Shuriken Sentai Ninninger Episode 5 - Space Ninja UFOMaru

kuroihikari

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Where Kasumi thinks about her dreams, and help comes from space. Literally.




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So, basically an episode in which Kasumi just does everything better than everyone else. Despite being late a lot. And she officially throws her name into the Last Ninja competition. Greedy girl :D.

Takaharu screws up again, but in fairness, everyone else did as well. And thank the ninja gods for ignoring Gabi (even if it was mostly inadvertently).

If I understood correctly their mechs are built from space technology? There's a Fourze vibe in this episode. Doesn't help that Takaharu keeps on screaming Moete Kitaaaa!.

My only complaint is that Takaharu has no business sitting on UFO-maru's throne.
 

cobabooy

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Kasumi already stood out in previous episodes, but this one made it clear that she is the brain of the team and she also wants to become the Last Ninja. It was also nice to see the whole team finish off the Youkai together
 

Zensrive

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Yeah, how come the one sitting in UFOMaru throne is Takaharu and not Kasumi? Is that because sitting like a lord and being generally carefree while on it is still seen as unladylike in Japan?

Anyway, this makes me fall in love to Kasumi more and more. Best girl in Sentai!
 

Loghorn

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Yeah, how come the one sitting in UFOMaru throne is Takaharu and not Kasumi? Is that because sitting like a lord and being generally carefree while on it is still seen as unladylike in Japan?
Because Takaharu's a Red, that's why. :p

All Reds in sentai happen to be either leaders, main protagonists in a certain series (like Ninja Red, Mega Red, Time Red, & Geki Red), or both.
 

Undrave

CRETINS! ALL OF THEM!
So this was a Kasumi episode...told from the perspective of Yakumo... and Kasumi doesn't get to do anything cooler than transform into a mailbox and telegraphing the monster. Thanks Sentai... She's still the best charcter in the show though.

And Takaharu got to control the UFO configuration >< a configuration that felt a little cheap compared to Shurikenjin Paon. These sitting mecha swap already feel repetitive and uninteresting and we're just on the second one!
 

kakeru1986

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So this was a Kasumi episode...told from the perspective of Yakumo... and Kasumi doesn't get to do anything cooler than transform into a mailbox and telegraphing the monster. Thanks Sentai... She's still the best charcter in the show though.
That's exactly what I felt. In the end, what Kasumi has gone through is just seen in flashbacks. I'm really tired of this male-centrism but I'll agree that the effect given at the end was interesting. But why not center the episode around Fuuka who apparently has no depth and was just here to ask Yakumo what his dream was "A dream ? I don't have no such thing. But let me hear about your dream" "Yeah sure, anyway, that's where I wanted this conversation to head to in the first place. I wanted to play soccer, an element that was not talked about before and that add a third layer to my character who apparently had no interest in going to England and study magic in the first place".

If the episode had been about Fuuka, who could have thought about her dream, and in the end admired Kasumi for being really competitive, that would have been great. Or use Nagi since he barely got any screentime even though I heard he was the main protagonist of episode 3.

And Takaharu got to control the UFO configuration >< a configuration that felt a little cheap compared to Shurikenjin Paon. These sitting mecha swap already feel repetitive and uninteresting and we're just on the second one!
Yeah, why wasn't Kasumi sitting in the center *sigh*.
For the mecha, well it's this year thing, but in the end, we all know that since Goonger a new formation just means that the way they'll shoot whatever beam they have will change. I miss Gaoranger or Hurricaneger, when the new mechas meant something...
 

kuroihikari

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If it had been Fuuka, the complaint would've been "Of course, it has the girl who has to sympathize with the other girl".

Seriously, it's nitpicking. It's nice that it's Yakumo because this, together with episode 2 and a bit of dialogue in episode 4, brings up the idea that Yakumo and Kasumi have a closer bond as cousins. Even probably that Yakumo respects Kasumi the most as an older cousin. Note that only Yakumo calls Kasumi "Kasumi-nee", while both Nagi and Fuuka call her "Kasumi-chan". When Yakumo commented before that Kasumi was becoming as reckless as Takaharu, it takes on a new meaning.
 
I dunno, I liked this episode. I really liked that Kasumi's conflict of "university vs. ninjutsu" was blown way out of proportion by Yakumo, and I think a smart, goal-driven female Ranger (who doesn't inexplicably have the hots for Red *coughYayoicough*) could make for a great role model for girls who might be watching this show.

Yeah, Red shouldn't have been the one riding UFOmaru but I've accepted this is going to be yet another Red-centric Sentai. Don't be surprised if he gets his own form later on in the show.
 

Undrave

CRETINS! ALL OF THEM!
I really wish Kasumi was a character in a better show...

If it had been Fuuka, the complaint would've been "Of course, it has the girl who has to sympathize with the other girl".

Seriously, it's nitpicking. It's nice that it's Yakumo because this, together with episode 2 and a bit of dialogue in episode 4, brings up the idea that Yakumo and Kasumi have a closer bond as cousins. Even probably that Yakumo respects Kasumi the most as an older cousin. Note that only Yakumo calls Kasumi "Kasumi-nee", while both Nagi and Fuuka call her "Kasumi-chan". When Yakumo commented before that Kasumi was becoming as reckless as Takaharu, it takes on a new meaning.
That's nice but that still brings it back to Yakumo. It's Yakumo who gets developped by those details, not Kasumi herself.
 

lazycoconut

I liked him when he wasn't a god
and I think a smart, goal-driven female Ranger (who doesn't inexplicably have the hots for Red *coughYayoicough*) could make for a great role model for girls who might be watching this show.
The sad thing is I've already seen fanworks for Takaharu/Kasumi, even though it would be incest :sweat:
 

kuroihikari

Member
That's nice but that still brings it back to Yakumo. It's Yakumo who gets developped by those details, not Kasumi herself.
No, it develops them both. Kasumi so much more than Yakumo.

Really, nitpickers. In episode 3, we got "Isn't this a Nagi-focus episode, why no Nagi development?". An episode is never required to make itself entirely around one character.
 

Loghorn

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The sad thing is I've already seen fanworks for Takaharu/Kasumi, even though it would be incest :sweat:
Actually, cousin relationships are pretty much normal in Japan. They're not in places like America in which it's frowned upon.

Both the Actor & the Actress of Five Black & Five Yellow are real life cousins, are married, & had children together.
 

Clocktower

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So, the episode about Kasumi was really more about Yakumo struggling with his decision not to pursue his dreams and worrying about Kasumi taking on too much at once. This wouldn't be an issue if it was a one off thing, but I'm noticing a pattern here. Having other characters play important roles in character episodes is fine, but really, there's been enough of those Yakumo and Taka at this point and I think the rest of the cast is really suffering because of it.



If you want me to nitpick then I'll say that the fact all the characters wear their headbands over their hair in a really awkward way bothers me in every scene they're in :laugh:
 
So, the episode about Kasumi was really more about Yakumo struggling with his decision not to pursue his dreams and worrying about Kasumi taking on too much at once. This wouldn't be an issue if it was a one off thing, but I'm noticing a pattern here. Having other characters play important roles in character episodes is fine, but really, there's been enough of those Yakumo and Taka at this point and I think the rest of the cast is really suffering because of it.



If you want me to nitpick then I'll say that the fact all the characters wear their headbands over their hair in a really awkward way bothers me in every scene they're in :laugh:
That image pretty much sums up the show perfectly.
It's KyoryuJERK all over again except its much worse IMO, and I really can't believe I'm saying that!
I really don't understand why heroes these days (particularly in sentai) behave like that.
Is this the type of heroes kids like and looks up these days? (Granted, I haven't seen EVERY Japanese children shows.)
I just don't get it.
 

lazycoconut

I liked him when he wasn't a god
Why do people feel the need to make constant baseless comparisons with Kyoryuger? If the show ends with Takaharu having three needless love interests and fighting the last battle by himself, I'll concede. At this point, no.

Actually, cousin relationships are pretty much normal in Japan. They're not in places like America in which it's frowned upon.

Both the Actor & the Actress of Five Black & Five Yellow are real life cousins, are married, & had children together.
It still seems unlikely in a show that's trying to promote the team as a family (and people who automatically assume that every Red and Pink Ranger must hook up really, really annoy me)
 

Clocktower

Member
That image pretty much sums up the show perfectly.
It's KyoryuJERK all over again except its much worse IMO, and I really can't believe I'm saying that!
I really don't understand why heroes these days (particularly in sentai) behave like that.
Is this the type of heroes kids like and looks up these days? (Granted, I haven't seen EVERY Japanese children shows.)
I just don't get it.
I don't really see the Kyoryuger comparison either. I know a lot of people had a problem with Daigo, but while he was undoubtedly the main character of that show, I don't think the other characters suffered for it. Kyoryuger had a lot of focus on its plot and each of the characters had a lot of episodes to expand and developed. Even the archtypes that I typically don't like (Ian and Souji) eventually become three diemensional enough for me to love them.

I can see why some people didn't like the "Mary-Sue" qualities of King, but I think most of the vocal haters of the show just focus on the fact he was the Red Ranger and so always the one to do the big finisher attacks and got the upgrades, etc, ignoring the fact we saw things like Ian grow into a leader, etc. Hell, some of the villains in that show had more development than a lot of main characters in other seaons get.

The problem I have with Ninninger is that unlike Kyoryuger, most of the characters haven't had the chance to do anything. They feel like little more than background characters, even in episodes that supposedly about them. Everything has been about Taka or Yakumo. Giving upgrade forms and new toys to everyone on the team is irrelevant if you could replace them all with cardboard stand ins.

I'm aware we're only 5 episodes in, but I can only judge what we've seen.
 

kuroihikari

Member
Well, by this point of Kyoryuger, some people would claim Amy was also "shafted" in terms of Focus episodes. So Ninninger is only on the lead in terms of "shafted" characters by one.

I think it's a really unfair comparison. I welcome this episode for the development of Yakumo because I'd rather they make him more likeable than put focus on Fuuka (who is already likeable enough) and Nagi (who, despite the lack of focus, isn't really a turn-off character).

And I really disagree about most of the characters not having the chance to do anything. Kasumi has shined in every episode except episode one, while Takaharu and Yakumo as usual have a lot of their moments. That's 3 out of 5.
 
Most toku are pretty rough in their first ten episodes (or in Blade's case, first fifteen), especially Sentai, but I find it really jarring that Ninninger is already getting a 3rd mech upgrade already after one episode of getting their 2nd. Characters are still developing, so hopefully the writing and the actors can grow. But for now, I'll just watch up til the toku ten to see whether or not to drop it.
 
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