What's your favourite animal used in Super Sentai? I personally always love the lions. especially Zyuoh Lion!
Lions are great! Of all the realistic, actual animals used in Super Sentai they have to be pretty close to the top for me as well!
However, there is one animal that outdoes the noble lion in my opinion and though it might be a bit of a bit of cheat to include it due to it not exactly being a real animal, it will always be my favorite.
There is just something so cool about dragons in tokusatsu and especially Super Sentai. They just look so amazing in robotic form whether they be a traditional Asian dragon like RyuSeiOh from Gosei Sentai Dairanger above or something more Western like Dragomaru from Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.
Heck, I’ll even take something -called- a Dragon that’s really pretty much just MechaGodzilla with a different coat of paint like Dragon Caesar from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger!
There is just something amazing about Dragons. They have this look to them and this sense of power and grace that nothing else really comes close to. Just look at some of these:
There really is nothing else quite like a Dragon to really stir my imagination. I love them as the ultimate example of mystical might and implacable power. I’ve loved dragons since I was a kid and I think I will love them forever.
One of my favorite dragons in all of Super Sentai is DaiJinRyu from Gosei Sentai Dairanger. He combines both of the traits I just mentioned with a force of cosmic balance willing to destroy everything to keep the universe in equilibrium and he has the power to back it up!
Oh and if you like Lions, check this one out. This isn’t from Super Sentai but I just found it today, this is Gun Caesar from the 2003 Toho Tokusatsu series ChouSeiShin Gransazer:
Hey I was thinking about Sentai helmet designs (and how my favorite is that of GoGoV), and I think I have sorted them into roughly three categories: 1. full faced visors like GoGoV or Magiranger, 2. eye level visors (simple, no mouth) like Gekiranger or Maskman, and 3. visors with a space reserved for the mouth like Megaranger or Hurricanger. That last one has a sub-category for ones that add lips. Of these 3 categories, do you think you have a favorite design style?
I really like the way you’ve classified them and I am totally using that from now on! Let’s take a look at them and I’ll tell you which is my favorite.
Using you first example, let’s go with GoGoV for the Type 1 helmet:
That is stylish and cool but I will say the GoGoV masks are also really cool because in a lot of shots you can see the actor behind the mask and see the respirator built in that provides oxygen for rescue operations.
It’s a neat touch that adds just a touch of realism to the suits. I always appreciate that kind of thing in the more grounded shows like KyuuKyuu Sentai GoGo V.
Next is the Type 2. You mentioned Maskman so lets take a look at that.
I like the way this helmet in particular looks thanks to the linework on the helmet that keeps it from behind just a solid block of red broken up by the visor and forehead crest. It’s simple and stylish but also robs the face of most human features.
Now onto Type 3, you mentioned Megaranger and that’s a good example!
These have another nice look to them with the mouthplate just a blank silver area that just hints at a mouth area yet still gives a more human look to the features.
You also mentioned a Type 3b with the lips on the mouthplate. Let’s use 2010′s Tensou Sentai Goseiger as an example.
Of all the examples here this is my least favorite. I don’t really like the look of lips on the helmet. Perhaps it is too human like and weird but it just doesn’t work for me at all.
So, which is my favorite? I would have to say the Type 3 original. I like the differentiated mouthplate without the lips because of how it breaks up the color scheme of the helmet and gives a sense of where a mouth should be. I can’t explain why I like that look the best, I just do.
A good, recent, example of that are the helmets of Zyuoh Eagle and Zyuoh The World from last year’s Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger.
So, thank you for the question and thank you for categorizing the various styles of helmets! I am so using that from now on!
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You left off Gokai Green!XD-- Which I liked a lot-- there seemed to be a slightly bluer tone to Doc's Green that made the color look much more mellow without making it darker.
I WOULD never forget Gokai Green! Doc is one of the best greens ever!
And I do absolutely love his particular shade of green, it’s rich and pretty unique!
The only reason he was left off that response was that he wasn’t within the time frame of the question. Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger was from 2011, 3 years before Ressha Sentai ToQger. If I were to include all the greens of the last decade, I would have to put in Shinken Green, Gosei Green, Green Buster and Kyoryu Green who all have VERY different shades.