Hello internet people! Not much to update with this week, but I said I would try my best to keep this thing from developing cobwebs so I felt obligated to post something new; and it’s not always a bad thing to force yourself. So besides my Red Bulls losing their way late in the season, my UFC favorites struggling, my Mets… par for the course, and Napoli… well actually SSC Napoli is doing amazing this season, no complaints. Keep it up guys!
Sports aside, what have I been watching to pass the time you might ask? As if I haven’t let my geekiness show already, Power Rangers. To be more precise, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. Yes, I started to watch the Japanese version of the Power Rangers.
What spurred this random viewing? Good question, as I have imported many Japanese shows over the years, and watched the American version of the power rangers since it’s inception til SPD. What caused me now, after all this time, to start watching the Japanese version? It was actually a combination of two things. The first being I have heard buzz about it for a little while now due to it being the 35th anniversary season and the second reason being they started re-releasing the original Power Rangers (of which I did purchase the first season). Now to be fair, I haven’t finished the series yet.
As of this moment, I have watched the first movie, and up to episode 27. The first thing that struck me as different was the acting. Overall, this series has quite impressive actors. I originally thought that they would stay with the stereotypical Japanese characters but they surprised me with character development and growth as the show moves forward. I honestly enjoyed all of them but slowly started to gravitate towards Joe (Blue) and Luka (Yellow) however as of today, Luka has a pretty commanding lead as my favorite Gokai. Another noticeable difference was the usage of blood and death. Nowadays, our media is slowly moving into a proper direction when it comes to introducing children to young adult themes, but not too long ago they were erasing guns and blood from anime at an alarming rate. Not to go too off topic, but for a few of my reports in Asian history classes I highlighted the censorship running rampant in anime (and I did quite a good job on them if I do say so myself, a few times I was even requested to present on the topic exclusively). To get back on track, I was not expecting the more adult tone of this show, but I did enjoy it. The casting choices were perfect, the music was well done, and the CGI was not too shabby for a kids tv show.
Due to being pleased with Gokaiger, I started watching Go-Busters, the new Sentai show. I will also be checking Shout Factory for more re-releases. I would really like for them to release SPD (my now second favorite Power Rangers), RPM (I have heard great things), and Dino Thunder (because I feel like I judged it too quickly).
Gokaiger does a lot of things right while having just a few, excusable stumbles. It is very funny, has great fight scenes, and has the most heart of any Sentai/Power Rangers show I have ever seen. It would not be fair to grade this before I see the end, but to show how much I enjoy it, I will share the fact that it is my new favorite Sentai/Power Rangers show ever. So nostalgia be damned, Gokaiger is a winner. Be sure to check it out, and don’t forget to watch the 199 movie of it.
I will keep you all updated in my next post as to my opinions on the progression of the newer Sentai series, along with the new Kamen Rider, Wizard. It’s Morphin’ Time.