April 5, 1975 - March 26, 1977, 84 episodes and 1 movie
Created by Ishimori, Shotaro
Produced by Hirayama, Toru
Music by Watanabe, Michiaki
Commander Edogawa, Kenpach‚
Zero Zero Seven (Kato, Yoko)
Black Cross President [episodes 1-55]
Black Cross President [episodes 56-84]
General Sunring Mask (voice)
General Iron Mask Temujin (voice)
General Fire Mountain Mask Magman (voice) [episodes 42-45]
General Fire Mountain Mask Magman (voice) [episodes 46-54]
Great General Golden Mask (voice)
|Akarenj‚: Niibori, Kazuo [episodes 1-60];|
|Oba, Kenji [episodes 61-84]|
|Aorenj‚: Kawarazaki, Hirou; Bunya, Nakamura;|
|Nakayashiki, Tetsuya; Yuasa, Hiroyuki [episodes 1-60];|
|Okamoto, Yoshinori [episodes 61-84]|
|Kirenj‚: Maeda, Naotaka; Tanaka, Kousaburou; Amano, Masato;|
|Ueda, Kouji [episodes 1-60];|
|Takebe, Yutaka [episodes 61-84]|
|Momorenj‚: Naitou, Midori; Ueda, Kouji; Kurihara, Ryouji;|
|Ozawa, Shouji; Kiyouda, Maki [episodes 1-60];|
|Yokoyama, Minoru [episodes 61-84]|
|Midrenj‚: Bunya, Nakamura; Yukawa, Yasuo;|
|Hashimoto, Haruhiko [episodes 1-60];|
|Murakami, Jun [episodes 61-84]|
military organization EAGLE (Earth Guard League) is formed to combat
the international terrorist group the Black Cross Army (Kuro JŁjigun).
When five of Eagle's bases in Japan are attacked by the Black Cross
five survivors, one from each base (Kantou, Touhoku, Kyushu, Hokkaido,
Kansai), are choosen to form a secret taskforce, the "Gorangers" (Five
Shinmei, Akira the Aorenj‚ was second in command. His weapon was the bows "Blue Cherry" (a pun on archery), episodes 1-42 and "Ultra Blue Cherry" [episodes 43-84]. He was the teams pilot, flying Variblune [episodes 1-42] and Varidreen [episodes 43-84]. He also drove the motorcycles Blue Machine [episodes 1-54] and Blue Star [episodes 55-84].
There were two Kirenj‚, Ouiwa, Daita [episodes 1-54, 67-84] and Kumano, Daigorou [episodes 55-67]. Ouiwa, Daita loved to ear curry rice. Kumano, Daigorou just loved to eat. Kirenj‚ was the strongest member of the team. Used the "YTC", radio which jammed the masked villains circuits and "Kisticker Pole" [episodes 43-84]. He rode in sidecars of Blue Machine [episodes 1-54] and Blue Star [episodes 68-84]. [Hatakeyama, Baku left the series to perform in a play. Daruma, Jiro was brought in as a temporary replacement, knowing that his character would be killed of so Hatakeyama, Baku could return.]
Peggy Matsuyama the Momorenj‚ was the only female member of the team. She was an explosives expert. She was armed with explosive heart shapped ear rings, "Pink Mirror" and "Pink Cards". She provide the explosives for "Goranger Storm" [episodes 1-26], "Goranger Storm New Power" [episodes 27-42] and "Goranger Hurricane" [episodes 43-84]. She rode in sidecars of Green Machine [episodes 1-54] and Green Star [episodes 55-84]. Lisa Komaki wore the "Miss Ameirca" costume in Battle Fever J (the third Sentai).
Asuka, Kenji the Midorenj‚ was the youngest member of the team. His weapons were "Greenmerang", a boomerang [episodes 1-42] and "Mido (Green) Puncher", a kind of sling-shot [episodes 43-84]. He drove the motorcyles Green Machine [episodes 1-54] and Green Star [episodes 55-84]. Itou, Yukio would later play Shiraishi Kensaku/Battle Cossack 1 in Battle Fever J [episodes 1-33].
The Gorangers could fly using rockets on their belts.
destroyed the Black Cross Army kaijin with "Goranger
Storm" [episodes 1-26], "Goranger Storm New Power" [episodes
27-42] and "Goranger Hurricane" [episodes 43-84]. "Goranger Storm"
involved an exploding soccerball, with "new power" the ball would
transform into something related to the kaijin before exploding.
"Goranger Hurricane" replaced the soccer ball with a football. Momo
provided the explosive balls and Aka always gave the final kick.
Printed on their motorcycles "Red Machine", "Blue Machine", "Green Machine" [episodes 1-54], "Red Star", "Blue Star" and "Green "Star" [episodes 55-84] was "GORENGER". Somebody at Toei can't spell English words properly.
There were no giant robots or daikaijuu (giant monsters) in Himitsu Sentai Gorenj‚. The Gorangers did have aircrafts Variblune [episodes 1-42] and Varidreen [episodes 43-84].
Varidreen carried Varitank or Varikyun [episodes 69-84]. Varitank could burrow into the ground to destroy Black Cross Army's underground bases. Varikyun was a balloon with a motor on the bottom used to launch it from Varidreen. Varikyun was usually piloted by either Momorenj‚ or Kirenj‚.
The Gorangers commanding officer Commander Edogawa, Kenpachi disguised himself as the cook at Snack Gon, the snack shop which was the secret entrance to their headquarters. He served Ouiwa, Daita alot of curry rice.
The Gorangers were assisted in their battle against The Black Cross Army by several spies (most of whom gave their lives in the line of duty). The most important agent was "Zero Zero Seven" (Katou, Youko). In later episode she often drove Varitank. Every 1970s tokusatsu series had to feature at least one child. The child in this series was Zero Zero Seven's young brother Katou, Taro. The final member of the Gorangers team was a mynah bird, Gon, whose comments usually made Ouiwa, Daita angry.
The Black Cross Army was an
international terrorist group led by Black Cross President (played by
Andou, Mitsuo [Professor Gill in Jinzo Ningen Kikaida]
for episodes 1-55. Under Black Cross President were generals Sunring
Mask [episodes 15-20], Iron Mask Temujin [episodes 21-42], Firemountain
Mask Magman [episodes 42-54] and Golden Mask [episodes 54-84]. Under
the command of the generals were 81 lesser masked villains and hundreds
of Zolders (the black clothed soldiers).
The Black Cross Army
For the first 42 episodes The Black Cross Army had missle launchers that could come up out of the ground. They also had one-man aircraft called "Condors". For episodes 43 through 54 they had Navarone, a portable base that come up from the ground to fire upon any target. For episodes 64-84 they had Black Cross Castle, a flying fortress. Both Navorone and Black Cross Castle carried Condors. The Castle also carried larger aircraft called "Battra", which were launched against Varidreen as well as targets on the ground.
Himitsu Sentai Gorenj‚ was the first, and longest running Sentai series. It was Ishimori, Shotaro's and Toei's second longest super heroe series (after Kamen Rider, which ran for 98 episodes). Thankfully it has not be "Sabanized". There were five Goranger movies, however four were simply television episodes [6, 15, 36, 54] modified for the big screen, the fifth, "Bomb Hurricane" (July 18, 1976), was the only one actually made for the big sgreen. The Gorangers also appeared in "J.A.K.Q. Lightning Strike Team vs Goranger" (March 18, 1978), in which they joined J.A.K.Q. Dengeki Tai in defeating a revieved CRIME. In this film only Momorenj‚ is seen out of costume. The Gorangers also appeared in two made for video specials, "Future Task Force Special (2001)" and "Rescue Task Force Growl Ranger vs Super Sentai" (September 22, 2001). In the first of these two specials they appear only through scenes from their series in the second Akarenj‚ appears live at the end, the rest appear only in outtakes from their series. None appear out of costume.
The music for Himitsu Sentai Gorenj‚ was composed by Watanabe, Michiaki (best known for the music from JInzo Ningen Kikaida).
Ban, Daisuke (Jiro/Kikaida, Watari, Goro/Inazuman; Izumo, Daisuke/Fire Ninja in "Ninja Captor"; Jin, Makoto/Battle Cossack 2 in "Battle Fever J") guess stared in episode 81. Ikeda, Shunsuke (Minami, Takeshi in "Return of Ultraman", Ichiro/Kikaida-01 and the older brother "Condorman") guess stared in episode 83.
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