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The official logo of the Super Sentai series introduced in 2000 during the run of Mirai Sentai Timeranger
|Created by||Shotaro Ishinomori|
|Original work||Himitsu Sentai Gorenger|
|Owned by||TV Asahi (1975–present)|
Toei Company (1975–present)
Toei Advertising (1979–present)
Ishimori Productions (1975–1978; 2011–2012)
Marvel Entertainment (1979–1982)
|Films and television|
|Television series||See below|
|Video game(s)||Super Sentai Battle: Dice-O|
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Super Sentai (Japanese: スーパー戦隊シリーズ, Hepburn: Sūpā Sentai Shirīzu, translated as "Super Squadron Series") is a Japanese superhero team metaseries and media franchise consisting of television series and films produced by Toei Company, and Bandai, and aired by TV Asahi ("Sentai" is the Japanese word for "task force" or "fighting squadron"). The shows are of the tokusatsu genre, featuring live action characters and colorful special effects, and are aimed at children. Super Sentai airs alongside the Kamen Rider series in the Super Hero Time programming block on Sunday mornings. In North America, the Super Sentai series is best known as the source material for the Power Rangers series.
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In every Super Sentai series, the protagonists are a team of people who – using wrist-worn or hand-held devices – transform into superheroes and gain superpowers – color-coded uniforms, signature weapons, sidearms, and fighting skills – to battle a group of otherworldly supervillains that threaten to take over the Earth. In a typical episode, the heroes thwart the enemies' plans and defeat an army of enemy soldiers and the monster of the week before an enlarged version of the monster confronts them, only to be defeated again when the heroes fight it with their mecha. Each Super Sentai series is set in its own unique fictional universe; various TV, video and film specials feature a team-up between one or more teams.
The first two Super Sentai series were created by Shotaro Ishinomori, then known for the 1971–1973 Kamen Rider TV series and the long-running manga Cyborg 009. He developed Himitsu Sentai Gorenger, which ran from 1975 to 1977, and J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai, released in 1977. Toei Company put the franchise on hiatus in 1978, collaborating with Marvel Comics to produce a live action Spider-Man series, which added giant robots to the concept of tokusatsu shows. The giant robot concept was carried over to Toei and Marvel's next show, Battle Fever J, released in 1979, and was then used throughout the Super Sentai series.
In 1993, American production company Saban Entertainment adapted 1992's Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger into Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for the Fox Kids programming block, combining the original Japanese action footage with new footage featuring American actors for the story sequences. Since then, nearly every Super Sentai series that followed became a new season of Power Rangers. Some countries, such as France, Brazil, Thailand, and the Philippines, switched from broadcasting Super Sentai to Power Rangers. In 2002, Saban sold the Power Rangers franchise to Disney's Buena Vista division, who owned it until 2010, broadcasting Power Rangers on ABC Kids, ABC Family Channel, Jetix, and Toon Disney. On 12 May 2010, Saban bought the franchise back from Disney, moving the show to the Nickelodeon network for 2011 with Power Rangers Samurai. On 1 May 2018, toy company Hasbro announced they had acquired the Power Rangers franchise from Saban Capital Group for $522 million.
Power Rangers Dino Force Brave is a 2017 South Korean tokusatsu television show produced by Daewon Media, the same company which distributes the Super Sentai series in South Korea under the "Power Rangers" label. It serves as a sequel to the 2013 Super Sentai series Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger.
The following is a list of the Super Sentai series and their years of broadcast:
|Title||Episodes||Originally aired||Power Rangers adaptation||Other notes|
|First aired||Last aired|
|Himitsu Sentai Gorenger||84||April 5, 1975||March 26, 1977||—||first series in the franchise|
|J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai||35||April 9, 1977||December 24, 1977||last series to be produced by Shotaro Ishinomori|
|Battle Fever J||52||February 3, 1979||January 26, 1980|
|Denshi Sentai Denjiman||51||February 2, 1980||January 31, 1981|
|Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan||50||February 7, 1981||January 30, 1982|
|Dai Sentai Goggle-V||50||February 6, 1982||January 20, 1983|
|Kagaku Sentai Dynaman||51||February 5, 1983||January 28, 1984||parody dub with MTV style music of first 6 episodes|
|Choudenshi Bioman||51||February 4, 1984||January 26, 1985|
|Dengeki Sentai Changeman||55||February 2, 1985||February 22, 1986|
|Choushinsei Flashman||50||March 1, 1986||February 21,1987|
|Hikari Sentai Maskman||51||February 28, 1987||February 20, 1988|
|Choujuu Sentai Liveman||49||February 27, 1988||February 18, 1989|
|Kousoku Sentai Turboranger||50 + 1 sp.||March 4, 1989||February 23, 1990||TV special was aired on February 25, 1989|
|Chikyu Sentai Fiveman||48||March 2, 1990||February 8, 1991|
|Chōjin Sentai Jetman||51||February 15, 1991||February 14, 1992|
|Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger||50||February 21, 1992||February 12, 1993||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers season 1||started the Power Rangers franchise|
|Gosei Sentai Dairanger||50||February 19, 1993||February 11, 1994||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers season 2|
|Ninja Sentai Kakuranger||53||February 18, 1994||February 24, 1995||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers season 3;
Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers
|Chouriki Sentai Ohranger||48||March 3, 1995||February 23, 1996||Power Rangers Zeo|
|Gekisou Sentai Carranger||48||March 1, 1996||February 7, 1997||Power Rangers Turbo|
|Denji Sentai Megaranger||51||February 14, 1997||February 15, 1998||Power Rangers in Space|
|Seijuu Sentai Gingaman||50||February 22, 1998||February 14, 1999||Power Rangers Lost Galaxy|
|Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoFive||50||February 21, 1999||February 6, 2000||Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue|
|Mirai Sentai Timeranger||51||February 13, 2000||February 11, 2001||Power Rangers Time Force|
|Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger||51||February 18, 2001||February 10, 2002||Power Rangers Wild Force|
|Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger||51||February 17, 2002||February 3, 2003||Power Rangers Ninja Storm|
|Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger||50||February 16, 2003||February 8, 2004||Power Rangers Dino Thunder|
|Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger||50||February 15, 2004||February 6, 2005||Power Rangers S.P.D.|
|Mahō Sentai Magiranger||49||February 13, 2005||February 12, 2006||Power Rangers Mystic Force|
|GoGo Sentai Boukenger||49||February 19, 2006||February 11, 2007||Power Rangers Operation Overdrive|
|Juken Sentai Gekiranger||49||February 18, 2007||February 10, 2008||Power Rangers Jungle Fury|
|Engine Sentai Go-onger||50||February 17, 2008||February 8, 2009||Power Rangers RPM|
|Samurai Sentai Shinkenger||49||February 15, 2009||February 7, 2010||Power Rangers Samurai;
Power Rangers Super Samurai
|Tensou Sentai Goseiger||50||February 14, 2010||February 6, 2011||Power Rangers Megaforce|
|Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger||51||February 13, 2011||February 18, 2012||Power Rangers Super Megaforce|
|Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters||50||February 26, 2012||February 10, 2013||Power Rangers Beast Morphers||first Super Sentai series to be initially skipped over for a Power Rangers adaptation, but adapted later on|
|Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger||48||February 17, 2013||February 9, 2014||Power Rangers Dino Charge;
Power Rangers Super Dino Charge
|Ressha Sentai ToQger||47||February 16, 2014||February 15, 2015||—|
|Shuriken Sentai Ninninger||47||February 22, 2015||February 7, 2016||Power Rangers Ninja Steel;
Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel
|Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger||48||February 14, 2016||February 5, 2017||—|
|Uchu Sentai Kyuranger||48||February 12, 2017||February 4, 2018|
|Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger||51||February 11, 2018||February 10, 2019||first series to follow two distinct Sentai teams at the same time|
|Super Sentai Strongest Battle||4||February 17, 2019||March 10, 2019||only miniseries in the franchise|
|Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger||48||March 17, 2019||March 1, 2020||Power Rangers Dino Fury|
|Mashin Sentai Kiramager||45 + 5 sp.||March 8, 2020||February 28, 2021||—|
|Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger||TBA||March 7, 2021||2022|
The following releases were on Super Video or Special DVD bundled with special issues of Kodansha's Televi Magazine:
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Although the Super Sentai series originated in Japan, various Sentai series have been imported and dubbed in other languages for broadcast in several other countries.
Bioman, Flashman, Maskman, Liveman, Turboranger, Fiveman, and Jetman were broadcast in France in the 1980s and early 1990s, with Maskman and Liveman marketed as Bioman 2 and Bioman 3, respectively. Additionally, Liveman, Turboranger, and Jetman were broadcast in Spain and Portugal. Denjiman, Goggle-V, Sun Vulcan and Battle Fever J were broadcast in Italy. In addition, some episodes of Bioman and Turboranger were released on VHS in Greece. By the early 1990s, the Sentai broadcasts were replaced by Power Rangers.
Various Sentai series were broadcast in Malaysia starting with Hikari Sentai Maskman during the early 1990s, dubbed in English and later in Malay. However, these were replaced by the American-produced Power Rangers.
Almost all Super Sentai shows were broadcast in Thailand since the 1980s, a year following their Japanese debut. They were exclusively broadcast on Channel 9 from the late 1980s to early 1990s until Power Rangers replaced Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger in the mid-1990s. Since then, the series have appeared on various channels.
In Vietnam, most of the Super Sentai series were fansubbed into Vietnamese and posted on public Internet sites. Phuong Nam Film licensed Vietnamese distribution of Super Sentai series, starting with Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger in 2003, which was the best-selling series in the country at that time.
In 2007, Phuong Nam Film continued to release the Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger series. The following Sentai series were released: Mahou Sentai Magiranger (2008); GoGo Sentai Boukenger (2009-2010); Engine Sentai Go-onger (2011); Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (2012); Tensou Sentai Goseiger (2013); then released DVD only as Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (2014) and Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters (2015) series. Since 2016, Phuong Nam Film has collaborated with children's TV channel Sao TV to broadcast Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, then Ressha Sentai ToQger and finally Shuriken Sentai Ninninger. Therefore, the production of Super Sentai DVD, VCD or broadcast of Super Sentai series on TV channels has ended.
In the late 1970s, J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai was the first Sentai series to be shown in the Philippines. Choudenshi Bioman (the last tokusatsu dubbed in English on Philippine television) and Hikari Sentai Maskman (the first Super Sentai series dubbed in Filipino on IBC) were broadcast in the Philippines in the 1980s. Choudenshi Bioman was so popular that many people from that generation came to associate all the Super Sentai series as continuations of it,[original research?] and Hikari Sentai Maskman was marketed as Bioman 2 Maskman on local TV. During the early 1990s, some other series were shown, such as Kousoku Sentai Turboranger, Chikyu Sentai Fiveman and Chōjin Sentai Jetman which became the last Sentai series to broadcast on ABC5 in 1994. Dai Sentai Goggle-V was also aired on RPN 9 in 1998 every Sunday morning. From 1995 to 1999 and 2004 to 2015, ABS-CBN aired the American-produced Power Rangers.
Super Sentai has been broadcast in South Korea, dubbed in Korean. The first such series was Choushinsei Flashman which aired as Jigu Bangwidae Flash Man (Earth Defence Squadron Flashman), released in video format in 1989 by the Daeyung Panda video company; this was followed by Hikari Sentai Maskman and Chodenshi Bioman. Throughout the 1990s, Dai Sentai Goggle Five, Dengeki Sentai Changeman, Choujuu Sentai Liveman, and Kousoku Sentai Turboranger were also released in video format. In the 2000s and early 2010s, Tooniverse (formerly Orion Cartoon Network), JEI-TV (Jaeneung Television), Champ TV/Anione TV (Daewon Broadcasting), Cartoon Network South Korea, and Nickelodeon South Korea have broadcast Super Sentai series a year following their original Japanese broadcast, but have changed the titles to "Power Rangers". Recently,[when?] there have been broadcasts of Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger, Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger, Mahō Sentai Magiranger, GoGo Sentai Boukenger, Juken Sentai Gekiranger, Engine Sentai Go-onger, Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger, Tensou Sentai Goseiger, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, Ressha Sentai ToQger, Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger, Uchu Sentai Kyuranger, Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger and Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger under the titles of Power Rangers Dino Thunder, Power Rangers S.P.D., Power Rangers Magic Force, Power Rangers Treasure Force, Power Rangers Wild Spirits, Power Rangers Engine Force, Power Rangers Jungle Force, Power Rangers Miracle Force, Power Rangers Captain Force, Power Rangers Go-Busters, Power Rangers Dino Force, Power Rangers Train Force, Power Rangers Ninja Force, Power Rangers Animal Force, Power Rangers Galaxy Force, Power Rangers Dino Soul and Power Rangers Lupin Force VS Patrol Force, respectively.[original research?] Furthermore, Power Rangers Dino Force has the South Korea-exclusive sequel called Power Rangers Dino Force Brave.
Choushinsei Flashman and Choujuu Sentai Liveman were broadcast in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru in the early 1990s, and as reruns in the early 2000s. Flashman arrived with Spanish dubbing done in Brazil and Liveman in Venezuela.
Dengeki Sentai Changeman, Flashman, Maskman and Goggle V were broadcast in Brazil. The first season to air was Changeman in 1988, on the TV Manchete channel (now RedeTV), and caused a tremendous impact in its time, considered a cult classic.[original research?]
In the early 1990s, the Sentai broadcasts in Latin America were replaced by Power Rangers.
After Honolulu's KIKU-TV had success with Android Kikaider (marketed as Kikaida) and Kamen Rider V3 in the 1970s, multiple Super Sentai series, including Himitsu Sentai Gorenger and Battle Fever J, were brought to the Hawaiian market, broadcast in Japanese with English subtitles by JN Productions. In 1985, Marvel Comics produced a pilot for an American adaptation of Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan, but the show was rejected by the major US TV networks. In 1986, Saban Productions produced a pilot for an American adaptation of Choudenshi Bioman titled Bio Man. In 1987, some episodes of Kagaku Sentai Dynaman were dubbed and aired as a parody on the USA Network television show Night Flight. Starting in 1993, footage from Super Sentai was extensively used in the American-produced Power Rangers franchise.
On 25 July 2014, Shout! Factory announced that they would release Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger on DVD in the United States. Since then, Shout! has been the official distributor of Super Sentai DVDs in North America, and as of 2019 has released all subsequent series up to Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger, plus Chōjin Sentai Jetman. Beginning in 2016, Super Sentai episodes would be available on demand on ShoutFactoryTV.com. These episodes can only be viewed in North America.
|Fiscal period||Net sales||Notes||Ref|
|April 2002 to December 2005||¥108.9 billion||Bandai sales|||
|April 2006 to March 2007||¥10.1 billion||Toy sales|||
|April 2007 to March 2012||¥102.4 billion|||
|April 2002 to March 2012||¥221.4 billion ($2,775 million)|
|April 2012 to March 2013||¥20.8 billion ($261 million)|||
|April 2013 to March 2014||¥25.3 billion ($259 million)|||
|April 2014 to December 2020||¥103.3 billion ($1,002 million)|||
|April 2002 to December 2020||¥370.8 billion ($4.298 billion)|
|2003 to 2014||¥204.02 billion+ ($2.349 billion+)|
|1993 to 1999||$6,000 million|||
|1993 to 2018||$8.479 billion+|
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