Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Toei Company, Ltd.Talks About Power Rangers, Legend War Refilming

Earlier this year, I posted that in an issue of Hyper Hobby Magazine that Toei Company, Ltd. has plans in recreating the Legend War scene for Power Rangers' upcoming 20th Anniversary. Here's the translation of the interview courtesy of nerefir of HJU that ended up on 4chan's /m/ board.

HH: 2012 is also the 20th anniversary of Power Rangers, isn't it.
Suzuki: At first we got an offer from America to do something like "199 Heroes," but of course Power Rangers started with Zyuranger, so the characters before that don't exist. "So just get rid of those parts." (laughs) We can't do that either, so the discussion became "Let's just film new footage with the 20 years' worth that we do need."

HH: Power Rangers has already been reimported and dubbed with the voices of the actors that played in the Japanese original. That's very interesting.
Suzuki: Yes, once you get used to it, it's very interesting. But there's a cost to getting the actors to dub, so we can't really do it much.

HH: Lately they have events even in Taiwan. In Asia, it's not really "Power Rangers," is it?
Suzuki: I suppose. Originally they would just broadcast the Japanese version in east Asia. They've been doing that in Taiwan for 7 years now. It's not really profitable, but they wanted to try it out, so they did it. It's gotten an unusually good reaction.

HH: So then, what are the prospects for Sentai, including Power Rangers, in 2012?
Suzuki: In America it will be the 20th anniversary of Power Rangers, so they have to put forth a lot of work. In preparation for that, they asked us to "film the parts where the Sentai (from Zyuranger on) in Japan." We're currently setting up for that.

What is your reaction for a likely Power Rangers adaptation of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger? How can they handle Rangers who had multiple Ranger identities such as Tommy Oliver?

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