Tuesday, November 24, 2015

My Thoughts On Hiroya Matsumoto Guesting As Tsubasa Ozu In Ninninger!

After several senior actors guesting as their old roles like you had like Takumi Tsutsui as Toha Yamaji/Jiraiya, Teruoki Ogawa as Sasuke/Ninja Red and Shun Shioya as Yousuke/Hurricane Red so I am not a bit surprised to see Hiroya Matsumoto. Okay I may not be doing episode reviews but I'll share a bit of my thoughts here.

I developed a new opinion. I figured out that I might cherish Ninninger more than Magiranger even if both shows tend to suffer from too many power-ups. Considering that Ninninger may not belong to its own timeline, it's only normal that Tsubasa made a guest appearance in contrast to Sentai seniors appearing as different characters. His guest appearance as his Magiranger makes a whole lot of sense considering Yakumo is a magical ninja which I'll admit, I was impressed that we get to see a badly needed do your own stunt scene in this one.

If you saw a lot of old school Super Sentai, you may notice Super Sentai actors from previous shows or those who will appear in the next season guest star as a different character. Instead, Hiroya Matsumoto guest starred as Tsubasa Ozu like how the Super Sentai seniors resumed their main roles in Gokaiger. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Bioman And Megaranger Similarity: The Android Girls That Sacrificed Themselves!

During the time I watched Megaranger, I just thought there was one episode that resembled the two parter arc in Bioman involving Satan Megas. We do have a battle of scientists in Dr. Kubota and Dr. Hinelar who were once close friends like Dr. Shibata and Dr. Man. Now for the similarities.

The two android girls have a scene of crossing the street. Miki crosses in the morning while 167 (she wasn't given a human name to cover her true identity) crosses the street at night. Both of their robotic natures are discovered. Miki activates her energy when she's in danger and 167 isn't hurt when she's ran by a car. But unlike Miki, 167 develops human feelings on her own.

Both androids start to think they are human but later discover that they are mecha humans. Shuichi meets Miki thinking she was just a human being. Shun falls for 167 believing that she's a normal human being. 167 doesn't even know her own name.

Another similarity is where both Dr. Man and Dr. Hinelar get enraged by their creations becoming defective. Dr. Man tortures Miki with the thought that as long as she's alive, Satan Megas cannot be defeated. Dr. Hinelar chooses to terminate 167 like Dr. Man chooses to terminate Brain for insubordination.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ninninger Giving Tribute To Dragon Quest And Other Roleplaying Games?

I may not be a huge RPG lover but I remembered playing Dragon Quest VIII for the Playstation 2 and I am looking forward to owning a Playstation 4 together with Dragon Quest Heroes (English version). Honestly, this was much better than the story mode time in ToQGer IMHO as the Ninningers enter into the game themselves while foiling a game related monster. References to Tsubaraya's hero Gridman (or Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad) anyone?

The first one is where there is the quest to liberate a kingdom. It just reminded me of how often that my RPG-playing video gaming peers would talk about Final Fantasy's and Dragon Quest's cliches.

I guess to save time or what, they decided to use a 16-bit Super Nintendo-like graphic since making 3D graphics would take time and well, you know Tokusatsu special effects do have a tight budget. I thought it was nice to throw back to 16-bit gaming and honestly, I miss a lot of my old games.

Now here's where things get a bit more interesting with the characters....