That post on Boukenger was brilliant. I've been on the fence about starting Gokaiger. Seems cool but I heard its an anniversary season? It looks cool but I havent seen many other sentai and I'm worried I wont get it well. Could you do a post like your Boukenger one for Gokaiger? If you have time? ^^;
Thank you for your kind words and I would be happy to tell you about Gokaiger! Really happy as it is definitely one of my favorite series!
As you said, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger is an Anniversary series and celebrates the entire history of Super Sentai going back to 1975. While this may seem to be an obstacle for a new viewer it really isn’t. Yes, long-time fans might get more out of the show and the references and homages but they are not at all necessary to appreciate the plots or characters. This is because though the piratical heroes of the series have the ability to access the powers of all previous Sentai teams through their collection of Ranger keys, they know almost nothing about these teams.
The plot requires them to unlock the true power of these keys, which forces them to meet past members of each team and learn about their predecessors. It’s a neat way to introduce the entire history of Super Sentai to new viewers and give a great taste of various shows. That’s not to say the homages are more important than the main plot or the characters.
Speaking of characters, let’s introduce the crew as they appear at the beginning of the series.
The leader of these Star-faring Buccaneers is Captain Marvelous. He used to be part of a group called the Red Pirates before they were betrayed by one of their own and he was given command of the Gokai Galleon and the Ranger Keys.
He is cocky, self-assured and mostly unflappable. As Gokai Red, he is determined to find the Greatest Treasure in the Galaxy which is located somewhere on Earth.
The first recruit Captain Marvelous brought on-board his new command was Joe Gibken, a swordsman who used to work for the evil Zangyack Empire (more on them later). After his mentor was betrayed and apparently killed, he rebelled and was rescued by his new Captain.
Joe is stoic, usually unemotional and is the team’s dual-wielding sword-master. He is Gokai Blue.
Luka Milfy grew up on a planet ravaged by Zangyack, living in poverty and trying to keeps a small group of survivors, including her younger sister safe. She was brought onto the crew because of her skills as a thief.
Though she seems obsessed with money an treasure, as Gokai Yellow, she is a valued member of team and specializes in disguise, infiltration and breaking into locked places.
Don “Doc” Dogoier is one of the most unlikely pirates but also one of the most valuable members of the crew. He is the team’s tech specialist, weapons designer, cook and cleaner. Without him, the Gokai Galleon would fall apart, the crew would eat garbage and the place would be a disaster,
He was basically press-ganged onto the crew and given the role of Gokai Green.
The most out of place member though would be Ahim De Famille. She is a princess from a planet taken over and destroyed by the Zangyack and was rescued by the Gokaigers. She may not be the best fighter but her gentle nature and noble bearing makes her highly valuable for negotiations and situations that require a delicate touch or diplomacy.
She is Gokai Pink. She is best Pink. Ever.
The Gokaiger crew lives and travels on the Gokai Galleon, space faring pirate ship that also serves as the base of their main mecha, Gokai-Oh.
I love it!
As for their enemies, they are hunted by the evil Zangyack Empire, who controls almost all of the galaxy, except for Earth.
They once tried to conquer the Earth in what is known as the Legend War but all of the Super Sentai heroes of Earth gathered together and sacrificed their powers to repel them. These lost powers scattered across space and became the Ranger Keys, which are now in the hands of the Gokaigers.
The leader of the Earth invasion force is the son of the Zangyack Emperor, Commander Warz Gill. He is egotistical, over confident and easily flustered by his own failures, which he likes to blame on his underlings. He is a buffoon.
This is a great show and one I highly recommend. The only real faults could be said to be the focus on the fetch quest of gaining new powers, which occasionally interrupts major story arcs, but not often. There are far more things I could say about the show but I do not want to spoil too much and things like the other villains and the sixth member of team are best discovered for yourself.
I hope this helps you decide to watch the show. It’s a very special entry in the franchise and not just a personal but also a fan favorite.