This installment of Toku Tuesday is much like the last. This time, the new series announcement is for our very own State-side sentai, Power Rangers. Only days away from the premier of Super Megaforce (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger), Saban Brands has revealed that the next installment of the Power Rangers franchise will be titled Power Rangers Dino Charge. The series will be a localization of the most recent Japanese entry, Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, and like its Japanese counterpart, it will be a return to the dinosaur motif previously used twice before for Mighty Morpin’ (Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger) and Dino Thunder (Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger).
A few other interesting bits to note:
- Saban is clearly skipping Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, a spy-themed, buddy-cop series that is notable for the sizable number of Power Ranger references such as the “It’s Morphin’ Time” henshin call and the referral of the gattai as “Megazords.”
- Kyoryuger was a huge success in Japan, in large part because of its toys. I think the dinosaur motif certainly helps with that, but the lighter tone and increase in good humor in comparison to Go-Busters are also contributing factors. As far as Power Rangers goes, the dinosaur motif has twice struck gold here. Of course, the first three seasons were at the heart of a perfect storm of popular relevance and Dino Thunder had nostalgia… and dinosaurs…
- Kyoryuger continued the (somewhat) resent trend of Japan adapting things from America (previously: the battlizer, a female red ranger, terms/catchphrases). This series includes Spirit Rangers paired with auxiliary mecha, a concept originally introduced in Jungle Fury.
- Kyoryuger is the first Super Sentai since Dengeki Sentai Changeman to not include a Yellow Ranger, making Dino Charge the first ever Power Rangers series to not have a Yellow Ranger.
Dino Charge is set to air next year. In the meantime, Super Megaforce premieres this Saturday, Feb. 15, at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon in the U.S.