Welcome, one and all, to Let's Watch! Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger and Kamen Rider OOO!
So, what are Gokaiger and OOO? Good question! Both Gokaiger and OOO are live-action shows that employ special effects, and are known in Japan as "tokusatsu." Let's cover Gokaiger first, as it's the newer of the two and the one most people here are probably going to be following.
A group of young pirates come from space to Earth to obtain the "The Greatest Treasure in the Universe." However, they end up facing the Space Empire Zangyack, who were sealed away by the 34 Sentai groups until they awaken and resume their invasion of Earth. As a result, the space pirates use the powers of the older teams to fight Zangyack as the Gokaigers.
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger ("kaizoku" meaning "pirate" and "sentai" meaning squadron/team) is part of the Super Sentai Series, produced by Toei and Bandai. The first Super Sentai show aired in 1975 and was developed by Shotaro Ishinomori...who you may also know as the creator of such other works as Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider, Kikaider, Inazuman, and Skull Man. Yeah, dude's a legend.
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger is the 35th series in the Super Sentai series. Each show has a theme, and Gokaiger's is pirates. It is also an anniversary series, meaning that it is a celebration of all 34 series preceding it. But don't worry! You don't need to have seen those series to enjoy Gokaiger! Gokaiger will stand alone, but also be an extra special treat for those who have seen past series, and supposedly will include many of the original actors of those series as well!
The Gokaiger themselves made their first appearance in the recent annual Sentai team-up movie, called Tensou Sentai Goseiger vs. Shinkenger: Epic on Ginmaku.
However this was merely a cameo appearance (similar to Goseiger's cameo in Shinkenger vs. Go-Onger) and isn't necessary to watch to enjoy the series.
Our second series is Kamen Rider OOO.
Eiji Hino is a man who has no dreams, no job, and no family. When animal-like monsters called Greeed awaken after their 800 year slumber to attack humans and feed off of their desire, a bird-type Greed called Ankh gives Eiji a belt and three Medals to fight the Greed. This allows Eiji to become Kamen Rider OOO. The mysterious Kougami Foundation approaches him and begins assisting him in his fight against the Greed, but their true motives are not clear.
Kamen Rider OOO ("Kamen" meaning "mask") is part of the Kamen Rider series, also produced by Toei and Bandai, and as mentioned before, developed by Shotaro Ishinomori. The series has been around for longer than Super Sentai, the first Kamen Rider series airing in 1971, but has less shows than Super Sentai due to a hiatus at the beginning of the Heisei era (1989), and with the exception of three movies, was not revived until 2000 with Kuuga. For this reason, Kamen Rider is divided into two groups, the Showa era (all series including Black RX despite it airing into the Heisei period) and the Heisei era (all series after Black RX). Note however that some fans consider Shin, ZO, and J to be Showa despite them being well into the Heisei era; the reason for this is some fans hold Ishinomori's death to be the true passing of the Heisei Riders.
OOO is the twelfth Heisei series and the twenty-first overall. OOO made his first appearance in the Kamen Rider W movie Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate.
However, his appearance was a small cameo and viewing that movie is not necessary to understand the show.
Gokaiger airs Sundays at 7:30 AM, and OOO follows it at 8:00 AM.
Whew. I've talked way too much! So with the introductions out of the way, let's get ready to Let's Watch Gokaiger and OOO!