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Zyuranger, Abaranger And Kyoryuger: My Thoughts On The Threefold Dinosaur Super Sentai Trilogy!

Not everybody loves dinosaurs, maybe a lot of children do but not all of them. In 1992, we had Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger. Strangely, the two successive dinosaur themed shows happened during the 10th anniversary and 20th anniversary of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers which I think is not wrong at all. I guess Toei wanted to celebrate their entrance into the American market for Abaranger and Kyoryuger which I will expand further.

Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger started out as the first dinosaur Super Sentai though I still feel like saying, "Mammoths and Sabertooth Tigers are mammals!" The show itself is IMO pretty much a shadow of Chojin Sentai Jetman, even if I do feel like it's overall better than Mighty Morphin' but I can agree with some of the flaws of the show. Unlike Jetman, it may have been overshadowed and I wonder is this show really overrated or underrated? I wonder how are Power Rangers fans liking the Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger DVDs if they already have one?

Super Sentai, The Riddle Of Steel And Swords!

After writing on two articles on swordsmanship namely non-red ranger swordsmen and them red swordsmen, I just thought of that line by Yuusuke Amemiya/Red Falcon in Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai movie. The statement was, "How can a frightened sword like that defeat enemies?" This was the lesson that Gaku Washio learned from Yuusuke when they met. So I thought I might make some instances where the enemy supposedly had a stronger sword but was defeated at the end of the duel.

I'll give a few examples below.

In Bioman episode 30, Doctor Man had a powerful katana prepared for the Mantis Kans. In this episode, even if the katana may seem "superior". At the hands of Monster who was an incompetent guy, Shiro Gou/Red One managed to really get over the dilemma of the samurai sword. Mantis Kans soon had that super powered katana that split even the Bio Shield into two but cleverness and proper use of the Super Maser saved the day.

Sentai Badass Moment: Daimon's Milk Tornado Drop

Here is one of GoGoFive's really intense moments out of suit. Okay, my favorite has still been Nagare Tatsumi. Daimon here deserves some spotlight for this rather reckless move. 
Is it me or has this episode become a public service announcement to drink milk? I do find the opening to be pretty weird with drinking all that milk before entering into battle. It does take time to absorb the nutrients in your food, right? 
This is a great opening up where both of them are exchanging judo throws between Daimon and Spartan. It's pretty risky to fight monsters out of suit if you ask me. Sidenote, I felt like Chad's use of karate in Lightspeed Rescue was better written than this scene.

Good Old Joji Nakata Is Voicing Azald For Zyuohger

After updating on UkiyaSeed, I have noticed here's what I'd consider to be a good news/bad news scenario. So far, Joji Nakata did voice Rosyuo in Kamen Rider Gaim but never appeared in the flesh. So what's my take? The guy has played two noteworthy villains namely Sir Kaura for Flashman and Great Profesor Bias for Liveman.

I haven't seen much of Flashman but seeing him in action based on a few clips - I'd say he was a really badass foe. He was responsible for kidnapping the Flashmen when they were still so young (WTF, how could he do that?) and I'd say it was partly his fault that they grew up in the Planet Flash and its four moons. So talk about how your actions end up having an equal and opposite reaction. What's so badass about him is after a fatal exchange of blows with Jin/Red Flash - he's still alive for the next episode where he performed a kamikazee attack in the next episode. He held the secrets of the Flashmen which added an entirely new leve…

Them Blue Rangers Affiliated With Water

I'll admit, every time I see the color blue, it reminds me of water. After all, don't you hear of the term "the blue ocean"? Toei had a trend for some time of having blue rangers getting involved with water either as power or most of the time, profession. The whole idea wonderfully made it into Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue with Chad Lee. Now moving on...

Kinya Samejina/Vul Shark is an EDS Naval Officer. Haven't seen much of Sun Vulcan to comment on this guy.

Yousuke Shima (NOT SHIINA, who is Hurricane Red) is a swimmer and surfer. His dream is to create artificial gills for divers. Cool to see how his mermaid-related episode was somehow used in Lightspeed Rescue which I feel was an improvement from an idea that seemed sunk into the bottom of the ocean during the 80s.

Aquatic Blue Rangers And Mermaids: Dyna Blue And Blue Lightspeed Ranger

Well Power Rangers does get ideas from very old Super Sentai seasons then modifies them. Chad Lee himself feels like a huge tribute to Hirohisa Soda's aquatic blues like Yousuke Shima, Ryuta Nanbara and Ken Hoshikawa instead of his GogoFive counterpart Nagare Tatsumi. If we're going to go before Soda, Kinya Samejima had a shark motif going on. Chad being different than Nagare ended up introducing something new for Power Rangers.
Dynaman episode 11 has Yousuke meeting a mermaid and the enemy getting involved in this rather complicated situation. Jashinka plans to use the animals of the ocean to cause havoc towards the surface world. I wonder, did Yousuke have a crush on the mermaid during that episode? The mermaid like almost every other guest in Tokusatsu shows only appeared for one episode. There wasn't really much interaction but the idea was revived years later in Power Rangers.

Lightspeed Rescue did not have one but two episodes trying to explore Chad's and Marina…

Ninninger's Finale Is Coming...

After looking at UkiyaSeed's blog, there's some details and yes, Ninninger's finale is just three more episodes left as episode 44 resumed broadcasting on January 17, 2016 after a holiday break. So what's going on? Aside from the big bad Kibaoni Gengetsu has been revived, this might be the most intense moment yet. The Big Bad himself revealed that he had an illegitimate child 444 years ago which shocked everyone that Kyuemon is his son. I felt the revelation was so sudden in the past few episodes.

Gingaman Team Analysis

I decided I'll do some backtrack with Gingaman considering I haven't written that much posts. After watching the series twice, I thought this would be a good entry. Again, this isn't a news blog compared to JEFusion or Ukiyaseed so don't expect this blog to be updated with every episode.

Ryouma/Ginga Red

While he wasn't supposed to be the 133rd Ginga Red since he wasn't the firstborn but events on the first episode altered his fate. When he saw his brother Hyuga supposedly perish before his very eyes, he has no choice but to take the Star Beast Sword to become the 133rd Gingared. Although he does seem immature at first but it was fun to watch him mature as a leader. In spite of his victories against Sanbash and Budoh, he had doubts because by birthright, he wasn't supposed to be Gingared. He wanted to return the Starbeast Sword to his brother during the latter's return, he discovered along the way he was really picked by fate to be Ginga Red and he wasn&…

Is That Flame Sword Stunt Really That Risky?

After watching the interview of Michiko Makino, she had revealed that the fire sword stunt had a prop sword wrapped in oil-soaked rags and placed on fire. It was really that hot! As much as some may call it the "flames of courage" but at times, I felt it was too reckless and not to mention too risky to be given more screen time.

In Kakuranger, there was the time when Sasuke used the Flaming Shogun Sword in episode 20 against the Hanarangers. If one notices the scene, the flaming sword wasn't used all the time. I guess they used more than one prop sword filming that awesome scene because it's a very risky scene to do. As for Muteki Daishogun's finisher, it was the usual use of already filmed stock footage for robots executing their mecha. Goseiger gave the same treatment for its robot Gosei Great's finishing move.

Them Red Rangers Who Were Sword-Fighting Experts

It's somehow typical to typecast red rangers as "that swordsman" even if it wasn't always that way. Here's the line of red rangers who stood out as sword handlers. The sword was also a symbol of leadership and justice so I guess that's why this long line exists.

Takayuki Hiba/Vul Eagle II was the first to introduce the art of red ranger swordsmanship. That blade in this picture looks pretty sharp. I haven't seen much of Sun Vulcan to comment on this one. I just got the information from Shogo B'Stard.

Whether or not Kenichi Akama counts is something that I can't conclude but I decided to add him here. Even if his main weapon is a rope, he had been seen using his sword more in combat. He has clashed with Deathgiller in episode 15 which formed some kind of rivalry with them. This was the start of Kazuo Niibori performing the red rangers.

Hokuto Dan/Dyna Red wielded the double Dyna Swords. He has challenged his rival Prince Megiddo in sword combat. Th…

Sentai Expert Swordsmen Who Weren't Red Rangers

Super Sentai had a couple of swordsmen who weren't red rangers. While it's common to typecast Super Sentai reds as the swordsmen but did you know it wasn't always like that? Let's take a look at them.

Ryuu Higashi/Dia Jack pretty caught me off guard when I started learning about the existence of more pre-Zyuranger Super Sentai. I haven't seen JAKQ to comment on this one.

Kyousuke Shida/Battle France used a rapier in battle. Battle Japan used a spear instead. I also got caught off-guard with this one since I was too used to seeing reds as champion swordsmen but it didn't always start out that way. Watching a few episodes of Battle Fever J, I'll admit I'd want to take fencing lessons from him.

Red Mask And Red Falcon: Filming Badass Scenes With Them Retractable Swords

Back in the 80s, some equipment were really obviously plastic. On the bright side, there were really lots and I mean lots of action that accompanied them. Two swords came to my mind which made me say it's dull but just wait until you see these guys in action. Note that the stuntman used here is the legendary Kazuo Niibori
Takeru/Red Mask with his Masky Blade fight scenes

Okay, I've written an article on the two Takerus but I'd focus on Red Mask here. I thought his Masky Blade looked so plastic that the default swords of the Maskmen (which accompanied the Laser Magnums) team looked sharper. Most of the time, he preferred to fight with his Masky Blade which allowed him to do the Laser Arrow move (Geki/Tyrannoranger later does this move against Burai/Dragon Ranger) and the Masky Crash. For a plastic sword fight scene, I'd say that the lack of the illusion of sharpness was made up with a lot of pretty intense action scenes whether it'd be monsters of the week or ene…

Super Sentai Suits I Find To Be Pretty "Sub-Standard"

Just a start, just because a show appears here doesn't mean I dislike the show. I'm just pointing out which suits I felt weren't really in part for my taste.

I've watched some Battle Fever J and I'll admit, it's a pretty cool show even if it's really that old Super Sentai. I'll admit this wasn't really what I had in mind when it came to costume innovation. I was amazed how this suit was made for the one-shot X-1 Mask in Maskman.

I just thought that I'm not such a fan of minimalist designs. Kakuranger is one of them. It might be a fun show but I still can't help but think the suits are bland. The action and other stuff made up for it.

What I Think Of Saban's Decision To Skip ToQGer In Favor of Ninninger

I was reading Ukiya Seed and found out that yes, ToQGer has been skipped and Ninninger will be adapted into Power Rangers Ninja Steel. The name does sound kind of cool except for this problem...

The swords in Ninninger doesn't look sharp. Quite a shame really it took place in 2015 but the swords produced really didn't come out as good as those in Kakuranger and Ninninger. Instead, it almost looked like sword props that were used in the 80s Super Sentai. I felt like the name "Ninja Steel" might not be so fitting compared to "Ninja Strike".

Them Sharper-Looking Super Sentai Prop Swords

I wrote an entry on cheaper-looking swords for Super Sentai as of late but it would be nice to think of the sharper-looking blades that were done. This is where innovation really did it right with the swords.

Kurama Tetsuzan's samurai sword looked pretty sharp. Now why didn't Battle Fever Robo get that kind of blade for the fight scenes? Not enough budget perhaps?

Takayuki Hiba/Vul Eagle II uses a samurai in battle. That was a really sharp start, pun intended.

While the swords in Bioman didn't look all that impressive, Bio Robo's Super Maser looked amazing.

While I could say, "Well that's the 80s." to Red Mask's rather weak looking Masky Blade, the Photoelectron Riser sword was really sharp looking.

Cheap Looking Super Sentai Sword Props In Modern Seasons

While it could be understood that many swords in the 80s Super Sentai looked cheaper than those in later seasons due to the technology that time. I thought about the quality of sword props in later modern Super Sentai seasons weren't really good. Some of the swords of older school Super Sentai from the 90s to last decade looked better than these. So are they immediately promoting the toys directly instead of having to use prop swords? Looks like it.

Kyoryuger's Gaburicalibur

While Kyoryuger had lots of the main cast doing civilian fight scenes, I thought the Gaburicaliburs really look dull. The civilian fight scenes done by the main cast are still a plus for the show though.

ToQGer's Rail Saber

Much of ToQGer feels for me, "Is this the best innovation they can come up with?" These Rail Sabers make me think that the crew responsible for design for just almost everything in the show weren't putting their heart into it.

Ninninger's Ichibantou

I could underst…

My Own Review On Kamen Rider: Older Than Super Sentai But Not The Longest Consecutive Tokusatsu Series

While it may be chronologically order than Super Sentai but it's not the longest consecutive Tokusatsu series produced by Toei. It also had competitors within Toei namely Super Sentai and Metal Hero. So let's get started shall we? Remember, this is again very limited and I'm just sharing what I've known since I haven't seen much of the older era. While Kamen Rider Ghost is currently airing and Super Sentai will have its 40th anniversary, let's try to review on Kamen Rider's existence.

Kamen Rider, the Showa era

Kamen Rider started out as Shotaro Ishinomori's series. Unlike Super Sentai, it wasn't very consecutive as it can be evidenced by this timeline that showed there were hiatuses in between. While Super Sentai had a two year hiatus in between JAKQ and Battle Fever J, Kamen Rider had more of them.

The first Kamen Rider took place from 1971 to 1973 running a total of 98 episodes. Earlier shows tend to run that long to the point sometimes quality is…

Best Sentai Mecha Innovations IMO

If there are weird or funny innovations (and not all of them are horrible) for Super Sentai mecha, here's some that I'd consider are the best to count.

Everything goes out with starting the Battle Fever J Robo. So we had a samurai-based robot but what took it a long time to create a samurai Super Sentai?

Denziman featured the first transforming robot. Secondary robots would later be transforming in nature while primary mecha were usually combining in nature.

Bio Robo was the first robot to use various finishing moves. The concept was copied into Galaxy Mega for Megaranger. What I liked about this robot was that it really managed to stand up on its own and come up with various techniques to overcome stronger enemies. It was also the first semi-sentient robo but didn't vocalize like Daizyujin.

My Own List Of What I Consider As Super Sentai's Weirdest Or Funniest Mecha Innovations

In the process of innovation, it's never been always an upward road. Sometimes, it turns out bad and sometimes it turns out good. Sometimes, it just turns out really weird but not necessarily bad mecha innovations. Here's some of the weirdest innovations in Super Sentai for me and many of them exist in shows I like.

While Goggle V should be credited for introducing the first three piece mecha but it was also pretty weird in this way. Why is it only piloted by Goggle Red, Goggle Blue and Goggle Yellow?

Secondary robots can be good or bad at a case-to-case basis. Flashman is a popular season, I'm liking it. What I find weird (not necessarily bad) is that the Titan Boy merges with its trailer to form the Great Titan to finish off the enemy. Good thing the concept for the secondary robot was removed in favor of an ultimate combination in later seasons.

My Own Review Of The Metal Hero Franchise: Super Sentai's Long-Cancelled Sister Show!

Yes, Super Sentai has gone into its 40th anniversary... we're all growing old!

As a child, I used to have memories of the Metal Hero franchise. Back then, I just watched them and didn't know how to categorize them except as "kiddie shows". I only knew the terms "Tokusatsu", "Super Sentai" and "Metal Heroes" and learned Kamen Rider is a genre of Tokusatsu only when I was a teenager. Now it's time to see how the Metal Hero genre ended up as a mixed bag. This would just be very limited considering I'm yet to see all of them, something that I believe won't happen.

Space Sheriff Trilogy, Juspion and Spielban

The Metal Hero franchise started out with the Space Sheriff era starting with the Space Sheriff Trilogy. What I can remember are both Gavan and Shaider while I've seen some episodes of Sharivan. The three of them were known for wearing metal suits, they had a lightsaber with them, a gigantic combat robot, they fought agains…

Zyuohger And Some Mild References To Kamen Rider?!

Somebody created this collage which compares the cast of Zyuohger to Ankh and the rest of the Greeed in Kamen Rider OOO. The other four Zyuohgers are anthropomorphic animals who put on human disguises to blend in our world. The protagonist Yamato Kazakiri has the same hair shape as Ankh. As for the inhabitants of Zyuland, there seems to be some references to the Greeed in Kamen Rider OOO in themes. Though not entirely similar but I really had a good laugh looking at that picture.

Rambling On Super Sentai As Toei's Longest Running Tokusatsu Genre

This picture by Shogo B'Stard shows how old Super Sentai has become...

Toei may have had the no longer running Metal Hero series, Kamen Rider came first but had a hiatus until Kamen Rider Kuuga appeared for the Heisei era and Power Rangers so last 1993. Goranger started out as the first Sentai series running from April 5, 1975 up to March 26, 1977 and a lot of the kids who watched it may have already hit their 60s. Considering the event that Super Sentai is going to have its upcoming 40th season, I really do feel old considering that a lot of our childhood heroes have already grown old and a new generation of children has entered. This new year, I thought this would be the very first post for the year.

The Susumu Yoshikawa Era

While Tooru Hiriyama was the producer for Goranger, we would have the Susumu Yoshikawa era. Yoshikawa would be a lot more involved with the other Metal Hero and Kamen Rider shows such as Gavan, Sharivan, Shaider, Juspion, Spielban, first half of Metalder, Jir…