What is the Importance of a Hero’s Color Theme in Super Sentai?
Himitsu Sentai Gorenger first debuted in 1975 as the first Super Sentai work. 41 series later, Uchu Sentai Kyuranger is currently on air. The Super Sentai series has continued to be loved by children for the past 42 years. Super Sentai uses the concept of “a group of heroes” with five different colored heroes, using their strengths and skills to harmonize and defeat enemies. Using their powers together brings a sense of friendship and unity to help children. They achieve great goals through cooperation.
Writer Hideo Akita decided to do research and learn more about Super Sentai.
Why is Red the leader? Why not Blue?
The word “leader” in Super Sentai does not mean a single hero fighting against enemies, but heroes fighting together. Classifying heroes by color with “red” and “blue” is only specific to the Super Sentai series. In Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, there are many fighters like Brave, Snipe, and Genm. They are colorful heroes that cannot be classified as “What color does that Kamen Rider represent?”.
To answer the previous question, you can answer “Red is not always necessarily the hero”. In Juukou B-Fighter (a Metal Heroes series), Blue Beet was the hero. In Toho’s Seishin series Chousei Kantai Sazer-X, Lio-Sazer acted as the central hero. Triple Fighter had Green Fighter lead his siblings Red Fighter and Orange Fighter. The impression that “red” must be the central hero was created with TOEI’s Super Sentai series.
When did red become an important color?
Red was often used on the costumes of heroes. Astro Boy had red boots. Ultraman had a red pattern down his body. Kikaider also used the color red. In Goranger, the biggest seling point was to clearly define each character’s color. Red was always in the center of the five characters. Red always stood out in children’s eyes.
Has there ever been a leader other than Red in Super Sentai?
Since Super Sentai series change ever year, those who don’t watch the show will just know the show has a basic format. A squad of heroes appear. To be more specific, a color-coded set of transforming heroes appears to fight evil. The view of the world and the basic setting always changes with each season. Since the view of the world changes, the main hero’s characterization isn’t so simple, either. Though the central figure in Super Sentai is Red, that character does not necessarily take leadership.
DynaRed of Kagaku Sentai Dynaman and Red1 of Choudenshi Bioman were natural leaders. Red Falcon of Choujuu Sentai Liveman has more trouble jumping into the leader role. Gosei Sentai Dairanger played on the drama of all the members being equal.
It’s Super Sentai’s special ability to change the colors and roles of each hero. The Red sentai member is always the center of the story, and (with few exceptions) keeps center position. It’s important to have a sense of unity.
Does a character’s personality depend on their color?
Every season of Super Sentai differs. One season may focus on five heroes, but even the current series has nine members. There’s no change that they fight against enemies. But the Super Sentai series has offered various character settings for each work. The personalities and background stories of each group member does change. Thats one of the many reasons Super Sentai has existed for over 40 years.
In 1993, Saban in the USA partnered with Toei to produce the Power Rangers series. It is the American version of the Super Sentai series. The first series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is based off of Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger. The characters used similar transformations and had battle scenes featuring a giant robot. It combined actors on the US side and made up a unique story. Additional series were created, and Power Rangers has spanned over 19 works in the past 23 years.
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