2021 - KIKAI SENTAI ZENKAIGER

Toku Prime

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The trademark bot on twitter has come through again. Toei has filed an application for "Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger". Don't expect any more details until at least December though.

According to folks on twitter who can read Japanese, the "kikai" does not simply mean "machine" (as in Kikaider) but uses the symbols for "machine" and "world." Zenkai could mean something like "full power."
 
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Machine and now Kikai (which can also mean "machine" in Japanese).
Boy, Toei sure running out of idea for title indeed.
Still, it's an interesting title.
 

Shogun_Master

Why is every good TV show Cancelled
Well, there is speculation, due to anniversary, that zenkai might be "last time," or "previously on." A note was made that it could mean a lot of things. I don't know to what degree I can trust Google Translate on this, but breaking up the word into zen & kai, I got "All Time," in which case, I think kai is just a marker word that shows that the word zen is in reference to a period of time.

They feel pretty strongly about the kikai being machine, though, since it's written in kanji. So, that would be Machine Task Force: All of Time Ranger, or Previously Ranger.
 

Shougo B'Stard

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Seems some Japanese fans are thinking any anniversary elements or homages will...focus on past mechas. SNOOZE!
 

raden238

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Kikai means cyborg, android or robot. Kirameiger already has Mashin in its name, so its probably not going to be all cyborg rangers or machine related. I think the Zenkai part might be a reference to "time or prior history" which makes sense given its the 45th anniversary Sentai. I'm not expecting another Timeranger-like show but more of a Kamen Rider Zi-O style. I just hope they bring back the Gokaigers again and they release the latest batch of ranger keys.
 

Shogun_Master

Why is every good TV show Cancelled
What else just jumped out at me, with Kikai-- Kikai means machine on its own, but with kai technically meaning a reference to time, maybe it's intended to be a clever pun for Time Machine. So, Time Machine Task Force: Previously Ranger.
 

Toku Prime

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Honestly, I don't see much sign that Toei particularly cares about Sentai's 45th anniversary. Kiramager's fifth episodes was broadcast exactly 45 years to the day from the first episode of Goranger, and there wasn't so much as a "celebrating 45 years" title card (unlike when Ninninger had a special intro to celebrate the 40th anniversary date).

There's already stuff coming out about Kamen Rider's 50th anniversary. There's a special logo, a new project for an old series, a lot of rumours circulating that at least some of the Zi-O crew have been signed up for something else, etc. There's not been any sign of anything similar happening for Sentai.

I've also seen some speculation that this is essentially a "do over" season seeing as the pandemic lockdown kneecapped toy sales for Kiramager. I don't think that's likely either - these shows start being planned over a year in advance so this would have been in motion before COVID was a thing in Japan.
 

raden238

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There's already stuff coming out about Kamen Rider's 50th anniversary. There's a special logo, a new project for an old series, a lot of rumours circulating that at least some of the Zi-O crew have been signed up for something else, etc. There's not been any sign of anything similar happening for Sentai.

I've also seen some speculation that this is essentially a "do over" season seeing as the pandemic lockdown kneecapped toy sales for Kiramager. I don't think that's likely either - these shows start being planned over a year in advance so this would have been in motion before COVID was a thing in Japan.
What's the new project and for which Rider series?

I can see how Kirameiger's toyline was crippled by COVID but we are definitely getting a powered-up form for them and at least one more mecha for the fall line which coincides which what the standard Sentai toyline has been like. If anything I'm sure fans are ok to have one year where Sentai isn't pumping out merch like crazy and we're back to a more relaxed release.

I can see Zenkaiger being a time-travel like Sentai similar to Zi-O, where they have to go on missions to the past because the villains' main objective is to warp past events for the future. Not to mention, the Gokaiger cast are all still open to acting, and I just don't see how Toei won't do another crossover like in Zyuohger, gives them a reason to release more Premium Bandai merch with Rangers Key.
 

Toku Prime

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The official Kirameiger twitter account has announced the "Super Sentai Movie Ranger" -which it describes as a film festival featuring three movies (I think they mean it's three short films being shown as a triple feature). One features the Ryusoulgers, one features Kirameiger, and the final one will feature the Zenkaigers.

This will premier on February 20th, and they are advertising this as being before the Zenkaigers' series begins (so no returning to February starts for Sentai just yet).

Presumably the silhouette in the center is of the new red ranger. Or perhaps it's V3 lol?
 
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Captain Shark

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The high up collar is pretty 70s (and is that a cape on the shoulders?), next we'll get a disco ball based attack. And then Doc will give it a 1/5. 😜 I kid I kid.
 

raden238

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Very Showa-esqe Goranger/Kamen Rider design. Looks like Toei is going back to basics for Zenkaiger!
 

Shogun_Master

Why is every good TV show Cancelled
I guess that definitely means those designs from a month or so back weren't the Zenkaigers. They looked pretty good, too.
 

Dr Kain

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I really hope Toei decides to release an updated version of their SS Encyclopedia as I would love to go beyond Gokaiger like the one i have here:

 

raden238

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Is he suppose to be the Zenkaiger leader the white ranger? The visor is straight-up Akaranger with a bit of Big One inspired look with the white and rainbow on the chest. But overall it reminds me of Kamen Rider Mach and just something more towards Kamen Rider.
 

Dr Kain

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Is he suppose to be the Zenkaiger leader the white ranger? The visor is straight-up Akaranger with a bit of Big One inspired look with the white and rainbow on the chest. But overall it reminds me of Kamen Rider Mach and just something more towards Kamen Rider.
There was a rumor circling that there would be a Zenkaiger would looked like a cross between Aka Ranger and Big One.
 

raden238

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HERE WE GOOOOOOOOOO!!!! YOUR FIRST LOOK AT THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER SENTAI SERIES: KIKAKI SENTAI ZEKAIGER!!!!!




The team members will be comprised of robots, they will be based on past Super Sentai mechas, and they are Zenkaizyuran (Red/Daizyujin), Zenkaigaon (Yellow/Gaoking), Zenkaivroon (Blue/Daibouken), and Zenkaimagin (Pink/Magiking) with Zenkaiser the only human member in the team.


My Thoughts:
This is really interesting. I already read the rumors about the robot rangers and they look nice. I just wish the designs weren't that obvious homages to the past sentai robos. But I love it!!! Toei finally doing something really different. 1 human host and 4 robot rangers! The collectibles are medals/coins this year. But overall its about time Sentai tries something different after 44 years! Definitely tuning it to watch!!!
 
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