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Somedays I worry that I come across as too much of a shill for Shout! Factory but the truth is I am just so excited to have Super Sentai available on DVD in the US with subtitles at a good price.  For someone who’s been a fan since 1995, this is the start of the impossible dream come true.

 For years, I never thought I would see a licensed release of these programs in my home country and that I would be forever forced to rely on fansubbers (who are awesome people do not get me wrong) or untranslated and frankly cost prohibitive imported media to watch my favorite programs. 

I get excited about each of these releases for the simple fact that they exist, they are here and I can own them. I worry that this wonder train of goodness might end if sales dip, so I promote the heck out of these releases in the hopes of encouraging fans to support them and keep it going so that someday, maybe, when they reach the end of the adapted series, they will go back and releases the unadapted ones and we can have all of Super Sentai available for North American fans.

A fan can dream you know.  Sometimes even the most far out there or impossible dreams come true.  I have four of them sitting on my DVD shelf with a fifth coming next week.

20bmg  asked:

Idk if you have been asked this before but now that shout factory is about to release megaranger how do you think they have so far and is there a series they haven't released that you hope they do

So far, I am still in awe of the @theshoutfactory Super Sentai DVDs even existing. I never thought that I would ever be able to buy full seasons of the shows I love with English subtitles at reasonable prices.  Seriously, the raw Japanese DVD’s cost most for the 10 episode 2-disc single releases than the entire series with subs does in the US.

Shout Factory have also done an amazing job at marketing and promoting their releases having done three streaming marathons of Super Sentai shows with hosts and even live interaction with the fans.  During these, they even announced their next big releases in the series, which was a real treat.

Even better than that though, they have listened to criticism from the fans. When their initial release of Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger came out, they had yellow subtitles on the screen,

However, the fans expressed their dislike for the yellow subs and by the time of their third release, Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, the subs had been changed to a more pleasing white with black outlines.

They release these are fairly niche releases appealing to a smaller than average part of the market (a market they aim for in a lot of other releases as well) so they take the desires of their consumers into account.  It’s a good strategy to keep fans coming back time and time again for the next release.  I know it’s worked for me as I have pre-ordered each and every one of them.

It’s not just their Super Sentai releases either.  They have also put out two of Tsuburaya’s older shows; Ultra Q and Ultraseven in deluxe boxed sets.

These were well put together with amazing liner notes, the best source materials they could find and reasonable prices.  There were some fan complaints though as the Ultra Q box contained the original Black & White broadcast versions of the episodes as opposed to the loving re-colored versions recently released in Japan.  The Ultraseven box set said it was The Complete Series but had one missing episode, which was removed for reasons of the original creator listening to concerns from the audience. I didn’t find these to be egregious problems or even dampen my enjoyment of the shows but they were concerns one of which was addressed in the liner notes.

As for what I would like to see them release that they have not well, they seem to be working their way forward from Zyuranger to cover all of the Power Rangers era series.  So, I fully expect fan favorites like Mirai Sentai Timeranger and Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger to eventually see release.  What I would love to see is for them to go back.  I firmly believe a full DVD box of Choujin Sentai Jetman would be a hit in the US.

I would also love to see them dip back into Tsuburaya’s back catalog and release some of the Showa Ultraman series never seen in the US, especially The Return of Ultraman and Ultraman Ace.

I know these are tied up in the ongoing legal struggles between Tsuburaya Productions and Thailand’s Tsuburaya Chaiyo mess but I can still dream, can’t I?

Now, I don’t want to sound like a total shill for Shout Factory but I am frankly astonished and immensely grateful that they have released these shows in the US.  It’s been a literal dream come true for me to be able to own physical copies of these on DVD.  I may be a bit old fashioned but there is something thrilling to me about physically owning things as opposed to having them digitally.  It’s less convenient but it’s the same reason I prefer owning a physical book to an ebook version of the same thing. Maybe it’s just that I’m old and that’s the way things were when I was younger.  Maybe it’s a fear of things going away in digital space or not truly owning things that can be deleted.

Anyway, thank you for your question!

If you’re the type of Toku fan that likes to vote with their wallet, I urge you to pick up Shout Factory’s official Zyuranger dvd collection. Doing so will show awareness and interest in hopefully bringing more Super Sentai to the states. Pass along the info as I’ve been completely taken by surprise when I came across a few Toku fans who didn’t know this was actually going to happen. What Super Sentai season would you like Shout to bring over? I’d personally say Dairanger to sort of have them in order but would love to see Jetman, Gekiranger, Timeranger or Gokaiger come here officially.


Got my Gekisou Sentai Carranger box set today!  Here are quick scans of the DVD sleeve showing what the insert looks like.  One thing they changed from the Ohranger release was to put the episode list on the inside front rather than the backside of the case, so it is the first thing you see when you open the case.

I do apologize for the crap condition of this scan, it was done in a hurry and a not so great scanner.


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let’s face it, folks - while “the middleman” may be the song of my soul and a beloved cult show, it was not exactly a galaxy spanning phenomenon - but all it takes to hold back the darkness is a single candle… and thanks to the very kind folks at SHOUT! Factory, the middleman dvds will be available at their booth at comic con! here’s the information… and who knows, maybe i will stop by, hang out, and autograph a dvd or two!