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That’s what Power Ranger/Super Sentai cosplay enthusiasts from down under, Sean Berry (SB) a.k.a. DekaMaster and Andrew Provost (AP) a.k.a. Blue Turbo Ranger, had to say about being Rangers themselves. Inspirational, entertaining and friendly, tokuAsia had a quick chat with these two incredible fans at Supanova!
Q: When did you start cosplaying as a Ranger?
SB: The first time I ever cosplayed as a Ranger was at the Armageddon Convention in Melbourne 2012 or 2013. It was when Johnny Yong Bosch came down and myself and some other Ranger cosplayers were chosen to do a promo photo with him to advertise for the convention at the convention.
AP: I started cosplaying just last year in 2014.
Q: Favourite character to cosplay?
SB: DekaMaster/Shadow Ranger, he’s just so bad ass and in my honest opinion has the best looking sword ever. My first character was the Tiger (White) Ranger, he was my favourite as a kid and my next Ranger will be GokaiRed.
AP: It would have to be Blue Racer/Blue Turbo Ranger. My first cosplay was Zhane from Power Rangers in Space and my next cosplay will be Billy from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers as we are doing a team-up at our next con 🙂
Q: Favourite PR/SS character?
SB: DekaMaster, he’s an awesome character and in both (Sentai/PR) universes I thought his storyline was fantastic especially in Power Rangers S.P.D.
AP: It would have to be Christopher Khayman Lee (Andros/Red Space Ranger) and Melody Perkins (Astronema/Karone/Pink Lost Galaxy Ranger).
Q: What’s your favourite series?
SB: I would have to say it’s a tie (for Power Rangers) between RPM and S.P.D. is a favourite of mine purely because of the character development but when it comes to Super Sentai I have to say Go-Busters…it’s a series I always go back to for repeats as I’m not that big into cheesy or corny series.
AP: It would have to be Megaranger/In Space.
Q: What do you like about PR/SS
SB: I love the giant robots and the character development in the shows, especially in the Super Sentai series. As a cosplayer who does charity work, I always try to capture the character for kids so that it makes them think the Rangers are real. I’ve done a few charity events as Power Rangers and the kids are always excited to meet a Power Ranger so it means a lot to me when I see them smile.
AP: I guess you could say the stories and the epicness that In Space brought with the story line and how it flowed into another series and team ups etc. I grew up watching Power Rangers I was 5 when Mighty Moprhin’ Power Rangers first came out.
Q: What’s your Power Rangers/Super Sentai dream?
SB: I would love to see a movie based on the war Doggie Kruger was in, that would be an awesome movie.
AP: Going to Power Morphicon 2016 and meeting like-minded Ranger cosplayers from all over the world.
Q: How has being a Ranger changed your life?
SB: It helped me break out and become someone else and helped me to meet a lot of people that are in my life and people that I respect and admire for their work and commitment to the fandom.
AP:It’s a blessing, it’s what keeps me going besides working for myself. I’ve made a special bonds with fellow Rangers and we get to meet up throughout the year and a few of us are starting up charity events so that will be a blessing to help out where can. I’m only a newbie but meeting new friends and talking about which Ranger/team-up cosplays we going to do next so every con is a new adventure, just waiting for when I can fly international for a con.
Q: If someone asked me about being a Ranger I would say:
SB: Find a Ranger suit that best suits who you are and remember they are heroes for kids, know your poses and have fun.
AP: I always told you superheroes didn’t exist, I was wrong I’m looking at one…”Let’s Rocket. ”
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