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This article is about a/an episode in Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger Season 2.

Chinese Delusions (妄想拳劇 Mōsō Chūka?) is the second episode from Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger Season 2 and marks the debut of Luna Iwashimizu as the new Akiba Blue.

Synopsis

Discovering Akibaranger has become official at the cost of Dairanger, Akagi tries to fix matters; but must ultimate reteam with Moegi and an idol wannabe to deal with the new threat to reality.

Plot

Calling Hakase about the Akibaranger merchandise he just saw at the toy store, Akagi finds a strange salesman offering a suspicious merchandise who is revealed to be a monster named Chief Clerk Blu-Ray. Nobuo confronts him as Akiba Red but he finds him overpowered by the monster and sent flying backwards and crash into Ryu Ranger of the Dairangers, who believes to be China Red if the mascot team Chūka Sentai Chinaman sporting a similar design to Dairanger's pre-production form. Akiba Red finds himself into a confusion with it until Blu-Ray finds them, and Hakase manages to get Akagi out of the delusion just as he realizes that the Dairangers had indeed lost their official status.

Akagi then heads to the karaoke bar with Hakase and Kozukozu to confirm his suspicions, unknowingly crossing paths with the man behind it. Believing that things may return to normal with Blu-Ray's defeat, the trio decides to have the Akibarangers reassembled. However, Yumeria still has not returned and Mitsuki cannot be contacted, and upon coming across Luna Iwashimizu, an aspiring idol and Akibaranger fan, they recruit her as the new Akiba Blue. As she believes it is all part of a TV show, right down to the transformation into a redesigned Akiba Blue costume, Luna joins Nobuo against Blu-Ray and overwhelms him until he sicks the disturbing Oneeders on the two Akibarangers.

However, Yumeria returns soon after from her business trip and joins the others as a newly designed Akiba Yellow. Despite an out of synch introduction with Luna's terminology of their arsenal, the Akibarangers manage to defeat Blu-Ray with the Inordinate Cannon. However, Ryu Ranger does not return to normal and the Akibarangers realize that something else is behind the Dairangers' demotion to unofficial status, and things get even worse when Kiba Ranger appears and attacks them claiming that he has a score to settle with them.

Cast

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Tropes and References

  • The episode title is a reference to Dairanger, as much of the series has Chinese influences.
  • Due to the Akibaranger taking Dairanger's position, the main Dairangers themselves are reduced to local heroes called "Chinaman", in reference to their rumored original/pre-production name, Chuuka Sentai Chinaman
    • Supposedly, this episode mocks the Internet rumors that Gosei Sentai Dairanger is going to be called Chuuka Sentai Chinaman. The original title was actually Chuuka Sentai Daikenger.
  • ChinaRed says that he's a "real mascot chara" and that there's no one inside the suit, but he stutters and delivers Chinese food, so in this reality he's probably just an otaku like Nobuo who's lost in his delusions.
    • Also, ChinaRed is delivering gyoza, which was Ryuuranger's main job. His goal was to make the best gyoza in the world, which was even the plot of the Dairanger's tribute episode in Gokaiger.
  • As the effect from Akibaranger taking Dairanger's position, the Dairanger's DX Dairen'oh was replaced by Akibaranger's DX Delusional Combination AkiVulcan Robo, a parody of Sun Vulcan Robo .
  • At the karaoke bar, the songs Nobuo and the others played are titled "Gosei Sentai Akibaranger" by New Jack Takurou, the original singer of the Dairanger's opening theme. The three versions are the original version, the version with footage of the singer, and the version from the TV show. The first line of the song was "Iiits a delusion!! (Mon mon monmon)" (Mousou daaa! (mon mon monmon)).
  • Nobuo finds General Tsu when he overhears him singing "Ginga Honey ", the insert song from Denziman. Tsu sings out "You've come from across the galaxy" to which Nobuo responds, "No, I didn't!". Nobuo recognizes the song was used only once and says that Tsuu is a connoisseur, which in Japanese is pronounced as "Tsuu".
    • There is a slight irony in Tsu's interest in "Ginga Honey"; his actor, Ryo Horikawa, originally portrayed Vegeta in Dragonball Z while the singer of "Ginga Honey" originally was Ryūsei Nakao, who voiced Vegeta's boss and major DBZ villain Frieza.
  • In the Japanese text, it says that Takemoto, Watanabe, and Sakamoto did the first episodes of Shinkenger, Go-Onger, and Gekiranger respectively, but in reality, all three first episodes were initially done by Watanabe.
  • During his first rollcall, Nobuo recommends the obentou from Beauty Zonnette's Kitchen Gynamo. This obentou was appeared in Megaranger VS. Carranger movie.
    • AkibaBlue's rollcall phrase is a reference to Dairanger and likewise states the final part of the roll call as Akagi does the proper Akibaranger one ("Five stars shining in heaven"); this is due to reality's rewriting leading Luna to believe that Akibaranger was indeed the Super Sentai season of 1993.
  • Kibaranger appears in this episode, with an Akibaranger A logo instead of the tiger emblem on his chest coin.

Notes

  • This is the first episode to feature the full opening. Last episode was just a demo version.
  • The ending theme is a remixed version of Fight! Sun Vulcan Robo.
  • The Chief Clerk Blu-Ray was voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi, who lends the voice for Artemis in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon live-action series. He's also done some of the monster of the week's voices in Dekaranger and Goseiger too.
  • The Moe Moe Z-Cune doesn't work initially because Nobuo took out the batteries when not in use, which is a common practice with toys. Incidentally, the batteries are exactly the same with the toy version.
  • The Delusion Video that Akagi hold is entitled, "The fast-eating contest of Nagoya's Five Famous Products". Naruhisa Arakawa was born in Nagoya, so he's well-known for making jokes about his hometown.
  • When Luna introduces herself for the first time, she gave Akagi and Hakase a business card that says she's with an talent agency called Star Link. Star Link is a parody of Stardust Promotion Inc., the famous Japanese talent search agency. Most of toku casts are from Stardust.
  • Wataru Abe portraying KibaRanger is the only time a Sentai actor actually returns to voice a character he played in Akibaranger Season Tsuu; while he actually was the voice of Byakkoshinken (the sword that KibaRanger weilds), the sword spoke for Kibaranger at many points early on to hide the truth that the sixth Ranger was a child.

DVD/Blu-ray releases

Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger Season 2 Volume 1 features episodes 1-3: Ep. 1: Delusional War, Ep. 2: Chinese Delusions, and Ep. 3: Martial Arts Delusion.

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