Along with the lack of a VS movie, I just realized that this means we don't get a Returns movie either. Which makes this the first non-anniversary season since Gosieger not to get one. So the main story of KyuuRanger really is done; it won't get a stand-alone epilogue like the last few series have.
takenoko wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:44 pm
But it seems weird to drop the versus while keeping the mediocre-at-best summer movie and replacing it with a Gavan tie-in.
Technically speaking, what's actually been replaced here?
Sentai VS (winter team-up movie): Gone
Supeo Hero Taisen (spring clusterfuck movie): Gone
Sentai Returns (summer v-cinema): Gone
Sentai/Rider Summer Movie (summer double-bill movie): Still happening, as far as we know
Space Squad (summer movie): Returns
Amazons Movie (TBD)
I'm not really sure a continuation of Space Squad is a proper replacement for anything that has been dropped. The way the VS Space Squad announcement is being treated makes it sound more like a v-cinema release than a movie, especially as they immediately announced the v-cinema release dates, don't have any theatrical release dates yet, and they're calling it "v-cinext". Which in turn gives me the impression that any theatrical run will be the Japanese equivalent of a Fathom showing: just one or two showings at certain theaters. Which is very different from VS movies (which went from v-cinemas to theatrical releases nearly a decade ago). If anything it's technically taking the slot of the Returns movie. But one could argue that the initial Space Squad was a one-off thing (and I'm going off topic anyhow).
The one up-side i see here is that the quality of the plot in the Sentai VS movies took a definite drop once they became theatrical releases; they had to become more bombastic to justify their greater price tag. Which gives me extremely
cautious hope that VS Space Squad won't fall into the same traps as the past Gavin movies. Then again, the original Space Squad was quite good outside of Gavin himself.
Lunagel wrote: ↑
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:48 pm
And we had a Gavan crossover already. Was it really that popular? I thought it was pretty disappointing tbh
And that's the part that really bugs me. We already did this in the KyuuRanger series proper. Meanwhile the Space Squad series purposely alluded to the idea that it could be any kind of Metal Hero/Sentai cross-over, including some groups we haven't seen in ages. Instead it's the most recent Sentai teaming up with Gavin yet again, plus yet another Space Sheriff. It really feels like the least interesting option they could come up with.
It honestly makes me wonder if Toei is intending to just burn this off in some fashion. As in they already had the Gavin and/or KyuuRanger casts under contract for a movie, so they're smashing everything together to fulfill everyone's contract at once.