So I really enjoyed this movie. It's pure service for Sentai fans, and they do it very well. Like even the scene with DekaPink, RyuuRanger and the blue guy that doesn't really go anywhere still works since we get to see Ryou with his Chinese food cart and Umeko driving her little patrol car with Murphy. Even if they don't fight, it's still a pretty good character scene.
Actually seeing the Great Legend War was pretty good, as well as the use of the GoRanger villain as the overarching adversary. It's kind of like Kamen Rider versus Shocker, it's good to see something classic. In some ways, Zangyack still really has yet to earn the legitimacy of being the greatest adversary that Super Sentai has yet to face yet. Like the scene at the end when all the mecha appear, maybe you guys should have summoned and fought in those instead of pursuing a ground battle then turning into energy bullets.
The extra heroes were also good. I mean, it's so great to see Wolzard Fire and DekaMaster, since those were the Sentai that really got me into the genre. And Lio and Mele were great too, even though they didn't speak... and should be dead. Speaking of which, I guess the Great Legend War can't even keep the dead away since we see all sorts of dead heroes fighting in it. Given that almost everything else in Gokaiger seems to imply that all the Sentai are in the same continuity, this part just bugs me a little bit. I guess it's one of those things where it wouldn't look right without these guys.
In some ways, this was really the Gokaiger versus Goseiger movie with a much bigger scope. And it really works well in that sense. The team conflict and collaborations were interesting and I was pretty entertained throughout the movie.
It was nice to see all the main mecha in the last battle. The splicing of the old footage and new was pretty good in my opinion. They even made the transition from old to new a little grainy, which I liked. Of course, the scenes where it was an actual guy wearing the suit were even better. (Haha, you can't have DekaRanger Robo without it jumping to the side and shooting)
Heh, that joke about Buredoran being his own Sentai came true. Pretty funny.
It's always a pity to me to be watching these movies after the fact. I think it would have been fun to be in theaters and see GokaiSilver for the first time.
Hurray for creditless end sequence
Okay, so did anyone count up the heroes in this movie? I remember the speculation thread went on and on about who would or wouldn't be in it. Who was right and who wasn't?
The villain Kuro-Juuji Ou 黒十字王 literally means the Black Cross King
His true form Kuro-Juuji-Jou 黒十字城 means Black Cross Castle
Yogoei is a pun on Toei
The Denjiman guy's cart is called DenjiPan (pan is the Japanese word for bread)
The GoRanger's Grand Power is a nod to how they beat the final villain in their series:
The names of the original members Kaijou, Shinmei, Ooiwa, Peggy, Asuka initials spell out ka-shi-o-pe-a
This turned out to be foreshadowing for Kurojuuji Soutou's weakpoint, Cassiopeiahttp://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/conste ... opeia.html
Guess those stars actually meant something, eh?
But the GoRanger, being the original and probably most Japanese, had its share of its old school problems. For one thing, they spell their name GoRenger on all their toys (Renger being a more phonetic/Japanese spelling for Ranger). Like it was tempting to write GoRen Gokai-Ou as the form name, for example.
There's also the Red Bute thing. A lot of GoRanger stuff is named after Japanese sounds. Bute being the sound of a whip being cracked. I guess the popular way of romanizing is vute, but that seemed way too arbitrary a spelling to me.
So that makes it kind of ironic when I went with Vari Vroom (バリブルーン) as the spelling for their second vehicle. Again, buruun is a Japanese sound word, specifically the sound word for vroom:http://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/je2/82655/m0u/
I know it breaks precedent from Vari Doriin and Vari Kikyun, but those names are written in English on their toys, plus dorin and kikyun don't mean anything in English. Vari Vroom spells its name in romanji on its toy and vroom is a very fitting name for a vehicle. I really don't have any evidence that this wasn't what they were going for.