BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 35 – A Ranger at Heart

Week 35 – A Ranger at Heart
Tomorrow’s my birthday. Tomorrow also happens to be the 25th anniversary of the first episode of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, a series that started me on the road to becoming the Japanese culture nut that I am today. The show premiered on my ninth birthday, and I was there watching, utterly enthralled from the first moment I saw the Dinozords combining. I was there watching the night of the prime-time special where they introduced Lord Zedd, the villain that terrified an entire generation of children (before the stupid parents groups forced the writers to make him less scary, that is). I was there when Tommy made his return as the White Ranger. When Jason, Trini, and Zack left, my enthusiasm for the series started to diminish a bit, then it came back when Zeo premiered, went away again for Turbo, and came back for In Space. In the years since, I’ve always been at least semi-aware of what was going on in the franchise, no matter what else I was into at the time, In 2009, as it looked like PR was ending for good, I fell in love with Super Sentai through Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, to a probably unhealthy degree. My interest will come and go, but PR and Sentai are always close to my heart. Part of me is still the little kid watching the robots fight rubber-suited monsters and loving every minute of it… part of me is still the kid who used to fantasize about joining the cast someday and taking command of Titanus, my favorite Zord, as the Grey Ranger. (I still take a weird sort of pride in the fact that for about 20 years, I could claim grey as my Ranger color… When they finally debuted an official Grey Ranger, it was in another dinosaur series, of all things!)
Yes, it was goofy. Yes, the dubbing was horrible, the acting was sub-par, the switch between Japanese and American footage was even noticeable to a nine-year-old, and the whole thing was first and foremost a vehicle to sell toys. Who cares? PR and Sentai were never supposed to be great art, but for me and an entire generation of kids, they were something extraordinary. Hell yes, I would still take a role on the show in a heartbeat if I were able… even if I couldn’t be the Grey Titanus Ranger, I’d still have that little piece of immortality.
So anyway. My new Silent InvenTOYry episode is going up at midnight EST, and it’s a special Power Rangers-themed episode. I put a ton of effort into this one, so I hope you’ll all love it.
The new episode has been my number-one priority for the past week, so everything else is on temporary hold. Things will get back to normal soon.
  • Tasakeru  Book IV: Twilight’s Dreaming, Chapter 4: In progress
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  • Book II Appendix: 2 pages done
  • Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights, Chapter 37: COMPLETE!
  • Shattered Skies: Viluy’s Database Chapter 3: 3 pages done
  • Silent InvenTOYry Episode 08: Going up TONIGHT at 12:00 AM EST

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  1. Trackback: BHS Blogress Report: 2018, Week 34 – “YOU F—ING mONSTER” | Tasakeru
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