Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Nostalgia Analysis: Red Mask and Five Blue at the Henshin Con Launch Party!

While it was too bad I couldn't go to the Henshin Con Launch Party 2015 even if I could afford the VIP ticket (PHP 2,500.00) to get to the party, food, drinks and of course meet and greet, I am still happy nonetheless for people who got to meet them.  

People know by know that Takeru/Red Mask is my favorite in Maskman and Ken Hoshikawa/Five Blue is my favorite in Fiveman.  As a 90s kid (now 30 years old and still single), I would like to express my feelings here and for other who were able to be there.  For nostalgia, I remembered watching Maskman badly dubbed on IBC-13 (which sadly NEVER showed the finale) and Fiveman on ABC-5 before it became TV-5.

The venue of the event was in One Espelade in the Mall of Asia in Manila.  Fortunately the event went on and no FLIPFAG was able to cause trouble.

Pictures were retrieved from here.

Two of my favorites at the dinner table... too bad I wasn't there but lucky for the others!

Returned home from the Legend War? XD  I had my thoughts even if I'm not there in person, I'm glad for those who had the time.  The event would be far more worth it than the One Direction concert.

Wow lucky fans!  They finally got to pose with my favorite Maskman member!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How Ninninger Is Treating Me So Far in Five Episodes!

While I may not make weekly reviews (well as you know, I have already moved on with other stuff but I still like Sentai but not as much)... but Ninninger has left me with several emotions... after my first impression, here's what I think.

I don't find any of the cast really hateful or anything, nothing special as of yet and I am seeing different personalities.  My minor problems are the idiotic red ranger Takaharu (but I can tolerate some idiots like him but hope he does get better) and well, Yakumo is too thereotical but I can learn from his experience.  So far, I do love the idea Kasumi wants to be a scientist.  But so far, I am afraid this will be mecha overload... since Naomi Takebe as I learned the hard way, is the yes-lady of Bandai. =P

In spite of having Takebe (my emotions on her are mixed) but I really think of it this way.  The series itself even on its premiere may not be as good as Shinkenger, Hurricanger or Kakuranger but it was for me, more impressive than Kyoryuger or ToQGer (and it's a refresher from the awful phenomenon of Power Rangers Samurai and Power Rangers Megaforce).

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Megaranger: A Mega Graduation Series For A Team of Teenagers!

Megaranger itself is one amazing Super Sentai series and I can dub it as a masterpiece.  After the horrendous failure called Power Rangers Megaforce, I am tempted to write this entry on Megaranger, the one true Mega series.  Megaranger was a series that aired from February 14, 1997 to February 15, 1998 which was trying to do some tribute to the Hirohisa Soda era while having some elements from the Sugimura era.  The whole show in itself was indeed one Mega-series and I'd love to talk how it was a Mega Graduation for a team of teenagers.

Megaranger was head-produced by Shigenori Takatera and its major writers were Junki Takegami (22 episodes as head writer), Yasuko Kobayashi (13 episodes) and Naruhisa Arakawa (11 episodes) who were the series' biggest contributors.  Takegami would later be responsible for GogoV, Gaoranger and well, Go-onger (which is a love it or hate it series, I just like it but I don't love it).  Yasuko Kobayashi herself would be the head writer of Gingaman and Timeranger for really good series, the not-so-well written but popular Shinkenger, Gobusters (her attempt to return to darker and edgier) and ToQGer which I personally dislike.  Naruhisa Arakawa who had written episodes for Zyuranger up to Carranger had a major time training in the series.

Megaranger's entire story revolved around five teenagers who get dragged into a conflict that would forever change their lives.  Kenta starts out as a delinquent who after winning the Megaranger arcade game while the other four wanted to explore the INET Research Facility.  However it becomes a HUGE problem when one day the Nezire group attack and that's when their lives are changed forever.  The five teenagers with attitude got dragged into a fight that should have not been part of their lives but they got dragged into it.  I felt like Dr. Kubota was sort of an idiot to let them become Megarangers but... the whole idea got everyone to mature and change their ideals.  Dr. Kubota's lack of logic changed the lives of these teenagers with attitude forever.

Megaranger's team was pretty atypical considering that while Kenta is the field leader, Kouichirou was really the actual leader who was pretty much the Gary Stu of the group.  Shun is Kenta's best friend who initially tries to leave the team to fulfill his dreams but returns after that.  Chisato is that yellow ranger who dreams of becoming a photographer (I wonder if she has a dead brother) and Miku is well, somebody who can pretty much agree with Kenta due to her being lazy with school.  yet in spite of their differences, the Megarangers start to change each other as their battle with the Nezire go by.  They have school, they have homework, they have this and that and they have to battle the Nezire?  I wonder what in the world was Dr. Kubota even thinking with getting recruits through the Megaranger arcade game?

The Megarangers as a group of teenagers go beyond their initial characterization.  In the beginning, Shun himself had his dream of being a graphic artist but he realized that the Earth needed him or there'd be no dreams to protect.  Kenta and Miku start off as slackers but thanks to the help of Chisato, both characters started to go for the better.  Kouichiro who was the Gary Stu of the group also learned to loosen up a bit thanks to everyone that while he started out pretty stiff, he also learned to balance himself while he was partly involved with Kenta's development as a person.

Spoilers ahead, read at your own risk!