Monday, March 2, 2015

Sentai Rambling: Super Sentai Series I've Watched From Start to End Which I Dub as Masterpieces!

Okay let's get this straight, this isn't facts but just my personal (and somewhat) biased opinions.  Before reading this, take note that I haven't seen all of Super Sentai yet.  Meanwhile, here's the list of Super Sentai series I've watched from start to end that I have dubbed as masterpieces.  So this list may change overtime but meanwhile here's my current list.  Remember that my opinion on Super Sentai masterpieces is subject to change within a certain time period for Super Sentai series I believe can be considered as "Super Sentai masterpieces".

Hikari Sentai Maskman

Okay this might be just a bias considering that this was a part of my childhood.  What did I like about Maskman?  It has tons and I mean TONS of drama and unfolding mysteries that kept he series going besides the star-crossed (if that should be the right term) love story between Takeru and Ial.  Meanwhile, I used to find it weird that Igam was really having her masquerade as a man NO THANKS to that stupid Tagalog dub that already blew the cover of Igam making the whole scene of Igam's helmet flying off make no sense within the dub.  The whole story of the series revolved around Tube as an empire in struggle, its villains (who were not pure evil but had different personalities).  Added to the whole layer is the conflict of forces in Hikari Sentai Maskman.  Takeru represents love and Kiros the lone wanderer villain with neutral alignment represents lust.  Igam and Ial are sibling who stand for different ideals - one is a supremacist ideal and the other is for peace between the surface world and the underground.  Plus having the questions about the main villain Earth Underground Emperor Zeba which left me to speculate to what kind of powerful being he was.  I even speculated Zeba was an alien or a demon of sorts since he's obviously not human, he had to be something very evil and that he cannot be defeated unless a prerequisite happens which was why he fears anything that can reveal anything about him.  Every time Zeba's identity is close to being disclosed, something interesting happens adding more suspense to the show.  All I can say was this season for me had a lot of interesting stuff to keep me watching with all the series' mysteries and dramatic moments.

Chojin Sentai Jetman

As said, Jetman is my number one favorite season although there are still other seasons better than it which I admit would be like Dairanger and Maskman but you cannot deny this season is super popular to many Super Sentai fans.  On the other hand, my reasons for liking Jetman is because of me being able to relate to Ryu and Gai Yuki... heck I even feel like at times I relate to both Radiguet and Tranza.  Toshiki Inoue wrote a lot of good episodes before he became the headwriter of Chojin Sentai Jetman.  This was before either he burned out or he just gave up writing good stories because of Toei's current management system but I did enjoy Kamen Rider Kiva even if some people I know think it's a very stupid series.  What made Jetman interesting was that it tried to lump in a lot of elements back from Soda era while trying new stuff.  I always thought that the Ryu/Gai conflict that developed from rivalry into friendship, the Vyram's game of death and all the drama with it.  Villains had their different flavor like Radiguet willfully stays evil, Tranza represents the never-ending cycle of revenge (he goes from kid to adult to inflict revenge, only for his own game of revenge to backfire at him), Maria is well sort of a plot-hole to why did the Dimensional Party Vyram decide to keep her (even Radiguet sort of had a crush on her) and Gure representing the noble villain idea as they were all entangled in a complicated love polygon.  It also focuses on the different sides of people like Ryu while being the preachy good guy has his own inner struggles especially when he learns the truth about Rie being Maria or that Gai Yuki in spite of being the rebel, learns the value of teamwork as the series progresses.  I began to enjoy Gai Yuki more when he actually dared to snap Ryu back to reality.  Also, the Gai and Kaori relationship was fun to watch considering how it helped Gai for the better.  At the same time, Ryu must learn to move on from his past tragedy and learn the true meaning of being a Jetman warrior.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Wishful Thinking: Who I Wish Played as Gaja and Ryuon in Boukenger!

As somebody who likes Boukenger but not as much, I thought these guys should have been in Boukenger:

For Gaja, I thought the actor Hiroo Okata was just too stiff. For one, Gaja was too generic a villain for me compared to Ryuon, the Questers (as idiotic as they may be) and Yaiba.  Namely, I tend to blame the actor.  Hiroo Okata is just too stiff and I thought somebody else should have taken the role.

Yoshinori Okamoto is another villain actor who came into mind.  I have learned from Shougo B'Stard that Yoshinori Okamoto was the actor for Gaja on the Boukenger stage show.  I mean, this guy could have made a much stronger Gaja for these reasons.  He was both the suit actor AND voice to Adjutant Buuba in Changeman.  Later he would be Bo Gardan in Flashman and Dr. Ashura in Liveman.  In Hurricanger, he later appeared to both be the suit actor and voice of Sargain and the season was full of Liveman references.  He was even the suit actor of Agent Abrella in Dekaranger.  So I thought that he should have been Gaja, an out-of-suit role after so many years with all those shows he did in the past few Sentai seasons.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Major Plots Analysis Part 19: Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger

After watching Abaranger, I thought I'd write the major plots analysis for the series.  Now it's time for the major plots analysis.  Warning there will be spoilers ahead as usual in the major plots analysis series so don't read further if you don't want to be spoiled.

Abaranger starts off with some introduction in two parts.  The first episode has the Abarangers unaware of their destiny, Asuka arriving on Dino Earth and the introduction of the three personalities of the Abarangers.  Abaranger starts off introducing the concept of Dino Guts and the Evorian.  Episodes 3-6 starts to unfold more about the Abarangers being introduced to us such as Ranru revealed as a former idol turned mechanic.

Episodes 7-8 starts to reveal a bit more of Asuka.  It gives the possible hint that Jannu could be his long thought dead wife Mahoro.  But at that point, they are still rivals with each other.  It also features the introduction of one the new Bakuryus namely Bachycelo.  However it's not yet ready for combat use in that episode.  In episode 9, the Bachycelo finally gets full grown for their battle.  Episode 28 would later feature more about his past.