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Toshiki Inoue x Akibaranger: Why I Think That Would Be a Bad Mix!

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Toshiki Inoue the man responsible behind Chojin Sentai Jetman and Kamen Rider Agito also was responsible for the burned out works like Kamen Rider Faiz which is his most serious work (but also my least favorite) then he started dabbling with comedy.  For his comedy, things can be so-so but let's see how that might affect Akibaranger.  Watching his comedic works, here's what really might not work with Akibaranger if he were writing it either has a head writer or an episode writer...

My Hypothetical View of the Evolution of Sentai Mecha Concepts and Toy Sales

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Since Super Sentai is basically for children and maybe for mecha enthusiasts, I speculate these events happened for a reason:


Battle Fever J began to introduce the Battle Fever Robo which was transported by the flying fortress Battle Shark. The robot was well-received so thus began the Super Sentai robots.


Denziman had the Daidenzin robot which was the first transforming robot. This trend will make itself with secondary robots.


Combining robots were later introduced. Sun Vulcan started with the oddly designed mecha, in Goggle V it began with a three-piece combining robot (oddly enough, only Goggle Red, Goggle Blue and Goggle Yellow piloted it) and in Maskman, the first five piece combining mecha. I guess this was done to sell more toys.


Flashman introduced the secondary robot, Titanboy which could merge with its trailer to form the Great Titan but that was probably not well-received so the idea was never done again in later shows. But still, the secondary robot was made to generate sa…

What Annoying Power Rangers Fantards Need to Know

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Well I've had dealt with Super Sentai fantards on why Power Rangers isn't fake but I believe I also need to deal with those Power Rangers fantards who can be as bad as that person above, Veruca Salt.  These are, "Power Rangers is better, I hate Super Sentai." people and there's a lot of them.


I was aware of the phenomenon that Power Rangers became in the early 90s and it was a hit.  However there is always the mentality of, "America always did better."  I can understand why Power Rangers became more popular than Super Sentai, but let's just face it that popularity isn't always the measure of quality in a show's story.  That is no excuse not to see Super Sentai, the parent of Power Rangers.  It would not exist without Super Sentai like a person would not exist without a parent.  In fact, isn't that the complaining about the show you never watched syndrome?


It really annoyed me to think that there was a time in my life when I started to t…

Super Sentai Fantards and Power Rangers Fantards: Enlightened or Deluded?

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Well it's really getting irritating with those fan wars.  It can be something to claim both sides are enlightened.  Maybe to some, they think the idea of somebody who watches only Super Sentai and doesn't watch Power Rangers is one in a million, maybe it's now one in I can't say the number it might have gotten lesser.  Then again, Power Rangers is more popular than Super Sentai so that's why I wrote this blog to raise awareness of the parent show.  As said, I don't hate Power Rangers, I'm probably still liking it but I don't think I love it but then if I don't love it, why do I watch it?  LOL.  Then I want to address the issues that some Sentai purists consider themselves enlightened then again so do their enemies, the Power Rangers purists.


Now for the question of whether or not SS Fantards and PR Fantards are enlightened or just plain deluded like this guy?


With Akibaranger Season Tsuu Episode Five called "Delusional Import", the addres…

Super Sentai Villain Midseason Upgrades

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Seldom in Tokusatsu or does it happen a lot, villains do sometimes decide to reorganize their organizations or upgrade their equipment because the heroes do get upgrades.  Now for the kinds of upgrades that I can remember... please do feel free to tell me what I'm missing.


Change of monster of the week composition.  Deathdark used Neometal to create advanced Mozoo beasts, the Jashinka also changed the composition of their monsters to stronger metal, Dr. Lee Keflen of Mess later made monsters with the genes of La Deus, Bandora later used Dokeeta clay to make stronger monsters (though the effect was as usual very temporary) and Dr. Hinelar later created Psycho-Nejire monsters with Javious' DNA.


In the case of Gear in Bioman, Doctor Man began upgrading his technology from episodes 31-34 during the power-up arc.  He introduces the Metal Megas after some kind of meteorite passed through Earth.  He also later rebuilds Psygorn, Mettlzer and Juuoh far stronger than they were and also …

Comparing the Tragic Romances of Momoko in Maskman and Lin in Dairanger

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I did some rewatching of Maskman and Dairanger.  I pretty thought that Momoko was some kind of template for future pink ranger episodes. Now to compare them.


Momoko- In Maskman episode 34, she fell in love with Guron Dobler in human form, where he called himself as Hikaru.  In that episode, Guron Dobler was once tended to by a woman who looked like Momoko who might be her ancestor or not (she looks like she could play as Haruka Suenaga's mom but the two aren't related).  In that episode, Guron Dobler is manipulated by Zeba and the monster falls for Momoko resulting to a rather tragic arc.  Zeba turns back Hikaru into his monster form which forces the Maskmen to destroy him.  This was a Toshiki Inoue written episode.


Lin- In Dairanger episode 33, Lin falls for the Media Magician (who is acted by Kazunori Inaba a.k.a. Red Mask).  I dunno why Mr. Inaba was even in that episode of all actors but it was cool to have him around in an episode similar to that of Momoko's.  The Med…

Why I Think Gai Yuki and Naoto Takizawa Were Written Off Pretty Badly

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Well here are the two Sentai warrior deaths I thought were pretty lame:


First it would be Gai Yuki.  Maybe I've gotten used to heroes dying in battle.  But for Gai Yuki?  I thought that Inoue's finales are usually a bad mix as Shougo calls them.  So we have Ryu surviving the explosion of the Jet Garuda and three years later, he marries Kaori (which was foreshadowed in a way).  So we have Gai Yuki buying flowers for his friend, he wants to congratulate them and just then a thug (who is believed by some to be Radiguet with amnesia and a human being) steals a woman's purse, he beats the robber up and then that thug stabs him and well, he does hang out before he died.  He tries to make his way to the wedding, he is sitting at a bench and his teammates DO NOT even notice he is dying.  Sheesh, that kind of incident made me want to argue he didn't die because of how lame it was.  Killing him is not a problem, they could have killed him in the final battle and then, maybe we c…

Gai Yuki and Masumi Inou Compared

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Now here's another comparison.  Fans like myself assumed that Masumi Inou was an attempted remake on Gai Yuki.  Now for some comparisons.


First, let's check out how the show shows them earlier on.  I would say that Ryu is still better than Satoru as a rival than Satoru is.  I mean, I really freaked out when Satoru was threatening to drop Masumi into the lava if he doesn't return which is nowhere near as honorable as Ryu's challenging Gai Yuki and keeping his word!  I mean, Ryu's honorable behavior is far more admirable to Gai Yuki.  I mean, you DO NOT threaten to drop a rebel ranger down the lava!  Ryu would give Satoru a lecture or two or maybe a spanking machine session for that!  For the beginning, I thought Gai Yuki's attempting to run away and later coming back was more interesting than that whole threat to throw Masumi into the lava thing or two, it's a lot more humane!


Next, it's all about their relationship with their red leaders.  For Gai Yuk…

Boukenger vs. Gokaiger: Which Did the Anniversary Better in Nostalgia Handling and Story Writing?

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Since it's Power Rangers' 20th anniversary and 5 years ago, it was Operation Overdrive as the 15th anniversary.  Now for an analysis of both shows and this is based on my opinions...


First the rangers of each team.  I just read the whole entry by ThatChick about the Boukengers being jerks and there are some of it I agree with.  Now for ranger comparison and nostalgic value.

Boukengers:

The Boukengers are for some is Jetman II but I disagree with it partly.  So maybe we could check these out:Satoru Akashi is too reckless to be another Ryu Tendo.  I take back my word on that comparison.If you can to compare Masumi Inou to anyone, I was comparing him to Gai Yuki.  Both are jerks with a heart of gold, except Gai Yuki was a womanizer, Masumi hardly fell for anyone and I don't think he was really in love with Natsuki plus his admiration for Sakura may not be that he wants her.  But still, he is another attempt for Gai Yuki in another angle.Souta Mogami- Well I'd say maybe he&…

What Power Rangers Fans Who are New to Super Sentai Should Not Assume

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Well I'm glad for Power Rangers fans who are giving the parent show a chance and vice versa.  Now for some assumptions...


Some may assume early on (before seeing the show) that the rangers, allies, civilians and villains in the parent source are exactly alike with the child that is Power Rangers.  You might want to consider for example that Bandora is quite different from Rita Repulsa and that Power Rangers had its own set of original, U.S. made villains like Lord Zedd (though he was originally in Zyu2 as well), Trakeena in Lost Galaxy, Astronema in Power Rangers in Space, Ransik in Power Rangers Time Force, Master Org in Power Rangers Wild Force and Dino Thunder's villains were different from Abaranger.  Yup there's some differences to check out between the parent show and its child.  In fact some villains are just more cruel in Super Sentai though in Power Rangers there have been a few exceptions like Venjix in RPM and Ransik in Time Force (he can beat even Dolnero's…

The Hypocrisy of Super Sentai Fans Who Hate Power Rangers Who are Disney Fans

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It's pretty much blah3x with all these Super Sentai purists.  Now to be honest, I used to be one and you know that.  Now here's one thing, it's pretty hypocritical for Super Sentai fans who hate Power Rangers to be fans of Disney for these reasons...


First you have to consider this fact- Disney had a lot of adaptations of classic stories.  So Super Sentai purists call Power Rangers as a fake, a rip-off, a recreation of Super Sentai without knowing not everything recreated is bootleg.  They even misinterpreted Kenji Ohba's statement!  You can talk about Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs... aren't those all adaptations?


Second, do consider Disney had the rights to Power Rangers from Toei until Saban managed to get permission from Toei again for him to have the rights.  So how can they like Disney and hate Power Rangers?  Maybe I should point out that in the midst of this so-called purism for…