It’s not everyday we get a V-Cinema standalone film in the Super Sentai series, focusing on just one Ranger. It’s a common thing to see one Ranger fight a monster and be beaten severely, only to receive help from the others who deal much more damage all together.
While this movie features the rest of the Kyurangers, the spotlight of the movie goes to Stinger, as the title implies. Taking place in between the 13th and the 17th episodes of the series, Stinger and Champ venture out on a quest to find Scorpio, who they believe is stationed on Earth. All the character development goes to Stinger on this one, where Champ is there to remind him that Scorpio is no longer the brother he once was, and that Stinger may have to take drastic measures to end it.
The true past of Stinger and how he truly feels about his brother is revealed in the way he treats Mika Retsu, the female lead in this film. Like Scorpio, Mika joined Jark Matter for the sake of power, from an inner weakness that they were unable to overcome. Seeing his older brother inside Mika, Scorpio makes it his mission for the entire film to save her. The chemistry shown between Stinger and Mika worked so well it would have been a perfect opportunity for romance. But considering the short hour we were given, the entire film felt a bit rushed, which is still double the time we get for a typical Super Sentai summer movie.
While Champ was merely there for emotional support, that’s all there was to him. If you took him out of the film, the movie still would have worked and progressed the same way it did.
The main villain, Thunderbird is seen as a cruel Governor who used Mika to get himself a promotion. He intentionally set up what would be a cruel and discriminated environment for her just for him to swoop right in and be her “hero,” As Stinger deducted, Thunderbird was ready to throw Mika away when she became useless, thus Stinger acted upon a fit of rage to avenge Mika. This type of villain is quite commonly seen in stories like these, and Thunderbird was just as predictable as any other, meaning there wasn’t any sort of originality in him.
Let’s talk a bit about Mika herself. According her past, she’s half human and half unicorn. Basically she’s human with a extremely vicious looking right arm, and that was enough to cause the villagers to constantly attack her and call her a “monster.” From a standpoint view, I can see why they think that way. From what we saw in the film, Mika was able to quickly murder all the villagers with a strike of her arm’s horn, and that was what they were so afraid of, her killing them. It does strike me as peculiar that those villagers did not even try to accept her for what she was. She’s human at least, so couldn’t they at least try and give her a chance? That was all she wanted, a chance to live like a normal human being despite having monstrous unicorn horn on her right arm. In a way, Thunderbird may not need to have had interfered and escalated it more, since she was already hated from the get-go. Whenever he actually saved her or not, the fact still stands he (without mercy) executed Mika when she outlived her usefulness, thus showcasing his cruelty.
The emotions that the film takes us is steady in place. However we’re given an whole hour to portray 4 episodes worth of events that is approximately 2 hours instead. The story felt a little rushed, but the heroic ending and the theme song is still a good treat.