A good portion of Tokusatsu heroes often had other responsibilities besides trying to foil the latest schemes of their enemies. The lucky ones fought evil full-time. Some bummed around. The rest held day jobs, and some of them, as dreadful as it sounds, went to school.
As the new school term begins, let’s look at five Tokusatsu heroes who saved the world while going to school!
1. Kousoku Sentai Turboranger (1989)
The first Super Sentai series of the Heisei era, the Turborangers held the distinction of being the original high school Sentai team, long before the Power Rangers. Chosen due to their exposure to fairy magic, they were summoned by the last fairy Seelon to utilise the Turboranger powers developed by Dr. Dazai to fight the reawakened Bouma Hundred Tribes.
2. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1993)
In its heyday a worldwide phenomenon that brought all the kids in the world to their knees. Adapted from Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger, the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers were five (later six) high school teenagers that were randomly picked by the Command Center’s computer to become rangers due to their attitude. Littered all over with cheesy late 80’s/early 90’s PSA messages such as environmental safety and teamwork, but who can say they didn’t love it?
3. Denkou Choujin Gridman (1993)
Three computer-savvy kids find themselves embroiled in a digital skirmish between an inter-dimensional police officer and a evil computer program bent on conquering our world. The evil program, Kahn Digifier, manipulated a school outcast & genius into doing his bidding. A not-so-popular Tsuburaya production, Gridman was later adapted by DiC Entertainment to become the Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad, a near carbon copy of the original series.
4. Denji Sentai Megaranger (1997)
The second Sentai team to comprise entirely of high school students. Turboranger wasn’t exactly very popular, but the same can’t be said about Megaranger, which was also an amazing series throughout, especially in the final episodes, in which their secret identities were exposed. The team went to the Moroboshi High School, and Kenta/Mega Red was even shown to have become a teacher at the school years later in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.
5. Kamen Rider Fourze (2011)
Kisaragi Gentaro is a new student at the Amanogawa High School who fights the Zodiart monsters as Kamen Rider Fourze. The campus theme is heavily emphasised in the series, blending a Japanese style institution with student subculture from the West, and having the heroes and villains both operate from within the school. To add to the wackiness, there was even a ‘Kamen Rider Club’ established in the school, despite it being run by a megalomaniacal director.
Ultraman 80 (1980)
Ultraman 80, or rather, his alter-ego Yamato Takeshi, worked as a science teacher at the Sakuragaoka Junior High School while moonlighting as a member of the Utility Government Members (UGM). This is before adding his duties to the Space Garrison as real self. What a hardworking fellow.
Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman (1990)
Despite being struck by the tragedy of losing their parents at a young age, the Hoshikawa siblings eventually all grew up to be heroes, as well as teachers at the same school. Each of them taught a different subject. Quite remarkable, we think.
Which heroes inspired you at school? Tell us!