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!”