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MegaRanger 51 released

Post by takenoko » Sun Aug 02, 2015 5:46 pm

Wiki: http://wiki.tvnihon.com/wiki/MegaRanger_51

So final episode. It definitely feels fitting for this series. I wasn't expecting the stuff with Dr. Hinelar's daughter to be the reason for his going insane, but I guess it's better than him just being jealous of Kubota for no reason. At least we get some explanation for Shiborena being the way that she was.

I think Hinelar is a pretty good villain for the MegaRangers, since in the end it's themes of science versus mad science. We can use our technology to go to the moon and build helpful robots. Or we can use them to create bio weapons and conquer other dimensions. Hinelar's a good dark, twisted version of the MegaRangers. And this is without even going into the NejiRangers.

So we finally come to the climax of the exposed identity storyline. Maybe a harsh lesson is that in life, most people probably won't appreciate you for the work you do. But as long as your friends get it, it's okay. That said, it really took like the apparent deaths of the MegaRanger to win over the naysayers, like the principal and his lackey teacher. Maybe that's more realistic, but it would be nice if the people who complained about the MegaRangers learned to appreciate them without a monster bearing down on them.

That's another thing. It really portrays adults as being ignorant and ungrateful. They'll shout criticisms at the MegaRangers, but then turn around and yell at them to save them when monsters show up. Perhaps it's a parable on how youths are open to new possibilities while adults are hypocrites who are set in their ways. Either way, it fits with this being a teen fantasy, since the teens end up saving the day anyway.

I'm surprised they weren't able to cram Shougo into the ending. I liked that guy, but I can see how they needed to focus on the MegaRangers balancing their hero life with their school life.

Anyway, I really enjoyed working on this series. It's old enough such that CGI usage was a lot more limited. Like, seeing Yugande smash one of the MegaRangers against the wall and seeing sparks fly out in the last episode was pretty great. There's a lot of good themes and the group of characters are very likable.

We definitely would like to work on the two versuses, so please keep an eye out for that.

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Re: MegaRanger 51 released

Post by jonty » Sat Aug 22, 2015 5:53 pm

I like to imagine the conversation that happened right before the MegaRangers flew in on their Cyber Sliders to the graduation.

Kenta:
Guys, it'll be soooo cool if we flew in on our Cyber Sliders!

Miku:
Ooh, and did a roll call!

Kenta:
Yeah! Yeah!!

Chisato:
Kenta, they think we're dead. Doesn't that seem a little...much?

Kouichirou:
Flying vehicles are strictly prohibited on campus!

Shun:
(Sigh)

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Re: MegaRanger 51 released

Post by takenoko » Sat Aug 22, 2015 5:55 pm

LOL

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Re: MegaRanger 51 released

Post by ViRGE » Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:28 am

Holy cow, MegaRanger is finished! Best Christmas ever! :D

It's interesting to juxtapose the style of an older finale like MegaRanger and a modern Sentai series. They spent almost the whole episode doing a robo battle. To the point that the ground battle was so short that Dr. Hinelar's final form surely must hold some kind of record for the shortest amount of time used. On the flip side however, I would argue that at least by modern standards, this episode has pacing issues. Since they spent so much time on the robo battle, the entire final act where the series gets wrapped up only a couple of minutes, which doesn't leave much time to address matters.

Otherwise takenoko hit a lot of the high notes on the plot. It was nice that Dr. Hinelar's backstory finally got fully fleshed out (at the last possible moment), though at least for me I always thought it to be somewhat obvious that his downfall involved his daughter once we learned that Shiborena was a duplicate.

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Re: MegaRanger 51 released

Post by Monkeyjb1988 » Fri Dec 25, 2015 1:52 pm

The last 2 episodes of Megaranger (and just when I was 5 episodes away from finishing what TV Nihon did before this week) AND the Ninninger movie? Merry Christmas indeed. Thank you :)

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Post by TorchWood » Fri Dec 25, 2015 6:08 pm

Thank you.
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Post by midorininger » Fri Dec 25, 2015 6:29 pm

loved it! now onto gingaman! haha right? :D
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Re: MegaRanger 51 released

Post by Battra » Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:25 am

Excellent end to an excellent series, though I would've liked to have seen a bit more of Hinelar's monster form. Thanks to all who put in so much hard work on the series your efforts are definitely appreciated.
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Re: MegaRanger 51 released

Post by Monkeyjb1988 » Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:42 am

Great series overall and great finale. I wish Toei had saw fit to reveal Hinaler's backstory over the course of the series rather than the info dump here, but this was a great end to a great series, especially with the Megarangers' friends. Great show. Thank you for subbing it TV-Nihon.

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