Kyuranger 31: Welcome Back Naga
Images taken from Nihon Hero this time round
This week's Kyuranger made me happy that the trip to the past didn't make an easy restoration. Don Armage's still around. He still rules the Universe. The benefit of Don Armage's survival (for some reason) is that we get this really good episode that wraps up Naga's brainwashed and crazy state. It shows the bond of the Kyurangers with Naga.
This episode manages to flesh things out between Echidna (who may always be a guest character) and the Kyurangers. Echidna would learn an important lesson in this episode. She sees how Naga may have become better after his redemption.
There have been several brainwashed and crazy Sentai warriors in the past. If my memory serves me right we have Akira as Fencer Unas in Maskman, Fumiya under the control of Dordora, the Ohrangers under the control of Bara Clothes and Misao Mondo prior to joining the Zyuohgers. This one goes to the extremes as both Lucky and Naga shrink themselves to invade Naga's body. They meet the real Naga's personality.
While Kyuranger is mostly lighthearted but there's always the emotional side of things. Hammy tries to reach out to Naga as well. Balance inside Naga's body tries to destroy the dark personality. This emotional moment is one of the best episodes ever. I'm just glad Akenba escaped since it'd be a waste to get rid of her too soon. This frees Kotaro and Garu who were both previously held by this guy.