A Better Place – Avataro Sentai Donbrothers 08 Analysis |SSS 008

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I will be discussing: how intentions matter. Did Tsuyoshi mean for the artist to die? Does it matter? Is the world really a better place without him?

This is Super Sentai Sanctuary 008: “A Better Place”

CREDITS

Avataro Sentai Donbrothers 08 A Thing for Long Hair – April 24, 2022

Writer: Toshiki Inoue

Director: Hiroyuki Kato

SOURCE: https://powerrangers.fandom.com/wiki/Don_8:_Long_Hair_Captivity

Writer Tracker – Toshiki Inoue (7; 1-7)

Director Tracker – Ryuta Tasaki (2; 1-2); Shojiro Nakazawa (2; 3-4); Katsuya Watanabe (2; 5-6); Hiroyuki Kato (2; 7-8)

SYNOPSIS

Tsubasa helps Sononi, who is entwined by a man. Sononi, who is interested about the feeling of human love asks Tsubasa about it, who has an important woman in his life named Natsumi. Tsubasa, who is chasing the image of his beloved meets Tsuyoshi by coincidence, the two unaware of each other’s identites as Donbrothers and the striking resemblance between Tsuyoshi’s wife and Tsubasa’s beloved.

Tsuyoshi, who loves his wife Miho sympathizes with Tsubasa’s feelings for Natsumi, and invites him over to his house and eat Miho’s home cooking. Meanwhile, Taro encounters Sonoi, but they fail to come to terms and fight each other.

NEGATIVE

-The translation of the title threw me off

-The focus was oddly split between the Sonoi-Tarou connection and Natsumi and Miho possible being the same person, somehow

-The Natsumi-Miho connection was unclear by the directing, but felt strong in the dialogue and writing

POSITIVE

-Seeing that Sonoi does save people was a good reminder of how he started off the series.

-The gag with the artist having no interest in Haruka was good

-Tsuyoshi and Inuzaki connecting was cool

DIRECTION

-Sonoi and Tarou vanishing behind the ambulance was cool

-Tarou and Sonoi being shown as equals or counterparts was really interesting. The visuals sold it perfectly

-I love the suit actor flopping down as Tarou goes into the Little Peach Robot. It’s hilarious

WRITING

-What are the Cerebrans after again? Does Sonoi want something different from the others? Is he trying to preserve humanity to secure his own world’s existence?

GENERAL NOTES

-Saru shows up for almost no reason. Is him using his powers for arbitrary reasons going to have a negative consequence?

-Is Saru saving the kid’s balloon somw sort of parallel for Tsuyoshi using his power however he wants to please himself?

-It is neat how spread out the cast is

-Is the cast teleport to and away from battles meaningful? Is it a writing convenience or does it have to dp with the World of Donbrothers?

REFLECTIONS

-How intentions matter? Did Tsuyoshi mean for the artist to die? Does it matter? Is the world really a better place without him? 

NEXT EPISODE

– Don 09: Busted Tarou and Robotaro

SCORE

Episode 8: 7/10

The action and suspense were good, but something felt off about the stroy. On the other hand, I love how dark Tsuyoshi is getting and the questions raised about the similarities between Tarou and Sonoi are engaging.

CREATOR SPOTLIGHT

Hiroyuki Kato, director of various Super Sentai and possible producer. Please do not confuse him with the 19th Century Legal Scholar and Educator born to a Samurai family.

Hiroyuki Kato directed directed his first Super Sentai late in 2007, a pair of Gekiranger episodes. He Worked on a total 9 other series after that, and with his work on Donbrothers, he will have directed 11 series over the course of 16 years. He directed at least 10 episodes, or about 20% of the following series: Goseiger, Gokaiger, Kyoryuger, ToQger, Ninninger, Zyuohger and Kruranger

Gekiranger (2)

Go-Onger (1)

Goseiger (12)

Gokaiger (10)

Go-Busters (8 + Versus Movie)

Kyoryuger (11)

ToQger (12)

Ninninger (15)

Zyuohger (16)

Kyuranger (11)

SOURCE

https://powerrangers.fandom.com/wiki/Hiroyuki_Kato

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat%C5%8D_Hiroyuki

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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