Ressha Sentai ToQger

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Ressha Sentai ToQger
Toqger logo.jpg
Genre Tokusatsu
Superhero fiction
Action
Comedy
Created by
Written by
Directed by
Starring
Voices of
Narrated by Kappei Yamaguchi
Opening theme "Ressha Sentai ToQger" by Daiki Ise
Ending theme "Byun Byun! ToQger" by Project.R (YOFFY, Takayoshi Tanimoto, Showgo Kamada)
Composer(s) Kei Haneoka[1]
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 47 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)
Running time 24–25 minutes
Release
Original network TV Asahi
Original release February 16, 2014 (2014-02-16) – February 15, 2015 (2015-02-15)
Chronology
Preceded by Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger
Followed by Shuriken Sentai Ninninger
External links
烈車戦隊トッキュウジャー|テレビ朝日 www.tv-asahi.co.jp/tqg/
www.toei.co.jp/tv/toqger/

Ressha Sentai ToQger (烈車戦隊トッキュウジャー?, Ressha Sentai Tokkyūjā) is a Japanese television series, the 38th installment in Toei Company's Super Sentai series, following Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger. It premiered on TV Asahi affiliates on February 16, 2014, joining Kamen Rider Gaim and later, Kamen Rider Drive in the Super Hero Time programming block, and it ended on February 15, 2015. The series has a train motif, and unlike previous series where the heroes are named after colors, the heroes in ToQger are numbered and regularly swap colors during battle.[2] One of the series' props is used for the 2017 American Power Rangers season adaption of the later Super Sentai show Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, Power Rangers Ninja Steel. It is the second post-Jetman season to have not been adapted into a Power Rangers season after Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters.

The series' main characters made a cameo appearance in the film Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters: The Great Dinosaur Battle! Farewell Our Eternal Friends, and appeared in a special meet-and-greet and press conference at Tokyo Dome City in late January 2014. In October 2014, the series was given the Japan Railway Award's Special award by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in its annual "Train Day" observance, recognizing its effect on making children enjoy trains.[3][4]

Among the Super Sentai Series, it is the first Super Sentai banned in China for the celebration of 70th anniversary victory in the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Story[edit]

Only those with a great Imagination (イマジネーション Imajinēshon) can see the mystical railway known as the Rainbow Line (レインボーライン Reinbō Rain), on which run massive trains known as Ressha (烈車)[a] are driven by five warriors known as the ToQgers (トッキュウジャー Tokkyūjā),[b] While it is their mission to save towns from the evil forces of the Shadow Line (シャドーライン Shadō Rain) who are using the residents' fear and sadness to establish their own railway to enable the coming of their leader Emperor Z, whose intention is consume light to plunge the world into darkness, the five ToQgers are also childhood friends who also fight to recover the memories of their hometown after it was consumed by the Shadow Line's evil. The ToQgers begin a campaign to free these "Shadow Towns" from their Shadow Creep Keepers in an attempt to recover their memories, while the Shadow Line must deal with some opposition among their own subjects.

Episodes[edit]

As the motif for ToQger is trains, the episodes are called "stations" ( eki).

# Title Writer Original airdate
1 "Let's Go on the Express Ressha"
"Tokkyū Ressha de Ikō" (特急烈車で行こう) 
Yasuko Kobayashi February 16, 2014
2 "We Are Here"
"Oretachi wa Koko ni Iru" (俺たちはここにいる) 
Yasuko Kobayashi February 23, 2014
3 "Risking Everything After Reaching the Wrong Conclusion"
"Omoikondara Inochigake" (思いこんだら命がけ) 
Yasuko Kobayashi March 2, 2014
4 "Be Careful Not to Lose Anything"
"Wasuremono ni Gochūi o" (忘れ物にご注意を) 
Yasuko Kobayashi March 9, 2014
5 "The Missing Other Side of the Tracks"
"Kieta Senro no Mukōgawa" (消えた線路の向こうがわ) 
Yasuko Kobayashi March 16, 2014
6 "What Are We Looking For?"
"Sagashimono wa Nan Desu ka" (探し物はなんですか) 
Yasuko Kobayashi March 23, 2014
SP "Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kamen Rider Gaim: Spring Break Combined Special"
"Ressha Sentai Tokkyūjā Tai Kamen Raidā Gaimu Haruyasumi Gattai Supesharu" (烈車戦隊トッキュウジャーVS仮面ライダー鎧武 春休み合体スペシャル) 
Nobuhiro Mouri March 30, 2014
7 "Inconsolable, Unmotivatable"
"Yarusenaku, Yarukinaku" (やるせなく、やる気なく) 
Yasuko Kobayashi April 6, 2014
8 "Big Explosion on the Rainbow Line"
"Reinbō Rain Daibakuha" (レインボーライン大爆破) 
Yasuko Kobayashi April 13, 2014
9 "Memory Is a One-Way Ticket"
"Omoi wa Katamichi Kippu" (思いは片道切符) 
Yasuko Kobayashi April 20, 2014
10 "Tokatti Dies at Sunset"
"Tokatchi, Yūyake ni Shisu" (トカッチ、夕焼けに死す) 
Yasuko Kobayashi April 27, 2014
11 "The Emperor of Darkness"
"Yami no Kōtei" (闇の皇帝) 
Yasuko Kobayashi May 4, 2014
12 "The Rainbow Commuter Pass"
"Niji no Teikiken" (虹の定期券) 
Yasuko Kobayashi May 11, 2014
13 "Run Fire Extinguisher"
"Hashire Shōkaki" (走れ消火器) 
Akatsuki Yamatoya May 18, 2014
14 "Lost Cop, Great Detective"
"Meikeiji, Meitantei" (迷刑事、名探偵) 
Akatsuki Yamatoya May 25, 2014
15 "The Thing In Your Heart"
"Kokoro no Naka ni Aru Mono" (心の中にあるもの) 
Shō Aikawa June 1, 2014
16 "The Dangerous Extraordinary Ressha"
"Kiken na Rinji Ressha" (危険な臨時烈車) 
Shō Aikawa June 8, 2014
17 "The Sky After the Rain"
"Ameagari no Sora ni" (雨上がりの空に) 
Yasuko Kobayashi June 22, 2014
18 "And What Do We Call You?"
"Kimi no Na o Yobeba" (君の名を呼べば) 
Yasuko Kobayashi June 29, 2014
19 "Now Departing! Build-Dai-Oh"
"Shuppatsu! Birudodaiō" (出発!ビルドダイオー) 
Yasuko Kobayashi July 6, 2014
20 "Smiling Is Dangerous"
"Egao wa Kiken" (笑顔は危険) 
Yasuko Kobayashi July 13, 2014
21 "The Runaway Bride"
"Hanayome wa Tōsōchū" (花嫁は逃走中) 
Yasuko Kobayashi July 20, 2014
22 "Birth of the Empress"
"Jotei no Tanjō" (女帝の誕生) 
Yasuko Kobayashi July 27, 2014
23 "United Hand in Hand"
"Te to Te o Tsunai de" (手と手をつないで) 
Yasuko Kobayashi August 10, 2014
24 "Pass the Junction"
"Bunkiten o Koete" (分岐点を越えて) 
Yasuko Kobayashi August 17, 2014
25 "Right Out of a Fairy Tale"
"Otogibanashi ga Tobidashite" (おとぎ話が飛び出して) 
Yasuko Kobayashi August 24, 2014
26 "The Fight that Started in a Bathhouse"
"Sentō de Sentō Kaishi" (銭湯で戦闘開始) 
Akatsuki Yamatoya August 31, 2014
27 "A New Power"
"Arata na Chikara o" (新たな力を) 
Yasuko Kobayashi September 7, 2014
28 "Uncool but Cool"
"Kakko Warui ga Kakko Ii" (カッコ悪いがカッコ良い) 
Yasuko Kobayashi September 14, 2014
29 "The Meeting with the Oncoming Train"
"Taikōsha to no Gōryūten" (対向車との合流点) 
Akatsuki Yamatoya September 21, 2014
30 "The Birthday Celebration"
"Tanjōbi no Oiwai wa" (誕生日のお祝いは) 
Akatsuki Yamatoya September 28, 2014
31 "The Hyper Ressha Terminal"
"Haipā Ressha Tāminaru" (ハイパーレッシャターミナル) 
Yasuko Kobayashi October 5, 2014
32 "Determination"
"Ketsui" (決意) 
Yasuko Kobayashi October 12, 2014
33 "Karate Hot Match"
"Karate Ōichiban" (カラテ大一番) 
Yasuko Kobayashi October 19, 2014
34 "Love Furor"
"Koi wa Ōsawagi" (恋は大騒ぎ) 
Akatsuki Yamatoya October 26, 2014
35 "The Stolen Terminal"
"Ubawareta Tāminaru" (奪われたターミナル) 
Yasuko Kobayashi November 9, 2014
36 "A+ Dream"
"Yume wa Hyakuten" (夢は100点) 
Shō Aikawa November 16, 2014
37 "Unreasonable Quiz"
"Rifujin Kuizu" (理不尽クイズ) 
Akatsuki Yamatoya November 23, 2014
38 "Let's Make a Movie"
"Eiga Tsukurō" (映画つくろう) 
Akatsuki Yamatoya November 30, 2014
39 "The Beginning of the End"
"Owari no Hajimari" (終わりの始まり) 
Yasuko Kobayashi December 7, 2014
40 "Who Is He? He Is Whom?"
"Dare ga Aitsu de, Aitsu ga Dare de" (誰があいつで あいつが誰で) 
Yasuko Kobayashi December 14, 2014
41 "The Christmas Battle"
"Kurisumasu Daikessen" (クリスマス大決戦) 
Yasuko Kobayashi December 21, 2014
42 "Words to Reach You"
"Kimi ni Todoku Kotoba" (君に届く言葉) 
Yasuko Kobayashi December 28, 2014
43 "The Locked Door"
"Akanai Tobira" (開かない扉) 
Yasuko Kobayashi January 11, 2015
44 "To Subarugahama"
"Subarugahama e" (昴ヶ浜へ) 
Yasuko Kobayashi January 18, 2015
45 "The Home We Left Behind"
"Kimi ga Satta Hōmu" (君が去ったホーム) 
Yasuko Kobayashi January 25, 2015
46 "The Last Stop"
"Saigo no Ikisaki" (最後の行き先) 
Yasuko Kobayashi February 8, 2015[c]
47 "A Shining Thing"
"Kagayaiteiru Mono" (輝いているもの) 
Yasuko Kobayashi February 15, 2015

Films[edit]

The ToQgers made their debut appearance in the post-credits scene of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters: The Great Dinosaur Battle! Farewell Our Eternal Friends.

Kamen Rider Taisen[edit]

The main casts from Ressha Sentai ToQger and Kamen Rider Gaim, along with Ryo Ryusei who returns as Daigo Kiryu from Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger participate in Heisei Rider vs. Shōwa Rider: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai (平成ライダー対昭和ライダー 仮面ライダー大戦 feat.スーパー戦隊 Heisei Raidā Tai Shōwa Raidā Kamen Raidā Taisen feat. Sūpā Sentai) which debuted in theaters on March 29, 2014.[5] It also features the return of characters from previous Kamen Rider Series, most notably Hiroshi Fujioka of the original Kamen Rider.[6]

Galaxy Line S.O.S.[edit]

Ressha Sentai ToQger the Movie: Galaxy Line S.O.S. (烈車戦隊トッキュウジャー THE MOVIE ギャラクシーラインSOS Ressha Sentai Tokkyūjā THE MOVIE Gyarakushī Rain SOS) was released in Japanese theaters on July 19, 2014, double-billed with the film for Kamen Rider Gaim.[7] It features the introduction of the Safari Ressha (サファリ烈車).

ToQger vs. Kyoryuger[edit]

Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger: The Movie (烈車戦隊トッキュウジャーVSキョウリュウジャーTHE MOVIE Ressha Sentai Tokkyūjā Tai Kyōryūjā Za Mūbī) is the VS team-up movie between Ressha Sentai ToQger and Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger. The film premiered in Japanese theaters on January 17, 2015.[8]

Ninninger vs. ToQger[edit]

Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger the Movie: Ninja in Wonderland (手裏剣戦隊ニンニンジャーVSトッキュウジャー THE MOVIE 忍者・イン・ワンダーランド Shuriken Sentai Ninninjā Tai Tokkyūjā Za Mūbī Ninja In Wandārando) was released in Japanese theaters on January 23, 2016, featuring the casts of both Shuriken Sentai Ninninger and ToQger.[9]

Special DVD[edit]

Ressha Sentai ToQger DVD Special: Farewell, Ticket! The Wasteland Super ToQ Battle!! (烈車戦隊トッキュウジャー さらばチケットくん 荒野の超トッキュウバトル!! Ressha Sentai Tokkyūjā DVD Supesharu: Saraba, Chiketto! Arechi Sūpā Tokkyū Batoru!!) is a special DVD by Kodansha that details Ticket ending up on Akira's hand. After attempts to get him off, Akira and Right are forced to help Ticket in settling things with his nemesis Kaniros, who also enlisted General Schwarz's assistance.

V-Cinema[edit]

They Went and Came Back Again Ressha Sentai ToQGer: Super ToQ 7gou of Dreams (行って帰ってきた烈車戦隊トッキュウジャー 夢の超トッキュウ7号 Itte Kaettekita Ressha Sentai Tokkyūjā Yume no Chō Tokkyū Nana-gō) is a direct-to-video film to be released on June 24, 2015. Ten years after the events of the series, the fully grown up ToQgers find themselves being attacked by the Shadow Line before ending up sent back through time to the year 2017 on the day before their graduation when their childhood selves set out to find Akira. But the childhood ToQgers find themselves meeting the mysterious ToQ 7gou (トッキュウ7号 Tokkyū Nana-gō) while facing the Shadow Line's new leader Archduke Hei, who attempts to turn Akira back to Zalam with help from the 6th ToQger's silent partner Tanktop Shadow. But the ToQgers, regaining their lost Imagination in the process, help their childhood selves save Akira and redeem Tanktop Shadow with Hei going into hiding to have his revenge on the powerless ToQgers in eight years' time. Luckily, the time paradox caused by Glitta allowed the ToQgers to retain their regained Imagination while they are joined by Akira, the childhood ToQgers and Conductor as ToQ 7gou in finishing Hei for good.

Cast[edit]

  • Right (ライト Raito): Jun Shison (志尊 淳 Shison Jun),[10][11] Homare Mabuchi (馬渕 誉 Mabuchi Homare, Child)
  • Tokatti (トカッチ Tokatchi): Jin Hiramaki (平牧 仁 Hiramaki Jin),[10][12] Keishiro Nagase (永瀬 圭志朗 Nagase Keishirō, Child)
  • Mio (ミオ): Riria (梨里杏),[10][13] Kaoruko Ishii (石井 薫子 Ishii Kaoruko, Child)
  • Hikari (ヒカリ): Ryusei Yokohama (横浜 流星 Yokohama Ryūsei),[10][14] Hikaru Yamazaki (山﨑 光 Yamazaki Hikaru, Child)
  • Kagura (カグラ): Ai Moritaka (森高 愛 Moritaka Ai),[15] Rara Shimizu (清水 らら Shimizu Rara, Child)
  • Akira Nijino (虹野 明 Nijino Akira): Shin Nagahama (長濱 慎 Nagahama Shin)[16]
  • Conductor (車掌 Shashō): Tsutomu Sekine (関根 勤 Sekine Tsutomu)[1]
  • Emperor of Darkness Z (闇の皇帝ゼット Yami no Kōtei Zetto): Kengo Ohkuchi (大口 兼悟 Ōkuchi Kengo)
  • Ticket (チケット Chiketto, Voice), ToQger Equipment Voice, Narration: Kappei Yamaguchi (山口 勝平 Yamaguchi Kappei)[1][17]
  • Wagon (ワゴン, Voice): Yui Horie (堀江 由衣 Horie Yui)[1]
  • Rainbow Line President (レインボーライン総裁 Reinbō Rain Sōsai, Voice): Kōsuke Toriumi (鳥海 浩輔 Toriumi Kōsuke)
  • Barone Nero (ネロ男爵 Nero-danshaku, Voice): Jun Fukuyama (福山 潤 Fukuyama Jun)[1]
  • Madame Noir (ノア夫人 Noa-fujin, Voice): Aya Hisakawa (久川 綾 Hisakawa Aya)[1]
  • General Schwarz (シュバルツ将軍 Shubarutsu-shōgun, Voice): Haruhiko Jō (壤 晴彦 Jō Haruhiko)[1]
  • Miss Glitta (グリッタ嬢 Guritta-jō, Voice): Noriko Hidaka (日高 のり子 Hidaka Noriko)[1]
  • Marchioness Mork (モルク侯爵 Moruku-kōshaku, Voice)/Cryner and Castle Terminal Announcements (クライナー・キャッスルターミナルのアナウンス Kurainā to Kyassuru Tāminaru no Anaunsu, Voice): Reiko Suzuki (鈴木 れい子 Suzuki Reiko).

Guest stars[edit]

  • Tooru Chiba (千葉 徹 Chiba Tōru, 9): Sotaro (聡太郎 Sōtarō)
  • Gonzaemon Toride (取手 権左衛門 Toride Gonzaemon, 14): Hiroyuki Konishi (小西 博之 Konishi Hiroyuki)
  • Sumo Wrestler (相撲取り Sumōtori, 20): Akatsu (あかつ)
  • Comedian (芸人 Geinin, 20): Gorgeous (ゴー☆ジャス Gōjasu)
  • Ryo Tokashiki (渡嘉敷 涼 Tokashiki Ryō, 23, 25, 45, 47): Mizuki Ohno (大野 瑞生 Ōno Mizuki)
  • Naked Emperor (はだかの王様 Hadaka no Ōsama, 25): John Kaminari (ジョン・カミナリ Jon Kaminari)
  • Owner of Sentō (銭湯の店主 Sentō no Tenshu, 26): Ken Nishida (西田 健 Nishida Ken)
  • Teruo Inzai (印西 輝男 Inzai Teruo, 26): Masahiro Kuranuki (倉貫 匡弘 Kuranuki Masahiro)
  • Taihei Kasuga (春日 太平 Kasuga Taihei, 33): Ryo Kinomoto (木之元 亮 Kinomoto Ryō)
  • Tsuyoshi Suzuki (鈴樹 剛史 Suzuki Tsuyoshi, 33, 45-47): Takashi Inoue (井上 高志 Inoue Takashi)
  • Yoshio Omotesando (表参道 義雄 Yoshio Omotesandō, 34): Makoto Sakamoto (坂本 真 Sakamoto Makoto)
  • Sakura Igawa (井川 さくら Igawa Sakura, 36): Erica Tonooka (外岡 えりか Tonooka Erika)
  • Railway Maintenance Crew Band (保線員バンド Hosenin Bando, 42)
  • Ayaka Nonomura (野々村 彩香 Nonomura Ayaka, 43, 45, 47): Hitomi Hasebe (長谷部 瞳 Hasebe Hitomi)

Theme songs[edit]

Opening theme[18]
  • "Ressha Sentai ToQger" (烈車戦隊トッキュウジャー Ressha Sentai Tokkyūjā)
    • Lyrics: Shio Watanabe (渡部 紫緒 Watanabe Shio)
    • Composition & Arrangement: Go Sakabe (坂部 剛 Sakabe Gō)
    • Artist: Daiki Ise (伊勢 大貴 Ise Daiki)
Ending theme[18]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Ressha" (烈車) is a Japanese play on words, replacing the first kanji in the word for "train" (列車 ressha) with the identically pronounced kanji "", which means "extreme" or "fierce" and is found in a word that can be translated as "hero" (烈士 resshi).
  2. ^ "ToQger" (トッキュウジャー Tokkyūjā) a portmanteau of the Japanese words for "express train" (特急 tokkyū) and "Ranger" (レンジャー Renjā).
  3. ^ Episode 46 was originally scheduled to air on February 1, 2015. However, TV Asahi postponed the airing due to the media coverage of the death of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

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