|Original Network:||Former: Fox Kids, ABC Kids, Jetix. Current: Nickelodeon|
|Original Run:||1993 - Present|
|Episode Length:||19-30 minutes. Over 800+ episodes|
|Description:||Power Rangers is the US adaptation of the Japanese Super Sentai series created by Haim Saban in 1993. The series generally revolves around a group of 5 young people fighting against evil forces that threaten to conquer or destroy the Earth using multi-colored battle suits, weapons and robotic vehicles or animals called Zords that combine into a powerful robot called a Megazord. Despite its action based setting, it does teach occasional life lessons and morals to children.|
|Similar Series:||VR Troopers, Big Bad Beetleborgs, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog, Masked Rider|
|Availability:||Available for purchase on DVD from Shout! Factory and Lionsgate Media and on streaming sites such as Netflix|
|Content Labels:||Live Action TV, Entertainment|
|Violence:||Martial arts action and occasional scenes of the heroes with injuries|
|Sexual Themes and Nudity:||None|
|Drugs and Alcohol:||None|
|Crude Humor or Comic Mischief:||Moderate Comic Mischief, No Crude Humor|
|Studio:||20th Century Fox|
|Availability:||All three films are available on DVD, Blu-Ray and streaming sites such as Amazon Prime|
(Saban's Power Rangers)
|Content Labels:||Live Action Film, Entertainment, Super Hero, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Kids|
|Language:||Swearing (Saban's Power Rangers)|
|Sexual Themes and Nudity:||Minor sexual references such as the term "sexting" (Saban's Power Rangers)|
|Drugs and Alcohol:||A minor reference to drugs, at least one scene of teen drinking (Saban's Power Rangers).|
|Crude Humor or Comic Mischief:||Minor Comic Mischief|
|Original Network:||NET, TV Asahi|
|Original Run:||1975 - Present|
|Episode Length:||22-24 minutes, Over 2,100+ episodes|
|Description:||Super Sentai first began as the creation of manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori, who created the television series Himitsu Sentai Gorenger to air on NET in 1975 after his Kamen Rider Series gave up its time slot to air on another network. The show was a huge hit with audiences, launching a franchise that has become one of the staples of Japan's popular culture and has lasted for over 40 years.|
While bits of Super Sentai's content may seem inappropriate at times for kids shows in the eyes of western parents, this is simply a result of cultural differences and moral standards. (one of particular note was an episode from an early series involving a Nazi-like monster placing victims in concentration camps and a member of the hero teams tricking it by disguising as Adolf Hitler)
The concept is identical to Power Rangers, with the exceptions of the casts being composed of mostly young adults, a more complex mythos without completely connecting to any of the older entries with exception to Gokaiger (in point, the Series has made several different reasons on how the dinosaurs died out), storytelling and sometimes darker tones in certain seasons to appeal to a wider audience, and a heavier lean towards marketing toy sales during more modern series.
|Similar Series:||Kamen Rider, Ultraman, Metal Heroes, Kikaider|
|Availability:||Jetman, Zyuranger, Dairanger, Kakuranger, Ohranger, Carranger, Megaranger, Gingaman, GoGoFive, Timeranger, Gaoranger and Hurricanger are all available on DVD in the US courtesy of Shout! Factory with other seasons to follow. The other 31 seasons are not available for purchase in the United States at this time.|
(Depending on the series)
|Violence:||Moderate to High. Scenes of intense action and occasionally minor scenes of blood and scenes of characters dying. Scary imagery is also present in some cases.|
|Language:||Occasional swearing (on fansubs)|
|Sexual Themes and Nudity:||Minor instances of sexual themes and use of gay stereotypes|
|Drugs and Alcohol:||Yes, minor scenes of smoking and drinking were present in earlier series. (Some episodes featured villains who used getting people drunk as a world domination plot and there are occasionally Rangers who are masters of drunken boxing). Most modern series try hard to avoid this, though drinking scenes can be seen in a few minor and sporadic instances.|
|Crude Humor or Comic Mischief:||Moderate to High Comic Mischief, Minor crude humor|
Q: "What is the difference between the 'Zordon' and 'Post-Zordon' eras?"
A: The original "Power Rangers" saga is a continuous story that extends from "Day of the Dumpster", the original episode of "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" through "Countdown to Destruction", the final two-part story of "Power Rangers in Space", the sixth season. It is known as the "Zordon Era" due to the mentor of the original Power Rangers team being a consistent factor and mentor to all Rangers of this period in some form or another. At the end of "Countdown to Destruction", Andros, the Red Space Ranger, shatters Zordon's energy tube, killing the malevolent being and eliminating all enemies and threats active at this time, completing a saga that lasted six years. All events after this period is commonly referred in the fan-base as the "Post-Zordon" era, with all heroes from "Power Rangers Lost Galaxy" onwards not having his assistance in the fight against evil. With "Lost Galaxy" having some connections to the characters and events of previous seasons, it is considered part of this period by some fans, leading to many consider the "Post-Zordon" era to begin with the seasons after this, concentrating on seasons holding self-contained stories.
Q: "Why do some Sentai series have a connection to Shotaro Ishinomori and others do not?"
A: While Ishinomori is considered the father of the Super Sentai franchise, he was only connected to the first two seasons of the franchise: the original Himitsu Sentai Gorenger and follow-up J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai. Due to J.A.K.Q.'s failure with Japanese audiences, the franchise ended with the completion of this series and a cross-over movie featuring these two teams. When Sentai revived over a year after the movie, it was without Ishinomori involved, leading to many reports stating the franchise starting only with the first post-Ishinomori series, Battle Fever J. However in 1995, in honor of the franchise's 20th anniversary, both Gorenger and J.A.K.Q. were reintegrated within the franchise and acknowledged as the first two series. However while most Sentai series do not acknowledge him within their credits, those that have an acknowledgement of his series tend to have him associated as the creator, particularly in franchises where factors of Gorenger or J.A.K.Q. appear. (such as in Gokaiger, where the leaders of these two teams lead an entire Sentai army)
Q: "Was Marvel Comics seriously the reason why Sentai exists to this day?"
A: In a way, yes. Not too long after the end of J.A.K.Q., Toei, the production company behind Sentai, entered a multi-year deal with American comic book company Marvel for the usage of their characters in Japanese properties. One of the first to come from this was a tokusatsu adaptation of Spider-Man, which reimagined the hero for Japanese audiences as well as giving him a giant robot known as Leopardon. When this series proved successful, Marvel decided to push a Japanese rendition of Captain America as the next project; but Toei instead decided to make it a team of international heroes with Japan as the leader and, like Spider-Man, an arsenal that included a giant robot. Battle Fever J proved to be a huge success, so much so that when Marvel tried to divert Toei to making another hero show, Toei decided it would be easier to go with a tested, popular formula. The two would make two more Sentai series, Denshi Sentai Denziman and Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan before parting ways, with a formula that proved powerful and popular enough to continue onwards to this day. Outside an attempt in the early 1980s by Marvel to attempt to create a Sentai dub to air on cable television, they have not been connected to Sentai since.
Q: "What exactly is Zyu2?"
A.: Due to the success of Power Rangers in the United States, Saban commissioned Toei for the creation of new footage using the costumes of Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger but with new monsters (generally animal or plant-based instead of based on fairy tale or mythological beings like Zyuranger had) and characterizations closer to the Power Ranger versions instead of the Zyuranger counterparts. Likewise, the footage included both the return and death of DragonRanger (the original Green Ranger) due to the popularity of his character. The footage was to be used for another full "season" of Zyuranger, but Saban ultimately decided to switch in the second season to the mecha for the season after this, Gosei Sentai Dairanger while keeping the Zyuranger costumes for the Power Rangers. Due to this, the human-sized fights remain the Zyu2 footage, but the mech fights end up being spliced footage where Zyu2 monsters would end up fighting the Thunder Megazord (Dairen'oh) alongside the DragonZord. Once the Zyu2 footage was completely used, the monster footage switched to the Dairanger footage and the original Sentai footage was fully used for giant fights once again.