Now here is the first thing I am going to cover, the first season's plot is mostly changed. I am sad to see this, since the ending for season one still kept the fight happening so it could have easily been done. It would also be great to see this episode go over about what happened in the nine months after the original ending. It would have been interesting to see how the team slowly separated and this could have been because of being bored of doing the same thing over and over again since all they have to fight is Malshina. This isn't too big since this episode does cover the big changes that do happen as there are many changes. Now here's the thing though, are these changes good or bad?
Then there was another thing that was bugging me at times, which was with the new footage being mixed with the old footage. I was expecting it when I first heard the original story was being changed, but along with Mitsuki's hair there was another big change. This was the lighting, again call it nit-picking, but there are huge changes into the shooting of the new scenes. It's just inconsistent and laziness cause they could have easily shot a whole new scene, but nope there was a lot of editing around as it just made some scenes feel odd because of this. Going on with the episode there was some new footage added in as we see Nobuo had some different fantasies when he was dreaming of the girls cosplaying. There was Mari Gold, White Racer, and Frabeejo. Overall the changes were bad at times mostly because of poor editing and I'm not a fan of messing with the original story, but I have a feeling that something might happen.
I mean look at that so fake sun!
The ending of the episode is what I liked the most though as it leaves with a big hanger. First is that along with Mitsuki leaving, Moegi left as well for unknown reasons. So now it is only Nobuo as he still sticks to his delivery boy job, oh yea and Sayaka isn't around either so no love for Nobuo :(. While on his job though he stumbles upon Akibaranger merchandise? He goes into the store to see if this is true as it seems Akibaranger is the seventeenth Sentai series! Nobuo even gets into an argument with the store owner who is played by Yuu Kamio who was Dr. Maki from OOO. I can probably tell that Akibaranger is going to give little tributes to other franchises because of that scene. They even had Yuu hold Bae on his shoulder, but you can see the doll from OOO in the background. The important thing is that Dairanger has been replaced and it doesn't even exists now! This is an utter nightmare!
(Not this picture though)
Overall the episode still gave me some fun moments thanks to some changes for comedic purposes. Also I really loved the ending for this episode as it's a real shocker. I still got issues though since I don't like it when original stories are toyed around with. I really don't see why these changes were made and with the bad editing that was done it makes me wonder why didn't they just stick with the original story? I would give the episode a C+ since it's still a nice introduction in ways, but again this episode gave me some bad things to taste.
Next Time: What has happened to Dairanger?