Before there was Power Rangers, there was Super Sentai. The Japanese live-action series debuted decades ago when Himitsu Sentai Gorenger premiered in 1975. In the 1990s, Saban Entertainment took one of the Super Sentai series and brought them to the U.S. Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger turned into Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Toei Company continues to roll out new Super Sentai series today.
But, when the newest series debuts next year, you may be a little confused by what you find. The show is shaping up to be unlike any that fans have seen before.
In 2017, the 41st Super Sentai series will make its way to televisions across Japan. Uchu Sentai Kyuranger will stray from its predecessors and take its space aesthetic to a whole new level. The new series is set to use star signs, constellations, and other means of astrology as inspiration.
The new Super Sentai series is set to have nine heroes collected into its superhero squad. The number is a rather daunting one as previous teams have only hosted 3-5 five members initially, but Uchu Sentai Kyuranger is going all-out. Thanks to the folks at Tokunation, fans now have character descriptions for each of the supernatural heroes. You can check them out below:
- Shishi Red is said to be “born lucky,” which gives him special guidance in fights. He is called The Very Lucky Greatest Star!
- Ookami Blue is a Jyujin (literally “BeastMan”) who specializes in “wild” combat. He is nicknamed The Space Wolf.
- Oushi Black is a robot, built for wrestling. His title is Raging Bull Wrestler!
- Tenbin Gold is an android nicknamed The Mechaman with the power to control other machines.
- Hebitsuki Silver is an alien with a special power to paralyze opponents- earning him the moniker Psychic Guy.
- Sasori Orange is a veteran warrior who uses poisonous techniques- earning him a reputation as The Stinger Soldier.
- Chameleon Green is a ninja-alien who can change her body colors to hide in plain sight. She is called The Surprise Ninja.
- Washi Pink is an android designed with enhanced speed & flight capabilities, nicknamed The Super Flying Warrior!
- Kajiki Yellow is a chef, and fights chiefly with blade weapons. He’s been labeled The Finishing Move Chef!
The upcoming series will also feature a new non-human heroes. Only three of them members are humans while the rest are a mix of aliens and robots. Seriously, one of the warriors is an alien-ninja while the other is a chef. If this series is half as good as it sounds, then fans may find themselves hoping that Lionsgate adapts Uchu Sentai Kyuranger into a live-action movie like they’ve done to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
“Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove - and the world - is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.”
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