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Director Keiichi Sato Drew Inspiration From ‘The Boys’ For ‘Go! Go! Loser Ranger!’ Anime Adaptation

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In a recent interview with Febri, director Keiichi Sato shed some insights into the creative process behind the currently airing Go! Go! Loser Ranger! anime adaptation.

During the interview Keiichi revealed that he drew inspiration from the American satirical superhero series ‘The Boys‘ when it came to adapting Negi Haruba’s Go! Go! Loser Ranger! manga into an anime, as he desired to capture the dark and complex world of anti-heroes.

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He highlighted the prevalence of anti-hero themes in both domestic and international media landscapes, citing The Boys as a prominent example. He noted that Go! Go! Loser Ranger! with its premise of a protagonist from the villain side challenging a justice hero with hidden darkness, resonates with the themes explored in The Boys.

This combined with the manga’s surprising plot twists, convinced Sato to infuse the tone of the series for the anime.

There are many anti-hero works both domestically and internationally, starting with the overseas drama ‘The Boys’. Among them, ‘Sentai Daishikkaku’, where the protagonist on the villain’s side confronts a justice hero with a dark side, had some similarities to ‘The Boys’ and gave me an image similar to overseas dramas in the way the story unfolds in unexpected directions. So I decided that if I were to make an anime adaptation of ‘Sentai Daishikaku’, I wanted the overall tone to be like an overseas drama.

Go! Go! Loser Ranger! anime started airing on April 7, 2024.

It is produced by Yostar Pictures and directed by Keiichi Sato, with scripts written by Keiichiro Ochi, and character designs handled by Kahoko Koseki, with Kenji Hayama serving as animation supervisor.

The opening theme song is “Jikai Yokoku” performed by Tatsuya Kitani, while the ending theme song is “Seikai wa Iranai” performed by Nanawo Akari.

Go! Go! Loser Ranger! is a Japanese superhero manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. It has been serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine since February 2021, with its chapters collected into thirteen tankobon volumes as of February 2024.

Source: Febri

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