Costume Critique: Livemen from Choujuu Sentai Liveman.
Comprised of, from left to right, Yellow Lion, Black Bison, Red Falcon, Green Sai, Blue Dolphin.
Seth: Alright, so before we get into these, I just have to say that the Ranger Wiki has a narrator quote under the “Plot” section that goes a little something like this: "Friends, why have you sold your soul to the devil?"
Seth: No idea.
Andrew: I…need context, but I don’t want it.
Seth: I don’t know if I can give it. I can give this, though: “This series takes place on Academia Island, which is both a location and a school for scientists.”
Andrew: Haha. I love Science Heroes.
Seth: They’re the best.
Andrew: Please tell me they’re Battle Scientists.
Seth: Well, they are indeed scientists. Also, a few of them were murdered.
Andrew: LIKE…BEFORE THE SHOW STARTS?
Seth: And they were creating a suit strong enough for space exploration. This is bonkers.
Andrew: ARE THEY GHOST BATTLE SCIENTISTS?? I know we need to talk about these costumes (and, boy howdy, do I have a lot to say), but I must know everything about this show now.
Seth: Oh, wait…I didn’t know what the names of the actual rangers are. None of them were murdered. Other people were.
Andrew: I can now stand to know less than everything about this show.
Seth: Yeah, BORING. Anyways, these costumes are fairly similar to the Maskmen with the white sleeves, but damn, do they not work as well.
Andrew: So this picture. Everything in this picture is the best thing we’ve seen so f—wait, WHAT?
Seth: I think the helmets are too distracting. Also, I love bird themed things but that falcon helmet sucks.
Andrew: These helmets are all pretty goofy in a fun way, but the dolphin and the rhino are the BEST. I love them.
Seth: They all look like they have a stupid, mouth-open smile and it just looks kind of dumb.
Andrew: I love that! How are you so insanely wrong about this??
Seth: I think at another point in time I would and I might just be too tired now, but they are not hitting me. They seem to be at that bad middle ground between “too goofy but not embracing it” and “trying to be serious but it’s nutso.”
Andrew: I think the costume designs work really well. The use of white is balanced just right. The falcon helmet is the only one I’m not feeling. I love the silver and the belts with the colored buckle.
Seth: The belts are really nice. And the “V” design is really nice.
Andrew: I even like the picture on the chest, but it looks like Yellow’s isn’t as simplified as the others.
Seth: Yeah, Yellow’s is pretty much just a picture of a lion.
Andrew: Theirs are all simple line designs, but Yellow just looks like a kitty face.
Seth: Plus, am I the only one who thinks it’s weird that you’re animal is a lion but your helmet doesn’t have a mane?
Andrew: Maybe it’s on the sides. Black doesn’t even bother me on this one. His helmet is super goofy though, but I think he fits just as well as the colored heroes.
Seth: Speaking of the sides of helmets and being super goofy: How about Red Falcon’s wings on the side of the helmet.
Andrew: And I love colored gloves and boots as opposed to MMPR’s white. Oh my god. Hilarious. How about Green’s goofy bubble cheeks. He looks like a hungry, hungry rhino. Speaking of Green…those dual boomerangs…
Seth: I don’t mind the white boots/gloves, but these colored ones work very well.I think the helmets are why I’m not feeling the design as much. I’m thinking back to the Maskmen and how they had white sleeves but their masks were very slim and simple. These helmets, like I said before, are just too distracting.
Andrew: I don’t mind them.
Andrew: Okay, how about everyone’s normal simple weapons (and Green’s souvenirs from a Sydney airport gift shop)…and then Yellow’s giant ass gun.
Seth: Some rangers certainly got the short end of the stick.
Andrew: It looks like something Cable would use if he had to play Nerf with the neighbor kids.
Andrew: That thing is HUGE. Not to mention that everyone else his a tinier side arm.
Seth: I think their sidearms are all the same size.
Andrew: I mean they all have pistols and then Yellow has a pistol and then the shotgun from Halo.
Seth: Yeah, it’d work much better if Yellow had a melee weapon instead.
Andrew: I feel like they had a long work day drawing up designs, the clock was ticking, and they already had “sword”, “bow”, and “Darth Maul sword before Darth Maul” and they were frantically thinking of two more. One guy looked at the animal calendar and saw May was a wallaby and said “boomerang.” And then the last guy was like “Fuck it. Gun. I’m going home. I can’t remember my kids’ faces.”
Seth: Okay, so Yellow’s gun is called “Lion Punch.” Wait, maybe it’s called “Lion Bazooka” Yep, this thing is the "Lion Punch"
Andrew: That is literally a picture of a lion on his chest. How did they make the “Lion Punch” weapon look like an alligator?
Seth: I don’t know, as you said before, long day? Maybe it was going to be Yellow Crocodile?
Andrew: The guy in charge of designing Yellow just got a call from his wife telling him she found out about the “other woman” and was currently chucking his golf clubs in the yard so he had to leave the office in a hurry.
Seth: That’s probably it.
Andrew: OH WAIT AND I LIKE BLUE’S WHITE SKIRT OKAY GOODNIGHT
Image from Taringa!