Sentai literally translates to squadron. In Japanese sci-fi kiddie shows, it refers to teams composed of five (most of the time) members clad in different primary colored spandex, usually with armies of robots at their command. Yes, Power Rangers is based on these.
Note that these are My personal top ten sentai opening themes. Obviously not everyone will agree. To clarify, I based this on the songs – actual awesomeness of the opening sequence is second. They also don’t necessarily reflect my favorite sentai. Timeranger and Bioman are not present in this list.
10 NINPUU SENTAI HURRICANGER (2002)
Hurricanger’s theme has this lightheartedness that simply captures my imagination. I also enjoy the use of traditional Japanese percussions in the background. Between this and 1994’s Kakuranger, I prefer this one because I think the song is livelier and easier to choreograph a fight to. A similar song that I considered for this list is Gekiranger (2007).
9 CHOJIN SENTAI JETMAN (1991)
Hironobu Kageyama sang a lot of sentai songs, and I know some fans will be offended that I left out Changeman (1985) from this post. I can’t say why, I just like this song… Perhaps as with Hurricanger it lifts my spirits every time I hear it.
8 BATTLE FEVER J (1979)
Oh the spanky seventies! This song is old school but not tacky. The percussions at the beginning hooked me. Mojo’s vocals are superb, and this song definitely captures the spirit of the show.
7 MAHOU SENTAI MAGIRANGER (2005)
I have to admit, Magiranger made this list not only because the song itself is great, but because I first heard it and saw this sequence during a special time in my life – my first few days in Nanjing, preparing to begin my studies in Chinese medicine. I guess it’s a bridge to one of the best epochs of my existence.
6 SAMURAI SENTAI SHINKENGER (2009)
This show is probably my favorite, or in my top three favorite shows in this list. The song, just like Hurricanger before it, does a good job of blending traditional sounds and modern songwriting to form an awesome theme.
5 KYUKYU SENTAI GO GO FIVE (1999)
Shinichi Ishihara. Nuff said.
4 KAGAKU SENTAI DYNAMAN (1983)
Explosions! MoJo! Explosions! One of the greatest old school sentai songs. Don’t you want to headbang to this? It’s just too bad that the song sounds to English speakers like “Die! Die! Die! Die! Dynaman”…
3 HIMITSU SENTAI GORANGER (1975)
The first, and almost the greatest. Isao Sasaki and Mitsuko Horie sing one of the greatest theme songs EVER. It’s got just the right mix of kiddie fun and adventurous feel. Too bad it’s always overshadowed by Goranger’s first ending theme…
2 HIKARI SENTAI MASKMAN (1987)
Epic, fast paced and sung by Hironobu Kageyama. Yes, he also sang Dragonball Z’s song.
1 TAIYOU SENTAI SUN VULCAN (1981)
This song is evil. It hooks you, it penetrates the recesses of your brain, and curses you to last song syndrome. Follow the Sun! Catch the Sun! Yup, my all time favorite sentai song…