It’s a Him MARIO!– Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger 44-45 -Laser Knees 34

5-Laser Knees-2016-LogoJoin us as we start on a wild ride through Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger! Can Yamato lead his Zyuman friends through an adventure to save the human world from the Deathgalien? Find out how we think he’s doing as we share our thoughts on:

44 – The Champion of Humanity

45 – The Broken Seal


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Hackles Up! – Problems & Nitpicks

  • SONO: ANOTHER clip show? What? Why? We already did one! Sure it was a little early but kids’ memories aren’t so bad that we need two. Are you guys running out of budget?
    • ALEPH: I have to imagine that’s a lot of it.  I often wonder if they didn’t have to hire on a ton of people to do rewrites or something or redo suits or something.  The possibility that they had to redo some stuff a bunch of times and pull some scripts from the slush pile would go a long way to explain how the series went the way it did.
      • I mean because otherwise it’s nonsense cuz this is supposed to be an anniversary series.  Why aren’t they pumping something into this?  Did the Gokaigers cost this much to get?
  • SONO: I mean I still refuse to believe Mario hasn’t known this whole time but sure okay. Also why doesn’t he recognize cube whale? They had him build a duplicate.
  • SONO: Look it’s that Amu thing. It’s just that whole thing.
  • ALEPH: Okay, honestly?  I really resent the whole “let’s bring in an even bigger villain” thing.  I have a lot of thoughts about wanting the baddies to be developed over time and for that development to happen parallel to the heroes.  This thing where Azald turns out to have always been this other dude the whole time is just so out of nowhere, even if it’s about Genis’ secret plan to… do… a thing?
    • SONO: I like the narrative standpoint but this plot has had all of 3 episodes devoted to it and yeah that’s a problem.
  • ALEPH: Seriously, I want to like Genis. He’s got a good design.  Or, well, he HAD a good design.  At least a design that didn’t feel too familiar in his weird slug-butt.  He’s got a good hook in that he’s Cosmic Daguva.  He’s got tons of powers, a sadistic streak, and all about just wrecking stuff.  But at the end, what’s he do?  Puts out two half-constructed plans and just watches them go and maybe they eventually get somewhere, I guess, sorta.  He’s supposed to read like this master planner and how this is all what TVTropes calls a Xanatos Gambit, but he doesn’t.  He’s just some jerk who’s protected by the storytelling engine of coincidence to have his plans work out in a way that seems big and impressive when, the moment you think about it for a second, it all falls apart.  His “menace” takes up space that could be used to explore villains who aren’t garbage.

Tide Turners – Some Enjoyable bits from this stretch of Zyuohger

  • Misao standing up to Leo and not taking guff from him was nice to see.
  • I know I’ve been saying it for a long time but Mario is a gift and a treasure and I’m so glad everyone loves and appreciates him so much. It’s so cute that they all just start actually calling him Zyuoh Human.
  • FINALLY someone consoles Misao over the actual horrifying trauma he endured.. Mario’s too good.
  • Bard being weakened by having shared his power with Yamato and not totally able to handle the suit is a really interesting plot turn that I wish had been a larger part of his show.
  • I’m super into Mario just throwing himself head-first into learning from the Zyumans about their culture and wanting to share that with them, but in a way that seems completely respectful. He says “Teach me what you want”, not trying to barge in on anything, but inviting them to bring what’s special to them to the life they’re living here.
  • So I was right about Azald. That’s pretty cool. I mean, again, it should have been a larger part of the plot of this show, but okay.
  • I REALLY dig that they all seem to be taking him seriously.  Honestly, them just talking a bunch about what a decent fella Mario is just made me so happy.
  • [RE: Mario consoling Misao] Seriously.  I mean, we could put that back up into the ‘hackles’ section because it’s been so friggin’ long of the show just lulzin’ at him because some rando skinny kid with anxiety problems wasn’t able to just shrug off the effects of a mega-powerful space sadist.  I’m glad Mario, at least, is able to pull the show out of that pattern, but GEEZ.
  • And for all I agree that you’ve got some legit beef with the Amu bits in this episode, I do have to say, I really liked that the writers are using her to help bring Yamato back around to having some kind of conversation with his dad.  Especially since in the flashback we see, for all Yamato’s mad about it, they still play it in a way where you can kinda see Dr. Kazakiri being just shellshocked about things.
  • Both the talks about how Yamato should talk to his dad really hit nicely for me.  I know we’re on different places with this, but they both made me smile if only because I like seeing folks have each others’ backs like that.

Quick Reflexes – Questions left by this bit of Zyuohger

None this week.

Fun Facts & Miscellaneous

Episode Writer: Komura Junko

Episode Director: Sugihara Teruiaki

Bless this poor child and this kind man


So THAT’S why Azald was covered in cubes like that!


Love those tokusatsu no-sell hits and shrug-offs.


NEXT WEEK —EPISODE 46 – The Immortal God of Destruction

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