‘Ranger Reject’ Sentai Manga Fits for an Anime Adaptation

‘Ranger Reject’ Sentai Manga Fits for an Anime Adaptation

Fans are gearing up and rejoicing over the recent announcement that The Quintessential Quintuplets mangaka Negi Haruba’s innovative take on the Sentai genre, Ranger refuses (Sentai Daishikkaku), is finally getting a well-deserved anime adaptation.

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Negi Haruba’s Color Spread to Dragon Keepers in Ranger Reject Chapter 1 “R1000” (2021), Kodansha via Digital Edition

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Ranger refuses follows the story of the Dragon Keepers, a sentai team that thirteen years before the start of the series eliminated the self-proclaimed Villainous Army and brought relative peace back to the world.

However, as a number of the evil group’s minions, the aptly named Footsoldiers (think Power Rangers‘ Putty Patrollers, but more human and less animated clays), remained after the defeat of the leaders, they get the opportunity to continue their invasion in the form of Weekly Sunday Battles.

Footsoldier D takes center stage on the front of Ranger Reject Ch. 1 “R1000” (2021), Kodansha via digital edition

These battles pit the foot soldiers against the dragon guardians, and are essentially performative, as they always end with the heroes triumphant and the invaders defeated.

Tired of the farce, a rebel foot soldier decides to infiltrate the Dragon Guardians, hoping to use their powers to fight not only for his freedom, but for world conquest.

Red Dragon Keeper draws his divine tool on the cover of Ranger Reject Ch.  10 "The power of one's emotions" (2021), Kodansha via digital edition

Red Dragon Keeper draws his divine tool on the cover of Ranger Reject Ch. 10 “The Power of One’s Feelings” (2021), Kodansha via digital edition

Before we continue, we’d better address the elephant attempting to invade the room: Kodansha’s choice to localize the series’ title not as Ranger refusesbut rather Go, Go, Loser Ranger!

Despite their complete rewrite of the title, fans – in a move similar to Footsoldier D’s rejection of the Dragon Keeper’s tyranny – have chosen to stick with the series’ original title. As such, Bounding Into Comics will also follow suit when covering this series.

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Footsoldier D as featured on Neigh Haruba’s cover art for Ranger Reject Volume 3 (2022) Distrio Manga via digital edition

On December 5, Footsoldier D was called up to the big leagues when the official Ranger refuses website revealed that the series would receive an anime adaptation directed by Tiger and rabbit‘s Keiichi Sato (even no wonder for tokusatsu, as he has previously provided character designs for Toei’s sentai parody series, Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger.

Alongside the announcement, the Ranger refuses the production team both shared the first key shot of the series, with Footsoldier D transforming into his Duster form:

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Ranger rejects Anime announcement via official website

As well as the series’ first trailer, where the audience is introduced to the key players in the first part of Ranger refusesits history.

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The trailer starts near the start of the series and finds Footsoldier D, in his human guise, staring up at the chained but still floating home of the rogue army’s remaining grunts.

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After a brief introduction to the Footsoldiers, the trailer moves to aspiring ranger Hibiki Sakurama, who is seen learning both the truth about the Weekly Sunday Battles:

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Hibiki Sakurama and Footsoldier D exchange words in the first trailer for Ranger Reject (2023) Shochiku Channel via Youtube

Following him is Shun Tokita, a member of the offensive-focused Red Battalion, who makes his debut by blowing off the head of an enemy intruder:

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Skyn Tokita in the first trailer for Ranger Reject (2023), Shochiku Channel via Youtube

Next up is the cowardly Aran Hekiru, who despite his cowardly and stuttering nature finds himself a junior member of the Dragon Keepers’ Blue Battalion, whose members are chosen for their leadership skills:

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Aran Hekiru in the first trailer for Ranger Reject (2023), Shochiku Channel via Youtube

A survivor of the Dragon Keeper’s victory, Footsoldier XX is a former rogue army fighter who has since abandoned his post in favor of hiding out in the aforementioned Hibiki’s dorm room:

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Footsoldier XX in the first trailer for Ranger Reject (2023), Shochiku Channel via Youtube

One of the few cast members who doesn’t have a color thanks to operating as an independent agent, Kai Shion strives to be a dragon keeper to kill the villainous army leader who brutally murdered his brother:

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Kai Shion in the first trailer for Ranger Reject (2023), Shochiku Channel via Youtube

One of the strongest members of the stealth-centric Green Battlion, Kanon Hisui opens the series deep undercover on a mission to gather information:

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Kanon Hisui in the first trailer for Ranger Reject (2023), Shochiku Channel via Youtube

Finally, the trailer turns to the rangers themselves, beginning with the mysteriously smiling Yellow Dragon Keeper:

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Yellow Dragon Keeper in the first trailer for Ranger Reject (2023), Shochiku Channel via Youtube

Pink Dragon Keeper, Hibiki Sakurama’s older sister and extreme bro-con Serasera Sakaruma:

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Pink Dragon Keeper featured in the first trailer for Ranger Reject (2023), Shochiku Channel via Youtube

Fan-favorite information broker Chidori – otherwise known as the Green Dragon Keeper.

Green Dragon Keeper

Green Dragon Keeper in the first trailer for Ranger Reject (2023), Shochiku Channel via Youtube

Followed by his foul-mouthed, right-hand “yes” man Blue Dragon Keeper:

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Blue Dragon Keeper in the first trailer for Ranger Reject (2023), Shochiku Channel via Youtube

And finally Sousei Akabane, Red Dragon Keeper himself.

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The leader of the famous team, the villain subjugation specialist, is seen wielding his divine tool – imbued with divine power, the only weapon that can kill the foot soldiers of the villain army:

Red Dragon Keeper

Red Dragon Keeper Uses His Sacred Tool in First Trailer for Ranger Reject (2023) Shochiku Channel via Youtube

With a glint in his eye and Invader blood smeared across his helmet, Red Dragon Keeper closes the trailer by proclaiming, “Human and Invader! Come now! Shouldn’t we face the future together hand in hand?”

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Footsoldier D Transforms into Red Dragon Keeper in Ranger Reject (2023), Shochiku Channel via Youtube

In response to Ranger Reject receiving an anime adaptation, creator Negi Haruba released both a statement thanking fans for their support and a new commemorative illustration of Suzukiri and Footsoldier D via the series’ official website.

“Thank you for choosing Sentai Daishikkaku (Ranger refusest) as the original work”, wrote The Quintessential Quintuplets mangaka. “Manga production is sometimes an exhausting and lonely process, like throwing a ball in the middle of nowhere.”

“In the midst of all this, I felt rewarded by the anime adaptation,” he continued “Like I’ve been given the opportunity to throw the ball back. I’m looking forward to seeing the uncool and cool Footsoldier D in action.”

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Kodansha’s Ranger Rejects Suzukiri and Footsoldier D Illustrated by Negi Haruba via Twitter

Negi Haruba then added a message to Ranger Reject fans “To the readers who have read this far. I was able to keep throwing the ball because you all were there across the way. I will keep throwing the ball as hard as I can, like that it doesn’t lose to the animation and I’d be happy if you could continue to pick it up.”

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In further celebration of the news, chapter 77 of Ranger refuseswhich was released just a few days after the announcement broke, featured a special color spread depicting the Green Keeper and his battalion eating a fast food feast.

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Green Battalion celebrates anime announcement in Ranger Reject Chapter 77 “Labyrinth” (2022), Kodansha. Art by Negi Haruba via digital edition

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