2018/06/24

11-Years on Youtube ~ The Odd History of Daijinryuu


Hi there!

Welcome to a special anniversary post on CCLemon99.com. It's hard to believe, but my Youtube channel is turning eleven years old on June 25th. Eleven years of somehow keeping some relevance without chasing trends or really making this anything more than a hobby. For that I have to say...Thank you!

I really haven't been too interested in analytics, but they're unavoidable to glance at when I open my dashboard to do anything on Youtube. Things have been...actually pretty good recently. Views have leveled off thanks to a few years of bizarre algorithm changes. I wish Youtube would be better about delivering videos more directly to subscribers. Some people say that this is a myth and that necrosubs are to blame...but I don't really think so. Every once in awhile I get a random "Nice to see that you're back" comment. Yeah...I don't get it either. Just get my damn videos to the people who signed up to receive them.

Speaking of subscribers...I've been getting a lot recently. Thank you for subscribing! I've jokingly said that I would face reveal at 100K. That number is still far enough away that I can still make that joke without sweating on the possibility. You never know, though. Maybe I'll have to show off my diastema sometime... Is it cheating if I wear a hat and sunglasses? I've been saving this pair of blue suede Ray Bans for a special occasion...

I guess I should wrap this up before I get into my second Dairanger theory post of the year.

Thank you for sticking with me for yet another year. As a reader of the site, you've likely noticed that I've dipped my toes into different types of content...and I hope to try some new things on my Youtube channel in the future as well. The year since ending weekly videos has been much less stressful and I think the videos have been way smoother as a result. My recent Winspector and SunVulcan months were actually really fun to work on when they likely would have been a complete drag. Two whole months of content in a day of filming with a few days of editing. It's definitely helped me balance my life considering I've taken on an elevated position at my job. 

I was emotional about leaving weekly videos behind, but it was all for the best. I probably haven't cut back as much as I should have...but the recent bump in subscribers and views has really spurred me on. I can't thank you guys enough!

Now...onto the damn content.

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It was only a few short months ago that I made the proclamation that I was finished with 1990s Sentai mecha. From Fiverobo all the way up to Victory Mars, I've made videos on them all. I even got the stupid ones like the Jusho Fighters in there. One "mecha" remained absent from the list, however.

Meet DX Daijinryuu from Gosei Sentai Dairanger. As far as designs go, Daijinryuu was very, very cool. Naturally he got his own toy, but it never seemed right. Daijinryuu was a world-destroying entity that towered over even the largest of Dairanger mecha. Daimugen? Slowly squashed like...well, like a turtle. So when the DX toy came out for Daijinryuu, it never seemed genuine considering it's reasonable toy size. For it to be more on scale, it would have to be like five meters tall instead of the advertised 450mm tall. He's still a giant friggin' guy, but not to scale.


When I was thinking about what I was going to do for this video I remembered two things. 1. 2018 is Dairanger's 25th anniversary. 2. Didn't I own a tiny Daimugen at some point?

As it turns out, I did in fact own a smaller Daimugen by Yutaka......but I sold it at auction years ago. Whoops. So I set about acquiring a super-clean Daijinryuu from my usual haunt for new-old toys (BOOK-OFF...I've talked about it in my 500th Video post when I snagged my King Brachion) and then went looking for a Yutaka Daimugen. After some patience, one actually popped up when I was just about to abandon the notion.

While the scale isn't perfect, it really remedied the biggest issue that I had with DX Daijinryuu. It looks entirely ridiculous when partnered up with the rest of the DX Dairanger mecha, but check it out here:


Since I tend to overthink a lot of things...I couldn't help but really wonder about Daijinryuu's size. Was he always supposed to be so big? Looking forward to Gingaman, Giga Bitus was enormous and it's toy was never given the DX label. Daijinryuu could have easily existed as a larger anti-Ryuseioh. 

If we take a step back to 1992, it's easy to look at all of the great Tokusatsu that Toei provided. Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger...Tokusou Exceedraft...Shin Kamen Rider Prologue...Daiyogen~Fukkatsu no Kyoshin?? Yes, this completely forgotten two-part original video story actually happened in one of the more memorable years of Tokusatsu.


I've been thinking about writing about Daiyogen~Fukkatsu no Kyoshin for over a long time now...I even went out and got the DVD a few years ago. The movie is...interesting? Having not seen it in close to a year, here are some of the memories I have.

-One of the characters could pass for Yutaka Hirose at a quick glance.
-The movie was basically a chase episode of any Tokusatsu episode with almost zero payoff.
-Trimesistan, the guy on the cover, is ENORMOUS.


While the plot was a little dense, it isn't a terribly difficult movie to follow. Maybe I'll swing back around and do a closer review someday. If rumors are anything to believe, this movie came very close to being a tenth anniversary movie for Uchuu Keiji Gavan. If that were the case, it certainly would have lived on to have some relevance today. Personally I checked it out because it had a soundtrack by Eiji Kawamura.

Why do I bring this up? I'm convinced that someone at Toei was completely smitten with the idea of a giant that fought in the clouds while their feet were still on the ground. They didn't copy anything from the plot of Daiyogen~Fukkatsu no Kyoshin, but the 400/4000 meter giant theme has to be more than a coincidence. Especially when you bring the Gavan rumor into play. The idea of an unstoppable force is an intriguing one...and maybe after the movie quietly slipped into the background, it was worth exploring again with a more mainstream franchise.

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Thank you once again for being one of the 67,000+ subscribers to my channel and likely being one of the 125,000,000+ views that I've accumulated. I hope you'll stick with me for much longer as I still have so much to explore.

Thanks for watching!

-CC


3 comments:

  1. Ah, so you think Daijinryu is a recycled Dolgiran/whatever-the-name-is upgrade? That's interesting. I've seen print ads for this movie in some books and magazines from '92. (Most likely one of the Shin Kamen Rider books I have.) Even though I like director Yoshiaki Kobayashi, it just seems like a Daimajin knock-off, so I never even really cared to look into what it was about. So I had no idea about this possibly originating as a Gavan anniversary movie.

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    1. Not to mention Tremesistan is a Keita Amemiya design. You'd think that would sell it a little more. Toei really could have had something if they didn't stretch themselves so thin that year. Apparently Gavan was cut due to budget...but if they had put in the coin the movie definitely would have done better. *shrug*

      I did buy some materials to work on this post that never happened...one thing was the issue of Uchusen Quarterly that ran a story on it. IIRC, this is where the Gavan rumor originated from... I'm going to have to find what I did with the book.

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