Showing posts from March, 2017

A Doctor Runs Into An Alien, An Alien Runs Into A Doctor?

Rather than update my last Kyuranger episode update, I decided to make a "part two" which features the minor guest role of Hojo Emu in Kyuranger and Lucky in Kamen Rider-EX-AID. So what really happened? 
The Kyuranger portion features Hojo's appearance as Kamen Rider EX-AID. Raptor plays billiard and a new ball summons EX-AID. Ikadevil gets defeated by EX-AID. EX-AID unmorphs into his human form and introduces himself as Hojo Emu. Lucky introduces himself to Hojo as well.  
The guest role of Lucky in EX-AID contradicts what happened to how they met in Kyuranger. Lucky appears and Hojo asks for Lucky's identity. Both of them like as if the events in Kyuranger never happened. So really? Did they develop amnesia or what? Or are we exploring a multiverse in here?

Speaking of which I am planning to write a new post which I tentatively want to call the Toei Multiverse Theory after I wrote something about the Super Sentai timeline. I don't know if I can push through th…

Kyuranger Space 7: Happy Birthday To You And Bigger Surprises Await

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…

Five Reasons Why I Prefer Gekisou Sentai Carranger Over Power Rangers Turbo

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…

Amazing Coincidences Between Yasuko Kobayashi And Judd Lynn?

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…

The Amazing Coincidence With Golion, Zyuranger, Lion Voltron And Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers?

Image taken from Henshin Grid...

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…

Five Reasons Why I Prefer GoGoFive Over Fiveman

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.

An improvement from what Fiveman started with the family

I do like Fiveman's sibling concept and I'd watch it any day over Magiranger. Fiveman wanted to try something new but it didn't work the first time. Not every new concept works all the time but it can be improved overtime. Fiveman started the sibling bond and GoGoFive continued it. While I do prefer Gaku Hoshikawa as an older brother over Matoi Tatsumi but the latter still has the s…

Kyuranger Space 6: Dance Party Kyuranger Anyone?

This week's Kyuranger seems to be a PSA of the power of the human will and the importance of putting one's heart. A new power called Pegasus gets introduced in this episode. Lucky learns to work with Pegasus in order to conquer the latest problem.

Kyuranger Space 5: The Nine Kyurangers Are Gathered

Whether or not majority of the events of Kyuranger will happen on Earth still remains to be seen. But it's certain next week's episode will be on a post-invasion Earth. People regain their fighting spirit when they realize that the Space Shogunate Jark Matter isn't invincible. This week features Stinger joining the Kyurangers and a not so typical plot twist. But I think Stinger will be my favorite Kyuranger and this episode tells you why.

Five Reasons Why I Think Ohranger Is Better Than Power Rangers Zeo

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.

Can Super Sentai's Declining TV Ratings Be Attributed To TV's Dying State Due To Increasing Internet Viewership?

Super Sentai's ratings are declining yet it's still going on and it's still airing. Super Sentai's reached up to 40 years last year and we're having the 41st season with Ucchu Sentai Kyuranger. What I just ignored is that maybe, just maybe the low ratings of Super Sentai in terms of TV viewership may also be contributed to the fact that TV is dying. Yes, it's possible that Super Sentai may be getting a lot of viewers but aren't watching it on TV. They may be watching it over the Internet instead. With that in mind it's highly possible Super Sentai still sells but the TV ratings are low thanks to increasing Internet viewership.

Read on and don't forget to watch the videos in-between as you read my speculation!

Internet TV has been replacing TV which may be a result of the digital age. You might be watching live broadcasts from your tablet or PC or if you're at work, you're probably streaming them on Youtube or any Internet TV site after your …

Kyuranger Space 4: It's Time To Go To Post-Invasion Earth

The latest episode of Kyuranger goes back to Earth... literally. There's the quest to liberate Earth after it was occupied by the Galactic Empire Space Shogunate Jark Matter. They want to liberate the Earth for this reason: there's a lot and I mean a lot of Malistrates on Earth to defeat. It looks like that Jark Matter might be using Earth for the same reason as the Megabeast Empire.

My Current Top Ten Maskman Episodes (In Response To SentaiBandicoot Rambles)

Here's my response to SentaiBandicoot Rambles. Last time Sentai Bandicoot wrote about his favorite Maskman episodes. So here's a bit where I'm copying him. I'll consider story arcs as one episode as "one episode". I originally wanted to write a comment on my favorite episodes but it would be too long. So here's my list of favorite Maskman standalone episodes and story arcs.