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Kagaku Sentai Dynaman
Number 5 (prior to 1995)
7
Number of episodes: 51
First episode: The Tailed-People Clan's Challenge
Original airing: February 5, 1983 – January 28, 1984
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Kagaku Sentai Dynaman (科学戦隊ダイナマン Kagaku Sentai Dainaman?, translated into English as Scientific Squadron Dynaman) is the 7th entry in the Super Sentai series produced by Toei Company Ltd. The series aired from February 5, 1983, to January 28, 1984, with a total of 51 episodes. It had originally been intended as a baseball-themed sentai. In 1987, six episodes were given a spoof dub and aired on the USA cable network under the simplified title Dynaman.

Dynaman was called "Kayaku Sentai" (火薬, meaning "gunpowder") from Japanese fans because of the many explosions. Producer Takayuki Suzuki even said the staff used the "highest quantity of gunpowder".

Voice actor, Toru Ohira, who narrated the Super Sentai series beginning with Himitsu Sentai Gorenger, departed after this series. After narrating the Metal Hero Series from 1984 to 1989 (Except for Choujinki Metalder in 1987), he would later return to narrate Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger in 1992, and perform the voice of Emperor Bacchus Wrath in Chouriki Sentai Ohranger in 1995.

ProductionEdit

Original Dynaman

A pre-production photo of the original design of the Dynamen.

The original name of the series was "Yakyuu Sentai V-Leaguer" (Baseball Sentai V-Leaguer), with the motif of the team being that they were a baseball-based team (possibly to ride on Goggle V's success with rhythmic gymnastics) and with development made to the point of the baseball motif being rather prominent in the season. However, it was judged through the development of the uniform that the appropriate "coolness" was not achieved in it and thus the concept was scrapped. It was ultimately switched to "Dynaman" due to the concept of the heroes having an "explosion of spirit" similar to the explosion of dynamite. However even with the sudden change in motif, many aspects of the "baseball" image ultimately remained in Dynaman: the suits still remained with the "baseball" look even with some slight differences, certain poses still looked more appropriate to baseball and DynaRobo's fusion term was "Grand Slam"; while the "clang" within the opening theme holds a similarity of a ball being hit by a metal bat.

Vleaguer

An image from a 1983 calendar, showing the Dynamen with their original name, V-Leaguer.

Other major evolutions and developments with Dynaman occurred with the evolution of the villains of the season in the Jashinka Empire. Initially, Jashinka was to have a "beautiful villain" by way of Prince Megiddo, who was modeled off various similar "bishonen male villains" of giant robot anime. However when the Sentai producers realized that the level of beauty they needed was impossible in live action compared to anime, Megiddo was eventually "changed" only to return near the end as the mysterious Dark Knight. It was as the Dark Knight that Megiddo made a greater impact, becoming the first Sentai "Dark Hero". Jashinka likewise experienced developments that would impact storytelling in Sentai, including character development and, with the successful return of the "mid-season upgrade" in Goggle V, the first true "villain upgrade" in Sentai for their side.

Possibly the greatest "change" that Dynaman held in Sentai's evolution was unintentional but important: due to the increase in time of a Japanese news program, the Sentai timeslot was suddenly reduced from 30 minutes to 25, which included opening, ending and preview. This reduction ended up forcing a tightening of action and story and less time with stock footage, ultimately improving the franchise in the long run.

PlotEdit

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Dynaman

The Jashinka Empire (ジャシンカ帝国?) (Combination of the Japanese words for "evil" (邪心 Jashin?), and "evolution" (進化 Shinka?)) rises from the depths of the Earth to conquer the world.

To stop them, Dr. Yumeno assembles five inventors to his laboratory, Yumeno Invention Laboratory and gives them the power to become Dynamen. Each member has their own goal, but as the Kagaku Sentai Dynaman, they are united to stop the Jashinka Empire in their tracks.

CharactersEdit

Dynamen with Dr. Yumeno

The Dynamen with Dr. Yumeno.

DynamenEdit

Main article: Dynamen
DynaRed Hokuto Dan
DynaBlack Ryuu Hoshikawa
DynaBlue Yousuke Shima
DynaYellow Kousaku Nangou
DynaPink Rei Tachibana

Yumeno Invention Center/Dyna StationEdit

Tailed People Clan Jashinka EmpireEdit

ArsenalEdit

Category:Arsenal (Dynaman)

MechaEdit

Category:Mecha (Dynaman)

EpisodesEdit

Kagaku Sentai Dynaman Episodes

SongsEdit

  • Opening: Kagaku Sentai Dynaman
  • Ending: Yume wo Kanaete Dynaman
  • Mecha Theme (Dyna Robo): Go Go Dyna Robo
  • Matte Ita n da Dynaman
  • Honoo no Senshi ~Fire Crew~
  • Ore no Heart wa Yumejikake
  • Mahiru no Arashi ~Bomber Twist~
  • Super Dynamite
  • Endless Way

CastEdit

CrewEdit

Stage ShowsEdit

NotesEdit

  • Dynaman is the last of a set of series where the three "main colors" (Red, Blue and Yellow) were all males. An all male trio would not occur with these colors again until Kousoku Sentai Turboranger.
  • In Kamen Rider x Super Sentai: Super Hero Taihen – Who’s the culprit?!, we learn that DynaYellow was originally going to be orange.
  • This is the first Sentai where the heroes wore suits made of spandex, the material that would become synonymous with both Super Sentai and its adaptation Power Rangers. Spandex would be used for all future Sentai teams until Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, a span of nearly three decades, although the proceeding series, Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, returned to using spandex.
  • This season shares concepts and ideas of the classic Sentai-influencing anime "Kagaku Ninja-tai Gatchaman" (Science Ninja Squadron Gatchaman), speaking of the responsibility of science while fighting inhuman villains and even using the "Kagaku" of the Gatchaman name for their own name.
    • Jetman likewise is influenced by Gatchaman in the usage of a "bird team".
  • Dynaman has also been marketed as Dynaman The Commando.[1]
  • This series was originally called Baseball Sentai V-Leaguer.[2]

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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