Finally back in familiar territory, the strange plot twists of Akibaranger Season 2 have just started. Â This episode really shifts the show into gear and gets back to the “heart” of Akibaranger: twists and turns, obscure references, and a die hard appreciation for the art of Super Sentai. Â Sit back and relax, the team is back. Click the jump for more! Here’s the official HJU Forums Akibaranger Season 2 thread! Now that the season is underway these reviews are going to get a tad more insightful (I hope), and that means a tad more spoilery. Â I’ll do a little recap of the major plot points, leave out the climax, and try to make it interesting. Â Be sure to get the show if you get excited about the stuff I write about, and share it with a friend! This week is dedicated to Akagi getting the gang back together, and it kicks off with the introduction of a new Sub-Section chief…Chief Blu-Ray! Â His plot: release a “Dream-Ray” player that shows the customer their wildest desires, before forcefully dressing them inÂ embarrassingÂ costumes. Â Pretty on par with Akibaranger villain’s level of mischief. Trivia time: Sato Keiichi is the guy who actually designed Z-Cune Aoi. Â He’s also a mega famous anime director and designer (Tiger & Bunny, Big O, Giant Robo, Mazinkaiser,Â and Karas to name a few). Â So it makes perfect sense that these pervs recognize his style immediately Akagi tries his hardest but the chief quickly kicks his butt. The unstoppable technique: a remote control that allows him to manipulate the delusion as he sees fit. Â Unable to handle the onslaught, Akagi and Hakase hit the road to consider their options. And guess what, they run right into a solution to their problem. Â Her name is Luna, and she’s actually a big fan of Akibaranger. Luna is probably the best thing about this episode. Â She’s the replacement for Aoyagi from season 1, and her character dynamic with the rest of the team is really, really well thought out. Â By making her a fan of the alternate universe Five-Star Sentai Akibaranger she knows things that Moegi and Akagi do not, and her love of the fandom shines in her every step. Â She’s bubbly but not too bubbly. Â Naive but not too naive. Â She’s not a polar opposite of anyone on the show, and I think that’s why she works so well with the already diverse cast. Â I can’t wait to see how she gets developed as season 2 plays on. The episode adds in an awesome twist to the idea introduced in the last episode, that Akibaranger has somehow “replaced” Dairanger as an official show in the canon. Â Akagi runs into Chinaman (that’s right folks), a mascot for a restaurant instead of a hero team. More fuel for the discussion fire here, as the “What the hell is going on?!” factor just gets cranked up. Â The integration of older sentai is always fun, and the segments with this new character are great. Â We also get introduced to an awesomely dressed new bad guy (who loves obscure karaoke)… And some pretty overtly themed henchmen. Â They have a scathing taunt: But nothing caps things off like the final twist…someone better tell Jason David Frank to tune in and get a load of his own recent exploits. Akibaranger season 2 episode 2 gets a 5/5 grade. Â It took the baton from the first episode, which in turn took the baton from the first season, and has returned to that breakneck pace. Â It’s the kind of show you need sparknotes for, so be sure to watch it with some friends who love their classic sentai. Why is Kibaranger here? Â Why does he have an “Akibaranger” crest? Â Where’s Malshina? What does Luna know that Moegi and Akagi don’t?! Â Tune inÂ nextÂ timefor more Akibaranger, and have a great week!