Akira Shinomiya, who has previously had cameo roles in the Kamen Rider series, gave his opinion tokusatsu theme songs. This post was written from his perspective.
A tokusatsu theme song can leave a lasting impression in our hearts for a long time.
After Kamen Rider Ryuki, the songs in the series were handled by Avex. Songs were released that blended J-Pop and tokusatsu every year. With some major artists performing the songs, tokusatsu has evolved, and the number of tokusatsu fans has increased.
During the Kamen Rider Saber press conference, it was announced that the theme song would be performed by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. Meanwhile, the ending song “Kamen Rider Saber” was sung by Kinichi Motegi, the band’s drummer.
When I first heard about the song, I thought “I hope the hero’s name is included in the song lyrics” and hoped the song performed in minor chord wouldn’t leave a dark impression on my heart.
To put it simply, minor chords have a darker atmosphere, while major chords have a brighter atmosphere. But when I was younger, the tokusatsu shows I watched had songs in minor chords.
I wanted to research and verify if this was true (with research only on Super Sentai songs):
- “Susume! Gorenger” (Himitsu Sentai Gorenger) – Minor to Major
- “J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai” (J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai) – Minor
- “Battle Fever J” (Battle Fever J) – Minor
- “Aah, Denshi Sentai Denziman” (Denshi Sentai Denziman) – Minor
- “Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan” (Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan) – Minor to Major
- “Dai Sentai Goggle V” (Dai Sentai Goggle V) – Minor to Major
- “Kagaku Sentai Dynaman” (Kagaku Sentai Dynaman) – Minor
- “Choudenshi Bioman” (Choudenshi Bioman) – Minor to Major
- “Dengeki Sentai Changeman” (Dengeki Sentai Changeman) – Minor
- “Choushinsei Flashman” (Choushinsei Flashman) – Minor
- “Hikari Sentai Maskman” (Hikari Sentai Maskman) – Minor
- “Choujuu Sentai Liveman” (Choujuu Sentai Liveman) – Minor
- “Kousoku Sentai Turboranger” (Kousoku Sentai Turboranger) – Minor
- “Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman” (Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman) – Minor to Major
- “Choujin Sentai Jetman” (Choujin Sentai Jetman) – Major
- “Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger” (Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger) – Major
- “Gosei Sentai Dairanger” (Gosei Sentai Dairanger) – Minor
- “Secret Kakuranger” (Ninja Sentai Kakuranger) – Minor
- “Ole! Ohranger ” (Chouriki Sentai Ohranger) – Minor
- “Gekisou Sentai Carranger” (Gekisou Sentai Carranger) – Major
- “Denji Sentai Megaranger” (Denji Sentai Megaranger) – Minor to Major
- “Seijuu Sentai Gingaman” (Seijuu Sentai Gingaman) – Minor to Major
- “Kyukyu Sentai GoGoFive” (Kyukyu Sentai GoGoFive) – Minor
- “JIKU ~Mirai Sentai Timeranger~” (Mirai Sentai Timeranger) – Minor
- “Gaoranger Hoero!!” (Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger) – Minor
- “Hurricaneger Sanjou!” (Ninpu Sentai Hurricaneger) – Minor to Major
- “Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger” (Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger) – Major
- “Tokusou Sentai Dekarangerr” (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger) – Minor to Major
- “Mahou Sentai Magiranger” (Mahou Sentai Magiranger) – Major
- “GoGo Sentai Boukenger” (GoGo Sentai Boukenger) – Major
- “Juken Sentai Gekiranger” (Juken Sentai Gekiranger) – Minor
- “Engine Sentai Go-Onger” (Engine Sentai Go-Onger) – Minor
- “Samurai Sentai Shinkenger” (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger) – Minor to Major, and then Minor
- “Tensou Sentai Goseiger” (Tensou Sentai Goseiger) – Minor to Major
- “Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger” (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger) – Major
- “Busters Ready Go!” (Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters) – Minor
- “VAMOLA! Kyoryuger” (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger) – Major
- “Ressha Sentai ToQger” (Ressha Sentai ToQger) – Major
- “Saa Ike! Ninninger!” (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger) – Minor
- “Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger” (Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger) – Major
- “LUCKY STAR” (Uchu Sentai Kyuranger) – Major to Minor
- “Lupin Ranger VS Patranger” (Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger VS Lupinranger VS Patranger) – Minor
- “Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger” (Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger) – Major
- “Mashin Sentai Kiramager” (Mashin Sentai Kiramager) – Major
Most of the songs were in minor, compared to a smaller number in major chords:
- Minor – 20
- Minor to Major- 11
- Major – 12
What I noticed when making this list, was that in Super Sentai, there were no major chord songs up to Jetman. In the past 10 years, there are more major chord songs.
The last thing I want to say is that I like every song, regardless of it’s performed in major or minor chord.
This time I focused on Super Sentai songs, but I’d like to try listing Kamen Rider and Metal Hero songs as well.