Saturday, July 4, 2015

My Analysis of Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger And Its Fairy Tale Setting!

Zyuranger as a series was really a fantasy world of fairy tales.  So maybe I did talk about Gingaman's fantasy setting now I don't see any reason why I shouldn't explore the fantasy elements of Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger.  The setting felt like Grimm's Brothers met Super Sentai... a concept that was somewhat redone in Magiranger.  Now to explore the world of Zyuranger's fairy tales.  I just love how the opening credits actually shows you a book that opens considering it was meant to be set in a very fairy tale setting from rangers to villains and all.

I always felt like the Zyurangers felt like the typical tribal warriors of any epic.  I can't really say what fairy tales they come from so I'll just start with whatever knowledge I have about fairy tales and Zyuranger.  The Zyurangers are from tribes which feels like an epic in the making.  Their mentor Barza is sort of like an oracle keeper of Greek mythology or any traditional shaman.

Zyuranger was also the very first series to introduce avatars and guardian beasts.  Daizyujin means "Great Beast God" though for some reason, he allows the Zyurangers to use his body or shell for their primary robot.  The Dragon Caesar is well, based on a mythical dragon while making a Godzilla reference.  Zyuranger would be the first series to have mecha that is not technically mecha but supernatural, sentient creatures that would combine into one huge robot.  In short, he is a physical incarnation of the ruling god of the five tribes.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sentai Rambling: Kamen Rider Decade and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger As Anniversary Seasons That Were HUGE Massive Crossovers!

ONERE DIKEDO!  Well that's the phrase from Kamen Rider Decade.  What must be established is that there is NO Sentai timeline and that Kamen Rider and Super Sentai as series are independent from each other's continuity and that the crossovers themselves are NOT part the continuity to either which show.

Kamen Rider Decade... ONORE DIKEDO!!!!!!

Kamen Rider Decade (the 10th Heisei Rider hence the name) appears with the story of Nine Alternate Reality versions of Kuuga, Agito, Ryuki, Faiz, Blade, Hibiki, Kabuto, Den-O and Kiva which presented different versions of their original versions.  The show would later feature more than the nine worlds when it also added the World of Shinkenger (which is Shinkenger's continuity), the World of Black/Black RX (two alternate versions of Kotaro Minami even show up) and the World of Amazon.  There was no finale except for the Kamen Rider Decade movie which came later.  Boy, did this series suck or what?!

Since most of the Kamen Rider alumni cast weren't around, you got different versions of the mentioned riders like Kiva in Decade is just a child compared to the actual Kiva (who appeared at teh beginning of the show) was a full-grown adult.  For some reason, all the Kamen Rider continuities are going haywire and... it's Decade's fault?  While on the surface it may look better than Saban's Masked Rider but writing-wise and acting-wise, I felt both shows are just as horrid as each other.  Now some people like Decade, I respect that but I am not one of them.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Four Reasons Why I Think Fiveman Is Way Better Than Magiranger!

After initially thinking Magiranger would be better than Fiveman but I was so wrong.  Even if Fiveman might be considered as the weakest of Hirohisa Soda's seasons (and I am so looking forward to Gogo Five), I still felt like Fiveman is a better series than that of Magiranger.  Now it's time to compare the Hoshikawa Family to the Ozu Family.

The siblings

While Fiveman might be viewed as Soda's weakest season but I thought Fiveman has a way better sibling Super Sentai team.  I always thought regardless which Fiveman sibling it is, they are all a likable cast with Ken being my top favorite of the Hoshikawa siblings.  Even at his weakest, Soda was able to create a good cast of characters.  Magiranger tends to go exaggerated and if anybody brings the whole show down, it's HOUKA.  It's really something to see Houka is so unusually stupid she's even dumber than Natsuki for me.  I got to admit, I don't think I even have a favorite in Magiranger!  I always felt that the Ozu family isn't really all that appealing to me.

Mecha execution

What I also like Fiveman over Magiranger is the mecha execution.  Fiveman isn't really great but just having Five Robo, Star Five and Magmabase was enough.  Magiranger had many add ons I felt like it ruined the show plus I think the writing is just plain horrible.  I know Sentai last decade had some mecha overload but if they are handled properly, you won't get a disaster like Magiranger.