Flashback Friday #1: Change Dragon vs Buuba

Silhouettes against the setting Sun! Badass!

On today’s Flashback Friday, let’s go back in time to 1985 with Dengeki Sentai Changeman, a series filled with charismatic characters, exciting stories, interesting special effects for the time and terrifying villains.

In Episode 52, titled “Buuba Dies on Earth”, the renegade space pirate Adjutant Buuba, a lieutenant of the Great Star League Gozma, challenges Hiryu Tsurugi/Change Dragon, the leader of the Changeman, to a final showdown near the end of the series.

This battle has been cemented as one the most iconic swordfights/showdowns in all of Sentai history, from its gradual build up to its explosive action and fantastic swordplay, the cliffside sunset setting, and finally, the death of Buuba at the hand of his eternal rival, Change Dragon.

It set the bar for the rest of the Super Sentai to follow, with the evening cliffside battle becoming an iconic trope, especially in the 80s, where Red rangers will finish off their rivals.