I am glad so many seem to be enjoying this series premiere. And (as always) I am truly grateful to the wonderful folks here at TV Nihon for the excellent work!
However... I had to sit down 4 times to get through the episode. Things would happen, and I would say, "Nope". Typically followed by another "nope" and an occasional "aw, hell no". So much random "WTF" and "Why would they think to do that?" and, of course, "Who would ever, in a million years, reflexively do that?"
Many of my favorite Sentai teams over the years had strong explanations and logical reasons for the team of heroes, and even the method of transforming, RIGHT from the start. Yeah, yeah, I know, "It's just the first episode, wait for it to develop." Had this been the first year I ventured into a Sentai to be bewildered by how... not... "good"... I felt it started, I'd be totally happy giving it more time. Goodness knows I have SEVERAL other recent Sentai series. But, I have been kind of trending negative on Sentai for awhile, now. GoOnger really annoyed me, and it was the first series to pull a highly negative reaction from me. I recovered from it, though... because Shinkenger seriously was my all time favorite (and I love virtually ALL of the previous series, even the oddball stuff like Battle Fever and GoGoFive), but then I had to suffer through Goseiger (sometimes fast forwarding through several episodes in a row, because so much of it was just... crap, IMO). Then, Gokaiger was very good... and I have been more or less choking and bitching my way through series after series that I honestly have not been able to get through without taking breaks. Or fast forwarding through episodes. Or, sometimes, SKIPPING episodes, entirely (something I honestly never imagined I would do with any Sentai series). And then, there was Ninninger... which was so terrible I honestly skipped over half the episodes, and cannot force myself to bother with the ending.
I really, REALLY hoped the next Sentai would blow me away, and bring me back into the fold. I wanted to love this year's series. Honest!
But... I really, really hate it. Alot. The characters, the "animal costumes", the random cube nonsense, the mecha... all of it.
Honestly, I am very glad it seems to just be me. Maybe there is nothing wrong with the more recent Sentai, and I am just broken. If so many others are enjoying it, then Sentai will continue on for many years to come. And that's a good thing! It'll just go on without me, because I am well and truly done. I haven't enjoyed my time while watching in several years, now. Hell, I no longer even consider myself a Sentai fan, since I dislike so much of what the current fanbase is thrilled to talk about.
Thanks again, to the awesome team at TVNihon, for the best subs (fan, pro, or otherwise) to ever grace the Sentai series. And for the Kamen Rider series I do still love, and watch every single week. This post isn't intended to be a "Debbie Downer" of any kind (though re-reading it, it kinda seems like some chick named Debbie is really down), just my opinion on the new show. If nothing else, take it as a contrasting viewpoint from someone that has watched for many, many years.