When Saban’s Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers first debuted on Fox way back in 1993, it launched what has since become one of the biggest and most successful children’s television series in American television history. The series, which was based on (and used various elements of) Super Sentai Zyuranger, was just the first of so many Super Sentai incarnations. Thanks to Shout! Factory, that source material been released to the most devout Super Sentai and Power Rangers fans in so many DVD box sets. Of course for all of the material that has served as the base for the Power Rangers franchise, there is in fact at least some Super Sentai content that to this day has not been Americanized. One classis Super Sentai series that has not been turned into a Power Rangers property is the early 90s series Super Sentai: Chojin Sentai Jetman. The series ran for 51 episods over just under a year on TV Asahi in Japan from Feb. 1991 to Feb. 1992. Now more than 26 years after that series ended its run overseas, it has finally gotten a proper domestic release – again thanks to Shout! Factory. Released Sept. 25, the eight-disc set is yet another welcome addition to the home collection of those aforementioned true Super Sentai and Power Rangers devotees. That is proven in part through the series’ writing, which will be discussed shortly. The series’ production values play into that appeal just as much as its writing, and will be discussed a little bit later. The set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements. It will also be addressed later. Each item in itself is important to the whole of this set. All things considered, they combine to make Super Sentai: Chojin Sentai Jetman another interesting entry in the Super Sentai franchise.
Shout! Factory’s latest release in Toei Company and Bandai’s Super Sentai franchise is an interesting entry to that franchise. It is only of perhaps only two Super Sentai series to date to not be adapted into a Power Rangers installment. That being the case, it can only be compared to other Super Sentai installments. Keeping that in mind, it can be said that it holds its own against its Japanese counterparts. That is proven in part through the series’ writing. While the series has not been adapted to a domestic form, it is clear in the writing that it presents many of the same themes that are present in other Super Sentai and Power Rangers series – the importance of friendship and teamwork, the value of hard work, and so much more. They are told through stories that while again are anything but kid friendly, many Power Rangers and Super Sentai fans will still recognize. The very setup of the Jetman program being a semi-militaristic organization is very familiar to the Power Rangers series Lightspeed Rescue, SPD and Power Rangers RPM. It would be no surprise that this setup, in the writing, played some sort of influential role in those noted series and their own source material. That is especially considering that Chojin Sentai Jetman was, in its initial run, the 15th installment in the Super Sentai franchise.
On another note, audiences familiar with the Super Sentai franchise will also note that much of the more adult-oriented content in the franchise is just as present here as it is in its predecessors and those series that came after. From characters smoking to a character dying to the jetman team drinking champaign and more, there is a lot of content in this series that would not be acceptable to American censors. In an odd way, it makes this series another interesting study in the differences in Asian and American culture. Keeping that in mind, the series’ writing again will appeal to the most devoted Super Sentai and Power Rangers devotees, but those devotees will clearly have to be older viewers, as the writing obviously is not acceptable for younger viewers. While the writing does plenty to make Chojin Sentai Jetman appealing for Super Sentai and Power Rangers devotees, it’s just one part of what makes the series appealing to those fans. The series’ production values are just as important to address here as the series’ writing.
The production values of Chojin Sentai Jetman are just as familiar to audiences as those of Super Sentai Zyuranger in every sense. From the so cheesy that they’re cool special effects from the villains to the equally so cheesy they’re cool fight scenes to even the Jetman crew’s non-super powered vehicles, the production values from this early 90s series will instantly take viewers back in time in the best way possible. It’s clear in taking in these production values, that they had a direct role in the look and feel of Zyuranger and obviously every series that followed. The Jetman group’s pickup truck and even Ryu’s mini vehicle both hint at the vehicles used by the Lightspeed Rescue Power Rangers. Meanwhile, the full-size fight scenes are so similar to those in Zyuranger and Power Rangers. The same can be said of the ground level fight scenes and even the costumes used for the monsters. Considering all of this, the production values in this series give the aforementioned audiences just as much to appreciate as the series’ writing. In other words, audiences have that much more to appreciate when considering this positive with the positive presented through the series’ writing. The collective value of the writing and production values is only part of what makes this set a welcome addition to any Super Sentai and Power Rangers fan’s collection. The set’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.
Using prices from Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Walmart and Shout! Factory, the average price point of Super Sentai: Chojin Sentai Jetman: The Complete Series proves to be $35.38, or a little more than $2 per hour. The most commonly listed price is $42.99. Considering that the set’s run time is listed at 17 hours over 51 episodes, that makes the nearly $36 average price point relatively affordable. Add in that the series’ writing and production values are certain to keep the most devoted audiences engaged, and it becomes that much more affordable. To that end, the set’s average price point, shows to be only positive. When this is considered with the positives of the series’ writing and production values, the end result is a series that audiences will agree is another interesting piece of Super Sentai history.
Super Sentai: Chojin Sentai Jetman is another interesting addition to the seemingly endless ocean of Super Sentai series. It is a piece that the franchise’s most devoted fans (and those of Power Rangers) will appreciate. As has been discussed here, that is due in part to the writing, which presents its own share of familiarity to audiences. The production values, which are also so similar to those of other Super Sentai series of the time, will appeal to longtime fans just as much as that familiar writing. The set’s relatively affordable price point of almost $36 rounds out its most important elements. The set’s 17 hour run time that contains that entertaining and engaging writing and production makes that price worth paying. Each item is key in its own way to the whole of this set. All things considered, they make the set another welcome addition to the home library of any Super Sentai and Power Rangers fan. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:
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