Himitsu Sentai Gorenger
|Himitsu Sentai Gorenger (秘密戦隊ゴレンジャー Himitsu Sentai Gorenjā?) is a Japanese tokusatsu superhero television series. Gorenger, created by Shotaro Ishinomori, was the first in the long-running Super Sentai series of tokusatsu programming. Airing on NET (now TV Asahi) from April 5, 1975 to March 26, 1977, the series had a total of 84 episodes. The title Toei gives this series for international distribution is Five Rangers.|
As a Super Sentai
The name “Super Sentai” was introduced in the 1979 series Battle Fever J. Originally, Gorenger and its successor J.A.K.Q. were not included as Super Sentai series. In episode 1 of the 1989 series Turboranger, when it honored the past ten Super Sentai series, Battle Fever J was listed as the first Sentai. It was not until the 1995 series Ohranger that Gorenger and J.A.K.Q. were included as the original first two series.
When world peace is threatened by the emergence of a terrorist group called the Black Cross Army, a secret espionage organization known as EAGLE is formed in Japan to combat the threat. The Black Cross Army, fearful of the threat against them, decides to launch a surprise attack against EAGLE.
Across Japan, the Black Cross Army sends its five most dangerous operatives to destroy each EAGLE branch, killing everyone except for five young agents who miraculously survive. The agents are summoned to the snack shop “Gon” by Edogawa Gonpachi, EAGLE’s commander, and enter a secret command center hidden underneath. The five are recruited by Edogawa to become the Secret Squadron Gorenger, the world’s best chance against the forces of the Black Cross Army, and are given form-fitting electronic battlesuits which empower them with superhuman strength & speed. The five then dedicate themselves to stopping the Black Cross Army and its sinister leader, Black Cross Führer.