REVIEW: Ressha Sentai ToQger vs Kyoryuger

 

Starring

Jun Shison (Survival Family)
Jin Hiramaki (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Riria (Zero: Black Blood)
Ryusei Yokohama (Rainbow Days)
Ai Moritaka (Beginners)
Shin Nagahama (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger)
Haruka Fukuhara (Good Morning Call)
Mao Ichimichi (Uchu Sentai Kyuranger)
Tsutomu Sekine (Toxic Avenger – Part II)
Kengo Ohkuchi (Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider OOO & W)
Yui Horie (Love Hina)
Ryo Ryusei (Hiyokko)
Syuusuke Saito (Kamen Rider Zi-O the Movie: Over Quartzer)
Yamato Kinjo (We’re a Bounty Hunter Team)
Akihisa Shiono (Prince of Legend)
Ayuri Konno (Another)
Atsushi Maruyama (Fūma no Kojirō)
Shinji Yamashita (Oshin)
Ayumi Kinoshita (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger)
Masayuki Deai (Kamen Rider W)
Marie Iitoyo (Stare)
Toshiyuki Morikawa (Naruto Shippuden)
Shunsuke Nishikawa (Kurogarasu)
Gaku Matsumoto (Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3)
Kaito Nakamura (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Yuuka Yano (Prison 13)
Kasumi Yamaya (Amachan)

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The beginning of a new year – and arguably the most important time for the Super Sentai franchise. A years’ worth of adventures for one team reaches it’s explosive conclusion while a brand new ones’ begin (along with all the wonderful new toys that come with it). But before either of those happen, it’s time for the annual versus series team up movie. Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger sees the cast of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger return for one last roar, teaming up with the ToQgers. When a Galaxy Line station falls to Earth after being attacked by an unknown force, the ToQgers immediately go to investigate. There they are attacked by the legions of the Deboss Army, and find that their imagination-based powers have no effect on them. They are eventually saved by the Kyoryugers, who reveal that the great creator Debious has finally arrived on Earth and that they only have 24 hours before he’s fully charged and ready to destroy humanity. The ToQgers offer to help, but are reminded that they are powerless against Debious’ forces.

 

However it isn’t long before the Kyoryugers face the same problem, as the Deboss High Priest Salamaz forges an alliance with the Shadow Line – a force that the Kyoryugers prove equally ineffective against. It isn’t long before the imagination and bravery join forces to save the planet from destruction at the hands of Debious, but before that they have another problem to deal with. A spell from Clock Shadow has reverted the ToQgers back to their child forms, as well as having a rather adverse affect on Kyoryu Gold!

With these crossover movies happening every year without fail, it’s not surprising that they’ve begun to feel a bit formulaic. The new series villains team up with the returning series’ ones (usually involving some sort of resurrection), the two Sentai teams initially clash (with one sometimes temporarily being evil for one reason or another), there’s a big flashy double roll call, the newest Sentai team shows up in a quick cameo to defeat a key monster and then it all ends with a gigantic mecha fight. Naturally the details vary here and there, but that’s roughly how they’ve all worked. So although ToQger vs. Kyoryuger doesn’t stray too far from the tried and tested formula, it’s extremely refreshing to see things shaken up a bit. The crossover is built on a natural crossing of paths, the villain alliance is shakier than usual, the new team cameo happens near beginning and the mecha fight comes slap bang in the middle of the film. These may all sound like little things, but you’d be amazed how much a slight alteration in structure and narrative can do for film.

As mentioned earlier, the end of Kyoryuger dropped a pretty big bombshell in terms of story that was left completely uncovered until now. It turned out Deboss – the leader of the force they had been fighting for the entire series, was simply the herald of a much larger threat. It’s a pretty ballsy move to leave something as significant as that hanging for a whole year, but not only does the film ensure that everything is neatly wrapped up by the end of it  it also gives it the gravitas it deserves. The Shadow Line prove mostly to just be a means to an end – Debious is the real threat and the whole story revolves around just how big of a threat that is. It’s a little disappointing to not see series big bads like Deboss or Chaos make a return as henchmen, but with resurrections rarely proving to be that satisfying going all-new was the best way to go.

ToQger vs Kyoryuger also marks one of the most prominent appearances of an extremely important plot point from ToQger – the fact that our heroes are in fact children. While the show had the younger versions appear on a number of occasions, these always appeared outside of the main action. Here we get to see them continue on as the ToQgers, including their own transformation sequence and pint-sized costumes! Fans have always argued about whether children as Sentai heroes works or not, but if anything ToQger made it one of it’s best assets. You almost wish that they spend longer as children just because the cast do such a great job of it.

In terms of tone, ToQger and Kyoryuger are a match made in heaven. In addition to the obvious parallels between their powers/ideology (bravery and imagination), they both a share a similar sense of humour as well as a penchant for loud noises and big explosions. So it’s no surprise that the two teams gel together really well, with the “versus” element of the film more of a rivalry thing than any initial hostility. Daigo and Right have very similar personalities so it’s no surprise that they work together in the way that they do. Being a crossover between two particularly red-focused shows the film predictably doesn’t spend quite as much time seeing the rest of the teams bond, but it’s fair to say each get their own little moments to shine – Akira and Utchy proving to be a particularly fun combination.

There’s a wonderful amount of surprises, laughs and cameos from both sides – from the return of fan favourites Candelira and Luckyero to some rather out of character behaviour from Barone Nero. The level of interactivity between the two teams’ powers also proves to be particularly exhilarating. It’s almost as if the two shows’ featured similar collectible gimmicks purposely to showcase the weirdly wonderful things this film comes up with. Well, it would if the toys could do the same things anyway.

Finally there’s the Shuriken Sentai Ninninger cameo, which feels like a massive step-up from the tacked-on ToQger debut in Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters. Once again the new team doesn’t cross paths with the starring Sentai, but this time they aren’t even responsible for taking out the monster they encounter. But even though Clock Shadow manages to make a quick getaway, the sequence still proves a great opportunity to let the Nininngers strut their stuff. Impressive wirework, flashy ninja tricks and even a few surprises that viewers will likely never see them attempt in their own show. For fans of both shows, either shows or just general Super Sentai fans that enjoy a good crossover, you’re unlikely to find much better than what’s on offer here.

REVIEW: ZYUDEN SENTAI KYORYUGER RETURNS: 100 YEARS AFTER

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Starring

Ryo Ryusei (Hiyokko)
Syuusuke Saito (Kamen Rider Zi-O the Movie: Over Quartzer)
Yamato Kinjo (We’re a Bounty Hunter Team)
Akihisa Shiono (Prince of Legend)
Ayuri Konno (Another)
Atsushi Maruyama (Fūma no Kojirō)
Toshiyuki Morikawa (Maruto Shippuden)
Marie Iitoyo (Stare)
Reika Fujisawa (The Replay Girls)

In 2114, 100 years after the first Kyoryugers’ victory against Deboth Army, another batch of Deboth came from a wormhole in a form of Zorimas lead by Debo Akidamonne and Debo Harudamonne. A new team of Kyoryuger continued their predecessor’s legacy, arrived and transformed with different colors and easily defeated the Zorimas despite their clumsiness and inexperience. The two Deboth furiously lectured the new Kyoryugers’ mistakes for not correctly according themselves to their predecessors. Debo Natsudamonne and Debo Fuyudamonne joined in and all four Deboth monsters made their team-up pose, later effortlessly defeating the Kyoryugers. The Deboth Army Generals appeared and introduced themselves: Thousand-Faced High Priest Gaos, Remorseful Knight Arslevan, Submission Knight Sneldo (reincarnation of Raging Knight Dogold) and Jealousy Knight Hoshigaron (reincarnation of Sorrowful Knight Aigaron). After 100 years trapped in subspace, they grew empowered and ready their attacks on humanity. Before Gaos would lay in injury on them, Zyudenryu Bragigas emerged and escorted them to safety.Candelilla and Luckyuro were distraught by the events, thinking that using random Zyudenchi wouldn’t work and they had forgotten the original colors from 100 years in the past. Soujiro-kun leaves after voicing his desire to quit, followed by the others except Nobuta-chan. Nobuta revealed that he felt compatible with his color as Candelilla removed his glasses, it reminds her of Nobuharu and his color, blue thus firing up Nobuta’s spirit. Dai-kun remembered his ancestors’ success as Kyoryugers, yet always looked up to them and gaining confidence once becoming one. Ami-neesan tried to remember her father’s advice but failed. While Dai-kun takes a walk, he found a small white T-Rex tailing him, but it quickly ran into hiding once spotted. At their base, Gaos revealed his subordinate a piece of Transcendenterfly God Deboth’s cells. To revive God Deboth, they must collect humans’ negative emotions of self loathing, regret and envy. While Gaos can’t remember much on how past Deboth armies looked like, Arslevan accepted his given duty and requested Sneldo and Hoshigaron to work on other plans. Both Uppy and Icchan continued their luxurious lives until the 116 year old Souji Rippukan hit their backs for giving up their duties with his great-grandson, Soujiro joined him late. He advice the two to find their true Brave in their hearts while escorting Soujiro away from the bowling alley.

Luckyuro skipped Candelilla’s orders where she witnessed the premiere of a seventh remake of her favorite anime. She spotted the movie’s ticket and tried to grab it but fell into Hoshigaron’s trap. While Dai-kun searched for the small T-Rex, Arslevan ambushed him and absorbed his regret for becoming a Kyoryuger. Sneldo ambushed a convoy of broken-hearted men and captured them for his sacrifice. While Cadelilla is in despair, Torin revealed her the place where he stores all of the Zyudenchi, cheering her again. The white T-Rex quickly saved Dai-kun and attacked Arslevan. Torin appeared to Dai-kun and revealed that the white T-Rex, Gabutyra was angered at Dai for his cowardly outlook. Witnessing his white color, Dai-kun thought his true color is white until Torin revealed that his white color is Dai-kun’s lack of potential and gives him a Zyudenchi before disappearing. Ami-neesan and Nobuta spread the bad news to Dai-kun with Nobuta offered himself to go after them. Ami-neesan followed him, telling that even if she’s weak, she can’t abandon those in trouble.

While Icchan was practicing his singing, he accidentally combined some words in his lyrics (Parasagun and black) and finally got his true color. During Uppy’s bowling training, he spotted a gold-colored bowling and managed to get a perfect strike, thus receiving his true color. Soujiro finally defeated his great-grandfather, receiving his true color, green and inheriting the Feather Edge while being encouraged by his ancestor. Soon, Soujiro, Icchan and Nobuta attacked Sneldo and received proper colors of Zyudenchi from Candelilla, transforming themselves into Kyoryu Green, Black and Blue. Before they could free the victims, the four season Debo Monsters hold them off until Ami-neesan and Uppy appeared as Uppy used his gold bowling ball to attack. He received his proper Zyudenchi but found something wrong. After Debo Harudamonne played his Shamisen, he remembered the samurai theme, thus receiving the Gabrichanger from Zyudenryu Pteragordon and transformed into Kyoryu Gold. After freeing the captives, Ami-neesan saved Candelilla from Debo Akidamonne, thus receiving her true color and her true Zyudenchi as she assumed Kyoryu Pink. All of them used Zyuden Brave Finish on the Debo Akidamonne and Harudamonne, whom were used as shields by their subordinates.

Tracking the remaining Debo Monsters, all members of Deboth Army finally revealed themselves and presented Luckyuro as their hostage. They incapacitate all of the Kyoryugers, even Candelilla and Luckyuro with Gaos intending to use the collected negative emotions to revive God Deboth until Arslevan back-stabbed all of his subordinates, revealing them as his pawns and him as the true embodiment of God Deboth’s regret. He had previously wiped the memories of past Kyoryugers and Deboth Army from everyone as he absorbed his comrades. Candelilla finally remembered the very place they stand in was the birthplace of God Deboth. Arslevan took Luckyuro’s Quick Quick Jyuro watering can and grew into giant proportions as he took his leave in a dimensional gate. Dai-kun, whom was tailing them all along, jumped into the portal as well to stop him. After ditched by Arslevan, Gabutyra saved him and turned red, revealing his true color. Gabutyra transform into De Carnival Gun and used Torin’s Zyudenchi, thus bringing him to his ancestor’s era.

After arrived in January 2014, Arslevan met resistance with Zyudenryu and Kyoryu Silver and Violet. Dai-kun met with the main six past Kyoryugers, he finally remembered his family’s words about Brave. The transformed Kyoryugers used Gigant Kyoryuzin and expelled Arslevan back to future, as well bringing Dai-kun back to his proper time.

Back in 2114, Dai-kun regrouped with his teammates and receiving his Zyudenchi. They transformed into Kyoryugers and fought Arslevan and his armies as Candelilla sang the Earth’s melody. Confronting Debo Yukidamonne and Natsudamonne, Kyoryu Red assumed Kyoryu Red Carnival Western and finished them with Zyuden Carnival Finish. Arslevan met his end when the Kyoryugers summoned their predecessors and used Twelve Zyuden Great Brave Finish.

In 2014, the present Kyoryugers are distraught to learn Deboth’s existence in 2114, but Daigo confided that their successors would take care of them. As Yayoi tried to analyze for whom Daigo would marry in the future, Souji was scolded by Rin and being chased out from the cafe they hanged out. In the future, while the Kyoryugers watched the sunset, Gaos, Sneldo and Hoshigaron revealed themselves to be alive, having survived Arslevan’s destruction. As they took their leave, the Kyoryugers still had no fear in their sight and tried to continue their ancestor’s legacy.

Though it isn’t quite up there with Go-Busters vs. Go-Busters (which wasn’t just a great ‘Returns’ movie, but one of the best Sentai films period), 100 Years After is an excellent film which is further proof of how far the ‘Returns’ series of films have come recently. It fully embraces the fun side of Kyoryuger, and while admittedly has the same level of red-focus as the series did it doesn’t do it in such an obnoxious manner. Saving the very best until last, it’s the best thing to have come out of Kyoryuger.

REVIEW: ZYUDEN SENTAI KYORYUGER

Starring

Ryo Ryusei (Hiyokko)
Syuusuke Saito (Kamen Rider Zi-O the Movie: Over Quartzer)
Yamato Kinjo (We’re a Bounty Hunter Team)
Akihisa Shiono (Prince of Legend)
Ayuri Konno (Another)
Atsushi Maruyama (Fūma no Kojirō)
Toshiyuki Morikawa (Maruto Shippuden)

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Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Shinji Yamashita (Fugo Keiji)
Kentarō Shimazu (Uchu Sentai Kyuranger: Episode of Stinger.)
Ayumi Kinoshita (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger)
Jyunichi Haruta (Kamen Rider Blade)
Kenji Ebisawa (Engine Sentai Go-Onger)
Daijiro Kawaoka (Kamen Rider Decade)
Reika Fujisawa (The Replay Girls)
Jouji Shibue (Kamen Rider Hibiki)
Robert Baldwin (Chousei Kantai Sazer-X)
Masayuki Deai (GoGo Sentai Boukenger)
Riku Sawada (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger)
Shigeru Chiba (Bleach)
Marie Iitoyo (Stare)
Nami Iwasaki (Detective Kurokawa Suzuki)
Tetsu Inada (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger)
Shizuka Nakamura (Tomica Hero Rescue Fire)
Sayoko Hagiwara (Kagaku Sentai Dynaman)

maxresdefaultDinosaurs plus humans! After millions of years, the strongest and bravest team in history assembles to protect the Earth! Hear our roar! Series writer Riku Sanjo actually writes every episode, a rare feat in tokusatsu. Because of Sanjo’s full involvement, Kyoryuger manages to keep the episodes very coherent and consistent with the story. This includes even the filler type episodes, which, aside from having wacky and odd plots, contain elements integral to advancing the story, as well as developing the cast.The main team and villains get plenty of characterization that, by the end, makes them all become standout character. Music is a recurring motif that I never thought would be a big factor in the show. Not only does the series have a huge collection of songs, the story and its characters are ultimately connected through melody. I never would’ve guessed that all the dancing and samba music actually meant something outside of the fabulously wacky presentation, but no, it’s that important. In the movie and sprinkled throughout some episodes, there are background information that pretty much confirms this.The cast starts out small, but it’s actually ridiculously huge. With a total of 10 Kyoryugers in the end (or more depending on how you count them), and not to mention the allies and the villains. Our fearless Red, Daigo aka King, is what many have referred to as a Marty Sue/Gary Stu-type. He’s the macho, always-friendly, always-reliable, perfect kind of guy who’s following his dad’s path. Much of the show revolves around him, and because Daigo is usually just “perfect,” this can be annoying to a lot of others because he has nothing that makes him remarkable. Honestly, even if Daigo stole much of the frames, I do like him because of his positive, energetic outlook. There is a two-parter that does touch on Daigo’s “perfectness” being his weakness, which I thought was an interesting turn of events, though it didn’t really seem to change Daigo all too much, but it was still something.. The beginning episodes started out with the other members only wanting to work together when they had to, for their own different reasons. It was mainly thanks to Daigo that everyone is now really learning about teamwork, which is another key theme in the show. Dantetsu was a pretty cool character himself, though not much else I can say about him other than he did a good job following his plan. I still think Torin makes the better Silver, but to be fair, Dantetsu only became Silver near the end.MV5BMTUxOTE4NDYwMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDA0NzE5NzE@._V1_SY1000_SX1500_AL_Ian has changed a lot, especially after his score with Aigaron was settled. I think Ian never liked having to look after others, which is why he struggled to become a leader while Daigo was going crazy. I imagine that losing his best friend made him not wanna be comfortable with others because he didn’t wanna lose someone close to him again. Obviously that changed after meeting Daigo, but it’s not until the penultimate episode when he’s changed the most, finally acknowledging Souji as his equal rather than just a “Boy” that he was often looking over. Souji is still my least favorite, but he stands out a lot more now. His parental issues worked as an obstacle for him since he is the youngest of the group and he was learning to carve his own path to become adult. Now that he wields Torin’s Feather Edge, his badass level has gone up.MV5BOTQ0YTY3YWItNjc5NS00OTA4LWIxMzItZTBhYWRkYzMxZGQ3XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjczMDkzOTA@._V1_Nossan remains my favorite because of his old man puns. The uncle figure, the clumsy one, the strong one, the devoted brother and uncle. I like that he’s a family man because these days it’s always the young ones become superheroes. Having a family meant he was putting more dedication into his work and fighting in order to keep his family safe and well. His episodes turned out to be some of my favorites, and it’s not just because his sister is played by Kinoshita Ayumi or that he has this fling with Canderrilla who is played/voiced by Tomatsu Haruka. Those are pluses! I think because Nossan was the eldest, he had the episodes that were more fun, more serious, and was just overall genuine. I go back to episode 40 where his scenes with Canderrilla are just some of the best to come out of Kyoryuger.  Not much I can say about Yuko since she was minor, but she was awesome and kicked butt as Cyan. Hey, the blue siblings!
Amy was the closest to Daigo from the start. She wasn’t that into the idea of only working with the team when needed (thus, revealing herself with Nossan in the second episode) and was the one who connected with the other Kyoryugers like Utsusemimaru and Ramirez. I like how Amy is feisty, which may be because she lived in America, but she was just as much a sweetheart as she was a royal buttkicker. Honestly, she didn’t even seem like a rich snob, even with Gentle by her side. Heck, she did waitressing as a part-time job. Her affection for Daigo is one of more real ones; it’s not cheesy, head-over-heels because she’s never felt that way before and she just doesn’t know how to react to it.Moving on, her convincing Lucky to see the good in the world turned out to be a really good angle for the eventual departing of the Deboth members.hqdefaultUtsusemimaru ’s debut being early was a great choice because it meant that he would have more time to spend with the rest. For a lot of the show, he felt like a regular member because he was usually always there, which is amazing. I do wish more of his period clash played out a bit more. There’s nothing like a Warrior States samurai trying to adjust to modern day Japan. His relationship with Dogold was one of the better dynamics I’ve seen, mainly because the two once shared a body. Definitely enjoyed his rivalry with Dogold up until the end when he finally helped him regain his will to fight for his own. Torin was as wise as he was great. I enjoyed his mentor role through the season and was glad that he eventually became Silver. I know he got stoned twice, but both times I felt really sad because he felt like an actual father figure to everyone, including to Daigo, whose father was anything but a good father figure. And c’mon, he rocked out on his Giga Gaburevolver. Don’t mess with the bird. I was certainly surprised when it was revealed he was a part of Deboth but defected. That explained why he knew about the history of the dinosaurs and everything and how he was involved in creating the Kyoryuger arsenal.

Of course, you can’t talk about arsenal without Doctor Ulshade, the mad scientist and zany narrator of the show. This guy was crazy awesome. Then there’s Yayoi. Sweet, little Yayoi. Besides her hard crush for Daigo, I really liked that the team had a human support who also got to become a Ranger, the first female Violet, at that. A personal favorite and thank goodness there was another female on the team. I love that her weapon of choice was usually always the Gaburicannon in bayonet mode. Finally, the Spirit Rangers Ramirez and Tessai were a cool duo. The two were from way different places and times, but I liked the idea of dead warriors still fighting before passing on their powers to successors and then moving on to the afterlife. These two really kept things interesting in the show thanks to their personalities and fighting prowess. There’s also not much to say about Tessai’s descendant Shinya, other than that I hope Luckyuro finds out he’s the mangaka of his favorite romance manga Love Touch.

On the villain side Deboth had a colorful group. Chaos, who looked liked an evil Statue of Liberty, was pretty calm and calculating, but it’s a shame that he was still like a pawn in comparison to the short-lived Lord Deboth. At least their deaths weren’t as bad as Icerondo and Killbolero. Those two are not very memorable outside their final fights. The generals were a colorful bunch and I really enjoyed each one for being unique. That, and the Wizard of Oz theme each one had gave me a greater appreciation for their designs and their fates. Dogold’s armor dilemma was a cool concept. Endorf’s entry was a good way of spicing up the story and served as a good obstacle in Dogold’s character arc. Aigaron was such a great character on his own. The Tin Man who had a heart in the end, if only because of Canderrilla, who along with Luckyuro, were the fan-favorites and it would not have been right if the two ended up killing people and got killed. A lot of the fun episodes are because of these two, really.The Monsters of the Week were very fun in design and personality. There was a lot to like about many of them that naming them all would make this entry longer than it needs to be. Kyoryuger had insane production values. Let’s start with having 10+ Kyoryuger suits, all of which were detailed and busy-looking. I’m guessing because of all these awesome suits, Toei had to cut back on the MotWs, but that was okay because they made each MotW memorable. Plus, the arc where they had to fight dead monsters was great because we got to see these monsters again. The miniature models for the Zyudenryu were also incredibly well done, almost like the toys. They used CGI still, but the transformations were mostly models, which have really awesome sequences.The staff and crew also deserve a lot of credit. Sakamoto’s overall direction for the series was nothing short of phenomenal. His experience in Power Rangers shows in a dozen of these episodes where there are a lot of unmorphed and morphed choreographed fights, handicam shots, dutch angles, and explosions everywhere. Another big hand to the stunties for doing some awesome new stuff every year. Kyoryuger is absolutely fun and exciting. There’s a lot of ridiculousness like the samba dancing, but they are justified through the storytelling, which is pretty good in itself. There’s a lot of enjoyment you can get out of this by the sheer number of heroes and unique combinations of finishers or mecha that they pump out almost every episode to keep things fresh and cool. It definitely deserves to be the bravest.

REVIEW: Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger: Gaburincho of Music

Starring

Ryo Ryusei (Hiyokko)
Syuusuke Saito (Kamen Rider Zi-O the Movie: Over Quartzer)
Yamato Kinjo (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger)
Akihisa Shiono (Prince of Legend)
Ayuri Konno (Another)
Atsushi Maruyama (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger)
Toshiyuki Morikawa (Naruto Shippuden)
Shizuka Nakamura (Tomica Hero Rescue Fire)
Misaki Momose (Space Sheriff Shaider: Next Generation)
Minami Tsukui (Kamen Rider W)

 

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Taking place roughly between episodes 20 and 21 of the series, Gaburincho of Music sees the six Kyoryugers face off against D, an ancient Deboss Knight who uses evil Zyudenchi powers to become the evil Deathryuger. By kidnapping a pop idol named Mikoto Amano (nicknamed Meeko), who is descended from a race that had special powers through song, D plans to use the #00 Zyudenchi to awaken the ancient Zyudenryu Tobaspino and force him to help him conquer the planet. Daigo “King” Kiryu (Kyoryu Red) is an old friend of Meeko, and with the five other Kyoryugers will stop at nothing to rescue the idol and put a stop to the rogue Deboss plan’s for destruction once and for all.
The first thing to note is that it predictably isn’t a musical in the way many were expecting it to be – there’s plenty of songs, but the majority of them are background music rather than have our characters sing their way through a 30 minute epic. Naturally with a central character being a pop star there are some moments of proper singing, and the Kyoryugers do have their own little moments every so often. Even regular villain Candelira gets in on the action with a nice little tangent number.
Ferocious knight D is an excellent villain, and his Deathryuger form features some great little homages to the evil dinosaur-themed rangers of the past (how can you look at a musical weapon and not think Dragon Ranger?). The Deathryuger suit itself is nicely done, standing out from the others with its own unique motifs but at the same time feeling very much inkeeping with the heroes’ suits.
With such a good looking movie-exclusive mecha, you can guarantee that the film has plenty of gratuitous mecha action. This comes in both practical suit and CGI forms, with the balance between them held nicely. The suits are used exactly where they’re needed, but the explosion battle between Kyoryuzin and SpinoDaiOh is something only CGI would be able to do justice and is certainly a highlight of the entire film. This film certainly does a lot of good feeling like an epic adventure that still relates to the series. New characters like Meeko and D have are well acted and and a great addition to the film. all in all a great short film (30 mins long) would of been better had it been longer, but its still awesome.

REVIEW: Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters The Great Dinosaur Battle Farewell Our Eternal Friends

 

Starring

Ryo Ryusei (Hiyokko)
Syuusuke Saito (Kamen Rider Zi-O the Movie: Over Quartzer)
Yamato Kinjo (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger)
Akihisa Shiono (Prince of Legend)
Ayuri Konno (Another)
Atsushi Maruyama (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger)
Katsuhiro Suzuki (Kamen Rider Zi-0)
Ryōma Baba (Here Is Greenwood)
Arisa Komiya (Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters)
Hiroya Matsumoto (Boys Love)
Yūta Mochizuki (Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger)
Koichiro Nishi (Tokyo Girl)
Sho Tomita (Ping Pong)
Marie Iitoyo (The Flowers of Evil)
Syo Jinnai (The Gift from Heaven)
Ayame Misaki (Cutie Honey: The Live)
Hideo Sakaki (Segodon)
Shinji Yamashita (Kaitō Royale)
Toshiyuki Morikawa (After War: Gundam X)
Kōichi Yamadera (Wowser)
Seiju Umon (Best Guy)
Hideki Fujiwara (Kamen Rider Black)
Takumi Hashimoto (Choujinki Metalder)
Reiko Chiba (Ninja Sentai Kakuranger)
Jun Shison (Survival Family)
Jin Hiramaki (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Riria (Zero: Black Blood)
Ryusei Yokohama (Rainbow Days)
Ai Moritaka (Beginners)

 

193500093Alerted by Torin of an evil presence above the city, the Kyoryugers see a strange energy from the sky before a mysterious green-eyed Tyrannosaurus briefly appears with a warning that Daigo’s best friend might die. The Kyoryugers are then ambushed by a group of Zorima, Golem Soldiers, and Barmia Soldiers before an armored figure named Neo-Geildon arrives with a figure he has just kidnapped. Revealed to be Ryoga Hakua of the Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger team, he transforms and suddenly attacks the Kyoryugers. Luckily, the Go-Busters arrive and hold off Aba Red before Tyranno Ranger of the Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger team turns the tide alongside his captor Neo-Grifforzer. After they and their teams retreat, Hiromu thanks Daigo for helping him and Gokai Red before they are ambushed by Enter. Enter states that he and Escape have been resurrected as part of a Vaglass restoration program that has been activated in response to the evil force that Neo-Grifforzer and Neo-Geildon serve: Voldos, a being created from the combined malice of Dai Satan and Dezumozorlya that is targeting the dinosaur-themed Super Sentai teams to have their Dino Hope extracted and converted into Wicked Life Energy to complete his evolution.Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters Dino MechaWith the Go-Busters and Beet J. Stag holding off the enemies, the Kyoryugers arrive at the site too late to save Ryouga and Geki in what is revealed to be a trap set for them, with Gabutyra defeated by Neo-Grifforzar and infused by Voldos’s power. By the time the Go-Busters find them, the Kyoryugers have had their Dino Hope removed brainwashing them into serving Voldos. The six are sent back in time to kill the dinosaurs. Upon encountering the dinosaurs, the Kyoryugers almost kill them when the green eyed Tyrannosaurus protecting them from an eruption breaks the spell as Daigo recognizes the dinosaur as Gabutyra in his original state. The shock of realizing the Tyrannosaurus is Gabutyra snaps the Kyoryuger’s back to normal. The Gabutyra of the past proceeds to explain to them the warning he told Daigo related to his future self who is dying from Voldos’s influence and that only Daigo can save him with the power of Dino Hope. Elsewhere, with help from the Abarangers’ Yukito Sanjyo using a specially made Super Sentai Zyudenchi, Yayoi creates a time portal to bring the Kyoryugers back to the present time.

Meanwhile, the Go-Busters and Kyoryu Silver mount a rescue mission to save Ryouga and Geki when they are kept back by the Deboth Knights and Luckyuro while Neo-Grifforzer and Neo-Geildon take their captives with them. However, the Kyoryugers arrive and fight a losing battle against the grunts while Ryouga and Geki make a mutual attempt to fight Escape before Daigo finds the dying Gabutyra. Luckily, upon being joined by J alongside Masato who appears due to the activation of a one-time anti-virus program, the reunited Go-Busters team drives off the Deboth Army while destroying the satellite stations as Daigo succeeds in restoring Gabutyra to life. Joined by the assembled Zyuranger and Abaranger teams, using the Abaranger and Zyuranger Zyudenchi to give Gabutyra support in replicas of Guardian Beast Tyrannosaurus and Bakuryu Tyranno to deal with the giant reinforcements, the Kyoryugers transform and the gathered Dinosaur Super Sentai take out the grunts. After the main team obliterates Enter in his Dark Buster form, Kyoryu Gold destroys Escape while the Abarangers defeat Neo-Geildon, and the Kyoryugers regroup with the Zyurangers as they all combine the Kentrospiker, Howling Cannon, and Dino Bomber into the Ultimate Howling Cannon to destroy Neo-Grifforzar.

However, Neo-Grifforzer contains the blast as he departs to space to sacrifice himself to complete Voldos’s evolution. Though the Kyoryugers form Raiden Kyoryuzin, with the Guardian Beast Tyrannosaurus and Bakuryu Tyranno replicas transforming into Daizyuzin and Abarenoh, the Dinosaur Super Sentai are powerless against Voldos. Luckily, having obtained the Go-Busters Zyudenchi from Masato before he fades back into data, Red Buster summons Tategami Lioh whose head is used in the Tategami Raiden Kyoryuzin formation so it, Daizyuzin, and Abarenoh can focus their powers to blast Voldos back into space. Later, after giving their goodbyes to the Gabutyra of the past, the Kyoryugers decide to join the Go-Busters in a victory meal.

First appearance of the ToQgers

What the teams do not know is that Neo-Geildon has survived, and he uses Messiah Card 13 to become Neo-Messiah to avenge his creator. Before he can do anything, a rainbow-colored train descends from the sky and from it emerges the 38th Super Sentai… Ressha Sentai ToQger. Using their unconventional fighting style, which includes switching their colors, the ToQgers quickly destroy Neo-Messiah.MV5BYTUxOTJmZTUtOGY4Mi00NDRmLTk2ZTYtZjZlMTcwMWI5MzQ0XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTkxNjUyNQ@@._V1_SY1000_SX1500_AL_Second only to 199 this is a brilliant team-up bringing back all the dinosaur teams was an awsome idea and not  only that but bringing back new versions of the villains was just plain amazing.

REVIEW: Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z

 

Starring

Yuma Ishigaki (Battle Royle 2)
Suzuka Morita (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger)
Riki Miura (Juken Sentai Gekiranger)
Kenji Ohba (Kill BIll)
Hirotaro Honda (Gamera: Guardian of The Universe)
Junya Ikeda (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger)
Arisa Komiya (Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters)
Syuusuke Saito (Kamen Rider Zi-O the Movie: Over Quartzer)
Yamato Kinjo (Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V)
Ryo Ryusei (Hiyokko)
Akihisa Shiono (Leaders 2)
Ayuri Konno (Another)
Katsuhiro Suzuki (Misaki Number One!)
Ryōma Baba (Here Is Greenwood)
Fuuka Nishihira (Tensou Sentai Goseiger)
Naoto Takahashi (Ultraman Orb)
Hideo Sakaki (Segodon)
Shunya Shiraishi (Kamen Rider Fourze)
Makoto Okunaka (Kamen Rider Wizard)
Tasuku Nagase (Beppinsan)
Junki Tozuka (Helter Skelter)
Yuko Takayama (Twin Spica)
Hisahiro Ogura (Little Maestro)
Atsushi Maruyama (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger)
Sota Fukushi (Umareru)
Hiroaki Iwanaga (Kamen Rider 000)
Ryota Ozawa (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger)
Kenta Suga (Aibo)
Ayumi Kinoshita (Tensou Sentai Dekaranger)
Tetsu Inada (Kanon)
Nana Mizuki (Switch Girl!!)

193500093Magic gates appear throughout Japan, causing havoc as people are instantly transported from one place to another. While investigating the situation, Haruto Soma and Koyomi are approached by Geki Jumonji, who suddenly attacks Haruto after confirming his identity. Geki and Haruto fight as Space Sheriff Gavan type-G and Kamen Rider Wizard until Kamen Rider Wizard and Koyomi risk themselves to save a passerby from being hit by collateral damage. After confirming that both are good people, he stays his blade and flees. Meanwhile, Yoko Usami from the Go-Busters and her Buddyloid Usada Lettuce are camping beside a river until an unknown object falls from the sky beside them. They find a small robot at the crash site, which Yoko takes to the Energy Management Center and fixes it up. The robot introduces itself as Psycholon and she becomes friends with it.

Meanwhile at the Galactic Union, Geki confronts his superior and the previous Gavan, Retsu Ichimonji, about his orders to eliminate both Kamen Rider Wizard and Kamen Rider Beast, Kosuke Nitoh, but Retsu insists that both are too dangerous to be allowed to live because of their magical powers. Retsu relieves him from duty, sending the Space Sheriff Sharivan to complete the task. Back at the location where Yoko found Psycholon, monsters from the evil organization Space Shocker are confronted by Kamen Rider Wizard until they send him away using a magic gate. Haruto emerges at a stadium where he is encountered by the Kyoryugers who mistake him for a Debo Monster at, then challanged by Kyoruger’s Daigo Kiryu to ddetermine how brave Haruto is until Gai Ikari from the Gokaigers appears to stop their fight as he wants to meet with Haruto about the incident of Space Shocker’s plan of framing Haruto using a same magic power. Geki attempts to stop Sharivan from leaving to Earth to execute Kamen Rider Wizard and Kamen Rider Beast with no success. Yoko is attacked by Space Shocker, who are after Psycholon, but her fellow Go-Busters Hiromu Sakurada and Ryuji Iwasaki appear to assist her. When the monsters try to send both Yoko and Psycholon through a portal, Hiromu and Ryuji appear to save her and are sucked in instead, and she is forced to keep fighting by herself.

Gai and Haruto discuss the situation, later joined by Geki and Nito, until Sharivan appears to fight them. To dissuade his fellow Space Sheriff, Geki tries to don his combat suit with no success and his partner Shelly informs him that after he was removed from duty, the Dolgiran’s systems were locked down, preventing her from providing him his weaponry. When monsters from Space Shocker also appear at the scene, Sharivan is forced to stop pursuing the other heroes to fight them until they flee through a portal leading to the Genmu World and Geki also dives there by himself to investigate. Past the portal at the Genmu Castle, Geki witnessess Strategist Raider from the Space Crime Syndicate Madou and Shadow Moon discussing their plan to use Psycholon to gather enough magic energy to revive Madou’s leader Demon King Psycho, learning that they are the ones behind Space Shocker. Soon after, Gai appears to help Geki escape, and back on Earth, they rescue Yoko and Psycholon from Space Shocker troops. Taking refuge at the Antique Shop Omokagedō with the others, Geki reveals that the Galactic Union intends to destroy Earth with the Super Dimensional Cannon to prevent Space Shocker from completing their plan, as their scheme threatens the entire universe.Kamen_Rider_×_Super_Sentai_×_Space_Sheriff-_Super_Hero_Taisen_Z-001Encouraged by Gai and the others to not give up yet, Geki leaves to confront Space Shocker by himself until as Kai/Sharivan appears to that the evidence of the villains who framed Wizard and Beast of using a same magic power has been informed as the villains is on the moves to revived Madou and inform him that they have one hour until the Galactic Union fires their main weapon to destroy the Earth, then leaves to call Shaider for reinforcement. While Gai seeks help, Geki enters the portal to the Genmu World, accompanied by Yoko, Psycholon, and Nito, and they are attacked by Space Shocker. Separated from the others, Geki is forced to confront the monsters unarmed until Kotoha Hanaori from the Shinkengers appears at the Dolgiran, revealing that she was sent there by Gai. She hacks the ship’s systems to lift the lockdown and allow Geki to transform into Gavan type-G once more. Yoko keeps pushing forward by herself until Reider and Shadow Moon appear to block her path and attempt to take Psycholon from her, and the little robot uses its powers to have her reunited with Hiromu and Ryuji. Just as Kamen Rider Beast and Gavan type-G are about to be defeated, several Kamen Riders and Super Sentai warriors, including another hero’s Sangiman/new Inazuman appear to help them. Gai rejoins his fellow Gokaigers and Gavan type-G provides them with six Metal Hero Keys to assist in the fight.

The Go-Busters have a tough battle against Shadow Moon until the Gokaigers, Gavan, Kamen Rider Beast, Kamen Rider Wizard, Sharivan, Kamen Rider Fourze, and Kamen Rider Meteor appear to assist them, joined by Shaider Kamen Rider OOO and the Kyoryugers also join the fight as well. As Shadow Moon and his reinforcements are defeated, the one-hour delay provided by the Galactic Union runs out and a regretful Retsu is forced to fire the Super Dimensional Cannon. The three Space Sheriffs then ride their ships and manage to stop the weapon’s blast from hitting the Earth but Reider reveals that it was their intention all along to use its energy to complete the Demon King’s resurrection. The resultant explosion provides enough power for it, before Reider perishes, just to later return as Space Reider, bringing several other monsters to the fight. Psycholon is also overcome by the energy surge and is put under Madou’s control as well. The heroes find themselves in a pinch against their enemies until Akaranger and Kamen Rider 1 arrive with reinforcements. Kyoryu Gold appears to assist Kamen Rider Beast against Space Reider and together, they destroy him for good. Yoko calls out for Psycholon and it manages to break free from Psycho’s control but ends up sacrificing itself to protect her from a fatal blast. The enlarged Psycho tries to escape into space, but Gavan type-G, Sharivan, and Shaider, who revealed to be alive appear to stop it, and the monster is ultimately destroyed by a robot formed by the Kyorugers’ Kyoryuzin and Kamen Rider Wizard’s WizarDragon combined. After the battle, Usada reveals to Yoko that Psycholon can be fixed, and as the Space Sheriffs return to space, the Kamen Ridersi and Super Sentai warriors bid their farewells after they had joined forces to protect Earth once more.

REVIEW: Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs. Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: The Movie

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Starring

Katsuhiro Suzuki (Kamen Rider Zi-O)
Ryōma Baba (An Assassin)
Arisa Komiya (Ultraman Ginga S The Movie)
Hiroya Matsumoto (Boys Love)
Ryota Ozawa (Fasuto Kurasu)
Yuki Yamada (Juken no Cinderella)
Mao Ichimichi (009-1: The End of the Beginning)
Kazuki Shimizu (Tenshi ni I’m Fine)
Yui Koike (Daily Lives of High School Boys)
Junya Ikeda (Shinjuku Swan)
Hideo Sakaki (Godzilla: Final Wars)
Naoto Takahashi (Ultraman Orb)
Fuuka Nishihira (Shrobe Edge)
Syo Jinnai (The Gift From Heaven)
Ayame Misaki (Attack on Titan)
Kei Hosogai (Hana Oni)
Runa Natsui (School Days)
Ryo Ryusei (Toritsu Mizusho!)
Syuusuke Saito (Kamen Rider Zi-O: Over Quartzer)
Yamato Kinjo (Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V)
Akihisa Shiono (Does the Flower Bloom?)
Ayuri Konno (Strobe Edge)

rewrewrwerwerewrAfter the beautiful film that is Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters Returns vs. Dōbutsu Sentai Go-Busters, I finally go to watch Go-Busters vs Gokaiger movie. And while it was completely satisfying. Now Sentai VS. movies and Power Rangers team-ups all follow a standard formula. Last year’s team pops up in this year’s team’s world and they fight the remnants of last year’s villains who may or may not have teamed up with this year’s villains. So going into the movie, you have a pretty good idea of what to expect.The most interesting thing about this VS. movie though is that it feels a lot more like a Go-Busters movie with the Gokaigers merely guest starring. That’s not a bad thing and certainly not unique to this team-up, but for a team as well loved as the Gokaigers, it might feel like a disappointment. Indeed, while it was great to see the Gokaigers one last time as a team, their screentime was pretty limited as well as their real interactions with the Go-Busters. Save for Hiromu and Marvelous’ couple of scenes, the other Gokaigers and Go-Busters were only featured in very brief instances.Utilizing time and universe traveling and seeing that familiar Edo period set is to be expected on a Toei tokusatsu production. But it would’ve been nice to see a little more here, especially with Yoko, Gai and J getting plopped into the Edo period with an all too-short cameo by Jeloushitto. Not to mention a complete waste of fun English costumes on Doc, Jin and Ahim. But the biggest reason this felt more like a Go-Busters movie was how the bond between the Go-Busters and their Buddyroids took center stage. Fans can complain about many things about Go-Busters, but they cannot pick on how well the friendship and bond between the Go-Busters and the Buddyroids (and Kuroki, Morishita and Nakamura) was established and developed. Already having that connection, but getting highlighted here made the scenes of the Buddyroids shutting down and then coming back to life all the more powerful. That scene also proves just how amazing the original Go-Busters theme song is. As soon as you hear it kick in during a dramatic scene, you know you’re about to have tears start rolling down your cheek. The Gokaigers watching Hiromu, Ryuji and Yoko breakdown almost made them look like random bystanders who happen to stumble upon the scene instead of fellow comrades who know all too well the toll being a Sentai team can take on bonds and friendships.  The Gokaigers’ appearance and using the “evil Gokaigers” plot device even for a just a third of the movie made their participation feel hollow. Especially since Super Hero Taisen centered on the same exact plot point; Gokaigers/Marvelous pretending to be evil for a greater plan. UntitledSo it was great seeing the Gokaigers again and great to have them finally dancing, but it almost felt like they were wasted. As were the 30 second appearances of Escape and Basco as avatars. The nostalgia points with the Buddyroid keys, the old mecha keys, curry and chicken, a random cameo by Kaoru and Jin making that “I feel really at home in this…” comment about being in the Magiranger mecha were nice pluses. And the action sequences seemed to be much bigger and more slick here than they have been in recent movies, both the mecha battles and the henshined fights. But again, it was all about that emotional bond between the Go-Busters and the Buddyroids. And for a series that was all about heart and bonds, this movie fit right in with the rest of Go-Busters. Overall, it was a nice action-packed and emotional hour and change. It would’ve been nice to have given the Gokaigers a better epilogue for their final appearance, but it was still a more than enjoyable movie.