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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Super Sentai anyone? Becoming a Fan Through Gekiranger!

What's better than spandex suits, giant mechs, and fancy martial arts moves? Well...there are a few answers to this, but that is besides the point. These three things are trademarks of one of my favorite tv series. No, I'm not talking about the Power Rangers series either. I'm talking about the series that Power Rangers has been adapted from; Super Sentai. If you have not had the pleasure of seeing one of the Super Sentai shows, you're missing out and NEED to take some time to catch one. Need more of a reason to watch? Read on and find out.

I think that the fact that I'm 20 something and still avidly into the power ranger universe says a lot. I grew up watching heroes in spandex save the world week after week. I think that by the time I was in my mid teens, I'd moved on from watching the series. This was a much needed break as I was not a big fan of the Disney era of PR. In this time, I somehow stumbled onto a YouTube clip of Jyuken Sentai Gekiranger. The clip was amazing! The "rangers" were doing real martial arts styles and it was very flashy. One look at it and I wanted more.

This lead me on a journey into finding more episodes of this series. This was a time where I can admit, needed a hero...or five. I was simply fascinated with the Japanese story lines. Seeing the characters make mistakes, learn, grow, and become great had a much stronger appeal that the US counterpart at the time. I found this to be inspiring, and is why I still love Gekiranger. I also loved how the bar was raised multiple times throughout the series. I can honestly say that it never got boring. Not to mention that the themes for each episode kept it pretty fresh as well.

Needless to say, Gekiranger exposed me to Super Sentai. This lead me to find other series that I enjoyed, such as Gokaiger, Zyuranger, Dairanger, Maskman, and many more. Have you ever watched anything from the Super Sentai series? Tell me all about it in the comments! I'd love to hear about it.


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