Sunday, October 30, 2016

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #13

A young girl is struck by a car driven by Daiki, and the video of the crime is sent to the Metropolitan Police Department. Yet, Daiki has no memory of doing this or leaving the scene of the crime, remembering only a nightmare he had of running over a girl the night before. As Daiki is taken into custody by Internal Affairs pending an investigation, the rest of Solbrain frantically searches for evidence that could clear his name. Could this be the end of Solbrain's captain?

Notes: Without spoiling anything, head writer Noboru Sugimura delivers a tense and unsettling take on a "crime that someone didn't commit" storyline. While it is plainly obvious who the criminal is going to be upon first viewing, his motive and method will surprise you. I hope you enjoy this ingenious episode as much as I did. By the way, the prop used for this episode's gimmick will be used again later, though it's a different thing. It's much later in the series, so I'll point it out again later.


Also worth noting: if you are used to skipping the opening and ending credits (why would you, though?) they change for the first time in this episode to have several new scenes. Masaki becomes even more of a sharpshooter than he was before! Make sure you give them a look to see the new scenes. No more thrown puppies -- someone must have complained.

Torrent Link: https://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=865901

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #13

A young girl is struck by a car driven by Daiki, and the video of the crime is sent to the Metropolitan Police Department. Yet, Daiki has no memory of doing this or leaving the scene of the crime, remembering only a nightmare he had of running over a girl the night before. As Daiki is taken into custody by Internal Affairs pending an investigation, the rest of Solbrain frantically searches for evidence that could clear his name. Could this be the end of Solbrain's captain?

Notes: Without spoiling anything, head writer Noboru Sugimura delivers a tense and unsettling take on a "crime that someone didn't commit" storyline. While it is plainly obvious who the criminal is going to be upon first viewing, his motive and method will surprise you. I hope you enjoy this ingenious episode as much as I did. By the way, the prop used for this episode's gimmick will be used again later, though it's a different thing. It's much later in the series, so I'll point it out again later.


Also worth noting: if you are used to skipping the opening and ending credits (why would you, though?) they change for the first time in this opening to have several new scenes. Masaki becomes even more of a sharpshooter than he was before! Make sure you give them a look to see the new scenes. No more thrown puppies -- someone must have complained.

Torrent Link: https://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=865901

Sunday, October 23, 2016

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #12

Late night. Repeated calls to a little girl whose mother just passed away claiming to BE her dead mother. A sick prank? Or something more? While Solbrain investigates, SolDozer objects to his upcoming transformation sequence programming. How can a human explain to a human that transformation will not change who someone is? And will Solbrain be able to get to the bottom of the late night call case? A chilling and bizarre case awaits!

Notes: I love this episode. The idea of a robot having a crisis of identity over its transformation sequence felt novel. This is one of main writer Noboru Sugimura's episodes, and it definitely showed.

Perhaps words that we can all take to heart.
Not to mention, the story itself is downright creepy. The reveal felt surprisingly shocking.

The entire human experience reduced to 720K double density. Insulting or GREAT COMPRESSION.
I should mention that there is a CGI sequence in this episode, which for the year 1991, was surprisingly advanced. I have no idea how much rendering time or expense was involved in this short sequence, but I was very impressed by it. And you won't see it used as stock footage very much. I have this strange feeling that they really tried to sell SolDozer in this show, and either the writers didn't know how to write episode for him, or they'd just rather write for the humans. There's a scene in a later episode where a child just outright ignores SolDozer. I wonder if that's a subtle commentary on his reception.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #11

A threat on Commander Masaki's life is sent to Solbrain HQ. Three deadly hitmen are dispatched by the son of a man who Masaki ruined in an investigation years ago. A deadly clash between Solbrain and the Rose Mafia crime syndicate begins, and caught at the center of it is Reiko. A violent clash is about to erupt in one of Solbrain's most action packed episodes!

Notes:
This is one of my favorite episodes of the series. It's also one of the most violent and serious. Interestingly, it's also one of the rare episodes that focuses on Reiko. Every team member gets an opportunity to do something, and there's some of the best and most detailed action sequences that they ever shot for Solbrain with a lot of hand to hand combat and gunplay. 

Masaki proves that he's a deadeye, like the end sequence indicates.
This episode was written by Takahiko Masuda, who also wrote for Captain Tsubasa J, Jetman, and the Cyborg 009 anime from the early 2000s. He only wrote a handful of episodes for Solbrain, but each one of them is surprisingly entertaining. The out of suit hand to hand combat sequences and gunfights in this episode are truly excellent, and the episode actually manages to make Reiko feel very relevant in a way other than just the team's medic. Her hand to hand combat is fantastic. Highly recommended.


Torrent Link: https://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=860789

Sunday, October 9, 2016

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #10

Jun befriends an old man who's being menaced by local punks. At the same time, a seemingly random rash of arsons strikes Tokyo. Evidence indicates that this old man may very well be one of the responsible parties. But why? An issue that concerns modern Japan even today is at the heart of the Pure Hearted Arson Squad.




Notes:
I love this episode. Like most of Nobuo Ogizawa's episodes, it may seem silly on the surface, but it addresses something that is at the heart of Japanese culture: the aging of society, and the increasing marginalization of the elderly. Elderly make up a large portion of the Japanese society because their life expectancy is high, and the birth rate is statistically quite low. And you've probably noticed it yourself: Japan is a nation that celebrates youth. Popular media celebrates and even glorifies high school life and youth in general. Japan was almost completely devastated after World War II, and the young people of that generation rebuilt literally everything, and built it into the powerhouse economy that it became. And yet -- and this can be said to be a situation in every modern country -- are they even acknowledged?

Ask yourself: what lesson is Commander Masaki trying to instill in Jun, the youngest team member, by making him be the one to conduct the arrest?

When I've been in Japan, I've talked to some elderly people and heard some amazing stories about what life was like after the war. I met a person who was saved from the Hiroshima blast by being overseas at the time. Go talk to a war veteran for a while sometime, ask them questions about what life was like back then. It'll make you have a greater appreciation for what you have.

An interesting serious episode. We get no Plus Up for the first time because the power suit action really takes the back seat to the story. Nobuo Ogizawa continues to hit them out of the park.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #09

During a high speed chase, Solbrain inadvertently causes a crash that sends the daughter of a high profile businessman suspected of illegally dumping chemical waste to the hospital. With an exceedingly rare blood type, only a blood airlift from the Red Cross in The Hague has a chance of saving her life. But the daughter of one of the company's many chemical waste victims has her own plans. Is she after revenge? Or something more?

Notes: Sorry about the delay this week. Seedbox is back up. This is one of two times the "rare blood type" plot will appear in Solbrain, both episodes are a little bit different. This one, written by Junichi Miyashita, is a good episode that delves into corporate dishonesty and responsibility. Much like Noboru Ogizawa, he also writes for other crime shows, including Detective Conan. He was also one of the main writers for GoGo V, so his experience with rescue action heroes certainly stayed with him.

Rh Negative blood types are indeed some of the rarest blood types, so rare that there is indeed an international registry in case of need, and people who have it do indeed wear medical ID bracelets so that paramedics can begin securing quantities immediately in case of emergency.

Enjoy!
Torrent Link: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=856453