As part of the “Zyu2″ footage produced by Toei for Saban’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, there was a new formation sequence for the Megazord/Daizyujin. Also included were unique summoning scenes for the Zords/Guardian Beasts.
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.
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.
The Hellfriede, a gift from Bandora, was a sword of evil. Its power drove Burai insane.
In Zyu2 footage (episode “Mighty Morphin’ Mutants” in Power Rangers), the Dragon Ranger doppelgänger wielded a Hellfriede. The original sword was destroyed, but Zyu2 stories are not considered canon within the Zyuranger universe.