Express Sentai TOKKYUGER (or TQGer; 烈車戦隊トッキュウジャー) ended back in Spring 2015, opening for the newest ninja sentai NinNinger.
Emperor Zed was a pretty stubborn fellow I got to say. No ending spoilers, but a certain scene had me in tears. There isn’t a person in the world who doesn’t live the life of a child, and the center point of Tokkyuger’s story was the mental strength of children. Some would probably argue that it’s an asspull power, especially for the ending, but I think the whole point was nostalgia.
I think I’ll give Tokkyu a 3 out of 5. Maybe 3.5 because I wasn’t disappointed and it was a cute show. Loved Raito/Right; he was cute as a friggin’ bunny (no pun intended for the President). Not really into the bad guys, especially after Kyoryuger when its villains had so much personality. Even with Aigaron, Candelera, and Luckiero, Dogoldo played the straight guy. But geez, Deboss frickin’ sucked (luckily, C.V Okawa Toru (大川 透) is a bit more menacing in Aldnoah Zero). Zed’s nobles are like “Bow to heika heika heika!” Sans a few of course, particularly Noire. Schwarz makes things interesting; Zed maintains a little mysteriousness until the end, which was a little disappointing, but his brutality makes up for it.
Loved the Crows and their fancy design. They probably could fit for a sentai about criminal organizations (ie: mafia) KHR Sentai. Count Nero has a similar fancy design.
Won’t forget Yamaguchi Kappei (山口 勝平), one of my favorite Voice overs from Japan. He voices Ticket the Rainbow Line Conductor’s puppet, but more importantly he voiced the Tokkyu toys and train announcer.
“Scooooope! Stay clear! Please stay clear!” The scope train wasn’t used much though. How unfortunate. And there’s “[Color] RESSHAAAAAAA!” (ie: Red liner!)
I like the drill train finish too. “ALRIIIIIIGHT! ALRIIIIIIGHT!” Just like what you hear in construction. It’s near perfect.