So, which came first - Big Dai-X or Zords? The answer is - neither. Or both. Depending on how you look at it. Or maybe Godzilla came first."Power Rangers" is the Western name for a whole galaxy of Japanese live action superhero shows, popularly referred to as "Sentai" shows. They first appeared in the 1970s - before X-Bomber - and were themselves developments of the "Ultraman" series of sci-fi action shows, which themselves were the brainchild of Eiji Tsuburaya, the special effects wizard who brought Godzilla to life."Sentai" shows have been running for a long time; practically one a year for decades, at least - and many of which feature giant robots - or, rather, actors dressed in giant robot suits, part of the effects technology that bought Dai-X to life. All are part of the same culture, just as Babylon 5 and Deep Space 9 share surface similarities as they were both children of the Western SF culture. Equally, anime has influenced sentai shows and sentai shows have influenced anime - Gatchaman perhaps being the most famous example, but their traits can also be seen in the likes of Sailor Moon as well. I can't say for certain if there was a direct influence from Star Fleet in this particular episode, but like I say, who is copying who may be a bit of an open question...! P.S. I've only seen one episode, but Macross Frontier rocks! I am not admitting to watching Sailor Moon here. At all.
"The power of bakers, the power of artists; even the power of witches! It must be a power given by God... sometimes we suffer for it."- Ursula, Kikis Delivery Service.