JAKQ DENGEKITAI

(April 9, 1977 to December 24, 1977. 35 episodes)

Similarly to Goranger, it was really hard to find the episodes for JAKQ. In fact, I found less videos for this than I did for Goranger. I don’t know why it’s so hard to find but one day, I will buy the DVD’s for the older Sentai series’ and when that happens, I’ll go into more details about JAKQ. For now, it’ll just be videos I found on Youtube and episodes that were available.

What does the name mean?

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The title ジャッカー電撃隊 translates to J.A.K.Q. Blitzkrieg(or Lightning Speed) Squad. While Goranger’s title had a 3D look to it, this one doesn’t. Instead, ジャッカー(Jakka) is designed to look like lightning bolts and the kanji 電撃隊, is squished together. I guess it was designed like that to represent the speed of lightning.

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The theme song

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The music and style of the song was similar to that of Goranger and was sung by the same singer. In this one, the main theme of the song was the four cards Spade, Diamond, Heart and Clubs. It was catchy but I think that the Goranger’s theme song was catchier. In the opening, the  are in their vehicles and drifting hard. I don’t know why they are drifting, but it interesting to watch. Then, they jump out of their vehicles and run, they transform and their flying fortress flies towards the screen. Throughout the opening, they show a bunch of playing cards.

How did they become JAKQ?

It was interesting and once again, a bit more mature compared to PR.

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Iron Claw, leader of CRIME, seeks to become the most powerful mafia in the world. ISSIS (International Science Special Investigation Squad) is formed to combat CRIME and

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Commander Joker assembles four test subjects to become cyborgs who has the power to fight CRIME. Ace refuses and later joins the team. Jack was framed and was about to go to prison so he joined to avoid that. Queen got into an accident that was caused by CRIME and her father dies, so she joins to seek revenge. King‘s body was cryogenically sustained for medical research after an accident inside a submarine and Joker, felt that reviving him by turning him into a cyborg was the right thing to do.

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It’s Henshin time! So, how do they do it?

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The suits are much better looking than Goranger’s. If they never used this when they did, I’d say that this would still work now. After the huge success of the first one, they were able to use better/more materials to make the costumes. I collect playing cards, so I really like the helmet designs. While Goranger had suits that looked a bit baggy and a bit rough, these look closer to what we get now(perfect size and smooth). They do have a transformation sequence and for being the first time in Sentai, it was creative.

jakq-ar-capsuleThey enter the Strengthening Capsules and each member is enhanced with their specific powers. Ace is Atomic Energy, Jack is Electric Currents, Queen is Magnetic Power and King is Gravity. You might be thinking that this method seems a bit inconvenient. Well, it would be, but they made it more manageable.

 What did their mecha look like?

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Like Goranger, they didn’t have a giant robot. They had a tank and a flying fortress. Their tank was a bit better designed and had a twin turret and a mechanical arm. The flying fortress had the capsules so they could transform on their way to battle. it’s still a little bit inconvenient but it’s mobile which makes it okay.

What about their weapons and their finishing attack?

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Unlike Gorangers(except for Ao and Mido), they had weapons that actually looked like weapons. Ace used a bow, Jack used a sword, Queen used the Wind and Fire Wheel that is shaped like the letter Q and King used a Cestus that also became a ball and chain.

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jakq3.pngTheir finishing move is called the J.A.K.Q. Covack. This is an attack that combines all four of their Powers (Atomic Energy, Electric Currents, Magnetic Power and Gravity).

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They each had their own vehicles and that’s all I can say about these(lol).

Don’t forget about Big One

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I didn’t forget about him, but I also don’t know a whole lot about him either. I know that he was created because the show was too dark and kids  slowly stopped watching it. They need a character who is funny so they can make the show less dark. That character became Banba who transforms into BiOne. From what I saw, he is definitely much brighter and if he was in the show earlier, it might have saved the show. Even with him, JAKQ only lasted 35 episodes compared to Goranger’s 84. Thanks to Gokaiger, I was able to understand his abilities. BiOne has all four of JAKQ‘s powers and doesn’t need to use the capsule to transform. Banba is a master of disguise(he was once “Hitler”) so that’s probably how he transforms(kinda similar to Goranger).

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With BiOne, JAKQ uses a new finisher called the Big Bomber. It’s basically a cannon that is assembled and fired at the enemy.

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How was it overall?

They got the costumes right, the concept was pretty unique and their reason for fighting was interesting. However, the show went down hill because it talked about drugs, gangs and other crime related subjects that were not suited for kids. Although I haven’t seen enough episodes, I was still able to tell why it didn’t last as long as the others. As an adult, it’s easier to watch it but I don’t think I would have liked it if I saw it at the target age.

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