My Top 5 Super Sentai and Power Rangers Seasons

So there’s a thread at Rangerboard asking people to list their top 5 seasons of Power Rangers and Super Sentai. Here’s my list which I’ll also post here/ =)

SUPER SENTAI

I only started watching Sentai with Shinkenger.

1. Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters – Amazing. It featured a strong, dramatic, emotional storyline, but didn’t forget to have a little fun to help put things into perspective. It had legitimate and truly surprising twists that kept things exciting. The tweaked formula helped the season feel fresh. It had a large group of likeable characters (human and not) and a deliciously crafty and slick villain. It had a great, talented cast. But maybe, most importantly, Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters started a journey and satisfyingly concluded it. And that conclusion couldn’t have worked without having plenty of heart and emotional connection. Continue reading

Power Rangers Samurai Premieres Monday, February 7th

Nickelodeon has confirmed that the all-new Power Rangers Samurai will premiere on February 7th. And while the character promos have been pretty bland and too 1995, the newest minute-long promo is more promising and shows how much potential the re-energized franchise has.

It is very cool, for me, to see and recognize all the scenes from their respective episodes (and/or movie) from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. This promo also doesn’t aim to highlight what could be the actors’ weakest line delivery and the show’s cheesiest lines (almost) like the character promos do. Still kind of disappointed that they went with a remixed version of the original theme song instead of a brand new one, though I understand the reasoning behind it.

My expectations are very high for February 7th.

Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Returns With Fun Special Act


I am happy I was able to really discover Super Sentai after the Disney-induced coma of the Power Rangers franchise. I enjoyed watching the 2010 Sentai series Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, my first full Sentai season and what will become the basis for the upcoming Power Rangers series on Nickelodeon.

So count me among the fans who were very excited to hear about the direct-to-DVD, V-Cinema release of Come Back! Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: Special Act.


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Review: How Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Helped Fill My Power Rangers Void

Image from TV-Nihon subbed episodes
It’s March and usually by this time, a new season of the spandex wearing Power Rangers would have begun airing. Alas, Disney has given up (more or less) on producing new seasons of the suited heroes, but has instead begun re-airing a ruined embellished version of the very first Power Rangers team, Mighty Morphin.

I was a huge fan of the show when it first debuted. I was six years old. I lost touch with the show two or three years into its run but randomly found it again in 2002 and since then, (with the exception of the 2nd half of SPD) I have not missed an episode.

Like any television series, there’s good seasons and bad seasons. But it was a nice little guilty pleasure, and sometimes even good television.

Now that the show is dead, I found myself looking for a fix. Watching my favorite Power Rangers seasons (DinoThunder and RPM by the way) was an option, but I decided why not check out the series from which Power Rangers was born; Super Sentai.

The Japanese series, a Sunday morning fixture in Japan for more than 30 years, is what Haim Saban first adapted for American audiences in 1993 by dubbing the suited action sequences and filming new footage of American teens for the story portions.

You never appreciate things until they’re gone right? Well, I guess I never realized Power Rangers would leave such a gaping hole in my TV life. So I decided on checking Sentai out.

My only previous experience with Super Sentai was the “Lost and Found in Translation” episode of Power Rangers DinoThunder. The episode was a tongue-in-cheek reference to Power Rangers‘ origins and featured the three Rangers watching what was supposed to be a Japanese dramatization of their lives, but in essence a satirical English dubbing of Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger, the Sentai season from which DinoThunder was based on.

The impression that episode left on me was that Sentai was as wacky as a Japanese game show. And a lot of fan comments online reinforced my feeling over the years.

Even so, I had no expectations when I chose to start my Sentai viewing with the season that was supposed to be Power Rangers 2010, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger.

Thanks to the magic of the internets, after a weeklong marathon of all 49 Shinkenger episodes, its two crossover episodes with Kamen Rider Decade (another Sunday morning Japanese fixture), the special toy commercial DVD, and the Shinkenger movie (which is actually shorter than a regular episode of the series), I think I’ve found a new Continue reading