Meta Morphing Power Rangers

15 08 2011

I stumbled upon this video through a YouTube recommendation and felt a bit odd and amused after seeing this.

Here’s why:

It is the opening for the Japanese dub of Mighty Morphing Power Rangers. Which for those in the know, is actually based on the Japanese show: Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger (恐竜戦隊ジュウレンジャー).

Here’s where the meta-ness comes in.

In Power Rangers, they reused clips from the original version and dubbed brand new English dialogue onto it. The recycled clips starred Japanese actress Machiko Soga (曽我 町子) as Witch Bandora (Rita Repulsa in the English version).

When they decided to show Power Rangers in Japan, they had to redub the whole show. They ended up getting Machiko Soga to come in to record Japanese dialogue (presumably) translated from the English version for Rita Repulsa which is actually played by herself, twice removed.

Okay. I’m starting to smell burnt toast. I’d best leave it at that.

We miss you, Machiko Soga, Queen of Tokusatsu!!

 

 

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