Is Gaoranger Also a Huge Tribute to Old Sentai Seasons?
Considering Gaoranger IS Sentai's 25th Anniversary, I really can't help but think the series is a HUGE tribute to its predecessors. Let's take a look at it this way:
Kakeru Shishi/Gao Red. He's the second red ranger to have a lion emblem, the first was Ryouma/Ginga Red from Gingaman. Like Shiro from Bioman, he can talk to animals (which thus helps him in his job). He like Jou/Yellow Lion has the lion motiff and a small cannon for a weapon.
Gaku Washio/Gao Yellow- He shares the same name with Five Red, Gaku Hoshikawa. Both of them had flying mecha. His Gaoranger suit also resembles that of Jetman, having its retractable wings similar to the Jetman suits. He is also the second one with the eagle sign, the first being the two Vul Eagles of Sun Vulcan. Like the Jetmen, he is also an airforce pilot, possibly a reference to Ryu.
Kai Samezu/Gao Blue- He is the second blue ranger with a shark emblem, the first being Kinya Samejina/Vul Shark. He is playful like Dan in Zyuranger.
Sotaro Ushigome/Gao Black- He is the second black ranger with a bison symbol, the first being Tetsuya Yano/Live Bison.
Sae Taiga/Gao White- Like Kou before her, she is a white ranger with a tiger emblem.
Shirogane/Gao Silver. Like Burai, he first appears as an enemy (he was possessed by Loki though). He is also the second silver ranger after Yuusaku/Mega Silver. Like Gai Yuki, he is a lone wolf and plays pool. Just in time, 25th is the silver anniversary.
Monsters in Gaoranger were similar to the Vyram's Dimension Jigen. They were born out of inanimate objects.
The Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai movie had the return of five seniors from the 90s namely Big One, Red Falcon, Mega Pink, Ginga Blue and Go Yellow both celebrities and the flesh. The Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai movie is better than Forever Red (which was very rushed) or Boukenger vs. Super Sentai.
The Red Rangers all gathered together to inspire the Gaorangers to finish Rakuusha. Although they did not fight, they nonetheless encouraged the Gaorangers to finish the battle. Even their mecha appeared to help in that episode. Can't get more nostalgic than that!