Monday, November 30, 2015

DVD Review - Gosei Sentai Dairanger: The Complete Series

Gosei Sentai Dairanger: The Complete Series
Studio: Shout! Factory
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Retail: $59.97
Running Time: 16.6 hours
Rating: Not Rated

Product Descripton:

The three Tribes of the Daos Empire - Shura, Dai and Gorma - were peaceful until the Gorma set out to conquer the planet, launching a magical war between the Gorma and Dai Tribes that lasted for centuries. In the end, both civilizations were lost... until now. The evil Gorma have returned. Now, it's up to Master Kaku to assemble a team of kids with high levels of Ch'i to become the protectors of the Earth known as the Dairangers!

Billy's Thoughts:

If you have ever thought a Power Rangers' fight scenes were bit weird, well, there is a reason why as most of them were borrowed from the long-running Japanese Super Sentai series. This explains why the Mighty Morphin yellow ranger didn't wear a skirt as the Super Sentai yellow ranger was a male. There was never an official release of Japanese series in the United States until Shout! Factory released the Super Sentai Zyuranger series earlier this year to DVD, which bits and parts were used during the first season of the MMPR

Now, Shout! Factory has released the Gosei Sentai Dairanger: The Complete Series DVD set, which was somewhat used during the second and third seasons of MMPR. None of the rangers' costumes were used, except for the Kiba Ranger (the White Ranger from MMPR) as well as some of the monsters' costumes. The Zords were also borrowed and renamed as the Power Rangers' ThunderZords. 

Of course the Gosei Sentai Dairanger has absolutely nothing to do with the Power Rangers as the tone is much darker and has many adult themes. The plot involves a war that occurred between the Dai and Gorma tribes over eight thousand years ago. By the time the war ended five thousand years later, both tribes had disappeared. Fast forward to the year 1993, where the Gorma Tribe has returned to take over the world. Master Kaku has found five teenagers with high levels of Qi to defend Earth as the Diarangers.

The 10-discs set features all fifty episodes from the series, which features an optional English subtitles for each episode. There are no special features or extras on the discs.

The episodes are:

Disc 1
It's Ch'i Power!!
Your Souls, Please!
We Were Naive!!
The Jewels Have Come

Disc 4
Rumbling Child Stones
The New Hero Has Arrived
The Secret Byakko-Chan
The Heart-Throbbing Pretty Girl
First Opening Of The Gorma Palace

Disc 7
Another Hero Comes Forth
 Demon With The Golden Kick
An Idol's First Experience
A Prickly Maiden Hunt
New Secret Art, The Dance Of Spiders 
Disc 2
Breath Through The Wind
Don't Be Vain
Ah, The Vengeful Goddess

Disc 5
The Birth Of A Mythical Chi' Beast
 The Great Secret Art Of The Tiger Cub!!
True Love At Full Speed
The 3 Stooges' Super Baseball
Droves Of Evil Dairangers

Disc 8
A 6,000 Year Grudge...
You Have To See It!! Enormous One
Huh!! A Ceasefire!?
The Demon Fist Falls In the Setting Sun
Farewell!! 3 Stooges

Disc 10
 The Heroes Are Stark Naked
The Amazing Truth
Death Of The Heroic Master!!
The Final Showdown
Let's Go!
Disc 3
Magnet Gauss!
Drunk On Tofu
Ka Kabuki Boy
Well, Time To Get Married
The 3 Stooges' Soccer

Disc 6
A Bad, Bad, Bad Guy
It's The Final Punch
Everyone's Here!!
The Secret Inside Story Of a Mother And Child's Tears
The Deadly, Fast-Talking Wanderer

Disc 9
Kujaku's Great Adventure
A Straight Line To Mom
Forbidden Past Is Revealed
Touching!! You'll Cry, Too!
Disbanding For RealT!! 

To me, the Gosei Sentai Dairanger series starts out a little rocky, but the plots gets better with each episode. Like I mentioned above, it's lot darker than the MMPR seasons, so younger PR fans might not enjoy it; however, older fans will definitely like it. I have to admit that it was a bit odd at first seeing a kid transform into the White Ranger and fight along side the Dairangers (which I don't believe the costumes were show on any of the PR seasons). Overall, I enjoyed watching the Gosei Sentai Dairanger: The Complete Series. It would make a great gift for a Power Ranger fan.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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