Thursday, August 26, 2010
It has been said throughout the Sentai and PR fandom that Shinkenger is 'unadaptable' and 'too Japanese' for Power Rangers. Some make up silly rumors like it's the reason why Disney quit with the show, Toei is getting pay back for what Disney did to Power Rangers, etc. I laugh at the second one.
This is what I say, it was more difficult to adapt Carranger, Megaranger, Gingaman, and Go-Onger due to the tone, maturity level, and story Power Rangers was going for. I don't see anything wrong with Shinkenger except for the Kanji and Kuroko. That's the only problem really. People think that all Sentai footage has to be used. Kids won't care about Japanese symbols on the helmets, all they care about is seeing five adults in spandex kick some butt, the effects, and of course the Megazord. The White Ranger Zord cockpit footage in MMPR Season 2 had Chinese symbols everywhere. Once you remove all the civilian scenes, the fights that take place in typical areas of Japan, there's a lot of usable material left. The Kanji in the mech's cockpits can be easily hide with CGI. Hey, they might even keep it, who knows? And the footage with the Kuroko just won't be used if this is the case.
Anybody who tells you that Shinkenger is "unadaptable" is ignorant at best, and an idiot at worst. Shinkenger is perfectly adaptable, all it needs is a strong plot, great characters, good acting, and a totally epic theme song. Just because producers are lazy doesn't mean that it isn't. Yes Tzachor, I'm looking at you.