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The Shinkenger revealed!

Yes, I had a nice time at the wedding, and yes I did survive the two plane trips needed to get there and back again. (The return trip was probably the best flight I've ever had!) It was nice to see the extended family back there after nine years too.

'Nuff of that now.

Good news- images are beginning to leak onto the net from the latest Super Sentai Series, "Samurai Sentai Shinkenger". I found the most damming evidence on this evening.

The first is the five Shinkenger assembled together in a pictures which finally reveals their armor.

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To me, these resemble the suits worn by both the specifically-ninjutsu-themed Hurricanger and KakuRanger (2002 and 1994 respectively), but notice the "Y"-shaped lines across their chests are reminiscent of the folds in a kimono.

The other picture is of the yet-to-be-named first lead robo:

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Like the Muteki Shougun from "KakuRanger" (aka the Shogun Megazord from "MMPR-3"), it also has been influenced by the armor of samurai warriors, with highlights in gold, and ribbed black paneling. (I must say that those hard lines across its chassis are quite striking IMO, even if the color seems to be somewhat bland.) However, while the Muteki Shougun leaned more towards the samurai-style of armor, the theme of the series was based on ninjutsu instead which was better reflected in the more-agile and smaller Juushou Fighters (aka the Aquitarians' Battle Borgs).

From this second picture, we can determine two things which are not immediately clear in the first: 1)each Shinkenger will be assigned an animal; and 2)geometrical shapes will be used for identification.
At a glance, at least three of the animals seem to be a green bear, either a blue dragon or wolf, and either a red lion or tiger. If I had to guess, I'd say that yellow is based off of a bird of some kind, but I have no clue what the pink one will be.

I dare say that we may have to deal with limb-swapping again since the arms and legs separate in very convenient and well-known places. I will also venture that we will not get poseable legs or elbows... again.

I'm gonna be all over this thing when the DX toy comes out!

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In other related news the henshin devices have been revealed to be cell phones yet again. But they seem to have a third form which acts as a poor dagger or some-such. (From the first fuzzy pics I've seen, unless they really pull a good rabbit outta their hat, I'm not gonna get one.)

And one of the weapons seems to be an elaborate blue crossbow crossed with an old fashioned hand-held 1920s machine gun. I doubt that this is an un-colored pic of the combo weapon, if they use a combo weapon.

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Whereas ninja were secretive in their missions, samurai were commonly-seen higher-level warriors who bonded themselves to lords, and were influential in both culture & politics during Japan's earlier feudal existence. It was not until the mid-1800s where the power and influence of samurai began to wane as outside cultures began to press in on the Home Islands in more than just military might.

Posted 24 November, 2008 - 23:16 by EVA_Unit_4A


9 comments posted
Looks like a return to that one Alien Rangers zord...

Reminds me of the one that had a (paper-thin, origami-like) swan as the headpiece... the one with shingles on the shoulders.

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Posted by JINZONINGEN 73 on 25 November, 2008 - 02:38
Umm- that would be the

Umm- that would be the Muteki Shougun (aka Shogun Megazord) that I mentioned above... -_-;
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 25 November, 2008 - 03:47
I'm actually quite surprised

I'm actually quite surprised we're getting an animal theme for the third year in a row. Not that I'd have expected vehicles for a Samurai themed show but I thought maybe human shaped mecha. Design wise I like this one, like Eva said very similar to Kakuranger's Muteki Shogun and the shapes framing kanji is an interesting way to go.

Personally I hope they avoid going for limb swaping, I've not got anything against it personally but I'd like to see a strong five part gattai that doesn't fall out of use after episode 10. I also wonder about weapons presumably there's the standard sword probably concealed somewhere or made out of left over parts but might there be more this time? Finally, anybody else noticed that the waist is remarkably thin? I wonder if that's making room for some future combination.

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Posted by James O on 25 November, 2008 - 10:42
Well, don't forget that

Well, don't forget that the designs for "Go-Onger" were meant to be lighter in mood and easier to work with, just as the series imitates anime in the cinematography and style. So, that they're piled together in Engine-Oh G-12 (which- most likely- I will never assemble) isn't too surprising; just different from the Super Sentai norm.
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 25 November, 2008 - 13:03
My guess is that those Zords

My guess is that those Zords will be triplechangers, with combined robot, animal and that sign badge modes. Still, looks pretty weird to me. I just hope there won't too much additional booster combination, because honestly, I don't want to see a Megazord built out of 12 Zords ever again, especially that with each one added it looked worse and worse.

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Posted by Wallas on 25 November, 2008 - 12:29
As I commented above,

As I commented above, Engine-Oh G12 isn't all that great when compared against other super gattai from the past, but Ultimate DaiBouken really wasn't too bad either. The failing point there was that the Gougou Vehicle system as a whole suffered from a lot of things, which dragged it down.

I think that another 10+ combo could work under the right circumstances, but that it should be held off for a little bit so the bad feelings of Ultimate DaiBouken and Engine-Oh G12 can be allowed to dissipate a little.
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 25 November, 2008 - 13:08
Combos could work

if given the right design... not for Bandai selling more stuffs

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Posted by Berserk on 26 November, 2008 - 02:41
Animal head on chest

It seems strange that the animal head on the chest is more toward the robot's right, rather than straight in the middle.

Is this just a trick of perspective?

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Posted by ZA on 26 November, 2008 - 07:15
Yeah- I noticed that

Yeah- I noticed that earlier too!

I think it's just a forced perspective. They usually bend the elbows a little too even if the toy itself has no movable joint there; same with the knees/ankles.

If it is off-center, I will be very surprised as it would be unprecedented in Super Sentai.
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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 26 November, 2008 - 15:42