Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Representation of Colors in Super Sentai (2018)

Art by Taiko554

Red usually represents courage, sacrifice, aggression, love, negativity, passion, socialism, heat, fire, beauty, leadership, injury, danger, blood, and conservatism. The As for the Sentai Reds 2011-2018, there is a mix bag of bubbly and serious and stubborn. Alata is positive and Marvelous is firey, aggressive and stubborn. Hiromu is serious and blunt. Daigo is positive and bubbly. Right is positive and bubbly. Takaharu is serious. Yamato is positive and Lucky is bubbly and stubborn. Tsurugi is prideful, arrogant and intelligent. While Kairi and Keiichiro are both serious, Keiichiro being hot-blooded and Kairi being impulsive. Alata, Daigo, Right, Yamato and Lucky have been positive characters, always looking at the bright side. Marvelous, Hiromu, Tsurugi, and Takaharu have been serious but with a sense of humor.

Blue can represent ice, water, sky, sadness, winter, royalty, cold, calm, magic, and truth. In the English language, blue often represents the human emotion of sadness. Most of the 2000's blues are calm. The 2010's ones are no exception. Hyde is serious, calm, and sometimes sad. Joe is the serious one but can laugh at a joke. Ryuji is reasonable and cool-headed, often referred to as the big brother. Nobuharu is reliable, clumsy, shy and funny, the opposite of calmness, coldness and sadness. Haru is cautious and punctual. Yakumo is actually quick tempered but also has a cool demeanor. Sela doesn't like to lose and doesn't want to show her weakness. She is associated with water as she is a shark. Garu is short-tempered and impulsive. Tooma is the calm one. So Yakumo and Garu are short tempered while the other ones are cool and collected except for Nobuharu who is the opposite. Yakumo and Nobuharu are used for comic relief. 

Green usually represents nature, growth, hope, youth, sickness, health, spring, money, and envy. In many folklores and literature, green has traditionally been used to symbolize nature and its embodied attributes, namely those of life, fertility, and rebirth. Green Rangers usually represent nature, growth, hope, youth, health, and envy. Most Green Rangers are the comic relief, stubborn one, or the decent one. Hanto, Sen, and Don are a few that represent comic relief. Most of the time when a Green Ranger has a elemental power, it is to do with nature, Magiranger had Nature and Shinkenger had to do with Wood/Forest. Don was nervous, smart and comic relief. Souji is cool and calm. Hikari is calm but opposes Right at times. Tusk is smart, sensitive and kind. Hammie is sarcastic, hyperactive and self-motivated. Sakuya is laid-back. So Sakuya, Don and Hikari are lax at times, Souji and Tusk are serious when it comes to fighting. Hammie is unique not only that she is female but she is not comedic relief in a slapstick sort of way. Most of them do represent youth. Only Tusk represents nature. Magi (GoseiGreen) and Luna (Midoninger) were only temporary rangers. Luna was bubbly and there was not much to Magi other than he died and was Hyde's friend.

 Yellow represent sunshine, warmth, fun, happiness, warning, friendship, caution, intelligence, cowardice, love, hope, optimism, imagination, curiosity, surprise and thrill. Most Yellow Rangers are the happy-go-lucky ones. They have represented almost all the properties previously mentioned. There are some Yellow Rangers that are the opposite of happiness and optimism. Moune is strict and perfectionist, Luka is a badass and cocky about it, Yoko is impulsive and stuck up. Mio is a tomboy, Nagi is friendly, Leo is strong but has a bad temper, Spada is the put-together father figure, and Umika is carefree and playful. Nagi and Spada represent friendship. Umika and Mio represent happiness. Leo and Luka represents thrill and curiosity. Moune and Yoko represent precociousness. 

Pink has represented girls, love, health, fairies, beauty, cuteness, and glamor. And all the Pink Rangers have in some way represented all those aspects (fairies only to a few). The majority of the Pink Rangers in Sentai had to represent feminine side, be super girly. Eri is bubbly and super cute, representing love, beauty and cuteness. Ahim De Famille is regal and polite, but not above fighting. Amy is free spirited. Kagura tells tall tales and her imagination is huge. Kasumi is a girl sharp-tongued genius. Raptor is a cute dreamer. Tsukasa is calm and collected and has a plush toy collection. Eri, Ahim, Kagura and Raptor represent the ultra feminine stereotype. While Tsukasa and Amy are feminine tomboys if that makes sense. They are masculine/tomboy but not too much, with a touch of feminity. Kasumi is somewhere in the middle. 

Most of the time, White represents bravery, purity, nobility, softness, emptiness, knowledge, snow, heaven, peace, life, clean, air, sunlight, surrender, clouds, frost, angels, weakness, protagonist, winter, and innocence. White Rangers have represented bravery, purity, nobility, softness, knowledge, snow, peace, life, clean, winter, and innocence since more than half have been female and half have been male. The one that represented snow and winter is Miyuki, the one that has been complete opposite is Abare Killer. Fuuka is optimistic and jolly. Amu is cute, feminine and also helpful and brave. I don't know Lucky also is counted as a White warrior but he also represents bravery, angel and light. 

Black has represented darkness, secrecy, power, mystery, death, fear, antagonist, strong, chaos, evil, bad luck crime, elegance, anarchy, rebellion, non-conformity, individuality, and solidarity. Black Rangers have represented darkness, power, mystery, strength, rebellion, non-conformity, individuality, and solidarity. I don't know if DekaMaster and ZyuohtheWorld are counted as black but in some sources they are. The one in between DynaBlack and GoggleBlack is Magne Warrior from Bioman by the way. Agri of Goseiger is tough and willing to make sacrifices. He represents strength, Ian is a Lothario and a bad boy with a past. He can represent rebellion and non-conformity. Champ represents strength, mystery, and solidarity as a noble robot who wanted to find his creator's killer. ZyuOhtheWorld is a sweet kid that was brought into darkness, mystery and power. 

A cousin to yellow (orange and brown as well BTW) is gold. While green may be the color of U.S. money gold is the color of riches and extravagance. Because gold is a precious metal, the color gold is associated with wealth and prosperity. It can also represent praise, commendation, valuable, positive, superior, outstanding, excellence, and favored person. Most Gold Rangers (save for Marigold and BeetBuster) as Sixth Rangers and are considered the best and powerful. BeetBuster/Masato is odd and playful, Utsusemimaru is seemingly cold and calm but also caring and comforting, Kinji is a naive fanboy who can hold his own. Balance is shady, energetic, and flashy. Patren X hasn't debuted as of yet, so I can't write anything yet. Kinji and Balance represent positive and favored person. The others represent value, excellence and superior. 

Silver, especially a shiny, metallic silver, is cool like gray but livelier, more playful. Silver can be sleek and modern or impart a feeling of ornate riches. Silver often symbolizes riches, just as gold does. Silver can be glamorous and distinguished. While women are seen as old, gray-haired men are seen as graceful aging. The silver-tongued is considered witty, eloquent speaker. Most Silver Rangers (except for Stag J. Beetle/StagBuster) are sixth rangers and are considered the most powerful. Patren X hasn't debuted as of yet, so I can't write anything yet. Only two Silvers have been female and two have been robots. GoseiKnight is mysterious and serious, Gai is the ultimate positive fanboy, Torin is a mentor with a sense of humor, Daigo's dad was mysterious and strong, Naga has no emotion but wants to have it and J is egoist and wants to be cool. So most of them are lively and playful, except for GoseiKnight. 

(Art by lunastar2497)
Purple is associated with royalty and nobility (stemming from classical antiquity when Tyrian Purple was only affordable to the elites). A mysterious color, purple is associated with both nobility and spirituality. Since there has only been one Violet/Purple warrior in both franchises, there is not much to go on. Gou/Geki Violet was hot-headed, serious and creative, he cared a lot about his little brother. Wolzard who was dark and mysterious. The original KyoryuViolet was a little flashy but also caring and strong. Yayoi is smart and reserved and has a crush on Daigo. Shou Ronpo is Ryu Commander, is like an old man who had a habit of missing the point, is goofy and doers have a serious side. While Shou Ronpo represents nobility, the Conductor/Toq7gou does not but he is mysterious at times. 

Orange represents desire, fire, engineering, determination, compassion, endurance, and optimism. Fire is repeated from Red and Optimism is repeated from Yellow. The first orange warrior in Sentai is BattleCossack, he was good at science. DekaSwan was also good at science (engineering) but also compassionate and optimistic. Akira is no-nonsense and carefree but somewhat suicidal by his catchphrase. Bud/ZyuohBird is stalwart and mysterious. Stinger is quiet, serious and short-tempered. All of them can stand for compassion and endurance and determination. Akira and Stinger can stand for desire. 

Cyan is a restful, calming color that symbolizes relaxation, especially that shade of cyan known as bright turquoise which can be the color of the water in lagoons in tropical countries. Cyan not only counts KyoryuCyan and Ooguma Skyblue but also Blue Swan, Blue Ninja, Hurricane Blue, MagiBlue and ZyuOh Shark. Ramirez is brave and caring. Kotaro is optimistic and impulsive. Most of them are cool and relaxed.

Gray is a cool, neutral, and balanced color. The color gray is an emotionless, moody color that is typically associated with meanings of dull, dirty, and dingy, as well as formal, conservative, and sophisticated. The color gray is a timeless and practical color that is often associated with loss or depression. Tessai represents emotionless and calmness. Shinya has to find courage. Naga/KyoryuSilver also is emotionless.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dear Hasbro: Soft reboot idea for sequel

A soft reboot is that they don't completely disregard the events of a last movie but take a new view of it with style, casting, tone and other things. Since Hasbro was revealed to take over Power Rangers from Saban, fans have wanted Hasbro to continue the film series. Some people want a sequel and some people want a reboot. I would just like a sequel, but for it to a big success, it would have to handle some problems from the first one. Hasbro property G.I.Joe had a soft reboot with the sequel concentrating more on a smaller cast, less weapons and working on problems from the first. 

I think the tone was fine, some people think it was too dour. What some people who aren't diehard fans now but were fans as kids want it to be campier or more 'fun.' I would like more humor but a smart humor, a humor more like Marvel cinema series than campy movies like Batman and Robin or something all over the place like Green Lantern. Also, I say keep the cast, don't recast. But build on their personalities and backstories like Zack and Trini.

In Suit Battles
The biggest complaint of the movie was there wasn't enough time of the rangers in the suits. I agree. Now that the Rangers can morph, they can mix it up, have battle scenes evenly spread throughout the movie. The biggest element of Power Rangers is the mix of teenagers' lives and their ranger duties. 

Less Technical, more Opaque Zords
Now that Hasbro is in charge maybe the zords can look less like Transformers and different, maybe more opaque and less technical. X-Men 2 did different styles changing the interior of the X-Wing and the hairstyles of the girls. Batman Forever completely changed the Batman suit, Batmobile, Gotham city's designs but kept the event of the last one. They can change the zords' look and ranger suits. I never really liked the ranger suits, maybe less silver and more of their regular color and less complexity. 

Green Ranger
Green Ranger is the biggest  draw to a sequel, with Tommy and the Dragonzord. I personally think the Dragon zord has to be huge, has to be the biggest draw. I think the producers and designers have to look at Pacific Rim and Gundam and Halo for big bulky mech. I would have Dragonzord to be bulky and large. Also Tommy would have to conflict and be convert with all the Rangers. Have a personal stake in the character. Have the Rangers get to know Tommy first and then have evil Tommy affect them personally. Tommy had the unique ability to affect the Rangers in their personal lives and Ranger life. 

Soft Reboot examples
Batman Forever - kept last movie history, changed suit, vehicles and sets. Also recast lead. 
G.I. Joe Retaliation - dumped last cast, reduced characters, changed tone.
Superman Lives - recast, style same, continued from first two movies, ignored others.
So a Power Rangers sequel/soft reboot should change some styles for zords and suits, focus more on suit battles, incorporate Tommy into both personal and Ranger battles, soften tone, and keep cast. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dear Hasbro: How to make a successful Power Rangers TV Season

How to make a successful TV Season/What fans want

Dear Hasbro, 
Here are some ideas on how to make a successful Power Rangers TV season. It of course is not an exact science. This is based on ideas, complaints and praises I've heard from fans. Fans have fought over which is the best season and the consensus is the cream of the crop is Power Rangers in Space, Power Rangers Time Force and Power Rangers RPM. The weakest seasons are agreed to be Power Rangers Operation Overdrive and Power Rangers Megaforce. Even though the most popular and well known by general audiences is Mighty Morphin Power Rangers but Saban tried to imitate it with Samurai and Megaforce (using mostly Japanese footage, little original footage and no characterization) was not liked by fans. Fans generally want good storytelling, characterization, entertaining but genuine characters. Also I have a Television production background so I understand about budgets, adhering to scheduling, and Murphy's law--things will go wrong at the wrong time.

Quick Guide:
Saban Era (1993-2001) - Mighty Morphin to Wild Force
Disney Era (2001-2010) - Wild Force to RPM
Neo Saban Era (2011-2018) - Samurai to Super Ninja Steel
Hasbro Era (2019-) - Beast Morphers to ?

Original Fighting Footage
While not vital as there is already fighting footage, sometimes it is important to have some new footage to tie in with what the story asks for. Lost Galaxy and RPM has this a lot since each took place in other environments other than the footage had. Megaforce had very little but was still acceptable, the biggest flaw of Megaforce was bad editing between changes and too many battles and little story. For example, the editing was bad in the episode "A Lion's Alliance" when you briefly see Turborangers from Sentai footage and the episode "The Wrath" has the Sun Vulcan logo briefly before Red Ranger becomes Mighty Morphin.  

Unmorphed battles
Fans love to see the actual actors fighting villains. It is rare in recent seasons but has happened. Fans like to keep the illusion these characters are actually in battle. I say illusion because of the stunt people. Even if it isn't all done by the real actors. 

Name Items
Disney seasons like Ninja Steel and others suffered from weapons, attacks and zords not having names. While Lost Galaxy couldn't keep track of the names of the zords (Misnaming Centaurus and Strataforce Megazords), Disney didn't give names to all their Power Sphere weapons. While not vital, since Hasbro is mainly a toy company and have toys to sell, it is important that everything has a name. Also don't have competing names like in Megaforce while the footage showed the Japanese names and not the American ones. Saban Brands was pretty good at naming everything but had trouble in what mentioned earlier. 

While easy to say, it is a hard thing to give every actor equal time. But it is a disservice when one character has most of the episodes and another has not one single highlight episode. Above Gia from Megaforce did not have one single episode to herself, she did share some but that was it. Also have characterization that make sense, Kendall from Dino Charge had hit-and-miss, sometimes her actions made sense and other times did not. Other times, characters were so annoying, we didn't want to root for them. Case and point, Dax from Operation Overdrives who was kind of okay in solo episodes but for one-liners were groan-worthy and irritating in most episodes. 

Compelling Villains
Like fellow fan Linkara says don't just have villains SCREAM ALL THEIR LINES and have generic bad guy deep voices. The most popular villain bare none is Lord Zedd. But other compelling and complex villains include Ecliptor (PRIS), Darkonda (PRIS), Astronmena (PRIS), Diabolico (PRLR), Villamax (PRLG), Trakeena (PRLG), Rita (MMPR), and Ransik (PRTF). There are plenty more and notice the ones I mentioned are from the early days fans refer to Saban Era. What makes a good villain is a villain with a clear goal and some characterization. Someone kids can fear but not too scary of course. Someone who not necessarily has to be funny, not have to be too goofy and campy (Lothor of PRNS and Vekar of Super Megaforce). And not someone flat like Vrax of Megaforce. 

Tone for Power Rangers is tricky. Has to be fun, but not too goofy, not too condensending to the young audience, and not too serious that it borders on boring. Super Sentai can be darker than Power Rangers but it can also be goofier than Power Rangers at the same time. Out of the Neo Saban seasons, Dino Charge has about the right tone. It balanced genuine comedy with action, adventure and suspense. Fans bring down Disney seasons but I liked their production values, I did not appreciate the tone of the comedy sometimes in Dino Thunder and Jungle Fury. I did like the comedy in RPM, it didn't talk down to kids. The humor in Samurai and Ninja Steel unfortunately does. I'm talking about Monty and Victor. I know Bulk and Skull were a bit lowbrow and condensending but I feel those actors made it work more than Victor and Monty. And Bulk and Spike's humor didn't quite gel sometimes with Samurai's tone. 

Thanks for your time.
Love, Lavender Ranger

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hasbro buys the Power Rangers franchise

Hasbro has reached a deal to acquire Haim Saban’s flagship Saban’s Power Rangers property along with other entertainment brands including My Pet Monster, Popples, Julius Jr., Luna Petunia and Treehouse Detectives in a cash-and-stock pact valued at $522 million.

2001 - Disney bought Fox Family, Power Rangers and other properities for 3 Billion dollars.
2010 - Saban bought Power Rangers from Disney for 100 Million.
2018 - Hasbro brought Power Rangers from Saban at 522 Million.

I'm not shocked as many fans theorized this would happened and it is obvious Saban would had let it go eventually. Fans aren't so happy with current seasons. Hasbro itself have been good at balancing the younger kids and older kids set with Transformers so I'm not too worried. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Power Rangers Ninja Super Steel - Caught Red-Handed - Episode Review

Episode Summary:
The Principal talks about the camping trip and shows them her antique campus that belonged to her grandmother. Brody says his grandfather had one. Victor comes in dressed as Indian Jones talking about a rhino. Their net blaster gets on the principal and other people. The principal puts them both in detention, no trip. Then she notices her campus is gone. They find it in Brody's bag. Monty and Victor blame Brody. Principal says he won't go to the trip. Principal thretens them with the camera. Preston and Calvin offer to stay, Brody let's them go. Levi and the others leave. 

At the Galaxy Warriors, Rygore is selected to fight and gets his medallion. He rolls a dice to decide his next move. Victor and Monty try to escape while Brody studies. In the forest, Sarah already puts up her tent. They get called by Mick about buzzcams. Brody also tries going up in the ceiling. Rygog picks an attack from his dice and takes out a kettle and attacks the five Rangers. They instamorph and fight. Victor and Monty arrive and see the rhino monster. Victor takes out his snare blaster and doesn't capture Rygog but they get captured and kicked out. They arrive on the Principal's tent.

 Rygog rolls the dice and throws jacks at the Rangers. Brody arrives and takes his jacks. He throws them back and they explode on him. He retreats. The Rangers unmorph and Brody leaves, saying his integrity is more important. Monty shows the video to the Principal and they go back to the school. The Principal shows the video to Brody. The compass was knocked into his bag with the net. The Principal apologizes and says courage to do the right thing. She gives him the compass. He thanks her and goes camping. Principal says Victor and Monty have to stay in detention for a week. The Rangers are about to go camping when Rygog arrives again. 

The six morph. They blast him back. Rygog vs Preston and he rolls the dice and throws him down. The others arrive. Red clones themselves. The clones attack and they do two attacks. Rygog grows. Ninja Ultrazord is made. Yellow gets the chaindsaw blade. Rygog throws the dice. Yellow calls the blaster. They destroy Rygog. Odius gets the medallion and has three. She wants the fourth medallion from the girl Galactic Ninja. Odius takes it. She use magic to make Foxitron out of the fox grunts. Badonna makes Foxitron big. Odius enters it and puts the four Medallions. The zord absorbs the blasts and blasts them back. The Zords come apart into megazords. The Megazords fight back.

Bull Rider attacks with no avail. Odius splits the zords apart and the Rangers demorph. The Ninja Stars are burnt and don't work. Brody tries the Lion zord but is hit back. She does her attack and the Megazord foes down. Red falls out and demorphs. Odius laugh and says Ninjas lose. All the zord stars are damaged. Foxitron is losing power. She comes down and the teens hide. Badonna and Venoma come to her.  Venoma says the Medallions have to be recharged. They laugh and leave. Brody says they have one day to figure out how to beat it. (or six months)

A wizard did it! I knew the compass problem got resolved rather quickly. These two seasons have followed Dino Charge in having a regular filler standalone episode with some big arc stuffed at the end. The ending could've been easily a whole different episode. I did like having three female villains around again. The remixed MMPR background music really helped this ep.