Gosei Sentai Dairanger

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Gosei Sentai Dairanger
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GenreTokusatsu
Superhero fiction
Fantasy action-adventure
Drama
Created byToei
Developed byNoboru Sugimura
Directed byYoshiaki Kobayashi
Starring
  • Keiichi Wada
  • Tatsuya Nōmi
  • Ei Hamura
  • Keisuke Tsuchiya
  • Natsuki Takahashi
  • Hisashi Sakai
Narrated byHironori Miyata
Opening themePerformed by New JACK Takurō
Ending theme"We're Invincible! Dairanger" by New JACK Takurō
ComposerEiji Kawamura
Country of originJapan
Original languageJapanese
No. of episodes50
Production
Producers
  • Atsushi Kaji
  • Shinichiro Shirakura
  • Takeyuki Suzuki
Running timeapprox. 25 minutes
Production companyToei
DistributorShout! Factory
Release
Original networkTV Asahi
Original releaseFebruary 19, 1993 (1993-02-19) –
February 11, 1994 (1994-02-11)
Chronology
Preceded byKyōryū Sentai Zyuranger
Followed byNinja 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 metaseries 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 for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for the remainder of Season 2 and throughout Season 3: the suits from the previous season, Kyōryū 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 would 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 series to be released in North America. In addition on May 23, 2016, Shout! streamed the series on their website.[3]

Story[edit]

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, beginning 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[edit]

Dairangers[edit]

The core five Dairangers: (from left to right) Qilin Ranger, Houou Ranger, Ryu Ranger, Tenma Ranger, and Shishi Ranger.

The Dairangers (ダイレンジャー, Dairenjā) are humans practitioners of Chinese martial arts who possess high levels of Qi[Note 3] powers against the Gorma Tribe. The team announces their arrival at a battle scene with the announcement "Shining in the heavens are Five Stars!" (「天に輝け五つ星!」, "Ten ni kagayake itsutsu boshi!"), followed by the announcement of their team name. As a group, the five core Dairangers perform the Qi-Power Bomber (気力ボンバー, Kiryoku Bonbā) by gathering their Qi and firing it towards the enemy. After their final battle, the Dairangers separated, with the last scene of the series showing them fifty years in the future in which their grandchildren follow the Dairangers' legacy and fight against the last remnants of the Gorma Tribe.

Ryo[edit]

Ryo of the Heavenly Fire Star/Ryu Ranger (天火星・亮/リュウレンジャー, Tenkasei Ryō/Ryū Renjā)[Note 4]: The team leader who is the son of Zhang Liao and a human woman. Initially, he was completely unaware of his Dai heritage as his mother died prior to the series' beginning leaving him to raise his younger sister, Yōko, by himself. He aspires to become the best gyoza cook in Japan and works in Yokohama Chinatown. Ryo became a Dairanger after he was captured by Baron String, only to be saved by the Mythical Qi Beast RyuseiOh (龍星王, Ryūseiō, Dragon Star King) and taken to Master Kaku. Ryo deeply trusts his teammates. As Ryu Ranger, colored red, he specializes in the Dragon Fist style and utilizes the power of fire.

Daigo[edit]

Daigo of the Heavenly Illusion Star/Shishi Ranger (天幻星・大五/シシレンジャー, Tengensei Daigo/Shishi Renjā)[Note 5]: The second-in-command who is the gentlest and most serious member of the team. He works at a pet shop and becomes romantically involved with Kujaku. Daigo was recruited as a Dairanger after Kaku discovered his Qi connection with Kujaku. As Shishi Ranger, colored green, he specializes in the Hung Ga style and utilizes illusions in combat. His Mythical Qi Beast is Sei-Shishi (星獅子).

Shoji[edit]

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)[Note 6]: A former delinquent who dreams of becoming a world boxing champion after reforming from his past as a member of a violent street gang. He has a strong sense of fair play and competitiveness, only applicable with Kazu. He is strong, balanced, playful and loving. Boss Kamikaze, of the Three Gorma Stooges, sees him as his greatest rival. As Tenma Ranger, colored blue, he specializes in the Long Fist style with the power to manipulate the gravitational forces around him, thus increasing his strength and speed. His Mythical Qi Beast is Sei-Tenma (星天馬). Shoji appeared in the final episode of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, receiving his powers back in the form of the Tenma Ranger Key as the Gokaigers left Earth.

Kazu[edit]

Kazu of the Heavenly Time Star/Qilin Ranger (天時星・知/キリンレンジャー, Tenjisei Kazu/Kirin Renjā)[Note 7]: A stylish beautician and dancer. He left home at the age of 15 and traveled to Tokyo. He has a tendency to go rushing into battle without thinking. He helped an old lady who sheltered him when he ran away from his home. As Qilin Ranger, colored yellow, he specializes in the Drunken Fist style and has the ability to freeze and reverse the flow of time to prevent mishaps. His Mythical Qi Beast is Sei-Qilin (星麒麟, Sei-Kirin). Kazu appeared in the final episode of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, receiving his powers back in the form of the Qilin Ranger Key as the Gokaigers left Earth.

Rin[edit]

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)[Note 8]: Master Kaku's niece and the only member of the team capable of Qi control when not transformed. She came to Japan to be a Dairanger in the guise of an exchange student from China. She hates living with Kou, as he tends to look up her skirt and touch her breasts, but later befriends him. She once fell in love with photographer Shōichiro Takamura, the alter ego of Gorma agent Media Magician. As Houou Ranger, colored pink, she specializes in the Eagle Fist style and utilizes the power of wind. Her Mythical Qi Beast is Sei-Houou (星鳳凰, Sei-Hōō).

Kou[edit]

Kou of the Howling New Star/Kiba Ranger (吼新星・コウ/キバレンジャー, Koshinsei Kō/Kiba Renjā)[Note 9]: A 10-year-old boy who is the "Child of Fate" (Unmei no ko) for drawing Byakko Shinken from his resting place, becoming the adult-like Kiba Ranger, colored white. He lived with his adoptive grandparents prior to moving into Rin's apartment. A somewhat perverted boy, he is infatuated with Rin and "playfully" harasses her much to her chagrin. New to fighting, he is not particularly strong. Kou initially kept his identity a secret from the other Dairangers, with Byakko Shinken speaking in his stead to appear more grown up. After the other Dairangers learned of his identity, he began to speak on his own and joined the team. Shadam eventually learned Kou was his son and Akomaru's twin brother, although Kou himself was never aware of this. As a result of this knowledge, Shadam tried to recruit Kou into the Gorma on his tenth birthday, but his mother's baptism purified him of his Gorma lineage. As Kiba Ranger, Kou specializes in sound-based attacks and his Mythical Qi Beast is Won Tiger (ウォンタイガー, Won Taigā).

Allies[edit]

Kaku[edit]

Originally a member of Gorma, Chief of Staff Kaku (嘉挧参謀長, Kaku Sanbōchō) formed the Dairangers to oppose Gorma; his human alias is Master Kaku (道士嘉挧, Dōshi Kaku). But when Daijinryu returned to Earth, Kaku returned to the Gorma in his metallic red Cyclops-like armor and fought Shadam for the right to the throne in order to become the 16th Gorma Emperor and end the fighting, using the Tower of You-Power and the Tower of Qi-Power as boosters. Once Gara and Zydos destroyed the towers, Kaku was defeated and mortally wounded in the battle against Shadam, and later died in the arms of the Dairangers. He later appeared in spirit form to the Dairangers and told them that Gorma must be thwarted rather than be destroyed.

Chouryo[edit]

Iron Face Chouryo (鉄面臂張遼, Tetsumenpi Chōryō) was the previous Ryu Ranger who joined the Gorma and became immortal as a result. 20 years prior to the events of the series, he fell in love with a human who gave birth to his son Ryo and daughter Yuko. After Yuko was born, Chouryo was summoned back to the Gorma by his master, Archbishop Riji, to fight the Dairangers after the Triumvirate failed to do so, but stopped upon hearing his son is the new Ryu Ranger. Chouryo eventually saw the error of his ways and turned on his master. During the ensuing fight he received a fatal blow and collapsed. Dying in Ryo's arms, the four spirits of the other original Dairangers appeared to Chouryo to tell him they forgave him. He then passed on the knowledge of DairenOh to the new Dairangers before he died.

Kujaku[edit]

Kujaku (クジャク, Kujaku, Peacock) is a follower of Mahamayuri Vidyaraja, the Peacock Buddha and a master of kenpo. A member of the Dai Tribe, she became the Peacock Buddha's follower to restore Gara by finding the Peacock's Tears, an ancient artifact said to heal whoever drinks from it. Gara joined the Gorma and through deception, trapped Kujaku in Mirror Make-Up Artist, causing Kujaku to swore revenge, resulting in her losing her compassion and love during her 6,000 years of imprisonment. Kujaku was freed by Daigo and attempted to murder Gara in revenge for her imprisonment until Daigo's perseverance and a little girl's kindness caused her to have a change of heart. Kujaku then resumed looking for the Peacock's Tears, realizing that she was dying from the Earth's pollutants and evil. Unfortunately, Kujaku realized that she would sicken and die even if she drank the Peacock's Tears, causing her to use the artifact to restore Gara's beauty instead. Kujaku then died with the real Gara at her side. Kujaku would later reappear in spirit form to restore Daigo's faith and plead with him not to take revenge.

Guhon[edit]

Grandmaster Guhon (老道士虞翻, Rōdōshi Guhon) is Rin's great grand-uncle and Jiaxu's mentor, who tends to be bizarre at times and often cracks his neck. Despite his appearance, Guhon was the inventor of the Aura Changers and later provided the Dairangers with their Big Wheel Blades and the Super Qi-Power Bazooka. Prior to the Kabuki Boy incident, Guhon entrusted his fiancé Xiao Qiao with Byakkoshinken which he placed within a stone until the rightful owner (Kou) could claim the weapon. Guhon later revealed to Kameo his true identity as Daimugen.

Shokyo[edit]

Shokyo (小喬, Shōkyō) is Guhon's 29-year-old fiancé, a Chinese Opera writer whom he entrusted with Byakkoshinken. Her profession caught the eye of Kabuki Boy, who abducted her, although Guhon won her back. After returning Byakkoshinken to Guhon, Shokyo marries him as she returns to China.

Kou's mother[edit]

Kou's mother is married to Shadam and is a member of the Dai Tribe. She possessed a strong Qi. She placed a tiger tattoo on Kou at birth to suppress his Gorma-inherited powers and had him adopted after his birth to prevent the Gorma from tracking him down. Kou's mother was taken captive by an elderly Gorma and Akōmaru. She escaped when Shadam broke into her prison to discover the source of Akōmaru's information. She later used Byakoshinken to save a wounded Kou and to purge the Gorma powers from him. She died in a cave collapse along with Akōmaru.

The Gorma Tribe[edit]

The Gorma Tribe (ゴーマ族, Gōma Zoku) are the antagonists of the series. Eight thousand years ago they were the military of the three tribes, but decided to take the world for themselves and destroy the other two. The Gorma are humans who have mastered You Power (妖力, Yōryoku) and gained the ability to become monsters. Their leader is the Gorma Emperor with many other divisions under him. However, it was revealed that most of the higher aristocracy had been killed centuries before the series even began. It was thought that Shadam had secretly made clay versions of them all in a bid to be emperor himself. However, as he himself turned out to be clay, it's debatable who created the clay copies. While the You Power the Gorma uses gives them great power, it also has damaged their mental stability, as the most powerful Gorma are almost completely insane as seen with the Gorma Emperor and those before him due to the Earth Shaking Jewel.

Gorma XV[edit]

Gorma XV (ゴーマ十五世, Gōma Jūgōsei, 20-49): The fifteenth Emperor of Gorma who mysteriously resurfaced to reopen the Gorma Palace with intent to restore his crumbling empire to its former glory. He is an extremely powerful entity, though a bit insane. The insanity was an inherent aspect of all the Gorma's past fourteen emperors due to the power of the Earth Shaking Jewel which supplies the Emperor with an unlimited supply of "You Power" for him to live, though only few actually know the truth. The Emperor was more of a sadistic, heartless creature with a "playful" outlook on things. However, the Emperor got more serious when he saw Shadam's intention to overthrow him. He was hoping for Shadam to fall to their enemies so he can rule the world forever. But when Shadam became next in line and demanded the Earth Shaking Jewel, the Emperor refuses and attempts to use the jewel to kill Shadam himself. However, The Emperor's own conceit was a flaw as Shadam revealed he recreated the Emperor from clay, only letting him live until Shadam became Emperor himself and Gorma's official leader. With that revelation, Shadam managed to steal the Earth Shaking Jewel while the former Emperor is reduced to clay dust.

Gorma Triumvirate[edit]

The Gorma Triumvirate (ゴーマ3幹部 Gōma Sankanbu), who are part of the Military Level (Kaku also belongs to this level), help spear head the Gorma's attack on humans. In episode 30, they get to wield the ReiRyoku powers of Hell.

Shadam[edit]

Commander Shadam (シャダム中佐, Shadamu Chūsa) is the leader of the Gorma Triumvirate and the real father of Akomaru and Kou. He was also the one who spearheaded the Gorma attack against the Dai Tribe in China. He hates humans for their weaknesses and can assume a fighting form, with a mask that practically covers his face. Shadam's motivation in Gorma was to reach higher rankings until he became the 16th Gorma Emperor, deposing the competition in any way possible. He eventually realized his dream and the power of the Gorma Emperor once he defeated Jiaxu and disposed the previous once he is resurrected so he can become his successor. As Gorma XVI (ゴーマ十六世, Gōma Jūrokusei, 49 & 50), he intended to use the Earth Shaking Jewel to take over the world despite suffering its mind-warping effects, fighting the Dairangers. But when Daijinryu appears, the Earth Shaking Jewel left Shadam in order to appease Daijinryu's wrath. A maddened Shadam attempted to escape, only to be encountered by Ryou in a one-way knife duel between them. Shadam lost and died on his own knife, revealing that he was actually a clay figure made long ago. As his body crumbled to dust, only an electricity-vibrating human eyeball remained among the pile of dirt. Shadam was revealed to have been responsible for making clay copies of the Gorma higher ranks, as most of them died years ago but since Shadam too was a clay copy, it's not known what happened to the real Shadam and who created the copies.

Gara[edit]

Commander Gara (ガラ中佐, Gara Chūsa, 1-49) is the female member of the Gorma Triumvirate, though she was actually a clay copy of the original Gara and a former member of the Dai Tribe who joined Gorma at age 10 when she believed that her friend Kujaku abandoned her after she was scarred in the face while protecting her, getting revenge with Mirror-Makeup Artist's aid. When Gara died soon after, Shadam created the one that the Dairangers would face in the present time, identical to the original in every way. She created a copy of herself called Wraith Gara (生き霊ガラ, Ikiryō Gara) for a short time by dripping her own blood onto a small doll made of straw. During the final battle, Gara learned the truth of her 'existence' as the "Real Gara" appeared and used her power to reduce Gara into dust.

Zydos[edit]

Lieutenant Commander Zydos (ザイドス少佐, Zaidosu Shōsa, 1-48) is the strongman, brutal and prone to deep thinking. He was a key player amongst the Gorma because of his power and he could create extremely dangerous new Gorma like Jin. He believed utterly in Shadam as his leader, but was also prone to doing his own things. He has trouble controlling the 3 Gorma Idiots as they tend to botch the plans due to their competitive nature. He was nearly killed by the Heavy Armor Qi Palace, but he survived. During the match between Shadam and Jiaxu, Zydos was sent to destroy the power booster Jiaxu intended to use in the match. Though he barely survived the Heavy Armor Qi Palace for the second time, Zydos died when he turned into his true form: a clay figure created by Shadam as he remembered him.

Senate Level[edit]

The highest level next to the Emperor. Priests, Imperial Guards, Minister's Secretaries, and Archbishop Saw belong on this level.

Archbishop Saw[edit]

The Archbishop Riju/Archbishop Saw (大僧正リジュ/ノコギリ大僧正, Daizōjō Riju/Nokogiri Daizōjō, 7 & 8) was an insane Gorma of higher rank than the Gorma Triumvirate, and Zhang Liao's master. After his pupil failed to kill the Dairangers, Riju took matters to his own hands. He would have succeeded had Zhang Liao not attacked him when he was attacking Ryou. First to be killed by DairenOh.

General Tenpou[edit]

General Tenpou (田豊将軍, Tenpō Shōgun, 17-48) is second-in-command to the Emperor and Akomaru's teacher/guardian. He was killed by Shadam when Tenpou saw what he was doing to a resting Gorma XV and noticed the clay hand that exposed the Emperor as a clay copy.

Akomaru[edit]

Akomaru (阿古丸, Akomaru, 17-22 & 31-44) is a Gorma child who is the son of Shadam, though the two despise each other fiercely. Shadam apparently had Akomaru put up for adoption when he was born, and was now under General Tenpou's wing. In fact, Akomaru is ranked higher than his father. He wants to replace his father as the Gorma military leader. He first appears to take the power of the Kiba Ranger, knowing Kou has it and aware of their relation and wanted Kou to fight by his side as brothers. Unfortunately, Akomaru saw that Kou seemed unable to hate and it annoyed him. Akomaru was killed when he was crushed by a boulder, with Kou at his side. Later the Gorma Emperor brought Akomaru back from Hell prior to his tenth birthday, when he, after having absorbed Hell's Spirit Power which made him more powerful, and Kou came into their adult power as Gorma, Akomaru using his powers to manipulate Kou in his dreams. Akomaru was made to believe that his mother abandoned him to a father who never cared about him. After losing Kou's mother to the Dairanger, Gorma 15th banished Akomaru from the Gorma. Akomaru gave the Dairangers quite a battle when he rode atop his bodyguard Ikazuchii, via "YouRyoku Fusion". After Ikazuchii died, Akomaru learned the truth that his mother abandoned him because of a taboo that one twin must be killed so the other can have the power of both. So their mother decided to save them, with Akomaru to live as a Gorma and Kou as a normal human. But Akomaru was soon mortally injured by Shadam, limping into the cave collapsing on itself and dying in the embrace of his dying mother with the knowledge that he was loved.

Jin Matoba[edit]

Demon-Fist Master Jin Matoba (魔拳士的場ジン, Makenshi Matoba Jin, 26-28, 35, 39, 47 & 48) is a master of dark karate and all manner of martial arts, and was a gentleman assassin. His favorite targets were martial arts masters, as his own master cut off his left arm. Jin got a prosthesis, perfected his arts and went on a campaign to slaughter other masters who were too hard on their students in order to return and kill his first teacher. Jin's trademark was to flip a coin into the air and kill his opponent before it landed. But the man foiled that plan by dying before Jin got around to it. But that all changed the day he met Ryou and was defeated by him. Later, Jin sold his soul to Zydos to become stronger than Ryou, becoming the Demon-Fist Master after punching Aki, a young nurse who was the only person who cared for him. But Jin refused to be Gorma's lapdog and perfected his new-found powers on his own, after which he went hunting for Ryou.His power had many facets, such as the deadly "Panther Fang Style Secret Art: Demon Path You Fist: Dance of the Spider" (豹牙流奥義魔道妖拳クモの舞, Hyōgaryū Ōgi Madō Yōken Kumo no Mai) poisoning technique, the fierce "Panther Fang Style Secret Art: Wicked Heart, Wind Fist (豹牙流奥義邪心風拳, Hyōgaryū Ōgi Jashin Fūken) and his "Demon Path: Destruction Wave" (魔導破壊波, Madō Hakaiha). He can transform into his Demon-Fist Master form by calling out "Demon Nature, Advent!" (魔将降臨, Mashō Kōrin). But Zydos captured the rogue and infused him with more Gorma power, turning him into Garouki (餓狼鬼, Garōki, Hungry-Wolf Demon, 39). Unlike the normally born Gorma, Jin's transformation was against his will and thus he was unable to control himself as Garouki.As Garouki, Jin is like a totally obedient dog for Zydos with a desire to kill and eat his victims. Jin was soon freed of his "Gorma-incarnation" thanks to Ryou's attack separating the monster from his body. While Jin fought Zydos, with Garouki destroyed by the Qi-Power Bazooka, he was mortally wounded. After one final bout with Ryou, Jin went on the run from the Gorma.Jin was last seen fighting the bulk of an entire army of Cotpotros led by Zydos, only to be seemingly gunned down by the second wave. But Jin later appeared to Ryou and proceeded to beat sense into him for not giving up despite no longer being a Dairanger.

Cotpotros[edit]

The Cotpotros (コットポトロ, Kottopotoro) are Gorma grunts in black tuxedo tights with lipped but otherwise blank black and white faces. They would disguise as humans and serve virtually any Gorma, including the Three Gorma Stooges, serving as players in their various games. In the finale, the Dairanger faced red-dressed Cotpotros in the palace. The group were later summoned by Zaigan during Super Sentai World.

Daijinryu[edit]

Daijinryu (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. Daijinryu is a neutral being, but has no tolerance for whoever threatens to disrupt the natural order of things. Daijinryu 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 RyuseiOh. The universe's will that he obeyed told him that the two warring factions had to agree a cease-fire, so Daijinryu would spare the lives of everyone on Earth and the planet itself, but he gave a warning to both the 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 DairenOh with a lightning bolt. He then attempted to crush RyuseiOh (the only Mythical Chi Beast left standing). RyuseiOh was saved by Daimugen, who hid RyuseiOh inside of his shell, but was nearly crushed by Daijinryu. Daijinryu let them live because of the universe's will and the truce between the Dairangers and the Gorma.

When the Dairangers dealt with Ikazuchi, Daijinryu 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. Daijinryu 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[edit]

No. Title Director Writer Original air date
1"Lets Transform"
Transcription: "Tenshin Daaā!!!" (Japanese: 転身だァァッ!!!)
Yoshiaki KobayashiNoboru SugimuraFebruary 19, 1993 (1993-02-19)
2"It's Ch'i Power!!"
Transcription: "Kiryoku Daaā!!!" (Japanese: 気力だァァッ!!!)
Yoshiaki KobayashiNoboru SugimuraFebruary 26, 1993 (1993-02-26)
3"Your Souls, Please!"
Transcription: "Tamashii Chōdai!" (Japanese: 魂ちょうだい!)
Taro SakamotoNoboru SugimuraMarch 5, 1993 (1993-03-05)
4"We're Naive!!"
Transcription: "Oretachi Amai ze!!" (Japanese: 俺たち甘いぜ!!)
Taro SakamotoNoboru SugimuraMarch 12, 1993 (1993-03-12)
5"The Jewels Have Come"
Transcription: "Attama Kita!" (Japanese: あっタマきたッ!)
Takeshi OgasawaraNaruhisa ArakawaMarch 26, 1993 (1993-03-26)
6"Wind Cut Through"
Transcription: "Kaze yo Butchigire!" (Japanese: 風よブッちぎれ!)
Takeshi OgasawaraNaruhisa ArakawaApril 2, 1993 (1993-04-02)
7"Traitor!"
Transcription: "Uragirimonō!" (Japanese: 裏切り者ォッ!)
Katsuya WatanabeNoboru SugimuraApril 9, 1993 (1993-04-09)
8"Father!!"
Transcription: "Oyajiī!!" (Japanese: おやじぃぃッ!!)
Katsuya WatanabeNoboru SugimuraApril 16, 1993 (1993-04-16)
9"Don't be Vain"
Transcription: "Unuboreru na" (Japanese: うぬぼれるなッ)
Taro SakamotoKunio FujiiApril 23, 1993 (1993-04-23)
10"Ah, The Vengeful Goddess"
Transcription: "Aa Fukushū no Megami" (Japanese: あァ復讐の女神)
Taro SakamotoKunio FujiiApril 30, 1993 (1993-04-30)
11"Gauss with a Magnet!"
Transcription: "Jishaku de Gausu!" (Japanese: 磁石でガウス!)
Takeshi OgasawaraNaruhisa ArakawaMay 7, 1993 (1993-05-07)
12"Drunk on Tofu"
Transcription: "Tōfu de Yottaa" (Japanese: 豆腐で酔ったァ)
Takeshi OgasawaraSusumu TakakuMay 14, 1993 (1993-05-14)
13"The Ka-Kabuki Novice"
Transcription: "Kakkabuki Kozō" (Japanese: カッカブキ小僧)
Shohei TojoNoboru SugimuraMay 21, 1993 (1993-05-21)
14"Well, a Wedding"
Transcription: "Iyokkekkon ja" (Japanese: イヨッ結婚ぢゃ)
Shohei TojoNoboru SugimuraMay 28, 1993 (1993-05-28)
15"The 3 Stooges' Soccer"
Transcription: "San Baka Sakkā" (Japanese: 3バカサッカー)
Taro SakamotoNaruhisa ArakawaJune 4, 1993 (1993-06-04)
16"Rumbling Child Stones"
Transcription: "Gorogoro Kodomo Ishi" (Japanese: ゴロゴロ子供石)
Taro SakamotoKunio FujiiJune 11, 1993 (1993-06-11)
17"He's Here, a New Hero"
Transcription: "Demashita Nyū Hīrō" (Japanese: 出ました新戦士 (ニューヒーロー))
Katsuya WatanabeNoboru SugimuraJune 18, 1993 (1993-06-18)
18"The Secret Byakko-chan"
Transcription: "Himitsu no Byakko-chan" (Japanese: ㊙の白虎ちゃん)
Katsuya WatanabeNoboru SugimuraJune 25, 1993 (1993-06-25)
19"The Heart-Throbbing Pretty Girl"
Transcription: "Dokidoki Bishōjo" (Japanese: ドキドキ美少女)
Takeshi OgasawaraNaruhisa ArakawaJuly 2, 1993 (1993-07-02)
20"First Opening Of The Gorma Palace"
Transcription: "Hatsu Kōkai Gōma-kyū" (Japanese: 初公開ゴーマ宮)
Takeshi OgasawaraNaruhisa ArakawaJuly 9, 1993 (1993-07-09)
21"The Birth of a Mythical Ch'i Beast"
Transcription: "Kidenjū-sama Go-tanjō" (Japanese: 気伝獣様ご誕生)
Shohei TojoNoboru SugimuraJuly 16, 1993 (1993-07-16)
22"The Great Secret Art of the Tiger Cub!!"
Transcription: "Tora no Ko Dai Hijutsu!!" (Japanese: 虎の子大秘術!!)
Shohei TojoNoboru SugimuraJuly 23, 1993 (1993-07-23)
23"True Love at Full Speed"
Transcription: "Jun'ai Masshigura" (Japanese: 純愛まっしぐら)
Taro SakamotoKunio FujiiJuly 30, 1993 (1993-07-30)
24"The 3 Stooges' Super Baseball!"
Transcription: "San Baka Chō Yakyū!" (Japanese: 3バカ超野球!)
Taro SakamotoNaruhisa ArakawaAugust 6, 1993 (1993-08-06)
25"The Grouped Opposite Squadron"
Transcription: "Zorozoro Ura Sentai" (Japanese: ぞろぞろ裏戦隊)
Takeshi OgasawaraSusumu TakakuAugust 13, 1993 (1993-08-13)
26"A Bad, Bad, Bad Guy"
Transcription: "Iya na Iya na Iya na Yatsu" (Japanese: 嫌な嫌な嫌な奴)
Katsuya WatanabeToshiki InoueAugust 20, 1993 (1993-08-20)
27"It It It's the Final Punch"
Transcription: "Saishū Ken Da Da Da" (Japanese: 最終拳だだだッ)
Katsuya WatanabeToshiki InoueAugust 27, 1993 (1993-08-27)
28"Everyone Appears!!"
Transcription: "Sō Tōjō Dagya!!" (Japanese: 総登場だぎゃ!!)
Takeshi OgasawaraNoboru SugimuraSeptember 3, 1993 (1993-09-03)
29"The Secret Inside Story of a Mother and Child's Tears"
Transcription: "Haha Ko Namida no Maruhi Urabanashi" (Japanese: 母子涙の㊙裏話)
Shohei TojoNoboru SugimuraSeptember 10, 1993 (1993-09-10)
30"The Deadly, Fast-Talking Workaholic"
Transcription: "Hissatsu Hayakuchi Shigotonin" (Japanese: 必殺早口仕事人)
Shohei TojoNoboru SugimuraSeptember 17, 1993 (1993-09-17)
31"Again, a New Hero Came Forth"
Transcription: "Mata Deta Nyū Hīrō" (Japanese: また出た新戦士 (ニューヒーロー))
Shohei TojoNoboru SugimuraSeptember 24, 1993 (1993-09-24)
32"The Ogre's Golden Kick"
Transcription: "Ōgon Kikku no Oni" (Japanese: 黄金キックの鬼)
Yoshiaki KobayashiNoboru SugimuraOctober 1, 1993 (1993-10-01)
33"An Idol's First Experience"
Transcription: "Aidoru Hatsu Taiken" (Japanese: アイドル初体験)
Katsuya WatanabeNaruhisa ArakawaOctober 8, 1993 (1993-10-08)
34"A Prickly Maiden Hunt"
Transcription: "Togetoge Shōjogari" (Japanese: トゲトゲ少女狩)
Yoshiaki KobayashiSusumu TakakuOctober 15, 1993 (1993-10-15)
35"New Secret Art, the Dance of Spiders"
Transcription: "Shin Ōgi Kumo no Mai" (Japanese: 新奥義クモの舞)
Katsuya WatanabeToshiki InoueOctober 22, 1993 (1993-10-22)
36"A 6000-Year Grudge..."
Transcription: "Urami-bushi Rokusennen..." (Japanese: 恨み節6千年...)
Taro SakamotoKunio FujiiOctober 29, 1993 (1993-10-29)
37"You Have to See It!! A Huge Guy"
Transcription: "Hikken!! Dekee Yatsu" (Japanese: 必見!! でけェ奴)
Shohei TojoNoboru SugimuraNovember 5, 1993 (1993-11-05)
38"Huh!! A Ceasefire!?"
Transcription: "Ēe!! Teisen!?" (Japanese: えーッ!!停戦!?)
Shohei TojoNoboru SugimuraNovember 12, 1993 (1993-11-12)
39"The Demon Fist Falls in the Setting Sun"
Transcription: "Maken Rakujitsu ni Chiru" (Japanese: 魔拳 落日に散る)
Takeshi OgasawaraToshiki InoueNovember 19, 1993 (1993-11-19)
40"Farewell! 3 Stooges"
Transcription: "Saraba! San Baka" (Japanese: さらば!3バカ)
Shohei TojoNaruhisa ArakawaNovember 26, 1993 (1993-11-26)
41"Kujaku's Great Ascension"
Transcription: "Kujaku Daishōten" (Japanese: クジャク大昇天)
Taro SakamotoKunio FujiiDecember 3, 1993 (1993-12-03)
42"A Straight Line To Mommy"
Transcription: "Kāchan Itchokusen" (Japanese: 母ちゃん一直線)
Takeshi OgasawaraNoboru SugimuraDecember 10, 1993 (1993-12-10)
43"The Ultra-White Prohibited Past"
Transcription: "Geki Shiro Kindan no Kako" (Japanese: 激白禁断の過去)
Katsuya WatanabeNoboru SugimuraDecember 17, 1993 (1993-12-17)
44"Impression!! You Cry Too"
Transcription: "Kandō!! Kimi mo Nake" (Japanese: 感動!! 君も泣け)
Katsuya WatanabeNoboru SugimuraDecember 24, 1993 (1993-12-24)
45"Disbanding for Real!!"
Transcription: "Maji de Kaisan" (Japanese: 本気 (マジ)で解散!!)
Taro SakamotoNoboru SugimuraJanuary 7, 1994 (1994-01-07)
46"The Heroes Are Stark Naked"
Transcription: "Hīrō Maruhadaka" (Japanese: 英雄 (ヒーロー)まるはだか)
Taro SakamotoNoboru SugimuraJanuary 14, 1994 (1994-01-14)
47"The Amazing Truth"
Transcription: "Suggē Shinjitsu" (Japanese: すっげェ~真実)
Takeshi OgasawaraNaruhisa ArakawaJanuary 21, 1994 (1994-01-21)
48"Death Of The Heroic Master!!"
Transcription: "Sōzetsu!! Dōshi Shisu" (Japanese: 壮絶!! 道士死す)
Takeshi OgasawaraNoboru SugimuraJanuary 28, 1994 (1994-01-28)
49"It's the Final Decisive Battle"
Transcription: "Saishū Kessen Dā" (Japanese: 最終決戦だァッ)
Shohei TojoNoboru SugimuraFebruary 4, 1994 (1994-02-04)
50 (Final)"Let's Go!"
Transcription: "Iku zoō!" (Japanese: 行くぞォォッ!)
Shohei TojoNoboru SugimuraFebruary 11, 1994 (1994-02-11)

Movie[edit]

The film version of Gosei Sentai Dairanger premiered in Japan on April 17, 1993, at Toei Super Hero Fair '93. Directed by Shōhei Tōjō and written by Noboru Sugimura, the movie was originally shown as a triple feature alongside Kamen Rider ZO and the film version of 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. Shohei Shibata, the young actor who played Hiroshi in Kamen Rider ZO later joined the cast of Dairanger as Akomaru, son of the main villain Shadam.

Cast[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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 (歌舞伎小僧, Kabuki Kozō): Shigeru Chiba (千葉 繁, Chiba Shigeru, 13 & 14)

Guest actors[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Opening theme
Ending theme
  • We're Invincible!! Dairanger (俺たち無敵さ!! ダイレンジャー, Ore-Tachi Muteki Sa!! Dairenjā)
    • Lyrics: Saburo Yatsude
    • Composition: Katsuo Ohno
    • Arrangement: Kenji Yamamoto
    • Artist: New JACK Takurō aka Hirokazu Umeda
Inserts
  • RyuseiOh ~Theme of DairenOh~ (龍星王~大連王のテーマ~, Ryūseiō ~ Dairenō no tēma~)
    • Lyrics: Saburo Yatsude
    • Composition: Yasuo Kosugi
    • Arrangement: Akihiko Yoshida
    • Artist: Funky Y.K

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Literally translated as Five Star Squad Dairanger.
  2. ^ "Dai" translates from "Great".
  3. ^ a b "Qi" (simplified Chinese: ; traditional Chinese: ; Korean: ; Japanese: ; Mongolian: хийг; traditional Mongolian:ᠬᠡᠢ ᠶᠢ; Thai: ลมปราณ; Lao: ຊີວິດ; Khmer: ឈី; Burmese: အသက်) is a concept in many East Asian and Southeast Asian cultures that relates to one's life force. It is pronounced as "ch'i" in Chinese, "khí" in Vietnamese, "gi" in Korean, "ki" in Japanese, "khiig" in Mongolian, "lmprāṇ" in Thai, "sivid" in Lao, "chhi" in Khmer, "aasaat" in Burmese, "gi" in Tagalog, "chi" in Malay, "chi" in Indonesian and "qi" in Tetum.
  4. ^ "Ryu" translates from "Dragon"
  5. ^ "Shishi" translates from "Lion"
  6. ^ "Tenma" translates from "Pegasus"
  7. ^ "Qilin" translates from "Griffin"
  8. ^ "Houou" translates from "Phoenix"
  9. ^ "Kiba" translates from "Fang"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Library -- English Titles -- TOEI TV Website". Archived from the original on 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
  2. ^ Amand, Ginji (July 10, 2015). "SDCC 2015: Shout Factory Announces Gosei Sentai Dairanger DVD Release". Herotaku.com. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Watch full episodes of Super Sentai Dairanger". ShoutFactoryTV. Retrieved 2016-05-25.

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