Battle Fever J

I haven’t seen every episode but I found the full series and will watch them to write a more detailed review later. For now, I’m covering what I was able to watch before I found all the episodes.

What does the name mean?

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Battle Fever J (バトルフィーバーJ) doesn’t have a specific meaning. Instead, it’s just the name of the team. The J means Japan for the country they are fighting in.

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The theme song

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This song is better than JAKQ’s and it is very catchy. It’s bright and is more of a kid friendly song compared to the first two. In the opening, the Fevers are transformed and are doing action poses, saving people and doing their daily tasks as regular people. Near the end we get to see their mecha.

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How did they become Fevers?

This one had a brighter origin. It might have been due to how dark JAKQ was.

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Evil ego-centrists known as Egos, are plotting to plunge the Earth into chaos. They send a monster(disguised as a woman) to kill members of the National Defense Agency. Three members are assassinated and General Kurama  sends four of his agents to investigate. They are told to look for a lady with a red umbrella and stop her from killing another member.

bfjj.png They follow a lady who matches the description and captures her. She(Diane) was actually trying to lure the suspect by pretending to be her. Mr. Foster(FBI) tells them what was going on and right after he leaves the fever base, he gets assassinated by the same assassin. It turns out that he was Diane’s father and she wants to seek revenge.

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They are given Battle Suits to enhance their battle performance and are given their code names  Battle Japan, Battle France, Battle Cossack, Battle Kenya, and Miss America.
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It’s Henshin time! So, how do they do it?

Similar to Goranger, they don’t have a device to transform with. They turn as they shout Battle Fever and that’s all they need to do.

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Unlike the other Sentai series’, they have eyes instead of visors for their helmets. This is also one of the rare times we get to see an orange ranger. During this time, Toei and Marvel worked together sharing ideas and concepts. That is why we have Miss America who is based on Captain America. The rest of the members were a variant of this concept representing different countries(at the time).

What did their mecha look like?

This is the first Sentai to have a mecha. It doesn’t transform and doesn’t combine but it looks cool.

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Their base is under water and they launch the Battle Shark(a flying battle ship) when fighting robots. Battle Shark is armed with a lot of missiles and also houses the Battle Fever Robo inside. When ready to fight, the ship splits apart and the mecha is launched. Battle Fever Robo uses several weapons. The most common ones are the Katana, battle axe, shield and javelins. The villains also have robots that looks just like the monster in that episode.

What about their weapons and their finishing attack?

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They carried a weapon called the Command Bat(looks more like a baton) that transforms into their individual weapons.

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Battle Japan used a spear, Battle France, used a rapier, Battle Cossack used sais,  Battle Kenya used a whip, and Miss America used throwing knives.

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For their finisher, they combined the Command Bats to form the Penta Force cannon. They shoot a powerful blast that destroys or heavily wounds the monster.

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What else is there to know?

While teaming up with Marvel for 3 years, Toei made their own version of Spiderman. In the show, they had a giant spacecraft that transformed into a robot. Due to it’s huge success, they decided to add the Battle Fever Robo in the show. Battle Fever J was once considered the first Super Sentai because of the robot while the first two were just Sentai. While some people still consider this the first, it is officially the third.

How was it overall?

For a while, I was only able to watch the first five episodes(episode five is when they first use their mecha). I liked it better than the first two because the pacing isn’t as slow. For being the first Sentai with a robot, I think it holds up pretty well. While I had a hard time watching a whole bunch of episodes(in one sitting) for the first two, I was able to be more invested.

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