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Open letter/Challenge to Disney Stars

I had to open it up and will be there until the challenge is met/fulfilled.
You can read it here.

Update: Selena Gomez has already reached Japan as of Feb 2011, and Miley Cyrus has already reached the Philippines as of Jul 2011. Let's keep hoping for the others.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Thoughts on Sentai's Later Added Rangers

Here are the extra rangers meant to add up the team members to five:

Soukichi Banba/Big One- In a team of four rangers, he became the fifth and their leader. He reappeared in Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai even if JAKQ had NO giant robot yet.

Junichi Aikawa/Green Rhino and Tetsuya Yano/Black Bison- They were extra rangers that came in together to create the Liveman team from three rangers to five rangers. The two were motivated by their desire for revenge only to discover that their real reason to fight was justice.

The Gouraigers Ikkou and Shishou functioned as two additional members. They were the first maroon and navy blue rangers. With a twist, these two started off as enemies and became friends in contrast to their Liveman equivalents. Shishou apparently had a relationship with Nanami.

Asuka of Dino Earth/Abare Black- He's the fourth member of the Abarangers and from Dino Earth. I find his love story with Mahoro to be an interesting theme. He later appeared in Boukenger vs. Super Sentai.

Mikoto Nakadai/Abare Killer- I see him as a more wicked version of Burai from Zyuranger. He was introduced as a villain, became a hero and DIED.

Gou Fukami/Geki Violet- The first violet ranger in history and brother to the blue ranger Retsu. Being a wolf, I felt like his story as a werewolf was inspired by Shirogane's.

Ken Hisatsu/Geki Chopper- He's the first ranger to ever not shave his facial hair.

While there were extra heroes but most of the did was simply add the number to five in the case of JAKQ and later Liveman, these ones went beyond five heroes. By the way, please don't complain X-1 Mask isn't here, I'm talking of the officially added ones. They are:

Burai/Dragon Ranger was the first. His the only Zyuranger I found more interesting than the others. So he's acted by Shiro Izumi who was previously Change Pegasus in Changeman. I like the way he went from darkness to light in five EPIC episodes I would dub as "Green with Evil". Sadly he had to die. :-(

Kou/Kiba Ranger- The child actor Hisashi Sakai played as Kibaranger. Before that, he played the younger Burai. He was a pervert. Fortunately though, he survived through the end. I wonder if he was supposed to become a means to attract a younger audience. Some viewed him as a gimmick character. Power Rangers fans later called him "Justin disgracing Tommy." Fortunately the actor didn't return in Carranger for the role of Blue Racer.

Riki/King Ranger- He is another quite young ranger but I assume he must be a teenager during this time. He's the first sixth ranger to be controlling the most powerful mecha and also the first to be the one from another time mixed with modern rangers. He also appeared in the non-canon Ohranger vs. Kakuranger movie (which I believe was a test film only).

Yuusuke Hayakawa- The first silver ranger but looks more of a white ranger to me. Hmmm... did Toei get the idea from the non-canon Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers The Movie which a child mentions of becoming the silver ranger?

Hyuga/Bull Black- I wonder if he counts. I felt like he's a tribute to Burai as he also died a tragic death and is the elder brother of the red ranger Ryouma.

Naoto/Time Fire- He was really cool and a determined hero. I hated the fact he had to be a non-leader red ranger type rather than giving him another color. I also hated the fact that he was killed by a zenitto which was LAME for me. However such incidents do happen in real life.

Shirogane/Gao Silver- He seems to combine the attributes of Burai with Riki/King Ranger. He was at first appearing as someone who had become the host body for Loki the wolf-demon and later joined the rangers. He was quite a loner but a pretty cool character. He had a fan-shipping with Sae Taiga too. In the Hurricanger vs. Gaoranger movie, sadly he left without saying a word.

Tetsu Aira/Deka Break- He's probably the first adult ranger to be less serious but funny how he and the more serious Hoji Tomasu can get along together. I think he's more arrogant than Hoji Tomasu in some way. Also, he's the first sixth ranger to dress up as a woman. His involvement in Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai shows how bad-ass he can be.

Hikaru/Magishine- I wonder if he counts thinking that Magiranger like Fiveman and Gogo V are sibling teams. He became the boyfriend and eventually the husband of Urara. In the Magiranger vs. Dekaranger movie, he and Tetsu became cross-dressers. He joins his in-laws for the final battle against N-Ma. He was later reunited with Tetsu in Boukenger vs. Super Sentai.

Eiji Takaoka/Bouken Silver- He's the first sixth ranger to be a hanyo- product of a demon and a human. For me, he has the most interesting back story in the list because he first fights the Ashu and ends up joining with other rangers who crossed swords with the Ashu who later became known as the Questers. I loved how he got involved in finding the rangers he needed to save the others namely Asuka/Abare Black, Tetsu/Deka Break, Nanami/Hurricane Blue and Tsubaza Ozu/Magiyellow in a very hilarious way in the Boukenger vs. Super Sentai crossover.

For Go-onger, sixth and seventh came in together. They were the twins Hiruto and Mio. Unlike the Go-ongers, these two were serious characters to balance the show's goofiness. They were dead serious that they didn't fit in at first and later were able to adjust to the team.

Genta Umemori/Shinken Gold- The only non-samurai member of the Shinkengers and underrated by some as he's not frequently shown with them in group pictures. He's an idiotic type character probably due to the fact his IQ is way higher than the rest, even more hyperactive than Gem and Gemma combined.

Thanks to Sean Akizuki's Sentai Blog for the commentary.


TakumiFuji01 said...

one thing for the hurricanger part is, It's Isshu not Shishu

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