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Re: Official Toku thread (kamen rider/sentai)
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Re: Official Toku thread (kamen rider/sentai)
« Reply #3321 on: October 04, 2017, 03:38:17 AM »
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Re: Official Toku thread (kamen rider/sentai)
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Re: Official Toku thread (kamen rider/sentai)
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Re: Official Toku thread (kamen rider/sentai)
« Reply #3325 on: January 12, 2018, 09:56:25 PM »
The cast for Lupinranger VS Patoranger was revealed! I'm so hype that Duu is Lupin Yellow!








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Re: Official Toku thread (kamen rider/sentai)
« Reply #3326 on: February 13, 2018, 03:44:01 AM »
Kaitou Sentai Lupanranger vs. Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger

A dream come tru for me, or at least as close as feasible. I have always wished for Morning Musume members to be Super Sentai members too. I always thought it would give Morning Musume a wider appeal if they had exposure in shows like this. Kudo's graduated but her graduation is recent enough to make the association. I know Kudo wants to be known more as an actress than an idol. Sorry Kudo, you will always be a Musume in my eyes.

Color coded members with distinct personalities following a strict choreography and poses??? It's like she never left Musume.

Anyway, I will try to review each episode, as much as my schedule will permit, every week. I will make comparisons and references with previous Super Sentai. Probably mostly with Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger and Samurai Sentai Shinkenger as I watch (in the present tense) them the most. Those also represent a pretty broad spectrum of what a Super Sentai show can be.

As this is the first episode, this review will be more on the general feel of the show. Also, this particular post is bound to discuss the Lupanrangers more as there is greater focus on them in this episode. I think Patoranger will be given their proper introduction next Sunday.

Kairi – Red
Touma – Blue
Umika - Yellow

The costumes:
Regular burglar costumes: These are also color coded. They adopted stereotypical western European masquerade wear. Top hats, tail suits, a good use of lace for details. I’m not a fan of the masks but that’s just me. It’s very Kaito Kid.

Super Sentai suits:
I love color-on-black designs, like Shinkenger and Gokaiger. It looks very classy. Initially, I wasn’t a fan of the top hat visor but it has grown on me. I really love the use of visors to distinguish the members further.

Characters:
Kairi – While the look is a little off to me, the character is pretty good. I understand he needs to be slender for that phantom thief look but, he’s just too skinny for me. He reminds me of Gokaiger’s Marvelous in that he appears to not be very serious but is determined. He represents that confident and determined personality of a leader, a Super Sentai staple.
Touma – I think they nailed this one. The actor has the look of the cool, calm, collected and capable Blue, like Gokaiger’s Joe.
Umika – Gokaiger’s Luka plus. She sufficiently covers the sometimes-reliable-sometimes-airhead-girl.
Kogure – there’s something about this man…

Bistrot Jurer, the name of the restaurant where they work on their downtimes, translates to Bistro Promise. This promise, though not yet revealed to us, will play a significant part in this show.

Change device:
Their gun with their miniaturized vehicles/safe lock dials comprise their devices. They look very well put together.

Change sequence:
Good. Watch it.

The cold open:
Here we are given the general tone of this season: Comedy. There might be heavier themes later on but that is the tone of the show. The acting is exaggerated and campy but that is to be expected in a Super Sentai show.

Expect a lot of decadence and ostentatious displays of wealth as half of the show is about thieves stealing back stolen goods-- specifically, the Lupin Collection.

As expected: high quality production, very dynamic fight choreography. Parkour and acrobatics.

Like Kaito Kid and Lupin the III the thieves are playful with amazing reflexes and impeccable timing.

The part where Umika kicks a cup of darts and it hits the monsters was really cool.

The rest of the episode:
They’ve done a good job in introducing the Lupanrangers. Watch it.

Over Time does a fantastic job as usual in subbing this episode. Stay Tuned.

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Re: Official Toku thread (kamen rider/sentai)
« Reply #3327 on: Today at 01:47:12 AM »
Catch this week’s Episode: #2 The Global Police in Pursuit, subbed by the awesome folks at Over Time


Some spoilers ahead.

This week’s episode starts right where we left off last week: The Lupinrangers (hereinafter referred to as Lupins) are interrupted from opening Garatto Natto’s safe and obtaining the decked out Zippo by the Global Police, who, surprise, surprise, Patrizes into the Patrangers! (hereinafter referred to as Patrols)



I like the Patrol’s “ties” flap as they Patrize. Subtle emphasis for people who don’t get the costume. It reminds me of Boukenger. Probably because of the shoulder pads. I am not a fan. The Lupins’ just look cleaner. And LupinYellow wears heels! In thief AND Super Sentai form. WTH. It’s not a problem with Duu though-- she’s done that  for some time with Morning Musume.

Couldn’t she have been LupinOrange???

A three-way fight ensues among the Sentai teams and the Ganglers, because of which Garatto Nato manages to escape.




Some complaints: How they filmed the fight scenes. I get that they want it to appear chaotic, with the Lupins doing a lot of flips and parkour, but Jesus Christ can you not use a hand held camera for this??? I like linear fight choreography and cinematography. Use rails, drones, anything, I don’t care. Just do it normally.



I also forgot to mention this last week: What the hell are those swords? I get they’re like those grabber things…? But they are so not in theme. Give them rapiers or sabres but like what are those? I get that rapiers might not be safe for toys, so just don’t give them swords. /complaint

The Lupins begin their escape by using their … planes? It reminds me of Kaitou Kid and his signature hanglider.


Wild CGI hot pursuit. I hoped the Lupins would try to avoid property damage, just so it would make them appear “less criminal” but then the Patrols wrecked a bridge so I guess, it’s all in a day’s work for the residents of this city.



From this chase scene: expect cool and serious from the Lupins and campy from the Patrols.

I’ll do a separate review of the theme song and opening card later.

We were brought back to Bistro Jurer to find out the personal motivations of the Lupins, and what the “promise” specifically is.


Theory:
There is something really ominous about Kogure. Doesn’t he seem to be the same height as that mysterious Gangler? What if he’s another Gangler who is using the Lupins to get rid of the other Gangler members, steal the entirety of the Lupin Collection, and take over the entire human world to become boss? Or his boss is, or something like that. I was wondering why Kai, Tou and Umika were not frozen like the others? Did Tou and Umika come late to their rendezvous? The mysterious Gangler was just in Kai and Umika’s vicinity. Were they intentionally spared???


I thought it was pretty dark. I was surprised because several of the last immediately preceding Sentai shows have been pretty light-hearted in general. I didn’t watch them a lot but the last really serious one I remember is Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, and maybe to a certain degree Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger also delved into dark themes occasionally.

Theory:
At the end, they will be told that only one person’s wish can be granted or something like that.


I like that they have a very clear motivation drawn out from the very start which isn’t something vague like get rid of evil or something like that. Again, it’s very Gokaiger. Because their goal and motivations have been revealed so early on, I don’t know if they would still do individual-Ranger-centric episodes. I feel like there isn’t much to show anymore.

Also, I forgot to mention this last week, I love how the Ganglers themselves are personally motivated to fuck shit up in the human world rather than just being obedient to the boss. It really goes into their nature, kills any possibility of altruism on their part, emphasizes greed as their essence.

They haven’t really highlighted the characters of the Patrols, except that Green/Sakuya is a panicky but lucky kouhai. I was hoping that it would go towards a Shinkengreen/Gokaigreen direction where the ranger wasn’t the best in formal fighting techniques but was very creative/innovative/resourceful. It just looked to me so far that it’s luck that normally saves him.


I don’t know how attached Patren#2 and #3 are to the word “promise” but Patren#1 is also roped in.

And yes, they finally got the fancy lighter.


Chubi-duu-ba-duu-bi. I’m not usually a fan of having some other monster revive the fallen monster and turn them into giants but I like how it was done here. The power is still from the Lupin Collection. Aaaaand, unlike Gokaiger’s Insaan who shoots beams from space, Goshu actually crosses… dimensions…? To do it. Also that music is fun.

I wonder how the Kaisers are going to work with just one Good Striker. He claimed he was a free agent so can he just come and go as he pleases?

I love the cockpit of the Lupin Kaiser and the individual ships. Shifting controls between plane-mode's motorcycle like controls and Kaiser-mode. Awesome possum.

The VS changer is so cool. I’m guessing it has tactical rails to attach the vehicles to.  I like these better than phone-changers because they are way more interactive as toys. They are not just changers, they are weapons, safe crackers and ship… resizers? I don’t need logic or physics for the mechs. Shinkenger did it with their Origami and Mojikara, I will accept “the power of the Lupin Collection.”

In all, we are still in the introductory phase of the show. It may appear a little slow but it’s good slow build. I know there are points I missed like the Patren Union. I will do a follow up on those later this week.

The episode ends with the Patrols entering Bistrot Jurer. How is this encounter going to turn out?!?!

NOTE: What is a good image hosting site? I uploaded my screenshots at imgur only to find out later that img src tags don't work there anymore. Photos were actually embedded in this week's review but you can't see them because the internet is great but sucks too.

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Re: Official Toku thread (kamen rider/sentai)
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