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If you haven’t seen Chris Stuckmann’s editorial on why anime is important here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNSu7dyODCA. I love anime and still do. With that said, I also enjoy something called Tokusatsu (Toe-KOO-Saw-Tsoo.) I bet you’re next question is, what the hell is that, Sam?! Well… If you take the time to read the blogs you’ll find out my dear readers 🙂 Tokusatsu translates from Japanese to mean special effects which consist of the following:
In 1992, Sentai had Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger Pronounced (Jew-Ranger). Yeah, Yeah I know. Why do these guys look familiar? Because in 1993 we’ve got Mighty Morphin Power Ranger Season 1. Sentai had been going on for 16 years prior to this point. But let’s introduce the casts of Zyuranger and MMPR Season 1.
Meet Geki (Geck-ee) the team’s leader , VS Jason the original Red Ranger. Both of them lead their respective teams well but Geki will get the point on this one because he was a fearless leader. St. John was actually a teenager when the show aired. He went on to serve in armed forces, become a paramedic and pay his dues to society. This is Goushi, He’s the teams stoic intellect. VS Zach played by Walter Jones. Even though at 4, I thought it was racial prejudice. Jones actually lost one of his fingers while filming. He lost the middle finger on his left hand. The Camera hid this from Children. Originally Saban wanted to adapt a show called Bioman Which was a sentai series from 1984. The Pink Ranger in Zyuranger was named MeiShe was portrayed by Reiko Chiba. She was only 17 at the time. VS Kimberly (Amy Jo Johnson) Dan was the comic relief in Zyuranger. Now this is where PR fans may notice a difference. David Yost played Billy and he was a nerd. But behind the scenes he faced sexual harassment. This is Boi (Boy) yes… I know he was the Youngest. These heroes were from the age of the dinosaur and a Wizard named Barzar gave them their power coins… I mean… Dino Medallions and they formed Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger. Of course everyone knows the Mighty Morphin Story. 2 scientists land on the moon and awaken Rita Repulsa and A wise sage name Zordon chooses five teenagers to save the world. Here’s the story with Zyuranger Two Scientists from Planet Nemesis awoke Witch Bandora, And then the story begins a wizard name Barza he was a sage who helped the Zyurangers. and it was interesting. And Now for the Real Heated stuff…
Tommy… Everyone who knows who Tommy and Kimberly are. If you don’t, here ya go. Tommy gets kidnapped and brainwashed and it’s a 5 part epic and basically wrecks the command center earns the sword of darkness, then goes onto destroy the zords and eventually joins the team and they get Dragonzord in Fighting Mode. Originally JDF’s contract was supposed to last until Green Candle and then have a small cameo in Doomsday. But kids loved him and Saban brought him back in a two part epic called return of an old friend and he had to rely on Zordon’s energy. I don’t have anything nice to say about JDF but let’s talk about his Sentai counterpart.
Before I start all the Zyurangers were put into Stasis until the world needed them again so now let’s meet Burai
Burai (Boo-rye) was self trained to become a zyuranger. He was pissed off at Geki because the real king of the Yamato tribe was killed and that was his father. Geki was adopted and then later on they got fighting. He worked for Witch Bandora. It was a 6 part epic, he joined her side for awhile. Maybe because he was tired of all the wild parties Bandora through. So later he meets clotho the spirit of life. In Sentai, were guardian beast gods and since Saban Entertainment didn’t like it, they switched it and called them Zords. Meet Clotho the Spirit of lifeThis little KKK reject gave Burai his own weapon the Zyusoken (Jew-Soak-en) which he could use to summon the Dragon Caesar. He also said I’ve got good news and Bad news. I have prepared a lapless room where no time will pass. The bad news is you actually died in a cave in and died in the age of the dinosaurs and now you’ve got 32 hours to live! Eventually Burai joins Geki and forgives his brother since Geki was an infant and then the Daizyujin (Die-Jew-Gin) (Original Megazord) tells them to come together as one team. Since Burai only had 32 hours left of his life, he was kind of a loner. When the original season came out it made Tommy look like a lone wolf and he was only focusing on his Karate. Kids loved it.
In Japan there was a poll on whether Burai should live or die and live won out and they showed them death is a bitch and they killed him off anyway. Zyuranger used a lot of its own stock footage and throughout the show, they revealed the reason Bandora hates kids. As the series progresses we meat Dai Satan (Great Satan) and it’s revealed that Bandora’s own son Kai was an asshole and loved to futz around with Dinosaur eggs. Burai appears from Death ones to give the Zyurangers one final pep talk and in Sentai Goldar, Griforzer (Grif-four-zer) and and Scorpina (Lami Law-mee) are married and they have a son and are placed in an urn
MMPR Season 1 ended with An Oyster Stew and Mighty Morphin Mutants. Zyuranger ended with some Dino eggs which contain the last two remaining dinos on the planet.
So which is actually the superior season… Zyuranger! Mighty Morphin formed the Megazord from the first episode and Zyuranger built it up for plot! As someone who started watching Mighty Morphin at 4, I think season was tacky but it was a Magic VS Technology feeling.
As Someone who enjoyed toku starting at 20, I knew it would start a new chapter in my life. I met my friend Jasmine Giles on a leadership retreat. This is your shoutout. I hope you enjoyed this review and this has been Sam’s thoughts… Now you know what’s up?!