Sunday, April 26, 2015

I'm Probably a Kamen Rider "Purist" For Now!

It's a real irony I find myself in.  Back then, I went neutral on Kamen Rider but as of late, I have found myself in a reversal of sorts.  While I am currently backtracking on older seasons of Super Sentai and Power Rangers, I cannot deny that as of late, I am more excited for Kamen Rider Drive than I am for Ninninger.

Kamen Rider back then was quite different during the Showa era.  I mean, the Super Sentai villains and Kamen Rider villains had one common denominator that is, the always made typical Tokusatsu stupid, convoluted or just unbelievable plans to take over the world like Gorgom's bee unleashing necklace and that their monsters usually died at the end of the day.

Meanwhile the Heisei era of Kamen Riders were more or less written in a soap opera format where monsters usually don't die at the end of the day.  Ryuki was more like a battle royale and it hardly had a monster of the week, instead the next episode usually focused on the build-up of the Rider War (but I won't forgive the executives for meddling with its ending) and well, Gaim also did the same format.  Agito is for me the best of the Heisei era though Kuuga was a necessary force or Agito just won't be Agito for me.  Maybe it's because I currently like Japanese drama over Tokusatsu in general while Heisei Kamen Rider does fill that need for me.  Although take note, I do like Chinese/Taiwanese drama over Kamen Rider.

Well then, I can't say I have really abandoned Power Rangers or Super Sentai as a whole but I can be neutral whenever I want to.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sentards And Powtards Are BOTH At The Losing Side!

Whether Sentards or Powtards like it or not, they are at the losing side.  As of late, I DISLIKE (not hate) Power Rangers, but I can still say that Powtards and Sentards are still at the losing side.  For one, I started to look at Chris Cantada's video:

Whether you like it or not, as of late, Power Rangers still has civilian stunts and today, the later Super Sentai series are too CGI focused.  I mean, Ninninger gets too focused on CGI compared to Shinkenger.  If you look at the video, neither Red Mask nor Five Blue badmouthed Power Rangers.  Now I don't like Power Rangers as of late, but I still don't hate it.  Come on, even the interview of Ei Hamura had him praising the Dairanger footage in Super Megaforce. =P

Also, the Sentards are quick to assume just because I don't like ToQGer and Kyoryuger that... I am already liking Mega-Fail and Dino Charge.  Wow, it's as bad as Noytard/Macoytard logic huh?  Why can't I just dislike Samurai, Megafail, Kyoryuger and ToQGer?!  I mean, I don't like them all deal with it. Just because I'm a Sentai fan, I must accept every season as perfect and flawless?!  No way... in fact, I am planning to quit on newer Sentai and move on with other stuff while watching old school Super Sentai and Power Rangers!

Friday, April 24, 2015

My Silly Opinion On Mei and Kimberly Hart!

While I'm more of a Zyuranger fan as of current and I personally think Zyuranger is miles above its legitimate adaptation Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, however here's one area that I am pretty much in the sea of self-contradiction.  It's between Mei and Kimberly where I share a different opinion.

Okay I saw Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers first (and maybe I'm glad I didn't see Zyuranger horribly dubbed in Tagalog, I mean I really won't want to watch them dubs again after seeing Sentai in its original Japanese)... but I can talk about Mei first now.  I mean, I only saw Zyuranger from start to end last year and MMPR, it's way back when I was still a troubled elementary student.

So maybe my memory is more fresh on Mei than Kimberly as of right now.  So what's my latest point?  While seeing Mei, the actress Reiko Chiba-Kirhihara was only 17 years old.  While in paper, Mei is indeed the more-developed, well-rounded character compared to Kimberly but... I felt like she was passable but not great.  Now don't get me wrong I DO NOT DISLIKE the character, I still like Mei as a character but my minor issue was with some acting.  I felt like she was acting too much on the cute side which for me, wasn't as good as Sayuri Uchida (can anybody tell me if she's married) or Suzuka Morita.