I really, truly don’t know how to feel about this.
During the promos, I suspected that the biggest hurdle for me would be having a female Green. That just makes no sense. Female? And Green? Together? In one character? What’s next – a Kamen Rider-themed sentai? (Yes, that is actually coming in this year’s Kamen Rider x Super Sentai – Kamen Sentai GoRider!)
Surprisingly, ChamaelonGreen (yes, that is spelled correctly – that’s the name of the constellation, not the animal) is a perfectly fine Green. Every character represents their colour appropriately, I think, but Red happens to be the most annoying type of Red. The only Reds that have really managed to get away with that kind of personality for me are DekaRed (well-acted and well-written) and Go-OnRed (because he’s absurdly attractive). This one has no charm and no acting chops, so can’t pull it off well for me. But he is well-written.
Back to Green, though, she feels much more like a female best-friend sidekick for a Kamen Rider. I guess it was always going to take some getting used to. (A girl Green… nine core members… too many changes for one series!)
I quite like OushiBlack. He may well be my favourite character so far. I don’t know what it is about him – he’s so nice, but so blunt at the same time. When he pointed out to Lucky that he was being mocked, I half-expected him to say “Hey, I’m not mocking you. I like you. I’m just saying – she’s mocking you, you tool.” He looks like he would totally call you out if you were being a dick, but literally have your back at the same time.
I love the henshin sequence, particularly the first time Yellow, Green and Black do it, and the time those three do it in the opening credits.
I find it impossible to believe that the same woman who played Luka Milfy in Kaizoku Sentai Goukaiger is the voice of Raptor. I can’t see the voice coming out of her mouth, and it would take a great voice actor to do that voice anyway. She’s one multi-talented lady!
The “monster” suits are a mixed bag, too. I love OushiBlack when he is out-of-costume, in his normal bull-alien form. It’s a really well-done suit. But Garou, in his normal wolf-alien form… isn’t really up to Toei’s usual standards. Nor are the cannon fodder/putties/combatmen in this series.
But the biggest question of all: how the heck did Lucky know how to pilot the ShishiVoyager and set up the SeizaDocking? I can only assume it was all luck.
I’m really excited for the next episode, even if my feelings about this one still haven’t sorted themselves out yet.