waiting (1990)

The Top Ten 90′s Teen Comedy Movies As Chosen By Me:

1. Clueless (1995)
2. Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
3. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
4. Election (1999)
5. Never Been Kissed (1999)
6. Bring it On (2000)
7. Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)
8. Jawbreaker (1999)
9. American Pie (1999)
10. She’s All That (1999)

Honorable Mentions: Drive Me Crazy, Idle Hands, Empire Records

aceofice  asked:

About Super Sentai popularity in other countries, here in Brazil we had Changeman, Flashman, Maskman in the late 80's and Goggle V in the early 90's. While they are all fondly remembered, the first two are by far more popular. I'd like to ask about them the same thing fireminer asked about Gaoranger.

Ok, let me start off by saying that there is a small boy inside of me that is so totally jealous of the kids who lived in Brazil in the 1980s and grew up on these shows (and more). I grew up in the 1980s as well (I was born in 1975) and I remember what we had on TV at the time and how I cherished every chance I got to watch tokusatsu (a term I didn’t know at the time) such as Godzilla and Gamera.  Had there been a scheduled, weekly series like Changeman on for me to watch, I would have been a fan LONG before I eventually became one.

I don’t really have easy access to sales figures or ratings for the 1980s Super Sentai entries like I do for the 90s and beyond but I do know that both creatively and financially, that decade was a great time for the franchise. There were so many innovations, new things added, new gimmicks to play with at the time that are still with us today.

For example, if we just focus on Changeman for a minute:

It was the first series to have a female white hero in the form of Change Mermaid

It was the first series to have a finishing weapon that was the combined form of all of the team’s usual weapons: The Power Bazooka

These two things have been used over and over since and (especially the combined weapon) a trope that’s become completely standard since. 

The follow-up series, Choushinsei Flashman, also has a MAJOR notable first that’s continued to this day, the second mecha introduced midway through the series.

They started with Flash King

And later got Titan Boy

Who could combine with their new trailer, Flash Titan to become Great Titan, creating the first mecha that combines with another to become something greater.

Then, when Hikari Sentai Maskman rolled around there was ANOTHER major first that’s become standard; each member of the team had their own individual mech/vehicle that combined to form their giant robot.

These three shows (and so many others from the 1980s) added tons of new concepts and ideas to the Super Sentai formula, things we still see to this day in almost every new series that comes along. I would go so far as to say that without these three Super Sentai wouldn’t be what it is today.

Also, I want to mention again how lucky I think Brazilian kids were in the 1980s/early 1990s.  Not only did they have Super Sentai but also Kamen Rider Black, Spielban and Special Megabeast Investigator Juspion!

Sometimes I think the US totally missed out on a Golden Age of tokusatsu on TV.  We had to wait until the 1990s to get Super Sentai and even then, it was a chopped up, reprocessed package designed to appeal to American kids.