Original Run: February 19th, 1993 – February 11th, 1994 (Japan)
Created by: Toei Company
Directed by: various
Written by: various
Music by: Eiji Kawamura
Cast: Keiichi Wada, Tatsuya Nōmi, Ei Hamura, Keisuke Tsuchiya, Natsuki Takahashi, Hisashi Sakai
Toei Company, 50 Episodes, 25 Minutes (per episode)
After thoroughly enjoying Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, I figured I would give its follow-up Gosei Sentai Dairanger a shot.
Like its predecessor, this show was pillaged for action footage in an effort to create a Power Rangers show in the United States. The footage of the Kiba Ranger was used for the White Ranger in the second season of this original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers while the giant robots and monsters were also used for some sequences. The other Ranger costumes were not seen until two decades later in Power Ranger Super Megaforce (the second season of Megaforce).
This Super Sentai show started off with a bang and it had a lot of twists and turns throughout its 50 episode run. In fact, from a plot standpoint, there were a lot of cool surprises that I didn’t expect or anticipate. It was a pretty cool experience overall and even though there are a lot of similarities between all the Sentai shows, watching this right after Zyuranger still felt fresh and new.
The villains of this series didn’t start off as all that exciting but they blossomed into something really great. Their mythos and structure evolved exponentially as Dairanger went on and they easily came across as some of the most evil and dastardly villains in the franchise.
I found the heroes to be a lot more exciting and their characters engaging than the previous series. It just felt like the people writing this season of Sentai put a lot more emphasis on their backstory. They were really fleshed out and the actors seemed like naturals for their roles. Surprisingly, the Kiba Ranger (known to American fans as the White Ranger) was just a little kid. It was, in a lot of ways, reminiscent of Captain Marvel – the DC Comics version.
The monsters in this series were all pretty cool. The designs were unique and imaginative and it gave this show an edge over Zyuranger. The robots were also pretty cool, especially the flying Chinese dragon. The special effects department did a stellar job on animating the robot models.
Gosei Sentai Dairanger is a great installment in the Super Sentai franchise. It has most of what you would want in a Sentai series and very little of what you wouldn’t want. It’s imaginative, really cool and a darker than the other stuff I have seen.