Gosei Sentai Dairanger

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Gosei Sentai Dairanger
Dairanger-title.jpg
The title card for Gosei Sentai Dairanger
Genre Tokusatsu
Created by Toei
Starring
  • Keiichi Wada
  • Tatsuya Nōmi
  • Ei Hamura
  • Keisuke Tsuchiya
  • Natsuki Takahashi
  • Hisashi Sakai
Narrated by Hironori Miyata
Opening theme "Gosei Sentai Dairanger" by NewJACK Takurō
Ending theme "Ore-tachi Muteki Sa! Dairanger" by NewJACK Takurō
Composer(s) Eiji Kawamura
Country of origin Japan
Original language(s) Japanese
No. of episodes 50
Production
Producer(s)
  • Atsushi Kaji
  • Shinichiro Shirakura
  • Takeyuki Suzuki
Running time approx. 25 minutes
Production company(s) Toei
Distributor Shout! Factory
Release
Original network TV Asahi
Original release February 19, 1993 – February 11, 1994
Chronology
Preceded by Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger
Followed by Ninja Sentai Kakuranger

Gosei Sentai Dairanger (五星戦隊ダイレンジャー Gosei Sentai Dairenjā?)[Note 1][Note 2] is a Japanese tokusatsu television series. It was the seventeenth production in the long-running Super Sentai franchise of television tokusatsu dramas produced by Toei Company, following Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger. It was originally broadcast from February 19, 1993 to February 11, 1994. Toei gave this series the name Star Rangers for international distribution.[1]

Elements from Dairanger were adapted into the second season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, specifically the action sequences between the giant robots (which became the Power Rangers' Thunderzords) and some of the monsters. None of the Dairanger costumes were used in Power Rangers, except Kiba Ranger's, which was adapted into the White Ranger's costume from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: the suits from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger were instead used for the other Rangers in that show (The end credits listed the show as titled Dai Rangers). The core Dairanger costumes in the footage were not used in Power Rangers until Power Rangers Super Megaforce.

In July 2015, Shout! Factory announced that they will release "Gosei Sentai Dairanger: The Complete Series" on DVD in North America.[2] On November 10, 2015, Dairanger was released on DVD in North America. This is the Second Super Sentai to be released in North America. In addition on May 23, 2016, Shout! streamed the series on their website.[3]

Story

Eight thousand years ago, the Daos civilization flourished in Southern China. The civilization consisted of three separate tribes: the Dai, the Shura (the ancestors of today's humanity) and the Gorma (the military tribe); which lived in harmony. However, one day, the Gorma Tribe decided to take over the Daos civilization and the world. Thus began the war between the Gorma and Dai tribes. The war between the Gorma, led by the Gorma Triumvarate, and the Dai continued for 5,000 years until the Mythical Qi Beasts appeared to oppose the Gorma, whose Qi[Note 3] powers had increased to the point that they could turn themselves into monsters. Five Dai warriors' Qi powers had increased to the point where they could control the Mythical Qi Beasts. The war ended with the disappearance of both the Dai and Gorma tribes and the Shura scattered around the world. In the present day, the Gorma Tribe, one of the Daos' two missing branches, arose to take over the world. To counter them, Master Kaku assembled a team of five youths with high levels of Qi, who became the Dairangers.

Characters

Dairangers

Main article: Dairangers

The descendants of the Dai Tribe who battle the Gorma.

Ryo of the Heavenly Fire Star/Ryu Ranger (天火星・亮/リュウレンジャー Tenkasei Ryō/Ryū Renjā?)
The son of Zhang Liao who became a Dairanger against his will.
Daigo of the Heavenly Illusion Star/Shishi Ranger (天幻星・大五/シシレンジャー Tengensei Daigo/Shishi Renjā?)
The most remarkable, gentle member of the team and arguably the most skilled fighter after Ryo. He was scouted to be a Dairanger after Kaku's discovery of his Qi connection with Kujaku, whom he has feelings for.
Shoji of the Heavenly Gravity Star/Tenma Ranger (天重星・将児/テンマレンジャー Tenjūsei Shōji/Tenma Renjā?)
A man who dreams of becoming a world boxing champion. Specializes in Long Fist with the power to adjust gravity around and within, thus increasing either strength or speed.
Kazu of the Heavenly Time Star/Qilin Ranger (天時星・知/キリンレンジャー Tenjisei Kazu/Kirin Renjā?)
A stylish beautician who escaped his home at age 15 and came to Tokyo. Has a tendency to go rushing into battle without thinking.
Rin of the Heavenly Wind Star/Houou Ranger (天風星・リン/ホウオウレンジャー Tenpūsei Rin/Hōō Renjā?)
Master Kaku's niece from China, she is the only member capable of Qi control when not transformed.
Kou of the Howling New Star/Kiba Ranger (吼新星・コウ/キバレンジャー Koshinsei Kō/Kiba Renjā?)
A 9-year old who pulled out Yufang's Byakkoshinken. A somewhat perverted boy, he often grabs Rin's breasts and looks up her skirt at times, and wishes to marry her. New to fighting, he is not particularly strong. While Kou is of Dai blood, he is also part Gorma on his father's side.

The Gorma Tribe

Main article: Gorma Tribe

Daijinryuu

Daijinryuu (大神龍 Daijinryū, Great God Dragon?, 37, 38, 42-44, 49 & 50) is a colossal god-like entity who preserves the natural balance of the world, referred to as the "Great King of Fear that will destroy the Earth" by Kameo/Daimugen. He appears whenever battles have gone too far, like the ones between the Dairangers and the Gorma. Daijinryuu has no contempt for either side, but has no tolerance for whoever threatens to disrupt the natural order of things. Daijinryuu arrived on the planet in Rising Dragon Mode (昇竜モード Shōryū Mōdo?), only to transform into the bipedal Dragon God Mode (竜神モード Ryūjin Mōdo?), his feet as big as Daimugen's shell.

He is also capable of firing lightning bolts with immense destructive power. During his first appearance, he attacks the Great Famous Pachinko Player and Ryuuseioh. The universe's will that he obeyed told him that the two warring factions had to agree a cease-fire, so Daijinryuu would spare the lives of everyone on Earth and the planet itself, but he gave a warning to both Dairangers and the Gorma not to incur his wrath by destroying most of Tokyo.

The annoyed dragon crushed the monster to death under his massive foot, then turned and disassembled Dairen'oh with a lightning bolt. He then attempted to crush Ryuuseioh (the only Mythical Chi Beast left standing). Ryuuseioh was saved by Daimugen, who hid Ryuuseioh inside of his shell, but was nearly crushed by Daijinryuu. Daijinryuu let them live because of the universe's will and the truce between the Dairangers and the Gorma.

When the Dairangers dealt with Ikazuchi, Daijinryuu seemingly put many civilians in Tokyo under his control, lining them up on top of buildings to fall to their deaths, before Jiaxu counter-acted the spell. Daijinryuu made his final appearance to destroy the Gorma Palace, seeing that Shadam and the Gorma were the cause of all the trouble. To calm him down, the Lailai Balls and the Great Earth Shaking Jewel scattered to the four winds on their own will.

Episodes

No. Title Original air date
1 "Transform"
"Tenshin Daaā!!!" (転身だァァッ!!!) 
February 19, 1993
2 "It's Ch'i Power!!"
"Kiryoku Daaā!!!" (気力だァァッ!!!) 
February 26, 1993
3 "Your Souls, Please!"
"Tamashii Chōdai!" (魂ちょうだい!) 
March 5, 1993
4 "We Were Naive!!"
"Oretachi Amai ze!!" (俺たち甘いぜ!!) 
March 12, 1993
5 "The Jewels Have Come"
"Attama Kita!" (あっタマきたッ!) 
March 26, 1993
6 "Break Through The Wind"
"Kaze yo Butchigire!" (風よブッちぎれ!) 
April 2, 1993
7 "Traitor!"
"Uragirimonō!" (裏切り者ォッ!) 
April 9, 1993
8 "Father!!"
"Oyajiī!!" (おやじぃぃッ!!) 
April 16, 1993
9 "Don't be Vain"
"Unuboreru na" (うぬぼれるなッ) 
April 23, 1993
10 "Ah, The Vengeful Goddess"
"Aa Fukushū no Megami" (あァ復讐の女神) 
April 30, 1993
11 "Magnet Gauss!"
"Jishaku de Gausu!" (磁石でガウス!) 
May 7, 1993
12 "Drunk on Tofu"
"Tōfu de Yottaa" (豆腐で酔ったァ) 
May 14, 1993
13 "Ka Kabuki Boy"
"Kakkabuki Kozō" (カッカブキ小僧) 
May 21, 1993
14 "Well, Time To Get Married"
"Iyokkekkon ja" (イヨッ結婚ぢゃ) 
May 28, 1993
15 "The 3 Stooges' Soccer"
"San Baka Sakkā" (3バカサッカー) 
June 4, 1993
16 "Rumbling Child Stones"
"Gorogoro Kodomo Ishi" (ゴロゴロ子供石) 
June 11, 1993
17 "The New Hero Has Arrived"
"Demashita Nyū Hīrō" (出ました新戦士(ニューヒーロー)) 
June 18, 1993
18 "The Secret Byakko-chan"
"Himitsu no Byakko-chan" (㊙の白虎ちゃん) 
June 25, 1993
19 "The Heart-Throbbing Pretty Girl"
"Dokidoki Bishōjo" (ドキドキ美少女) 
July 2, 1993
20 "First Opening Of The Gorma Palace"
"Hatsu Kōkai Gōma-kyū" (初公開ゴーマ宮) 
July 9, 1993
21 "The Birth of a Mythical Ch'i Beast"
"Kidenjū-sama Go-tanjō" (気伝獣様ご誕生) 
July 16, 1993
22 "The Great Secret Art of the Tiger Cub!!"
"Tora no Ko Dai Hijutsu!!" (虎の子大秘術!!) 
July 23, 1993
23 "True Love at Full Speed"
"Jun'ai Masshigura" (純愛まっしぐら) 
July 30, 1993
24 "The 3 Stooges' Super Baseball!"
"San Baka Chō Yakyū!" (3バカ超野球!) 
August 6, 1993
25 "Droves Of Evil Dairangers"
"Zorozoro Ura Sentai" (ぞろぞろ裏戦隊) 
August 13, 1993
26 "A Bad, Bad, Bad Guy"
"Iya na Iya na Iya na Yatsu" (嫌な嫌な嫌な奴) 
August 20, 1993
27 "It's the Final Punch"
"Saishū Ken Da Da Da" (最終拳だだだッ) 
August 27, 1993
28 "Everyone's Here!!"
"Sō Tōjō Dagya!!" (総登場だぎゃ!!) 
September 3, 1993
29 "The Secret Inside Story of a Mother and Child's Tears"
"Haha Ko Namida no Maruhi Urabanashi" (母子涙の㊙裏話) 
September 10, 1993
30 "The Deadly, Fast-Talking Wanderer"
"Hissatsu Hayakuchi Shigotonin" (必殺早口仕事人) 
September 17, 1993
31 "Another Hero Comes Forth"
"Mata Deta Nyū Hīrō" (また出た新戦士(ニューヒーロー)) 
September 24, 1993
32 "Demon With The Golden Kick"
"Ōgon Kikku no Oni" (黄金キックの鬼) 
October 1, 1993
33 "An Idol's First Experience"
"Aidoru Hatsu Taiken" (アイドル初体験) 
October 8, 1993
34 "A Prickly Maiden Hunt"
"Togetoge Shōjogari" (トゲトゲ少女狩) 
October 15, 1993
35 "New Secret Art, the Dance of Spiders"
"Shin Ōgi Kumo no Mai" (新奥義クモの舞) 
October 22, 1993
36 "A 6000-Year Grudge..."
"Urami-bushi Rokusennen..." (恨み節6千年...) 
October 29, 1993
37 "You Have to See It!! Enormous One"
"Hikken!! Dekee Yatsu" (必見!! でけェ奴) 
November 5, 1993
38 "Huh!! A Ceasefire!?"
"Ēe!! Teisen!?" (えーッ!!停戦!?) 
November 12, 1993
39 "The Demon Fist Falls in the Setting Sun"
"Maken Rakujitsu ni Chiru" (魔拳 落日に散る) 
November 19, 1993
40 "Farewell! 3 Stooges"
"Saraba! San Baka" (さらば!3バカ) 
November 26, 1993
41 "Kujaku's Great Ascension"
"Kujaku Daishōten" (クジャク大昇天) 
December 3, 1993
42 "A Straight Line To Mom"
"Kāchan Itchokusen" (母ちゃん一直線) 
December 10, 1993
43 "Forbidden Past Is Revealed"
"Gekihaku Kindan no Kako" (激白禁断の過去) 
December 17, 1993
44 "Touching!! You'll Cry Too!"
"Kandō!! Kimi mo Nake" (感動!! 君も泣け) 
December 24, 1993
45 "Disbanding for Real!!"
"Maji de Kaisan" (本気(マジ)で解散!!) 
January 7, 1994
46 "The Heroes Are Stark Naked"
"Hīrō Maruhadaka" (英雄(ヒーロー)まるはだか) 
January 14, 1994
47 "The Amazing Truth"
"Suggē Shinjitsu" (すっげェ~真実) 
January 21, 1994
48 "Death Of The Heroic Master!!"
"Sōzetsu!! Dōshi Shisu" (壮絶!! 道士死す) 
January 28, 1994
49 "The Final Showdown"
"Saishū Kessen Dā" (最終決戦だァッ) 
February 4, 1994
50 "Let's Go!"
"Iku zoō!" (行くぞォォッ!) 
February 11, 1994

Movie

The film version of Gosei Sentai Dairanger premiered in Japan on April 17, 1993, at the Toei Super Hero Fair '93. Directed by Shōhei Tōjō and written by Noboru Sugimura, the movie was originally shown as a triple feature alongside the film versions of Kamen Rider ZO and Tokusou Robo Janperson. The main villain of the film is an original monster, named the Duke of Trump (トランプ公爵 Toranpu Kōshaku?), who gathers four of the Dairangers' previous adversaries to defeat them. While the movie was filmed between episodes 5–8, its story actually takes place between episodes 8 and 9 due to the appearance of Dairen-ō. Interestingly, Shohei Shibata, the young actor who played Hiroshi in Kamen Rider ZO would later join the cast of Dairanger as Akomaru, son of the main villain Shadam.

Cast

  • Ryo of the Heavenly Fire Star (天火星・亮 Tenkasei Ryō?): Keiichi Wada (和田 圭市 Wada Keiichi?)
  • Daigo of the Heavenly Illusion Star (天幻星・大五 Tengensei Daigo?): Tatsuya Nōmi (能見 達也 Nōmi Tatsuya?)
  • Shoji of the Heavenly Gravity Star (天重星・将児 Tenjūsei Shōji?): Ei Hamura (羽村 英 Hamura Ei?)
  • Kazu of the Heavenly Time Star (天時星・知 Tenjisei Kazu?): Keisuke Tsuchiya (土屋 圭輔 Tsuchiya Keisuke?)
  • Rin of the Heavenly Wind Star (天風星・リン Tenpūsei Rin?): Natsuki Takahashi (高橋 夏樹 Takahashi Natsuki?)
  • Kou of the Howling New Star (吼新星・コウ Koshinsei Kō?): Hisashi Sakai (酒井 寿 Sakai Hisashi?)
  • Master Kaku (道士嘉挧 Dōshi Kaku?): Koji Naka (中康治 Naka Koji?)
  • Grandmaster Yufang (老道士虞翻 Rōdōshi Guhon?): Takeshi Kuwabara (桑原 毅 Kuwabara Takeshi?)
  • Kujaku (クジャク Kujaku?): Masako Morishita (森下 雅子 Morishita Masako?)
  • Kou's Mother (コウの母 Kō no Haha?): Mikiko Miki (三輝 みきこ Miki Mikiko?)
  • Kameo: Sugisaku Imagawa (今川 杉作 Imagawa Sugisaku?)
  • Gorma XV (ゴーマ十五世 Gōma Jūgōsei?): Munemaru Kōda (幸田 宗丸 Kōda Munemaru?)
  • Commander Gara (ガラ中佐 Gara Chūsa?): Akiko Amamatsuri (天祭 揚子 Amamatsuri Akiko?)
  • Lieutenant Commander Zydos (ザイドス少佐 Zaidosu Shōsa?): Maroshi Tamura (田村 円 Tamura Maroshi?)
  • Commander Shadam (シャダム中佐 Shadamu Chūsa?): Rintarō Nishi (西 凜太朗 Nishi Rintarō?)
  • General Tenpou (田豊将軍 Tenpō Shōgun?): Chūkō Ueda (上田 忠好 Ueda Chūkō?)
  • Akomaru (阿古丸 Akomaru?): Shohei Shibata (柴田 翔平 Shibata Shohei?)
  • Jin Matoba: Yutaka Hirose (広瀬 裕 Hirose Yutaka?, credited as Takumi Hirose)

Voice actors

  • Narrator: Hironori Miyata (宮田 浩徳 Miyata Hironori?)
  • Byakkoshinken (白虎真剣 Byakkoshinken?): Wataru Abe
  • Daimugen: Ikko Tadano (ただの いっこ Tadano Ikko?) credited as Tomihisa Naruse (成瀬 富久 Naruse Tomihisa?)
  • General Kamikaze (神風大将 Kamikaze Taishō?): Nobuyuki Hiyama (檜山 修之 Hiyama Nobuyuki?)
  • Master Phone (電話先生 Denwa Sensei?): Akiko Muta (むた あきこ?)
  • Chief Tombstone (墓石社長 Hakaishi Shachō?): Takuzou Kamiyama (神山 卓三?)
  • Kabuki Novice: Shigeru Chiba (千葉 繁 Chiba Shigeru?, 13 & 14)

Guest actors

  • Kazu's clone: Daisuke Tsuchiya (土屋 大輔 Tsuchiya Daisuke?, 25)
  • Shōichirō Takamura (human form of Media Magician): Ryosuke Kaizu (海津 亮介 Kaizu Ryōsuke?, 33)

Songs

Opening theme
  • "Gosei Sentai Dairanger" (五星戦隊ダイレンジャー Gosei Sentai Dairenjā?)
Ending theme
  • "Oretachi Muteki Sa!! Dairanger" (俺たち無敵さ!! ダイレンジャー Oretachi Muteki Sa!! Dairenjā?, "We're Invincible!! Dairanger")
    • Lyrics: Saburo Yatsude
    • Composition: Katsuo Ohno
    • Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto
    • Artist: New JACK Takurō

Notes

  1. ^ Gosei (五星?) translates as "Five Stars".
  2. ^ ダイレンジャー (Dairenjā?) translates as "Great Rangers".
  3. ^ "Qi" (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; Japanese: ) is a concept in Chinese culture that relates to one's life force. It is pronounced as "ch'i" in Chinese and "ki" in Japanese.

References

  1. ^ "Library -- English Titles -- TOEI TV Website". Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  2. ^ Amand, Ginji (July 10, 2015). "SDCC 2015: Shout Factory Announces Gosei Sentai Dairanger DVD Release". Herotaku.com. Retrieved July 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Watch full episodes of Super Sentai Dairanger". ShoutFactoryTV. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 

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