Remembering The Death of Mika Koizumi and Later Thuy Trang's

Tomorrow is Thuy Trang's death anniversary and it's been at least nine years since she passed away. Now I can't help but review the tragic Bioman episode which made me cry entitled "Farewell Yellow" when the first Yellow 4, Mika Koizumi died. Her passing away brings this episode to mind.

It was in this episode when Dr. Man managed to gather the deadly anti-bio particles from space which he intended to kill the whole team creating the deadly Bio Killer Gun. It managed to temporarily defeat Bio Robo. Mason attempted to kill Gou Shirou but Mika took the shots instead. Sigh. I was really thinking that there was some chemistry between Mika and Gou Shirou but she had to die. The revelation of its origins were fully revealed in episode 37 when Silver first appeared.

When she was hit, her bio powers are negated. Theoretically saying, the bio powers run in their blood so being hit by the anti-bio particle laser beam means... losing one's life force from within, more of an internal form of damage. Still, I can't help but wonder why Mika was never out of suit. So maybe, like cancer, her blood got poisoned by the anti-bio particles. The Biomen did everything to save her, but she died. Realizing she was done for, Mika bravely took the rest of the shots which soon severely weakened her.

It was pretty sadistic for Psygorn to actually blast Mika with a fire bomb after the Bio Killer Gun ran out of ammunition. Still, I wonder why she didn't go out of suit here. But then Mika Koizumi's actress Yuki Yajima left abruptly, that can be understood.

At the end of the episode after the Biomen do a desperate attack on Chameleon Kans, Mika while still on suit died. They give her a funeral scene where...

They get to see her hologram (from the end credits) when Bio Robo activates her computer brain before they go to give her what I assume might be a cremation.

Years later in 2001, Thuy Trang died too but it was by car accident. At least Thuy Trang didn't die like Mika Koizumi did. :-(

What should be surprising (or not) was Akibaranger Season Tsuu's final epilogue. The Akibaranger perished like Looney Tunes characters though it brought back three dead characters: Mikoto Nakadai/Abare Killer (though it should have been Dragon Ranger IMO), Mika/Yellow 4 1 and Naoto Takizawa/Time Fire. What's interesting to think about is that why did the late Mika make an appearance as a ghost-in-suit together with the other two? It was aired in June 28, 2013 so it looked like there was nothing special with the date itself.

Did Naruhisa Arakawa or even Toei feel the need to let Mika's ghost appear in Akibaranger? I guess letting Time Fire appear next to her was possibly a nod to "Circuit Unsure" which Quantum Ranger defeats Serpicon. What should be noticed is that Mika appears at the center of the three ghosts. She's also the one who calls back the deceased Akibarangers to the afterlife. I guess Toei still had Trang in mind when they approved of Mika appearing as a ghost. What was interesting is that in Dino Thunder's fourth episode was that Trini appeared in archive footage. I guess that's why Mikoto appeared instead of Burai.

Updated on: September 4, 2017


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