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

Saturday, July 25, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #10

Special Rescue Police Winspector

Episode 10

"Get Back at the Grown Ups"

As Ryoma struggles to overcome the physical limitations of the CrossTector, he encounters an unusual case: a group of kids who seem to have a grudge against grown-ups and the police in particular. What's going on here? Why are the kids trying to take revenge? And what's really behind the events? As the events spiral out of control, the city is plunged into danger, and Ryoma finds himself exceeding the CrossTector time limit... at great risk to his own life!



Advanced computer graphics for 1990.


Super sorry about the delay in getting this up. The box that I use for seeding was not available as I mentioned in the last post. This gave me ample time, however, to work on more episodes, so I should be able to get them out a bit quicker than what I did before.

What to say about this episode... it's a pretty good episode. Lots of action, a great "training" scene reminiscent of the training from Changeman. The "kid detective" concept has been used in various Toei Fushigi Comedy shows like Haadogumi, Tantei-dan, and that one about the baseball kids that I can never remember the title of. It's a solid concept, but they quickly get in over their head.

I have noticed in Winspector that they only really use the CrossTector Time Limit plot element when they need a ticking clock element. Otherwise, Ryoma just wears it however long he wants to. This episode has him struggling to wear it longer than the established five minutes. It also introduces a plot element that comes into play much, much later: Ryoma is the only person who can wear the CrossTector.

There's a few fantastic lines in this episode that really help to characterize just how far Ryoma would go to save other people: when he's just had the CrossTector forceably pulled off of him, and says that if he could have just one more minute, or even thirty seconds of Suit Up time, that'd be enough to save more people -- and then later when his first thought is to the safety of the children. Whatta guy, huh? And check out that hand to hand flip when Commander Masaki tosses the radio from hand to hand. His acting in this episode is stellar.



You might be wondering what "land speculation" is. That's where people drive down the price of land to trivially cheap levels with the intention of "flipping" or reselling the land at much higher prices and making a huge profit on it. The Yakuza are notorious for threatening people or causing "accidents" to do this in Japan. An interesting story: when they were building the Kansai International Airport in Osaka, it was built on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, but they had to keep the location a secret so that organized criminals would not buy up the land that they were going to use as bridge access leading to the airport from the nearby town. From what I hear, the information leaked, speculators did buy up the land, and resold it to the government at exorbitant prices.

Enjoy it, friends. And again, sorry about the delay.

Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=716202

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Winspector Release Delay

Figured I'd better post about this here too: the box that I usually use to release and seeds episodes of Winspector has a problem. It's not my box but it's graciously being shared with me. I am still working on new episodes of the show, the problem is I just can't release them via torrent.

Just playin' with muh toys in the meantime.
But have no fear, once they get that sorted out, Ryoma, Bikel, and Walter will be back to confront crime head on once more. I apologize for the delay.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #9

Note: Not Featured In This Episode
For those of you in the United States, Happy Fourth of July! Here's an episode of Winspector to celebrate with. The bird above is not featured in this episode, unfortunately. There's only one more episode with a nightmare bird, and another episode where a nightmare happens to a bird.

Masaki, the Early Years
Commander Masaki is being shadowed by a mysterious man. What does this man have in store for him? At last, learn the background of Commander Masaki, Hisako Koyama, and the terrible sequence of events that led to the formation of Winspector. But this case could very well be Winspector's last...

This is a fantastic episode, certainly one of the best early ones. Very little action, but a lot of backstory -- and a "ticking clock" plot. A strange premise for revenge, but when all the pieces come together, you'll understand completely why the criminal uses the method he chooses. Hiroshi Miyauchi once again proves why he's one of the best actors of all time, with a very convincing performance. Masaki's rage in the interrogation scene is absolutely fantastic, along with his determination to protect his comrades. And Koyama... you learn a lot about her this time.

Hope you enjoy this one as much as I do.

Torrent link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=707984

UPDATE: Sorry about that, folks. I attached the wrong episode to the script. This did lead to some hilarious and inappropriate subs though. The episode will be correct not.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Super Rescue Solbrain Hero Show, circa 1991.

Just a  fun thing to share with you today, a video I found on Youtube.

When Winspector ended, it was succeeded by Super Rescue Solbrain, a legitimate sequel series that saw Fire, Bikel, and Walter being deployed overseas, while Commander Masaki recruited a new team to work in Japan. While it was popular, a lot of kids still loved Winspector more. There's a great scene in this promotional action show put on at a mall in Japan circa 1991 where Fire shows up at 3:05.


Some kid in the audience shouts, "IT'S FIRE!"