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Lupinranger VS Patoranger – Episode 21 Review

Episode 21 is the second part of Noel’s introduction, and so far he seems like a perfect ‘sixth’ ranger. Not only do I love his suit design and mecha, but his inclusion to the series complicates the formula in interesting ways and gives us a little more insight into Lupinranger VS Patoranger‘s lore. This episode doesn’t touch on it in much detail but with Noel being the creator of some of the rangers’ gear and having a previous relationship with Kogure, there’s plenty of room for the show to getRead More


Lupinranger VS Patoranger – Episode 20 Review

The star of this episode is clearly Noel and his two ranger forms. Lupinranger VS Patoranger has done incredibly well so far with its unique two-team premise, and the introduction of a new character who’s part of both teams takes it to a new level. We first see him as Lupin X, which is probably my favourite form of the two. I’ve always preferred the Lupinrangers to the Patorangers, although I like the designs and personalities of both. Part of why I like his Lupinranger form so much is theRead More


Lupinranger VS Patoranger – Episodes 11 + 12 Review

These two episodes, while still being enjoyable to watch, feel like a bit of a step down for the show. The unique set-up of Lupinranger VS Patoranger has kept the series fresh and exciting up to now, but these episodes felt like they could have come from any Sentai show. Episode 12 in particular had an entirely predictable plot. As soon as we were introduced to a character who wanted to go fast and a macguffin that makes people go fast, the whole episode became boring. Every beat is hitRead More


Lupinranger VS Patoranger – Episodes 3 + 4 Review

With the main premise of the show established, Episode 3 and 4 both do a good job of showing the potential this premise has. At first I was a little worried about how the interactions between the two teams were going to work, mainly due to the secret identity thing. Secret identities are rarely something Sentai bothers with in an meaningful way, but the first episodes of Lupin vs Pato set up the idea that the two teams will be meeting a lot in civilian form. For me, one ofRead More


Lupinranger VS Patoranger – Episode 2 Review

I’m relieved the slick choreography and camera work of the first episode continues into the second. Often, a new Sentai will make the first episode look fancy to give a good first impression without carrying any of the fanciness on through the rest of the show. Here, it seems the long takes and lateral camera movements used to show off the geography of fight scenes is going to be part of the show’s style rather than just a cool thing they did a few times to make the premiere memorable.Read More


Lupinranger VS Patoranger – Episode 1 Review

Wow. Really, wow. It’s easy to give good reviews to Super Sentai premiere episodes. After watching the same series for 50 weeks, just having brand new suits and characters and settings and toys to play with is all a premiere needs to feel fresh and exciting. Because of that, I tend to wave away a lot of issues with first episodes that would be a deal breaker in any other situation. For example, I go into Sentai first episodes expecting the pacing to be nonexistent due to the episode spendingRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 47 Review

This episode opened with some small quiet scenes of the crew discussing how far they’ve come. We hear about how Hammy and Garu have warmed to Lucky and how Naga has learned about emotions by being around the others. It’s such a nice way of showing the team’s progress now that things are wrapping up and it makes me appreciate how well these characters have developed. I, like Hammy and Garu, used to be really annoyed by Lucky when the show started but I’ve slowly learned to like him, notRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 46 Review

From the very start, this episode had an epic scale to it. The pre-title sequence alone gives the impression that this could be the last episode of the series. It’s repeatedly emphasised, like with the final Kyulette chance from the end of the previous episode, that this is the last time we’ll see the team saying their trademark catchphrases and doing their trademark things. It’s crazy to think that I was worried when this series was first announced about whether or not a 12-person Sentai would work. Not only haveRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 45 Review

Following on from the reveal of Don Armage’s identity, I love that Tsurugi is now in the same position Lucky was in before. It’s easy to give out advice when you aren’t the one who has to make the final decision, so giving the same tough choice to Tsurugi about killing a loved one possessed by evil is a unique twist to the standard moral lessons in Sentai, or any kids TV show I can think of. But as much as it’s a neat twist to have two people dealRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 44 Review

I love that this episode started with a message from the alien pop star guy, confirming that there is some sort of organised galactic resistance going in the background. I’d have hoped to see an episode based around this resistance coming together, Star Wars Rebels style, but that’s not really a priority of this show. Still, I’m glad we got something, even if it was a little too ‘tell’ rather than ‘show’. If nothing else, a Star Wars Rebels style episode about the rebellion coming together would have been moreRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 43 Review

The opening of this episode was pretty damn slick, from some unmorphed fighting to almost a full-team henshin to the logo followed by a really cool shot of the rangers silhouetted in their colours. It really feels like we’re in endgame territory now. The fight with Aslan had some good choreography, which was helped a lot by his suit being something the actor could actually fight well in instead of being a bulky monster costume. That said, I wish there was a little bit more to Lucky’s dad turning goodRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 42 Review

This episode mainly revolved about Lucky’s big trolley problem: his father or the universe? Unfortunately there was never any real tension in this question because it was being asked in an episode of Super Sentai, a show that routinely solves trolley problems with “Why not both?” The thing is, I’m not entirely convinced that’s a bad thing. It’s bad in the sense that conflict is at the heart of all stories so a story without conflict is kinda boring, but at the same time Super Sentai‘s ability to let theRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 41 Review

This episode got off to a strong start with a longer than average pre-title sequence. Rather than taking down the Crux System’s shield with the click of a Kyutama, we actually see the effort it took to get in position and activate everything. I love how competent the Kyurangers are as a team and this opening does a good job of showing them planning a mission and executing it perfectly. There’s some really cool time-jump stuff here too, where we’ll see the action spliced with flashbacks to when the planRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 40 Review

From completing trials to taking part in a LARP to playing baseball, this arc of Kyuranger is basically using collecting another set of Kyutama as an excuse to go to different themed planets for gimmick-based filler episodes. For me, Kyuranger‘s filler has been better than most Sentai‘s due to how many characters and subplots there are weaving in and out of the show’s main focus. Even if it looks like nothing substantial is happening on paper, the team is always moving closer to their goal of liberating the universe andRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 39 Review

This episode got off to an amazing start. Champ’s whole arc has been one of the strongest in the show and this is probably its most significant episode. Not only do we have the return of the Champ prototypes, but the appearance of Professor Anton as a villain. It feels instantly refreshing to see a cackling villain who isn’t playing the part while wearing a big rubber monster suit. There’s something unsettling and horrifying about the zombie professor who exists merely as a hologram. He’s such a unique idea forRead More