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Cult TV Essentials: Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger

Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger was Toei’s twenty-fifth production of the Super Sentai television series airing in 2001 and celebrated the franchise’s 25th anniversary. It ran for 51 episodes. Its footage was used in the 2002 American series Power Rangers Wild Force and was later dubbed in 2010 as the retitled Power Rangers: Jungle Force for South Korean television in place of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, possibly due to cultural reasons.

One thousand years ago, a war raged between humans and the demonic Org race. With the help of the Power Animals, the ancient Gao Warriors were able to defeat the Org’s leader, Hyakkimaru, and seal the Orgs.

Today, the Orgs have begun to revive, and five warriors have been chosen by the Power Animals. They must abandon their current lives and give up their names to become the new generation of Gaorangers to protect the life of earth. The current five warriors are called by their colour.

Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger: The Fire Mountain Roars is the theatrical adaptation of Gaoranger that was a double bill with the Kamen Rider Series film Kamen Rider Agito: Project G4. The film features Gao Kong and the Gao Knight combination.

Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai aired in 2001. The plot revolves around the Gaorangers meeting up with previous sentai’s. Each sentai teaches each one about their Super Sentai past. Past Sentai Heroes included Soukichi Banba/Big One from J.A.K.Q. Dengkitai, Yuusuke Amamiya/Red Falcon from Choujuu Sentai Liveman, Gouki/Ginga Blue from Seijuu Sentai Gingaman, Daimon/Go Yellow from Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGo V, and Miku Imamura/Mega Pink from Denji Sentai Megaranger. All the prior Red Rangers from Gorenger to Timeranger also make a cameo appearance at the end of the film.

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