When Super Sentai Seasons Have Weird Looking Mecha Mixed With Good Production And Writing
While watching Zyuohger after a couple of episodes (and I am FEELING POSITIVE about the show in contrast to some Super Sentai seasons as of late) I really wanted to write this entry. There's a couple of Super Sentai shows that are great from both the old school and the new school. Some of them are awesome shows with awesome mecha while others can be a good show but give you a good show but wait, the mecha is really weird or maybe you might say it's UGLY. I feel like I'm going to enjoy Zyuohger but can't stop commenting that mecha designs aren't really good. I remembered how I felt ToQGer was uninspired with the ugly mecha never mind that some of my favorite Super Sentai seasons really have really "ugly mecha".
80s Super Sentai were perhaps where weird mecha really abound. While Hirohisa Soda is celebrated for being a good writer but I felt like that some mecha in the 80s Super Sentai were really weird. If I can name a few really weird designs one can talk about coneheaded robots like Goggle Robo, Dyna Robo and Change Robo. Maskman had Great Five as a terrific design but I felt like laughing at Galaxy Robo especially with the tit guns. Liveman's Live Robo and Live Boxer were crude concepts for animal mecha which were fortunately improved in later seasons. Some of these shows were celebrated for good writing but I can't help but still laugh at some designs. Soda may have written some pretty good shows but he was also accompanied by really weird looking mecha.
The 90s era design for mecha for me were the best. Shows that had great script and great mecha for me were like Jetman, Dairanger, Carranger, Megaranger, Gingaman and GoGoFive. Zyuranger may have had great mecha but I don't really think it's all that great but it did refine the concept of animal mecha. Carranger managed to improve Turboranger's automobile mecha concept to whole new levels with cool-looking combinations. Megaranger really had badass mecha with really good writing. GoGoFive really shows really good writing and mecha. I guess this was also the time when you can say when there was really care for the quality of both show and toys. This was the era where there were a couple of good head writers for Super Sentai such as the late Noboru Sugimura, Junki Takegami and Yasuko Kobayashi. It's also the era when Judd Lynn started to introduce better stuff for later seasons of Power Rangers during the late 90s.
Timeranger for me was pretty much another era of weird looking mecha but you get a great show. I didn't really like Timeranger's mecha nor did I find it all that cool-looking but there's a lot of cool stuff to offer. Then came more good shows with weird looking mecha. While I personally prefer Abaranger over Zyuranger but I can't deny how I thought the Bakuryus felt like they came from Barney's show instead of really badass-looking mecha. Shinkenger had origami x animal themed mecha which really made me think if a group of kids did the designs but it was a pretty good show. I just wonder how did Super Sentai and Power Rangers toy sales fare during last 2000-2010 considering that there was a lot of awkward looking mecha? But I guess good writing got people interested in buying the awkward looking toys anyway. I always felt that way that no matter how "ugly" the mecha may look but if it's a good show, I'm willing to buy the toys.
While feeling positive for Zyuohger in spite of the "Minecraft mecha" or "Minecraft Megazord" issue, the issue ends up with the writing and production over mecha design to define quality. A show may have cool mecha designs but may not have that much of good writing. I may be a fan of Boukenger and I'll admit that the mecha there is pretty much badass IMO but I felt like Shinkenger beats that show. Zyuranger may have better designs but Abaranger ends up having better writing and execution. What makes Carranger better than Turboranger is not the mecha design but the consistency in writing. GoGoFive has better mecha than Fiveman but it's the writing that makes it better. It's always been about what the writers and producers bring to the table and not too much on the designs and the pretty faces. You can have a lot of great mecha and pretty faces but if there's really bad writing then it fails. Go and figure it out yourself.