Monday, May 22, 2017

Zyuohger vs. Ninninger - Photos and Review

This is the crossover movie between Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger (2016) and Shuriken Sentai Ninninger (2015). Both Zyuohger and Ninninger received a slightly negative reception among super sentai fans because their show had been inferior compared to their predecessor. With this in mind, how the two series achieved in this versus movie?

Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger vs. Ninninger: Message from the Future from Super Sentai is the translation for their official title : 劇場版 動物戦隊ジュウオウジャーVSニンニンジャー未来からのメッセージfromスーパー戦隊 (Gekijō-ban Dōbutsu Sentai Jūōjā tai Ninninjā Mirai kara no messēji from sūpā sentai). Unusual to the other crossover movie, in Zyuohger vs Ninninger, the storyline is rather different, quite interesting actually. The premise is something like this: A boy from the future time travelled to the current Zyuohger world. Just like John Connor in Terminator world. The boy, who happened to be Takaharu Igasaki (Ninnin-Red) son, come from distance future to warn the potential conflict between Zyuohger and Ninninger. As expected, the two sentai team had been fall into villain's plot to get them fighting each other. In the end, the movie resolved the truth and the two team do a great action together. As in tradition lately, the 2017 super sentai, Uchu Sentai Kyuranger made appearance with the complete nine rangers.

Here the screen capture for the movie Zyuohger vs Ninninger, 2017:

the first encounter between Zyuohger and Ninninger take place beside the lake

the two team then finally aware of the real villain who using them.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Kyuranger Premiere Episode One Review

Uchu Sentai Kyuranger finally premiere on Sunday February 12, 2017. The 41st Super Sentai series will succeeded Zyuohger, which is the 40th Super Sentai. As we all experienced, the general consensus for the last three super sentais, from Kyoryuger, are mostly below expectation. The ToQger in 2014, Ninninger in 2015, and Jyuohger in 2016, all left super sentai fans a mixed feelings. Thus, quite a big expectation fell upon Kyuranger.

Especially, as per known design, Kyuranger is getting extra ordinary design. This is the first super sentai team to have nine ranger, announced right from the start. The fresh theme and motive is space and planetary, and also star sign. Making Kyuranger already having a nice start build up.

The first episodes actually written very well. Story are fast pace but yet have enough room for building up the story. Let's see some of my screenshots below:

The first scene shown alien invasion. The villains is translated as Space Shogunate by Powerranger Wikia. The foot soldier design looks close to Gokaiger and Go-Busters.

Opening theme is ":Lucky Star" by Project R , sing by Tomohiro Hatano.
With nine rangers, the opening clip is dense with actions.

Kyuranger is one of the rare sentai series to open with line up of Yellow, Green and Black ranger.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Most Favorite Super Sentai Opening Theme

The new super sentai, Kyuranger is about to launch in couple of weeks, so let's refresh our memories with my list of favorite super sentai opening songs and themes. I only listed the opening songs, there are zillions of end songs, in between songs and others that enriched the world of super sentai.

10. Susume Goranger - Go Ranger 1975
This is where it's all begin. The opening song of Go Ranger 1972 is true classic. It's so '70s Japan with toku style brass, funky guitar. Sings by Isao Sasaki who get very tenor voice and Mitsuko Horie as the female counter part.

09. Dai Sentai Goggle V - Goggle V 1982
Lyric : Koike Kazuo Composer / Arranger : Watanabe Michiaki Singer : MoJo, Koorogi '73, Goggle V is the first recognized sentai in Indonesia and South East Asia. The song is also memorable with still lots of brass and pumping bass line.

08. Choudenshi Bioman - Bioman 1984
Choudenshi Bioman (超電子バイオマン) is also most popular sentai in the '80, worldwide! This opening song sing by Takayuki Miyauchi. The chorus is epic and required strong spirit to shout it out.

07. Choujin Sentai Jetman - Jetman 1991
Performed by Hironobu Kageyama, the Jetman opening song is rather the turn point to classic '80 sound. Jetman's opening song is modern by the time performed by singer that having more pop voices and less brass. It's has heavy metal with shredding electric guitar solos.

06. Secret Kakuranger - Kakuranger 1994
Performed by Tu Chee Chen. And we arrived in Kakuranger opening theme. As the revolution in Tokusatsu soundtrack song begin, the music for Kakuranger is extremely different that its past. Secret Kakuranger has thick Japanese music elements. Fit with Kakuranger ninja theme. It's also sing by singer with J-Pop voice rather than the tenor singer in the '80s.

05. Mirai Sentai Timeranger - Timeranger 2000
Performed by JIKU. Talking about revolution in super sentai opening song, Timeranger wins big time. This opening song is so extremely future feel. The singer is fully taken by female voices. The music is combination of crazy jazz feel and rock. The chromatic down notes in the chorus is strange to be in super sentai song. See this one live and you can feel how powerful this song is.

04. Mahou Sentai Magiranger - Magiranger 2005
Performed by Takafumi Iwasaki. The song is composed with thick orchestra to echo the soundtrack of magical world. It's influenced by Harry Potter world, Magiranger opening song successly brings us to the magical world.

Listen to the violin version :

03. Go Go Sentai Boukenger - Boukenger 20006
Performed by  NoB (Yamada Nobuo). By now, the opening song of super sentai is already quite standarized. Still Boukenger opening song is pretty neat and spiritful. The style is heavy metal with full power chord guitar. Chorus are memorable.

Hear it with piano version, which is very fit with the instrument:

02. Hurricaneger Calling - Hurricaneger 2002
Performed by Hideaki Takatori. Hurricaneger incorportaed Japanese elements to their opening song. You can feel the Japanese scale in the song and it's epic. The song is greatly videographed in the clip with Hurricaneger using the umbrellas.

It's work nice for flute version  :

01. Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger - Dekaranger 2004
Performed by Psychic Lover. Yes, Dekaranger opening song with it's epic opening guitar riff is the no.1 super sentai song. This is the household song for super sentai, this is how super sentai show should be started. The style is full metal band setting, Psychic Lover got it super right.

It's the best song to do cover with guitar :

Notable mentioned :
Juken Sentai Gekiranger 2007 
Performed by Takayoshi Tanimoto, this song fall in between Dekaranger and Hurricaneger. It's still following Dekaranger and Boukenger style which is metal with big power chord but now with exotic scale to reflected Gekiranger kungfu style. Very nice one indeed.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Uchu Sentai Kyuranger 2017 Actors and Actress Line Up

The mystery behind intrique 2017 Uchu Sentai Kyuranger have finally almost all revealed. The first impressions about their what-about already posted before. As we all know, this going to be a strong season with nine rangers immediately announced and most probably will directly put it the show. Making Kyuranger, the 41st Super Sentai, the first of its kind to have more than five rangers started in the beginning.

Alas, when the Kyuranger actors and actress finally revealed, we got only positive five cast that have human form. This mean the other four rangers will be played with mask, as they are not human form. To make it clear, here the details story line for Kyuranger as posted in official TV-ASAHI website:

The stage of the story is the far space of the future far away. It is the world where hope was lost under the rule of evil organization Jack Matter. However, nine warriors appeared mysteriously, summoned by Keizama/Kyutama that possessed the power of the constellation. They are legend that saves the universe. The nine 's  is precisely called as  Kyuranger.They are chosen human being and they are alien from different constellation systems. The five human types are : Shishi Red, Scorpion Orange, Kajiki Yellow, Hebitsukai Silver, and Chameleon Green.
The alien members are : 
Wolf Blue, Tenbin Gold, Oshi Black, and Washi Pink Rapter283. Everyone is a leading squadron.

Details characters and casts for Kyuranger as follow  :

Sembilan Ranger Hadir di Kyuranger 2017

Setiap tahun, stasiun televisi Jepang mendesain seri Super Sentai dengan desain baru dan unik. Desain super sentai tahun 2017 adalah salah satu yang paling inovatif yaitu team super sentai dengan nama Uchu Sentai Kyuranger. Uchu Sentai Kyuranger akan menjadi tim ke-41 super sentai. Ulang tahun Super Sentai ke-40 baru saja usai dirayakan di seri Zyuohger.

Sembilan ranger akan hadir di Kyuranger. Setidaknya inilah penampakan desain poster dan magazine yang menayangkan ada sembilan karakter di Kyuranger. Ini adalah inovasi baru dari TOEI / TV Asahi, karena selama ini semua super sentai dihadirkan pertama kalinya hanya sejumlah lima ranger / karakter. Baru kemudian ranger ke-enam diperkenalkan di tengah-tengah seri setelah berjalan.

Sembilan ranger di Kyuranger adalah :

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Complete 2017 Uchu Sentai Kyuranger Designs Explained

It's December and the rumors about 2017 Super Sentai, Uchu Sentai Kyuranger, has finally revealed. As the week rolls in, the image of Kyuranger has now presented to us in higher resolution. The first images of Kyuranger is circulated in this IMAGE. Which is enough to give a shock in Sentai world. We are now in the track to having the first sentai series where the initial rangers is NINE units!

A week after, the full image of our nine Kyuranger are finally appeared. They are in toy catalog and here are some of edited images. You can find all complete toy catalog with simple google search for "Kyuranger" :

so our 2017 Super Sentai, Kyuranger are : from left to right :
WashiPink (Eagle), HebitsukaiSilver (Snake), TenbinGold (Libra), SasoriOrange (Scorpion), ShishiRed (Lion), OokamiBlue (Wolf), OushiBlack (Bull), ChameleonGreen (Chameleon), KajikiYellow (Swordfish)

the theme for 2017 super sentai is obvious now. Kyuranger is a sky planetary and constellation theme super sentai.

the weapons for the nine Kyurangers are called Kyuza Weapons :
Individual Weapons and Team Weapon
        Kyu Sword (Red), Kyu Spear (Orange), Kyu Claw (Blue), Kyu Crossbow (Gold),  Kyu Axe (Black), Kyu Sickle (Silver), Kyu Rapier (Green), Kyu Shot (Pink), Kyu Slasher (Yellow)
See, there are all weapon available in fantasy world included

Uchu Sentai Kyuranger (宇宙戦隊キュウレンジャー Uchu Sentai Kyuranger) or Space Squadron Kyuranger will be a Space, Planetaries, Constellation and even Animal theme for super sentai. They are the first one for this detailed theme. Some of past super sentai that share this theme are :
- Most of the '80s sentai : Sun Vulcan, Changeman, Flashman that have outer space theme
- Most of animal sentai : Gaoranger, Gekiranger to Zyuohger
- Dekaranger for its space police theme

Unique for Kyuranger will be a lot :
- One of the very first green female ranger in super sentai world
- Obviously the first to have all nine rangers appeared in initial line up, at least in promotion
- The black bull is a bulky guy, similar to Bull Black in Gingaman
- The nine constellations connected to Kyuranger are :

  • Shisi Red used Leo constellation 
  • Chameleon Green is Chameleon constellation
  • Kajiki Yellow is Dorado , or Swordfish constellation
  • Oushi Black is Taurus constellation
  • Ookami Blue is Lupus / The Wolf constellation
  • Sasori Orange is Scorpions constellation
  • Tenbin Gold is Libra constellation
  • Hebitsukai Silver is Ophiucus, or the Snake constellation 
  • Washi Pink is Aquila, or the Eagle constellation
- The nine rangers is also obviously about our nine planet in solar system (well, hello Pluto...) but no confirmation about this right now

- The vehicle / mecha for Kyuranger will be simply called Voyagers, there confirmed five voyagers to form a super robo - KyurenOh :
1. Shishi Voyager
2. Ookami Voyager
3. Oushi Voyager
4. Chameleon Voyager
5. Kajiki Voyager

- We will switching from cube theme in Zyuoger to sphere theme in Kyuranger, how nice.

- Finally, the suit design for Kyuranger is extremely futuristic. All ranger share little theme each other and in unique individual design.

- Pink ranger is the first to have a cupid style wing, instead of bird-like wing as in Jetman and Red Zyuohger

- As we know, this will be the 41st Super Sentai. A very strong reboot in the series with all nine rangers formation. Love it.

Surely this will be a busy season for super sentai in 2017. For now, let's wait for the next storm. The casting for 2017 Super Sentai Kyuranger, actresses and actors revealed.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Top 10 Super Sentai Headquarter - Military / Laboratory Category

In year of 2016 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of super sentai series. I will bring together trivial fun fact about super sentai in "Top 10 Super Sentai..... " posting. Our first Top Ten is the design of headquarter of the series. The headquarter play important part on the series. They are designed following the main theme of the series. The most common headquarter theme, and the most being used in the first decades of super sentai is the Laboratory style. The super sentai will reside in very advance technology laboratory, usually with military backup. Here are the top ten to remember :

Top 10 Super Sentai Headquarter - Military / Laboratory Category

10. Google V - Future Science Laboratory
From the first super sentai series (Goranger), the futuristic style headquarter is used by each team. Google V's Future Science Laboratory is the most memorable milestone. It got very hi-tech design, fully operated by Computer Boys and Girls, and head by Dr. Hideki Hongo. The Google V team brainstormed and analysis strategy in this headquarter

9. Bioman - Biobase
It is a very hi tech headquarter located near Mt Fuji. The laboratory is also the launchpad for BioDragon and BioRobo. It is hidden in the cave complex.
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