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Just a bit about me: I actually got into PR from "Day of the Dumpster" due to being a Fox Kids watcher at the time and was hooked. I sort of knew a bit about the Sentai origins of the franchise early on (dad once got me a Japanese Zyuranger set of the original five which I have somewhere; didn't have DragonRanger sad to say) but not really enough to care. Originally during the PR period, I saw the original three seasons and Zeo; dropped out when I didn't see the Turbo movie (since that was required), stayed out until someone convinced me to see Time Force, loved Time Force, barely got into Wild Force (but did see "Forever Red" and "The End of the Power Rangers" when they aired, great stuff) Heard bits and pieces of PR and SS after that time but really nothing struck me.
First attempt to get into Sentai was about the point PR went off with the end of RPM; I started watching Jetman...but never finished it. I got up to the episode Tran changed into Tranza but the episode...well I both forgot and it wasn't really a very good episode. (poor defenseless cows eaten by humans)
Tried again when Gokaiger hype started up and I saw clips of the Legend War. This time I started with Dekaranger (mostly cause it won the Seiun Award; the equivalent of the Saturn in the US)...and I've been hooked since. While I do want to try and get back into PR (well mostly want the Time-Life set to see everything I missed from the Saban era and the good Disney seasons), I'm mostly working the Sentai side of things.
Favorite Sentai (in order, limited spoilers)Edit
- Sentai Watched: 9 of 37
- Currently Watching: Dai Sentai Goggle V
- 1: Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger: I know it may feel like spoiling since it was the first season I completed but it was just incredible. The actors, the character interactions, the combination of comedy and drama, the modernization of 80s Sentai; it was just a perfect ride from start to finish.
- 2: Gekisou Sentai Carranger: This season was a hoot, from the very comedic characters and scenarios to extremely sympathetic villains connected to an utterly heartless one who grows in menace even if he isn't introduced as early as expected. Only things preventing it from being the top is one or two bland hero characters and a couple wasted episodes. (one word: super-GPS)
- 3: Denji Sentai Megaranger: This season feels to me like a prototype for the return of Kamen Rider, using concepts of the high school team with an advance science agency with it's own dark secrets. The early part of the season is a lot of fun and it has probably one of my favorite 6ths; but it gets way more dramatic once a major villain team show up and contains one of the best arcs for a final villain I've seen in any Sentai. It's greatest weakness is a dragging middle-section with a villain who arrives with a bang but ultimately really shouldn't be there and just becomes repetitive; but the series ramps up to epic once they're gone.
- 4: Dengeki Sentai Changeman: The first 80s Sentai I completed and a very meaty one that typically seems to be ignored, doing a great job in creating a mythos and developing an entire universe of memorable characters, including interesting heroes and villains that range from sympathetic to downright cruel. There's a great universality of these heroes and villains showing how similar we are even with our differences. Some strange things happen in the endgame and there are more questions than answers that occur with a final revelation, but it's good altogether.
- 5: Mahou Sentai Magiranger: Honestly...I really wish this season was way lower. But the season has a lot of great things going on, including several crucial recurring stories that build a great mythology, several great family aspects and one of my favorite villains in the middle section, not to mention some neat aspects of the heros becoming the mechs...in some means. But there are problems: the characters have good moments but have just as many annoying moments, the spell system is extremely situational, the villains become rather ridiculous in the final third after they start screwing with their own set-up and the last episode and a half is the most hideous and ridiculous climax I've seen in any Sentai.
- 6: GoGo Sentai Boukenger: I sort of really wish this was higher like I wish Magiranger was lower, but there are reasons. This season has some of the most fun and amazing one-shot episodes of any Sentai, really using the characters to their fullest and with great storylines in each one; plus I love the main mech setup (not the ones that show up later) and the Negative Syndicate system of the four villain groups lead to a lot of great interactions. Unfortunately...whenever this season wanted to tell a major story, it did so heavy-handed and screwed up many times, mostly due to different writers finishing storylines that other writers started. Two of the biggest stories involving main characters are utterly ruined and a third is only still good because of a late-addition villain character who drove one of the heroes towards his climax.
- 7.: Samurai Sentai Shinkenger:
- 8.: Choujuu Sentai Liveman:
- 9.: J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai: