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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”

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“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.

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