I'm Feeling Positive About Zyuohger
After Gokaiger, it as when I felt like that there was going to be a real slump. I did like Go-Busters but other fans felt like it wasn't enough to make up for the hype that was Gokaiger. Then after Go-Busters I'll admit that Kyoryuger was one show that really wasn't my cup of tea to the point watching Abaranger subbed by Another Imagination Station was a huge relief. ToQGer was really the season where Yasuko Kobayashi either burnt out or just gave up writing a good story. Ninninger ended up having so-so episodes, some of them were entertaining but I felt like that trying to force the season into the VS. Continuity instead of being standalone was due to ratings. Now this time after a few episodes of Zyuohger I am really feeling positive in some way.
So what's up with Zyuohger to why I'm feeling positive after several seasons left me feeling down in the dumps so I decided to go backwards for some time? There's been better characters written by new headwriter Junko Komura of the Indonesian Tokusatsu series Bima Satria Garuda. I haven't seen Garuda yet but I hear it's good so I want to see it. From the first few episodes, there's been a cast of likable characters, there's really some proper pacing as the other Zyuohgers still try to adjust to our world, there's some funny stuff going on and even if I think that the "Minecraft Megazord" is just plain "ugly" and "awkward" but again, some shows didn't have so much good mecha but had some pretty good writing. Some of these shows I can name are Changeman (found Change Robo looking awkward), Maskman's Galaxy Robo had an awkward design and Shinkenger used origami-ish robots but good writing helps make up for it. I feel the same is happening with Zyuohger.
The premiere episodes really start out strong in its own way. So in the first to second episode, we get an idea what kind of people are the Zyumen that team up with the protagonist Yamato Kazakiri. There's all that well-timed awkward reactions or getting to understand how these characters try to adjust to each other. Yamato's interaction with the Zyumen as the sole human of the Zyuohger (though I believe we'll get an explanation how he became a Zyuohger later in the series) is also a fun watch. In a first few episodes, we are getting to understand some of the Zyumen's strengths and weaknesses or that while they desire to find the Champion Cube, they are unlocking other Cube Animals and discovering various ways of power-ups which will be seen in the upcoming episode.
All these may contribute to why I felt more excited for the next episode. It doesn't have that Daigo-centricity or the overly lively to the point it can get obnoxious vibes of Kyoryuger nor does it have ToQGer's boring cliches. Also, I'm really looking forward to Zyuohger's upcoming crossover with Kamen Rider Ghost. While I was more into Kamen Rider during the airing of Go-Busters up to Ninninger but I don't feel too much of vibes with Kamen Rider Ghost compared to waiting for the next episode of Zyuohger. I guess fans might also be expecting that there will be a Zyuohger vs. Super Sentai which might involve last decade or this decade's cast returning to guest star. So what's next for Zyuohger? I can't wait and see.