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Carranger 47

Sunday, April 26th, 2015 by Corin

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Carranger in spirit!

Carranger 40

Sunday, November 30th, 2014 by Corin

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How about them Tigers?

Notes from someone smarter than us:

This is another episode that hinges on Minoru being from Osaka (located in the Kansai region). In particular, it hinges on Osaka’s local baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers. Although the Hanshin Tigers are officially a sister team to the Detroit Tigers, they’re frequently compared to the Boston Red Sox in terms of their cultural importance. In particular, the Hanshin Tigers’s long-standing rivalry with Tokyo’s Yomiuri Giants parallels the classic rivalry between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees (or, say, Real Madrid vs FC Barcelona, for football fans).

At many points in the Tigers’s history, they’ve had the air of a hard-luck team that just can’t catch a break. Perhaps as a result, Tigers fans have a reputation for being absurdly devoted. The kinds of stuff Minoru does in this episode is not much of an exaggeration of how a true Tigers superfan might’ve actually acted at the time. It’s also worth noting that the 90s were generally rough for the Tigers, so Minoru probably wasn’t the only guy praying for the team to do better.

Osaka is also a region associated with food and a love of big meals, which probably explains why we see Minoru feeding the week’s monster a steady stream of local delicacies. For instance, takoyaki is a grilled octopus dumpling popular throughout Japan. It was invented in Osaka, though, where it’s so beloved that you can visit the Osaka Takoyaki Museum. The takoyaki you usually see in TV shows is the Tokyo style, which has a light, flaky texture before it’s covered in mayonnaise and sauce. The Osaka-style takoyaki you see in this episode differs mainly in that it has a softer, doughier texture even before sauces are added. The kitsune udon Minoru prepares for theĀ  monster is also associated with Osaka. It is distinguished from other types of udon mainly be containing aburaage, a flat piece of slightly sweetened, deep-fried tofu. The aburaage soaks up the udon broth, taking on a soft, slightly spongy texture.

The song Minoru sings at the end of the episode is the official Hanshin Tigers fight song, Rokko Oroshi, which all real Tigers fans are expected to know by heart. The name translates roughly as “The Wind of Mount Rokko,” referring to the cold, harsh winds that blow down the mountain’s sides. The song expresses the idea that the Hanshin Tigers have already learned to endure the mountain’s blistering winds, so their opponents don’t really stand a chance. The translation we’re using here is the “official” translation, which is written in a grandiose style. Since the Tigers have such long runs of bad luck, the Rokko Oroshi has come to generally symbolize the idea of perserverence against all odds. The official translation seemed especially suitable for the way the song is used in this episode.

Carranger 32

Sunday, July 13th, 2014 by Corin

This week, Kyosuke is forced to step up as the team’s LEEEEADEEEEER, as they once again fight to protect Korea from the villainous Bykergang!

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LEEEEADEEEEER

Carranger 31

Friday, July 4th, 2014 by Corin

In this week’s episode, our heroes must learn the true meaning of teamwork… or something like that. Anyways, hope you enjoy!

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Carranger Episode 25

Saturday, February 8th, 2014 by Corin

I know what you’re thinking: More Carranger already?! Is this a trick or has HaroRangers finally shifted into full gear? Are they actually gonna race to the finish this time? Is Corin just using an excuse to throw out some Cat puns?!

I can guarantee you at least one of those things is true.

This week on Carranger, bikinis and panty shots! An evil Sentai appears, but wait! Who’s this mysterious girl clad in white? Has Carranger’s sixth finally appeared? Did Carranger’s sixth already appear 13 episodes ago? Are these questions as pointless as I think they are?

Anyways, lots of fun as always. Hope you enjoy!

Note: S.S. Perman is named after exactly who you think he is. When he becomes a giant, the finishing move he attempts to do is a bunch of different finishing moves from pre-Cat Sentai all crammed together.

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