Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters
|Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters|
|Writer||Kobayashi Yasuko and others|
|Director||Shibasaki Takayuki and others|
Busters Ready Go!|
by Takahashi Hideyuki
Kizuna ~ Go-Busters!|
by Nazo no Shin Unit Starmen
|No. of episodes||50|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Fan Rating||4.08 / 5 Stars|
|Original channel||TV Asahi|
|Original run||February 26, 2012– February 17, 2013|
|Preceded by||Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger|
|Followed by||ZyuDen Sentai Kyouryuuger|
|TV Asahi site|
Tokumei translates to special missions.
- Busters, ready? Go!
- (バスターズ レディーゴー！)
- It's Time For Buster!
Takes place in N.C. 2012, where NC probably stands for New Century. The Japanese term for NC is Shin-seireki 新西暦 which approximately means New/Neo AD. On Christmas 1999, a virus made the main computer of the Transport Research Center to become sentient. Calling itself Messiah, it plotted to take over the world, but was foiled when the whole center was teleported into Subdimension. Three children were the only survivors of the event, modified with a vaccine to combat the computer virus. Their modifications allow them to withstand teleportation, gives them special powers, but also gave them weak points.
They were enlisted to become the Go-Busters by the Special Missions Department of the Energy Management Center. They fight an organization called the Vaglass, with Messiah at the helm in Subdimension. Most of the Vaglass schemes are devised by a mysterious figure assisting Messiah named Enter.
The series focuses on a resource called Enetron, which is used as an energy source for both domestic use, and for power of the series mecha (Megazords) by the Energy Management Center (E.M.C.) The Vaglass are constantly going after Enetron as well as technological detail of the E.M.C.
Note, all the Japanese names use kanji for the family name, but use simplistic katakana for the given name. See the trivia section for more detail.
Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters
The agents in the field for the Special Missions Department of the E.M.C. Since the show's theme is ostensibly spies, they wear Men in Black style glasses when in the field, their logo is based on sunglasses, and the final move of their transformation is to attach the visors from their wrist device to their helmet. This needs to be done any time they take off their helmets.
Normally, they only refer to themselves as Go-Busters. They never use their full title Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters. In the show, the full phrase is only mentioned twice. once by Usada in the first episode and by Ryuuji in Space Sheriff Gavan Appears!.
- Chida Nick - Voice actor: Fujiwara Keiji, Suit actor Asai Kousuke
- Gorisaki Banana - Voice actor: Genda Tesshou, Suit actor Okamoto Jirou
- Usada Lettuce - Voice actor: Suzuki Tatsuhisa
Special Missions Department
- Commander Kuroki Takeshi - Sakaki Hideo
- Operator Morishita Tooru - Takahashi Naoto
- Operator Nakamura Miho - Nishihira Fuuka
- Sakurada Rika - Hiromu's older sister
- Sakurada Yousuke 桜田ヨウスケ - Hiromu and Rika's dad.
- Sakurada Michiko 桜田ミチコ - Hiromu and Rika's mom.
- Usami Kei - Youko's Mom
While Vaglass is the official spelling, this is probably a portmanteau of Bug and Virus for Bugrus/Vaglass. This is supported by the grunts being called Buglars and the computer motif. The one thing that doesn't work is that while B/V are normally interchangeable in Japanese, the katakana combination only tends to be used to form the Va sound. Perhaps the B was changed to a V arbitrarily just to make it look more like a name and less like a portmanteau.
There's speculation that it may actually be a variation on Vagrants.
- Buglars バクラー
- The expendable grunts. Enter creates them by swiping his card on his machine.
- Metaroids メタロイド
- The monster of the week. Created by Enter placing a chip on an object then swiping a card. The Metaroid created gains the property of the object Enter used, plus it becomes a teleportation marker for the Megazord.
- The name comes from Meta Virus and and(roid). Both of which fit into the theme of the hacking and machine themes of the show. Since "Meta" means "referring to", "having characteristics", or "parody", this theory can be interpreted to mean an android that takes on the characteristics of the original object or the original object that has been converted into some semblance of an android. For an alternate theory, see below.
- Alternate Theory: As seen on episode 21, 12:58 minutes in (skipping ads), it is written in English as Metaloid (all caps) on the tracker screen, the name relates to Metalloids, elements of the Periodic Table that have semiconductor/semimetal properties (used for several parts of machines, most notably processors and memory chips),which fit the energy and machine themes of the show. Curiously, all of the five substances accepted as metalloids can have a glass form (four of them readily forming glass while the fifth tends to turn crystal), thus relating to the name Vaglass.
- Another theory on Metaloid: I thought it was a portmanteau between Metal and Android, since Enter (and later Escape) used items made with metal (key, antennas, trains...). It seemed more logical because the use of a virus, you need things like microchips that could be represented by metal (some kind of metaphor). However, there are some exceptions like the rubber (ep26), so my theory is not good.
- Giant Robo Megazords 巨大ロボメガゾード
- Currently comes in three types: Alpha (Speed type), Beta (Power type), Gamma (Reinforced battle type) which usually are seen having the same appearance traits of the Metaroid that was created beforehand as well as the Metaroid's attributes. The Command Center consistently refer to them as enemy Megazords.
- The creators 創造する者たち
- Apparently the ones who create the Megazords. Enter has communicated to them directly by text before on his laptop.
- Red Buster - Oshikawa Yoshifumi → レッドバスター - 押川善文
- Blue Buster - Takeuchi Yasuhiro → ブルーバスター - 竹内康博
- Yellow Buster - Hachisuka Yuichi → イエローバスター - 蜂須賀祐一
- Beet Buster - Seike Riichi → ビートバスター - 清家利一
- Stag Buster - Satou Daisuke → スタッグバスター - 佐藤太輔
- Powered by Chida Nick and operated by Sakurada Hiromu. Probably stands for Cheetah Bike, since Nick turns into a bike. The actual mecha is a car that transforms into a cheetah in animal mode. Interestingly, the Ace form is considered a Megazord, which means that a Megazord is a term that means humanoid robot, similar to how the Power Rangers Megazords are. 02 and 03 are not considered Megazords in either form. Later in the series, Nick reveals he received an upgrade to transform into Go-Buster Ace and pilot it without the help of Hiromu.
- Powered by Gorisaki Banana and operated by Iwasaki Ryuuji. It transforms from truck to gorilla.
- Powered by Usada Lettuce and operated by Usami Youko. It transforms helicopter mode to rabbit mode.
- Operated by Jin Masato. Like CB-01, BC-04 has three modes; Crane, Kabuto Beetle, and Go-Buster Beet.
SJ-05 Stag Beetle
- Operated by Beet J. Stag. It transforms from jet to stag beetle mode.
- Powered and operated by it's BuddyRoid, Enetan. It transforms from submarine to frog. FS-0O was one of the first generation Buster Vehicles created by Jin Masato. It is mainly used for underwater operations. It can attack using it's signature, Otama Missiles.
LT-06 Tategami Lioh
- Unlike the other Buster Machines, it does not require the use of a Buddyroid. It is dubbed a Buddyzord, by its creator Hazuki Saburou, due to it's system to fully integrate the Buddyroid technology with the Buster Vehicle technology together. It is usually operated by Sakurada Hiromu. Like CB-01 and BC-04, Tategami Lioh has 3 modes; Lion, Trike, and Megazord.
- CB-01's Third mode. Can be equipped with Buster Blades which can be replaced with teleportation.
- Ace is temporarily invincible during the Combine Operation. Its finisher move is called the Dimension Crash. In the Super Hero Taisen bonus file it's spelled Go-Buster Oh
- Combination of FS-0O, CB-01, and GT-02. When SJ-05 deploys a handle from the sky, it can skate the surface of the water. It attacks using moves such as the Enetan Screw, which uses a powerful mist fired from the turbines on it's arms to attack, and the Otama Missiles, three missiles that project the image of FS-0O before impacting the target. It can use it's powerful turbines to propel itself airborne.
- BC-04's Third mode. Its finisher is Beet Catapult Attack, which launches SJ-05 at its enemy using the crane arm segment as tracks.
- Combination of Go-Buster Beet and SJ-05. It has massive amounts of firepower on it. Its finisher is Hercules Crisis.
- It's the combination of CB-01, GT-02, RH-03, BC-04, and SJ-05. It able to operate in the subdimension normally. Hiromu can feel the powerful burden of the subdimension on it. Its finisher is Demolition Thrust.
- LT-06's Third mode.
- Combination of LT-06, GT-02, and RH-03.
- Combination of LT-06, GT-02, RH-03, BC-04, and SJ-05. This is the most powerful Megazord the Go-Busters have in their possession.
Special Attacks Used in Go-Busters
February 26, 2012- February 17, 2013 (50 Missions)
|Gokaiger VS Gavan
|January 21, 2012||Arakawa Naruhisa||Nakazawa Shoujirou||N/A|
|Mission 01||Tokumei Sentai, Assemble!
|February 26, 2012||Kobayashi Yasuko||Shibasaki Takayuki||3.80%|
|Mission 02||Promise From 13 Years Ago
|March 4, 2012||3.20%|
|Mission 03||GT-02 Animal, Deploy!
|March 11, 2012||5.00%|
|Mission 04||Special Missions and Determination
|March 18, 2012||Nakazawa Shoujirou||4.50%|
|Mission 05||Overheated and Out of Control!
|March 25, 2012||4.40%|
|Mission 06||Gattai! GoBuster-Oh
|April 1, 2012||Watanabe Katsuya||4.10%|
|Mission 07||Ace Can't Be Fixed?!
|April 8, 2012||Mouri Nobuhiro||4.50%|
|Mission 08||Protect the Machine's Design!
|April 15, 2012||Kobayashi Yasuko||Shibasaki Takayuki||5.20%|
|Super Hero Taisen
|April 21, 2012||Yonemura Shouji||Kaneda Osamu||N/A|
|Mission 09||Usada Recovery Operation!
|April 22, 2012||Kobayashi Yasuko||Shibasaki Takayuki||4.40%|
|Mission 10||Reason for Fighting
|April 29, 2012||Takemoto Noboru||3.50%|
|Mission 11||The Weak Point is being Targeted
|May 6, 2012||Shimoyama Kento||4.40%|
|Mission 12||Do you like to dress up?
|May 13, 2012||Mouri Nobuhiro||Katou Hiroyuki||5.10%|
|Mission 13||A Surprising Day Off
|May 20, 2012||Kobayashi Yasuko||Nakazawa Shoujirou||4.60%|
|Mission 14||Ça va? Rescue Operation
|May 27, 2012||4.50%|
|Mission 15||The Gold Warrior and His Silver Buddy
|June 3, 2012||Kaneda Osamu||3.60%|
|Mission 16||The Man From the Subdimension
|June 10, 2012||5.20%|
|Mission 17||And the Name is Go-Buster Beet!
|June 17, 2012||Takemoto Noboru||3.60%|
|Mission 18||Joint Operation 3000 Meters Underground
|June 24, 2012||Mouri Nobuhiro||3.30%|
|Mission 19||My Gestalt! Buster Hercules
|July 1, 2012||Shimoyama Kento||Maihara Kenzou||3.90%|
|Mission 20||Five Parts Combine! Great Go-Buster!
|July 8, 2012||Kobayashi Yasuko||3.00%|
|Mission 21||Farewell, Blue Buster
|July 15, 2012||Watanabe Katsuya||4.80%|
|Mission 22||The Lovely Avatar Escape
|July 22, 2012||2.20%|
|Mission 23||The One To Carry On the Spirit
|July 29, 2012||Katou Hiroyuki||3.10%|
|Go-Busters the Movie: Protect the Tokyo Enetower!
ゴーバスターズ THE MOVIE 東京エネタワーを守れ！
|August 4, 2012||Shibasaki Takayuki||N/A|
|Mission 24||A Très Bien Summer Festival
|August 5, 2012||Mouri Nobuhiro||Katou Hiroyuki||3.80%|
|Mission 25||Pursue the Mystery of the Avatars!
|August 12, 2012||Kobayashi Yasuko||Takemoto Noboru||3.20%|
|Mission 26||A Powerful Little Enemy! Command Center SOS
|August 19, 2012||Shimoyama Kento||3.90%|
|Mission 27||Escape the Mazelike Complex!
|August 26, 2012||Mouri Nobuhiro||Shibasaki Takayuki||3.30%|
|Go-Busters VS Beet Buster VS J
|September 2012||Katou Hiroyuki||N/A|
|Mission 28||Beware of Chickens!
|September 2, 2012||Kobayashi Yasuko||Shibasaki Takayuki||4.40%|
|Mission 29||Plunge into the Subdimension!
|September 9, 2012||Butsuda Hiroshi||5.20%|
|Mission 30||Shutdown Messiah
|September 16, 2012||4.60%|
|Mission 31||Space Sheriff Gavan Appears!
|September 23, 2012||Shimoyama Kento||Watanabe Katsuya||5.10%|
|Mission 32||Friendship Tag Battle with Gavan!
|September 30, 2012||4.90%|
|Mission 33||Morphin! Powered Custom
|October 7, 2012||Kobayashi Yasuko||Katou Hiroyuki||3.30%|
|Mission 34||The Enemy is Beet Buster?!
|October 14, 2012||4.50%|
|Mission 35||Tategami Lioh Howls!
|October 21, 2012||Shimoyama Kento||Takemoto Noboru||4.90%|
|Mission 36||Go-Buster Lioh Gagiin!
|October 28, 2012||5.30%|
|Mission 37||The Black Bride and the White Bride
|November 4, 2012||Kobayashi Yasuko||Watanabe Katsuya||3.70%|
|Mission 38||Live! Ace Death Match
|November 11, 2012||3.50%|
|Mission 39||Hissatsu! Messiah's Fists
|November 18, 2012||Kaneda Osamu||4.00%|
|Mission 40||J Covers the Messiahroid
|November 25, 2012||3.00%|
|Mission 41||Pink Buster the Mysterious Thief!
|December 2, 2012||Mouri Nobuhiro||Katou Hiroyuki||4.40%|
|Mission 42||Plunge into the Megazord!
|December 9, 2012||Kobayashi Yasuko||3.70%|
|Mission 43||A Resolute Christmas
|December 16, 2012||Takemoto Noboru||3.50%|
|Mission 44||Holy Night • Time to Fulfill the Mission
|December 23, 2012||4.00%|
|Mission 45||New Year's. The Powerful Little Enemy Returns
|January 6, 2013||Shimoyama Kento||Watanabe Katsuya||2.70%|
|Mission 46||A New Fusion and Overheating!
|January 13, 2013||Kobayashi Yasuko||3.40%|
|Go-Busters VS Gokaiger
|January 19, 2013||Shimoyama Kento||Shibasaki Takayuki||N/A|
|Mission 47||Reset and Backups
|January 20, 2013||Kobayashi Yasuko||Watanabe Katsuya||3.70%|
|Mission 48||It's a Trap
|January 27, 2013||Katou Hiroyuki||4.30%|
|Mission 49||Determination and a Decision
|February 3, 2013||Shibasaki Takayuki||4.90%|
|Mission 50||An Eternal Bond
|February 10, 2013||4.40%|
|Super Hero Taisen Z
|April 27, 2013||Yonemura Shouji||Kaneda Osamu||N/A|
|Go-Busters VS Go-Busters
|June 21, 2013||Shimoyama Kento||Katou Hiroyuki|
|Kyouryuuger VS Go-Busters
|January 18, 2014||Sanjou Riku||Sakamoto Koichi|
Average: 4.1% (All Missions)
Highest: 5.3% (Mission 36)
Lowest: 2.2% (Mission 22)
- Net Movie Kamen Rider X Super Sentai Super Hero Taihen
- Premiere Meeting
- From January 28-29, 2012 at the Prism Hall in Tokyo Dome City.
- MC Terasako Maro 寺迫麿
- Metaroid - Burnerroid
- Starts with the Busters fighting off a Vaglass invasion of Prism Hall. Has a guest appearance by the Gokaigers. And a live performance of the opening song.
- Singer: Takahashi Hideyuki (Project.R)
- Lyrics: Fujibayashi Shoko
- Composer: Oishi Kenichirou (Project.R)
- Arranger: Oishi Kenichirou
- The Busters get their name from the Japanese term for antivirus programs, "Virus Busters".
- The Busters frequently finish off an enemy by saying "Enemy eliminated". Thinking back though, this phrase would probably be better as "Enemy deleted" or "Enemy erased" to go along with the anti-virus theme for Go-Busters. The Japanese word for it, sakujo 削除, in computer terms means erase/delete.
- During the opening sequence, the seemingly random gibberish text on screen is from the English wikipedia article for the Super Sentai series.
- The title of the opening theme isn't the series name itself. It breaks a long trend of opening themes being named from the series name.
- Forgoes the practical effect of sparks upon impact for some action scenes. A lot of the time, the sparks are added afterwards with CGI (Some of the sparks that come out are numbers). This creates awkward moments where sometimes enemies will get slashed, but no sparks will come out (One obvious example of this is in the opening).
- The ending theme "One Wish, One Day" is also Hiromu and Nick's Image Song.
- The Morphin tends to be without an apostrophe, which is how it's done in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers spelling. However, in the Morphin Blaster commercial, the words in English say Let's Morphin' with an apostrophe, in contrast to the toy logo in the same commercial which doesn't.
- Unlike other Sentai, the Go-Busters don't announce themselves as Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters in the roll call (except the movie: Gokaiger vs. Gavan). Instead, they do their "Busters, ready? Go!" bit.
- In fact, within the show, the phrase Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters occurs only once so far. In episode one, about 11:55 in, Usada describes the team as Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters.
- The naming in Go-Busters is unusual too. All the family names are written in kanji, but all the given names are written in katakana, the alphabet for foreign names. While this doesn't necessarily mean anything, it does make it seem as if this reality is a bit different from the current reality (since most Japanese people write their names with kanji and hiragana, not katakana). This fits since they're in N.C. 2012 while we're in AD 2012.
- This may also make the show seem more western, but this conclusion is a bit of a stretch. In most likelihood, this was a move to make it easier for the writers so they don't have to come up with kanji for names, and it's easier for the kids who watch who may not know many kanji.
- This is rather ironic since the last Sentai to really use a lot of kanji in names was Shinkenger, a series designed to make kanji appeal to young viewers. However, (perhaps as an unintentional blowback from that) all the character names since then (with the exception of Gai from Gokaiger) have been written in simplistic katakana. The Goseigers and Gokaigers aren't native Japanese, and the Go-Busters are from a slightly different dimension. This probably makes it easier for kids to remember.
- Before the series came out, the theory was that the show would have a Ghost theme since the Japanese name closely resembles the Japanese spelling for Ghostbusters. ゴーバスターズ Gou Basutaazu / ゴーストバスターズ Gousuto Basutaazu. It's basically Ghost Busters with two of the Japanese characters removed.
- Sakaki Hideo (Commander Kuroki Takeshi) is a hero in real life too. He caught a peeping tom on August 24, 2012.
References to Power Rangers
Go-Busters contains several references to Power Rangers, which is the American remake of Super Sentai. Usually these references refer to 'firsts' in Sentai history of plot devices already in place in Power Rangers.
- The mecha are called MegaZords. This is for both the heroes and villains. The difference is that individual mecha are also called MegaZords, unlike in Power Rangers where the name refers to a "giant robo", usually a combiner. 'Zord' is used as a suffix for Metaroids' MegaZords, such as ShovelRoid's ShovelZord.
- The term "Zord", which originated in Power Rangers, was also used. The last time this happened in Super Sentai for the G-Zord was in Mirai Sentai TimeRanger.
- The Morphin Brace shouts "It's Morphin' Time!" when activated, which was used throughout the Power Rangers series.
- Also the Morphin Brace has a sunglasses theme similar to Power Rangers: Jungle Fury, except the Go-Busters don't actually put them on like the Jungle Fury rangers but the sunglasses form the Visor when the Go-busters shout "Let's Morphin". The Jungle Fury Morpher Sunglasses were an american creation that didn't appear on GekiRangers.
- The main villain, Messiah, is very similar to Power Rangers: R.P.M.'s Venjix as they were both computer viruses, not to mention very impatient and angry. Messiah is also a floating head from a different dimension, just like Zordon.
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- Toei site
- Super Sentai.net
- Toei Video site
- Wiki on TV ratings
- Go-Busters Location Guide