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Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger (恐竜戦隊ジュウレンジャー, Kyōryū Sentai Jūrenjā) is a Japanese tokusatsu television series and the sixteenth installment in the long-running Super Sentai metaseries of superhero programs. Produced by Toei and Bandai, it aired on TV Asahi from February 21, 1992, to February 12, 1993, with a total of 50 episodes. It was the first Sentai series to have a regular Sixth Ranger, and the first to introduce the concept of sentient, living mecha — a theme that has been used frequently in the franchise ever since. It was also the first Sentai series to be adapted into an installment of the American Power Rangers series. Footage from all 50 episodes was extensively used for the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The core Zyuranger costumes were used in all three seasons of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and were used as the original Power Rangers costumes while the Dragon Ranger costume was adapted into the Green Ranger's costume and was used throughout Season 1 and in early Season 2.
1. It is a massive downgrade from its predecessor, Jetman. This is because of the new Higher-ups for the season changing the series to appeal to a very young audience, at the exclusion of everyone else who grew up with Super Sentai.
2. The Rangers are mostly bland, Naive, uninteresting characters who all share the generic "hero" personality. We barely learn anything about their past, the most we've gotten is from Geki and his relationship with Burai, and Mei in a single episode with the flower monster. The rest we don't get a single instance of their backstory. Their also shown to be very incompetent, falling for Bandora's tricks every time. Oftentimes it leads to the child of the week coming to save them from their own ineptitude. All of this is the fault of the Child guest stars constantly shoving the main characters in the background, preventing them to develop as characters.
3. The team's mentor, Barza, is a worthless mentor. All he does is give the team information on how to beat a certain monster. He doesn't try to teach them new lessons or anything a mentor is supposed to do. Every time he tries to fight, he gets defeated effortlessly. The only thing of substance he does is in the finale.
4. The Gods (Daizyuzin, Clotho, and the Guardian Beasts) are jerks. They claim that it is not possible to fully restore someone back to life once they die once, but later we see that it's perfectly possible when Dai Satan revived Bandora's son, Kai. They also caused the Great War to happen which led to the Dinosaurs to extinction due to not reviving Kai to appease Bandora. They could've simply gave Bandora her son back and call it a day given the great powers that are shown in the final few episodes. They also could've revived Burai and make the team happy, but decided not to....because reasons.
5. The season is too Child-Centric, with almost all the plots featuring a new kid that causes issues with the team. This child-centrism is forced into the story, with the first episode starting off with kids being sent to space with astronauts for no good reason.
6. Bandora's reasoning for always targeting children is short-sighted and petty. One instance is her targeting children because she saw them enjoying food with their family, and she wants to get rid of food because of that! Her real reason is never to be alluded to in the slightest and it contradicts with her actions. It's all just an after the thought retcon to give Bandora some sort of explanation why she's done all this.
7. Some of the OST is not that great, the Ending theme in particular, which sounds way too light-hearted for the series.
8. Dumb plots, examples being: -Episode 16 where a monster disguised as a clown has a kid kick soccer balls that causes people in the area to sneeze. -Episode 11, where bratty kids summon a genie who gives them presents. -episode 45 where a kid attacks people with a monster to save the environment, such as having the monster go and kill truck drivers. This presents Environmentalists as bad people. -Episode 38, where Bandora planned to mind control an army of kids to attack adults....despite the fact that mind controlling the adults instead would give her more options to attack others as adults have more access to resources. -Episode 8, Where Bandora tries to steal food from kids because they are eating food with Joy which infuriates her. It's an episode that mocks people with weight problems.
9. The final villain, Dai Satan, is very underwhelming, he does nothing but laugh, shoot lighting or breath ice from his mouth when he's on screen. He has no lines of dialogue at all. Even the way he was defeated was underwhelming.
10. Many monster designs are either bland, forgetful, bad, or flat out doesn't match the description of the mythological creature they're based on, Some aren't even ARE mythological creatures! Dora Reiger and Dora Franke for example, just look cheaply made. Dora Cockatrice looks completely like a chicken, Despite the fact that the mythological creature was mostly a Dragon or Serpentine like creature with the only Bird part being its head. Dora Tarantula, Slikis?, Tortoise, Knight, Endos, Guzzler, Mirage, Talos, and Ninja aren't based on Mythology at all. that's literally 1/3rd of the monsters!
11. Speaking of the monsters, many of them have abilities that have nothing to do with the mythological creatures they are based on. Dora Goblin is only visible to children thanks to his magic boots, but mythological goblin's don't have this ability at all. Dora Minotaur can burrow through ground, despite the Minotaur of the maze not capable of doing this. Dora Cockatrice using Clippers and Gardening Shears to open portals that cut through time and space, when in actuality the Cockatrice kills people if anyone stares at it in the eye. etc etc.
12. The civilians in this show are morons, they attack the rangers for destroying the city, saying that their past actions were all an act, despite the rangers saving the city over 30 times in the past. The civilians fall for the same Monster-disguised as evil rangers-Trick again 5 episodes later. Another is the first episode where the astronauts open the prison with Bandora and gang without reporting they found something on the surface.
13. Bad acting from the child actors. They either overreact or have no idea what they are doing. The only good child actor was Kai.
14. Many plot holes. Why didn't Barza relearn his magic over the 170 million years? How was Bandora banished to Nemesis despite it coming by earth 230 million years ago, 90 million years before she was banished? How did the team adapt to modern times so quickly? Literally in the second episode they get motorcycles that they know how to drive despite the fact they just been released from their slumber. Why are the Guardian Beasts robots? If Kai didn’t need 4 other kids to pilot Dora Talos, why did he bother kidnapping them in the first place? The Zyuranger defeated his plan of using them as a shield with relative ease. Why didn’t Bandora just outright destroy the three mecha when she literally had the perfect chance in the final battle instead of banishing them to demiplane? Where is Earth’s modern military when this is all happening?
15. Deus ex Machinas and Asspulls galore, every time the team can't solve a problem, either the Guardian Beasts or Daizyuzin come out to save them. Their own Weapons themselves are sentient, and save them when they're about to turn to stone in episode 4, despite not giving any indication they were sentient before, and they never shown said sentience again. Geki's sword reveals the Dino Crystals, allowing the team to form their mecha. Godhorn Sword popped into existence to save the rangers when they failed the Sphinx's game. etc etc. In fact, this is Zyurangers greater power.
16. Despite how good it is to see Bandora on screen, she is shown to be lacking in intelligence, she prioritizes tormenting children over dealing with her enemies that stand in her way. She makes so many poor actions that ultimately led to her defeat.
17. Besides Bandora, we never learn of any of the other villains' pasts. Why did they all side with Bandora and helped her drive dinosaurs to extinction?
18. It has historical inaccuracies, Vampires, Frankenstein's monster, Saber Tooths, Woolly Mammoths, and Humans didn't exist 170 million years ago.
19. There are many scenes where Zyuranger uses Toys to emulate scenes, and often they are very poorly made. These scenes existed because Zyuranger had budget issues.
20. The final battle was underwhelming. The two main villains did absolutely nothing but watch Kai get beaten down by the Rangers, causing them to lose the battle. The way Bandora was defeated was a complete asspull, since when does crying take away a Witch's power? This is not a trait witches have in folklore. This was probably done because Zyuranger was running out of time, and couldn’t make a final battle between Bandora.
1. Burai is an good character with decent character development and fighting scenes. In fact, he's the only main character that gets this. And he's also the one responsible for saving Zyuranger from declining in ratings. And Burai's death is saddening because of the development he gets.
2. Dragon Caesar is one of the first mecha characters to show a personality, and one someone could relate to. His lamenting over Burai's death is saddening. The sad thing is that this character has more personality than all the Zyuranger.
3. The Bandora Gang are enjoyable characters with lively personalities, it's enjoyable to see Bandora on screen and how she acts. They displayed more energy in their first episode than the Zyuranger did the entire series.
4. It is the first Sentai to incorporate fantasy elements instead of Science Fiction, what Sentai has been relying upon for years. A nice breath of fresh air. While Zyuranger didn't do a good job at its fantasy elements, its descendant seasons learned from its mistakes and improved the genre for their own seasons.
5. Good fight chorography.
6. It is the first season to introduce a sixth ranger to the main cast. Maskman had a prototype of this concept, but never went further with it.