Friday, June 11, 2010

My Top 6 Sentai Red Warriors

Here's my top 6 Sentai Red Warriors...

6. Banban Akaza/Deka Red (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger)

Usually I like it better if the Red ranger is not very hyper, but I'd say that Ban is this kind of character done in a good way. He's hyper, but not in a really irritating way (when you compare with Gekiranger's Jan Kandou. OK, he's supposed to be a jungle boy, and while he's a pretty okay character, I find his childish hyperactivity a little annoying). He really lives up the 'Fireball' part for the team, being the one more likely to break the norms to ensure that justice prevails. While he has his share of bad luck and desire to be number 1, once he learnt the meaning of teamwork (after the boot camp), he becomes even more admirable... while not losing his hyperactivity or exaggerating it. So, yeah, Ban gets to be my #6 for those reasons.

5. Geki/Tyranno Ranger (Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger)

Yes, I still get vibes of seeing Jason of MMPR when I see Geki, even though they're different person. Still, overall, he's a great character on his own, even when Burai practically overshadows him in popularity. Geki is what happens if you give some conflict to your 'standard leader' type, and it works out well. He does make mistakes sometimes, but he'll eventually admit his mistake. His rivalry with Burai was fierce at first, but his feelings as a loving little brother eventually prevails, bringing forth one of the more heartwarming moments of the series, and he's the one who's most crushed when Burai died, but Geki still managed to push on and eventually led the team to victory, this speaks a lot for his character. His nostalgic factor to me may be less than Akama's (because that nostalgia came from his suit, which was used by Jason in MMPR), but still, with his other characteristic and story, Geki gets to be #5.

4. Riki Honoo/Red Turbo (Kousoku Sentai Turboranger)

Ah yeah, this is our first entry of actually hotblooded and rash red ranger (but not in a complete idiot manner, though). Overall, Riki's only problem is his grades in school, in actual battles, he can be pretty insightful in battles at times, thus he's smarter than how everyone looked at him. He's not really the likely leader (you'd thought it's the smart guy Daichi or 'Miss Perfect' Haruna who gets to be the leader), but deep down, he does show leadership and concern well. Most of all, he surprises us with his killing of Lagorn (even though just temporary)... ALONE. It does show that he's one of the more powerful red rangers. Hot blooded, rash, full of energy, yet still leads his team well; Riki is on the #4 place.

3. Takeru/Red Mask (Hikari Sentai Maskman)

Takeru might be, to some people, the trend-setter in Sentai where the Red warrior gets a lot of exclusive focus. But, overall, I think he's a pretty fun character. He's rash, but leads the team well enough. What makes him awesome is that he combines the 'serious' archetype with humors, thus you're more likely to see him getting the butt-end of jokes and teasings despite being the leader, as the time-travel episode shows (man, I still laughed at that). Still, the humors caused by him are less 'too pushed on' and more quite natural, so it all works out in the end. It's true that his plot with Mio/Iyal means that he's getting a lot of exclusive plots, but he plays his parts well, and his other 'side dishes' of humors makes Maskman still a great show to watch, thus Takeru gets the #3 spot.

2. Ryuu Tendou/Red Hawk (Choujin Sentai Jetman)

Oh God. Ryuu pretty much is one of the more conflicted Red warriors ever, along with one of the best one there is. At first, he's sometimes too stuck-up on the laws, which might get on some people's nerves (Even sometimes, I feel like siding with Gai to punch his face for his treatment to Kaori), but trust me, he REALLY gets better. His leadership do show off prominently when he tricked the team of defecting to the Vyram. His drama and suffering through his anguish of losing Rie gives a good shape of his character (and a lot more reasons for us to desire Radiguet's head on a platter), and although he has several times of trying to give up, Ryuu ultimately would never back down to protect those he loves. His conflicts and leadership gave him the #2 spot.

1. Takeru Shiba/Shinken Red (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger)

All right, this is the second Takeru to be put on the list. And yes, as much of the fanboys glamored, Takeru really is a great character. He's a silent, serious character, and sometimes funny situation gets in the way (which makes things even funnier)... and he takes it just as serious as he'd take on the demonic invaders. And I'm not kidding when I say he's just as bad ass as he gets. The arc about his inner struggles being the kagemusha of Kaoru was also a very well done arc that does great justice to Takeru's characters: He's an aloof jerk, but beneath it all, he's a compassionate, caring man... who needs a hug. I'll not talk about the pairings of him, since I talked about it before (and you know which one is my favorite Takeru shipping), but overall, Takeru plays part in re-invigorating my passion for Sentai. Combined with his badass fighting style, as well as personality I'm diggin', he pretty much becomes my #1 Sentai Red Warrior.

And so ends my top 6 Red Warriors list. I hope you had a good time reading. I'll see you later, then!

P.S: Once again, special thanks go to the actors; namely Tori Matsuzaka, Kotaro Tanaka, Ryosuke Kaizu, Kenta Satou, Yuuta Mochizuki and Ryuji Sainei. Awesome job, guys!


  1. I think Riki is also probably the best singer of the Turborangers (since his actor sang several songs from the series, including the opening and ending themes).

    I'd rank Yuusuke Amamiya/Red Falcon high on my list, primarily because he was in Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai (and also because he's a good singer), and because of his character evolution throughout the series.

  2. I do find it coincidental that five out of six in your list are also my faves. :)