7 Thoughts on Uchuu Sentai Kyuuranger Episode 22: "The Legendary Savior's True Self"
I didn't realize just how much happened in this episode until I tied to condense it all into just seven thoughts. With the exception of a handful of episodes, Kyuuranger has kept its foot on the gas almost since episode one--with a perfect mix of plot and character development to keep me drawn in. It's almost like an apology for all the series between it and Kyoryuger.
He's so ridiculous even the rest of the team calls bullshit on his backstory, but fortunately the show does one thing to make him tolerable. Rather than making him humble or simply ignorant to his own accomplishments and abilities like every other Mary Sue--Tsurugi is very, very aware of how awesome he is. His flaw is his own massive ego, as he spends the first half of the episode assured that everyone has heard of his marvelous legend...only to discover that, in just three hundred years, Jark Matter has erased every mention of him from history. So despite having done all these great things, no one knows or even seems to care.
Even better is when he tells the team that their job is over. Their part in the legend was merely to revive him--that's what makes them the "ultimate saviors" Lucky claims them to be, and now they can stop fighting. More accurately, he tells them they have to stop fighting, because it was absurd for them to fight in the first place. He berates them all as being incapable of fighting due to who they are, leading to one of the funniest lines of the series so far: "What sense does it make for a chef to be fighting?"
If the Kyuuranger hadn't been anything other than ridiculously successful, I'd actually be inclined to agree with them.
And then they mention that Jark Matter has its own university, and suddenly I find myself in awe of this particular group of Sentai bad guys. It's no wonder Earth was so easily subjugated, when doubtlessly one of the first things Jark Matter did was wipe out any mention of hope or former saviors, reinforcing the idea that they are the saviors. Don Armage mentioned in a much earlier episode that he was enforcing his own version of peace, and now it's easy to understand what he meant.
Now there's a handful of potential answers to this question: One, there's a new Don Armage. Two, Don Armage was somehow revived, or faked his death. Three, perhaps Ohtori Tsurugi isn't telling the whole truth. Or four, something weird that I haven't thought of that will either be brilliant or drive me nuts, take your pick.
...Actually, in Ohtori's case that makes perfect sense. Carry on. Also: Gigant Phoenix looks freaking bad-ass, and with this Kyuuranger has some of the most consistently cool mecha design we've had since Gokaiger. Very nice.
The first major thought I had about this is that it highlights just how far under Don Armage Scorpio was. At best he was #5 in the ranking--and that's just assuming these are confirmed to be the only generals the Don has. He threw away his brother, his planet, and eventually his life...to not even get the Bronze? Ouch.
Seriously though, it's about time the team finally got a challenge. Though hopefully they don't nerf Ohtori just two episodes after his first appearance. That'd be sad.
7.) Next Week: Ohtori Tsurugi starts to do broadcasts to give hope to the people of Earth in the fight against Jark Matter! ....Right? Right?
....He's definitely just telling everybody about how awesome he is, isn't he?