Sunday, January 20, 2013

similarities between Jetman and Abaranger; Inoue vs Arakawa

As my first post on this blog, I wanted to post again an analysis about Jetman and Abaranger, how they are similar and why they are also different:
Jetman and Abaranger have a lot of similarities:
- The same colors for the rangers : red, blue, yellow, black and white (OK Abarekiller is mostly a villain, and there are two girls in jetman, but still)
- among the team: a professional warrior (red hawk and abareblack) and the rest are randomly selected civilians
- among the team: a character with a jerk attitude who clashes with the red ranger, but beneath a heart of gold (Gai Yuuki and Yukito Sanjou)
- among the team: someone with a rich upbringing and who in fact him(her)self very rich (Kaori Rokumeikan and Yukito Sanjou)
- a high school girl protagonist (Ako Hayasaka (Jetman) and Emiri Imanaka (abaranger) (even if the latter isn't a ranger))
- a story line where one of the heroes is romantically involved with the female villain, who is his brainwashed girlfriend (or wife) (Ryu and Rei/Maria, Asuka and Mahoro/Jannu)
- About the aformentioned girlfriend : a Japanese name for the good self (Rie and Mahoro) and a Western name for the evil self (Maria and Jannu (Jeanne))
- In both cases, before being brainwashed, the girlfriend was fighting alongside the hero
- in both cases, the hero discovers that her enemy has his girlfriend appearance about episode 6-7 and realizes that she is indeed his girlfriend in episode 31-32
- in both cases, the girlfriend stabs the main villain without killing him in a very late episode (Rie stabs Radiguet in episode 49, Mahoro stabs Dezumozorya in episode 48) and realizes her crimes about the same time (Rie and Mahoro in both episodes 49)
- A child villain who underwent a rapid growth about episode 36-37 , and who changes his (or her) name by making it longer (Tran -> Tranza and Rije -> Rijewel)
- Importance of classical music ( the piano playing of Maria in Jetman and the classical music themed giganoïds created by Voffa in abaranger)
- music sensitivity among the characters (Grey and Ryu in Jetman ; Asuka, the Bakuryus and Mahoro in Abaranger)
- a sympathetic monster of the week who survived and found a job among the humans (Dryer Jigen in jetman; Yatsudenwani in abaranger)
- the antagonists are characters from another dimension
- And both had their dead rangers returning in Gokaiger
- about individual episodes:
one episode with a character who has a leg paralysis that she must overcome
one episode about greed
in one episode some of the protagonists must deal with a character of the day who want to commit suicide ( episode 12 of Jetman and episode 9 of abaranger)
wacky episodes about episode 10 ( the ramen episode in jetman, the bear-mushroom in abaranger) episode 26 (the prehistoric episode of jetman, the cartoon episode of abaranger) and episode 45-46 (the tomato king episode in jetman, the rumba monkey episode in abaranger)
- and just for fun : since now scientists believe that birds are just a subgroup of dinosaurs: both series are dinosaurs themed.

That said, they are also very different, and I feel that those differences really reflect the different writing styles of Inoue and Arakawa, even when they handle similar concepts
-Inoue loves drama, melodrama, and drama ending in a tragic way (and it shows in his Rider series, and in Cutie Honey); in Jetman he introduces plenty of episodes and arcs with tragic outcomes; the Radiguet amnesia, with the sick girl who's finally killed, the whole JetGaruda intro arc, with three characters introduced in one ep, and killed in the following one; and it can be seen in some fillers as well; comedy in Jetman is handled by different writers (notably Arakawa) ; and that affinity for tragedy is shown in Maria/Rie's death, and he couldn't resist having a hero killed after the end of the Vyram fight (the famous Gai Yuuki's death); likewise, he tries to have Jetman go beyond the sentai concept and sometimes, it tries to be a drama; in a sense, Inoues affinity for writing Rider series is linked to the fact he is able to write his drama stuff more easily, since he hasn't the constraints of the sentai formula, and can write more edgy stuff. Series penned by Inoue have a tendency to take themselves very seriously
- Arakawa, and the other hand wants sentai to be mostly fun, and not to take itself too seriously; Abaranger is light hearted ( the talking dinos, the heartwarming Dino restaurant, and the importance of comedy (it's telling that Carranger's main writer is a secondary writer of Aba; his job in Aba reminds me of Arakawa's job in Jetman; writing over the top comedy episodes); drama is important in Aba, and sometimes, its even darker than in Jetman; but unlike Inoue, Arakawa see drama as hardship the heroes have to overcome, but can overcome to earn their happy ending (hence, the happy ending for Asuka and Mahoro); Arakawa uses mostly drama for the main storylines, and highlights comedy and heartwarming moments in filler stories; it's interesting to notice that except Kuuga, Arakawa has not written a lot of Rider stuff, and mostly writes for sentai; that way of writing is also seen in his other sentai series (Dekaranger, Gokaiger and Akibaranger)

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