Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
Gokaiger Title Card.jpg
The opening title card for Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
GenreTokusatsu
Superhero fiction
Action
Adventure
Comedy
Crossover fiction
Based onHimitsu Sentai Gorenger
by Shotaro Ishinomori
Super Sentai concept
by Toei Company
Developed by
Written byNaruhisa Arakawa
Directed byShojiro Nakazawa
Starring
Narrated byTomokazu Seki
Opening theme"Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger" by Tsuyoshi Matsubara (Project.R) with Young Fresh (Project.R)
Ending theme"Super Sentai, Hero Getter" by Project.R
ComposerKousuke Yamashita
Country of originJapan
No. of episodes51 (list of episodes)
Production
Producers
Running time24–25 minutes
Release
Original networkTV Asahi
Original releaseFebruary 13, 2011 (2011-02-13) –
February 19, 2012 (2012-02-19)
Chronology
Preceded byTensou Sentai Goseiger
Followed byTokumei Sentai Go-Busters

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (海賊戦隊ゴーカイジャー, Kaizoku Sentai Gōkaijā, Pirate Squad Gokaiger)[Note 1][Note 2] is Toei Company's 35th entry in its long-running Super Sentai metaseries of Japanese tokusatsu television series following Tensou Sentai Goseiger. It follows a Pirate motif and premiered on TV Asahi on February 13, 2011, joining Kamen Rider OOO and then Kamen Rider Fourze as a program featured in TV Asahi's Super Hero Time programming block, until Gokaiger 's conclusion on February 19, 2012. The catchphrase for the series is "Let's make it showy!" (派手に行くぜ!, Hade ni ikuze!).

Gokaiger is a special anniversary series. Its protagonists are able to transform into not only their own unique, pirate-themed forms, but also all of the previous 34 Super Sentai teams, each of which have their own unique power that the Gokaigers can access. The series and related films also features reappearances of actors reprising their characters from each of the previous series.

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger began airing in South Korea in July 2012 as Power Rangers Captain Force (Hangul: 파워레인저 캡틴포스; RR: Paweoraeinjeo Kaebtinposeu).[1] Its footage was used for the 2014 American Power Rangers season, Power Rangers Super Megaforce.

Plot

Main articles: List of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger characters and List of returning characters in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger

The story takes place in a world where previous Super Sentai groups exists, a group of young pirates come from space to Earth to obtain the "Greatest Treasure in the Universe" (宇宙最大のお宝, Uchū Saidai no Otakara), which can only be acquired after obtaining the "Greater Powers" of the different 34 Super Sentai Teams. However, they end up facing the Space Empire Zangyack, whose earlier invasion forces were wiped out by the 34 Sentai groups long ago before a new invasion force is established under Commander Warz Gill, the emperor's son. As a result, due to their history with the empire, the space pirates use the powers of the older teams and attempt to master their powers to fight the Zangyack forces as the Gokaigers.

Episodes

Main article: List of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger episodes

Several of the episodes in Gokaiger feature and focus on the actions of one of the Legend Sentai. Those episodes are titled in a fashion similar to that of the original series. For example, episode 3, which features Mahō Sentai Magiranger, has a magic spell as part of the title, while episode 7, which features Juken Sentai Gekiranger, features one of the nonsense phrases that series protagonist Jyan Kandou would use.

Ep# Title Writer Original airdate
1"Space Pirates Appear"
Transcription: "Uchū Kaizoku Arawaru" (Japanese: 宇宙海賊現る)
Naruhisa ArakawaFebruary 13, 2011 (2011-02-13)
2"The Worth of This Planet"
Transcription: "Kono Hoshi no Kachi" (Japanese: この星の価値)
Naruhisa ArakawaFebruary 20, 2011 (2011-02-20)
3"Changing Courage into Magic"
Transcription: "Yūki o Mahō ni Kaete ~Māji Maji Gō Gōkai~" (Japanese: 勇気を魔法に変えて~マージ・マジ・ゴー・ゴーカイ~)
Naruhisa ArakawaFebruary 27, 2011 (2011-02-27)
4"Blue Pirate Friend"
Transcription: "Nani no Tame no Nakama" (Japanese: 何のための仲間)
Naruhisa ArakawaMarch 6, 2011 (2011-03-06)
5"Judgment Pirates"
Transcription: "Jajjimento Pairētsu" (Japanese: ジャッジメント・パイレーツ)
Naruhisa ArakawaMarch 20, 2011 (2011-03-20)
6"The Most Important Thing"
Transcription: "Ichiban Daiji na Mono" (Japanese: 一番大事なもの)
Naruhisa ArakawaMarch 27, 2011 (2011-03-27)
7"Niki-Niki! Kenpō Lesson"
Transcription: "Niki-Niki! Kenpō Shugyō" (Japanese: ニキニキ!拳法修行)
Junko KōmuraApril 3, 2011 (2011-04-03)
8"Little Spy Tactics"
Transcription: "Supai Shōsakusen" (Japanese: スパイ小作戦)
Naruhisa ArakawaApril 10, 2011 (2011-04-10)
9"The Lion, Runs"
Transcription: "Shishi, Kakeru" (Japanese: 獅子、走る)
Junko KōmuraApril 17, 2011 (2011-04-17)
10"Card Game"
Transcription: "Toranpu Shōbu" (Japanese: トランプ勝負)
Kento ShimoyamaApril 24, 2011 (2011-04-24)
11"The Serious Rebellion"
Transcription: "Shinken Ōsōdō" (Japanese: 真剣大騒動)
Naruhisa ArakawaMay 1, 2011 (2011-05-01)
12"The Guaranteed Showy Samurai"
Transcription: "Kiwametsuki Hade na Samurai" (Japanese: 極付派手侍)
Naruhisa ArakawaMay 8, 2011 (2011-05-08)
13"Tell Me the Way"
Transcription: "Michi o Oshiete" (Japanese: 道を教えて)
Junko KōmuraMay 15, 2011 (2011-05-15)
14"Now More Traffic Safety"
Transcription: "Ima mo Kōtsū Anzen" (Japanese: いまも交通安全)
Yoshio UrasawaMay 22, 2011 (2011-05-22)
15"A Privateer Appears"
Transcription: "Shiryakusen Arawaru" (Japanese: 私掠船現る)
Junko KōmuraMay 29, 2011 (2011-05-29)
16"Clash! Sentai vs. Sentai"
Transcription: "Gekitotsu! Sentai Bāsasu Sentai" (Japanese: 激突!戦隊VS戦隊)
Junko KōmuraJune 5, 2011 (2011-06-05)
17"The Awesome Silver Pirate"
Transcription: "Sugoi Gin'iro no Otoko" (Japanese: 凄い銀色の男)
Naruhisa ArakawaJune 12, 2011 (2011-06-12)
18"The Big Abare With the Dinosaur Robot Drill"
Transcription: "Kyōryū Robotto Doriru de Ō Abare" (Japanese: 恐竜ロボットドリルで大アバレ)
Naruhisa ArakawaJune 26, 2011 (2011-06-26)
19"Armor of the 15 Warriors"
Transcription: "Jūgo Senshi no Yoroi" (Japanese: 15戦士の鎧)
Naruhisa ArakawaJuly 3, 2011 (2011-07-03)
20"The Lost Forest"
Transcription: "Mayoi no Mori" (Japanese: 迷いの森)
Junko KōmuraJuly 10, 2011 (2011-07-10)
21"The Heart of an Adventure"
Transcription: "Bōkensha no Kokoro" (Japanese: 冒険者の心)
Kento ShimoyamaJuly 17, 2011 (2011-07-17)
22"A Promise on a Shooting Star"
Transcription: "Hoshi Furu Yakusoku" (Japanese: 星降る約束)
Naruhisa ArakawaJuly 24, 2011 (2011-07-24)[Note 3]
23"People's Lives Are the Future of the World"
Transcription: "Hito no Inochi wa Chikyū no Mirai" (Japanese: 人の命は地球の未来)
Junko KōmuraJuly 31, 2011 (2011-07-31)
24"Foolish Earthlings"
Transcription: "Oroka na Chikyūjin" (Japanese: 愚かな地球人)
Yoshio UrasawaAugust 7, 2011 (2011-08-07)
25"Pirates and Ninjas"
Transcription: "Kaizoku to Ninja" (Japanese: 海賊とニンジャ)
Naruhisa ArakawaAugust 14, 2011 (2011-08-14)
26"Shushutto The Special"
Transcription: "Shushutto Za Supesharu" (Japanese: シュシュッとTHE SPECIAL)
Naruhisa ArakawaAugust 21, 2011 (2011-08-21)
27"Switched Gokai Pirates"
Transcription: "Itsumo yori Gōkai na Chenji" (Japanese: いつもより豪快なチェンジ)
Junko KōmuraAugust 28, 2011 (2011-08-28)
28"Wings are Eternal"
Transcription: "Tsubasa wa Eien ni" (Japanese: 翼は永遠に)
Toshiki InoueSeptember 4, 2011 (2011-09-04)
29"The Abare Quick-Changing New Combination"
Transcription: "Abare Shichihenge de Shin Gattai" (Japanese: アバレ七変化で新合体)
Naruhisa ArakawaSeptember 11, 2011 (2011-09-11)
30"My Friend's Soul"
Transcription: "Tomo no Tamashii Dake Demo" (Japanese: 友の魂だけでも)
Junko KōmuraSeptember 18, 2011 (2011-09-18)
31"Crash!! The Secret Operators"
Transcription: "Shōgeki!! Himitsu Sakusen" (Japanese: 衝撃!!秘密作戦)
Kento ShimoyamaSeptember 25, 2011 (2011-09-25)
32"One Power"
Transcription: "Chikara o Hitotsu ni" (Japanese: 力を一つに)
Kento ShimoyamaOctober 2, 2011 (2011-10-02)
33"It's a Hero!!!"
Transcription: "Hīrō daaa!!" (Japanese: ヒーローだァァッ!!)
Daisuke IshibashiOctober 9, 2011 (2011-10-09)
34"A Dream Come True"
Transcription: "Yume o Kanaete" (Japanese: 夢を叶えて)
Naruhisa ArakawaOctober 16, 2011 (2011-10-16)
35"The Other Dimension"
Transcription: "Jigen no Mukō" (Japanese: 次元ノムコウ)
Junko KōmuraOctober 23, 2011 (2011-10-23)
36"Partner Pirate"
Transcription: "Aibō Kaizoku" (Japanese: 相棒カイゾク)
Junko KōmuraOctober 30, 2011 (2011-10-30)
37"The Strongest Machine"
Transcription: "Saikyō no Kessenki" (Japanese: 最強の決戦機)
Kento ShimoyamaNovember 6, 2011 (2011-11-06)
38"The Power to Seize Dreams"
Transcription: "Yume o Tsukamu Chikara" (Japanese: 夢を掴む力)
Kento ShimoyamaNovember 13, 2011 (2011-11-13)
39"Why? We're High School Students"
Transcription: "Dōshite? Oretachi Kōkōsei" (Japanese: どうして?俺たち高校生)
Junko KōmuraNovember 20, 2011 (2011-11-20)
40"The Future Is In the Past"
Transcription: "Mirai wa Kako ni" (Japanese: 未来は過去に)
Junko KōmuraNovember 27, 2011 (2011-11-27)
41"Something I Don't Want to Lose"
Transcription: "Nakushitakunai Mono" (Japanese: なくしたくないもの)
Naruhisa ArakawaDecember 4, 2011 (2011-12-04)
42"The Strongest Man in the Universe"
Transcription: "Uchū Saikyō no Otoko" (Japanese: 宇宙最強の男)
Naruhisa ArakawaDecember 11, 2011 (2011-12-11)
43"The Legendary Hero"
Transcription: "Densetsu no Yūsha ni" (Japanese: 伝説の勇者に)
Naruhisa ArakawaDecember 18, 2011 (2011-12-18)
44"A Lovely Christmas Eve"
Transcription: "Suteki na Seiya" (Japanese: 素敵な聖夜)
Junko KōmuraDecember 25, 2011 (2011-12-25)
45"Confused Ninja"
Transcription: "Awatenbō Ninja" (Japanese: 慌てん坊忍者)
Junko KōmuraJanuary 8, 2012 (2012-01-08)
46"Hero Eligibility"
Transcription: "Hīrō Gōkaku" (Japanese: ヒーロー合格)
Junko KōmuraJanuary 15, 2012 (2012-01-15)
47"The Results of Treason"
Transcription: "Uragiri no Hate" (Japanese: 裏切りの果て)
Naruhisa ArakawaJanuary 22, 2012 (2012-01-22)
48"The Fated Showdown"
Transcription: "Shukumei no Taiketsu" (Japanese: 宿命の対決)
Naruhisa ArakawaJanuary 29, 2012 (2012-01-29)
49"The Greatest Treasure in the Universe"
Transcription: "Uchū Saidai no Takara" (Japanese: 宇宙最大の宝)
Naruhisa ArakawaFebruary 5, 2012 (2012-02-05)
50"Day of the Deciding Battle"
Transcription: "Kessen no Hi" (Japanese: 決戦の日)
Naruhisa ArakawaFebruary 12, 2012 (2012-02-12)
51 (Finale)"Farewell Space Pirates"
Transcription: "Sayonara Uchū Kaizoku" (Japanese: さよなら宇宙海賊)
Naruhisa ArakawaFebruary 19, 2012 (2012-02-19)

Production

On July 30, 2010, Toei applied for trademarks on the title Kaizoku Sentai Gōkaijā (海賊戦隊ゴーカイジャー) to be used on various products. The Japan Patent Office approved these trademarks on August 26, 2010.[2][3][4] During the Super Sentai VS Theater programming on December 26, 2010, the series was officially announced in a commercial. A Tokyo Dome City event for the premiere, serving as the introduction of the cast and theme song singers to the public, held on January 29 and 30, 2011.[5]

Films

In addition to the protagonists' debut in Tensou Sentai Goseiger vs. Shinkenger: Epic on Ginmaku, Gokaiger has five theatrical releases where they are the primary characters.

Super Sentai 35th anniversary film

Main article: Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle

Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle (ゴーカイジャー ゴセイジャー スーパー戦隊199ヒーロー 大決戦, Gōkaijā Goseijā Sūpā Sentai Hyakukyūjūkyū Hīrō Daikessen) is the film commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Super Sentai Series.[6] The film primarily featured the casts of Gokaiger and Tensou Sentai Goseiger, among the 199 total heroes from the Super Sentai series to appear. The film was originally scheduled for release on May 21, 2011.[7] However, due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, filming was affected and the film's release was postponed until June 11.[8] The addition of Gokai Silver is revealed at the end of the movie and he goes on to appear in his TV debut in the episode "The Awesome Silver Man" released the following day. The event of the movie takes place between episode 16 and 17.

The Flying Ghost Ship

Main article: Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger the Movie: The Flying Ghost Ship

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger the Movie: The Flying Ghost Ship (海賊戦隊ゴーカイジャーTHE MOVIE 空飛ぶ幽霊船, Kaizoku Sentai Gōkaijā Za Mūbī Sora Tobu Yūreisen) is the main theatrical release for Gokaiger where the Gokai Galleon crew deal with revived enemies under the captain of a ghost ship.[9] It was released on August 6, 2011, alongside the film for Kamen Rider OOO.[10] The event of the movie takes place between episode 23 and 24.

Gokaiger vs. Gavan

Main article: Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie

The film Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan (海賊戦隊ゴーカイジャーVS宇宙刑事ギャバンTHE MOVIE, Kaizoku Sentai Gōkaijā Tai Uchū Keiji Gyaban Za Mūbī) was released in theaters on January 21, 2012. This is the first Vs. Series crossover film that does not feature another Super Sentai team, but the hero of the first Metal Hero Series: Space Sheriff Gavan. The heroes of Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters also make a cameo appearance in the film.[11][12] The event of the movie takes place between episode 46 and 47.

Super Hero Taisen

Main article: Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen

Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen (仮面ライダー×スーパー戦隊 スーパーヒーロー大戦, Kamen Raidā × Sūpā Sentai: Sūpā Hīrō Taisen) is a film which features a crossover between the characters of the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider Series. The protagonists of Gokaiger and Kamen Rider Decade are featured, as well as those of Kamen Rider Fourze, Kamen Rider OOO, and Go-Busters.[13][14]

Go-Busters vs. Gokaiger

Main article: Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs. Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: The Movie

Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs. Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: The Movie (特命戦隊ゴーバスターズVS海賊戦隊ゴーカイジャーTHE MOVIE, Tokumei Sentai Gōbasutāzu Tai Kaizoku Sentai Gōkaijā Za Mūbī) was released in theaters on January 19, 2013. As with previous VS movies, it features a crossover between the casts of Gokaiger and Go-Busters, along the debut of the 37th Super Sentai, Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger.[15][16]

Super Hero Taisen Z

Main article: Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z

Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z (仮面ライダー×スーパー戦隊×宇宙刑事 スーパーヒーロー大戦Z, Kamen Raidā × Sūpā Sentai × Uchū Keiji: Supā Hīrō Taisen Zetto) was released on April 27, 2013. It features the first crossover between characters of Toei's three main Tokusatsu franchises, Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and the Metal Hero Series represented mainly by the Space Sheriff Series. The protagonists of Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie, Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger are featured, but the casts of Kamen Rider Wizard, Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, and Kamen Rider Fourze also participate in the film. Junya Ikeda reprises his role as Gai Ikari, while Ryota Ozawa returns only to voice Gokai Red.

Kyuranger vs. Space Squad

Main article: Uchu Sentai Kyuranger vs. Space Squad

Uchu Sentai Kyuranger vs. Space Squad (宇宙戦隊キュウレンジャーVSスペース・スクワッド, Uchū Sentai Kyūrenjā Bāsasu Supēsu Sukuwaddo) is a V-Cinema release that features a crossover between Uchu Sentai Kyuranger and Space Squad. Aside from the main cast of Kyuranger, Yuma Ishigaki and Hiroaki Iwanaga (Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie), Yuka Hirata (Juken Sentai Gekiranger), Mitsuru Karahashi (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger), Kei Hosogai (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger) and Ayame Misaki (Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters) return to reprise their respective roles. The V-Cinema was released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 8, 2018.

Red Battle! All Sentai Great Assemble!!

Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger the Movie: Red Battle! All Sentai Great Assemble!! (機界戦隊ゼンカイジャー THE MOVIE 赤い戦い!オール戦隊大集会!!, Kikai Sentai Zenkaijā Za Mūbī Akai Tatakai! Ōru Sentai Daishūkai!!) is a film released in Japanese theaters on February 20, 2021, as part of Super Sentai Movie Ranger 2021 (スーパー戦隊MOVIEレンジャー2021, Sūpā Sentai Mūbī Renjā Nisen-nijū-ichi), alongside Mashin Sentai Kiramager the Movie: Be-Bop Dream and Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger Special: Memory of Soulmates.[17] Naoya Makoto (Himitsu Sentai Gorenger), Kei Hosogai (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger), and Jingi Irie (Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger) reprise their respective roles, and Nobutoshi Canna (Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger) and Megumi Han (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger) reprise their respective voice roles.

Special DVD

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: Let's Do This Goldenly! Roughly! 36th Decree Gokai Change!! (海賊戦隊ゴーカイジャー キンキンに!ド派手に行くぜ!36段ゴーカイチェンジ!!, Kaizoku Sentai Gōkaijā Kin Kin ni! Dohade ni Ikuze! Sanjūroku Dan Gōkai Chenji!!) is a special DVD by Kodansha that is used to show some of the items in the series. In this special, taking place after episode 38, Captain Marvelous and Gai are accidentally fused together in one body during Insarn's attempt to fuse Gai with Karizorg, an android in Barizorg's image. Determined to retrieve Insarn's gun and restore themselves, Gai is allowed free use of their body to transform into a version of Gokai Silver with Gokai Red's helmet and boots as he assumes the forms of the previous 34 Super Sentai red warriors and Gokai Red to defeat dozens of Gormin. Though Gai gets exhausted from the overuse while Insarn fuses Karizorg with a Zugormin to create Zugozorg, Marvelous takes over their body and uses Gold Anchor Key to become Gokai Red Gold Mode (ゴーカイレッド ゴールドモード, Gōkai Reddo Gōrudo Mōdo) and finish off Zugozorg. The fusion gets Insarn's gun as she retreats, separating back to normal. Back aboard the Gokai Galleon, Gai offers the Captain a strawberry/vanilla swirl ice cream before an argument between them has Navi use the fusion gun on them.

V-Cinema

Ten Gokaiger

Main article: Kaizoku Sentai: Ten Gokaiger

Gokaiger initially had a V-Cinema adaptation planned before it was canceled in the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake. Kaizoku Sentai: Ten Gokaiger (テン・ゴーカイジャー, Ten Gōkaijā) is a V-Cinema release which received a limited theatrical release on November 12, 2021, followed by its DVD and Blu-ray release on March 9, 2022.[18][19] The V-Cinema commemorates the 10th anniversary of the series,[18] making of Gokaiger the fourth series of the franchise receiving a tenth-anniversary special film after Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger, Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger and Engine Sentai Go-onger. In addition, Kohei Shoji reprises his role from Mashin Sentai Kiramager.

Zenkaiger vs. Kiramager vs. Senpaiger

Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger vs. Kiramager vs. Senpaiger (機界戦隊ゼンカイジャーVSキラメイジャーVSセンパイジャー, Kikai Sentai Zenkaijā Tai Kirameijā Tai Senpaijā) is an upcoming V-Cinema release that features a crossover between Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger and Mashin Sentai Kiramager.[20] The V-Cinema is scheduled for a limited theatrical release on April 29, 2022, followed by its DVD and Blu-ray release on September 28, 2022.[20] Additionally, Ryota Ozawa will make an appearance, reprising his role as Captain Marvelous/Gokai Red, alongside Asahi Ito of Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger reprising his role as Kairi Yano/Lupin Red.[21] The events of the V-Cinema take place after the final episode of Zenkaiger.[20]

Web episodes

Twokaizer × Gokaiger: The Tanuki-Charmed June Bride (ツーカイザー×ゴーカイジャー ~ジューンブライドはたぬき味~, Tsūkaizā Kakeru Gōkaijā Jūn Buraido wa Tanuki-aji) is a web-exclusive crossover series released on Toei Tokusatsu Fan Club on June 5, 2022, featuring characters from Gokaiger and Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger.[22] Ryota Ozawa, Yui Koike, and Junya Ikeda return to reprise their respective roles as Captain Marvelous/Gokai Red, Ahim de Famille/Gokai Pink and Gai Ikari/Gokai Silver respectively.[22]

A Day of One Hero

Main article: A Day of One Hero

A Day of One Hero, Starring Kazuki Shimizu (A DAY of one HERO 清水一希 主演, A Dē obu wan Hīrō Shimizu Kazuki Shuen) is a direct-to-video film released on November 21, 2011, starring Kazuki Shimizu as himself in a mockumentary of his acting career as Don "Doc" Dogoier in Gokaiger. The film also features cameo appearances by Tokusatsu veteran actors Yoshio Yamaguchi and Nao Nagasawa.[23]

Video games

Super Sentai Battle: Ranger Cross (スーパー戦隊バトル レンジャークロス, Sūpā Sentai Batoru Renjā Kurosu) is a Wii action game developed by Bandai Namco Games which features the protagonists of Gokaiger, Tensou Sentai Goseiger, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Engine Sentai Go-onger, and Himitsu Sentai Gorenger. It was released on September 9, 2011. The game play is beat-them up like Dynasty Warriors series[24]

A Nintendo DS game for Gokaiger called Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: Gathered Transformation! 35 Sentai! (海賊戦隊ゴーカイジャー あつめて変身!35戦隊!, Kaizoku Sentai Gōkaijā Atsumete Henshin! Sanjūgo Sentai!) was released on November 17, 2011.

Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger appearance

As part of Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger's 40th anniversary celebration, the entire Gokaiger cast made a special appearance on episodes 28 (September 4, 2016) and 29 (September 11th, 2016), commemorating the 1,999th and 2,000th episodes of the Super Sentai Series, including a new updated version of the Gokaiger ED titled 'Super Hero Getter 2016'.[25]

Cast

Guest stars

Songs

Opening theme
Ending theme

The series' ending theme "Super Sentai Hero Getter" lists off all of the Super Sentai series, making reference to their songs and motifs, with each of the three verses of the song being played in rotation. The first verse covers Himitsu Sentai Gorenger through Choujyu Sentai Liveman, which all aired in the Shōwa period; the second covers Kousoku Sentai Turboranger through Mirai Sentai Timeranger, which all aired through the remainder of the 20th century; and the last one covers Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger through Tensou Sentai Goseiger, which were all broadcast in the 21st century.

The song is remixed into "Super Sentai Hero Getter ~ 199 ver." from their first team-up movie (eliminating all but one of the choruses) and then "Super Sentai Hero Getter ~ Now & Forever ver." in the final episode, the latter remix covering Gokaiger and Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters.

A second version titled "Super Sentai Hero Getter 2016" was released in episodes 28 and 29 of Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger during the celebrations of the 2000th episode of the franchise, with two verses, including the first 40 Super Sentai Series. The first verse covers the 20 earlier series from Gorenger to Gekisou Sentai Carranger and the second one covers the 20 late entries, from Denji Sentai Megaranger to Zyuohger.

A third version titled "Super Sentai Hero Getter ~Ten Gokaiger ver.~" was released in 2021 as the ending song of the film Kaizoku Sentai: Ten Gokaiger which celebrates the 10th anniversary of the series, including the first 45 Super Sentai Series in three verses with 15 series each, the first covering from Gorenger to Chōjin Sentai Jetman, the second covering from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger to GoGo Sentai Boukenger and the third covering from Juken Sentai Gekiranger to Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger.

Notes

  1. ^ The name "Gokaiger" appears on the characters' transformation devices. In early promotional materials for the series, the name of the series is parsed as "Goukaiger" in English. The URLs for the series' various websites romanize Gōkai (ゴーカイ) as "Go-kai".
  2. ^ In early promotional materials for the series, the Japanese word gōkai (豪快, exciting; heroic) is used as a meaning for the series' title.
  3. ^ This episode was the final Super Sentai episode to air on analog television in most of Japan. Analog television broadcasts ceased at noon that day.
  4. ^ Kentarō Shimazu previously starred in the films RoboGeisha and Karate-Robo Zaborgar.
  5. ^ Takashi Yamanaka is known for his portrayals of the voice acting otaku in the Densha Otoko television series and Tomosuke the Shiba Inu onbake in Daimajin Kanon.
  6. ^ Kazuo Niibori is a veteran action director who was a suit actor for 14 different Super Sentai red warriors from 1975 to 1991 and four Kamen Riders from 1971 to 1974.
  7. ^ Yuki Kimisawa previously portrayed Kirihiko Sudo in Kamen Rider W.

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