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|This article is about a/an episode in Himitsu Sentai Gorenger.|
The first episode begins at the Kanto EAGLE base, where Tsuyoshi Kaijo and his team are practicing soccer. Suddenly, the symbol of the Black Cross Army is thrown into the ball from out of nowhere. As the soccer team examines the symbol, the Black Cross Army, led by Gold Mask, attack and kill everyone but Tsuyoshi, who witnesses the EAGLE base's destruction. Entering one of the buildings, he finds his injured older brother, who with his dying breath tells him about the Black Cross Army's sneak attack.
Meanwhile, at the Tohoku, Kyushu, Hokaido, and Osaka EAGLE bases, the Black Cross Army attack, but one member from each base survives. As the Black Cross Army celebrates the end of EAGLE, Tsuyoshi recruits the survivors--Akira Shinmei, Daita Ooiwa, Peggy Matsuyama, and Kenji Asuka--bringing to the top secret Gorenger HQ on the 2nd floor of the SnackGon restaurant. The team then heads out to rescue a bus of children who were locked in a warehouse with a bomb. Akira and Daita pilot the Variblune and rescue the children before the bomb explodes.
The team chases down Gold Mask and transform into the Gorengers; Tsuyoshi transforms into Akarenger, Akira into Aorenger, Daita into Kirenger, Peggy into Momorenger, and Kenji into Midorenger. After the Gorengers defeat the Zolders, Gold Mask tries to escape, but the team destroys him with the Gorenger Storm. Shortly after, the Black Cross Army's leader, the Black Cross Führer, learns about the Gorengers.
- Naoya Makoto as Tsuyoshi Kaijo (Akarenger)
- Baku Hatakeyama as Daita Ooiwa (Kirenger)
- Lisa Komaki as Peggy Matsuyama (Momorenger)
- Yukio Ito as Kenji Asuka (Midorenger)
- Hiroshi Miyauchi as Akira Shinmei (Aorenger)
- Toshio Takahara as Edogawa Gonpachi (voice)
- Eri Kanuma as Yoko Kato (Agent 007)
- Megumi Shiragawa as Tomoko Hayashi (Agent 008)
- Miki Honda as Haruko Nakamura (Agent 009)
- Hiroyuki Konuma as Taro Katou
- Mitsuo Ando as Black Cross Führer
- The very first Sentai episode premiered on the same date as partner franchise Kamen Rider premiered it's newest series, Kamen Rider Stronger on rival network TBS with the episode I am the Electric Human Stronger!!.
- Coincidentally, Gorenger had taken over the NET timeslot that, the previous week, had aired the final episode of Kamen Rider Amazon, You Did It, Amazon!! The End of Great Emperor Zero!!.
Himitsu Sentai Gorenger Volume 1 features episodes 1-6: Ep. 1: The Crimson Sun! The Invincible Gorengers, Ep. 2: The Blue Earth! The Deadly Desertfication Plan, Ep. 3: Big Counterattack! A Yellow Whirlwind, Ep. 4: A Crimson Kick! Smash the Great Microbe Plan, Ep. 5: Green Anger, Immortal Gas-Person, and Ep. 6: Red Riddle! Chase the Spy Route to the Sea. 
- Day of the Dumpster (the episode that started Power Rangers like this episode started Super Sentai)