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Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan
Number 3 (prior to 1995)
5
Number of episodes: 50
First episode: The Machine Empire of the North Pole
Original airing: February 7, 1981 – January 30, 1982
Production Order
previous
Denziman
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Goggle V

Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan (太陽戦隊サンバルカン Taiyō Sentai San Barukan?, translated into English as Solar Squadron Sun Vulcan) is Toei's fifth entry to its Super Sentai series. It was originally broadcast from February 7, 1981-January 30, 1982 and is the only sentai to serve as a direct sequel to the one prior, Denshi Sentai Denziman. It was Toei’s last series with a Marvel copyright, but again with no Marvel involvement in the production. The theme was air, land, and sea.

Development

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A possible image from a scrapped Sun Vulcan and Denziman crossover.

At the time it aired, Denziman was an exteremely popular series and Toei was stumped trying to figure out ways to build on it. At first Toei just thought of extending Denziman into a second year ala Gorenger, but that didn't work out for whatever reasons. Toei then tried to go for making a sequel and calling the show "Plasaman" (which was basically just going to be the Denzimen with new suits), but that name was trademarked, so they finally settled on Sun Vulcan. The Denzimen were originally supposed to appear for a five episode arc, but it was ultimately to get everyone back. The closest to a crossover the series had was the two-parter story of The ESPer and Himiko!, which featured the Sun Vulcan team defending a woman from planet Denzi.

Aside from the Denziman connection, this season is notable for breaking many Sentai traditions and pushing the franchise forwards in many ways. This was the first Sentai to be a three-person team, set up to go along the concepts of "air/land/water" to represent the three elements of planet Earth while setting a precedence of a team that is only three members (even though this technically was the only three-man Sentai team, with many others starting as three but growing larger). This was also the first Sentai to use representation of the team by animals, with the members represented by the eagle, shark and a "big cat" (stated to be a panther). It had the first character who was truly emphasized in using a sword in combat instead of merely a weapon, becoming a set-up for many teams beyond this. It also became notable as the first and only team to permanently replace the "Red" member of the team, due to the original actor returning to his full time career, thus being written out and replaced by another. (while one other team has had a more radical replacement, it was temporary) And it was the first Sentai where the giant robot outsold the transport vehicle, cementing it as Sentai's main selling point.

However Sun Vulcan's greatest and most infamous move was taking away one of it's most notable aspects: this was the first, and only, team to have no female members. All members of Sun Vulcan, both before and after the cast switch, were male. While several powerful female characters were depicted as part of the team, including a returning villainess and an evil villainess corp, the removal of the one factor that differed Sentai from all other tokusatsu franchises caused an outrage among its fans and supporters. Due to this, the next Sentai would bring back the female member in a major way and there would never be a female-less team again, even when other three-member Sentai squads were utilized.

Plot

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Sun Vulcan

The threat of the Machine Empire Black Magma causes the EPDS (Earth Peace Defense Squad) to decide to establish the Solar Squadron at a summit. From the EPDS's air force, navy, and rangers, Commander Arashiyama assembles three specialists to become Sun Vulcan. Harsh training begins. Learning of this, Black Magma attacks the EPDS base, but the Sun Vulcan debuts in time to save it. Hell Saturn prays to the Black Solar God and is rewarded with a revived Queen Hedrian, now a cyborg with a mechanical heart and a metallic afro. But plot after plot of Black Magma, even with Hedrian's aid, fails. Following the death of 01, Amazon Killer, a Vader, arrives from space, destroying the Sun Vulcan Base. A new Vulcan Base is built.

The original Vul-Eagle, Ryuusuke Oowashi, is replaced by a friend and master of the sword, Takayuki Hiba (who first appeared on episode 21). The team successfully defends the psychic descendant of the Denzi, the nun Himiko, from Black Magma. Shortly after this, Inazuma Ginga shows up. Sun Vulcan devises the New Vulcan Ball, but their attacks are no use against Inazuma Ginga until he becomes the gigantic Inazuma Monger. Finally, the trio and their commander go to the North Pole to rescue Arashiyama Misa, and succeed not only in doing so (despite a fake Misa to confuse them), but also in defeating the Omnipotent God, the true leader of Black Magma, by feigning surrender and striking when it lowers its guard.

Characters

Sun Vulcan

Main article: Sun Vulcan (team)
VulEagle Ryuusuke Oowashi Takayuki Hiba
VulShark Kin'ya Samejima
VulPanther Asao Hyou

Allies

Machine Empire Black Magma

Arsenal

Main article: Arsenal (Sun Vulcan)

Transformation Device

Sidearms

Team Weapons

  • Vulcan Ball
  • New Vulcan Ball

Vehicles

  • Land Vulcan (jeep)
  • Shark Machine (cycle)
  • Panther Machine (cycle)


Mecha

Legend:◆ piloted mecha, ✶ team-piloted mecha, ➲ carrier mecha

Episodes

  1. Ep. 1: The Machine Empire of the North Pole (北極の機械帝国 Hokkyoku no Kikai Teikoko?)
  2. Ep. 2: The Day Mankind Lapses (人類が消滅する日 Jinrui ga Shōmetsu Suru Hi?)
  3. Ep. 3: Challenging Japan, Iron Claw (日本に挑む鉄の爪 Nihon ni Idomu Tetsu no Tsume?)
  4. Ep. 4: Boy, Detective Work and Spy (少年探偵とスパイ Shōnen Tantei to Supai?)
  5. Ep. 5: The Wicked Sun God (邪悪な太陽神 Jaaku na Taiyōshin?)
  6. Ep. 6: The House Dominated by Machines (機械の支配する家 Kikai no Shihai Suru Uchi?)
  7. Ep. 7: Beast Batter Tears (野獣バッターと涙 Yajū Battā Namida?)
  8. Ep. 8: The Song of Diligence Sung by Father (父が歌う手まり唄 Chichi ga Utau Temameri Uta?)
  9. Ep. 9: Papa Became a Monster (怪物になったパパ Kaibutsu ni Natta Papa?)
  10. Ep. 10: The Ambushing Poison Spider Mansion (待ちぶせ毒ぐも館 Machibuse Doku Kumo Kan?)
  11. Ep. 11: The Mecha Girl of Sadness (哀しみのメカ少女 Kanashimi no Meka Shōjo?)
  12. Ep. 12: The Queen Who Eats Diamonds (ダイヤを食う女王 Daiya o Kū Joō?)
  13. Ep. 13: The Living Black Ball (生命を持つ黒い玉 Seimei o Motsu Kuroi Tama?)
  14. Ep. 14: The Day the Earth Surrenders (地球が降伏する日 Chikyū ga Kōbuku Suru Hi?)
  15. Ep. 15: The Queen's Greed Dance (女王の欲ばり踊り Joō no Yokubari Odori?)
  16. Ep. 16: A Demon Runs the Schoolyard (悪魔が校庭を走る Akuma ga Kōtei o Hashiru?)
  17. Ep. 17: Ghost Story! The Valley of Goblins (怪談! お化けの谷 Kaidan! Obake no Tani?)
  18. Ep. 18: The Surprising Big Star (びっくり大スター Bikkuri Dai Sutā?)
  19. Ep. 19: The Dangerous 100-Point Boys (危険な100点少年 Kiken na Hyakuten Shōnen?)
  20. Ep. 20: The Machine Wrestler's Trap (機械レスラーの罠 Kikai Resurā no Wana?)
  21. Ep. 21: Love Brought by the Sea Breeze (潮風がはこぶ愛 Shiokaze ga Hakobu Ai?)
  22. Ep. 22: Tokyo Big Panic! (東京大パニック! Tōkyō Dai Panikku?)
  23. Ep. 23: The Female Commander of Galaxy Haunts (銀河魔境の女隊長 Ginga Makkyū no Onna Taichō?)
  24. Ep. 24: Hamanako's Nessie (浜名湖のネッシー Hamanako no Nesshī?)
  25. Ep. 25: The Hole of the Shocking Sea Serpent (ドッキリ海蛇の穴 Dokkiri Umihebi no Ana?)
  26. Ep. 26: Starving Filling Cooking (ハラペコ満腹料理 Harapeko Manpuku Ryōri?)
  27. Ep. 27: A Midsummer Night's Great Fear (真夏の夜の大恐怖 Manatsu no Yoru no Dai Kyōfu?)
  28. Ep. 28: Is Sukehachi Friend or Foe? (助八は敵か味方か Suke Hachi wa Teki ka Mikata ka?)
  29. Ep. 29: Pretty Swordsman, White Rose Mask (美剣士白バラ仮面 Bikenshi Shiro Bara Kamen?)
  30. Ep. 30: The Giant Monster of the Big Riot Dream (大暴れ夢の大怪獣 Dai Abare Yume no Daikaijū?)
  31. Ep. 31: Big Tokyo Numbing Ondo (大東京シビレ音頭 Dai Tōkyō Shibire Ondo?)
  32. Ep. 32: Arrest the Face-Thief (顔泥棒を逮捕せよ Kao Dorobō o Taima Seyo?)
  33. Ep. 33: The Hateful, Stylish Thief (憎いおしゃれ泥棒 Nikui Oshare Dorobō?)
  34. Ep. 34: The Cursed Dead (呪われた亡霊た Norowareta Hōreitachi?)
  35. Ep. 35: Friends!? La Cucaracha (友達!? クカラッチャ Tomodachi!? Kukaratcha?)
  36. Ep. 36: The ESPer (エスパー Esupā?)
  37. Ep. 37: Himiko! (日見子よ Himiko yo?)
  38. Ep. 38: Asao Hyou's Dad-Lord (豹朝夫のおやじ殿 Hyō Asao no Oyaji Dono?)
  39. Ep. 39: Falling on Her Rear, Tomboy Daughter (尻もちおてんば娘 Shirimochi Otenba Musume?)
  40. Ep. 40: The Best Friend Assassination Angel (なかよし暗殺天使 Nakayoshi Ansatsu Tenshi?)
  41. Ep. 41: Seven Changing Doronpa Tanuki (七化けドロンパ狸 Shichi Bakeru Doronpa Tanuki?)
  42. Ep. 42: Daydreams of Boys Who Sleep In (寝坊少年の白昼夢 Nebō Shōnen no Hakuchūmu?)
  43. Ep. 43: You too Can Become a Genius (君も天才になれる Kimi mo Tensai ni Nareru?)
  44. Ep. 44: The Great Escape - Heli Explosion (大脱走・ヘリ爆破 Dai Dassō - Heri Bakuha?)
  45. Ep. 45: The Galaxy's Invincible Electric Man (銀河無敵の電気男 Ginga Muteki no Denki Otoko?)
  46. Ep. 46: The Female Commander's (Secret) Plan (女隊長の(秘)作戦 Onna Taichō no (Hi) Sakusen?)
  47. Ep. 47: The Machine Empire's Rebellion (機械帝国の反乱 Kikai Teikoku no Hanran?)
  48. Ep. 48: The Giant Aircraft Carrier has been Stolen (奪われた巨大空母 Ubawareta Kyodai Kūbo?)
  49. Ep. 49: The Queen's Last Appirition Art (女王最期の妖魔術 Joō Saigo no Yōma Jutsu?)
  50. Final Ep.: Shine, North Pole Aurora (輝け北極オーロラ Kagayake Hokkyoku Ōrora?)

Special

  1. Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan Movie

Songs

Cast

Stage Shows

Notes

  • This series introduces the following firsts in Super Sentai:
    • The first to have a core team of less than 5 (3), followed by Abaranger (4).
      • If you count the Goraigers as their own organization, then Hurricaneger is the only other series to match this feat.
    • The first without a Green/Black or Pink Ranger.
    • The first where the team each possess control over an element.
    • The first to have a combining Robo, Sun Vulcan Robo.
  • This series has the following quirks that makes it unique among other Sentai Series:
    • The only one to be a direct sequel to the previous series (Denziman).
    • The only one where the core team is all-male, though at the time of this series, the three colors of Red, Blue and Yellow were always male whenever used. Because of the massive negative outpouring of a team without a female member, every season starting from Sun Vulcan's successor would have one after this.
    • The only season where the Rangers have the same given names as the actors playing them.
  • Ryusuke Oowashi (the original VulEagle) was written off the script because his actor was a singer and had to leave to make a new record.
  • While the title does not suggest any of the traditional Sentai names, it actually is based on a pun that makes it work: the Japanese pronunciation for "Sun" is "San", which is the same as the Japanese word for "Three"; with this the three-man team of Sentai, the pun works perfectly, akin to the usage of "Go" in Sentai names such as Gorenger, GoGoFive, and Go-Busters.
  • The villains in this series were called the Machine Empire Black Magma. They will share most of their name with the Machine Empire Baranoia and the Machine Empire, the villains of Choriki Sentai Ohranger and its adaptation Power Rangers Zeo, respectively.
  • Sun Vulcan holds a TV show rating of 12.5% making it the third highest rated Sentai show, only behind Denziman and Gorenger. [1]
  • This series was originally going to be called Plasmaman, and would have featured the Denzimen making cameos.[1]
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  • This is the first season to focus on Earth, Air, and Water followed by Hurricanger.
  • In a recent interview with Marvel's Stan Lee, he reveals that he wanted to bring Sun Vulcan to the US in the 80s.

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