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Same Celebrity, Different Characters for Super Sentai

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Super Sentai got filled with some characters that were played by the same celebrity. For example we have: (This is as far as I can remember)
The late Soga Machiko in Super Sentai was notorious most of the time for villainous roles. She was Queen Hedrian in Denziman and Sun Vulcan (whether the two are separate characters are debatable) and she was most popularly known as the evil sorceress Bandora of Zyuranger. She also guest starred in Maskman episode 30 as Raraba, Baraba's mother and in Magiranger as Magiel.

Hirohisa Nakata appeared in Denziman as a vampire monster who tried to seduce Denzi Pink later appeared as the fearsome Mason of the Big Three in Bioman.

Kenji Ohba who is mostly Gavan to the rest of tokusatsu viewers also played as Denzi Blue in Denziman, Battle Kenya in Battle Fever J and he guest appeared in Hurricanger and also in Gekiranger as Jan's father.

Hiroshi Miyauchi was not only known for his role as Kamen Rider V3 in the Kamen Rider franchise but he was also …

List of My Favorite Sentai Openings

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Once again it's sentai music time and I think it should be time for me to list the best Setnai openings and I'm NOT going to segregate by time periods. Here are my picks in order:

Chojin Sentai Jetman


Chikyu Sentai Fiveman

Mahou Sentai Magiranger

Kosuku Sentai Turboranger

Tokosou Sentai Dekaranger

Choju Sentai Liveman

Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger

Seiju Sentai Gingaman

Gosei Sentai Dairanger

Hikari Sentai Maskman

Chodenshi Bioman

Go Go Sentai Boukenger

Juken Sentai Gekiranger

Denji Sentai Denjiman

Chosinsei Flashman

Battle Fever J

Dai Sentai Goggle V

Some Interesting Boukenger Cast Pictures I Found

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Here are some rather interesting pictures of the actors/actresses who played as the Boukengers:
Mitsuomi Takahashi
Yasuka Saitou
Masashi Mikami won some award for acting.
If I'm not wrong this is Chise Nakamura in the Philippines
Haruka Suenaga looks like my crush in
College in this picture
Deai Masayuki in a cool blouse

Satoru Akashi and Inou Masumi: An Analysis

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After writing about the rivalry of Ryu Tendo and Guy Yuki, it's worth mentioning of Satoru Akashi and Inou Masumi. Although Satoru Akashi is my favorite character in the show, Inou Masumi seemed to be more interesting for some fans just as Guy Yuki was.

Actually the whole point between them may not be as intense but it's still worth watching. The two shared a rivalry throughout the series, a rivalry that Satoru Akashi is kind of oblivious too while Inou Masumi goes to try and outbest Satoru Akashi no matter what. This can be evidenced even in the first episode when Inou Masumi tried to get the Goddom heart to make a fortune for himself.

Despite the rivalry, Satoru Akashi trusted Inou Masumi would return to their side. One test that happened was when Yaiba of the Darkness tried to use Satoru Akashi as bait to let out the darkness of Inou Masumi. Despite that darkness, Inou Masumi overcame it and ended up protecting his rival within the team. However that didn't stop the …

Did Battle Fever J Inspire PR's Multi-Racial Teams?

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The theme of the first super robot sentai was this "Different nations, one force." The concept was kind of something like red was Japan (the red sun), France was blue (a common color for the french), Cossack was a darker shade of yellow (the color of the hammer-sickle), Kenya was black (African-black people get it?) and Miss America was pink. However they were all Japanese as far as we're concerned.

The fact is hypothetically Haim Saban decided to go multi-racial rather than focus on just Americans in doing Power Rangers which he was said to have wanted to start with Turboranger and later Jetman. Maybe he was a big fan of Battle Fever J before he decided to adapt Super Sentai for the American audience. If I'm not wrong he actually did dub Turboranger for the U.S. market but found he needed to "adapt" and so did Toei to penetrate the American market.

The downside of Super Sentai was this: it was very hard to build a multi-racial team due to language barrie…

Hiroshi Watari's Guest Appearance in Boukenger

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Hiroshi Watari who played both Metal heroes Spielban and Sharivan (who are NOT each other in contrast to Kamen Riders Black and Black RX) also appeared in Boukenger (in a flashback) as Eiji Takaoka's father and thus explaining why Bouken Silver looks so "Metal Hero" despite the genre being frozen or probably done for as of this moment.

His character was that of the vampire hunter who unfortunately fell for a bouma and conceived a hanyo son in Eiji Takaoka who is considered a wandering violent demon by both Gai and Rei. His romance gone bad, he was inevitably killed by the Ashu before becoming Questers for his forbidden relationship.

Note: He is currently married to Jun Takanomaki and is retired.

Source: http://www.whosdatedwho.com/celebrities/couples/profile/jun-takanomaki-and-hiroshi-watari.htm

Some Pic of Toshihide Wakamatsu

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This is one classic and cool picture of Toshihide Wakamatsu I found on the Internet and would like to share it with Black Condor fans.

Sentai and Kimonos

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Since kimonos are part of the Japanese culture so it's natural to expect kimonos. Here are some of the pictures as they appear:
In Jetman taking the afternoon off eating watermelon with their chief. However it would have been cooler if they wore by their color coding.
The Hurricangers wear their kimono for the new year.
The Dekarangers have a very impressive array and my favorite design has to be that of Deka Yellow herself.
Boukenger during the new year special... Bouken Yellow has the best outfit here but I still like Bouken Pink best.
The Go-ongers wear their kimonos too.

Natsuki Takahashi Collage

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I found this rather cool picture of Natsuki Takahashi who acted as Rin/Phoenix Ranger of Dairanger on the Internet including her grandma attire which is too sloppily done. As of lately, she's retired and gotten married. I wonder who she's married to?

Older Flashman Cast Pictures

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Here are some older Flashman cast pictures for you fans out there:
Kihachiro Uemara- He was Green Flash in Flashman and later had a villain role as Chevalier in Fiveman.
Miyuki Nagoto (Ulk)
Sayoko Hagiwara (Nefer)- She was also Dyna Pink in Dynaman.