|This article is about a/an episode in J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai.|
|WARNING: This episode contains scenes of gun violence, smoking, murder, and multiple character deaths. Viewer discretion is advised!|
4 Cards!! The Trump is J.A.K.Q. (4カード!! 切り札はJAKQ Fō Kādo!! Kirifuda wa Jakkā) is the first episode of J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai.
At an unknown island, Earth Defense Force 7th Fleet nuclear aircraft carrier was sunk by mysterious planes. Tokyo Boss informs Iron Claw, the leader of Crime, that Crime Fortress Island was cleared of hostiles. Crime plans to turn Tokyo into a city of crime, but unfortunately encountered setbacks due to the actions of ISSIS and Commander Daisuke "Joker" Kujirai. Iron Claw orders the deployment of Devil Killer.
A team from ISSIS was sent to a warehouse to investigate smuggled goods. They arrive at the scene, but was ambushed and everyone was killed by Devil Killer. Worried about Crime's uprising, Commander Daisuke holds a meeting with Captain Robert, and organizes the formation of JAKQ, a task force of cyborgs to combat the villainous organization.
He first recruits Goro Sakurai, an equestrian rider, but the latter refuses at first as he wants to focus on training for the next Olympic Games. Commander Daisuke tries to convince him, but he still refused. Kujirai then recruits Ryu Higashi, promising to clear his name for murder. Later that night, Karen Mizuki and her father were celebrating the latter's 25th year as a detective. On their way home, they were injured in a car accident that was caused by Crime. Goro shows up and rescues Karen, but her father dies from his injuries. Kujirai recruits her to join J.A.K.Q. The former then finds the body of the original recruit, Bunta Daichi, who was killed in an submersible accident. The four recruits undergoes Cyborg conversion surgery, including Goro, having changed his mind after rescuing Karen.
The team was sent to recover gold that was stolen during Crime's crime spree. Using the Sky Ace and their cyborg technology, they managed to track down the stolen gold easily. Transforming into JAKQ, they battle the Crimers and successfully destroy Devil Killer with JAKQ Covack.
- Goro Sakurai (桜井 五郎 Sakurai Gorō): Yoshitaka Tanba (丹波義隆 Tanba Yoshizaki)
- Ryu Azuma (東 竜 Azuma Ryū): Heizan Itou (伊東平山 Itō Heizan)
- Karen Mizuki (カレン水木): Mitchi Love (ミッチー・ラブ Mitchī Rabu)
- Bunta Daichi (大地 文太 Daichi Bunta): Yuusuke Kazato (風戸佑介 Yūsuke Kazato)
- Daisuke Kujirai (鯨井 大助 Kujirai Daisuke): Hiroshi Tanaka (田中浩 Tanaka Hiroshi)
- Iron Claw (アイアンクロー): Masashi Ishibashi (石橋 雅史 Ishibashi Masashi)
- Devil Killer (デビルキラー Debiru Kira, Voice): Shōzō Iizuka (飯塚 昭三 Iizuka Shōzō)
- Detective Mizuki (Karen's Father): Jun Kondo (近藤 準 Kondō Jun)
- Captain Robert: Ousmane Yusef (ウスマン・ユセフ Usuman Yusefu)
- Boxer: Willie Dorsey (ウィリー・ドーシー U~irī Dōshī)
- ISSIS Soldiers: Jyunichi Haruta (春田 純一 Haruta Jun'ichi), Yutaro Osugi (大杉 雄太郎 Ōsugi Yūtaro), Satoshi Kurihara (栗原 敏 Kurihara Satoshi), Tetsu Masuda (益田 てつ Masuda Tetsu)
- Police: Mikio Murakami (村上 幹夫 Murakami Mikio), Toshimichi Takahashi (高橋 利道 Takahashi Toshimichi)
- Crime Boss' Tokyo: Junji Masuda (増田 順司 Masuda Junji)
- Spade Ace: Jyunichi Haruta (春田 純一 Haruta Jun'ichi)
- Dia Jack: Hiromichi Suzuki (鈴木弘道 Suzuki Hiromichi)
- Heart Queen: Minoru Yokoyama (横山稔 Yokoyama Minoru)
- Clover King: Hirohumi Koga (古賀弘文 Koga Hirohumi)
- Viewership: 13.6%
- Aside from being the first episode of J.A.K.Q., it is also the first Sentai episode to air on TV Asahi, formerly known as NET, after it was renamed on April 1, 1977.
- If you look closely at the cards, particularly the one used to represent Goro Sakurai as Spade Ace, they were made by "Nintendo"; the company was notable as a card-manufacturing company prior to becoming more famous for video games in the 1980s and beyond.
- The two workers at the Japan branch of ISISS in this episode are portrayed by Yuutaro Oosugi (a suit actor most notable for portraying the "new suit" version of Kamen Rider #1) and, in his first on-screen appearance, Junichi Haruta (the suit actor for Spade Ace for this season and who will be more notable as Kanpei Kuroda/GoggleBlack of Goggle V and Ryuu Hoshikawa/DynaBlack of Dynaman).
- As Sky Ace is preparing to launch, wires can be seen holding it in the air.
- When the team arrives, the building in the background appears out of nowhere.
- The cracks on Iron Claw's baton can already be seen when he bends and breaks it.
J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai Volume 1 features episodes 1-5: Ep. 1: 4 Cards!! The Trump is J.A.K.Q., Ep. 2: 2 Ten-Jacks!! Destroy the Secret Factory, Ep. 3: 5 Flushes!! Roar, Panther, Ep. 4: 1 Joker!! The Perfect Crime's Assassin, and Ep. 5: 3 Snaps!! The Ballade of Betrayal.