Top 10 sentai suits design.
This one is one I’ve been thinking about for a while since I got it in my inbox. There are a lot of possible answers to this but I wanted to hold off until I caught up on some others and give it a bit of thought. Now that I’ve had the time, here we go!
10. Ryu Commander from Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger
This is going to be the most recent entry on the list and places this low because of that. That said, I love this look. I have always been a sucker for the long coat look on tokusatsu heroes going back to at least Shinken Red’s Super Mode and Kamen Rider Wizard, both designs I adore.
When you add violet, which is my favorite recent edition color, to the mix, you have a suit that REALLY hits my sweet spots for awesomeness. Plus, you make it dragon-themed and that just pushes it over the line to being one of the ten best ever.
9. Dragon Ranger from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger
Sticking with Dragons and extra Rangers for a moment I can’t let Burai’s hero outfit go by without adding it to the list. He started the trend of taking the look of the original heroic suits and adding to them (in his case the chest protector and added gold bands) to the design to make the sixth hero’s outfit something really special. His is also just a great take on the general Zyuranger costume theme and his shade of green is particularly appealing to the eyes, vibrant and rich but not pastel or too dark.
8. Starninger from Shuriken Sentai Ninninger
I am not the biggest fan of the series Shuriken Sentai Ninninger but I am a fan of Starninger, especially his ridiculous outfit. This may be because I live in Texas and am an American and Starninger’s cowboy rock star outfit is exactly what I expect the rest of the world to think of when they come up with a Texan hero. Built in cowboy hat? Check! Lone Star faceplate? Check! Faux fringe on the faux poncho? Check and check! I also love the balance between gold, blue black and red with the gold being primary and everything else used as accent. It’s a great look and I can’t help but love it!
7. Heart Queen from J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai
One design element of Sentai costumes I don’t think gets used enough are capes. I love them but more about that later. Of call the old-school pink heroines, I think Heart Queen has the best costume. I love the sash across the shoulder to the hip that meets up with her belt, I love the yellow cape that gives a nice color contrast with the rest of her costume, I love the heart-emblem faceplate on the helmet and I really love the four colored triangles on the shoulder. Each one represents a member of the team and functions as an anchor point for the cape. Love that design element and I love designs that run diagonally across like that sash/utility harness.
6. Kyoryu Violet 2 from Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger
Two of my personal favorite design elements come into play here, the across the chest diagonal design and the color violet. I really like the Kyoryuger costume designs and somehow, I like the new ones from the South Korean/Japanese co-production Power Rangers Dino Force Brave/Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger Brave even more with their addition of white accents for the helmets and areas on the uniforms. However, none of those are violet so I ruled them out. This is a nice design and I really like the helmet with the dinosaur teeth and raised areas for eyes plus the little fins on the lower side to suggest the flippers of a plesiosaur. That little armored shoulder bit suggesting a dinosaur eye just completes the look
5. Vul Eagle from Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan
If you can’t have a cape, I saw go with a scarf. Yes, it’s more well known as a Kamen Rider costume flourish but I think it works for Sentai as well. Vul Eagle makes this list because I love how simple and iconic his costume is. The white and red color balance is great. His yellow sun disc stands out on his chest and looks great. But what really does it for me is his helmet. The design might be kind of simple but I love the look of it with the huge golden eagle in the front and the yellow accents around the visor suggesting wings. It’s a really great look.
4. Dekared from Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
This is another costume I like for the helmet design. That’s not the only reason but it’s one of the first. I like the police lights on the side of the helmet, I like the way the visor narrows in the middle and sweeps up dramatically to the back. The visor shape reminds me of the headlights on a Nissan 350Z (which came out about the same time). The other thing I really like about this costume is the way the number designation is done with it being integrated into the left side of the costume and leaving one arm red and the other arm black, I have a thing for asymmetric costume designs and this one is just fantastic.
3. Gokai Green from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
I really, really like the outfits from Gokaiger. They pirate theme mixed with a Sentai costume really works with the flared boots, hat-like helmets, high collars and colored coat over a black undersuit just creates a unique look that I really, really think is one of the best designs in the last 10 years. So, why Gokai Green? I like Green. It’s a good color when done right and Doc’s heroic costume is just the right shade of green to strike my fancy.
2. Akaranger from Himitsu Sentai Goranger
This may seem a pretty easy choice and it was for two reasons. 1) It’s the original Red Hero outfit and set the standard for what Sentai heroes look like. 2) It has my favorite design element of all time for a Sentai costume, that short cape. I love the way capes of that length move in battle and how easy they are to flourish dramatically without having them get in the way or drag like a long cape would. I also just love his thigh holster and high collar. It’s a classy look that’s really passed the test of time.
1. MagiRed from Mahou Sentai Magiranger
Once more with the capes! I love capes on Sentai outfits as I just said and I think the capes on the Magiranger outfits are just perfect. I’m going to go with their original, non-powered up forms because I just think the outfits are better before the added on bits and changes. The lines are clean and sleek, the material is nicer than the simple cloth used on Akaranger above and the helmet design works much better for me. In short, good costume design is Magic!