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Power Rangers Returns on Nick

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 One the many Super Sentai iterations, prior to a Western make-over.
 One the many Super Sentai iterations, prior to a Western make-over.

Wow… this is blast from my past. If you were an American adolescent in the early 90s, odds are you were begging for Power Rangers action figures and scandalously-overpriced Zord playsets for your birthday. The show, of course, was a repackaging of Toei’s long-running Super Sentai series. Literally a repackaging. The actual mecha vs. giant monster battles were straight from Japan, while other the story material in between was newly shot to feature American teens. The series has been continuing, quietly, over the years at Disney, but now Saban has got the Rangers back and its gearing up a new series and a collection of re-runs to play on Nick later this year. It’s really not just limited to that. They’re also looking to do new feature films and live-action touring shows.

Sheesh… I can remember lil’ Tommy P attending one of the original live action touring shows back in the 90s. All the lights, choreographed dance-fighting and power rock endures in my mind. I don’t feel too nostalgia about it, though - - certainly not as much as kids my age feel about something like, say, the Ninja turtles. Obviously, a lot of us are still watching shows we enjoyed as kids, but I don’t think Power Rangers is something that people really hold on to. Am I right? Who else wanted to morph in their misspent youth? Does it make you smile fondly over the memories or cringe with embarrassment?

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Kelleth moderator on May 13, 2010 at 3:03 p.m.
\0/ YaY!! PR is back in action!!
 
No mention of which series? Shinkenger or Goseiger? probably Shinkenger which is good because i want my Sushi Changer which i was going to order any ways :)
FoxxFireArt moderator on May 13, 2010 at 3:13 p.m.
I wonder if this will be the Power Rangers were everyone just happened to be matched up by color and ethnic stereotyping. Power Rangers was alright. I was more into Batman in that era. I also enjoyed Sherlock Holmes. I've always had a fascination with detectives.
I did know a girl in high school who had a part time job as a martial arts instructor. She would often wear pink outfits. Naturally, she got a lot of Pink Ranger jokes.
 
It's funny how the Ranger theme has worked it's way into many manga and anime series. To the point where the Red is always the leader. It was shown in a few Bleach anime filler arcs. It was also seen in the manga and anime Negima! for the group of girls with the lowest GPA and they were called the Baka Rangers. They were funny touches added to the end of the animes. I loved how Baka Pink never got to finish her introduction.
Kelleth moderator on May 13, 2010 at 3:20 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt:  That was already back earlier this year
 
  Photoshop crap is crap
 
I've checked HJU and Rangerboard and rumours have been coming around about either having actual reruns for now and then a new adaptation or just a new adaptation all together
Gaseroon May 13, 2010 at 4:30 p.m.
I'd actually be interested if Power Rangers came back as a cartoon like the show basically is anyways. I'll admit that I kept watching the show, but only because the choreography in many of the fight scenes was really good.
 
I never watched for plot or characters.
miva2on May 13, 2010 at 4:50 p.m.
awesome
i remember asking santa for a black power ranger action figure and got a pink one instead .____.
power rangers are fkin awesome
 
i really like those power ranger parodies in anime and games. yeah the baka rangers were cool, although i don't remember them. karakura rangers or whatever they were called in bleach were cool. i really enjoyed those fillereps xD
but the best one are still the prism rangers from disgaea! :D it's a shame they didn't appear in the anime >[
Halberdierv2on May 13, 2010 at 5:02 p.m.
sweet, good childhood memories.
Ryuku_Ryosakeon May 13, 2010 at 7:35 p.m.
@miva2: The Disgaea parody is definately the best given the fact that the hero of the game Laharl was voiced by Rita Va in English. Rita beating up on the power rangers it is just too awesome and is was completely unintentional on the part of the original creators. Altus USA had to have known.
 
I would still watch the Power Ranger despite how bad it might be and not be ashamed in the least. ABC has been rerunning it but my local ABC runs the news when it should be on. I was so happy one day when I woke up and heard The Original Mighty Morpin Power Rangers is on next. Then the new came on and I cursed the gods.  Power Rangers is definitely on the lowest rung of quality as far as 90 children television goes but 90's children television was "Da Bomb" in well deserved neon green and purple.
sickVisionz moderator on May 14, 2010 at 10:25 a.m.
I remember watching the first episode of this on Fox Kids and thinking it was horrible.  The first movie was straight though.
Televisnostic1on May 14, 2010 at 9:13 p.m.
I read about this on Variety and am very excited about this news.
Kelleth moderator on May 15, 2010 at 9:59 a.m.
@miva2:  You may have my Black Ranger but its missing one leg lol
@Gasero: Sentai and Super Robot Monkey  Team Hyperforce Go! are the shows for you then ^^
Sonata moderator on May 15, 2010 at 10:02 a.m.
LOL Awesome love the old-school rangers, Now that Green Ranger theme is in my head again:P
miva2on May 16, 2010 at 8:40 a.m.
@Ryuku_Ryosake said:
" @miva2: The Disgaea parody is definately the best given the fact that the hero of the game Laharl was voiced by Rita Va in English. Rita beating up on the power rangers it is just too awesome and is was completely unintentional on the part of the original creators. Altus USA had to have known.   I would still watch the Power Ranger despite how bad it might be and not be ashamed in the least. ABC has been rerunning it but my local ABC runs the news when it should be on. I was so happy one day when I woke up and heard The Original Mighty Morpin Power Rangers is on next. Then the new came on and I cursed the gods.  Power Rangers is definitely on the lowest rung of quality as far as 90 children television goes but 90's children television was "Da Bomb" in well deserved neon green and purple. "
yeah, read that about the disgaea voice actors. that made it even more awesome =D
PR's are just pure silly awesomness. 
 
@Kelleth:  thx, but don't need it XD
 
@Sonata:  meh, the green ranger is kinda creepy xD

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