2011/06/03

My favorite Super Sentai opening theme songs...

I was hard up for a topic for this week's blog entry. Naturally I took to Twitter and asked my followers what would be a good topic. @MisturYellow suggested that I talk about my favorite Sentai OP theme songs. Good idea!

I've been meaning to make some kind of post regarding this for quite some time. I've mentioned in the past that I am a Sentai music junkie (both songs and BGM). Hell, every day I listen to a Tokusatsu album at work. It's usually my first tweet of the day. For some reason I forgot to mention that I listened to Megaranger songs (again for some reason...I listened to them not too long ago). I usually type something like this.

I've decided to break this down a certain way. Instead of doing a top five or a top ten, i've decided to do my favorite theme from a block of shows. This will eliminate bias toward older shows (I tend to be biased) and really make the decisions tougher for me. So here goes...my Top...um...7 favorite Sentai opening theme songs.

Best Theme, Goranger-Dynaman: Taiyo Sentai Sunvulcan



This one was a close call with Ah Ah Denshi Sentai Denjiman. The Sunvulcan theme is just timeless. I mean, sure, it's definitely an 80s song. It is one that gets the excitement going just listening to it. If you ever watch those horrible godawful recorded Tokusatsu concerts, this is the song that gets the crowd moving. It has a combination of energy, beat, and charisma that really hasn't been matched since. What a great song.

Um...as for the worst between Goranger-Dynaman. Hands down, that is the Goggle Five opening theme. It cast Sentai themes back into the dark ages. Then again, the Sunvulcan theme was a tough act to follow. As a side note, this song is SO bad in it's normal form that I made a custom edit of it to even out the Intro/Outro. I've replaced the song with my edit on my computer. Still have the original version on CD, though. > <

Best Theme, Bioman-Fiveman: Kosoku Sentai Turboranger



This was another one that was a tough call. Hironobu Kageyama did a wonderful job on Dengeki Sentai Changeman and Hikari Sentai Maskman, but they seem to fall a little short against the Turboranger theme song. I think depth is what makes the Turboranger theme song stand out. I don't have the disc in front of me, so i'm not sure who composed the Turboranger songs...but whoever that composer is made one of the best Sentai themes. One featuring the lead character on vocals no less!

Worst theme, Bioman-Fiveman: Fiveman. Boooooring. It's alright...but booooring.

Best theme, Jetman-Megaranger: Gosei Sentai Dairanger



This was a very tough call. In this span of seven shows, almost all of the theme songs are pretty damn solid. I mean...think about all of the great theme songs here! What makes the Dairanger theme song shine to me is how it all came together. They hired the perfect singer for the show, not necessarily the song. I know that sounds weird, but the singer matches the suits, the mecha, everything. NEW JACK Takuro is a bit of a mismatch for the song itself. If they hired Akira Kushida (of Sunvulcan fame) to sing the song, it would've been the right match, but the song wouldn't have been as good. The composition itself is wonderful as well. Oh, and it ends with a gong. That should give it the win alone...

Worst theme, Jetman-Megaranger: Jetman. Poor Kageyama. He is such a wonderful singer, but his last Sentai theme ever is such a poorly written mess. "Jetto-Jetto-Jettoman! LET'S GO tobidase!" That's the entire song right there. It's alright, just uninspired.

Best theme, Gingaman-Dekaranger: Seiju Sentai Gingaman



Hear me out on this one...it's complicated. I've never been a fan of veteran singer Masato Shimon. I don't know what it is about his voice, but I just don't dig him. However, this is the song that really won me over from him. His singing is a little lower here, which helps, and he really gets into the song. The music is fantastic to say the least, it really paints a vivid picture. Gogo Five may have the cooler, faster, and better theme song...but I just consider Gingaman to be my favorite from this era a little bit more...

Worst theme, Gingaman-Dekaranger: Dekaranger. I know this is a favorite to many, but what a piece of shit. Psychic Lover was really digging their role as the band for the theme, which is a cool thing. YOFFY is just a horrible singer. Shrill and annoying. NEXT!

Best theme, Magiranger-Gokaiger: Juken Sentai Gekiranger



I dug the show, I like the theme. The singing isn't all that great, but the composition is bang on. Sadly, this was a very easy choice for me. The theme songs in this era are pretty much garbage. Which leads me to...

Worst theme, Magiranger-Gokaiger: Magiranger. This song, and the rainbow-fucking horrible show it's attached to, can go directly to hell. This song and show represent a time when I was seriously ready to hang up my hat and not give a shit about Sentai at all. Mercifully Gekiranger came along. Seriously, fuck Magiranger.

Well that about does it for this entry on my favorite Sentai theme songs. I will be back next time with...well, maybe i'll do the same thing with Kamen Rider next time... If you want me to talk about something, hit me up on Twitter! @CCLemon99

Thanks for reading!

-CC

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  2. Here are my Top 3 Best Super Sentai Themes
    #3.TurboRanger
    #2.Megaranger
    #1.Dairanger



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