Here’s a little story about my love for Super Sentai. Like many fans, my discovery of Super Sentai began with Power Rangers. I used to wonder why Tommy’s design as the White Ranger looked so different compared to Jason and the rest of the crew. As it turns out, Power Rangers was copied from the Japanese tokusatsu program called Super Sentai.
Now there are two important terms to learn here: Sentai and Tokusatsu. Sentai literally means squadron while Tokusatsu means special filming. Examples of tokusatsu films is the Godzilla and Ultraman series. In other words, tokusatsu is that tv show you watch with blocky robots fighting awkwardly because the suit actor has a limited range of movement.
Yes, the Japanese Spider-Man series counts as tokusatsu and might even be considered one of the pioneers of the genre. One of the best part of every tokusatsu show is its theme song.
Many Pinoy Sentai Geeks will fondly remember the days of Bioman, Fiveman, Jetman and many other series from the mid-80s to early-90s. Every Sentai series needs a villain of the week, cool robots to sell to kids and, of course, a catchy theme song. In this article I’ll be discussing my personal selection of favorite Super Sentai theme songs. If you haven’t heard them yet, well, you’re in luck!
Columbia Records Japan released 9 albums worth of Super Sentai Opening and Closing Themes. From Himitsu Sentai Goranger all the way to Mashin Sentai Kiramager, you can find them all on Spotify now.
To celebrate the release of these songs, I will share with you my 5 favorite Super Sentai Themes regardless of era.
5. Gou Gou Sentai Boukenger
Starting our list is number five, the Boukenger theme. Sung by Japanese Hair Metal singer Nob, the Boukenger theme gets you ready to go on an epic adventure across any place.
Every time I listen to the song, you can’t help but feel motivated to get off your chair and just move. Maybe not to do kicks and whatnot, but when you listen to the song you’ll get the point.
You can listen to this theme song on a run or on the treadmill and you’ll be motivated to keep on going no matter how challenging it can be. The song also has a neat guitar solo towards the end! Nob’s energy provides an extra kick to your run and keep you going until you achieve success.
4. Choujin Sentai Jetman
The Jetman theme was one of the first Sentai theme songs I ever heard. I can still recall the days when the show would air on ABC5 on weeknights.
You can’t help but feel like you’re soaring in the skies with the team in this theme. Every time Kageyama shouts “Jetman” my mind goes back to those days watching on a small tv with the theme getting stuck in my head.
The theme is partially inspiring and partially dramatic which is exactly what the Jetman series was like. Listening to theme isn’t just a nostalgia trip, it’s a reminder that life can have a lot of challenges, but you’ll always find the inspiration to break through that challenge.
3. Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
Gokaiger was the 35th Entry into the Sentai Series so you knew a big celebration was coming. What made the series unique was the concept of Ranger Keys. Rangers would insert a Ranger Key into their Mobile Phone-style changer and transform into the Ranger that was inserted into the phone’s keyhole. The product provides an endless number of characters you can turn into keys. We’ve already seen different kinds of keys ranging from Super Sentai to Kamen Rider.
The theme song really feels like an anniversary theme that can make you cry given the right circumstances. You can feel the energy that this series was something special. Each episode was a celebration of the 35 years of the series at the time and I still consider it one of the best Sentai series with an epic opening to boot.
You can sense a feeling of adventure blended with celebration and a sprinkle of honoring those who have come before you so you can access your powers to defeat the villains.
2. Jyuken Sentai Gekiranger
Out of the numerous Sentai themes, I definitely had to place Gekiranger as one of my favorite themes. The blend of traditional Chinese instruments and a heavy guitar riff is the perfect blend for exercise.
I’m pretty sure you can use this theme for a high-intensity workout. The beat is just telling you to exercise. It also helps that the entire theme of the series is about how a fit mind and body will help you achieve your goals. These messages about motivation are common as the Sentai Series is meant for kids after all.
Whether you want to do a workout or need an energy boost to start the day, the Gekiranger is a good song to use.
I won’t really give a detailed explanation as to why these themes didn’t make it to my personal favorite list but, I enjoy these themes nonetheless:
A) Mahou Sentai Magiranger:
B) Samurai Sentai Shinkenger:
C) Chikyu Sentai Fiveman:
1. Tokuso Sentai Dekaranger
When we’re talking about Super Sentai themes I have to place the Dekaranger theme on top because it’s the perfect song to do a fist pump with.
The song matches the show’s police vibe and helps kids count in english as well.
What makes the song so good is the energy that singer Yoshiyuki Wada provides. His singing makes you want to dance along with him with every chorus. Dekaranger’s theme song is just that good.
When the theme reappeared on the Dekaranger episode of Sentai, I couldn’t help but shed a tear of joy seeing how celebrated the series was and still is.
No matter what theme song is your favorite you always have to remember that these songs are used to inspire kids and kids at heart. What are your personal favorite Sentai themes? Share them below!
Steven Tan is a Data Encoder by Day and Blogger by night. He co-hosts The Geeky Juans Podcast with Jude Cruz. When he’s not catching up on New Japan Pro-Wrestling, he’s reading about Super Sentai or geeking out about cartoons and comics on Twitter.