Seijuu Sentai Gingaman

Seijuu Sentai Gingaman (星獣戦隊ギンガマン, lit. Starbeast Squad Gingaman) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series. It is Toei's 22nd entry of the Super Sentai metaseries. The series aired from February 22, 1998 to February 14, 1999. Its footage was used in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. The lead screenwriter for the series is Yasuko Kobayashi.

Seijuu Sentai Gingaman
Gingaman-title.jpg
The title card for Seijuu Sentai Gingaman
GenreAction-fantasy
Tokusatsu
Superhero fiction
Created byToei
Developed byYasuko Kobayashi
Directed byRyuta Tasaki
StarringKazuki Maehara
Koji Sueyoshi
Shōei
Nobuaki Takahashi
Juri Miyazawa
Teruaki Ogawa
Kei Mizutani
Narrated byNorio Wakamoto[1]
Opening theme"Seijuu Sentai Gingaman" ("Galactic Warriors Gingaman")
by Masato Shimon (as Ryu Kisami)
Ending theme"Hadashi no Kokoro De" ("Naked Mind")
by Masato Shimon (as Ryu Kisami)
ComposerToshihiko Sahashi
Country of originJapan
Original languageJapanese
No. of episodes50
Production
ProducersKenji Oota (TV Asahi)
Shigenori Takatera (Toei)
Koichi Yada (Toei Agency)
CinematographyMasao Inokuma
Shingo Ōsawa
EditorsChieko Hamasaki
Hiroshi Sunaga
Running timeapprox. 25 minutes
Release
Original networkTV Asahi
Original releaseFebruary 22, 1998 (1998-02-22) –
February 14, 1999 (1999-02-14)
Chronology
Preceded byDenji Sentai Megaranger
Followed byKyuukyuu Sentai GoGoFive

This series is not to be confused with the one-time villainous but humorous Sentai from Chikyu Sentai Fiveman, the Ginga Sentai Ginga-Man.

At the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, Shout! Factory announced that they would be releasing Seijuu Sentai Gingaman in Japanese with English subtitles on DVD.[2] It was released on January 30, 2018.[3] This is the seventh Super Sentai series released on Region 1 DVD in North America. In July 2018, Shout! made the series available on-demand on their website.

PlotEdit

Three thousand years ago, the Space Pirates Balban invaded Earth. The Starbeasts and the first Gingamen, warriors of the Ginga Forest, fought them with a mystical power known as Earth and eventually imprisoned them. The Ginga people later cloaked their forest within marked boundaries and passed on the duty of the Ginga warriors through generations.

In the present day, Hyuuga, Hayate, Gouki, Hikaru and Saya are chosen as the 133rd warriors of the Starbeast Swords. Ryouma is very happy that his elder brother Hyuuga succeeds to the title. When Orghi holds the succession ceremony of the Starbeast Swords, an earthquake breaks the seal on the Balban.

Orghi orders the 133rd warriors to get the Ginga Braces hidden in Roaring Mountain. However, the Balban attacks them to prevent the birth of the new Gingamen. During the battle, Hyuuga is swallowed into a crack in the ground created by the Balban's leader, Captain Zahab. Enraged, Ryouma activates his hidden Earth power and awakens the Ginga Braces. The Gingamen fight together with the Starbeasts against the Balban, who desire to revive the Demon Beast Daitanix, on whose corpse they built their castle.

CharactersEdit

GingamenEdit

 
The Gingamen: (from left to right) Ginga Blue, Ginga Pink, Ginga Red, Ginga Green, and Ginga Yellow.

The Gingamen are descendants of the original Gingamen from the Ginga Forest who use a fighting style originating 3,000 years ago and are chosen at a ceremony to become the current Gingamen. Before battle, the team announces their arrival by saying, "We pierce through the Galaxy with legendary blades! Seijuu Sentai Gingaman!" (銀河を貫く伝説の刃! 星獣戦隊ギンガマン!, Ginga wo tsuranuku densetsu no yaiba! Seijū Sentai Gingaman!).

Fire Warrior Ryouma (火の戦士リョウマ, Hi no Senshi Ryōma)
A 22-year-old man who becomes Ginga Red (ギンガレッド, Ginga Reddo) with the lion-themed GingaLeon (ギンガレオン, Gingareon) as his partner to fulfill his older brother Hyuuga's last wish. He is bright, optimistic, and hardworking. With his Earth power being fire, he can perform the Mane of Fire (炎のたてがみ, Honō no Tategami) elemental technique and the Flame Flash (炎一閃, Honō Issen) (with the Starbeast Sword) and Two Swords Flash (used with Kiba Cutter). In his civilian form, Ryouma wields a boomerang. With the Lights of Ginga, Ryouma can become Super Armor Shine Ginga Red (超装光ギンガレッド, Chōsōkō Ginga Reddo). While as Super Armor Shine Ginga Red, he can perform Power Seal and Beast Fire Flash.
Ryouma is portrayed by Kazuki Maehara (前原 一輝).
Wind Warrior Hayate (風の戦士ハヤテ, Kaze no Senshi Hayate)
A 22-year-old man who fights as Ginga Green (ギンガグリーン, Ginga Gurīn) with the falcon-themed Gingalcon (ギンガルコン, Gingarukon) as his partner. He is cool and quick-witted. He is an expert flute player and is the second-in-command. He has a weakness for tomatoes (although this is resolved) and honey. He is engaged to Miharu and always carries the flute and amulet she gave him before leaving the Ginga Forest. With his Earth power being wind, he can perform the Fluttering of a Storm (嵐のはばたき, Arashi no Habataki) elemental technique and Hurricane Gust (疾風一陣, Shippū Ichijin) (with the Starbeast Sword) and Two Swords Gust (with the Kiba Cutter). As he is a Wind Warrior, he has the power to eliminate evil sounds whenever he plays his flute. He is rivals with Shelinda after she destroys his flute and has a sword fight with her on the day Hayate and Miharu would have been married. He makes a new flute with similar materials on Moon Mountain. He can also use his flute as a pea-shooter. Later, with the Lights of Ginga, Hayate can become Super Armor Shine Ginga Green (超装光ギンガグリーン, Chōsōkō Ginga Gurīn). After the final battle, Hayate is reunited with Miharu.
Hayate is portrayed by Koji Sueyoshi (末吉 宏司).
Water Warrior Gouki (水の戦士ゴウキ, Mizu no Senshi Gōki)
A 22-year-old man who fights as Ginga Blue (ギンガブルー, Ginga Burū) with the gorilla-themed Gingarilla (ギンガリラ, Gingarira) as his partner. Gouki is strong, shy and slightly nervous, as well as a lover of forests and wildlife. He is good at cooking. In the show, he believes this aspect of his personality would not let him be a good Gingaman, but at the end, he manages to win the love of Suzuko Miyasawa. With his Earth power being water, he can perform the Pulse of the Stream (流水の鼓動, Ryūsui no Kodō) elemental technique and the Rapids Strike (激流一刀, Gekiryū Ittō) (used with the Starbeast Sword). He wields a whip in civilian form. Later, with the Lights of Ginga, Gouki can become Super Armor Shine Ginga Blue (超装光ギンガブルー, Chōsōkō Ginga Burū). In Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai, he lectures Soutarou Ushigome (GaoBlack) on the many strong warriors of the Super Sentai franchise. He later offers his assistance in the fight against Rakushassa alongside the other Dream Sentai warriors.
Gouki is portrayed by Shōei (照英).
Thunder Warrior Hikaru (雷の戦士ヒカル, Kaminari no Senshi Hikaru)
A 17-year-old man who fights as Ginga Yellow (ギンガイエロー, Ginga Ierō) with the wolf-themed GingaVerick (ギンガベリック, Gingaberikku) as his partner. With his Earth power being thunder, he can perform the Howl of Lightning (雷の雄叫び, Inazuma no Otakebi) elemental technique, Ancestor Burst and the Thunder Sweep (雷一掃, Ikazuchi Issō) (with the Starbeast Sword), Severe Burn Lava (with the Kiba Cutter). Although he is portrayed as being childish at times, he dislikes for others to treat like a kid. Hikaru is a gluttonous prankster and his favorite food is Mister Donut's donut. It is revealed he has been orphaned since childhood following his parent's death. After the appearance of Biznella, they often fight each other. In civilian form, he wields a shotgun. Later, with the Lights of Ginga, Hikaru can become Super Armor Shine Ginga Yellow (超装光ギンガイエロー, Chōsōkō Ginga Ierō).
Hikaru is portrayed by Nobuaki Takahashi (高橋 伸顕).
Flower Warrior Saya (花の戦士サヤ, Hana no Senshi Saya)
A 17-year girl who fights as Ginga Pink (ギンガピンク, Ginga Pinku) with the wildcat-themed Gingat (ギンガット, Gingatto) as her partner. Her admiration for Hyuuga gives her the courage to fight. She is always playing and competing with Hikaru. She loves climbing trees. Saya is strong but also introverted and she is very popular with shopping districts residents. With her Earth power being flowers, she can perform the Claws of Petals (花びらの爪, Hanabira no Tsume) and the Flower Heart (花一心, Hana Isshin) (with the Starbeast Sword). In civilian form, Saya can wield a slingshot. Later, with the Lights of Ginga, Saya can become Super Armor Shine Ginga Pink (超装光ギンガピンク, Chōsōkō Ginga Pinku).
Saya is portrayed by Juri Miyazawa (宮澤 寿梨).
Bison Warrior Hyuuga (牛の戦士ヒュウガ, Ushi no Senshi Hyūga, 1, 2, 25-50, Gingaman vs. Megaranger, GoGoFive vs. Gingaman)
Ryouma's 27-year-old brother. He was chosen to become the 133rd Ginga Red but fell into a crack in the ground caused by Zahab. He is saved by Bull Black, who possesses Hyuuga's body for a while before discarding him. Soon after, Hyuuga is given the power to become the new Black Knight (黒騎士, Kuro Kishi) and his partner becomes GoTaurus (ゴウタウラス, Gōtaurasu). With his Earth power also being fire, he can perform the Mane of Fire (炎の鬣, Hono no Tategami) and the Black Chop (黒の一撃, Kuro no Ichigeki) (with the Bull Riot). When GoTaurus is wounded during the battle against Evil Empress Iliess, he is captured by Pucrates who blackmails Hyuuga to work for him so he could sever his connection to the Earth to wield the cursed Knight Axe, the only thing that can shatter Zahab's Star Soul Jewel. Hyuuga agrees to give up his Earth power in hopes of using the Knight Axe to kill Zahab. Hyuuga regains his Earth power in the finale after the Knight Axe is destroyed and fights as the Black Knight alongside the Gingaman to finally kill Zahab.
Hyuuga is portrayed by Teruaki Ogawa (小川 輝晃), who previously portrayed Sasuke/Ninja Red in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger.

AlliesEdit

Elder Orghi (長老オーギ, Choro Ōgi, 1-2, 50)
The leader of the Ginga people. When the Ginga Forest is attacked by Shelinda to use its energy to revive Daitanix, Orghi casts a petrification spell on himself and everything in the forest to prevent her from absorbing its energy, submerging it into the lake. Before becoming fully petrified, Orghi leaves a pendant with a seed to the Gingamen. In the finale after Zahab's death, the Ginga Forest resurfaces and Orghi as well as the rest of the Ginga people are restored, much to the Gingamen's surprise.
Orghi is portrayed by Hiroshi Arikawa (有川 博).
Wisdom Tree Moak (知恵の樹モーク, Chie no ki Mōku, 3-48, 50, Gingaman vs. Megaranger)
Orghi's final gift to the Gingamen before he is turned to stone and is located outside the Silver Star Equestrian Club. Moak senses all the events that happen near any forest or wood, such as Barban's presence. He gives new weapons to the Gingamen. He has knowledge of all Ginga legends. Near the finale, he sacrifices himself to prevent the birth of the Earth Beast and remove the traces of the Extreme Growth Extract which is affecting the Earth and the Gingamen's Earth powers, but he leaves behind a seed. After the Ginga Forest is restored in the finale, Moak is revived when Orghi plants his seed in the Ginga Forest.
Moak is voiced by Rokurō Naya (納谷 六朗 Naya Rokurō).
Fairy Bokku (妖精ボック, Yosei Bokku)
A distracted fairy with an acorn-shaped helmet. He is always with Moak and ends every phrase saying "bokku!".
Bokku is voiced by Sanae Miyuki (深雪 さなえ Miyuki Sanae).
Haruhiko Aoyama (青山 晴彦)
A writer of children's stories, who believes in the existence of the legendary Ginga Forest. He offers the Gingaman his ranch for them to live in after their forest home is petrified and records their adventures.
Haruhiko Aoyama is portrayed by Yoshihiko Takamoku (高杢 禎彦).
Yūta Aoyama (青山 勇太)
Haruhiko's 9-year-old son. He does not believe the legend until he witnesses the birth of the 133rd Gingamen. In episode 6, he is given GingaLeon's planet stone, which he used in the next episode to stop the Balban from trying to collect the energy the Gingamen was using to revive the Star Beasts.
Yuuta Aoyama is portrayed by Shōgo Hayakawa (早川 翔吾).
Suzuko Mizusawa (水澤 鈴子, 11-50)
Yuuta's teacher at Wakatake Elementary School. Mizusawa is Gouki's secret love. Gouki had a rivalry with Shunsuke Kishimoto, a teacher from another school, for Suzuko's affections. In the end, Suzuko chooses Gouki and proves it by showing him the bracelet Gouki had made for her.
Suzuko is portrayed by Makiko Yoshida (吉田 真希子).
Misaki Hoshino (星野 美咲, 14)
An acting idol who looks like Saya, except that she has a mole. She is selfish until she talks with Saya. She helps Saya against the Balban.
Misaki Hoshino is also portrayed by Juri Miyazawa.

ArsenalEdit

  • Ginga Brace (ギンガブレス, Ginga Buresu): The Gingamen's transformation devices, which are activated by turning a dial to a specific color on the brace. The Ginga Braces were given to the original Gingamen by the Star Beasts 3,000 years ago and passed down through the centuries. The transformation call is "Ginga Reincarnation" (ギンガ転生, Ginga Tensei).
  • Star Beast Sword (星獣剣, Seijūken): The team's sidearms, which can be used to perform the Gingamen's individual special attacks or be shortened into a dagger when not in use.
  • Beast Racehorses (獣走馬, Jūsōba): Horses that serve as transportation.
    • Red Spark (レッドスパーク, Reddo Supāku): A white horse ridden by Ginga Red.
    • Green Wind (グリーンウィンド, Gurīn Windo): A black horse ridden by Ginga Green.
    • Blue Horizon (ブルーホライズン, Burū Horaizun): A beige horse ridden by Ginga Blue.
    • Yellow Thunder (イエローサンダー, Ierō Sandā): A bay horse ridden by Ginga Yellow.
    • Pink Flower (ピンクフラワー, Pinku Furawā): A bay horse ridden by Ginga Pink.
  • Mechanical Blade Kiba (自在剣機刃, Jizaiken Kiba): Fang-shaped blades that have varied shapes from member to member. When these five come together, they combine to become a finishing weapon, with the attack "Kiba Imperial Wrath" (機刃の激輪, Kiba no Gekirin). The Kibas draw power from the Star Beasts' planets. The Gingamen channel their Earth power into them to call upon the Star Beasts' power and later to revive them when they were petrified, also obtaining "newly born" power. They help in the five main Star Beasts' transformation into Silver Star Beasts. They can transform into any weapon the Gingamen choose:
    • Kiba Cutter (キバカッター, Kiba Kattā): Used by Ginga Red, with its technique Fire Cut.
    • Kiba Shot (キバショット, Kiba Shotto): Used by Ginga Green, with its technique Blast Shoot.
    • Kiba Claw (キバクロー, Kiba Kurō): Used by Ginga Blue, with its technique Tsunami Hit.
    • Kiba Knives (キバナイフ, Kiba Naifu): Used by Ginga Yellow, with their technique Lightning Cut.
    • Kiba Arrow (キバアロー, Kiba Arō): Used by Ginga Pink.
  • Juugekibos (獣撃棒, Jūgekibō, Beast Attack Rods): Created by Moak, they are rods that can be shortened into bazookas by the command, Juugekiha, so the Gingamen can perform the Ginga Juugekidan (銀河獣撃弾, Ginga Jūgekidan, Galaxy Beast Attack Bullet) team attack. Ginga Red uses his Rod in the Blazing Flames Juugeki (猛火獣撃, Mōka Jūgeki) attack. Moak creates more advanced rods in episode 47 to fight the Earth Demon Beast. These Rods can be used with the Beast Armor Shine or by the Gingamen in human form. They can perform an attack called the Senkou Juugekidan (閃光獣撃弾, Senkō Jūgekidan, Flashing Beast Attack Bullet).
  • Bull Riot (ブルライアット, Buru Raiatto): Hyuuga's sword that functions as his transformation device, using it to transform into the Black Knight by using the transformation call "Knight Reincarnation" (騎士転生, Kishi Tensei). Originally belonging to Bull Black, the Bull Riot can be changed into a laser rifle mode. Attacks with multiple slash attacks; including "Black Chop" and "Black Attack".
  • Shining Beast Armor (獣装光, Jūsōkō): An armor upgrade the team receives from the power of the Lights of Ginga. It is summoned by the command "Roar! Lights of Ginga!" (ほえろ!ギンガ光!, Hoero! Ginga Hikari!), but all five Gingamen need to be present for it to work. Their team attack is the "Galaxy War Radiance" (銀河戦光, Ginga Senkō).
    • Flashing Star Beast Sword (閃光星獣剣, Senkō Seijūken): Upgraded from the Star Beast Swords.
    • Beast Armor Claw (獣装の爪, Jūsō no Tsume): A brace with two claw-like blades that is worn on the left forearm.
    • Mobile Steed Galeo Pulsar (機動馬ガレオパルサー, Kidōba Gareo Parusā): With the knowledge from the deceased Bull Black that the Lights of Ginga can change shape depending on the user's will, the Gingaman, while in Shining Beast Armor form, can gather the Lights of Ginga to create the Galeo Pulsar, a motorcycle that is themed after Ginga Red's Star Beast GingaLeon. When summoned, it temporarily removes the Beast Armor enhancements from the Gingamen. Its attack is the Lion War Blast, while its finisher is the Lion Shining Armor (獅子の装光, Shishi no Sōkō) where it rams into its target with the flaming Lights of Ginga energy. After a Majin is defeated, the Galeo Pulsar changes back into the Gingamans' Beast Armor enhancements, which are then returned to them.
  • Knight Axe (ナイトアックス, Naito Akkusu): A cursed weapon that Hyuuga receives from Bucrates that has the power to destroy the Star Soul Jewel that sustains Zahab. As Hyuuga had sacrificed his Earth power, only he can wield it as Ryouma once tried to pick it up in Episode 41, only for the energy feedback from the Axe caused him great pain. The Knight Axe is destroyed by Zahab in the finale, but not before damaging his Star Soul Jewel.

Space Pirates BalbanEdit

The Space Pirates Balban (宇宙海賊バルバン, Uchū Kaizoku Baruban) are a group of space pirates who have destroyed many planets along the Milky Way. Their headquarters, the Rowdy Invincible Castle (荒くれ無敵城, Arakure Mutekijō), is mounted on the back of Daitanix. They once tried to invade Earth 3,000 years ago, but the first generation of Gingamen and the Starbeasts sealed them at the bottom of the sea. In the present day, an earthquake breaks the seal and releases the Balban, who plan to reawaken Daitanix. Its four great armies plot various strategies in order to achieve it.

  • Captain Zahab (ゼイハブ船長, Zeihabu-senchō)[Note 1]: The leader of the Balban. Cruel and violent but at the same time a great strategist and expert warrior who became immortal thanks to a Star Soul Jewel created by Daitanix, using the monster to gather a crew by offering them long life. Zahab's left hand is missing, as a result of the battle sustained with the first generation Ginga Red three thousand years earlier. He has replaced it with a cannon integrated hook. As a result, Zahab has a grudge against those who take the mantle of Ginga Red, including Ryouma. Hearing the death of an underling does not seem to affect him, but deep inside he suffers in private. Eventually, having known of Shelinda's death, Zahab can not take it anymore and falls apart in grief. In the final battle he uses the castle to take control of the Earth Demon Beast, but Zahab is forced to flee from his castle when it is destroyed by BullTaurus. After losing the Earth Beast, Zahab fights and beats the tar out of the Gingamen, until Ginga Red and Black Knight use their fire ability to destroy his Star Soul Jewel. He is then killed by the Black Knight's Black Chop, the Gingamens' Galaxy War Radiance, and finally by Super Armor Shine Ginga Red's Beast Fire Flash attack as the final blow. He is later resurrected by Gregory, only to be killed once again by the Gingamen in the Galaxy Lights armor in Seijuu Sentai Gingaman vs. Megaranger.
    Zahab is voiced by Hidekatsu Shibata (柴田 秀勝 Shibata Hidekatsu), who previously voiced Daimaoh in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger.
  • Captain Gregory (グレゴリ艦長, Guregori-kanchō, Gingaman vs. Megaranger)[Note 2]: An old friend of Zahab's who came to Earth to revive the Barban, with the aid of Hizumina, Dr. Hinelar's second "daughter". He had his own personal Majin, Ghelmadix, which was originally a second Daitanix. According to Moku, Gregory was sealed by the Starbeasts long before the Balban, feared as much as they were, all on his own. He could make himself grow without the aid of an enchanted liquid. Eventually revived every Barban member along with almost every Majin. He was killed by Galaxy Mega & Super Armor Shine GingaiOh.
    Gregory is voiced by Seizō Katō (加藤 精三 Katō Seizō), who previously voiced Dai Satan in Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger.
  • Steerwoman Shelinda (操舵士シェリンダ, Sōdashi Sherinda, 1-49, Gingaman vs. Megaranger)[Note 3]: The cruel and selfish second-in-command and the navigator of the Balban. A warrior with a sword and shell-themed armor, Shelinda had romantic feelings for Budoh though never forgave him for saving her life sometime in the past. During the Sutoiji incident, Shelinda destroys Hayate's flute before later attempting to stop him from making a new one. After finding him as Sutoiji is defeated, Shelinda duels Ginga Green with it ending with her forearm scarred as she vows a vendetta on him to the point of not allowing her own comrades to deny her killing Hayate. The most anxious to see Daitanix revived as her position of Steerwoman was pointless without Daitanix to steer often going to the aid of a Majin in order to speed along the revival. Shelinda is eventually killed in a final duel with Hayate in episode 49, where only her sword remained, to which the Yartots deliver it to Zahab to inform him of Shelinda's death. The sword itself was later destroyed along with Zahab's castle. Shelinda is later revived by Gregory, and is killed once again by the Gingaman in the Galaxy Lights armor in Seijuu Sentai Gingaman vs. Megaranger.
    Shelinda is portrayed by Kei Mizutani (水谷 ケイ).
  • Barreled Scholar Bucrates (樽学者ブクラテス, Tarugakusha Bukuratesu, 1-35)[Note 4]: A stout little being with a barrel-shaped body, Bucrates lacks battle skills, though he makes up for it with his extensive knowledge. He is called "Mentor" (先生, Sensei) by Zahab and is the one who gave Zahab an immortal body. Prior to Sambash named acting general, Bucrates supported his niece Illiess in taking on the position from the start. While Budoh was acting general, Bucrates felt humiliated by the general after his numerous attempts to upstage Budoh. He proceeds to conspire with Iliess to frame Budou so she can become acting general. Though it seemed they got away with it, it turned out Zahab knew of the plot yet allowed Bucrates to remain until Illiess's death. Attempting to resurrect Illiess in secret, Bucrates is mortally wounded by Zahab and wrapped in chains as he is sent to a watery grave. However, his newfound hatred for Zahab allowed Bucrates to survive the ocean pressure while changing into a new form called Barreled Scholar of Revenge Bucrates (復讐の樽学者ブクラテス, Fukushū no Tarugakusha Bukuratesu, 37-49). Escaping his binds, Bucrates vows revenge on the Balban, capturing the wounded GoTaurus in a small barrel to get Hyuuga's assistance. Bucrates later let GoTaurus out temporarily to have Hyuuga aid the Gingamen against Daitanix in episode 42, before drawing them both back when the battle was over. However, Bucrates is mortally wounded in episode 48, by Shelinda for his betrayal, before he can see his revenge fulfilled and subsequently commits suicide in episode 49 with a bomb to give Hyuuga a chance to escape with GoTaurus after giving the barrel back to Hyuuga.
    Bucrates is portrayed by Chafurin (茶風林).

The Balban Army GeneralsEdit

Four of the strongest Majins, they each lead one of Zahab's four armies. Due to quarrels in the past that caused them to be sealed away, Zahab has only one General-in-command form a plan at a time.

  • Gun Boss Sambash (銃頭サンバッシュ, Jūtō Sanbasshu, 1-12, 18-19 (flashback), Gingaman vs. Megaranger)[Note 5]: A hot-headed gunman who carries a pistol and rides a motorcycle with cannons. His Majin are based on insects. 3,000 years ago, Bull Black had come to Earth to hide the Galaxy Lights and Sambash cornered him in order to learn where they were hidden. Bull Black gave him the key of an empty chest and a fake location in Cape Kagerou, with Sambash keeping this information from Zahab. Being the first general chosen to revive it, Sambash attempts to find ways of providing energy for Daitanix to revive. After continuous failures to revive Daitanix and defeat the Gingamen, Sambash decided to go after the Galaxy Lights by first having Neikaa open up the cave at Cape Kagerou where the box containing the lights was hidden. Unable to open the entrance without an Earth user, Sambash has Gurinjii assume Hyuga's form to trick Ryouma into fetching it for him. As Gurinjii is destroyed by GingaiOh, heavily wounded from his fight with Ginga Red, Sambash opens the box to use the Lights of Ginga on himself to even the odds. However, finding it empty and with nothing to lose, a crazed Sambash climbs onto his bike to run over Ginga Red. In the process, after being hit by Ginga Red's attack, Sambash drives off a cliff as his motorcycle explodes, destroying both itself and him. He is later resurrected by Gregory, only to be killed once again by the Gingamen in the Galaxy Lights armor in Seijuu Sentai Gingaman vs. Megaranger.
    Sambash is voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama (檜山 修之 Hiyama Nobuyuki), who previously voiced Boss Kamikaze in Gosei Sentai Dairanger and Bomber the Great in Chouriki Sentai Ohranger.
  • Sword General Budoh (剣将ブドー, Kenshō Budō, 1-3, 12-24, Gingaman vs. Megaranger)[Note 6]: A calm swordsman who became the second Barban General-in-command chosen. Budoh has a mostly white and blue outfit with manta ray-like wings as a partial cape bearing his army's emblem. He possesses the Girasame sword, with which he can perform his "Girasame Cruel Sword" attack. Budoh has a strong sense of honor and loyalty that even Zahab recognized despite being unpredictable. His Majin are traditional Japanese Samurai culture and sea creature based. Budoh was always well-mannered and thanked his fallen Majin, who called him "My Grand General". He takes over the search for the Galaxy Light to revive Daitanix after Sambash dies, using a scroll of potential hosts that might contain the Light. With only one entry left, with his life endanged, Budoh sends his most powerful servant, Dotoumusha, to retrieve the Galaxy Light with success. However, Budoh is set up by Bucrates and Iliess to be made as a treasonous cur wanting the Light for himself. Placed in the brig, unable to perform Seppuku for an act he never even did, Budoh escapes to clear his name and kill the Gingamen to reclaim the Galaxy Light. But once learning the truth of Iliess framing him, seeing that nothing would ever clear his name, Budoh kills Medoumedou before arriving to his ninjas' aid to fight Juusoukou Ginga Red to the death. After being mortally wounded by Juusoukou Ginga Red's Juukasen, attempting to resist his injuries, Budoh meets his end and dies in a blaze of glory with Girasame landing near the riverbed. In Seijuu Sentai Gingaman vs. Megaranger, he is revived and killed once again by the Gingaman in the Galaxy Lights armor.
    Budoh is voiced by Kazuo Hayashi (林 一夫 Hayashi Kazuo), who previously voiced Bio Hunter Silva in Choudenshi Bioman.
  • Spectral Empress Illiess (妖帝イリエス, Yōtei Iriesu, 1-3, 13, 19 (flashback), 20, 22-34, Gingaman vs. Megaranger)[Note 7]: An Egyptian-themed, spiteful, and ambitious sorceress, motivated by her greed and demanding monetary compensation upon a successful plan. Her majin are based around entities from different cultural mythologies. Illiess is also immortal as she can resurrect herself no matter the number of times she is killed as long as her Soul Gem is unharmed. Having become impatient with waiting, Illiess conspired with her uncle Bucrates to depose Budoh so she can become the new active general. Having succeeded, Illiess intended to revive Daitanix through various forms of sorcery and mass sacrifices so she can obtain the riches Zahab offered for the monster's resurrection. However, after losing the Koseijuu, Illiess is given additional incentive to revive Daitanix when Zaihab decides to reduce her earnings for each day she fails her objective. After the death of her younger brother Desphias, Illiess is forced to take matters into her own hands. Erecting a tower in the city's plaza, Illiess conjures lizards to suck the blood of 9,999 people to revive Daitanix. When the Gingamen arrive, Illiess absorbs the souls of her fallen Majin to assume a powerful chimera-like fighting form called Evil Empress Illiess (邪帝イリエス, Jatei Iriesu, 34). As the other Gingamen and Hyuga fight copies of Morgumorgu, Hielahiela, Garagara, Wangawanga, and Burakiburaki, Ryouma battles Illiess and destroys the tower. Defeated by the Supershine Gingamen and Black Knight, Iliess refuses to stand down and uses her magic to enlarge herself. Illiess then overpowers Super Armor Shine GingaiOh and BullTaurus before the Kouseiju's interference leads to her death by the Seijuu. Though Bucrates attempts to revive her, Iliess's soul gem is shattered by Batobas and used to resurrect Daitanix.
    Illiess is voiced by Gara Takashima (高島 雅羅 Takashima Gara).
  • Destruction King Battobas (破王バットバス, Haō Battobasu, 1-3, 13, 19 (flashback), 24, 29-30, 33-49, Gingaman vs. Megaranger)[Note 8]: The strongest among the four generals and a weapons specialist as well. He is considered by Zahab to be "his right arm" which suggests a longer relationship between them than the rest of the generals. His Majin are based on weapons and machines. Revealing Daitanix's condition and using Iliess's soul to delay the rotting, Battobas is last general chosen to fight the Gingaman with the mission to gain enough energy to fully revive Daitanix, sometimes having Biznella plot the plan while he would provide the Majin and Yartots. Battobas succeeded, but upon Daitanix's destruction, he is later sent to find the Earth Beast to mature and/or empower it fully with a Extreme Growth Extract. He succeeds, but ends up being eaten alive by the monster in episode 49. He is revived and killed once again by the Gingaman in the Galaxy Lights armor in Seijuu Sentai Gingaman vs. Megaranger.
    Battobas is voiced by Takeshi Watabe (渡部 猛 Watabe Takeshi), who previously voiced Emperor Aton in Kagaku Sentai Dynaman and Bookback in Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger.
  • Dark Merchant Biznella (闇商人ビズネラ, Yamishōnin Bizunera, 29-30, 33-47)[Note 9]: An evil Black Marketeer. He captured three Starbeasts and turned them into cyborgs, before selling them to the Balban for a payment of five boys of gold coins. After his merchandise fails, Biznella is recruited into Balban, as a consultant of sorts under the service of Battobas, who he had been acquainted with previously. During one of their attempts to find the Demon Earth Beast, Biznella is thrown into the Extreme Growth Extract by accident and mutates into Majin Biznella (魔人ビズネラ, Majin Bizunera, 47) who overpowers the Gingamen until they defeated him with their upgraded Beast Attack Rods. He is then betrayed and enlarged by Battobas, and is killed by GigaRhinos, GigaPhoenix, and Super Armor Shine GingaiOh in episode 47.
    Biznella is voiced by Kaneto Shiozawa (塩沢 兼人 Shiozawa Kaneto).
  • The Pirate Soldier Yartots (賊兵ヤートット, Zokuhei Yātotto)[Note 10]: Balban's foot soldiers, orange with striped shorts and wielding sabers. When fighting, they would only say "Yartot!" but can speak when talking to their superiors.

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Director Writer Original air date
1"The Legendary Blades"
"Densetsu no Yaiba" (伝説の刃(やいば))
Ryuta TasakiYasuko KobayashiFebruary 22, 1998 (1998-02-22)
2"The Starbeasts' Return"
"Seijū no Sairai" (星獣の再来)
Ryuta TasakiYasuko KobayashiMarch 1, 1998 (1998-03-01)
3"The Earth's Wisdom"
"Daichi no Chie" (大地の知恵)
Masato TsujinoYasuko KobayashiMarch 8, 1998 (1998-03-08)
4"The Earth's Heart"
"Āsu no Kokoro" (アースの心)
Masato TsujinoYasuko KobayashiMarch 15, 1998 (1998-03-15)
5"The Sure-Kill Fang"
"Hissatsu no Kiba" (必殺の機刃(きば))
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiMarch 22, 1998 (1998-03-22)
6"The Starbeasts' Crisis"
"Seijū no Kiki" (星獣の危機)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiMarch 29, 1998 (1998-03-29)
7"Time of Revival"
"Fukkatsu no Toki" (復活の時)
Ryuta TasakiYasuko KobayashiApril 5, 1998 (1998-04-05)
8"Love's Culinary"
"Aijō no Ryōri" (愛情の料理)
Ryuta TasakiJunki TakegamiApril 12, 1998 (1998-04-12)
9"Secret Kitten"
"Himitsu no Koneko" (秘密の子猫)
Masato TsujinoJunki TakegamiApril 19, 1998 (1998-04-19)
10"The Wind's Flute"
"Kaze no Fue" (風の笛)
Masato TsujinoYasuko KobayashiApril 26, 1998 (1998-04-26)
11"A Warrior's Devotion"
"Senshi no Junjō" (戦士の純情)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiMay 3, 1998 (1998-05-03)
12"Nightmare Reunited"
"Akumu no Saikai" (悪夢の再会)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiMay 10, 1998 (1998-05-10)
13"Beast Attack Rehearsal"
"Gyakuten no Jūgekibō" (逆転の獣撃棒)
Ryuta TasakiYasuko KobayashiMay 17, 1998 (1998-05-17)
14"Two Sayas"
"Futari no Saya" (二人のサヤ)
Ryuta TasakiNaruhisa ArakawaMay 24, 1998 (1998-05-24)
15"Terrifying Hiccups"
"Kyōfu no Shakkuri" (恐怖のしゃっくり)
Masato TsujinoJunki TakegamiMay 31, 1998 (1998-05-31)
16"Homeland of the Heart"
"Kokoro no Kokyō" (心の故郷)
Masato TsujinoYasuko KobayashiJune 7, 1998 (1998-06-07)
17"True Courage"
"Hontō no Yūki" (本当の勇気)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiJune 14, 1998 (1998-06-14)
18"The Mysterious Black Knight"
"Nazo no Kuro Kishi" (謎の黒騎士)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiJune 28, 1998 (1998-06-28)
19"The Vengeful Knight"
"Fukushū no Kishi" (復讐の騎士)
Ryuta TasakiYasuko KobayashiJuly 5, 1998 (1998-07-05)
20"The One-Man Battle"
"Hitori no Tatakai" (ひとりの戦い)
Ryuta TasakiYasuko KobayashiJuly 12, 1998 (1998-07-12)
21"The Tomato's Trial"
"Tomato no Shiren" (トマトの試練)
Masato TsujinoNaruhisa ArakawaJuly 19, 1998 (1998-07-19)
22"Appearance of Light"
"Hikari no Shutsugen" (光の出現)
Masato TsujinoYasuko KobayashiAugust 2, 1998 (1998-08-02)
23"End of the Contest"
"Sōdatsu no Hate" (争奪の果て)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiAugust 9, 1998 (1998-08-09)
24"Budou's Tenacity"
"Budo no Shūnen" (ブドーの執念)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiAugust 16, 1998 (1998-08-16)
25"The Black Knight's Determination"
"Kuro Kishi no Ketsui" (黒騎士の決意)
Ryuta TasakiYasuko KobayashiAugust 23, 1998 (1998-08-23)
26"Brothers of Flame"
"Honō no Kyōdai" (炎の兄弟)
Ryuta TasakiYasuko KobayashiAugust 30, 1998 (1998-08-30)
27"The Mummy's Allure"
"Miira no Yūwaku" (ミイラの誘惑)
Masato TsujinoNaruhisa ArakawaSeptember 6, 1998 (1998-09-06)
28"Papa's Sudden Change"
"Papa no Hyōhen" (パパの豹変)
Masato TsujinoJunki TakegamiSeptember 13, 1998 (1998-09-13)
29"Dark Merchant"
"Yami no Shōnin" (闇の商人)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiSeptember 20, 1998 (1998-09-20)
30"Steel Starbeasts"
"Hagane no Seijū" (鋼の星獣)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiSeptember 27, 1998 (1998-09-27)
31"Cursed Stone"
"Noroi no Ishi" (呪いの石)
Hajime KonakaYasuko KobayashiOctober 4, 1998 (1998-10-04)
32"The Mobile Horse of Friendship"
"Yūjō no Kidō Uma" (友情の機動馬)
Hajime KonakaJunki TakegamiOctober 11, 1998 (1998-10-11)
33"Yearning for Saya"
"Akogare no Saya" (憧れのサヤ)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiOctober 18, 1998 (1998-10-18)
34"Invulnerable Iliess"
"Fujimi no Iriesu" (不死身のイリエス)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiOctober 25, 1998 (1998-10-25)
35"Gouki's Choice"
"Gōki no Sentaku" (ゴウキの選択)
Satoshi MorotaYasuko KobayashiNovember 1, 1998 (1998-11-01)
36"Invincible Haruhiko"
"Muteki no Haruhiko" (無敵の晴彦)
Satoshi MorotaYasuko KobayashiNovember 8, 1998 (1998-11-08)
37"Bucrates' Ambition"
"Bukuratesu no Yabō" (ブクラテスの野望)
Hajime KonakaYasuko KobayashiNovember 15, 1998 (1998-11-15)
38"Hyuuga's Determination"
"Hyūga no Ketsudan" (ヒュウガの決断)
Hajime KonakaYasuko KobayashiNovember 22, 1998 (1998-11-22)
39"The Heart's Massage"
"Kokoro no Massāji" (心のマッサージ)
Masato TsujinoTsuyoshi KidaNovember 29, 1998 (1998-11-29)
40"The Majin of Sadness"
"Kanashimi no Majin" (哀しみの魔人)
Masato TsujinoYasuko KobayashiDecember 6, 1998 (1998-12-06)
41"The Demon-Beast's Revival"
"Majū no Fukkatsu" (魔獣の復活)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiDecember 13, 1998 (1998-12-13)
42"The Horrible Demon-Beast"
"Senritsu no Majū" (戦慄の魔獣)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiDecember 20, 1998 (1998-12-20)
43"Legendary Footprints"
"Densetsu no Ashioto" (伝説の足跡)
Ryuta TasakiTetsuo OkitaDecember 27, 1998 (1998-12-27)
44"Earth's Demon-Beast"
"Chikyū no Majū" (地球の魔獣)
Ryuta TasakiYasuko KobayashiJanuary 3, 1999 (1999-01-03)
45"The Fairy's Tears"
"Yōsei no Namida" (妖精の涙)
Ryuta TasakiNaruhisa ArakawaJanuary 10, 1999 (1999-01-10)
46"Winds of Rage"
"Ikari no Kaze" (怒りの風)
Masato TsujinoYasuko Kobayashi,
Kei Murayama
January 17, 1999 (1999-01-17)
47"The Demon's Scheme"
"Akuma no Sakuryaku" (悪魔の策略)
Masato TsujinoTsuyoshi KidaJanuary 24, 1999 (1999-01-24)
48"Moak's End"
"Mōku no Saigo" (モークの最期)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiJanuary 31, 1999 (1999-01-31)
49"The Miraculous Mountain"
"Kiseki no Yama" (奇跡の山)
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiFebruary 7, 1999 (1999-02-07)
Final"Tomorrow's Legends"
"Ashita no Rejendo" (明日の伝説(レジェンド))
Takao NagaishiYasuko KobayashiFebruary 14, 1999 (1999-02-14)

CastEdit

SongsEdit

Opening themeEdit

Ending themeEdit

  • "Free Mind" (はだしの心で, Hadashi no Kokoro de)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Zahab's name is from the fictional character Captain Ahab (アハブ船長, Ahabu-senchō).
  2. ^ Gregory's name is from the actor Gregory Peck who portrayed Captain Ahab in the 1956 Moby Dick movie.
  3. ^ Shelinda's name is a combination of "shell" (シェル, sheru) and the Japanese word for "helm" (操舵輪, sōdarin), as well as a combination of "shell" and the English female name "Linda" (リンダ, Rinda).
  4. ^ Bucrates's name is a combination of "book" (ブック, bukku) and "Socrates" (ソクラテス, Sokuratesu).
  5. ^ Sambash's name is a combination of the Japanese word for "pier" (桟橋, sanbashi) and of bakyun-bakyun (バキュンバキュン), the Japanese onomatopoeia word for the random shooting of a gun.
  6. ^ Budoh's name is from the Japanese words for "wharf" (埠頭, futō) and Budō (武道).
  7. ^ Illiess's name is a combination of the Japanese word for "inlet" (入り江, irie) and "Osiris" (オシリス, Oshirisu).
  8. ^ Battobas's name is a combination of the Japanese words for "quay" (波止場, hatoba) and "to strike" (ぶっ飛ばす, buttobasu).
  9. ^ Biznella's name is a pun on the word "business" (ビズネス, bizunesu).
  10. ^ Yartots's name is from "Enya Totto" (エンヤートット, En'yātotto), a Japanese fishermen’s song chanted to coordinate the efforts of rowing the oars.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official Gingaman Website" (in Japanese). Toei. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-04.
  2. ^ "Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Announced for DVD by Shout! Factory". tokusatsunetwork.com. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Seijuu Sentai Gingaman: The Complete Series - DVD". shoutfactory.com. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.

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