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Kousoku Sentai Turboranger

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Kousoku Sentai Turboranger
What an awful start for Super Sentai on Heisei Era in Japan!
Genre: Tokusatsu
Superhero fiction
Science fiction
Running Time: 30 minutes
Country: Japan
Release Date: March 4, 1989 – February 23, 1990
Network(s): TV Asahi
Created by: Toei
Starring: Kenta Satou
Yoshiaki Ganaha
Keiya Asakura
Junichirou Katagiri
Noriko Kinohara
Episodes: 51
Previous show: Choujuu Sentai Liveman
Next show: Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman

Kousoku Sentai Turboranger (高速戦隊ターボレンジャー 'Kōsoku Sentai Tāborenjā', translated into English as High Speed Squadron Turboranger) is the 13th entry of Super Sentai series produced by Toei Company and Bandai. It was originally aired on TV Asahi from March 4, 1989, to February 23, 1990, with a total of 51 episodes.

Why The Speed Wasn't High

  1. The Turborangers themselves are unlikable, where each character is acted out terribly and all of them feeling the exact same outside of very few differences;
    • Riki Honoo/Red Turbo is one of the blandest reds to exist, as he had no actual personality rather than his "bravery" and overflowing courage within himself.
    • Shunsuke Hino/Yellow Turbo was nothing but a teenage brat and is somewhat forgettable due to his lack of development.
    • Daichi Yamagata/Black Turbo is mostly the one to deliver it when someone does something completely improper. And when he does, he's screaming like hell, Very similar to Onari Yamanouchi from Kamen Rider Ghost.
    • Haruna Morikawa/Pink Turbo also screams like hell, except she's much worse due to being extremely high pitched and loud, doing a number on the ears
    • Youhei Hama/Blue Turbo is the most forgettable as he has zero personality and development, rather than his popularity with girls within his school.
  2. The show had a generic story of "villains do this, the heroes have to stop it" with an anti-pollution concept.
  3. It was ruined by shallow and forgettable characters, and even the main heroes didn't even get a proper introduction.
  4. The villains are very boring, having one of the worst episodes in the Super Sentai franchise dedicated to them.
  5. That episode being the infamous 34th episode is nothing but a gross-out, cringe-fest episode that really gets on your nerves.
  6. The plot was very rushed and just drags into the show to individual episodes to be something like Flashman or Liveman Unless it really picks up at the second half.
  7. The aesthetics are extremely ugly looking, with the helmets being gaudy and the suits being super plain, not to mention Goren Gattai Turbo Robo being the most pathetic looking main mech.
  8. The weapons are pretty lackluster, (making the lamest set of individual weapons to ever exist in the franchise, the worst that sentai had to offer).
    • Riki and Youhei's weapons are pretty uncreative as they are simultaneously, rather basic and generic in the same time
    • Daichi's Hammer does have a splendid coloration, however the handle is too enormous, and the axe head is rather strange looking as it looks like a cut out gasoline can rather than an actual axe head.
    • Shunsuke's Bowgun is flipped from Daichi's Hammer, the body and the wings are too enormous, while the handle is rather pretty small and looks like it was cheaply crafted as it was advertised as a toy rather than an actual weapon.
    • and finally Haruna's Baton is rather pointless, as it is really tiny.
  9. The ending theme is overall not that good and is somewhat forgettable.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. While there isn't much anything to him, Daichi Yamagata/Black Turbo is the most popular one among the core five, and also has the more notable and memorable moments.
  2. Yamimaru and Kujaku were pretty threatening villains.
  3. The finale was decent at it's best.
  4. The theme song was very catchy.
  5. It's still slightly more tolerable than this season.


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