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On today’s episode, we’re introduced to our second villain faction – the Jaryuu. Or Reptviles, if you will. We’re also reintroduced to awesome robots and Akashi being boss as fuck, which I think makes for a good mix.
TL notes, name etymologies and our ever-popular SENTAI REFERENCE OF THE WEEK after the jump:
First up, and most important, we have our new villain faction – the Jaryuu. As mentioned above, we went with ‘Reptvile’ as a translation, which is actually fairly literal – the ‘Ja’ of Jaryuu means evil, wicked, despicable, etc – which I think one can synonym to ‘vile’ pretty neatly. Ryuu is a Japanese word that is essentially used for anything reptilian in nature (dinosaurs and dragons use the word directly – and seahorses and lizards amongst others use it’s kanji) which is good, because the Jaryuu are basically anything reptilian in nature. Then we whip ’em together into a stupid portmanteau – I’m afraid I can’t resist them – and there we go.
Ryuuwon’s name is also derived from ‘Ryuu’, and while this isn’t official, probably also from the Chinese ‘wong’, meaning king or leader. So he’s leader of the reptiles. Appropriate!
The team’s weapons also get their names shown off here. While the localized-as-fuck script mostly just made a few cosmetic changes – Blow Knuckle to Blower Knuckle, for example – Red’s Bouken Bo got a nice full-on fuck-change to Adventure Staff, because bo staffs desperately need a massive coating of cultural whitewashing for which I apologize. Other such minute and insignificant changes in the localized script include changing “Salon” to “Lounge” because Salon sounds like a hairdressers to English sensibilities, as opposed to the French ones the show is drawing on.
ANYWAY it’s time for Old Sentai References of the Episode. Today, we’re in full-on ZyuRanger mode – which means I’m going to be referring to shit in Power Rangers terms because seriously, who the fuck’s actually watched Zyu? God damn. Anyway, Ryuuwon is based off of
DaiZyuJin the original Megazord, which is most noticeable in his head horns and giant square shoulders. The Dord – the mecha de-jour, however, is based off of Ultimate DaiZyuJin the Ultrazord – specifically the lower half of it made up of Dragon Caesar and Brachion Titanus, which you can see in the two giant cannons to the side of it’s head.
And that concludes our notes. Enjoy the ep!