It sort of feels like this episode has doubled-down on Takaharu's stupidity by having all of the Ninningers embrace it. It makes for a cool mecha concept, but at the same time since Takaharu's mannerisms drive me nuts, it leaves me a bit annoyed. Especially since everything about the robo is "hot."
Anyhow, this ended up being an exciting episode. On the Kiboni side, despite the fact that Kyuuemon beat the Ninningers last time, he's in more hot water than ever, with both generals coming down on him. It's a bit surprising since you'd think they'd be happy that the Ninningers were given a black eye and otherwise incapacitated, since it would leave the Kiboni army free to run amok. And Mujina feels like a bit of a hand wave just to give the Ninnengers someone to fight before the boss fight.
As for the Ninningers, I've been waiting to see if we'd have a Troll-Grandpa fight for half a season now and I have not come away disappointed. They had to go to great lengths to hide the stunty's face, but I can work with that. Having an epic Kyuuemon fight was great, all the more so since Troll-Grandpa essentially lost that fight.
It does make one wonder what the flash of light was though. I suspect the finishing shuriken like everyone else.
And for the rest of the clan, issues with doubling-down on Takaharu aside, I liked the build-up to the new mecha. That they're doing things differently from Troll-Grandpa (a clearly flawed individual) is cool, and having Shishioh on the DL is going to force them to stop spamming the fire sword finisher.
This episode had a lot of good mecha fight footage, which is always a plus in my book. I'm a bit disappointed that the new mecha and robo are so CGI-centric, but it's admittedly pretty typical that only one or two mecha have their gattai/transformation is done with models, and we already had that with Lion Ha-Oh. The new robo for its part isn't a cluster and the suit clearly has decent mobility, though with Sentai as of late constantly trying to combine all of the mecha, I'm worried we're going to see a megacluster here by the end of the series.
Finally, doesn't this also mark the first time the 6th ranger has received a new mecha mid-season along with the rest of the team? We've had 6th's with multiple mecha for gattai purposes, but not a full-on replacement in this manner. And that the resulting robo is a straight-up 6-piece design is a very exciting departure from the usual Sentai rules.
Yakumo needs to get a hobby or something. His fascination with inanimate objects and monsters is unhealthy
Front page: Does anyone else find the "I'd ship it" text a wee bit disturbing? They're blood relatives after all...
takenoko wrote:Is it me, or does GekiAtsu Dai-Oh look like a Hurricaneger mecha?
Yes. The chest-piece, bird head, heavy use of blue, and not-a-real-hand makes it look a whole lot like Senpuujin. There's no way that's anything less than intentional.