Sunday, February 6, 2011

My Thoughts on Gokaiger

I am so looking forward to Gokaiger. Essentially, it's like Kamen Rider Decade, in which they can transform into past warriors. I like how the series is almost very archetypal, with regards to characters and mecha. And also, PIRATES! There is nothing more fun than being a pirate (unless you're a ninja, being a ninja is equally fun).

The characters are pretty archetypal, except yellow's, unless she starts showing an affinity for curried rice. Red's the leader, Blue's the cool lancer, yellow is more tomboyish and tough, green is more of a novice, and Pink's a princess. Red does kind of deviate from the archetype along with yellow, as he is a pirate (not necessarily a crusader for good), and pushes his team sometimes a little too hard.

The mecha is pretty archetypal: Red has the biggest mech, Blue drives a jet, yellow trives a trailer, green drives a racecar, and pink drives a submarine.

Gokai Red-Captain Marvelous. Cool name, isn't it. Really cute. He sounds like a mixture between the two types of reds: the stoic leader and the reckless leader. "Always sparkling, a "wild man". Desires everything to be stimulating, and is always curious. Once he sets his aims on a target, he moves forward without flinching, no matter what. He is the type to poke his head in where it doesn't belong, and he often brandishes his crew of 4 with unreasonable orders." Nice mixture.

Gokaiblue-Joe Gibuken: Sounds like the cool type, and seems to respect red a lot which is nice, because usually the cool, blue lancer type doesn't. "A calm man, whose words are few. A compliment from this man is rare, a man with a serious personality who is hard on himself. Always training up his abilities with weapons, and never misses. Has known Marvelous the longest, and as such, he understands Marvelous the best out of the entire crew. He was originally an elite of Space Empire Zangyakku but after coming into contact with Marvelous, he becomes one of the Kaizoku Sentai Goukaiger." Also, he's really cute too!

Gokaiyellow-Luca Millfy-she sounds like the more serious yellow, and kind of deviates a bit from the glutonous yellow archetype. However, since she isn't glutonous, she's kind of a klepto, and takes being a pirate very seriously. "An active woman who dislikes needing to have a reason to act. Excels in recon and exploration, and has a strong tenacity for treasure hunting, earning her respect from her peers. However, her need to get the treasure often makes her forget the mission is in front of her, be that when it comes to the enemies, or her friends." Also, like I said in another post, she has a tomboyish side, and a side that is girly, but rarely shows. This might be an interesting conflict. I have a favoritism towards yellows, so I'm a teeny bit biased. I love her jacket, she's pretty, and look at this picture!

That is awesome. She's like Creed from the office, who is one of my favorites, only she's a girl and she's hot (although Creed is a little enticing). Creed: I like stealing things.

Gokaigreen-Don Dogoier: He reminds me a lot of Ziggy (Ziggy was the one who said, hey, you're driving a yellow teddy bear!). I love that outfit! "A man from a cautious sect that has an alarmist attitude, and always assumes the worst. He is a pacifist who causes trouble because he wants to avoid fighting. However, it is due to his quick thinking and rare brain power that compliments Marvelous' reckless attitude. Inventions from his calm judgment and clear brain often end up saving the team when they're in trouble." Looks like he'll be an integral part of keeping the team sane. The two things that tick me off is the bleached hair (I love bleached hair, but he shouldn't have bleached it too light, it doesn't fit well with his complexion), and that warm up stretch pose he does, but hey, he's new at this. He should do a Sentai work out video a la White Swan.

Gokaipink-Aim de Famille: Oh GAWD not another princess! She's probably the most archetypal out of all of them. A princess, girly, the most sympathetic. "Former Princess of a certain planet who was picked up by Marvelous in space. Has "Geniality" and "Grace" that doesn't suit a pirate, making her quite different from her 4 shipmates. If a person is in distress, she can't help but want to help them. However, because she is always looking for someone to save, she can be a pain in the neck for her teammates. Also, she loves tea." I'm having mixed feelings about her. I would love to see some conflict between her and Gokaiyellow.

Okay, now excuse me, because I'm gonna rant.

I worried about Gokaired ending up with Gokaipink. I'm a vehement Red/Yellow shipper unless it's painfully obvious that Red's gonna end up with Pink. Gokaipink's description reminds me of other sentai "Princesses" and "rich girls" like Kaori/White Swan and Sakura/Boukenpink. Red ends up with the princess most of the time, and is paired towards the more girly girl (Redmask and Pinkmask, even though there was more chemistry between him and Yellowmask). What kind of message is this to us girl next door/tomboy/non-girly types? Wear pink, be graceful and princess-like and rich, and you'll get the man in shining red armor. I doubt that the Sentai writers read this, but I would love a jetman-like love triangle between Captain, Luca, and Ahim--only this time, Gai--I mean Luca wins (Gai and Ako all the way, though). I don't know why, and I know it's too early to predict, but I have a gut feeling that based on the character types, Red and Yellow would make a better pairing, and it would be more progressive to have the action woman hook up with the leader, not the princess hooking up with him. And the fact he "saves" the princess is scary too, like she has rebellious princess syndrome, and wants to date a pirate to piss off daddy--okay, I'm getting a little carried away. All and all, please, let's make this a Red/Yellow season.

I look forward to Saturday!


  1. There have been no canon 'ships between teammates since Boukenger. Marvelous is based off of Luffy in One Piece, so he could easily be the kind who isn't interested in girls (or guys) - whose number one love is being a pirate. I get the feeling that Aim will be a comical princess, not like ShinkenPink where the audience was clearly supposed to love her and think she was always right. You're right, Red/Pink shipping sucks, but it's usually the fault of the fans more than the writers. Even when there is little to no interaction between the Red and Pink, like Maskman, the fans just run with it. I count Kaori, Tsuruhime, and Miu as "honourary" Pinks for shipping purposes since they all took the place of a Pink. Maybe you should write another post about Red/Pink 'shipping?

    I really want to see the Gokaigers' boat and actually see them live on it, like the Go-ongers' van. I'm laughing at the description of Captain Marvelous "always sparkling." Is he Edward Cullen from Twilight?

  2. What is wrong with the recent hate of Red/Pink shipping? If it works well, then it works well. If it doesn't, it doesn't. I do not mind who Marvelous ends up with, personally. Though you may be right that we haven't gotten a Red/Yellow pairing these days. CMIIW though.

    Me, I do not think much about the pirate background, I'm more interested in how well they'll handle the 'Decade of Sentai' concept, which means, lots of nostalgic stuffs. Let's hope it goes good!

  3. Red/Pink is boring, that's why. I don't blame canon so much (we have not had that many Red/Pink ships in canon ... Sean Akizuki's blog lists three, I don't remember any more?) But people always always want to ship the Red and Pink. Even when Pink is quite obviously NOT Red's love interest (again, Maskman) or if he has more chemistry with the Yellow. Even if Yellow is the only girl on the team!! I don't think we've had a Red/Yellow pairing in canon ever. It's kind of insulting to the Yellow Rangers, and sexist - since Pink is usually the rich, girly-girl type and Yellow is more down to earth

    I hope to see all the Shinkengers and Goseigers back for Gokaiger but I don't know if that's going to happen. Supposedly the original actors of MagiRed, DekaRed, DekaYellow & DekaMaster are returning in the first few episodes

  4. I hope the pairings are a bit different than the canon(or unofficial canons). I would much rather have a different couple than always Red/Pink, which is usually predictable. However, in this situation, I think it could still work.

    But I do want to see either Red/Yellow or Blue/Yellow. Honestly (imo), Joe and Luca have a certain connection. I usually see them paired together (i.e ep 6, 7, and 10 (upcoming ep).

    Well...I put my two cents in, bye bye ^^