Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Super Sentai 41st Anniversary


2016 is a very special year in Japan. Kamen Rider celebrates it's 45th anniversary. Ultraman celebrates his 50th and Super Sentai celebrates it's 41st anniversary. 

Super Sentai began in 1974 with Gorenger and ran for 2 years. It was born out of the Henshin Boom that was thanks to Kamen Rider in 1971. Gorenger was created by Shotaro Ishinimori, the same man who created Kamen Rider. Every series has followed the same basic plot, a team of heroes who transform into super heroes and defeat a monster of the week, who grows giant, they defeat it with their giant robo. It has become more common in recent years for sentai to team up with previous incarnations and even cross over with Kamen Rider.

Gorenger was well received, yet JAKQ wasn't. There was no sentai for 1978 either. Toei teamed up with Marvel to create Spider-Man and Battle Fever J. However, Gorenger and JAKQ weren't even considered part of the Super Sentai canon until Ohranger, which was the franchises 20th annversary. So here's each team:
  •  Gorenger (1975 - 1977)
  • JAKQ (1977)
  • Battle Fever J (1979 - 1980)
  • Denziman (1980 - 1981)
  • Sun Vulcan (1981 - 1982)
  • Goggle-V (1982 - 1983)
  • Dynaman (1983 - 1984)
  • Bioman (1984 - 1985)
  • Changeman (1985 - 1986)
  • Flashman (1986 - 1987)
  • Maskman (1987 - 1988)
  • Liveman (1988 - 1989)
  • Turboranger (1989 - 1990)
  • Fiveman (1990 - 1991)
  • Jetman (1991 - 1992)
  • Zyuranger (1992 - 1993)
  • Dairanger (1993 - 1994)
  • Kakuranger (1994 - 1995)
  • Ohranger (1995 - 1996)
  • Carranger (1996 - 1997)
  • Megaranger 1997 - 1998)
  • Gingaman (1998 - 1999)
  • Go Go V (1999 - 2000)
  • Timeranger (2000 - 2001)
  • Gaoranger (2001 - 2002)
  • Hurricaneger (2002 - 2003)
  • Abaranger (2003 - 2004)
  • Dekaranger (2004 - 2005)
  • Magiranger (2005 - 2006)
  • Boukenger (2006 - 2007)
  • Gekiranger (2007 - 2008)
  • Go-Onger (2008 - 2009)
  • Shinkenger (2009 -2010)
  • Goseiger (2010 - 2011)
  • Gokaiger (2011 - 2012)
  • Go-Busters (2012 - 2013)
  • Kyoryuger (2013 - 2014)
  • ToQGer (2014 - 2015)
  • Ninninger (2015 - 2016)
  • Zyuohger (2016 - 2017)
So there we have it, a brief rundown on Super Sentai from 1975 - 2016. Here's to another 41 years from Toei's most popular brands.