Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Canon Ships In Super Sentai

These are part of my series on romance in Sentai. First there are canon ships, romances that are confirmed and part of the series.

Gorou and Karen: Spade Ace and Heart Queen

Gorou saved Karen’s life in the first episode. Their mild flirtation evolved into something more as the series progressed.

Hiryu and Sayaka: ChangeDragon and ChangeMermaid.

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It is hinted they both have crushes on each other. Hiryu will trust Sayaka even when the others don’t.

Takeru and Mio: Red Mask and Iel.

This is a romance that stood through the trials of both the characters, and even though Mio was a member of and spy for the tube Takeru accepted her, and the reason Mio turned on the tube was because she fell in love for Takeru. Takeru’s love for Mio was a driving force. Sadly, it was a bittersweet ending, but they might end up together again.

Ryu and Kaori: Red Hawk and White Swan.

Kaori might have fallen for the bad boy Gai at first, maybe because he was something different, and Ryu might have been nursing his romantic wounds caused by Rie/Maria, but they ultimately let go and ended up together. Both Gai and Rie gave them their blessings.

Raita and Satsuki

Raita had a crush on her since he was a kid, and ultimately, they end up together and run the farm together. According to the manga, they have a baby.

Kyousuke and Zonnette

Although Zonnette originally loved Red Racer and not the man behind the mask, she grew to love Kyousuke, after Kyousuke proved to her that he was just as good as his alter-ego.

Kouichirou and Chisato: MegaBlack and MegaYellow

Chisato was very forward in her attraction towards Kouichirou and would believe him when no one else would. She would openly flirt with him, and the team would tease them about their little romance.

Shun and Miku: MegaBlue and MegaPink

Even though these two are sought-after by their classmates, they prefer the company of each other.

Tatsuya and Yuuri: TimeRed and TimePink

Although Yuuri was initially cold and preoccupied with vengeance, she eventually fell for Tatsuya, but they couldn’t be together due to the time line. If only they admitted their love sooner.

Domon and Honami

Honami, a photographer and reporter, was the only person to photograph the TimeRangers in their civilian forms. However, she kept it to herself. She fell for Timeyellow because he cheered her up, but assumed that Ayase was Timeyellow after photographing them without their suits. Domon and Honami sent e-mails back and forth, and eventually, Honami found out that Domon was Timeyellow, and was happy. They were a legitimate couple, and they took their relationship to a physical level, as evidenced by the child Honami has named Domon Junior, about nine months after Domon left for the future.

Asuka and Mahoro

This romance stood through their battles, as Mahoro became the evil Jannu. Mahoro eventually returned to the side of good, and they made lots of babies. Are humans from dino-earth hamsters?

Ban and Mari: Dekared and Dekagold

These two hit it off in the movie, and in Magiranger vs. Dekaranger, Ban was asked when he was going to pop the question to Mari. I wish they had more screen time together.

Sen-chan and Umeko: Dekagreen and Dekapink.

Although Umeko is sought after, she eventually ended up with Sen-chan, who loved her since the beginning, but was too shy to admit it. By Magiranger vs. Dekaranger, they are together, although Sen-chan missed their date, which really pissed Umeko off.

Urara and Hikaru: MagiBlue and MagiShine

Either Hikaru would end up with Urara or Houka, but he chose the shy Urara, but was afraid to admit his feelings due to the fact he knew he was going to die. They got married before the final battle, and in the epilogue, Urara lives with him.

Kai and Yamazaki

Kai had a huge crush on her, and Yamazaki had a huge crush on MagiRed, but she eventually realized the Red Magician was Kai.

Makito and Eriko

Although it was eventually a one-sided crush, Eriko fell for Makito.

Tsubasa and Rei

Even though it was for one episode, it was still a very deep romance. However, Rei was already dead, so they couldn’t be together.

Satoru and Sakura: BoukenRed and BoukenPink

Sakura eventually realized she had feelings towards Satoru, and decides to sneak aboard the voyager as Satoru sets forward to space, and it’s a long way to the moon, and she finally calls Satoru by his normal name and not chief.

Okay, that’s it for now, stay tuned for some Ship Tease. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Favorite Sentai Warriors

You can tell a lot about a blogger based off of her favorite sentai rangers.

So here we go.

In chronological order:

Soukichi Banba/Big One

I’m one of those few fans who like him on JAKQ, and not just in Gao Vs. Super Sentai. Even though he usurped the throne, and became the deus ex machinas, he still was pretty cool. Probably the best episode, is when he pulls out a bunch of disguises along with iron claw. And I admire the fact he still allowed Gorou to be the field leader of the team, whereas he was more like their commander (like Kruger).

Battle Cossack I/II

Yay, first yellow (okay orange) second-in-command. Battle Cossack one was so sweet, and a great mix of intellect and strength. I like his backstory. Also, some of my ancestors were Russian, so yeah, I’m biased. Second Battle Cossack was cool, too. Too cool. And probably the only sane person on the team.

Sara/Yellow Flash

I love her. I love her backstory, I love the fact she’s the smart one, and the perfect synthesis of tomboy and girly. So far, yellow and pink were sharp contrasts, but she and Pink Flash broke down the barrier (I’ll explain later). She was an important part of the team, and helped them with the finishers. As well, great fashion sense, and I liked the fact at the end, she had to make the ultimate sacrifice of being with her family or going back to the flash star.

Remi/Five Yellow

Music Teacher, Kung Fu chick, had a lot of great action scenes, and I loved her rivalry with Zaza, her live action fights, and the drunken fist episode. Don’t try this at home, kids.

Gai/Black Condor

Total baddass, drinks, gambles, cheats, oh and he fights crime. The show really focused on his journey. He was too cool to live, and at least came to peace with Kaori (who was kind of a bad match for him) and Ryuu getting married. Really wished he and Ako ended up together, great pair, as they were the most realistic Jetmen, answering what would two normal civillians do if they got super powers.

Jiraiya/Ninja Black

Kane Kosugi rocks my world. Based after a legendary ninja, had some really cool attacks, and unlike the other characters, a great arc, and some great civilian fight scenes.

Kenta, Shun, and Chisato

I love Megaranger. Kenta personifies the ultimate slacker, and I love slackers. Shun was hot and cool, and I loved his power. Chisato could sing, and keep the rest of the Megarangers in check, and had some cool attacks too. Plus she was really pretty, and had some great episodes.


The serious member, and the ultimate lancer, next to Gai, was a deep character, who eventually warmed up and became more open. Made a great team with Kakeru, and was an important sub-leader. His dedication was amazing, and his duel with Red Falcoln was epic! I loved his rivalry Yabaiba. Most yellows don’t have a rivalry with the main villain. Great attack, plus he got a sword and wings. Plus the actor went on to make movies, something I enjoy doing.

Pretty much all of the dekarangers

Great team. I loved the recklessness of Ban-Chan, the seriousness of Houji, the eccentricities of Senichi, Jasmine’s personality and backstory, Umeko’s personality, and Tetsu’s arc. All and all, one of the better teams.

Jan/Geki Red

Aw, such a sweet little wild boy. I wanna give him a big hug. I love “Jannish” and he brought fierce passion to the team. I love how he matured during the series.

Ran/Geki Yellow

The third girl leader, and the only one fit to lead the team. Jan was more of the heart that drove the team, and the protagonist, but Ran still kind of lead the team, as she was the most serious. The delinquent schoolgirl episode is one of my favorites.


Very deep character, acted beautifully, although I would have liked to see more depth. Had a heavy weight on his shoulders. His duels were epic, and his transformation and journey was possibly one of the better character arcs.


I love Kotoha. She had a strong arc as well, and really changed throughout the series, as a warrior with no confidence and undying humility towards her lord, to a confident young woman. As well, a lot of people argue that Kotoha is the weakest warrior. She is on par with Ryunosuke and Mako. She dedicated the rest of her life to training for this moment. In fact, she felt the most comfortable and at ease being a Samurai. Finally, her humility and modesty in front of Takeru blossomed AStowards admiration, to something more. She took it the hardest that Takeru wasn’t thggge lord, and was more concerned with the fact that he wasn’t a liar, and all of her happy memories with him were true. As well, Kotoha’s flute playing was beautiful, and I love her Kyoto-ben.

Well, that’s it for now.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Denzi Sentai Denjiman

This is one of the rarely covered Sentai, mostly because only four of the episodes are subbed. As well, it's hard to find resources that fully describe it. Most copy them from wikipedia, which barely describes the main characters. So basically, here is my summary:

Okay, 3000 years ago, an evil space empire, the vader clan (sound familiar, anyone), attacked the Denji Star. An island of the star, Denjiland, landed on Earth. In present day (1980 Japan), the Vader clan is finally approaching and detected on Earth. The Denji Computer awakens the talking Denjidog, IC, to find five people to be Denjiman. He finds, one by one, five individuals who may or may not be decedents of the Denji people (spoiler alert: they are), and they become the Denjiman.

Ippei Akaki was the first recruited by IC. He is a karate teacher at the Athletic club, and is well-respected amongst his students. Very wise, and a strong leader. As well, very skilled in karate. Mainly your standard Sentai leader.

Wait a second, does this guy look familiar? You bet he does. Daigorou Oume is played by Kenji Oba, who was previously Battle Kenya in Battle Fever J. Looks like he got a promotion, because he's now the Second-in-Command, Denjiblue (he doesn't get promoted to leader until he was on Space Sheriff Gavan). He was a former circus performer (acrobat, motorcycle rider). He went on to teach yoga at the Athletic Club. Like his character on Battle Fever J, he's sweet, child-like, and fun-loving. He's a bit of a playboy, and loves anpan--a lot. Anpan is a sweet bun with red bean paste, by the way. He is usually seen snacking on it, and has stashes of his favorite treats hidden in the athletic club. He has a whole locker full of them. Seriously, dude needs an anpan-intervention. Also, Kenji Oba was Denji Blue's suit actor as well. All and all, a fun character, and fun to watch.

If you want the prototype for Billy, look no further, although I doubt the producers watched Denjiman. Like Billy, he was very smart, developed most of the new technology for the team, and was their go-to-guy for science. He was discovered by IC when he was with a group of scientists, investigating a Vader Clan attack. You could find him most of the time in the Denjiman's fortress, wearing his glasses and lab coat, analyzing the science used in the attacks. Now, most sources say that Jun taught calisthenics at the Athletic Club, however, he actually taught healthy cooking classes, and usually cooked for the team, and for the kids at the athletic club. In addition to being a scientist, he was a really good cook (although Daigorou preferred his anpan over Jun's dishes). Jun is very scientific-minded, and very rational and logical. Unlike Daigorou, he is very shy around girls, and in one episode, fell in love with the daughter of one of the grocers he visits, who was shy too, except when she was possessed by a Vader Monster. Due to the fact that he isn't athletically trained like the rest of the Denjiman, and is mostly brains, he gets super strength in his Denji man form (okay, not superstrength, but he uses more force). Because of that, his attacks are usually wrestling moves. All and all, for a science-based team, he was an important member, who they wouldn't be able to function without.

As Jun's team was analyzing a Vader attack, Tatsuya Midorikawa was investigating it. Tatsuya Midorikawa was a detective for the police before joining the team. He sought vengeance after his father, a detective by his side, was killed by the Vader clan, after investigating them. Tatsuya is really cool, professional, but has a lighter side too. He teaches boxing at the Athletic club. As well, he is an expert marksman. He also plays the guitar. That just adds into the coolness factor. Unlike most of the Denjiman (except Akira) he had a reason to fight the Vader clan. As well, he has police connections, and two female cops who have a crush on him, usually follow him around and help the Denjiman whenever they can. Honestly, watch the series, and you'll see how cool he is. His actor, Naoya Uchida, went on to become a voice-over actor, and has aged nicely.

Akira Momoi was the second person recruited by IC, after her tennis instructor was burned alive by a Vader attack. She initially didn't want to join the Denjiman because of her tennis career, and owed it to her coach to keep going, but that changed after being affected by a Vader Monster. She gave up her tennis career in order to fight. Like Tatsuya, a person close to her was murdered by the Vader Clan. She went on to teach swimming at the Athletic Club. She fulfilled the role of a Sentai female, usually falling in love, using disguise, changing clothes, etc. She aged nicely.

Wait, she looks familiar too. Machigo Soga (aka Rita and Bandora) played the evil Queen Hedrian of the Vader Clan. She was hated humans, beauty, etc. Her rule was taken over by the Omnipotent Demon King, and her true fate was unknown after the defeat of the Vader Clan, until she resurfaced with new upgrades in Sun Vulcan. Even though she was a total bitch to humans, she cared about her subjects and the Vader Clan.

General Hedrer was loyal to Queen Hedrian till the very end, when he enlarged himself (I think) to protect her and the Vader Clan. Her field commander and strongman, he was able to assume a civillian form on Earth.

Mirror and Keller. Mirror's the one in the gold, and Keller is the one in the Silver. Mirror was able to turn into a Mirror for her mistress, Queen Hedrian's, use, and Keller could turn into a shield. They were the henchwomen, and assistants to Queen Hedrian, and served as spies and feme fatales on Earth. They were able to assume civillian disguises on Earth. They were loyal to Queen Hedrian as well, and Queen Hedrian cared about them.

What's notable about the series: the plot was standard, the roles on the team were close to standard (mainly the leader and the chick), but this introduced the first transforming robot (the robot in Battle Fever J didn't transform, I think), and created the prototyple helmet designs still used today. The themes are technology, which reacted to the bubbling technology industry in Japan at that time, and loyalty. The team was loyal, IC was loyal and sacrificed himself, and even the Vader Clan was loyal to themselves.

So yeah, watch an episode or two. It isn't that hard to figure out what's going on.

Monday, December 13, 2010


Hey guys, welcome to That Toku Blog. We're gonna have fun discussing tokusatsu, that fun Japanese genre.

Mainly, we'll focus on Sentai.

Kamen Rider

The actors

The actresses

The old stuff

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And pretty much anything else under the toku-sun.

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-That Chick