Monday, June 28, 2010

Super Sentai Humorous Moment 1: Maskman

This is one of the more humorous moments provided by the Super Sentai franchise, here from Maskman. I still cringe when I see or remember this scene.



Basically, this episode begins with Takeru showing off his mad karate skills, and starts bragging that he's one hell of a model student when he's a kid, good at studies, good at sports and martial arts, he's popular at young age. But then, Igam's most recent plot is to travel back in time and cause time paradox by killing Takeru when he's young.

And when the team meets little Takeru... turns out that he's one hell of a bratty kid who's naughty and obnoxious, flipping Haruka and Momoko's skirts and calling them hags and is overall a loudmouthed brat. Takeru of course gets ashamed at this, but eventually he conversed his little self, motivating him to get better. Eventually as the Maskman returned to the proper timeline, little Takeru gets inspired, and probably he starts getting better...

And back in the present, the rest of the Maskman wastes no time to tease on Takeru for telling them lies about his past. Note on the closeups to each Maskman team when they joke on Takeru, and what kind of face Takeru makes in response. Overall, a very funny episode.

Sentai Character Talk 4: Mei

And we're back for yet another session of character talk. Boy do I love this a lot. Anyway, our next character to talk about is Mei AKA Ptera Ranger from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger



Oh My God! Not that look! Please! It's so moe I'm gonna die! SO MOE I'M GONNA DIEEEEE!!!

*ahem*

Okay, enough overacting. But you can't deny that Mei just reeks of cuteness. And that's just on her appearance. Wait until you hear her talk, and she'll let out a real high pitched and cute voice, though if you're unfamiliar with anime, or think that anime girls sounds REALLY annoying due to their unnaturally high pitch, then you might not like Mei. So let's get to the basic of it: Mei is a Princess of the Risha Tribe, and just because she's a Princess, doesn't mean she's haughty and a spoiled brat. In fact, she's gentle, kind, nice and sometimes naive, but most of all... tough-as-nails, since she's capable of fighting on her own. In fact, her other title is 'Warrior of Love'. She's as much as loving and caring as she can fight and kick some evil butt.

Past/History

Mei's past isn't much detailed, except when Bandora struck down the world in response of her son's death by the dinosaur, she is one of the warriors that helped defeating her, sealing Bandora and tossing her to a dumpster/seal. She opts to get herself frozen in time along with 4 other warriors, only to awaken in present time later when Bandora gets released.

The show might've focused a lot on the Yamato tribe (especially for Geki and Burai), but I think that the Risha tribe also gets quite an attention and lore. For instance, it has some sort of Legendary Arrow, which is one weak point for one Dora Monster that other Zyurangers cannot beat (and Bandora has to go all the way to poison Mei just so that arrow cannot be used). Another Risha tribe lore was that Mei has an ancestor named Yui, who ended up sacrificing her life force to destroy one Dora Monster that was supposedly indestructible (and not even Burai and the Dragon Caesar or Gouryuujin can beat!).

Trait

Mei didn't develop much for the most part, since she is from a light-hearted Sentai series (she does develop, if only a little). But, again, big development isn't a must for a lovable character.

Like typical female Sentai characters, Mei is very kind to children. But then again, so are the rest of the Zyurangers, since Bandora especially targets kids. This is proven to be her proof of love, when she took care of lots of kids that fell sick when the Daizyujin and Dragon Caesar were disabled by the Zombie Franke. She also likes flowers, which plays really huge part in the battle against the monster that her ancestor once defeated (the monster turned flowers into man-eating monsters).

Unfortunately for Mei, she's also rather naive, though it's pretty justifiable that she and the rest of the Zyurangers are people awakened in the present time from slumber that dated from millenias ago. But this trait of hers could be disastrous. During the 'Golden Arrow' episode (as mentioned in past), Bandora just sent out Totpat to disguise and offer Mei a poisonous apple under the guise of 'We're only giving this apple to beautiful girls'... and she accepted right off bat without being suspicious! That led her to be poisoned and entered a dream where she's running off from being blasted to bits. She is eventually saved from falling to a sea of fire by a mysterious force, only to hear the screams of her friends requesting help. At that time Mei decided to throw away all her fears, making a leap of faith to save her friends to the sea of fire... and at that time resisted the poison. I think that's the time Mei stopped being so overly naive, it's still a trait, but not egregious.

She also has a fragile heart. When the Zyurangers got framed by fake Zyurangers, the citizens turned against them, despite their good intentions. Poor Mei in fact was the one who directly got hit with a slap from a woman just because she's helping a girl that got picked on by the fake Zyurangers! This was a huge blow to her and just when the Zyurangers found a safe hiding spot, she couldn't take it anymore and broke down crying. It's not until a session of consulting with an old lady that doesn't believe all that in one bit, in a bathtub (Fanservice time too!), that Mei started regaining her confidence (and so did the rest of the Zyurangers) and eventually managed to bring down the imposters and restore the reputation of the Zyurangers.

But perhaps her most well-known trait is about her hairstyle. Mei started out with a normal long-haired girl, but over time, she changed her hairstyle quite often, sometimes with new hair accessories. Sometimes even in a more improbable timing. In fact, when Barza called her out from her slumber, his lines were like "Stop thinking about makeups!". Still, it's considered one of her charms.

Arsenal

Mei is an excellent archer, considering that she is using bow and arrow, which is quickly upgraded later into Ptera Arrow. Alongside that is the Golden Arrow, which she used one time to defeat one Dora Monster. Being a member of the Risha Tribe, it's speculated that her life force is somewhat special, since it was the only thing that could destroy that one Dora Monster that her ancestor had to sacrifice her life to accomplish the task. Except Mei pretty much skips the 'life sacrifice' part and just concentrated her life force in attacks that would destroy the monster. And just like other female Sentai members, Mei is quite the witty one, using intelligence to outmaneuver the enemy, like when all the Zyurangers except her got eaten, she figured out how to get them all out together by herself (and some tip from Dan).

And of course, she has the power of disguise. Mei pretty much takes Miki's trait of spinning and changing clothes in instant and runs with it, as shown in the battle against Lamie, that in one battle, she goes to change from being a clown, to a masked swordsman, to a chinese girl, to a Japanese school girl, to a nun, and then to a bride in span of... seconds. This is considered as one of Mei's finest moments... even if she eventually lost the overall battle and her friends had to bail her out.

Pairing

Zyuranger isn't quite the series to focus on pairing. It's kinda jarring that Mei is the Warrior of Love, but she doesn't have any romantic interests. It's probably a more universal love, loving everyone, not just one person (we know how that would end. See: Magic Knight Rayearth). Still, as far as I'm concerned, Mei is often paired in minor missions with Boi, but I don't think that's one pair for her. Also, she has several moments with Dan, but that's strictly a more 'serious' situations (especially the one where both turned into gangsters). I don't think she interacts a lot with Goushi or Burai (Except when Burai dies, but even she'd feel crushed in the same manner if anyone else dies in her eyes). On the other hand... Geki... while they seem to do things professionally, Mei seems to be paired together with him a lot in conversations. It got me thinking that the combination of Geki's 'professional time' together with Mei and the fact that the Risha Tribe's lore got more attention than Sharma, Etof and Daim Tribes is that maybe the producers were thinking of eventually pairing off Geki and Mei, but Burai proves to be way too popular, and most of the attentions fall squarely to the Yamato Tribe (and Burai). No, I don't hate Burai for this, and it's just my speculation, of course I'd be wrong! But if you ask me what is my fave pair from the series that doesn't really care about pairing, Geki/Mei takes the cake.

And that's about all I'd say about Mei. She is a wonderful Sentai heroine, on top of being a witty and tough-as-nails fighter, she's feminine, kind, and not to mention so cute. It's quite the parallel when you realize that her MMPR counterpart, Kimberly Hart, is considered to be really hot, but I guess that's just how values are different between countries, Americans prefer hotties, Japaneses prefer cuties. But in the end, Mei is a heroine that is so moe, I'm gonna die.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Super Sentai Crowning Moment Of Awesome 3: Fiveman

Again, we're in another Crowning Moment of Awesome, by the girls again. Our subject today is from Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman, episode 34.



What's on this episode: The newest combination of Galactic Warriors this time is a combo of shark and antlion, which drags people into the ground and traps people inside a can, which will slowly become food. It has taken custody of Kazumi, and then Ken and Fumiya. Its bad habit is that it has a thing for girls, due to panty shot. After realizing this, Remi devised a plan to catch this monster... by wearing a skirt and flashing her panties to the monster, causing it to chase after her, until she can trap it by making it bite a giant bait on a construction zone, on a vehicle operated by Gaku.

Reasons of awesome: Most people would consider Remi's drunken boxing to be her most awesome moment. Yes, it's awesome, but I think this one tops it. For you perverted people out there, you get to see Remi making up panty shots, but when she can use this as a plan to get a monster, that's awesome by itself. The music also helps. And there's also the fact that for the whole scene, Remi seems like to be having fun, luring the monster while giggling happily and naughtily. Overall, this is one hell of an awesome moment that Remi can achieve even without using her innate skill for martial arts.

And thus, that's another of the Crowning Moment of Awesome I've covered. Tune in next time for more awesome of Super Sentai.

Super Sentai character ages

This is the list of ages for characters in Super Sentai. I will be missing a lot, so please help with the missing ages.

Goranger
Tsuyoshi Kaijou/Aka Ranger: 24
Akira Shinmei/Ao Ranger: 25
Kenji Asuka/Mido Ranger: 17
Daita Ooiwa/Ki Ranger I: 23
Daigorou Kumano/Ki Ranger II: ??
Peggy Matsuyama/Momo Ranger: 18

JAKQ
Gorou Sakurai/Spade Ace: 24
Ryuu Higashi/Dia Jack: 25
Bunta Daichi/Clover King: 23
Karen Mizuki/Heart Queen: 18
Soukichi Banba/Big One: 24

Battle Fever J
Masao Den/Battle Japan: 26
Kensaku Shiraishi/Battle Cossack I: 24
Makoto Jin/Battle Cossack II: 27
Kyosuke Shida/Battle France: 25
Shirou Akebono/Battle Kenya: 24
Diane Martin/Miss America I: 18
Maria Nagisa/Miss America II: 19

Denziman
Ippei Akaki/Denzi Red: 26
Daigorou Oume/Denzi Blue: 25
Jun Kiyama/Denzi Yellow: 22
Tatsuya Midorikawa/Denzi Green: 24
Akira Momoi/Denzi Pink: 20

Sun Vulcan
Ryuusuke Oowashi/Vul Eagle I: 24
Takayuki Hiba/Vul Eagle II: 23
Kin'ya Samejima/Vul Shark: 25
Asao Hyou/Vul Panther: 22

Goggle V
Ken'ichi Akama/Goggle Red: 22
Kanpei Kuroda/Goggle Black: 26
Saburou Aoyama/Goggle Blue: 20
Futoshi Kijima/Goggle Yellow: 27
Miki Momozono/Goggle Pink: 16

Dynaman
Hokuto Dan/Dyna Red: 22
Ryuu Hoshikawa/Dyna Black: 22
Yousuke Shima/Dyna Blue: 18
Kousaku Nangou/Dyna Yellow: 20
Rei Tachibana/Dyna Pink: 18

Bioman
Shirou Gou/Red One: 24
Shingo Takasugi/Green Two: 23
Ryuuta Nanbara/Blue Three: 19
Mika Koizumi/Yellow Four I: ??
Jun Yabuki/Yellow Four II: 19
Hikaru Katsuragi/Pink Five: 20

Changeman
Hiryuu Tsurugi/Change Dragon: 24
Shou Hayate/Change Griffon: 23
Yuuma Oozora/Change Pegasus: 20
Sayaka Nagisa/Change Mermaid: 20
Mai Tsubasa/Change Phoenix: 20

Flashman
Jin/Red Flash: 23
Dai/Green Flash: 22
Bun/Blue Flash: 20
Sara/Yellow Flash: 20
Lou/Pink Flash: 20

Maskman
Takeru/Red Mask: 24
Kenta/Black Mask: 22
Akira/Blue Mask: 16
Haruka/Yellow Mask: 19
Momoko/Pink Mask: 19

Liveman
Yuusuke Amamiya/Red Falcon: 21
Jou Oohara/Yellow Lion: 20
Megumi Misaki/Blue Dolphin: 19
Tetsuya Yano/Black Bison: 19
Junichi Aikawa/Green Sai: 17

Turboranger
Riki Honoo/Red Turbo: 18
Daichi Yamagata/Black Turbo: 18
Youhei Hama/Blue Turbo: 18
Shunsuke Hino/Yellow Turbo: 18
Haruna Morikawa/Pink Turbo: 18

(purely speculation since all of them attends the same school at the same year, thus may be the same as the Megarangers below)

Fiveman
Gaku Hoshikawa/Five Red: 27
Ken Hoshikawa/Five Blue: 25
Fumiya Hoshikawa/Five Black: 20
Kazumi Hoshikawa/Five Pink: 23
Remi Hoshikawa/Five Yellow: 20

Jetman
Ryuu Tendou/Red Hawk: 26
Gai Yuuki/Black Condor: 25
Raita Ooishi/Yellow Owl: 22
Kaori Rokumeikan/White Swan: 22
Ako Hayasaka/Blue Swallow: 18

Zyuranger
Geki/Tyranno Ranger: 24
Goushi/Mammoth Ranger: 27
Dan/Tricera Ranger: 19
Boi/Tiger Ranger: 15
Mei/Ptera Ranger: 17
Burai/Dragon Ranger: 31

Dairanger
Ryou/Ryuu Ranger: 23
Daigo/Shishi Ranger: 24
Shouji/Tenma Ranger: 20
Kazu/Kirin Ranger: 19
Lin/Houou Ranger: 18
Kou/Kiba Ranger: 9

Kakuranger
Sasuke/Ninja Red: 26
Tsuruhime/Ninja White: 14
Saizou/Ninja Blue: 22
Seikai/Ninja Yellow: 24
Jiraiya/Ninja Black: 20

Ohranger
Gorou Hoshino/Oh Red: 25
Shouhei Yokkaichi/Oh Green: 27
Yuuji Mita/Oh Blue: 21
Juri Nijou/Oh Yellow: 22
Momo Maruo/Oh Pink: 20
Riki/King Ranger: Around 600 millions (exact age not known)

Carranger
Kyosuke Jinnai/Red Racer: 23
Naoki Domon/Blue Racer: 17
Minoru Uesugi/Green Racer: 24
Natsumi Shinohara/Yellow Racer: 19
Youko Yagami/Pink Racer: 19

Megaranger
Kenta Date/Mega Red: 18
Kouichirou Endou/Mega Black: 18
Shun Namiki/Mega Blue: 18
Chisato Jougasaki/Mega Yellow: 18
Miku Imamura/Mega Pink: 18
Yuusaku Hayakawa/Mega Silver: 25

Gingaman
Ryouma/Ginga Red: 22
Hayate/Ginga Green: 22
Gouki/Ginga Blue: 22
Hikaru/Ginga Yellow: 19
Saya/Ginga Pink: 19
Hyuuga/Black Knight: 27

GoGoV
Matoi Tatsumi/Go Red: 24
Nagare Tatsumi/Go Blue: 22
Sho Tatsumi/Go Green: 22
Daimon Tatsumi/Go Yellow: 21
Matsuri Tatsumi/Go Pink: 20

Timeranger
Tatsuya Asami/Time Red: 22
Yuuri/Time Pink: 21
Ayase/Time Blue: 22
Domon/Time Yellow: 22
Sion/Time Green: 17
Naoto Takizawa/Time Fire: 28

Gaoranger
Kakeru Shishi/Gao Red: 24
Gaku Washio/Gao Yellow: 23
Kai Samezu/Gao Blue: 19
Soutarou Ushigome/Gao Black: 22
Sae Taiga/Gao White: 17
Tsukumaro Oogami/Shirogane/Gao Silver: 1062

Hurricaneger
Yosuke Shiina/Hurricane Red: 19
Nanami Nono/Hurricane Blue: 18
Kouta Bitou/Hurricane Yellow: 21-22 (speculative)
Ikkou Kasumi/Kabuto Raiger: 23-24 (speculative)
Isshu Kasumi/Kuwaga Raiger: 20-21 (speculative)

Abaranger
Ryoga Hakua/Aba Red: 22
Yukito Sanjou/Abare Blue: 21
Ranru Itsuki/Abare Yellow: 20
Asuka/Abare Black: 21-23 (speculative)
Mikoto Nakadai/Abare Killer: 24-27 (speculative)

Dekaranger
Banban Akaza/Deka Red: 22
Houji Tomasu/Deka Blue: 21
Sen'ichi Enari/Deka Green: 19
Marika 'Jasmine' Reimon/Deka Yellow: 19
Koume 'Umeko' Koudou/Deka Pink: 21
Tekkan 'Tetsu' Aira/Deka Break: 20
Doggie Kruger/Deka Master: ??

Magiranger
Kai Ozu/Magi Red: 17
Tsubasa Ozu/Magi Yellow: 19
Urara Ozu/Magi Blue: 20
Houka Ozu/Magi Pink: 22
Makito Ozu/Magi Green: 24
Hikaru/Magi Shine: 24-26 (speculative, physical form only)
Miyuki Ozu/Magi Mother: 42-45 (speculative)

Boukenger
Satoru Akashi/Bouken Red: 24
Masumi Inou/Bouken Black: 19
Souta Mogami/Bouken Blue: 22
Natsuki Mamiya/Bouken Yellow: 20 (actually 100000 years old, thanks to Precious Lemurian Egg, 5000 years feels like 1 year to her. 100000/5000 = 20)
Sakura Nishinori/Bouken Pink: 22
Eiji Takaoka/Bouken Silver: 23

Gekiranger
Jan Kandou/Geki Red: 18-19 (speculative)
Ran Uzaki/Geki Yellow: 19-21 (speculative)
Retsu Fukami/Geki Blue: 19-21 (speculative)
Gou Fukami/Geki Violet: 26-28 (speculative)
Ken Hisatsu/Geki Chopper: 23-25 (speculative)
Rio: ??
Mele: ??

Go-onger
Sousuke Esumi/Go-on Red: 19-21 (speculative)
Ren Kousaka/Go-on Blue: 20-22 (speculative)
Saki Rouyama/Go-on Yellow: 18-19 (speculative)
Hanto Jou/Go-on Green: 16-17 (speculative)
Gunpei Ishihara/Go-on Black: 24-26 (speculative)
Hiroto Sutou/Go-on Gold: 23-27 (speculative)
Miu Sutou/Go-on Silver: 19-20 (speculative)

Shinkenger
Takeru Shiba/Shinken Red: 23-25 (speculative)
Ryuunosuke Ikenami/Shinken Blue: 21-25 (speculative)
Mako Shiraishi/Shinken Pink: 22-25 (speculative)
Chiaki Tani/Shinken Green: 18 (speculative, since he still has to take college entrance exam)
Kotoha Hanaori/Shinken Yellow: 16-17 (speculative, younger than Chiaki)
Genta Umemori/Shinken Gold: 23-26 (speculative. 1 year older than Takeru)
Kaoru Shiba/Shinken Red: 17

Goseiger
Alata/Gosei Red: 21
Eri/Gosei Pink: 22
Agri/Gosei Black: 21
Moune/Gosei Yellow: 17
Hyde/Gosei Blue: 23

Phew!

Sentai Character Talk 3: Mele

And we're back in another Character talk. Today's character is actually not an initial member of the Super Sentai, and even her membership might be questionable to some, but she's good deep down. This character is Mele, from Juken Sentai Gekiranger.


On introduction, Mele is the fanatically loyal female minion of the main enemy Rio. She gushes over him like a lovestruck girl and might look a bit too silly. But behind that appearance is a deadly Love Warrior (yes, she said that in Engrish!) who is just about as deadly as she can get in battles. She uses the RinJyuuKen Chameleon Fist, also inheriting the stealth power of a chameleon and sharp, steel tongues for attacking. Later on, she gains the power of fire thanks to usage on GenJyuuKen Phoenix Fist, but she discards it later on. To Rio, she's not only loyal and devoted, she REALLY loves and cares about him, which plays part in redeeming her to the good side. But against her enemies, she shows aloofness and coldness, which can be heard by the tone of her voice.

Past

Nothing was known of Mele's past and how she ended up taking the RinJyuuKen style. But she did end up studying under Maku and the Three Kenma, and at best, she's just a normal fighter. She is later challenged by GekiJyuKen Fly Fist user Bae, who tried to use the forbidden technique to turn him into animal... in this case, a fly. Being a chameleon, Mele's option is to eat him, but this doesn't kill him, in fact, it made him live through Mele's dark powers.

As Maku got sealed, Mele was eventually slain. Later on, she is brought back from the dead by Rio, the new master of RinJyuDen and was given the power to retain her human form, and became his right-hand-woman. Grateful with this and touched with his unusual kindness, Mele became very devoted to him and became some sort of fangirl to Rio, serving his every order. She didn't care if it's evil or sorts, if it means she's with Rio.

Development

At first, Mele might be some cookie cutter villainess who seems to juggle between being a cold bitch to being Rio's #1 fangirl, although sometimes she shows a soft side. Her loyalty and love, however, plays part when Maku returns and made Rio his underling, which distressed Mele. A suspicious guy named Long gave her information on how to restore Rio, and she eventually did, even though Long is a rather sneaky guy. When Long introduces the GenJyuKen, to ensure that Rio gets persuaded to achieve his ambition of getting stronger, Mele volunteers to become one of its users, gaining the power of Phoenix Fist. However, this was short-lived when Mele discovers that Long's powers are just about a sham, a cover to make Rio the destroyer of world. She managed to stop Rio, but was discovered as one of the reason why Rio still has an attachment: Her love paid off and Rio realized that he loved her. Still, Long took her away and tortured her; except that Mele knew that if Rio came, he'd see her die and he'll become the Destroyer again, so she wished so hard that Rio didn't come.

But he did.

For that time, Mele was really happy that her Rio-sama hugged her warmly. To renounce their allegiance with Long, Mele discards the GenJyuuKen style and goes back into RinJyuuKen, allying with the Gekiranger and drove Long away. Jan invited them to enter the SCRTC, but both Ran and Retsu objected, since even though they repented, it's not easy to forget about the crimes they did on humanity in their quest to get stronger. Rio and Mele then burnt down the RinJyuDen as a farewell to their dark ways, and underwent Fist Judgment... even surprising Retsu and Ran that they purposely tried to get themselves hit with the final mission...

Then Long, being an immortal, came back. After showing his true form, Mele suddenly felt an urge to protect the Gekiranger and took an attack from Long, which broke her bones and left her to death. Before, she thanked the Gekiranger for redeeming her and bid farewell to Rio, with her body reduced to dust. Rio followed her shortly with his death and they departed for afterlife. It turns out that with their deaths, Gekirangers were able to learn the hidden united move of JyuKen, which proves to be vital in defeating Long.

In the Go-onger vs Gekiranger, Long is back. Mele also sensed it and urged Hiroto Sutou and Miu Sutou (Go-on Gold and Go-on Silver) to bring her and Rio back to the world of living so she could once again fight Long. Of course, it came with a cost that they'll be condemned to Hell after the battle, but it looks like Mele didn't care, if she could help the Gekirangers and finish off Long AGAIN. After the battle, she returns to the afterlife with Rio. They may be heading for Hell, but as long as there is Rio, Mele would endure.

In short, Mele has a massive development, first as a massive fangirl-type villainness, but then she becomes a girl who prioritizes her love with Rio, and it plays part in redeeming both her and Rio; as well as making her value the power of friendship. I'm pretty sure that despite her aloof attitude in Go-onger vs Gekiranger, Mele (and Rio) does have another reason to help the Gekirangers at cost of being doomed to Hell: She wants to help her friends. That's quite the development from what could be an one dimensional villain.

Traits

As mentioned, Mele practically has two modes. Mode 1 is reserved only for Rio, in which she'll spend her time gushing on how great her Rio-sama is and how to impress him. Rio usually didn't care much, but Mele kept going and going, and what do you know, it paid off. Mode 2 is for everyone else, in which she's an aloof and cold person, referring the Gekirangers as 'Losers' and pretty much doesn't give much attention to the Rinshi's, unless they have something special that could please Rio. Her loyalty is unquestioned, and she pretty much refuses all advances on her, because she devotes her body only to Rio. Her devotion can also be seen during the team's trip to the Edo age, where Rio lost his memories, Mele served him as a devoted wife, much to the team's surprise. And hilarity ensues. And if Rio orders her to call a truce against the Gekiranger to achieve a greater good for themselves, Mele would happily comply.

Despite being cruel, Mele usually tolerates Bae, the one that's been in her stomach for so long. Even though she also abuses the hell out of him, especially during commentaries between the giant battles, Mele sides and cheers for the RinJyuKen side, while Bae is on the GekiJyuKen side. Considering that GekiJyuKen always win, we always see that most of the time, Mele vents her frustration on Bae, before eating and putting him back on her stomach.

Pairing

It goes without saying that Mele belongs only to her Rio-sama and is not going anywhere without him. So I won't badger about it.

In a nutshell, that's Mele for ya. She may not be an official Green Sentai Warrior, but she met quite some qualifications despite starting out as a villain; she's just someone who yearns for Rio's love. That also gives her the standard 'Sexy Female Villain Outfit', adding more for her fanbase. It's a bummer that she died near the end, but overall she's one of the better villains that embraced the Super Sentai Series (that turned good).

Friday, June 25, 2010

Most Common Hottest Sentai Heroines

In Super Sentai, it's more common that the heroines are more properly dressed, while villainesses get more sexy dresses. Still, it doesn't stop that some heroines are still damn hot even without sexy dresses. I've observed quite on the Sentai fandom, and I would say that some heroines are more common to be called 'Hottie'. Maybe it's because of their pretty face, or beautiful hair, but... it doesn't quite matter. These are the heroines who I think to be more common to be called 'hot' by fans, mostly those who come from the Sentai series after the turn of the millenium (2000s and forward).

This does NOT portray my feelings on who's the hottest girl in my mind. In fact, I have a different list for my selected hotties.

1. Yuuri/Time Pink (Mirai Sentai Timeranger)

Well, what can I say about Yuuri. Considering that many people of the new millenia started the Sentai series in either Dekaranger, or this... They held her quite highly in attractiveness. It also helps that she is one of the few girls that take actual team leadership, and is a Tsundere, a popular character archetype. This probably contributes on why people consider her hot.

2. Nanami Nono/Hurricane Blue (Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger)

I... really haven't touched Hurricaneger at all. But, just one name from it would instill instant squee: Nanami Nono AKA Hurricane Blue. It's mostly thanks to her actress, Nao Nagasawa, who's quite popular amongst the fandom, and yes... I do have to admit that she's really pretty.

3. Marika 'Jasmine' Reimon/Deka Yellow (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger)

Okay, as I said, Jasmine was my most favorite Yellow Sentai heroine. And yes, she's hot, precisely her actress Ayumi Kinoshita. She's quite the fan favorite amongst the team, considered really beautiful, and the fact that many people started on Sentai with Dekaranger (since it's the first to be subbed completely), Jasmine pretty much became quite the fan favorite and one considered hottest.

4. Sakura Nishinori/Bouken Pink (GoGo Sentai Boukenger)

This is also one of the great candidates of hottest Sentai babe ever. I mean, not only Haruka Suenaga (Sakura's actress) is REALLY a looker, she also gives a good portrayal of Sakura, a twist on the usually girly Pink Sentai warriors: tough as nails instead of cute and feminime, though she has some cute moments and when that happens, Haruka Suenaga usually makes that REALLY adorable.

5. Miu Sutou/Go-On Silver (Engine Sentai Go-Onger)

This is also one of the more popular choices of hottest Sentai babes. Miu gets her credit of hotness not just on her contrast towards the Go-ongers (more serious personality), or her actress (Yumi Sugimoto), but also the fact that she takes lessons in Tsundere department from Yuuri, making her much more hot in the eyes of fans.

I would add the Shinkenger, but right now I can't decide who qualifies more; Mako or Kotoha, both of them has quite the competiting fanbase that I can't pick both of them. We'll see. Also, I almost considered Mele from Gekiranger; but since she started out as a villainess, which means by default she gets her sexy wear, she's written out from this observation.

So anyway, that's my report on who are the most commonly revered as 'Hottest Sentai babe' as of today. And if you want me to do the 'cutest' instead? Well, I'll wait until later.

And this is just my observation, so there may be... mistakes. Correct me if I'm wrong. I'll see ya later!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Super Sentai Crowning Moment Of Awesome 2: Goggle V

And now we're back to another Crowning Moment of Awesome post. And now, we venture to a moment of awesome from an older series. One that TERRIBLY needs more love, and I dare to say that I probably talked the most about, while most other blogger I know (no offense) has little to say about it. I am of course talking about Dai Sentai Goggle V.

This awesome moment can be seen at Episode 39.



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What's on this episode: Deathdark deploys a monster that traps people in a devilish diary, mostly spreading the diary like a normal one to the children. A friend of Miki's Computer Girl also got the diary, and after realizing what might happen, Miki went after the friend and managed to save him... but got trapped into the diary instead, and her friends too late to save her. The monster tracked her down in the diary and tied her up, so Deathmark can burn the book, which would generate fire to her surrounding and she could do nothing except wait for death. Still, Miki is a persistent girl, so she managed to burn the ropes tying her and attempts to destroy the source of the trap, an owl figure latching on a tree... then a cage was dropped to her. Still, she picked up the remnants of the rope, which was partially made of steel, destroyed the owl, and in process got out of the book while it exploded.

Reasons of awesome: Well, what can I say about this scene? This pretty much cements my liking on Miki. I've seen this since I was a kid, surrounded with other medias that portray women to be weak... and Miki just pretty much gave a boot to the head for that notion. It's even more awesome when you realize that her friends tried to get her out of the book, but Deathmark made the book indestructible, and they're pretty much fearful that she'd die. Then Miki just got out using her own wits and actions, despite previously being restrained from free movement (TWICE, in fact!). Reeks of awesome without being feminist altogether.

And thus, that's another of the Crowning Moment of Awesome I've covered. Tune in next time for more awesome of Super Sentai.

My Top 6 Sentai Green Warriors

Here be my Top 6 Green Warriors of Sentai...

6. Dai/Green Flash (Choushinsei Flashman)


Again, this is due to the lack of me watching Flashman, but I would say that Dai could've been one of my top. He's a pretty bad ass guy, especially once you realize what kind of training he's been through. He looks like an average guy, but can knock down walls with ease like a raging bull. Deep down, he's not really some silent guy or some bad mofo, he's actually a pretty softie. That's quite the plus on him and since I had a hard time in deciding faves in Green Warriors, I'd say Dai really deserves the position #6.

5. Burai/Dragon Ranger (Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger)

All right, all right, stop aiming your guns to me! Okay, I like a lot more characters than Burai, but I won't hide that the fact that he's COOL. First off, his intense storyline, it makes you pity him, it makes his death even more heartwrenching. For all the bad and hatred he's trying to make himself out at first, he gets better, becomes a good big bro for Geki. He's a pretty tragic character too, when he thought he could get all honky-dory with his brother again, news arrived that he just had limited time. Combined with how much of a bad ass he is when he fights, and the Dragonzord... err, Dragon Caesar that he controls, Burai secured the #5 place. And don't ask me on who I like better: Burai or Tommy. I don't want to anger both sides.

4. Chiaki Tani/Shinken Green (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger)


Yeah, if you notice, every single Shinkenger starting lineup characters get picked into the list. And as far as Chiaki go, he's a pretty fun guy, in a 'jerk' way. He's a rather carefree, obnoxious boy, always wanting to surpass Takeru, but later on, we see him develop and respect Takeru on his own way. He also likes coming up with unique ways to beat the opponent, like how he makes use of the monster that switches souls to inanimate objects. Above all, I also like his interaction with Kotoha, he shows his kinder side a lot to him, though that's gonna expand to the rest of the team, which is good. Overall, Chiaki might not be my favorite Shinkenger character, but he's still a great Green Sentai warrior, and that gives him the #4 position.

3. Daigo/Shishi Ranger (Gosei Sentai Dairanger)


Yes, it's still 'In Progress' as well, but I foresee that I might like Daigo a lot (second to Lin, that is). Just a few episodes and I'm already quite awed on what he's done so far: smashing his rod on the enemy groin a lot, chewing out the team for not taking their duties seriously (REALLY EPIC AND WELL DESERVED) and his illusionary skills, which would spice up a lot of fun in battle. I've also heard about a possible love story sub plot for him, which I haven't seen, but so far, Daigo was a real serious dude, he could even pass up as a red ranger (but he didn't). Overall, I'd say he deserves the position #3 for now... but he may want to be careful if in the future either his position drops... or rises.

2. Sen'ichi Enari/Deka Green (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger)

Nice guy personified. Sen-chan is one of the nicest guy on the planet if you do not seriously piss him off, whereas he would become a raging person hell bent on making the evildoer pay. Beware the nice ones, huh. But I like that in him. Other than that, I would say that his handstand position is one of his most unique things, I mean, who can think straight when they're handstanding? Yep, just Sen. It also provides humor for those who doesn't know what it means (Ask Houka from Magiranger). Lastly, I do find his relationship with Umeko adorable, and with all things considered, it's safe to say that Sen-chan is my #2 favorite Green Sentai warrior...

1. Mele (Juken Sentai Gekiranger)

All right, all right! Like Rio, she really doesn't officially become 'GekiGreen' (as Jan coined). Still, Mele reeks of awesome, she pretty much is my favorite 'token female villainess', though only because she's deeper than the normal ones and redeemed herself thanks to her love with Rio. Speaking of love, I find it great that she is able to switch voices quickly depending on the situation, when she's dealing with her monsters or the Gekirangers, she sounded like a cold bitch, but if the situation is about Rio, she's all lovey-dopey like a lovestruck girl. It does help that she inherits most of the villainesses' trait of dressing sexily, but proves to be good eventually. As well as being unique as the first female 'Green', Mele pretty much takes the cake of being my #1 favorite Green Sentai warrior. (And hey, she and Rio did pose with an explosion during Go-onger vs Gekiranger while joining the "We're Super Sentai!" yell!)

And thus, my 'Favorite Green warriors' list ended. White might have to wait a little, longer, I apologize, but I hope you enjoy the reading. Now I'll see you later.

P.S: Once again, special thanks for the actors/actress to portray these characters. Namely; Yuka Hirata, Yosuke Ito, Tatsuya Noumi, Shogo Suzuki, Shiro Izumi and Kihachirou Uemura. You're all awesome.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Super Sentai S.O.B 2: Long


Radiguet: ............ I consider myself a man of complete depravity. A man who has a nasty sadism and enjoys seeing my enemies, especially humans, suffer before I snuff the life out of them, laughing like a madman all the way. A man who's completely monstrous and takes pride of being considered to be the undisputed champion of the most evil villains of the Super Sentai franchise...

....

.... UNTIL TODAY...!!
When that position was CHALLENGED by a gold haired immortal brat, who can turn into a giant multi-headed dragon! This is the little bastard who thinks he can challenge my position of the most evil character in the Super Sentai franchise..........

LONG!

*cue the Scare Chord!*


Okay, that's enough sitcom from Radiguet who feels like his position of most evil villain has been threatened. And I'd like to thank the Nostalgia Critic for his videos and jokes, which inspired the poor, uncreative me to follow him, the leader.

Now back to the topic at hand.

So anyway, yes... I've finished watching Gekiranger and most of the part, I feel almost the same utter revilation whenever Long makes his entrance. Not only he's cruel and uncaring, he's always there with that smug smile planted on his face. So, what makes him so despicable that he could match Radiguet?

Unlike Radiguet who's more of the action type, Long is more of the manipulative type. And that's no less despicable. His background can be summed up with this:

"I'm immortal. Bored. Now. Let's destroy the world for fun!"

That's it! No explanation of why he's immortal, which makes it much more annoying for the Gekirangers to deal. Long cannot die or be killed. He can only be sealed, and in time, he would rise back again. Maybe that's why he's so smug.

So basically, with him getting bored being the immortal with great power he is, Long decided that he's not gonna destroy the world by his own hand, he's going to make SOMETHING that destroys the world, while he watches. He probably took note on Agent Abrellar from Dekaranger that if one world is destroyed, he can move on to another, and mess up the people there. That something is the GenJyuOh, the Destroyer.

Looking at the Jyuken school, Long set his plans in motion. He tried persuading one of Brusa Ii's student, the finest one there is; Maku, to the evil side, destroying all his attachment to the world, making him a twisted student who likes to prove him as the strongest and make humans suffer and bow down to his might. And killed his master too. Too bad for Long, Maku turns out to be too wild, and thus he can't be made the GenJyuuOh, so he ends up forming the RinJyuuKen style, along with Kata and Rageku, and then the Seven Kensei developed GekiJyuuKen and sealed them, now deeming them Kenma, 'Fist Demons'.

Long decided to pick someone else for the job. He attacked a family with a boy named Rio, and killed everyone except the boy, traumatizing the boy. Master Shafu, one of the Kensei, picked Rio up and took him as a student as Rio developed an unhealthy obsession of becoming stronger. He soon took up GekiJyuKen and marvels the White Tiger Dan as his rival. Since he can't surpass him, Rio ends up taking RinJyuKen instead.

Meanwhile, for some LOLs, Long visited the village where Dan came from and then destroyed it, killing Dan's wife Nami, after she sent our hero, Jan, away. This event traumatized Jan so much that he lost his memories, found by Pandas, and become the jungle boy we see of him. Then, Long hurts Dan a bit, so when Rio challenged him, he ended up dead due to the wounds and Rio's victory felt empty. This culminates so much that Rio took up the mantle of the Lord of RinJyuuDen, waging his war on humanity so he can get stronger and stronger and stronger... Meanwhile, Long took Dan's corpse and turned him into his mute servant, Suugu.

Long hid in the shadow for quite some time, until he reappeared in front of Rio's trusted servant, Mele. He gave vague hints about the revived Kenma, the souls of Jyuken from Brusa Ii, which culminates to their deaths and Rio reigning supreme again... and then, Long shows up again, becoming Rio's servant and giving him GenJyuuKen, driving him to get even stronger again. But alas, Jan came back as GekiRed and beat Rio. On frustration that he lost everything, Rio almost become the GenJyuOh that Long dreamed for, but that was interrupted by Mele, who turns out to be Rio's remaining attachment. Right after that, Long decided to spend his time planting on how he manipulated EVERYTHING and did it for his own fun. And that's... despicable.

Decidedly, Long kidnapped Mele and tortured her, and he personally hoped that Rio is watching so he'd turn back into GenJyuOh. That didn't work and the combination of the GekiJyuKen users and RinJyuKen users finally destroyed Long...

OR DO THEY??

They forgot that when Long said he's immortal, he said the truth. So he came back, killed Mele, forced Rio to sacrifice himself in vain. However, Rio left behind the Gekirangers one secret technique: A sealing technique, which they used on Long, now having to spend eternity sealed in the dark. He's back at the Go-onger vs Gekiranger crossover, and his appearance made both Rio and Mele forego the chance of living happily in afterlife , asking Shafu, along with Go-on Gold and Silver to resurrect them at cost of being condemned forever. But they did beat and seal Long again with the Gekirangers and Go-ongers.

So, there you have it, the one I'd consider one of the biggest bastards in Super Sentai. I thought Radiguet is unmatched in that terms, but Long manages to nearly surpass him. He's a dirty, manipulative bastard who prefers to let other people do his dirty job, while he watches while smiling and grabbing some pop corn. Although Radiguet doesn't just manipulate, he also takes thing onto his own hands, which I guess makes him ahead of Long. But still, it doesn't take away the fact that Long is a complete S.O.B.

Now let's see who else are the S.O.B's of Sentais that I can talk about...

Super Sentai Crowning Moment Of Awesome 1: Jetman

What is a Crowning Moment Of Awesome? In the words of TV Tropes... this is the highest moment of the character. One moment that they will be forever remembered by doing something awesome (and not heinous). Super Sentai has a lot of these, so let's talk about it.

The first awesome moment I'm talking about is from Jetman, episode 20.



What is in the episode: A Dimensional Beast now is in the form of a Vacuum Cleaner is sucking the love out of brides. After a botched plan to lure the monster using Gai and Ako as the brides; that monster instead sucks the love out of a little girl that Gai has been a bit close for the episode. In a fit of anger, Gai tracks down the monster, and rather than waiting for his friends to help him finish the monster... he single-handedly beats the crap out of the monster, forcing it to enlarge. And he still even deals with the final blow to destroy the monster utterly.

Reasons of awesome: This is one of the peak of Gai's strength. With the exception of Ryuu, most of the time, the Jetman would need to be together to stand a chance. Not if Gai, being the lone wolf he is, is mad. There's a reason why Gai is considered one of the strongest Jetman, and this is why. Oh, and while he's beating down the monster, his own image song 'Honoo no Condor' is playing in the background, adding up the intense atmosphere of the battle. Oh and there's also the fact that Gai just transforms right off bat rather than having the Jetman's normal henshin sequence alone. That just reeks of bad ass.

Well that's about it for today's Super Sentai Crowning Moment of Awesome. Tune in next time when I deliver more crowning moments of awesome in Sentai

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Pairing Talk: Dekaranger

Okay, next in line of pairing talk is Dekaranger. Honestly, being a fanfic writer, I took a glimpse on the Dekaranger fanbase and it's FILLED with lots and lots of pairings, het and homo. So! Let's start with the pairings that seems very prominent.

Oh and, just this once, I'd talk about same-sex pairings because it's kinda fun to poke fun at.

1. Ban X Mari


Okay, this is just exclusive to the movie, but this gets carried over to Magiranger vs Dekaranger. It's just a normal 'I'll definitely protect you' moment at first, but this gets more forward and proves that Ban is interested of someone of different sex. We don't know if she'd play over to Ban when he becomes the Fire Squad member, but we never know. So let's just assume she did, otherwise Ban wouldn't keep her photo around in Magiranger vs Dekaranger. This is probably the most official coupling for Ban.

2. Sen X Umeko

(Apologies for the picture. I like it better if I use human form pictures, but I can't find any!)

Okay, this is also another official coupling, and as proven in Magiranger vs Dekaranger, they ARE going out together. I find it a bit rushed, since until the Sen-Umeko episode in late Dekaranger, there isn't much chemistry between both of them, except they ride their car together most of the time. But still, that one episode was quite the powerful episode that cements them together and shows that Sen DOES care about Umeko.

3. Doggie X Swan


You can't get more official than this coupling. Doggie and Swan are like completely matching pairs, even if they're of different species. The chemistries ARE there, even though they'd deny it. First off, Doggie risks his life to save Swan from his old enemy; he kinda had a denial about being in love when asked by Miyuki from Magiranger (anyone can see that coming!) and lastly, he gets pissed when he thinks an Alienizer is stalking Swan (even though it turns out to be Tetsu it's aiming). The proofs are there, Doggie, just be more than a man and admit it!

4. Hoji X Jasmine


As Sean Akizuki said, this one is not really an official pairing, but judging from their shared past, I'd say that there IS a reason behind this pairing. Plus, it's not like Hoji was uninterested with the person with different sex, he's shown that he has interest with that one woman that he had to break up because of killing her little brother. Their professional attitudes seem to match each other too, since between the SPD, both Hoji and Jasmine are the ones who are more likely to do straightforward, professional approaches. There's not much chemistries other than that, but if you ask me what my favorite ship for Hoji is... that's with Jasmine. Okay, I may be biased because both are my favorites, but... what can I say? They look great together!

5. Tetsu X Jasmine


Now before you raise your guns or whatever to shoot me, calm down and let me say one thing: I don't bash those who likes this pairing. In a way, as Sean said, I can see why people ship Tetsu with Jasmine. After Ban left to the Fire Squad, Tetsu basically replaces him and now shares car with Jasmine (it was previously Ban's seat), and he looked kinda crushed when Jasmine pursued Babon capturing Urara/Magi Blue, and ends up captured. That's it, really. Personally, I think that's not quite enough to make a couple, being that probably Tetsu was there just to replace Ban, as well as he'd do the same if someone else gets caught. But... they're not really a couple like Sen and Umeko, just professional pair (otherwise they'd be dating like them!). It's an okay pairing, but I just prefer other ships for Jasmine (above), and Tetsu (below)

6. Tetsu X Lisa


I'd say this would be the better pair for Tetsu, since they share more past, in the same way as Hoji and Jasmine. It's not unusual that we see 'teacher-student' pairing; and Tetsu-Lisa is no exception. The newer Lisa would have an easier time to accept Tetsu as well. However, this... seems to be a rather quickly-forgotten pairing because Lisa only appeared in one episode. Still, as much as quickly forgotten this is... yeah, I think I ship Tetsu with her.

7. Ban X Hoji


Okay, this is my first yaoi pair talk. Let me make it clear that I do not ship Yaois, but I acknowledge their existence. At any rate, it's obvious that for you Yaoi fans, Ban and Hoji are the most prominent pair, especially with their usual "I'm not your partner!" shtick, as well as that episode where Hoji thought of Ban dying and ended up genuinely crying. It goes even further that Hoji gets jealous of Ban declaring Kai/Magi Red his 'partner', while he gets demoted into 'ex-partner'. Still I'd say that's more like deep friendship, since as I said before, Ban and Hoji does have interest in people with different sex (as noted above).

8. Jasmine X Umeko

And balancing out between Ban and Hoji is Jasmine and Umeko, even though Umeko eventually ends up with Sen. Still you can't deny that before Sen-Umeko came to fruitition, Umeko spends more time with Jasmine, leading to many team-ups between them, showing off girl power prominently. This is a more prominent Yuri pair, as they're paired so often, perhaps as a couple or just partners. Overall, this is one girl-girl pairing that you won't be able to miss and is highly enjoyable.

And that's all I'll talk about the pairings today. I'll see you next time when I tackle other pairing eras... And I hope you won't flatten me with a hammer because my choice of shipping contradicts with yours...

Monday, June 14, 2010

Guise, Guise, Wink, Wink, Know What I Mean, Know What I Mean?

When girls wink, they look really cute. These are no exceptions in the heroines of Super Sentai. They may fight evil, but they are still human ladies beneath it all. So it should come of no surprise that sometimes they'd utilize such thing during battle. This usually happened when they use their usual disguise trait, and usually when the disguise is as a Cowgirl. Sometimes, the wink serve as a finishing touch, before the enemy fall in defeat. So, here's a list of when girls wink after beating up the enemy while disguised... mostly as cowgirls.


Akira Momoi from Denziman started it when the Denziman is fighting a television-based monster, where the team got re-outfitted into cowboy/cowgirl outfits.


Later on, Miki Momozono from Goggle V does this against enemy soldiers under a monster who fights like a cowboy/marksman. She even adds up a very cute "Ufuun~" sound in the end!


In Dynaman, this doesn't happen as a cowgirl disguise, but when Rei Tachibana shed her fencer disguise, she does this for good measure.


... On second thought, I was wrong. She does eventually disguised herself as a cowgirl and winked. AGAIN.


And then in Changeman, since one girl is not enough, so two girls would suffice. So, we have both Sayaka Nagisa and Mai Tsubasa winking at the enemy. Note that Sayaka's cowgirl outfit look similar to Miki's.


I haven't watched Go Go V or Timeranger, but I heard that during their teamup movie, such event happens. In this case, just like Sayaka & Mai; Matsuri Tatsumi (GoPink) and Yuuri (TimePink) combine their wink on their cowgirl outfits.

And that's what I have gathered so far on when girls make use of winks in the middle of battle. Please do tell me more if I missed something similar. Especially when they're disguised as cowgirls since that seems to be a recurring thing in the Super Sentai series.

(And yes, the title is based on a sketch by Monty Python... Know what I mean? Know what I mean? Nudge nudge, say no more, say no more...)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sentai Character Talk 2: Miki Momozono/Goggle Pink

And here's the second character I'd talk about... a classic one, that is. Miki Momozono AKA Goggle Pink from Dai Sentai Goggle Five.



Considering this show is made during the 80's, Miki's background is kept simple: She's a 16 years old gymnast (and a pretty good one at that!). Not much is known about her family, which means she probably has learned how to live alone with maturity in tact even at such a young age. Anyway, her life as a gymnast (and a schoolgirl since she's probably at that age and I'd take that the gymnastic activity is probably her most preferred extracurricular/PE lesson) gets interrupted when she is approached by a girl named Akane, who took her to a telephone booth, drops her into the Future Science Lab, and then she learns about the world's peril. Just like the 3 strangers next to her, Miki possesses a strong sense of justice, thus she readily abandoned her normal life to become Goggle Pink, an ally of justice under the team Dai Sentai Goggle Five and starts her battle against the Deathdark Empire.

Pre-Production

Well, I don't know the details of it, but when Hirohisa Soda is assigned to write a Sentai season, Goggle Five was the first. Looking back at the previous entry, Sun Vulcan, I'd say that he noticed on how the main team has no women (as opposed to Battle Fever J and Denziman) and think "I want a female warrior back!". So that's how he starts to conceive the character Miki. Considering the target audience of the Super Sentai series (kids), he designed Miki to be a teenager, at the moment, the youngest Sentai character (or lady), maybe to invoke the image of 'Cool, reliable, strong big sister figure'. This kind of designing phase proves to be a success, that when Goggle Five gained popularity at its age, Miki becomes one of the more memorable heroines from the series.

Believe it or not, at one point they tried to have another actress to play as Miki, but judging from what's said in this site, that actress seemed too old, so it doesn't really capture Miki's image well. Well, eventually that role fell into Megumi Oogawa, and then the rest is history.

Trait

I'm gonna go ahead and go to the traits parts, since this is from an 80's show, character development hasn't been occurring very often. But a character doesn't always need to develop to be lovable. So here we go.

In a nutshell, Miki is quite the typical girl, she's kind, gentle, witty and has a tender heart. Probably by being the youngest one of the team, she could relate herself with children the most, making her the one who'd approach children more easily. Despite her age, she seems more mature than she looks, as said above.

However, it is without a doubt that despite being a capable fighter, Miki relies more on her brains and wits in battle, thus she might look like the most fragile member of the Goggle Five. Early on the episodes, she was hit with a bomb, which terribly wounded her and even casted doubts on her teammates whether she should continue being a fighter or not. Thankfully, Miki also has this one trait: to never give up. Which is why despite her wounds, she still dragged herself to fight against evil. Her refusal to submission is also highlighted in latter episodes whereas she gets trapped in a demon book, and the book was being burnt by Deathmark, while she's inside and worse of all, she's tied up and all her friends' efforts to help her get out prove useless. Thankfully for Miki, her trait to never give up eventually gives her the chance to break free and get out of the book on her own before it exploded with her inside. This, IMO, is the highest/greatest moment of Miki.

Her kindness is also shown several times. When she disguised herself as a doll to investigate several living dolls, she came to have a 'bond' with another doll, which eventually shields her from incoming bullet of death. Miki was able to feel the doll's sadness and desire to protect her beloved, thus one tear fell from her eyes, signifying the tenderness of her heart. This is also shown in the movie, when the usually evil Dr. Zazoriya gets chased for betraying Deathdark, Miki was the first to cover her and even pleads the team to listen to her, genuinely thinking that Zazoriya has repented. But that somehow is also a proof that she can sometimes be gullible, because it turns out to be an act by the Deathdark to hamper the team's progress. But, like usual, Miki isn't the type to let one mistake drag her down.

Arsenal

As Goggle Pink, Miki has a lot of options in battle. Her weapons include the Pink Ribbon, which utilizes a lot of her gymnastic skills (the first time we see her on screen, she's actually practicing with ribbons), and other than attacking, it could be used for other purposes like grabbing something from afar. Her personal skill with that ribbon is the Pink Senpuu/Whirlwind, in which by spinning her ribbon, she could generate winds to either blow the enemy away or form up a protective wind barrier from enemy attack. Her other attack is the Pink Ribbon Spark, which can be shared to other Goggles (losing the 'Pink' on name, but works the same), which basically latches the ribbon onto the enemy and sends out electric current to shock the enemy. Exclusive to Miki, however, is the Double Ribbon Spark, which is... exactly as it says, two Pink Ribbon Sparks used at once.

At one time, she uses the Pink Mirror, which I think is a nice shout out to the original Pink Ranger, Peggy Matsuyama/Momoranger from Himitsu Sentai Goranger. Her other most used technique is the Pink Heart Hypnosis, which uses her wiles to make enemy obey her, such as making the enemy dance around to her will, and have them drop down in the next second.

Which goes well with Miki's personal ability: costume switch. While this is a common skill amongst the ladies of Super Sentai, I would think that Miki's case is quite special, in this case, all she needs is just to spin around and her costume would change in a blink of eye. No explanation was given on how she could do it, so we may as well chalk it down as one of the powers that come with being Goggle Pink. But this could come in pretty handy as she can do quick costume changes without much hassle. She could even transform back to human form while being Goggle Pink, as shown in the battle against the Cactus Mozoo, after stunning it with the hypnosis, she just spun and in place of Goggle Pink is Miki dressed in a sexy flamenco dancer. Her costume change isn't limited on just female clothes only, she could also pass up as a prince with just a wig, though she still needs to work around with the her voice.

Pairing

I've talked quite a bit on it in a previous topic, so I think I'm not going to reiterate twice...

In Conclusion

Overall, since this is a 80's Sentai show, Miki's characteristics might look a bit lacking when compared to the Sentai series of these days. Still, for all she had, Miki is pretty lovable. She's both kind hearted and cute, but most of all, a very formidable, witty fighter. I do need to mention that since Goggle V is one of the first shows that I've seen in my life, while in other shows women are mostly less active in battle and serve as either moral support, or a damsel in distress that the hero must rescue; Miki is definitely one of the few most 'action-oriented' (as much as Sentai allows) female characters that I've known. Maybe I don't really pay much attention when I'm a kid, but as of now, it's safe to say that Miki is... pretty much my favorite female Super Sentai character.

I'll see you later in the next talk about Sentai characters.

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!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sentai Character Talk 1: Hoji Tomasu/Deka Blue

I'm more a character-driven guy, taking interests in characters more than how the story goes, and others. And in this blog, I'm gonna try to make a writeup on several Sentai characters. Okay, this is only limited to the ones I have watched, but just bear with me. I'll include not just informations you see everyday on the characters, but also what I think about the character.

THERE WILL BE SPOILERS BELOW so you have been warned!

Today's character is Hoji Tomasu, AKA Deka Blue from Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger.


This is Hoji, a police of the SPD. A super serious, by the book cop who always shows a perfectionist attitude and likes handling things alone. This makes him argue with Ban, the wild fireball newcomer of the team, a lot, though I know all those slash fic writers are seeing it the other way around -_-. Basically, while Ban latches on him like a hyperactive guy, Hoji is completely irritated on him and often makes snide remarks on his apparent lack of usage of logic and brains, which Hoji prefers. Ban always called him 'aibou' (partner), but Hoji's response is always "Don't call me partner!". This gets repeated so often that if Hoji has a catch phrase, that might be it.

Past

Hoji has a fairly normal past, except one past that could make him flip out, turning him into a man full of rage. This past is shared with fellow Dekaranger Jasmine/Deka Yellow. SPD had a time when there wasn't any Deka Suits (Ranger suits) and they were just developing it. Hoji and Jasmine were investigating an Alienizer named Terry-X, but their inexperience caused defeat and they were captured. Thankfully, their senior Gyoku Rou saved them, but at cost of an injury that would cost him his career, or so they thought. Still, Hoji was pretty crushed on that event, since he respected Gyoku and think he ruined his career, and one of the reasons of his dislike to Ban is that he's far the opposite of Gyoku and when he heard Ban replaces him, naturally, Hoji didn't take it well. When Terry-X reappears, Hoji completely loses his cool and his fighting style becomes erratic to the point that he was easily beaten by Terry-X. Thankfully for him, Gyoku reappears and tells him to snap out of his rage, which he did and manages to defeat Terry-X, helped by Jasmine.


Development

Over time, Hoji learns more about friendship and depending on friends, especially after the incident where an Alienizer took over his body, and saw that even on the Alienizer's body, his friends still trusted him, enabling him to reclaim his body back. And beforehand, he learnt to stop being too perfectionist, after he screwed up big time and lost his spirit, but somewhat gets his spirit back after looking at how Ban keeps on going despite his inability to do what Hoji's doing (computers). He warms up to his friends, and eventually he starts warming up to Ban, first feeling extremely crushed when Ban looked as if he's dying (Ban comes back, though)... I know, I know, yet another slash fic bait. Later in the finale, he finally returns Ban's habit and called him Partner. Ban being Ban, he just replied with Hoji's usual catch phrase. This shows how much Hoji has developed and warmed up on him, though this gets worse in the Magiranger vs Dekaranger movie whereas Ban got a new Partner and Hoji gets demoted into 'ex-Partner'. Hoji gets jealous... all right, all right! We'll stop at the slash fic bait!

While Hoji has quite the normal past, he's not without some tragedies in life. In fact, I think in Dekaranger, Hoji is the one saddled with more tragedies in life, thanks to his attachment to the law. First off, there's his friend who gave up being good and forced Hoji to personally delete him before said friend could harm more innocent people. Another tragedy of his is when he did date a woman named Teresa. In the same time he's dating him, he's undergoing a test to be accepted as a Tokkyou, the same elite unit as Tetsu. The final test to be accepted turned out to be hunting down Teresa's brother, who's actually committing a serious crime. Torn between love and duty... Hoji chose the second and deleted the brother. That event crushed him big time, he really wasn't in the mood to say "Super Cool. Perfect" for another job well done since it comes with a high mental cost. Probably afterwards, he broke up with Teresa, and he even refused to be transferred to the Tokkyou due to his mental stress (and of course, bonds with his friendship) even when they said he passed.

Traits

Portraying his sharp mind and cool nature is his expertise on computers and guns. Hoji's personal weapon is the D-Sniper, which is exactly what it says, a sniper rifle. However, most of the time, he'd use his usual gun as well as sword to fight the Alienizers.

A trait of Hoji is his overuse of English phrases. And not a well-structured one. He usually favors the words "Super Cool" and "Perfect", usually after he personally deleted an Alienizer (or seeing something extraordinary). Or sometimes, "Oh My God" or "Unbelievable". Still, his English isn't really good English, but instead... it's what you'd call 'Engrish', reading English with how you speak as a Japanese. Compare with Jiraiya from Kakuranger, who actually speaks English well (but still with Japanese accent). Then again, Hoji's actor is not American-born, so maybe that's excusable.

A less-known trait of Hoji is about him being a 'genius at hard working'. At one point, he tried to sneak on an underground fighting ring, but in process, he has to fight as an underground fighter. He was beaten hard, but after his defeat, he proceeds to train himself in the style of boxing. He trained rigorously that in several days, he's back in action and proceeds to defeat the underground champion with just boxing. While he never uses the style again, he could definitely pick it up again.

Pairing

Well, it's no doubt that after much events, people would think Hoji is a bait for yaoi fics, especially with Ban. Although I'm not into it, I could see why. Just read the Development section. His other option for pairing would be Jasmine, not only because of their shared past; Jasmine is also one of the earlier SPD members alongside Hoji; as well as, as Sean Akizuki coined (and I agree), being one of the more straightforward professional member (Sen's headstand counts him out from being straightforward, he's more of a 'weird, but truly competent' officer). Overall, that's my fave pair for Hoji too. But we'll talk about pairing later.

So there you have it, a talk about one of my favorite characters in Dekaranger. Hoji has a lot of quirks and may look like a jerk who's all "I'm better than you" at first, but he quickly warms up, and he eventually becomes one of the most admirable characters in Dekaranger.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Super Sentai S.O.B 1: Radiguet

I've seen several Sentai and I have to say, some are huge bastards who the world would be better without. Take, for example, Agent Abrellar from Dekaranger who'll happily cause genocidal wars for the sake of profit and moving on to other planets to repeat the process. Or maybe Fuuwa Juzou from Shinkenger, who, while not hugely destructive to humans, is deep down a complete bastard who only cares to kill the people he wants, ignoring his parents' wishes. But to me?

Those two are no match in sheer evilness when you compare to the one who faced the Jetman... Radiguet. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you the biggest S.O.B that is ever conceived by Toei in the Super Sentai franchise... Earl Radiguet of Vyram.


So, why do I think he's a complete bastard? Let's begin with how he started, shall we? The first thing we saw was openly declaring to humans that "We Vyrams are your God! Worship us or die!". That takes balls, but it's a pretty cookie-cutter Sentai villain standard. Blasting the Skyforce base seemed kind of standard, but it does cause our hero Ryuu Tendou to lose his girlfriend Rie Aoi, causing him lots of grief. But then, this eventually leads to the emergence of Maria, who turns out to be Rie brainwashed by Radiguet... JUST BECAUSE.

As the series progressed, it's clear that Radiguet, despite being a Vyram, has no loyalty but to himself only. He challenged the rest of his elites on who shall be their leader, in a competition of who can destroy the Jetman first. This came to a slight halt when Empress Juza appeared, and Radiguet, being her 'servant', had to bow to her... This only lasts a short while, because Radiguet's loyalty lie to him only, so his plan is naturally to usurp Juza's throne, be the supreme Vyram ruler and take over the universe for himself. However, Juza at the moment proves to be too powerful for him, and she didn't take traitors well... thus she punished him by turning him into human.

A girl named Saki found him and nursed him back to health. Without his memory, Radiguet lived as a human, uncaring of his background, even falling in love with Saki. When Saki was revealed to be deathly ill, he wished so hard she could be cured, triggering his Vyram powers which healed her. Further interaction showed that Radiguet was happy with his life as a human, and was ready to put any past he didn't remember behind. But this was just a beginning on just how much of a depraved monster he really is.

See, the battle between Juza and the Jetman eventually drew Radiguet's memory back to him and when he witnessed the battle, he remembers who he is and turned back into the Vyram elite. Teaming up with the Jetman so he can be rid of Juza quicker and steal her big plan (the larva form of Semimaru), Radiguet eventually managed to kill Juza. Despite witnessing his cruelty and brutality, Saki still pleaded him to return as a human. As proven, Radiguet IS able to love. He started giving second thoughts on living with Saki... then what is his decision?

"Fool! Do you think that I, Radiguet, am able to experience such disgusting thing called 'Love'!?"

And then, he killed Saki in cold blood, never once referring her again. This is pretty much Radiguet's first big step to make it clear to the audience that he is a complete bastard through and through and you'll want him to get grinded on a rusty axe thanks to what he did to poor Saki. And... he DOES NOT STOP THERE on doing evil things.

At one point, the plan he stole from Juza, the beast Semimaru, has come to its peak and it is proving to be more than a match for Jet Icarus. Then the Jet Garuda arrives, controlled by the 3 warriors of reverse Dimension: Ray, Kanna and Dan. They reveal that way before the Vyram attacks Earth, Radiguet has also destroyed the planet, so you get to know how much this bastard can be evil. He destroys and conquers planet like nobody's business, with no regards with the lives lost. While the three worked out to help the Jetman, Radiguet struck again and killed both Ray and Kanna in cold blood. Dan exploded in rage and tried attacking Radiguet, but he's killed too. Yet another victim of Radiguet that he killed on cold blood because they get in the way...

The next time, we find that yet another of survivor of Radiguet's planet-scale massacre arrive, and rather than just 'killing' them, Radiguet had one Bio Dimensional Beast to possess one of them and try to make the other one (his lover) kill him. This was pretty sadistic and shows just how much of a bastard he is, but thankfully the Jetman managed to stop the tragedy for now.

Later on, Tran morphed into Tranza and started displaying power that makes him win the bet, emerging as the leader of the Vyram, basically reducing Radiguet to servant AGAIN. This does not bode well for Radiguet, thus he did all he can to sabotage Tranza's success, no matter what. He even once again resorted to teaming up with the Jetman to eventually defeat Tranza and make him declare Radiguet as the Lord of Vyrams. It shows that Radiguet shows ZERO concern for his fellow Vyrams. For him, the world revolves around him and him only and anyone else are his playthings.

He also started developing quite the obsession on Maria/Rie. Thus, he turns her into a blood-thirsty vampire that yearns for more blood, becoming more monstrous each days and thus worthy of being by Radiguet's side. This action is so despicable that his fellow Vyram warrior Grey showed disgust. Now you know that you're messed up when even your friend think you're ****ed up to the head. Eventually, the Jetman managed to free Rie from brainwashing, although she decided that she's gone too far to be redeemed. Instead, she vented all her wish for vengeance to Radiguet by stabbing him from behind. He retaliates by killing her, but what makes him very depraved in doing so was not because he had to kill a traitor. His motivation is that if Rie betrays him, he'll NEVER let Ryuu have her, thus making his quest to save her a complete failure. And he succeeded, much to Ryuu's anguish... and much to our desire to slice the m*********er in two... ahem, sorry.

Consumed with desire for vengeance, Ryuu quits the Jetman force and challenged Radiguet to avenge Rie. Just to show how pissed off he was, he's willing to take Radiguet with him in death, though Radiguet couldn't care less. Thankfully for Ryuu, he still has friends, which made him change his mind about killing himself just so he can kill Radiguet. Thus began Jetman's final battle, whereas Radiguet is finally killed when Ryuu held him back and let the team, under the command of Gai Yuuki, stabbed Radiguet on the same spot where Rie stabbed him, which eventually killed him for good, while cursing that he'll have his vengeance soon... Now that might be a joyous day to Earth, but depending on your interpretation of what happens three years later, perhaps even Radiguet is having the last laugh.

Three years after the final battle, Ryuu married fellow Jetman Kaori Rokumeikan. Gai decided to visit the wedding, stopped a mugger in process, but for his troubles, the mugger stabbed him and even though he made it to the wedding and gave his blessing, Gai succumbed to his wounds and probably died. Now a lot of you probably would've thought of the theory about Radiguet surviving, becoming human again and now a mugger. While it's a plausible story, if we take the manga in continuity, I'd say that the mugger IS just a normal, nameless mugger, but Radiguet's spirit lived on and deciding to spit on the Jetman, never letting them having a happy ending, he possessed the thug and had him stab Gai. The thug was played by the suit actor of Black Condor, thus it can't be a reincarnated Radiguet. My other theory is when Gai looked away, Radiguet possessed the thug, thus giving him an urge to stab him, and he did. Once the deed is done, Radiguet's spirit left the thug, therefore, the thug felt a complete remorse about him stabbing Gai, and fled with a terrified look on his face rather than a confident "Take That!" look. Of course, Radiguet's restless spirit continued to haunt Jetman that it possessed the vegetable-state Tranza and even tried to possess Gai's replacement Jeffrey Kensaki. The combined power of the Jetman reunited as well as Tranza's spirit put an end to Radiguet's existence, and only then the world rejoiced that one more bastard has been erased from the world.

As said, Radiguet is a completely irredeemable sadistic monster. He is brutal to the humans, looks down on the humans, couldn't care less about his teammates and superiors, and wanted everything for himself. There are a lot of complete bastards in the Super Sentai franchise, but Radiguet tops them all... But then again, that's what makes him such a good villain. Because he's the type of villain you'll love to hate and you will cheer loudly when he finally bites the dust.

So? In the end, would you consider Radiguet the biggest S.O.B in Super Sentai? Or you know there's a bigger one? Well, you decide. But me? I'd say, yes, Radiguet is the biggest one there is.