The culture behind a Megazord: Overwatch’s Genji and his tokusatsu references

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Welcome back to my blog.

For the final “The culture behind a Megazord” of this month, I will be using the Italian website Project Nerd as a source.

As for now, I am listening to the soundtrack of Attack on Titan while writing about Super Sentai and Kamen Rider references on a skin for Overwatch’s Genji. This moment feels so epic!

Now, look at Genji’s “Sentai” skin.

Risultati immagini per Genji Sentai

If you thought about Power Rangers, then don’t worry: us Japanese tokusatsu fans are used to those unaware about the existence of Kamen Rider, Super Sentai and the rest of the genre.

If you want to know what Sentai means, here’s what I wrote on another article:

In Japanese, sentai (戦隊) is a military unit and may be literally translated as “squadron”, “task force”, “group” or “wing”. The terms “regiment” and “flotilla”, while sometimes used as translations of Sentai, are also used to refer to larger formations.

Here, however, Overwatch references Super Sentai, a tokusatsu series started in 1975 which has been adapted into Power Rangers since 1993. If you want to know more, just click here.

In fact, among the lines he says, Genji makes at least two references to Juuken Sentai Gekiranger (2007) and Engine Sentai Go-Onger (2008).

From the first one, Genji mentions “Unbreakable Body” and “Fantastic Technique”, catchphrases of respectively Geki Red and Geki Violet.

Risultati immagini per Geki Red

Infinite power flows in my body. Unbreakable Body. GekiRed!

Risultati immagini per Geki Violet

Excitement, my style, to the limit of my will! Iron Will, GekiViolet!

Then, two other lines are “Doki doki yukai”, a reference to Go-On Green.

Risultati immagini per Go-On Green

And “Break the Limit”, Go-On Gold’s catchphrase.

Risultati immagini per Go-On gold

However, that doesn’t stop here, as Genji even references Kamen Rider, one of the biggest tokusatsu franchises ever (the first installment is from 1971), with a simple exclamation: Toh!

This is the exclamation of the original two Kamen Rider as they jumped in fighting scenes, so it is a nice touch.

I love to see those little references on a game like Overwatch, which took the World by storm last year. Maybe, there could even be others in the future.

The article ends here. See you, next time, here, on the RYUJIN NO KEN WO KURAE!!!

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