My Thoughts To A Recent, Random Survey In Japan About One's Favorite Heisei Era Super Sentai

Time changes doesn't it and this is a rather random survey which UkiyaSeed had reported. Here's the top 10 results according to the random survey involving 6,753 participants:

  1. Samurai Sentai Shinkenger
  2. Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs. Keisatsu Sentai Patranger
  3. Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger
  4. Ressha Sentai ToQGer
  5. Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger
  6. Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger
  7. Special Police Dekaranger
  8. Mirai Sentai Timeranger
  9. Ninja Sentai Kakuranger
  10. KyuuKyuu Sentai GoGo-V

The research did not specify the age groups considering much time has passed during the Heisei era which started on 1989 and now it's 2019. A total of 30 years and a few months have passed from January 8, 1989 up to the day the survey was given. So what's my latest reaction to the survey? I find all these answers to be rather random which I'd explain. 

Shinkenger at top one in the recent survey? Well, I wonder if we should even be surprised that after 10 years -- Shinkenger gets on top of the survey. It was freaking 10 years ago since the show aired. I admit, I used to even think it was that "last decent show" even while there's actually Gokaiger and what no Go-Busters? I guess Shinkenger's influence is that strong! Though I guess it's better not to have a Ten Years After movie now considering almost everyone in the cast now has a high career after Super Sentai!

I do find the result of Lupinranger vs. Patranger at second place to be rather not surprising. Okay, I don't deny that low toy sales did hit the series in contrast to Kyuranger -- but it seems that good audience reception doesn't always equal toy sales. Some people may just watch Super Sentai for the plot and not for the merchandise. I guess there was an excess surplus of Kyuranger toys (and why this merchandise monster is not in the top 10 choices in the random survey baffles me) which may have led to the slowdown. Lupinranger vs. Patranger for me has one of the best writing ever.

So how did Gaoranger and ToQGer became higher than the legendary Gokaiger baffles me. What?! I thought Gokaiger was that popular. But this random survey puts both Gaoranger and ToQGer at a higher place. ToQGer well I guess the low ratings no longer matter due to the digital age -- the show even won an award on Railroad Day which actually helped it. But Gaoranger? I wonder if it got an award for promoting wild animals? I wonder how did Gokaiger get dragged down there according to the recent survey? It's weird. 

Hurricanger and Dekaranger are probably what I'd call shows that get overrated. We know how Nao Nagasawa and Ayumi Kinoshita are actually good friends in real life -- even if their characters Nanami and Jasmine never appeared together except for Hero Momma web series! I personally prefer Hurricanger over Kakuranger. Dekaranger is THAT popular that you had Dekaranger: Ten Years After, it had a guest role in Kyuranger in 2017 and it was followed by the Dekaranger vs. Gavan movie. But they are below Gaoranger, ToQGer and Gokaiger. I thought Gokaiger is considered as Naruhisa Arakawa's best work?

How did Timeranger (which I still consider to be the best of Yasuko Kobayashi), Kakuranger and GoGo-V even get into the survey still baffled considering GoGo-V is 20 years old now, Timeranger would turn 20 next year and Kakuranger is very much a 90s series. Not everyone would be able to cope up with the generation gap. I don't think everyone would be interested with old school Super Sentai -- especially if it's the younger generation. I feel I'm do have trouble every now and then accepting the changes not because I'm against change -- it's because change will be done to cater to new audiences more than old ones to survive. So how did Timeranger (an extremely mature series) and the two 90s series get into here baffles me?

Only if the survey gave the specific age groups. I just feel these are pretty random participants. Also, Super Sentai already has 43 seasons from Showa to Heisei that becoming a Super Sentai completionist can be a huge challenge in itself.


  1. The most surprising choice was Gokaiger making the top 5! I loved Gokaiger and its honestly top 5 all time favorite shows ever, but I believed the low ratings for that season may have kept it off the list and to see Kakuranger on the list at all makes me think there were some older voters for this survey as well


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