This sub/adaptation comparison is also being uploaded on the RangerWiki.
I’ve made sub/dub comparisons before, but this will be my first time making a sub/adaptation comparison. I’ll be looking at the similarities between Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger (English translation Dinosaur Squadron Beastranger) and season 1 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
You’re probably already familiar with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but what is Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger? Zyuranger is the sixteenth entry in the Super Sentai franchise, which has been going on since the seventies. It’s a really popular franchise in Japan about a bunch of suited, masked warriors who fight evil. Zyuranger is not only the first installment to be made legally available in the West, but also the installment that establishes a lot of traditions in the franchise, such as “sixth rangers” that join the team in the middle of the season.
Power Rangers, on the other hand, is such a mainstream series that it needs no introduction. Installment in this franchise are based on Super Sentai; they take the fight scene footage and dub over it. However, the characters and non-fight footage seem to be original. Sometimes, the stories are, too. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is the first installment in the franchise. I’m only covering season 1 here because the other two seasons are based on different Super Sentai installments than Zyuranger.
Here’s how this comparison is going to go. It’ll be split up into two parts because the American version is just that different from the Japanese version. The first part will go over Zyuranger all on its own. The second will go over Mighty Morphin Power Rangers episode-by-episode and show what parts of Zyuranger it uses, what parts it discards, and in what order.
Want to follow along? Both Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers can be watched legally! Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger can be viewed for free here at Shout Factory TV. Though all three seasons of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers can be found here on Netflix, Netflix is currently hosting child pornography (I’m not exaggerating; more information here), so your cheapest option other than that is to purchase Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for $24.99 on Vudu.
One last thing: I’m aware that some episodes of season 1 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers were remastered in 2010. Apparently, the changes made in this remaster were really small – just visual effects. I think I’m going to do a separate original/remaster comparison to cover these changes after I’m done here. For this sub/adaptation comparison, I’m just going to focus on the original 1993-1994 version.
Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger on its own
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in comparison
To Be Continued…