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J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai


J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai (ジャッカー電撃隊 Jakkā Dengekitai?, lit. Jacker Blitzkrieg Squad) is the second Super Sentai series. It aired from April 9, 1977 to December 24, 1977. Created by Shotaro Ishinomori, it ran for 35 episodes. The title given to this series for international distribution by Toei is The Jackers.[1]

As a Super Sentai

J.A.K.Q. was the final Sentai series to use only the “Sentai” name. Battle Fever J was the first series to use the “Super Sentai” name. Prior to the 1995 series Ohranger, J.A.K.Q. and Gorenger were not recognized as “Super Sentai” series. During episode 1 of Turboranger, Battle Fever J was introduced as the first Super Sentai. Toei’s announcement of Ohranger as the 19th Super Sentai series signaled the inclusion of Gorenger and J.A.K.Q. as Super Sentai series.[citation needed]

Plot

Iron Claw is the leader of a global criminal empire known simply as “Crime”. With a network of wealthy and influential sympathizers and employing an army of faceless, leather-masked thugs and cyborg assassins, Crime seeks to become the most powerful mafia organization in the world.
To combat this threat, ISSIS, the International Science Special-Investigation Squad, is formed. ISSIS organizes its forces around the world to battle Crime, including Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo’s ISSIS branch commander, Daisuke Kujirai, proposes a radical experiment to aid his forces in Japan. Taking the codename “Joker”, he recruits four young test subjects to undergo his cyborg enhancement project – multi-talented athlete and Olympic Gold medalist Goro Sakurai, disgraced boxing champion Ryu Higashi, critically injured policewoman Karen Mizuki and clinically dead and cryogenically sustained Oceanographer Bunta Daichi. Surgically altered and given various energy manipulation powers and bionic enhancements, the four youths begin their mission to destroy Crime as the crime-busting quartet code-named J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai. Later on, Joker leaves and Sokichi Banba, a master of disguise and a cyborg, becomes their new boss, as Big One.

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