|This article is about a/an ranger in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.|
|Sentai Show:||Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger|
|First Appearance:||Tensou Sentai Goseiger vs. Shinkenger: Epic on Ginmaku|
|Last Full Appearance:||Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z|
|Number of Episode Appearances:||51 (episodes)|
Full list of appearances
A calm man, whose words are few. A compliment from this man is rare, a man with a serious personality who is hard on himself. Always training up his abilities with weapons, and never misses. Has known Marvelous the longest, and as such, he understands Marvelous the best out of the entire crew.
Joe was once a member of the Zangyack's Imperial Special Forces. While training under the Zangyack, Joe was often forced to endure rigorous and abusive training. It was during this time that he also trained under Sid Bamick, his sempai, or mentor. Sid taught Joe many of the sword-fighting skills he used to great effect as Gokai Blue.
When ordered to execute a group of captive children, he blatantly refused and attacked his superior officers, letting the children run away. Because of his insurrection, Joe was taken prisoner and outfitted with an electric collar that could keep track of his every move and would emit an electric shock that could kill him, should he try to remove it. He managed to escape though, with the help of Sid. Unfortunately, his sempai was left behind.
Once on the outside, he continued to fight through hordes of Gormin and Sugormin that came after him with a Z=1,000,000 bounty on his head, unable to settle anywhere in one place due to the tracking collar on him. It was then that Captain Marvelous first noticed Joe. Slowly becoming overwhelmed by his attackers, Joe wasn’t about to give up, though his end was just about imminent. Then Marvelous appeared, offering to help him fight the Gormin and Sugormin off. Realizing that Marvelous was a space pirate, Joe warned him that he would get no money for saving him… and that was when Marvelous told him that it wasn’t money he wanted. He wanted Joe.
They fought off the Zangyack forces together, proving to be quite the combination. Afterwards, Joe told Marvelous about the collar around his neck, and how removing it could kill both of them. Still, Marvelous took it upon himself to pry it off of Joe with his bare hands. As they fell to the ground, Marvelous mades his intentions known to Joe (that he was searching for the Greatest Treasure in the Universe), and he accepts, thankful for what Marvelous had done for him, and vowing to stay with him until he achieved his dream. Marvelous passed him a Mobilate and the Gokai Blue Ranger Key.
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Super Hero Taisen
When Marvelous takes control of Dai-Zangyack and leads them in battle against Kamen Riders, Joe wonders why they have to fight the Riders and, with Don, joins with Daiki Kaito (Kamen Rider Diend), who is looking for Marvelous' treasure, and Hina Izumi, a friend of Eiji Hino (Kamen Rider OOO), in finding out. They eventually meet the crew of the time-travelling DenLiner.
Go-Busters vs. Gokaiger
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Super Hero Taisen Z
Video Game appearances
Gokaiger had two video games released during its run, Super Sentai Battle: Ranger Cross and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: Gathered Transformation! 35 Sentai!. Gokai Blue appeared with his team in both of them.
Super Sentai Battle: Ranger Cross
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Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: Gathered Transformation! 35 Sentai!
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In battle he duel-wields the Gokai Sabres. Often he positions himself in-between enemies so he can battle both at once. He likes to fight with one arm behind his back occasionally.
- Main Article: Gokai Changes
As a Gokaiger, Gokai Blue has access to the powers of any past ranger. While there's the obvious preference for all 35 blue rangers, he has also been seen using other color rangers' suits and powers. He's also been known to take on powers of past female blue rangers, with the suit becoming a male version of its previous design.
- Dia Jack (Episode 6, 10, 32, 51)
- VulShark (Episode 7, 46, Go-Busters vs. Gokaiger)
- Shark Jaws
- GoggleBlue (Episode 8, Go-Busters vs. Gokaiger)
- Ribbon Sparks
- DynaBlue (Episode 11, 199 Heroes Movie, 32)
- Great Explosion
- Super Dynamite
- New Super Dynamite
- Blue3 (Episode 28, 51)
- Super Sky Diving
- Bio Team Kick
- Bio Electron Charge
- ChangePegasus (Episode 32, 35)
- Pegasus Attack
- Blue Turbo (Episode 9, 14)
- Combination Attack
- TenmaRanger (Episode 5, 22, 33, 47, 51)
- OhBlue (Episode 22, 31)
- Blue Racer (Episode 14)
- Gokai Kurumagic Attack
- MegaBlue (Episode 24, 34, 39)
- GingaBlue (Episode 11, 13, 20, 47)
- TimeBlue (Episode 24, 39, 40, Go-Busters vs. Gokaiger)
- GaoBlue (Episode 7, 8, 9, 33)
- HurricaneBlue (male version) (Episode 2, 24, 26, 47)
- Super Ninpou: Shadow Dance
- AbareBlue (Episode 22, 25, 29)
- MagiBlue (male version) (Episode 1, 3, 49)
- Bouken Blue (Episode 10, 21)
- GekiBlue (Episode 7, 32, 33, 42)
- Shinken Blue (Episode 1, 12, 18, 45)
- GingaRed (StageShow)
- GaoRed (Episode 2)
- DekaBreak (Gokaiger vs. Gavan)
- Gosei Red (StageShow)
- Kamen Rider OOO Shauta Combo (Super Hero Taisen)
- Blue Beet (Super Hero Taisen Z)
- As shown in cards, Gokai Blue, along with the other Gokaigers, can use Gai's Gold Anchor Key to become Gokai Blue Gold Mode. However, as it is Gai's key, Gokai Blue's Gold Mode is identical to Gokai Silver's Gold Mode, with the 15 Sixth Rangers rather than the past 34 Blue Rangers.
For attacks, Gokai Blue has been seen able to somehow summon manifestations of past rangers. He is the first ever seen doing so.
The Gokai Blue Ranger Key (ゴーカイブルーレンジャーキー Gōkai Burū Renjā Kī?) is Joe's personal Ranger Key which allows him to transform into Gokai Blue. Whereas the keys of the 34 Sentai were created out of the sacrifice of their powers in the Great Legend War, the origin of the Gokaiger Ranger Keys is unknown, though it can be assumed AkaRed had a role in their creation.
As with the other Gokaiger Ranger Keys, this key is commonly used in the Gokaigers' Ranger Key-compatible arsenal and mecha for different functions and attacks.
After escaping from Zangyack, his bounty was at Z=500,000 when they recruited Hakase , which was then raised to Z=1,000,000 before they reached Earth . It then doubled after the Gokaigers hinder Zangyack's efforts on Earth. This is then raised even further to Z=4,000,000 and yet further to Z=8,000,000.
Behind the scenes
As Gokai Blue, his suit actor is Yoshifumi Oshikawa (押川 善文 Oshikawa Yoshifumi?), whose previous role was Gosei Black in Tensou Sentai Goseiger and later served as suit actor for Red Buster in Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters.
In the Korean dub of Gokaiger entitled Power Rangers Captain Force, which aired in South Korea, Joe as with the rest of the first five Gokaigers keeps his name (likely because they are not from Earth and thus don't have normal Japanese names), while his Ranger designation is Captain Blue.
- Joe's proficiency in swordplay could stem from his surname: "Ken" (剣) is the commonly used word for "sword" within the Super Sentai Series.
- Joe's attitude, past and use of dual swords is similar to Kevin Levin, from Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.
- Joe shares a few things in common with 5 of the other Gokaigers in terms of counterparts:
- He is one of three Gokaigers to have a counterpart from all 34 past Super Sentai teams, the other two being Marvelous and Luka.
- He is one of two Gokaigers to have all of their counterparts share the same color as them and be a part of their respective teams' primary groups, the other being Marvelous.
- He is one of two Gokaigers with no counterpart that was either an official or technical leader of their team, the other being Gai.
- He and Luka each have a counterpart played by Hiroshi Miyauchi. In Joe's case, his is Aorenger from Himitsu Sentai Gorenger.
- He and Don each have a counterpart played by Kenji Ohba. In Joe's case, his is DenziBlue from Denshi Sentai Denziman.
- He and Ahim share the same amount of opposite gender counterparts (4).
- He and Gai each have a counterpart played by Shiro Izumi. In Joe's case, his is ChangePegasus from Dengeki Sentai Changeman.
- Ironically, even though Joe is calm and serious, most of his counterparts (DenziBlue, GoggleBlue, DynaBlue, Blue3, ChangePegasus, Blue Flash, Blue Mask, Blue Turbo, Blue Swallow, TriceraRanger, TenmaRanger, NinjaBlue, OhBlue, Blue Racer, GingaBlue, GaoBlue, HurricaneBlue, Bouken Blue, and Go-On Blue) were much more lighthearted and/or childish.
- 4 of Joe's counterparts (Blue Dolphin, Blue Swallow, HurricaneBlue, and MagiBlue) were originally female.
- 2 Blue Rangers (Signalman and KuwagaRaiger) are not Joe's counterparts, as neither of these Blues are part of their respective teams' primary groups.
- He is the only male Gokaiger who does not have a Red Ranger counterpart.
- Even though Joe is the second-in-command of the Gokaigers, only 9 of his counterparts (Aorenger, Battle France, FiveBlue, Blue Racer, GoBlue, TimeBlue, DekaBlue, GekiBlue, and Shinken Blue) were the second-in-command of their teams.
Gokai Change notes
- Joe is the only male Gokaiger who has transformed into more than one female Ranger.
- Joe's most transformed form was Go-On Blue with six transformations; by comparison Blue Racer, from another vehicle series, was his least transformed with only one transformation. Of his Blue Ranger counterparts, aside from the aformentioned Blue Racer; Blue Flash is also one of his lesser transformations, also with only one Gokai Change to this form.
- TV Asahi's page on Joe Gibken
- TV Asahi's page on Gokai Blue
- TV Asahi's page on Gokai Blue's Mobilate
- TV Asahi's page on Gokai Blue's Ranger Key
- TV Asahi's page on the Gokai Jet
- Joe Gibken at the Kamen Rider Wiki
- Joe Gibken at the Metal Heroes Wiki