Blogger’s note: My last 2 posts were heavily-related to Power Rangers since I was still laying some of my blog’s groundwork. But this post is where my all-out Super Sentai blogging begins. 😉
This is my first ‘Power Rankings’ entry. The topic for today: Super Sentai opening themes!
I recently heard a sample version of Go-Buster’s opening song and I think it’s pretty good. 🙂
We are all very much aware that what makes Sentai so special is its storytelling, actors, unbelievable action and toy sales generated by an endless collection of mechs. But a Sentai series won’t be complete without some good music to go with it. A life without music is like having no sauce on pasta: it’s bland, dull and lifeless. So here are the ten Sentai openings I consider my personal favorites:
10. Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman
Nostalgia aside (the series aired in the Philippines between 1993 and 1994), Fiveman had one the better opening songs during the 90s. Just listen to all Sentai openings from 1990-1999 and you just might realize what I mean. It definitely deserves a spot on my top ten list.
9. Battle Fever J
The oldest entry in the list. Mainly due to the presence of awesome pyrometrics and some epic posing, watching the clip above for the first time really made me think that this became the template for most succeeding Sentai openings (probably because it was considered the first Sentai series for a brief period of time). This opening sequence also gave fans back then a preview of what it would be like to have a giant robot to help a Sentai defeat their enemies. Classic, groundbreaking and funny are surely the 3 best words to describe Battle Fever’s opening.
8. Chouriki Sentai Ohranger
Is it just me or does Tamao Sato looks like Vilma Santos in this video? 🙂
The year 1995 was not a good one for Japan thanks to this and this. As a result, Ohranger was a season that didn’t enjoy a lot of positives. But one thing it had going was a nicely-executed and fiery opening sequence. It really leaves a lot of fans like me wondering how Ohranger would have turned out if the events during that year did not take place. Moving on…
7. Choujin Sentai Jetman
How can I not include this? Listening to the opening song not only makes you want to sing along, but gives you an idea of how awesome Jetman is. Imagine how awesome it would be to see those 5 jets flying over skyscrapers in real life!
6. KyuKyu Sentai GoGoFive
This probably has to be one of the most one-of-a-kind Sentai openings to date. Instead of seeing spandex-clad warriors doing aerial acrobatics, battling enemy foot soldiers or making their surroundings explode by posing (?), we see the heroes doing rescue operations to save lives for a change. Not to mention putting on display probably one of the coolest mechs Sentai ever had. Put all those elements together and you get one heck of an opening!
5. Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
Not only did it have a fantastic song for an equally-fantastic season, but Dekaranger’s opening theme paid tribute to old-school Sentai. Why? As you can see, it did not rely too heavily on CGI which makes mecha sequences look silly when overdone. I also like the bit where the Dekarangers run as fast as they can during opening credits in their respective civilian forms. Now that’s a good way to stay fit while on the set!
4. Tensou Sentai Goseiger
For such a disappointing and underwhelming series, Goseiger’s opening does deserve a lot praise. I honestly started downloading Goseiger episodes immediately after watching the video above. It’s really that good! Any Sentai fan with no prior knowledge about Goseiger would definitely be enticed to watch the series judging from it’s opening sequence alone. After watching it, can anyone possibly blame them? I don’t think so.
3. Gosei Sentai Dairanger
The funny thing about this opening is that RyuSeiOh gets most of the spotlight. Did Noboru Sugimura invite some Chinese writers to help him with this masterpiece? 🙂
A no-brainer here. This opening sequence is indeed like no other. I’m honestly at a loss for words in trying to describe it. So Dairanger fans, all together now: TENSHIN DAAAAAAA!!!! (WOAH WOAH WOAH WOAH) KIRYOKU DAAAAAAA!!!! (WOAH WOAH WOAH WOAH).
What’s not to love? 😀
2. Juken Sentai Gekiranger
Like Goseiger’s, this opening sequence was what sold me on downloading and watching Gekiranger. The only difference was I wasn’t disappointed at all with the show this time around. The song, IMO, deserves to be in the Sentai Music Hall of Fame. Gekiranger’s opening has it all: epic posing, awesome martial arts, wonderfully weird costumes and giant cats – all of which I really love! Just hit play and you’ll find it hard to disagree with me. 😉
This was supposed to be my favorite Super Sentai opening if not for this next one…
1. Mirai Sentai Timeranger
I can’t even begin to describe how badass and addicting this song is for me. It perfectly defines what Timeranger is; a dark and gritty series loaded with lots of tearjerking and dramatic episodes. The female vocalist (first and only in Super Sentai history thus far) really did a masterful job of singing the song that would, IMO, beat the crap out of any past and future Sentai opening songs ever made. To put it simply, it was Legendary.