I try my best to not judge a Super Sentai or Kamen Rider series on suit photos or intro trailers alone. I’ve long since learned that just because something may initially look like the worst idea Toei has ever come up with doesn’t mean it won’t absolutely blow me away. The current Super Sentai, Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, is a perfect example. I initially thought the dancing transformation sequence was the dumbest looking shit in the world, but it’s turned out to be one of my favorite Sentai series! So I will try my best not to shit on Tokkyuger just from this preview trailer.
However, I can’t help but look at this thing and think that some exec at Toei mandated the train theme for the next Sentai series so that they could bring back Den-O in a crossover movie. Somehow, Den-O is still one of the most beloved Kamen Riders. Personally, I can’t stand it. But he’s had nine theatrical films and that’s without including all his appearances in the various Taisen films. That’s fucking insane. So I wouldn’t at all be surprised to hear “ORE SANJOU” in the middle of Tokkyuger’s run. When that shit happens, you heard it here first, folks!
That’s my one prediction for Tokkyuger. I have to admit, I’m not a fan of the suits or the helmets, but that’s strictly from a design sense. The show might turn out to be awesome despite what I feel is an inevitable crossover.