My View on How Naruhisa Arakawa Writes Stuff for Super Sentai
After I wrote my opinion on Yasuko Kobayashi, I could proceed with Naruhisa Arakawa and here's what I think are his prevailing styles to why I think he's such a major favorite aside from Kamen Rider fans:
Making references to non-Sentai Tokusatsu. Dekaranger had references to the Space Sheriff trilogy. For Gokaiger he took that THAT far with a Gokaiger vs. Gavan special. Well even the Gokaiger series IMO do have a few hints of Metal Hero elements as well like the heroes live in their mecha. For Dekaranger I'm reminded of Blue SWAT's concept of dealing with alien criminals. But that's just it. This is just what I think.
Just some nostalgic notes. For Abaranger, you may think of Zyuranger especially Mikoto would reminds some of Burai except he was really far more badass and had a longer tenure of being evil with a more brutal death scene. For Dekaranger, take a look above for references.
An unforgettable cast with much development. To be honest, I think he and Yasuko Kobayash are just somewhat par in this area. The Abarangers imo were more developed than the Zyurangers, the Dekarangers were memorable even with whatever flaws they had and the Gokaigers well... you've got a real crew of noble pirates. Abaranger, Dekaranger and Gokaiger imo were really pretty fresh entries in the Sentai genre by him IMO! :P Character humor for most of them are usually that funny (even Hoji as serious as he is gets to be funny). These characters somehow go from starting from weaker to stronger, which can be evidenced by how even jerks do mature. Ban for example starts off as an instinctive leader (and Hoji was doing a better job) or that Hoji was kinda arrogant but later learns to humble himself (but it's never without funny battles with Ban) or for Abaranger, Yukito shows his good side even if he does get annoying to his teammates or has anti-hero qualities. Mikoto may be a good example of a not so sudden change of sides or the shocking revelation part that is well-handled, I can't believe what I missed because I overrated Zyuranger even if that series wasn't really that good!!!! Or in Gokaiger, one may think of the development of the Gokaigers from just an adventure team searching for the Ultimate Treasure to going for justice.
We may have the monsters who reformed to tell the tale. We have Dryer Jigen from Jetman (he wrote that episode after all), Yatsudenwani (wh's funnier than Dryer Jigen) and maybe he was involved in writing Jerashid with Yoshio Urasawa. Correct me if I'm wrong. :P Okay I'm wrong... he was NOT involved with Jerashid's conception. (Thanks for the information Fantasy Leader)
Maybe this is just me but I think that he also makes references to some Anime and other cartoons. The most obvious may be Gokaiger to One Piece. For Dekaranger, I can't say which Anime might have inspired him. But this is again opinion, perhaps he got his inspiration from Pirates of the Carribean or even Peter Pan. Who knows?
Updated as of: June 7, 2012.