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Ep. 28: The Space Pirates Return (帰ってきた宇宙海賊 Kaettekita Uchū Kaizoku) is the twenty-eighth episode of Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger. The 1999th episode in total of the Super Sentai Series, it is the first part of a two-part arc featuring the return of the protagonists of the previous anniversary series, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, in commemoration of the 2000th episode milestone as well as the 40th anniversary of Super Sentai. It features the debut of the Whale Change Gun, a cameo by the ToQgers, and a flashback of Cetus. Cube Whale, Zyuoh Whale and Azald Legacy make brief appearances in this episode, albeit in a flashback.


After sensing a Deathgalien’s presence, the Zyuohgers find a man calling himself a “space pirate” fighting Bangrey. He is none other than Captain Marvelous, Gokai Red of the Gokaigers. He says he is looking for the Link Cube, said to hide an amazing treasure. When Yamato and company take Marvelous to the Link Cube, they discover a massive Ruler’s Proof buried. When the Zyumen touch it, it reacts. The image of a whale Zyuman, Cetus, appears and tells everyone about Zyuland’s history.


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Guest Cast

Suit Actors

Zyuoh Cubes

Forms Used

Gokai Changes

  • Gokai Changes in The Space Pirates Return:
  • This marks the first time that the Gokaigers change into Sentai Rangers introduced after their own series. As such, this also marks the first appearance of the Ranger Keys for the Go-Busters, Kyoryugers, ToQgers and Ninningers.
    • There are some small references in each of the post-Gokaiger changes and featuring an numerical order 
      • Gokai Blue as AoNinger- Both are the calm and cool blue rangers and the 2nd ranger on their teams.
      • Gokai Yellow as Yellow Buster- Both are tomboys and headstrong. They frequently butt head with their respective Red leaders. Their are the 3rd ranger on their teams
      • Gokai Green as ToQ 4gou- Both share slow and methodical approaches to problems.They are the 4th ranger on their teams
      • Gokai Pink as Kyoryu Pink- Both share a royal heritage. While Ahim properly act as one, Amy tries to act tomboyish and bend the rules.They are the 5th ranger on their teams.
  • The Gokai Changes used by Gokai Red in this episode are somewhat connected to the Zyuohgers.
    • Gaoranger: Being the 25th anniversary series and the previous animal-themed one. Also GaoRed having a lion theme, just like Zyuoh Lion.
    • Gekiranger: Being tiger-themed, just like Zyuoh Tiger, as engaged in battle with her
    • Jetman: Being bird-themed, just like Zyuoh Eagle, and with flight skill.
    • Go-Busters: Tapping into secondary skills, just like the Zyuohger in general, in this case Cheetah speed versus Zyuoh Eagle tapping into gorilla strength, as well as alternately having been the previous Doubutsu Sentai.
    • The first 3 Gokai Changes are from the teams with Gorilla mechas, GaoGorilla, GekiGorilla and GT-02 Gorilla, just like Cube Gorilla.
  • With the exception of the Red Hawk Gokai Change, Marvelous' Gokai Changes animal motifs in this episode are the same of Kamen Rider OOO'sIcon-crosswiki.png Latorartar Combo, and in the exact same order too (Lion, Tiger and Cheetah).
    • This may be a reference to the fact that Kamen Rider OOO celebrated the 40th anniversary of Kamen Rider just as Zyuohger celebrates the 40th of Super Sentai. Like Zyuohger, OOO also featured a two-part arc celebrating an episode milestone, the Kamen Rider Series 1000th episode in its case.
    • It should also be noted that Marvelous' Gokai Change into Red Hawk has the same animal motif as Kamen Rider OOO's Taka Core Medal.

Elements/Homages to Gokaiger

  • The title of this episode, The Space Pirates Return, is a reference to the title of the first episode of Gokaiger The Space Pirates Appear.
    • The "Return" (帰ってきた Kaettekita) part of the title is probably a reference to the fact that Gokaiger is the only series that does not feature the Return V-Cinema, the trend that started since Shinkenger.
  • Marvelous interrupting Bangray eating curry and rice is reminiscent to how the first battle was started in the first episode of Gokaiger, when the team was denied the chance to eat curry and rice at Snack Safari due to the Zangyack destroying the building.


  • When Gokai Red transforms into Red Buster, he doesn't say "Let's Morphin!", while Gokai Yellow does say the phrase when transforming into Yellow Buster by using a Morphin Brace to activate the transformation.
  • While Dorobozu does fade away when defeated, Bowguns explodes rather than fading.
  • Cube Whale has blue eyes, but in the flashback, its eyes are yellow.


  • As part of Super Hero Time, this episode aired alongside Kamen Rider GhostIcon-crosswiki.png episode 47, Conciliation! All Resolutions!Icon-crosswiki.png.
  • Viewership: 3.0%
  • Hide-and-Seek in closing credits
    • Animal: N/A
    • Cube: Red, Blue, Yellow and Green
  • This is the first time Zyuoh Eagle changes from Zyuoh Gorilla to his Instinct Awakened form.
  • Marvelous and Gai are the only Gokaigers to appear un-transformed in this episode (with Gai remaining un-transformed throughout).
  • This is the first time the Gokaigers change into Sentai Rangers introduced after their own series. As such, this also marks the first appearance of the Ranger Keys for the Go-Busters, Kyoryugers and ToQgers - which had previously only appeared as toys - and a Ninninger ranger key, hinting at a possible future release.
  • The five core ToQgers make a brief appearance in this episode; however, they only appear as children. They give Gai their Ranger powers so the Gokaigers could use them.
  • Rather than the standard ending, part of an updated version of the Gokaiger ending theme is played with both teams in a group shot to emphasize the crossover and the upcoming 2,000th episode.
  • This and next episode marks the reunion of Yui Koike (Ahim de Famille) and Shouhei Nanba (Leo), who appeared together in the finaleIcon-crosswiki.png of Kamen Rider WIcon-crosswiki.png six years prior.
  • The day this episode aired, Super Sentai Legend Wars was released.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Zyuohger Vol. 8, DVD

Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger Volume 8 features episodes 28-31: Ep. 28: The Space Pirates Return, Ep. 29: The Monarch of the Monarchs, Ep. 30: The Legendary Megabeast and Ep. 31: When the Megabeast Stands.

Zyuohger Collection 3, Blu-ray

Blu-ray Collection 3 comes with 12 episodes.


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