Monday, March 4, 2013

New Akibaranger villains revealed: The Internet

Scans hit the Internet today of the new villains in Akibaranger Season 2. Horikawa Ryo is not just voicing a character this time, he's actually acting as one named Shogun Tsuu. The military rank he's given is rather different than that of a normal military general -- he's definitely a shogun!

Fans of Super Sentai will no doubt notice that Shogun Tsuu bears a strong, intentional resemblance to another villain from the series history, Shogun Kar from Kagaku Sentai Dynaman (or Mel Fujitsu in the classic USA parody dub). It seems that Shogun Tsuu is, like Akagi, a Sentai fanboy, but more fascinated with the villains than the heroes -- he has chosen the path of evil rather than the path of good!

"I got enough riding on these reptiles that go 'whee'!"
Shogun Tsuu is a member of the "New Dimensional Brain Remodeling Underground Empire of Baros lol". If that sounds like an awkward mouthful, it's because it's a mishmash of parts of the villain organizations from (in order) Bioman, Jetman, Liveman, Flashman, and Dynaman.

The word "barosu" comes directly from 2ch Internet slang: from 笑、"warau" or "w" or "warosu" or "warota" or even "barosu". It's frequently seen written exactly as shown in the name: "バロスw". It's quite similar to how in the West, Internet users have situational variants for lol such as lolz, lulz, lawl, lollerz, and so on, (whether they're meant sarcastically or not).

If you remember Dynaman, even the parody dub, you'll no doubt remember that Shogun Kar was a mid boss, a flunkie to the true Emperor, so it's quite possible that he isn't even the true leader.

Malshina now carries a MMZ-01 variant called the MoyaMoya Zukyuun. It is fundamentally identical to the MMZ-01, but it's covered in textscroll which is identical to the textscroll seen over videos on the popular Japanese video community site, niconico Douga. A very common textscroll response to videos on niconico is, as you might have guessed, バロスw

One of the most interesting plot points is the number of apparent continuity errors in the storyline, which may actually be intentional. The series supposedly takes place nine months after the original series, but it appears Akagi has just turned 33, which contradicts him being 29 in the previous series (though it's been pointed out that the statement was made by Masato Wada himself, who turned 33 in real life -- Akagi may still get his Wizard upgrade). Yumeria's name is listed as Yokoyama Yuko rather than Yamada Yuko. Most interestingly, the original Akiba Blue is nowhere to be found, replaced by another character with an identical kanji for her name, but read as Luna rather than Mitsuki (one might recall "Bishoujo Kamen Luna Sailor" as one of the competing titles from the production company that Dr. Z used to work for in Season One).

The story goes that one day, Akagi discovers that Akibaranger merchandise is being sold in a toy shop in Akihabara. Something strange is going on... could Hatte Saburo be behind this again? Or is it something even more dire going on? Could the Akibaranger have been co-opted by an outside force that is ruining the continuity?

Update: Yahoo Japan posted an article that states that the new series takes place in a world parallel to the one from Season One... or does it? Are there boundaries between worlds in the domain of delusion?

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