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Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 3 Review

This episode excites me the most out of the three we’ve had so far. Making the first episode of a Super Sentai show enjoyable is pretty easy to do because you’re going to be introducing us to new characters and new suits and new situations that will naturally seem more fresh and interesting because we’ve just finished sitting through around 50 episodes of the previous characters and suits and situations. What’s really difficult is maintaining the same level of interest through the following 49 episodes, and it’s here that I’ve hadRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 2 Review

Both the good stuff and the bad stuff from the first episode continue into Kyuranger‘s second episode. The good stuff includes inventive planets, some excellent universe-building, amazing mecha fights with top-notch practical effects, and characters who’s backstories are bursting with potential for expansion. The bad stuff basically boils down to Lucky. Once all nine members of the team are active in the show, things are going to get very crowded, so the show needs to put some effort into spreading the focus to different members of the ensemble. The problemRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 1 Review

So! Kyuranger. I loved it. It was a strong first episode that did exactly what first episodes need to do: sell the audience on the amount of potential that can be squeezed out of a premise. I can already tell from just the first week alone that we’re in for a wild ride. The sheer variety of alien planets alone makes this a very unique Sentai that I’m sure won’t get boring any time soon. On that note, I’m so happy with how well this episode was paced. I loveRead More


Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger – Episode 48 (Finale) Review

Oh, you are KIDDING me! Naria is still alive?! Why? What are the writers going to do with her-Oh. Oh, I guess she’s dead again. Huh. Never mind. Overall, Zyuohger has been a pretty average Super Sentai series for me. The suit designs were cool, I loved the main cast, and the ‘optimism versus cynicism’ thing that Yamato and Bunglay had is still my favourite hero/villain dynamic in Sentai, perfectly summing up why I love to watch tokusatsu. That being said, it was still kinda meh, and this impression hasn’tRead More


Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger – Episode 47 Review

So apparently there’s one more episode after this that I didn’t know about. That being said, why on Earth wasn’t this the finale? Just like with last week, this was an episode that was okay to watch in isolation but absolutely failed to build any sort of momentum for the series overall. When Master Ginis walked out of the explosion at the end all I could think was “Oh, come on!” Killing Green Toxica (FINALLY!) and bringing the spaceship crashing down to Earth (in some conveniently uninhabited mountains rather thanRead More


Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger – Episode 46 Review

On the whole, I’ve enjoyed watching Zyuohger. It hasn’t been perfect by any stretch of the imagination but it hasn’t been bad either. The biggest crime of Zyuohger‘s storytelling is just that it didn’t have enough to hook me for 47 episodes, and never was that more apparent than in this, the penultimate episode. The episode ends with Azald, a threatening villain who is actually significant to the show’s mythology, being killed by the rangers. Then, Master Ginis, the most boring villain in the show, decides to stick around andRead More


Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger – Episode 45 Review

Buckle up everyone: it’s endgame time. This episode kicked off the final arc of the series just about as well as it could. We had some strong character stuff examining Yamato’s family situation, some world-building stuff with the origin of Misao’s powers and Azald’s backstory, and some strong action stuff, including the first time all seven Zyuohgers have fought together. It’s interesting that this henshin had Yamato going into Zyuoh Gorilla mode rather than his default Zyuoh Eagle form, but I guess that’s so we can have a ‘proper’ allRead More


Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger – Episode 44 Review

Oh dear: a clip show. If the writers don’t have enough story or budget to fill almost 50 episodes, why do they keep making almost 50 episodes? Maybe Super Sentai would benefit from moving towards tighter story arcs with less overall episodes, nearer 40 or 35. Zyuohger, like so many other Sentai shows, is spread far too thinly, which would be alright if the default state of the show when nothing is happening was at all interesting. Unfortunately the default state of this show is gimmicky monster of the weekRead More


Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger – Episode 43 Review

The basic set up of Zyuohger lends itself really well to holiday specials. With two third of the team being from another world, it gives the show a good excuse to make Yamato and/or Misao explain the meaning of such and such holiday while the zyuman characters, in an attempt to fit in with Earth culture, go to different places around the city to figure out how to celebrate it properly. Holiday specials always come a little close to being gimmicky but with Zyuohger they can get away with aRead More


Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger – Episode 42 Review

There seems to be a running theme in Zyuohger of trying to make us care more about villains by physically attaching something we do care about to them in the hopes that the coolness with rub off somehow. With Kubar they made us care about him by giving him Bunglay’s hand and now with Blue Box McGee they’re trying to make us care about him by burying Cube Animals in him. I mean, that’s one way to do it I guess. It still doesn’t make Blue Box McGee any moreRead More


Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger – Episode 41 Review

Now THAT was more like it! Episode 41 is the first Zyuohger episode in a while that’s actually been about Zyuohger. Usually a Sentai adventure is a random scenario that the main team are dropped into and have to resolve, but here we actually had a story that not only advanced the plot of the series in major ways but also involved basically every major character and expanded on the mythology of the show. It was extremely satisfying to watch and what’s even better is that it ended on aRead More


Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger – Episode 40 Review

I have two things to say about that pre-title sequence. Firstly, it’s so cool to see a Super Sentai team running to the aid of a non-monster related threat. Saving that kid from the bullies is just a really nice heroic thing that doesn’t factor into any of the bigger picture stuff. Secondly, dear lord are we really going with this as a villain theme? What even was this episode? And how long is it until the next exciting plot thing happens? This was a Leo focus episode in theRead More


Uchuu Sentai Kyuuranger – First Impressions!

So! It’s that time of year again: the next Super Sentai series has been revealed, and I thought I’d take some time to go over my thoughts on what we have so far. My immediate first impressions are that I absolutely adore Uchuu Sentai Kyuuranger. I’m a big fan of sci-fi and I’m a big fan of large Sentai teams, so a space Sentai with nine members is basically a dream come true for me. The suits themselves look wonderful. They’re detailed without being too cluttered and overdesigned. All theRead More


Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger – Episode 39 Review

You know, I think I finally understand what the role of Master Ginis is in Zyuohger: he’s me. The Monsters of the Week attack the Earth as a way to create entertainment for Ginis/me and we both sit looking bored with our heads resting on our hands waiting for something interesting to happen. When Kubar says at the start “You’ll get to see something a bit different from the usual fare”, he’s actually talking directly to the audience, saying “Don’t worry! We don’t have any plot this episode but I swearRead More


Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger – Episode 38 Review

Well it only took 38 episodes but we’re finally getting into the history of Zyuland’s connection with Earth and what Bard’s motivations are. This show really should have had a much deeper storyline, particularly one that actually gave the main villains something to do, so the whole thing didn’t feel so thinly spread. We’ve had so many pointless gimmick episodes with no plot progression and then all the plot progression happens at once. Still, what we finally got was wonderful. Humans finding their way into Zyuland and then being killedRead More