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Added by jenndubya on 23 Jun 2016 04:56
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Counting Down the Best of Yasuko Kobayashi

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People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
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(36/47 Episodes)


ToQGer felt very much like Kobayashi was on autopilot and not reining in her other writers. While she did write quite a bit, it's almost as if all of the writers did not actually watch each other's episodes and just wrote whatever they wanted.

While not a bad series, it's also easily her weakest work from what I've seen.
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People who added this item 30 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 8.1
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(42/49 Episodes)


Shinkenger is at a bit of a disadvantage because it is the earliest Kobayashi season that I have watched and don't really have any desire to re-watch it.
However, despite the fact that I sometimes get story elements/character traits of Shinkenger mixed up with Power Rangers Samurai, I still know that it's not at all a bad series, and definitely not my least favorite of her works.
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 6.8
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(13/51 Episodes)


It's a bit shocking that, in her first Super Sentai writing job, she was given a lot of very plot heavy episodes to write - despite not being the head writer. Particularly involving the Silver Ranger.
But she did a good job, and obviously impressed a lot of people, if they brought her back as head writer the following season - and continued to regularly write for the franchise for several decades.
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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (7 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.4
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(38/50 Episodes)


Kobayashi's first job as a head writer and... there's definitely some kinks to be worked out. It's not bad, but there are some holes to be mended. Like tweaking a couple story bits that came out a bit too boring and not making the female villain's story an afterthought.
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People who added this item 13 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 8.2
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(11/49 Episodes)


Boukenger is the series with the least amount of Kobayashi influence on this list, but she still was at the helm of some damn good episodes. Like Natsuki piloting the robot by herself, Chief getting rejected from adventure school during an undercover sting, Red and Silver playing mommy and daddy, and Pink and Yellow mowing down mooks with machine guns!
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 7.7
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Honestly, the only reason this drops down to #4 is the fact that Kobayashi did not write the 40th anniversary movie and tie-in episodes. I mean, good on you Shouji Yonemura, but this is a Kobayashi list not a Yonemura list.
When I started this season, I did not realize how many characters I was familiar with through memes and such. Underwear man? Check. Blond dude with the monster hand? Check. Freakishly strong girl? Check. Creepy man with the creepy doll? Check. I started watching solely because of the kick ass theme song and had no idea that any of those people were in it.
Because of this, I was scared that my expectations were too high, but every episode was just so good. It's the perfect balance of tokusatsu silliness with the classic Kobayashi storytelling that tugs on your emotions.
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People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.5
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(49/49 Episodes)


While I was in the right age range, I did not grow up with Sailor Moon. (For one, I was a poor child who did not have cable.) Although, for some reason, I still know the dub's theme song way too well.
After joining the tokusatsu fandom, I very quickly learned that the live action series was a thing, but didn't really see the appeal of magical girls at the time.
However, when I finally decided to give this series at shot, Yasuko Kobayashi sold me so hard on Sailor Moon. Every time I felt like backing out, she pulled me back in tenfold.
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 8.3
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(36/50 Episodes)


While the main three characters are not super lovable, they are endearing enough that I'm still really invested in what's going on. And no one is badly written/portrayed that it brings down the story.
On the villain side, Escape is probably Kobayashi's best written female villain that I've seen to date. Dayuu and Glitter/Noire are not bad, but Escape's rise and fall is just so much of an emotional journey that the others don't stand a chance. (And Shellinda, Lila, Beryl and Mezool suffer from Generic Female Villain™ problems.)
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People who added this item 15 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.7
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(40/50 Episodes)


Timeranger is easily Yasuko Kobayashi's magnum opus of everything that I've seen thus far. While I've only seen the entire thing - from beginning to end - once, I frequently just put on a random Timeranger episode and enjoy. It's just so good and I don't have time to rewatch full shows all the time.
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Yasuko Kobayashi is an anime/tokusatsu writer and one of Toei's most prolific female writers for their live action shows.

This is a countdown of every Kobayashi written show that I have seen, ranked from worst to best.

Because I have not seen every show that she has written, expect new shows to be added periodically.

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