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This article is about a/an ranger in Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger and Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger Season 2.
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"AkibaRed!"
―AkibaRed's role call[src]

Nobuo Akagi (赤木 信夫 Akagi Nobuo?) is AkibaRed (アキバレッド AkibaReddo?), the leader of the Akibarangers.

Biography

He is an average (if very delusional and eccentric) man working at Sasaki’s Ponpoko Delivery Services. He is already 29 years old, and he still loves Super Sentai. Lately, he has also been getting into the anime “Z-Cune Aoi”, to the point where he got guilt-ridden for attempting to buy a Great Five toy after seeing Aoi merchandise, namely a cardboard cutout.

His legs are trained from running around for his delivery work, but unfortunately, being a messenger, his body isn't trained for battle. With years of Super Sentai knowledge, he easily sees through the weaknesses and strategies of monsters, as well as see the cliches the villains make. He is described to be a "virgin" in recent information released about him.

He excels in the "delusion power" that powers the Akibarangers in combat.

AkibaRed

Akiba-red

Akibaranger costume

"Z-Cune!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Arsenal

Mecha

Abilities

  • 4th Wall Awareness: As one of the Akibarangers, Nobuo has a medium awareness of the fact that his universe is inside a TV show and he can potentially use this to act in otherwise impossible ways within his universe.
  • Knowledge: As a devoted fan of Super Sentai, Nobuo has a vast knowledge about Super Sentai. And he can use it to strategically defeat the monsters inside battles.
  • Delutions: As a member of Akibarangers, Nobuo has his delusions as one of his greatest power to powerboost him or his arsenals. And his delusion power is known to be the strongest between the Akibarangers.


Makeshift AkibaRed

Nobuo's cardboard made suit of AkibaRed

A makeshift AkibaRed costume like AbarePink in Ep. 9: The Pain Sentai Breaks Up. used by Nobuo in lieu of the real one when Hideaki Tsukada (actually ©Na) requested to see them in full costume after their Moe Moe Z-Cunes were locked up.


Akiba-superred

Season 2 costume

"Zubaan!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Arsenal


Roll calls

Unlike the Sentai heroes he emulates, as AkibaRed, Nobuo decides to alter his roll call on each occurrence. He states his designation ("AkibaRed!" or "Super AkibaRed!"). However, before this, he states one of his personal Sentai superlatives. He also imitates the poses of Sentai heroes during his roll calls. The only time there was no role call was in Season 1's Ep. 11: The Second Generation is a Fresh and Painless Warrior, Season 2's Ep. 9: A Second Delusion and Ep. 11: Delusional Cemetery.

Season 1

Season 2

Behind the scenes

Portrayal

Nobuo Akagi is played by Masato Wada (和田 正人 Wada Masato?). As AkibaRed, his suit actor is Sanshiro Wada (和田 三四郎 Wada Sanshirō?). Note that Masato's suit actor has the same last name as him. Masato also sings the ending theme for the series "Ashita wa Akiba no Kaze ga Fuku" (明日はアキバの風が吹く? "Akiba's Wind Will Blow Tomorrow").

Sentai notes

Red Triple Pose

The poses of Akarenger, AkibaRed, and GoggleRed.

  • Nobuo is similar to Gai Ikari/Gokai Silver of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger in that both are big fans of Super Sentai who got the chance to be part of a Sentai. They also have both great knowledge in Sentai. The obvious difference is that in the world of Gokaiger, the Super Sentai exist as real heroes, while in the world of Akibaranger, the Super Sentai exist as a TV show.
  • Nobuo is also similar to Radietta Fanbelt from Gekisou Sentai Carranger.
  • Nobuo shares his last name with Ippei Akagi (DenziRed). However, it's only by pronunciation, as the last kanji character in his surname is different from Ippei's.
  • AkibaRed's pose is the same as that of Akarenger and GoggleRed in the poses of their respective teams. As a diehard Sentai fan, this probably was intentional on Nobuo's part.
  • AkibaRed's scuplted hair is reminiscent of the helmet of Battle Japan in Battle Fever J.
  • Nobuo's workplace, Sasaki Ponpoko Delivery, shares the same acronym as the Special Police Dekaranger. This is pointed out right in the first few minutes of the show, when Nobuo pretends that he is Banban Akaza and his boss immediately shoots him down to get him to work.

In popular culture

Akiba NobuoAnime

Nobuo Akagi in Kono Naka ni Hitori Imouto ga Iru.

  • A character resembling Nobuo Akagi is seen in the seventh episode of "Kono Naka ni Hitori Imouto ga Iru".


Ranger Key

AkibaRed Ranger Key

The AkibaRed Ranger Key

The AkibaRed Ranger Key (アキバレッドキー AkibaReddo Kī?) is an Akibaranger Ranger Key which is part of the Akibaranger Ranger Keys. It only exists as a toy and it is unknown if it will appear in the series. Of course as with all Ranger Keys, should it exist, it would be able to transform one, i.e. Gokai Red, into AkibaRed.

Red Rangers
Identities
TsuyoshiGoroMasaoIppeiRyuusukeTakayukiKen'ichiHokutoShirouHiryuuJin
TakeruYusukeRikiGakuRyuGekiRyoSasukeGoroKyosukeKentaRyoumaMatoi
TatsuyaRyuyaKakeruYousukeRyougaBanKaiSatoruJanSosukeTakeruKaoruAlata
MarvelousHiromuDaigoRightTakaharuYamato
NobuoTakuma

Secondary Rangers
NaotoIkkouIsamuAkaRed
Eagle agentDummy Spade AceDeathdark RedGinga RedShadow Red HawkDora MirageChouryou
Copy RyuuRangerRyo's grandsonSS PamaanNeziRedCopy TimeRedCopyRedShade GaoRed
SatarakuraFake HurricaneRedFake KabutoRaigerSharkurumargueriteGyokuAssamEvil MagiRed
Evil Bouken RedKarthRetsudoResshinIoriSakuyaYukiyasuKoshinariAtsuhide
KatsunoshinAkitsuguAritsuguArishigeMorinobuSeisukeAkiraKōichirōYōjirōMasataka
HiromuEnterDai-kunDark AkaNingerYoshitakaTsumujiYoshitakaCetus

Power Sets
AkarengerSpade AceBattle JapanDenziRedVulEagleGoggleRedDynaRedRed1ChangeDragon
Red FlashRed MaskRed FalconRed TurboFiveRedRed HawkTyrannoRangerRyuuRangerNinjaRed
OhRedRed RacerMegaRedGingaRedGoRedTimeRedTimeFireGaoRedHurricaneRedKabutoRaiger
AbaRedDekaRedMagiRedWolzard FireBouken RedAkaRedGekiRedGo-On RedShinken Red
Gosei RedGokai RedRed BusterRed CheetahKyoryu RedToQ 1gouAkaNingerZyuoh Eagle/Gorilla/Whale
Shishi Red
AkibaRed

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