AKB48's Veggie Ranger Ad Cosplay Designed by Trigun's Nightow
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Japanese idol group AKB48 will begin starring in sentai-themed commercials for Kagome vegetable juice on June 9. 30 members of the group were transformed into Balance Sentai Veggie Rangers for the upcoming commercials for Yasai Ichinichi Kore Ippon drinks.
In the commercials, AKB48 in "mysterious 'sentai cosplay'" fight for justice and to rescue citizens from unhealthy diets, complete with fighting poses and transformation CG. The group includes Yūko Ōshima as "Houranger" (Spinach Ranger), Yuki Kashiwagi as "Kaboranger" (Pumpkin Ranger), and Mariko Shinoda as "Tamaneginger" (Onion Ranger). Trigun creator Yasuhiro Nightow designed the costumes.
Kagome sold its vegetable juice in the United States, although its English website only displays its sauces now.
For the past two years, the group appeared in annual advertising for Kagome as the vegetable-themed "Yasai Sisters" (Vegetable Sisters). Departing AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda once played the tomato in the previous ads, but Minami Takahashi now plays "Tomaranger" this year. Maeda will instead play a business person in a pink uniform who the Veggie Rangers protect from overeating, while Rino Sashihara will play the comical "Veggie Ranger Robo."
Source: Tokyo Walker (News Gate)
Update: Video added.
Image © Kagome
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