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- "The one who inherits the red souls ~ AkaRed! (
赤の 魂を 受け 継ぐ 者～アカレッド！ Aka no tamashī wo uketsugu mono ~ Aka Reddo!)"
- ―AkaRed's role call.[src]
AkaRed (アカレッド Aka Reddo) is the embodiment of all prior Red Warriors of the long running Super Sentai series.
His costume pays homage to Himitsu Sentai Gorenger, the original Sentai, with a high collar surrounding his neck, much like the capes on the battle suits in the original series. He also pays homage to Akarenger, the original Red Warrior, with a large V across his chest.
In his appearances AkaRed is seen to sport an anniversary logo on the left-hand side of his suit which changes according to the anniversary. He initially has the Boukenger 30th Anniversary logo on the left-hand side of his suit, as well as a belt with three X's as the buckle, XXX being the Roman numeral for 30. His belt buckle and anniversary pin are reminiscent of the costumes from Dai Sentai Goggle V. In Gokaiger, the 30th Anniversary logo on his left chest has changed to show the number 35 above the V of the logo and the Roman numeral XXX on his buckle has been given a golden V across the center most X, symbolizing the 35th Anniversary of the Super Sentai.
In Zyuohger, the logo on his chest now shows the number 40 and the Zyuohger cube above the yellow V, and the Roman numeral on his buckle is now a stylized "XL", the Roman numeral for 40. The buckle is stylized so the “L” looks like three X’s that overlap the main silver X and each other (as X is ten and four times ten is 40).
GoGo Sentai Boukenger Vs Super Sentai
AkaRed, the representation of the Red Warrior of the 30 Super Sentai, first appeared in the movie, watching over Time Demon God Chronos and Arch Priest Gajah as they plot to defeat the Boukengers. He then made his first contact with the Boukenger team by giving Bouken Silver the Super Sentai Address Book after the rest of the team is abducted by Chronos into another dimension. This book contains information on the whereabouts of every Super Sentai member there is.
He then leads Bouken Silver and the past Super Sentai warriors to the rescue of the trapped Boukengers and MagiShine. The Super Sentai warriors break the Boukengers and MagiShine free while AkaRed fights the villains with his ability to fight as any of the past Red Warriors. Afterwards, after Ultimate DaiBouken and SirenBuilder are defeated by an enlarged Chronos, AkaRed acted as a vessel to power up DaiVoyager into its Burning Legend form with the powers of the five recruited Sentai members and Eiji. This allowed Burning Legend DaiVoyager to defeat Chronos. After the credits, AkaRed was shown reading off the Super Sentai Address Book while overlooking the Earth from outer space. He leaves the world to the current group of Super Sentai, the Boukengers, and goes into a deep sleep until he is needed again.
AkaRed returned in the aftermath of the Great Legend War in which the 34 teams of Sentai Heroes all sacrificed their powers to defeat the Space Empire Zangyack's invasion of Earth. He became a pirate and formed the Red Pirate Gang, with his teammates, Marvelous and Basco ta Jolokia, along with his robotic parrot, Navi. They searched the universe in the Gokai Galleon to find the Ranger Keys, keys that contained the powers of the 34 Sentai teams, which were dispersed all over the universe. The trio knew that with them, they could find the Greatest Treasure in the Universe.
AkaRed encountered Marvelous when he discovered the Akarenger Key after fighting Gormin. Marvelous refused to give it to him and fought AkaRed, who swiftly defeated Marvelous. Marvelous revealed to AkaRed that he wished to find the Greatest Treasure in the Universe. AkaRed showed Marvelous his ship, the GokaiGalleon, telling him that he would never find the treasure if he gave up. They went on to find many Ranger Keys, such as the Bouken Red Key. They later met Basco ta Jolokia who joined them. Although Marvelous was unaware, AkaRed knew of Basco's true monster form, and was afraid of him.
Since Basco didn't appear in the flashback in episode 21, it is presumed that he joined after Marvelous.
They eventually managed to find all the Ranger Keys, but Basco betrayed AkaRed and Marvelous, he conspired with Zangyack which attacked the ship, wanting the treasure all for himself. AkaRed saved Marvelous from the Zangyack forces and gave him the chest containing the Ranger Keys, telling him to find the Greatest Treasure in the Universe. AkaRed was last seen charging into dozens of Gormin Sailors. Marvelous, along with Navi, later founded the Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger and worked on unlocking the power of the Ranger Keys on Earth so they could get the Greatest Treasure.
After an adventure where Marvelous and the Gokaiger assisted Satoru Akashi in stopping Ryuuwon once again, Akashi appears to speak to himself about AkaRed selecting the Gokaigers for this mission, noting that he knows more about the spirit's true intentions, having encountered him once himself.
When Marvelous became unconscious after GokaiOh was crippled by the Great Warz, he encountered AkaRed in a vision. AkaRed helped him realize that although AkaRed had sacrificed himself to protect Marvelous as a Red Pirate, this was not the definition of "protection" that should be applied to to Gokaigers; what they wanted was not for him to shield them, but to fight alongside them.
However, it turned out that AkaRed's motive was not acquiring the Greatest Treasure in the Universe. As Basco revealed to Marvelous before their final battle, which resulted in the death of the former, AkaRed used the treasure as bait to Marvelous and Basco so they would help him gather up the Ranger Keys. After all the Ranger Keys were collected, AkaRed would return to Earth and give them back to their owners in order to protect the planet. Basco said that he didn't betray them, AkaRed had betrayed them from the beginning. Marvelous, however, didn't care, explaining to Basco that he wasn't a Red Pirate anymore and he had everything that was needed to claim the Greatest Treasure in the Universe. He added that no one would be able to keep the Gokaigers from their dream, whether it be Basco, Zangyack, or AkaRed himself.
After Marvelous returned all the Ranger Keys to their respective owners, AkaRed can be seen standing on the prow of the Gokai Galleon nodding at Marvelous before disappearing.
Super Sentai Versus Series Theater
A picture of AkaRed and the Akibarangers is seen in the ending sequence of several episodes of Season Two.
AkaRed is seen on a magazine in episode 12 Season Two, where he appears with three red heroes (TyrannoRanger, RyuuRanger, and HurricaneRed) handing the Sunday 7:30AM time slot from Super Sentai to Hiroyo Hakase for her "older brother" Prism Ace.
Super Animal War
After Yamato and company find Gai's Super Sentai Encyclopedias, AkaRed suddenly appears, introducing himself. He tells them he doesn't accept them as the 40th Super Sentai quite yet, for in order to become one of them, they must have the four key marks of the Super Sentai team: Wisdom, Power, Courage, and Friendship. He then recruits Jealousto, in teaching them about the Super Sentai.
After the Zyuohgers apologize to him for ruining his self-confidence, AkaRed is seen behind a tree, acknowledging that they are finally at the "starting line" to becoming a Super Sentai team, however questioning if they will be able to obtain the marks of them. He takes notice of a strange odor shortly after, in which is revealed to come from none other than Masato Jin, in which says that he refuses to let the Zyuohgers have the name of the "Doubutsu Sentai".
After Jealousto finished teaching the five core Zyuohgers about past Sentai teams, AkaRed designs a test to see if they have acheived Wisdom - one of the four elements to being a Sentai. His game requires that each of the Zyuohgers answer one trivia question correctly, with no more than one wrong answer between them all. The team passes by the skin of their teeth, only for the events to be interrupted by Masato Jin and Beet J. Stag.
Video Game appearances
- AkaRed: to be added
Super Sentai Battle Base
AkaRed is among the vast pantheon of Rangers which are available in the mobile game Super Sentai Battle Base.
- Weapon Recreation
AkaRed can also recreate any weapon a Red warrior has handled before, either which he or another warrior can wield. In the movie, he recreated the AbaRed's Tyranno Rod to use against Chronos. He also recreated DekaRed's D-Magnum and HurricaneRed's Portable Ninja Sword Hayatemaru for Bouken Red to use.
- Super Sentai Ball
It is a dominantly white soccer ball with rings of the Super Sentai colors (Red= AkaRed, Yellow= MagiYellow, White= DekaBreak, Gold= MagiShine, Black= AbareBlack, Blue= HurricaneBlue) around it and the 30th Anniversary logo, with the silver V representing Bouken Silver. With this ball, the Super Sentai warriors were able to execute a similar finisher from past Super Sentai teams who used a ball for a team attack, ending with Bouken Silver hitting a flying kick to propel a burning Super Sentai Ball to the target. This also pays homage to the original Super Sentai group attack, the "Gorenger Storm".
- Super Sentai Soul
As stated earlier, AkaRed can act as a vessel to power up DaiVoyager by receiving the Spirits of Friendship, Passion, Justice, Courage, Love and Hope respectively from Nanami Nono/Hurricane Blue, Asuka/AbareBlack, Tekkan Aira/DekaBreak, Tsubasa Ozu/MagiYellow, Hikaru/MagiShine and Eiji Takaoka/Bouken Silver, each representing a part of the Super Sentai Spirit. With these Spirits, DaiVoyager is upgraded into Burning Legend Form.
- Super Sentai Address Book
The Super Sentai Address Book (スーパー戦隊アドレスブック Sūpā Sentai Adoresu Bukku) is a book possessed by AkaRed that lists information on every Super Sentai member. He gives it to Eiji so he can recruit past heroes to help. The book features pictures of all Sentai Core Rangers, and the 6th Rangers.
Being the representation of every Red Warrior there is in Super Sentai for the past 30 years, AkaRed has demonstrated the ability to transform to any Red Warrior of his choosing even without an external transformation device. He simply states the transformation call 'Soul Korin, (Red Warrior Name).', a henshin sequence is shown, similar to the original transformation but with AkaRed inserted in. In the movie, he only transforms into two Red warriors: MagiRed of Mahou Sentai Magiranger and GaoRed of Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger, using their respective attacks against the villains. In the role call, he briefly changes into GaoRed, HurricaneRed, AbaRed, DekaRed and MagiRed. He seems to be able to recreate the Red Warriors attacks such as the Red Fire of MagiRed and the Blazing Fire of GaoRed. He also recreated Hurricanger's group attack Kage no Mai. By the time he encountered Captain Marvelous, it's assumed he currently embodies the forms and powers of post-Boukenger Red Warriors as well before giving him the Ranger Keys because of the 35 (later 40) on his chest. This leads to the assumption that once a Red Warrior is born/created/empowered, that Ranger is automatically added to his arsenal; the below list of Red Spirits is based on that assumption.
- Red Spirits
The AkaRed Ranger Key (アカレッドレンジャーキー AkaReddo Renjā Kī) is a toy-exclusive Ranger Key which is part of the "Legends" series of toys along with Ranger Keys of the first three Go-Busters, released with the Legend Mobilate toy. It only exists as a toy and it is unknown if it will appear in Super Sentai. Of course as with all Ranger Keys, should it exist, it would be able to transform one, i.e. Gokai Red, into AkaRed.
Behind the scenes
AkaRed is voiced by Toru Furuya (古谷 徹 Furuya Tōru), while his suit actor is Keizo Yabe (矢部 敬三 Yabe Keizō). After his original appearance in Boukenger vs. Super Sentai, both actors reprise the role in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger and Super Animal War.
After the initial appearance of AkaRed, the embodiment of the Red Warrior Spirit, some have pondered the possibility of other warriors like him, a whole team composed of AkaRed and his counterparts for other Sentai colors. Following the color scheme of the original Gorenger which became the most common Sentai color scheme, AkaRed would be joined by AoBlue, KiYellow, MomoPink, MidoGreen, and (possibly) RokuSix. These heroes would most likely follow the same counterparts as the Gokaigers. But for now, these other heroes are merely an idea, and have yet to be introduced in an official crossover.
- However, AkaRed himself confirmed that there is no AoBlue, but AkaBlue instead. This implies that "Aka" may possibly be the prefix of the name of the team AkaRed presumably belongs to.
- It is also possible there are actually 6 other members of AkaRed's team, given how the Gokaiger Ranger Key system (which he had a hand in making) has 7 color designations, Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink, Black & Special (aka, gold or silver).
- In episode 39 of Engine Sentai Go-Onger, AkaRed's helmet appears as one of the nine faces of Yatai Banki, though its appearance is merely trivial.
- AkaRed appeared again during the 40th season of Super Sentai, Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger, albeit in a miniseries. His suit is yet again updated for the 40th anniversary. How he survived the events of Gokaiger is never explained, as the Zyuohgers had no way of knowing that Zangyack had killed him.
- AkaRed is the only ranger in the Super Sentai 199 that does not have his own Ranger Key in the series. However, a toy version of the Ranger Key does exist as part of the Gokaiger toyline.
- He is the only Ranger to not belong to any Sentai team.
- AkaRed is the first Ranger to have two rangers keys based off of him.
- Adam Park, who led the equivalent of the Veteran Sentai in Once a Ranger
- Gosei, the mentor of the Mega Rangers who granted them the Legendary Ranger Keys
- Tommy Oliver
- Emissaries of the Morphin Masters, enigmatic entities who can shift through the forms of various Power Rangers in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Boom! Studios)