Thursday, May 30, 2013

Official Unofficial Akibaranger Ranger Keys out for pre-order.

Hey, you like Akibaranger, right? Sure, who doesn't? So, how would you like to have your very own Gokaiger Ranger Keys, perfect for use in the Mobirates?!

Yes, that's right. According to Bandai Gashapon's Facebook page, our unofficial heroes will be available in both their Season 1 and Season 2 forms. Also, since they are unofficial, they won't work in the Mobirates or the Legend Mobirates. And also, please note, these are not "Ranger Keys", but "Resoger Keys". That one little similar katakana keeps them from being official, it seems. Orders will begin today and proceed through July, with the final product due to be delivered in December.

Are you getting a set? I'll be in Japan in December, so I'm thinking about it...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Eighth and Ninth Rangers for Kyoryuger.

Sakamoto, the producer of Kyoryuger, tends to live by a "more is better" policy -- there is no such thing as over the top when he is at the helm. It is probably unsurprising that recently, fans heard that KyoryuGrey will be a thing. Details are sketchy thusfar, but it's thought that he (or she) will be partnered with Bunpachy and will have the moniker, "The Elegant Hero". No telling if they'll be a full member of the cast like Utchy, or only a part-time Spirit Warrior like Ramirez.

And then there's this, from popular tokusatsu kids' magazine Terebi-kun.The silhouette strongly resembles the space fighters from Macross. A look at the toy catalogs show that this is the next mecha to join the Kyoryuger arsenal, Plesion in its rocket form... but the hero's helmet is completely different from Tobaspino's hero's helmet (bottom right). 

It's believed that due to the coloration of Plesion that he belongs to a yet to be seen hero named Kyoryu Violet. The names Kyoryu Navy and Kyoryu Indigo have been thrown around as possible names for Tobaspino's pilot (which is incidentally Battery 00) but nobody seems to know for sure just yet.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Sailor Moon S.H. Figuarts: Mercury confirmed.

A new picture appeared of the Sailor Moon S.H. Figuarts on display at the Akiba Showroom with a special, unexpected (maybe) surprise: an unpainted Sailor Mercury sculpt! Though it's very much in the preliminary stages, is it too much to hope that we're going to see all ten of the major characters?

Sailor Moon, with unpainted Mercury sculpt on the right.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Kenji Ohba demonstrates how a Space Sheriff transforms!

This is a real treat. At a live event in France last month, Kenji Ohba, original actor for Space Sheriff Gavan, appeared as a guest. During part of the discussion, he demonstrated for the audience (in slow motion, no less!) exactly how Space Sheriff Gavan poses for his JOUCHAKU! transformation. He even makes sure to show the part where the light particles are flowing down!

Ohba is a pretty cool guy. His history goes all the way back to Himitsu Sentai Goranger. Before he made his first unmasked on-screen appearance as Denji Blue, he was the suit actor for Akaranger, the original first red hero in Sentai history. His first credited role is a monster suit actor in Kamen Rider. Even at 58, he's still a prominent stuntman. He appeared doing stunts in the recent Space Sheriff Gavan movie where he once again transformed and fought alongside his successor -- and performed his own stunts in several unsuited combat scenes.

Dammit, Shin...

Shin, unloved and ignored in his other continuity, takes his career in a new direction.

Shin gets no love, ever. Did anyone see the Decade All Riders vs. Dai Shocker movie? There's a great scene where all of the Riders are jumping in as the citizens chant their name. When they get to Shin... nobody's chanting Shin's name. Poor Shin. That's what happens when you're a hideous bugman rather than a spandex fightan man.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Ninja Captor, shu shu shu! Or is it Cap-tan chu chu chu?

Now that the subtitled version is out, I can talk about it freely without spoiling. If you were curious what Akibaranger was referencing when I posted about Mitsuko Horie last week, feast your eyes and ears. Akibaranger was referencing a tokusatsu show called Ninja Captor, a non-Sentai ninja series with a well loved theme song performed by anime and tokusatsu song legends Ichirou Mizuki and Mitsuko Horie.

Of course, Akibaranger changed it very slightly to Ninja Cap-tan, a magical girl ninja themed ninja series, and Mitsuko Horie was herself using a pseudonym, but the theme music is note for note identical to the original, though the lyrics have been changed.

The series ran from 1976 to 1977. Shotaro Ishinomori was not involved in this series, but much like the original Kamen Rider and Kamen Rider Stronger, it features a hero who escaped from an enemy organization and used their powers against them. The difference is, in this series, the hero has a team to back him up.

While not a Sentai series, Ninja Captor featured elements common to the series, and was listed as created by Hatte Saburo. Officially, it is classified as a "Ninja Hero" series, but not alongside Ninja Sekai Sen Jiraiya, which is a Metal heroes Series. Actually, it's kind of nice that someone mentioned Ninja Captor at all, since unlike other entries into the various series (such as Gavan, Sharivan, and Shaider, Poitrine, and Inazuman), Ninja Captor has not appeared in any crossovers with other Toei properties to date.