Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger Series Review

Kyoryuger is the 2nd sentai I have followed through its entire run.  Now that it has finished at a surprisingly low 48 episodes, what can I say about?  Well, since I stuck with it for a whole year, I undoubtedly like it.  This brought back elements that were missing from its predecessor Go-Buster.  It had a lot of roll calls for one, and they were very entertaining.  Go-Buster’s roll call was unspectacular at best.  I understand why but part of the fun of sentai for me is a good old fashioned roll call when the team finally gets together to kick ass, coupled with the theme music and a united shout of their team name.   Going hand in hand with the roll call are the suits.  When they were revealed, I had absolutely no negative thoughts.  I was ecstatic that there was no yellow.  It was a bold move and I loved it.  I can’t say they have the best looking suits but definitely not the worst or even the near the middle.  They look nice and that always helps when I watch.  
For the story, it’s an accept it and move along story.  This big blue bird monster recruits a homeless drifter to be a Kyoryuger cause he’s brave.  Fine, whatever.  Let’s get on with it.  For the heroes, I can say I don’t really hate a single one that much that I find their focus episode boring.  King is the ultimate strong good guy and spouts out encouragement a lot.  Ian is a playboy jerk with a heart of gold.  Nossan has a weird sense of humor but a strong sense of justice.  Souji has awesome sword fights and matures throughout the series.  Amy was a very bold pink warrior, a worthy successor to the legacy of female warriors.  Utchy was a powerful warrior with the innocence of a child.  Ramires was a cool character played by a foreigner.  Tessai was a jerk at 1st but had an awesome focus episode near the end that showcased his humorous side.  Yayoi was the shy girl who found the strength to be awesome.  Torin was a good mentor, genuinely caring for the humans.  Dantetsu was a mystery for most of the series but eventually became a Kyoryuger as well.

I will miss this sentai for the nice suits, the roll calls and the cast.  It was really enjoyable and a blast to watch. Tokkyuger is just around the corner. 

So what follows are screenshots from each episode with some words below.

Nice 1st ep.  Obviously allotted a lot of the budget for it.

I thought I was gonna get a dancing mecha, I was mistaken.

I admit to holding whatever sword like object like this after this ep.  It’s a good one.
This is the awesome roll call scene I talked about up there.
I am liking how Green fights more and more, also a really funny roll call

I loved the pink suit from the moment I laid my eyes on it and ep is full of it!

This was certainly a memorable scene

One of the less memorable eps, really got nothing else so have this

I felt it was a little too early for the 6th but this was a pretty nice build up ep
This was one of the best intro for an extra ranger

Pink and the cool Gold ranger focus ep! Yes, there are a lot of awesome moments in this one!

As much as I like Gold joining, I think the real show stopper was the mecha battle this ep

I love how Green fights so this ep is a real treat to watch!

Pink focus but not much suit action, also Gold just solo killed the MOTW.

Past mechas only had a finisher like this to rely on. Nowadays it’s pick your finisher

Hmm, look at where Daigo’s staring at.

Grey just doesn’t look that good as a color

So they got two dead warriors helping them out from the side, isn’t that cheating?
This line is just too funny!

This is that encouragement I was talking about

This guy was crazy, crazily entertaining!

Here’s where the writers started shipping with Pink and Red. Good or bad move?

Daigo gets all the girls, lucky bastard.
I will always welcome a female warrior, the only thing I’m not feeling are those flippers behind the helmet.

A blatant rip off of Nightmare on Elm.  Humorous roll call though

Abaranger did it 1st
We’re gonna be seeing this a lot.  Not that bad but not that good
I’ve got nothing to say except look how dirty the suit gets
This is the real highlight. The rest is staring at a toy and how it works.

This ep is about the two guys with Amy thrown in and ushers in a new arc
This is getting crazy, but a smart move by the bad guys
A friend of mine asked me once why they cluster around a cannon finisher, this actually tries to explain it.
I really like Utchy
I really got nothing unique here

The chanting was really weird this ep
I wonder what that stain is. Also, the suit actor for silver seems a little bigger than the rest.
This is a really fun episode.  After all the serious stuff, it’s a blast to watch.
I really like this ep.  Tessai got some great and memorable scenes. His theme music is awesome as well.
Now this is the true spirit of sentai!  Colorful suits all together, with background music and explosions.
Is that King Ghidorah from Godzilla?
I love the Spirit Ranger humor!
Great Christmas present having all ten again so soon.
I wouldn’t mind getting his Figuart. 
Very nice 3 way attack
In this ep, stuff starts happening

I gotta admit, though I wish it was something else, I was touched by this ep.
I don’t care if there’s one more, this was the finale this series deserved!
Goodbye King! It was a lot of fun but I’m kinda sick of you.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

S.H. Figuarts Review

Today’s a holiday so I got some free time.  I’ve wanted to do this for a while.  My Figuart collection now has grown to 12 boxes of oh my god why do I have so many and why do I still want more.  This is like an addiction and I am sure I am not alone.  Let’s get on with.  
Let’s do this in series chronological order

Red Hawk
When preview pics came out, I bet everyone felt the nostalgia vibe.  Even to those who had no idea what Jetman was can’t help but be drawn to his design.  It just screams classic Sentai.  He is a wonderful looking figure with a ton of accessories.  I am just scared I might break his back piece one day when putting on the wing accessory.

The 1st red ranger.  My favorite part about this is his ability to hold the power sword like this.  I have never been able to pull this pose off with any of the earlier releases.  Just shows how Bandai has improved these amazing things.  

The green ranger, the one that made every 90s kid’s childhood awesome.  My only complaint is that the green used looks a little too light.  I expected it to be a little darker.  I cannot for the love of all things Dragonzord get him to the flute playing pose.  I know it’s possible but everytime I try it seems I might break his arm joints, so I back away.

Deka Red
To be honest, HLJ was having a sale and this guy was marked down so low it would be crazy not to snag him.  I really had no reason to want him other than the I want to get all red sentai reason.  It helps that my cousin had the Akibaranger Figuarts and wanted to form the cannon so he agreed to help out financially.  How could I say no to that.  On the figure itself, I have no complaints.

Bouken Red
I have stressed how much I hate the Boukenger design and I told myself there was no way I was gonna pay full price for this guy.  Alas, I got him along with Deka Red during that great HLJ sale.  The cousin collecting Akiba cannon parts and helping pay for it a little helps me swallow this pill easier.  He comes with a ton of accessories but I still hate the design.  

Shinken Red
HLJ did it again with the ridiculous discount to drive me to order him.  He is actually my very 1st online purchase.  The thing I hate most are the shoulders.  Thank goodness they did away with those on future releases.  The ankles also are very loose but it’s the first.

Hime Shinken Red
This is a peculiar figure.  It looks good a distance but not so good up close.  I got it for a good price so I have no complaints.  We need more female Figuarts.

Gokai Red
My cousin gave this to me as a Christmas gift and I absolutely love it.  I still love handling it.  Maybe it’s the sentimental value but it really feels good.  I have no fear of breaking anything when I play with this guy, except when changing the folded arms pose.

Gokai Pink
It’s all over my site as well as my banner pic, I love Gokai Pink and her Figuart does not disappoint.  The price is insanely high though.  

Red Buster
I have no love for the series but the Figuart is surprisingly good.  I got this alongside Deka and Bouken Red and I like him better than those two.  

Kamen Rider Meteor
My very 1st Kamen Rider Figuart and he is a beauty.  Meteor made me take notice of Fourze and his Figuart is a keeper.  No swords or guns but he doesn’t need it.  

Kamen Rider Meteor Storm
I debated with myself in getting this since I don’t like the design but I finally gave in because I wanted to pose him with his staff.  This is definitely a step down from Meteor but not by much.  He feels different that’s all.

If you're thinking why so few pics, I'm too lazy to take new ones of my most recent ones.  Here's some more group pics.  Ryuuranger and Hurricane Red are on their way.  I'm waiting for Kyoryu Red's price to go down a bit before getting him.

I really like: Gokai Red, Gokai Pink, Red Hawk, Meteor, Dragonranger and Tyrannoranger
I am ok with: Deka Red, Shinken Red, Hime Shinken Red, Red Buster and Meteor Storm
I dislike: Bouken Red

 Lastly, here is my current shelf. WAP! Wizard Special Rush is a great toy as well.