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Old March 5 2014, 07:13 PM   #1021
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And you can tell this was designed by some idiot at Bandai without any input from the television people.
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Old March 5 2014, 08:23 PM   #1022
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And you can tell this was designed by some idiot at Bandai without any input from the television people.
Since Bandai co-produces the show, I think that's a false dichotomy. The whole franchise is essentially an ongoing advertisement for Bandai toys. So the toys probably get developed first and everything else follows their lead.
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Old March 5 2014, 08:50 PM   #1023
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Besides, even the Bandai toy division would have noticed that if you played with the toy a certain way, you end up with a robot with a GIANT TRAIN PENIS.

It's analogous to how it works with cartoons here. Someone makes a toy line. The animation people get their hands on it, and are generally given free rein with the stories (within the context of their show) BUT are directed to show off this toy or that, or a gimmick thereof, in at least one episode or for at least so many seconds or minutes. Transformers, My Little Pony, etc. ALL work on that premise.

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Old March 5 2014, 09:20 PM   #1024
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^Imo there no input from anyone involved in the actual production of the show. I'm sure the train penis is possibly a means for a latter combination with a yet to be released toy set.

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And you can tell this was designed by some idiot at Bandai without any input from the television people.
Since Bandai co-produces the show, I think that's a false dichotomy. The whole franchise is essentially an ongoing advertisement for Bandai toys.
That is a very Bandai-centric pov. They might be what Bandai wants, but they are not the only interests there. The interests of the broadcasters and production imo have been totally subsumed for Bandai's toy advertising and in turn it's only causing them to focus on a narrow viewership: the kids. It's also where you get these designs that are just terrible and have no input from production like the various large clunky ultrazords you see in recent years and that can't be translated to functional suits without large amounts of expensive CGI.
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Old March 5 2014, 09:31 PM   #1025
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The point is that there's no absolute divide between Bandai and "the television people," because Bandai is directly involved with the production of the show itself. So "the television people" include Bandai people among them.
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Old March 6 2014, 02:59 AM   #1026
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This seems kinda perverted

Kind of? Brings new meaning to... not sure I can say it here...
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Old March 6 2014, 03:29 AM   #1027
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It's not the first time the groin area has been the focus of something

Take Dairanger episode for example

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Old March 6 2014, 04:51 AM   #1028
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Ooh, Dairanger looks interesting. I've always loved that Chinese-dragon Zord (or whatever it was called originally). And those motorcycles are neat. Not a lot of characterization in the first episode, though -- we got to know less about the main characters than we learned about the Power Rangers in their first episode, which is not what I would've expected.
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Old March 6 2014, 03:54 PM   #1029
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Super Sentai usually doesn't do much characterization in the first episode, that's used to set the tone of the new series etc., they do character focus episodes after that but Dairanger had even less than usual, everyone except Ryou gets like one line.

One of my favorite moments from Dairanger is still this.



I love roll calls and seeing the face actors do them instead of the suit actors is awesome.







I could watch those all day.
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Old March 6 2014, 04:39 PM   #1030
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Has anyone posted this yet?

Not official, but fun. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ap8r3AA0PIk

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Old March 6 2014, 07:28 PM   #1031
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The Japanese are, by and large, significantly less 'uptight'/restrained than 'the West' when it comes to sexual innuendo/references, even in 'children's programming', so the fact that that Mecha ends up with a gigantic phallic symbol protruding from it doesn't surprise me at all.
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Old March 6 2014, 07:43 PM   #1032
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^Right. Historically, the Japanese didn't see sex as something dirty or shameful until Westerners introduced the idea. It was just part of life. And to this day, depictions of sex organs are used as fertility symbols in Japanese (and other Asian) religious observances. So there's an element of the sacred to it, where a Westerner would see the profane.
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Old March 6 2014, 09:17 PM   #1033
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I watched the episode, and the odd (?) thing is that the usage of the train penis was NOT a big deal at all. The mecha was trapped in a giant coffin, and simply burst out of it Hulk-style using the arms and penis. No problem.

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Old March 8 2014, 03:51 AM   #1034
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Old March 8 2014, 04:31 AM   #1035
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So... the Megazord does whatever the Rangers imagine it doing? And the Red Ranger imagined it doing... that. I guess that's not surprising in a boy his age...

By the way, I've been watching Dairanger, thanks to the link you provided. It's the first Super Sentai show I've watched (unless you count the Japanese Spider-Man as a prototype), and it's interesting how different it is from Power Rangers. Every story is a 2-parter, they only gradually introduce the Zords/mecha, only a few episodes so far have ended with giant-robot battles, etc. There have even been instances of characters not following the expected formulas of the genre -- in only their second opportunity, the Rangers had the good sense to prevent the monster from dropping the bomb that would make it giant, while conversely there was one point where the monsters attacked them in mid-transform and kept them from finishing. It's also a lot darker, yet also a lot more kid-oriented in some ways. (And episode 8 totally rips off the Luke/Vader/Palpatine scenes of Return of the Jedi right down to the force lightning.)
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