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Zyuohger 31: Cube Whale Joins The Crew!
Last episode featured Cube Whale as an out of control Cube Animal. The preview already showed that it could become Dodekai-Oh. This week's episode becomes a good toy commercial.
A second GIFT robot called GIFT Custom Appears. Naria is piloting it with the intent of destroying the Zyouohgers. This was different than the first GIFT. The heroes couldn't defeat due to its immense might.
Bangray wasn't going to give up without a fight either. I suspect that he was actually planning to use Cube Whale to overthrow Genis. Yamato tried to reach out to Cube Whale but it doesn't respond. But what happened next is pretty interesting.
Aside from Yamato using two swords in battle, I thought about how his selfless desire gave him the full power of Cube Whale. He was putting all his strength to good use against Bangray.
So he gets a new weapon but I felt like what in the world is this weapon then? It creates some splashes that send Bangray away for the moment.
A clearer view of the new robot Dodekai-Oh made me think of the time I used to play Lego.
The finisher move is pretty impressive with releasing such powerful waves. While I do thin the cube-like mecha in Zyuohger do look "ugly" (and well, a lot of 80s mecha didn't look so good either), the new school special effects made up for it.
Even in its tiniest form, the Cube Whale is bigger than the rest. I guess the power was sealed off long ago because it would be too great to control. The plot of the week reminded me of the Ushi Origami which became Mougyudaioh in Shinkenger and Red Puncher in Ohranger.
Meanwhile, Genis is really up to something. Does he have some special plan with the data? Will we see some kind of Ultrazord soon enough? I can't wait to see what Genis will do with the data they got from the last battle!
As said, this is just my opinion defended by some facts so feel free to disagree with me. I would like to share why I end up preferring Carranger over Power Rangers Turbo. I felt like writing this article knowing that Carranger is coming out from Shout! Factory this April 25, 2017 and today is the anniversary of that super duper awful Power Rangers Turbo movie. Without much ado here are my five reasons to pick the super ridiculous Carranger over Turbo:
It's pretty much its own continuity
One of the many stuff that I like about Super Sentai in general (though I'll always have some seasons that I don't like regardless of era) is that you didn't need to watch all previous shows to understand newer seasons. You saw Zyuohger last year but did you need to watch Gokaiger to understand a huge slice of the show? You may have seen Gokaiger but did you need to watch all 34 series? Carranger is pretty much its own continuity and I still respect it for that. Good thing that Toei ha…
I thought of a few things that I may have noticed about Judd Lynn and Yasuko Kobayashi all this time and decided to gather possible coincidences between the two writers. It took me some time to think about this one. These two beloved writers from their respective franchises are on burnout had some things in common aside from their writing styles:
1997 was the year that they both got hugely involved in their respective franchises
Kobayashi entered into the arena last 1997 with Megaranger where she wrote 13 episodes as a secondary writer. The Megaranger episodes she was wrote usually involved major plots which would train her for next year's task as the head writer of Gingaman. I felt her Megaranger episodes were among the best she contributed for Super Sentai.
Lynn himself was given a task similar to Toshiki Inoue replacing Tyuyoshi Kida as a head writer. He replaced Douglas Sloan midway in Power Rangers Turbo. This would be where Lynn himself would be tasked to become the head wri…
Sorry for the delay of the badly needed weekly post! This week's episode is pretty much summed as "Happy Birthday!" One of the Kyurangers is celebrating his birthday namely Balance. Let's get started shall we? So instead of writing a part two I decided to update this post just today!
The Malistrate of the week is Toomey. Is it a pun for the word gloomy? I can't be certain but he's pretty mean. He steals the birthday of everyone and they can't celebrate it. Presents disappear and the same thing happens to Balance. Naga starts to go from being almost emotionless to show a caring side when he discovers how important Balance is as a team member. Sidenote, I wished that Takashi Ukaji made a guest appearance either as a civilian or as Kosei Kougami from Kamen Rider OOO.
It's revealed that last week's assassin duo Ikagen and Madoko have been used to invade and destroy thousands of planets. What's really Don Armage's problem with other people…
I felt like writing this editorial due to the launching of the Power Rangers movie and because it's also Zyuranger's 25th anniversary. With that in mind, I also remembered another series called Lion Voltron which was based on Beast King Golion. It's pretty much of a nostalgic trip since I watched both in the 90s but have no intention of rewatching them after seeing both Zyuranger and Golion in my older years.
Golion was a part of a long list of Super Robot while Lion Voltron was a first of its kind in the U.S. to start a new trend
Golion was already in the long list of Super Robot Anime with all the cliches from Combattler V and Voltes V. Although the concept was pretty innovative with its status as a legendary god of destruction but it didn't so so well in Japan. I don't think it was a failure but it just wasn't memorable. Was it because of the excess violence that its predecessors never had or was it too dark and edgy a show? M…
Compared to my previous post where I was acting like a know it all, I would now present Super Sentai series I consider more mature based from what I saw from start to end and I will write them in the order of series I watched from start to end:
Hikari Sentai Maskman
While I felt like Bioman was a lighter series for most of its run (except for that episode where Mika died no thanks to Yuki Yajima's unprofessional departure), Maskman for me was a real shocker. I would be seeing this series before I saw Fiveman. The season itself focuses on forbidden love (Takeru and Ial), conflict of interest (Igam's hatred for surface dwellers contrasts her family being peace loving), light vs. darkness, love vs. lust (Takeru vs. Ial) and not to mention everything about Emperor Zeba's backstory. I would admit for monster designs, I think Maskman's designs are really horror movie material compared to most Super Sentai seasons, giving additional nightmare fuel to most of Tube's nigh…
Now this post is subjected to what I'd call a MASSIVE reboot and man, this post was written so last December 7, 2008 and now it's September 3, 2015. So I thought I might edit some old posts and this is one of them. Gotta admit, gotta stay true to myself! Now it's time for a massive edit and I think it's time to do a revised list!
The pretty list...
Hikaru Katsuragi/Pink Five
Arguably she was my first Tokusatsu crush. If Americans had Kimberly, I had her dubbed over as Kimberly which I found rather... weird. I would admit that she was my first Tokusatsu crush.
After Bioman, Maskman was my second Sentai and for her, she's really a unique beauty but she really has all those prickly thorns. She's lovely as a rose but she's deadly as its thorns type of female character. Plus, she's the big sister or team heart of Maskman. I really cried when she was beaten up by Kotsuhi who was really a monster in disguise.
I used this picture of two who I find the most attractive in their
respective franchises. Both pink rangers... hee hee.
Between Power Rangers and Super Sentai, there are just some differences between Power Rangers girls and Super Sentai girls:
In Power Rangers, we don't see girls wear short skirts that often save for Maya, Jen and Alyssa. In Super Sentai we do. In Power Rangers in the earlier days, Kimberly Hart wore short shorts, not a skirt presumably as not to do any upskirt performances. In Super Sentai, most of the women's legs were very exposed. In SPD and Operation Overdrive, the women wore pants instead of short skirts.
IMO many of Super Sentai's girls these days are hotter and sexier than Power Rangers' girls proving being American doesn't mean one looks better. IMO only Kimberly Hart was really that hot (I find her HOTTER than Mei, Mei was on the cute side or the rest of the Sentai babes appearance-wise), the rest well they're just okay, some were …
It's already past September 3, 2009 and I'm not much of a Power Rangers fan but I feel like it's time to remember Thuy Trang even if MMPR was loosely based on Zyuranger and her counterpart in Japan is surprisingly male (remember the flat chest scenario?). She was the one who did most of her stunts in Power Rangers. She was enlisted because of her fighting ability.
She was a reminder to me of the original Yellow 4 namely Mika Koizumi (acted by Yuki Yajima who is presumably still living).
How? Both characters are gutsy female types who are hesitant to fight at first but are skilled martial artists. Both of them showed rather impressive fight scenes whenever they could.
Also I can't help but remember the Bioman episode "Farewell Yellow" whenever she comes to mind. After all, it was farewell yellow to her but she died in a random car accident that claimed her life. In Bioman, the episode was hurriedly written because Yuki Yajima left the set for some reason …
It's no secret that Ohranger had low ratings after Kakuranger. Ohranger wanted to be the most serious Super Sentai under Noboru Sugimura's watch. But events like the Sarin Gas cult attack on Tokyo Subway and the earthquake that year caused a forced retool. That resulted to Ohranger to switch between lighter and softer and darker and edgier more often than not. Then the show ended up as a super duper huge toy commercial to make up for low ratings. Carranger wasn't so fortunate either with ratings but still made it up for toy sales.
Let's take a look at the reason why I prefer Ohranger over the more popular (?) Power Rangers Zeo. Remember this is just my personal opinion so don't get too outraged by this one.
One Two Three Four Five... GOGO FIVE! Since Fire Prevention Month is almost over, I decided I would write why I prefer GoGoFive over Fiveman. Theme repetition isn't necessarily bad if it wasn't overused or if the concept that explored. It's like how I think Abaranger improved the dinosaur concept, Kyoryuger may not be my favorite dinosaur Super Sentai but it did improve Battle Fever J's dancing by miles and how I feel Hurricanger is better than Kakuranger with the ninja plot. It's time to talk about the Tatsumi Family.