Date: 2018-01-25 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
Man-made zords? pfffft sure. next you will tell me there will be some rich dude who simply... makes them... for his team of adventurer rangers in a mission to retrieve some... magical jewels of vaguely defined powers.

Date: 2018-01-25 12:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Lightspeed Rescue had man-made Zords years before Operation Overdrive, but yes, I think OO had the first individually sponsored man made Zords.

My favourite variation was a fanfic set during Zeo, where Billy has to build new Zords out of whatever bits he can find left over, completes one and names it Zeo Zero (Since Zeo used numbers 1 through 5 for the core team), but can't complete the second one, so it ends up as stationary weapons turret, and Kat nicknames it "Eric, the half a Zord" after a song she liked

Date: 2018-01-25 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
yes. but since OO's are more contrived than LR, I decided to use it instead for comedic effect xD.
also, fun fact, Shinkenger (twhic would be Power Rangers Samurai) had the Gold Ranger self-taught himself HOW TO CREATE HIS MAIN ZORD.
Edited Date: 2018-01-25 03:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2018-01-25 03:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Yeah, in PR Samurai they had something sort of similar,

The Gold Ranger was a childhood friend of the Red Ranger who had left when he was about 7 or 8, when his family moved away, and Red gave him the OctoZord Folding Zord (Well, the Squid one, but they kept calling it an Octopus because why confuse the kids with accuracy in their giant animal robots?) to keep as a memento.

Somehow this career fisherman also turned out to be a master swordsman and genius tech whiz (because plot) who designed an app for his mobile phone that could use the same Symbol powers as the Rangers Morphers and allowed him to Morph and activate the Folding Zord.

Samurai was a WEIRD translation...

Date: 2018-01-25 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
change "Fisherman" for "sushi cook" and that is, i kid you not, Genta's description in SHinkenger.

Samurai is an almost 1-to-1 adaptaion of Shinkenger. there were some changes such as his main zord now not being his creation but one that already existed but needed finishing. that means, ironically, that A LOT of it went untranslated.

His story and talent makes more sense in Shinkengers becuase Shinkenger was basically a Jidai Genki set in a modern context. each of the rangers are from a Samurai Family with the Red one the head of the Shiba clan.
Genta being a genius was important because... he is a nobody (in the sense he isn't from a samurai family, which in this context is important) and the fact that he is the most talented of the group when it comes to the symbol power (and that he was able to achieve the same level of combat skill as the rest of the team on his own) means that some of the team's initial dismissal of him were because of prejudice for a "lower class" person.
Edited Date: 2018-01-25 04:33 pm (UTC)

Date: 2018-01-25 04:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Interesting, thanks for the extra info, the Genta analogue isn't treated seriously (even after demonstrating his skills) more because he's a slightly clumsy goofball than a class thing.

But then again, the whole series hinges on the Rangers being descendants of the most noted Samurai clans in (their) history, which might have worked with the less diverse casting in Japan, but in PR there's only one of them who is remotely Asian in appearance... the Red Ranger is a blond for heavens sake, and it just felt,... odd.

Date: 2018-01-25 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] locuatico
oh, Genta was a goofball in Shinkenger as well. but there it still made sense because it highlighted he wasn't from the same social sphere because of his complete disregard for proper etiquette and protocol (this is japan we are talking about, in which being respectful is serious business).
in contrast, Shinkenblue, the most vocal against Genta being part of the team, was a goofball as well (who in samurai was the stoic... altough it may be the actor is... not good), but that was because of how obsessed he was with following proper etiquette and how eager he was to show his loyalty to Shinkenred (Takeru/ShinkenRed did not care, because he honestly, fully considered Genta his friend and equal. and so his reasons not wanting him to join were more personal than the rest)
Edited Date: 2018-01-25 08:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2018-01-26 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] beeyo
Jesus Icon, you know a little about everything, dont you?

Date: 2018-01-26 03:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
It comes with age.... I'd say maturity, but who the hell would believe THAT of me?!? ;)

Date: 2018-01-25 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] astrakhan42
And they have to walk through the sun for five days.

Date: 2018-01-25 04:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Some deep dive geekery there.

Respect!

Date: 2018-01-25 05:12 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] astrakhan42
Are you kidding, I've been trying to figure out how to turn that bullshit lyric into a fanfic for years.

Date: 2018-01-25 05:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
OO Black, Yellow, Pink and Blue (Tired, sweaty, irritable) - For Zordon's sake, why have we been walking in the Sahara for five freaking days? We're EXHAUSTED!!

Mac (Eager, immaculately attired, chipper) - What's the problem you guys?

OO Black, Yellow, Pink and Blue - We're not all solar powered like SOME people and some of us DO need to sweat!

Date: 2018-01-25 11:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
I desperately hope that they develop this thing in a logical and intelligent manner - as in, it's a fantastic idea to get to the monsters before they turn and start murdering people. Prevention is good! Catch them alive and unharmed without the use of unnecessary violence, lock them up for a few hours to make absolutely certain you got the right individuals, wait until after they turn to make 100% sure there were no mistakes. You can also check if they are sentient and can be reasoned with to determine whether killing them counts as putting down rabid dogs or as murdering prisoners of war, with the latter obviously being a war crime that should not be allowed, and the ethics come with the obvious bonus that sentient and reasonable prisoners can be interrogated for precious intel that can be key to winning the war.

But what I've come to expect from comics is that they'll go full fascist and start gunning down people on the spot until inevitably the system glitches or gets hacked and they kill somebody who was a normal innocent human. Because apparently there is no scale at all between using reasonable means of prevention and going full Minority Report.

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