Sunday, May 3, 2015

Carranger: Truly Shifting Into Turbo!

It cannot be denied I have officially added Carranger into my official list of Super Sentai series I've watched from start to end.  Okay I wanted to rant on Turboranger influence between the two shows.  I have seen Turboranger which for me is one awesome show (and later, Carranger's Power Rangers' adaptation was called Power Rangers Turbo).  So what's ironic is that Turboranger suffered from bad ratings and then, Carranger ended up saving the franchise so perhaps it's safe for me to say, "Carranger truly shifted into Turbo!"

Now I am a Turboranger fan, no questions asked and I dislike Power Rangers Turbo (I pretend that series never existed and I hate the movie for its bad quality).  For Carranger, it's one awesome comedy season (but mind you, there are sad moments too and it's better called a lighter season) in contrast to Turboranger (which I still like more, no questions asked but hey, I can like both Carranger and Turboranger right) but the series truly shifted Sentai into Turbo and it carried itself more consistently than Turboranger did.  Well I guess by now, a lot of people know Carranger had a midseason write off, a retooling and yet the ratings weren't so good back then.

Carranger itself is one amazing comedy which I admit, I don't think I can possibly imitate it but I can learn from it.  After the events of the Sarin gas incident last year, Ohranger suffered from some inconsistencies and later, Carranger ended up becoming a lighter Sentai.  So why the executives decided to retool Turboranger's cars x magic theme into Carranger was perhaps the best decision they made that time.  Instead of teenagers with attitude, Carranger ends up getting more consistent with how it chose the employees of Pegasus Garage to become the wielders of Car Magic... in contrast to how Turboranger carried its scheme.

Warning!  Spoilers ahead!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I'm Almost Done with Gekisou Sentai Carranger

Well I'm proud to announce that Gekisou Sentai Carranger is about to make it into my list of Super Sentai series I've watched from start to end and the subs were completed by Haroranger.  I just wish though Timeranger will get more clear English subs (laboring through bad quality video on my favorite Kobayashi series IS painful), hopefully GUIS will be done with Bioman, more Turboranger subs as it's the first car-based Sentai (I had to rely on a translator) and well with Changeman's 30th anniversary, please more Changeman subs!  Now moving on... before I ultimately write a new style review for the series called "Shifting Into Turbo... With CAAAAARRRANGER" (tentative title) where I can share my thoughts.

So I've seen the arrival of the VRV Robo and it's a pretty cool robot,  The VRV Robo is composed of five rescue vehicles with humanoid mode, they combine into the VRV Robo which for me is a rare innovation.  What is ironic also is that while Turboranger abolished the transportation mecha, Carranger made it have a momentary return (and later, Abaranger also did with the Brachiosaurus) with the Victory Trailer.  Victory Trailer transports the components of VRV Robo which was used to rescue RV Robo.  What's pretty weird and cool at the same time is how the VRV Robo uses the cannons of the Victory Trailer's cannons to destroy the monster-of-the-week.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nostalgia Analysis: Remembering The Time I Played The Jetman and Zyuranger NES Games!

Well it may be back in the 90s and I still remember that crappy Family Computer system... and here's some of the games I remembered playing back as a 90s child:

The Chojin Sentai Jetman NES game 

This game was based on the series Chojin Sentai Jetman way back in 1991.  The game itself allowed you to select five areas that you may want to play, five rangers to select from (each with different attributes and I always used Red Hawk) and at the end of each stage, you pilot the Great Icarus (for me, I'd rather have to select between two robots).  There's a password system that would allow you to start where you left off at the same time.  The whole game itself was good for its time.  The final boss in the game was sadly Semimaru instead of the vilest villain ever, Count Radiguet.  After Semimaru was defeated, we get to see an 8-bit animation of Great Icarus destroying the Vyram spaceship.

The Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger NES game

I used to think this was a NES MMPR game back then.  Oh boy, I was wrong when I heard the Zyuranger theme later on.  The game itself has one Zyuranger per stage, I didn't have too much of a problem with that but the game gets really boring the more you play it.  It features the five main villains of Zyuranger as the bosses namely Priprican, Bukback, Totbat, Griforther and Bandora herself.  There were mini-games which made you end up gambling your life as a result.  For me, this game is still enjoyable but I'd pick the Super NES' version of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (I just rented an SNES back then) anytime if I had to choose just one.

Meanwhile, I will confess that while I heard of the Gaoranger/Hurricanger on the Playstation and Carranger on the Super Nintendo, I haven't played them myself.  On the other hand, I usually prefer not to play the Toku-related video games as I myself got upset with playing the Kamen Rider-based fighting games myself (in my case the first Kamen Rider, V3, Kuuga) and I remember how awful that Kamen Rider Black game for the NES was too.