Akira Shinomiya, who has previously had cameo roles in the Kamen Rider series, gave his opinion on cattle-themed heroes from tokusatsu series. This post was written from his perspective.
Happy New Year. Since 2021 is the Year of the Ox, I would like to summarize the cattle heroes that have appeared in tokusatsu works.
The most recent hero in my memory is probably Oushi Black (Champ, portrayed by Akio Otsuka) from Uchu Sentai Kyuranger. Champ had several memorable moments, such as his bond with Stinger (Sasori Orange, portrayed by Yousuke Kishi) and battle against Scorpio (portrayed by Yuki Kubota).
Next is GaoBlack from Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger. Sotaro Ushigome transforms into GaoBlack, who was portrayed by Kazuyoshi Sakai. The actor has been participating in the band Junretsu. Ushigome has continued to support the Super Sentai franchise, even after his appearance on the show.
Choujyu Sentai Liveman also had Black Bison, who drove the Bison Liner. Although the name of the primary machine that carried the Bison Liner was called the Machine Buffalo, there was nothing replicating cattle.
Seijuu Sentai Gingaman had a character called the Black Knight, who was portrayed by Koji Ochiai.
Looking at Kamen Rider, there were also similar characters. To begin, there was Kamen Rider Zolda’s contract monster, Magnugiga, in Kamen Rider Ryuki. Zolda’s Final Vent attack used his contract monster, creating a creature that was something similar to a Super Sentai mecha, but at a perfect scale.
And one cattle-motif that is difficult to forget is Kamen Rider Den-O’s Zeronos. The character had two vehicles that fit his theme: the ZeroLiner and the Machine ZeroHorn.
Other mechas that also had cattle themes include Chouriki Sentai Ohranger’s Gran Taurus, controlled by OhGreen. There’s also Mahou Sentai Magiranger’s MagiGreen, who uses the MagiTaurus with the Taurus Axe.
Anyone may have noticed by now that the majority of these characters and machines are colored black or green. One of the exceptions is the Ushi Origami that appears in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. The ox is bright red and carries a black cart behind it.
Although these are a range of catlte motifs, they all have incredible power.
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