I know it’s a small thing, but I love those scenes at the beginning of every episode where the Kyurangers figure out what their next mission is. The fact that we get one at the start of every episode in the pre-opening space where most Sentai teams would be chilling at their HQ means that the default setting of the Kyuranger team is more active rather than passage. They’re always on the move and they’re always getting work done to save the universe. It’s also just a nice way ofRead More
Totally called it! The overall theme of Kyuranger has been that ordinary people can make a difference, so it makes sense that the endgame we’re building to involves the universe rising up to overthrow Jark Matter. Using the pop star from the last episode as a catalyst for the uprising was an unexpected twist but it makes a lot of sense given his role in inspiring Hammy and how his numerous appearances throughout previous episodes have already established him as a well-known and influential figure in the universe. Having himRead More
When Xiao Longbao came out of the deep-sleep chamber thing in the last episode, my immediate first reaction was ‘Okay, so where’s Champ? He’s a robot so he probably doesn’t need to go into hibernation, but where is he?’ It was brought up briefly at the end of the last episode that he went to find Professor Anton, and now we have the result of that search. One of the things that’s so impressive to me about Kyuranger and one of the reasons why I think it’s lasted for 34Read More
We skip over the usual opening narration this week to go straight to Don Armage addressing his minions. It’s a strong opening that shows for the first time since the Kyurangers returned to the present that he really is still around and nothing has changed at all. The church setting is a striking choice for a such a short scene but it works really well and it makes me miss the more visually-interesting villain lairs in series like ToQger. The main purpose of this opening to get us onto theRead More
After going back to the past to change history, the Kyurangers returned to discover the world in a slightly more dystopian place than they left it, now that Garu and Kotaro have been captured, the Orion is badly damaged, and everything they just did seemed like it was for nothing. The start of this episode felt hopeless in a way that only this particular Sentai show can do. Part of Kyuranger‘s appeal to me is that it’s the story of the universe being freed from evil rather than a universeRead More
This episode got off to a strong start with the team in the present exploring the 300-year-old wreckage of the Orion. The destroyed control room was a simple but effective image that made for a memorable pre-title sequence with a genuine cliffhanger rather than just the promise of a fight. It’s nice to see Sentai attempting a more complicated storyline, and for the most part it works. As far as villain introductions go, it doesn’t get much better than Don Armage’s entrance at the end of this episode. There areRead More
So there’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news is that this new arc is kicking off immediately with a clip show. Why couldn’t we have the clip show last week and the Naga stuff this week? As it stands, the show built up momentum and then immediately threw it away, leading to a weirdly paced start to Naga’s ‘evil ranger’ arc. The good news is that this clip show is genuinely funny. A lot of that comes from the presence of Xiao Longbao, a character who (muchRead More
I’m so glad the show followed up on Naga’s lack of emotions being mentioned in 25. Since the character was first introduced I’ve been fascinated by the idea of a species that represses all emotions but so far it’s only been used for comic relief purposes. Seeing it return as a main plot thread feels like something we’ve been waiting on for a while and I can’t wait to see what the show does with it. Also, the opening scene of Naga looking bored in the cockpit followed by theRead More
This episode sort of went from having a cool premise to a weak premise to a cool premise again. It started out cool when we learned that time travel was being introduced to the show and that Tsurugi wanted to go to the planet Tocky to find out what happened before he was put into hibernation. It then got a bit weaker when they arrived on Tocky and realised that they specifically needed 12 people to make the time travel work, a highly convenient number that made the episode’s mainRead More
The main threat this episode, that the non-red, non-pink, and non-chef members of the Kyurangers were trapped inside a monster’s stomach having their blood slowly drained was pretty damn dark for Super Sentai. At least we had Balance there, once again forgetting the differences between robots and humans, to lighten the situation up a bit. In fact there was quite a lot of blood this week considering Tsurugi’s wounds were the main way to visualise his new mortality. If nothing else I suppose it raised the stakes and made itRead More
TRIAL! Keiichi hasegawa Gives the Terui’s a final focused story…that’s pretty superfluous considering they already completed their character arcs. ETERNAL! Riku sanjou Concludes all of the Video W content with Exploring Katsumi Daidou’s backstory…and in doing so harms the view-ability of one of the best Kamen Rider movies made. Toei does not learn.
SKULL! We Dive into W’s Post-series stories with Akiko gaining a look back on her father’s origins as a Rider on her wedding day…while Toshiki Inoue takes the characters of Kamen Rider OOO for a ride that Doesn’t make much Sense, even if you know Nobunaga Oda. Poor Eiji Hino, he’s barely relevant to his own damn Crossover film.
I love that this episode started with resolution rather than a pre-titles cliffhanger like normal. Starting with a problem to be solved works well to get the audience hooked but it’s nice to mix up the formula every now and then, and opening with the return of a character who apparently died is just as much of a hook. Because of the way Episode 21 starts, you could almost edit this together with 20 to create one seamless 45 minute story, and I can’t decide if that’s a good orRead More
JOKER! W Ends with the Series’ final revelations, Ryu Finding true closure and Love, and the machination of the world’s end Challenged by the Final Trump. EXTREME! Fuuto comes under attack by Dangerous zombies and new gaia memories, as the series secret antagonists’ other machinations clash catastrophically with the plot of a madman out for revenge.
TRIGGER! Ryu reaches the next level of speed in his final confrontation with Weather, as Museum restructures itself amidst increased pressure from it’s investors.