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J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai
Number N/A (prior to 1995)
2
Number of episodes: 35
First episode: 4 Cards!! The Trump is J.A.K.Q.
Original airing: April 9, 1977 – December 24, 1977
Production Order
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Gorenger
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Battle Fever J

J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai (ジャッカー電撃隊 Jakkā Dengekitai?, translated into English as J.A.K.Q. Blitzkrieg Squad) is the second Sentai series. It aired from April 9 to December 24, 1977. Unlike most of the other Sentai which start out with a team of 5 members, the JAKQ team started out with only 4. A fifth member (Big One) appeared in episode 23. J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai was not nearly as popular as Gorenger, only running for 35 episodes. J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai is the second and final Sentai created by Shotaro Ishinomori.

J.A.K.Q. or JAKQ comes from Jack, Ace, King, Queen. The J.A.K.Q. team members are named after playing cards. Their leader goes by the code name of "Joker".

There are no giant monsters or giant robots to fight them in J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai. CRIME uses human sized monsters assisted by masked soldiers called Crimers. CRIME also has bat-winged aircraft called Devil Sharks.

JAKQ was the final Sentai series to use only the Sentai name. Afterwards the name "Super Sentai" was used.

As a Super SentaiEdit

JAKQ was the final Sentai series to use only the "Sentai" name. Battle Fever J was the first series to use the "Super Sentai" name. Prior to the 1995 series Ohranger, JAKQ and Goranger were not recognized as "Super Sentai" series. During episode 0 of the 1989 series Turboranger, Battle Fever J was introduced as the first Super Sentai. Toei's announcement of Ohranger as the 19th Super Sentai series signaled the inclusion of Goranger and JAKQ as Super Sentai series.

It should be noted that even if Goranger and JAKQ were not labelled as Super Sentai during the time that term was introduced in Sun Vulcan's run in 1981, AkaRanger and Spade Ace were part of an official Red Warrior picture.

Although Choujuu Sentai Liveman was officially treated as the tenth Super Sentai show at the time, there was a VHS released at the time of Choushinsei Flashman that had all of the Super Sentai openings, including Goranger's and JAKQ's. Also, during Gosei Sentai Dairanger in 1993, the term "Cho Seiki Zen Sentai" (Super Century All Sentai) was coined as an umbrella term for both, Super Sentai and the Ishinomori shows. It was later dropped in Mirai Sentai Timeranger's run back in 2000 and declared Goranger and JAKQ as part of the Super Sentai franchise.

PlotEdit

JAKQ team

The JAKQ team.

JAKQ team (unhenshined)

The JAKQ team (untransformed).

Iron Claw is the "Crime Czar" of a global criminal empire known simply as "Crime". With a network of wealthy and influential sympathizers and employing an army of faceless, leather- masked thugs (Crimers) and cyborg/robot assassins, "Crime" seeks to become the most powerful mafia organization in the world.

To combat this threat, INTERPOL organizes a special taskforce to spearhead the efforts to bring Crime to justice. Based in New York, ISSIS (International Science Special Investigation Squad [Kokusai Kagaku Tokusou Tai]) begins to organize its forces around the world to battle Crime. Tokyo ISSIS branch commander, Kujirai Daisuke, proposes a radical experiment to aid his forces in Japan. Taking the codename “Joker”, he recruits four young test subjects to undergo his cyborg enhancement project – multitalented athlete and Olympic Gold medalist Goro Sakurai, disgraced Junior Walter Weight Champion boxer Ryu Higashi, critically injured Pplicewoman Karen Mizuki and clinically dead and cryogenically sustained oceanographer Bunta Daichi. Surgically altered and given various energy manipulation powers and bionic enhancements, the four youths begin their mission to destroy Crime as the crime-busting quartet code-named "JAKQ – Dengekitai". Later on, uber cyborg and master of disguise Sokichi Banba is added to the team to strengthen their number and step up their attack on Crime.

CharactersEdit

J.A.K.Q.Edit

Main article: J.A.K.Q. (team)
Spade Ace Goro Sakurai
Dia Jack Ryu Higashi
Heart Queen Karen Mizuki
Clover King Bunta Daichi
Big One Sokichi Banba

AlliesEdit

Criminal Organization CrimeEdit

Main article: Criminal Organization Crime

ArsenalEdit

Category:Arsenal (J.A.K.Q.)

MechaEdit

Category:Mecha (J.A.K.Q.)

EpisodesEdit

J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai Episodes

SongsEdit

  • Opening: J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai
  • Ending: Itsu ka, Hana ga Saku darou
  • Mecha Theme (Sky Ace): Ike! Sky Ace
  • J.A.K.Q., Susume J.A.K.Q. (the second J.A.K.Q. is written in katakana)
  • Spade Ace Wakai Shishi
  • Sore ga Hajimari Datta
  • J.A.K.Q. Covack
  • J.A.K.Q. Machine Rock
  • Crime no Theme
  • J.A.K.Q. Ai no Theme

CastEdit

StuntsEdit

Guest StarsEdit

Notes Edit

  • For 35 years, J.A.K.Q. held the title of shortest Sentai. This was broken in 2012, with Akibaranger being only 13. However, J.A.K.Q. still holds the title of shortest official Sentai.
  • This series introduces the following firsts in Super Sentai:
  • The only series to start with an even number of Rangers, four. It is likewise the first to start with less than five, followed by Sun Vulcan, Liveman, Hurricaneger, Abaranger, Gekiranger, Go-Onger and Go-Busters, all of which started with three.
    • Uniquely, J.A.K.Q. shares it's distinction of having a four-man team with Abaranger; however things get more complicated from there. Although J.A.K.Q. starts with four, Big One is considered a core Ranger and not an extra thus making their "five" a general five-man team by the end. In Abaranger's case, the series appears to start with three, but Asuka (AbareBlack) is around from the beginning and just doesn't use his power until some time in. Further, the fifth for this season (AbareKiller) is treated as a "sixth-ranger", even though he is technically the fifth like Big One.
  • This is the only series to share an epithet with another Sentai: the "Dengeki" of "Dengekitai" is the exact same as the "Dengeki" of Dengeki Sentai Changeman.
  • This is one of four teams to not have "Sentai" in their name but the only one of the four to have another designation to refer to them as a team. (the 'tai' ending is the same as that of 'sentai', thus them being "Dengekitai" makes them "the Blitzkreig Squadron" instead of "Battle Squadron" like all those who use "Sentai")
  • J.A.K.Q holds a TV show rating of 9.8%. [1]
  • This series was originally called Dengeki Sentai Crossbonger (Blitzkrieg Squadron Crossbonger) and Kagaku Tokusou-tai Borghunter (Science Special Team Borghunter).[1]

ReferencesEdit

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Official:
GorengerJ.A.K.Q.Battle Fever JDenzimanSun VulcanGoggle VDynamanBiomanChangemanFlashmanMaskmanLivemanTurborangerFivemanJetmanZyurangerDairangerKakurangerOhrangerCarrangerMegarangerGingamanGoGo-VTimerangerGaorangerHurricanegerAbarangerDekarangerMagirangerBoukengerGekirangerGo-OngerShinkengerGoseigerGokaigerGo-BustersKyoryugerToQger

Unofficial:
Akibaranger (EX)Akibaranger S2 (EX)

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