Japanese comedian Akira Shinomiya spoke of his thoughts on the Power Rangers movie, which is coming to Japanese theaters in July 2017. Shinomiya has briefly appeared in Kamen Rider Den-O, Kamen Rider Decade, and Poppy Pipopapo’s Room. This article is written from his perspective.
If you are asked, “Please give me a list of American heroes”, how many can you name?
Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Captain America, X-Men, Mutant Turtles…
I think that most people would list these heroes.
Spider-Man and Batman have been made into movies many times. It’s produced into work with excellent entertainment with strong feelings.
Also, Iron Man, Captain America, and others are playing “Avengers”. A dream that goes beyond the work, and a sequels are being produced for the Avengers series.
Wolverine, a popular character from the X-Men series who also has his own spin-offs, had his latest work Logan just released.
Right now, there is excitement about American heroes, and this excitement will continue for awhile.
In Japan, it’s not known why, but there are heroes who are as enthusiastic as the American heroes listed above.
That hero is Power Rangers
Broadcasting of Power Rangers began in the United States in 1993. The format was five different color heroes combine their powers to defeat the enemies. It was a culture shock to Americans. In the blink of an eye, it became a social phenomenon.
Speaking of Power Rangers, and five heroes of five colors, does it remind you of anything?
That’s right. Sentai heroes.
Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger , originally broad cast in Japan, was remade as Power Rangers by an American staff.
In other words, Power Rangers can be said to have originated in Japan.
Power Rangers is now broadcast in over 100 countries, and are loved by children worldwide.
As an aside, I’m currently on Premier Den. I wear a blue helmet on stage. The Viennese boys choir visted. One child saw me wearing the blue helmet and said “Power Rangers!”
I was happy and sung the theme song of Power Rangers. That child burst into laugher.
When I got to know them, I sung it repeatedly. It made me laugh. But the manager of the choir told me “Stop it now! What if your voice goes out?”
Power Rangers gave me bitter memories.
Anyway, back on topic, Power Rangers the movie had a 12 billion yen production cost. It will finally be released in Japan on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
I was allowed to see the preview early. It was interesting from start to finish. It seemed it showcased all the good points of American heroes.
There are lots of scenes where I feel that Sentai heroes are becoming a Hollywood niche. Especially the beginning scenes, where I thought “I can’t feel this in Japan.” I liked it.
I decided to separate these Power Rangers from their Sentai hero counterparts. The five people of Power Rangers fulfilled their conditions.
Anyway, at first, we learn who these five people are and what kind of troubles they have. The story is intertwined with relationships with family, happiness when super powers are acquired, the diliema not to give into transforming easily, and fear attacking enemies was reflected on the screen. When the five were able to transform and walk together, I got goose bumps.
Even people who have not watched tokusatsu will be smiling. I think you will want to see these scenes.
I want the heroes in Japan to gain more attention worldwide in the future.
By the way, did you know Toei produced a Spider-Man show, in the reverse pattern that Power Rangers did?
Like that Spider-Man, like a Sentai hero, used a giant mecha. Though the show looked like Spider-Man, it was an original Japanese work.
I think that Toei’s Spider-Man is like Power Rangers , and at the root of Sentai heroes.
Article Sources: Cinema By Shochiku