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

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger:
It's here! Midsummer Armed On Festival!! (2013)

I can't believe I chose not to watch this until now! It's glorious ;_;; Instead of just Daigo and Utchy we get a little over 1/3 of the team. The logic behind acquiring the exclusive weapons is sound but not really compelling. Also, the returning baddies take on personalities they didn't have in the series proper. That doesn't really matter much, though, when you give me Ramirez & Tessai, Daigo and Utchy gleefully torturing Nobu, and several truckloads of romantically homoerotic bonding. Ian's got competition.

Utchy gets to dual-wield and while that's pretty basic, it's not something I normally complain about, especially when it's foreshadowing! When it comes to Daigo, however, it's important to reiterate that these specials, in addition to always being somewhat off in terms of minutiae, also tend to exist out-of-time in regards to their respective series' chronologies. This one can feel even more incongruous given the changes that were made to Kyoryuger in specific. Let's dive into it:

I've seen it stated multiple places that this takes place between episodes 23 and 24 but that simply doesn't work. There's no window for it between Plezuon's introduction and Yayoi becoming a Senshi, let alone exactly there, as 24 opens with Doctor Ulshade and Daigo in the hospital. Still, if it was their sincere intent to place it there, given the changes enacted, then Toei gets MORE THAN full credit for wanting it to be the case. If it's important to someone that it fit somewhere and fit there because of logic, there's definitely room between 24 and 25. For these folks, I'll help by positing that it's not really important that Daigo used a one-time use thing instead of her, especially at that point.

As a pathological Yayoi devotee, I prefer the Gaburicannon w/Bayonet, anyway, as it puts her in league with Sieg. That's always a good thing. Further, it resembles a plesiosaur with its large center mass and slender forward extension, unlike the rocket module. It's also worth noting that the Zyudenchi here is referred to as the Spirit Ranger Purple Version. She's (still) not dead, you know ;) Ho ho, life is good~

3½ Infectious Bouts of Enthusiasm out of 5