- My best friend in high school once told me this..."You're a nice guy." I never thought I was a nice guy, but I never thought I was a bad guy, either. Especially not one bad enough to destroy the Earth.
Rolling Bomber Special is a Short Film directed by Tetsuya Nakashima that tells the story of Shintaro Katori, and his quest to destroy the world...if the "heroes" of this story are to believed. See, a Sentai team calling themselves Earth Defender Freshman is onto his schemes and will stop at nothing to protect the world and everyone in it. There's only one problem with all of this...
Shintaro Katori has absolutely no idea what they're talking about.
And even worse, the Freshmen are so hilariously inept, if that's all that will stand against the forces of evil, the world is doomed anyway.
A hilarious jab at all things Super Sentai and widely believed to be a Web Original, the short actually dates back to 2001 as part of an anthology of short films done by members Shingo Katori and Tsuyoshi Kusanagi of the long running Japanese Boy Band SMAP, inventively titled SMAP Short Films. You can watch it here.
This work provides examples of:
- Adorable Evil Minions: Zarray, the Army of Evil, a.k.a. Katori's minions.
- Affectionate Parody: Of Super Sentai
- And Then John Was a Zombie / Tomato in the Mirror: "What am I?"
- Arrows on Fire: "AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!"
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Katori and Pink Fresh.
- BFG: The titular Rolling Bomber.
- Bland-Name Product: Popsi.
- Coolest Club Ever: When Katori and his minions go out drinking.
- Cool Loser: Katori
- Dance Party Ending: Katori to his minions at the end. Nome ko ka? (Literally, Wanna go drinking? "YEAH!")
- The Danza: Shintaro Katori is portrayed by Shingo Katori.
- Edible Ammunition: A bag of groceries. (Edible grapeshot?)
- Hero Ball: Each member of Earth Defender Freshman is holding on to one.
- Insane Troll Logic: How the Freshmen justify wanting to destroy him.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The second time the team yells out their battle cry, Katori turns to the camera and does a (less enthusiastic) version of it.
- Make My Monster Grow / Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Freshmen are capable of growing to giant proportions at will.
- Well... more like their heads grow at will and replace the torso, leaving a giant head with stubby protruding limbs.
- Ms. Fanservice: Pink Fresh
- Painfully Slow Projectile: "Hurricane Beam Attack!"
- Properly Paranoid: Both the Freshmen and Zarray apparently turn out to be right about what Katori's supposed to be, except he's still very scared and confused about the whole thing.
- Start of Darkness: For Katori, from the look of the ending. Though he explains he's just using what he has. In this case, using his minions to go drinking together. Even when it comes his sudden powers, he's obviously terrified about them.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: After seeing the ending and maybe watch it again, can you really believe the Freshmen were that inept? Did Katori's powers blossomed only at the ending indeed?
- Transformation Trinket: Averted; in fact, when Pink Fresh is doing laundry, one of the things she's washing is her Freshman spandex.
- Twist Ending: Welp, the Deconstruction ends being deconstructed.
- Villain Protagonist / Designated Villain: Katori