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Ep. 40: The Future is the Past

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The Future is the Past (未来は過去に Mirai wa Kako ni?) is the fortieth episode of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. It is the official tribute episode to Mirai Sentai Timeranger, as well as the explanation for the Gokaigers' appearance in Tensou Sentai Goseiger vs. Shinkenger: Epic on Ginmaku.


The former TimeYellow, Domon, tells the Gokaigers that they must go back in time to save a temple that was mysteriously destroyed. During their search for the culprit, they find the Shinkengers and Goseigers in their own battle.


During lunch time, the Gokai Galleon is suddenly shaken by the appearance of the GoZyuDrill, stationed outside. When Gai looks into it, he finds a Tomorrow Research badge, containing a hologram of Domon, the former TimeYellow.

Showing it to his teammates, they find it is a holographic message left to them by Domon, charging the Gokaigers with going back in time to October 2, 2010 and protecting the Megakure Shrine, which had mysteriously exploded that day, in exchange for one of the Greater Powers. The Gokaigers are puzzled, since they already have the Timerangers' Greater Power thanks to Gai, but accept the task nonetheless.

Taking GoZyuDrill through a time hole into the past, they find a boy being accosted by many Strengthened Nanashi troopers at the Megakure Shrine. They manage to injure a few before the Nanashi mysteriously flee. Ahim tells Gai to tend to the boy while the rest of the team goes off to find whoever could be the responsible for the explosion.

In a quarry nearby, they spot the Goseiger and Shinkenger teams as they begin their battle against the forces of Buredoran of the Chimatsuri. Later, they find Shitari of the Bones rallying more of the Nanashi. Concluding him to be the villain, the Gokaigers decide to fight him, with Marvelous reasoning that he would be destroyed by one of the two other teams anyway. They jump down and take out the Nanashi, proceeding to destroy Shitari by using the powers of different Red warriors.

Meanwhile, Gai talks to the boy, who had run away from home (though he insists he was "moving out"), because his mother, a freelance writer, is always moving, so he has no time to stay and make friends. Gai tells him that, like the boy, he too moved from city to city frequently because of his parents when he was a child, but nevertheless, he had a lot of friends because he always tried hard to make new friends at every place he arrived.

Just then, Metal Alice of the Agent comes by, analyzing the Megakure Shrine and marking it for destruction, a task she assigns Zan-KT-0 of the Shot with. Zan-KT-0 is confronted by Gai, who lures him away from the temple to an uninhabited area, but cannot seem to break through his enemy's defense. When the Gokaigers arrive, they all decide to use the Timerangers' powers to fight and defeat Zan-KT-0, much to the amazement of Metal Alice, who has no data on the Gokaigers. Before leaving, however, she enlarges Zan-KT-0 with her Bibi Bugs, and Gokai Silver offers to fight him alone in the GoZyuDrill. Zan-KT-0 is defeated when Gai uses the BullBlack key to utilize the Greater Power of the Gingaman to allow GoZyuJin to use a new attack, the GoZyu Eidan followed by the GoZyu Triple Drill Dream.

Later on at the Megakure Shrine, the boy's mother arrives, apologizing for her son's behavior, and as she is revealed to be Honami Moriyama (the girlfriend Domon had left in the late 20th century), Don reminds Gai to take a picture of them at the shrine to prove their success, asking Honami and her son, Mirai, to join them. In the present, the gang is relieved to see that the temple made it through to November 2011. Navi asks the team which Grand Power they claimed, however the Gokaigers are horrified when they realize that they never actually got what they were promised. Marvelous is furious with Domon for apparently lying to them to get them to save the temple, while Gai promises that Domon wouldn't do that. As the crew argue, the Gokai Galleon flies over the temple inside of which lies a mysterious jar...

In the year 3011, Domon enters GoZyuDrill and finds a letter that Gai left on the cockpit for him telling him they saved the shrine and have enclosed a photo as proof as well as requesting his autograph. Domon reads the letter and then looks at the photograph. Initially upset that they interacted with people from the past (something they had orders not to do), he soon recognizes Honami in the picture and, realizing that the boy next to her is the son he never knew existed, Domon sits alone at the cockpit, crying.


Gokai Changes

Elements/Homages to Timeranger

Legend Shift TimeYellow

TimeYellow's Legend Shift

  • The title of this episode homages the main concept of Timeranger: heroes going back in time to perform actions that ultimately shape the future (in some ways creating a paradox even when the main team was trying to prevent paradoxes from happening in series)
  • Like every episode of Timeranger, a specific date is used to notify where it takes place, specifically placing it in a particular place and time. In the case of this episode, the date is October 2nd, 2010, which specifically takes places right between Goseiger Epics 32 and 33.
  • This episode furthers along the idea of Domon himself creating a time paradox at the end of Timeranger by conceiving his own ancestor with Honami Moriyama during the series, thereby forcing his protection so that his own existence would remain. This further connects to Timeranger's concepts of the connection of past and future, in a way similar to the need for Tatsuya Asami to be TimeRed due to his connection to his descendant Ryuuya Asami, the TimeRed of the future.
    • Ironically, Domon himself didn't realize he had a child in the past until the events of this episode.
  • The main five of the whole team has dodged the blasts of a villain, while Gai (who does not know how to) is hit, which also happened in the first episode of Timeranger when Tatsuya Asami (who did not have Timeranger training) was also hit by bullets while his teammates avoided them.
  • When the Gokaigers battle Zan-KT-0, the style of the beginning of the battle is the same as the style of the Timerangers first battle against the Londerz.
  • When GoZyuJin defeats Zan-KT-0, Gokai Silver says "Time up", referencing to the phrase when the Timerangers defeat a Londerz Prisoner.
  • If you listen real closely when the Gokaigers were transforming into the Timerangers, you could hear the chorus singing the first few lines from the Timeranger theme song.

Connection with Tensou Sentai Goseiger vs. Shinkenger: Epic on Ginmaku

Luka Milfy notices the Shinkengers and the Goseigers

Luka notices the Shinkengers and Goseigers.

  • This episode explains why the Gokaigers were able to use the Ranger Keys during their "early-bird cameo", even though the keys didn't exist until after the Great Legend War, which took place well after the Goseigers defeated Brajira.
    • The entire cameo from the movie where the Gokaigers kill off Shinkenger villain Shitari of the Bones is shown completely in episode as was done in the film.
      • A comparison between the scene as shown in both this episode and from the team-up show that the main cast did redub it, due to different lines and slight differences in unchanged lines. Cho also recorded new lines, as he talked about destroying the Shinkengers and Goseigers in this episode while he talked about betraying Buredoran in the same scene in the team-up. Marina Inoue and Tora Take also recorded new lines, as they weren't even in Goseiger vs. Shinkenger. Finally, the shot of Luka noticing the Shinkengers and Goseigers is new.
  • This is the second appearance of the Goseigers, Chiaki Tani/Shinken Green, and Genta Umemori/Shinken Gold in Gokaiger, all of whom previously appeared in Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle and appear here only in stock footage and only transformed.


  • As part of Super Hero Time, this episode aired alongside Kamen Rider Fourze episode 12, Mission: Ken's Life.
  • This is the second episode of Gokaiger to not feature any of the regular villains, but the only full story without either the Zangyack or Basco (Ep. 35: Dimension on the Other Side is the first, but it was the first part of a two-parter and the Zangyack appeared only in pt. 2).
  • This is the first time a Monster of the Week used in a past Sentai series is used in the following series.
  • This episode explains why Ninjaman was not present during the Great Legend War.
  • When the Gokaigers travel to 2010, Gai points out that the Tokyo Sky Tree is still under construction. This suggests that Gokaiger, or at least this episode and beyond, takes place post February 29th 2012, which is when construction on the Sky Tree was completed.

DVD/Blu-ray releases

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Volume 10 features episodes 37-41: Ep. 37: The Strongest Fighting Machine, Ep. 38: The Power to Seize Dreams, Ep. 39: Why? We're High School Students, Ep. 40: The Future is the Past, and Ep. 41: Something I Don't Want to Lose. It was released on April 21, 2012. [1]


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