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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”
Avataro Sentai Donbrothers 06 King Pheasant For a Day – April 10, 2022
Writer: Toshiki Inoue
Director: Katsuya Watanabe
Writer Tracker – Toshiki Inoue (6; 1-6)
Director Tracker – Ryuta Tasaki (2; 1-2); Shojiro Nakazawa (2; 3-4); Katsuya Watanabe (2; 5-6)
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.
-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
-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!
-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.
-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?
-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?
-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.
– Don 07: A Class of Teachers
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.
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)
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:
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
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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