Ohranger 9

>mfw this episode


March 20, 1995: Three days after Ohranger episode 3 aired. During the morning rush hour on the Tokyo subway system, 5 coordinated attacks are carried out by the Aum Shinrikyo cult at different stations on the system. 5 cult members smuggled bags of liquid sarin onto the trains and punctured them with sharpened umbrella tips. The exposure to this liquid (which is known to quickly evaporate and turn to gas) left 13 dead, 50 severely injured, and 1000 with temporary vision problems. It’s been called the most severe attack to occur in Japan since WWII. Aum Shinrikyo (now known as Aleph) was a cultist group founded on the belief that their leader, Shoko Asahara, was Christ himself. Aum believed that the world was heading for disaster, and only those who joined Aum would be saved.

What does this have to do with Ohranger? A lot really. Toei producers have confirmed that because of these attacks, Ohranger was slightly changed. No one knows when exactly this change occurred, or how much was tinkered with and what was even changed. However, if you consider that the attacks happened after Episode 3 aired, and Sentai usually has a 5-6 week gap between when the episode is filmed, and when it airs, you can assume that the attacks occurred during the filming of episode 8 or 9. Maybe even 7. Considering how out of place episode 9 feels, it’s a good guess to say they started their tinkering here.

I’m not going to go into a spiel about how Ohranger was forever ruined or anything, but from now on you will notice some odd things in this show. Every once in a while this show will just do something that makes you go “What happened to those 8 episodes? I miss them.” Episode 9 is an amazing example of this. You have characters acting out of place, a lot of misunderstandings, and just a generally weird plot going on. From the second it starts, you’re gonna feel like you’re watching a different show. Part of this can be blamed on this week’s writer, the infamous Toshiki Inoue. But even then he previously wrote episode 5 with Bara Cactus, and that was pretty great! We may never know what exactly happened, but such is the course of history.

I’m not trying to make this episode sound like it’s the devil incarnate, but I think that people who are fans of the more militaristic and darker aspects of the previous 8 episodes will feel a bit robbed.  If you like this episode, then great! You’ve got a better tolerance than most of us and you’re gonna be just fine. For the rest of us, just know that the next episode is infinitely better and hang in there.


11 thoughts on “Ohranger 9

  1. Personally, aside from the awkward opening bit with Juri and Momo being catty over clothes and playing dress-up, I thought this episode was pretty good and most of the comic bits worked; plus, the overall plot seemed like the sort of thing you would expect from the re-tool.

    Granted, the re-tooling is definitely noticeable and I would still like to have seen this episode as originally envisioned, but if this is how the rest of the show is going to be I’m not complaining.

  2. Actually this red-dress episode is one of my favorite episode of OhRanger! There are things going on in this and I kind of love it when female members in the team work to save the day.

    I may be biased but Juri is my favorite female sentai character. So whenever she is playing the lead, I always cheer on her.

    Thank you very much for picking this show. I am waiting for the upcoming episodes with impatience 🙂 xxx

  3. I thought this was a pretty fun episode. Juri and Momo were pretty badass.

    It’s not the best thing i’ve seen, but It was entertaining.

  4. …What happened to my comment? I made a rather lengthy comment about Ohranger and how overall it’s still pretty dark, as well as some thoughts about Inoue.

  5. Despite the retool, there are a few episodes sprinkled throughout the run that adhere to the original tone. The final arc especially: there hasn’t yet been a Sentai that’s done that again.

  6. I really appreciate the added context for this episode. I recently watched Mawaru Penguindrum for the first time, and it was all about 1995 and the terrorist attacks. It’s nice to be able to watch Ohrangers with this in mind, since I’m seeing Japan as it was when it inspired by the creator of that show.

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