Five Good Things About Fiveman


Fiveman title

Chikyū Sentai Fiveman is the 1990 entry in the LONG running Super Sentai series. It also happens to be one of the most disliked entries in the franchise and is blamed for almost killing it.  I’m not going to defend the entirety of it since I found the twelve subbed episodes I watched to be quite bland (it does pretty much what many other sentai shows do, just not as imaginative).  There are couple of merits I do actually like about the show.

Fiveman hoverstar

1. The opening theme is very catchy. I just love the way it melodically sounds, especially the part that goes “Wow Wow Wow Wow My Brother. Wow Wow Wow Wow My Sister”. Overall the OST and BGM is pretty good as well (Turboranger still has the best Vocal OST though). Too bad that hovercraft in the OP didn’t actually show up the episodes I saw.

Fiveman OP

2.The suit designs. I love the aesthetic the chose here. With the lines representing their age (Red is the oldest, Yellow the youngest). The forehead also denotes their teacher occupation and what subject they teach. Speaking of which.

Fiverobo cockpit

3. I’m sure some will find this aspect corny but I LOVE the fact that they’re all teachers. Red-Science, Blue-Physical Education, Black-Language, Pink-Math and Yellow-Music.

Kaiju History 1990 Fiveman 03

4. Instead of the monster of the week growing, they baddies dispatch a giant robot called Gorlin (looks like the Michelin Man), absorbs the DNA of the monster so that it will resemble said monster. Bonus points for SOME originality.

5. Remi Hoshikawa. She’s so awesome. A music teacher who also knows kung fu. In an episode when a monster makes all the water into alcohol, she decides to make herself even DRUNKER to use the drunken boxing technique. She even aged pretty gracefully when she showed up in Gokaiger.

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