Costume Critique: Goggle V from Dai Sentai Goggle V.
Motif: Gemstones / Ancient Civilizations / Athletics (Rhythmic Gymnastics)
Comprised of, from left to right, GogglePink, GoggleBlack, GoggleRed, GoggleBlue, GoggleYellow.
Seth: So, again, this image comes from Gokaiger, but it seems to be fairly similar. Here’s another one that’s just kind of boring to me and those helmets are the last thing helping.
Andrew: The helmets suck. Outside of Yellow’s goofy antennas, which are hard to see in this image, the ornate designs are super dumb. To the max.
Seth: Yeah, I get the ancient civilization thing they were going with them but for the most part it’s just busy. And it doesn’t help that the visor shapes are bulky and seem disjointed from the mouth piece.
Andrew: I am not seeing this “Ancient Civilization” thing. The…scarves are cool?And I like the giant belt buckles.
Seth: I’m not digging the bibs, the boots could have benefited from having the same stripe the gloves have…I don’t know, these are just, ugh.
Andrew: I don’t mind the bibs, just that you called them that and now I feel dumb for not hating something that I can’t argue could indeed be a “bib”. I like the…bib…badge?
Seth: It’s alright, I like how it kind of looks like the red ranger’s stance in that it could be some dude with his hands out making a “V”.
Andrew: I just realized…where are these scarves I like so much coming from? Their necks are colored, so…
Seth: It looks like the shoulder. The left to be precise.
Andrew: Shoulder hankerchiefs? I no longer like the scarves. Because they are not. To redeem SOMETHING, I like that pink doesn’t have a skirt. Yellow may not be a girl in Goggle V, but I think it is in Gokaiger, but I’ll just not count her.
Seth: GoggleYellow is male in Goggle V and female in Gokaiger. But, yeah, it’s something that I like the skirts but this has a nice cohesiveness to it that I didn’t realize I wanted.
Andrew: I don’t MIND skirts, but it always bothered me that “it’s a girl; put her in a skirt”.
Andrew: I guess scarves are just as impractical, but it always felt like feeding a stereotype.
Seth: Just to let you know, GoggleYellow’s mecha is called the Goggle Dump and appears to be a dump truck.
Andrew: HAHA! Brilliant. Ancient civilizations had dump trucks, right?
Seth: Also, GoggleBlack and GogglePink don’t have their own and they both drove GoggleCeaser which carried the other three.
Andrew: They are slaves to their motifs. So what the hell are in their holsters?
Seth: Things? I was trying to piece that together, too.
Andrew: Because they look like pieces to a batter mixer. Flip them upside down if you can’t see it.
Seth: I was trying to figure out how to hold something like that.
Andrew: Awkwardly? I bet half the episodes involve dropping them at a crucial moment.
Seth: GoggleBlue plays ice hockey, I’m sold.
Andrew: Why can’t any Rangers have hobbies I like?
Seth: And his ancient civilization is Egypt. Sold again.
Andrew: Besides fighting monsters and being a Ranger. THIS MOTIF MAKES NO F***ING SENSE, SETH.
Seth: It has to do with his sapphire jewel…Or something…
Andrew: That clears literally nothing up.
Seth: This is the last team to use cloth and scarves for the suits.
Andrew: What are the others? Latex? Body paint?
Andrew: I guess that makes sense.
Seth: Also, the sidearms are the Goggle Sabres which were used for their base attacks and charged with their gem energy for the Goggle Victory Flash finisher. And this joy of a sentence has to do with them, too: “After Deathdark gains a Neo-Metal alloy to strengthen their Mozoo, Goggle V likewise gains their own Neo-Metal that they use to strengthen their Goggle Sabre and to create the Golden Spear.”
Andrew: Oh. Of course. Because Ancient Civilizations.
Seth: Don’t forget the rhythmic gymnastics!
Andrew: I don’t…what is…I can’t…
Seth: Which is shown when GoggleBlue uses a hula hoop to attack enemies I guess. Goggle V does not seem to be a show you can just skim and understand, everything I’m seeing is baffling.
Andrew: Which one just dances with ribbons?
Seth: GogglePink, she also apparently has the Pink Mirror.
Andrew: Oh. Just…Oh.
Seth: GoggleBlue also has a Jetpack I guess.
Andrew: Are you sure this entire Sentai team motif wasn’t just “fever dream”?
Seth: We have to stop, this is just getting weirder and weirder.
Andrew: I’m more than happy to.
Image from Ranger Wiki