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Kudo Yellow! Our very own Kudo Haruka becomes a Lupin Ranger! 38 replies to this topic Started by Madara , Dec 29 2017 01:10 AM · 

#31 Madara


Posted 14 February 2018 - 01:44 PM

The police rangers on the show have a black boss, Commissioner Hilltop, played by Ike Nwala, who is apparently an American of Nigerian descent who is a comedian in Japan. 


Anyone here know anything about him and his popularity in Japan?





#32 Madara


Posted 18 February 2018 - 08:33 PM

There are three entries for Lupinranger #2 up on Aidoru Online, but none of them say "sub" so I'm assuming they're not subbed. If anyone finds a link to the subbed version, please let us know.


I'm gonna watch the unsubbed version on Daily Motion now.


P.S. I downloaded one of the ones on Aidoru Online. It's unsubbed but far superior in quality to the Daily Motion one.


There's a great vehicle chase through Tokyo, ending in Tokyo Bay, early in the episode, with the Lupinrangers in one-person aircraft and the Police Rangers in motor vehicles and Kudo's character does a clever maneuver where she unleashes a buzzsaw from the undercarriage of her plane and slices off a billboard from a building to fall into the street to block the Police Rangers.


P.P.S. Kudo doesn't get to do a lot in this ep., which is mostly action anyway. In addition to the chase I described above, there's a great Zord battle at the end along a wide Tokyo boulevard of the type I NEVER saw when I was in Tokyo:



#33 Al Kusanagi

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 12:28 AM

Overtime has the second episode subbed.


They're pretty fast getting them out.

#34 Madara


Posted 20 February 2018 - 03:58 PM

Kudo's great at perky, happy, joyful, but she needs to work on expressions of grief, anguish and fear.


I know, I know, it's only the second episode and she needs time to get into the character's skin, I'm just pointing out areas she needs to work on:








I understand that her MM persona was always cool and stoic and unflappable, but now she's got to open up a bit more.


Compare with closeups of the White Ranger from episode #14 of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger (2015):





#35 JPope

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Posted 20 February 2018 - 04:53 PM

Kudo's great at perky, happy, joyful, but she needs to work on expressions of grief, anguish and fear.



I watched the first two episodes last night, and that was my reaction, too. Now, this is a silly series, but silly shows generally reward over-acting over subtlety. The camera loves her, though, so she'll probably have plenty of opportunity to grow into the job.

#36 Madara


Posted 25 February 2018 - 07:23 PM

Episode 3: Kudo doesn't get a lot to do, other than cowering before the opposing team's Green Ranger (out of costume). The Blue Ranger has the introspective moments in this episode.




The episode's mostly action scenes anyway, including this great aerial shot of a zord-monster battle:




But they do go to some interesting, if oft-used locations in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area.


This plaza is in Chiba City and here's a shot from the show:




And a shot I took there on my visit in 2016:




Anyone know what this building is? I've seen it used in other shows:





#37 Madara


Posted 05 March 2018 - 12:36 PM

In episode #4, Kudo and the Lupinrangers had little to do. It was more focused on the Police Rangers.

#38 Madara


Posted 16 March 2018 - 11:04 PM

Okay, I've watched episode #5 and I'm getting really disappointed in this series. In most sentai series (actually, pretty much ALL of them), the emphasis is on team dynamics and getting the five members to learn to work together and cooperate and put ego and emotion aside and learn teamwork and humility and such. We don't get that here. We have two opposing groups of three Rangers each and they're in constant conflict, so there's little opportunity for character development. They each want the same thing (the Lupin artifacts) and the police rangers get angry when the Lupinrangers outwit them. That's about it. As a result, poor Kudo gets very little to do. I hope it changes as the series progresses. I hope they realize how they're wasting such great potential and make changes. It wouldn't be the first time a sentai series has changed direction midway through.

#39 Al Kusanagi

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 11:37 PM

I like the change in dynamic. Also, plot synopses are out weeks in advance in Japanese TV Guide, and episode 7 is supposedly an episode centered on her.