“En garde! Jūshi Sentai France Five!”/ “France Five!, En garde!”
Jushi Sentai France Five is a French Mini series produced by Buki X-4 Productions in 2000. It is an homage to Toei’s ever-popular Super Sentai series. Just as Super Sentai have individual motifs, France Five has each member themed after certain aspects of French culture:
- Antoine Deschaumes/Red Fromage: A skilled boxer and leader of France Five. A very patriotic person who takes his duty seriously, he hardly ever laughs.
- Thierry Durand/Black Beaujolais: The son of a rich winemaker in the Beaujolais region, he rejected his family heritage to live a rebellious life – which often clashes with Red Fromage’s authority.
- Albert Dumas/Blue Accordéon: The son of a musician, he is the comic relief of the team.
- Jean Pétri/Yellow Baguette: A bread baker and the youngest member of the team.
- Catherine Fontaine/Pink à la Mode: A fashion model who is very critical of cleanliness – much to the team’s dismay.
- Aramis Leclair/Silver Mousquetaire: The mysterious warrior in the tradition of the Super Sentai franchise’s “sixth warriors”.
There have been six half-hour episodes of Jushi Sentai France Five produced.
The series opens with Glou Man Chou, ruler of the Lexos Empire wanting to conquer planet Earth. However, the Eiffel Tower generates a barrier around the planet that keeps him from sending his armies en masse. Glou Man Chou sends his warriors and monsters to Earth in order to destroy the tower and enable a full-scale invasion, but they are opposed by France Five.
In the fourth episode, the shield is disabled and Lexos’s army is shown prepared to invade the planet. Professor Burgone is captured and France Five go in hiding.
In episode 5, France Five reappear to battle Lexos, but they are overpowered by Zakaral and his generals. After being freed from captivity by France Five and his robot assistant Margarine, Professor Burgonde initiates a top-secret program in France Five’s system as a last-ditch effort to save them.