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Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger Ep. 1-5

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February 29, 2016
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25:25
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Linkara: (wearing a Black Power Ranger outfit) Hello, and welcome to Atop the Fourth Wall, where bad comics burn, a tagline that does not often apply to Patreon-sponsored reviews, which is what we've got today. And as you can see from my trappings, clearly, we're reviewing Yu-Gi-Oh.

(Cut to the opening titles for Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger)

Linkara (v/o): Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger was the thirty-fifth Super Sentai series and was made to presumably celebrate the franchise's 35th anniversary.

Linkara: I say "presumably", because when I actually looked at the dates, Go Ranger, the first Sentai series debuted in 1975, meaning the 35th anniversary was a year before Gokaiger premiered, so I guess Power Rangers adapted that part of the anniversary celebration, too.

Linkara (v/o): What's amusing to me is that the biggest debate revolving around this episode is people yelling at each other over whose subtitles I should use: Overtime's or TV Nihon's.

Linkara: After much consideration, I have decided... this episode is even more illicit for me to do than the "Pokemon Reburst" episode, so you'll forgive me if I care more about the fact that this episode will probably get taken down.

(A clip of "History of Power Rangers" is shown)

Linkara (v/o): I mean, if Toei could get "History of Power Rangers" taken down from YouTube, what the hell chance does reviewing the actual Sentai have?

(Cut back to footage of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger)

Linkara (v/o): Seriously, though, going with Overtime's because TV Nihon apparently sometimes leaves things untranslated and I'd prefer to walk into this with as little difficulty as possible. But yeah, for you Power Rangers fans out there, this was the season that got adapted into Power Rangers: Super Mega Force, a name that could only have sounded more like a parody of itself if they had a third season called Extreme Super Mega Force.

Linkara: Although, amusingly enough, in South Korea, Gokaiger was apparently called Power Rangers Captain Force, which somehow sounds less silly (strokes chin in thought) and yet brings about the mental image of the captains of all five Star Trek series uniting together as Power Rangers.

Linkara (v/o): Unlike the Jew Ranger review, we're not walking into this for a specific story arc, but just the first five episodes. I'll give my thoughts throughout, but of course, in the end, this will probably be mostly me just joking around with some profoundly silly things.

Linkara: So let's dig into Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger and... (shrugs) see where this takes us.

(AT4W title sequence plays; title card has the title theme from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger playing in the background. Cut to footage of the first episode of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger)

Linkara (v/o): Our first episode is "The Space Pirates Make Landfall!"

(Throughout the show, and by extension, this review, the characters speak in Japanese, with convenient translated subtitles displayed. For clarity, the subtitles will be used in this script)

Narrator: Earth was facing its greatest crisis of all time!

Linkara: Donald Trump's first day as President.

Linkara (v/o): Earth is under attack by the Zangyack Empire, and while I'm sure I'm pronouncing that wrong, I also really don't care. Anywho, the Zangyack want to conquer the entire universe, which is why their soldiers should probably pick up the pace a little. Universal domination is apparently just a casual stroll for them.

Narrator: But the Earth possessed forces that could stand against this abominable evil!

Linkara: (seeing one of the Gokaiger is wearing a red cape) Elton John, what are you doing here?!

Narrator: The defenders of love! Of dreams! Of peace!

(Cut to a clip of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)

Paul Nicholas: (singing) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!

(Cut back to Sentai, with the huge crowd of Super Sentai, 34 in all, all acting as the forces the narrator was referring to)

Linkara (v/o): (deadpan) Wow, guys, just look at all those V.R. Troopers.

(The Sentai attack several Zangyack soldiers; then cut to a clip of Patton)

General Patton (George C. Scott): (to Vice-Marshal Arthur Coningham) We were discussing, uh, air supremacy, Sir Arthur?

(Cut back to the Sentai show)

Linkara (v/o): I kid, but the "Legendary War", as it's called, is still pretty damn cool to see all these years later, even if half of these teams were never Power Rangers. Of course, the fun ends when the Zangyack remember they have spaceships and blast the Sentai teams.

Red Sentai: Everyone! We must combine the power of all Super Sentai, and defend the Earth!

Linkara: (confused) Wasn't that what you were just doing?

Linkara (v/o): No, of course, what he meant was, let's turn into fireworks and blow up all the enemy ships at once. (they do so, inflicting much damage) Hey, that seems to work pretty damn well. Maybe you should open with that next time. Actually, it seems that doing so strips them of their powers. Or maybe it kills them, I don't know.

(Cut to a shot of the Sentai's pirate-themed spaceship floating through space)

Linkara (v/o): And thus, they became heroes of legend, and several years passed.

(Cut to a robotic bird on the ship named Navi)

Navi: (speaking in the voice of Navi, of Legend of Zelda fame) HEY! LISTEN! HEY! LISTEN!

Linkara (v/o): This is Navi... Seriously, my joke works on multiple levels. ...the robot bird puppet who works for our heroes, who are flying through space in their... uh, space galleon that has a big-ass sword on the front of it. Maybe that's why ramming speed is a thing. Ships are supposed to have huge-ass blades at the front of them. Ahim [de Famille], the Pink Gokaiger, and apparently a space princess, points out that she thinks it'll be delightful. Luka [Millfy], the Yellow Gokaiger, has a different reaction.

Luka: (seeing an image of the Earth from space) All I see is one big jewel!

Linkara: Eh, save your money. It's a cubic zirconia.

Linkara (v/o): The group are [sic] looking for some big treasure on the planet, which is connected with these little McDonald's Happy Meal figurines of past Sentai teams. Wait, those things have a bunch of screw holes in their backs! They're just bootleg action figures! They pick up another Zangyack fleet approaching Earth, and they ask their leader, Captain Marvelous... Because we've already got at least two Captain Marvels, we can vary it up a bit. ...what to do.

Capt. Marvelous: (seated) Then we make the right move. (stands up) That's what it means to be a pirate, right?

Linkara: Uh, actually, if you're a pirate, that means you probably made a lot of wrong moves in your life.

Linkara (v/o): The narrator introduces us to what this team is.

Narrator: They are the youths who set sail across the cosmic sea in pursuit of adventure and glory! The brilliant men and women who take pride in being called pirates!

Linkara (v/o): And of course, their theme song...

(Cut to a clip of an episode of LazyTown)

Alestrom: (singing) Yar har, fiddle lee dee, / Being a pirate is alright with me, / Do what you want 'cause a pirate is free... / You are a pirate!

(Cut back to Gokaiger)

Linkara (v/o): While I was not a fan of Zyuranger's theme song, the same can't be said of Gokaiger's: exciting, boisterous, strong guitar riff in the background; it's awesome stuff. Anyway, like all intergalactic empires, they're too cheap to pay for accurate targeting systems, so they get the dollar store knockoffs and hit every square inch of the area around the ship without actually touching it, allowing our heroes to shoot, slice and become a giant robot that easily dispatches all of their opponent's forces. And bear in mind, this is, like, a hundred ships that are smacked away effortlessly by a bunch of pirates.

Linkara: You know, I'm beginning to think that maybe the previous 34 Sentai teams really didn't need to give up their powers for this. Apparently, Zangyack Empire ships spontaneously combust if you look at them the wrong way.

Linkara (v/o): And yet, that was another thing Power Rangers Megaforce adapted, since even there, you can take out an armada ship with a rock and an oversized novelty slingshot. I kid, though; there is actually historical precedence of massively successful pirates. Look up "Ching Shih" sometime. So anyway, they [the Gokaiger] head down to Earth. Hmm, I wonder what time it is.

Capt. Marvelous: (addressing a crowd through a megaphone) Pardon the intrusion, Earthlings. We're the Pirate Sentai, Gokaiger. And I'm Captain Marvelous.

Linkara: (as Capt. Marvelous) Drink me in, people.

Linkara (v/o): They try to ask people if they know anything about the treasure, but nobody knows what they're talking about.

Ahim: (also speaking through megaphone) Oh, dear...

Linkara: (as Ahim) Guess we're just gonna have to level your cities then. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Linkara (v/o): Up in space, other ships of the Zangyack Empire arrive... Man, they really took their sweet time from the initial invasion to get here. ...and learn that their advanced force was destroyed.

Special Duty Officer Barizorg: Erase any record of that advanced force from our data!

Linkara: A bit excessive, but actually, the advanced force was carrying his Internet search history.

Linkara (v/o): Commander Warz Gill is asked if they should develop a strategy for dealing with the pirates.

Cdr. Warz Gill: There is no need! A shipfull of insignificant pirates are less than insects in the face of our empire's might!

Linkara (v/o): (sarcastically) Oh, and your might did a fantastic job of blowing up in front of the pirates. I'm sure you really nicked the paint job on their ship. (normal) After pawning one of Luka's rings for cash, our heroes go out for some curry. Aaaand their meal gets interrupted by the place exploding. The Zangyack begin their new invasion and blow up buildings. But to show how serious their invasion is this time, they block us from seeing part of it with the caption box I can't read! But yeah, realizing just how bad this is for the people of Earth, especially since their own home was conquered by the Empire, they decide to step in.

Capt. Marvelous: But when we don't like something, we wreck it.

Linkara: Yeah, that curry place was actually gonna get demolished if we didn't like the food. Thanks for saving us some time.

(Capt. Marvelous holds up a red Sentai figurine, which is actually a key to transform into his Sentai outfit)

Capt. Marvelous: That's what it means to be a pirate, right?

Linkara: (confused) So... do, like, any of your definitions of "piracy" include stealing stuff?

Linkara (v/o): They morph, but if I had to give a criticism... well, we already saw them in these outfits when they destroyed the advanced force, so the coolness factor of them morphing is diminished. After some kick-ass fight scenes, we see the real part of the anniversary idea with this season: the Ranger Keys. Utilizing these keys, they transform into past Sentai teams, and naturally, their first is Go Ranger, utilizing their amazing technique of... uh, tossing around a football bomb. (laughs; as Tommy Wiseau) What a story, Mark! But no, it's not a bomb. It's a garbage truck. A garbage truck that sucks in a bunch of the Zangyack foot soldiers and then drives away to... wherever.

Linkara: (uncomfortably) You know, I've read comic books with twin clones of Hitler, cyborg animals with guns, and Batman fighting jazz-themed supervillains... and this is still really damn weird.

Linkara (v/o): After two more past series morphs, they prepare their final attack.

Offscreen voice: FINAL WAVE!

(Cut to a clip of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 gang watching Jack Frost)

Tom Servo: Who's talking?

(Back to Sentai again)

Linkara (v/o): The people thank them for saving them, but they claim they didn't fight the empire to protect them.

Capt. Marvelous: Our lunch was ruined, so we were in a bad mood. That sounds about right.

Linkara: (as Capt. Marvelous) Yes, I shall disregard the gratitude of people who could potentially help us find the treasure. What a marvelous dick I am!

Linkara (v/o): Since this isn't really a multi-part storyline, the five first episodes aren't connected in the same way the Burai stuff and Zyuranger stuff was. The second episode, "This Planet's Value", begins with Navi doing his fortune-teller thing to find information about the treasure they seek.

Navi: Let's go! Treasure navigation!

(Navi shoots into the air and bumps against ceiling, becoming dizzy, and then floats back to the ground)

Navi: A person dressed in black will provide the information you seek...

(Cut to a clip of an episode of The Simpsons)

Homer Simpson: (speaking into a walkie-talkie) Batman?

Marge Simpson: (speaking into a walkie-talkie) No, he's a scientist.

Homer: Batman's a scientist?

Marge: (getting frustrated) It's not Batman!

(Cut back again to Sensai, as the Sensai look around for someone dressed in black, only to find, to their shock, that everyone is wearing black)

Luka: It seems like everyone is wearing black...

Linkara: Oh, my God, we're surrounded by Goths! (looks down at his Black Ranger attire) OH, NO!

Linkara (v/o): Fortunately for them, one guy in black claims he has the information on the treasure and... just runs up to them. As it turns out, the Gokaiger don't actually know that the Ranger Keys belonged to the Sentai heroes of Earth, making me wonder what the hell they thought they were doing. Did they think it was just like Final Fantasy X-2 and they thought they were dress spheres. The kid reveals he doesn't know crap and manages to steal one of the Ranger Keys away. Marvelous and Ahim catch up to the kid, who's pissed because the Gokaiger have no intention of actually trying to protect people or understand the power that they're playing with. What's more, that his grandfather was killed in the Legendary War, triggering a flashback for the good captain. During a battle with Zangyack forces, he received the keys and was told to hunt for the one piece or whatever by AkaRed, a kind of unique Sentai Ranger, who's actually the spirit of all the Red Rangers or something. And then Marvelous was burned to death by superimposed by explosions and came back from Hell as Spawn or something. Anyway, the Zangyack attack again.

(The Zangyack monster Bongan laughs maniacally as he shoots at buildings)

Bongan: I love it! I'm gonna keep shooting until everything is leveled! Bang! Bang!

Linkara: And now, an advanced preview of Batman v Superman.

(Other Zangyack soldiers shoot at fleeing civilians, hitting some of then so that they fall down. Grinning broadly, Linkara gives a thumbs-up while the words "Children's Show!" pop up)

Linkara (v/o): The kid doesn't want more people to die defending him, so Captain Marvelous tells him that if he can defeat his enemy, he'll let him have the key. And actually, the kid does pretty well, taking out a whole legion of foot soldiers, but the monster smacks him away.

Capt. Marvelous: You wanna protect this planet, figure out your own way to do it.

Linkara (v/o): Well, technically, he did; he stole your weapons to do it. In fact, he acted more like a pirate than you did, man. Also, what a marvelous asshole!

Capt. Marvelous: Does this planet really have any value?

Kid in black: If you're a pirate, you can damn well figure it out yourself!

(Everyone stares at him briefly)

Capt. Marvelous: Well said.

Linkara: (as Capt. Marvelous) You are wise in the ways of douchebaggery, young one.

Linkara (v/o): So they fight, blow up the monster... and then the monster grows up, thanks to a new weapon by the Zangyack. Aaaand the Gokaiger show off their own weapons with the giant robot again, only this time revealing that its chest can open up to a big-ass cannon! Ah, nothing like US-1 brand dimensionally transcendental cannons. When you need to fit a cannon someplace it shouldn't fit, trust US-1 brand cannons. After a quick wrap-up, we see that the "guy in black" thing was actually true, as a guy in black [Kai Ozu] wearing the symbol of the Sentai Magi Ranger is watching, leading us into the third episode: "Turning Courage Into Magic". After forcing the galleon to crash, a monster kicks the asses of our heroes and separates them. Captain Marvelous and the Green Gokaiger, Doc... Not a bad name for him. Considering his fashion sense, he looks a bit like Colin Baker... end up together, but are soon joined by the man in black.

Kai Ozu: I'm just a wizard who's lost his magic.

Capt. Marvelous: Huh?

Linkara: (as Kai Ozu) I am Saruman of Many Hair Extensions.

Linkara (v/o): The former Magi Ranger explains that he does indeed know where the treasure, but that they "aren't ready for it yet."

Kai Ozu: You've yet to tap into the greater part of your Super Sentai powers, after all.

Linkara: He's right, you know. Can your powers let you do... this?

(A clip of another older Sentai show is shown, as two female Rangers are doing aerobics while their respective robots do the same. Cut back to the Gokaiger show)

Linkara (v/o): He says he'll tell them the secret if they can catch him without morphing, but Doc thinks this could all be a trap.

Capt. Marvelous: (to Doc) I see your point... (they both smile, then Capt. Marvelous runs off) Bye then!

Doc: (running after him) Wha–?! Hey, wait up!

Linkara (v/o): Ah, how marvelously impulsive! And, shock of all shocks, they're led into a trap of sorts.

(As Captain Marvelous and Doc get caught in said trap by Kai Ozu, which is made of a ring of fire surrounding them, we hear a snippet of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire")

Johnny Cash: (singing) I fell into a burning ring of fire...

Linkara (v/o): Amazing how I've been able to use that twice in Power Rangers-related footage. To further prove Captain Marvelous' brilliant decision-making skills, his plan is to... power on through the fire.

(Cut to the obligatory clip of the title character from Patton)

Patton: (looking through a pair of binoculars) You magnificent bastard, I read your BOOK!

(Back to the Gokaiger show again)

Linkara (v/o): This plan works, and he even throws Doc through the fire, since he's afraid to go through it. Just to continue that streak of reckless idiocy, they're almost run down by a giant boulder, and his plan, yet again, is to dive right into it. Admittedly, he quickly uses his sword to create enough leverage for the boulder to just roll over them. The final test is to get to the Magi Ranger by leaping fifteen meters to his island. Marvelous would have made it... somehow... if not for the monster showing up to interrupt the jump.

Linkara: Power Rangers, Super Sentai, it doesn't matter; physics is for people who don't dress up in tight rainbow spandex.

Linkara (v/o): So now, it's up to Doc to do it.

Doc: I can't do it... I just don't have your courage!

Linkara (v/o): I think this show is mistaking reckless idiocy for courage. Still, he figures out how he can pole-vault over.

Kai Ozu: Courage... That was the true power of those who used magic, the Magirangers [sic].

Linkara (v/o): YOU LITERALLY TRIED TO CRUSH THEM WITH A BOULDER!! Anyway, Harry Potter here explains that if they can tap into all the powers of the 34 previous Sentai teams, they'll find the great treasure. This new power allows them to summon forth a new dragon mode for the big robot, as tribute to Magi Ranger. Where did this thing come from? And how did it just emerge from their mecha?

Linkara: Well, just remember, it's magic, we don't have to explain it.

(The fourth episode is shown)

Linkara (v/o): We move on to "Friends to What End", which begins with the Gokaigers trying out various key combinations in the hopes of summoning up more mech configurations. I appreciate the forward-thinking... buuut, of course, they don't work.

(A bunch of people are watching in boredom)

Young boy: Boring! Let's get outta here.

Teen girl: (taking a picture on her cell phone) So lame! Bo-ring...

Linkara (v/o): Only in Japan could the presence of a giant robot be considered boring. Anyway, this episode focuses on Joe [Gibken], the Blue Gokaiger, and trying to fight off a sword-wielding monster. Mind you, in a situation like this, I'd imagine an Indiana Jones thing would probably work best and shoot the guy, but no, it's about how Joe needs to learn to accept help from his friends... I think. It might be about Ahia (meaning Ahim) needing to learn to accept different forms of friendship? I don't know. What just amuses me is that Power Rangers adapted this episode visually for no real reason.

(Cut to a clip of the Power Rangers episode in question)

Linkara (v/o): Dude training in a bamboo forest with two swords. I think they even used the same CGI for the blades that fly at him. It's just bizarre.

(Cut back to Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger)

Linkara (v/o): The monster cheats during the followup fight.

Action Commander Zodomas: Don't be an idiot. There's no rules in a fight.

Linkara (v/o): Well, in that case, JUST SHOOT HIM!!

(Just as Zodomas is about to stab the Blue Gokaiger, he gets shot several times in the chest, knocking him backward)

Linkara: (startled; as Zodomas) Holy crap! I'm not used to one of these things actually doing what I tell it to do! (calls out) Undo "One More Day"! (beat, nothing happens) Damn.

Linkara (v/o): So, in an episode all about swordplay and whatnot, it's only natural that the rest of the team morphs into... uh, Gekirangers, a Sentai where the team utilizes martial arts. Of course. Well, maybe their second team will be... uh, Dekarangers... where they shoot stuff. But hey, at least the other Gokaigers contribute their swords to help him and... Wait, how did the swords just merge into multi-bladed weapons? And how does this actually help? He's still only got two arms.

(The Blue Gokaiger battles the monster, the Sugormin, with his numerous swords. Cut to a clip of the MST3K gang watching 12 to the Moon)

Tom Servo: This makes no sense, and yet it's working.

(Cut back to the Gokaiger episode)

Linkara (v/o): Anyway, monster explodes, and Joe bakes a cake. And considering I already used the LazyTown pirate song, naturally, this deserves some followup...

(Cut to a clip of another episode of LazyTown)

Stephanie: It's a piece of cake to bake a pretty cake. / If the way is hazy! / You gotta do the cooking by the book, / You know you can't be lazy...

(Cut back to Gokaiger again as the fifth episode is shown)

Linkara (v/o): We end our look at Gokaiger with "Judgement Pirates". The team learns that their bounties have gone up, which raises the question of who exactly is enforcing bounties if there's some intergalactic empire conquering things. You'd think fighting against that would be the priority, not a bunch of people whose piracy extends to fighting that empire. I mean, if it's Zangyack enforcing the bounty, why are they printing newspapers? Anyway, Navi gives itself another concussion and tells them they should consult the police.

Linkara: Stupid bird! This is a Rangers show! There are no police or military officials. (holds up hand) The only law... is the law of spandex.

Linkara (v/o): Captain Dumbass decides to head in alone and meets with the Yellow Dekaranger [Marika "Jasmine" Reimon]. Dekaranger was a Sentai about space police... which makes me wonder how exactly she's just randomly handing out wanted posters in a Japanese police station.

Capt. Marvelous: SPD... the space police, huh? You guys are so desperate for funding that you'd go for Zangyack's bounty?

Linkara: (as Jasmine) Well... yes, actually. Turns out setting up random explosions everywhere while we do slow-motion stunts is really expensive.

Linkara (v/o): She recommends all of them turn themselves in.

Luka: That's how it's gonna be... (she punches her hand into her fist as the police look towards them) I recommend we all run! (they do so)

(Cut to a clip of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, showing the group being attacked by the Killer Rabbit)

King Arthur: Run away! Run away! (they do so)

(Cut back to Gokaiger)

Linkara (v/o): All that remains is the good captain... who easily deals with the cops. What a marvelous ass-kicker. However, he's soon confronted by the head of the space police, Doggie Kruger. Yeah, if you're only familiar with the Power Rangers equivalent, well, now we see the real need for additional funding. Although, to the credit of the quality they put into their fight scenes in this this stuff, despite having that huge-headed costume, the fight scene is still pretty awesome. Hell, Marvelous even tries to have Kruger cut off his handcuffs... and he keeps himself from doing so. However, before he can bring Marvelous in for questioning, they spot a large group of Zangyack soldiers approaching. The Zangyack are planning to use subterranean missiles to dig through the ground and destroy major cities. Also, credit where credit is due: this plan of course fails, but they openly acknowledge why they can't pull this trick again: the missiles were too expensive.

Linkara: Geez, even in Super Sentai, the economy is in shambles.

Linkara (v/o): Kruger refuses to take the cuffs off Captain Marvelous, even while he goes to deal with the missiles himself. However, upon realizing that Kruger is injured, Marvelous goes in to help. Still, Kruger warns that neither the cops nor the Zangyack will ever stop hunting them.

Capt. Marvelous: Like I care. We've traveled through the entire universe, and stuck by our code of honor. If it's to protect that honor, we'll fight all comers. Even if people brand us pirates...

Linkara (v/o): Ohhh, so you guys are just pirates ironically. And yet, you still refuse to speak with the accent. Well, fine! If you're not gonna do it, I will. (speaks in pirate voice on Capt. Marvelous' behalf) Arr, ya scurvy dogs! I be stoppin' yer torpedoes and I'm gonna send ya to Davy Jones' Locker! Ya haven't heard the last of the Dread Pirate Marvelous! (normal) Anyway, they fight the monster and get themselves a shiny new mecha, thanks to unlocking Dekaranger's powers. Also, guns. Lots and lots and lots of guns. You think those civilians are still bored, even by this? And so, our episode ends with the arrival of the Red Dekaranger to clear them of the piracy charge, which was apparently a hoax made up by the Zangyack.

Linkara: So... just to be clear, the Pirate Sentai does not actually have pirates in it. Anyway, this series is great!

Linkara (v/o): And yeah, yeah, I'll probably watch more of it on my own at some point. I said that a while ago. But I have a lot of other stuff on my plate. I could point out that it's superior to Power Rangers Super Megaforce, but that isn't hard, considering how garbage that season was. But just as Power Rangers must stand on its own, so must Super Sentai. So here's what I can say about this stuff: the action is great and the characterization is pretty dang good. Despite my name-calling towards Captain Marvelous, it's obvious he does have a good side to him, and the characters have reasons for how they act. It's just those reasons aren't given in these early episodes. The two tribute episodes are very well-handled, actually, particularly Dekarangers, since it allows for a lot more interaction. Magirangers was fine for the whole test thing, but it seems like it was less about courage and more about being a colossal dick with death traps. If I was gonna criticize something about both, however, it's that their transformations into those teams in those tribute episodes was treated as a major event, except we've already seen them transform into them, so it kind of ruins the impact that it's meant to have. Seems like they should have started with a smaller selection to work with and gain more over time, like just Go Ranger to start with or something. Still, it's good stuff and I didn't need any experience with the actual Sentais to understand what was going on.

Linkara: Next time, we enter March and we continue our fairly new annual tradition of an overview of a comic character and their legacy. And with this one... I'm just blue-skying a bit.

(End credits roll)

Seriously, not a ONE of them speaks in a faux-pirate voice. Although maybe they do and the fact that they're speaking it in Japanese is throwing me off.

If this episode DOES end up getting taken down by Toei, it will be the most appropriate subject for them to be doing so.

(Stinger: A clip of an episode of the show is shown, in which the Zangyack slash some buildings in half with little effort, so that the buildings come crashing down)

Linkara (v/o): (shouting) HOW ARE YOU LOSING IF YOU CAN DO THAT?!?

(end)

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