2022/07/31

Let's Get Physical! New Tokusatsu Physical Releases!

The plot twist of the year is the massive reversal of fortunes when it comes to Tokusatsu physical media releases. Think about where we were just a few short months ago. Ultraman was the only thing keeping us afloat. Great stuff--but I couldn't help but feel we were in the midst of our malaise era of Tokusatsu.

Then...we got more. Lots more.

It was only a month ago the obscured legends from Shout Factory emerged in their three-piece mecha to halt the invasion of Hasbronauts. References to the first episode of Fiveman aside--that happens to be the shock of the month. In just 1-2-3-4-5 weeks from this writing we will be getting the *woefully* delayed DVD set of Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman! The very set that was teased like four years ago is being released with the exact artwork seen in the teaser post? Why the delay? What gives? Who cares! What we can only hope is that this is not the end of Shout's Super Sentai DVD releases. 

Fiveman is not an incredible series, but I still found great enjoyment out of it. I miss that era where Sentai series has their own sound effect catalog. Jetman had it fart sounds...Fiveman had its bizarre sound design. It was great. Yeah, I'm excited to give this show another shot legitimately. I know I've been teasing a Timeranger post since it's release, but there is a lot to talk about and I need to get it right. Fiveman...is gonna be a challenge, but crucially it's episodes are only like seventeen and a half minutes without credits, which helps since time is in short supply.

Anyway...Fiveman DVD set. Great stuff. Ordered immediately and I cannot wait to get it. If Abaranger is next, I'll be there too.

That same day we also got another lump of awesome news. Kamen Rider Kuuga is coming to Blu Ray! I haven't seen this series in so long and I was just getting the itch to watch again after catching an episode on Shout Factory's Tokushoutsu Twitch channel one night when I couldn't sleep. The series has been available to stream for some time, but I can't engage with streaming as much as I can with a DVD or BD. I put the Blues Brothers on the other night and watched the entire damn movie without distraction. I also streamed all of Seinfeld last month and constantly left to do other stuff.

This release isn't a total shock as, like I mentioned, the series has been available in North America to stream for quite some time along with Kamen Rider and Kamen Rider Agito. 

This announcement...it definitely opens up the possibility for more. Keep this in mind when the crop of new Kamen Rider films are released in the future. They'll have life on Amazon Prime...but the possibilities are endless.

My procrastination has paid off in writing this post as just yesterday it was announced that Discotek is going to continue releasing Metal Hero BDs with Uchuu Keiji Gavan! Yes! As you might remember, Discotek has also released Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion on BD in North America. This was completely out of left field and certainly a move that fully enough. I will definitely be preordering that one as well whenever and wherever it is available.

In addition to this, we have Media Blasters lurking in the background. 

They teased what is truly going to be one of my favorite releases of all-time at the very end of 2021. They proposed a set of basically every 1990s Kamen Rider feature sometime in 2022. Even if it happens in 2023, I'm still pumped. They've been the lords of the Hakaider license in America since like 2000 and recently put out a great BD and have also released new BDs of Zebraman and Zebraman 2. 

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We're currently at a watershed moment of releases and I am just taking it all in. 

I have been working on my own little side project for something later on. I can say that upon re-re-re-release some Toei BDs have gotten more reasonably priced when it comes to Super Sentai vs/V Cinema releases, but holy hell are full series still freakin' expensive.

The next time I hear some dork whine that $60 is too much for a full series DVD release, I will gladly remind them that you will be hard-pressed to find that same series for less than $300 in Japan. The releases aren't perfect, but the rock bottom price of $35-$60 that these sets have been have made up for it in spades. Not wishing to have a "get off my lawn" moment, but $20 used to buy you a VHS copy with four episodes in 1994. Twenty 1994 Dollars. (I am working on a certain post about some old tapes...)

Anyway, whiners will always whine. Winners will always support physical Tokusatsu releases.

See ya~!

-CC

PREVIOUSLY...

Song Collection: Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman

When the news of Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman's impending DVD release broke there was one thing I knew that I absolutely must do.

Pre-order the set.....

.....oh, and I should probably circle back and talk about it's Song Collection I guess. 

I'm kinda running out of Sentai Song Collections to talk about from the Complete Song Collection series (1975-1994), so if I skipped over a series for so long it must mean that I'm avoiding it...right??

For this post I'll be listening to my copy of the Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman Complete Song Collection from 1997. I briefly talked about that disc here in the past.


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01. Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman / Kenji Suzuki

This ear-worm of a theme song is what brought Super Sentai into the 1990s.

It may not be as face-paced and in your face as the Turboranger theme song, but I like the Fiveman theme song. It's extremely of it's time and gets the job done. Given the school teacher nature of the main cast we should be grateful that we didn't get the brats instead of the regular background singers.

I like Kenji Suzuki and it's kinda of a bummer that his career doesn't stray far outside of this series. The only other work of his I'm familiar with is the Grandzort theme that he sang the year prior. It's alright. He basically moved on from singing in 1992 and returned for some live performances in the 2000s.

02. Atsui Beat de Fiveman / Kenji Suzuki

An upbeat fight song that never appeared in the series. The music is basically a wall of artificiality outside of Suzuki's singing and the guitar. It's alright...maybe a bit too on the cheery side.

03. Oretachi wa Ura Hero / Y.F ZOMBIE COMPANY

This song, to me, is trying way too hard to be like Dragonball Z's ending song Detekoi tobikiri ZENKAI Power.  It's not bad, in fact I think the groove is pretty smooth. It's a bit too quirky though this early into the CD. Not a fault of the song itself.

04. JanKenJump! Fiveman / Kenji Suzuki, SHINES

Another upbeat fight song that, like Atsui Beat never made it into the series. Very catchy, but it suffers the same shortcomings of the previous Image Songs.

05. Itsutsu no kokoro de Fiverobo / Hironobu Kageyama

From: The CD Collection-- Gattai Tamashii ~Super Sentai Robot Song Perfect Collection~:

The third Sentai mecha theme song from Hironobu Kageyama. They finally got it right this time. It's an energetic song for one. Kageyama is definitely on-point this time. Even if this isn't my favorite mecha theme song, it's certainly one of the best that Kageyama had to offer. Really, there aren't many flaws when you listen to it. The only thing that sucks is the mecha that it's based on. Heh.

06. Kung Fu Dance / CHIEMY

Love this song. Not to get ahead of myself, but this is by far the most put together song on the Song Collection outside of the Fiverobo theme song. Whenever I've talked to anyone about Fiveman, the episode that this is associated with comes up for obvious reasons...but the song also gets a mention.

07. Super Arthur / Rika Matsumoto

Robotic plod. This is the worst thing Hirohisa Soda has ever written.

Now that that's out of the way, can I talk about Rika Matsumoto? Matsumoto has worked in just about every genre of Tokusatsu as a Seiyuu and sang theme songs in two genres (Alive a Life for Kamen Rider Ryuki...which is a great song and In Your Heart from Ultraman Neos...which is also great). 

I just wanted to mention this since if you've ever seen a movie, any movie, there is a chance she dubbed a voice for the Japanese version and she voiced the main little bastard with the hat from everyone's favorite digital dogfighting series Pokemon.

What a damn career.

08. Brother Blood /  Kenji Suzuki, SHINES

This song is a lot of fun. It's a good old fashioned fight song, but one that was good enough to make it into the series. One episode, but still.

The weapon calls are pretty cool, and I just like this one on a technical level. Take one listen and listen to the focus on the guitar. I love when songs are detailed like this without becoming a mess.

09. Hand in Hand / CHIEMY, SHINES

Eh, I've never been into this one at all. This and Super Arthur both get the skip from me usually. This is the only song here that makes use of 1-2-3-4-Fiveman. I should say that it's wasted on this song.

10. Fiveman, Ai no theme / Kenji Suzuki

The series ending song. It's cheesy, but I like it enough. The energy is up, which gives me vibes of Ai no Soldier from Maskman. I also get strong vibes of Tom Sawyer no Bouken's theme song...which is one of my all-time anime theme faves. Some people probably outright dislike this song, but I guess I like it...because it reminds me of two better songs...

11. Chikyuu wa hogara kajima / Tomota Suzuki, Morinoki jidogashoudan

Meh. Episode 23. Lame song.

12. Kyodai robo da ze! Star Five / Kei Takahara

From: The CD Collection-- Gattai Tamashii ~Super Sentai Robot Song Perfect Collection~:

The bland secondary mecha theme song from the series. I like the tempo and horns, but not much else. It's an otherwise bland song for a bland mecha. A match made in heaven!

13. Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman [Original Karaoke]

14. Atsui Beat de Fiveman [Original Karaoke]

15. JanKenJump! Fiveman [Original Karaoke]

16. Itsutsu no kokoro de Fiverobo [Original Karaoke]

17. Kung Fu Dance [Original Karaoke]

18. Super Arthur [Original Karaoke]

19. Brother Blood [Original Karaoke]

20. Fiveman, Ai no theme [Original Karaoke]

21. Kyodai robo da ze! Star Five [Original Karaoke]

-BONUS TRACK-

22. New Town Shogakou kouka [Piano Bansou]  

This is an instrumental version of the school theme song. This would be a little more at home on the Music Collection in my opinion, but it's nice to have it somewhere.

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This is by no stretch a great song collection--by I can't help but be fond of it. For some reason this and Kamen Rider Amazon's Song Collection were really hard to find in like 2002/2003. I spent a good chunk of change to get this one and when I did it smelled like it had lived it's life in a fish market up until that point (it no longer stinks, but I do have an image of a fish monger blasting the Fiverobo theme in their stall). 

I'm nostalgic for this one. It's songs aren't bad, and I do listen to most of them fairly regularly. If you told me you hate it, I'd understand. I like the Fiveman Song Collection though. It fits the series well.

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Check out my CD Collection page for more! I am looking forward to my damn Fiveman DVDs.

Bye for now!

-CC


2022/06/30

Tokusatsu Oh ~Forever Chumei Watanabe~

I felt it necessary to write a short passage on the recent passing of legendary Tokusatsu composer Chumei Watanabe. I know I haven't said the most positive things about Watanabe over the years, but I do very much enjoy a lot of his work. It's a miracle that he was active as recently as last year with his contributions to the Zenkaiger soundtrack while also giving us the wonderfully memorable music from Jinzoningen Kikaider fifty years ago.

You can look up his long, long career on your own time if you'd like. Today I am going to talk about what I really liked and a recommendation or two if you're interested.

Battle Fever J / Denjiman

Much the same way Shunsuke Kikuchi was the lone name in charge of Kamen Rider's music from it's inception until Kamen Rider ZX's special, Watanabe was in charge of the BGM for every Sentai series from Goranger to Goggle Five. Given the long run, he really shaped the tone of the genre. There are more moving parts in a Sentai series when you consider bigger casts, more situations and giant robots that need majestic music. 

I think Watanabe's sweet spot is right in the middle. 

Battle Fever's music is a lot of fun. The opening theme song isn't wonderful, but the ending theme song and BGM are great. I love the funk. Denjiman is *really* where it's at, though. I know I haven't gotten to him yet, but the soundtrack to Denjiman is like a proto-Uchuu Keiji Gavan soundtrack.

Not to mention the themes... The Denjiman themes are perfect. Both of them. The opening theme song in particular is one of my favorites for obvious reasons. There are very, VERY few opening theme songs that pass as badass, but Denjiman's opening theme song truly deserves it. The also-Watanabe opening theme song to Sunvulcan may be a better Tokusatsu theme song, but Denjiman's theme song is just perfect as a song.

I definitely recommend checking out the soundtracks to both of these Sentai series. Make sure you find the Complete Music Collections. The Denjitiger track on the Denjiman Music Collection is one of the most flawless jazz synth hybrid tracks of the era. 

Uchuu Keiji Gavan

The music and songs from Uchuu Keiji Gavan are peak Watanabe. Much like his turn being "the guy" for Sentai, he was *also* the guy for Metal Hero. His resume includes the first five Metal Hero series.

While I think there was a bit of an incline in his style taking hold with Sentai, he was hot right out of the gate with Gavan. Some people will say that he did a better job on the...eccentric...Shaider soundtrack or that Juspion has the best soundtrack, but I truly think that Gavan's music is just the coolest. The songs are so loud and obnoxious, the music just shines the most. It's no wonder that the Laser Blade theme became his signature from then on out. 

The DNA for the music is kinda there if you listen closely to the Denjiman soundtrack. Bits and pieces here and there. When the Laser Blade theme hit during Gavan, it was easy to see how this could be adapted with slight difference going forward with sequel series Sharivan and Shaider. You can also see why it was too good not to use beyond even those series...

I've joked that I could live on without ever hearing the Gavan theme ever again, but it's another purely great theme song. You can tell that Akira Kushida is proud of his singing part on it. The whole song collection is pretty damn great.

Definitely check out the both the BGM and songs from the series.

Ultra Anime Eurobeat Series Gaiden 
Tokusatsu Oh ~Forever Chumei Watanabe~

I've written about this album in the past and I just want to reiterate that it is one of the best kept secrets out there.

The gist of it is that it's one long Eurobeat Medley that brings back Akira Kushida and Takayuki Miyauchi along with MIO and Yoko Ishida to sing new vocals. I generally hate Eurobeat, but this whole CD is pretty magical. We even get a jazzy new version of the Gavan theme song sung by Kushida.

I bought this CD back when it was brand new out of curiosity and it's still one of my favorite CDs out there. Even if Watanabe didn't do much more than pose with a cigar for the artwork, this is still his music and clearly something that he endorsed. 

Also...MIO and Takayuki Miyauchi in a friggin duet is beyond amazing.

I highly recommend you give this a whirl if you can find it.

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It's pretty sad when you think that one of the last remaining legends is gone. He was there to help bring Tokusatsu to life. TWO whole genres of Tokusatsu launched to the sound of his music. 

We'll always have the music. Farewell~

-CC

PREVIOUSLY...

Sooo ahh...Hey Toei?

I hate writing about time-sensitive stuff, but this has been rattling around in my brain for a little bit.

What's going on with Toei Tokusatsu World's Youtube Channel?

As the 3rd subscriber I demand answers!

I genuinely loved the idea of Toei providing legally available Tokusatsu series on their centralized Youtube channel. I definitely watched a lot of series I otherwise never would've bothered to check out. I don't think I ever caught more than a few episodes of Exceedraft before this. Utau! Dairyugojo was also weirdly captivating... 

Maybe I didn't watch everything that was uploaded, but I caught up on a lot on Saturday mornings. The uploads were pretty regular until a few months ago.

When Toei released their list of shows at the onset of this project I spotted that the final Fushigi Comedy series, Shushutorian, was absent from the list. This isn't a huge shock considering it's ending song is Akiko Yano's Anata ni wa ienai (Can't Tell You), which is not part of the soundtrack and is probably not available to license for use. 

That's my theory at least...I can't imagine Ultraman's episode is that salacious.

No, the weirdness is beyond that. Just as Blue SWAT was rounding third base, the uploads ceased. Episode 38 was uploaded in late December and they didn't resume again until mid-April. 

At least Blue SWAT eventually completed. There are several series that seem to have been outright abandoned like Bycrosser, B Robo Kabutack and Robotack. Are those series *THAT* forgotten?

The only uploads that we've gotten in the past two months are trailers for Shin Kamen Rider and Kamen Rider Black Sun. The banner has also changed to something a bit more Kamen Rider-focused. 

I kinda wonder what the future holds for the channel. I hope that it can at least remain as-is going forward. It would royally suck if they pulled the plug and deleted everything!

Just a quick ramble. See ya.

-CC

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2022/05/27

Katana ~ 2022 Toyota GR86


It's finally here!

Years without travel and being limited to home meals mean that I...ummm, kinda ended up with some cash to burn. I could've invested--but wooo boy am I glad I didn't considering everything has gone kinda bust lately. So I began the laborious task of purchasing the car that I want in 2021.

The car that I was after was the brand new 2022 Toyota GR86. It is the evolution of my beloved 2017 Subaru BRZ. This car is the performance bargain of our time. The people that hate them, probably haven't driven them and the people that love them...LOVE them. I'm living proof! I wasn't shopping to replace my BRZ...I wanted another one.

Maybe I should explain.

The Toyota GT 86, 86 GT, 86, GR 86, GR86, FT86, Scion FR-S, and Subaru BRZ are the same car. They come out of the same Subaru factory in Japan. Here's a cool video from the assembly line. It shares an assembly line with the Subaru XV/Crosstrek and Subaru Levorg. The new GR86 and BRZ are completely redesigned for 2022 and feature a great bump in torque and power.

I decided against the BRZ this time around since...well, I don't dig the styling of the front bumper. The GR86 has a coherent look from the front and back of the car. I set about trying to get one.

I started contacting my local Toyota dealer in October and was told to try back in a month. I tried in November--nada. After being completely ghosted in December I decided to try some other dealerships. Another local dealer brought me in for a meeting which went nowhere. I *finally* got a hit at a dealership that promised me the get me what I wanted. Now we're talking.

I went to the dealer and we went through everything I wanted and talked pricing. All good--let's fill out a credit app. All good--let's get this baby signed and ready to go. They presented me with a bill with a $3,000 markup and an additional $4,000 in *required* dealership snake oil. I basically told them to get fucked and left. The echo of "You won't find it cheaper anywhere else" followed me as I walked away...

Two days later it was New Years Eve and I found myself at another dealership, ordering my car for MSRP. Fuck that other dealership--seriously. Their parent company rhymes with "Dentsky". I wouldn't even rent a truck from them...

Then...the wait...

I get an update in early April that my car was out of production. Sweet.

I get another update at the beginning of May that my car is in the Country. Yes.

...and then "It's here!".

The day that I scheduled to pick up my new car...my Tomica calendar had a very fitting car featured...


I had never seen a GR86 in person until I took delivery. First impression? It was beautiful. Very red and familiar, but oh so different. There was a grand total of NINE miles on the odometer. 




I did the deal and left with my new ride!

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Now that I've spent some time with the car...how about some Pros and Cons?

PRO:

It's *noticeably* quicker. Subaru and Toyota have rated the car at 228HP. That has to be underestimated. Some owners have taken theirs to the Dyno and have gotten some pretty great readings in stock form that are closer to 250HP at the crank. I believe it!

Everything is just a little bit better than the predecessor.

It's still the performance bargain of our generation. Nothing comes close all around. Everything it's been compared with is far different either in price or on paper. The closest thing is an MX-5/Miata and even that is more expensive and not a coupe.

I enjoy the brand new tech inside the car and the newly legal adaptive headlights. Turn the steering wheel and the headlights turn with them! It's a trick that's been around forever, but one that is newly(ish) legalized in the US.

CON:

The inconsistent badging. The prototype looks like this...

...and the final version looks like this...

So strange. The prototype badging is also etched into the keyfob leather, floormats, etc. We just get the generic 86 numbering on the back. Oh well.

The lack of a spare tire is...disappointing. I can easily add one in as other markets still get spares, so there is a mount point under the truck's liner.

My biggest gripe by FAR has to be the wheels. I sprung for the top trim level which comes with 18" black wheels. Sounds good on paper, but the designer of the wheels has to be losing their damn mind after Toyota decided to paint them black (they're gunmetal grey for the top trim BRZ). 

The spokes of the wheel are designed to resemble the tip of a katana. I've heard this in several reviews and really took notice when I took delivery of the car. Look for yourself...

You see it?


What if I share this helpful photo from a forum (sorry, didn't catch the name of the creator) where the wheels were painted silver in Gran Turismo 7...



That is INFINITELY better. This something I must must must correct on my car. All of those clever details are lost on stupid trendy black wheels.

That's really it...three little complaints about the car itself. We can go on about scarcity and awful dealers and how Toyota sells their cars (no such thing as an order--the dealer has to find the car you want). Nobody cares about that. 

This is an awesome car. I have both my 2017 Subaru BRZ and 2022 Toyota GR86 to cruise around. Some would think they're two sides of the same coin, but I like to think they're just my way of supporting the cars I wish more carmakers would attempt. Small, lightweight, quick, rear-wheel drive cars with manual transmissions available. I put my money where my mouth is and bought two of them brand new. 

The future isn't so bleak for fun cars. Here's to five more years of BRZ and many more in the GR86...

Happy Motoring!

-CC


PREVIOUSLY...


Anime Hit March '93 & '94 -- Zyuranger, Dairanger, Sailor Moon & Dragon Ball Z!

Welcome back to another underwhelming CCLemon99 audio project! I've previously done these audio posts on my Tokusatsu remix album along with a recent post on the demo versions of songs from Dengeki Sentai Changeman and the theme songs of Gosei Sentai Dairanger.

This time around I am sharing a medley that I assembled of five songs that you know so well.

I have a habit of waking up at about 2 or 3AM. Terrible, I know. The only thing that can get me back to sleep is searching for something new...something nobody cares about except for me. Sometimes I'm looking for rare car parts, sometimes I look for random toys, but a lot of the time I am looking for music. I need music all the time. My CD Collection is never done. Are you kidding me? I need it all!

My searching one night lead to a jackpot of sorts. I found a series of CDs that Columbia has released since at least the early 90s until, well, today pretty much. There appears to be shifts in title and topic, but these are self-cover versions of songs from the radio and anime that are made specifically for dance routines. 

Before you turn away at the notion of Karaoke-machine style covers of songs...these are way better, I promise. None of these have lyrics, but they are performed by Columbia Orchestra when the songs were fresh and new. These are slightly peppier alternate takes on the classics!

I bought...a number of these CDs, but for brevity I am only going to cover the first two that I got--1993 and 1994. I'm also not going to cover every song. You can pick that up on your own time if you're interested. Here is a medley of five killer tracks from the 1993 and 1994 Anime Hit March:


Anime Hit March '93
COCG-10707
01.04.1993

Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger

The Zyuranger theme song as it was meant to be...for dance!

Of the three Sentai songs in this medley, this one is probably my least favorite. It's more of a tarted up BGM than anything. It's still a delight!

I should note that the reason I did this project as a Medley was to save space and, well, the songs are really repetitive. If you've heard half, you've basically heard the whole thing.

Moonlight Densetsu [Bishojo Senshi Sailormoon]

This is a weird, somewhat slower version of the earwormy Sailor Moon opening theme song. Jazzier...I suppose. Had to include it because who doesn't love this song? 

It's a decent version, I just wish it was maybe a smidge more dramatic.

Gosei Sentai Dairanger

I really dig this interpretation of the Dairanger opening theme song. I've mentioned numerous...NUMEROUS times that this is one of my favorite theme songs and that I'm super protective of it. OK, maybe not so much that last part.

This is pretty damn sweet. It's pretty damn dark as a track to dance to. The flutes add a modicum of levity, but there is no getting around that image of Ryuseioh shooting flames from it's mouth.

Love it!

Anime Hit March '94
COCG-11583
01.04.1994

WE GOTTA POWER [Dragonball Z]

OK, this is a REALLY fucking great version of this song. The original is a banger even if it was the era of Dragon Ball Z that I really didn't give a damn about. *shouldaendedwithCell*

The original song is powerful enough on it's own, but this is just incredible. I never thought I'd say it, but Hironobu Kageyama's vocals aren't entirely necessary this time. The energy here is great and they just knocked it out of the park.

Oretachi Muteki sa!! Dairanger [Gosei Sentai Dairanger]

Instead of including any Kakuranger song in this CD, they made the baffling decision to go back to 1993 and use Dairanger's ending theme song. I'm glad they did! This is a fantastic version of it. I would say that this is a smidge more chill than the original version, but the elements are all there. The guitar work is great as well. 

I let this one play out a little more since it isn't as repetitive as the other tracks.

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I have to say--these were far, far cooler than I expected. I don't know if I want to pursue a full set, but I enjoy the notion of more music being out there for me to add to the collection.

Do you wanna hear more about these CDs? I can tease that '91's disc does not have Jetman, but does have the Ultraman theme, Blade Runner ending credit theme as well as a killer rendition of Bobby Brown's On Our Own and even Back In The U.S.S.R. in case you needed to dance out your feelings three months after it was dissolved. Oh, and '96 has not only the Carranger theme (the first one....and correct one), but it also has TWO-MIX's Rhythm Emotion. Sweet.

Let me know what you think!

-CC

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2022/04/30

Song Collection: Gosei Sentai Dairanger


I would count myself among Dairanger's biggest fans. It made "S" tier when I did one of those trendy Tier lists. I have nothing but fond memories of the series from my youth that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Great show, great designs, great action, great music. 10/10.

...I just wish I could say the same for it's tragic Song Collection...

For this post I'll be listening to my copy of the Gosei Sentai Dairanger Complete Song Collection from 1997. I briefly talked about that disc here in the past.


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01. Gosei Sentai Dairanger / NEW JACK Takuro (Hirokazu Umeda)

The Dairanger opening theme song is on a level of amazingness that I think may be unattainable for any other TV show. Think of how incredible the accompanying video sequence was as well. I have to give Toei credit...they pulled off concise editing when they put it together--those images of Ryuseioh roaring out and breathing fire to this soundtrack are perfection.

There is no way to not be hype when this song is playing. NEW JACK Takuro's labored singing was kinda revolutionary if you think about it. We've had some powerhouses sing Sentai theme songs in the past like Akira Kushida, Takayuki Miyauchi, and Hironobu Kageyama, but none of them were able to open the floodgates this much. I think the closest we got was that little *boom* in the Liveman opening theme song. Or maybe Mojo's yell in the Battle Fever J ending. This is appropriate hype for the series it's attached to.

Check out the demo version of the song here. You can catch the madness in it's infancy...

02. Ai no Solider / Gouji Tsuno

Here is where it all goes wrong.

You know what, I've never hated this song as much as some of the ones we're going to explore going forward. It's a bad singer with the most generic rock song attached to it. It's just there...not the worst, but NOWHERE near good.

The best part of this song, obviously, is "I LOVE YOU! ON THE FIRE!".

Huh??? Alright, my man.

03. Utsukushi hana no youni / Gouji Tsuno

When I was early in my Youtube channel I genuinely worried about what songs I would use for Dairanger toys. Some songs are painfully limited (Won Tiger, Gorma, Ryuseioh/Dairenoh, Daibuster, Rin's song) and the rest...were this slop.

The badass imagery in the Dairanger opening video? It's related to this deep, dark, forgotten song hell. 

If I could aptly describe this song, I guess I could say this is a peaceful meadow of lameness that somehow wandered into a fierce battle for the planet.

As limited as this song collection is, I really hate this for wasting precious space on the disc.

04. Ikki ni shuuchuu! / FUNKY Y.K. (Yasuo Kosugi)

This is the lone decent, unaffiliated song in the song collection. I don't think FUNKY Y.K. is all that great, and kinda verges on sucking on this song with his hamminess. I appreciate the energy and classic rollcall! It's a little retro in that sense, even if Zyuranger also has a song with a rollcall. It's something that kinda went out of fashion at some point.

Yeah, I like this one.

05. Gorma Gorma Gorma / Gouji Tsuno, Pythagoras

I have a hard time getting into villain songs. Sometimes they're great, but mostly they're just obnoxious. This song can definitely be filed under the latter even though it has a pretty slick beat.

Credit where it's due at least, it's incredibly modern. Songs would sound like this for pretty much the remainder of the 90s. The mopey singing from Gouji Tsuno is a big holdback. We also have the return of Pythagoras, who you probably don't remember from the Zyuranger ending song. He provides the rap portions here...it's pretty fun.

06. Kaze no senshi / Yoko Ishida

Overrated.

For a song that had an episode's plot wrapped around it, this is a bland 'ole time. It's just boring. It isn't terrible, but it's farty beat never really did anything for me. 

Yoko Ishida did a fine job in one of her early songs. She's one of those singers where I've seen the name plenty over the years, but then realize that I only know her from this song and a song from B-Robo Kabutack that I'll probably cover some day. Still active...but just not into Tokusatsu much.

07. Hi no fuke Daibuster / Nobuhiko Kashiwara

A great action song--one that finally fits the series perfectly. It's almost as if it shares DNA with the theme songs. This one is rad. Definitely best of the series.

08. Ryuseioh ~Dairenoh no theme~ /  FUNKY Y.K. (Yasuo Kosugi)


While Funky Y.K. was a fun guy to listen to in Zyuranger's Dragon Caesar no uta, this song is just...dreck. The singing is just...bad. Or at least he was the wrong singer for the job. Not only that, but the music is pretty weak outside of the guitar work. How lazy is it that Ryuseioh and Dairenoh had to share a theme song?

There is so much wrong with this half-assed theme song that I really just never consider this to be a mecha theme song. Ryuseioh and Dairenoh deserve way better than this...

09. Chikai / FUNKY Y.K. (Yasuo Kosugi)

The very beginning 20 seconds of this song are painful. I've edited it out of all versions that I use for portable music. After that...it's a decent enough song. Again, I don't think the Funkster was the right choice for singing, but here we are. If you can stomach the beginning, you'll be rewarded with a modestly alright song.

The only thing that can make this song worse is the cast singing it...which totally happened on that Promotional Drama CD...let's not talk about that.

10. Oretachi muteki sa!! Dairanger / NEW JACK Takuro (Hirokazu Umeda)

The amazing ending theme song to the series. Like it's Opening counterpart, this one gets it right from beginning to end. It's just so slick and perfect. There are few better songs out there to bring Super Sentai episodes in for a landing. Catchy, exciting, but also pretty damn chill. Especially the instrumental bits. 

11. Won Tiger no uta / Nobuhiko Kashiwara


This is the Dairanger mecha theme worth listening to.

We have a better singer this time around...and even an up-beat song with some Won Tiger sound effects thrown in. It might not be the best mecha theme song, but it's certainly a nice return to form that had been lacking in some of the years prior to this.

12. Gosei Sentai Dairanger [Original Karaoke]

13. Ikki ni shuuchuu! [Original Karaoke]

14. Kaze no senshi [Original Karaoke]

15. Hi no fuke Daibuster [Original Karaoke]

16. Ryuseioh ~Dairenoh no theme~ [Original Karaoke]

17. Oretachi muteki sa!! Dairanger [Original Karaoke]

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This is a rough listen as a Song Collection. The great songs are the ones you know and the bad songs are BAAAD. Everything in the middle is pretty forgettable. 

I know I haven't reviewed every Super Sentai Song Collection of the 90s, but I need to make this perfectly clear here and now. This is the worst...by far. Zyuranger is down there in lameness, but this is a whole new level of weak. I want to say this mostly stems from sheer disappointment since I didn't hear all of these songs until years after the series was over. Toei wisely left a lot of these songs to rot, but not smart enough to just not bother releasing them. I guess they needed to put *something* out for a song collection.

Skip it. Amazing theme songs with completely uninspired junk around it.

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If you enjoy the Dairanger theme songs, make sure you check out the post I did where I uncover the demo versions of both theme songs...along with Changeman for good measure.

I'll be back soon with a brand new post about a newly released thing. It's some stuff that kinda snuck in under the radar, so we'll see how it really is.

See ya next time.

-CC