September 27, 2010

My Thoughts on Dairanger (So Far)



Henshin daaa!
(Woh Woh Woh Woh Woh)
Kiryoku daaa!
(Woh Woh Woh Woh Woh)

 Fellow users at Rangerboard suggested a couple of weeks ago that I take a look at Gosei Sentai Dairanger and offer my thoughts.

 A problem with Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger that really stood out to me was the pretty overwhelming focus in the child-of-the-week rather than offer the time for character development for the rangers.

 Here with Gosei Sentai Dairanger, the characters are modern day young adults who happen to be descended from the ancient Dai Tribe of Southern China (which was part of the Daos Empire) who become the Dairangers to fight against the Gorma tribe, a formerly harmonious tribe from the empire back in the day who then decided to take over the world. With the Gorma's revival, the rangers are assembled. Each have high levels of Qi powers, which give them the abilities of high speed, time manipulation, among other powers.

 I liked that the rangers were modern day folk that got more of the focus than the Zyurangers had. Master Kaku, the team's mentor/leader, usually had more of the answers to problems than Barza, and served as much more of a sensei to the group. I agree with fellow blogger Sean Akizuki when he said he thought Lin, the Hououranger, looked more like she had at least some Caucasian blood, even though the character was half-Chinese, half-Japanese. Being half-Chinese myself, I could definitely see some Caucasian features in Lin.

 Kou, the Kibaranger, is shown pretty much right off the bat as a bit of a brat (in a good way), as he's mischievious, somewhat reckless, and a bit perverted (if you don't know by now, he's always grabbing Lin's breasts). An episode that really got to me with Kou was when a new girl came to his class and he discovers her mother has no love for her daughter and is emotionally abusive, him not knowing that it's really a Gorma scheme perpetrated by Akomaru (Gorma Lieutenant Colonel Shadam's son) and a monster of the week, designed to make Kou lose faith in his long-lost mother, but ends up having the opposite effect.

 Speaking of the Gorma, they prove themselves early on to be an incredibly dangerous threat to human existence. In one episode, they gather children with a monster to sacrifice them by decapitation with a scythe. Most of the members of the Gorma tribe wear elaborate outfits of black leather (don't ask), and the Archbishop Saw looks like a Caucasian man in a Klansman hat. Scratch your head if you have to...

 Overall, though, the series is quite entertaining, with a strong cast (even if it doesn't have the late, great Machiko Soga as the villain), great music, and even a bit of a Return of the Jedi homage with Ryou and his Gorma father in a two-parter. There's also no lack for character development, with pretty much every ranger getting a chance to shine. The ranger roll call is most definitely worth a mention as well, as it's one of the best I've seen so far and one of my favorites of Super Sentai.

 If you haven't watched it yet, this blogger highly recommends it, especially if you understand Japanese and you can watch past the 23 episodes that have been subbed so far LOL.

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