|This article is about a/an ranger in Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters.|
|Sentai Show:||Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters|
|First Appearance:||Mission 14: Ça va? Rescue Operation|
|Last Full Appearance:||Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters Returns vs. Dōbutsu Sentai Go-Busters|
|Number of Episode Appearances:||37|
2 DVD specials
Full list of appearances
- For his V-Cinema alternate see Masato Jin (V-Cinema)
Masato Jin was a well-known engineer known for having a quirky, light attitude and a penchant for preferring quirks in machines rather than aiming for perfection. He was highly admired by Ryuji Iwasaki. Once, he had judged a contest wherein Ryuji was a participant. However, when his work was found to be too perfect, Masato judged him only onto second place. As an engineer, he also worked with the Energy Management Center and was one of the people who went into Hyper Space 13 years prior.
Though working in another block during the incident 13 years ago, Masato ended up in subspace regardless when his fellow researchers sacrificed themselves to trap Messiah. Trapped in subspace, created Beet J. Stag to aid him by placing his body in stasis and creating an avatar of himself to move about. When he learned of the others' fate as Messiah's engineers upon being contacted by Sakurada, given the plans to the BC-04 he developed, Jin decided to escape the subspace and back into the real world.
The Energy Management Center's Hyperspace Analysis Division received some transmissions from Masato, which led to Takeshi Kuroki agreeing to meet him once again in the real world. Their meeting surprised him, as no one had ever made it out of Hyper Space. Even more surprising is despite being forty, he appears as if he hasn't aged since thirteen years ago.
Masato also showed himself and his Buddy Roid to the Go-Busters, introducing himself as Beet Buster. However, he let the Metaloid they were battling go, which called his actions into question. Later however, he and Beet J. Stag return, this time with J. Stag transforming into Stag Buster and both taking the Metaloid down. However, it turns out that they wanted the Enetron for themselves.
As the Go-Busters later confront him for information, in the ensuing battle, he throws himself in harm's way to divert a missile to Enter. In the ensuing explosion, it appears as if both were incinerated into nothingness. However, Beet J. Stag acts as a marker to "revive" Masato, revealing that he is in fact an avatar; that is, he is a remote extension of the real Masato. This is the reason why he appears younger, and this form of his couldn't truly be destroyed. He reveals that while he was in the complex 13 years ago when it was brought into Hyper Space, he was in a different block, and had had no interaction with other humans within Hyper Space for years.
For a while, he and J were restless, awaiting their official inclusion into the Go-Busters team with a steady supply of Enetron, even going after the tanks themselves. However, soon Masato is back in the chain of command and receiving supplies of Enetron. The first supply was, however, intercepted by Enter, which was made worse when it was used to construct a new MegaZord Type, made from the stolen BC-04 blueprints. Masato soon schooled Enter when he made quick work of the new MegaZord with his original BC-04, despite it having given the other Go-Busters a hard time.
Over the course of the series, Masato and J would assist and train the Go-Busters in order to prepare them for the day they would have to face Messiah.
Eventually, it is revealed that Masato had known all along that Messiah had actually absorbed the people who were transported 13 years ago as data. He'd attempted to keep it secret in order to free the Go-Busters from the emotional torment of having to wipe out their own families. The families themselves reaching out to the Go-Busters freed Masato of this responsibility..
It is also revealed that not only does killing Masato's avatar bring him closer to death, but that his true form is about 2/3 absorbed into Messiah just as most of the people from 13 years ago were. The incomplete data transfer allows Masato's mind to function fully and sustain his avatar and creations. It turns out that his data wasn't destroyed in the Messiah raid, but backed up in Messiah Card 07. When Enter learned of this, he decided to hold on to it..
When it was revealed that Hiromu had one of Enter's Messiah cards inside of him, which allowed Enter to not only resurrect himself an unlimited number of times but also allowed Enter to gain Hiromu's abilities, Masato became desperate in his attempts to find a way to destroy it without harming Hiromu. During the Go-Busters' second trip to Hyper Space, Masato found that he could remove the card by using his stasis chamber to transfer the card into his sleeping body. However, the sudden influx of data into Masato's already unstable body would cause it to completely disintegrate. Despite objections, he went ahead with this plan, and as a result Masato was killed having never woken up. His avatar, however, remained functioning long enough to allow Masato to participate in the final battle against Enter. After Enter was finally destroyed for good, Masato's avatar went off-line. Before he was lost, he gave some parting words to the Go-Busters and J, encouraging them to escape.
Video Game appearances
Go-Busters video game
Jin as Beet Buster appears with his team in the Nintendo DS Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters video game.
Masato's avatar is his current Earth "body", operating remotely from himself in Hyper Space. It's appearance is that of his 27 year-old self. This avatar is linked to Beet J Stag and is easily replaceable, should something happen. The avatar form can transform into Beet Buster. It's revealed that whenever Masato's avatar is destroyed, Masato's real body takes damage and it is implied that if his avatar is destroyed enough times, it can potentially kill him.
Whenever Masato Jin and Beet J Stag transform together, Beet J Stag's Buddyroid armor parts form Beet Buster's suit. However, it's been seen that he can also transform alone and that his suit still retains facsimiles of J's armor parts, though they are still copied off of J, rather than appearing out of nowhere. When J was magnetized to Ryuji by Magnetroid, it was said that Masato was unable to transform without him.
Masato has an odd and somewhat playful, less serious personality, as he refers to Kuroki as "Kuro-rin". Even before joining the Go-Busters Masato was noted for his utter disregard for rules and authority, stealing a large amount of Enetron in order to keep himself in the real world. Despite being the chronologically oldest of the Go-Busters at 40, Masato insists that he is 27 (which is biologically true since his real body is in stasis).
He's also a little narcissistic, as he takes great offense when J. Stag stands completely in front of him, and holds himself in high regard.
Energy Management Center profile
- This profile is given in the Go-Busters credit shots in the opening sequence.
Masato Jin *ID: 198-662-125 *Code Name: Beet Buster *Blood type: B *Age: 27
Behind the scenes
Masato is portrayed by Hiroya Matsumoto (松本 寛也 Matsumoto Hiroya?). Hiroya had previously played Tsubasa Ozu (MagiYellow) of Mahou Sentai Magiranger, making him the seventh actor in Sentai to have two major hero roles in Sentai.
- Beet Buster shares the motif of the Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle with KabutoRaiger of the two-man Gouraiger team in Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger, just as Stag Buster shares KuwagaRaiger's Japanese Stag Beetle motif.
- Masato's transformation device, the Morphin Blaster, is similar to Kamen Rider Faiz's transformation device, the Faiz Phone, as both take the form of cellphones before transforming and can be utilized as a blaster/gun.
- Kamen Rider Diend also uses his transformation device, the Diendriver, as a gun. However, the Diendriver is always in the form of a gun, so he infact fires it in order to transform.
- He is currently the only Gold Sentai Ranger to be a member of a 5 person team.
- Early promotional images made Beet Buster appear orange, which would have been the first since Battle Fever J, but later images confirmed him as a Gold.
- Masato shares his surname with the eldest member of Choushinsei Flashman; likewise both are scientific experts and have spent a major period of time outside Earth itself (this Jin spent a period within Hyper Space, while the other Jin was raised on the Red Planet of the Flash system). Likewise removal from this alternate world has fatal consequence: Flashman's Jin nearly dies of the Anti-Flash Phenomenon, while Makoto Jin ultimately sacrifices his life to stop Enter through the destruction of Hyper Space.
- Masato's death in the final episode marks the first time a member of the team has died since Mikoto Nakadai in Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger as well as being the first member of the core team to die since Gai Yuki in Chojin Sentai Jetman.
- He is also the first unreplaced non-evil/rival dead Sentai warrior. Also, he is the first Sentai warrior to not die in combat or in the series' epilogue. He technically died when his body is destroyed in order to extract the Messiah card from Hiromu.
The Beet Buster Ranger Key (ビートバスターレンジャーキー Bīto Basutā Renjā Kī?) is a Go-Buster Ranger Key which was announced after those of the first three Go-Busters and along those of Stag Buster and Beet J Stag. It only exists as a toy and it is unknown if it will appear in the series. Of course as with all Ranger Keys, should it exist, it would be able to transform one, i.e. Gokai Green, into Beet Buster.