With Shout! Factory announcing plans to release Dairanger -- which I AM excited about -- it got me a-thinkin' about where these releases are headed and I realized...it will be pretty boring, and probably business suicide to proceed in chronological order the Super Sentai shows which became Power Rangers entries.
So, I'd like to suggest -- as a way to keep business flowing and interest sparked -- that after maybe Kakuranger, they begin to jump around with their releases. I mean, imagine this -- next year, Dairanger is released. 2017 would be Kakuranger. 2018 would be Ohranger, which is a god-stinking-awful show and would immediately kill people's interest in buying any more Super Sentai. How bad is Ohranger? Practically everyone who worked on the show, who had been with the franchise for numerous years, walked after that year. How bad is Ohranger? Super Sentai fan and Nerdiest Idol of the Nerds Shoko Nakagawa doesn't like it. How bad is Ohranger? Power Rangers fans consider the Power Rangers season which used Ohranger footage, Power Rangers Zeo, to be superior. Power Rangers Zeo, aka the season where they opt to focus more on Bulk and Skull becoming defective detectives than they do on any Power Rangers action, because that's what little choice Ohranger left them.
My recommendation? Start jumping around and releasing shows that were turned into fan favorite seasons of Power Rangers. Kakuranger is a popular series, everybody likes ninjas and goof-assery and it's also representative of the end of the MMPR era, so that show's release is probably a given. (It also doesn't hurt that it has a recognizable action star in cast member Kane Kosugi.) So, skip Ohranger and release Megaranger next, which is not only a well-liked installment of the Super Sentai franchise, but was turned into Power Rangers In Space, which is probably the most popular season of that franchise. After that, do Timeranger, which became the well-regarded Power Rangers Time Force, both shows being attempts at showing how dramatic the respective franchises can be when they want to. While Power Rangers Ninja Storm is an unpopular season, most Power Rangers fans who have seen its source material, Hurricaneger, tend to like it, and since that show has been left largely untouched by fansubbing communities, there's actually a strong demand for Hurricaneger. Dekaranger and Power Rangers S.P.D. are both popular amongst fans, with a resurgence of interest in Dekaranger thanks to the upcoming reunion movie. And we all know how much Toei loves Shinkenger, so it's only a matter of time before they push for that one to get released...
Now, can we start talking about the idea of releasing Spielban and Metalder to show VR Troopers fans what the originals are all about?
Shougo B'Stard is a lifelong Super Sentai fan who is under no impression that his beloved Super Sentai classics from the '80s will ever see an R1 DVD release. Hawaii could have at least done Battle Fever J, though. Seriously, you released Inazuman, but not Battle Fever?!?!?! Who cares about Inazuman!?!