With Kamen Rider Decade, and the theatrical release of Go-Onger VS Gekiranger, one cannot help but to see “Crossover Madness” appearing from time to time on the interwebz. It got me thinking back to the one official series crossover that not that many people acknowledge these days.
1980’s Denshi Sentai Denjiman revolved around the concept of the remnants of Denzi Star who had fled their home world’s destruction. The main team was believed to be descendants of said race, making them more than qualified to take on the Vader Clan, and even the princess of Denzi Star would show up from time to time. However, during the finale of the series, we see that Queen Hedorian, the leader of the Vader Clan, has somehow survived and encased herself in ice. One would think that this is just a clever attempt at a cliffhanger that would never be resolved….that until the following year.
Yep, that’s right! The story continued in 1981’s Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan! Midway during the series, Queen Hedorian was revived via the wonders of cybernetics and found herself serving Black Magma. Naturally, being a former villain, she hated being a lapdog but she found herself with no choice; should she disobey the will of Hell Saturn (The leader of Black Magma), her artificial heart would be shut down for good. What can I say? Villains didn’t mess around in the Showa Era! See her in action during this clip!
Also, there was a whole episode in which the Sun Vulcan team had to defend one of the last Denzi Star descendants. Throw in the fact that she’s a latent psychic/esper in addition to her heritage and it’s no surprise that Himiko found herself a much desired target of Black Magma. As expected, Sun Vulcan manages to save the day and she’s left in peace.
To date, this remains to be the only in-series plot crossover between two Sentai shows. You’re probably wondering why Toei never got wise and did a full on team-up with Sun Vulcan and Denjiman for either an episode arc or a Manga Matsuri movie, aren’t you? Well, I’m sure there were budgetary reasons or maybe nobody had even thought of trying that out. Either way, the closest we’re ever going to get is this interesting picture that turned up during my usual internet perusing.
Yeah, I was thinking Roll-Mode too when I saw this. Actually, hell, I’d like to see how the hell they could achieve an attack like this. I guess until the day we get a Sentai equivalent of Kamen Rider SPIRITS, a proper Denjiman/Sun Vulcan crossover will just be the stuff of fanfics.