Himitsu Sentai Gorenger is a Japanese tokusatsu superhero television series created by Shotaro Ishinomori. It was the first in the long line of the Super Sentai series; Five heroes wearing 5 differently colored uniforms, working together to defeat evil. Seven Seas Entertainment is thrilled to announce the license acquisition of SUPER SENTAI: Himitsu Sentai Gorenger, The Classic Manga Collection by Shotaro Ishinomori that helped inspire decades of Super Sentai, and later Power Rangers, adventures in English for the first time ever!

An evil secret society called the Black Cross Army threatens world peace, and only an elite task force known as the Earth Guard League (EAGLE) can stop them. After the Black Cross Army destroys EAGLE’s headquarters across Japan, only five young recruits survive. Hiding in a secret underground base, they are given enhanced battle suits that empower them with superhuman abilities, transforming the youths into an unstoppable squad to combat evil.

Tied to the first Japanese Super Sentai Tokusatsu TV series ever made, this genre-defining work laid the groundwork for decades of such adventures, including the wildly popular Power Rangers franchise in North America. The main team members were: Akarenger(Red)/Tsuyoshi Kaijo played by Naoya Makoto, Aorenger(Blue)/Akira Shinmei played by Hiroshi Miyauchi, Kirenger(Yellow) Daita Oiwa played by Baku Hatakeyama who was replaced by Daigoro Kumano played by Jirō Daruma who was killed in battle, Momorenger(Pink)/Peggy Matsuyama     played by Lisa Komaki, and Midorenger(Green)/Kenji Asuka played by Yukio Itou. The series wouldn't be called Gorenger until the release of Battle Fever J in 1979.

Gorenger was adapted into a manga, written & drawn by Ishinomori, and published in Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine from May 4, 1975 to August 17, 1975. In this version of the series, the Gorengers are all teenagers and Tsuyoshi's father is the head of EAGLE's Kanto branch. Tsuyoshi Kaijō is given the powers of the Akarenger by his father before he is murdered by the Black Cross Army. Tsuyoshi becomes Aka Ranger and recruits the others to form the Gorengers to avenge his father's death. Read Shotaro Ishinomori’s original manga adaptation of Himitsu Sentai Gorenger in this beautiful hardcover collection, which includes an exclusive bonus: a 30-page overview of the franchise’s origins by Tokusatsu historian August Ragone.

Seven Seas will publish SUPER SENTAI: Himitsu Sentai Gorenger – The Classic Manga Collection for the first time in North America in print (and on digital platforms) as a single large-trim hardcover. The book will be released in April 2021 for $24.99 USA / $31.99 CAN.


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