Wednesday, June 29, 2016

So What's Up With Zyuoh The World?

Zyuohger has been a very enjoyable treat to the point I'm not that excited for Kamen Rider Ghost's next episode (I'd watch Kamen Rider Kiva over it). I'll admit, this week's episode was The World's redemption but we're yet to see him officially as a sixth ranger. When I looked at the first episode he made his appearance as some human experiment by Genis (Flashman shoutback?!), I think about some other episodes in Super Sentai. Super Sentai anniversaries tend to throw older fans years back at times. Gaoranger had returned several veterans for its crossover. Boukenger had an encyclopedia. Gokaiger had a lot of cast members resuming their roles. While I don't expect Gokaiger's feat and glory in Zyuohger but I'm expecting a couple more throwbacks to different eras.

I'm just launched back to 1984 when the concept of a sixth ranger was still experimented on. Bioman had that episode where Shota Yamamori (played by Hideaki Kusaki) was tested on. I guess Toei wanted to try him out if he had a charm to become the Metal Hero Jaspion. The experiment worked and Kusaki proceeded to play Jaspion. The Bioman episode involved New Empire Gear collecting magnetic meteorites to create a new super suit. The plan was to create an army of humans and Shota happens to have that prowess to become their new warrior. Farrah tricked him into becoming Magne Warrior. It was also that time Kusaki met his future wife the late Yuko Asuka. The scene in Zyuohger involving Genis' experiments feel like it was modified from something that wasn't so easily brought up. It's almost like older Super Sentai seasons where you see humans being experimented on to help the enemy in their invasion attempts. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Taking Super Sentai And Power Rangers Into Space!

While Grown Ups In Spandex is subbing Changeman and Flashman, I felt like the popularity of space-based science fiction like Star Trek, Star Wars and maybe some Marvel Comics series have inspired some characters. Then we had Power Rangers in Space and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy which took Power Rangers into space.

Taking Super Sentai into space during the 80s... 

Dengeki Sentai Changeman

Some Super Sentai powers were taken from alien sources like Denziman and Bioman. Denziman was the start of space themes, Bioman was more on the science theme while having extraterrestrial technology. Changeman then had both space technology and military hardware at their disposal. Their mission is to stop Star King Bazoo from making Earth its next target. Bazoo has a "united alliance of evil" from different planets whom he rules over with an iron fist. The Changemen's severe training soon awakened the Earth Force. The five survivors of the Gozma's initial attack managed to become the Changeman themselves. What's more so "in your face" with the space theme is that their flying fortress is in the shape of a space shuttle.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Not Too Surprising: Three Anthropomorphic Animal Mentors Will Join The Zyouhger Summer Movie

Considering that Zyuohger is an anniversary season, I guess the series now takes place in the VS. Universe instead of being standalone. This does pose some problems because in Super Sentai, dinosaur extinction varied from show to show. Zyuranger has it as Bandora's fault. Abaranger has it that the dinosaurs were merely transported into another dimension so they're not really extinct. Boukenger has it Hyde Gene's fault. Go-onger has it as Horonderthal's fault. Kyoryuger has it that the virus, cold and heat trio of the Deboss killed the dinosaurs. So I wonder how are events supposedly reconciled in the whole VS. Universe or are they treated the same way as Super Robot Wars games?!

Back to the three mentors and the Zyuohgers. After reading the news from JEFusion that the three anthropomorphic mentors namely Doggie Kruger, Sha Fu and Torin showing up for the movie, I'm not too surprised either. There's some details that one could see when it came to Tokusatsu with anthropomorphic animal allies. Let's take a review shall we?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Super Sentai Anniversary Sixth Heroes And The Power Of Three!

Considering that Misao Mondo/Zyuoh The World is an anniversary Super Sentai sixth ranger, I thought of writing this post concerning his predecessors. The appearance of yet another sixth ranger having the power of three in Zyuohger is no surprise to me at all! Misao is powered by three Zyumen and has a wolf, crocodile and rhino as part of his symbols. Let's take a look back at the others who have the power of three as well.

Shirogane/Gao Silver (25th Anniversary)

Gao Silver is the very first sixth ranger who gets a combining mecha instead of a regular non-combining mecha. This may be because Gaoranger is the start of the multi-gattai era and the may be the beginning of a new era of Super Sentai. The Gao Hunter is a combining robot composed of Gao Wolf, Gao Alligator and Gao Hammerhead. He's the very first sixth hero to have not one but three assigned mecha at once. Fair enough, the Gaorangers were getting more than one Gao Animal in their inventory so the sixth ranger ends up getting three Gao Animals when he's introduced. He can also use any Gao Animal that forms the arms of the other combinations.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

So Chojin Sentai Jetman Not Gekisou Sentai Carranger Saved Super Sentai?

So I read from Tokusatsu News Network a couple of days ago that Jetman, not Carranger saved Super Sentai. I still remembered the shock I had when I realized this fact: Fiveman wasn't well-received and the show was problematic during its airing. I even think that as much as I want to see Fiveman all over again, I still think that GoGoFive is miles better as a family-based Super Sentai.

There was the Hirohisa Soda era where he served as the head writer for Goggle V, Dynaman, Bioman, Changeman, Flashman, Maskman, Liveman, Turboranger and Fiveman for nine consecutive seasons. He started to show signs of burning out during Turboranger and met his inevitable burnout during Fiveman. Fiveman nearly cancelled Super Sentai so I guess Jetman was meant to be a "finale" but instead, it opened up another era. Producer Takeyuki Suzuki soon worked with Toshiki Inoue for Chojin Sentai Jetman. The Soda era came to its closure with the great writer meeting his inevitable burnout.

I've heard much praise for the show from fans during its time. I guess the new approach by Toshiki Inoue (who has worked some episodes in Flashman, Maskman, Liveman, Turboranger and Fiveman) was assigned as the head writer for 29 episodes. Other contributors were Kenichi Araki and Naruhisa Arakawa. So Jetman was a "mixed bag" since I found that whole Dryer Jigen episode as a "misfit episode". I was thinking that episode may have worked in Zyuranger or Abaranger but not with Jetman. The show may have had a different approach that fans of Super Sentai were interested. So Jetman ended up from an intended "finale" to a "transitional era" or it may be a "finale" for the pre-Zyuranger era. Then maybe, we can all think of Zyuranger as a door to a new era. I'd call it the opening of the start of Power Rangers era or the Post-Zyuranger era.