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Black Condor
Gai Yuki
Name: Gai Yuki
Gender: Male
Sentai Show: Choujin Sentai Jetman
Color: Black
Homeworld: Earth
First Appearance: Ep. 1: Seek the Warriors
Last Full Appearance: Ep. 28: Wings are Eternal
Number of Episode Appearances: 51 (Jetman)
1 (Gokaiger)
2 (Akibaranger)
3 (Movies)
Full list of appearances
Actor: Toshihide Wakamatsu
Black Condor
"Black Condor!"
―Black Condor's roll call[src]

Gai Yuki (結城 凱 Yūki Gai?) was Black Condor (ブラックコンドル Burakku Kondoru?) of the Jetmen.

Biography

Jetman

Gai (born December 6, 1965) was a confrontational and obnoxious loner who hated being ordered around and adored fighting. Like the others, he was a member because he had received the power. He was not happy about it, but he did come through for the team every time. His combat skills match Ryu's, though he was the dirty type, as he sometimes grabbed his foe by the crotch to perform an overhead lift and toss.

He initially clashed with Ryu, but that clash gave Ryu something solid to distract himself from the agony of Rie's death, while it gave Gai something to pretend he was there just to annoy and not because he wanted to be.

Gai fell in love with Kaori. She appealed to him in part for her gentleness and class, for her spirit and bravery which he recognized, and also because unlike almost every woman he met, she would not be his for the taking. He flirted with her but with no results and he ended up suffering from the frustration of his unanswered feelings. Slowly, he began to put himself at risk to protect her, and it quickly became an addiction.

One particular time he took a shot from a deadly Empress Juuza, and soon found crystals bursting from his flesh. Eventually he believed he was dying, and fled from his fellow Jetmen. Kaori eventually found him. He was trying to be brave, but the agony got the better of him. Then when he thought he could feel himself changing, he swore his love to Kaori, then tried to flee beyond her sight. She had to watch him turn into a giant crystal. When Kaori managed to destroy Empress Juuza's source jewel, everyone it had turned to crystal returned to their human state, and Gai was able to come just in time to help his teammates completely defeat the Vyram.

A second time he nearly died for her, and Kaori admitted to herself as well as him that she loved him as well. They became an item, but not for long. For all his obsession with her, and all the good qualities both had, they were very unsuited for each other. Gai broke up with Kaori when she tried to make him over as a businessman for meeting her parents, rather than him getting to be presented as himself.

While he and Kaori were still together, Gai had learned about Ryu's fiancée, Rie, and had to watch a man he'd come to believe in fall to pieces. He finally accepted being depended on by his teammates, even though he resisted being what people forced him to be all his life. Eventually Gai met his rival Grey in z one-on-one challenge, and after a severe battle, a lucky shot saved him. Honoring his opponent's request for a last smoke, he lit the cigar Grey carried. Then he came just when he was needed, and together with his teammates defeated the last of the Vyram, Radiguet.

Super Sentai World

Jetman (Super Sentai World)

The Jetmen in Super Sentai World.

Later, Gai, alongside his team, joined forces with the Fivemen, Zyurangers, Dairangers, and Kakurangers to defeat the evil Emperor Daidas and his forces. Super Sentai World [1]

Death

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The death of Gai Yuki

Three years later, Gai found out that Ryu and Kaori had fallen in love and were getting married. While buying flowers for his beloved friends' wedding, he stopped a mugger from taking a woman's purse. The mugger was humiliated and took out a switchblade, and stabbed Gai in the stomach; the mugger, mortified that he actually stabbed someone, ran away.

Knowing he was going to die this time, Gai did not hide from his friends, but made it to their wedding too late for the ceremony. He made it to the reception and sat on a bench, where he greeted Ryu. Ryu saw how weak Gai was, but Gai lied that it was just a hangover. He thanked Ryu for everything and gave Kaori his blessings from a distance, as he was too weak to get up. Former teammate Ako took a picture of the two friends sitting on the bench before Ryu left to go take pictures with all the other guests. Gai smoked a bit of cigarette before finally succumbing to his wound and died on the bench .Final Ep.: Flap Your Wings! Aviators!

When the Jetmen were called to aid Earth again, Jeffrey Kensaki (Green Eagle) took Gai's place on the team. This, however, is considered non-canon as Kensaki never appeared outside of the manga to truly serve as Gai's replacement.

Fate

Although he was only mentioned as "dead" in the manga epilogue, his ultimate fate in the Jetman or Sentai Universe was unknown, since the manga epilogue itself may be an alternate timeline in the Jetman or Sentai storylines.

His appearance in Super Sentai World may be questionable, regardless of whether he died or not although it may be suggested that Super Sentai World may have taken place at least prior to the wedding of Ryu and Kaori, since the wedding itself took place 3 years after the final battle, and Kakuranger aired 3 years after Jetman). Gai's actual fate was for many years unknown, until it was finally confirmed in Gokaiger's 28th episode, almost 19 years after the Jetman finale aired, that he really had died.
Gais grave

Gai's grave in Gokaiger, writing: Black Wing sleeping Here forever.

In Episode 28 of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, a gravestone is shown with "YUKI GAI" engraved on it. This confirms that he really did die in the Jetman epilogue. Gai speculates that each of his former teammates visit often, as his grave had items that can be traced back to the other four Jetmen.

Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai

Black Condor is among the Sentai warriors seen in clips when Yuusuke Amamiya (Red Falcon) lectured Gaku Washio (GaoYellow) about the past Sentai sword experts, showing him that the true sword wasn't the sharpest, but the one that feeds on courage. Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai

Gokaiger

Legend War

Years later, Black Condor somehow appeared to fight alongside not only his own team, but every single Sentai ranger in existence, against the Empire of Zangyack when it attacked the Earth in the Great Legend War. After fighting against hundreds of Gormin and their Zgormin commanders. Akarenger noticed the fleet moving towards them, he gathered all the Rangers together and gave them the order to sacrifice their powers to wipe out the first invasion's armada. After the fighting ended, Gai returned to Heaven. The Black Condor powers are later used by Don Dogoier via the Ranger Keys. Ep. 1: The Space Pirates Appear Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle

Eternal Wings

Gokaiger Yuki Gai

Gai Yuki in heaven

In Gokaiger's 28th episode, Gai wins a card game against a goddess and has her return him to Earth for one day, amongst others because the drinks in Heaven were horrible. He first appears before Don, Joe and Luka and offers Luka to come with him, before easily defeating Joe, taking his Mobilate and telling them to leave the Jetman team alone. Gai then confronts Marvelous, Ahim and Gai, fighting Marvelous and also taking his Mobilate and at the same proving that he is a ghost that only the Gokaigers, with the exception of Gai, can see.

He later assists the Gokaigers in their battle with the Zangyack Bounty Hunter and even transforms into Black Condor before giving back the Mobilates and giving the Greater Powers of Jetman to the group.

In the end, Gai returns to his heaven which is similar to a bar he spent a lot of time in while he was alive. There he beats the goddess in a game of cards again and, upon her request, plays some music for her.

Farewell Space Pirates

After the Gokaigers defeat Ackdos Gill, Marvelous returned the Ranger Keys to their original owners. Since Gai could still transform in his deceased state, it is assumed it's return was a symbolic measure as opposed to the actual return of his powers. Final Ep.: Farewell Space Pirates

Super Hero Taisen

Dimensional wall - Liveman, Goggle V, Maskman, Jetman, Fiveman

The Jetmen, alongside the Livemen, Goggle V, Maskmen, and Fivemen, emerge through a dimensional wall.

Gai, alongside his team, among the majority of the Super Sentai heroes, was caught up in the "Super Hero Taisen" incident which eventually resulted in the Super Sentai teams and Kamen Riders joining forces to defeat both Dai-Zangyack and Dai-Shocker. Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen

Super Hero Taisen Otsu

to be added Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Otsu: Heroo! Answers

Akibaranger

When Mitsuki Aoyagi asks Nobuo Akagi if a wannabe Sentai hero should be drinking. He tells her that among the official heroes is Black Condor, Gai Yuki, a "manly badass" who loves to go out drinking. As Nobuo spoke of Black Condor, the Chōjin Sentai Jetman theme's chorus briefly plays. Ep. 3: Lame! Drunken Hero Adventure!

Black Condor (Delusional War)

Black Condor in Akibaranger Season Two.

Black Condor appears as part of the five-man Jetman team alongside the other two Inordinate Sentai, Dekaranger and Boukenger, in Season Two's alternate take on the events of the first season. The three official Sentai come to aid the Akibarangers in the final battle with the Stema Otsu Corporation. Ep. 1: Delusional War

The Official Heroes!

Six official Sentai.

The Jetmen later appeared with the now five official Sentai, transforming into their Ludicrous Power which combined with the others to form the Ludicrous Cannon Bazooka, which the Akibarangers used to destroy Kameari Alpaca. Ep. 10: Delusional Pillow Talk

Video Game appearances

Jetman video game

Black Condor appears with his team in the Chōjin Sentai Jetman video game. His weapon of choice is the Bringer Sword and he has 8 hit points, he shares this trait with Red Hawk.

Black Condor

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Black Condor.

Mecha

Arsenal


Ranger Key

Black Condor Ranger Key

The Black Condor Ranger Key.

The Black Condor Ranger Key (ブラックコンドルレンジャーキー Burakku Kondoru Renjā Kī?) is Gai Yuki's personal Ranger Key and what became of his powers after he along with the rest of the 34 Super Sentai sacrificed their powers to end the Great Legend War.

This key along with the majority of the Ranger Keys were collected by the Red Pirates and later used by the Gokaigers. The Black Condor Ranger Key was mainly used by Don Dogoier (Gokai Green), who used it to fight as Black Condor.

During Gai's encounter with the Gokaigers it was shown that somehow, presumably due to his deceased state, Gai could transform (using his Cross Changer) into Black Condor even as Don held his Ranger Key.

After Zangyack were finally defeated, the Gokaigers gave the Ranger Keys back to their rightful owners. It is presumed that Gai received his key despite being in the afterlife.

Behind the scenes

Portrayal

Gai Yuki is portrayed by Toshihide Wakamatsu (若松 俊秀 Wakamatsu Toshihide?). As Black Condor, his suit actor was Naoki Ōfuji (大藤直樹 Ōfuji Naoki?).

Notes

  • His interests included motorcycles, saxophone, gambling and womanizing.
  • He loved the Scotch whiskey Macallan.
  • He hated men and natto (fermented soybeans), and still does.
  • Gai's fighting style is a street fighting and martial arts mix.
  • Gai is the last member of a core team to have died and the only one who had not been replaced (in actual continuity, not counting the manga) until Masato Jin's death.
  • Reportedly, two of the head writers of Gokaiger nearly came to blows over Gai in the Great Legend War - one of them, an original writer for Jetman, didn't want him to return, but the other was insistent that he did. What happened is a morbid compromise.
  • During the 11th episode, when every of the Jetman got their personality flaws overriding their current one, Gai becomes a more typical fighter of justice who values teamwork, in other words a straightforward good guy. While after being cured, Gai dismissed it as a 'sissy' form of him, it does serve as a foreshadowing that Gai was more than just a self-centered, womanizing jerk he was portrayed as thus far.
  • Like three previous cameos, Gai kept his powers even deceased; the fact that he and the others were dead may explain how he and the others were able to fight in the Legend War and then keep their powers after the sacrifice.
  • He is the first Sentai Ranger to have a Condor motif, followed by Sosuke Esumi.
  • Gai remains the only Sentai Ranger to be killed by a civilian, instead of a villain.

References

  1. Gai's death in the epilogue of Jetman complicates matters. Although, this epilogue is three years after the final battle with Radiguet. It is possible that the events of this movie occur during the three-year interval, as Kakuranger began only two years after the finale of Jetman. If not, then he could have been resurrected like in Gokaiger.


Icon-gokaiger Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
The Rangers
Captain Marvelous - Joe Gibken - Luka Millfy - Don Dogoier - Ahim de Famille - Gai Ikari
Allies
Navi - AkaRed - Key thief - Kozo Kasugai - Komaki Kasugai - Jealousto - Cain - Sayo Kinoshita - Retsu Ichijouji - Shinkengers - Goseigers - Go-Busters - Kyoryugers
Legend Rangers
Tsuyoshi Kaijou - Soukichi Banba - Shirou Akebono - Daigorou Oume - Takayuki Hiba - Kanpei Kuroda - Rei Tachibana - Shirou Gou - Shou Hayate - Dai - Akira - Jou Oohara - Riki Honoo - Remi Hoshikawa - Gai Yuki - Sharma Tribe Knight Goushi - Ryo of the Heavenly Fire Star - Shoji of the Heavenly Gravity Star - Kazu of the Heavenly Time Star - Tsuruhime - Ninjaman - Gorou Hoshino - Momo Maruo - Kyousuke Jinnai - Signalman - Kenta Date - Ryouma - Hyuuga - Matsuri Tatsumi - Shou Tatsumi - Domon - Kakeru Shishi - Yousuke Shiina - Nanami Nono - Kouta Bitou - Yukito Sanjyou - Mikoto Nakadai - Banban Akaza - Marika Reimon - Koume Kodou - Doggie Kruger - Kai Ozu - Houka Ozu - Satoru Akashi - Jan Kandou - Sosuke Esumi - Saki Rouyama - Miu Sutou - Chiaki Tani - Genta Umemori - Kaoru Shiba
Legend Allies
Heavenly Saint Flagel - Master Sha-Fu - Toshizo Tanba - Nozomu Amachi - Emiri Sanjyou - BOMPER - Engine Speedor - Engine Bus-on - Engine Bearrv - Honami Moriyama - Mirai Moriyama - Shuchirou Amachi - Yuka Yamazaki

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