The Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman


The Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman 特務戦隊シャインズマン, Tokumu Sentai Shainzuman is a Japanese anime OVA of two episodes It was released in Japan on February 21, 1996 It is based on the Manga comic art of Kaimu Tachibana and Hideki Sonoda, and directed by Shinya Sadamitsu The character designer was Akiharu Ishii The video was produced by Gakken, Aniplex Inc, and Movic The film has been dubbed into English by AnimeWorks/Media Blasters, and released on both Region 1 and 2 DVD

Contents

  • 1 Inspiration and concept
  • 2 Characters
    • 21 Right Trading Company
      • 211 Hiroya Matsumoto / Shinesman Red
      • 212 Ryoichi Hayami / Shinesman Moss Green
      • 213 Shogo Yamadera / Shinesman Grey
      • 214 Shotaro Ono / Shinesman Sepia
      • 215 Riko Hidaka / Shinesman Salmon Pink
      • 216 Kyoko Sakakibara
      • 217 Hitomi Kasahara/Lafure
    • 22 Antagonists
      • 221 Prince Sasaki
      • 222 Seki
      • 223 Princess Shiina
  • 3 Critical reaction
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Inspiration and conceptedit

The Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman video is a parody of the famous Super Sentai series of Tokusatsu programs The king of the alien planet, "Voice", has declared war against Earth However, the war takes a peculiar form; it is a war of "Big Business" The king's plan is to send Prince Sasaki and his strategist, Seki, to Earth, in order to form a corporation which is large enough to rule Earth The corporation would fund a television series titled "Greatman" and control its marketing Earth, however, has The Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman, a team of heroes ready to fight back The opposing corporation, the "Right Trading Company" has created the Shinesman team along the lines of the superhero television programs of their day1 The team of heroes includes: Shinesman Red, Shinesman Sepia, Shinesman Moss Green, Shinesman Salmon Pink, and Shinesman Gray The heroes use weapons such as "Business Card Cutters" and "Tie Clip Bombs" to fight the aliens1

Charactersedit

The characters were created with particular well known Japanese actors in mind to voice them, both initially, and if a series was filmed Moreover, the characters were given names to represent these actors1

Right Trading Companyedit

Hiroya Matsumoto / Shinesman Rededit

Matsumoto is a young man devoted to his little brother, Yota Yota is a fan of the "Greatman" TV show, particularly the character, Greatman Red Matsumoto joins the Right Trading Company because his father was a loyal company employee He is shocked to learn he must wear a superhero costume, called a "pro-suit", himself During his job interview, Kyoko Sakakibara asks what color superhero he should like to be Matsumoto remembers Yota's preference for Greatman Red, and chooses "red"2 As a curiosity, he shares his name with a real-life actor who is a Super Sentai alumnus, having played Tsubasa Ozu/Magi Yellow in Mahou Sentai Magiranger and Masato Jin/Beet Buster in Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto Japanese; Scott Simpson English

Ryoichi Hayami / Shinesman Moss Greenedit

Ryoichi believes himself popular with women; a "ladies' man" He helps Matsumoto to learn the ways of the Right Trading Company Voiced by: Sho Hayami Japanese; David Wade English

Shogo Yamadera / Shinesman Greyedit

Yamadera loves his car, a Montero He becomes very anxious if someone else is working on it He believes his color, grey, represents regal manliness Voiced by: Kōichi Yamadera Japanese; Rick Forrester English

Shotaro Ono / Shinesman Sepiaedit

Ono is a devoted husband and father He loves his little girl, Tamari He keeps her photo on his desk and buys her a fish soft toy He is unimpressed by the team's weapons Voiced by: Kenichi Ono Japanese; Justin Smith English

Riko Hidaka / Shinesman Salmon Pinkedit

Hidaka is the only female in the team Although she is an office girl she objects to being sent to get cigarettes or coffee She tends to accidentally break things by crushing them Voiced by: Noriko Hidaka Japanese; Tamara Burham Mercer English

Kyoko Sakakibaraedit

Sakakibara is the Manager of Human Resources at the Good Trading Company She is also the team's deputy leader She fantasizes about being a Shinesman herself one day She dislikes the color of four of the team Her assistant is Shi Nakamura Voiced by: Yoshiko Sakakibara Japanese; Traci Dinwiddie English

Hitomi Kasahara/Lafureedit

Kasahara is a sweet-natured and timid secretary who is actually from Voice She came to Earth in search of her brother, who disappeared Only Sakakibara knows her secret Voiced by: Hiroko Kasahara Japanese; Juliet Cesario English

Antagonistsedit

Prince Sasakiedit

Sasaki leads the alien attack on Earth Despite his leading role, Sasaki is angry at having to pose as a corporate employee He is also unhappy to be working with his cousin, Shiina Voiced by: Nozomu Sasaki Japanese; Gray Hawks English

Sekiedit

Seki is Lafure's brother They are from Voice Seki once opposed Voice's invasion of Earth He was brainwashed and now joins Sasaki's mission He has also forgotten his sister, so when Seki meets Hitomi/Lafure, he assumes that she is a spy This particular plot point has not been resolved see the notes below Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki Japanese; Michael Granberry English

Princess Shiinaedit

Shiina is Sakaki's excitable and ditzy cousin She never shows any bare skin to men as she states, she would have to 'marry or kill' them Sakaki is annoyed she has come on his mission Shiina falls in love with Matsumoto/Shinesman Red and starts to oppose Voice's invasion of Earth Shiina appears only as an anime character However, she is drawn in manga form for the accompanying drama CD Voiced by: Hekiru Shiina Japanese; Pamela Weidner English

Critical reactionedit

The film was received with mixed reviews Despite its short length, it has a fan base, especially for the dubbed version Some appreciated the comedy elements of the program, others less so3456

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c "Shinesman" Anime World website Accessed 23 April 2006
  2. ^ McCarthy H "500 Manga Heroes and Villains" Collins Brown 2006 p58 ISBN 1843402343, 9781843402343 Accessed 8 December 2013
  3. ^ "Shinesman review" THEM Anime website Accessed 23 April 2006
  4. ^ "Shinesman review" Absolute O website Accessed 23 April 2006
  5. ^ "Shinesman review" Anime Critic website Accessed 23 April 2006
  6. ^ "Shinesman" AMR review at Next Studio Accessed 23 April 2006

External linksedit

  • Shinesman anime at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
  • Tokuma sentai Shinesman at the Internet Movie Database
  • "Ming-Ling" Accessed 8 December 2013
  • "Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman" Production I G official website Accessed 8 December 2013


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