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If you are a '90s child then you MUST be as excited as I am as the cast of the new Mighty Morphing Power Rangers is confirmed and we're drawing closer and closer the seeing the reboot, scheduled for the spring of 2017.

But, did you know that the original story was adapted to American audiences it was because it had already been a success for the Japanese market?

Check out these other facts that you might not know about the origins that have launched this decades-long franchise!

1. Super Sentai Rangers

Super Sentai, Japanese take!
Super Sentai, Japanese take!

The Japanese version was called Kyōryū Sentai Zyurangers (Super Sentai Rangers) and was a little bit different from the American story. It had different characters, which brings us to our next fact...

2. Living With Dinosaurs

Aged more than 10000 years, looking like teens.
Aged more than 10000 years, looking like teens.

The rangers in this version were not actually teenagers chosen to fight the forces of evil, but instead were evolved humans who lived during Jurassic times and that were frozen only to be woken up to fight an ancient evil force!

3. No Zordon, No Alpha 5!

Barza - the powerful entity that guides the Sentai!
Barza - the powerful entity that guides the Sentai!

That is right, there is no Zordon in the Super Sentai series. Instead, an old wizard with ancient and powerful magic is the force that wakes up the dormant heroes. His name is Barza.

Also, there is no Alpha 5 taking care of the Rangers in this version.

4. A Tragic Origin Behind the Evil Forces

Screen capture from Spanish subbed.
Screen capture from Spanish subbed.

Rita Repulsa looks similar to Bandora, the original villainess of the Sentai series, but their background histories are actually quite different.

Bandora sold her soul to the Great Satan in order to avenge the killing of her son and used her powers for evil.

Bandora's Son - Kai.
Bandora's Son - Kai.

Rita Repulsa is an evil alien in human form who's hell-bent on conquering the galaxy with her powers! And the only ones that can stop her are the your Rangers!

5. Very Different Stories

Many, many episodes...
Many, many episodes...

The Super Sentai series that inspired the American Power Rangers had 50 episodes with a unique story that ended with everyone living happily and the evil forces vanquished.

6. It All Begun in the '70s

Groovy Costumes!
Groovy Costumes!

The original and first Super Sentai made it to Japanese television in the 1975 and it was named Himitsu Sentai Gorenger. The plot involved a super secret world organization called "EAGLE", code for Earth Guardian League.

7.Different Stories, Different Costumes

Inspired in your average card game!
Inspired in your average card game!

Costumes usually change season to season for the Super Sentai Rangers. They go from weird colorful costumes inspired in animals, dinosaurs, cars and in some versions the figured you might find in a card game.

8. Four Decades of Fighting Evil

More than 40 Red Rangers here!
More than 40 Red Rangers here!

40 different versions of the Ranges have been brought to TV in Japan. That means that the Japanese Power Ranger franchise is 40 years old. The American franchise is young in comparison, it will be celebrating it's 24 birthday this 2016.

9. The Series Was Not Available in the US

Official Cover of the 2015 DVD release!
Official Cover of the 2015 DVD release!

The Super Sentai series was officially released in the US until 2015. This was also the first year that it was available for international streaming.

Before you could find some episodes online, but you will probably need to know Japanese in order to make sense of the episode. Now the episodes can be enjoyed in different languages, including Spanish and English.

10. A Never Ending Franchise

After Dino Charge, Dino Supercharge
After Dino Charge, Dino Supercharge

As long as there are kids, there'll be Power Rangers. We might have grown out the fanaticism of the '90s franchise, but that doesn't mean that we don't still want them around all the time. That is because even though the dinosaur shaped justice fighters may look different now, there will always be a young audience that will love the teenagers that fight for good. Just take a look at the planned release of the new season.

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