Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Dynaman!

My first exposure to the world of Sentai Rangers was not Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, like with most, but with Dynaman which ran on USA in 1987. Years before Saban would retool and re-edit Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, the USA Network's Night Flight dubbed and put out their own version of Kagaku Sentai Dynaman, known simply as Dynaman.

Rather than translating the plot, Night Flight created its own very silly comedy centered dub and replaced the Japanese music with 80s metal, punk, and pop. It was quite cleaver and the lampooning of Japanese culture still makes me laugh. The voice acting, which was an over-the-top parody of Kung-Fu movie dubs, is very well done.

I caught this show late night, which was when Night Flight ran, by accident one saturday night and was hooked.  Back in the 80s little gems like this were rare. This was many years before everything Japanese became a big trend. Sadly, there were only 8 dubbed episodes, but all are well worth watching if you can find them. My personal favorite is Episode 6: The Last Adventure of Spunky the Wonder Squid.





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