Thursday, September 23, 2010

My Thoughts and Speculations on Shinkenger's Adaptation as Power Rangers Samurai as a Sentai Fan

For the first time, this Power Rangers series has a title more straight to the theme as in just "Samurai" instead of the past where it had two words like "Lost Galaxy". Somehow, Saban may be simplifying titles.

So far the names were changed. We have Jayden, Kevin, Mike, Mia and Emily. Cooler than the previous names which were Reese, Baron, Perry, Sadie and Ava.

How do I think it will differ from Shinkenger? Well here are some:
  • Since the red ranger, Jayden, is American so it's most likely he's no shadow warrior and just your American guy interested in martial arts.
  • Although their mentor is played by an American, but in the script he's most likely Japanese. Naming him Takeru may be tribute to the original series. So I think the mentor will not be serving as an attendant to Jayden but the regular Sentai mentor.
  • Probably these guys know nothing about kanji except for the Asian ranger Mia.
  • Maybe and just maybe, Saban will attempt to make it a funny series. Then again, Shinkenger wasn't that serious either.
Other thoughts as a Shinkenger fan:
  • Maybe Asian red rangers just don't click with America. I think that's true so I can understand that.
  • Jayden may turn out to be half-Asian himself. Who knows? Some half-Asian, half-Americans even if their father is the one who's Asian look more American.
  • Mia may become either like Cassie Chan or Trini Kwan in personality.
  • Only if people didn't criticize Trini Kwan's existence as racist, maybe we'll get another Asian yellow ranger with a tough personality that can drive her team crazy. I would actually have preferred an Asian yellow ranger over an Asian pink ranger.


  1. "Probably these guys know nothing about kanji except for the Asian ranger Mia." - You don't know that. We haven't seen the actual season yet.

    Why are people STILL on the 'We need an Asian Red Ranger' thing? Not directing it towards you Sean, but it's just really annoying. People are acting like this is the first Asian themed series we've had. MMPR S3 and Ninja Storm anyone? Yeah, it would be cool for once but people should be happy with what you get. Besides, none of the actors that tried out for Red Ranger were Asian. It's not about what they look like, it's about what they bring to the table.

  2. I have to agree with KR on that. Just because your blog members want an Asian ranger, Sean, that's only 50 out of the millions of Power Rangers fans. No offense, but get over it please.

    As an Asian American, I'd probably have the same perspective of what any American would look at towards martial arts, like what you said. Since I didn't really grow up in the land where martial arts was popularized (unless you include Chuck Norris) than I can't tell it from the Asian point of view.

  3. Somehow who auditions contribute to script changes before it's ever carried out. I guess nobody Asian auditioned to be the red ranger. Oh well. As for everything else, let this show go forward as scheduled now that it's done and over. By the way, speculations are to be KEPT OUT.