When watching anime, it’s fun every now and then to just sit back and watch a good action title with lots of eye candy visuals. There’s where Shikizakura: Complete Collection from Sentai comes in as it mixes CG and 2D animation in creative ways to bring us an action-packed series anyone can power up with.
Enter our hero Kakeru Miwa, a young man who has been through a lot thanks to a terrible disaster happening where he was the only survivor when he was a kid. Carrying around a ton of survivor’s guilt and questions as to how and why it happened in the first place, he does his best to make it through life and school while wishing to be a hero so nothing like that happens to anyone else.
He soon comes across a shrine maiden named Oka Myojin, who is part of a group that fights off demon Oni who can take over people. Kakeru’s life is turned upside down as he learns it was some of these demons that were responsible for the disaster that befell him years ago. Thankfully Kakeru gains the ability to merge with an Oni and use a super suit of armor called a Yoroi that combines mystical energies and technology to fight the evil ones.
Now he’s teamed up with Oka and his group as they fight off monsters with their Yoroi that will remind most of tokusatsu shows such as Kamen Rider and Power Rangers, and follow a “monster of the week” formula those shows are known for.
I had a good time with this series as it reminded me of an animated version of Power Rangers meets VR Troopers. It’s one of those shows that makes you wish it existed during the time when those programs were popular, so that people could see animation gives more options to go off the rails with the powers of both the heroes and monsters.
With the series being fairly new, it looks and sounds great on Blu-ray which makes the CG pop like it should. Sadly there’s not much in the special features section, which consist of clean opening and closing animations, but the series is were the real special parts are.
If you’re a fan of tokusatsu shows such as Power Rangers, you’ll really enjoy Shikizakura: Complete Collection. Featuring nice eye candy in the form of both CG and 2D animation, cool characters with even cooler abilities, and some pretty awesome enemies for them to go up against, you’ll find all the power you could want in this series.