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Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger; Episode 5 – Champion of the Jungle!
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Before we start Sono is going to give credit where it is due:
Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger; Episode 5 – Champion of the Jungle!
Episode Writer: Komura Junko
Episode Director: Nakazawa Shoujirou
Nakazawa is a long time Sentai director going all the way back to his debut on episode 45 of TimeRanger and has done at least a few episodes of Sentai every year since with the exception of KyoRyuger. He was the lead director on Gekiranger, Shinkenger, Gokaiger and Kamen Rider Wizard (He also directed episodes of Kamen Rider Kiva and Gaim.) as well as Gekiranger, Shinkenger, and Wizard’s movies, Shinkenger vs. Go-Onger, and Gokaiger vs. Gavan.
I also just want to point out Larri’s voice actor, Ishizuka Unsho, who was Great Emperor Ra Deus in Flashman and Jeeruda in GoGoFive, but may be more recently familiar to some viewers as Joseph Joestar in the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders anime from 2014, in which he does a lot of very similar vocal work to his voice for Larri. (Particularly using foreign words for emphasis, though Joseph primarily used English.) His “NOOOO” is pure Joseph Joestar.
Zyuohger 05’s Monster of the Week: Gaburio from Team Azald
Let’s throw Azald in the mix, since he was more the focus than Gaburio this episode
Animal Instincts – Overall Thoughts about the episode & it’s message
SONO- Overcoming differences is a big thing here.Larry felt isolated and excluded by humans, so he gave up trying to relate to them. But he and Yamato have common ground and even though they didn’t get along at first they were able to understand one another when they put in a little effort. And overcoming big differences like a huge culture gap such as the ones between Humans and Zyumans will always take time and work.
I think this also kind of plays into the nature of the way a lot of humans are scared of animals. Like, I know people who are scared of dogs or cats because one badly bit or scratched them, and they’re afraid of any dog or cat doing that. The same sort of thing happened with Larri, and so he became scared of every human.
AMMIT- Yamato and the Zyumen need to work on their social skills. I was a bit surprised by their method of bringing Larri around to Yamato by sneaking him close to Larri on several occasions. It was funny, but for the impropriety of invading his space and disregarding his wishes. Boundaries are important and it is vital to instruct children that they should be firm in making known and enforcing their boundaries. Larri and Yamato’s conversation was sweet and their shared interest in connecting to and learning about others through observation was really nice. Larri really came around once he was able to observe Yamato in his natural state, behaving valiantly against a destructive aggressor. Perhaps there is a message about judging situations from afar here? That’s a valuable lesson.
ALEPH- I mostly picked up on this as a continuation/elaboration of the interconnectedness theme? Larry and the Zyulanders all have these things in common but then Yamato is sort of out to sea and it takes a while and a lot of REALLY uncomfortable bits to help him realize that outside of fear of The Other, they’re all basically the same, what with longing for home and justice and all that.
Other’n that, though, I just really dug on the haha of having a human go out to try and become a part of human society. Was a shame Larri wasn’t called, like, “Goodall” or something like that, to get some naturist humor in there.
Hackles Up! – Problems & Nitpicks
- Not so much a narrative bone as just in general rubbing me the wrong way but having Yamato just keep sneaking up on Larri just kind of made me feel really bad for him because like HE’S TERRIFIED. Shoving a thing someone is terrified of in front of them IS NOT GOING TO HELP. (THANK you) Narratively, I get it and it really kind of shows how the Zyuman approach problems, which along with Larri just walking up to humans, indicates an interesting aspect of their culture and the gap between them and humans. I just felt super bad for both Larri and Yamato.
- Still on about this Naria thing. A lot of the framing that was there last episode, wasn’t in this one. Though this episode was a lot about Azald, so that’s okay. I just really don’t want her to be the serving girl for this whole series.
- No, yeah, as much as we started developing stuff we might use later, Naria needs a thing quickfast. Any sort of thing. A single personality trait, please.
- And I’m right with you about this whole “he needs to get used to a thing he’s scared of, let’s THROW IT IN HIS FACE ALL THE TIME”. I mean, I’m glad he reacted appropriately and I also get what they were going but eeeeeeeesh.
- Boy, that gorilla suit was… I mean, it sure was a bodysuit, wasn’t it?
- With you both on scaring Larri
- Gaburio is coming back next episode, but I’m not sure structuring it like this was the smartest way to go about making this semi-two-parter.
- Gorilla form’s beefy bod sure is something
- Tide Turners – Stuff you enjoyed.
- They changed up the pacing of this episode in a way I really appreciate. They got in the mandatory robot battle, made it quick, and got it out of the way early to put a lot of time into this episode that really gave us a lot of nice character development and world building. Everything flowed really naturally and I’m glad they were willing to shake things up a bit to get the best out of this episode.
- I really like how Leo moves? This feels like a weird comment but the actor playing Leo often keeps him very low to the ground, especially when searching for things. His movements are very much like a lion’s to a degree I haven’t noticed with the others. (How would Sela even do it?) It’s just something I appreciate.
- In the OP introduction, I think OverTime is changing the wording every episode to reflect the animal at the center of the episode. I’ve noticed in the past it was “herd” or “pride”, and this week it was “troop”, which is a group of Gorillas. I’m not sure if this is a change in the Japanese wording or if it’s just something OT is doing, but I think it’s clever.
- I love how when everyone finds Azald, they first react to him being made of cubes. Cubes are an absolute good for them. I just thought it was a neat reaction.
- I do like that they drew the parallel between Yamato and Larri both being zoologists. I feel like Yamato should have mentioned that his job is similar earlier, but it was a nice thing for them to bond over. Also I love all of Larri’s square equipment. This show knows how to stick to it’s themes.
- The Eagle flight camera tricks, suit attachment and performance are really impressive to me. I know what they are doing, but the work is being handled so well and the editing is so tight that I can easily ignore any seams that might be showing in the grand scheme to make me believe Yamato is flying like a birdman.
- Larri’s Spanish was cute. I liked it a lot for some reason
- Despite complaints about some of the details of the ZyuohGorilla suit, it came off really well in the fight
- +1 on the dramatic visor lifting. BTW, P5 involves the characters tearing a mask off their faces to call on their Persona.
- I keep hoping Azald’s cubiness is a thing we come back to. Having it be a thing they comment on and a thing which feels like maybe is gonna have plot relevance later? I approve of that a lot.
- I just like Larry. I’m glad he’s gonna be in at least one other episode. He can take over for Mario, it’ll be great.
- The move where the eagle helmet becomes a gorilla helmet? That’s really cool and I hope the others get something like that at some point. It’d be weird but since everyone’s connected and arguably becoming a gorilla is at least sorta related to being human (more than an eagle), it could be an interesting thing. Though finding extremes that are quite that intense could be intense, but I’d enjoy seeing it.
- And loath as I am to just plus-one people without adding much, I also really appreciated them changing up the pacing here. Any time they open with the robot fight, some stuff’s gonna go down.
- Just loved bossman denying the continue coin. Gives him a personality, almost.
Evolutions – What do you think this show has in store for the future?
Sono- Everyone is getting a new animal power at some point. It won’t just be Yamato. Look closely at their helmets. You can see that everyone’s visor will go up like Yamato’s did if you look at them closely.
Ammit- “Re-skinned” models of Genis’s gang will come back after after this lot is through. He treats them so little regard, I wouldn’t be shocked to learn they are fancy AI’s meant for his amusement
- Oh, I really really really hope so!
- Also, we’ll be seeing Azald or AN Azald again. He’s too good a design to explodinate.
- Also something about how part of the reason Yamato can use the cube is because the Eagle Zoolander
What do you think of the Zyuoh Gorilla power-up? What kind of animal power-ups would you like to see the others get?
We’re now down two sub-bosses and left with just, Cubard, our big boss Genis, and Naria, and it’s only episode 5. Where do you think our villains are going?
NEXT WEEK — EPISODE 6: Wild Present!
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