The New Zealand Herald is reporting that Disney has canceled its long running “Americanized” version of the “Super Sentai” franchise of Tokusatsu shows, “Power Rangers”. The franchise ran on American TV since the early 90s with the original series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” and has since gone through various other iterations reflecting the Japanese series from they’re adapted from (for example, Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger becoming Power Rangers: SPD, Mahou Sentai Magiranger becoming Power Rangers: Mystic Force, etc.)
This leaves Kamen Rider as the only Tokusatsu franchise represented on American TV, with Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight (adapted from Kamen Rider Ryuki).
I remember seeing the first Power Rangers series when I was a kid, and it hooked me fairly early on, though I wasn’t able to watch it regularly. I never saw Power Rangers: The Movie, and ultimately I lost interest in the show with the shift to Power Rangers Z-O. Ultimately I discovered the original shows that the Power Rangers series were adapted from, and I came to be casually interested in those.
While I haven’t seen any of the more recent installments of Power Rangers (due to poor scheduling on ABC/Disney’s part – they’re being broadcast on the West Coast at about 4:00 AM), I do feel that the franchise had a place on television, and it sounds like the writing for the US version had improved from the original series.
And, just to get that nostalgia fix in, here’s the original opening to the US version.