Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters (特命戦隊ゴーバスターズ Tokumei Sentai Gōbasutāzu translated as Special Mission Squadron Go-Busters) is the title of the 36th entry in the Super Sentai series. It premiered on February 26, 2012, and joined Kamen Rider Fourze and Kamen Rider Wizard after Fourze's finale as a part of the Super Hero Timeprogramming block on TV Asahi. The series follows a spy motif and follows a group of warriors in their goal to stop a malevolent computer virus and its organization.
"Neo AD 2012. The massive energy source, Enetron, is the foundation of city functions. After it are the Vaglass, a threat to humanity. The Go-Busters are youths entrusted with special missions to fight and protect the people."
The urban lives of the city now runs by a major power source known as, Enetron (エネトロン Enetoron). An evil organization from a different dimension called, Vaglass (ヴァグラス Vagurasu), aims to threaten the city by stealing the Enetron from it. Three warriors are chosen by the Energy Management Center to be a group of elite heroes, known as Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, that will protect the city from any evil threat. Along with their partners known as Buddy Roids (バディロイドヅ Badi Roidozu), they are tasked with stopping Vaglass from obtaining the Enetron from the city. Hero and villain alike battle alongside 'roids' and giant villainous 'MegaZords' (メガゾード Megazōdo).
Go-Busters contains several references to Power Rangers - some obvious, some not overtly stated, and some possibly not intentional. Usually these references refer to 'firsts' in Sentai history of plot devices already in place in Power Rangers.
The mecha are called MegaZords. This is for both the heroes and villains. The difference is that the humanoid forms of some individual mecha are also called MegaZords, unlike in Power Rangers where the name refers to a "giant robo", usually a combiner. 'Zord' is used as a suffix for Metaloids' MegaZords, such as Shovelloid's ShovelZord.
Also, the Morphin Brace has a sunglasses theme similar to Jungle Fury, except the Go-Busters don't actually put them on like the Jungle Fury Rangers. However, the sunglasses do form the visor lenses when transforming.
The Go-Busters can wear their suits without their helmets. This is similar to how the first Power Rangers frequently appeared helmetless; though the Go-Busters weren't the first Sentai to do so (Go-Onger constituting a recent example).
The main villain Messiah is very similar toR.P.M.'sVenjix as they were both computer viruses, not to mention very impatient and angry.
Messiah is a floating head from a different dimension, just like Zordon.
The Go-Busters have Super Powers (super speed for Hiromu, super strength for Ryuji and super jumping for Yoko) they can access to fight better. This is very similar to the heroes of Dino Thunder, S.P.D., or Operation Overdrive.
Unlike the Power Ranger series' powers, however, this series has given the Super Powers Weakpoints, which balance out the overall effectiveness of the Busters. Also, the Busters can use their "Civilian Powers" while transformed.
Similar to some Power Ranger seasons, the main monster making method involves using random items.
This is the first Sentai team to have their name be in plural format as their official name, being Go-Busters as opposed to "Go-Buster".
Also, due to its name, it was once thought by many to be a parody of Ghostbusters.
Wikipedia code for various tokusatsu articles can be found in the opening for the first episode; most notable an entry reading "Super Sentai" which mentions various other Toei-related properties of the past that have an American connection, including Spider-Man, Voltron (an Americanization of Toei anime Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV) and Sailor Moon.
The Metaloid/MegaZord connection is the first season since Battle Fever J where the giants are actually robotic doppelganger of the smaller monsters.
This is the 2nd season where the name of the show starts with "Go-" (including the hyphen). The first one is Go-Onger.
This is the first Sentai since GoGoFive to not have "ranger" or "-ger" in the title or team name.
Both Go-Busters and Go-Onger feature the word "Go-" in the title, they both feature animal mechas merged with machines, both feature mecha with some sort of numbering, both feature Rangers that often take off their helmets after fights, both feature Gold and Silver Rangers as a duo, and both feature very similar belts.
Both Go-Busters and RPM take place in different worlds than the other series, and both feature computer viruses as the main villains.
This is the first Sentai to completely replace the opening music mid-season. The only season to change the opening theme, before Go-Busters, was Gekisou Sentai Carranger, but the replacement was a different version of the same song.