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Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger

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Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger
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While not bad but it's still flawed with it celebrating the anniversary in the wrong year.
Genre: Tokusatsu
Superhero fiction
Fantasy fiction
Running Time: 25 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: February 18, 2001 – February 10, 2002
Created by: Toei Company

Bandai Visual

Starring: Noboru Kaneko
Kei Horie
Takeru Shibaki
Kazuyoshi Sakai
Mio Takeuchi
Tetsuji Tamayama
Episodes: 51
Previous show: Mirai Sentai Timeranger
Next show: Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger


Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger (百獣戦隊ガオレンジャー, Hyakujū Sentai Gaorenjā) is Toei's twenty-fifth production of the Super Sentai metaseries airing in 2001 and celebrated the franchise's 25th anniversary. Footage from this show was used in the 2002 American series Power Rangers Wild Force and was later dubbed in 2010 as the retitled Power Rangers: Jungle Force for South Korean television in place of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, possibly due to cultural reasons. In Japan, Gaoranger aired alongside Kamen Rider Agito.

Plot

One thousand years ago, a war raged between humans and the demonic Org race. With the help of the Power Animals, the ancient Gao Warriors were able to defeat the Org's leader, Hyakkimaru, and seal the Orgs.

Today, the Orgs have begun to revive, and five warriors have been chosen by the Power Animals. They must abandon their current lives and become the new generation of Gaorangers to protect the life of Earth.

Bad Qualities

  1. While none of Gaoranger's protagonists are outright bad, none of them really stood out from the other or from any other Sentai hero (at least, before Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
    • Kakeru Shishi/GaoRed (despite being an okay character) is quite possibly one of the most bland Red Rangers of the franchise, only being ever being an arrogant veterinarian.
    • Sotaro Ushigome/GaoBlack is even more forgettable since he doesn't have anything memorable to him and is a lot less charasmatic.
    • Kai Samezu/GaoBlue was an immature brat who tends to make really unfunny and cringe jokes.
    • Sae Taiga/GaoWhite was nothing but a teenage brat and served no purpose outside of being "the girl" of the team.
  2. TsueTsue is one of the worst sentai villains to exist, and had no actual purpose rather than being unbearable.
  3. This season felt like the same thing as Gingaman with the animal motif.
  4. The concept was never utilized properly making it not fresh and unique, at all.
  5. The infamous 31st Episode is merely a torture episode.
  6. Similar to Chouriki Sentai Ohranger this show tries to celebrate the series' 25th anniversary and fails miserably.
    • By extent, they started the infamous trend of celebrating the anniversary either by the number season instead of the year or as if Sentai came out in 1976 rather than 1975. It's 1975 + 25 = 2000! Not 1976 + 25 = 2001! Stealing Mirai Sentai Timeranger's ability to celebrate the anniversary; affecting all anniversary seasons after it. (Boukenger being 2006 rather than 2005, Gokaiger being 2011 rather than 2010, Zyuohger being 2016 rather than 2015, the Zenkaiger being 2021 rather than 2020, etc.)
  7. Speaking of the Timerangers, they never teamed up with them.
  8. Similar to Princess Shayla, Priestess Tetomu is one of the worst Super Sentai mentors ever. She was an immature mentor.
  9. While the finale was rather decent, the final battle with Ultimate Org Senki, was rather pretty underwhelming.
  10. Similar to Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, it uses cartoon effects that are way too wacky for the show.
  11. While entertaining, Gaku's English-speaking could sometimes be stupid and uninteresting.
  12. The idea of calling themselves via their designation color, than their names feels so unnecessary since they don't really hide their identities and could just be slightly irritating due to the fact you'll hear it throughout the entire show's run.
  13. The mecha battles are rather a hit or miss, as they tend to be bland, lack-lusting, with some overuse of stock footage as well with the use of CGI which tends to make the mecha battles more unappealing as well as the CGI not aging well.
  14. A video game based on this season was poorly received.
  15. And finally, to rub salt to the wound, it aired alongside Kamen Rider Agito, a terrible excuse for the anniversary season for the Tokusatsu franchise!

Good Qualities

  1. There are some likeable characters, such as Kakeru Shishi/GaoRed, Gaku Washio/GaoYellow, Tsukumaro Ogami/GaoSilver, Duke Org Rouki and "Fuutaro"/GaoGod.
  2. Very successful toy sales.
  3. The aesthetics of this season are really nice, having great suits and monster designs.
  4. The show's also well known for having some of the best Mecha in the franchise such as GaoKing, GaoHunter, and GaoIcarus.
  5. Although TsueTsue and Yabaiba weren't good characters, they had some funny moments together.
  6. It had good episodes such as the 34th episode & 35th episode and their four-episode endgame.
  7. It was the first season to use CGI.
  8. It had a great summer movie, Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger: The Fire Mountain Roars.
  9. It's not as bad as Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, Chouriki Sentai Ohranger, Kousoku Sentai Turboranger and its American adaptation (in the latter half).
  10. The Ogre tribe was lighthearted but also intimidating.
  11. Tetomu is still more tolerable than her American counterpart.
  12. Some of the action scenes are pretty cool.
  13. The theme song is pretty catchy.
  14. It had a decent crossovers with Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger & Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger VS Super Sentai, and also featured the return of the veteran rangers.
  15. The next three spiritual successors executes the Super Sentai anniversary season in a great way.

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Trivia

  • This season was distributed internationally where it rose to fame in countries such as Vietnam and Thailand.
  • Despite being a Average Sentai season, it had higher ratings than Timeranger and Hurricaneger.

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