Hasbro's Power Rangers era and General Tokusatsu discussion

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  1. Christopher

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    That's hardly fair, because I'm talking about the meaning of the components of the title, which are simply three different ways of saying "King" -- one in English, one in Japanese, one in Japanese with an honorific. After all, most Sentai titles are hybrids of Japanese and English, sometimes with the same concept expressed in both languages (e.g. Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan has "Sun" in it twice and Mahou Sentai Magiranger has "magic" in it twice). This goes beyond that to expressing the same concept three times. Hence, unusually redundant.

    We've been doing this long enough that you must remember that every time you announce a new Sentai or Rider series title, I parse its literal translation and see if it tells us anything about what the focus of the series might be. This time, the only thing it tells us is "King," which doesn't give me a lot to work with.
     
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  3. Christopher

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    An insect theme is fairly novel for SS, though we had beetle-themed "Sixth" Rangers in Go-Busters. Of course, it's frequently been done in Kamen Rider, and occasionally in Metal Heroes, e.g. with the Kabuto B-Fighter series that Saban adapted as the dreadfully dumb Big Bad Beetleborgs.

    Perhaps I should say an arthropod theme, since spiders are arachnids, not insects.

    But it's weird to give the team a name that has no connection to its theme, aside from your observation about the "king" kanji resembling six legs.
     
  4. Samurai8472

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    Bugs have a hierarchy/ kingdom

    A queen and worker ants/ worker bees etc etc. This might play into a knight theme
     
  5. Christopher

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    Hmm, maybe, except "queen" is jooh (literally "woman king"). But it would be neat if they did go for that theme, because then we might have a female team leader.


    Or samurai, through the kabuto connection.
     
  6. Samurai8472

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    Hasbro Pulse Con Day 1 details. Aside from new figures details we got some info on "Cosmic Fury"

    Starts at 42 minute mark



    Main point

    -Original suits and ground fights will 100% created on their own.
    -Mecha footage will be from Kyuranger


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  7. Christopher

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    Interesting. Kind of a hybrid approach.

    In one of the new episodes, they briefly muse about the possibility of a Ranger team having crystal-based powers, which made me suspect they were going for Kiramager next. But I guess that could be a tease for Kyuranger stuff too.
     
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    Walter Emmanuel Jones and David Yost are coming back for the 30th anniversary special

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    "Cosmic Fury" will be 10 episodes long. Each episode will be 40 minutes long. So basically half of a season in the new Hasbro era.
     
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    Billy was my favorite. I'm happy to see him coming back, especially given the way he left the show.
     
  10. Sketcher

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    Icing on the cake would be if Billy came back as the Phantom Ranger. Not sure if the comics origin count as canon, but I remember he was one of the characters speculated to be behind the mask during Turbo's run.
     
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    Damn, this looks good:
     
  13. Christopher

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    Interesting. Kaijin as an oppressed minority?
     
  14. Samurai8472

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    Yes. They are going for a "black lives matter" angle with the Kaijin

    https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1464172082749591557


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    Oh boy. I don't like their track record with this, especially since, you know, Kamen Rider Black RX was one who committed a genocide on an entire planet, not to mention unrelated shows like Kamen Rider Drive being one of the most racist allegories the franchise has written. Maybe they'll be better with this one, maybe not.


    Hopefully the adult audience of this series means the writers will tackle it with a bit more nuance than Rider usually does. The franchise's last attempt at civil rights discussion was Zero-One, which ended with... Aruto continuing to sell the robots as workers, but just being 'friendly' about it.
     
  15. Christopher

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    I get the impression that this version of Kotaro is fighting alongside Shadow Moon instead of against him, for what that's worth.

    I didn't notice anything racist about Drive. Indeed, I was struck by how sympathetic its villains were, how the most tragic and heart-wrenching moments were the deaths of the main villains.
     
  16. Samurai8472

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    The Kamen Rider Black Sun series releases tomorrow. But before that, the belt.



    I love how they treat the belt like it's a high end watch.
     
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    Behind the scenes photo from the anniversary special

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  18. Christopher

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    Hurricanger is coming back for another special:

    https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1586221895006953472

    "Hurricanger: 20th Anniversary"

    And the first trailer:




    Basically a past set of Hurricaneger and Gouraiger(cue Edo era set) are assisted by their present versions to stop two of the "Reverse Dark Spears" from getting some world-destroying stone.