Chouriki Sentai Ohranger
Chouriki Sentai Ohranger (超力戦隊オーレンジャー Chōriki Sentai Ōrenjā), translated in English as Super-Powered Squadron King Ranger, is Toei Company Limited's 19th production of the Super Sentai television series. It was during its run that Himitsu Sentai Gorenger and J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai were officially recognized once again as part of the Super Sentai series, a designation they had previously been stripped of during a sentai show Choujuu Sentai Liveman. It is the second ancient civilization-themed Super Sentai, preceded by Dai Sentai Goggle-V. Its footage was used in Power Rangers Zeo. On May 21, 2016, Shout! Factory announced that the series would be released on Region 1 DVD. Ohranger was released in the USA on November 1, 2016, making it the fourth Sentai series to get such a release.
The average Japanese ratings of the series were 4.5%.
Why It Wasn't Super-Powered
- There are some bad episodes such as Ep. 9: Suddenly!! A Traitor, Episode 23: The Final Swimsuit..., Episode 13: Illusions!! The Dog of the Gods, Ep. 24: The Laughing Nostalgic Man!!, and the infamous Episode 12: Explosion!! A Baby.
- The story and the plot are all over the place in quality. Ranging from extremely goofy and childish, to grim and serious an episode later. It's pretty clear that the writers were so hurried to rewrite the scripts that they just threw them all together and hoped for the best. A good example of bad writing was when Naoyuki made the team do exercises as a form of "training" to break steal with the mecha. Despite the fact that the training would do absolutely nothing to help the team with this task. Carranger made fun of this scene when it came next year.
- Dumb plots that include:
- Episode 11, Machine Beast monster was sent to make people fall in love with appliances and objects. However, it changed the objects of desire to members of Baranoia.
- Episode 12, The monster's goal was to make humans hate all babies by making a very loud crying noise.
- The Ohrangers themselves (during Ep. 9 onwards) were all inconsistent and unlikable
- Goro Hoshino/OhRed was meant to be a more serious Red similarly to those from the Showa Era, but due to the tonal whiplash this show provides, he could also be stubborn and arrogant.
- Shouhei Yokkaichi/OhGreen didn't really get much of a character in the show, only being relegated to "The strong one that's popular with kids"
- Yuji Mita/OhBlue was just a whiney little brat who was bland as cardboard, being simultaneously both too much and too little.
- Juri Nijou/OhYellow was practically a sociopath, willing to let her teammates hurt or in danger for her own personal needs/beliefs, this being especially shown in episode 9.
- Momo Maruo/OhPink was also very shrill, while not as cruel as Juri, could act incredibly shrill and condescending.
- Riki/Kingranger is one of the most forgettable Sixth Rangers, who had the worst acting in the show, most likely due to being played by a teenager.
- Machine Empire Baranoia started off as an extremely threatening villainous empire that can easily wreck havoc on the entire world. Then after the terrorist attacks, they quickly became the typical petty villains that attack humanity for dumb reasons such as enjoying clothes.
- Lack of character development, especially for the rangers and the monsters. The only character that received a decent character development was Lady Hysteria.
- While Momo, did get the most focus within the core rangers, it never really contributed within her character growth, and usually relegates her as nothing more than a damsel and distress, and a butt-monkey.
- Gunmazin might be the biggest piece of wasted potential in this show, as he could've been a cool Extra Hero, but ended being Ninjaman 2.0, having all his focus episodes revolve around kids.
- Abysmal production values, for example: Back in 1995 marking the 20th anniversary of Himitsu Sentai Gorenger, it was planned to be a dark and serious season. But reality occurred when Japan was struck by a terrorist attack by a cult that killed even more civilians on a subway from sarin gas poison and suffered the worst earthquake attacks, and forcing the writers of Ohranger to rewrite the scripts from alternating the serious and light-hearted tone of the show to boosting more toy sales, Which is a bad idea and was NOT going to fit well.
- The finale wasn't that good and the final battle felt very rushed and underwhelming.
- The historical inaccuracies are totally insane. Apparently, 600 million years ago, Pangaea existed and an ancient powerful civilization thrived there with the aid of robots who later rebelled against them. Here are the problems :
- Pangaea didn't exist 600 million years ago, it was formed 336 million years ago, roughly half of what the show stated. The supercontinent that existed 600 million years ago was Pannotia.
- It would've been impossible for life to exist during this time as the Ozone layer wasn't developed to block the ultraviolet rays, the only way for life to exist was underwater.
- The ancient civilizations had monuments that corresponded to Ancient Egypt (Sphinx), Ancient Japan (Dogu), Polynesians (Moai), Mesopotamians (Ziggurat), and Greece (A temple). Here's the thing, NONE OF THESE CIVILIZATIONS EXISTED AT THAT TIME! It is asinine to think that this civ would make the exact same structures as these ancient civilizations did. An easy way to fix all of these problems, would to have the ancient civilization exist thousands of years ago, heck, they could use the mythological city of Atlantis and it would've worked! It would've also made the time Bacchus Wraith spent rebuilding robot kind after the thousands of years of exile.
- Due to troublesome writing above, Plot holes sprout up. One notable example is Bacchus Wraith spending millions of years to rebuild his Empire. How and why did it take him so long to rebuild machine kind? Sure he starts by himself, but it would take an intelligent machine.
- The suits, mechs, and monster designs were absolutely beautiful in this show. The suits were very creative in design and each member looks distinctive. The mecha look unique and have multiple forms, but without looking like an overly-designed mess that plagues modern Sentai seasons. With exception of Bara Baby, All the monsters look top notch.
- The OST is very good to listen to. The opening and closing themes fits the original theme Ohranger was going for.
- It was also the first sentai season to bring a black sixth ranger, which wouldn't be explored again until Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger.
- Coincidentally, both of them were featured in anniversary seasons as opposed, just a traditional/standalone season.
- Their toy sales were record-breaking. The toys sales were so good, that the thought of cancelling the show never came to the producers minds.
- The Ohrangers and Baranoia were much better characters, during the first 8 episodes
- Naoyuki Miura (thankfully) stayed a great mentor throughout the show and is portrayed by veteran tokusatsu actor Hiroshi Miyauchi!!!
- As mentioned above, the problems with Ohranger were in not small part caused by the Great Hanshin Earthquake and Aum Shinrikyo sarin gas attack, which derailed much of the original direction for Ohranger.
- Unlike the next anniversary season, it celebrated the 20th anniversary on the correct year. (Being 1995 rather than 1996).
- There's still some funny moments, like this scene.
- Without this show, we wouldn't have Power Rangers Zeo.
Episodes With Their Own Pages
- Coincidentally, this show and the also terrible Power Rangers Megaforce both celebrate the 20th Anniversaries of both Power Rangers and Super Sentai franchises.