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
Seiju Umon
Hideki Fujiwara
Takumi Hashimoto
Reiko Chiba
Shiro Izumi
Machiko Soga
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
Release
Original network TV Asahi
Original release February 21, 1992 – February 12, 1993
Chronology
Preceded by Chōjin Sentai Jetman
Followed by Gosei Sentai Dairanger
Website

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 the series for international distribution is Galaxy Rangers.[2]

Cast members from the series reprised their roles for the 2014 film, Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters: The Great Dinosaur Battle! Farewell Our Eternal Friends.

At the 2014 San Diego Comic Con, Shout! Factory announced that they would be releasing the entire Zyuranger series with English subtitles on DVD in North America.[citation needed] On February 17, 2015, "Super Sentai Zyuranger: The Complete Series" was released on DVD in North America.[citation needed] In addition on January 23, 2016, Shout streamed the series on their website.[3]

Characters[edit]

Plot[edit]

Five young warriors from the ancient civilization of Dinosaur-evolved Humans (恐竜人類 Kyōryū Jinrui?) are awakened in 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 the Guardian Beasts, each modeled after a different prehistoric beast, in order to protect mankind from Bandora's evil forces. The sixth warrior of the Zyurangers, Burai the Dragon Ranger, later becomes involved with the conflict between the Zyurangers and Bandora's forces.

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "The Birth"
"Tanjō" (誕生) 
February 21, 1992
2 "The Revival"
"Fukkatsu" (復活) 
Febaruary 28, 1992
3 "Fight In The Land of Despair"
"Tatakae Zetsubō no Daichi" (戦え絶望の大地) 
March 6, 1992
4 "Reawaken, Legendary Weapons"
"Yomigaere Densetsu no Buki" (甦れ伝説の武器) 
March 13, 1992
5 "Scary Riddles"
"Kowāi Nazonazo" (怖~いナゾナゾ) 
March 27, 1992
6 "Arise, Daizyuzin!"
"Tate!! Daijūjin" (立て!! 大獣神) 
April 3, 1992
7 "I Can See! I Can See!"
"Mieru, Mieru" (みえる、みえる) 
April 10, 1992
8 "Terror! Eaten In An Instant"
"Kyōfu! Shunkan Kui" (恐怖! 瞬間喰い) 
April 17, 1992
9 "Run! Prince of the Eggs"
"Hashire Tamago Ōji" (走れタマゴ王子) 
April 24, 1992
10 "Monkeys No More!"
"Saru wa Mō Iya!" (猿はもうイヤ!) 
May 1, 1992
11 "My Master!"
"Goshujin-sama!" (ご主人さま!) 
May 8, 1992
12 "Papa's a Vampire!?"
"Papa wa Kyūketsuki!?" (パパは吸血鬼!?) 
May 15, 1992
13 "Fire! The Golden Arrow"
"Ute! Ōgon no Ya" (射て! 黄金の矢) 
May 22, 1992
14 "Become Small!"
"Chiisaku Naare!" (小さくなァれ!) 
May 29, 1992
15 "Destroy! The Dark Super Sword"
"Yabure! Ankoku Chō Ken" (破れ! 暗黒超剣) 
June 5, 1992
16 "The Great Sneeze Plot"
"Kushami Dai Sakusen" (クシャミ大作戦) 
June 12, 1992
17 "The Sixth Hero!"
"Rokuninme no Hīrō!" (六人目の英雄 (ヒーロー)) 
June 19, 1992
18 "The Hate-Filled Brother's Sword"
"Nikushimi no Kyōdai Ken" (憎しみの兄弟剣) 
June 26, 1992
19 "Female Warrior Scorpion!"
"Onna Senshi Sasori!" (女戦士サソリ!) 
July 3, 1992
20 "Daizyuzin's Last Day"
"Daijūjin Saigo no Hi" (大獣神最期の日) 
July 10, 1992
21 "The Guardian Beast's Great Riot"
"Shugojū Ōabare" (守護獣大あばれ) 
July 17, 1992
22 "Combine! Gouryuzin"
"Gattai! Gōryūjin" (合体! 剛龍神) 
July 24, 1992
23 "The Knuckleball of Infatuation"
"Suki Suki Chō Makyū" (好きすき超魔球) 
July 31, 1992
24 "Hope Springs A-Turtle"
"Kame de Mannen" (カメでまんねん) 
August 7, 1992
25 "The Park Where Demons Dwell"
"Akuma no Sumu Kōen" (悪魔のすむ公園) 
August 14, 1992
26 "Be Careful of Shaved Ice"
"Kakigōri ni Goyōjin" (カキ氷にご用心) 
August 21, 1992
27 "I Want to Eat Mei"
"Mei o Tabetai" (メイを食べたい) 
August 28, 1992
28 "Great Upgrade! Clay Monsters"
"Dai Kaizō! Nengo Jū" (大改造! 粘土獣) 
September 4, 1992
29 "A Mystery!? The Attacking Beast Knight God"
"Nazo!? Osou Jūkishin" (謎!? 襲う獣騎神) 
September 11, 1992
30 "Satan Comes!!"
"Satan ga Kuru!!" (サタンが来る!!) 
September 18, 1992
31 "Reborn! The Ultimate God"
"Fukkatsu! Kyūkyoku no Kami" (復活! 究極の神) 
September 25, 1992
32 "Geki! Kill Your Tears"
"Geki yo Namida o Kire" (ゲキよ涙を斬れ) 
October 2, 1992
33 "Teach Me! The Jewel of Bravery"
"Oshiete! Yūkidama" (教えて! 勇気玉) 
October 9, 1992
34 "Stay Alive, Burai!"
"Burai Ikite!" (ブライ生きて!) 
October 16, 1992
35 "Ninja Warrior, Boi"
"Ninja Senshi Bōi" (忍者戦士ボーイ) 
October 23, 1992
36 "Smash It! The Mirror of Death"
"Kudake! Shi no Kagami" (くだけ! 死の鏡) 
October 30, 1992
37 "A Dinosaur is Born"
"Kyōryū ga Umareru" (恐竜が生まれる) 
November 6, 1992
38 "Princess Mei's Seven Metamorphoses"
"Mei-hime Shichihenge" (メイ姫七変化!!) 
November 13, 1992
39 "Tears of a Subterranean Beast"
"Chitei Jū no Namida..." (地底獣の涙…) 
November 20, 1992
40 "Burai's Deathly Departure"
"Burai Shi no Tabidachi" (ブライ死の出発 (たびだち)) 
November 27, 1992
41 "Blaze, Burai!!"
"Moe yo Burai!" (燃えよブライ!) 
December 4, 1992
42 "Burai Dies!"
"Burai Shisu..." (ブライ死す…) 
December 11, 1992
43 "Live Again, Zyusouken"
"Yomigaere! Jūsōken" (甦れ! 獣奏剣) 
December 18, 1992
44 "Japan's Best Swordswoman"
"Onna Kenshi! Nippon Ichi" (女剣士! 日本一) 
December 25, 1992
45 "The Foolish Boy"
"Bakayarō Shōnen" (バカヤロー少年) 
January 8, 1993
46 "Presenting The Vicious Squadron!"
"Sanjō! Kyōaku Sentai" (参上! 凶悪戦隊) 
January 15, 1993
47 "Break In! The Final Deciding Battle"
"Totsunyū! Saishū Kessen" (突入! 最終決戦) 
January 22, 1993
48 "The Son from Darkness"
"Yami Kara no Musuko" (闇からの息子) 
January 29, 1993
49 "The Gods Lost!!"
"Kami ga Maketa!!" (神が負けた!!) 
February 5, 1993
50 "Long Live The Dinosaurs!!"
"Kyōryū Banzai!" (恐竜万歳!) 
February 12, 1993

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?)
  • Dai-Satan (大サタン Dai Satan?): Seizō Katō (加藤 精三 Katō Seizō?)
  • Guardian Beast 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?)
  • Guardian Beast Saber Tiger (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?, "Let's Go On Adventures, 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 by Angel (a subsidiary of Bandai) for the Family Computer 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, Goushi, and Geki in subsequent stages. Each Zyuranger begins his or her stage wielding the Ranger Gun, which is then replaced with the character's corresponding Legendary Weapon by finding the entrance to Barza's room in each stage. Each stage also contains ten scattered coins which replenish the player's life gauge completely when fully collected, as well as 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 Dragon Ranger. 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.

See also[edit]

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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