is really interesting (and fun!) to watch because Yoshi tells us what
was going through his mind when it happened. He also gives a lot of
detailed context to the moment and explains how the history of his and
Peter’s Power Rangers
auditions and Peter’s sneakiness made the reveal that much more amazing.
he was the one who thought up the idea of the Dino Charge cast
introducing the Ninja Steel one, and that he spent three weeks hating
all things Power Rangers
before Power Morphicon because he thought his brother didn’t get the
“Tokatti is my Co-Pilot” is my ToQger-themed piece for Q Pop’s Power Morphicon: Power Ranger Tribute Art show ! PMC may be over for this year, but the piece will still be available at QPop in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.
Something amazing happened yesterday (August 13, 2016) at Power Morphicon, and I want to take a moment to appreciate it.
(Above photo from RangerBoard.)
The current blue ranger, Yoshi Sudarso, is a huge Power Rangers fan. He auditioned for Power Rangers for years without being cast. When he got the role of the blue ranger in Dino Charge two years ago,
he was thrilled and since then he’s been super enthusiastic, passionate and an
all-around amazing ranger.
brother Peter, like him, is a Power Rangers fan, and has also auditioned multiple times to be a ranger. Unlike Yoshi, he was never cast. Anyone who follows Yoshi on social media knows about Yoshi’s brother and knows that they’re close: Yoshi and Peter are constantly hanging out together, working on creative projects together, and supporting each other.
At the end of the Dino Charge panel at Power Morphicon, the cast of Dino Charge was tasked with revealing the upcoming cast of the new season, Ninja Steel. Some members of the Dino Charge cast met a few members the new
cast backstage before their panel, but otherwise they didn’t know anything about the Ninja Steel cast in advance.
The Dino Charge cast members were given envelopes that stated the name and color of their ranger successor. For instance, Brennan Mejia, the current red ranger, announced that Will Shewfelt would be the new red ranger.
The last person to be handed an envelope was Yoshi. He opened it, and to his surprise, he saw his brother Peter’s name written inside.
Yoshi went to the Ninja Steel auditions and was told that Peter didn’t get the part. Yet there in front of his eyes was Peter’s name. Not only that, his brother was going to be the new blue ranger.
Yoshi’s voice broke as he announced that his own brother was going to
be his successor. His brother, clad in his new ranger
uniform, ran onto the stage. Yoshi knocked over his chair in his haste to greet his brother. As they embraced, Yoshi broke down with a giant grin on his face, clearly thrilled that his brother was getting this opportunity.
Yoshi’s friends clearly understood how important and powerful this moment was for him. When Yoshi reacted emotionally to opening his envelope,
looked over his his shoulder to figure out why, pat him on the back and grinned. At hearing the news, the current pink ranger, Camille Hyde, covered her mouth with her hands, obviously stunned, before placing a supportive hand on Yoshi’s shoulder and starting to cry.
As his brother proudly took to the stage with his new cast, Yoshi collapsed back into his chair in shock.
The current green ranger, Michael Taber, crossed the stage to hug him, and Camille, still in tears, joined in the hug. When the hug ended, Yoshi pointed at his brother, beaming with pride.
Peter Sudarso is the new blue ranger and Yoshi couldn’t be happier about it. It was the way
was surprised with this news and Yoshi’s obvious love for his brother that turned this cast reveal into one of the most touching moments in Power Rangers history.
Oh wow, I almost forgot that there was a time when I met Derek Stephen Prince back in 2012 at Power Morphicon 😵 Like, I only met him for just about a minute or so after he was finished with a panel. All I remembered was he was super nice, he liked my Noxic painting (from Big Bad Beetleborgs), and that he was surrounded by a couple of enthusiastic fangirls who liked his other works. To be honest, I don’t remember if I even told him that I also liked his work for Beshimi from Rurouni Kenshin…and I remembered even contemplating about making a Beshimi art piece for him at the time, but never got around to it. Oh well, maybe next time haha.