Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger
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.
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.
- Possibly the least likable Rangers team in the franchise's history (at least, before Shuriken Sentai Ninninger), Kakeru Shishi/GaoRed's (despite being a good character) arrogant attitude making him almost as bad, and Kai Samezu being the worst offender as he was nothing but an immature butt-monkey throughout the show's run.
- This season felt like the same thing as Gingaman with the animal motif.
- The concept was never utilized properly making it not fresh and unique, at all.
- The infamous 31st Episode is merely a torture episode.
- 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.)
- Speaking of the Timerangers, they never teamed up with them.
- Similar to Princess Shayla, Priestess Tetomu is one of the worst Super Sentai mentors ever. She was an immature mentor.
- Similar to Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, it uses cartoon effects that are way too wacky for the show.
- While Entertaining, Gaku's English Speaking Could Sometimes be Stupid and Uninteresting.
- Sae Taiga/Gao White could be an overreacting teenage brat at times.
- The idea of calling themselves via their designation color, than their names feels so unnecessary since they don't really hide their identities and doesn't blend in with the current sentai seasons.
- The toy sales were terrible.
- A video game based on this season was poorly received.
- 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!
- There are some likable characters, such as Kakeru Shishi/GaoRed, Gaku Washio/GaoYellow, Sotaro Ushigome/GaoBlack, Tsukumaro Ogami/GaoSilver, Duke Org Rouki and "Fuutaro"/GaoGod.
- Decent Acting.
- The Mecha looks pretty cool.
- It had good episodes such as the 34th episode & 35th episode and their four-episode endgame.
- It was the first season to use CGI.
- It had a great summer movie, Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger: The Fire Mountain Roars.
- It's not as bad as Seijuu Sentai Gingaman and It's american adaptation (in the later half).
- The Ogre tribe were lighthearted but also intimidating.
- Tetomu is not as bad as her American counterpart.
- Some of the action scenes are pretty cool.
- The theme song was pretty good despite being terrifying and the ending song is fantastic and it's somewhat relaxing.
- It had a decent crossover movie, Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger VS Super Sentai, and also featured the return of the veteran rangers.
- The next three spiritual successors executes the Super Sentai anniversary season in a great way.
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- This season was distributed internationally where it rose to fame in countries such as Vietnam and Thailand.
- Despite being a bad sentai season it had higher ratings than Timeranger and Hurricaneger.