Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Super Sentai: The Classic Teamwork Victory

Super Sentai is the Japanese origin of the western Power Rangers series that started in the 70s. They are a five-member team who were tasked to protect the Earth from villains and monsters. This series came to the Philippines in the 80s and it swept the imaginations of the young and the not-so-young ones as well. 

It became my favorite television pastime and found a bit addicted to the very colorful group of over-acting heroes, lengthy transformation sequences and never-ending machine combinations to form huge robots. 

Toei Co. Ltd. and Bandai the creators of all of the Super Sentai series celebrated more than 35 years of creating this phenomenal team hero series and as we can see in this video they created a special episode where they featured all the former Super Sentai teams starting from Goranger (1975) to the recently concluded Goseiger (2010). This year, Toei & Bandai released its newest addition to the long-running "task force" or "fighting squadrons", the Gokaiger (2011)

Himitsu Sentai Goranger 1975-1977
Tensou Sentai Goseiger 2010
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger 2011
In the Philippines, the first to be shown however is J.A.K.Q. Dengkitai in 1977. But it was Goranger which was more remembered. Then came Bioman and Maskman, the first Super Sentai dubbed in Tagalog which was followed by Google V, Turborangers, Jetman and Fiveman. 
J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai 1977
In the video we have seen they all have fought together to destroy a massive fleet & army of invading aliens. It's like a crayon fight! Red, blue, green, yellow, pink, black, white, violet, silver, gold and lots of color combinations fought the gray-looking opponents. Ah, euphoria!

At such troubled time like this in the country, one would wish we have this kind of "super fighting squadron" to defeat crimes & protect us from the damaging menace brought about by many 'evildoers'. In so many issues we are facing, I dream that the Super Sentais can just help all our hungry families & protect our individuals against lies and attacks of those opposing the Reproductive Health Bill, encourage nurses to stand for their rights and claim their victory, exhort adults how to further protect children's rights and preventing them from being exploited, help the government fight corruption and crimes brought about by hate, greed and selfishness, in short if they just could answer everything - sadly no Super Sentai exists in the Philippines (errr not even Zaido lasted that long).

What Super Sentai teaches us is that we all should work in unity and teamwork in achieving a common goal is always a sure key to success. In every endeavor, we should love what we do and give our heart to it, whatever it takes. And that in everything we do, we should always think of others for the greater good before ourselves. Lastly, for the love of the people around us and for the love of our own country and the world, we are ready to sacrifice beyond our own - even risking what we have if necessary. 

And in the end of the video we see how all of them worked together for a common goal (which was their alien enemy) and that despite their known differences (they came from different time and cultures) they have achieved it and won. For us, we might not have the ability to metamorphose and wear shiny tights & fancy helmets, nor have laser guns, swords and jumbo robot machines but what we have is basic to every victory and that is, unity, passion, tolerance, innovation, leadership and faith to self and team members (not much emphasizing in the religious sense). All of these traits and so many other positive ones attribute to our success.

The classic victory is not much through what an individual does by himself but when he works well with his teammates and work their way to it. That is the Super Sentai style. 
Gokaiger with the Red Sentai

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