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Super Sentai Zyuranger- The Complete Series DVD Review

Super Sentai Zyuranger- The Complete Series DVD

“Super Sentai Zyuranger” is an interesting curiosity for Power Rangers fans.

For those that grew up on “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” in the 90’s, you may or may not be aware of the fact that some of the footage was taken from the Japanese series “Super Sentai Zyuranger.” If you’ve never seen ‘Zyuranger,’ you’re in luck as the 50 episode series is now available for the first time in the U.S.

In “Super Sentai Zyuranger,” the origin story finds wizard Sage Barza awakening 5 warrior (dino) rangers from different tribes (Geki, Goushi, Dan, Boi, and Mei) to combat the evil Earth invading witch Bandora and her minions (Bookback, Topat, Pleprechaun, Grifforzar, and Lammy). In terms of the plot, the series finds the rangers rescuing humans (mainly children), searching for weapons, discovering a sixth warrior (Burai AKA the Green Ranger) and facing off against Doramonsters of the week such as Titan, Skeleton, Ninja, Goda, Franke, Knight, Mirage, Sphinx, Goblin, etc.  Of course, the warriors also battle clay monsters too.

Upon watching “Super Sentai Zyuranger,” I could not help but find myself comparing and contrasting it with “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” In fact, seeing what was used in MMPR or what wasn’t used was the most appealing aspect of the entire series for me. It was fascinating to observe Zyuranger’s pacing, tone, mythology, weapons, the Burai and Geki brother storyline, the variety of locations, and the character deaths near the end of the series. Alas, not everything unique to ‘Zyuranger’ was noteworthy. I could have done without the kids in peril stories and the children characters that pop up far too frequently. Granted, this was a show aimed at children, but they take up far too much screentime here. It would have been nice to get know Burai, Geki, Goushi, Dan, Boi, and Mei more instead of seeing another kid in peril story.

I couldn’t end this review without talking about the main draw of “Super Sentai Zyuranger”- the action. It should come as no surprise that the action is supremely well done. Each episode is crammed with hand to hand combat fights, vehicular action, explosions, showdowns with monsters, and, oh yeah, lots and lots of weapons!

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.33:1. How does it look? The series has not been remastered and likely looks as it did in 1992.

Audio Track: Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0. How does it sound? The track is good enough. Note: The Zyuranger theme song is guaranteed to get stuck in your head.

Extras:
* “Power Progenitors: Super Sentai Zyuranger Power Morphicon 2014 Panel”- A nearly 27 minute panel with 4 actors from Zyuranger. Subtitles have been included.

Overall Thoughts: I’m sure many fans hold “Super Sentai Zyuranger” in high regard, but, for my money, I would recommend picking up the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” sets first if you haven’t done so already. To me, MMPR is the gold standard when it comes to the ‘Zyuranger’ and ‘Power Rangers’ series, but “Super Sentai Zyuranger” is still worth checking out.

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May 1, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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