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This Week in Tokusatsu – Week 1, 2019

With the New Year’s holiday this past week, it was a light week for Tokusatsu. We’ll be discussing the finale of Jinga. Spoilers for the series finale of Kami No Kiba: Jinga below.

Lupinranger vs Patoranger and Kamen Rider Zi-O are off this week for New Year’s Day.


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Kami No Kiba – Jinga Episode 12 (End)

The finale of Jinga picks up in the same scene the previous episode ended on. Jinga’s horror side is able to provide the human Jinga, and the audience, with some insight into how the restoration abilities work within the context of the universe.

Essentially, Jinga has been manipulating time for the affected humans, reverting them to the moment right before the horror takes hold inside them. At a snap of his fingers, Horror Jinga resumes the process and every previously rescued human, including Toma, becomes a horror through a montage of scenes culminating in a confrontation between the Mikage brothers.
The rest of the episode focuses largely on the impact of Jinga’s failures as a Makai Knight, and leaves the franchise very open to continue into the next Garo Series. One thing is for sure, though. Jinga as a villain is here to stay, and the franchise as a whole will seemingly be all the better for it. Leaving off on a somber note, the Horror Jinga has won handily, by season’s end, and the Jinga we saw in the summer Garo movie, Kami No Kiba is back in full force.

As of yet, the 2019 Garo series has not been announced or confirmed, but a reveal will likely not be far behind, now that Jinga has concluded. With every major character from this season dead, apart from the Horror form of Jinga and the Horror Banbi, will we see perspective shift back to Dougai Ryuga? Or would you prefer to focus on another new group of Makai Knights and widen the scope a little more? Leave your thoughts below.

Supaidman in the Spider-Verse Sequel?

A quick hit, a note that came up recently suggests that Sony and film producer Phil Lord have worked out an agreement for the 1970’s era Tokusatsu Spider-Man, Supaidaman to appear in the sequel to Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. While this would be the first appearance of Supaidaman in film or tv in a proper Marvel property, he was a part of 2015’s comics arc Spider-Verse, which saw Spider-people across the whole of the Marvel multiverse come together to battle an enemy hunting Spiders across dimensions.
Supaidaman is famous within tokusatsu circles for being the first tokusatsu hero to use a mecha, The Marveler, which had a combat form called Leopardon. Prior to this series, no toku heroes used Mecha, including the ones who are now arguably the most famous for it, Super Sentai teams of the era such as Battle Fever J, JAKQ, and more.

The deal reportedly hinges on Into the Spider-Verse grossing over $200 million at the global box office. As of this writing, the global box office for Into the Spider-Verse stands at just over half that number, hovering around $110 million.

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

Source: The Tokusatsu Network (Supaidaman)
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Gallery: Rider Kicks Armor Series – OOOArmor

While the main gimmick of the Rider Kicks Figure series is to highlight the anniversary of the Heisei era, it’s also to provide the legendary Rider Armors for both Kamen Rider Zi-O and Kamen Rider Geiz!

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OOOArmor (OOOアーマー) is a Kamen Rider OOO-based form accessed using the OOO Ridewatch, homaging Kamen Rider OOO’s Tatoba Combo.

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When summoned, the armor takes the form of a robotic hawk, tiger, and grasshopper before transforming into armor and attaching to the user.

 

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RKF_OOO_Toku Toy Store (3)In the show, depending on whether it is used by ZiO or Geiz, its visor spells out “OOO” (オーズ) in katakana or “OOO” (おーず) in hiragana respectively, though the toy only includes a Zi-O faceplate. The armor chest-plate reads “Taka” (タカ), “Tora” (トラ), and “Batta” (バッタ).

You can watch the full review of this Rider Armor here:

Each of the Rider Armor figures is available from Toku Toy Store at £19.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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This Week in Tokusatsu – Week Ending December 23rd, 2018

The police and thieves learn the truth of Noel’s past and Zi-O sees his future for the first time! Let’s dive in, shall we?

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Coming off the heels of last week’s revelation that Noel is not entirely human, we learn a great deal more about his actions and his heritage, as well. The episode focuses largely on Noel and how the teams react to him, now knowing the truth. The thieves catch up with him first, and he is finally able to explain that though he is not human, neither is he a Gangler. Rather, Noel, Kogure, and all the people who work for the Lupin family are members of a third race, which is not explicitly named but is something akin to traditional elves. Having fled to Earth after their own world was taken over by Ganglers, this race blended in with human society, under the seemingly immortal Arsene Lupin.

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Noel’s entry point into the story, it is revealed, is at the exact point the Collection is stolen by the Ganglers. During the attack, Arsene Lupin is said to have been killed, and Noel, his apprentice, takes up the search for the items to fulfill the dream of Arsene Lupin. Satoru, still distrusting of Noel, is eventually revealed to be a Status Double Gangler, using two powers to mimic voices and control actions. Through flashbacks, this control ability is used to explain Noel firing on the other Patorangers before, as well as Noel giving Tokageru a piece of the Lupin collection.
The next episode, despite being one of only four or five remaining, appears to be a standalone Christmas special. It will certainly be interesting to see how the writers manage to tie this into the main narrative, if at all.

Kamen Rider Zi-O Episode 15

The 2068 Arc of Zi-O kicks off this week, though with a relatively small amount of the action actually set in that future. What does happen in 2068, though, is a fundamental building block for the development of Sougo as a character, and will likely shape him in grand ways in the episodes to come. The episode begins with an unexpected turn of events. While debating what to do about Decade, Geiz urges Sougo to simply throw away his belt, the Jiku Driver, and cease being a Kamen Rider, in the name of preventing the Demon King Zi-O future. While Sougo begins to debate this option, our heroes are attacked and the city is besieged by war machines from the Demon King’s future, which match the ones Sougo claims to have seen in a dream as a child. This dream gives purpose to Sougo’s life, and makes the life goal of becoming a king seem suddenly much more reasonable.

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In the ensuing battle, Decade intervenes and Sougo sees Tsukasa unmasked for the first time. It’s ultimately Decade himself who initiates the time travel to 2068, where Sougo and Tsukuyomi become trapped. The future is bleak, it seems, though we don’t get to see much of it, as all the future scenes seem to take place in the same bare, open field. The emotional moments come mainly in the exchange between Sougo and his future self, the old man who is Oma Zi-O. What begins as Sougo seeing his own future and coming to terms with that quickly turns violent, and the younger Sougo finds himself on the receiving end of a beating. Oma Zi-O reinforces, in a powerful way, Geiz’s earlier idea that the only way to avoid becoming Oma Zi-O is to throw away the power of Riders completely.

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In the next episode, continuing the arc, it’s implied that Zi-O will receive some kind of upgrade, and we are assured to see more of Oma Zi-O as well. Look forward to the next episode when it airs this coming Saturday night (Sunday, JST).

Kami No Kiba – Jinga Episode 10

We’ll be skipping Episode 9 of Jinga, as that episode acts as a recap for the first arc of the series. Episode 10, however, picks up where episode 8 left off, with Grand Master Rozen asking the Watchdogs for permission to bring in Jinga. This is coming off the heels of a fellow Grand Master and his son both having been murdered in the previous episode. Rozen is understandably skeptical of what Jinga claims he can do, as a power like that has never existed before. He claims the power acts in direct contrast to what Makai Knights should be doing, which is killing horrors.

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To aid him in learning more, Rozen goes to Fusa, asking if she trusts Jinga, and what kind of person he is. Fusa, through flashbacks and her own expository monologue, explains that she trusts Jinga implicitly, and thinks he is doing the right thing. As things continue on, Jinga and Rozen come into more direct conflict, ending with Jinga captured by Rozen and a squad of Knights at the episode’s end, accused of the murder of Rozen’s apprentice, Shijo.

The next episode promises to continue the conflict, and hints at a more direct showdown between the two.

Ultraman R/B (End)

Ultraman R/B has now officially concluded, and thoughts/reviews will be coming once the series is made available with English subtitles past episode 17. Stay tuned for more!

SSSS. Gridman full series review coming next week!

Hey all, just a quick note here that we’ve not forgotten about SSSS. Gridman! The series is ending with episode 12, airing on 12/28/18, and we’ll be doing a full series recap/review after that episode airs!

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

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Armor Series – FourzeArmor

While the main gimmick of the Rider Kicks Figure series is to highlight the anniversary of the Heisei era, it’s also to provide the legendary Rider Armors for both Kamen Rider Zi-O and Kamen Rider Geiz!

RKF_Fourze_Toku Toy Store (2)FourzeArmor (フォーゼアーマー) is a Kamen Rider Fourze-based form accessed using the Fourze Ridewatch, summoning an armor that is an amalgamation of Kamen Rider Fourze’s Base and Rocket States.

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Unlike the Build, Ghost, and Ex-Aid Rider Armor toys, the toy of the FourzeArmor lacks a helmet for Kamen Rider Geiz, instead only having the Zi-O face plate that reads “Fourze” (フォーゼ) in katakana.

Each of the Rider Armor figures is available from Toku Toy Store at £19.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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New Power Ranger revealed in BOOM! Studios’ newest offering

BOOM! Studios brings fans another new Power Ranger in their newest outing for fan favourite Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon!

The latest graphic novel to be released by BOOM! Studios will see an adult Tommy Oliver go out on a quest to find his missing son, JJ Oliver, a cadet within the ranks of S.P.D. In Tommy’s quest to find his missing son, a new Power Ranger will be created. The graphic novel is written by veteran Kyle Higgins and will be a nice surprise for fans. Spoiler warnings for what is ahead.

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Here is a look at the description for the storyline in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon:

As a young adult, Tommy Oliver set upon a journey that would inspire hundreds of Power Rangers that would come afterwards, thwarting evils like Empress Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, and King Mondo of the Machine Empire. Now, Tommy’s retired with Katherine and leaves protecting the world to Space Patrol Delta–including his son, JJ. But when Jake disappears, presumed dead after an undercover mission goes wrong, Tommy will call on all his training, his friends, and maybe even some of his enemies as he sets out on one last mission: find his son and bring him home. From writer Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Nightwing) comes the final story for history’s mightiest Power Ranger.

In the series, we will be starting with JJ Oliver as a cadet in the ranks of S.P.D but at the end of issue one, he replaces Bridge Carson as the S.P.D Green Ranger when Bridge gets promoted to Red Ranger (see Once A Ranger….). In a rather surprising twist however, JJ finishes the story arc by morphing into action as the S.P.D. Green Ranger – but not quite the same suit. The final panel of the book sees the S.P.D. Green Ranger with the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger’s iconic Dragon Shield.

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With the creation of this new S.P.D Green Ranger, Tommy, 25 year legacy is finally complete with him finally passing the Dragon Soul onto his son. For fans, this will be the first time the Dragon Shield can be seen on any Power Ranger suit outside Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. This also continues the mythology for Power Rangers S.P.D. taking the team to new heights. Commander Cruger now runs S.P.D. after Commander Birdie’s retirement, Sky Tate has filled Cruger’s spot as base commander and filling the void as Red Ranger is Bridge Carson, with JJ Oliver now taking over as Green Ranger. It is assumed that Syd Drew and Z Delgado remain as the team’s Pink and Yellow Rangers respectively. The only unknown Ranger on the team now is S.P.D Blue.

What do you think of the fact Tommy has finally passed on the Dragon Shield? Do you think this really is Tommy’s last outing as a Power Ranger? Let us know on our social media pages!

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Toy catalogue provides first look at Kishiryu Sentai Ryuusouger

Dinosaurs? Yep. Dinosaurs. Time for our first look at the upcoming Super Sentai: Kishiryu Sentai Ryuusouger.

Early this morning, various online sources revealed the first scans of the new toy catalogue for items coming out in the first quarter of the upcoming Sentai team, Kishiryu Sentai Ryuusouger. We also get a look at the suits as well as what colours the new team will start with.

In the first image, we get a look at the new henshin device, the RyuusouChanger, the team’s basic weapon, the RyuusouKen, as well as a bundle including the pair.

In this image, we can see the first two sets of the series’s gimmick, called Ryuusouls, as well as the belt, called the RyuusouBuckle.

These next two images give us a look at the base mecha for RyuusouRed, KishiRyuuOh, as well as the mecha for the other four members of the team.

ToriCane (RyuusouBlue’s mecha), Ankyrozay (RyuusouPink’s mecha), TigerLance (RyuusouGreen’s mecha) and MilNeedle (RyuusouBlack’s mecha). The images also show what KishiRyuuOh will look like when it combines with the other mecha.

Last but by no means least, we get a look at the first figures of the base team, giving us a look at how the suit will look from the front.

What do you think of the revealed toys so far? Will you be collecting the newest Sentai team’s gimmicks? Chat with us on our social media pages!

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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER takes over Nagoya Central Park

Bandai Japan has put up oversized billboards to advertise their upcoming movie: Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER!

As the Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER movie fast approaches in Japan, Toei have decided to show off the Kamen Riders by putting up oversized billboards for the Riders at Nagoya Central Park in Nagoya City in Japan.

The billboards will each be made up of an image of the Kamen Rider, their Heisei number (starting with Kamen Rider Kuuga starting at number 1 and finishing with Kamen Rider Zi-O at number 20) as well as when they aired on TV.

The billboards will be visible everyday leading up to the theatrical release of the movie between 10am and 9pm. Fans of the Kamen Riders that are visiting the area are encouraged to take pictures with their favourite Kamen Rider.

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The individual posters for Heisei Generations FOREVER.

What do you guys think of the billboards? Are they a nice way to advertise the movie? Share your thoughts with us on our social media pages!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Armor Series – Ex-AidArmor

While the main gimmick of the Rider Kicks Figure series is to highlight the anniversary of the Heisei era, it’s also to provide the legendary Rider Armors for both Kamen Rider Zi-O and Kamen Rider Geiz!

RKF_Ex-AidArmor_Toku Toy Store (1)Ex-AidArmor (エグゼイドアーマー) is a Kamen Rider Ex-Aid-based form accessed using the Ex-Aid Ridewatch, invoking Kamen Rider Ex-Aid’s Action Gamer Level 2, and wielding the Gashacon Breaker Breakers (ガシャコンブレイカーブレイカー) Much like Ex-Aid himself, the armor can generate Game Areas and create item blocks as well as grant its user great agility and jumping ability. 

RKF_Ex-AidArmor_Toku Toy Store (2)RKF_Ex-AidArmor_Toku Toy Store (3)Depending on whether it is used by Zi-O or Geiz, its visor spells out “Ex-Aid” (エグゼイド) in katakana or “Ex-Aid” (えぐぜいど) in hiragana, respectively. Additionally, the “HIT!” and other effect words that are projected are in katakana (ヒット!) or hiragana (ひっと!) rather than in English.

A full review of the RKF Ex-AidArmor figure by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

Each of the Rider Armor figures is available from Toku Toy Store at £19.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Armor Series – GhostArmor

While the main gimmick of the Rider Kicks Figure series is to highlight the anniversary of the Heisei era, it’s also to provide the legendary Rider Armors for both Kamen Rider Zi-O and Kamen Rider Geiz!

RKF_GhostArmor_Toku Toy Store (1)GhostArmor (ゴーストアーマー) is a Kamen Rider Ghost-based form accessed using the Ghost Ridewatch, invoking Kamen Rider Ghost’s Ore Damashii (“My Soul”). When summoned, it is projected in a holographic Eyecon and does Ghost’s signature pose before dispersing to attach to the user.

RKF_GhostArmor_Toku Toy Store (3)RKF_GhostArmor_Toku Toy Store (2)This release comes with alternate blaster modes of Zi-O and Geiz’s signature weapons.

RKF_GhostArmor_Toku Toy Store (4)RKF_GhostArmor_Toku Toy Store (5)Interestingly, depending on whether it is used by Zi-O or Geiz, its visor spells out “Ghost” (ゴースト) in katakana or “Ghost” (ごーすと) in hiragana respectively.

A full review of the RKF GhostArmor figure by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

Each of the Rider Armor figures is available from Toku Toy Store at £19.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Armor Series – BuildArmor

While the main gimmick of the Rider Kicks Figure series is to highlight the anniversary of the Heisei era, it’s also to provide the legendary Rider Armors for both Kamen Rider Zi-O and Kamen Rider Geiz!

RKF_BuildArmor_Toku Toy Store (2)BuildArmor (ビルドアーマー) is a Kamen Rider Build-based form accessed using the Build Ridewatch, invoking Kamen Rider Build’s RabbitTank Form and wielding the Drill Crusher Crusher (ドリルクラッシャークラッシャー).

RKF_BuildArmor_Toku Toy Store (3)RKF_BuildArmor_Toku Toy Store (4)Interestingly, depending on whether it is used by Zi-O or Geiz, the BuildArmor’s visor spells out “Build” (ビルド) in katakana or “Build” (びるど) in hiragana respectively.

A full review of the RKF BuildArmor figure by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

Each of the Rider Armor figures is available from Toku Toy Store at £19.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!