New Proposal to Saban Brands on Adapting Go-Kaiger: Why do all the work?

Dang, that’s a lot of Sentai Senshi. And it’s also one of the biggest hurdles (figuratively AND literally) to adapting Go-Kaiger into a Power Rangers series. So much of the footage features all of these other Sentais that either existed before Power Rangers was finally able to get off the ground or were just never adapted, and so much of the storyline is wrapped up in getting the Grand Powers from all 34 of them that trying to reduce that number to fit the current number of Ranger seasons would be a monolithic task that would end up diverging almost too much from the source material. So that once again begs the question that many have been asking for months; how will Saban end up handling Go-Kaiger? What will they have to do in order to adapt Go-Kaiger into a new Power Rangers series?

At present, there are really only two possible solutions to this conundrum: 1) Either try to do what they can to adapt most of the series they can by trying to incorporate the older Sentai series into the Power Rangers franchise, or 2) Try to redo most of the show from scratch, keeping only the footage they could get away with using while working around the clock to create hours and hours of brand new material that focuses just on the series that have already been or will be adapted. And either way will end up becoming a massive production, as so hinted in the recent memo that was sent by Power Rangers Casting Director Iris Hampton to casting agencies. So what should Saban do?

While I can’t predict what Saban will end up doing, I can offer a suggestion for how they could go the first route, how they could adapt the whole of Super Sentai in one sweep, and the best part about my proposal is that Saban would have a lot less work.

My proposal is: Fan Video Contest!

Yes, a fan video contest, but not just any fan video contest. No, the main goal of this video contest will be to have fans shoot, direct, and create their own “Rangerized” version of the yet-to-be-covered Sentai series past and present. This is how I imagine a contest like this working: Saban would put up stock footage from these previously unrecognized series on a special contest website, where potential contestants could download and try to create a short 10-15 minute “pilot” for whichever series they want, coming up with a name, setting, and plot line for the series based on the footage, just like the way Saban comes up with ideas for a new Power Rangers series. Then the contestants would either upload the video onto the contest website or send it to the SabansPowerRangers YouTube page (for ease of access purposes). And from those submissions, Saban would choose the best videos, one for each series. The winners of this hypothetical contest would get a chance to sit in the director’s chair and help create, and possibly star in, a mini web series (around 10 or so episodes) for the series.

The perks of Saban Brands holding a contest like this: 1) It would give fans a chance to be part of the creative process, 2) That would be less time Saban had to spend coming up with a storyline for each of these new series, 3) Fans already make videos like this and post them to YouTube all the time, so Saban really wouldn’t have to wait too long for submissions to come in, and 4) By using these pilots to make new mini web series for these past Sentai series, it would act as a point of reference for adapting the whole of Go-Kaiger when trying to explain where all of these previously unseen and unheardof Ranger Teams came from. The only real drawbacks from holding a contest like this would be either dealing with a lack of decent submissions, or having to further spread the fact that Power Rangers IS an adapted series (which is common knowledge to anyone that spends five minutes researching the series online, but then again, some people in the US still don’t know that “The Office” is an adaptation of a BBC Comedy, so there you go).

Now no one can predict what Saban will ultimately do (trust me, I’ve tried many, many times with utter failure), but that doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t do something like this. But imaginary contests aside, if they are planning on adapting Go-Kaiger as the next Power Rangers series, then they do have quite the Herculean task ahead of them, and I wish them the best of luck.

My only suggestion to them: don’t be afraid to ask your fans for a little help. 😉

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Saban’s Power Rider Rumor: Switch on to American audiences?

Some new rumors about Saban’s “Power Rider” has popped up on a french toku site, and the gist of it says that Power Rider will be a new attempt at adapting the Kamen Rider franchise, that Saban will try to take the previous adaptations (Masked Rider, Adness’ Kamen Rider Dragon Knight) and bundle them with this new adaptation as being part of it’s time line. That, however, is not what’s been getting the most attention from this rumor. No, it’s the assertion that the series they plan on adapting for this newest attempt is Kamen Rider Fourze!

And I just have to call bullsh*t on this rumor now. First off, it’s from the same people that tried to convince everyone that Gai was going to be killed off by the end of Go-Kaiger (and yes, I still believe that there’s nothing to that rumor). Second, Fourze JUST STARTED! You can’t plan an adaption around a series still in development. Third, the registration for the website PowerRider.org happened over a month before the first confirmed rumors about Fourze even came out. And finally, it just wouldn’t make sense to start with Fourze. Supposedly, they have the material from the Shinkenger/Decade crossover special, so what’s not to assume that they don’t have the entire Decade series? If they are adapting, I have a feeling it would be from Kamen Rider Decade, if for any other reason than that they appear in an episode of Shinkenger. You just can’t jump into a series like Fourze and expect people to rush out and get every toy available for it, you have to gradually build up to the point where that will happen, and in order to do that, you’d have to start with a series that doesn’t have that much merchandise associated with it. Therefore, you have to start with a series like Decade, where the biggest chunk of it’s toy sales come from peripheries not associated directly with the Decade character. And it will give Saban a reason to introduce Ganbaride to the US. And that’s what I think is going to end up happening should they go through with it.

Alright, you’ve seen the rumor, and read my opinion of it. So what do you think will happen? Is this real, or a lot of phoney baloney? And if they do adapt a series, is there any series in particular you’d like to see adapted by Saban?

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Saban Brands registers the name “Power Rider”: Not again! I’m not sure if I can take it this time….

Saban brands has registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office something called “Power Rider”. No confirmation on what it is of could be, but that hasn’t stopped any speculation about it. For those of you who might know, Saban Brands once claimed that they had licenced the footage from the Kamen Rider Decade/Shinkenger crossover special. So, is this another attempt at a Kamen Rider adaptation, of is this something else entirely?

For those of you who may know, Saban first attempted to adapt a Kamen Rider series way back in the mid-90’s, when the popularity of MMPR was very high and still climbing. Their first attempt was simply called “Masked Rider”, and was based off of footage from Kamen Rider Black RX, and some footage from Kamen Rider ZO. The series barely made it through it’s first season, inevitably failing due to the now-deceased “Power Rangers Stigma” (i.e., they tried to hard to copy the Power Rangers style of writing and storytelling, and it was evetually written off by viewers and critics).

Then years later (or two years ago depending on your perspective), Adness adapted Kamen Rider Ryuki under the name “Kamen Rider Dragon Knight”. While the series failed in the US (so much so that the last two episodes didn’t even air, and you had to go online to see them), it was very successful outside the US, especially in Japan.

And as a little something else to add to all of this, KRDK director Steve Wang mentioned at last year’s Power Morphicon that he would be interested in adapting either 555 or Kabuto, so who knows.

I’m not sure I really want to know at this point, every attempt at adapting a Kamen Rider series has failed, for one reason or another, despite Kamen Rider’s overwhelming success in other countries (besides Japan). I just don’t know if I could take another failure. We’ll just have to wait and see where this goes.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Toku Challenge met! And the winner is……………

…….. Ape Sentai MONKEYMAN! That’s right, this guy either had or found all 51 episodes of Bioman that had been dubbed into English by Toei. And if you go to the original post, you’ll find DDL links to all of them. Hopefully they all work. If not, I’m very disappointed MONKEYMAN. Especially now that you’re officially my bestestest friend EVER (one of these days I’m going to trademark the whole EVER™ thing (joke trademarks are funny)). As promised, here is my email address (for MONKEYMAN’s eyes only): (no longer available due to increase in spam). I’d rather not give away anymore personal information here, but if you’d like to contact me, MONKEYMAN, you’re more than welcome to do so. And if not, then that’s cool too. I respect you’re right to privacy. But you gotta admit, it’s not cool to just leave you’re bestestest friend EVER hanging. 😉

Anyway, for those of you who didn’t see the original post, or who wanted to see these dubbed videos themselves, here’s a link: https://henshinhead.wordpress.com/2011/04/09/my-challenge-to-you-bioman-english-dub/ . Just follow it and the download links will be in the comments section. And since I had to put my email address in this post, anyone else who wants to contact me that way could if they wanted. If I see any spam though, I’ll remove the address from the post.

Anyway, for everybody else, expect new posts soon, there just hasn’t been any big news out in the last week that I haven’t already reported on. And I’m working on some of my own stuff right now, so I might just share some of that with you.

And here is a little something for MONKEYMAN as a token of my appreciation:

The barrel says “Saru Sentai Monkiman” which means Ape Sentai MONKEYMAN. Just a little sign of appreciation. You are welcome to use this for stuff if you like.

UPDATE: (5/2/11) Brent from Rangerboard recently posted a link to a thread in the comments section of the original post, related to a report from a 1986 L.A. Times article in which Saban got a green light to start filming on a new series called “Bio-Man”(!). Oh, what could have been. Check it out here: http://www.rangerboard.com/showthread.php?t=146631 And I just want to add that I haven’t heard from MONKEYMAN, which isn’t cool. If you didn’t get my email (which apparently a bunch of other people of ill-repute have now) you could always drop a comment here somewhere, just saying. I made that picture for you, and all I get are a bunch of links. I’ll be waiting.

Oh, and here’s the link to the original news article: http://articles.latimes.com/1986-08-12/business/fi-18776_1_haim-saban go check it out. It also mentions other shows Saban produced at the time, including cult anime classic Macron I (originally GoShogun).