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Choujin Sentai Jetman
Number 13 (prior to 1995)
15
Number of episodes: 51
First episode: Seek the Warriors
Original airing: February 15, 1991 – February 14, 1992
Production Order
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Chōjin Sentai Jetman (鳥人戦隊ジェットマン Chōjin Sentai Jettoman?, translated into English as Birdman Squadron Jetman), is the 15th entry of Super Sentai series. It was produced by Toei and Bandai. It aired on TV Asahi at 5:00 PM every Friday from February 15, 1991 to February 14, 1992, with a total of 51 episodes.

The show was inspired by Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman, and was the last Super Sentai series not to be adapted as a series of Power Rangers until Go-Busters.

It later spawned a non-canon manga sequel, Choujin Sentai Jetman: Toki wo Kakete, set five years after the series.

Plot

This series takes place in 1991 on the Earth Ship, the command center of an international defence agency called Sky Force, the guardian of peace on Earth. In the ship, scientists have developed "Birdonic Waves", a newly developed technology which gives the subject superhuman abilities. The experiments called "J-Project" were successful. Aya Odagiri, the director of the project, chose five elite Sky Force officials from Earth to use this technology. Ryu Tendo, one of the Sky Force officers, was successfully exposed to the Birdonic waves, making him the first Jetman, the Red Hawk.

However, the Earth Ship is suddenly attacked by Vyram, an evil outer-dimensional organization bent on inter-dimensional domination. They successfully destroy the ship and seemingly killing Ryu's lover and fellow candidate member Rie, in the chaos. The remaining Birdonic waves that were meant for the other four officials become scattered on Earth, hitting four civilians instead. Odagiri and Tendo successfully escape and begin searching on Earth for the four remaining Jetman, training them to aid them in stopping Vyram's plans of conquering our dimension.

Characters

Jetmen

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Choujin Sentai Jetman

Main article: Jetmen
Red Hawk Ryu Tendo
Black Condor Gai Yuki
Yellow Owl Raita Ooishi
White Swan Kaori Rokumeikan
Blue Swallow Ako Hayasaka
Green Eagle Jeffrey Kensaki (manga only)

Skyforce

Back Dimension Allies

Birdman Dan

Other Allies

Dimensional War Party Vyram

Other Villains

Arsenal

Transformation Devices

Communication Devices

Multi-Use Devices

  • Bird Icons

Sidearms

Other Weapons

Vehicles


Mecha

Jet Machines System

Legend:◆ piloted mecha, ✶ team-piloted mecha, ● other

Episodes

  1. Ep. 1: Seek the Warriors (戦士を探せ Senshi o Sagase?)
  2. Ep. 2: The Third Warrior (第三の戦士 Daisan no Senshi?)
  3. Ep. 3: The Power of Five (五つの力 Itsutsu no Chikara?)
  4. Ep. 4: The Fighting Bride (戦う花嫁 Tatakau Hanayome?)
  5. Ep. 5: Fall for Me (俺に惚れろ Ore ni Horero?)
  6. Ep. 6: Get Angry, Robo! (怒れロボ! Ikare Robo?)
  7. Ep. 7: Ryuu's Marriage!? (竜の結婚!? Ryū no Kekkon!??)
  8. Ep. 8: The Laughing Diamond (笑うダイヤ Warau Daiya?)
  9. Ep. 9: Muddy Love (泥んこの恋 Doronko no Koi?)
  10. Ep. 10: Cup Noodles (カップめん Kappumen?)
  11. Ep. 11: A Dangerous Game (危険な遊び Kiken na Asobi?)
  12. Ep. 12: Hellbound Bus (地獄行バス Jigokui Basu?)
  13. Ep. 13: Maze of Love (愛の迷路 Ai no Meiro?)
  14. Ep. 14: The Deadly Cannon of Love (愛の必殺砲 Ai no Hissatsu Hō?)
  15. Ep. 15: High School Student Warrior (高校生戦士 Kōkōsei Senshi?)
  16. Ep. 16: Revolt of Paper (紙々の叛乱 Kamigami no Hanran?)
  17. Ep. 17: The Revived Empress (復活の女帝 Fukkatsu no Jotei?)
  18. Ep. 18: Gai Dies! (凱、死す! Gai, Shisu!?)
  19. Ep. 19: I Can See! (見えます! Miemasu!?)
  20. Ep. 20: Marriage Vacuum Cleaner (結婚掃除機 Kekkon Sōjiki?)
  21. Ep. 21: Walking Garbage (歩くゴミ Aruku Gomi?)
  22. Ep. 22: Exploding Love (爆発する恋 Bakuhatsu Suru Koi?)
  23. Ep. 23: A New Squadron Debuts (新戦隊登場 Shin Sentai Tōjō?)
  24. Ep. 24: Launch, Super Robot (出撃超(スーパー)ロボ Shutsugeki (Sūpā) Robo?)
  25. Ep. 25: The Laughing Shadow-People (笑う影人間 Warau Kage Ningen?)
  26. Ep. 26: I'm a Primitive (僕は原始人 Boku wa Genshijin?)
  27. Ep. 27: The Great Escape From Hell (魔界大脱出 Makai Dai Dasshutsu?)
  28. Ep. 28: An Original Dimensional Beast (元祖次元獣 Ganso Jigenjū?)
  29. Ep. 29: The Final Battle (最後の戦い Saigo no Tatakai?)
  30. Ep. 30: The Three Majin Stand (三魔神起つ San Majin Tatsu?)
  31. Ep. 31: The Sentai Disbands (戦隊解散! Sentai Kaisan!?)
  32. Ep. 32: Wings!! One More Time (翼よ! 再び Tsubasa yo! Futatabi?)
  33. Ep. 33: It's a Cockroach (ゴキブリだ Gokiburi Da?)
  34. Ep. 34: Traitorous Ryuu (裏切りの竜 Uragiri no Ryū?)
  35. Ep. 35: The Fighting Courage Given by a Dove (鳩がくれた戦う勇気 Hato Gakureta Tatakau Yūki?)
  36. Ep. 36: A Walking Appetite! Ant-People (歩く食欲! アリ人間 Aruku Shokuyoku! Ari Ningen?)
  37. Ep. 37: Birth! Emperor Tranza (誕生! 帝王トランザ Tanjō! Teiō Toranza?)
  38. Ep. 38: Sudden Hammer! (いきなりハンマー! Ikinari Hanmā!?)
  39. Ep. 39: Spin, Roulette of Life (廻せ命のルーレット Mawase Inochi no Rūretto?)
  40. Ep. 40: Command! Change the Sentai (命令! 戦隊交代せよ Meirei! Sentai Kōtai Seyo?)
  41. Ep. 41: Transformation Impossible! The Base Destroyed (変身不能! 基地壊滅 Henshin Funō! Kichi Kaimetsu?)
  42. Ep. 42: Sleep on My Chest! (おれの胸で眠れ! Ore no Mune de Nemure!?)
  43. Ep. 43: Sneak into the Commander's Body (長官の体に潜入せよ Chōkan no Karada ni Sennyū Seyo?)
  44. Ep. 44: Majin Robot! Veronica (魔神ロボ! ベロニカ Majin Robo! Beronika?)
  45. Ep. 45: The Hot Milk of Victory (勝利のホットミルク Shōri no Hotto Miruku?)
  46. Ep. 46: The Great Demon King of the Tomato Field (トマト畑の大魔王 Tomato Hatake no Daimaō?)
  47. Ep. 47: The Glory of Emperor Tranza (帝王トランザの栄光 Teiō Toranza no Eikō?)
  48. Ep. 48: A Kiss That Calls Death (死を呼ぶくちづけ Shi o Yobu Kuchidzuke?)
  49. Ep. 49: Maria... Her Love and Death (マリア…その愛と死 Maria... Sono Ai to Shi?)
  50. Ep. 50: Respective Battles to the Death (それぞれの死闘 Sorezore no Shitō?)
  51. Final Ep.: Flap Your Wings! Aviators! (はばたけ! 鳥人よ Habatake! Chōjin yo?)

Epilogue Manga

  1. Part 1: Time Gallops By
    1. Chapter 1: Resurrection
    2. Chapter 2: Challenge
    3. Chapter 3: Personal Grudge
    4. Chapter 4: Counterattack
  2. Part 2: Soldier Running in the Sky
    1. Chapter 1: Plunder
    2. Chapter 2: The Night Before
    3. Chapter 3: Father's Girl
    4. Chapter 4: Lament
    5. Chapter 5: Conclusion
    6. Chapter 6: The End
  3. The Last Story: Blue Room

Songs

Cast

Guest Stars

Suit actors

Stage Shows

Development

Predicting that the Super Sentai series might fade into "a long-term rut" after the poor performance of 1990's Fiveman, Keita Amemiya was chosen to be the producer of the 1991 Sentai series, with Takeyuki Suzuki as director.

For the motif, they chose to base the series on Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman, which was a bird-themed five member team that had rivalries between it's members. During auditions the show went by the name of "Supermen Sentai Birdman" (超人戦隊バードマン Chōjin Sentai Bādoman; note the different kanji on "Chōjin"), and shopped around to actors as a "live-action version of Gatchaman", among them Toshihide Wakamatsu, who would go on to play Gai Yuki/Black Condor.

Conversely, a live-action film of Gatchaman has recently been announced, with its release slated for the Summer of 2013, and the role of Ken the Eagle (the team's leader, upon which Ryu Tendou's character was inspired) to be played by Tori Matsuzaka, who played Takeru Shiba in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger.

Features

Backstory - The Ranger's powers come from "Birdonic Waves" created by "Sky Force", the members of the team were given the powers accidentally, two of which do not appear in the first episode. Having the team be incomplete in the first episode was a first for the Sentai series.

Writing - Before Jetman, members were for the most part referred to by their color. Kotaro Tanaka and Toshihide Wakamatsu said to the cast that "this [was] unnatural", and paved the way for Jetman and shows afterwards to have characters refer to each other by their names instead of their colors. The writer also proposed to have episodes without the characters transforming and fighting, but it was met by opposition from Bandai until the later in the show.

"Trendy drama conflicts" - Takeyuki Suzuki came up with the idea for having a love triangle for Jetman when watching Tosho Daimos, and wanted to capture it's "high romance". The tension and comedy of the love triangles of the show was influential in it's popularity, and became a defining part of the show. Gokaiger playfully mocked this in their ending theme by describing the series as "trendy".

Internal strife inside the enemy faction - Not only were the Vyram fighting against the Jetman, they were also fighting each other. Storylines involving conflicts between the villains became fixtures in Jetman and future seasons.

Reception

Due to the changes to the show as mentioned above, the result was in a wider age group than ever before. The show's ratings increased over the previous year, with Jetman getting an average of 7.1% compared to Fiveman's paltry 6.5%.

Although the show received some criticism for adding "romance drama to a children's show", characters like Yuki Gai became a big hit with mothers; who sent clemency pleas to TV Asahi so that they did not kill him off.

Even today, many fans cite it as a masterpiece among the Super Sentai series, with it topping the #1 popular vote for Bandai's B-ClUB magazine and Toei's "Super Sentai Request Tournament"

In the end, total revenue from the series greatly exceeded over 15 billion yen.

Notes

  • This is the first Sentai series to have a Third Robo, Tetraboy.
  • Jetman introduces the format of the first five Rangers being, Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, and White, followed by Kakuranger, Gaoranger and Abaranger.
  • This is the first three-male/two female team to switch genders between the Blue and Yellow Rangers (the male wears yellow while the female wears blue) followed by Magiranger.
    • Note that Liveman and Hurricaneger, despite featuring female Blue Rangers, cannot be counted as both of their respective Blue Rangers were the only females of their respective teams.
  • This the first three male/two female team to not feature a Pink Ranger, though White Swan featured pink accents, much like her eventual successor GaoWhite. Another Pink-free two-female team would not happen again until Gekiranger.
  • Like its respective 1981 and 1984 predecessors Sun Vulcan and Bioman, Jetman was also considered to be the first series to be adapted as a Power Rangers series, but ultimately not adapted. The first adaptation to a Power Rangers series would later go to its immediate successor, Zyuranger.
  • A game based on Jetman was released for the Nintendo Famicom.
  • This is the first season in a while where the transformation call is not any of the Sentai Heroes' respective designations (instead, their transformation device's name), a trend that took much of the early years of the Sentai Series.
  • This is the last Sentai team where a member of the core team dies. After this season, all permanent deaths have only occured with Extra Rangers or Heroes.
  • The individual cockpits for the Jet Machines, The main cockpit Jet Icarus, Bird/Jet Garuda & Great Icaruswould would later be reused in Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger as the individual cockpits for the Guardian Beasts & Dragon Caesar, while the main cockpit was used for Daizyujin, Gouryuzin, Zyutei Daizyujin & Ultimate Daizyujin which was used in footage for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Season 1) as the cockpits for the Dinozords, Dragonzord, Megazord, Dragonzord Battle Mode, & Ultrazord.

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