Monday, January 16, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain (Full Series Batch)

Weeaboo Shogun Presents:
Super Rescue Solbrain
Episode 1-53
Full Series Batch
(DVD 10-bit x264, AAC Bunny Hat Raw)
Japanese language with English Subtitles.

After Winspector leaves to fight crime overseas, Commander Shunsuke Masaki develops a new team dedicated to saving the lives and hearts of both innocents and criminals. With upgraded suits, a new arsenal of weaponry, a new support droid, and two suited up field agents, as well as a massive firefighting mothership, there is no challenge too great, no risk too high for Solbrain. But they will be tested at every step of the way by those who abuse science and those whose hearts have been twisted by evil. The continuing story even features the return of Ryoma Kagawa, Captain of Winspector, as he helps Solbrain pursue a deadly criminal mastermind.

The second entry in the Rescue Police series of Metal Heroes, all 53 episodes and the series preview, fully subtitled in English with DVD quality visuals.


Having had his first attempt at destroying Solbrain foiled, Ryuichi Takaoka instead turns his attention to Kazuya, attempting to instill in him the poison of rage. Solbrain is led into a deadly trap -- and this time only Solbrain or Takaoka will escape alive. Why does Ryuichi Takaoka persist in his hatred after so many years? Commander Masaki takes flight with the crew of the SS-1. The final mission for Solbrain is here!

So many finals here. Solbrain's final mission. The final appearance (other than flashbacks) of Ryoma, Daiki, Reiko, Jun, Dozer, and Kamekichi. The final challenge for Takaoka. This is a great episode, though I did find it amusing that in retrospect, it only took a floppy disk to keep Takaoka enraged. His final scene is particularly amazing. Doesn't it seem like there are some people who, for them, anger is all they have, their only reason to live?

So, that's it. That's the end of Super Rescue Solbrain. I certainly hope that you've enjoyed watching this series as much as I've enjoyed presenting it to you. Expect a batch soon.

Once again, I'd like to thank Ignis from Over-Time for assistance in getting these hosted, and all of you for supporting and encouraging me. Big shout-outs to Megabeast Empire for their work on Juspion, and Millionfold Curiosity for their work on Gavan -- Metal Heroes are getting finished! Also, though technically not a Metal Hero series, Big Nova Subs for Byclosser!

Final words... hang on to love, because tomorrow will always belong to you! I'm Sailor Otaku, the Weeaboo Shogun, signing off for now. At least until Exceedraft...

Wait, Kindergarten bus of WHAT?
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #52

The sinister Ryuichi Takaoka attempts to destroy Solbrain only months before their scheduled disbandment. By somehow recreating a murder that occurred 20 years ago, Takaoka attempts to infuse the poison of distrust and hatred in those still affected by the crime decades later. This time, it could lead to the destruction of Solbrain's HQ, unless the team can prevent it! Time is ticking away, Solbrain!

Takaoka's plan is vile beyond belief: to destroy a family by sowing mistrust within them. This is a great episode. I wish that Rescue Police would come back and have hour long episodes to fully set up a crime -- I think these multi part episodes do a great job of allowing for more complex schemes like Takaoka, and that guy, like Moriarty, is always thinking one step ahead.

Next episode is the series finale. One more before we have to bid a final farewell to Daiki, Ryoma, and the others.

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #51

An upgraded Braver suit is mass produced, scheduled to be distributed to police departments in all the major cities of Japan. At the same time, Solbrain will be disbanded and reformed as a national organization under the National Police Organization, the body that oversees all police activity within Japan. Since the Solbrain team is experienced in the use of the Solid Suits, they are assigned to oversee the usage of the suits nationwide -- which means splitting them up to cover the whole country. As each team member reminisces about their time with Solbrain, Takaoka prepares to unleash his final attack and wipe out Solbrain once and for all, before they can escape his wrath!

The beginning of the three part finale to Solbrain. This, like the end of Winspector, is mostly a clip show that reminisces the major moments for each character. It's very well written and has a realistic portrayal of each character's reaction to being split up. Insert songs are played over each character's scenes. This three parter features a twisted scheme by Takaoka and Solbrain's efforts to stop him before they split up. It's good, so enjoy!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #50

A woman collapses while jogging and dies overnight, her body completely mummified. Solbrain investigates and discovers that she was bitten by a dog. Somehow, a war in the Middle East in which insurgents have obtained biological weapons has come to Japan. It's a race against time to find an experimental animal and obtain the antibodies before Japan falls victim to a biological plague.

I'm not totally sure, but I suspect this is the same trained German Shepherd they used for Aleck, Masaki's dog in Winspector, and before that in Shaider. The story here is actually pretty slick. Writing is good, and the stakes are very high. With a Middle Eastern rebel attempting to take over his country by overthrowing the Republic of Lazania (great name, by the way, sounds delicious), this is one of those "ripped from the pages of the newspaper" storylines, as the Gulf War and Saddam Hussein's biological weapons was a concern at this time.

There's a scene where a dog gets killed. Aren't they not supposed to show stuff like that? It happens, and it's a nice introduction to immunology for kids who watch and are traumatized by it.

Another filmwriter, Mayumi Ishiyama, writes this one.

The next three episodes are the three part finale of Super Rescue Solbrain. Hope you're looking forward to it!

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WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #49

A boy and a girl keep ditching school and showing up at Solbrain HQ. One day, they stop showing up. A short time later, the girl seeks out Solbrain for help: somehow, the boy has attended a cram school that uses hypnosis to enforce rules and morals and become a serious kid overnight! Soon after, every kid in the school is attending the cram school, and becoming serious. A sinister force is working behind the scenes, and it's up to Dozer to stop it.

This episode was, I believe, written by Haruko Asatsuke, a writer and producer of such films as A Farewell to the Land, The 19 Year Old's Map, and The Youth Killer. Unfortunately, it's not a great episode, and I suspect that there were some changes made to the final script. What's with that scene with Dozer looking off into the playground while melancholy music plays as if remembering kids who died? I have this feeling that one or both of the kids was supposed to die, but they couldn't get that to happen. There's also the matter that the machine was blown up, so we have no idea if Yoshihiko ever got made normal again.

There's a joke in here I localized. When Mariko enters Solbrain at one point, the team says, "Mata?" as in "Again?" -- her response is, "Minna matta?", a play on words that means, "You were all waiting for me?"

The song that's sung over and over is a playground verse that really has no defined origin, but in Japan, Genghis Khan is a grilled lamb meat dish popular in Japan's far north, so named because the Mongols are thought to have favored lamb. The song's tune is taken from the German group Dschingas Khan (the same group that the Moskau meme from about 10 years ago came from) in a song called, appropriately, Genghis Khan.

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WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #48

A boy's father shows up after being at work for over six months without returning home. But late that night, the father undergoes a terrifying transformation. Something bizarre and dark is transpiring at Holiday Industries, and Solbrain has to get to the bottom of it before it's too late.


Last Sagiyama episode for this series, and it's a bit of a stinker, to be honest. There's no Ryoma, the plot doesn't make much sense -- why would an electromagnetic beam cause people to mutate -- and numerous other things I could nitpick. That kid sure does love to fish, doesn't he? Dad, you just mutated into a horrifying monster, let's go fishing! Some good makeup effects and a creepy atmosphere though. With a little refining this could have been a really good episode. I think if the episode had more time to build up and more time to end it would have been a lot better. But unfortunately, this episode reminds me a bit of the werewolf episode with Mr. James Bond from early in the series. Also, what's up with Daiki almost running over kids? How many times has he nearly done it in this show? Not counting the one time he did it in a nightmare.

There's a couple of mediocre episodes before we get to the end. Next one is quite possible the dumbest one in the entire series. Sorry, folks.

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #47

Jun accidentally makes an enemy of a goofy pair of fortune tellers, and one of them promises revenge on Solbrain. When they try to stage a prank on Solbrain, it backfires on them, and they find themselves involved in a crisis. Can Solbrain prevent this unforeseen tragedy before it claims their lives?

Nobuo Ogizawa's last episode of the series, and it's very entertaining. They practically ship Jun with the fortune teller, to the point that he even calls Shohei "little brother" in one scene. And that scene where she tells him he'll never get a girlfriend -- can you ship them any harder? 

The police work is clever, and the episode is genuinely very funny, particularly her "daydream" about getting revenge on Solbrain. Shohei is played by Yellow Turbo from Turboranger appearing again in Rescue Police, by the way. You'll notice that at the end, she's offering a discount that's actually 50 yen higher than her previous discount price. Ryoma unfortunately shows up without a word at the end, however to save the day after Dozer is useless. That's unfortunate.

The end narration you may be curious about -- the episode ends with a tanka, which is a form of Japanese poetry. I wrote a short haiku that conveyed the meaning. A tanka, I found, would have had too many syllables (jiamari) to say what needed to be said. Enjoy a fun episode.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #46

A boy named Tohru witnesses a thief breaking into his grandfather's science lab to steal an invention, but breaks it in the process -- an invention that Tohru had previously used on himself. Now, Tohru appears to have a perfect memory! When the Solbrain team close in on the thief, they discover something surprising: this thief has no scientific knowledge. Someone's behind this crime, and it's up to Solbrain to find out who before they return to finish the job!

Head writer Sugimura writes this episode, and finally -- someone knows what to do with Ryoma other than have him show up to save the day. Ryoma is in this episode from start to finish and helps quite a bit with the investigation. I have the feeling Sugimura told his writers, "Put Ryoma in," but nobody knew what to have him do, so he shows up and is actually in this episode from the beginning. This episode actually has a brief comedy subplot of Jun trying to remember the combination to his locker. I like stuff like that. I think that comfy scenes like Solbrain in their off time is enjoyable and brings interesting characterization to the cast. But maybe that's because I'm an adult. A kid wouldn't care about them drinking coffee or cutting up or gently teasing Jun for his forgetfulness. A pretty good episode.

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #45

Daiki heads to the mountains to persuade a girl to testify in a police murder case. But the killer follows him and attempts to silence the witness. Fleeing without the SolGallop and unable to Plus Up, Daiki, the girl, and her caregiver are on the run in the wilderness. A terrible secret awaits -- and the killer is on their trail.

Yasuyuki Suzuki makes a better offering this time than his previous episode, but ultimately it's still a mostly forgettable episode. It's got some nice camerawork and it's filmed on that bridge in the national park where almost every tokusatsu show has filmed some episodes. You will certainly remember it from Winspector, and in the Gavan movie where Retsu and Geki fought.

Hey, a Dragonball Z gashapon!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #44

Episode 44: The Thief and the Old Doctor

When a thief encounters an old man during a break-in, the two forge an unlikely friendship. The old man turns out to be a scientist and gives the thief a special telekinetic headgear to make stealing easier. But when an organized crime group witnesses the power of the headgear, they decide to take it for their own -- and the old doctor with it! Now it's up to the thief... does he leave the old man to his fate, or does he risk arrest by notifying the authorities?

I really like this episode. Nobuo Ogizawa writes, and it's his signature style: a seemingly silly plot point being strongly about the human experience. This one is how people connect to one another in the strangest of ways.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #43

While stopping a bank robbery, Reiko pursues a female suspect who shoots a child during her getaway. Shortly after, the woman reappears with a completely different personality -- a perfect angel who helps the elderly and cares for orphans. An act? A twin? Or something much darker? The shocking truth will haunt Solbrain forever in what may be the darkest and most twisted episode of the series.

I stopped working on this show for a few days after seeing this episode because I found it so twisted. It's an amazing episode, maybe my favorite of the series. Ryuichi Takaoka's scheme here is perhaps one of the most horrific I can imagine, particularly how he goes about it. He not only does what he does -- he TELLS the person that it's been done. You will notice that there is very little power suit action in this episode. Also note that they mention that she had no priors, and later they call her a murderer. That means the child that she shot died.

By the way, the actress that plays Ritsuko Harashima is Ami Kawai, the same actress that plays Lami from Zyuranger, also known as Scorpina from the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.

If you watch one episode out of this whole series, I recommend you watch this one.

Monday, January 9, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #42

A politician promises that if re-elected that he will redesign Solbrain as a private army to aid in the defense of Japan. But his campaign is fraught with peril, suffering attacks and accidents at every turn. His campaign manager turns out to be one of Masaki's old college friends -- but his motive for serving as campaign manager is beyond anything Masaki could have imagined.

I don't care for this episode. I find the dialogue vague and unconvincing. If you're confused, the implication here is that Ken Nakata came up with the bomb idea, but Toyama came up with the idea for the injured girl, and Ken Nakata didn't sign off on it. That's why he didn't want to use it in the campaign. I suppose it's to cement the fact that Toyama is unscrupulous even beyond trying to dismantle Solbrain and reform it as a private army in a subversion of the wording of the Constitution of Japan.

It's cool to see Masaki doing something exciting but I wished for a little more information in this episode. I think they could have done a better storyline if it had been a two parter with a little more setup than suddenly throwing people into it. Yasuyuki Suzuki, who wrote Code Veronica, co-writes this rather forgettable entry with Junichi Miyashita. Ryoma shows up at the end as a "oh yeah he's here too" and proceeds to use the Pile Tornado to make Dozer, who up until now, used his Extinguisher Beam to help, even more useless and forgotten.

But take heart, because the next episode, 43, is one of the most twisted episodes I can remember of any tokusatsu series. Takaoka's scheme is absolutely twisted. You'll love it.

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #41

A pair of brothers with Formula One aspirations run an auto upgrade shop for getaway drivers. Equipped with state of the art engines and a stealth system that renders them invisible to radar and sign, they're more than a match for most police. Forced into doing a job by an organized crime boss Daiki sets out to save them before they go past the point of no return -- but in order to do so, he's going to have to match the power of the SolGallop against their best machine!

Notes: It's not a bad episode, but it's pretty forgettable. The only thing I really remembered from it was the middle finger scene and the cars spinning donuts at That Quarry at the end.  It's the same quarry in Saitama where they shoot all those famous battle scenes. There is one scene where one of the Kuga Brothers looks at a Formula One poster on the wall, and it's of Brazilian Formula One legend Ayrton Senna who passed away in a tragic crash only a few years later, widely considered to be one of -- if not THE -- greatest Formula One Racers of all time. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #40

Jun is abducted by a criminal posing as a police officer. Solbrain receives an ultimatum from the kidnapper: Ryoma and Daiki are to come alone. But this turns out to be a trap! With Reiko injured, Ryoma and Daiki have to solve the case on their own -- but they discover that this kidnapper has someone working behind the scenes. Someone they know all too well!

Head writer Noboru Sugimura writes this one. I love this episode. I knew that something was going to happen at the end, but what actually happened blindsided me. And the motive for it -- this is why I consistently say that Ryuichi Takaoka is one of the most twisted villains in tokusatsu. And I have news for you: the worst from him is yet to come.

The cinematography and writing of the ending on the roof is masterful, probably the best in the series. It reminds me so much of the end of Empire Strikes Back, a feeling of darkness yet to come as Daiki wrestles with his emotions.

After you finish watching the entire Solbrain series, go back to this episode and take a look at the entire scene where Takaoka calls Imai. The ending isn't something they just pulled out of thin air, it's shown in this episode clearly.

In other news, if you're used to skipping the opening, it has changed as of this episode to include Ryoma/Knight Fire and the Pile Tornado.

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #39

Episode 39: The Dreamweaving Alien

A hopeless magician gets his hands on a wondrous piece of technology stolen from a black market gang: a device that projects a collective hallucination to people within range. While evading the gang, he uses the device to befriend a boy who believes in aliens. But there's something he doesn't know: prolonged usage of the device leads to brain damage. Can Solbrain save him -- and the boy -- before it's too late?


Sagiyama strikes again! But I actually really like this episode -- it's hard not to. The premise may sound dumb as hell but the writing in this episode is so good. I actually really got a kick out of the story -- and it has a science element, which is what she sometimes is missing, and a great departure from Ghost Nazis in episode 38. The risk that Mizuno puts himself in for this kid is immense. Highly recommended.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #38

A rash of suicides of young women with no explanation, followed by bizarre, unsettling supernatural-like events. Solbrain investigates, only to discover a terrifying connection: everything seems connected to a portrait of a notorious female Nazi SS concentration camp officer from the 1940s that has been brought into Japan.

This episode features depictions of Nazis, Nazi symbols, World War II footage, and related themes. If these are illegal in your country or if it is a sensitive subject for you, please be advised.

Quality children's entertainment circa 1991.
This episode is pretty far from the typical science theme of Winspector and Solbrain, but I do like that they never fully explain exactly what the portrait is or does. We are left to believe that it may be an evil spirit, but Masaki doesn't seem fully convinced of it. But he helps to battle Satan in Exceedraft (peripherally) so at the very least maybe he has some sort of belief.

I ain't 'fraid 'o no ghosts.
This is a Susumu Takaku episode, and it has no birds, but it does have weird stuff in it. That being said, the writing and the mystery leading up to the final confrontation are so interesting that I really find it hard to hate it. I do feel that the "painting houses an evil spirit" idea was partially cribbed from Ghostbusters II, which was out a few years before this, but it could just be a coincidence. I'm sure opinions will vary on this episode, but it's so shocking that there is something worth watching about it. Some great cinematography in this one too, lots of roof and tracking shots.

Friday, January 6, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #37

When an underworld boss asking for Solbrain's protection is killed before their eyes by a hitman, Solbrain soon discovers that this hitman is unlike any they have ever encountered: he has a conscience. But there are others who want that hitman dead, and if Solbrain is going to save a blind girl in the hitman's care, then they're going to have to throw every resource they have into it.

Junichi Miyashita, future head writer of Exceedraft, writes this one. To be completely honest with you, I forgot about this episode. It's a heartfelt piece about a hitman with a heart of gold, but it's ultimately very forgettable. Ryoma acts as a deus ex machina, stepping in to save the day literally and figuratively, and he also acts as an info dump. I don't like that. I think he deserves more. 

There is ONE unfortunate scene in this episode that I DID remember. Blackface, Toei? Really? There wasn't ONE black person you could ask to be in your show? On a different subject though, the Rodney King police brutality beating had just occurred in the news, so this was a particularly timely scene -- it was big news even in Japan.


I'm obligated to let people know that the preview for episode 38 shown in this episode and episode 38 itself contain Nazi imagery. I know that's illegal in some countries and some people just don't like it. It is a pretty good episode though, if a bit out of theme for Solbrain.

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #36

Daiki prevents a young girl from being kidnapped in Shinjuku, only to find himself accused of her kidnapping himself! Hunted by his former teammates, Daiki faces his worst nightmare of all: even Commander Masaki doesn't believe his innocence. With nowhere to run and no one to trust -- how will he get out of this and clear his name?

Notes: I won't spoil this too much, but this is an intense damn episode. One of my favorites. I know you've seen a story like this before, and I wonder if a certain pair of writers were inspired by this, since I know they watch tokusatsu and are gigantic weeaboos in general. The hardest part of this episode is seeing Commander Masaki simply turn his back on Daiki -- and the ending made me smile probably the hardest of any episode. Isn't that the kind of boss you wish everyone had?

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #35

Solbrain continues its investigation into the kidnapping of a company director's son in Kyushu with returned ally Ryoma Kagawa wearing his Knight Fire suit. What exactly are the Metal Humans, and who is the mysterious man in white who seems to be calling all the shots? A terrifying foe awaits Solbrain!

Most of what I said about this two parter I said in the previous episode. Ryuichi Takaoka is one of the most twisted villains I can think of. He is going to be a recurring and final boss type character, and the schemes he cooks up are nothing short of brilliant -- and brutal in some cases. Ryoma returns as a cast member now, but only shows up occasionally. This episode has probably the only "monster" to show up in Solbrain, and they went all out with it.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #34

Buckle up, because this is the one you've been waiting for!
Solbrain is called to Kyushu to assist with a major explosion at an industrial plant. At the same time, the son of the plant's director is kidnapped. Once the fire is contained, Solbrain begins to investigate, only to have Jun attacked by an incredibly powerful man who delivers a ransom note. Taunted by a mysterious mastermind, Solbrain finds themselves in over their head. Kyushu could be their last mission, unless... wait... who's that man in in the red armor?!

Part I of a two part turning point in the series!

So much going on in this episode, so let's get into it! Much like Winspector's trip to Shikoku, the scenes in Kyushu (mainland Japan's westernmost island) are indeed filmed on location. Mitsui Greenland and Ricoland are real places that still exist today. The tower where the mysterious man in white (whom you will soon become very acquainted with) can still be seen today.

Bomber Honma is an actual real life performer who goes by the stage name Brutus. Usually a comedian, this role was a bit different for him. He also made guest appearances in Turboranger and Poitrine around the same time.

I know that JAKQ came up with the idea of an "additional hero" that shows up later, but 1992 was the year of "new heroes" showing up. It worked so well with Burai in Zyuranger that I think Solbrain just had to try it, and man, did it work out great.

I was actually reminded of the introduction of the White Ranger on MMPR, with Zordon acting shady working on a project (just liked Commander Masaki) until it's finally revealed they were recruiting a new-old hero.

Also, that guy in white? Pay attention to him. He's your last boss. Yes, Solbrain has a last boss!

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #33

A juvenile delinquent gets out of juvenile detention and comes back, looking to settle a score with Daiki! Rounding up a gang of junior high school admirers, he falls in with an organized crime member, and is talked into unknowingly transporting a car full of explosives. Can Solbrain save him -- and most importantly, can they stop him from providing a bad example to the junior high schoolers?

Notes: It's Yutaka Hirose! He's playing a badass, of course. Junichi Miyashita, head writer of Exceedraft, writes this episode which switches things up a bit: the action is short, in the middle, and there's a long ending. Overall, a very good episode marred by a few things -- why are they playing touching music as Daiki and Jun beat up a bunch of kids?! Also, Daiki tells Jun to handle it, and is deterred by getting sand thrown at him -- but later, he kicks some ass in a fight, so it's OK, I guess.

A fun bit of trivia: RX-56 may seem like a Gundam reference, and in some ways, it may be, since it's a weapon, and Junichi Miyashita was born in 1956.

PS, guess what's next? Guess who's about to come back? Are you ready? ARE YOU EXCITED?

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WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #32

Episode 32: Hunt Down the Cop Killer!

One of Daiki's friends, a patrolman, is viciously stabbed to death during a nighttime patrol. Just before, a jewelry store robbery takes place. Blame falls on a single alcoholic father with two children, but his children seem convinced of his innocence despite evidence to prove it. Can Daiki put aside his emotional responses and find out the truth?

Notes: What a great episode. A pure mystery through and through, this episode actually avoids revealing the criminal until the very end, and that conclusion -- intense. Susumu Takaku, when he doesn't want to write about birds, can really pull off an amazing script. The writing for this episode is snappy, and the police procedural and investigation is wonderfully done. Highly recommended.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #31

When old friends of Daiki develop a self-driving car, the Solbrain team is called over to have a look. Dozer discovers that his computer and the car's are attuned, allowing them to talk to each other without others hearing. But when thieves break in to steal the car, it reveals another trait: a thirst for revenge.

Notes: Nobuo Ogizawa wrote this episode, and it is one of my favorites in the series. An initially cute premise is suddenly turned into a terrifying and violent revenge story. Dozer is the focus for a change, but everyone on the team gets to do something cool. Check out Jun's hand to hand combat at the end. The end scene had me choked up for the reason that the song that Dozer is singing is a historical children's song with a melancholy meaning: it's about a father lamenting his dead child and pondering the fleetingness of life. Sad robots get me every time.

Monday, January 2, 2017

WEEABOO SHOGUN PRESENTS: Super Rescue Solbrain #30

A pair of bumbling thieves attempt to steal something valuable from a technology research company, ending up with one of them thrown into a chamber and suddenly encased in a suit with the kanji for "GOD"on it. Imbued with unbelievable super strength, it turns out that the suit is a technology very similar to the Solid Suit technology. Designed for deep sea work, the suit is running out of air. If Solbrain doesn't find the hapless criminal, who's suddenly become a force for good, in four hours, he'll suffocate. But a strange cult has been looking for this chance for quite some time, and they're not ready to let their new God go!

It me.
I make no attempt to hide the fact that I think that Nobuo Ogizawa is the best writer in Rescue Police. His stories are always amazing, and you're about to get two Nobuo Ogizawa episodes in a row. Remember what I said about his episodes having a completely ridiculous premise, and then being an amazing and touching piece about the human experience? This is one of those episodes. A pair of goofy crooks get their hands on a piece of technology -- one crook played by Inspector Rokkaku's actor from Winspector -- and suddenly the one who's been a loser all his life suddenly finds himself with the ability to help other people and get rewarded for it.

"GOD" on the chest is the kanji for "KAMI" as in Kamikura Industries, the name of the company that developed the suit. Of course, it also means GOD, which is why everyone assumes him to be the Almighty.

The Happy Come Come Cult in this episode is a mishmash of various New Religious Movements in Japan. At this point in time, it was probably a mixture of Happy Science and AUM Shinrikyo, the latter of which became infamous for the Shinjuku subway attacks many years later.

I think this episode is amazing. I hope you enjoy it,