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This article is about a/an timeline of real world events in the Super Sentai and Power Rangers franchises.
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1900 - 1975

  • 1938
  • 1944
  • 1964
    • Shotaro Ishinomori publishes the manga Cyborg 009, an early template for the concepts of Super Sentai.
  • 1971
    • April 3: Kamen Rider debuts on television and later becomes the highest rated show in Japan. Creator Shotaro Ishinomori is asked by Toei to do more programs like this, leading to the Henshin Hero TV boom of the 1970s
  • 1972
    • October 1: Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, created by Tatsunoko Pro, airs its first episode. Aspects of the popular anime would later be incorporated into Super Sentai. These elements are wrist changers, personalized weapons and individual mecha for each team member, battling giant enemies and using a mecha finisher to destroy them.
  • 1975
    • Sometime before the production of Kamen Rider StrongerIcon-crosswiki, Kamen Rider co-creator Toru Hirayama came up with an idea to make a show about a team of Kamen Riders. After some reworking from screenplay writers, Shotaro Ishinomori and producer Susumu Yoshikawa, it became focused on a team of five colored costumed heroes rather than a team of Kamen Riders. The show's concept title was Red 1 and after a few name changes, was given the title Gorenger. During the planning and pre-production process, the Kamen Rider series was pulled off of the NET network after Kamen Rider AmazonIcon-crosswiki ended and forced to move to a new timeslot on the TBS network. This resulted in an empty slot in the Saturday night lineup for NET that was to be filled by the new show.

1975

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1978

  • March 18: J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai vs. Gorenger, uniting Shotaro Ishinomori's original two Sentai series, is released in theaters. Marking an end to Shotaro Ishinomori's involvement with Sentai.
  • May 17: Toei forms a partnership with Marvel Comics to license their characters in Japan, starting with the Spider-Man TV series. This show features the first instance of evil monsters growing giant and the use of a piloted giant robot to fight them.
  • July 13: Baku Hatakeyama (Daita Ooiwa) commits suicide due to depression on being typecast for his Gorenger work; marking the first death of a Sentai ranger actor

1979

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1985

  • Marvel Comics and Toei dissolve their partnership after failed attempts by Stan Lee to license the three Sentai shows they produced to TV networks in the US.

1986

1987

1988

  • The American cable network USA airs a comedic dubbing of Kagaku Sentai Dynaman, simply called Dynaman, as part of the "Night Flight" block; this is the first airing of any Super Sentai footage in the continental United States.
  • February 22: Choujuu Sentai Liveman airs its first episode, Ep. 1: Friends! Why Did You Do This!?. Due to both Gorenger and JAKQ not being considered as Super Sentai at the time, this season was commemorated as the franchise's 10th anniversary and 10th season.

1989

  • January 7: Hirohito, the emperor of Japan (also known by the name of "Showa"), dies; his son, Akihito becomes the emperor and takes the name "Heisei". Due to the death of Hirohito, Liveman's forty-forth episode is delayed until the following week, likewise pushing back the start of the next Sentai, Turboranger, which would ultimately become the first "Heisei Sentai".
  • February 18: The final episode of Liveman, Final Ep.: The Fall of Great Professor Bias, airs; this completes the final Sentai created and filmed during the Showa era of Japanese history.
  • February 22: A special, Ep. 1: The Great Gathering of 10 Sentai: Counting on You! Turboranger airs to commemorate both the start of Turboranger as well as the 10th anniversary of the Super Sentai franchise; this is the first large gathering of Sentai heroes with characters from Battle Fever J to Liveman appearing together to support the new team.
  • March 1: The first actual story episode of Turboranger, Ep. 2: Did You Guys See a Fairy!?, airs.

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2015

  • February 1, 2015 - The "Islamic State of the Levant" (also known as "ISIS" or "ISIL"), releases video footage of the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto; due to this, Station 46 of ToQger is delayed one week, pushing back the final two episodes and likewise delaying the start of Ninninger.
  • February 7, 2015 - Power Rangers Dino Charge airs.
  • February 22, 2015 - Shuriken Sentai Ninninger airs its pilot episode, Shinobi 1: We're Ninja!.
  • April 5, 2015 - The 40th anniversary of Super Sentai and Himitsu Sentai Gorenger is celebrated. However, due to the delay caused by the news coverage of the execution of Kenji Goto the previous month, the anniversary episode is pushed back to the following week. Thus, Shinobi 6: Tengu's Spiriting Away airs instead.
  • April 12, 2015 - Shuriken Sentai Ninninger's Shinobi 7: Spring Ninja Festival! airs, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the franchise by having past Ninja Red Rangers, Ninja Red and Hurricane Red, make a guest appearance as well as a special cameo of Akarenger, the very first Red Ranger.

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