Summer is looking to be a slightly better season than what most people expected, and I think we have the Akibaranger to thank for that. Despite the final battle that went on during episode 12, there is still one more episode that will determine the final fate of these three lovable otakus.
Join me in the streets of Akihabara one last time as we take you into the delusional world of Akibaranger.
After Akibaranger was forced to come to an end by the hands of Saburo Hatte, the team was given one last opportunity that might help their show continue. Little did they know, they had to go through one of my most hated things that comes out of most Super Sentai shows. Even if you have never seem a Sentai series, you might have encountered this sort of episode in various other shows across different mediums and genres. Luckily this is Akibaranger we are talking about, so they instead took my most hated thing and made it into something entertaining.
A majority of recap episodes attempt to narrate random explanations that you already know, whereas Akibaranger does the opposite. Each member reminisces each event as they are making fun of themselves throughout each segment, which contributes to Akibaranger's main theme. In my honest opinion, I think more people could learn from this episode, that way you won't waste the viewer's time by just showing them footage that they have already seen before.
It is these kind of moments that make me love Akibaranger so much, especially how it still manages to provide extra comedic elements that can even appeal to those who are not too familiar with Super Sentai. Sure we had Nobuo screaming out different references here and there, but there was something about the way that it was done that it pushes each segment further instead of leaving the viewers confused.
While I would have love them to have gone further with the otaku theme and Super Sentai cameos, it was still fun seeing the cast attempting to overcome the deadly grasp of executive meddling during the final arc of the series. When you look at it, it was the development team's fault for creating a character that knows everything related to Super Sentai by heart, since Nobuo was the first person to be aware of Saburo Hatte's evil scheme. Hence a random moral about the impacts that can come from writing off and/or derailing characters in fiction.
In the end Akibaranger went off as a series that was not only a parody of Super Sentai, but a show that made fun of the obsessions and habits of otakus, along with poking fun at moe', cute 2D girls, TV production, and anime. If the show would have been an official series, then they wouldn't be able to get away with any of the stuff that we were treated to during these past 13 weeks. I think Nobuo, Mitsuki, Yumeria's desire to keep the show as it is proves that they don't want to go through the sacrifices of being official, since they manage to realize what they should be really fighting for.
I am not expecting people to get into Super Sentai because of Akibaranger, but I think that it will at least will give most viewers an idea of some of the elements that go on in the franchise. Depending on the production team's mood, we can only hope that we get to see a new Akibaranger series. If not, we might end up with an actual Z-Cune Aoi anime -- more merchandising! Whatever happens, all that matters is that Akibaranger left us with a great impression on where toku shows can go in regards to parody shows. And as Nobuo would say, "Pain is power, Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger!"
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