Gekisou Sentai Carranger Discussion
(March 1, 1996 to February 7, 1997 48 Episodes)
Kyosuke Jinnai/Red Racer – Yuji Kishi
Naoki Domon/Blue Racer – Yoshihiro Masujima
Minoru Uesugi/Green Racer – Yoshihiro Fukuda
Natsumi Shinohara/Yellow Racer – Yuka Motohasi
Yoko Yagami/Pink Racer – Atsuko Kurusu
Dappu – Mari Maruta (VA)
Signalman – Hochu Otsuka (VA)
What did you think of the suits?
What did you think of the cast?
What did you think of Dappu?
What did you think of the Bowzock?
What did you think of the 1st Opening Theme?
What did you think of the Ending Theme?
What did you think of the Ranger Vehicles and RV Robo?
What did you think of the concept of Kurumagic Power?
What did you think of Signalman and Sirender?
What did you think of the Zonnette-Red Racer-Kyosuke love triangle?
What did you think of the 2nd Opening Theme?
What did you think of new villain Ritchhiker?
What did you think of Pegasus Thunder, Dragon Cruiser, and Giga Booster?
What did you think of Radietta Fanbelt/White Racer and the short-lived Bousou Sentai Zokuranger?
What did you think of Signalman leaving Earth and Ritchhiker becoming RitchRitchhiker?
What did you think of the VRV Machines, VRV Robo, and the death of RitchRitchhiker?
What did you think of Signalman returning to earth as evil, almost taking over leadership of the Bowzock, and Emperor Exhaus?
What did you think of Carranger Vs. Ohranger?
What did you think of the Bowzock having their own robots?
What did you think of Kyosuke winning Zonnette's heart and her becoming good?
What did you think of the reveal that VRV Master was Dappu’s father, Exhaus’s plan to create a giant space highway, the remaining Bowzock turning good, and the finale?
Do you have any regrets about what Carranger DIDN'T do?
Is there anything about Carranger that you prefer over Power Rangers Turbo?
What did you like least about Red Racer?
What did you least like about Blue Racer?
What did you least like about Green Racer?
What did you least like about Yellow Racer?
Final thoughts on the series? Would you recommend this season to anyone? Why or why not?
What did you least like about Pink Racer?
Gekisou Sentai Carranger is the twentieth installment of the Super Sentai franchise. Carranger is a unique series in that it was a full-on comedic Sentai that made fun of various sentai, tokusatsu, and anime clichés and tropes (ie, Dappu faking his death to get the Carrangers to transform, a play on how Death is always the motivation for the heroes. Green Racer losing his Accel Changer because he over posed too much. And the Red Racer/Zonnette romance was a parody of Heroes falling in love with Villains). Carranger is often heralded as the Sentai that saved the franchise from cancellation after Ohranger almost killed it (See Ohranger Thread for more information
), though in all actuality, this is an exaggeration. Carranger was a similar attempt at doing something different to regenerate interest in the franchise, something Toei did a few years ago with Jetman, but it was never really more than a cult-hit. Its ratings weren't that much better than Ohranger's, but again, it turned a profit in toys. One could say a lot was riding on Carranger -- if it had flopped in any area, maybe it would have died right alongside the Metal Heroes. So, in that way, one can look at it as Carranger having saved Sentai.
Carranger is, also, often mistaken for being the Twentieth Anniversary series due to being the twentieth entry. While Carranger is the twentieth Sentai, Toei never referred to it as an anniversary show. It never received a special logo or a special crossover and there is nothing anniversary about it.
Five workers from the Pegasus Auto Garage discover Dappu, an alien from planet Hazard. He empowers the five with the "Kurumagic" power of the five legendary car constellations, transforming them into Carrangers. As Carrangers, the five battle an alien reckless driver gang and prevent them from destroying Earth. The Carrangers consist of five employees at the Pegasus Auto Garage and use Kurumagic Power fight the Bowzock.
Kyosuke Jinnai, Red Racer, returned during Kaizoku sentai Gokaiger to provide the Gokaiger with his team’s Greater Power. However it turned out to be a bust as the Carranger’s Greater Power was the ability to make teaching people about traffic safety fun and cool! Navi even pointed out that not a lot of the Great Powers would be useful.