Welcome to yet another Top 7 list. I've once again decided to cover both the best and worst of a specific topic...so this has become a twin Top 7 list. I've been wanting to do this list for quite some time and really didn't get motivated until I uploaded my review of the Ranger Item Set from Ohranger.
Both of these lists were kinda difficult to assemble. The main problem I ran into was that I either love or hate big finishers in Sentai. There is rarely an in between where my only reaction is "meh". Honestly, the only thing that I really look for in a finisher is effort. You can tell when there some love put into making a finisher awesome. There are other times when finishers are used out of sheer laziness. We also get some instances where it was just a swing and a miss.
I created these lists while keeping a certain criteria in mind...
-design of the weapon (if applicable)
I'm not limiting myself to weapons, but they'll probably pop up the most on this list since they're usually the most memorable finishing attacks.
So let's get into...
Top Seven BEST Super Sentai Finishers
Honorable Mention: Kagaku Sentai Dynaman: Super Dynamite
How can you go wrong when five fighters combine to become a giant flaming bowling ball? It might not be the most creative thing ever, but it sure is damn cool looking every time they do it. It always results in a massive explosion.
07. Choshinsei Flashman: Rolling Vulcan
Outside of over-the-top team poses, the Rolling Vulcan has to be one of the most identifying things in Super Sentai. Have you ever seen this short film? There are many other big cannons in Super Sentai, but the size and design of this one make it stand out on it's own. The colorful beam doesn't hurt either.
06. Dengeki Sentai Changeman: Power Bazooka
Not only was the design of the Power Bazooka slick, but so was the sequence. I always felt they were trying to one up the Power Bazooka with the Rolling Vulcan but weren't quite able to do so. The Power Bazooka is just cooler.
05. Chojuu Sentai Liveman: Bimotion Buster
Maybe the Bimotion Buster is slow to summon, but the sequence is well worth it. In fact, this one makes the list almost entirely for the sequence. The design is cool, but the over-the-top summoning of this thing really seals the deal. Getting back to the design...I like how it kinda has the pumping motion. It gives it a little more zing.
04. Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger: Howling Cannon
I like the Zyuranger's Legendary Weapons. They especially look cool when they're all together as the Howling Cannon. It might have the longest sequence in history (nah, not really...pretty much any ball-related attack goes on for an extended period of time) but it is totally worth it. It also really helps that four out of five of the weapons have firing capabilities...even the Tricera Lance and Saber Daggers. I guess there was no real way to give the Ryugekiken some firepower.
03. Engine Sentai Go-onger: Highway Buster/Super Highway Buster
Back when Go-onger was airing I was becoming serious about current Super Sentai toys once again. I feel like if this had happened in the years prior or years after Go-onger...things would've been a little different. Go-onger itself is a show I didn't much care for, but I do have a certain fondness for the designs--their arsenal in particular. The Highway Buster is truly one of the coolest Super Sentai designs of the last ten years. I mean...Go-on Yellow's weapon is a car-shaped bullet. How cool is that?
02. Gekisou Sentai Carranger: Giga Formula/Formula Nova
Maybe the actual attack with this one is a little lackluster, but the Giga Formula itself is fantastic. Five really cool weapons that combine together to either become a car or a giant cannon. Awesome. It even came with it's own instruction manual. Ever notice how Red Racer pulls the plastic off the manual and just tosses it to the ground? Then Blue Racer stealthily picks up the plastic in the background.
Anyway, yeah...Formula is an awesome weapon.
01. Ninja Sentai Kakuranger: Shark Driver
Obviously. What else could be number one?
This one takes the concept of big finisher to a whole new level. Not only was this taking the big finisher to a whole new level, but it was taking attack motorbikes to a whole new level. This is basically giant cannon+Road Sector from Kamen Rider BLACK. It's a shame they didn't use it more often.
Top Seven WORST Super Sentai Finishers
Honorable Mention: Dai Sentai Goggle Five: Goggle Golden Spear
I like the effort on this one...but I think they were a little bit too ambitious to the point where it became awkward. There is even some weird animation thrown into this one. The Goggle Victory Flash was a safe/lazy attack...but the Golden Spear was definitely something done at great effort that kinda turned out really weird.
07. Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger: D-Bazooka
You want to see a cool cannon made from a robotic companion? See the Earth Cannon from Fiveman. Speaking of Fiveman.....
06. Chikyu Sentai Fiveman: Super Fiveball
I generally enjoy ball attacks since they inexplicably use an American football and are usually convoluted to the point where they become great in their wackiness. The Super Fiveball is none of that. It's a round ball for starters. It doesn't really do anything exciting or interesting. It's just a ball they punch and kick around. If it at least looked as cool as the Kakuranger Ball that's be one thing.
More like Super Fivebore...
05. Chodenshi Bioman: Bio Electron Beam
Oh c'mon! One year after the awesome Super Dynamite and we get the Biomic Hug??? PASS!
04. Kyuukyuu Sentai Gogo Five: Life Bird
I like Gogo Five quite a bit. The one big failing the show had was with it's designs. The two things I liked were the Gogo Brace and Victory Robo. I'm not a big fan of anything else. The Life Bird in particular is a lame-looking set of weapons that leech onto the handle of the Five Laser.
03. Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: Rekka Daizanto
Some people seem to like this one for some reason, but I legitimately can't stand it. It's a massive sword that shoots discs in a flurry of bad CG. I really like the design of the Shinkenmaru, but everything beyond that looks stupid. Every time I look at this thing it just screams "I'm a hollow hunk of plastic". If it were the least bit believable as a weapon, that'd be one thing. This thing is cartoonish in a way that I'm surprised MOTW didn't laugh at him whenever he pulled it out.
02. Hikari Sentai Maskman: Shot Bomber
Holy crap this is an awful design. You can even tell that they knew it was a terrible thing when they replaced it with the plain looking Jet Cannon. It feels like they were even trying to erase this thing from existence by going back and re-recording the lyrics to the Shot Bomber theme song. That's right...they got Hironobu Kageyama back into the studio to replace "Fire! Shot Bomber!" with "Fire! Jet Cannon!" in Shot Bomber's own theme song.
Jet Cannon: The much safer design.
More like Shi.....you get the picture.
It's always Magiranger. Always. Without fail. I'm really not exaggerating, either. It feels like every Magiranger finishing attack involved a spell, some obnoxious color saturation, and a horrible CG sequence. Even the Magibolt with the Dialrods was garbage. Doing formations with sticks was the fashion in Battle Fever J and Denjiman, but this was 2005. Unacceptable.
Magiranger effects are the poop you get after sprinkling a teaspoon of glitter in every meal you eat. Who approved this abomination?
Yet another set of Top 7 lists for the books. If you want to check out other Top 7 lists, I compiled a list of them all on one convenient page. Give them a read and tell me how wrong my own opinions are on my own blog.
There are only two more blogs left for 2015. I will return in December with one more CD Collection post and end the year out with a Top 7 Best of 2015. Stay tuned for both!
Thanks for reading and see you in December!