One of my favorite components of the sentai series are their costumes. The costumes of the villains as well as the costumes for our heroes. Sure they’re just adults fighting in spandex outfits but who cares? Some of them can be downright amazing. Most of these are going to be from series that I’ve seen already but a few of these are from series that I’ve never watched. I’m not judging the sentai for their abilities, but rather solely on the design of their costume (both the helmet and the actual spandex suit). Which is why I’m adding in characters from series that I’ve yet to watch. Also, there’s going to be a few multiples from the same series. I’m not judging the group’s costume design as a whole, but rather just individuals based upon color combination and helmet design.
10. Blue Swallow (Jetman)
This is a series I haven’t seen, however one look at the outfit and I did fall in love with it. Perhaps it’s because blue is one of my favorite colors but it’s not fair to say that’s the reason. What I do know about Jetman is the bird motif their costumes are supposed to reflect. While each of the costumes has a similar design patter, their color combinations and/or cut of the outfit don’t look right. The male costumes look a little awkward and the colors for White Swan look a tad bit awkward (with the pink leggings instead of white like the rest of the team).
Blue Swallow’s blue, white, and yellow combination is beautiful and her helmet wonderfully reflects her animal, the Swallow.
9. HououRanger (Dairanger)
Pink is not one of my favorite colors, but goodness! Is her costume not gorgeous? The helmet detail is a bit small to make out on the image there but you can see it better here. Lovely gold and black detail. I feel like the skirt aspect of the female sentai outfits give their costumes a little more to look at than the male costumes. The only thing that sets her costume a part from the other members of her team are 1) color combination (and the pink, gold, and white is beautiful), and her helmet design (which reflects a phoenix) which is sleek, detailed but not so much that it looks cluttered, and beautiful.
8. AbareMax (Abaranger)
Now I said that generally I prefer the female costumes over the male ones but that isn’t always the case. AbareMax is pretty much a secondary variation of AbareRed. The Abaranger costumes alone are fairly dull. Really it’s just their respective color plus white (or for AbareBlack, his color plus gold). But AbareMax’s suit is just fun. AbareRed (Ryouga) can change into AbareMax when he’s given enough “Dino Guts”, which he usually get’s from AbareYellow and AbareBlue so the colors change from red and white to red, gold/yellow, and blue. While I’m not sure how mixing the Dino Guts of a Tyrannosaurus, Pterosaur, and Triceratops creates a Styracosaurus, it doesn’t matter. This suit is just awesome.
7. AbareKiller (Abaranger)
Yet another Abaranger suit and while I’m generally a sucker to detail and colors, AbareKiller’s outfit is just a simple black and white with gold trim. It’s sharp, clean and sleek. As for the helmet, it’s simple, has a small motif that reflects his Bakuyuu (a Tupuxuara named Top Galer), and the design of the section that allows for visibility feels sinister. Having red be there instead of the black sunglasses look the other helmets have could be the reason why. If there’s any outfit that perfectly matches the personality of the person that it goes with, it has to be AbareKiller’s…well it matches his personality well before he decided to be good anyways. Either way, it’s an epic suit.
6. Legend MagiBlue (Magiranger)
Tough choice between her legend form and her regular form but the sucker for detail that I am, I had to go for legend form for a few reasons. Firstly, no cape. The capes themselves are nice and flowing but they don’t need to be there. Secondly, the boots, the gloves, and the chest/shoulder armor. While I don’t really care for them on the other suits, somehow it works with MagiBlue. Something about the blue and gold combination…I like it. And thirdly, the helmet itself. I was already a sucker for the mermaid fin design it has. But I find myself really liking the dorsal fin at the top. The only part of the legend helmet design that I don’t like is the back of it. That aside, it’s still a gorgeous suit (though if I were to ever attempt cosplaying her, I’m sure I would just go for regular MagiBlue…capes are useless but they’re also fun and flowing).
5. Gokai Silver (Gokaiger)
I generally like the 6th ranger costumes and his is no exception. Love the anchor design on the helmet. The yellow as the section for visibility just looks awesome. Not to mention it looks like one of the world’s coolest pairs of goggles for some reason. While I might not be a fan of gold accented with a little bit of silver, I am a fan of silver accented with a little bit of gold. Plus a silver and black color combination is just something that I love (as it will show up a bit later on in this countdown). Aside from his helmet, the actual cut of his suit is no different than the rest of the Gokaigers So when it comes down to which Gokaiger suits I like best, the only factors I can judge are helmets and colors. Speaking of which…
4. Gokai Pink (Gokaiger)
Like I said earlier, pink is not one of my favorite colors, but I just absolutely love Gokai Pink’s suit. And like with Gokai Silver, this really comes down to the helmet design. The helmet’s just adorable with that heart design on the front. And the pink with that bit of a pirate hat design is just too adorable for words. When you think pirates, I’m sure the color pink is the furthest thing on your mind but in Gokaiger they make it work. It’s sweet and feminine, just like the character behind the suit (Ahim) and somehow I fell in love with it just for that. In fact I’d have to say that it’s this suit alone that makes me like the color pink more that I did before.
3. ShinkenGold (Shinkenger)
It’s interesting…I was introduced to this character not though watching Shinkenger but from watching Power Rangers Samurai. As soon as he entered the series, not only did I fall in love with his character, but his suit as well. Never did I think that I’d like the combination of gold and navy blue but then again I do think that gold and blue is a beautiful color combination. I must admit thought that mostly this outfit appeals to my love of all things shiny (seriously…do you see how amazingly shiny that fabric and the helmet is?), but really I do love the colors and I love the helmet design. Great suit for a great character.
2. GekiViolet (Gekiranger)
Out of all the series that I’ve watched so far, my least favorite suits have to come from Gekiranger. They’re just bland. Nothing special to them until they go into super geki mode. But still they feel bland. And then Gou was introduced. And once he was able to transform (well into a sentai and not a werewolf…that was cool too though), we see this. And my first thought was “It looks like a hockey uniform but who cares it’s awesome!” or something like that. It’s a great change of pace from the dull two toned suits the other 3 rangers had. While his helmet looks more feline than wolf-like, it’s still a very awesome design.
1. Go-On Silver (Go-Onger)
Again, this is another one where it came down to color and helmet design. Like her brother (Hiroto/Go-On Gold), they both have a similar suit design save the helmets themselves. But the silver and black design is more aesthetically pleasing to me. And as for the helmet, I much prefer the design of Miu’s over the cross one for Hiroto. This is pretty much that appeals to me on all levels. It appeals to my love of all things shiny, it’s clean, sleek, has beautiful colors, is simple yet detailed, and easily reflects the pilot theme that the Go-On Wings needed to have.
And thus concludes my list of my personal favorite sentai outfits. I hope you enjoyed it. Is there anything that you would’ve wished to see on the list? Or what are your favorite sentai/Power Rangers suits?