Friday, February 27, 2009

Gekiranger and Other Older Sentai

Here are some more images.

OK, I'll come back every so often to update this blog with more images or something else.



Gekirangers, Jan, Retsu, and Ran


Gekiranger Enemy Sanyo


Burai, Green Ranger from Zyurangers


Zyurangers, aka the Power Rangers

Goranger - The first Super Sentai


You know what has annoyed me? That the Internet doesn't have a better collection of images of Super Sentai. Well, I'm aiming to change that - by putting out images on this blog.

I want to be clear on this - some of these images are things I found scrounging for in Internet. I have quite disappointed with many sites having so few quality images of these series. Images under 400x400 is not a decent size.

So, with that in mind, please forgive me if I put up anyone else's images. I've been gathering them up for my own personal use for the last few years - and I honestly couldn't tell you where they came from. I looked in many places, like Photobucket and message boards. Please forgive me - but Sentai images are soooo hard to find in one place. I just want to do my part to help people see them.

I want to repeat - I mean no offense if you are the originator of any of these images. Please leave a message on the latest post if that is the case and I'll try to take it down.

OK, long explanation over. Here are the images. Some of these first few (the Shinkengers) are screen grabbed by me. Sorry they are not of the best quality - I only just learned how to capture images.
                                                                         Shinken Red

                                                           Shinken Blue

                                             Shinken Yellow

                                             Shinken Yellow, Hit by an Arrow

I'll be back to post some more. Enjoy!

Super Sentai aka Power Rangers

For those who don't know what I'm even talking about, here is what I can tell you about Super Sentai.

Super Sentai is essentially Japanese Power Rangers. Remember, from the 90s "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers". Well, those shows where remade versions of the Japanese series.

You might say, "What? Power Rangers are for kids!" Yes - they are, and so is Super Sentai. BUT - It's one heck of a kick-ass kids show. From what I can tell Super Sentai is much more respected in Japan - and is a big part of their pop culture.

See, Super Sentai has been on the air, unhalted, since 1975 with "Goranger". 33 different series later, and Sentai is still going strong. Why? Becuase it constantly re-invents it's self while also sticking to a formula. Some shows from Japan make different versions of themselves, which has helped make Sentai surprisingly refreshing. While one series might be a little more goofy and kid friendly like "Go-Onger" - another series like "Gekiranger" will take a more serious and stylish approch.

To help catch you up - the latest Super Sentai series are thus:

1.) Gekirangers (2007) A kung-fu masterpiece depicting rivaling factions of the martial art "Juken", taking on beast traits in fighting. Both the good guys and the bad guys are striving to become stronger.

2.) Go-Ongers (2008) A decidedly more kid friendly series, Go-Ongers features talking cars fighting against polluting villains. With a focus on a racing theme, the show is more fun and silly with charming results. Think of Pixar but done in Power Rangers style.

3.) Shinkengers (2009) The latest series featuring Samurai fighting to stop invading demons. Following the 18th Lord of the Shiba clan, the Shinkengers use Kanji based powers and origami robots.

There's a wide variety of Super Sentai, and I encourage anyone to take a look. Youtube has some good clips to teach anyone about the series. If you really liked the original Power Rangers, I suggest you look at "Zyuranger", which is where the footage for the show was taken from.

While Super Sentai isn't likely to come over to the US anytime soon, think of these series as an introduction to Japan, and something worth investigating yourself through the net.

Sentai Blog, Blog, Blog....

Hello. I am attempting to do a blog about Super Sentai. This is my first try at anything like this, so please be forgiving.

I want to try putting up images for Super Sentai. It's a lovely genere of show that really captures the imagination.

For those who do not know, I later will give an explaination of what Super Sentai is.

For a start, here is a Youtube clip I found. It's very good, depicting the latest Super Sentai Gattai (giant robot) Shinken-Oh!