Mini reviews of Television seasons old and new. No fuss. No spoilers. Occasional bunnies.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: The Light Samurai's Surprise Transformation (2009)

Genta has FAR more honor than sense. This is clear to see both in the series and in this DVD special. Luckily, Kyouryuu Origami doesn’t factor common sense into its judgements about who is worthy of wielding it as a blade. You watch this for Hyper Shinken Gold and to see how infinitely patient Takeru can be with his childhood friend. It’s inspiring and heartwarming. What isn't is Takeru's finisher. I'll detail the issues with it below the cut.

But, meh, DVD specials are always a little wonky in terms of minutia.

2 BFFs out of 5

Kamen Rider Agito Special: A New Transformation (2001)

This was aired between episodes 35 and 36 and you’ll want to watch it then, too, as this conveys all of the emotional significance behind Agito’s final form. The debut of it in the show itself (in episode 37) assumes you’ve seen this as there’s not much in the way of specific explanation. G3 Mild appears here, as well, and he couldn’t be a more adorable underdog of a Rider. Ryo even continues to display his most amusing power: to repeatedly punch cops without ever getting arrested for it. Like Agito himself and his eponymous series, this special is both incredibly funny and touching.

4 (Broadly Speaking) 'Lost' Little Old Ladies out of 5

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs Beet Buster vs J (2012)

Sentai DVD specials have a history of focusing on their teams’ Reds and Sixths. As long as such bias isn’t rampant in a given series, or is justified via the writing, I don’t mind such narrowly-focused excursions. I adore Jin and J and I love Hiromu. 99% of this is hilarious and squee-worthy. The other 1% is Space Sheriff Gavan. Fuck him. He tried to ruin the series with his two non-canonical crossover episodes (Missions 31 and 32). That’s not just in regards to my canon, as Kobayashi deliberately tells the audience that they were a farce via dialogue in Missions 33 and 34. Enough about him. This is chock-full of gif-worthy moments and a joy to watch.

4½ :like:s out of 5