REVIEW: DENJI SENTAI MEGARANGER VS CARRANGER

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Starring

Hayato Oshiba (Kamen Rider Den-O)
Atsushi Ehara (Denji Sentai Megaranger vs Carranger)
Masaya Matsukaze (Darwin’s Game)
Eri Tanaka (Kamen Rider Kuuga)
Mami Higashiyama (Earth Maiden Arjuna)
Shigeru Kanai (B-Fighter: The Movie)
Satoru Saitō (Chouriki Sentai Ohranger)
Asami Jo (My Pure Lady)
Tetsuo Morishita (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger)
Yūji Kishi (Ninpu Sentai Hurricaneger)
Yoshihiro Masujima (Godzilla: Final Wars)
Yoshihiro Fukuda (Gosei Sentai Dairanger)
Yuka Motohashi (Akai Ito)
Atsuko Kurusu (Tokyo Girl)

1118full-denji-sentai-megaranger-vs-carranger-photoArriving late for school, as the car was at Pegasus Garage, Kenta learns that that day is graduation picture day. Seeing a beam of light nearby, Kouichiro gets the others out of class to investigate. The five find a seashell before they are attacked by Space Biker Helmedor who wants the shell to fulfill his dreams, overpowering the Megarangers before MegaSilver arrives and engages the biker in a motorcyclists’ duel. Suddenly enlarging with his bike, Helmedor battles Super Galaxy Mega before he is forced to shrink and retreat. Later, while trying to find out the seashell’s true nature, Miku uses it to wish for a big cake before it is stolen by a group of strange students who actually are the staff of the Pegasus Garage.denji_sentai_megaranger_by_blakehunter-d49w9k5But with Mega Yellow placing a tracer on the getaway car, the Megarangers track them to the Pegasus Garage where Kyosuke wishes for Katsudon before he and his team are attacked by Yugande and Kani Nezilar. Refusing to stand aside, they assume their Carranger forms to fight Kani Nezilar while the Megarangers deal with Yugande and the Kunekune. The two Sentai teams join forces to force the Nezireians back as the shell opens up to reveal an alien identified as Space Fairy Picot who wants to grant their last three wishes. Arriving to Yume Beach, the teams get to know each other while talking out to want they would use the last three wishes before Dappu arrives. But “Dappu” turns out to be Helmedor, having made a deal with the Nezirians to get Picot.bunny_hat_rawmegaranger_27_737a9403-mkv_snapshot_19-35_2013-09-18_18-41-24as Helmedor runs off, Shibonlena has the Kunekune hold the Megarangers as she uses her power to turn the Carrangers into her slaves and sicks them on the Megarangers. During the fight, the Megarangers find the real Dappu and untie him. In a risky gambit, Dappuin fuses the Megrangers’s weapons with his CarMagic to free the Carrangers from Shibolena’s spell. At that time, after wishing for a planet destroying laser cannon, Helmedor betrays Kani Nezilar and fights him as Megarangers. After making a wish to revive previous Psycho Nezilars to overpower the Megarangers, Kani Nezilar was about to make the final wish when Helmondo steals the fairy. But the Carrangers get Picot and throw a decoy into the distance to hold the villains at bay. Coming to the students’ aid, the Carrangers give them Picot to make the final wish to their shock. By the time Kani Nezilar and a brainwashed Helmondo return to the battlefield, the Megarangers’ wish to keep fighting enables them to don the Mega Tector armor. After destroying the revived monsters with Rainbow Impulse, Shibolena has Bedibedi bite Kani Nezilar and Helmedor as Mega Voyager and RV Robo are formed to fight them. Though Helmondo attempts to turn with the planting destroying laser, Mega Winger destroys the weapon as Wing Mega Voyager and RV Robo execute their signature moves to respectively destroy Kani Nezilar and Helmedor. Soon after, Picot leaves for the next planet as the two sentai teams go out to take their own graduation memorial picture at Yume Beach.UntitledThis special crams a lot of action into its 47 minutes, about as much as you’d find in three TV episodes, and it’s generally quite imaginatively staged, especially the final zord battle.  I pretty much like every sentai movie I see and thought this was definitely one of the best ones.

REVIEW: DENJI SENTAI MEGARANGER

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Starring

Hayato Oshiba (Kamen Rider Den-O)
Atsushi Ehara (Denji Sentai Megaranger vs Carranger)
Masaya Matsukaze (Darwin’s Game)
Eri Tanaka (Kamen Rider Kuuga)
Mami Higashiyama (Earth Maiden Arjuna)
Shigeru Kanai (B-Fighter: The Movie)
Satoru Saitō (Chouriki Sentai Ohranger)
Asami Jo (My Pure Lady)
Tetsuo Morishita (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger)

 

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Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Tomokazu Seki (Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger)
Shigeru Chiba (Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan)
Takeshi Oobayashi (Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger)
Akiyo Matsuo (Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman)
Takumi Hashimoto (Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger)
Rondo Mimura (Seijuu Sentai Gingaman)
Emi Shigemitsu

 

vlcsnap-2017-11-14-19h25m01s147Megaranger returns back to the “teenagers with attitude” trope but instead of “recruit teenagers with attitude” like Turboranger and Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers before it, it had the vibes of a lot of series before it. The whole selection process involves the Megaranger arcade game which selected the main hero Kenta Date.powerranger1678However four of his schoolmates Kouichirou Endo (the de-facto leader even if he’s the black ranger), Shun Namiki (Kenta’s best friend), Chisato Jougasaki and Miku Imamuri get dragged into it. These teenagers with attitude have their whole lives changed all in one day. The Nezire had just begun its attack (shades of Bioman) and they suddenly get absorbed in the process. Dr. Kubota had no choice but to use the selected roster of teenagers to fight the invaders.bunny_hat_rawmegaranger_31_e47750f9-mkv_snapshot_22-37_2013-10-15_17-42-34The Nezire is an invasion party from another dimension. The visible ruler is Javious whose origins aren’t really explored to how he even came to be. Instead, we had Dr. Hinelar the second-in-command who ran most of the show together with his creations Yugande and Shibolena. I always felt like that there were some similarities with evil science during Hirohisa Soda’s era. Dr. Hinelar is an expert in robotics and genetic manipulation as evidenced by his creations. Seeking to become the world’s greatest genius he also battles the show’s mentor Dr. Kubota whose science was for the betterment of mankind. Dr. Hinelar feels like he’s the center of Nezire considering he really embodies the wrong direction that science could take.UntitledThe organization later had two different eras that entered into the scene. When the Nezire kept losing against the Megarangers, its ruler would later send Gurail to assist them. I felt like Gurail was similar to Saint Sword Bilgenia in Kamen Rider Black, that is a badass villain who doesn’t last long. After Gurail gets written off we get the Nezirangers. The Nezirangers are a picture of the perversion of the Megarangers, twisted in every way and also unlike the Megarangers, they were so divided they trolled each other to death. This was also part of Dr. Hinelar’s manipulative plot to take over Nezire which he does. Most of his actions were the anti-thesis of Dr. Kubota. Much of the struggle was on robotics. vs life (Bioman),Neziranger-38

While watching Megaranger, I thought of the fact that it’s really one of the best series I’ve ever seen.