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Cult TV Essentials: Kousoku Sentai Turboranger

Kousoku Sentai Turboranger is the thirteenth entry of Toei Company’s Super Sentai series. The first Super Sentai title of the Heisei period, it was aired on TV Asahi on February 25, 1989 to February 23, 1990 with a total of 51 episodes (1 TV special and 50 televised episodes). And it was the first series to air on Fridays instead of Saturdays. Its international title in English as listed by Toei is Turbo Rangers.

During its initial run, Turboranger was the 11th Super Sentai and billed as the 10th anniversary title of the Super Sentai series (as Battle Fever J was originally designated as the first Super Sentai series). However, in 1995, Himitsu Sentai Gorenger and J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai officially became the first two Super Sentai series; thus making Turboranger the 13th in the franchise.

Twenty thousand years ago, the Fairy race assisted humans in a battle against the Bōma Tribes and sealed them away. Due to modern day pollution and man’s destruction of nature, the power of Fairy magic has weakened, allowing the seal to be broken and the Tribes escape. With the help of Dr. Dazai, Seelon, the last of the fairies, summoned five high school seniors. As children, they were showered with the “flames of spirit” of the fallen fairies in a forest, and can now hear Seelon’s voice. Donning powered suits, the product of a collaboration between Seelon’s magic and Dr. Dazai’s science, the five become the Turborangers, juggling days of fighting with their regular school lives, in order to defeat the Bōma Tribes.

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