bandoras

Pffft, aha ahahahaha!

For those who do not know why I am hysterically laughing (and trust me, I had to pause because I was laughing too hard), this is taken from the anime Little Witch Academia. These are the headdresses/hats of the Nine Olde Witches who founded the school the series takes place in. You might recognize a couple. I can name two of them off the top of my head, hats 3 and 6.

Hat 3 belongs to the Scarlet Witch from Marvel comics.

Hat 5 belongs to Professor Woodward, a reoccurring character in the series.

Hat 6 belongs to Witch Bandora from Kyoryu Sentai Jyuranger, more commonly known in the west as Rita Repulsa from Power Rangers seasons 1-5 and Mystic Force. This was the one that got me cackling like a hyena.

Hat 7 belongs to Beatrix Cavendish, one of the show’s character’s grandmas from 1600 years ago.

Sorry it isn’t the best screen cap, it was a scrolling shot with a lot of parallax to it. (Edited 9/30/17 for in-show hats because I was perusing the wiki.)

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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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.

anonymous asked:

Nice list so happy to see bandora there,she is a great character

She in honestly one of the best villains in Super Sentai.

Sure, her motives might be a little petty:

And she might have rather narrowly focused plans:

But she’s a fair boss and all in favor of equal opportunity and gender equality in the (evil) workplace:

And she throws one heck of a musical number when she’s in the mood!

AUUUUUUUGGGGH!  MY HAND!  I hate Sean for subconsciously making me want to do this!
- Chynna

Most people are probably know these forms as Rita Repulsa and Goldar–and you’re not wrong–but Chynna and I are big fans of the Super Sentai series: Kyoryu Sentai: Zyuranger; given that, we call these forms Bandora and Griffozer.  I only jokingly suggested that an Inktober Chynna was working on must have been Gavin and Ai dressed as Griffozer and Bandora…But then she actually did it…And this is actually my ghost speaking, because I died happy when I saw this.
- Sean