Anyway, despite that, that was actually my favorite arc thus far. This is actually the first series I've seen since the original series, so I can't compare to anything in between. I actually stumbled upon it while watching someone who was streaming original series episodes every so often, and then they would follow it up with a SM episode. I didn't pay the SM eps much attention at first, but I slowly got drawn in, and started to like them.We instead have all this Ultra Guardians stuff, which is simply ridiculous in my opinion, and the writers changed the formula so much this series they don't even know how to produce Pokémon episodes anymore. Aside from this Power Rangers bullshit going on,
The island challenge completely ruined the writers? Now that's tragic.I'd argue it's the other way around.
They actually backtracked on the new designs, in some ways.Ash's design was a little off-putting at first, but I'm used to it now.
Good God the Ultra Guardians was probably among my least favorite things in Sun and Moon (which is saying something considering I did not like this saga). Did Pokemon seriously need a Power Rangers parody that actually became a recurring plotline throughout an arc? Not only does it take any seriousness that could be had for the presence of the Ultra Beasts away but the very prospect of it is completely ridiculous. The Ultra Beasts were unknown creatures that were viewed as potentially dangerous and rather than having specialists or some kind of pseudo-military unit designed to deal with this, they send in a bunch of school students because they were successful one time in dealing with an Ultra Beast which is ridiculous even by Pokemon standards. Plus, there's something lost when it goes from coming across such a thing by chance and getting involved vs them being sent out Power Rangers style every time one showed up. I mean, just compare their involvement with Nihilego to the rest of the Ultra Beasts sans Guzzlord. It just doesn't compare in quality.We instead have all this Ultra Guardians stuff, which is simply ridiculous in my opinion, and the writers changed the formula so much this series they don't even know how to produce Pokémon episodes anymore. Aside from this Power Rangers bullshit going on, now Lillie, Mallow, and Lana even have a magical girl sequence. I know SM makes references to other anime, but I don't think the writers should be paying homage to other Japanese productions when they don't get their own shit right.
Just going off of say Mighty Morphing Power Rangers alone you have:I still don't understand why people keep saying that the Ultra Guardians are a Power Rangers ripoff/parody. I'm not too surprised that the comparison comes up in a way, but the similarities are pretty surface level from what I can tell. I don't think it's really a parody when they aren't really saying anything about a Power Ranger like concept. They just have a lighter tone compared to what I remember of Power Rangers. I don't think having a lighter tone dealing with the Ultra Beasts is bad either. Aside from Nihilego and Guzzlord, the Ultra Beasts weren't really dangerous. They were mostly presented as confused in this new world and wanted to go home.
I can understand why people wouldn't like the Ultra Guardians. I don't think having everyone help out against the Ultra Beasts really works when Ash, Kiawe and Gladion's Pokemon did the most work in defeating Nihilego. Not to mention there were a couple of episodes where the group looked incompetent, mainly with spending hours just throwing Ultra Balls and watching two Ultra Beasts show off. I just don't think that there's enough to dismiss it as simply a Power Rangers ripoff/parody.
Honestly, some of those still feel like stretches to me. The hidden base being their command center and transforming into mulitcolored outfits make sense, although their transformation sequences still make me think more of magical girl transformation sequences than anything from Power Rangers that I've seen. But Clefable as their Alpha 5 and Lusamine being their Zordon doesn't make sense to me. Does Clefable even do anything other than point at the screen? Alpha 5 was the comedy relief from what I remember, but he still had a presence in the show. Despite Lillie's connection to Clefable being so important during the climax of the Nebby arc, it hasn't really done anything. Zordon was also the Power Rangers' guide and mentor, not just the person who told them what the situation was like Lusamine is. At the very least, I remember that they painted Zordon as more of a wise figure guiding the group, which is not what Lusamine is doing at all.Just going off of say Mighty Morphing Power Rangers alone you have:
Group of a bunch of kids that are gathered to act as a task force of defenders
Hidden base under the school=Command Center
Clefable= Alpha 5
Group "transform" into colorful multicolored outfits in order to take on threat
Ride Pokemon that each individually has=zords
"Sixth Ranger" Who is added to the team later and has a different but comparable outfit to the others
Threat basically a one-off thing with plot only becoming more intense/serious for multi-parters
The comparisons still seem pretty much just surface level based to me. Some of them make sense or I can at least understand why the comparison is being made, but it just seems like a bit much to write it all off as a Power Rangers/Sentai parody. That is a fair point in regards to how a parody doesn't always have to be comically based though. While I agree that a powerful creature being thrown into a different world is still a potentially dangerous situation, I haven't been really bothered by how they handled the other Ultra Beast for the most part. They still recognize how serious the situation is and act accordingly in order to help the Ultra Beasts and other Pokemon.Kurolegacy said:There are far too many comparisons to ignore that this is an obvious parody of Power Rangers/Sentai based heroes that they were going for here. Just because they play it straight within the confines of their plot doesn't make it any less of a parody since a parody doesn't always mean that it's comically based, but rather that it's based on another existing product. As for the prospect of them being light-hearted, while they weren't malicious in nature, something that is basically a powerful creature who has been dropped in an unknown territory and is confused is still a dangerous situation and should have been treated with more tact than some of the down right ridiculous scenarios we were given. The ultra guarding plotline is basically wasting a perfectly good story for the sake of more light heart and slapstick when they could do that literally anywhere else in the saga and it's neither the time nor the place.