In the end his character arc didn't really go anywhere. He's more or less right back where he started at episode 20. Arsene still hasn't been revived, and there are still collection pieces that need to be recovered to make that happen. Despite his character's dual-side status (mostly in service of the VS plot), he was fundamentally a Lupin. So his story is primarily about getting his loved one back. He's not an adventurer or a hero specifically out to save the people, and as a character he didn't really change throughout the series. He kind of ended up being an ascended support character at times.
You're not wrong, of course. But smashing the Returns into the VS now means that the movie has to serve multiple masters. Either one of those has generally been enough to fill a whole movie, so now we have to worry about whether the VS gets shortchanged for the Returns, and vice versa.takenoko wrote: ↑Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:30 am>If Toei wants to do a VS movie, they need to release it mid-season like they used to.
I think one weakness of the VS is that they tend not to have anything for the current team to do, and mostly focuses on nostalgia from last years rangers. At least by combining it with the Returns, the current team can do wrap up on unfinished storylines.
Right now the answer would appear to be none. But as a sort of dedicated nostalgia spin-off for all things Toei, they could be doing anything they want. It's unfortunate to see Space Squad reduced from an excellent stand-alone pair of movies, to squashed together with the Returns, to written off entirely. It's one of the few nostalgia projects Toei has done this decade that actually worked well, IMO.>Worse, does this mean we're not getting another Space Squad movie?! This movie is taking the slot that Kyuu VS Space Squad held last year. This is extremely disappointing if it's true.
I guess it depends on what space squad movie they'd be doing. Frankly, give me a Shinkenger 10 years after. Another year and we can have a Gokaiger 10 years after. Shock!
Ahh, so they have done it in a real location before. It's just been the better part of a decade. Thanks!HowlingSnail wrote: ↑Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:41 amMagi Red was outside when he called up Bouken Red, and Go-On Red and Shinken Red were outside for their clash.takenoko wrote: ↑Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:30 am>Hand-off: So the annual hand-off was interesting. I believe that's the first time they've ever done it in a "real" location? If I recall correctly, all of the previous hand-offs have been in a black void. Actually, if anything there's a noticeable lack of an actual hand-off, since LupinRed and PatRed are busy fighting...
That whole exchange is very brief and very vague. We're not given any sense that the police and the public have seen any phantom thieves since they first disappeared. It's the Pats that are now popular, and the phantom thieves have lost their popularity. "They're going to make a comeback soon!" So I don't get the impression that they've been out looking for other collection pieces. Rather it seems like they were specifically tasked with finding Jackpot Striker, in order to bust out the original Lupins.takenoko wrote: ↑Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:45 pmI think the implication was that Lupin Gen 2 were doing the thieving, probably in the hopes of rescuing the original Lupins via Dragon Ball.
So if there were any other collection pieces, then yes, it sounds like the Pats have them?
Oh hey, I thought it looked familiar! Thanks for pointing that out.
Specifically, he seems to be wearing an apron designed to look like MagiGreen?
Your guess is as good as mine as to where Umika got the scissors.