Will Kyuranger Change The Way Super Sentai Does Things For The Better?
Here's the first promotional leak of Kyuranger which comes from JEFusion. Nine rangers? I don't know how's that even going to work. I feel like maybe we might see another new era of Super Sentai to be born after Zyuohger "ends" it. I feel like Super Sentai always had the tendency to have a "finale" series (which I may discuss later like Jetman and Timeranger) while after that finale series an entirely new era is born. Then the cycle starts again. So was Gokaiger really a "finale" series. Looks like it but sad to say the need for another "fresh start" may be badly needed due to diminishing ratings.
My current speculation is that we're probably going to start with either three or five then the rest will come in. I think this might be a mold breaker the way things were done. Dekaranger did have five rangers, Doggie Kruger can be considered another ranger, then we have Tetsu (a regular sixth ranger), Lisa (Tetsu's mentor), Marigold (who appeared in the movie) and Swan (who can only use her for twice in the series) which gave a total of ten. Go-onger had a total of seven rangers. Kyoryuger had five plus one regular sixth ranger yet we also had Kyoryu Cyan and Kyoryu Silver as irregular rangers. I don't that will be the case with Kyuranger. I think we'll see them progressively added in (hopefully) to avoid the story from moving too fast though it may be a transition towards a new type of series.
Just an important note: changes have done things for the better or for the worse. If you take a look at the ups and downs of Super Sentai you'll see how it's never been a straight road up but there are ups and downs. Progress is like climbing a series of mountains where you must go down the plains then start climbing all over again. Fiveman nearly ended Super Sentai due to its lack of popularity while Jetman brought it back on its feet. Ohranger, Carranger and Kyoryuger had lower ratings but were fortunate enough to have high toy sales. Gaoranger was pretty much a monster hit which may have put a lot of its successors under its shadow even with all the new innovative ideas.
It's too early for me to say how Kyuranger will fare when it comes. Right now, Zyuohger may still be hitting low for some reason. Is it intense competition against Anime (especially Pokemon) or are some fans just taking a short break from the series? Hopefully, Kyuranger will outdo itself to spawn another generation of Super Sentai or will it end up be the transition to creating an all new genre of Tokusatsu that will replace Super Sentai? Either way let's hope that the outcome will still be beneficial for profit sharing.