Kaizoku Sentai Go-Kaiger Ep.46 Raw (Links): Turning Hearts, and Burning Ninjas!

Is it just me, or have I somehow managed to NOT post any real news in the past few weeks? Oh well, there’s the videos at least (when they stay up). Anyway, let’s move onto Kaizoku Sentai Go-Kaiger Ep.46 raw (well, this link to a Dailymotion video anyway). The conclusion to their Kakuranger tribute two-parter with Ninjaman, we see Ninjaman still observing and trying to train the Go-Kaigers, when this week’s Zangyack Action Commander shows up and starts using Space Juju (not making that up) to turn unsuspecting people’s hearts to anger and violence, including Don and Gai! Can Ahim save them in time? Click the link below to find out!:

Go-Kaiger Ep.46 RAW: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k5wsaDidOsJqvL2GZYO

Now they they have the last unclaimed Grand Power, it’s time to focus on Basco, which they do next week! See you then! (Or hopefully before then…)

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

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Kaizoku Sentai Go-Kaiger Ep.45 SUB: Nanja? Gokai Ninja!

Wow, it took a long time for the subs to come out this week. But they’re finally here, so let’s check them out! First up, we have Go-Kaiger Ep.45 subbed, featuring Kakuranger‘s Ninjaman! Check it out below:

So, it looks like Ninjaman’s going to be hanging out with them for a while, what could go wrong? The real concern, what’s wrong with Don and Gai in the next episode?!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Go-Kaiger Ep.45 RAW: Ninjaman! Kenzan!

Yep, it’s that time again. After two weeks of waiting, we now have new episodes of all our favorite shows! And starting off, we have a new episode of Go-Kaiger, featuring Kazuo Yao reprising his role as Ninjaman(!). And it looks like a two-parter, as the Go-Kaigers try to earn the Kakuranger‘s Grand Power. And because this is a Kakuranger tribute, expect things to get just plain weird. Check it out below:

Yep, two-parter. And it looks like it will be resolved when they figure out what’s wrong with Don and Gai!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Ninjaman Returns?!: What does the jar reveal?

Of the many Sentai heroes and warriors that fought in the Legend War, one that was noticably missing for long-time Sentai fans was a certain blue ninja of Kakuranger fame by the name of Ninjaman. For the MMPR generation, you know him as Ninjor, the one that gave the Rangers (and the Alien Rangers before them) their Ninja Powers in the TV series (sorry, the movie explaination doesn’t count). Part of the reason fans have complained about him not being included in the Legend War was because there were other Extra Senshi similar to Ninjaman who were there and in on the action. So what happened to Ninjaman? Well, we thought we had the answer before, when these translations from the 199 Heroes movie pamhplet came out:

  • There was actually a great battle with many of the Sentai giant robots against the Zangyack’s fleet.
  • The robots were destroyed/defeated and that’s where the movie picks up from at the start.
  • Ninjaman and Datas probably fought in the giant battle but ended up becoming inoperable/unable to fight. Note it is possible that Ninjaman was sealed back in the jar following the events of the legend war.
  • Ohranger’s Gunmajin may have fought, but since he is so fickle, maybe not (laughs).
  • Zuban survived that battle and that’s why he was still fighting in the war in what we see in the movie.
  • In the movie, we’re only told Gokaiger takes place “a few years later” but it’s approximately 3 years. The only hint of that in the movie is Nozomu’s school uniform indicating he is in Grade 8 now.

But now it looks like that might not have been the whole story, at least not according to this screen shot from the latest episode of Go-Kaiger:

So what is this ominous, shadowed jar suppose to be? Well, almost everyone has speculated that this is the jar that Ninjaman was sealed in a millenium before the events of Kakuranger, and that most likely Ninjaman is still contained inside. or those that need further proof of this, take a look at this comparison to the scene below from Kakuranger:

So then, did Domon send them out to protect the Megakure shrine knowing that the jar was there? And if that really is Ninjaman’s jar, does that mean that Ninjaman is the key to gaining Kakuranger‘s Grand Power?

And if so, then what about the persistent rumors that the original Ninjaman suit is lost? Supposedly, there was only one suit made, and when Toei lended it to Saban for MMPR season 3, Saban lost the suit. Not sure if I believe that rumor, mostly because they would have had to make several suits for stunts and back-ups anyway. But they’ve been floating around for a while, so there.

Also worth noting for those of you unfamiliar with Kakuranger mythos, the reason Ninjaman was sealed away in the jar was because he was fooled by Daimaou into attacking humans, and was sealed away as punishment.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Upcoming Go-Kaiger Guest Star List: Showa Era Heroes Unite!

And I thought September was going to be a busy month. 😛 Anyway, a list of possible guests and guest appearances have popped up, and if confirmed to be true, than it looks like every episode after these next couple are going to be tribute episodes. Here’s the list so far:

  • Episode 33 = Go-onger: Yasuhisa Furuhara (Sosuke Esumi / Go-On Red)
  • Episode 35 = Dairanger: Keiichi Wada (Ryo / RyuuRanger)
  • Episode 36 = Kakuranger: Teruaki Ogawa (Sasuke / NinjaRed)
  • Episode 37 = Megaranger: Hayato (Kunihiko) Oshiba (Kenta Date / MegaRed) and Masaya Matsukaze (Shun Namiki / MegaBlue)
  • Episode 38 = Fiveman: Toshiya Fuji (Gaku Hoshikawa / FiveRed)
  • Episode 39 = Bioman: Ryosuke Sakamoto (Shiro Go / Red One)
  • Episode 40 = JAKQ: Hiroshi Miyauchi (Sokichi Banba / Big One)
  • Episode 42 = Sun Vulcan: Ryusuke Oowashi (Ryūsuke Kawasaki / VulEagle I) and Takayuki Godai (Takayuki Hiba / VulEagle II)
  • Episode 43 = Battle Fever J: Kenji Ohba (Shiro Akebono / Battle Kenya)

Wow, that’s basically straight tribute episodes up to the final week of December. Let’s see if this turns out to be true.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

More stuff Saban hid in the closet: Zord designs for unfilmed Zyu3 project!

Hey everybody, I was just poking around looking for actual news to put on the blog (this has been a very slow week for toku news, but for anyone in regular news, they can hardly keep up) when I stumbled across this pic from the Henshin Justice Unlimited forums:

These were zord designs for MMPR’s later seasons designed by the actual Toei sentai mecha designers. The stroy behind this is that it was either designed for the Zyu2 footage, but they settled on the Dairanger footage instead, or, and for some reason I find this more likely, it was designed for their third season, the never-filmed Zyu3, as a way to replace the Dairanger mecha/Thunderzords with zords that better reflected their powers and costumes. If you look at these designs, you can see the overwhelming similarities and drastic differences between these and the original Zyuranger mecha/Dinozords. The design is much more stream-lined, much smoother and cleaner looking, and yet they stil retain the same look and feel of the original, and it looks like they combine the same way too. And it seems to have features that other mecha would use later, like the built-in bow or the drill fist. It may be possible that they went back to these designs when they started work on Abaranger, because there are just too many similarities here for them not to have used these. And as proof that they made this for Saban and Power Rangers (other than the big bold letters on top that say “POWER RANGERS”) is that they incorporated the lightning bolt logo into the design, and they included an updated version of the Tigerzord. Not only does it form it’s own separate robo like the original Tigerzord, it can also combine with the Dinozords, and the Type A formation uses the face from Dragon Megazord. In fact, this version of the Tigerzord borrows a lot from the Dragon Zord. And, at least for the Type B version, the Tigerzord could act as a cannon weapon for the main Megazord.

You know the more I look over this, the more I can’t help but notice things that would go into later mecha designs. Other than Abaranger, I can see design elemants for Hurricanger, Gaoranger, Gingaman, I think that some of it might have even made it over into Kakuranger. These designs, these concepts are just way ahead of their time compared to other mecha designs from around that time. Don’t get me wrong, if they had made, it probably wouldn’t have looked a thing like this, but it still looks like a mecha you would have seen this decade.

Picture comes from the Super Sentai Robot Artbook.

-M.C., the Quantum twin

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