Super Sentai Anniversarys: A closer look at the team make ups.

Since this year is considered the 35th anniversary of Super Sentai, we tend to look back at all the past seasons of the series. And while I was doing that, I noticed an unusual, and somewhat unnoticed, trend with Sentai Anniversary Series. Until now with Go-Kaiger, almost every Anniversary Sentai has included a member that wore black. Just take a look back at the last major anniversary.


 The last anniversary series was GoGo Sentai Boukenger, whose team included BoukenBlack as a member of the core team. Now I know that a single instance isn’t enough to build a whole case, so let’s go back another five years.


The 25th Anniversary series, Hyakujyuu Sentai Gaoranger, also featured a black senshi, GaoBlack, and was the first to have a Vs. Super Sentai special (Well, the first to have that as an official title). Now, mathematically speaking, if the usual pattern for teams by season was to alternate between green and black, then either this series should have included a green senshi, or Boukenger should have had a green senshi with Go-Kaiger having a black senshi. But since they have played around with how they make the teams, you know, with three member core teams and repeating color schemes, this has thrown this pattern off. But these aren’t the only two examples.

Ninja Sentai Kakuranger was considered the 15th Anniversary before they readjusted for the gap year between JAKQ and Battle Fever J, and of course includes NinjaBlack, who was also the first actual American to play in a Super Sentai series. Before then, the only Americans in the series were just characters, not actual actors. It also had the Super Sentai World special that premiered a week before the start of the series. But the main thing here is that this series also had a black senshi. But this isn’t the last example.

Kousoku Sentai Turboranger is the 10th Anniversary series, and included BlackTurbo. This series had a special called Super Sentai Tamashii that also premiered a week before the actual series, and included all the previous sentais. Now this was considered the first official anniversary series. While they have celebrated the series anniversary every five years since this series, they did not include what is the fifth anniversary, Sun Vulcan. However, since including that series would go against my premise, I won’t cover them.

I will, however, go over the one exemption to my premise, the one other Anniversary Series that includes a green senshi.


This, of course, is Gekisou Sentai Carranger (or should I say CAAAARRRR-RREEENJAA!), which is considered the 20th Anniversary series, after the adjustment for the gap year, and features GreenRacer, which makes it the first official Anniversary series to have a green senshi, beating Go-Kaiger by 15 years (holy crap, has it been that long?!).

But what we still have to wonder is, why is their such an affinity for black senshi in these Anniversary Series? Is it simply a coincidence, or do they purposely choose that team setup again and again. Well, it’s probably a mix between coincidence and aesthetics. After all, why do any of the teams have the color scheme that they do have? When the creators of the series start to work on a new series, they probably already have certain themes in mind, and they probably go through a few uniform designs before they decide what looks and works best for that series. There isn’t any written rule that they necessarily have to use alternate color schemes from season to season, otherwise there wouldn’t be teams with both on them, or teams with neither of them. The only thing that we can really be sure is that, at least as far as Anniversary seasons are concerned, their will be five of them, as a way to pay homage to the original Goranger.

-M.C., the Quantum twin


More polls: I want to know about you.

Well hey there! Here are some polls I would like you to look at. Maybe you could respond to them too. Whatever, your choice.

If you have any other questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment.

I just had to share this.

Just take a look at these picks:

Something to satify both Power Rangers and Super Sentai fans.

And, this is unrelated but I liked this one too.


And these.





And this one, just because.


Maybe this one, too.

That is all. 

Go-Kaiger: What’s going on here?

So far, the season’s barely started and so much has already just exploded out of the series. So far, we’ve already learned a lot about where the story has been and where the story is going. Now, you’re probably wondering “How can you possibly know where the story is going to go beyond the next episode?”. Well, first off, stop interrupting me with all these silly questions and just listen; second, at this point, unless you just started watching the series, we all know the Super Sentai series story formula by this point. Everything you need to know generally about the series is usually revealed within the first 3-7 episodes. Within that, we can establish a general pattern for the overall story. Sure, they through in a few twists throughout the series to keep it interesting, but their not going to deviate too far from the formula. So let’s see what we can gather from what we know so far.

Let’s start with the first episode. From that we can gather three things: 1) In the very beginning, all the past sentai lost their powers defending the Earth in the Legendary War, so they probably won’t play an active role in future episodes, at least not until the last few episodes, or one of the movies. 2) From both the intro, and their own revealed background, they opposed Zangyack in the past, and that Zangyack destroyed and colonized their home world, so that means at some point they’re going to willingly and openly fight Zangyack at some point. And 3) They don’t see themselves as heroes, their identity as pirates are first and foremost to them, so they aren’t going to be embracing the idea that they are heroes for a while (even though their name actually means Heroic Rangers). Also, they apparently don’t have their own personal weapons, something that’s been part of the series since Goranger.

Now let’s take a look at the second episode (and some screenshots). First, I actually want to talk about Navi, the robotic parrot that plays two roles. It seems that Navi is both the navigator (duh) and the Go-Kaigers’ personal fortune teller. In the beginning of the episode, he predicted that they would need to find a man wearing black. While they didn’t find him then, he did show up at the end of the episode, but I’ll get to that later. So it seems that they are going to turn to Navi from time to time to get predictions of the future. Now if he could also grow and become a robo/mech then he’d have it made.

But enough about the bird, let’s talk about the part that EVERYONE is talking about. The flashback scene with AkaRed. For those of you who haven’t seen it, basically, the kid from the previews took the ShinkenRed RangerKey from Captain Marvelous, Marvelous went after him, found him, the kid said that he took it because he didn’t want anyone else to be killed like his grandfather was during the Legendary War protecting him, and that caused Marvelous to have a flashback to when he was (I guess) on his world running from Zangyack forces. While he’s trying to fight off the Gomin and get away from them, one of the Surgomin (the ones with the big arms and the blue heads) was about to finish him off when AkaRed jumped in and protected him.


And then he tells Marvelous that their journey together is ending, and that Marvelous needs to continue in his place and find the greatest treasure in the universe, giving him the chest with the Ranger Keys in it. (If you look closely, you can see that the logo on his chest has been changed to the 35th anniversary logo, and I think they also redesigned his belt buckle too)

Afterwards he runs towards the Gomins and fought them in a giant fiery explosion. But there’s something amiss here. First off, take a look at this photo.

Now, just because he’s using a Go-Kaiger weapon may not necessarily mean anything. But he also had the chest and Navi, and in the last shot in this scene, Marvelous is calling out to him in that cheesy dramatic “oh no, he’s just run straight to his doom” sort of way, but you don’t actually hear him, and it almost looks like he’s mouthing the word “Captain”. This makes me wonder if this is AkaRed at all, and not some former captain of the Go-Kaiger crew. I mean, how likely would it be that there could be an AkaRed RangerKey? And if you pay attention to the way Marvelous looks and acts in this scene, he’s not very captian-like. So that begs the question, where did they get the RangerKeys in the first place? Is that AkaRed who brought gave Marvelous the Go-Kaiger powers, or is it someone else who just happened to have the RangerKeys? And if this is someone else, how did he get the RangerKeys, and did he know about Earth and Super Sentai? I guess we’ll have to keep watching and see. While it would be cool, and sem-believable if it was AkaRed, it would also suck, because that means they just killed him off. So, I’m personally going to hope that it’s someone else, so that AkaRed could still be alive on Earth.

So, we’ve seen what we learned about AkaRed in relation to this series, let’s talk about the fact that anyone can use the Mobirates and RangerKeys to become any past senshi. ANYONE CAN USE THE MOBIRATES AND RANGERKEYS TO BECOME ANY PAST SENSHI. How awesome is that?! I mean you pull out the key for the senshi you want to henshin into, flip open the mobirate, insert the key, twist, and just like that, you’re that senshi. Take the scene where Zangyack attacks. Marvelous gives his mobirate to the kid that took the RangerKey, and let him change into ShinkenRed and fight Zangyack.

(The description below says Shinkenger) And surprisingly, the kid manages to hold his own for a minute, at least against the Gomin. He was fine until he took a swing at Bon Gun (a.k.a. monster-of-the-week), when this happened.

He was also thrown into the building in the background, but he was ok. He also learned a lesson about how serious and dangerous fighting evil was, but who cares about that. The Go-Kaiger learned from this kid how precious the Earth was, but that was going to happen anyway. The real moral of the story is that anyone could use the Go-Kaiger’s powers, a major change from past series where only certain people could be Sentai senshi and use those powers. So this could be something that happens again, though I doubt it will happen twice the same way.

Because of this openness, because of this level of flexibility, that’s what allows them to continually change into other senshi and not be restricted by color or gender. Take these  shots from their fight scene.

Okay, so that’s the same color scheme, but look at these other shots.

(I added the third pic so that you could see which senshi turned into which) After fighting as Dekaranger, they change into Hurricanger and right there and then, we see the first real instance of gender/color swapping revealed before now. Then they finish off Bon Gun by changing into various red senshi from different, nonsequential series. I wish I had pics from the finisher they used on him, it was really cool. They trapped him in a fire vortex using GoseiRed’s and MagiRed’s power, then Go-KaiBlue and Go-KaiPink pounded him as GaoRed and GekiRed respectively, and then Go-KaiRed dealt him a final slash as ShinkenRed, and then he blew up.

So, what we can get from this and the previous episode is that they will go through three different transformations in each episode, not including their initial transformation into Go-Kaiger. And of course, now they’ve brought out Go-KaiOh, so now that’s been brought in, and the formula is being adhered to.

And something tells me that they will be sailing off into the sunset at the end of almost all the episodes.

But, there seems, Go-Kaiger will have another special aspect to the series, because this man popped up at the end of the episode.

For those of you who may or may not know, this is Hashimoto Atsushi, he played Ozu Kai a.k.a. MagiRed in Magiranger and will appear in the next episode. For some reason he’s wearing a black robe with the Magiranger emblem on the chest (he also did something very odd with his hair). Not sure what exactly his role will be, but I’m assuming from the preview that he will give them MagiDragon, as there is a scene with Go-KaiOh and it suddenly has wings and a dragon head on its chest. Here are some pics from it (sorry, no Go-KaiOh).


(In the smaller pics, Go-KaiBlue is Big One and AbareBlack, Go-KaiYellow is GaoWhite and NinjaBlack, and Go-KaiPink is White Swan and Go-onBlack) Those are the three transformations, sorry I don’t have any of Go-KaiOh combined with MagiDragon. I can say that the pattern for this show has been established. I can also say though, that this is going to be a very unpredictable series. You never know what a pirate is going to pull out of his bootie! Long live bad pirate puns!

-M.C., the quantum twin

UPDATE: (3/1/11) Well, new episode, new information. For anyone that saw the third episode, we saw that during the episode, Kai/MagiRed had tested Marvelous and Doc, well Doc more than Marvelous, and that allowed them to fully access the Magiranger powers, including of course MagiDragon. It turns out that a.) Kai had lost, not only his sentai powers, but his ability to use magic, and b.) that when a previous character comes on, they will test Go-Kaiger in some manner, so that they learn about the real source of their particular powers, such as courage for Magiranger, and that when they pass that test, they will have full access to those powers, and may get a mecha/zord that they then can use with Go-KaiOh. In fact, their are going to be a number of appearences of past sentai senshi within the next few episodes. This includes encounters with DekaRed and GekiRed. For now, here are some picks from the most recent episode.


And here are some from episode 4. Looks like it will be a Joe/Go-KaiBlue focused episode.



New posts coming soon.

Kamen Rider OOO Gallery: See, I told you I would do it.

Well, here it is. The rumored, mysterious OOO über-gallery that I’ve been talking about for some time. Enjoy:


The above images include the SaGoZo, TaJaDoru, ShaUTa, and PuToTyrra combos. There is also the Panda core (no word on whether it will be used in the show or not). And there’s a rumor going around that Go-Kaiger will henshin into OOO’s various forms based on color: TaJaDoru for Go-KaiRed, ShaUTa for Go-KaiBlue, GataKiriBa for Go-KaiGreen, RaToraTa for Go-KaiYellow, and SaGoZo for Go-KaiPink. And if Go-KaiSilver has arrived, he may be PuToTyrra. And now some pics of Kamen Rider Birth:


Well, not a whole lot of news regarding Birth at this point, but there are some pics out from the OOO, DEN-O, All Rider: Let’s Go Kamen Rider. Take a look at them: 


This is a roadshow movie special, which means that instead of playing in every theater, the movie will be played at different theaters at different points. As you can see, it does have all the past and present riders in it, and it seems that DaiShocker or some other group has resurged, which includes many of the main villains from past seasons. It even has its own special combo for OOO, the Tamashi combo (Taka! Imajin! Shocker!). Well that’s it for now, if you’ll excuse me, Ankh is shaking me down for Medals (For the last time, I don’t have any!). SEEYA!

-M.C., the quantum twin

UPDATE: (3/9/11) Here are some new picks:







That’s it for now.

My policy on episode reviews: You may not like what you’re about to read.

So you’ve probably been going to my website over the past week or so, looking for episode reviews of the new episodes of PRS, Go-Kaiger, and OOO. Well, I hate to tell you this, but I don’t really plan on making episode reviews every week. Sorry, I just don’t really have the time or attention span to post reviews every week. Now mind you, I may talk about stuff that pops up in episodes, and if there are any sort of specials or movies that I see I’ll make reviews for that, but that may be it. Of course, if a series begins or ends, or there is just an episode that I really really like, I’ll review it. While we’re on the subject, I wouldn’t expect toy reviews either, mostly because I’m broke and cheap (that’s why this is still a URL address). Toy news, yes; toy reviews, no. And of course, I will cover any general toku news. And try to include more stuff in my posts, like pics and links and maybe the occasional vid or soundbite, or any kind of general media stuff. And I’m not sure just how many people like them, but I’ll try to do more polls, since everyone seems to respond more to them than they do my regular posts.

My next couple of posts will be discussing stuff that’s happened in the first two (maybe three) episodes of Go-Kaiger, I’ll talk about how way too similar and way too different Power Rangers Samurai is from Shinkenger, and I will do that Kamen Rider OOO über-gallery that I promised, and maybe HenshinHead will post more stuff too, now that there won’t be a lot of toku news for a while. Ja na.

-M.C., the quantum twin


We’ve done it internet peoples! We’ve reached 1000 hits. So next weekend, we’re all going to Disney World dresses like Power Rangers! If anyone would like to help me coordinate this little celebratory get-together at either Disney World or other Disney Parks (Disney Land, Euro Disney, Disneyland China, etc.) feel free to contact me, because if you don’t then the whole thing is off. Keep coming back for all the posts on all your favorite things. And once again, thank you very much, muchas grácias, arrigato gozaimasu, and (insert fourth language here).

UPDATE: (2/28/11) With everyone that’s visited today, I’ve officially had 1029 hits since the start of February. Thanks bunches!

New Poll: Pirates vs. Samurai

Hey, I’ve decided to start doing polls now, and NOT as a way to blatantly lure people back to my site (what, who said that?) so here it is:

Reveal results soon.

Kaizoku Sentai First Episode Review: Can’t….stop….drooling………..

HenshinHead here to give you M.C.’s review of the premiere episode of Go-Kaiger, because he’s just in a stupor right now, and keeps drooling on the keyboard (gross). Anyway, let’s talk about Go-Kaiger. It was AWESOME!!! From beginning to end, I just couldn’t pull my eyes away from the screen. It started out with the an invasion by the Galactic Empire Zangyaku, the main enemies in this series, with a fleet of their warships attacking the Earth and their ground troops invading, probably the biggest such invasion in sentai history. So, in order to deal with the biggest invasion in Sentai history, you need to gather as many Sentai senshi in one place as you can, right? And there they were, every major sentai team in one place, from Goranger to Goseiger, including sixth rangers. Massive fight scene, people punching and shooting and slashing in every direction, Jetman flew in and bombarded the enemies, Kakuranger and Hurricanger teamed up and knocked out a few, there was a lot of that sort of teaming up based on theme. Once they had eliminated ground support, the warships attacked from above. Akaranger managed to organize everyone and together they built up their collective energies and shot it towards the fleet as a massive ball of energy, wiping out the ships. And that energy was enough to catch the attention of a red, pirate-themed spaceship heading in the direction of Earth. Inside the ship, the parrot robot they have, called Navi, starts going on about some big energy signature coming from the nearby planet (they’re in space, did I forget to mention that?), which they bring up an image of Earth on their monitor. There’s a bit of dialogue that I didn’t understand (it was a raw video), and as they decide to head towards Earth, a fleet ok Zangyaku ships pops up, which they decide to fight, leading into the intro. The intro, by the way, is just superb, it’s filled with scenes of them flying around on Go-KaiGalleon, there’s a part with a huge number of past senshi, and then where their floating around with RangerKeys everywhere, just fantastic. I also like the theme music, sorry that link doesn’t work anymore. After the intro, the focus turns to the inside of the lead ship of the fleet, with a minion holding up the wanted posters for the Go-Kaigers. Then back to Go-KaiGalleon, where they’ve already henshined and are steering the ship into battle. They run through the fleet, knocking out ships with their cannons, tearing one ship in half with the bladed end of the mast. Then, they do one of the greatest things I have ever seen. After quickly changing the ship into Go-KaiOh, the robo runs across the surface of the moon, lunges at the fleet, and flies through hacking the enemy ships to bits, with a lot of flying and swinging around and shooting at people with the cannons in the legs, finishing with a flying kick towards the remaining ships, followed by the finishing pose. Next scene their flying over a city in their ship, weighing anchor in the middle of the street, and announcing themselves to a crowd of very confused people. During this, the scene shifted to the Zangyaku’s main generals and leader, who are talking about taking over the Earth, when they learn that Go-Kaiger might be on Earth. I guess Go-Kaiger was asking for money, because they ended up selling one of Milfy’s (Go-KaiYellow’s) rings, for a very nice sum of money. That’s when they decide to grab some lunch at the Snack Safari (a restaurant from Sun Vulcan). Just as they are about to eat, a giant explosion (which they do some weird slow motion thing for) rips through the restaurant, to which they just don’t really react. They go outside and see its Zangyaku invading, and decide to head back to the ship. The next scene shows an all-out onslaught by Zangyaku on the city below, with the monster of the week leading an infantry of this season’s cannon fodder through the streets attacking people. In all the chaos, a small group of school children with two of their teachers or parents trying to get away from the explosions, only to be cornered by the monster. The Go-Kaigers run through past them, with only Aimu (Go-KaiPink) stopping to say, hey they need help. They stop and watch the monster torment the trapped people wondering whether or not to get involved. Of course, they decide to help, and shoot at the monster before he can do anything to the trapped people. They call out the monster, the monster calls them a bunch of pirates, and then the henshin sequence. This was rather interesting. After yelling out “Go-Kai Change” and using their RangerKeys to unlock the mobirates, the background changes into some sort of outer space scene, where three X’s (and a temporary V) shoot out of the mobirate and falls back on the rangers, dressing them one layer at a time (first black shirt with their Jolly Roger logo, then the jackets and pants, and finally the helmet), and instead of going back to the scene of the fight, they perform their role call with that same background, and the role call itself was very simple and straightforward, giving only their Go-Kaiger title (Go-KaiRed, etc.) and ending with “Kaizoku Sentai Go-Kaiger“, in other words, no special descriptions of either themselves or their team as a whole, I guess a callback to the Showa era Super Sentai. Anyway, the fighting starts, they take out the foot soldiers that are there, and then more foot soldiers pop up. In order to deal with them, they pull out a different set of RangerKeys and henshin into Goranger, using the Hurricane Ball to deal with that group. Then even more soldiers arrive, and they henshin into Shinkenger, following that up with Magiranger to take out the rest. All that’s left now is to defeat the monster-of-the-week, changing back into themselves to finish the job. Using their personal RangerKeys, they supercharge their Go-KaiSabres and finish the monster with “Tidal Wave” (they did a special version of that whole “they can project sword slashes” thing). After the fight is over, they realize that they’ve lost the ship, and that they are stuck there for the time being. The people who they rescued came to thank them, but they said they didn’t want it, and they only fought because their lunch had been interrupted. And that’s how the episode ended. As for the end credits, it was a mix between the opening sequence (a lot of the same stuff in it) and what you would normally see as part of an anniversary special, with direct references to past sentais in the song. And like the ending of any Super Sentai, it gave a special preview of the next episode, but I’d rather not spoil anything.

First impressions: well, since it’s still HenshinHead reporting on this because M.C. still hasn’t quite recovered from that level of awesomeness exposure, that should tell you something. Um, I may need some help getting him out of this. Anyway, most of that episode review was written by him, so I don’t know entirely what he wrote. If I had written it, translating what they said wouldn’t have been a problem, since my helmet has a built-in audio translator. I would translate the dialogue for him, but I know he’s just going to look for a subbed video over the next couple of days anyway, so why bother? The beginning was a lot like the beginning of Kamen Rider Decade, with all the past senshi fighting together against Zangyaku, but they definitely did a much better job with it. It’s an interesting spin on the series, to have the main cast be pirates from space, so they have no real obligation to fight for the people on Earth, but we all know they eventually will. Go-KaiOh looked good and added a new spin to the Sentai mecha tradition, having the other mehca essentially contained inside of Go-KaiOh in Go-KaiGalleon mode, much like stacking dolls. And this episode also contained a lot more CGI than what the series is use to. Some people have complained and said that it’s too much, but I say “Who are you? It’s Super Sentai, and they deserve to have as much CGI as they want. Besides, that’s just how special effects are done nowadays, so get over it, it looks great”. And unlike in the Goseiger V. Shinkeger movie, the henshin sequence for changing into different rangers incorporated parts of that senshi’s henshin sequence, similar to Decade using the past Rider’s henshin sequence when changing into them. So it’s a bit more personal than just the logo in front of them, but I’m sure it was a nightmare for the special effects people. All in all, I’ve got high hopes for this series, so it better deliver. I don’t want to be had by a bunch of swindling pirates!

-M.C., the Quantum twin with HenshinHead

By the way, look for HenshinHead’s upcoming post!

UPDATE: (2/14/11) (It’s M.C. this time) Just wanted to correct a few things from the review abive, now that I’ve had a chance to see a subbed version of the episode (I seriously need to learn Japanese). Starting with the opening scene, it seem that by collecting their powers together to fend off the Zangyack (and I’ve seen it spelled that way several times now) invasion, they actually lost their ability to essentially be Super Sentai anymore, so there’s a good chance that Go-Kaiger will not run into any past senshi, at least not right away. Turn’s out, by the way, that the only reason that that Go-Kaiger went to Earth is because the greatest treasure in the entire universe is somewhere on Earth. During the scene where they just weighed anchor and are questioning the crowd below, they’re asking the people in the crowd about where the treasure is, and of course no one has ever heard about the treasure so they don’t have a clue. That’s when they decide to eat and sell of Luka’s ring. I wasn’t too far off with the scene with Zangyack, but it turns out that their leader is actually the son of Emperor Zangyack, and even though the Go-Kaigers are wanted outlaws, they considered them a low priority. Big mistake. Anyway, Go-Kaiger got 10 million yen for Luka’s ring, they went to eat at the Sanck Safari, big boom, they see that Zangyack’s lead ship, Gigant Horse, is among the invasion fleet and realizes that they are there to conquer Earth, so they head back to the ship. Then there’s the attack. This season’s foot soldiers/cannon fodder are called Gomins, but I still didn’t catch the name of the monster-of-the-week, my bad. Anyway, skipping ahead to the scene where the Gomins and Shikabanen are tormenting the teacher and the school children, the Go-Kaigers see this, try to talk themselves out of helping, by talking about how the planet won’t be there after tommorow, it will be a Zangyack colony soon, and then they reveal two big, major plot points: 1), they are all from the same planet, and 2) that Zangyack colonized their home world, which is why they opposed them in the past. Captain Marvelous decides he’s seen enough, goes in, big fight scene, I already explained this part, though I should mention that with the teacher and the school children is a women who believes that they are the 35th Super Sentai, not knowing that they are from space. They also comment throughout the fight. And the final attack they used was actually called “Final Wave”. Skip ahead, turns out I was very wrong about them losing the ship, they were just freaked out because now they had officially made themselves enemies of Zangyack. Of cousre, the people thank them, they say there’s no need to, that they are just pirates looking for treasure, and when they ask “then why did you help?”, Marvelous answered that they were upset that they weren’t able to finish their curry (they ordered curry from the restaurant). Next week’s episode involves a man in a black coat, some teenager who questions why the Go-Kaigers aren’t defening Earth (he might also make off with the mobirate and the ShinkenRed RangerKey) and then changing into Dekaranger, Hurricanger, and the five red senshi from the past five series. That’s all for now!

Go-Kaiger First Episode Intro and Outro Up on YouTube

The show just recently premiered over in Japan, while no one has uploaded the episode yet (suprise, suprise), you still might be able to catch the opening and endings. My official Unofficial review: EPIC!