Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Toshiki Inoue and Yasuko Kobayashi: For the Love for Getting Characters Wet!

Yasuko Kobayashi and Toshiki Inoue apparently have a habit of getting people wet.  Let's try and see these instances happen in Sentai, whether they were head writers or sub-wrtiers:

Inoue getting Sentai characters wet:

In Jetman episode 22, both Ryu and Gai Yuki fought in a swamp area (where Raita was also included).  They all got wet.

Toshiki Inoue having written the whole Ryou vs. Jin arc... had both Ryou and Jin fight near bodies of water.  They fought at the beach twice near the sea, then you have Jin meeting Ryou at the waterfall in the finale arc.

Kobayashi getting Sentai characters wet:

Ryouma fell into the ocean during the Sanbash Arc's closing.

Timeranger episode 27 had Sion on focus.  In this episode, it happens when Londarz was trying to breed some red seaweed for some profit along the way.  It also involves the ocean as well.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Why I Can't Say I've Abandoned Tokusatsu as a Whole

Well I remembered the time I watched Tokusatsu as a child and well, bad dubs (UGH, I now pretend I never saw them to avoid my head from splitting) of Bioman, Maskman, Turboranger, Fiveman, Jetman, Shaider, Gavan, Jiban and Janperson.  Years later, I never dreamed of watching fan subs.  As I would say I can be pretty unfriendly to change.  Having watched Bioman first, I didn't immediately embrace Maskman having a secondary robo (and years later, I would know of Flashman's existence).  Later on, I started to think that Super Sentai was having too much mecha, it should have ended in Timeranger but later, I started to rewatch them all over after reading a few episode synopsis' from Jillun's Sentai Hub.

Then I started having issues with Tokusatsu.  I started reading of how Kamen Rider was "dead" starting with Kuuga (but I'm glad I decided to rewatch Kamen Rider after some time), I started to find some of the clips unimpressive, read how Super Sentai's tones have mellowed down... and I was pretty much the action enthusiast.  I mean, even when I started watching Dairanger raw on Youtube before, I would admit that after watching most Sentai, I felt the action was lacking.  I even started to complain about multi-gattai and everything.  So I thought I need a break but ended up watching any PR season aired after a short while.

One of the reasons why I started to "abandon" Tokusatsu was not only because of age but because of the entrance of F4.  Meteor Garden started airing (but badly dubbed) and at first, I thought F4 was Japanese until I saw their music video of "Can't Lose You".  I just wanted to reconnect with my Chinese roots.  So I wondered why they even copied the Anime hairstyle to start with?!  I learned Meteor Garden was a localization of Hana Yori Dango.

Well 5566 also came and my favorite series of theirs was Westside Story.  I would admit I watched Twin Sisters, Dolphin Bay, Lavender, Orange Country, and Chinese Ghost Story (my first Wuxia series).  Westside Story for me was an Anime-like Chinese drama and I soon developed more interest in live adaptations and localization of Anime than Anime itself.  Like, I developed the habit of not watching Anime unless it was adapted first.  Sounds like a Super Sentai/Power Rangers fan who may choose not to watch Sentai without a PR version.  During this time, I remembered having that crush on Tammy Chen, Penny Lin and Barbie Xu.  So I decided to go neutral on Tokusatsu during that moment because... I really thought Tokusatsu was past its prime.

Monday, September 29, 2014

How I View Timeranger's Very Unusual Plot and Execution

So I confess I watched Timeranger before in bits and pieces and later, watched them on Youtube.  So I did only get SPANISH subs but fortunately some words in Tagalog are similar to Spanish, even if I don't speak Spanish (heck I'm even a stranger to my ethnic language of Mandarin).  For a similar entry, you may read here.

For one, Timeranger was mostly written by Yasuko Kobayashi for 40 episodes though she also had help with Toshiki Inoue who wrote two episodes and Ryota Yamaguchi who wrote 8 episodes.  Yasuko Kobayash has her writing ostyle which while she tends to recycle plots from Soda and Inoue, she also adds her own unique flavor. Timeranger is one season for me that was very unusual but in a good way.  Warning spoilers ahead!

I. Timerangers and Destiny

The beginning of Timeranger in itself is unusual.  Normally, most rangers are FROM the present, not from the future.  Zyuranger had its rangers from the dinosaur era... something unusual.  In Timeranger, four rangers from the year 3000 meet a guy from the year 2000.  While the rangers usually execute their "must save the city" cliche for Tokusatsu, but there's more than that with the Timerangers.  The more the series goes on, the more it's about choosing one's DESTINY which Tatsuya is that type of character.

Yes Tatsuya's destiny.  In this one, the Asami Group had the mentality of that the son must always be like the father, which explains why Wataru is very screwed up.  Tatsuya fortunately learned to live on his meager allowance he earned himself.  The whole battle of Tatsuya was with being who he has.  His father always thought it was inescapable to follow the Asami path, he wanted to once but failed to do so.  Not much was changed for Time Force.

Compared to Lucas in Time Force, his Timeranger counterpart Ayase has a MUCH BIGGER problem to deal with.  Lucas faces life everyday with the threat he could die from the Osiris Syndrome, a disease that he must deal with one way or another.  Sometimes I'm even thinking that Kobayashi may have secretly co-written most of her episodes in Timeranger because of these kinds of plot!

Yuuri saw her family brutally killed by an alien assassin hired by Dolnero because her parents were law enforcers.  What Yuuri faces in Timeranger is why she became a cop and that man, she is one VENGEANCE-CRAZED chick.  This one where she tries to get her revenge on Dolnero nearly cost her life.  In fact, she even wanted to personally deal with Dolnero herself because... she was vengeance-crazed.