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They say in space no one can hear you scream. This is obvious. Very obvious. However no one had taken into consideration that screaming was perfectly valid when you were aboard a spaceship.

Lt. Roxonn Vega was having a bad day. Part of the IGPF – InterGalactic Police Force, he was having a day which had started with his earth coffee spilling all over the table, to being shot at by pirates. Not just any pirates, oh no, these were a group that were closely affiliated with Grumm’s Empire, a splinter force that were calling themselves the Dalveron Armada.

Said splinter force wasn’t quite from Grumm’s faction, but from a group of hardbitten criminals that had once been part of Divatox’s army, albeit missing Piranhatrons thank god. Still, it wasn’t a good feeling to be shot at from every direction known to mankind, and his little patrol ship was taking a beating.

“Sir we are under fire,” said his AI, a chirpy annoyance that called himself Yukiko. “Shall I transmit the distress signal?”

The ship rocked and sparks flew from a console. “Better make that a last will and testament there Yuki,” growled Roxonn as he readied himself for death. “That last blast took us down to no shields.”

“Oh well this is where we’ll probably get rescued,” remarked Yukiko as the ship began to wail angrily in alarms. “Shall we prepare to die sir?”

“Shut up and transmit that signal!” exclaimed Roxonn, seconds before the attacking ship was literally blown apart. “...”

“Oh look, reinforcements,” chirped Yukiko as a ship flew into view, rocking the attackers with cannon fire. “Shall I open a channel?”

“Light blast it Yukiko, I hate it when you’re right,” growled the blue skinned man as he opened the channel. “This is the light cruiser Yukiko from the IGPD. Thank you for the timely save.”

“Not at all,” replied the owner of the voice as he came up on the screen. “But you can do us a favor and hand over your cargo.”

“Sir, I’ve identified their markings,” replied Yukiko chirpily. “They’re…”

“I know,” groaned the police officer. “Pirates.”


It had started normally for Tommy this morning too, having decided today was a good time to catch up on the work that he was missing. With his kids getting into the junior high, it was pretty nice all things considered, and he and Kim had finally set a date.

All of that ground to a crashing halt as a familiar large figure appeared at his door, and knocked. “Hey! Tommy!”

Tommy looked up. Clad in leathers and sporting a shiny bald head, there stood Farcus Bulkmeier, large as life and only a few years older by the look of it. “Bulk! It’s been ages. What brings you to Reefside?”

“Oh this and that. I sold Bulkmeirs to Skull and he’s been running it since. Had to take care of a few things.” Said Bulk as he shook Tommy’s hand. “Look at you. The short hair’s familiar.”

“I’m sure you came all this way to converse on my hair,” chuckled Tommy.

“Actually I wanted your opinion on a pet project I’ve been working on for about fifteen years now,” said Bulk as he set a suitcase on the desk and undid the locks. “Skull’s been giving me funding lately and I finally completed them.”

Opening up the case, he showed the contents to Tommy: five cell phone devices sitting there, gleaming in silver and orange. Along them sat five symbols about the size of a palm.

Tommy stared for a moment. And then looked at Bulk. “Are these…?” he asked, dreading the confirmation.

“Morphers,” replied Bulk with no amount of satisfaction. “You know how I taked about being a Samurai? We’ll I did some research and started building.”

“How… what. I don’t even…”

“That’s what Zack said when I showed it to him,” said Bulk with a nod. “They were primarily designed to look like those nifty Shodophones, since the default is based on the Shinkengers. But there’s a few hints here and there from groups like Ninja Storm and inspiration from the Lost Galaxy I used.”

Tommy stared at him like he grew another head. “You. Built morphers. And not only that, but developed zords too?”

“And electronic mokajira,” added Bulk proudly. “I learned that from a sushi seller.”

“How I don’t even…” Tommy cut himself off. “Start at the beginning.”

“Well you remember Professor Phenominous? He and I have been working together for a long time now and when the discussion came over the table that we wanted to build a Ranger team just to prove we can …” said Bulk, letting Tommy fill in the blanks.

“… so you just… built them. Out of fun? Bulk I don’t know either to be impressed or horrified at your ingenuity.” Said Tommy. “What’s powering them?”

“Morphin Grid. Mokajira turns out that you need actual skill to use. But I doubt anyone I give this too is going to spend long hours practicing their brushwork,” admitted Bulk. “Kids today don’t have that kind of attention span.”

“What do you call them?”

“Samurizers.” At Tommy’s snicker, Bulk nodded. “Skull laughed too. But really, what else are you going to call them? Wild Force has the Growl Phones, there’s the Chrono Morphers for Time Force…”

“You always manage to surprise me even in my old age, Bulk.” Said Tommy with a shake of his head. “Still I’m impressed. Really I am. I just have one question: how’d you know?”

“I keep in touch with members of the Space team, ever since the Astronema attack that leveled most of the city,” said Bulk. “And even when we were in high school you came to class all bruised and battered once in a while, especially after a big fight that involved the Power Rangers getting their backsides handed to them.”

“Man back then I wouldn’t have pegged you or Skull to figure out what was going on,” admitted Tommy.

“Ah that’s fine, we were kind of dense to be honest.” Waved off Bulk. “Still, we should see about giving these to a new team.”

“Right now there isn’t much to be honest,” said Tommy. “Since Jungle Fury we haven’t had a Ranger team in a while. It’s like a generation was skipped or something.”

“What about your kids?” asked Bulk and he grinned at Tommy’s death glare. “All right it’s a bad idea.”

“Yeah really.” Tommy shook his head. “The worst possible thing that could happen is that another villain shows up somehow and manages to somehow emulate the Shinkenger’s one.”

“Never say never, it’s bad karma,” replied Bulk with a wagging finger. “In any case, I figure that we’ll get the team worked out. I’d rather not want to resort to recruiting teenagers with attitude or anything like that.”

Tommy fixed him with a look. “Just how much do you know by now?”

Bulk smirked at that, and Tommy sighed. Sometimes it didn’t pay to get up in the morning.


“We’ve had reports of the Zangyack Empire fixing their sights on Earth,” said Doggie as his men and women were gathered in front of them. “SPD has been charged with the need to prevent this expansion, as Earth is a clear foothold in the war against anything hostile from beyond the stars and earth-side threats. Even with this lull in the mission statement, we need to step up and make certain nothing comes to pass.”

“Is there any indication of what the Empire wants?” inquired Devin.

“None thus far, but they’ve made no secrets that they’re on a mission of expansion. Already several worlds have been forced under their yoke, and we’re trying to stem it diplomatically. Development on the next generation of SPD morphers has already taken place, and the squads have been put into place thus far.” Replied Doggie.

“They’re a bunch of tough ones,” said Andros with a shake of his head. “The Zangyack are known for hostile incursions in the name of ‘peace’. It goes against all the accords. Sadly, they’re from the M1, and you know as well as I do that they’re filling the power vaccum when Master Vile was killed.”

"SPD is in charge of watching them right now," said Doggie. "But we'll need to be on high alert. The last thing we need is someone moving in while we're not paying attention."

"Sir? We've got a ship incoming into the Earth Defense Grid," said Sky, moving into the room and holding out a prompt.

"Markings?"

"It's flying... a pirate flag," said Sky. "And it's a deep red color."

Doggie looked up at that, as with Andros. "Pirate ship? You mean... the Crimson Pirates are here?"

"I thought Aka Red was..." Andros got up. "I'll get the Astro Megaship ready, and meet them."

"Right. In the meantime, prepare for any arrivals we might have."

====

Gai Ikari loved Super Sentai.

Always a fan of it throughout the ages, the televised broadcasts brought a smile to his face whenever he worked hard at his martial arts, trying to learn everything that he could. Truth, justice, a fresh new face every season. And then he learned that a real Super Sentai team appeared in Angel Grove back in 1995. That alone brought him to the brink of wishing.

Day in and out he wished that he could meet them, and on one day, he traveled to Angel Grove intent on meeting them during Power Rangers Day. He briefly remembered his time trapped in that zone of Rita’s, until he like all the other citizens were released. He saw them, shook the Red Ranger’s hand.

Now years later, his love for heroes hadn’t changed as he was having drinks with the illustrious Ryan Mitchell of Lightspeed Rescue.

When he had first heard that Ryan was coming to Japan, it elicited a squeal of utter glee. Who wouldn’t want to meet him? One of the most powerful Rangers in existence who STILL had his powers coming to meet him? It was a dream come true!

“LOOK OUT!”

The scream jolted Gai out of his thoughts as he saw a little girl about to be run over. And he just reacted – plowing into her, knocking her to the side – and then getting struck by the car himself.

The next few days were spent in a hazy lucid dream, where he thought that the spirits of three Super Sentai Heroes came to him, and told him to become the best Super Sentai he could be. And when he woke from his morphine induced haze, he found Ryan Mitchell sitting there, having found him and dragged him to the hospital.

“Hey, I think this is yours,” said Ryan, holding out the GokaiCellular and four Ranger Keys.

If Gai could jump in glee, he would have. Instead he grinned and leaned back in his bed.


In the depths of space, a ship flew.

It sported tall red sails despite having no wind to flow across, and the entire ship was done in red and black. “There it is,” said the man at the helm, brushing his fingers across the computer panel. “The earth.”

“Maaa, seems like forever since we started on this journey,” said a dark haired girl in yellow. “So Marvelous, do you think we’re going to find the Greatest Treasure?”

“Who knows,” said Marvelous, the dark haired captain in the red coat leaning back in his chair as he ran a hand across the Ranger Keys that sat in the chest. “We need to get it before we run into trouble I know.”

“But we’ll settle it like pirates, won’t we?” inquired Joe, the taller man folding his arms.

“Of course. That’s what pirates do.” Said Marvelous as he stood up. “It took us ten years to arrive from M13. The least we can do is to find the power as quickly as possible and get out before the Zangayak Empire follows us here.”

“Then it is settled,” said the last member of the group, and Ahim sipped her tea. “We should make haste into orbit. Hakase, what is your projections?”

“We should land over here,” said Don “Hakase” Doigier, pointing at the western coast of America. “In this city called Reefside. That’s where a good power source is being located at.”

“Then let’s go.” Said Marvelous. “Get ready to pull into atmosphere.”


Eiji Hino was having a good day.

With the Greeed having hit a slight lull in their attacks and Medal Gathering, he was able to work one of his part time jobs without Vita hovering over his shoulder. Even though he liked her, she had a tendency to get frustrated with the things he did at times.

Anhk was somewhere around, possibly eating some ice. Rein had gotten him addicted to it and the disembodied hand was often seen munching away at it, absorbing it into the palm.

Still it hadn’t been all fun and games, not with two out of the four Greeed destroyed recently in a big battle that required the aid of their new ally, Kamen Rider Birth. Otherwise known as Date Akira. While Date wasn’t adverse to helping once in a while, the fights with the Greeed were getting progressively harder.

“Sorry I’m late!” exclaimed Eiji, bustling into the curry store and grabbing a apron.

“You’re just in time,” said the owner, a nice man who was taking orders from a curious group of youths who looked Japanese, but there was something different about them. “Five orders of curry for the kids here, Eiji.”

Eiji nodded and went to the back. As he brought it out, he nodded at Marvelous who nodded back. “Enjoy your meal,” he said.

Marvelous smiled as he picked up his fork and went to take a bite – seconds before the entire shop front exploded inwards. Eiji instinctively went to protect him but there was no need as the flying debris had missed most of them completely.

In the shocked silence, Luka exclaimed, “AH! My money!”

“Trouble again,” groaned the shopkeeper. “Who is it now?”

Eiji went to the ruined opening and looked into the sky. “Shopkeep, it’s someone new. I don’t recognize the ships.”

“We do,” said Joe, looking into the air. “It’s Zangayak.”

“Eh? Zangayak?” inquired Eiji. “Who are they?”

“A ruthless empire from the M13 Galaxy, like we are,” said Don. “They must have followed us here.”

“Naw, more than likely they’re looking to expand and just HAD to attack here,” chuckled the old proprietor. “Eiji, go on.”

“Right.” Producing medals, he held up the OOO Driver and strapped it on, much to the curiosity of the group.

Slotting in the coins, he twisted it to the side and held up the O-Scanner. Swiping it, he proclaimed, “HENSHIN!” And held it up to his chest.

“TAKA! TORA! BATTA! TA-TO-BA! TATOBA TATOBA!”

In a spinning flurry of coins, Kamen Rider OOO stood there, and went over to find a vending machine, much to the surprise of the others.

“EEEH? He just transformed!” exclaimed Don. “Who is he?”

“One of our protectors,” said the shopkeep. “Kamen Rider OOO.”


“This is Hino Eiji, requesting backup!” exclaimed OOO as he slammed into a Gormin, kicking out and knocking it into several others. Summoning Medaljalbur, he began cutting his way through the press of goons. “Am I getting through? Hello?”

“We hear you Eiji. The alien fleet has launched several attacks on multiple parts of the globe. All available Rangers and Mages have been dispatched throughout the area. However, Birth is headed your way.” Replied Shari on her end.

“Ah, thank you then!” exclaimed Eiji, surprised that Date would be coming for a fight.

Across the way, the newcomers watched him fight. “He’s not bad, in a rough unpolished way,” said Joe.

“Are we okay with letting the Zangayak attack this place?” inquired Ahim. “To do so might end up in the same way our own worlds did.”

“It can’t be helped,” said Don. “We’re five people against an entire army.”

“Still, they might find the treasure before we do,” pointed out Luka.

Marvelous was silent for a moment before a pair of motorcycles raced across their field of vision, and a pair of men got off it. “Let’s see what the Earth has to offer first,” said Marvelous, folding his arms.

“Oi, oi, no Yummy in sight. Aw well, brotou-chan, c’mon lets get in there.”

Flipping his coin, Date caught it. “Henshin.”

Contained in a sphere of energy, Date transformed into Birth as Gotou lifted the spare gun as the pair charged in.

“Date-san!” exclaimed Eiji, punching a Gormin in the face. “I have to ask, why are you here? There’s no medals to be found on these things!”

“Ah that might be correct,” Date smashed another in the head and grabbed it in a headlock. “But for every alien invasion I help repel – I get a bonus.”

Hearing this, Luka snickered. “A man after my own heart.”

"Calvary is incoming!" exclaimed Vita suddenly, the small girl smashing her way into the crowd, swinging her hammer as Gotou appeared, shooting as well. "Man these guys are fodder! Let's get the big one, Eiji!"

"Right! Ankh, Medals!"

"Tch, stop ordering me around!" yelled Ankh, throwing the medals at him as Eiji swapped medals and started darting around the attackers.

"So... what do we do, Marvelous?" said Joe, watching the fighters go at it. "They could use our help."

"There's no profit in it, but..." trailed off Luka.

"If we don't, the Zangayack will attack the world, and take it over." said Ahim. "Like our worlds were."

Don nodded. "I'm against it too."

Marvelous chuckled and he raised his gun, firing into the crowd. "Let's go." Holding up a Ranger Key, he flipped it into key mode and opened his Gokai Cellular. "GOKAI CHANGE!"

GOOOOOKAIGER! In a flash of light in the shape of an X, the Gokaigers stood there.

"Gokai Red."

"Gokai Blue."

"Gokai Yellow."

"Gokai Green."

"Gokai Pink."

"Kaizoku Sentai, Gokaiger!" Flipping his gun around, Marvelous proclaimed, "Let's make this showy!"

"New Rangers?" puffed Date, throwing a couple of Gormin into the crowd.

"Super Sentai looks like it, but yes," replied Eiji, cutting several more up with the blades on his arms.

"Any help is good help," replied Vita. "Let's do this."

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I've been tinkering with how to continue the storyline, and while the setup for RPM StrikerS is good, I also think I should continue it with a new name of New Strikers. Streamlining the focus to Gokaiger, RPM, StrikerS and OOO.

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In this moment, I'd like to at least point out to everyone that despite the title of my post, I am not making light of our profound tragedy. Everyone in Japan, our hearts are out to you. Instead, just to give us some hope, Gokaiger 4 has been watched by me today and I have a few things to share about it.

Knowing ahead of time that this episode was a Joe focused one, I sat down to see the torrent and I was pleasantly surprised at how well the character was lending himself to this one. Instead of really divulging into his backstory, it seems that Joe has been well known in the group for being the stoic one, and while Ahin is still new, she worries because she's his comrade. It's just that everyone else has their own ideas towards being comrades.

Storyline aside, I think it was a nice establishing piece of what Joe is really about, the one who is dependable and able to fight the way he wants to, by himself in a legit man to man duel. His motivations are getting clearer as everyone else's and I'm rather glad to see that the Gokaigers weren't able to access any of the mecha forms of everyone right off the bat. All they have is MagiGokai-Oh and it pleases me to see that they're not getting the whole thing all off the hop.

Also, a final wave being done by a single person with five swords at once? Yeah, that is fantastic.

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