We’re Alike, You and I – Avataro Sentai Donbrothers 06 Analysis |SSS 006

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I will be discussing: how can we find common ground with people who cause us trouble? Plus, I have a creator spotlight Veteran Toei Tokusatsu Director: Katsuya Watanabe

This is Super Sentai Sanctuary 006: “We’re Alike, You and I”

CREDITS

Avataro Sentai Donbrothers 06 King Pheasant For a Day – April 10, 2022

Writer: Toshiki Inoue

Director: Katsuya Watanabe

SOURCE: https://powerrangers.fandom.com/wiki/Don_6:_Short-Lived_Pheasant

Writer Tracker – Toshiki Inoue (6; 1-6)

Director Tracker – Ryuta Tasaki (2; 1-2); Shojiro Nakazawa (2; 3-4); Katsuya Watanabe (2; 5-6)

SYNOPSIS

Tsuyoshi’s beloved wife, Miho will be commended as an excellent beautician, but he lied that he couldn’t attend the party because of his work. He thinks that Miho will be ashamed of him, no matter what he did. To Tsuyoshi who longs to become a man suitable for Miho, Kaito tells him that he can become a man who can use points. Tsuyoshi, who was confident that everything went well, tries to scout Taro Momoi to his company.

NEGATIVE

-The writing was too fast-paced, some things didn’t make sense

-Tyuyoshi really didn’t know Tarou was Don Momotaro until this episode?!

-Haruka and Saru didn’t get thrown out of Jin’s cell…. how disappointing

POSITIVE

-Haruka and Saru asking Tarou so directly was cool. I even kind of like his response because it was based in his character, though it was a tool for Inoue to hide plot details. Clever!

DIRECTION

-Tyuyoshi’s self-doubt and lack of confidence were displayed well, great performance by the actor

-The Cerebran are weird and unearthly in part do their appearance and partly from decent direction.

WRITING

-What is up with the “Kibi-Points” an Kaito presumably being the “admin” Jin referred to?

-Inoue is doing something interesting here: the monster, Tsuyoshi and Tarou are all alike in someway, but they handle their parallel roles differently. Was this theme or construct prent in the previous episodes?

GENERAL NOTES

-Jin says Tarou doesn’t have answers because he is the answer

-The Cerebrans are from another, possibly higher plane of existence

-The Ultras are Cerebrans, dare I call them the Knights of Cerebran?

-I can’t believe Tsuyoshi bailed on Miho at her award ceremony

-How did Tyusoyshi get to marry Miho if he is this soft?

-I can definitely sympathize with Tsuyoshi

-Tarou telling Tsuyoshi that they are alike because neither of them has a specialty is interesting. They call that “Horseshoe Theory” I believe where opposite extremes end up arriving in the same place even though they come at it from different places or perspectives

-Between the exposition dump and the changes with Tsuyoshi the pace is almost too fast

-Doesn’t it seem like Tarou could be Cerebran himself? He doesn’t understand hapiness, while the Cerebran’s struggle to understand laughter, love and what was the other thing, again?

-Maybe to play off the Horseshoe Theory, Tarou will be a GUT-an or a Emo-an who is all feelings and doesn’t get cold logic?

REFLECTIONS

-How can we find common ground with people who cause us trouble?

-The “Nurse Shark” monster is in need of something, which is for people to need her as she is all stressed about being the nurse her patients need her to be. Tsuyoshi is desperate to be the man Miho needs him to be. Tarou is not stressed about filling his role as savior or unifier or whatever he is supposed to be. He is content with who he is and confident he can handle the situation as it arises.

NEXT EPISODE

– Don 07: A Class of Teachers

SCORE

I have meant to do an overall series review with every episode scored and then at the end of it, just average all the scores to find the score for the series as a whole. Since I forgot to do it for the previous 5 episodes I went back and listened to my analyses and guessed what the score would be based on that. I want to think about the score for each episode in terms of: Action, Story, Cast, Entertainment.

Episode 1: 7/10

Episode 2: 7.5/10

Episode 3: 7/10

Episode 4: 7/10

Episode 5: 8/10

Episode 6: 6/10

Series Average: 7.4/10 as of episode 6

What brought this episode down for me was that the action was solid, but over too quickly, the story was skeletal and mostly filled with exposition and gags, the cast did solid work on both sides, but overall it wasn’t as good or enjoyable as the previous episodes. It felt disjointed and rang a bit hollow.

CREATOR SPOTLIGHT

I couldn’t find much about Watanabe so I will let his body of work speak on his behalf.

Katsuya Watanabe has directed 23 Super Sentai series, and served as head director for 3: Hurricanger, Magiranger and Go-Onger. He aslo directed 16 Super Sentai movies.

He has directed 4 Kamen Rider series, and served as head director for 1.5, maybe. The wiki isn’t explicit, but he directed 16 episodes of Kuuga and 11 of Ghost. He aslo directed 2 Kamen Rider movies, Blade’s Missing Ace and  Kamen Rider World which saw J and ZO team up against a giant Shadow Moon for some reason.

He has directed 3 Metal Heroes series and a 3D movie: Toei Hero Daishugō. This was part of a 1994 amusement park project that saw Kamen Rider World and Super Sentai World, all 3D movies directed by Watanabe.

Super Sentai Watanabe has worked on:

Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger (6 episodes)

Gosei Sentai Dairanger (10 episodes)

Ninja Sentai Kakuranger (14 episodes)

Gekisou Sentai Carranger (17 episodes)

Kyukyu Sentai GoGo-V (12 episodes)

Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger (10 episodes)

Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger (15 episodes; pilot director; directed the most episodes)

Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger (10 episodes)

Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger (1, 2, 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 36, 37)

Mahou Sentai Magiranger (15 episodes; pilot director; directed the most episodes)

GoGo Sentai Boukenger (15, 16, 21, 22, 33, 34)

Juken Sentai Gekiranger (8 episodes)

Engine Sentai Go-Onger (14 episodes; pilot director; directed the most episodes)

Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 24, 40, 41)

Tensou Sentai Goseiger (7, 8, 33, 34, 39, 40, 46, 47, 48)

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (3, 4, 29, 30, 37, 38, 45, 47, 48)

Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters (11 episodes as of 5/2012)

Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger (9, 10, 23, 24, 32, 33, 43, 44)

Ressha Sentai ToQger (3, 4, 9, 10, 15, 16, 21, 22, 29, 30, 44, 45)

Shuriken Sentai Ninninger (5, 6, 20, 21, 29, 30, 37, 38, 44, 45)

Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger (16, 17, 22, 23, 31, 32, 39, 40, 47, 48)

Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger (5, 6, 13, 14, 23, 24, 25)

Mashin Sentai Kiramager (5, 6, 11, 12, 17, 18, 27, 28, 29)

Sentai Movies

Super Sentai World

Kyukyu Sentai GoGo-V the Movie: Sudden Shock! A New Warrior

Kyukyu Sentai GoGo-V Super Video: Five Lessons of Rescue Spirits

Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger Shushuuto the Movie

Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger vs. Hurricaneger

Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger the Movie: Full Blast Action

Mahou Sentai Magiranger: Revealed! The Gold Grip Phone’s Super Magic

Mahou Sentai Magiranger vs. Dekaranger

GoGo Sentai Boukenger vs. Super Sentai

Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: The Light Samurai’s Surprise Transformation

Tensou Sentai Goseiger: Epic on the Movie

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger the Movie: The Flying Ghost Ship

Ninpu Sentai Hurricaneger: 10 YEARS AFTER

Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger: The Movie

Engine Sentai Go-Onger: 10 Years Grand Prix

Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger VS Lupinranger VS Patranger

Kamen Rider Watanabe has worked on:

Kamen Rider World

Kamen Rider Kuuga (16)

Episode 3: Tokyo

Episode 4: Sprint

Episode 9: Siblings

Episode 10: Fierceness

Episode 15: Armor

Episode 16: Creed

Episode 21: Secrets

Episode 22: Game

Episode 27: Ripple

Episode 28: Clarification

Episode 36: Complication

Episode 37: Approach

Episode 44: Crisis

Episode 45: Archenemy

Episode 46: Indomitable

Episode 50: Good Job (with Osamu Kaneda, Nobuhiro Suzumura, Takao Nagaishi & Hidenori Ishida)

Kamen Rider Agito

Episode 37: The Warrior of Darkness

Episode 38: The True Form…

Kamen Rider Blade: Missing Ace

Kamen Rider Fourze

Episode 35: Monster’s Broadcast

Episode 36: Serious Legend Song

Kamen Rider Ghost (11 episodes)

Episode 19: Explosion! Paint From Your Heart!

Episode 20: Explode! Flames of Friendship!

Episode 25: Disaster! The Red Sky!

Episode 26: Conflict! The Terms of Resolution!

Episode 31: Bizarre! Power of the Gammaizers!

Episode 32: Reminiscence! Secret of the Mind!

Episode 33: Miracle! Infinite Thought!

Episode 39: Opposition! Father & Daughter!

Episode 40: Courage! Tragic Resolution!

Episode 45: Horrible! Disappearing World!

Episode 46: Duel! Words from the Swordsman!

Metal Heroes Watanabe has worked on:

Juukou B-Fighter

Episode 14: The Maze of Deadly Hell

Episode 15: The Idol who Flew

Episode 32: Loving Pickles!!

Episode 33: The Delinquent Girl of Justice

Episode 46: Despair!! Juukou Impossible

Episode 47: Revival to Victory!!

B-Robo Kabutack (9 or 10 episodes)

Episode 3: Devoted Cuisine, Kabu

Episode 4: Umeboshi Ippon Shoulder Throw

Episode 9: Right this Instant!

Episode 10: The Monster that Disappears with the Sunset

Episode 17: Hundred Human Group Hands Of Friendship!!

Episode 18: The Great Prediction Of The Annoying Doctor

Episode 35: B-Robot’s Great Fall Game

Episode 36: The Song Of Battle!! Everyone Is Gathering

Episode 43: Lucky Pulling Technique Of The Girl

Episode 44: Celebration!! The New Year Kite Lifting World Cup

B-Robo Kabutack: The Epic Christmas Battle

Tetsuwan Tantei Robotack (12 episodes)

Episode 1: Dog on a Walk, the Wandering Detective

Episode 2: The Aiding Turtle’s Requital

Episode 9: Fateful Showdown: Crow vs. Turtle

Episode 10: Elderly Detective Guts

Episode 17: The Mole Cop’s Cheers

Episode 18: The Black Demon’s Hazardous Trap

Episode 23: The Pretty Girl Spirit’s Secret

Episode 24: The Hot-Blooded Robot Teacher’s Youth

Episode 32: The Combined Robots’ Money/Dog Relationship

Episode 33: Shooting Star Catching

Episode 38: Cherry’s Hollow Challenge

Episode 39: First Snow, Monkey Robot’s First Love

Toei Hero Daishugō – 3D Crossover Movie

SOURCES – https://powerrangers.fandom.com/wiki/Katsuya_Watanabe

https://kamenrider.fandom.com/wiki/Katsuya_Watanabehttps://metalheroes.fandom.com/wiki/Katsuya_Watanabe

INFO

Avataro Sentai Donbrothers is a Japanese television series. It is the 46th in Toei’s Super Sentai series. Its Momotarō-themed Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger The show succeeded Kamen Rider Revice line-up Super Hero Time to Avataro Sentai Donbrothers in premiered March 6, 2022, on TV Asahi.

SOURCE https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avataro_Sentai_Donbrothers

The series theme is based on the legend of Momotarō and Virtual Reality. Because of this, many of the show’s graphics are styled to resemble traditional Japanese watercolor brush paintings, and the series makes more extensive uses of CGI than past productions.

SOURCE https://powerrangers.fandom.com/wiki/Avataro_Sentai_Donbrothers

Official Site – https://www.toei.co.jp/tv/donbrothers/story/1228312_3246.html

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