Toy Story: King Brachion! [500th Video Special!]

Check out the video here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3kZROq64J0

Welcome to the fourth installment of my ongoing series where I tell the interesting stories behind some of the toys in my collection. 99.9% of the stuff I own is acquired through a basic transaction...but every once in awhile either something strange happens or I make an amazing score. Today's story falls under both, I'd say...

I've been in the market for another King Brachion for quite some time now. Since the 90s I have owned a King Brachion (loose, not working, worse for wear) and Titanus (loose-ish--box w/out styrofoam, working) as well as a Legacy Titanus (ebay bound, for sure). Neither one of those felt right for a video. I'd definitely want one as complete as possible to get the job done right. So with my 500th video on the horizon, I set out to get a worthy specimen for to mark the occasion.

If I may, I would like to backtrack a little bit on why I felt the need to at least try to make King Brachion my 500th video. My 100th, 200th, 300th, and 400th videos were all Zyuranger specials. It actually started further back than that, though. For my one year anniversary I reviewed an unopened Dragon Buckler. There was no reason other than it being one of the last Sentai Changers I had left to review and that it's very, very shiny. Later that year I did my very first Sentai Mecha video, Daizyujin, which coincidentally fell right into the 100th video slot (it was so much of a non-occasion that I later did a Part 2 with little fanfare).

Coincidence would strike again as I landed an incredibly clean Dragon Caeser just in time to not only be my 200th video, but to close out 2010. By the time my fifth anniversary had come around, I was pretty self-aware of what was going on. I dug deep into my collection and made a video of the screen-used prop Dragon Buckler (and Ranger Stick) that I own. I was able to not only bring another piece of Zyuranger forward, but I got to revisit my first anniversary video at the same time. Maybe my 300th video was a little underwhelming, but it definitely fit in. For that, I looked at Super Robot Chogokin Daizyujin. My 400th video landed at the end of 2014. I had been reviewing the Zyuranger SHFiguarts for the entire year leading up to that but never managed to put them all together for a video. I especially dig the Howling Cannon bit...that was a ton of fun to shoot and edit. Last year I made a video on the odd, but cool Nendora (which had a story of it's own) for my eighth anniversary and this year I reviewed the SDCC2014 Black Ranger SHFiguart.

As you can see, the history runs deep. It started as a random thing and kinda snowballed into a running joke. It's a good thing Zyuranger has some really neat toys.

I typically take January off from work every year, which gives me a great deal of time to not only get my life on track, but plan out the year ahead of me. I knew that my 500th video was going to be here before I knew it (back then I noticed it would fall in September, but thanks to weeks where I upload multiple videos it has moved up to August). I began my search for a solid King Brachion. Almost immediately I found a suitable one up for sale. Very clean, complete, and at a reasonable starting price. Toward the end bidding got kinda out of control and the thing went for over ¥70,000. Mind you, this was JUST King Brachion...no Daizyujin or Dragon Caesar included. I was stunned. When the hell did this toy get THAT expensive? Needless to say I kinda went "meh" and decided that another special Zyuranger toy I have would take the spot for #500. That was pretty much the end of the story...until two weeks ago...

I went to check out what was good for sale and found the usual slog of Ranger Keys and useless gimmick toys that clog up the internet. On a lark I decided to check out prices for King Brachion and found a very good one for a very reasonable sum for sale by a BOOK OFF branch. At first I kinda stuck with my "meh", but after really thinking about it for a day I decided to go for it. After some miscommunication and general slowness on their end, I managed to miraculously pull off the deal (the toy was also for sale in their store and on YJ Auctions...which someone actually won...whoops). The long wait for them to ship it began.

By now I was slowly changing my mind on the previous videos I made for #500 and #501. Maybe I would have King Brachion on time to make a video? Should I skip a week? Maybe re-upload some deleted videos? I was kinda stressin' the whole situation. This is my final year, I don't want to miss a week. I would rather save the re-uploads for later, too.

I am writing this article on the 13th of August in the afternoon. King Brachion arrived at my house on the afternoon of the 11th and I did the entire photo shoot over five very, very hot hours in the sun on the 12th. Then I got all of the editing (including the painful music selection--Zyuranger is a tough series for music) done by this afternoon. Way to get it done under the wire...

So...I made it! A goal I planned at the beginning of the year actually worked out after I abandoned it pretty early on. The video turned out great in my opinion, and I even have enough left over for a Part two, which is coming up next. Despite the fast turnaround, I did spend much longer than I usually do on the photo shoot, so I did end up with some quality photos. I can only spot one teeny mistake. Did you catch it? It's so small that I didn't warrant a re-shoot of the particular photo.

With that I finally have a worthy King Brachion and my 500th video down in the history books.

Thank you so much for reading and watching all of my videos to this point. I think I can FINALLY put the Zyuranger inside joke to rest as King Brachion it the ultimate punchline!


Previous: CD Collection Megaranger & Gingaman 8cm CDs

Toy Story: Masking Brace [Hikari Sentai Maskman]
Toy Story: Prism Flash x2 [Choshinsei Flashman]
Toy Story: Super Liverobo [Chojuu Sentai Liveman]


The CD Collection--Super Sentai 8cm CD Singles [Megaranger & Gingaman]

Ahhhhhhh! It's back again! It's the return of my disgusting series of excessive CD Collecting. What can I say? I want it all and CDs are cheap if you know how to shop. This time I will be covering the ten 8cm CD singles covering both Megaranger and Gingaman. Last time I took a look at all of the singles covering Liveman through Ohranger. If you *really* want to get up to speed, check out my post from January covering all of the Carranger singles. After today, the only thing left for me to look at for Super Sentai is GoGo Five and Timeranger...

As always, this page is for reference (particularly if you're in the market) since finding any kind of information is difficult in Japanese let alone English. That said, I am not offering downloads of any of the music featured on my site. The aim is to maybe get a few more people interested in CD collecting through details (content, artwork, extras, etc.).

With all of that out of the way...let's get into Megaranger!


Denji Sentai Megaranger OP c/w Install! Megaranger!!

The 1990s had it's fair share of excellent Super Sentai theme songs. Zyuranger was good...Dairanger was fantastic and the genre never looked back until...well, I'll get into when things turn around in a later post. The Megaranger theme song was smack in the middle of a hot streak of excellent theme songs. I could understand why someone might not like this one, but I love it! It's incredibly peppy and features the awesome singing of Naoto Fuuga. It might have a couple little spots of cheese, but it's a great theme song.

The song that it couples with, Install! Megaranger, is a pretty decent fight song. Also by Fuuga, I would say that this one complements the theme song nicely. It does have that killer guitar/synth solo that might as well end the song. A good song, but I wouldn't say it's one of the more memorable songs from the series.

Tracks three and four are Karaoke versions of the previous two tracks.


Denji Sentai Megaranger ED c/w Denji Gattai! Galaxymega

The main Megaranger ending song, Ki no Sei kana, also falls in a long string of wonderful ending songs from 1990s Super Sentai. It is almost an inverted version of Jetman's Kokoro wa Tamago. That one had an emphasis on the orchestra with some light band music playing. This time around, the band music is front and center with the orchestra adding some depth. Yet...the two songs were always similar to me. Maybe the closer comparison would be the Fiveman ending song, but that one stinks.

Oh man. From memory I believe I declared the Galaxymega theme song to be the best Super Sentai Mecha theme song. I did! Way back in 2012. Things have not changed. I friggin love this one. 5-4-1! 5-4-1!! This one is sheer perfection when it comes to mecha themes. It has that killer intro, upbeat music throughout, and great vocals by Naoto Fuuga (who sang the first track on this disc also). I don't think I can say much more about it. Best Sentai Mecha theme song ever...

As usual, tracks three and four are Karaoke. 5-4-1! 5-4-1!!


Denji Sentai Megaranger Digdug! Degitank c/w Multiweapon Megahanasenai

Norio Sakai, anyone? He didn't do a whole lot of singing on Tokusatsu albums, but whenever he did it was a treat. Prior to this he sang Kamen Rider BLACK's ending song Long Long Ago 20th Century, both Gridman theme songs, and the VRV Robo theme from Carranger. He sings the Degitank theme song for Megaranger. Maybe it isn't the most majestic thing to sing about, but I enjoy this song. Interesting to note that the backing vocals are the unmistakable voice of Kumi Sasaki who would later sing the Timeranger opening theme song.

Remember when they gave almost everything a theme song? Well, the Multiweapons also had a song. I guess that makes this the 'single of unnecessary theme songs'... Anyway, I also like this one quite a bit. It's a very fun song with lots of energy and some more of the great Naoto Fuuga. His songs have a tendency of being upbeat and fun.

Karaoke versions of the first two tracks close out this four-track single.


Denji Sentai Megaranger Cyberslider TMY c/w Cosmic World

Once again...why exactly do the Cybersliders have a theme song? Of all of the Megaranger songs that ended up on a CD Single, this is probably the only one I don't like. It's just a little too cheesy. It really sounds more like it belongs on the B-Robo Kabutack song collection. Heh. Naoto Fuuga really sings the hell out of this one at least.

Cosmic World! This one also ended up very high on another Top 7 list of mine. This is exactly what a heroine song in Megaranger should sound like. It's a tad similar to the opening theme song, but manages to be it's own kick-ass thing. This one is sung by Lisa Ooki, who I really am not familiar with given her sheer lack of Tokusatsu work outside of this song.

Another four track single. Two vocal, two Karaoke.


Denji Sentai Megaranger ED2 c/w Mighty! Megaranger

So the second ending song to Megaranger is a little tune called Bomb Dancing Megaranger. It was used from episodes 21-30 and was sung by one of my favorite singers of the era: Hiroko Asakawa. I like this one quite a bit, but maybe not as much as Ki no Sei kana. I kinda recommend Carranger ONDO over this one, but I still really enjoy it. Like Carranger ONDO, this one has it's own dance. The steps were included on a separate sheet of paper.

The other song one this single is Mighty! Megaranger, which is a fairly standard fight song. I tend to get this one mixed up with Install! Megaranger in my head. The biggest difference is that Norio Sakai sings this song once again. Good song, but a little bit on the forgettable side.

Four tracks...two vocal, two Karaoke.


Seijuu Sentai Gingaman OP c/w Chikyuu ni Hikaru o

In my very first Top 7 list I selected the theme song to Gingaman as my favorite Sentai opening theme song between 1998 and 2004. That's right, I picked this one over GoGo Five's theme song. You know what? I stand by that decision. It is everything I think the Zyuranger theme song wanted to be...but done a thousand times better. They even managed to coax Masato Shimon out of retirement to sing it (he sings it under the name Ryu Kisami). It's a fantastic production and fits the series amazingly well. Go back and listen to it again. There used to be a time when Sentai theme songs had personality and then Hurricaneger happened.

The coupling song, Chikyu ni Hikaru o is a fairly standard action song that is kinda let down by it's synthetic bass. Eh. I wouldn't say I'm totally down with this song, but I do seem to listen to it regularly. This song is sung by Eiichi Sato who has a pretty unique voice. If you don't like his voice, I recommend trying to listen to the Karaoke version of this song...you'll quickly miss his voice. Maybe he isn't the best singer, but his contribution helps make this song listenable.

Do I really need to mention that this single has two vocal and two Karaoke tracks? No? Too bad!


Seijuu Sentai Gingaman ED c/w Mugendai no Yuuki

Masato Shimon also sings the ending song, Hadashi no kokoro de. I genuinely think this is a pretty beautiful song. Keep in mind, I didn't care for Masato Shimon very much. His Gingaman theme songs are truly fantastic. This song is the child that Megaranger and Jetman's ending song never had. It features this janky guitar that bounces off of Shimon's equally as janky vocals. Great song. It's a shame it took this long for me to like something of Shimon's that wasn't his Taiyaki song.

The coupling song on this single is a pretty good action song called Mugendai no Yuuki by Shinji Kakishima. I wouldn't say it has any stand out moments, but it's still a really cool upbeat song.

There are four tracks here--two vocal, two Karaoke.



Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Ginga no Ohja Gingaioh c/w Kiti o muke

Oh. My God. Yes. While I like Takayuki Miyauchi's other mecha theme songs, this one takes first prize in my heart. I would even go further and say that this is the best Gingaman song outside of the theme songs. This song has the room for Miyauchi to live up to his potential--something that he wasn't afforded on the bummer of a Muteki Shogun theme song. Not only was Miyauchi fantastic, the music is bonafide earworm territory. The horn parts will have you whistling for days...

The song that couples with the Gingaioh theme song is called Kiti o muke by Norio Sakai. It's a great companion to the Gingaioh theme song, but doesn't quite meet it in awesomeness. Still, the two songs work very well together to make a well-rounded single.

Keeping with the norm, this one is 2vocal2karaokious.


Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Misetsukero Seijuu Tamashii! c/w Ginga Tensei! Jikuu o Koete

Oh wow! Misetsukero Seijuu Tamashii is sung by Yukio Yamagata...the man who would later go on to give Gaoranger theme it's impeccably tuned vocals. I always imagined that someone at Columbia was taking notes when they made this song so that later they could give Yamagata his own theme song when the opportunity to put his gruffer-than-Kushida's voice to work arose. Sure, he did some songs between this and Gaoranger, but I'm willing to bet that this one got him the job. I love it! Especially the awesome little breakdown about three quarters of the way through.

To complete this very good single, an action song called Ginga Tensei! Jikuu o Koete couples as the second track. This one is sung by Yoshito Fuchigami, who might sound a bit familiar if you listened to the Carranger IN songs that he happened to also sing. I happen to like this song quite a lot, though I know that it is only probably just better than average. It definitely gets the job done, though!


Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Unare Juugekibo! Juugekiha! c/w Gingapink Saya~Hana no Senshi

Yet another unnecessary weapon song--this time for the Jugekibos. Forget that, though...it's Naoto Fuuga! His enthusiasm is missing from this rather straight-laced song collection. Maybe that's for the best, though. I'm not really feeling the Jugekibo theme song. It's alright, but it's a bit...all over the place...especially at the two-thirds point.

I would have to rank Gingapink's song among some of the forgotten heroine theme songs. It isn't bad, it's just pretty bland. The music is really cheap sounding pretty much throughout. Not even Hiroko Asakawa could bring this one to life. What a shame. Give this one a listen if you get a chance. It doesn't even sound like it's from the same series. Actually, it sounds like the Karaoke machine version of itself...with some good vocals laid on top. Poor Hiroko Asakawa. I think I'm going to listen to Seishun Circuit now in protest.

You guessed it! There are two vocal tracks and two Karaoke tracks on this CD Single.


Recommended Pick: This is probably the toughest 'recommended pick' I've had to do. I really have to give it to the Ki no sei kana/Denji Gattai! Galaxymega single. It might be a little bit lacking in the artwork (it isn't bad, just not as crisp as some of the Gingaman singles) but the two songs are incredible. The Karaoke version of the Galaxymega theme puts it over the edge for me...


That does it for the latest batch of CDs from my CD collection. This topic was selected by Twitter poll. Seeing as Metal Hero has lost out to Super Sentai every single time, I think I should just finish up the damn Sentai singles in the CD next post. Stay tuned for GoGo Five and Timeranger singles in September!

Be sure to check out my CD Collection page here. I get CDs faster than I can update that page, so there is way more than that on the way.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.


P.S. Here are some photos of the sheet that was included with the Bomb Dancing! Megaranger single. As with the Carranger ones, I won't be scanning these since some asshat will likely just lift them and put them on their nothing of a website.