arise! Daizyuzin (立て!! 大獣神 Tate!! Daijūjin?)
  7. I Can See You, I Can See You (みえる、みえる Mieru, Mieru?)
  8. Terror! Eaten In An Instant (恐怖! 瞬間喰い Kyōfu! Shunkan Kui?)
  9. Run! Prince of the Eggs (走れタマゴ王子 Hashire Tamago Ōji?)
  10. Monkeys No More! (猿はもうイヤ! Saru wa Mō Iya!?)
  11. My Master! (ご主人さま! Goshujin-sama!?)
  12. Papa's a Vampire!? (パパは吸血鬼!? Papa wa Kyūketsuki!??)
  13. Fire! The Golden Arrow (射て! 黄金の矢 Ute! Ōgon no Ya?)
  14. Become Small! (小さくなァれ! Chiisaku Naare!?)
  15. Destroy! The Dark Super Sword (破れ! 暗黒超剣 Yabure! Ankoku Chō Ken?)
  16. The Great Sneeze Plot (クシャミ大作戦 Kushami Dai Sakusen?)
  17. The Sixth Hero! (六人目の英雄 Rokuninme no Hīrō!?)
  18. The Hate-Filled Brother's Sword (憎しみの兄弟剣 Nikushimi no Kyōdai Ken?)
  19. Female Warrior Scorpion! (女戦士サソリ! Onna Senshi Sasori!?)
  20. Daizyuzin's Last Day (大獣神最期の日 Daijūjin Saigo no Hi?)
  21. The Shugozyu's Great Riot (守護獣大あばれ Shugojū Ōabare?)
  22. Combine! Gouryuuzin (合体! 剛龍神 Gattai! Gōryūjin?)
  23. The Knuckleball of Infatuation (好きすき超魔球 Suki Suki Chō Makyū?)
  24. Hope Springs A-Turtle (カメでまんねん Kame de Mannen?)
  25. The Park Where Demons Dwell (悪魔のすむ公園 Akuma no Sumu Kōen?)
  26. Together Spirits in Shaved Ice (カキ氷にご用心 Kakigōri ni Goyōjin?)
  27. I Want to Eat Mei (メイを食べたい Mei o Tabetai?)
  28. Great Upgrade! Clay Monsters (大改造! 粘土獣 Dai Kaizō! Nengo Jū?)
  29. A Mystery!? The Attacking Beast Cavalry God (謎!? 襲う獣騎神 Nazo!? Osou Jūkishin?)
  30. Satan Comes!! (サタンが来る!! Satan ga Kuru!!?)
  31. Reborn! The Ultimate God (復活! 究極の神 Fukkatsu! Kyūkyoku no Kami?)
  32. Geki, Slash Your Tears (ゲキよ涙を斬れ Geki yo Namida o Kire?)
  33. Teach Me! The Jewel of Bravery (教えて! 勇気玉 Oshiete! Yūkidama?)
  34. Live, Burai! (ブライ生きて! Burai Ikite!?)
  35. Ninja Warrior, Boi (忍者戦士ボーイ Ninja Senshi Bōi?)
  36. Smash It! The Mirror of Death (くだけ! 死の鏡 Kudake! Shi no Kagami?)
  37. A Dinosaur is Born (恐竜が生まれる Kyōryū ga Umareru?)
  38. Princess Mei's Seven Metamorphoses (メイ姫七変化!! Mei-hime Shichihenge?)
  39. A Subterranean Beast's Tears (地底獣の涙… Chitei Jū no Namida...?)
  40. Burai's Deathly Departure (ブライ死の出発 Burai Shi no Tabidachi?)
  41. Blaze, Burai!! (燃えよブライ! Moe yo Burai!?)
  42. Burai Dies... (ブライ死す… Burai Shisu...?)
  43. Live Again! Zyusouken (甦れ! 獣奏剣 Yomigaere! Jūsōken?)
  44. Swordswoman! Japan's Best (女剣士! 日本一 Onna Kenshi! Nippon Ichi?)
  45. The Foolish Boy (バカヤロー少年 Bakayarō Shōnen?)
  46. Presenting! The Vicious Squadron (参上! 凶悪戦隊 Sanjō! Kyōaku Sentai?)
  47. Break in! The Final Deciding Battle (突入! 最終決戦 Totsunyū! Saishū Kessen?)
  48. The Son from the Darkness (闇からの息子 Yami Kara no Musuko?)
  49. The Gods Lost!! (神が負けた!! Kami ga Maketa!!?)
  50. Viva Dinosaurs! (恐竜万歳! Kyōryū Banzai!?)

Cast[edit]

  • Geki (ゲキ?): Yūta Mochizuki (望月 祐多 Mochizuki Yūta?)
  • Goushi (ゴウシ Gōshi?): Seiju Umon (右門 青寿 Umon Seiju?) (Credited under Aohisa Takayasu (高安 青寿 Takayasu Aohisa?))
  • Dan (ダン?): Hideki Fujiwara (藤原 秀樹 Fujiwara Hideki?)
  • Boi (ボーイ Bōi?): Takumi Hashimoto (橋本 巧 Hashimoto Takumi?)
  • Mei (メイ?): Reiko Chiba (千葉 麗子 Chiba Reiko?)
  • Burai (ブライ?): Shiro Izumi (和泉 史郎 Izumi Shirō?)
  • Witch Bandora (魔女バンドーラ Majo Bandōra?): Machiko Soga (曽我 町子 Soga Machiko?)
  • Mysterious Sage Barza (不思議仙人バーザ Fushigi Sennin Bāza?): Jun Tatara (多々良 純 Tatara Jun?)
  • Spirit of Life Clotho (命の精霊クロト Inochi no Seirei Kuroto?): Mayumi Sakai (酒井 麻由美 Sakai Mayumi?)
  • Secret Scorpion Agent Lamie (秘密蠍官ラミイ Himitsu Sasorikan Ramii?): Ami Kawai (河合 亜美 Kawai Ami?)
  • Great-Satan (大サタン Dai Satan?): Masahiko Urano (浦野 眞彦 Urano Masahiko?)
  • Kai (カイ Kai?): Issei Takahashi (高橋 一生 Takahashi Issei?)
  • Satoshi: Yuya Tajima (手島 佑弥 Tajima Yuya?)
  • Satoshi's friends: Hayato Kikuchi (菊地 隼人 Kikuchi Hayato?), Masashi Mikami (三上 雅士 Mikami Masashi?), Hayato Seideki (青出来 隼人 Seideki Hayato?)
  • Narrator: Tōru Ōhira (大平 透 Ōhira Tōru?)

Voice actors[edit]

  • Totpat (トットパット Tottopatto?): Kaoru Shinoda (篠田 薫 Shinoda Kaoru?)
  • Bookback (ブックバック Bukkubakku?): Takeshi Watabe (渡部 猛 Watabe Takeshi?)
  • Grifforzar (グリフォーザー Guriffōzā?): Kan Tokumaru (徳丸 完 Tokumaru Kan?)
  • Pleprechuan (プリプリカン?): Yutaka Ōyama (大山 豊 Ōyama Yutaka?)
  • Golem Soldiers (ゴーレム兵 Gōremu Hei?), Dokiita Golems, Dora Cockatrice, Dora Cockatrice 2, Dora Silkis: Kazuhiko Kishino (岸野 一彦 Kishino Kazuhiko?)
  • Great Satan (大サタン Dai Satan?) (31, 46): Seizō Katō (加藤 精三 Katō Seizō?)
  • Shugozyu Tyrannosaurus (守護獣ティラノザウルス Shugojū Tiranozaurusu?), Daizyuzin (大獣神 Daijūjin?), Gouryuzin (剛竜神 Gōryūjin?): Eiji Maruyama (丸山 詠二 Maruyama Eiji?)
  • Shugozyu Sabertiger (守護獣サーベルタイガー Shugojū Sāberu Taigā?), Dora Narcissus: Masaki Terasoma (寺杣 昌紀 Terasoma Masaki?)
  • Dora Franke, Zombie Franke, Satan Franke: Maroshi Tamura (田村 円 Tamura Maroshi?)
  • Dora Goldhorn: Shōzō Iizuka (飯塚 昭三 Iizuka Shōzō?)

Songs[edit]

Opening theme
Ending theme
  • "Bōken-shite Rappa-peeya!" (冒険してラッパピーヤ! Bōken-shite Rappapīya?, "Adventurous Rappa-peeya!")
    • Lyrics & Composition: Gōji Tsuno
    • Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto
    • Artist: Pythagoras (ピタゴラス Pitagorasu?)

Video game[edit]

A Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger video game was released for the Family Computer by Angel (a subsidiary of Bandai) on November 6, 1992. It is a side-scrolling action game in which the player takes control of a different Zyuranger in each of the game's five stages. The game includes two difficulty settings and a password feature.

The player begins the game as Boi in the first stage, followed by Mei, Dan, Gōshi, and Geki in subsequent stages. Each Zyuranger begins his or her stage wielding the standard Ranger Gun, which can be replaced with the character's corresponding Legendary Weapon by finding the entrance to Barza's room in each stage. Each stage also contain ten scattered coins which will replenish the player's life gauge completely when fully collected, as well display a still of the character's mecha and its specifications. At the end of each stage, the player will confront one of the main villains from the show. The villains faced are Pleprechuan, Bukbak, Totpat, Grifforzer, and Bandora herself.

Between stages, the player will be challenged to one of three possible minigames by Burai the Dragonranger. These consist of a trivia game where Bandora will ask the player a question related to the TV series, a Pong-style game between Daizyuzin and the Dragon Caesar, and a hot potato-style game between Gōryūzin and Lamie. These minigames are also accessible from the main menu and can be played with a second player.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kyōryū (恐竜?) is the Japanese word for "Dinosaur".
  2. ^ "Zyu" is the Romaji Nippon-shiki & Kunrei-shiki style of writing "Jū" (Hepburn style) proper noun which appears in the show, although the alternate kanji title for the series is given as Jūrenjā (獣連者?, "Beast Ranger").

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