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Hikari Sentai Maskman
Number 9 (prior to 1995)
11
Number of episodes: 51
First episode: The Mysterious, Beautiful Runaway
Original airing: February 28, 1987 – February 20, 1988
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Hikari Sentai Maskman (光戦隊マスクマン, Hikari Sentai Masukuman, translated into English as Light Squadron Maskman) is the 11th entry of Toei's Super Sentai Series. It aired on TV Asahi from February 28, 1987 to February 20, 1988, with a total of 51 episodes. This Sentai series is regarded as an all time classic in the Philippines and is considered by many to be one of the best tokusatsu shows of the late 80's.

DevelopmentEdit

X1 mask design

The original "Fiveman" suit designs, alongside eventual user X1 Mask

Maskman was a season that turned out to bring many changes to the franchise, even from development. The season was originally to have the name of The Fiveman, similar in name to the original Sentai Himitsu Sentai Gorenger and with the five reflective in many aspects including Great Five, the first five-piece mecha. However the costumes for the season blended in aspects from the recent Hirohisa Soda seasons (uniform leotards with color differences in areas for males and females) with the return of masks similar to those of Battle Fever J, including eyes, noses, and sculpted hair. A prototype mask was made, but the concept was ultimately dropped; this prototype would ultimately be used in one episode as the hero X1 Mask, who would have the distinction of being a prototype of a future Sentai development: the sixth hero. One notable attribute to the costumes used was the return of the female skirt, which had been absent since DenziPink and would be utilized by nearly every female Sentai hero afterwards. The Fiveman name, although not used, would eventually be adopted by another Sentai three years later.

Another major development brought about by Maskman was stepping away from science fiction, which had been a major driving factor of all Sentai since Denziman and instead utilizing aspects of the Chinese concept of "kikou", an internal energy within the body that can be used and manipulated. Known as "aura power" in Maskman, it would lead to the first martial arts-driven Sentai and begin experimentations beyond Sentai's comfort zone into eventually embracing other concepts and ideas. The "kikou" concept would be further developed and used years later in the Chinese-themed Dairanger.

PlotEdit

"There is an unknown power hidden inside the human body. If you train as hard as you can, the power revealed will be unlimited!"
―Narrator[src]

Everything starts with Commander Sugata, a scientist and sage who excelled in mental reinforcements and is a master of every martial art. He discovered the existence of the Royal Underground Empire Tube, a malignant force that desires to dominate the land, which is based underneath Japan. In the beginning, Tube was centered on pacifism. However, when Zeba assumed the throne, Tube began planning to conquer the world. The new goal of Tube had become turning the world into a cold and shady planet, conditions that would need to be achieved so that the citizens of Tube could live on the surface. In order to stand against them and thwart their plans, Sugata recruited five young people, each one specializing in a style of martial arts, and taught them in the ways of the mystical "Aura Power" energy.

A year after Sugate recruited and trained the Maskmen, Tube is ready to strike. The Tube's Princess Ial, sent as a spy above ground under the assumed name Mio, has fallen in love with Takeru and now wishes for those living under and above ground to coexist. She is kidnapped and imprisoned in ice for her betrayal.

CharactersEdit

All 6 Maskmen

The Maskmen

Maskmen Unhenshined

The team with Commander Sugata.

MaskmenEdit

Main article: Maskmen
Red Mask Takeru
Black Mask Kenta
Blue Mask Akira
Yellow Mask Haruka
Pink Mask Momoko
X1 Mask Ryo Asuka

AlliesEdit

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Underground Empire TubeEdit

ArsenalEdit

MechaEdit

Category:Mecha (Maskman)

EpisodesEdit

Hikari Sentai Maskman Episodes

SongsEdit

  • Opening: Hikari Sentai Maskman
  • Ending: Ai no Soldier
  • Mecha Theme (Great Five): Aura ni Kagayake! Great Five
  • Movie Theme: Shot Bomber Zenryoku Shuuchuu
  • Moeru ze Fire
  • Ore-tachi Angula
  • Action Fantasy
  • Telepathize Shite Kure
  • Lady Action Kimetara Oshare
  • Ten Eyes ~5-nin no Hitome~
  • Dashite Miyo ze! Aura Power

CastEdit

Stage ShowsEdit

NotesEdit

  • This is the first Sentai series to have a sixth hero, X-1 Mask, albeit an unofficial sith ranger since he appears only in episode 39. The first to officially feature a sixth hero is Zyuranger, which is also the first series to adapted into Power Rangers.
  • This is the first series to feature an individual mecha for each core member, a motif that will be featured in every of of the show's successors with the exception of Fiveman wherein only the Red Ranger has his own Mecha while the other two mecha are both co-piloted by two of the other four core members.
  • This is the first series where the team's powers are supernatural in origin, as opposed to technological.
  • Maskman contains story elements and mecha designs meant to honor the Robot Romance Trilogy. One example of an homage is in Daimos as seen in Takeru falling for Mio who is later revealed to be a villain which is similar to that of Kazuya (Richard Hartford) and Erika, plus both Mio and Erika are blood related to one of the villains (Igam and Prince Richter). Also, in the finales of both series, both Takeru and Kazuya are reunited to Mio and Erika though had to split up as both the latter two are now rulers of their respective people. Plus both Igam and Richter Redeemed themselves in different ways. Igam became a Buddhist nun while Richter sacrificed himself. Another example is it is the first Super Sentai to have individuual Mechas for each of its Core Members, Similar to Combattler V and Voltes V. Coincidentally, Maskman, Combattler V, Voltes V and Daimos were both popular in Phillipines.
    • A further connection: The Robot Romance trilogy aired at the time slot that Sentai had taken over after the end; with the final episode of Daimos followed the next week by the first episode of Battle Fever J.
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