It’s Hype Ranger time!
We learned two things right away:
- Elena’s dad has tan skin and a yellow mustache.
- Elena’s very athletic.
Do pay attention to how Hikaru and Lala greeted each other. They’re on their way folks.
For most of the first half of the episode Hikaru and Lala tried thanking Elena for helping them with their bickering last time but her fangirls didn’t allow them to do so. During their search they mistook the “Moon”, Madoka Kaguya, for the “Sun”. We’ll talk more about the moon next time as it won’t be long before she too becomes involved with the Twinkle Rangers.
Back to to star of the episode and show our adorable duo agreed it was easier to greet Elena after school. They visited her flower shop and got into a bit of trouble when her siblings wanted to play with Fuwa but Puruns ensured them he’d keep an eye on her. We learned Elena often gets asked to become more involved in sports clubs but she’s busy running her family store and caring for her siblings. All they’ve seen from her made Hikaru understand why she’s nicknamed “The Sun”. Her coolness, calmness, cheerfulness and being easy to approach brought joy to everyone around her. Elena showed them the name of her store, “Sonrisa”, meaning smile.
On their way home our heroines were ambushed by Tenjou and the Putties. This time however, Tenjou used a thick fog to keep the two separated, making it harder for them to work together.
Elena’s siblings noticed a smoke cloud in the direction our heroines went so she followed. She saw Fuwa in danger and wanted to save her but was understandably scared. Fortunately Fuwa’s fear was too strong to not do anything about so she pushed her fears aside and leapt to rescue the puffball. Elena liked seeing people around her smile and wanted to do all she could to protect those smiles. Fuwa responded to her courage with Ranger gear. You all know what that means…
Obviously her element is fire and her Special Attack “Soleil Shot” is a blazing penalty kick. If there is one thing us Latin Americans/Hispanics enjoy quite a bit it’s futbol (Soccer). After the battle Elena asked what the whole Power Rangers thing was about but when Puruns said it’s a long story she’s like “Yeeaaah my family’s waiting at home. Next time, okay? Ciao.”
Lived up to the hype and then some. Elena made history in a few ways:
- First ever dark skinned Power Ranger.
- First ever Power Ranger with a Hispanic lineage.
(I initially included First ever Orange Ranger but Smile PreCure already had one, Oh well.)
While she’s (probably) half Mexican I am part Venezuelan and Colombian myself so she means more to me than just being a dark skinned hottie who I’m sure I would have had a crush on if I were younger…and rooting for her to hook up with a certain someone at the same time but more on that if things go the way I hope they do.
So now we have two history making Rangers in Elena and Lala (First ever extraterrestrial Ranger) on the team. So good.
While many are enjoying Lala’s cuteness, and rightfully so, I’ll be focusing more on the magnificence of Elena and the soon to be 4th Ranger who is scheduled to debut next time.
Some extra stuff I noticed on the side: