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SODO Sundays – September 29th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, more Zero-One and Ryusoulger!

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The rest of AI 01 has been revealed! Biting Shark and Flying Falcon will be the last two figures to be featured in AI 01. Continuing the trend from Rising Hopper there is a lot of paint on these two forms with minimal stickers. Shark will come with the Attache Calibur in sword mode while Falcon will come with it in suitcase mode.

There will also be a Complete Set Box that will have just enough extra bodies to give each form an option to be displayed. This set will release on October 28th.

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The second Set of Another Riders will be out next month and the showcase on all four figures has begun with Another Den-O. All of the figures in this set will come with optional year stickers to reflect their original appearance or their Another Zi-O II summons.

BiriBiri Geiz will also be getting a figure in the big yearly box set this year that will also come with the DX Ridewatch for the form.

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Ryusoulger

December will bring the third set of YUDO figures for Ryusoulger. Ryusoul Red and Gold will be returning from the older waves. The grunts of the series, the Drunn Soliders. 3 more armors will be included as well: the CosmoRaptor, ShadowRaptor, and PackyGuru armors.

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As always, you can watch SODO Sundays Season 3, Episode 3 here:

That’s it for this edition of SODO Sundays Season 3! Stay tuned for the next edition on both Toku Toy Store News and YouTube channel.

 

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SODO Sundays – August 4th, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, SODO Chronicle, YUDO, and SHODO-O!

Kamen Rider Zi-O

Since the rest of the Zi-O SODO line was already revealed, the only new things for Zi-O was showing off Kamen Rider Ginga and Hattari from Ride Plus 2 in greater detail. Hattari’s shuriken face can come off for easier access to the sticker location. Another Zi-O was also shown off in more detail.

Kamen Rider W

SODO Chronicle W is making a return. A new Premium Bandai set has been revealed to have more of the Riders from the series. This new set will include Kamen Rider Accel, Accel Trial, and Kamen Rider Skull. A new headpiece will be included with Skull to be able to make Skull Crystal. This new Premium Bandai exclusive set will be released in December. With this set it only leaves a handful of Riders and forms from Double for SODO to make, maybe they’ll have another set to finish them off?

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While not shown off, the other 3 figures to be in OOO Chronicle Set 1 will be Gatakirirba, Latoraratar, and Sagohzo Combos. Also revealed was an Ankh arm to have to display next to the figures. Chronicle OOO Set 1 will release in December.

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SHODO-O 2

The second SHODO-O Set has been fully shown off. This set of villain characters will include Apollo Geist from Kamen Rider X, Kamen Rider Ouja and Ryuga, and the Horse Orphonoch. Ryuga will come with his Advent Monster Dragblacker.

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The full line-up for YUDO Set 2 has been revealed. We already knew Ryusoul Gold and his BiriBiri Armor was in the line-up but now we have a rerelease of Ryusoul Red, his DimeVolcano armor, more Ryusoul armors and Gaisorg. This set comes out later in August.

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Kamen Rider Zero-One

SODO will reveal Kamen Rider Zero-One SODO figures the day the first episode airs. So stay tuned for Season 3 of SODO Sundays coming to Toku Toy Store to cover the next year of Kamen Rider Zero-One and other SODO releases!

As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 23 here:

That’s it for this edition of SODO Sundays Season 2! Stay tuned for the next edition on both Toku Toy Store News and YouTube channel.

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SODO Sundays – June 23rd, 2019

Hello, tokusatsu community! It’s Joshua Perry here to talk about SODO figures on my fortnightly series, SODO Sundays. Today, the end of Zi-O Set 10 and some new Ryusoulger.

Kamen Rider Zi-O

The final figure of July’s Set 10 has revealed! Zi-O’s final form Grand Zi-O is coming to the SODO line. This figure will feature moulded on details for all of the Heisei Rider statues all over the suit but will have stickers in able to make the statues stand out with greater details.

Ryusoulger

August will see the release of YUDO Set 2. The first figure from this set has been revealed to be RyusoulGold. He will include his Mosa Changer and Mosa Blade. Also included will be the pieces to give him his BiriBiri Armor.

Kamen Rider W

The Kamen Rider Cyclone figure, revealed a while back, got a better focus recently.

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As always you can watch SODO Sundays Season 2, Episode 20 here:

That’s it for this edition of SODO Sundays Season 2! Stay tuned for the next edition on both Toku Toy Store News and YouTube channel.

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Going ガガガ – A Tokusatsu GaGaGa Series Review

Channelling the fandom troubles of geeks and nerds everywhere, Tokusatsu GaGaGa was a series that kept us feeling gaga from start to finish.

We’ve all seen Akibaranger, right? I feel confident making that statement to the toku-watching community as a whole and, at the very least, you’ll be aware of it’s themes or those wacky GIFs of the “Powerful Rangers”.

So what if I told you that there was a show that captured the toku otaku experience even more-so than that? A show that dealt with tokusatsu as a fandom, fandom as a stigma, camaraderie, societal and familial pressures, and living up to the ideals that inspired us as children?

That show would be Tokusatsu GaGaGa; an adaptation of the Niwa Tanba manga of the same name that follows Kano Nakamura as she navigates her mid-20’s in a serious career while hiding her geekiness from her co-workers and family. It’s a very engaging story for me personally but I think it’s broader implications are what make it stand out amongst the J-Dramas aimed at people who like rubber monsters and explosions.

Simply put; Tokusatsu GaGaGa is about feeling ‘other’ in what most would define as ‘regular’ society. It’s about hiding something core to your self-identity out of fear of rejection, being ostracised by your peers, or as just being too childish, something many in the Western toku fan base has bemoaned when Power Rangers is derided in mainstream consciousness.

These themes are explored in the show in a number of different and unique ways, from metaphorical cuts to the in-show Sentai and Metal Hero series (Bestial Storm Jushowan and Emerjason, respectively), delusional instances of superheroes appearing to Kano to inspire her, or how certain characters compare experiences in differing fandoms. [Warning: Character and Plot SPOILERS AHEAD]

Lead actress Fuka Koshiba, and the rest of the cast to an extent, excel in bringing to life these relatable characters and making their respective journeys truly engaging. Kano Nakamura is a fantastic character who and the expressiveness of Fuka’s acting highlights both her dramatic and comedic elements. Frankly, I’d love to see Fuka in a proper Toei show, she’s got the chops to be a fantastic Sentai Red.

Joining Kano are “Sentai Sempai” Hisami Yoshida, an older sister-type with a fondness for butts. Her relationship with Kano is sweet and almost borders on the homoerotic sometimes and I honestly can’t tell if that’s intentional or I’m just reading too much into the long, lingering looks that they share frequently. I’m just saying, this show is already one big analogy to being LGBTQ+, I wouldn’t put it past author/directorial intent (I haven’t read the source material to confirm if it’s like that there) that it is.

There is also “Stoic Idol Fan” Yuko Kitashiro, Kano’s hard-nosed co-worker who hides a love of J-Idols The Bee Boys behind her Aubrey Plaza-esque looks. “Mr Yakuza” Masaaki Matsumoto, a crunchy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside shop owner who feels great shame for his love of magical girl shows and “Damian” Taku Tamiya, a cram school kid who befriends Kano and acts as a mirror to Kano’s own childhood experiences. Each highlights an aspect of her personality and allow us to explore Kano’s views on life.

There are other ancillary characters who act as plot points or comic relief but the only other character of note is Fumi Nakamura, Kano’s mother. Often represented as the ever-present villain of Jushowan, Genka Shogun, Fumi is an over-bearing traditional mother who projects her values onto her daughter and much anxiety ensues. This is an experience that I’ve had and I’m sure it’s something many who love superheroes into their adulthood have had to deal though with the genre becoming more mainstream, this is being mitigated somewhat.

Kano’s arc with her mother is pretty compelling and you almost begin to sympathise with Fumi until a fateful lunch date when she goes too far and then IT IS ON. Seriously, there’s a moment in episode 6 that made me scream “Get ‘er, Kano!” as the show’s theme song (performed by Golden Bomber, whose lead singer performed Life is SHOW TIME) kicks in and it’s absolutely brilliant.

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In terms of being a tokusatsu, there’s plenty of references, homages, and production details that call back to the long history of toku in Japan. Cameos of suit actors, beloved voice actors, and the action director himself being a suit actor alumni all give this show a pedigree to rival that of any official Toei production (Toei did lend their aid to this NHK production though to what extent, I don’t know). The suits look just as good as something Toei themselves would produce and I would definitely watch an Emerjason show!

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I heartily recommend checking out Tokusatsu GaGaGa if you’re looking for something out of the usual toku shows that has a lot of heart and a genuine love for the genre. The 7 episode show was subbed by both Big Nova Subs and TV-Nihon and can be found wherever you’d usually find fan-subs.

Have you seen Tokusatsu GaGaGa? What were your thoughts on it? Let us know!

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Bandai Spirits merge with the Banpresto Toy Company

It has been revealed that Bandai Spirits will officially merge with Banpresto as they dissolve.

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Last month’s issue of National Printing Bureau’s Kanpō magazine, dated February 22nd, has revealed that toy company Banpresto has dissolved and will be merged with Bandai Spirits, Bandai Namco’s toys and hobby subsidiary. Bandai Spirits now own all rights and duties formally belonging to Banpresto.

Bandai Spirits was established on February 15th, 2018 by Bandai Namco as a subsidiary which absorbed the figure and plastic model side of the business and the convenience store goods business from Banpresto. The company had a capital stock of 100 million yen (about £692,000.06 in GBP) and about 450 employees at the time of it’s establishment.

Banpresto was founded as Hoei Sangyo, Co. Ltd. in 1977, and the company was renamed as Coreland in 1982. They then became a partially owned subsidiary of Bandai Namco in 1989 which is how they gained their most recent name. Banpresto became a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandai Namco in 2006.

What do you think of the move by Bandai Namco? Are you excited for the potential toy opportunities? Let us know on our social media pages!

Source: Anime News Network
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Three Super Sentai Strongest Battle Episode Summaries Revealed

The plot of the first three episodes of the upcoming Super Sentai Strongest Battle miniseries have been revealed with a ‘Marvellous’ kick off!

The summaries were revealed by Japanese site, AkkiNews, but were later translated by Rangerboard user, Dukemon.

Battle 1 – Episode Name TBD, airing on February 17th in Japan:
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger are suddenly attacked by a mysterious warrior named Gaisoulg. Captain Marvellous feels guilty of not protecting his team and crosses swords with Gaisoulg. During the fight, a mysterious “Shining Plate” appears, Marvellous/GokaiRed touches it and is transported to Planet Nemesis. He then discovers that many Sentai heroes from the past received that same plate, and have all been called there.

The heroes were gathered by the Watchman of Time, Rita. She informs the heroes that she gathered them to participate in the “Super Sentai Strongest Battle” and the winners will be able to ask for any wish they desire, using her miraculous powers. With each hero having their own wish to fight for, they are divided into 32 teams of 5, mixing and matching the various Sentai teams. The first match is between Zyuohger’s Zyuoh Eagle and Patranger’s Patoren #1!

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Battle 2 – Episode Name TBD, airing on February 24th in Japan:
In the middle of the battle, Gaisoulg interferes and challenges GokaiRed to a battle. Ninninger’s AkaNinger is injured protecting GokaiRed from his attack.

Battle 3 – Episode Name TBD, airing on March 3rd
Dekaranger’s DekaMaster and ToQGer’s ToQ #5 are set to battle, but in fact, this fight is use to lure out Gaisoulg!

What do you think about the special mini series? Are you excited to see a Ryusoulger be introduced outside of the new Super Sentai? Let us know on our social media pages!

Source: AkkiNews / Dukemon @ Rangerboard
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Complete details from the Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger Press Conference

While British residents were fast asleep last night, Toei Company held a press conference to reveal the cast for Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger!

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The 43rd entry in the long running Super Sentai series will be Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger, also the fourth team to use a dinosaur theme but with knight based motif added to the mix. As we previously reported, the series is being written by Yamaoka Junpei, who is a new writer for the tokusatsu universe, and is directed by Kamihoriuchi Kazuya, who previously directed Kamen Rider Build the Movie: Be the One. This will be Kazuya’s first time as chief director on a Super Sentai series as well as on a series in general. Serving as chief producer will be Maruyama Shinya, who is a noted producer for various J-Drama shows and served as an assistant producer for shows including: B-Robo Kabutak, Moero!! Robocon, and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.

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The main story focuses on an ancient alien race called the Druidon, who left the planet after the meteor that destroyed the dinosaurs came to Earth. The Ryusoul tribe left their powers in the care of a group of chosen warriors, giving them the ability to defend the world when the Druidon race returned to Earth to conquer, or destroy, the planet. The catchphrase for the series will be a Portuguese phrase “que bom” roughly translating as “something that’s really great”.

The cast for Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger will include:

Ichinose Hayate as Kou, RyusoulRed: A genius who is completely focused on training.

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Tsuna Keito as Melt, RyusoulBlue: A warrior with a hunger for knowledge.

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Obara Yuito as Towa, RyusoulGreen: A warrior who refuses to let anyone defeat him.

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Kishida Tatsuya as Banba, RyusoulBlack: Towa’s older brother; the silent type.

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Osaki Ichika as Asuna, RyusoulPink: Asuna is from a noble family and has exceptional power.

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The series will also feature Fukikoshi Mitsuru as Tatsui Naohish, a palaeontologist…

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As well as Mana Kinjo, who stars as Naohisa’s daughter, YouTuber Tatsui Ui.

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In a homage to Kyoryuger, Kou will have a dinosaur partner, Tyramigo. He will be voiced by Terasoma Masaki, whose previous voice roles include Shadow Moon (Kamen Rider Black) and Kintaros (Kamen Rider Den-O).

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Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger begins March 17th, 2019.

What do you guys think of the announced cast? Are you excited for the series? Let us know on our social media pages!

Source and Image Credit: The Tokusatsu Network
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Behind the scenes look at the new Sentai team: Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger

Behind the scenes images from the upcoming Super Sentai Series, Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger, gives us our first look at the new team!

In these on set photos, we can see Ryusoul Red, Ryusoul Blue, Ryusoul Green, Ryusoul Black, and Ryusoul Pink waiting and chatting. The main thing worth noting in these photos is that the Blue Ranger appears to have blue hair. In addition, according to rumours gathered by respected toku information gatherer, Matt Hunt, it looks like Ryusoul Red’s actor is Ichinose Hayate, while Ryusoul Green will be portrayed by Keito Tsuna, who recently starred in the Japanese drama, Bungaku Shojo.

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Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger is set to premiere on March 17th, 2019 and will feature the Super Sentai franchise’s 44th overall team. It will be produced by Maruyama Shinya (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon) and Takahashi Kazuhiro (Kamen Rider Ghost). The series will be written by Yamaoka Junpei (Majisuka Gakuen, Kamen Teacher) and directed by Kamihoriuchi Kazuya (Kamen Rider Ghost, Ex-Aid, Build, Zi-O, and Heisei Generations FINAL). You can read Toei’s press release in our Christmas edition of This Week in Tokusatsu, here.

Are you excited for the new Super Sentai series? Who do you think the potential bad guys are for the series? Let us know on our social media pages!

Sources: @nihoiti1 (Images), @TheRealMattHunt (Actor information).
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This Week in Tokusatsu – December 14th, 2018

Lupinranger vs Patoranger’s final arc continues this week, with a revelation about a longtime ally. Zi-O’s Ghost Arc closes out and Decade joins the cast. Let’s dive in, shall we?


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A second French operative for GSPO returns to Japan this week, and is revealed to be none other than the previous Patren # 2, the first member of the GSPO tactical unit to wear the green uniform. Satoru is a colleague to Keiichiro and Tsukasa, as shown through flashbacks and their familiar dialogue, but has never met Sakuya before this episode and has an immediate, intense distrust of Noel. His return, and thus the premise of the episode, begins on the foundation that an insider in GSPO is leaking secrets and classified intelligence to Ganglers. The writers waste little time in revealing that this is Noel’s doing, even going so far as to give a Gangler a piece of the Lupin collection. His reasons are not made clear at first.

While the thieves track Noel’s contact, a Gangler named Tokageru (or Tokageil, depending on where you saw the episode), the GSPO Tactical Unit is formally introduced to Satoru. The initial reaction Noel and Satoru have to each other is nothing short of openly antagonistic, but Satoru does have enough trust in Keiichiro to confide that Noel is his suspect. From there, the rest of the episode focuses on Noel’s dealings and how the team comes to terms with the truth, that Noel is the inside man the Ganglers have in GSPO. The double agent Lupin X is now a triple-agent, playing all sides against each other. Gauche is aware of the dealings, but Dogranio reveals via a flash-sideways sequence that he had no idea, and finds the idea entertaining more than threatening.

When the truth comes out, Noel ends up running, hunted and running like Batman at the end of The Dark Knight. He fires a warning shot at his team, to distract long enough to run but not aiming to hit any of them. While Keiichiro hesitates to return fire, Satoru takes Keiichiro’s VS changer and does not think twice. He is shooting to kill and makes this fact plain to the others as they pursue Noel through the city.

Devastated and now unarmed, Keiichiro follows Noel on his own path, separate, and the pair link up again further down the road. The battle that follows leads to the revelation that Noel is something other than human, though he is not specifically named a Gangler. The rangers who hear the news are shocked, though Good Striker seems to have known all along, asking the Lupinrangers how they didn’t notice previously. The Lupinrangers are angry, betrayed, and express this in the way they brutalize Tokageru’s Kaiju form through LupinKaiser.

The next episode promises answers, with the preview clip indicating there is some other, darker truth to be told.


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The show begins to kick into gear this week, with even Woz’s opening monologue changing. This time around, he includes the line, “… And yet all goes according to my desires.”

Could this imply something more sinister or selfish behind Woz’s dedicated service to the future overlord of the world? For now, in the context of the show, Woz is nowhere to be found as Geiz, Takeru and Tsukuyomi work to restore Sougo. Coming off the heels of last week, Sougo’s soul has been torn from his body and he remains a ghost, while his body lies unconscious, but alive, in a hospital bed. Distraught, Geiz goes after Another Ghost in the past, only to be met by Decade, now using the Ryuki form. Here we see Decade take on a neo-Heisei form for the first time, using the Kamen Ride – Ghost transformation card. As expected, this is Ghost’s base form, with the exception of the Neo Decadriver which is clearly visible.

The double-ghost encounter is interesting enough, as Decade and Another Ghost absolutely decimate Geiz, before the Ghost Ride Watch is taken by Decade. After the power is drained from it, Geiz is given the Decade Ride Watch, which is capable of acting as a Ride Watch holder as well. With the power drained from the Ride Watch, Takeru and Makoto are restored to their Kamen Rider status, as Ghost and Specter respectively. The two, along with Sougo, travel back in time to prevent the death of the police officer who would become Another Ghost.

Thanks to some interference by Uhr, he becomes Another Ghost anyway, and the Riders are drained of their power once again. After Another Ghost is revived, Woz plays his hand, revealing to Sougo that he has betrayed his overlord. The team, after rediscovering Sougo via a gadget, devises a plan to defeat Another Ghost, but is intercepted in the time stream by the Time Jackers, before making it back to 2015 and getting into action. Decade looks on, with Woz at his back. The highlight of this scene, other than the character development, is seeing Sougo change into Decade Armour for the first time. Woz announces Sougo the way he has with every other form, and Sougo takes no time in figuring out that the Decade armour form allows for a third watch to combine Decade’s abilities with others.

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Decade’s rationale in giving over his Watch willingly is that whatever he is doing, conquering the world or destroying it, is far less entertaining if Zi-O can’t put up a decent fight. It’s a very Decade moment that had me muttering Onore dikeido! At my screen more than once as I watched this episode. Inoue Masahiro is, as always, the shining spotlight in the cast and the episode ends on a fittingly dramatic reveal, as Decade tries to dissuade Zi-O from his pursuit of kingship.

The next episode, revealed in the preview, will give us our first jump forward in time, and also features the debut of Ohma Zi-O (presumably Demon King, shortened from Akuma No Oh-sama) as a character in his own right.


Kami No Kiba – Jinga

As promised, this week, we will begin our coverage of Jinga, the latest series in the Garo franchise. This particular series is set in the Dougai Ryuga timeline of Garo, and focuses on Mikage Jinga, the Makai knight called Roze. Jinga, played by Kamen Rider Decade’s Inoue Masahiro, was first introduced in the summer Garo movie, Kami No Kiba as the primary villain. Picking up where that movie ended, Jinga introduces us to a newly-revived Mikage Jinga, an unknown amount of time after the end of the film. Though he looks the same, the dark Makai Knight who became a horror has been revived once more as a good man, with a family and a history all his own in a new life.

Jinga looks much the same as he did in the film, though he has the trademark flowing coat of a Makai knight now as well, and the series opens on Jinga hunting horrors with the Makai priestess Fusa and his little brother, an apprentice named Toma. Through flashbacks, it is revealed that Jinga was forced to kill his father, also a Makai knight, after the older man became a Horror and killed Jinga’s mother. Toma, witnessing all of this, has his memories sealed away, though the seal is eventually broken by a horror. The first nine episodes, numbered 00-08, take us on a wild ride as Jinga hunts horrors and discovers a new ability no other Makai knight has had before: Jinga can destroy horrors without killing the human hosts, and revert those humans to what they were before possession.

The Watchdogs, the Makai Knights’ governing body, are apprehensive, understandably, and the second arc of the series focuses on Jinga coming to understand his power. Eventually, it is revealed that a horror still resides inside of Jinga, and acts as the source of his newfound abilities. The horror inside of Jinga is able to cannibalize other horrors, purging the human host and leaving them undamaged, while gaining power. Regrettably, each time Jinga does this, his darker side seems to grow stronger, to the point where Jinga loses control for a single night, killing another Makai knight named Shijo.

This show has been an excellent new installment in the Garo franchise thus far, and with more to come, it can only get better. Jinga airs weekly, as its counterparts for younger audiences does, and can be seen in many of the same places.


What did you guys think of this week’s shows? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!

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This Week in Tokusatsu – December 8th, 2018

Lupinranger vs Patoranger’s final arc continues this week, in explosive form! On the Kamen Rider side of things, Kamen Rider Zi-O’s Ghost Arc begins, and Decade returns! Let’s dive in, shall we?


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All seven rangers are forced to come together to battle the Gangler general Destra this week, after being soundly defeated on their own. The battles have weight and consequences, which is always a refreshing touch and a good way to ground the show in a realistic setting, including injured rangers and the city being evacuated. Even the police, minus the Patorangers, are evacuated so Destra can be dealt with. A surprising source of conflict, though, comes in the form of Kogure asking Noel to step down from his duties as Lupin X.

There’s a bit of intrigue here as well, as the preparation for the fight spends a lot of time focusing on how each red ranger thinks he can use the other. Kairi knows Keiichiro will protect people, and Keiichiro, in turn, counts on Kairi’s greed and lust for the collection to guide him. In the end, both men behave as the other predicts, leading to Keiichiro actually saving Kairi’s life.

After forming Good Cool Kaiser X, the rangers are paired up based on their roles, with Noel, Kairi, and Keiichiro making up the “head” or lead section of the machine. Touma and Tsukasa end up on one side, with the remainder going to Sakuya and Umika. It makes for a brief but interesting exchange, and once the moment passes, the rangers get down to business and take on Destra.


Kamen Rider Zi-O Episode 13

This week kicks off the Ghost Arc of Kamen Rider Zi-O, and features some big moments and returning characters. Kicking things off, we first meet Tenkuuji Takeru, Kamen Rider Ghost, and actor Nishime Shun returns to fill the role. Another Ghost appears, and Woz throws his lot in with the Time Jackers?! Though we are not told who he means, Woz tells Swartz, Hora, and Uhr about a man who will alter the course of history in regards to Oma Zi-O’s rise to power. It’s implied, at first, that this is Geiz, coming off the heels of Woz revealing his book can no longer accurately predict the future. It is a history book from a specific timeline, after all.

As Another Ghost continues to attack, Sougo, Takeru, and the others begin to discover a method to its seemingly chaotic attacks, and find that it is targeting people whose actions cause accidents resulting in the injury or death of Innocents. This starts with a factory, then a hot dog cart with a gas leak, and at the factory site, we learn that Another Ghost is, more or less, a zombie. The identity of Another Ghost is revealed in a way that paints it as a tragic figure, the Time Jackers using the man behind the mask for their own means.

When Decade does appear, he is using Agito form and the Neo Decadriver, and takes on Geiz and Sougo before leaving. An interesting point is that Decade is firmly with the Time Jackers here, if only to fill his normal passing-through role. Hora even offers to back any succession to power Decade might want, though he refuses. In the final moments of the episode, we get to see Takeru shine, as Sougo is seemingly killed and Takeru is the only one who can see or communicate with the ghost left behind.

I feel as though this would have been a slightly better way to resolve the “two Sougos” problem caused by the Gaim arc, but this could certainly still lead to some interesting developments. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing more of what Decade will bring to the table in the following weeks.


Garo: Kami No Kiba

This movie has been out for a while, but in the lead up to covering the current Garo series, Jinga, it seems appropriate to start with this movie. The movie focuses on a group of horrors trying to use a dark makai knight to power an ark called the God’s Fang (Kami no Kiba), on which they will build a new world. The movie is set in the Dougai Ryuga universe of Garo, latest in that timeline on its release. I highly recommend this film for anyone interested in watching the new series, but cannot recommend it as an entry point, as a lot of the plot points rely on prior knowledge of previous Garo series, characters, and lore. However, for veterans, this film marks a return to form for the live-action side of Garo.

To set up this ritual, this ark, a Makai priestess named Banbi begins stealing the armours of veteran knights, and this is how we meet the returning characters from the other Ryuga-verse Garo series.

The new Makai Knight, Jinga, is played by Kamen Rider Decade’s Masahiro Inoue, and is at once a madman and a warrior. The contrast, as well as his horror powers and fighting ability, set him up quickly as a threat, with three knights and a priest unable to defeat him at first. Though the end of the film doesn’t directly set up the next tv series, it is fittingly cinematic, with the cgi-heavy armoured combat being well choreographed, if at times a bit too jarringly quick.

Overall, I recommend giving this film a watch, if only to keep up with Garo continuity, and especially if you plan on watching Jinga. The series itself will be covered in This Week in Toku starting next week.


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