The average ratings of the series was Maskman was a season that turned out to bring many changes to the franchise, even from development. The season was originally to have the name of The Fiveman , similar in name to the original Sentai Himitsu Sentai Gorenger and with the five reflective in many aspects including Great Five , the first five-piece mecha.
However the costumes for the season blended in aspects from the recent Hirohisa Soda seasons uniform leotards with color differences in areas for males and females with the return of masks similar to those of Battle Fever J , including eyes, noses, and sculpted hair. A prototype mask was made, but the concept was ultimately dropped; this prototype would ultimately be used in one episode as the hero X1 Mask , who would have the distinction of being a prototype of a future Sentai development: the sixth hero.
One notable attribute to the costumes used was the return of the female skirt, which had been absent since DenziPink and would be utilized by nearly every female Sentai hero afterwards. The Fiveman name, although not used, would eventually be adopted by another Sentai three years later.
Another major development brought about by Maskman was stepping away from science fiction, which had been a major driving factor of all Sentai since Denziman and instead utilizing aspects of the Chinese concept of "kikou", an internal energy within the body that can be used and manipulated. Known as "aura power" in Maskman , it would lead to the first martial arts-driven Sentai and begin experimentations beyond Sentai's comfort zone into eventually embracing other concepts and ideas.
The "kikou" concept would be further developed and used six years later in the Chinese-themed Dairanger. Everything starts with Commander Sugata, a scientist and sage who excelled in mental reinforcements and is a master of every martial art. He discovered the existence of the Royal Underground Empire Tube, a malignant force that desires to dominate the land, which is based underneath Japan.
In the beginning, Tube was centered on pacifism. However, when Zeba assumed the throne, Tube began planning to conquer the world. The new goal of Tube had become turning the world into a cold and shady planet, conditions that would need to be achieved so that the citizens of Tube could live on the surface. In order to stand against them and thwart their plans, Sugata recruited five young people, each one specializing in a style of martial arts, and taught them in the ways of the mystical " Aura Power " energy.
A year after Sugate recruited and trained the Maskmen, Tube is ready to strike. The Tube's Princess Ial, sent as a spy above ground under the assumed name Mio, has fallen in love with Takeru and now wishes for those living under and above ground to coexist. She is kidnapped and imprisoned in ice for her betrayal. Farewell, Dear Flower! Another strong episode. Another episode that really shows the whole team working together with what they have, as the others try their hardest hardest to rescue Takeru.
Light on plot, but enjoyable enough. Though Takeru should probably not wear his jacket for a bit considering that was among the features listed… 3. The Dear Bloodsucking Doll! An alright episode with some good development for Haruka and a disturbing concept, though somewhat flawed. At , a Doggler is set to emerge from a doll it possessed bought by Haruka, but given to a young girl.
Not bad, but not really a stand-out, despite some noteworthy things. A Trap! Anagmas continues using his own methods to bring down Maskman, and gets further than any members have up to this point. A great episode for Momoko that ends on one hell of a cliffhanger. Not only was he far from the only person involved in its creation, including his late friend Professor Yamagata, but it appears to have had government funding as well.
Revealed is the existence of another robot made to combat Tube — the Galaxy Robo, which much of the episodes consists of searching for. A very solid, tense pair of episodes that provides a lot of great backstory. Not a bad episode by any means, but pretty predictable. You do feel quite bad for this kid, and want him to be turned back ASAP. Nothing amazing, but enjoyable enough. Lives That Disappeared on Hot Sand! Not a stand-out, but certainly interesting.
Thief Knight Kiros! Rather shockingly, there is a nude scene with Ial during a flashback, with her privates being covered only by a plant. Its in the distance and her actress Mina Asami was already kind of a viking with nudity , but still pretty raunchy for a family program. A very good episode. Mio is Princess Ial!? The center of focus is Akaiki, the leader of the technicians who was injured in a test gas attack by Tube during his childhood. A decent episode, but maybe a slightly underwhelming conclusion to this arc.
Baraba sets out to prove himself worthy of living by obtaining a sacred sword, all while his mother intrudes. Guest stars Machiko Soga. It Appears! Some nice development is present for her and her rivalry with Fumin. Nothing amazing, but decent enough. Severe their Love!
Still, a pretty decent episode. Centered on Momoko and a mysterious man with an interest in her. His exact reasoning for being smitten with her is unclear, as is just how long they spent together the montage shows them in different outfits, so possibly days, leaving Takeru without a car , but it is believable. Unsurprisingly, the ending is a downer, but perhaps leaves some hope. Despite being bent on defending Earth, Momoko and Hikaru not only dine-and-dash at an expensive restaurant, but also shatter its windows.
Guest stars Yasuhiro Ishiwata. The Mystery of Zeba! A pretty good episode that raises a lot of questions about Zeba and the imprisoned Lizar Doggler. Not a great episode, but has enough good stuff to make it worthwhile. What really elevates the episode is the presence of Ryosuke, a young man saved by Kenta who wishes to become a master chef who tries to give Kenta his courage back.
An everyman in the role really makes the situation stand-out, especially had it just been his fellow teammates. Said loss of courage and the attempts to retain it is could have perhaps gone on for a bit longer likely hampered by the 19 minute run time , but a good episode with a powerful message. The chemistry between the current and younger Takeru is quite good and the advice he leaves him seems to resonate with his future self.
The only gripe is the method of time travel — an apparent time tunnel underground accessed by a Doggler. Its mildly lazy and reminiscent of a Kikaider 01 episode where SHADOW another underground organization uses a time tunnel pulled out of nowhere.
Speaking of which, young Takeru is shown playing Kikaider during a flashback. Perhaps he witnessed him in real life? The Merume clan will never be mentioned again, though it is somewhat justified given there is only one survivor. Not amazing and a bit schmaltzy, but still an alright episode. The twist is predictable, but the way its handled, explaining how it was all done is clever. Despite Kiros being the only villain, Okelampa again shows up to turn his Dogler giant for the obligatory mech battle.
The message at the end is rather nice and the kid is likable, but a pretty forgettable episode overall. Akira Loses His Eyesight!
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Hikari Sentai Maskman is Toei's eleventh entry of the Super Sentai metaseries. It aired on TV Asahi from February 28, to February 20, , with a total of 51 episodes. Its international English title as listed by Toei is simply Maskman. Hikari Sentai Maskman (光戦隊マスクマン, Hikari Sentai Masukuman, translated into English as Light Squadron Maskman) is the 11th entry of Toei's Super. Hikari Sentai Maskman (光戦隊マスクマン, Hikari Sentai Masukuman), individually known as the Maskmen (マスクマン, Masukuman), is the 11th Super Sentai.