bandoras

So since that new trailer for the Power Rangers movie came out I’ve seen a lot of people call it ‘grimdark’ or ‘gritty’

And while it’s true it definitely looks more serious than MMPR was, I think we need to consider Zyuranger, here.

For those not in the know, Zyuranger is the show Saban used footage from to make MMPR, although the plots were pretty much entirely different, built around the fight footage. Zyuranger is about a bunch of dinosaur people from 200 million years ago fighting the evil witch Bandora (Rita Repulsa).

Which doesn’t sound very grimdark, and honestly it’s not.

Until halfway through the show.

That’s about the point Bandora decides she’s sick of the Zyuranger’s shit.

Still not very grimdark though.

That is, until she starts bleeding from her eyes, casting this spell.

Of course, that’s not the only requirement this spell has. She also needs to mark 13 children for sacrifice, using the following symbol.

And what does the spell do? Well.

And yes.

That is Satan.

Actual, Judeo-Christian Satan.

And while most of the time, you could kind of assume it’s just Japan using terms from western myth that sound cool, that’s not really true this time. Y’see, Bandora’s monsters all come from western mythos (well, mostly) which is why Goldar (remember him?) is a manticore.

So yes, Bandora literally just summoned the actual devil from Hell, the biggest bad guy in western lore, to kill these dinosaur people in Japan.

Now, how do the Zyurangers have any chance against that?

Well, spoilers. Daizyujin (the Megazord in MMPR) has a sword called the Dinosaur Sword God Horn. And It’s special move is the God Hord Super Lightning Cut.

There is a reason for this; Daizyujin is literal Capital G God. While it didn’t really talk at all in MMPR, in Zyuranger it does.

Because it’s ACTUALLY GOD.

However, he’s still easily defeated by Literal Satan, because you see, God isn’t complete yet. God has a second form.

That second form is combining with Dragon Caesar (Dragonzord) and Beast Knight God King Brachion (Titanus).

Which looks like this.

Zyuranger is a series where a moon witch uses 13 children (who remain alive, of course) to summon the literal devil from hell to battle God, who takes the form of a bunch of robot dinosaurs piled on top of each other.

Beat that, 2017 big budget movie.

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Concept art vs. the final product for the most famous Super Sentai villain roles of the late, great Machiko Soga.

Queen Hedrian in Denshi Sentai Denziman

The reborn Queen Hedrian from Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan

Her most famous role as the evil witch Bandora who battled Kyoryu Sentai ZyuRanger.

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[MONSTER] Dora Cockatrice.

Japanese name: ドーラコカトリス
Romanized name: Doora Kokatorisu

Alignment: Bandora Gang
Type: Dora Monster
Inspiration: Cockatrice
Status: Killed by Super Legend Lightning Cut.

From: Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger - Episodes 9 & 10

Trivia

  • A cockatrice is a mythological beast that is usually described as a bipedal dragon with the head of a rooster. Like a gorgon, the cockatrice can turn its victims into stone. They are sometimes confused with the basilisk.
  • Unlike its Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers counterpart Chunky Chicken (episode “Big Sisters”), Dora Cockatrice had two lives. It was revived as Dora Cockatrice II (ドーラコカトリス2号; Doora Kokatorisu Nigou). However, there were other Chunky Chickens seen throughout the Power Rangers series.

Source: tokumonster.tumblr.com

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Bandora’s gang of miscreants from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger and their concept art.  I did not include Bandora herself just to focus on the other members who include:

Grifforzer- Bandora’s muscle, her wicked knight in golden armor. He is married to Lami.

Bookback- Bandora’s chief scribe who records all of her deeds.

Totpat- An alchemist with vampiric blood who has yet to taste blood himself.

Pleprechaun- An amoral fae sculptor who seems to be more interested in making monsters than what they are used for.

Lami- Bandora’s spy who became separated from the rest before they were sealed away. She also wears Golden armor, perhaps to match her husband, Grifforzer.