Saturday, November 1, 2014

Super Sentai Cast Members Who Have Died

Since today is November 1, 2014 based on Japan standard time, let's pay tribute to our dearly departed Super Sentai cast members:

Baku Hatakeyama who played Daita Ooiwa in Goranger committed suicide.  He was born on June 18, 1944 and died on July 13, 1978 and he was only 34 years old.

Chinoyosuke Azuma who played General Kurama Tetsuzan in Battle Fever J died on November 9, 2000.  He was 74 years old.

Shin Kishida who played Daizaburo Arashiyama died of esophageal cancer on December 28, 1982.  He was only 47 years old.

Munemaru Kouda aka Doctor Man and Gorma Emperor... died on July 9, 1998.  He was 74 years old.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sentai Speculation: Why Were Zimba, Jarmin and Rehda Written Off Mid-Season?!

Turboranger itself was a Super Sentai series I felt had a great mystery to it.  Whether or not it was an injustice, it partly may be.  Now I'd like to speculate on why Zimba, Jarmin and Rehda were written off mid-season but they managed to stay for a good half of the show.  So what was going on?

For Zimba, I was thinking it's possible to still keep him along considering he doesn't show his face for the rest of the series.  I mean, we only got to see his face during the episode that introduced him as a warrior who was once in love with a princess who rejected him.  Then again, what if the stuntman had other projects?  What if the voice actor wasn't available?  I dunno what reasons were his reasons for leaving.

Jarmin was played Kanako Kishi all throughout (she's also a JAV star like Rika Nanase in Carranger, strangely both Turboranger and Carranger had JAV idols acting as villains... Gingaman's Shelinda, Megaranger's Shibolena and Akibaranger's Malshina were also played by JAV idols).  Now why did she leave?  Did she have budget disputes or was there a lack of budget?  I don't know.  But I thought that it was a waste to get rid of Jarmin.  But if the actress had her desire to leave then I can't call it an injustice.  Or maybe it was.

For me the one I'm bothered at the most is Rehda.  I mean if they wanted to write off Zimba and Jarmin, I wish Rehda stayed considering he was Ragorn's personal adviser.  But why did Musashi Ishibashi want to leave?  It could have been budget disputes or he thought the show wasn't bringing him anywhere.  To be honest, only if Musashi Ishibashi will tell us why he left Turboranger.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sentai Speculation: Takeru Shiba's Possible Characterization Behind the Scenes!!!!

So another character I want to speculate on is Takeru Shiba.  For Ryunosuke and Chiaki, I don't know if there's much to speculate about them but I think Takeru Shiba is worth speculating on.  Now why did they name him Takeru?  How did he turn out the way he did?  Let's try to think of Yasuko Kobayashi and her habit of recycling old stuff from the 80s-90s.  Did executives name Shinken Red as is or did Yasuko Kobayashi choose the name?

Now let's a take at Yasuko Kobayashi's previous shades of red.  Now it's known that Shinkenger had two reds.  In Gingaman, Ryoma takes over his brother Hyuga's place because they all thought the latter died in the first episode only to return later as the second Bullblack.  In Timeranger, there were three reds - Ryuya was the Time Red/Time Fire from the future, Naoto was another red and the leading red is Tatsuya.  In Shinkenger, two reds were namely Takeru Shiba and the real Shinken Red, Kaoru Shiba.  Let's also take a look at the individual personalities.  Ryoma is bright, optimistic and hardworking maybe that explains why he was chosen to be Gingared above Hyuga.  On the other rand, we have Tatsuya who believes people have power over their destiny but only if people create a desirable future.  Takeru is like your typcal Sentai leader and like Ryoma, both use the element of fire which may be production staff.  Shigenor Takatera was Gingaman's head producer, Takaaki Utsunomiya was Shinkenger's head producer.

Remember, writers may actually dig into the old work of others... and prior to Gingaman, Yasuko Kobayashi was the sub-writer of Megaranger.  After Gingaman, she became the sub-writer of Gogo V then the head writer of Timeranger.  She was also a sub-writer for Boukenger.  So she may have also wanted to take bits and pieces there.  Again, she could also have decided to read back into Hirohisa Soda's old works.  Executives may have always allowed writers to view old works to see what can be recycled and modified for later series.