The Mystic Knights Of Ryusoul Tribe


I almost didn't want to watch Ryusoulger due to the fact I had my ongoing preconceived biases such as, "Oh boy! Not another dinosaur Sentai! Toei think of something else!", "Sentai's gone too long and I'm better off with other stuff." or stuff like that. You know the whole issue of a generation gap can be jarring -- it's possible to embrace the need for modernization while not accepting everything modern. Then I thought watching Ryusoulger doesn't only bring back memories of Dragon Quest -- it also reminds me of Saban Entertainment's attempt to enter the sword and sorcery genre with Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog. It was most likely an attempt to ride on the hype of Hercules and Xena. It had me wondering why Toei and Saban didn't bother to work together to make a live adaptation of Dragon Quest based on Erdrick's adventures against the Dragon Lord or Abel's adventures against Zoma?

Here's the lyrics of Ryusoulger's opening with translation from Ranger Wiki:

With a shining sword!
They're sworn to a battle road!

The knights who will never forsake the world they defend
Determined to stride down the path they've chosen
A righteous emblem signifying their heroism
It's time for your souls to be as one
They'll never run, no matter the time
Their dynamic and steely steps will ring across the earth

With a shining sword!
They're sworn to a battle road!
Sharing a dream with others is how you can make it stronger
Take a look at your limits
And blast right past them, let's go!
Serve justice and strike down darkness,
Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger!

The knights who will chase after and grasp the future
The fanfare blaring in the back and front
Noble tenderness
Essence of life
It's time to walk down the path of the Ryusouls
Don't waste any time
Just stand up and take it

Grab the soul!
Flip to change mode!
Become stronger as you keep the pain in your mind
Rise up quickly
And rush past infinity, let's go!
Save the world and strike down evil,
Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger!

I love the world,
we'll shine on forever!

Be a shield for your hometown!
Be a sword of hope!
Sharing a dream with others is how you can make it stronger
Take a look at your limits
And blast right past them, let's go!
Serve justice and strike down darkness,
Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger!

Ryusoulger! Victorious!

And here's the lyrics of Knights of Tir Na Nog from Kelly Family:

Mystic Knights have come to save our lives
Mystic Knights are here now

Long ago in ancient times
There was a scroll full of magic rhymes
It prophecied of the Mystic Knights
The true young heroes brave and bright
But then the dark forces came
Brought the people endless pain
Now the children have no fear
'Cause they know the mystic knights are here

Mystic Knights have come to save our lives
Mystic Knights have come to save our times
Mystic Knights have come to save our lives
Mystic Knights are here now

Long ago in ancient times
In the land of Tir Na Nog
The little people sang their rhymes
With drawing wisdom from their gold mines
Now there's happiness in "Kells"
'Cause the little people gave their spells
The children now no longer fear
'Cause the days of Mystic Knights are here

Although both songs have different lyrics but they do show how both teams have their worlds to save. The Ryusoulgers and Knights of Tir Na Nog have their knighthood as a sacred duty to defend people from dark forces. Ryusoulgers fight the Druidon Tribe and the Knights of Tir Na Nog fight off the evils from Temra. Only difference is one takes place in modern times and the other is in Medieval times.

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