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: Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger

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Starring

Yūta Mochizuki (Kamen Rider J)
Seiju Umon (The Last Message)
Hideki Fujiwara (Choujin Sentai Jetman)
Takumi Hashimoto (Denji Sentai Megaranger)
Reiko Chiba (Ninja Sentai Kakuranger)
Shiro Izumi (Dengeki Sentai Changeman)
Jun Tatara (Uchuu Keiji Gavan)
Machiko Soga (Jikuu Senshi Spielban)
Ami Kawai (Juukou B-Fighter)

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Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Masashi Mikami (GoGo Sentai Boukenger)
Issei Takahashi (Ultra Q: Dark Fantasy)
Masahiko Urano (Ocean’s Thirteen)
Isamu Ichikawa (Trick)
Mayuko Aso (Kamen Rider Agito Special: A New Transformation)
Miki Fujita (Ninja Sentai Kakuranger: The Movie)
Hiroki Uemura (Chouriki Sentai Ohranger: The Movie)
Rikiya Iwaki (Battle J Fever)
Hisashi Sakai (Gosei Sentai Dairanger)
Shin Nagahama (Ressha Sentai ToQger)

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When the evil witch Bandora escapes from her prison on the Planet Nemesis, five young warriors must rise up to stop her from taking over the world! Armed with the powers of the ancient dinosaurs, they become Zyuranger! If you grew up in the 90’s, you might be thinking that this story sounds very familiar, and it should. Haim Saban had the genius idea to take the Japanese Sentai franchise and bring it over to America (with a little tweaking). Combined with newly shot American footage, Zyuranger would become the foundation for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! Now thanks to our friends at Shout! Factory, you can own Super Sentai Zyuranger – The Complete Series on DVD!

To say that I am a fan of Power Rangers would be a huge understatement. I grew up watching those five teenagers with attitude fight off the evil forces of Rita Repulsa five days a week. Although the Power Rangers franchise has now been around for 20 years, many people still don’t know that the series features footage from a completely different show in Japan. While some story arcs and characters might be similar, major story elements and footage are replaced by Saban to fill the gaps for American viewers. Now, even with my knowledge of the show, I really had never experienced Zyuranger. I had seen a few clips on Youtube of Sentai footage in general, but I was pretty clueless as to the level of changes that were made from Zyuranger to create Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. For the purposes of this review, I wanted to highlight some of the biggest differences from the Power Rangers story that I grew up with, as compared to what the original content from Japan actually focused on.

Origin Story

Bandora the Witch was imprisoned on the Planet Nemesis 170 million years ago, and is accidentally released by astronauts from Earth. She immediately brings her palace to Earth to take out her revenge on those who imprisoned her. When Bandora attacks, the Wizard Barza releases five ancient warriors from the ancient Zyuranger Temple to save the day. Using powers from the dinosaurs that their tribes worshiped, they transform into the mighty Zyuranger! One of the biggest surprises watching this series has been the amount of footage that was not used for the American adaptation, specifically in regards to the actual dinosaurs! While some of these elements worked well for the Sentai, I think that American audiences would have found the show overly cheesy had some of the shots been left in.

The Villains

Rita Repulsa, the US counterpart to Bandora, was always up to no good and was pretty evil in her own right. In Zyuranger, Bandora, surprisingly enough, is a lot nicer in a lot of regards…but is still out for vengeance. With help from Bukbak (Squat), Grifforzer (Goldar), Lami (Scorpina), Totpat (Baboo), and Puripurikan (Finster), she sends an army of “Dora Monsters” to attack humanity. Aside from the noted differences from Bandora to Rita, the Sentai versions of Bukbak and Puripurikan come off as more evil than their boss at times.

The Heroes

aside from the obvious element of being from an ancient culture that worshiped the dinosaurs, Power Rangers made a big change that most kids at the time didn’t notice: the Yellow Ranger was a man! That’s right kids, if you ever wondered why Kimberly’s costume had a skirt and Trini’s didn’t, it’s because the Sentai counterpart for the Saber Ranger was named Boi (ironically enough).


Green with Evil

If you thought the story of Tommy Oliver as the Green Ranger was interesting, the tale of Burai takes the story to an entirely different level. Just as the main five characters were revived in modern day, Burai is the final ranger to be brought to the present. The long lost brother of Geki (the Red Zyuranger) is found in present day, but learns that his lifespan has been reduced due to the suspension process. Burai would eventually join the team, but his time is cut short and he passes his powers and control of Dragon Caesar on to Geki. The biggest twist from the American story is that Burai does not return as the Green Ranger! Tommy was such a fan-favorite character that the writers were told to find a way to bring him back following the story that would leave him powerless.

In the Beginning

Zyuranger might have been the first Sentai that was adapted for American audiences, but it most certainly was not the first Sentai series. Zyuranger was actually the 16th Japanese series to feature humans with special powers and robots used to fight against evil. Can you imagine what would have happened if the previous Sentai series had made it to America earlier?

Go Go Zyuranger!

Aside from the colorful costumes, robotic dinosaurs, and creatures from outer space, one of the most memorable elements of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was the theme music. While “Go Go Power Rangers!” was music created for the American incarnation of the series, Zyuranger definitely had some catch music of its own. The series featured a theme by Kenta Satou that will easily get stuck in your head after watching an episode or two.

Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters Hiromu, Ryuji & Yoko
Overall: In all honesty, Zyuranger was definitely an eye-opening experience for me. While I was aware of how much footage was mandated for each episode of Power Rangers, I really didn’t grasp how much of the story was moved around and altered from the original Sentai series. The pilot episode alone was shocking, as I expected the story to be extremely similar overall.