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Machiko Soga

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This article is about a/an actress that appeared in both in the Super Sentai and Power Rangers franchises.
Machiko Soga
Soga san
Born March 18, 1938
Born in Hachioji District, Tokyo, Japan
Died May 7, 2006 (aged 68)
Died in Kunitachi District, Tokyo, Japan
Role(s) Queen Hedrian
Rita Repulsa (Witch Bandora)
Mystic Mother (Heavenly Arch Saint Magiel)
Witch Ninja Madam SpiderIcon-crosswiki (photo archive footage)

Machiko Soga (曽我 町子, March 18, 1938 - May 7, 2006) played five roles in the Super Sentai series: Death Mask Monster in Battle Fever J, Queen Hedrian in Denshi Sentai Denziman and Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan, Laraba in Hikari Sentai Maskman, Witch Bandora in Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger and Heavenly Arch Saint Magiel in Mahou Sentai Magiranger.

The producers of the American Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers series used Zyuranger footage of Soga for the character of Rita Repulsa from "Day of the Dumpster" to "An Oyster Stew." Soga also dubbed the voice of Rita Repulsa when the American Power Rangers series was dubbed into Japanese.

In 1998, footage of Bandora and her crew singing (from the Zyuranger episode "Break in! The Final Deciding Battle") was used in the special Power Rangers Funniest Moments. The footage was unaltered, thus leaving Machiko's voice in rather than dubbing over it.

After her 2006 passing, the producers of Power Rangers: Mystic Force used footage of Soga's final toku role — Heavenly Arch Saint Magiel in Magiranger — as the basis for the "Mystic Mother" (dubbed over by voice-actress Susan Brady) in the two-part final episode of Mystic Force, "Mystic Fate." As a tribute to Soga and an easter egg for longtime fans, the Mystic Mother was revealed to be none other than a reformed Rita Repulsa.

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