REVIEW: ZYUDEN SENTAI KYORYUGER RETURNS: 100 YEARS AFTER

1779822_10152033195074862_1921568276_n

 

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)

1066711-0-q80
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.