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Japan’s Reaction to the Power Rangers Movie Trailers


Japan’s Reaction to the Power Rangers Movie Trailers


Japan’s unique history with Power Rangers has lead many viewers to leave interesting comments based on the available trailers.

Power Rangers has long used the Japanese Super Sentai action franchise as the basis for its suits, monsters, robots, and action footage. The first season of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers used footage and suits from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, the 16th Super Sentai series. Seasons 2 and 3 of Power Rangers kept the suits but updated the robots and monsters, using footage from Gosei Sentai Dairanger and Ninja Sentai Kakuranger respectively.

With the upcoming release of Power Rangers, Japanese fans are now giving their opinions on an adaptation that emerged from an important piece of Japanese pop culture.

“The sense of money [in this movie] is incredible but it doesn’t feel like a Sentai at all. It seems more like an American comic book hero movie than a Sentai product.”

“The special effects, camera work, and directing is overwhelmingly good over there. Japan has been making Sentai for over 40 years but maybe we should follow them a bit. In a few years, I think the designs of the robots and suits will be reflected in the Japanese Sentai.”

“I would like for Japanese special effects to learn from overseas productions. The camera work, CG, and writing are inferior here.”

“It seems cool that Japanese special effects culture will influence and evolve overseas but I don’t want it to come to Japan. I would like them to create a unique Power Rangers in the US.”

“It seems much more interesting than Japanese Sentai.”

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“Are Power Rangers acknowledged as Japanese tokusatsu in the US? I think it just looks like a CG Hollywood action movie. It looks PachiRimish (Pacific Rim-ish) but interesting. Even if you criticize it before it’s out, everyone is going to go see it. Honestly, I want them to stop this crossover stuff like in the MCU and Godzilla.”

“Overall, it looks amazing but it doesn’t seem anything like Sentai. The suits are unattractive and the mecha (robot) looks far too mechanical.”

“There are a lot of things I would like to say but the number one mystery is the mammoth’s eight legs and the triceratops’ six legs.”

“The CG level is indeed high. I want Japan to do it like this as well.”

“Hollywood’s quality is just too high.”

“This is no good. it relies too much on CG.”

“It’s too realistic, there are too many settings. I don’t think kids will understand it.”

“It seems like Toei’s Sentai series with the fights but the story gives it a serious sense like Kamen Rider or Ultraman.”

“Hey, this is the song from Saints Row the Third.”

“Power means chikara in Japanese, that’s why Kanye’s “Power” is there lol”


“Do those people really like Zyuranger that much?”

“Why is Zyuranger the motif?”

“Why is America remaking Zyuranger?”

“This seems interesting, doesn’t it? However, comparing it with Zyuranger makes me afraid programs mocking Japan’s Super Sentai will be made.”

“I think it’s good that [the number of] people interested in Power Rangers will increase but I don’t want people to say ‘it’s cool, unlike Japan’s Sentai'”

“I think this is like the Kamen Rider and Ranger shows [that are] on in the mornings but a little more for adults.”

“I’ve been told that it’s defiling Sentai heroes but I think it looks pretty cool. I want it to succeed so the world can know more about Japan’s heroes.”

“Yeah, well, it has special effects, so that’s why it’s a tokusatsu (special effects) work. However, if you asked “Is this a Super Sentai?”, “It’s not” is what I’d have to answer”

“It’s kinda sad that it isn’t well known [that] Power Rangers was made in Japan.”

“I would get up early every Sunday morning if it looked like this.”


“I thought It’s Morphin Time was from Go-Busters?”

“I want Kamen Rider and Ultraman to get Hollywood versions too.”

“The suits are pretty weird. It looks like the Chou Sei Shin series.”


“Looking at the robot, it seems like they added muscles to the Zyuranger one.”

“It looks interesting but a foreign remake of Kamen Rider #1 would be a lot better.”


“At least it looks better than Dragon Ball from a few years ago, right?”

Sources: Cinema Today YouTube channel, Toei Tokusatsu YouTube Channel, Toei Movies YouTube Channel

One of the founding members of The Tokusatsu Network. Jorge serves as an editor, writer, and regular podcast panelist.



  1. Vcom7418

    March 10, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Huh. I would’ve replied to a lot of these comments with “the grass is always greener”. The more I hear about and see clips of Super Sentai (haven’t watched a season yet), the more I think that it is better to all Ranger seasons out there.
    Although, towards: “The CG level is indeed high. I want Japan to do it like this as well.” and similar comments…I disagree. There is a certain charm to japanese tokusatsu production, I find.

  2. Kelleth

    March 10, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    At least its mixed. Personally Its interesting to see how even some people in Japan don’t see how filming and special effects in Japan is based on Tradition rather than what is new.

    I’m on the japan should keep Sentai Sentai side, This is more Bayformers meets pacific rim than anything else. which is fine. But not Sentai.

  3. Dz2042

    March 10, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Vcom7418 you aré right.

  4. DD

    March 10, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I Love how Sentai series are I mean I wanna see it but then there gonna add some teen drama to it. Me and my mother always watched the Sentai series when watching our Versions of Sentai I mean don’t get me wrong they kinda made it soo kiddish I don’t even think a kid doesn’t even care. When experimenting on my cousins they prefer the sentai then the rangers that they watch. But I doubt it might be good but lets hope it does


    March 19, 2017 at 3:25 am

    If this remake PR movie looks sucks, I prefer watching MARVEL movies instead. :poop:

  6. Terry

    March 26, 2017 at 5:54 am

    I can certainly understand the culture clash. Japanese audiences don’t usually take to having things like Super Sentai or Godzilla remade or updated with modern CGI. I have to agree, in part. The appeal in those shows and movies was in the cheesy effects and foam-stuffer costumes. They should remain timeless and not be compromised for the sake of progress.

    But I also think there’s enough influence and legacy to justify spin-offs that take liberties with the source material. It may not sit well with purists, but in the west Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Zyuranger are two sides to the same fanbase, despite being drastically different shows. As long as the result is of at least moderate quality and not too much of a departure from the source material, I say the more, the merrier.


    March 27, 2017 at 2:03 am

    It’s not a 2-sides of the same fanbase. PR is just a bootleg of Supersentai, & that’s the fact.

  8. PKMN37

    June 6, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I saw the movie and it’s great I know there’s always going to be a debate on which series is better but I love both. They’re both great for different reasons, as they’re both very different in structure.

  9. Naga Shabazz

    June 20, 2017 at 7:33 am

    “I thought It’s Morphin Time was from Go-Busters?”


    that comment is amazing

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