Thursday, December 31, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #33

Years ago, Commander Masaki arrested a Yakuza enforcer and set him on the path to redemption. Amazed at Masaki's kindness, he vowed to himself to change his life: he underwent a cryogenic experiment, intent on awakening in one hundred years. But after only nine years, his cryo tube fails, leaving him in 1999 while the repairs are made. As he visits his old family and friends, he becomes increasingly aware that the world has changed. But this man, a modern day Rip Van Winkle, may hold the key to solving one of Winspector's cases!

Notes:
Urashima Taro is a Japanese fairytale, somewhat similar to Rip Van Winkle in style, about a man trapped out of his time.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urashima_Tar%C5%8D



This is a strange episode, but it's a really well written one. I had to do some localization because Furusawa speaks a lot of Yakuza gangster slang, and it doesn't make a lot of sense taken literally. I hope it makes sense in English.

A yakuza loan shark who's younger than Furusawa calling him the rather condescending "anta" became this.
There's a scene where Ryoma Suits Up, narrowly avoiding being sprayed by the metal solvent... then immediately gets out and gets sprayed. Nice work, Fire!

Derp.
If you like Bikel and Walter, next week is almost exclusively about them! Happy New Year!
Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=770962

Monday, December 21, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #32

Winspector's darkest day has come. With Ryoma still working on mastering the recoil of the Gigastreamer, Hirosaki, who previously used Brian to attempt to take his revenge for his daughter's death, sets his sights on his deadliest plot yet. Having taken control of the Winsquad and hacked into MADDOX, he seeks to exact his own twisted plot for justice. With Bikel and Walter disabled, the Winsquad stolen, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police on lockdown, Ryoma is unable to Suit Up. It's the deadliest fight Winspector has ever encountered, and failure is not an option!



Notes:
This episode is amazing. Action from start to finish. Everyone is a super badass. Definitely one of the best episodes in the entire show, in my opinion. It even has a training episode. If you were to only watch one episode of Winspector, this (and the bird episode) would probably be one of the ones I recommended.

Oh, by the way, the actor who plays Hirosaki, I forgot to mention, is Touta Tarumi, the actor who played Red Flash on Supernova Flashman. He plays a pretty good psycho.

I'm going to be out of town for Christmas, so it'll be next week before I release. Hope you guys have a merry one. Don't forget, the Fire Figuarts releases next month!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Space Sheriff Shaider Episode #39

Looks more like New Years than it does Christmas.
Perhaps the most legendary of weird tokusatsu episodes, the "Satan Claus" episode of Space Sheriff Shaider, presented with accurate subtitles for your holiday viewing pleasure.

"Priest Poe of the Fuuma Empire has a wicked plan to destroy the dreams of the children of Earth: by ruining Christmas! When a black suited Santa who calls himself Satan Claus comes to take their presents rather than leave them, he lures the children into an anti-Santa cult! It's up to Shaider and Annie to rescue the children and save Christmas!"

Remember, crucifying Santa Claus upside down and breaking and entering into people's homes is the true meaning of Christmas!
The true meaning of Christmas: beating up monsters.
Notes:

I used BunnyHat's 10-bit raws for this (thanks!). The audio quality can be pretty bad in some places, but video quality is good.

I can't remember what Over-Time uses for Shaider's transformation phrase, but SHOUKETSU means "sinter", which is a metallurgical process where metal is made solid by applying heat without melting the metal. It's frequently accomplished using... can you guess? Plasma.
Oh God, dad's off his meds again!
This probably is not the weirdest episode of Shaider, but it is certainly up there with them. The subtitles that are out there now are guess subs, almost completely wrong. Tom says it's because the subs were made from the Tagalog dub instead of the Japanese originals.

Whenever you think that you might be doing something strange, remember that in 1986, Toei shot a creepy forest cult scene where children sacrificed Santa Claus to Satan.

Seriously. What the fuck.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #31

Bikel and Walter have a third brother: Brian, a peacekeeping robot commissioned by the FBI. But when Brian returns for yearly maintenance, Dr. Asahina, creator of the Winspector Support Droids discovers that he has been heavily upgraded with high performance weapons and near invulnerable armor. But in their attempts to create the ultimate law enforcement robot, the upgrades by the Americans also expose Brian's greatest flaw. Now it's a race against time to stop Brian... but nothing Winspector has can even scratch him. Only a new, untested prototype weapon stands a chance... but will it be ready in time? And can Ryoma even use such a dangerous device?

"Gigastreamer! Maxim Mode!"
Notes:
This episode is an Upgrade Episode, and it is fantastically done. This episode, of course, came out after Robocop, so there's a bit of a reference, and a bit of social commentary on the American police style as opposed to the Japanese style.



DEAD OR ALIVE... OR DEAD. YOU'RE COMING WITH ME.
Brian's helmet appears to be a combination of a Flashman and a Spielban helmet, repainted.

There's some allusion to Frankenstein in this episode, and Hirosaki's mental illness is actually very convincingly portrayed as a father who saw something terrible happen and just lost it. So many good cinematography choices and use of camera angles: watch the fights with Brian, it'll impress you for a film camera show.


This is chilling.
Also... this is just the first part of a two-parter.

Winspector predicted an American police state.
I also double-subtitled Brian's Engrish in the beginning. I have what he says, and then what the subtitles are trying to say. Enjoy, this episode rocks.

Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=764754

Monday, December 7, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #30

A toddler has gone missing, and kidnapping is suspected. But Hisako discovers an older girl with some similarity to the missing toddler. As Winspector investigates, the mystery begins to deepen, leading them to a terrifying discovery!

This episode features a guest appearance by actor Yutaka Hirose, perhaps best known for his role as the Demon Fist Master, Jin, from Dairanger!

Notes:
This is a pretty creepy episode. Much better than the previous one. There have been other sci-fi shows that do similar storylines, and Winspector does it very well. The writing in this episode is pretty good.

Actually pretty scary to think about.
There's an interesting thing in this episode: Yutaka Hirose shouts, "You bitch!" while attempting to hit Hisako with a chair in one part. Rebroadcasts and the closed caption on this actually leaves out that line. In the eighties and nineties, Japanese shows had a lot more leeway with what they could have people say and do.

"Kono ama!" is a little strong, and one of the things you don't hear much on TV these days. I just wanted to mention it because it surprised even me to hear it. I wasn't inserting unnecessary swearing like certain other sub groups, what Yutaka Hirose says is the same thing that Jotaro Kujo calls his mom on Jojo, and as you certainly know that's pretty not nice thing to say to someone.

Yutaka Hirose saying words inappropriate for children's TV.
There is a line where the scientist suggests reversing the polarity of the electromagnetic flow. The line is so similar to lines used in Japanese Doctor Who that I treated the reference the same way.

Hope you enjoy this entertaining sci-fi episode featuring one of tokusatsu's most legendary badasses.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #29

Something mysterious is happening on Mount Tsurugi. A series of attacks, all leading to mysterious puncture wounds on the neck and hospitalization of the victims while they rant and rave deliriously. Even more mysterious are the rumors of the evil hag that haunts the mountain. Ryoma's team investigates... but when Ryota and Inspector Rokkaku fall victim, the investigation becomes personal. Who -- or what -- is behind the secret of the Yokai of Mount Tsurugi?

Notes: Celebrate your Turkey Day by watching this stinking turkey of an episode. I once had a drunken conversation with Tom Constantine where I told him how this episode was literally a Scooby Doo episode with a Wizard of Oz reveal, and it makes no sense.

PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN.
Oh, and that hideous bird puppet is back, albeit with some modifications.



Okay, so he built a robot of a horribly mutated human face bat so that he could mourn the loss of a mutated human faced bat? And what was with the marks on the neck? Where did he make hallucinogenic drugs? And WHY COULD A ROBOT BY HYPNOTIZED? WHAT EVEN IS GOING ON HERE.

What the hell is going on here.
My favorite line of the episode: when Bikel delivers his "Makassecho!" line in a monotone. I got to subtitle it as "Hey. Forget about it."

Oh, we will.

That and, "There was no place in this world for human faced bats or monstrous birds."

And he would have gotten away with it if it weren't for that meddling cop and his support robots!

Susumu Takaku usually wrote creepy stuff. This time, in my opinion, it was a bizarre mess. Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who are celebrating it, though!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #28

Ryoma's sister Yuko meets a kind old couple on a bus and strikes up a friendship, visiting them at their assisted living home on the weekends. But the old man's past as a particle physicist comes back to haunt him... someone is after his old research for unknown purposes. When Yuko gets caught in the crossfire, the residents of the retirement home spring into action as unlikely heroes to save her! But will their greatest adventure also be their last?



Ryoma's little sister Yuko is back! She's really cute. I wonder what happened to her as an actress? I'm almost afraid to look her up. In any case, this is an episode about an unlikely adventure she has after meeting a group of elderly folks that live in a retirement home. A few notes for you: it's really common for younger people to call elderly people "grandpa" "grandpa" even if they're not their own grandpa/grandma, so I had to pretty much leave that in, even though she's clearly NOT their granddaughter.

The old fellow in the headband is nicknamed "Popeye" not after the cartoon character, but after pop-eyed goldfish which he claims to be researching.

I actually like this one. It's cute, it's funny, and it has a good message for kids: be nice to old folks.

I actually have an interesting story to tell about that. I was in Osaka Castle once and saw an old man who was in front of me drop some things out of his bag. He didn't notice, so I picked up his things and told him in Japanese that he had dropped them, gave them back. He was impressed that I could speak Japanese and was so polite, so he invited me to come over to his assisted living retirement apartment complex to have lunch, meet some of his family, and play the boardgame go. There's a community of old people there who get together and socialize. Every time I visit Japan, I try to visit them if I can and play.

Hope you enjoy because next week is my least favorite episode.
Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=758864

Thursday, November 12, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #27


"The 100 Year Old Siren that Summoned the Stars"

When four children go missing in a single night, Winspector discovers a bizarre connection: each child was born on the same night within just three kilometers of each other. The culprit appears to be the leader of a mysterious apocalyptic cult. Is she truly a witch? Has Winspector met their match against her powers? Only the wisdom of a mountain shaman may save Ryoma, the children, and the world itself from utter destruction!



Notes:
This is a Sagiyama episode, and I'm sorry to say, it's silly as hell. It involves a witch, an apocalyptic secret cult, and straight up magic. Oh, sure, they managed to reign Sagiyama in and probably forced her to say magic is science later because she loooooves her evil sorceresses, but on the positive side, the writing is good, and Ryoma shoots hooded Klansman looking guys. He has to consult with a yamabushi (a mountain shaman) to learn how to defeat the witch, because qi is like an electromagnetic force or something.

Despite the weird occult stuff this is not Space Sheriff Shaider, sorry.
QI! QI! AURA POWER! Wait, wrong show, that's Maskman, my mistake.

Also, my major gripe is that they say he tried to save Karura but he didn't really do as much as he usually does to save people. In any case, expect some weird near Shaider level Satanic witchcraft crap in this episode and try not to think too much about this Secret Society of Q that Ryoma knows about and only appears once ever, and you might enjoy it. The silliest episode is yet to come.

Next week's is not too bad, and we get the return of Ryoma's sister Yuko!

Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=755864

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #26


"The Star Crossed Girl's Journey"

A young girl's father is murdered, and she claims that a philanthropist business owner is the culprit. Interpol turns up a link between him and a drug cartel based out of Hong Kong. But without any evidence to support the accusation, Winspector can't touch him, and there will be no justice for the murdered father. It's up to Hisako to infiltrate the organization and get the proof... before the girl can take matters into her own hands and kills the philanthropist herself!

You're not Keanu!
Notes:

This is the first episode I think that we have a full on actual murder in the episode, but not the last. It's dark, and it gets darker as the murder victim's daughter seemingly plans to commit murder to settle the score. We end up with a very good episode with snappy writing and a great gimmick.

I'm not saying that 1994's "Speed" borrowed this plot straight from Winspector, but here's the interesting roundabout: Speed took its plot from a 1985 film called Runaway Train which was based on a screenplay written by Akira Kurosawa. This script was written by Takashi Yamada, who also contributed scripts for Zillion, Kamen Rider Black, DoReMi (of all things), and the incredibly catchy themed Agedama



I hope you enjoy this week's episode, because consider this fair warning: next week's episode is fucking goofy as hell. Witches in Winspector, honestly.

Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=755221

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #25

Episode #25
"The Robot that Cried in the Rain"

When Bikel is damaged during a high risk takedown, his optic sensors begin to call up images of a woman he met, almost as if he's hallucinating. With the damage putting his career as a police officer at risk, can Bikel pull it together and do what needs to be done? Will the damage work itself out on its own? Or is he destined for the scrap heap?

If you love Bikel, and who doesn't, I have good news for you about this week's episode: this is one of his finest focus episodes. If you've never cried for a robot before, you just might after this one. 

Demitasse, why do you have to hate?
The scene where Bikel's sitting outside in the rain has some wonderful cinematography and music. 



The writing for this episode is sharp, feels very police-y, and hits you right in the heart. And it should: the writer is Nobuo Ogizawa, who regularly writes clever plots for Japanese police procedural shows, including Detective Conan, but got his start in Metal Heroes. GoGoV also has some of his episodes, and he's quite good at making things feel like police/detective work.
Not to be confused with the song by Rob Zombie.
The line that Commander Masaki gives at the end about why Bikel shorted out is just so, so good.

You will believe that a robot can cry. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #24

A sniper is targeting biker gangs, and the only witness is a little girl who loves her pet parakeet. But what exactly did she see? While Junko struggles to get the truth from her, Ryoma races against time to prevent another shooting. The shocking conclusion becomes a fiery motorcycle battle with everything at stake!

Notes:
This is not to be confused with any other "My Pico" named series out there. It's not April Fool's Day. I wouldn't troll you like that. Probably.

This episode is pretty fucked up. I want to hope that during the funeral scene, they didn't actually use a real body. You'll see what I mean when you get to it. Overall, though, a good episode that primarily focuses on Junko but involves all the main characters in some way. And there's some great stuntwork, motorcycle riding, and fire effects at the end.

You'll understand why this is so dark when you watch.

"They can't get us if we're riding motorcycles!"

Wait a minute... the files are IN the computer?

Oh, one neat thing I think you'll notice in this episode, in Japan, garbage trucks play music when they're driving around, a tinny, MIDI sounding tune. I guess it makes the fact that they're handling refuse somewhat less horrible. The two most common tunes I heard when I was living there was "It's a Small World" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".

Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=749726

Sunday, October 25, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #23



A boy's father has gone missing... but the only proof of it is that he failed to send his son a postcard. The chemical corporation he works for claims that he's on a business trip in Hokkaido... but something still seems wrong. A deadly conspiracy lurks beneath the surface... and the truth will challenge Winspector in ways they've never before seen!

Notes:
What's that? You want two episodes in a week? Well, okay then!

This is a Sagiyama episode, first and foremost, and I have to say, this is a pretty good one because it ends up being fucking creepy. Perhaps we're used to the concept of corporations covering up things in this day and age, but this storyline just works.

OH GOD WHAT
There's a part where the lab director changes tone abruptly. His tonal shift is there in Japanese too, going from polite to rather... not. You'll see what I mean when you get to it.

The trick they use to find the criminals is nothing short of brilliant.

Enjoy this creepy, well written episode. Next time, the episode is going to get a little dark.

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #22

Inspector Toragoro's bratty nephew is visiting, and Bikel and Walter get saddled with babysitting duty. But things are cut short when a police station is attacked by a man who should have been shot to death in a bank robbery... and now he seems to be able to fire laser beams from his fingertips! When he kidnaps Toragoro's nephew, Winspector has to shift into high gear!

Notes: This is the first appearance of Ryoma's white jacket, which appears for much of the middle of the show before switching back to the black jacket. I don't know if the white one got damaged, or if they wanted to make him look similar to Kotaro Minami in Kamen Rider Black RX.

This is one of those episodes that would "never be made today" because a child gets a gun and gets away with little more than a spanking.

Pictured: totally acceptable behavior.
This episode is a great one for Bikel and Walter, also, featuring some really memorable lines. Though I will say that the ending narration is by far one of the strangest in the series. "If you don't keep your mischief under control, they'll spank your butts too!"

I guess it's thrown in their so parents will threaten their children that Winspector will come and spank your butt. Hey now. Don't threaten ME with a good time!

In the big reveal, take a look at the cybernetic thing on the guy's face. It's the same one that R-24 was wearing in the first episode. No connection storywise, it's just the same plot.

Monday, October 19, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #21

I actually released this a few days ago, but forgot to post it on the blog. If you happen to have Twitter, follow me at @weeabooshogun, I tend to post all the releases there within seconds of uploading them. In any case, let's talk about episode #21!

"Bullets Scattered Among the Tears"

Junko is receiving harassing late night calls. A hostage crisis goes wrong, and Hisako is shot. Someone has a dangerous grudge, and it may be the final act that finally breaks Winspector! At last, Junko's past is revealed!

This is one of my favorite episodes of the series. The stakes are high, and the emotional content is gripping. We see Ryoma express an emotion other than heroism. The culprit's motive and their way of taking it out is both sadistic and sympathetic. I really think you'll enjoy this one.

Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=743951

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #20

The Fiery Knockout Punch
 
A young man has a crush on Hisako... but becomes involved in a criminal case involving a masked man who inexplicably glows before punching through an ATM machine! Winspector determines that the two seem to be acquainted somehow. What follows is a hot blooded tale of friendship and rivalry, leading to a bone rattling, bare knuckle boxing showdown... only this time there's no bell, mat, or ring, and the stakes are high!

Notes:
I like this episode, though I seriously doubt a police officer would ever allow a fist fight to take place, though Masaki's wisdom always prevails. This episode also is the one where I noticed that Bikel's name is spelled "Bikel".

Huh, there it is right there.
Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=741216

Saturday, September 26, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #19

A rash of daylight home invasion robberies, all with the same M.O. The only witness? A young boy with a former detective father who claims to have seen it all. But now, that boy is in the suspect's crosshairs. What lengths will the boy's father go to in order save his son? And will Ryoma and his team be able to save them?



I didn't care for this episode at first, mostly because the focus of this story is not so much on Winspector themselves, but on other people who interact with them. It grew on me in my later viewings.

I think it's because I was assuming everyone to be misjudging the kid for lying, but in actuality, they were spot on: the kid actually is a compulsive liar. Note the scene where he says he sees the criminal's face. He actually doesn't. He sees the shoes, and that point is reiterated a few times.

What brings the plot together is why the kid feels a need to lie, and how he resolves the conflict between him and his father. As a side note, Winspector's version of 1999 Japan is apparently ahorrific crime ridden dystopia where even common burglars have easy access to dynamite.

The writer for this episode is Junichi Miyashita, whom as I have mentioned before, liked to put kids through nightmarish real life terrors, and he definitely does it here. Miyashita episodes have kids as hostages, snakebike victims, fall victims, zombie attacks (in Resident Evil) and far worse. Many tokusatsu writers give kids an easy pass. Miyashita always put kids through hell, but fortunately, always made them stronger for having endured it. Maybe that says a lot about the human situation in general, and it certainly shows here in this episode. Hope I didn't spoil it too much by telling you that the kid doesn't get murdered.

You'll see some more terrifying kid nightmare episodes from Miyashita later on in the series. That's all I'll say about that for now.

The bridge in this episode is Miyama Bridge, found at Mount Takao, which is part of a national park found in Hachioji just outside of Tokyo. It's frequently used in tokusatsu shows even to this day.



Image courtesy Wikimedia.
By the way, that song that you hear in the final scene on the bridge after the villain is subdued -- that's actually Masaru Yamashita, Ryoma's actor, singing. The song is an insert song called "Kimi ga shiawase nara" meaning "As Long as You are Happy".

Sunday, September 20, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #18



A young girl is being used by her father as a part of an experiment to harness psychic powers in human beings. But with no crime taking place, Winspector has no legal right to interfere. Who are her father's financial backers, and what are their intentions? When Nonoyama discovers that she has brain wave abnormalities, Ryoma races against time to try to save her... but does she even want to be saved?

Notes:
First things first, this is a Sagiyama episode. As one of the main writers of Minky Momo, girls with powers and angst are her bread and butter. However, she does it so well. This is actually not a bad episode by any means. We don't get a Suit Up scene. Ryoma gets in the car and drives through an explosion already suited up. There's very little action in this episode, but what they have isn't too bad. This episode also has something very interesting: foreigners. Much like some of my friends who frequently show up in tokusatsu episodes, these guys are our predecessors. Anyone know who they are? Are any of you them? I'd love to hear about your experiences on the show if so.

This image is from one of the drawings in the episode, a neat feature of pre CGI shows. I love that someone actually drew that.



I hope you enjoy it. By the way, Ryota appears very infrequently from here on out.

Friday, September 11, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #17





"The Terrifying Gift from Space"
A deep space satellite falls from orbit near a small mountain village being developed into a resort. Winspector is sent to recover the data from the satellite and assess the danger to the surrounding area. What they discover is something truly terrifying. Trapped in a quarantine zone and with no one to help them... will Winspector manage to survive? Or will they too be claimed by the terrifying gift from space?

Today's antagonist: Play Doh.
 
Notes:
You're either going to love this episode or you're going to hate it. I love it. The science in it is really quite smart. The writing is slick, the set-up is great considering they're using toy slime and Play-Doh as a prop, and the action is intense. Once it starts, it really does not stop. If you ever wanted Winspector to have a zombie episode for some reason, this might make you happy. The musing by Commander Masaki and and ending narration is really nice, one of the best in the series.

"We ain't take too kindly to cyber cops 'round these parts!"
 Cultural note for your perusal: the scene at the end where Ryoma is still standing after taking a beating... look up the "Standing Death of Benkei". This is referential to a legend that persists in Japanese culture of a defender who was so tough that he refused to fall down even in death.

Torrent link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=732237

Thursday, September 3, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #16


When a lonely little girl who's having trouble making friends accidentally reveals her crush on Walter, Junko asks the Commander to let them meet. But two criminals put a plan to abduct Walter into practice. Cut off from Winspector HQ, and with his self-destruct timer ticking down... will Walter's first friend also be his last?

Finally, a robot focus episode! In this episode, the serious and humorless Walter loosens up a bit, and we see more of his sensitive side. Sensitive for Walter is still serious, but he tries. I hope you didn't cry when Number Five got beaten up in Short Circuit 2 or when robots get tortured because I have bad news for you about this episode.







This episode has a rare appearance from the infrequently used Spin Claw device, and the equally rare Secret Medal used by Demitasse.

A cute, feelgood episode that lets you know more about the personality of everyone's favorite green crimefighting robot. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #15

Called to meet a mysterious informant, Ryoma steps directly into a criminal's plot for revenge. When an explosion goes off literally in his face, he is left without a memory! Convinced by a criminal that Commander Masaki and Winspector murdered his family, Winspector finds themselves facing the unlikeliest of foes... Ryoma himself! Can they save him and restore his memory? Or will Ryoma fulfill the criminal's evil wishes and eliminate Masaki?



Notes:
It's such a simplistic plot: the hero gets amnesia. And yet, the reason they keep doing that plot is because they can do it well. Watch Ryoma's actor really sell it this time, and Masaki be awesome. I am convinced that this is the best acted show out of all of the Metal Heroes series.

Camerawork: there is one shot near the end where they have a high angle shot of the area and do a panover of the building, and you can see Hisako and Junko run across the roof without changing scenes.

A fantastically acted episode with very little suit action, but a lot of drama. Enjoy. Next time is a Walter focus episode!

Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=727221

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #14


With the new transformable WinSquad, Ryoma tracks down Reaper Moss, trying to stop him from stealing the Japanese Seed Bank Project and rescue Dr. Satomura. But incidents begin to befall the Winspector team. Bikel and Demitasse are ambushed and taken out of commission, and Walter walks right into a trap. When team is attacked during a supposedly secret stakeout, an uncomfortable truth becomes apparent: Reaper Moss has a spy. Get ready for the fight of a lifetime as Winspector prepares to storm Reaper Moss' well defended stronghold!

This is probably one of the most action packed episodes in the entire series, consisting of car chases, new weapons, the all new WinFire transformation, and a long out-of-suit gunfight scene where dudes actually get shot instead of having the guns shot out of their hands. A very satisfying follow-up to the previous episode, certainly designed to encourage children to beg for Winspector toys.

On the spelling of Daytrick: it's an actual company in Japan, based out of high tech city Tsukuba. The gun itself is very reminiscent of Deckard's gun from Blade Runner.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #13


When a foreign man known by the nickname Reaper Moss plots to steal the Japanese seed bank project in an effort to control the future food stores of mankind, he uses his vast resources and technological prowess to do so. Ryoma squares off against a supercar with abilities that surpass even the WinSquad!

WinSquad is destroyed, and Ryoma hovers on the brink of death. What will become of Special Rescue Police Winspector? Is this really the end?!

THIS IS TOTALLY A WHITE CAMARO GUYS

Notes on this episode:
This episode fires on all the right cylinders. It has amazing music and stunt choreography... with some hilarious cutaways between the models and the real thing. Yuko is back (yay!). Demitasse is introduced. And the WinFire hits the stage? What's the WinFire, you ask? Oh, you'll see.

UPGRAYEDD?!

Demitasse is one of the more fun characters to write for. He gets to sass everyone. An interesting note about his name: Demitasse is a small half-cup used in serving Turkish coffee, yes... but it was also the name of a popular brand of canned coffee available in coffee vending machines both then and now. The humor is obvious: he looks like a coffee can.

Enjoy this episode, because it sets up for a two-parter!

Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=721949

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #12


I think it only right to warn all of you that Episode 12 is a Kyoko Sagiyama episode. Who's Kyoko Sagiyama? She's a fairly prolific writer for several tokusatsu shows, and also wrote Magical Princess Minky Momo. She went on much later to work for Capcom with some other tokusatsu writers, and most notably co-wrote the scenario for Resident Evil 2. Her storylines can go off the deep end a bit -- she works in extremes and occasionally nightmare fuel. I recall that several of her episodes involve killer plants. I know one in Winspector does (later), and that one episode about the killer flowers in Zyuranger? The creepy one with the toothy flowers and Mei and stuff? Yep, that was Kyoko Sagiyama.

Some people don't like her, some people do. I just figured I'd get that out of the way.

This episode is about a friendly robot! It's a robot programmed to be a boy's best friend! What on earth could possibly go wrong?

"The natural evolution of any non three-laws compliant robot." - starseeker
Did he say murder machine?! What the hell, Sagiyama?

I have only a few notes for this episode, and they are both from the same scene:
This is the first episode where someone actually points out that Bikel has a weird Nagoya accent. Robo describes it as "incomprehensible". Bikel, of course, takes offense.

The second is Walter's attempt at negotiation. He actually uses a phrases that is semi well known or famous from post World War II Showa period police dramas, like late 40s, early 50s era. It's not really used much anymore, and Walter doesn't really use it appropriately. The phrase he uses would be appropriate, for example, if they knew there were a ring of thieves, and they caught one of the thieves. They would negotiate with him saying, "If you tell us where your accomplices are, we'll be more likely to go easy on you."
Bikel notes that the phrase is positively ancient and that Walter must be studying some super old regulation manuals.

I have to admit, I don't dislike this episode. It's actually a pretty good watch, and it's one of the few actual tokusatsu style fight scene episodes in the show, if you like that. Hope you enjoy this one, though, because next time... NEXT TIME... it's goin' down for real.

Torrent link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=720038

Friday, July 31, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #11

Love is in the air for Ryota... but when he and his little girlfriend fall into the clutches of a criminal, Ryoma's faces a crisis: steal enriched uranium for an arms dealer and allow him to make a nuclear bomb... or Ryota and his girlfriend are dead. With the arms dealer watching and listening, Ryoma's choices are limited. How can he possibly get out of this one?

This is a Junichi Miyashita episode, and I really like it. Not only is Miyashita actually pretty good at writing stories with kids, he puts them in some pretty intense situations when he does. He also wrote the episode about the boy bitten by the snake, and the girl who fell from the roof. He went on to write Resident Evil: Code Veronica, several Kaito Kid episodes of Detective Conan, and the Magic Kaito series, and the Hurricanger 10 Years After film.

When Ryoma is being watched by Kanzaki's goons, the method he uses to get his message to Commander Masaki is nothing short of genius. And when Masaki shows up to help out Ryoma... it's one of the reasons why I will say without question that Hiroshi Miyauchi is one of the most enjoyable actors in tokusatsu.

The song in this episode, called "The Big Grandfather Clock", and there is a history to it. You can hear the whole song here: 



The song is actually taken from a song from 1875 by Henry Clay Work, and in fact is supposedly where "grandfather clocks" get their name from. In the 1940s, the song was brought to Japan and translated. The lyrics are different in Japanese, so I included the Japanese ones for fun. The English ones can be read here: http://www.theclockdepot.com/history_of_the_grandfather_clock.html