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How To Spot Fake Tokusatsu Leaks

How to get through the coming months without being fooled by fake news!

Kamen Rider Zi-O has just been trademarked meaning that, for the next few months, news will be coming out all the time in the run up to the first episode. Of course, most it of this news will be real but we all know that fake news is far from uncommon in tokusatsu. These can be so convincing to the point that people may still believe it months after it was debunked. A lot of this “news” is just an occasional rumour on a forum or website, but sometimes a lot of effort is put into these fakes. You can sometimes see future episodes or even future seasons faked. With fabricated catalogues, episode listings and even trademarks becoming increasingly common, I’ve decided to compile a list of different methods to identify them.

First of all, obviously, If you first hear about the leaks on or around April Fools Day, it’s more than likely fake. Secondly, if you hear the news too far before the time you would expect to hear it, it’s also likely fake. An obvious example would be hearing about the plot of the final episode just after episode 5 airs. However, even if it seems like the perfect time for certain types of news, sometimes fake news starts circulating a while before the real news comes out but still end up at a convincing time. To help identify the time you should expect the real leaks, I’ve made a calendar using the average month some official news comes out:

February: Super Sentai second quarter and Kamen Rider fourth quarter catalogues

March: Trademark for new Ultraman

April: Super Sentai third quarter and Ultraman first quarter catalogues

May: Trademark for new Kamen Rider

July: Kamen Rider first quarter, Super Sentai fourth quarter and Ultraman second quarter catalogues

September: New Super Sentai Trademark

October: Kamen Rider second quarter catalogue

December: Kamen Rider third and Super Sentai first quarter catalogues

For plot details of future episodes, don’t expect news about episodes more than 6 weeks after the last episode to be true. Finally, expect about 90% of the information leaked between the new name trademark and the first quarter scans to be fake. A common thing you can expect is a “leaked” image of the new supposed Sentai Red. This has been happening since at least Go-Onger, and they have all been fake. The only real first image of the Sentai Red will be a still of an actor in the actual suit. You can expect this image to appear sometime before or at the same time as the first quarter scans.

Inconsistent or missing information isn’t uncommon in fake Toku news. Take, for example, the fake catalogue scans from earlier this year depicting a supposed new Kamen Rider series (see featured image). Some of the pages had release dates while others didn’t. Another notable thing about those scans is that they weren’t actually scans, they were low-ish quality photographs taken in a way to exclude some information. This is common with fake scans across all different forms of media to make it appear like it was taken in a hurry. Most real information is scanned before it is leaked. The final key piece of evidence that this was fake was that the background was quite bland. Most catalogues are usually a bit more creative with the backgrounds. If you encounter a new name for a Toku series, double check the twitter account @trademark_bot to see if the name is there. While there is a chance that rumoured names are real, it’s not worth believing them if they haven’t been trademarked yet.

These next few aren’t generally used for when forging Toku leaks, but I’ve often seen these in fake video game leaks so these may be helpful. Some images might be fan art passed of as scans. You can find out if these images appear on other websites by cropping out the part of the image you believe is fake and running it through a reverse photo search. Google has a built in reverse photo search function on its image page, but other websites dedicated to reverse photo searching exist, such as TinEye and Image Raider.

Finally, the most important tip, trust your gut instinct. The human brain is amazing at detecting abnormalities in anything so if you think it’s fake, it almost certainly will be.

What are your favourite ways to spot fake Tokusatsu leaks? Let us know in the comments!

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New Images Show Potential New Kamen Rider

Do these new images show off a new Rider, or is it just a well-made prank?

Since it’s April Fools Day scans and rumours have been popping up recently, 99% of these are almost certainly fake. However, these images have really stood out among the rest and probably has the highest chances of actually being real. Supposedly, this is concept art from the new season of Kamen Rider to be aired late this year. While it is still best to take these images with a grain of salt, they’re still really well made and worth talking about.

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The first image shows a nameless new Rider with a handful of its forms, one of them being a base form and the others being combinations of three previous riders suggesting that this is an anniversary season. Similar to OOO, the three riders that make up the form are all set to a certain body part, either the head, torso or legs. The first of these new forms is a mix of Stronger, Kabuto & Blade, the second being a mix of Shin, Gills & Amazon, and the last one being a mix of Mach, Accel & Lazer. What’s interesting is that the riders that make up the forms all have a common motif. The riders that make up the first form are all based on the Japanese Rhinoceros Beetle, the Riders that make up the second form are all mutant-type Riders, the Riders that make up the last form are all Secondary Riders based on motorbikes. This means that other forms will likely also consist of riders with a common theme. With this in mind, it’s going to be fun to speculate what new forms could be made out of what riders. Personally, I would like to see a form made up of Riders that started off evil and eventually redeemed themselves (Zangetsu, Genm & Chaser), all female Riders (Poppy, Marika & Necrom P) and Riders that are controlled by two people (W, Den-O & Drive).

Above the Forms is Eyecon like devices that are supposedly this season’s gimmick, three of the devices represent the new Rider’s base forms while the other eighteen represent the other Riders. Unlike the OOO medals, the devices don’t seem to have any indication of what body part they are used on, possibly meaning that they could be used in any order. Along with the previously mentioned forms, there are also forms representing Knight, Baron & Brave (Knight themed Secondary Riders), Beast, Kaixa & Ixa (All Secondary Riders) and G3, Drake & DiEnd. Because the Secondary Rider forms seem to be connected to the main rider, it could suggest that this season will only have 1 rider.

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The next image shows two other forms or possibly two other new riders, the first of which is next to a silhouette of what appears to be an upgraded version of the form. The other seems to be a form based on Kamen Rider Decade, if these are new riders than this could actually be a new form of Decade. Since the devices in the first page seem to be connected to one of the three forms, some of the Past Rider forms could be exclusive to one of the other Riders/Forms. If these were new riders, then the movie exclusive rider would likely use forms based on other movie exclusives (Bujin Gaim,
Dark Drive & Dark Ghost, Idunn, Mars & Kamuro or New Den-O, Nega Den-O & G Den-O).

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The final image shows brand new forms for different riders, supporting the idea that the Decade themed rider might be Decade himself. The new rider forms are Kamen Rider Cyclone, A new OOO combo with an insect theme, Fourze Launcher States and Zangetsu Jinba Melon Arms. Since this is likely an anniversary season, Riders from Wizard and Drive-Build would also likely get new forms. I would personally like to see Necrom get his own equivalent of the Mugen Damashii or a Super Dead-heat Mach.

So, Is it a fake? Because of the time of year, It probably is. The Background seems a bit plain for a catalogue and some pages have information missing (Price and/or release date etc.) and it’s also quite strange that some images don’t even show the full page. However, it’s art style is really similar to other art shown in real catalogues so I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being real. We’ll probably have to wait until the summer to get proper confirmation but this could be a look into what the final Heisei Rider Season could be like.

Do you think this is real? What forms would you like to see? Let us know in the comments!

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Pacific Rim: Uprising – Trailer Analysis

It should come as no surprise that the Toku Toy Store team dig giant robots to a level that can only be rivalled by Megas XLR. However, it’s fair to say that only the biggest and baddest robots can be found wading around the Pacific Rim and with a brand new trailer hitting our screens, I think it’s time I entered the Shatterdome and gave you the run down for Pacific Rim: Uprising.

YEAH BOY(ega)!

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With a tasteful lick of the original Gipsy Danger theme on a mournful guitar (followed by the most god awful trailer song I’ve ever heard), we get a look at, and some sweet monologue from, John Boyega as Jake Pentecost and boy(ega), is he a fantastic choice to play the son of Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba, in the original film). We’re treated to what I imagine is his own rallying cry and while it’s no cancelling of the apocalypse, it shows that Jake is already a fine leader and is more than up for the task of filling daddy’s Drivesuit.

Old’s Cool

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With only ten years passing between films, we thankfully get some returning characters in the form of Mako Mori, Newt Geiszler, and Hermaan Gottlieb (played by their reprising actors; Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman, respectively). Shame Charlie Hunnam couldn’t make an appearance and somewhat redeem himself for his performance in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur movie.

Teenagers with Attitude 

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No one man makes an army (even if it’s Boyega playing Elba’s son) and we need to fill out the cannon fodder – cast with more Jaeger pilots. Not much to say on them since I bet most of them will barely make an impact outside of their respective robots but they’re really pushing the “New Generation” thing hard.

Wir sind de Jaeger!

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Intercut with shots of kaiju destruction we get glimpses of the new Mark 5 and Mark 6 Jaegers. It’s interesting that these newer models are literally launched like rockets into crisis zones. I’m not a fan of most of their names – Gipsy Avenger, Saber Athena, Guardian Bravo, Titan Redeemer, and Bracer Phoenix – they lack the lunacy of the likes of Brawler Yukon, Matador Fury or Striker Eureka but I will admit that Gipsy Avenger is a belter of a name.

Dark Rangers

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Something the trailer hints at heavily is the inclusion of an antagonistic force of Jaegers but I can’t find any information about them or their seeming leader who goes toe-to-toe with Gipsy Avenger in multiple different battles. Are these new Jaegers man-made or have the kaiju reverse-engineered their own super-robots? Hard to say until the film gets released but I’m sure it’ll be fun finding out!

Monster Mash

PRU7The last few shots of the movie give an indication of what the actual fleshy kaiju have been up to and, frankly, they’ve been taking cues from the giant robots because now they can COMBINE! That’s a neat new twist on the giant monster genre and I can’t wait to see how that fight plays out.

PRU6Overall, Pacific Rim: Uprising is being targeted to a much younger demographic while trying to maintain a series continuity and retain the original’s audience. Bringing back original cast members and casting John Boyega as the Son of Pentecost will go a long way to do so. Despite it’s new Saturday morning cartoon aesthetic, I can’t wait for this movie to be released on March 23rd, 2018!

What did you think of the trailer? Excited for the movie? Hungry for all those delicious Bandai toys? Let us know in the comments below!