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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Thief Sentai Lupinranger VS Police Sentai Patranger: Episode nine recap

 Start date: February 11 for 50 episodes(?), airs Sundays at 9:30 am on TV Asahi
Subs by Overtime

Main Cast:

Lupin Rangers

Asahi ito as Kairi Yano.... Lupin RED
Haruka Kudo as Umika Hayami,.... Lupin YELLOW
Shogo Hama as Toma Yoimachi.... Lupin BLUE
Yoichi Nukumizu as Kogure

Patrangers/Global Police officers

Kousei Yuuki as Keiichiro Asaka.... Patranger RED
Ryo Yokoyama as Sakuya Hikawa.... Patranger GREEN
Kazusa Okuyama as Tsukasa Myoujin.... Patranger PINK
Ike Nuwata as Commander Hilltop
Plus the robot Jim Carter who does all of the accounting and desk work

The Gangler Villains: 

Dogranio Yabun, the leader
Goche Ru Medu
Destora Mazzio.... plus probably many more of them in the future

 Short promo video is at the top for this episode. None of the episodes have had a true cliffhanger to end off with so there's really no need to know how the previous show ended. However don't talk too much about what's happened up until now so if you're new every detail to date has been covered thoroughly so may be worth reading the older recaps first.

 The top three are the the team of Lupinrangers, the bottom guy Kogure sets them up for their assignments to obtain pieces of the Lupin collection. He was an infamous French thief from over a century ago whose collection of pieces was stolen by the space alien group of monsters called Ganglers. Also after the collection are the Global Police who can transform themselves into the superhero trio of Patrangers, here are the three along with their commander who we rarely see.

 Quality of the plots is much higher than you would think for one of these Sentai series, to me the stories could be better than most regular dramas. Slightly different tone this show as a Lupin collection piece was owned by a normal human being. That person's name was Ema Goldine, she was a jewelry designer from France visiting Japan. She was unaware it was a relic from the collection and didn't appear she knew who the famous thief Lupin was.
 But she refused to give the piece to the Lupinrangers who had been told by their handler Kogure that the pendant Ema was wearing was a collection piece. We first met her in an office building, the Ganglers had also been informed Ema had a Lupin piece and were there to retrieve it. A new Gangler was at the office trying to the the piece, it's name was Bletz and though quite strong didn't seem to have any other special powers.
 Also on hand were the trio of Lupinrangers, while two fought the alien creature Bletz Kairi escaped with Ema. At the scene were also the three Patrangers, they were unaware at first that Ema's pendant was a piece of the collection. Their hands were tied fighting Bletz along with the pair of Lupinrangers, the fight never came to a conclusion as Bletz was able to flee, as did the the two Lupins who once again were able to escape the clutches of their hated rivals the Patrangers.

 Ema is a bit reluctant to give the pendant up, it's a memento from her childhood days as it was given to Ema by her older sister. But for years the pair have been estranged, Ema's sister keeps trying to reconnect with her but Ema wants nothing to do with her. So for now Ema refuses to give up her pendant but the Lupinrangers will still be protecting her as she'll be staying with the three at their Jurer French restaurant.
 Ema had been in Japan to hold an exhibit for her jewelry designs, it was cancelled due to the Gangler attack. But the Patrangers are going ahead with the show, there will be a fake pendant on display which the Patrangers hope will draw out Bletz. Their plan worked perfectly as the creature was on hand and was easily able to get the pendant. But Bletz was informed by the Patrangers it was fake, they don't care about obtaining the Lupin collection pieces but are totally concerned with defeating Ganglers to maintain world peace.
 That's the complete opposite of the Lupinrangers whose existence centers around grabbing a Lupin collection piece from a Gangler, whether they live doesn't concern them too much. At the exhibit the Patrangers are now in a serious battle with Bletz, also arriving on the scene were Toma and Umika from the Lupinrangers who wanted to steal the Lupin piece from Bletz. It was a hard battle again for both teams, every Gangler monster is becoming much stronger but it was a five on one against Bletz who eventually was defeated. The pair of Lupinrangers were about to jump right over to Bletz to take his collection piece when tragedy struck.

 Keiichiro from the Patrangers had a new secret weapon we've never seen before, the name of it wasn't revealed. With one shot his powerful weapon was able to completely destroy Bletz, not one thing was left of the creature. But in the process the Lupin piece was blown to smithereens, couldn't tell because of their helmets but Toma and Umika may have been in tears as this was the first piece they were unable to obtain.
 There were just two Lupins at the exhibit as outside of the gallery was Kairi who was protecting Ema. He's been trying to convince her to make peace with her sister, he knows first hand what it's like as he had been estranged from his older brother. Hadn't been sure until now but the loved one of Kairi's that had been frozen and killed by a Gangler was his brother. If his team can gather all of the Lupin collection pieces he may be able to bring his sibling back to live. Telling Ema his story has moved her and as you can see above she ended up giving Kairi her pendant.
 But not until the two were trapped as outside the gallery appearing on the scene was the Gangler Destra. We've met him in two other episodes and he may be the strongest of the Ganglers. He wasn't bested previously and wasn't in this battle with Kairi either, if it wasn't for his two teammates showing up Kairi would have lost. The Patrangers also arrived to fight, six to one odds didn't favor Destra so he split but before he did he left the two hundred foot monster Golam to continue the fight.

 The Lupin collection piece that Ema gave to Kairi was also a powerful weapon which is another reason Destra left the scene. It was roughly called 'Scissor and Blade Vehicle' with could fly and it's blades can cut through anything. It was just a one time deal using it as when they gather the pieces they have to give them to their handler Kogure.
 The Lupinrangers have twice defeated one of the massive Gangler creations but it's back to normal as it was the Patrangers who fought Golam. The Lupin piece Good Striker arrived to help them, he's a very handy weapon and with him either team he helps is guaranteed a victory. It was no different this time as the Patrangers were able to easily defeat the monster, wasn't much time left in the show which is was why it was a quick battle.
 To the finale, we saw Ema calling her sister to have a reunion but that's not the important part. Back at their Jurer Bistro Toma and Umika have told Kairi what happened to the Lupin collection piece they tried to collect and how it was destroyed by Keiichiro of the Patrangers. The team needs to collect all of the Lupin collection to have their wish granted, what's going to happen now that there's one piece they'll have no chance of obtaining? No clue yet but sure we'll find out in the next episode as this one ended on that note.

 About 20% complete now with this series, 39 episodes to go. So far so good as this has been a solid series up until now and would recommend it if you enjoy Sentai shows. Will be back the same time next week with the recap for the tenth episode, in the meantime hope to have a few other drama posts. "Video Girl Ai' has finished it's run, the subbing is now complete for the final four shows and the first eight have already been recapped. So will be working on those and will have all four recaps in a row coming up soon.