Original Uncut Japanese Power Rangers Coming to U.S. For the First Time

Original Uncut Japanese Power Rangers Coming to U.S. For the First Time

Two decades later, the series that brought Sentai to the U.S. will show its true face

22 years ago, musician turned multimedia mogul Haim Saban was traveling in Japan on business when he caught an episode a popular Japanese TV series about a team of superheroes who used color-coded costumes, weaponry and robots to battle alien monsters. Saban, a fan of Japanese monster-movies as a child, had an idea that the heroes wore helmets covering their whole face during action scenes, the series could be easily localized for American audiences by shooting new footage for the out-of-costume parts and dubbing voices into the action scenes.

The result was Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which grew into one of the most powerful entertainment and merchandising brands of all time. But the original show that caught Saban's attention (and which formed the backbone of MMPR's first season and key portions of the next two) was Kyoryu Sentai ZyuRanger - the sixteenth series in Japan's enormously-popular Super Sentai franchise. Now, nostalgia DVD powerhouse Shout! Factory (who already brought the near-entirety of Power Rangers to DVD last year) announced that they'll be bringing and official DVD collection for ZyuRanger: The Complete Series to the U.S. for the first time.

While many of the visuals, villains and even entire action sequences will be familiar to U.S. Power Rangers fans, ZyuRanger features an entirely different storyline and set of characters. The heroes are the last survivors of an ancient humanoid civilization that coexisted with dinosaurs. They are reawakened in the present when their arch-nemesis Bandora (aka "Rita Repulsa" to MMPR fans), an evil witch responsible for the extinction of their race and the dinosaurs, is accidentally released from imprisonment on Planet Nemesis. The defend Earth from Bandora's attacks with the aid of a wizard and sentient prehistoric robots called Guardian Beasts.

No announcements have been made as to features, release date, pricing or release plans for any of the other 37 existing Super Sentai series.

Source: Shout! Factory Twitter

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Ssssssssssooooooooooooooooo.... any word on an EU release... or are we getting stiffed again like with the Power Rangers release?

Interesting.

I've recently gotten into watching Super Sentai, although I haven't gotten around to watching Zyuranger yet. If this shows up on Netflix, that might be a good excuse to finally check it out.

Despite using the same footage, Super Sentai is definitely a different kind of beast than Power Rangers. I mean, just check out this clip from the most recent Super Sentai, ToQger:

What's interesting is that Zyuranger is actually quite average compared to the rest of the Sentai. Its not like Gokaiger, which is amazing, or Go Go Five, which... isn't.

Leemaster777:

Despite using the same footage, Super Sentai is definitely a different kind of beast than Power Rangers. I mean, just check out this clip from the most recent Super Sentai, ToQger:

One must keep in mind, ToQger is a comedy. Like CAAAARRRRAAANNNGGGGEEERRR!!!!

Neat :D I started watching the Zyurangers series online (when they were still online...) and I really dug them. Thanks to Linkara's History of Power Rangers series, I've really been diving back into everything that these color-cladded superteams have to offer, Rangers and Sentai alike. Here's a fun little 5 part series of a fan comparing and contrasting MMPR to Zyurangers:

Haim Saban, an inspiration to the lazy in all of us.

I hope if this sell's well enough they'll think of releasing a kamen rider series or 2 over here as well

 

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