I had to do a catch up because I’m a slow poke. It’s time for Doggie Opinion: SUPER HERO TOKU TIME!
A BALLIN’ NON-SPOILER ENTRY!
It’s the Rebellion vs JARK Matter!
A bunch of puns, a feudal era empire, and a large galaxy. Kyuranger is titled thanks to nine initial rangers, the space theme, and the use of balls. All of it means “kyu” in Japanese. So no, Sho Long, you can’t change the show’s title by any means.
I think this show is good for both fans of sentai actors and voice actors (especially Aoni). Also, an actor from a previous Kamen Rider appears.
The red ranger Lucky, upon first impression, turns out to be grating. He is straight positive and impulsive as if he doesn’t have a molecule in his brain. However, I haven’t started to hate him yet. Red is always the lead-action color, and it’s like his combination with the characters makes a fine chemistry. Why? That’s one of the fine components of these fighting squadron dramas. With such an ensemble cast, there’s a lot going on.
And on the opposite side of Lucky is Naga (silver) and Stinger (orange). Naga is so confused, he’s hilarious. Cool temperament, but uncertain where to place his emotions correctly. Once again, Silver and Gold maintains the sentai tradition of being COMPLETELY weird. Naga and Balance (Gold) are also complete contrast of each other, with the latter being the happy-go-lucky treasure hunter.
Matter of fact, majority of the characters have positive attitudes.
I really like the organic poses and fighting styles of Garu (and Kamen RIder Gemn). Garu is also voiced by Nakai Kazuya (ONE PIECE’S ZORO, Gintama’s Hijikata, Aldnoah’s Koichiro), he seems to always play a blue dude and a complete gangster.
So gangster that he has a Hiroshima dialect that I’m trying to pick up. It’s there. Not sure why Nakai plays those guys when he’s from Kobe. Garu and Gaomon!
They’re not trying at all, huh?
C.V Kamiya Hiroshi, Toei/Aoni’s poster boy (or one of them) voices the supreme commander of the Rebellion, Sho LongPun. With his intelligent voice, the role works in sounding “older”. Strangely, he isn’t always consistent with the “old man” sound and the familiar “young man” sound.
Never thought of Kamiya Hiroshi in having a “boy sound”. Intelligent (and glasses are often a factor) and somewhat repressed sound, and also incompetent or orthodox. As a combination, Shou Lonpung turns out to be an usual Kamiya character that’s conflicting with another figure of the cast. In this case, the other figure is everyone. Straight-man partially, then comedic in another. So, Sho is kind of a headache?
The Rebellion is making me despair!
HiroC voices not only Minamoto Koji (Digimon Frontier) and Terra Arde from Gundam 00, but Itoshiki from Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei . There’s too many character to talk about really. He also does the insert song in episode 9.
Hammy and Raptor are the squad girls and pleasant amidst this clown tent. M.A.O (Aka: Gokai Yellow) is expanding her VA career, currently appearing as Navirou in MONSTER HUNTER RIDE ON and was Julietta in Gundam Iron Blood Orphans.
Champ, Bull Black, is Otsuka Akio! Surprisingly, he gets the hero role as a stubborn robot bull that was a wrestler. Not mule, a bull. We also have Ono Yuuki as Balance.
Again, I enjoy the puns. Virtually everyone’s names are somehow connected to their respective constellation or some specialty or theme. For example:
- Raptor – Aquila (bird of prey)
- Naga – Snake (Ophiuchus)
- Balance – Libra/Scales
- Spada – Sword/Blade (Dorado. His cooking skill. Also represented as swordfish)
- Long Pung – Dragon. Long means “Dragon”; I think Pung is either the same or storm?
I am uncertain of Hammy.
The enemy also have puns in their ever-confusing names, and are ranked like in Feudal Japan. The Kyurangers spend most of their time fighting magistrates (daikarn; big Khan). By the way, the Khans carry this Inrō-like small box item that shows their rank, also makes them big, and calls their towers.
In my opinion, the Seizabracer (“SAY THE BRACER”) is one of the best things about this show. I fell in love with it on the first ep and it looks nice. However, it’s kind of big on the wrist and the Kyurangers have to hold this bar in their hands the whole time. I often wonder if it’s uncomfortable. Voice is Kimura Subaru, who has a thick voice, but sounds perfectly dramatic. He’s the CURRENT voice of Jian in Doraemon and has been expanding his voice roles. Apparently he ‘s a big fan of Tokusatsu.
Say the Attack! GALAXY@