In 1984, World Events Productions took two unrelated anime shows, 1981’s King of a Hundred Beasts Golion and 1982’s Armored Fleet Dairugger XV, and turned them into Voltron. Let’s compare!
Original Golion opening song – unfortunately I can’t find a clip of the opening sequence.
Voltron’s Lion Force opening
Golion combination – the song is about the Blue Lion
Alternate combination – showing this because this particular sequence is seen in the Golion opening that I couldn’t find on youtube…
Dairugger XV opening – long introductory narration – also includes the combo sequence…
Voltron Vehicle Team Opening
Voltron Vehicle Team combination 1
And just for fun: the japanese toy commercials!
Voltron Vehicle Team combination 2 – which I included because it is much more awesome.
In a way it’s a good thing. The basketball “classic” games being shown on TV are much better to watch than the product the NBA showcases these days.
The Rescue Mission series is a subset of the metal hero series, itself a subset of henshin heroes. Henshin means transforming, and metal heroes were characterized by shiny shiny armor. The first was Gavan in 1982, itself part of the Space Sheriff Series.
The unique thing about the rescue mission series is that they didn’t face a monster of the week, but had to resolve an emergency of the week. Sometimes these involved super powered machines or terrorists, but monsters weren’t the main enemy.
Tokkei Winspector (1990)
Tokkyu Shirei Solbrain (1991) – the videogame version of this show was released in the US as “Shatterhand”
Tokusou Exceedraft (1992)
It all started with Getter Robo (1974), which gets my vote for greatest robot anime theme song EVER.
Getter Robo G (1975) rehashed the song. Known as “Starvengers”
From now on it’s alternate universe after alternate universe…
Getter Robo Go (1991) drew a mixed reaction from fans
There was a traditional super-roboish song…
… and a 80s-90s “pop songish” song
Getter Robo Armageddon or (Shin Getter Robo: The Last Day of the World) (1998)
Heck, there was even a videogame
Then there was Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo (2000)
And Shin (New) Getter Robo (2004)
Okay so it was mirror imaged to prevent copyright infringement thingees, I was told.
I’m lumping Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger together with Mazinkaiser, since Mazinkaiser is effectively a continuation/remake of the first two. Grendaizer is in a world of it’s own.
Mazinger Z (1972)
Great Mazinger (1974)
Shin Mazinger Shougeki! (2009)
Mazinkaiser SKL (2011)
This time it’s sentai ending themes! This time let me explain my criteria. I like my opening songs to hype me up. I like my ending themes to make me feel good, relaxed. The song has to sort of make me feel the heroes are enjoying some good times after a job well done. Some themes are hard to find in TV form, so I just liked to the whole song.
Ninja Sentai Kakuranger (1994)
It’s raining ghosts! And they’re dancing! And rapping! What’s not to like about this one?
Mahou Sentai Magiranger (2005)
This has the Sun Vulcan effect on me – that melody can’t get out of my head…
8) Kosoku Sentai Turboranger (1989)
This is one of those songs that I can’t really explain why I like them…
7) Denji Sentai Megaranger (1997)
Megaranger had a high school setting, and I love this song because it has this reminiscing high school days feel. I like it much better than the second ending theme “Bomb Dancing”.
6) Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger (2004)
Isao Sasaki sings the Dekaranger ending theme. What’s not to like? It’s got a nice jazz pub feel to it. And the drums! I love those drums and percussions!
5) Ninpuu Sentai Hurricanger (2002)
The ending sequence has the hurricangers on gliders soaring the heavens. And yes, that’s precisely the feeling invoked here. Now, I personally think that since Hironobu Kageyama sang it (just like Jetman at number 4), and that the themes of the songs are similar, it’s hard to choose. Since Hurricanger came second (a full eleven years after Jetman), I rank it below Jetman’s “Heart is Egg”.
4) Chojin Sentai Jetman (1991)
It’s so hard to list this as “merely” at number 4. It’s good enough to go to number 1 if my mood is right. It’s mellow, makes me want to kick my shoes off and just loaf around. The actual ending sequence is very creatively done and it enhances the song quite well. I encourage people to try to see it. Heck, see the whole show. Jetman is one of the best sentai ever.
3) Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (2009)
As if the opening weren’t good enough, now we have the Shinkenger ending which both pumps one up for battle and yet gives one that satisfactory feeling of a job well done.
2) Choudenshi Bioman (1984)
Bioman was my childhood favorite. The opening was nice but didn’t make it to my top ten, but this ending theme always lifts my spirits. It’s lively but not cheesy, and makes me want to dance. Not kakuranger style though.
1) Himitsu Sentai Goranger (1975)
This is THE classic sentai song. Not just ending song or opening song, mind you, it’s the song that defines sentai. For Kamen Rider the catchphrase is “kamen rider… kamen rider… rider… RIDER!!!” but for sentai it is “ban baraban ban ban!”