choriki_sentai_ohranger_ver_2_by_blakehunter-d4uiw9wIn the year 1999, the Machine Empire of Baranoia, led by Emperor Bacchushund, invades Earth with the intention of wiping out all human life and bringing about machine rule. Chief Counsellor Miura revives super energies that had been born of the lost civilization of Pangaea. Assembling pieces of a stone plate uncovered three years previously, he reveals the secrets of “Super Power”. Enlisting an elite five-man team of the United Airforce’s finest pilots, Miura builds a pyramid to generate Tetrahedron power in order to allow five UAOH officers to transform into the Ohrangers and stop Baranoia’s invasion.


Chouriki Sentai Ohranger is a special and also infamous moment in Super Sentai. The series aired during the 20th anniversary of the franchise in 1995 and brought Gorenger and JAKQ back into “the family” so to speak after years of being ignored as the first ever entries to commemorate the anniversary of Gorenger which debuted in 1975. The plan the staff of the series wanted to execute was bringing back the majority of veteran writers and have the advances of special effects and storytelling bring a darker reimagined concept of the original superhero military task force with the theme being an alien invasion and the horrors of war.


However, 1995 was an awful year for Japan as they suffered one of the worst earthquakes ever in years which killed thousands and suffered a terrorist attack by a cult which killed even more civilians on a subway from sarin gas poison.


Naturally, citizens watching a TV show featuring buildings blowing up and alluding to terrorist plots by the alien Baranoia villains made the network executives nervous so the original idea was shoved aside after episode 10. This led to tonal whiplash which plagued the series for a bit, the ratings going up and down wildly. Despite this, toy sales were outstanding for the show and that allowed the franchise to keep going but also shaped the aspect that toys and merchandise would be the dominant factor in determining whether a series was a success or a failure as shows would get more toyetic.


Another great Super Sentai, yes it has it’s flaws but it’s still a fun show to watch and is a must to fans of Power Rangers of Super Sentai.


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