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Space Sheriff Gavan vs. Super Sentai

Top row: Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger & Space Sheriff Gavan
Bottom row: Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters & Gavan Type-G

Metal Heroes is a classic tokusatsu series that aired, along with Super Sentai, on TV Asahi. It lasted from 1982 to 1999.

Super Sentai

Kenji Ohba, the star of the original series, Space Sheriff Gavan, previously had two main roles in Super Sentai, Shirou Akebono (Battle Kenya) in Battle Fever J and Daigorou Oume (DenziBlue) in Denshi Sentai Denziman.

As part of the 30th anniversary of Metal Heroes, the 35th Super Sentai, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, had a crossover movie with the original Metal Hero series, Space Sheriff Gavan, in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Uchuu Keiji Gavan: The Movie. It is rumoured that this could lead to the revival of the Metal Heroes series.


Space Sheriff Akibaranger

Posters for the Galactic Sheriff series.

In the unofficial Super Sentai series, Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger, all official Super Sentai series exist as TV shows as in the real world, while other tokusatsu series exist in different form. The Metal Hero franchise is turned into several anime series. The Space Sheriff Trilogy exist as the "Galactic Sheriff" series, which air on Saturdays at 6:30 am. The Galactic Sheriff series are Galactic Sheriff Gavian (Uchuu Keiji Gavan) in April 2004, Galactic Sheriff Sharian (Uchuu Keiji Sharivan) in April 2005, and Galactic Sheriff Shainer (Uchuu Keiji Shaider) in April 2006. There is also Heavy Armored B-Trooper (Juukou B-Fighter) which aired in 2011. Ep. 8: The Bonds of Painful Special Training are the Authorization Road's Conspiracy Intersection

Metal Heroes with Super Sentai

This is a list of Metal Heroes series along with the Super Sentai series it aired alongside.
Year Super Sentai Metal Heroes
1982 Dai Sentai Goggle V Uchuu Keiji Gavan
1983 Kagaku Sentai Dynaman Uchuu Keiji Sharivan
1984 Choudenshi Bioman Uchuu Keiji Shaider
1985 Dengeki Sentai Changeman Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion
1986 Choushinsei Flashman Jikuu Senshi Spielban
1987 Hikari Sentai Maskman Choujinki Metalder
1988 Choujuu Sentai Liveman Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya
1989 Kousoku Sentai Turboranger Kidou Keiji Jiban
1990 Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman Tokkei Winspector
1991 Choujin Sentai Jetman Tokkyuu Shirei Solbrain
1992 Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger Tokusou Exceedraft
1993 Gosei Sentai Dairanger Tokusou Robo Janperson
1994 Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Blue SWAT
1995 Chouriki Sentai Ohranger Juukou B-Fighter
1996 Gekisou Sentai Carranger B-Fighter Kabuto
1997 Denji Sentai Megaranger B-Robo Kabutack
1998 Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Tetsuwan Tantei Robotack


In the 1990s, Saban adapted some of the Metal Hero Series shows for American audiences in the United States, just as he adapted Super Sentai into Power Rangers. Stock footage from Metalder, Spielvan and Shaider was used in VR Troopers (1994–1996). Later, footage from both B-Fighter series was used in Big Bad Beetleborgs and Beetleborgs Metallix. Both shows ran for two seasons and ended when all the stock footage from those series were used up. Some costumes from these shows would later be used in Power Rangers most notably when costumes for the Beetleborgs were used as the Machine Empire Generals in Forever Red.

In addition, Marvel Comics published 5 issues of VR Troopers in a flipbook with the Ninja Rangers. Acclaim published a oneshot comic featuring a Team Up between the Turbo Rangers and the Beetleborgs Metallix.


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