Thursday, January 21, 2010

Super Sentai Theme Songs (OP & ED) -- 2001-2009

Unlike the Power Ranger opening themes, Super Sentai actually releases about 4 to 5 soundtracks that year with their opening and closing themes included. Lately, opening themes have been on the top of the music charts, namely Go-Onger, which has spun-off into different versions of the Ending theme. Note: There has been Power Ranger soundtracks but only a few. The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers song from the second season and movie did receive airplay thanks to Simon Cowell, out of all people.

Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger
"Gaorangers Hoero!!" ("Gaorangers Roar!!")
Lyrics: Nagae Kuwabara
Composition & Arrangement: Kōtarō Nakagawa
Artist: Yukio Yamagata

"Gaorangers Hoero!! (All Cast Version)" -- Movie opening
Lyrics: Nagae Kuwabara
Composition & Arrangement: Kōtarō Nakagawa
Artist: The Gaorangers

Ending themes
"Healin' You"
Lyrics: Nagae Kuwabara
Composition & Arrangement: Keiichi Oku
Artist: Salia

"Ōzora e no Kaidan" (The Stairway to Heaven) -- Finale ending
Lyrics: Chieko Suzaki
Composition & Arrangement: Kōichirō Kameyama
Artist: The Gaorangers


Ninpuu Sentai Hurricanger
"Hurricanegers Sanjō!" ("Here are the Hurricanegers!")
Lyrics: Neko Oikawa
Composition & Arrangement: Takeshi Ike
Artist: Hideaki Takatori
Hideaki Takatori is a Japanese singer, songwriter, and composer from Tokyo, known for his contributions to the anison genre (Music for Anime). He has also done music for Sonic-X and Transformers: Armada.

Ending theme
"Ima, Kaze no Naka de" ( "Now, Inside the Wind")
Lyrics & Composition: Hideaki Takatori
Artist: Hironobu Kageyama


Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger (2003)
Lyrics: Yumi Yoshimoto
Composition: Takafumi Iwasaki
Artist: Masaaki Endoh
Masaaki Endoh is a Japanese singer/songwriter who is prominent in the area of soundtracks for Anime and Tokusatsu productions.

Ending theme
"We are the ONE ~Bokura wa Hitotsu~"
Lyrics: Yumi Yoshimoto
Composition: Yasuo Kosugi
Artist: Akira Kushida


Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger (2004)
Lyrics: Yumi Yoshimoto
Composition: Ayumi Miyazaki
Artist: Psychic Lover
Psychic Lover is a J-pop band consisting of vocalist YOFFY (Yoshiyuki Wada) and guitarist IMAJO (Tatsuhiro Imajo). Originally consisting of six members, YOFFY and IMAJO are the only two who remained for their rise to fame. Much of their work has been featured as opening and closing themes of Japanese television series and Anime.

Ending themes
"Midnight Dekaranger"
Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
Composition: Hideaki Takatori
Artist: Isao Sasaki
Isao Sasaki is a Japanese seiyū, actor, and vocalist, has also done themes for Himitsu Sentai Goranger, J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai, Choujinki Metalder, the movie Kamen Rider ZO and Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion.

"girls in trouble! DEKARANGER
Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
Composition: Yūmao
Artist: Ayumi Kinoshita & Mika Kikuchi with the Dekaren Boys


Mahou Sentai Magiranger (2005)
Lyrics: Yūho Iwasato
Composition: Takafumi Iwasaki
Arrangement: Seiichi Kyōda
Artist: Takafumi Iwasaki

Ending theme
"Jumon Kōrin ~ Magical Force" and "The Spell Advent ~ Magical Force"
Lyrics: Yūho Iwasato
Composition: YOFFY
Arrangement: Psychic Lover & Kenichirō Ōishi
Artist: Sister MAYO


GoGo Sentai Boukenger (2006)
Lyrics: Yūho Iwasato
Composition: Nobuo Yamada
Artist: NoB
Nobuo Yamada who performs under the name NoB is a Japanese singer and the former lead singer of the band Make-Up.

Ending theme
"Bōkensha ON THE ROAD"
Lyrics: Yūho Iwasato
Composition: YOFFY
Arrangement: Psychic Lover & Kenichirō Ōishi
Artist: Psychic Lover


Juken Sentai Gekiranger (2007)
Lyrics: Neko Oikawa
Composition: Takafumi Iwasaki
Artist: Takayoshi Tanimoto with Young Fresh on chorus
Takayoshi is 34 and Tanimoto performed "Dragon Soul" the opening and "Yeah! Break! Care! Break!" the ending theme songs for Dragon Ball Kai, the revised and reanimated version of the anime series Dragon Ball Z.

Ending theme "Tao"
Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
Artist: Ichirou Mizuki with Young Fresh (Chorus)

Character songs including "Susume no Susume" performed by Jan Kandou (GekiRed)/Hiroki Suzuki; "Run" performed by Ran Uzaki (GekiYellow)/Mina Fukui; "Just make it out!" performed by Retsu Fukami (GekiBlue)/Manpei Takagi; "Wandering Wolf" performed by Gou Fukami (GekiViolet)/Riki Miura; "Sōiu Koto mo, Aru Daro yo" ("That's it for Me") performed by Ken Hisatsu (GekiChopper)/Sotaro; "Chigireta Hane" ("The Torn Feather") performed by Mele/Yuka Hirata; "Kuroki Kodō ~Yuruginai Omoi~" ("Dark Pulse ~Unwavering Desire~") performed by Rio/Hirofumi Araki.



Engine Sentai Go-onger (2008)
Lyrics: Mike Sugiyama
Arrangement: Project. R (Keinichiro Ōishi & Takafumi Iwasaki)
Artist: Hideyuki Takahashi, Project.R
Project.R includes Hideaki Takatori, Mayumi Gojo, Takayoshi Tanimoto, Sister MAYO, and Kenichiro Ōish. For Engine Sentai Go-onger, Columbia has taken various popular vocalists of anime songs and brought them together in a group called Project.R (the "R" stands for "Ranger"). The opening and ending themes as well as the insert songs are all performed by individual members or a subset of members of Project.R. The only performers of the songs who are not members of Project.R are the singers of the robots' theme songs: Shinichi Ishihara, MoJo, Akira Kushida, and Takayuki Miyauchi.

There is 9 versions of the ending theme. "Engine First Rap -Type Normal-" by Project.R;
"Engine Second Rap -TURBO CUSTOM-" by Project. R with the Engine Kids; "Engine Eco Rap -Recycle Custom-" by the Engine Kids with Project. R; "Engine Formation Rap -GekijōBang! Custom-" by Project. R, with Engine the Kids; "G3 Princess Rap ~PRETTY LOVE♡Limited~" (G3~PRETTY LOVE♡Limited~ Jī Surī Purinsesu Rappu ~Puriti Rabu Rimiteddo~?) by "G3 Princess" ( Saki Rōyama [Rina Aizawa], Miu Sutō [Yumi Sugimoto], Kegalesia [Nao Oikawa]); "Engine Third Rap -AERO-Dynamic CUSTOM-" by Project.R with the Engine Kids; "Engine Final Rap -Type Evolution-" by Project.R with the Engine Kids; "G5 Prince Rap ~Bombaye★Limited" by G5 Prince (Sōsuke Esumi [Yasuhisa Furuhara], Renn Kōsaka [Shinwa Kataoka], Hant Jō [Masahiro Usui], Gunpei Ishihara [Kenji Ebisawa], Hiroto Sutō [Hidenori Tokuyama]) with Bomper (Akiko Nakagawa); and "Engine Winning Run -Type Formula-" by Project.R with Engine Kids



Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (2009)
Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
Arrangement: Project.R (Kenichiro Ōishi & Psychic Lover)
Artist: Psychic Lover (Project.R)
Psychic Lover is a J-pop band consisting of vocalist YOFFY (Yoshiyuki Wada) and guitarist IMAJO (Tatsuhiro Imajo). Originally consisting of six members, YOFFY and IMAJO are the only two who remained for their rise to fame. Much of their work has been featured as opening and closing themes of Japanese television series and Anime. "Dreaming 24/7, Shinkenger" by Hideaki Takatori (Project.R) is the ending theme.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love the shinkenger opening. Sometimes i catch myself humming it.

Dizzy said...

You're missing some great themes. I loved Goranger's theme. Isao Sasaki is a god among men. Look on Youtube for his English version of Mazinger Z and check it out.

Oh, and Sentai theme songs are featured in a Japanese concert show called Super Sentai Spirits. I bet that those shows sell out easily. There's some epic music there. The guy who performs Gaoranger's theme scares me sometime. Wow.

Dizzy said...

Shinkenger theme:

Churn churn butter, churn butter butter
Churn churn butter, churn butter
Samurai Sentai Shinkengahhhhhh :)

Lavender Ranger said...

Dizzy, read before posting comments. Those were the themes for 2001-2009. I will be talking about others later.

Lavender Ranger said...

Dizzy, now that you mention it, that's funny you get 'Churn Butter' from the beginning lyrics of the Shinkenger theme, My parents are from Guatemala and I hear "Chanpurara" which is a type of bread with cream on top.

Anonymous said...

lol. it does sound like churn butter. never fear butter churning samurai are here to save the world.