Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Episode Writers' Analysis Part 13: Gougou Sentai Boukenger

Well it's time for Boukenger and we,, a really overrated series even I myself overrated it.  Made me really think that I enjoyed Sho Aikawa's being the head writer of Kamen Rider Blade which was a serious season vs. this lighter and softer season.  It was an adventure theme but let's just see... I thought that I kept rewinding this season sine I had lesser access to other Sentai (then again, I can't trust those crap dubs either)... now for the episode analysis:

Sho Aikawa (main writer): 1-11, 17-20, 25-26, 29-30, 33, 47-49 (23 eps)

Tasks 1-3 introduces us to the first three villain factions namely Gordom, Jaryuu and Dark Shadow.  In this episode, we get a glimpse of the characters' personalities though I failed to notice much of the character flaws most of the team are jerks.  So the beginning has Satoru wanting to drop Masumi into the lava?  WTH?  I just thought that we get a blur picture of how the villaisn will be.

Task 4 has a focus on Satoru and Ryuon as rivals to each other.  The episode has the Bouken Drill on focus which is used to rescue the stranded Boukengers.  The Boukengers are not yet all that ready to use the upgrade but they were able to so anyway.

Task 5 has the Imperial Pearl episode.  At this point, we have Sakura developing a rivalry with Shizuka.  Sakura learns the value of a smile in that episode.

Task 6 has the cursed fog and Gordom.  The cursed fog has some moderate nightmare fuel where the Boukengers get lost whenever they are hit by the cursed liquid.  I do love how Natsuki and Sakura are able to get out of this episode.  Sadly, Natsuki tends to lose all character development.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Why I Don't Hate Go-onger

Okay Go-onger may be in my lower part of the list, I don't really find anything that appealing to it aesthetic-wise, story-wise. etc. but I just don't hate it.  In fact, while it's silly but I certainly don't consider it a disasterpiece.  So far, I still think this series is still passable even if I don't consider it awesome.

It's nice to have a  comedy season for once.  So okay, I know some of you may not agree with me, some of you say Go-onger sucks but I don't find the cast boring compared to Goseiger.  Now don't flame on me, this is more editorial.  Factual-wise, Go-onger is a comedy season which at the same time provides room for some character development.  It sort of makes fun of Super Sentai by actually giving us characters who are pretty silly (even Renn's intelligence doesn't spare him) and it's pretty comical at the same time.  Plus, at least characters get development even for the Patrick Star-type character of Hant gets character development.  I would admit I watch Go-onger whenever I'm not feeling well and need a good laugh over post-movie Spongebob episodes.

While I hated the Five Puppets in Fiveman but the Go-on Engines did a fine job in here for me.  Maybe it's because Go-onger was intended to be a funny season in the first place.  The Go-on Engines aren't just there to be cute, they are there to also help the Go-ongers develop!

Some may criticize about the villains being campy and not to mention stupid.  In spite of that, the villains aren't evil for evil's sake and two, they do have a better direction than evil for evil's sake villains.  I mean their aim is to further pollute the Earth because it's not polluted enough for them to live in.  I know many of their schemes are half-brained (then again, most Super Sentai villains HARDLY think of any good plan even in the more serious seasons),   The monstesr aren't just sent for no reason, no the villains want to conquer Earth.  At least these villains have a better reason why they pollute the Earth than majority of the villains of Captain Planet and the Planeteers!

I know some people are ready to disagree with me on my stand on Go-onger.  Remember this is just an editorial.  Feel free to comment why you think it sucks too.

Episode Writers' Analysis Part 12: Mahou Sentai Magiranger

Magiranger for me felt like a series of attempting to mix Fiveman (siblings team), Gaoranger (three arcs) and a season that got me mixed.  Particularly because of... HOUKA!  Houka does get really irritating while Urara is real empowerment for the show.  The series had me mixed.  So yeah we have Maekawa, Arakawa, the writing team Michiko Yokote before it fell apart and Akatsuki Yamatoya.

You can tell how much I didn't enjoy the show that much too...

Atsushi Maekawa (main writer) : 1-5, 9-10, 13, 16, 20, 28, 35-36, 41-42, 49 (16 eps)

Episodes 1-5 is an introduction to the whole Ozu family.  We are introduced to the fact that the Ozu family isn't aware of their true heritage as of that point.  I would admit the writing had done a good job introducing the mecha and the differences of the family.  Again, it really irritates me to how Houka can be that stupid at the same time, a bit of Kai as the youngest becoming the red ranger.

Episodes 9 has the Fire Kaizer introduced.  For me the episode had Kai develop as a character in spite of being the youngest.

Episode 10 kind of addresses the truth that men and women can be beyond comprehension.  I just love the whole love story of Makito and Eriko.  It shows that even if their love is not without thorns, they still made up in the end of the episode.

Episode 13 is a silly episode with the morals on money.  At the same time, Urara shows the bad side of her when she becomes too controlling.  She tries to think what mother would do, she became a mother figure for her siblings.  For me, the episode also had a funny note that actually discovered that, Makito's bad was just there all along.  Also shows a lesson against impulsiveness.