The Color Rangers return for another romp with the Prince as he has a new mission for them.
What They Say:
The prince half forces Shimizu and the others to become Color Rangers. To return to their previous lives, they have to take off the wristbands with a key. And the one who holds this key is the devil Craft, who is in Yamagata. Shimizu and the gang gear themselves up and head to Yamagata. After a fierce struggle, they are successful in recovering the key. Finally able to return to their peaceful lives, they hang out as usual in the classroom when... they are transported to a completely unknown place. Where? The planet Calvary, 500 million light-years away from the Earth! What in the world happened to them? Can they return safely to the Earth? The hot-burning passionate adventure of the Color Rangers has only just begun!! Go forth! Color Rangers! Fight! Color Rangers!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The shift to the new storyline in the previous episode brought us the Color Rangers and I have to admit I'm really skittish on all things sentai at this point. After being burned heavily with the first episode of Mitsudomoe this season, and generally not enjoying sentai shows in the past (while now being subjected to Power Rangers Samurai on TV as well), sentai material just doesn't do anything for me. There was a fair bit of fun in the previous episode though as the Prince really messes with them with the way their powers work and how he's manipulated them just for a laugh, but I had hoped that it wouldn't be too much more than just a single episode so we could move on to something else.
The kids are all intent on getting the wristbands off their arms so they can get back to their normal lives and that means they have to get the key. That has them going off to Yamagata to get it, but it's far more complicated than they expected with what they have to go through, not only to get the key but to have it work as well. Their teacher isn't too much help either when they call her for ideas, catching her in the shower of course, as she tells them that while it has a fairly standard idea, it's probably been specially configured since the Prince was involved with it. Passwords, special moves and so forth are involved in getting it to work. And the Prince's humor definitely influences things with how it all operates. There's an amusing gag about the passwords here that really pushes the boys in a way that you wouldn't expect.
The Prince does screw with the kids in a number of ways here with the second half of the episode putting them into an RPG style setting where they're supposedly sent some five hundred million miles from home to Planet Cavalry for a game of his choosing. It's a pretty over the top piece as it puts the kids through all sorts of encounters, from monsters to NPC type characters that are pretty infuriating, and they have to deal with the strangeness of the mission. Some of the gags are cute and appropriate as the NPCs float by, moving back and forth when they have no real involvement in the story, giving it an appropriate feeling. But the whole Color Rangers are has been somewhat dull overall and having these two adventures here only cements that more as they deal with the Prince's latest cruel sense of humor.
With Togashi's original work being almost a dare to the publisher, it's really surprising that it's being adapted into an anime series. The opening three episode arc was a lot of fun but it's intent on shifting gears a few times as it covers the few volumes that were created with diverse material that's barely held together by the Prince himself. The Color Rangers are again the main focus here as they try to get past this whole gig since they don't want anything to do with it. They keep being drawn back into it by the Prince though and you really feel bad for the kids, outside of the one who really loves being a Color Ranger, since they're so trapped by his machinations and humor while seemingly being unable to break free from it. They're so unenthused about what they have to do for the most part that it bleeds out to the viewer as well, letting them feel rather meh about it. And that's not the best thing to do.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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