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Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 35 Review

When the team finally head off for a confrontation with Don Armage in the show’s present, I didn’t think we’d get there for at least another episode. The team deciding to stop off on the way for pop-related hijinks was obviously a set-up for a filler episode but, like always, Kyuranger has a much, much better way to handling filler than other Sentai‘s do and we actually ended up getting a lot of huge plot-important stuff in the second half. We’ve seen this gold alien pop star dude a lotRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 33 Review

Last week we skipped over the narrated intro and had a weirdly epic build-up to the opening title sequence. This week, we’re straight into the title sequence with no intro at all. Strange that they’re mixing it up but I supposed it’s to create something like a new start mid-series. The Naga is evil/going back in time arc spanned a lot of weeks so now that we’re back to something resembling status quo it seems the show is trying to give itself a push for the second half. Either thatRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 30 Review

It’s strange to have something that feels like a final battle against the main villain in Episode 30 of a Sentai series, but here we are. We had an epic fight in a desert with cool drone shots and slo-mo, the main villain tried to attack the rangers’ base, and at least three characters were on the brink of death (and one actually died). It certainly felt endgame-y, and for me it’s exactly the sort of thing the mid-series of a Sentai show needs to keep the momentum going. IRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 28 Review

Wow, they really want to make sure we understand the whole ‘two teams: one in the past, one in the present’ thing, huh? They’re even doing on-screen diagrams now. Something else I want to mention about the opening is that Lucky introduced the whole group as the Kyurangers rather than just saying his own name. Since the start of the series Lucky has steadily grown more and more competent as a leader and I can’t tell if it’s an intentional character arc or a side-effect of the show having gainedRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 23 Review

It was a pleasant surprise to have Eris back this episode considering most if not all of the good characters in this series are rangers. Even the mentor and characters who would normally be sidekicks or assistants, like Kotaro and Raptor, have their own suits, so it’s nice to have at least one helpful recurring character outside of the main circle. It was also just a good way to give everyone something to do, something that’ll become a lot harder now that we’ve reached a grand total of 12 rangers.Read More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 22 Review

Last episode was the debut of HououSoldier in battle but this episode was the real debut of the man inside the suit. We finally got to learn more about the character himself and, like most members of the Kyuranger cast, I could see him becoming a favourite of mine. His backstory about being the first person to travel beyond the moon 300 years ago not only gives us a rough idea of where abouts in history Kyuranger is supposed to take place but it gives him something unique to makeRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 13 Review

Immediately this episode was off to a strong start. It’s pretty crafty of the show to try to justify the need to stretch out the search for the Argo because the Kyutama needs to be recharged, but getting that explanation was infinitely better than having the team just sit around doing nothing for a week. When the whole universe is at stake, having a week of filler where the team just do nothing would make them seem like terrible people. Despite the need to recharge, this episode wasn’t actually anRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 10 Review

Just when I start to forget how much this show is like Star Wars, blue ghosts and a character called Mothma show up… I was slightly worried that a child ranger would be cringe-worthy to watch every week but, amazingly, it turned out better that I could have imagined. Not only is the kid who plays Kotaro quite a capable young actor, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen a child character in anything treated with this sort of respect. It makes sense to have child characters in children’sRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 9 Review

Episode 9 marks the first proper appearance of Xiao Longbao’s ranger form after a brief look at the prototype form last week. This episode is a lot neater and more straight-forward than Episode 8, mainly due to the fewer plot threads. Rather than dedicating time to Naga, Champ, and Balance’s quest to find the Kyutama, here they’ve already found it and are just on their way back home. The main task at the start of the episode, rescue Spada, is also a lot more straight-forward and personal a goal thanRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 8 Review

Ever since the very first episode aired, I’ve been a fan of Kyuranger. I liked the sci-fi theme, I liked all the designs, and I liked the idea of having a larger team. That being said, I was always sort of waiting for this show to stop being so good. Based on my past experience of Sentai, there’s always a moment where the show drops in quality to a basic resting state where nothing is really accomplished week-to-week until it all picks up again for the endgame. In addition, theRead More


Uchu Sentai Kyuranger – Episode 5 Review

Despite suffering from some clunky character development, Kyuranger Episode V: The Jark Matter Strikes Back was by far the most fun episode of the series to date. I don’t know if it’s necessarily the best episode to date (for me that’s Episode IV) but finally seeing the core nine rangers unite to fight back against the Jark Matter while giving A New Hope to the oppressed on-lookers was incredibly satisfying and just fun. And if there’s one thing I watch Super Sentai for, it’s fun. The clunky character development stuffRead 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 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