Seijuu Sentai Gingaman
Seijuu Sentai Gingaman (星獣戦隊ギンガマン Seijū Sentai Gingaman, translated into English as Starbeast Squadron Galaxyman) is Toei Company Limited's 22nd production of the Super Sentai television series. it joined Tetsuwan Tantei Robotack. It is Toei's 22nd entry of the Super Sentai metaseries. The series aired from February 22, 1998, to February 14, 1999. Its footage was used in the adaptation of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. The lead screenwriter for the series is Yasuko Kobayashi.
This series is not to be confused with the one-time villainous but humorous Sentai from Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman, the Ginga Sentai Gingaman. Its footage has been used in the American series Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. On July 22, 2017, it was announced that Shout! Factory has licensed Gingaman for distribution in North America. It was released on January 30, 2018. This is the 7th Super Sentai series released on Region 1 DVD in North America.
- It has two rangers that have issues, with Hikaru/GingaYellow acts like an immature spoiled brat most of the time and Saya/GingaPink is a girly stereotype.
- Similar to Troy Burrows/Megaforce Red Ranger, Ryouma/GingaRed is a very emotionless and bland red ranger who is just there and only spoke when one of his team members talked to him.
- Similar to Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger and Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, This season had little amounts of Dark Moments and a lot of Light-Hearted Moments. Even Mirai Sentai Timeranger, Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger, GoGo Sentai Boukenger and Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters had a lot of Darker moments and much fewer Light-hearted moments compared to this season.
- The Ranger suits are exceedingly ugly for a Sentai that came out in the 90s, as the animals of each Ranger are weirdly implemented into the helmet, not to mention the white on the torso is cut off randomly and the black stripe looks more like a Charlie Brown design rather than a mouth with fangs.
- The villains themselves, while threatening and have distinct personalities, are really lacking in the intelligence area. Their main goal is to revive the dinosaur kaiju that they use as their mode of transportation using various methods, with the difficulty of it usually being easy to accomplish.
- One example is from the monster Bucter, he is tasked with gathering 555 weapons in order to craft an evil sword to break the seal. What counts as a weapon is broad as tools that aren't meant to be used as weapons count, so improvised weapons can be used. If this is the cake, why didn't Bucter invade a military base and steal all of its weapons and tools and use it for the forging instead of attacking in broad daylight in a crowd and attracting the attention of the Gingaman?
- Another example of this is the monster GeltGelt, he can trap people in his mirror-shield and use them to power a ritual spell. He needs 39 people to sacrifice in order to power an anti-sealing spell. Doing this is pretty easy since cities has thousands of people in it, and its inevitable that there are loners that are easy targets. But what does GeltGelt do? Attack in broad daylight against a crowd of people who flee at the sight of him, immediately alerting the Gingaman and ruining his plans. It makes sense for the Sambash's monsters to not be discredit with their methods, but Illie's monsters? It makes zero sense.
- Every time the monster of the week drinks Balban Extract and grows, the narrator explains how Balban Extract works. While it makes sense for him to explain in the first few episodes, the problem is that it is explained every, single, time a monster grows giant! In total, it is explained 37 times! Did the producers think that kids have short term memory? There are only a few instances of this not happening, why couldn't this be a staple in the Season?!
- Quite a few of the giant fights are very lackluster, most of the time the transformation sequences lasts longer then the fight itself. Episode 5 for instance has Bucter instantly destroyed in less than 10 seconds when the fight started. You call that a fight?!
- The finale, while not the worst, did feel like it ended very abruptly when it could've been very emotional.
- There are some likable and tolerable characters such as Hayate/GingaGreen, Gouki/GingaBlue, and Hyuuga/Black Knight II.
- It had a crossover with Megaranger and GoGoFive.
- There are some references to Gingaman with some elements found in the older Sentai shows from the 1970s to 1980s like the illustrated eyecatch.
- This was the Sentai that spawned Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, a great Power Rangers season.
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