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Too Close for Comfort by ztak1227 Too Close for Comfort by ztak1227
ok so I've been on a MAJOR Power Rangers kick lately and I found this website that gave all the information on Power Rangers as well as other shows like Beetleborgs and this other show called Kamen Rider Ryuki. I was looking through the subcategory "Contract Beasts" and found these black dragons with gold trim were fairly close in design with a shiny Rayquaza.

now, I don't know if anybody legitimately ripped off the other, because KRR was running the same time that Ruby and Sapphire came out in Japan. maybe it was pure coincidence? i doubt it, because they all look FAR too similar for this to be done by chance.

what do you guys think?

Kamen Rider Ryuki Screenshots © Tokusatsu Central
Shiny Rayquaza © 1995-2010 Nintendo, Gamefreak, Pokémon USA
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ShinranRanger Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Great now i want to c if i woulld like KRR just got some Super Sentai (zyuranger,abaranger,the 1st & 2nd seasons of the newest one, and the movie with all 199 Sentai's) -.-
MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Well, it is the Asian Dragon Design.  Black is common for Evil Recolors. And finally, Black goes well with Gold. Oh and the upper one, Genocider, is not black.…
landoff Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
as it would appear, the Kamen Rider Ryuki show was released in the early 2002 and ruby and sapphire were released in late 2002 in japan. They were more than likely going through the design stages at the same time. The dragon may instead be a fictional or historical figment that the two of them based it's design after. The Kamen rider is all in black, which is more than likely the theme for the dragon. Where as the black for Pokemon was probably thought to be a cool alteration. I don't think either of the two had copied the other. When they designed Rayquaza, Groudon, and Kyogre, they all had Mesoamerican themes to them. As for the Kamen rider, that show dates back to 1971, and is more than likely trying to appeal to the youth. Either way, I feel that it was just a coincidence. Good eye though.
Heatnix Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
I'd be far more inclined to call shenanigans if these weren't recolors we're talking about. Dragblacker is a recolor of Dragredder, and this is the Shiny version of Rayquaza. If you were to look at their original forms and they were the same, I'd be more inclined to say something of the sort went on. But if you look at them, Dragredder and regular Rayquaza have very little in common.
DisgruntledDuelist Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Good ole Dragblacker. The coloring is pure a a fluke. He's the contract beast for Kamen Rider Ryuga, Ryuki's Mirror World clone. In turn Ryuga's and black recolor or Ryuki's Red colors. Same goes for his Mirror Monster, a black recolor of Ryuki's Dragreder, seen here. [link]
toanirvash Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Orbzap Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
Holy Moly! *0* That is just too similar! maybe pokemon designers work at power ranger company too? XD idk
JessTheMess88 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I think it's more of a coincidence thing than a "who ripped off whom" situation. I mean dragons have been around for ages, so you can only do so much with them design-wise before they start looking similar to one another, right?
ztak1227 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Student Filmographer
true but the black and gold trim (especially on the top left image) is just too similar for this to be mere coincidence.
Heatnix Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010
It's actually not so similar if you watch the show. Genocider (top left) is made up of 3 different beasts (none of which is primarily black), and is mainly silver, pink and purple. The part on it where the designs are so similar is actually a giant purple snake.
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