Friday, February 26, 2016

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Masked Rider ZO

Masked Rider ZO (also known as Kamen Rider ZO).
English Subtitles and Japanese Audio

Translation: Sailor Otaku
Timing: MegaAnon
Raws: BunnyHat



Summary:
A young boy is pursued by a deadly and unstoppable organism... but another creature appears to be protecting him. Masaru Aso is the Masked Rider ZO, a genetically enhanced human spliced with a grasshopper. In just 45 minutes rather than 50 episodes, you will witness what many have described as the most distilled Kamen Rider experience that exists today. Directed by and featuring monster effects by legendary Japanese character designer Keita Amemiya, this show has visual effects and stunts that still stand up today.

Featuring minor parts by legendary Metal Heroes actors Kenji Ohba (Space Sheriff Gavan), Naomi Morinaga (Annie from Space Sheriff Shaider) and Masaru Yamashita (Ryoma from Special Rescue Police Winspector)!

Do these guys look familar to you? Kenji Ohba's got a stache and no manfro though.
Retranslated, remastered, and in glorious Blu-Ray quality with high quality audio, this is one experience that everyone with even a passing interest in Kamen Rider owes it to themselves to watch!

Notes:
I know that some people have very strong feelings about "Kamen" vs. "Masked". In the film, the one time "Kamen Rider" is spoken in the film, I call him "The Masked Rider". Please understand, I didn't do it to upset anyone or to reference that Saban show from the 90s. In English materials from 1971's original series to Decade, the character is always referred to as a Masked Rider; W is actually the first show to use "Kamen Rider" in English materials.



If you are asking yourself, "What show should I watch to get into Kamen Rider?" -- watch this first. This is perhaps the most holistic Rider experience. A man is turned into a genetically altered monster and uses his power to fight other genetically altered monsters.

Hope you enjoy. I love this movie.

Torrent link: https://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=788842

Thursday, February 25, 2016

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #41



The Phantom of the Great Seto Bridge, Part II

The action continues in Part II of Winspector's case in Shikoku! With Junko and a mysterious young boy taken captive by the group of clones, Ryoma and Commander Masaki are forced to find out what the chairman of Kasuga Rayon really knows. Where did these clones come from... and can they be stopped before he releases the deadly TX-3? Don't miss the exciting conclusion!

Notes: Some really creepy special effects in this episode. The story is really interesting, the writing is slick, and the action is intense. It's still firmly grounded in sci-fi rather. A minor plot hole that they don't really explain: how Junko survives her fall, she's just kind of back.

I have a friend who remembers being creeped out as a kid by this episode, particularly the clone birth scenes, but also the suiciding clones when Fire is confronting them.

This was the episode where I realized, 41 episodes in, that Ryoma was saying "Pulse Gun" and not "PlasGun" when firing the beams out of the MaxCalibur. Fortunately he doesn't do it often so I don't have to change much in the batch!

By the way, I was happy to meet those of you I met at Pensacon this past weekend, always great to meet people who love tokusatsu shows and Metal Heroes!

8 episodes left!

Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=788342

Thursday, February 18, 2016

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #40

Episode 40
The Phantom of the Great Seto Bridge, Part I

Numerous incidents of people suddenly bursting into flames happen all over Japan. Winspector is called to Shikoku in Western Japan to investigate. What begins as an extortion case turns into something far more terrifying. And what of the mysterious boy who traveled all alone to Shikoku? How does he fit into this puzzle? It's an action packed adventure in the city of Takamatsu... the first part of a two part investigation!

RYOMA KIIIIICK!
Notes:
Noboru Sugimura, head writer of Winspector, was from Takamatsu, so this is a fun opportunity for him to bring his show to his hometown. This two parter was filmed on location. As a fun fact, the Great Seto Bridge is actually a series of double decker bridges that cross from the main island of Japan, Honshu, to the island of Shikoku in Western Japan. It is is a massive 8.1 miles (13.1 km) in length, and the largest double decker bridge in the world. Additionally, the prefecture that Takamatsu is located in is Kagawa Prefecture, just like our hero's namesake (but using different kanji).

The reveal in this episode is rather well done, and the less I say about that the better. The writing is also exactly what I'd expect of a man who went on to write Resident Evil games, and you will understand what I mean when you watch.

Ryoma does something like a Rider Kick out of costume.

Enjoy this fantastic episode and the conclusion to the two parter will be out soon! Can you believe we only have nine episodes remaining?

Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=786517

Thursday, February 11, 2016

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #39

A legendary thief, sixty years old, comes out of retirement to score a priceless artifact... and is nearly murdered in the process. When the Winspector team investigates, they become involved in a sad tale of family dating back decades. Someone has designs on the sad old thief's life... and it's up to Winspector to find out who before they come to collect!

Notes:
A bit of a different kind of episode, but good nonetheless, written by Junichi Miyashita and co-written by writer Shindo Yoshichika. There are some excellent car chases in this episode.

The line used by the young thief at the beginning is the same line used by Japanese Spider Man, so you get "An emissary from hell!" there as well.




The end scene with the gun is admittedly tense. I knew Winspector wouldn't have a guy shoot another man in cold blood like that, but admittedly when I watched the scene, I had no idea given that Ryoma had been grazed earlier. The cinematography of the two passing each other in the hallway of the Metropolitan Police Department is extremely well done.





Next week's episode is the beginning of an extremely action packed two-parter set in Japan's southern island of Shikoku.

Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=784556

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Special Rescue Police Winspector Episode #38

Today, 2-4-2016 (Japan Standard Time), is the 26th anniversary of the first airdate of Winspector. Happy birthday, Winspector!




The Chosen Man

Hisako witnesses a murder on the streets one night, which turns out to be an undercover investigator with the Metropolitan Police Department. The evidence leads to a shadowy conspiracy, and a shocking plot for genocide of Japanese citizens. Winspector steps up to investigate. When one of Hisako's old school friends appears on the list of those marked for death, she steps in directly. With Japan's future at stake, failure is not an option for the team.

Notes:
I like this episode more every time I watch it. I don't want to get too political here, but predicting a future in which nationalists and politicians conspire to get rid of those who they feel are "worthless to the country" may feel like it rings true in many countries in this day and age.

The exact phrase Matsushita uses is "a person who it doesn't matter if they are there or not there" which I condensed to "worthless".


Battle damage... and Ryoma can shoot left handed!
Fantastic fight scenes in this episode, some of the best in the series. Fire actually shoots people instead of just their guns, and there's some punchin' and kickin' and grapplin'.

The scene where Hisako is in the katsudon restaurant and is so on edge that she perceives everything as a potential murder threat is fantastically well done, and one of my favorites in the series.

Happy Birthday, Ryoma, and fight on, Winspector!

Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=781642