Saturday, March 21, 2009

Ranger Villain Profile: Gekiranger Mele

Gekiranger Mele

Mele (メレ, Mere)

"For Lord Rio's love I live, for Lord Rio's love I fight as his love warrior. Confrontation Beast Chameleon-Fist Mistress, Mele!" (理央様の愛のために生き、理央様の愛のために戦うラブウォリアー。臨獣カメレオン拳使いメレ!, Rio-sama no ai no tame ni iki, Rio-sama no ai no tame ni tatakau rabu woriā. Rinjū Kamereonken tsukai Mere!)

"For Lord Rio's love, an even more powerful-clad love warrior. Genjū Phoenix-fist Mistress, Mele!" (理央様の愛の為にさらなる強さを身に纏ったラブウォリアー。幻獣フェニックス拳 メレ!, Rio-sama no ai no tame ni saranaru tsuyosa o mi ni matotta rabu woriā. Genjū Fenikkusuken, Mere!)

She is a user of the Confrontation Beast Chameleon-Fist (臨獣カメレオン拳, Rinjū Kamereonken) style, which focuses on stealth and accurate attacks. She lived during the Fierce-Confrontation Rebellion and died. However, ten years before the series, Rio revived her as a Rinrinshī due to having the same need for strength as he does, infusing with enough of his Confrontation Ki to be completely human-like. Since then, Mele fell deeply in love with Rio, though the feeling's not mutual, hence she fights only to prove her love to him even if it kills her.

She is cruel and malevolent, and finds satisfaction in intimidating the weak. Mele is the one who carries out the plans and has many other kyonshi Rio brought back at her command, making a few exceptions to perfect herself while arrogantly stating her opponents' fortune of facing her. She possesses a more powerful Beast-Man Form, armed with two sais and able to use her tongue as a weapon. Unfortunately for her, Rio labels this technique as "lacking in both efficiency and force." However, Mele proves her loyalty to Rio when Braco offered her a second chance at life, only to kill him after snapping the three remaining True Poison off him, saying "being by Rio" is life. After this, it seems that Rio might respect her somewhat, as he places her in charge during his absence to revive Kata. Mele eventually began to distrust Kata and his methods, especially when seeing Rio in a madden state of mind, deciding to revive the other Fist Demons to save Rio. But in an unexpected turn, Mele is recognized by Rageku as being stronger than Rio, eventually becoming a student under Rageku after proving herself by fighting Sha-Fu. After Rio's defeat, Mele attempts to restrain him from getting himself killed, realizing that Sha-Fu's words about Rio have some truth.

Though saddened to see Rio reduced to serving Maku, she is assured by Long that Rio would be back on top, having her follow Hihi to understand the meaning behind it. When Mele lost face with Rio when she suggested an easy road to gaining the Fury Confrontation Ki, Mele is convinced by Long to take out Gou to win back Rio. However, it resulted with her being the first to face and be defeated by GekiViolet, a humiliation that she managed to survive. She is told to obtain the SoZyuTo so Rio can enter the Beast Origin Village. But she lacked the dishonesty to obtain the weapon until Long used her love for Rio to break her personal taboo to get the artifact, gaining her own Fury Confrontation Ki as a result. Once she frees Rio, she accompanies him to the Beast Origin Village, where her potential is unlocked due to SaiDain's Beast Power Blooming, despite being undead. She joins Rio in learning how to harness the Mythical Beast Fist's power, undergoing the Blood-Oath Ceremony which resulted in her being reborn as a Mythical General mastery over the Mythical Beast Phoenix-Fist (幻獣フェニックス拳, Genjū Fenikkusuken) style.

Eventually, growing suspicious of Long's motives conflicting with Rio's, Mele investigates him to uncover his true agenda. Once learning the truth from interrogating Sanyo, Mele manages to save Rio from Long's scheme and carry him away. Despite her valiant efforts to protect Rio, though, Long manages to knock Mele unconscious, and she is taken hostage to be tortured by Long himself. However, she is rescued by both the Gekirangers and a motivated Rio, who finally reciprocates her feelings towards him. Seeing Rio purging the Phantom Ki from his body, she renounces her position as a Phantom General as an act of love before joining the Gekirangers in fighting Long to return the favor for saving her. After Long was supposedly defeated, Mele was invited to live at SCRTC along with Rio.

However, both Ran and Retsu still had reservations about the two of them being there because of their actions in the Confrontation Beast Hall. To rectify this, she decides to undergo the Fist Judgment to cleanse herself of her sins, knowing full well that her life may be sacrificed in the process. After reminiscing about the time she spent in the Confrontation Beast Hall before it was burned to the ground by Rio, she takes on Ran in the Fist Judgment, intending to end her life. However, Long's interference changed the scenario as she pushes the Gekirangers out of the way to receive a fatal injury from Long's jaws. After some parting words to Rio, she dies in his arms; her body turning to dust as her soul awaited him at the other side. During the finale, Mele, alongside Rio, guides the three Gekirangers inside an astral Confrontation Beast Hall, revealing the Fist Demons before them and showing the path to unifying the two Beast Fist schools.

* Her name is taken from cha"mele"on.



















8 comments:

  1. yuka hirata you're D'best
    Yuka Hirata And William Xie Zu wu
    I love Mele! alright!

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  2. this character is far 'cuter' than the one in POWER RANGERS..=]

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  3. Yuka Hirata Saids " I Love william Xie do se Yue Ling Ichi kawa se no Mele Sora ni Gekiranger
    Sama de su no ka I miss you Yue Ling and I Love You so Much Thank you!.

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  4. So cute! One question: Does Mele ever become enlarged in any episode?

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  5. In response to a question: No, I don't recall her ever growing large.

    The thing is, with actors who aren't entirely covered in monster make-up - they can't just have them stand next to the giant robots without their faces throwing off the perspective of scale. That's why you never see anyone large without a full-body suit on.

    An example of what I'm talking about, Scorpina/Lamie in Power Rangers/Zyurangers -- she only worse a costume, but with her face visible and normal. When she enlarged, however, she took on a more monstrous face.

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  6. Well, Wendinu grew large once. I thought maybe it happened regularly in Sentai or something.

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  7. I've never been able to see Hurricaneger episodes, so I can't speak for it.

    I just did a look on-line, and I think she had a robot to control once. Either that or she could turn into a giant spider. It was contradictory information. In either case - her visible face probably wouldn't be showing.

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