I was surfing 4chan last night, and came across a thread stating that Machiko Soga (commonly known as Rita Repulsa from Power Rangers) passed away. I followed reading that to researching it on Google, random news websites, et al, and found out that she’s been fighting pancreatic cancer for about 2 years, and lost the battle yesterday morning.
It’s sad that a childhood memory has died, even if it’s of a villain.
Do NOT insult Barbara Goodson. Aside from whatever she could have done as Rita, her work as Laharl was pretty good.
As for the original, it’s sad to see her go, she really was one of THE villains in my childhood. This also reminds me of another reason why Power Rangers should have stopped when they whacked Zordon instead of going on with the myriad bullshit sequels: They never got a villain as good as Rita.
You can do MUCH worse than Laharl. His voice had the right emotion and tone, and had the perfect emphasis when needed. His laugh was annoying but it was supposed to be. Laharl wasn’t a dashing imposing lord, he was a pretentious arrogant brat trying to act big, you may not have liked his voice, but it fit the character like a glove.
Speaking of which, I want a scene in which Laharl gets sealed for ten thousand years, is released and bows to conquer the earth using Rita’s infamous quote. I’d buy the game just to hear that.
He was looking at 4Chan?? What a loser!!! Oh shit, gotta go guys, my torrent of Pani Poni Dash is done, and I gotta watch it and make a new avatar from the events in the episode for use on the internet.