Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (Pirate Squadron Gokaiger) is the 35th installment in the long-running Super Sentai franchise, airing from 2011 to 2012.
The Zangyack Empire, an evil empire aiming to conquer Earth and turn it into one of their colonies, were defeated by the combined might of the thirty-four previous Super Sentai teams in a conflict called the Legendary War. However, this was done at the cost of the heroes' powers, which scattered across the universe.
Years later, a group of Space Pirates called the Gokaiger hear about the Greatest Treasure In The Universe, which is supposedly located on Earth. Arriving to find and plunder the Greatest Treasure, they accidentally stumble into the Zangyack Empire's second attempt at invading Earth. With the Zangyack responsible for the bounties on their heads and the assimilation of their home planets, the Gokaiger are drawn into a conflict they would rather not be a part of...if it wasn't for the promise of treasure at the end.
The Members are:
.Captain Marvelous/Gokai Red:
The Hero. Captain Marvelous is the young captain of the Gokai Galleon who transforms into Gokai Red. He was originally a resident of a planet invaded by the Zangyack Empire before turning to piracy, though he had no desire or motivation except to pursue the Greatest Treasure in the Universe, which he did not truly believe in at the time. While raiding a Zangyack treasure depository, he met Aka Red, who recruited him to the Red Pirates while telling him to never give up if he wishes to obtain the Greatest Treasure. When the Red Pirates were wiped out in a Zangyack attack after being betrayed by their shipmate Basco ta Jolokia, Marvelous promised Aka Red to continue his quest for the Greatest Treasure. While he has no idea what the treasure is supposed to be, he makes finding it his only goal in life, eventually forming his own crew of space pirates whose members also share his ideal. Though he is the team leader, Captain Marvelous is an unpredictable sort of character who does reckless things to satisfy his curiosity, stating his actions as what any pirate would do in that particular moment, earning the ire of his crew, especially Don, at times. But his sense of responsibility as a leader is still very well intact, as shown when if his crew is ever in mortal danger, he would use his authority as captain and sacrifice himself, much like Aka Red did for him, to ensure their safety. He is much stronger than he looks as he is usually seen exercising himself by wearing a heavy bracelet while playing darts. His strength is displayed in a flashback in episode 12, where he rips the Zangyack tracking collar off Joe's neck, as well as in episode 21, where he rips the Heart of Hades right out of Ryuuwon's chest. He also has a rather hearty appetite. Before having Doc and Ahim join his crew, Marvelous' bounty was already established at $1,000,000 and raised to $1,500,000 when they get to Earth. This is eventually raised to $3,000,000 and then $5,000,000. After the death of Warz Gill, Captain Marvelous' bounty achieved the "Unlimited Reward" status, implying that anyone who takes on and completes the task can name any price that comes to mind. Captain Marvelous manages to defeat Basco to retrieve the five remaining Great Powers that the privateer had stolen.
.Joe Gibken/Gokai Blue:
The Number 2. Joe Gibken is the loyal first mate of Captain Marvelous who can transform into Gokai Blue. He was the first recruit into Captain Marvelous' crew. A man of few words, his cool and serious demeanor offsets his swordsmanship skills, making him the best fighter in the team. Under his stoic and uncaring facade lies a compassionate and kind nature. His catchphrase is, "I'll borrow this," whenever he grabs a bladed weapon from an enemy or another Super Sentai warrior during battle. Joe was once a member of the Zangyack's Imperial Special Forces, but when he was instructed to kill a group of captive children on his first mission, he refused and was imprisoned and beaten for attacking his superior officers while having their prisoners escape, only managing to escape thanks to the apparent sacrifice of his friend, senior and mentor, Sid Bamick. While on the run with a $500,000 bounty on his head, unable to settle in any one place for long due to the tracking collar attached to his neck, Joe was saved from his executioners by Captain Marvelous, whom he vowed to follow after Captain Marvelous managed to get the collar off through painstaking effort. After discovering that Sid had not died but was extensively modified to become Barizorg and unable to save him to his dismay, Joe realizes he had already found a new family in the form of the Gokaiger crew without realizing it, and decides to let go of his past and finally able to truly move on after defeating Barizorg. He eventually has his showdown with Barizorg, killing him and finally freeing the soul of his old friend, earning Sid's acknowledgement and finally giving Joe the closure he sought. Before Doc and Ahim joined he had a bounty of $1,000,000. Since directly attacking the Zangyack armada sent to conquer Earth, Joe's bounty is eventually raised to $2,000,000 and then $4,000,000. After the death of Warz Gill, his bounty increases to $8,000,000. With five Gokai Sabers and five blue Ranger Keys, Gokai Blue can execute the Final Wave Five-Blade Style Blue Slash.
.Luka Millfy/Gokai Yellow:
The Big Girl. Luka Millfy is a tomboy who serves as the crew's lookout and can transform into Gokai Yellow. Originally a poor, homeless girl, Luka looked after the other orphans with her friend Cain when their planet was under attack by the Zangyack. From that point on, Luka made a promise to herself that she would create a place where these orphans and many others elsewhere to live in peace, even if it means buying an entire planet to do so. This has made Luka appreciate the value of money and her methods of gaining it borderline on being greedy, even poking at the possibility of turing her crewmates in for the bounty. After losing her younger sister Lia to an illness, Luka left their planet to obtain funds by stealing from Zangyack warehouses, with examples being Zagins and energy crystals before she got caught. However, Captain Marvelous and Joe just happened to come by to steal from the empire when she was caught, saving and offering her the chance to make use her skills as their reconnaissance and infiltration expert. Though she refuses at first, Luka joins the crew after hearing their prize is the Greatest Treasure in the Universe and sees the value in obtaining such a thing worth an entire universe. Since joining the Gokai Galleon's crew, Luka has acquired a collection of expensive jewelry which the others will sometimes use to exchange for local currency, much to her dismay. Also, having frequently trained her eyes since childhood by spotting shooting stars before she goes to sleep, Luka has developed acute reflexes in combat, which she uses to make up for her lack of strength due to being a girl. Her training also enabled her to spot any nearby treasure. Her bounty is initially set at $100,000 but is later raised to $300,000 upon arriving on Earth, then to $750,000 and then $1,500,000. After the death of Warz Gill, her bounty increases to $3,000,000. Because of the way she lost Lia, Luka sees Ahim as a surrogate little sister, constantly concerned over her safety, a far different personality than her normal tough and cheeky personality she has when around the others.
.Don Dogoier/Gokai Green:
The Smart Guy. Don Dogoier is the cheerful and honest ship mechanic, cook and caretaker who can transform into Gokai Green, his seemingly spineless attitude is actually hiding his true courage which he shows when his friends are in danger. Don ran a repair store in the middle of nowhere until he met Luka and recognized her from her wanted poster when the girl's crew needed repairs on the Gokai Galleon after a brush with the Zanyack. He boarded the Gokai Galleon on his own volition later to honor his promise of helping out with the repairs, claiming himself to be a refugee from a Zangyack-conquered world. Other than fixing the ship, he single-handedly cleaned the filthy living quarters and gave the crew a decent meal before getting on with the needed repairs. Don's skills in gadgetry, cleaning, and cooking impressed Marvelous immensely, leading Don being shanghaied into the crew while being nicknamed "Doc". During battle, due to having little to no martial prowess, Don relies heavily on stealth and trickery using the environment around him to improvise attacks. His clumsiness in battle would often end up looking like he is doing comedic slapstick. He would often choose to flee when Zangyack forces arrive if his teammates are nowhere in sight. While still a bit of a coward, the Gokaigers' adventures on Earth have made him more confident in himself and able to support his teammates better, to the point where he volunteered to develop a new weapon for the team when his team's current weapons proved inadequate for defeating Shieldon. Due to his perceived background, the Zangyack Empire see Doc as no true concern on his own and originally set his bounty at a mere $100, but this is later raised to $1,000 and then $5,000 in response to his meddling in their affairs. Even though his bounty remains puny in comparison to the rest of the crew, he is the only member of the team actually concerned about their increasing value, as it will eventually bring more enemies coming after their heads. His fear is eventually realized when his role in the death of Warz Gill raised his bounty to $50,000. The Gokaiger crew would later learn that he was a legendary hero who disappeared after slaying a planet-eating dragon from a magazine, though it was eventually revealed that it's nothing more than a prank Doc played on the rest of the crew. When Captain Marvelous was captured and the rest of the Gokai Galleon crew seemingly killed-in-action, Doc decided to live up to the lie he made regardless and formulates a plan to rescue their captain from his execution by making himself a decoy so Damarsu would fail to notice Navi freeing their captain. After Damarasu's demise, Doc's bounty eventually raises to $300,000 as he is finally seen by the Zangyack as a problem even though he is tied with Gai for the lowest bounty.
.Ahim de Famille/Gokai Pink:
Ahim de Famille is a gentle and well-mannered lady who transforms into Gokai Pink. The fourth member to join Captain Marvelous, she was the princess of the planet Famille before Zatsurigu of the Zangyack Imperial Guard destroyed her home world and killed her parents for not accepting annexation as threatened to. She came across the pirates by chance while on the run, asking to join their crew so that she can fight the Zangyack forces and inspire hope to any other survivors from her home world and any other planet the Zangyack wiped out. Unlike the rest of her crewmates, she was practically useless when she first started out as a pirate due to having no unique utilitarian abilities, having zero martial prowess, constantly making a mess out of chores with her clumsiness, and very slow to catch up to anything. But unlike most of her more trigger-happy and rude teammates or the otherwise spineless Doc, she usually tries to solve conflicts peacefully. Due to her royal upbringing, she is also unusually courteous, not only making her the crew's diplomat, but also capable of easing any tension among her teammates, who would constantly bicker among themselves before she arrived due to their rougher personalities. Her pacifist ideals and in extension, her appearance, should not be taken as a sign of weakness. Due to her time spent training and living with the other pirates, she is now a competent pirate and fully capable of holding her own in a fight, evident when she fends off an armed kidnapper easily and with grace. She is the most fascinated with many aspects of common Earth culture as, being raised in royalty, she has very little understanding of life outside of her high society lifestyle. Her bounty is initially set at $500,000 but is later raised to $1,000,000 and then $2,000,000. After the death of Warz Gill, her bounty increases to $4,000,000. Ahim eventually confronts Zatsurigu and finally avenges her family and every other victim out there with the crew's help.
.Gai Ikari/Gokai Silver: The New Guy. Gai Ikari is the only Person fro Earth who is in the group and a Super Sentai fan who was injured while saving a little girl from being hit by a truck. Soon after, in a dream, Gai was visited by the ghosts of Mikoto Nakadai (Abare Destroyer), Time Fire, and Dragon Ranger, as they gave him both the ability to become Gokai Silver and access to their respective teams' Great Powers. He was originally denied by Captain Marvelous to be a part of the crew as he didn't think Gai brought something unique to his crew nor did he feel that Gai knew what it meant to be an enemy of the Zangyack empire. His enthusiasm and bravery allowed Gai to join the Gokaigers with the vow to use his powers to destroy the Zangyack Empire for good. Upon joining the Gokaigers, his bounty is initially established at $100,000, later raised to $300,000 due to his role in the death of Warz Gill. Gai also has a strange power to use his imagination to influence the Ranger Keys, fusing them to create variant keys such as the Go-on Wings Key, the Gokai Christmas Key with the Gokai Red and Gokai Green Keys, and the Gold Anchor Key with all fifteen sixth hero Ranger Keys. Through the Gold Anchor Key, Gokai Silver can transform into the armored Gold Mode, increasing his offensive capacity and defense, though the cumbersome armor slows him down considerably. As such, he mostly uses Gold Mode only for finishing off the Action Commanders. It does not take long for Gai to prove himself a valuable asset to the team, as not only he is a cook as good as Don and a fighter with skills at par with that of Joe's, but as a Super Sentai fan himself, he has a vast knowledge about the previous teams that his shipmates lack. One advantage of his knowledge is his ability to differentiate Shiro Akebono from Daigoro Oume (as both characters are played by Kenji Ohba) just by their scents (as, according to him, Oume smells like anpan, while Akebono smells of the Savanna). As a Super Sentai fan, he has great respect for any past Super Sentai members, to the point of going hysterical when he meets any of them and asking for their autographs. Although he respects those heroes who came before him, he would not hesitate to talk back at any of them if that means defending what he thinks is right, as well as standing up for his team. After the death of Akudos Gill and the dissolution of Zangyack Empire, Gai says his goodbye to his friends on Earth and he sets on his journey with the Gokaigers to the homeworld of Zangyack.
The Main Villians are Space Empire Zangyack, Zangyack's forces are a race of aliens who have conquered and destroyed untold numbers of planets across the galaxy and plan to invade Earth for their emperor Akudos Gill. The first invasion failed due to the interference of 34 Super Sentai teams in the Legend War. The second, current, invasion is being overseen by the emperor's son Warz Gill from his chariot-like flagship Gigant Horse, stationed between Earth and its moon, with an armada at his command. After the Gokaigers killed off Warz, the Zangyack made the capture and execution of the Gokaigers their top priority to the point of giving Captain Marvelous an "Unlimited Reward" bounty. They were perceived a threat great enough for the emperor himself to come and oversee the invasion personally. A month after Akudos Gill's death as well as the destruction of the majority of their military forces, which were mobilized to Earth, the Zangyack Empire begins to dissolve with its universal reign coming to an end.
The currency of the Zangyack Empire, and all planets that fall under its control, is the Zagin. The exchange rate from the Zagin to the yen is $1 to ¥360.
The Members are:
.Warz Gill: The apperent Big Bad. He's A Laughably Evil Smug Snake. Commander Warz Gill is the young commander of the Zangyack invasion forces who is Emperor Akudos Gill's son, thus attempting to earn his father's respect while showing himself as one of elite status and not the idiotic brat that he and the royal court see him to be. This intent to prove himself gave Warz a paranoid attitude, making him frequently hysterical when his missions are failures and reacting to them by covering his tracks and lashing out at the Gormin. Warz also expresses anger towards Damarasu, knowing he was deployed by his father to make sure he succeeds. Warz Gill is also known to be petty, knowing if a stack of cash is lacking any notes just by weighing with his hands, so precise to the point where he would know even if just one note is lacking. Eventually, Warz learns of the Greatest Treasure the Gokaigers are looking for and believes it to be of little consequence, to the point of ignoring it to Damarasu's dismay. However, after an invasion he personally oversees is called off by his followers after a stray shot from Gokai Red wounds his left arm, a furious Warz vows to kill the Gokaigers with extreme prejudice for his injury. Eventually, when the Zangyack's strongest war machine Great Warz is given to his crew, Warz decides to make his move to prove himself capable of conquering Earth and easily defeats Goujyu Gokaioh. Confident after his victory, Warz sends Barizorg out to defeat the other Gokaigers. Enraged at the discovery of Barizorg's death, Warz redeploys back to Earth in the Great Warz over Damarasu's objections. However, the Great Warz is destroyed by Kanzen Gokaioh, destroying Warz as a result.
.Damarasu: The Apperent Commander in Cheif to Warz Gill. Is menecing and serious. Chief of Staff Damarasu is known among Zangyack as both the empire's "Strongest High Ranked Soldier" and as "the Strongest Man in the Universe" due to his skills a general, strategist and warrior. He carries the DamaraSword whose blade he energizes to execute powerful attacks and has concealed the DamaLaunchers, machinelazergun arms, under his cape. He is ordered to accompany Warz Gill by Akudos Gill and assist him as his second in command, questioning his decisions if he feels that he needs to. Unlike the others, Damarasu expresses curiosity on why the Gokaigers are even on Earth and uses the Sneak Brothers to learn the pirates' intentions on Earth and also hires Basco ta Jolokia to take out the Gokaigers. However, though he believes crippling the Gokaigers' chances of unlocking their Ranger Keys should be a priority, his suggestion is ignored. Despite his attempts to convince Warz not to pilot the Great Warz before Kanzen Gokaioh destroys it, Damarasu ends up recovering the prince's corpse from the wreckage. Soon being relieved of his position and sent to the brig by Akudos Gill for failing to protect Warz as commanded, Damarasu is given a chance to redeem himself by personally executing Captain Marvelous. To that end, Damarasu forces Basco into helping him carry out the task. Though Damarasu overpowers the remaining Gokaigers and captures Captain Marvelous, a combination of Doc's rescue attempt and Basco's treachery leaves Damarasu wounded as he battles the Gokaigers. In the end, Damarasu is destroyed by Kanzen Gokaioh's Gokai Kanzen Super Burst.
.Insarn: The Weird Minion and Evil Genius. Development Technical Officer Insarn is Zangyack's evil scientist, her desire to make a name for herself as the greatest scientific mind in the universe. She supplies the Action Commanders under Warz with powerful weapons and modifications and able to fight with an energy whip from her Operation Magnum tool and poisoned missiles build in her Shoulder Catapult armors. Using a special gun-shaped controller, she normally fires the Gigant Horseʼs enlargement cannons to resurrect defeated Action Commanders and make them grow giant. She rarely appears on Earth save when she falls in love with Kyousuke Jinnai and causes a series of bizarre events that end with her love redirected to Action Commander Jerashid until his defeat by Shinken Gokaioh and asked for him to be jettisoned. Her disdain toward Jerashid grew after finding him living with humans to the point of utter disgust. She seems to be popular with the male Action Commanders as even Action Commander Satorakura Jr. asked her to marry him when his mission was complete to which she bluntly refused. Later, after finding that she has no place in the Zangyack, Insarn decides to go after the Gokaigers in the Great Insarn to prove her worth to Akudos. Forced to eject when her robot is destroyed, Insarn battles the Gokaigers before being hit by the Gokai Galleon Buster's Rising Strike. Insarn is livid of her fate before she explodes.
.Barizorg: The Brute. Special Duty Officer Barizorg is a cyborg whose whole body is mechanized and completely loyal to Warz Gill. He speaks very little other than saying, "Yes, boss," to Warz Gill's orders, unless questioned by others or when the situation deems necessary for him to speak. He was originally Sid Bamick, a senior officer and Joe's comrade while he was with the Zangyack. However, when he committed treason against the Zangyack by freeing the imprisoned Joe and covering his escape, Sid was converted by the Zangyack scientist Zaien into his current form with his pre-cyborg memories and personality erased save for his swordsmanship. Though he learns the truth about himself, Barizorg's programming makes him consider the new information to be of no importance. After Goujyu Gokaioh is defeated by the Great Warz, Barizorg hunts down Joe and battles him again. However, despite his superior skills, Barizorg is ultimately killed. After Barizorg's death, Sid appears to Joe in spirit, acknowledging and commending Joe for his efforts in both saving his (Sid's) soul and chasing after his own dream, which finally gives Joe closure.
.Akudos Gill: The REAL Big Bad. Unlike his son Warz Gill he is DEAD serious. Emperor Akudos Gill is the leader of the Zangyack Empire and the father of Warz Gill. Though an emperor, Akudos carries the AkudoSword, with him nonetheless. After his first Earth invasion was destroyed by first thirty-four Super Sentai teams, Akudos sends Warz with a second invasion force. However, though the Super Sentai teams were no longer a threat by then, Akudos sent Damarasu to oversee Warz's actions out of a lack of confidence in his son's abilities. Eventually, he sends two of his Dogomin to deliver the Great Warz for the Gigant Horse crew to use so that the invasion gets back on track. However, when news of Warz's death reaches him, Akudos arrives to the Gigant Horse with his personal fleet to assume full command of the invasion while making examples out of both the Gokaigers for their crimes while giving Damarasu a chance of redeeming himself for failing to protect Warz. But after seeing the Gokaigers destroy Damarasu, he decides to halt the invasion and refocus his full attention on the pirates by calling all Zangyack forces to Earth.
Once his forces are gathered, using Insarn to weaken the Gokaigers, Akudos proceeds to send the entire fleet down to Earth with the intent of killing the pirates and executing planetary destruction. But when Gokai Red and Gokai Silver manage to ram into and take control of the Gigant Horse with the Free Joker, and proceed to wipe out the entire invasion fleet surrounding it before sinking it, Akudos battles the Gokaigers, putting up a tough fight and withstanding most of their attacks. However, Akudos is finally destroyed by the Gokaigers using Gokai Galleon Buster's Rough Wave at contact shot range. With his only heir and the majority of his military force all dead, the remaining branches of the Zangyack Empire across the universe begin to splinter and dissolve.
.Dairando: The REAL Commander. A Smug Snake. Dairando is a member of the Imperial Guards, accompanying Akudos Gill to the Gigant Horse and becoming the invasion force's new second in command. A cocky and arrogant figure in personality, Dairando loves to have fun and treats his fights like a game. Dairando carries the Giant Hammer that he enlarges to execute his hammer attack. Once Isarn is destoyed by the Gokaigers, Dairando proceeds to lead the entire Zangyack armada on the Gokaigers. Though having the upper hand at first, Dairando is mortally wounded by the Gokaigers when distracted by seeing the armada being wiped out before being destroyed by the Gokai Galleon Buster's Rising Strike.
.Basco ta Jolokia: Not Exactly a member but a Pivateer Hired by the Zangyack. He's a Complete Monster. Representing greed and It's All About Me to the max. This guy betrayed the Red Pirates, leaving Aka Red to his apparent demise and Marvelous alone, while stealing several of their gathered treasures under the pretense that 'you have to sacrifice something to get something else', which means that if he wants something, he sacrifices ANYTHING to get it and isn't above blackmail. Children will be hurt, innocents and youngsters will be blown up, allies will be betrayed (including his harmless pet Monkey) for anything he wants. The cinch? He does all that with a cheery smile befitting of a Troll and did it for profit and whatever fun he wants. It's worth noting that Basco's disposition is usually cheery and jovial, but when he is the enemy of the week, the situation gets even worse than when Zangyack is the enemy of the week. Basco is Destroyed by Marvelous and manages to take the ranger keeys he stole.