Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ToQGer Awarded For Promoting Safety Rules!

Here's a plaque of appreciation for Yasuko Kobayashi's lighter series ToQGer.  Now I was thinking if I can enjoy Kiva, I can definitely enjoy ToQGer's comic moments.  Now check out this one from Hero Shock to where I got the picture. 

Meanwhile let's take a look back at the first safety Sentai, Gogo V which is a more serious season compared to the colorful season of ToQGer.   Gogo V was a rescue team while being the second Super Sentai to become sibling-based.  It was also Junki Takegami's second headwriting work and Yasuko Kobayashi was one of its major writers.  While Kobayashi was writing mostly serious stuff for Gingaman and Timeranger as head writer while she was a secondary writer for Gogo V... note that she also wrote Shinkenger which was more on the balanced side.  

Sentai Speculation: How Lami Was Probably Created

Lami for me is one character that was probably composite of some pre-Zyuranger villains.  My wild guesses are she's inspired by the following characters:

My first wild guess to Lami's inspiration was Jarmin.  Now Jarmin only lasted up to episode 28 of Turboranger as episodes 27-29 wrote off Zimba, Jarmin and Rehda due to budget reasons (?).  Jarmin was presented to be what I'd call a really bitchy woman.  She also had a slight hint she was in a relationship with Zimba.  In episode 27, Zimba volunteered to finish off the Turborangers protecting her from Ragorn's wrath.  Like Lami, Jarmin revealed one thing, her human form was merely a disguise to her serpentine form.  She managed to split herself into two during her final battle and was destroyed by the Turbo Rugger when she fused her soul into her other half.  Perhaps her relationship with Zimba inspired the idea of Griforther being married to Lami.

Another possible inspiration is Dordora from Fiveman.  It wouldn't be all that surprising to see how concepts get copied so easily especially with this, Fiveman was the first 90s Sentai, Zyuranger was shown in 1992.  Dordora was trying to embody a lot of characteristics of Soda villains, she was deceptive like Farrah, she was like most female field commanders, relying on deceit to carry on a job while having some badass to beat you up.  She was also one to use disguises like Lami did.  It's also hinted that she has a relationship with Billion.

Mei the Arrow-Firing Rishiya Princess!

Since it's October and well, I forgot it's Women's Month aside from Halloween, I'm willing to wear a pink ribbon to help fight against breast cancer too.  Now moving on, I'll do this character spotlight on Mei.  I have done a character spotlight for Mako, Momoko, Lin and Sakura... time to do on Mei who I believe deserves much spotlight here.   Before Erina Nakayama was born in 1995, Reiko Chiba was the moe of 1992.  Moving on... I'd love to talk about the Rishiya Princess Mei who is the arrow firing princess.  While appearing to be gentle, cute and sweet but beware, she knows how to fire arrows... and even if she's not as badass as Jun Yabuki or Megumi Mori... you can't deny that she fires them with extreme accuracy.  She may easily break into tears but those tears also empower her one way or another.

One of my favorite moments of Mei was when she was poisoned by an apple.  Bandora knew that only her arrow can destroy the apple on Dora Ladon's head, which she nearly died in that experience.  As the Warrior of Love, she overcame that ordeal because of her love for her teammates.  While she has none romantic involved (though I tend to fan pair her with Geki but NEVER fan pair her with Burai unless you want to get cracky), she shows love is more than romantic.  She has a love for children then again, so do the rest of the Zyurangers.  She also showed love can be self-sacrificing when she took the risk that she might die during Dora Guzzler's appearance... she read of how her ancestor gave her life to defeat a similar monster.  Luckily, she survived.

She found a rival in the woman called Lami who arrived during the Green with Evil Arc.  My favorite moment of Mei vs. Lami was during the time Lami collected the souls of children.  I just love how she battles Lami.  It kind of reminds me of the rivalries pink rangers had with female villains.  For example, one of the best rivalries ever done was Five Pink vs. Doldora (who also resembled Lami, and Lami may have been inspired from her).  The whole battle between the two proved one was a warrior of hate, the other was a warrior of love.  It also reminded me of the episode when Haruna was trying to battle Jarmin's scheme to steal love from others.

Towards the finale, Mei showed herself as the team heart.  In fact, she was always known for what she was, the Warrior of Love!