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 "The iron DinoGuts!"

Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger (Burstosaur Squadron Abaranger [2]) is the twenty-seventh program in the Super Sentai franchise, airing from 2003 to 2004.

In the backstory of Abaranger, the meteorite that killed all the dinosaurs in the distant past actually split Earth into two parallel worlds: "Another Earth", the world as we know it where the dinosaurs became extinct, and "Dino Earth", where dinosaurs lived on alongside humans and eventually evolved into "Bakuryu" and "Ryujin" respectively.

All is well in Dino Earth until the awakening of the evil Evolian and their god, Dezumozorlya. Dino Earth soon falls to the Evolian, and a lone Ryujin warrior called Asuka flees through an interdimensional portal to Another Earth. There he seeks human allies with the ability to harness a powerful inner energy called "Dinoguts", and fight against the invading Evolian before they conquer Another Earth as well.

He soon finds three: Ryouga Hakua, a young father with boundless optimism; Yukito Sanjyo, a cold and cynical chiropractor; and Ranru Itsuki, a keen tomboy mechanic. Together they gain the partnership and power of three Bakuryu, and fight against the Evolian as the Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger.

Asuka soon recovers from being Brought Down to Normal and joins as the fourth Abaranger, only to have his resolve tested as he is forced to fight Jeanne, a vicious Evolian general who shares the appearance of his lost love. Later on, a powerful Evil Counterpart appears in the form of Mikoto Nakadai, an amoral genius who uses a Super Prototype of the Abaranger technology to become "AbareKiller", a nemesis that challenges the Abaranger's belief in the basic goodness of humanity.

The theme of the series is, quite obvious from the title, dinosaurs, lots and lots of hotbloodedness, and explosions.[3]

Oh, and did we mention that the Dinosaurs talk?

The AbaRangers:

And The AbareBlue:

  • Dezumozorya: The Big Bad; Evoliens' God.
  • Rije: Apostle of Dawn, and later, Queen of the Empire. Finally revealed to be Asuka and Mahoro's daughter.
  • Jannu: Dark Action Girl and brainwashed later revealed to be Mahoro.
  • Mikela: The painter-themed Monster-Of-The-Week maker, from combination of a plant, an animal and a man-made appliance.
  • Voffa: Also a Monster-Of-The-Week maker, but with a musician-theme. He creates giant monsters directly, named after classical music pieces.
  • Geildon: Not a character per se, but the assumed identity of its wearer. A cursed ammonite-themed armor that can turn its wearer into a mindless murdering machine, it's passed on to whoever defeats or kills its current user. Originally worn by Asuka's True Companions and Mahoro's brother Mizuho, it's usually in possession of Jannu.

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Adapted as Power Rangers Dino Thunder which gave a nod to the original sentai in one of their episodes.


Recurring Super Sentai tropes:

Ryouga: "Bursting energy![6] AbareYellow!"

Yukito: "Explode Seriously![7] AbareBlack!"

Ranru: "Dashing with courage![8] AbareKiller!"

Asuka: "The invincible soul of the Dragon People! [9] Evoliens!"

Mikoto: "The finest example of excitement.[10] AbaRed!" [11]
All: "The Iron AbareBlue! Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger!"


Tropes specific to Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger:

  "Rampage! Rampage! Rampage even more! Get up!"

    • "Blast-Dinosaur Task Force Rampage Rangers"... It seems no further elaboration would be necessary.
  • Hot Dad: Ryouga. Also, Asuka.
  • Hot Mom: Mahoro.
  • Idol Singer: Ranru trained as one before becoming a mechanic.
  • Inn Between the Worlds: Ever since its creation, the Dinosaur Curry shop has been referenced in every annual teamup, serving as a place where members of the past and present teams meet each other. The thing's a landmark.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: If any one trope sums up Yukito's character, this is it.
  • Literal Genie: ep. 25's Trinoid.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Rije's father turned out to be Asuka.
  • Meaningful Name: Ryouga, Yukito and Ranru's family names, "Hakua" (Cretaceous), "Sanjyo" (Triassic) and "Itsuki" (Jurassic[16]), are puns on names of the prehistoric periods where dinosaurs thrived in. Lampshaded in Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger vs. Abaranger.
    • There's also Mikela, the painter, named after Michelangelo, and Voffa, the composer, whose name derives from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
  • Medium Awareness: in episode 14, Ranru meets Ryuunosuke's old friend, who relates a story from their childhood in the form of a sepia toned flashback that they can actually see.

 "So which one is Ryuunosuke?"

"Sshh, pay attention!"

 I'm! I'M! A FATHER! I CAN'T BE KILLED HERE!!!!!

Notes

  1. Not to Be Confused With Ran Ran Ruu, Asuka
  2. A combination of Abare (Rampage) and "ranger".
  3. Just for starters: The word "AbaRanger" is from "Abare", meaning "riot/rampage/outbreak/run wild".
  4. Yukito the chiropractor, Ranru the mechanic, Asuka the Dino Earth expert, and Mikoto the medical doctor.
  5. Although, the Dino Carry was just a chariot pulled by the Styracosaurus, so the Max Oja could be considered more of a Transforming Mecha depending on whether you view the Dino Carry as part of the Styracosaurus or as a separate equipment.
  6. Genki Bakudai!
  7. Honki Bakuhatsu!
  8. Yuuki de bakushin!
  9. Muteki no Ryujin tamashi!
  10. Tokimeki no haku.
  11. The work "Haku" is a wordplay; "Haku" means "Doctor", among other things, and the Kanji used here for "Ha" stands for "White".
  12. Read as "A-mee-ba".
  13. Gun and Sword modes.
  14. Has 4 different elemental attacks.
  15. Can also function as a laser-shooting quill pen.
  16. Jyura-ki; "jyu" is a possible reading for the kanji "Itsuki"
  17. fireworks
  18. bee
  19. pimple
  20. Venus
  21. eggplant
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