Power Rangers

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  1. Samurai8472

    Samurai8472 Vice Admiral Admiral

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    If anyone hasn't seen Toqger( which Saban skipped for Kyouryuger) here it is(Minus the first two episodes)

     
  2. The Borgified Corpse

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    And for those into tabletop gaming, Smash Up recently released an expansion called Big in Japan, which includes a faction called Mega Troopers, which is a thinly veiled rip-off of Power Rangers. (Brief explanation: The way the game works is that each player chooses 2 different factions and shuffles them together to make a 40 card deck that they use to go around taking control of various bases to score points. A lot of the fun comes from making weird combos like Zombie Kitty Cats or Princess Minions of Cthulhu. Some of their more recent expansions have been focused on homaging various licensed properties. Last year's Cease & Desist expansion included decks that resembled Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Star Wars, & Transformers.)
    https://www.alderacsite.com/smash-up-home/smash-up-big-in-japan/

    I finally started watching some old Zeo to feed my nostalgia kick. I've enjoyed it more than I thought, although Jason David Frank is a far worse actor than I remembered, although Bulk, Skull, Rocky, & Adam are all really good. Even when I was a kid, I always immediately recognized the difference between the American & Japanese footage. It always made me curious about the original context of these Japanese scenes. For those who've seen Ohranger, can you tell me, why is the Red Battlezord so hyperactive?
     
  3. Christopher

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    Red Puncher (Reddo Panchaa) was the first prototype Ohranger robo built by Chief Miura of the U.A.O.H. organization using Chouriki (literally "Superpower" or "Higher Power"), the ancient energy source he'd discovered in the ruins of the ancient Pangean civilization. Because it was a prototype using a little-understood power source, it proved impossible to control, and when it was launched prematurely to fight some advance scouts of the Machine Empire Baranoia, it went berserk and ended up killing its pilot, Lt. Kirino. Two years later, when OhRed (Goro) tried to use it after OhRanger Robo was badly damaged, he was visited by Kirino's ghost, who had posthumously realized that Chouriki was the power of life itself, so Goro could control it by focusing on the living things of Earth that he was fighting to protect, and becoming one with their energy.

    You can watch all of Ohranger for free here:

    http://www.shoutfactorytv.com/series/chouriki-sentai-ohranger
     
  4. Samurai8472

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    Lupinranger and Patoranger cast announcement will be held by so that it can be announced alongside the Kyuranger and Zyouhger

    The writing staff was revealed though

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    News article

    https://www.cinematoday.jp/news/N0097270?__ct_ref=https://www.rangerboard.com/





    First official magazine scans

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  5. Mark_Nguyen

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    Decidedly retro look, in my observation! Will look forward to more as Kyuranger winds up to its finale.

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  6. Christopher

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    I find it really weird that their helmets have visors that look like hats. It's headgear decorated to look like a different kind of headgear. How meta.
     
  7. Samurai8472

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    The Patoranger's suits also emulate a policeman's suit and tie uniform. The more I look at the Patoranger's the more I'm not feeling the suits. The white area's don't look that good IMO.

    I like the Lupinranger's costumes more because primary color on black looks much better.
     
  8. May 20

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    I agree. But since the white and black is good and bad, it makes sense. This concept looks really interesting. I wonder how it might translate to American Power Rangers.
     
  9. Mark_Nguyen

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    Given that "our" cops don't really dress like that, and the whole "gentleman thief" thing isn't necessarily a cultural thing here, I don't think this puts it high on the potential list for adaptation. Given that it's all but certain IMO that Kyuuranger will be adapted next IMO, that Saban's could give this one a pass wouldn't surprise me at all.

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  10. Christopher

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    They don't dress like Time Force or SPD Rangers either, and that wasn't a dealbreaker.

    Sure it is. There's a ton of American and European fiction about heroic/charismatic thief characters, going back to Robin Hood. There have been plenty of movies and shows about charming thief/criminal protagonists, from Topkapi and The Sting to the Ocean's 11 and Fast and Furious franchises to White Collar and Leverage. Not to mention the romanticizing of real-life thieves like D.B. Cooper. Keep in mind that the whole Lupin thing is based on a famous character from early 20th-century French literature.
     
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    Fair enough, though I'd argue that police tactical gear (and especially SWAT gear) looks more akin to the Time Force / SPD motif than Patoranger here. OTOH, there are plenty of military or paramilitary sentai teams whose leotards don't evoke that sort of feeling at all.

    As for the Lupinrangers, I guess I was driving more at the notion that North American kids TV would not promote organized crime of any sort on the part of the heroes, even committing-crime-for-the-common-good stuff. Sure, we have hidden groups of aliens / robots / kids doing BnEs and wrecking property in the course of their adventures, but it's not like we've had good-guy gangsters or Fast & Furious types in the Saturday morning fare, right?

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  12. Christopher

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    There have been sympathetic thief characters in Saturday morning TV, even if they weren't exactly heroes. The animated version of Carmen Sandiego portrayed Carmen as an ethical thief and an antihero who sometimes worked with the heroes against greater threats. And then there are characters like Catwoman and the Black Cat.

    Anyway, Power Rangers often makes massive changes to the storyline and the nature of the characters -- like, say, changing a band of intergalactic space pirates into high school students. So just because they're thieves in the Sentai, they don't necessarily have to be in PR. Maybe they could be spies or something, like Will in Operation Overdrive. Or maybe even magicians, what with the top hats. Scenes of the two Ranger teams fighting each other could be de-emphasized in favor of them teaming up against the monsters.
     
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  13. The Borgified Corpse

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    And apparently no love for Wild Force or Operation Overdrive, huh? Interesting, since those are the 2 seasons I most commonly see for sale in retail stores around here.

    BTW, are any of the bonus features on the big multi-season box sets any good?

    Who apparently turned out to be Adam West! :guffaw:
     
  14. Christopher

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    They were okay -- not among my favorites, but interesting. The main thing I remember about Wild Force is that it was almost a beat-for-beat adaptation of its Super Sentai counterpart Gaoranger, except for having an original Red Ranger and main villain (whose costume was a variant on Dairanger's ultimate villain) and a new storyline between them (which got incredibly dark and murdery for Power Rangers).


    No idea. Never seen any of them.
     
  15. Samurai8472

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    Magician's sounds like something new era saban would likely spin on the Lupinrangers. I can already picture an episode of the adaptation in my head.

    Basic character outlines for the Patoranger's and Lupinrangers

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  16. The Borgified Corpse

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    Continuing on that theme, which Sentai would you most highly recommend (particularly out of the ones that formed the basis for the first 7 seasons of Power Rangers, since those are the ones on DVD right now)? And are there any Sentai seasons that you would recommend over certain seasons of Power Rangers or vice versa?
     
  17. Christopher

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    I haven't really seen that many. I've seen Jetman (the last pre-Power Rangers season) and Go-Busters, both of which are excellent, and the four seasons available on ShoutFactory's free site. Of those, I thought Zyuranger started out really dumb but got much better as it went on, though the villains were more interesting than most of the heroes. Dairanger was kind of mediocre but had a fairly good cast (aside from the preteen boy who became the White Ranger and who sexually harassed the Pink Ranger) and really good costumes and mecha. Kakuranger, like Zyu, started out very dumb but got better as it went (though it also had some moments of pretty awful sexism); it's notable for being very, very steeped in Japanese culture and folklore, as a response to the previous two seasons which had been based in Western and Chinese mythology/culture, respectively. Ohranger was fairly good but inconsistent; it started out trying to be very serious but then lightened up in response to some real-world tragedies, and it got kind of overloaded with arbitrary and poorly conceived new mecha as a desperate attempt to compensate for sagging ratings with new toy sales. Of those four, I'd say Zyuranger was the most satisfying overall, though it takes a while to get there.
     
  18. The Borgified Corpse

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    "New toy sales" is right. I remember when Power Rangers Zeo was on the air, my friend had all the toys, including Wonder Wheel and Auric the Conqueror. I never remembered seeing either of them on the show. (But then, I missed a lot of important stuff, including all the stuff explaining who Prince Gasket was. My friend explained it to me but I never saw it for myself.)
     
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    Auric was built up big in his first appearance but I think he only made three appearances and then just disappeared without a trace. The Wonder (actually "Warrior") Wheel wasn't great, but the Defender Wheel was beyond stupid. The DW was literally a giant tire that Tommy would jump into like it was a hamster wheel to roll at enemies. Definitely one of the goofier weapons in a PR/Sentai arsenal.
     
  20. The Borgified Corpse

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    And now that I'm looking back on the history of the series, whatever happened to Ninjor and the Shogun Zords? I mean, I realize that, IRL, they just ran out of Sentai footage of them. But, in-universe, there's no reason why they wouldn't have called on them for help at some point during the events of Zeo or afterwards. I suppose you could also ask what happened to the Ninja Zords but I'm guessing that they somehow just lost their ability to call them when their power coins were destroyed. But Ninjor was still around, so he could still help (unless he was just sick of getting captured all the time). And the Shogun Zords had already been hidden for centuries and wouldn't have been tied to any particular Ranger powers since Lord Zedd tried to use them himself.