Monday, April 29, 2013

Kyoryuger comedy: MUH CHILDHOODS.

Some delightful person on 4chan made this about our favorite Lord of Bad Puns from Kyoryuger, Nossan. I hope it was one of you fine people.

 If you're wondering what it's referencing, it's this meme, featuring fellow blue wearing bad punster from the classic Magic School Bus series, Carlos.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Akibaranger: Mitsuko Horie background.

You may wish to avoid this if you don't like spoilers and didn't watch Akibaranger Episode 4 yet (I'll try to keep them to a minimum), but when you do, you may find yourself wondering, "Who's this old lady supposed to be?"

Mitsuko Horie is a well known and beloved singer with a long career in performing anime and tokusatsu songs. Not only did she perform the original theme song to Ninja Captor, but she co-sang the theme to Himitsu Sentai Goranger. She is also well known for such beloved theme songs as the original Sazae-san theme, Candy Candy, Majokko Tickle, and the 1988 version of Himitsu no Akko-chan. She actually did quite a few more themes than the magical girl ones, but those are honestly the ones that I know the best.

She also has quite a few voice roles: not only did she sing the theme to Akko-chan in the remake, she provided her voice. Her best known role in the west, no doubt, was Sailor Galaxia, the ultimate tragic villain in the long-running Sailor Moon series.

Being a huge Sailor Moon nerd, I would be remiss in my duties if I did not post this song. She has an amazing range and a powerful voice, and without spoiling too much about Akibaranger, I can honestly say that she's still got it.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Power Sentai Americanger.

I'll just leave this here. There were rumors that they were going to actually make a Power Ranger joke in Akibaranger Season 2, but many people thought that Power Rangers was far too obscure for a Japanese audience. Once again, Akibaranger has proven that there is no subject that they won't touch when it comes to Sentai. Over the last few weeks, we've seen Dairanger get kicked out of the continuity in favor of Akibaranger, but in an upcoming episode, it appears that Zyuranger is going to get the same treatment, replaced with its American Power Ranger counterpart. Check out those patriotic belts!

Monday, April 15, 2013

More on the S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon figure.

Tamashii Nations' S.H. Figuarts site has updated with more information on the Sailor Moon Figuarts figure that's due out this August.

The 140mm figure (which is in scale with the Rider and Sentai figures that S.H. Figuarts also produces) includes three different heads (for different facial expressions), three different left hands, five different right hands with two Moon Sticks (one with the Ginzuishou in the slot and one without), an in-scale Luna companion figure, and a Moon Tiara effect. If this is similar to other superhero figures, it will most likely be a translucent aura effect to simulate Sailor Moon's famous Moon Tiara Action finishing move. The brooch will be the classic first series brooch.

Expect the level of articulation consistent with other S.H. Figuarts figures, and if you purchase in the first run, you'll probably get the special first run item as well; in many cases, this is a plastic stage designed specifically for the figure, such as the ones that came with the first-run Akiba Red last year.

 I clearly need her, since she clearly needs to be best friends for life with Kamen Rider Fourze and Akiba Red. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is 4,410 yen, but the price usually goes down fairly soon after release.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

In the name of the moon, I will buy this.

If you thought S.H. Figuarts just made Rider, Sentai, and PreCure figures, good news: this is coming out in August, and you can bet I'll be getting it. Classic Series One Sailor Moon with the Moon Stick.

Unfortunately, we cannot see if she includes all of the various brooches and weapons that she carries up through Sailor Moon S (remember that her costume changed as an upgrade in late S and for the duration of SuperS). But there is at least a possibility that she will include them. By the way, the rebooted series is rumored to be out in the summer. Since the Figuarts usually come out shortly after the show releases (sales are boosted by the show release), there's a possibility we'll see the new television series in July or August also. We hope. Expect an absolute merchandising deluge. Sailor Moon was probably the first magical girl or even shojo series to really receive this level of merchandise.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Kawaii, Please.

I think Beast may have taken that Magical Girl Beast schtick a bit too far.

Here's the crew of Kamen Rider Wizard goofing off and taking weird photos while waiting for it to stop raining so they can film an action scene.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Akibaranger Season Two (Warning: Spoilers)

Welp. Hatte Saburo has done it again. If you've seen the first episode of Akibaranger Season Two (Tsuu), you'll no doubt have noticed this by now, but the episode was a recap episode of the last season... except it was a recap of things that never happened, because the storyline diverges from what we know to have been true to things that aren't true. If you haven't seen it, then let me first warn you that spoilers are going to follow this point:

Never mind that the opening sequence, the eyecatches, and theme song appear to still be under construction, to the point where Haruko Momoi isn't even finished singing it yet, ("It's too painful... sorry!")

Akagi seems to have forgotten that he was part of a television show, and Mitsuki was the one chosen to go to the Pentagon, not Akagi. Additionally, she was invited AFTER the defeat of the final boss, not mid-season as we saw in the previous series.

And then we got a Dr. Maki cameo.

But even more disturbing than that appears to be the fact that Dairanger has somehow been wiped from official continuity and replaced with Akibaranger! That's right, Dairanger never existed, the continuity of shows goes Jetman, Zyuranger, Akibaranger, Kakuranger now! Somehow, Akibaranger has become official, and the only ones who remember Dairanger are our heroes! Truly, Hatte Saburo is a cruel genie, a monkey's paw that grants wishes, but twists them to his own designs!

Can the heroes repair the official continuity? Is that why Kibaranger is the only suit to appear in the American Power Rangers? Tune in next week! 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Chinese Super Sentai: Not April Fool's.

First of all, I waited until after April 1st to post this. I don't do that whole April Fool's Day thing with trying to trick people into thinking their favorite show was getting a movie, getting cancelled, coming back, etc. April Fool's has evolved with the Internet into a holiday for tricking nerds, and while it's funny sometimes, I sometimes am not into it. There were a few cute ones this year, like one that there was going to be an American release of Kamen Rider Fourze called Power Rider Apollo, which was given some credence due to the fact that whomever came up with the gag had obviously seen it, and had even generated some fake script pages.

Now that I'm back from Japan, I wanted to direct your attention to something a friend showed me, and I found on Youtube. Have you ever wondered if China has a Super Sentai equivalent? China is famed for not only manufacturing many of the Super Sentai toys, they also tend to be fans of Japanese television for the most part (Sailor Moon was huge there in the 1990s!)

This is Ju Shen Zhan Ji Dui, and you can watch the whole episode here online. A fully Chinese equivalent of Super Sentai, it features a number of the same types of monster, robot, and fight effects you can find in the Japanese versions. Unfortunately, my Chinese is almost nonexistent, so I can't really tell you what's being said, but it's worth a look just to see how the different styles compare.