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This article is about a/an additional unnumbered (EX) series entry in the Super Sentai series.

Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger (非公認戦隊アキバレンジャー translated as Unofficial Squadron Akibaranger), is an "unofficial installment" of the Super Sentai series. The series began airing in April 6, 2012, though it aired on Tokyo MX instead of TV Asahi like the mainstream series.

The series' theme is based on the Akihabara (AKA "Electric Town") section of Tokyo, Japan, and is geared more towards teenagers and otaku rather than young children and families like the mainstream series.

The series was renewed for a Season 2, which began airing on April 6, 2013.[1]

Plot

"A tiny paradise amongst a sea of skyscrapers: Akihabara. There we find three warriors who believe pain is power and who fight battles that exist entirely in their heads. They are...Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger!"
―Hiroyo Hakase[src]

Akibaranger tells the story of three people being part of an otaku club and living in the new "Electric-Town" Akihabara. They have to fight a mysterious malevolent entity that swore to conquer Earth with cool gadgets created by a brilliant genius. However, the Akibarangers' ultimate goal is to become an "official" sentai team.

The Akibaranger's secret base/hideout is a "Sentai Cafe," a Super Sentai version of the popular maid cafes in Japan.

Production

The official website lists several tokusatsu and anime veterans, including director Ryuta Tazaki (Kamen Rider), director/character designer Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny), writer Naruhisa Arakawa (Kamen Rider Kuuga), and composer Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell).

Characters

The Akibarangers

The team.

The Akibarangers led by Takuma

Akibarangers

Main Article: Akibarangers
Designation Name Actor
AkibaRed Nobuo Akagi ►◄

Takuma Tsuzuki

Masato Wada ►◄ Shinpei Takagi
AkibaBlue Mitsuki Aoyagi Kyoko Hinami
AkibaYellow Yumeria Moegi Karin Ogino

Allies

Temporary Akibarangers

AkibaYellow

Masako Yamada


Imaginary Sentai Rangers

DekaRed Banban "Ban" Akaza
Bouken Red Satoru Akashi
Red Hawk Ryu Tendo
Go-On Red Sosuke Esumi (Episode 14)
Shinken Red Takeru Shiba (Episode 14)
Gosei Red Alata (Episode 14)

Blatantly Evil Marketing Firm B/Delusion Empire

Arsenal

Main article: Arsenal (Akibaranger)

Transformation Device/Sidearm

Ludicrous Power

Mecha

Episodes

[2]

  1. Ep. 1: Lameness is Power
  2. Ep. 2: Lame Spirits Return! Call Forth a Crimson Full Blast of Delusion!
  3. Ep. 3: Lame! Drunken Hero Adventure!
  4. Ep. 4: Forbidden Delusion! The Lame Blue Corruption!
  5. Ep. 5: Laaaaaame! ☆ Yellow Mama
  6. Ep. 6: Soar, Master! A Lame Trap at the Delusional Studio!
  7. Ep. 7: Race Deludedly, Itashar! Break Your Limits!
  8. Ep. 8: Bonds of Lame Training! A Fork in the Road to Official-ness!
  9. Ep. 9: Lame Sentai Disbands
  10. Ep. 10: The Bitter Curse of Z ― A New Chapter Begins
  11. Ep. 11: The Replacement is Cool, Not Lame
  12. Ep. 12: Lame-ale: Farewell, Deluded Sentai
  13. Ep. 13: Recap! It's Okay to Not be Lame!
  14. Akibaranger Episode 14 (stageshow)

Web radio series

Starting on July 6, Animate.tv will broadcast Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger Official Web Radio (Temporary) (非公認戦隊アキバレンジャー公認WEBラジオ(仮) Hikōnin Sentai Akibarenjā Kōnin Uebu Rajio (Kari)). The bi-weekly web radio series will feature the voices of the TV series cast, as well as special guests in every show.[3]

Treasure of the Maid Empire hoax

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At Tamashii Nation 2012, the Akibaranger booth were showing multiple posters and advanced ticket gifts for the fake movie, Akibaranger the Movie: Treasure of the Maid Empire.

The Akibaranger staff decided to take a joke from twitter to the next level by making it seem like a movie was being released. Even going as far as making posters, fake tickets and the limited edition ticket gift, AkibaRed Special Color version as pictured below. [4]

Gallery

Main article: Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger/Gallery

Cast

Guest stars

Suit actors

Staff

  • Character design: Keiichi Sato (さとう けいいち Satō Keiichi)

Theme songs

Opening theme
Ending theme
Insert themes

Notes

  • This is the first unofficial Sentai Series.
  • This is Toei's second parody of Super Sentai, after Cho Ninjatai Inazuma!Icon-crosswiki.png.
  • The previews for series on the website showcase anime silhouettes, similar to when Sailor LunaIcon-crosswiki.png was first previewed for the live-action version of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.
  • The series logo is based on that of Himitsu Sentai Gorenger.
  • Even though this is an unofficial series, it is the first Sentai series in which both the Blue and Yellow Ranger are females.
    • This is also the first season in which there are more female rangers than there are male rangers.
      • Nobuo actually points out those two irregularities in the first episode.
  • This is the first Sentai series to have three kanji preceding the "sentai" kanji, as opposed to the usual one or two, which would later have an official successor in the 39th entry of the Super Sentai Series, Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.
  • The helmets having "sculpted hair" as opposed to more traditional rounded helmets are similar to the helmets used in Battle Fever J; in particular, the helmet of Battle Japan.
  • This is the first Sentai parody series meant for mature audiences.
  • This is the first Sentai to have a female Blue Ranger with a normal blue suit since Choujuu Sentai Liveman's Blue Dolphin.
  • The first season of Akibaranger was broadcast concurrent with Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, as well as Kamen Rider FourzeIcon-crosswiki.png.
  • Nobuo refers to the team as "the 37th" Super Sentai. When Hiroyo Hakase points out they are unofficial, he makes it his goal to make the Akibarangers to be recognized as the 37th Super Sentai. Next year, however, with Season Two airing concurrent with the official 37th Sentai Series, the Akibarangers' goal is changed to fixing the history of Super Sentai series which is being constantly tampered with.
  • Akibaranger is the first Sentai series since Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan to feature only three rangers. Though Akibaranger had two replacements for rangers, technically bringing it up to five while Sun Vulcan replaced one ranger, bringing them up to four.
  • This is currently shorter than any of the official Sentai series, with only 13 episodes. However, a second season has been announced.
  • This is the first Sentai series to break the fourth wall as a plot point.
  • The series was originally intended to be a Gokaiger spin-off called Kaizoku-ban Sentai Gokaiger (Pirate Copy Sentai Gokaiger).[5]
  • This is the first Sentai series to have a second season.
  • This series can be seen as the equivalent to Kamen Rider AmazonsIcon-crosswiki.png.

References

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