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Wings are Eternal (翼は永遠に Tsubasa wa Eien ni?) is the twenty-eighth episode of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. It is a tribute episode to Choujin Sentai Jetman.

Synopsis

An Action Commander by the name of Kiaido shows up to try and collect the bounty on the Gokaigers as they begin their search for the Jetman. Marvelous gets beaten by Kiaido and in his retreat runs across a strange man called Gai, otherwise known as a former member of the Jetman.

Plot

After taking out a bunch of Zugormin with Hurricane GokaiOh and GoZyuJin, the Gokai Galleon crew were about to have a meal when they are confronted by the legendary bounty hunter Kiaido whom Captain Marvelous had a near-death encounter in the past. Though he changed since then, Gokai Red is unable to overcome Kiaido even when he and his crew assume the forms of the Biomen and the Maskmen.

Disgusted with fighting weaker opponents, Kiaido allows the Gokai Galleon crew to leave, to Captain Marvelous' dismay. While pondering, Navi reveals in a treasure navigation that Kiaido can be defeated with a phoenix, with Gai realizing it must refer to the Jetmen. However, while telling Luka and Doc of their captain's strange behavior as of late, Joe's search takes a strange turn when a man on a motorcycle steals his Mobirate while hitting on Luka. The same man appears before Captain Marvelous, questioning his abilities as a leader before taking his Mobirate as well. Telling the pirates not to look for the Jetmen, the man introduces himself as Gai Yuki.

After Gai informs them that he is the missing Black Condor, Marvelous later runs into Yuki as he tells the pirate that his lack of courage and stubborn pride are what will keep himself from getting the Jetmen's Greater Power. Following the man, Marvelous finds the tombstone of Gai Yuki as the crew are stunned and Gai realizes that Yuki does not want the other Jetmen involved with Kiaido. Confronting Kiaido, Gai overpowers the Gormin before finishing them off as Black Condor. Seeing that Black Condor is intent to fight despite being dead, Captain Marvelous regains his courage as he and his crew take over.

Regaining his Mobirate, Gokai Red fights Kiaido before he and his crewmates assume the forms of the Jetmen to finish off the bounty hunter with a Jet Phoenix-style attack. Later, with Gai still unable to see him, Yuki gives the Gokaigers his blessings before departing back to Heaven's Golden Gate bar to resume playing cards with God, and after winning again, he accepts God's request to play a song on his saxophone.

Cast

Gokai Changes

  • Gokai Changes in Wings are Eternal:
  • With this episode, Luka has transformed into all 14 of her female Yellow Ranger counterparts at least once.
    • Also, Don and Luka also used the Green 2 and Yellow 4 keys respectively for the second time.
  • All of the Gokai Changes in this episode are tied to teams who fought "wild card" villains who were massive threats to the team but show no loyalty to the main enemy.
  • Also, all of the Gokai Changes in this episode are of teams that don't have Power Rangers counterparts.
    • Ironically, all three of the teams the Gokaigers changed into are some of the most popular Sentai seasons in the Philippines as Tagalog dubbed (except Bioman as English dubbed).
    • In addition, the members of the Jetman team also retained their original Japanese names unlike the Biomen and the Maskmen who are given English names.
    • Both the Jetman and Maskman opening and closing themes are performed by Hironobu Kageyama.
  • All three Gokai Changes are likewise notable as the three seasons with prototypes to the Sixth Ranger concept who had one to two episode appearances in their respective season.
  • This episode marks the only time the Gokaigers use the Yellow4, Pink5, Black Mask, and Pink Mask Ranger Keys.
    • This is also the only time the Red1 Ranger Key is used in a regular episode of the series.

Elements/Homages to Jetman

Legend Shift Black Condor

Black Condor's Legend Shift

  • The title of this episode infers Jetman due to the bird motif of "wings". Likewise, it seems to hint at the title of the final episode of Jetman: Final Ep.: Flap Your Wings! Aviators!
  • Apart from the Macallan whiskey (Gai's "signature") the tributes left at Gai's gravestone each have a representation of something connected to each of the other Jetman heroes: ramen (Ako-chan), two flowers bouquet (a red one from Ryu Tendoh and a white one from Kaori Rokumeikan) and a basket of vegetables (Raita Ooishi).
  • An interesting point to note is that Kiaido has a weak spot on his body (which is left by a sword) and is left with a scar which ultimately leads him to his death. In Jetman before she herself is killed, Rie/Maria stabbed the villain Radiguet in the back with Red Hawk's sword which leaves a scar/weak point, ultimately leading to his demise.
  • Like the villains of Jetman, Kiaido is only loosely connected to the Zangyack and shows no real loyalty to them (to the point of appearing to be defeated initially in order to have the bounty on the Gokaigers rise).
  • In the episode, the Golden Gate bar in Heaven is the same name of the bar that Gai visited when he was alive in Choujin Sentai Jetman.
  • The bench at the end of the episode is the same one where Gai Yuki died; the sky view is the last thing he saw.

Notes

Gais grave

The resting place of Gai Yuki.

  • As part of Super Hero Time, this episode aired alongside Kamen Rider Fourze episode 1, Youthful Transformation.
  • This is the first episode since Ep. 13: Tell Me the Way to use one of the three standard Gokaiger ending sequences. As after that episode, the endings featured clips from Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle and starting with Ep. 20: The Lost Forest, the endings featured clips from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger The Movie: The Flying Ghost Ship.
  • The dead Warriors do not require the use of the Keys to transform, as shown by Don having the Black Condor Key in his hand while Gai was fighting transformed (The Cross Changer materialized on Gai's wrist before transforming).
  • This is the first time since Episode 17 where an Action Commander is destroyed and subsequently does not grow.
  • This is the first tribute episode to center around a Sentai team that has no Power Rangers counterpart.
    • Ironically, Jetman was the last Sentai to not get adapted into Power Rangers.
  • Unlike other past Ranger's Legend Shifts, Gai's human form shadows over his Ranger form instead of the other way around.
  • Gai Ikari's inability to see Gai Yuki and his surprise to learn who the Gokaigers were talking to is a nod towards Gai Yuki's ambiguous fate at the end of Jetman, as it wasn't known until later if Gai had indeed passed on at the end of the series.
  • The canon romanization of 'Gai Yuki' is given in this episode as seen on his grave, overruling the previous 'Gai Yuuki' which is seen in the Jetman ending sequence.

DVD/Blu-ray releases

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Volume 7 features episodes 25-28: Ep. 25: Pirates and Ninjas, Ep. 26: Shushuuto The Special, Ep. 27: A More Than Usual Gokai Change and Ep. 28: Wings are Eternal. It was released on January 21, 2012. [1]

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