Power Rangers turned 25 last month, but the series it owes its existence to—Toei’s tokustatsu icon Super Sentai—has been around since 1975. Ever wondered what it took to turn Spandex-clad Japanese heroes into all-American Power Rangers? Here’s a handy video guide to the secret behind every Power Rangers show.
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As you probably know by now, the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers liberally used action footage from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, the 16th official entry in Toei’s long-running Super Sentai series, which has been releasing yearly shows since Himitsu Sentai Gorenger kicked it all off back in the mid-‘70s. Several attempts had been made to bring Sentai over to the U.S. before Power Rangers—Marvel icon Stan Lee tried as part of a deal that lead to the creation of the cult classic Japanese Spider-Man show—even by Haim Saban himself, before Saban Entertainment eventually struck gold with Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.
Taking the in-costume action sequences of Zyuranger while lopping off the Japanese story to replace with newly-shot footage featuring the teens with attitude we’ve come to know and love, Power Rangers’ writers found themselves having to find clever ways to blend Japan and American-made superhero action into a cohesive whole, as you can see in the video above. It’s a tradition that still persists today, with the upcoming Power Rangers Beast Morphers—the first series under Hasbro’s new ownership of the franchise—which borrows footage from 2012's Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters. So remember the next time you catch the Rangers on TV—you’re getting a little taste of a whole other universe of superheroes from Japan’s shores.
This video was created by Hodges Usry. You can see more of his videos here.