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Toei Tokusatsu World Reviews: Space Sheriff Gavan

Gavan is a hard show to watch in 2020. This piece of Showa-era Tokusatsu, the first of the original Metal Heroes, did not age well when compared to even the more modern incarnations of its lead hero. The Gavan of 1982, at least in its first episode, employs a lot of jarring edits, cuts, and shakycam to achieve effects such as a spaceship being hit by laser fire, or reactions from characters to actions done by others. Steady shots rarely last for more than a second outside of the initial fight scene midway through episode 1, and for me, at least, had a dizzying effect that meant I was pausing the episode or looking away from the screen often.

For all its flaws in cinematography, though, the plot setup of Gavan is easy enough to follow, even for newcomers. Gavan is a space sheriff (Toei’s Youtube channel refers to him as a space cop, though the Japanese word keiji can be translated either way) from the planet Bird, at the far edge of the Milky Way, who is assigned to track down an organisation on Earth called Makuu. Makuu are loosely described as a “space crime organisation” early on, but are framed as your standard tokusatsu villain organization, complete with villain names like “Hunter Killer” among others to really drive the point home. To give it a Western allegory, the Space Sheriffs in this context are most akin to the Green Lantern corps, of DC Entertainment fame. The key difference is in the tools though. In just the first episode, Gavan is shown to use power armour with bionic enhancements for vision, strength, and even Ultraman-esque laser attacks. In the midst of the battle, Gavan also displays his signature weapon, a lightsaber, and his mecha, a dragon that reveals itself out of the contents of his ship.

On Earth, Gavan uses the name Retsu Ichijoji and spends his civilian time working at a stable, meeting with children and working closely with horses he is frequently seen riding in the end credits sequence of each episode. Gavan’s partner, Mimi, is a shapeshifter with a skill set of her own, largely based on illusions that allow her to turn into a bird among other things. Gavan’s battles, though shot with Toei’s trademark shoestring budget and focus on pyrotechnics, are meant to be cosmic in scale even as early as the first episode. Dimensional barriers are crossing, the rings of planets are used as staging grounds, and more.

It’s been 38 years since Gavan debuted in 1982, and in a lot of ways, it shows. Gavan oozes Showa-era toku cheese, sometimes to its detriment but only in certain fast-paced sequences to the point where new viewers would actively be turned away. The second episode is a vast improvement over the first, as the creators clearly attempt to find a voice and identity to set them apart from their contemporaries at Toei, with two Super Sentai series the same year (Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan ending and Dai Sentai Goggle-V beginning). Kamen Rider and Ultraman were not running at this time, and on the anime side of things, Mobile Suit Gundam was re-releasing its original 43-episode series as a trilogy of films, so Gavan only had its brothers at Toei to compare to. Both Super Sentai and Metal Heroes evolved with time into what we know now, though Metal Heroes are now relegated to cameos in Super Sentai shows or standalone films.
Overall, Gavan is worth a watch to see the history of the genre, if you can get past the jarring cuts and edits.

The first two episodes of Gavan are currently available to watch via Toei’s official tokusatsu YouTube channel.

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Brave

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line of Legendary Riders takes back to the long-lost past of 2016 with Kamen Rider Brave.

Medical prodigy and lover of cake, Hiiro Kagami (鏡 飛彩), lends his surgical prowess to the CR in order to end the threat of the Bugster outbreak and regain his lost love as Kamen Rider Brave (仮面ライダーブレイブ)!

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A full review of the RKF Series: Kamen Rider Brave by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, are available from Toku Toy Store! Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Cronus

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line of Legendary Riders takes back to the long-lost past of 2016 with Kamen Rider Cronus.

Both reward and calling, the power of Kamen Rider Cronus (仮面ライダークロノス) is gifted to those who prove their mettle in the Kamen Rider Chronicle game and Masamune Dan (檀 正宗) is just the man to take that power. Rejoice, for the hour of judgement is at hand.

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A full review of the RKF Armor Series: Kamen Rider Cronus by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, are available from Toku Toy Store at £24.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Muteki Gamer

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line of Legendary Riders takes back to the long-lost past of 2016 with Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Muteki Gamer!

Needing an edge against the oncoming threat of Kamen Rider Cronus, Emu Hojo (宝生 永夢), also known as Kamen Rider Ex-Aid (仮面ライダーエグゼイド), utilises the invincibility granted by Kuroto Dan’s latest gashat – Hyper Muteki!

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A full review of the RKF Armor Series: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Muteki Gamer by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, are available from Toku Toy Store at £24.99 each. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider GeizRevive

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s continues the RiderArmor gimmick with an all-new compatible figure; Kamen Rider GeizRevive!

To fight the would-be overlord Sougo Tokiwa, Geiz is gifted a boon from White Woz, his retainer from an alternate future where Geiz stopped Zi-O on The Day of Ohma, becoming that timeline’s saviour. Rejecting the possible futures before him, Geiz vows to use this new power to forge a new future as Zi-O’s friend and ally; Kamen Rider GeizRevive (ゲイツリバイブ)!

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A full review of the RKF Armor Series: Kamen Rider GeizRevive by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, is available from Toku Toy Store. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Zi-O Trinity

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s continues the RiderArmor gimmick with an all-new compatible figure; Kamen Rider Zi-O Trinity.

To fight Another Blade, the would-be overlord Sougo Tokiwa summoned the powers of his compatriots and fused with them to become the three-in-one saviour; Kamen Rider Zi-O Trinity (仮面ライダージオウトリニティ)!

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This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, is available from Toku Toy Store. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Genm and Level Zero and God Maximum Level Billion

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line of Legendary Riders takes back to the long-lost past of 2016 with Kamen Rider Genm!

From ambitious CEO to sentient computer virus, Kuroto Dan (檀 黎斗) is a man of many talents and just as many personality quirks. Dan menaced the CR doctors as Kamen Rider Genm (仮面ライダーゲンム) but once he began working with them, he quickly developed various new powers, including the power of the God Maximum Level Billion armor.

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Full reviews of both the RKF Series: Kamen Rider Genm Level Zero and the RKF Series: Kamen Rider Genm God Maximum Level Billion by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

 

These figures, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, are available from Toku Toy Store. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Ex-Aid – Maximum Gamer Level 99

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line of Legendary Riders takes back to the long-lost past of 2016 with Kamen Rider Ex-Aid!

Gaming doctor, Emu Hojo (宝生 永夢), also known as Kamen Rider Ex-Aid (仮面ライダーエグゼイド) goes next level in his ongoing fight with the evil Bugster viruses. He’ll do the impossible and see the invisible in this chonky new form!

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A full review of the RKF Series: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Maximum Gamer Level 99 by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, are available from Toku Toy Store. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!

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First Look at Initial Catalogue Scans for Kamen Rider Zero-One

The initial toy catalogue images for the inaugural Kamen Rider of the Reiwa Era, Zero-One, have surfaced online.

 

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Just like with past Kamen Riders, when they are initially revealed in catalogues, we have a silhouette of the Kamen Rider’s base form for their collectable figures line of toys, as well as a placeholder image for the Kamen Rider – in this case, Kamen Rider Zero-One. Toys are due to be released in August in Japan, and probably worldwide soon after. Also released are some rumours around what Kamen Rider Zero-One’s gimmick, and story, will be:

“The show’s collectable gimmick are called “Insect Chips”, which are said to resemble Nintendo DS cartridges. Said items will have an electricity/power source mark. In addition, the focus of the show is split into the main character, the enemy group, and another party. The enemy group has one leader, with 3 Generals making their debut first. They are trying to steal 3 pieces of treasure from another company.”

What do you guys this of the possible synopsis for the series? Are you excited to see the new Kamen Rider? Let us know on our social media pages!

Source: UkiyaSeed
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Gallery: Rider Kicks Figure Series – Kamen Rider Zi-O II

The Rider Kicks Figure series is latest in a long line of budget gimmick figures. This year’s line continues with the advent of a new age; the age of Zi-O II!

As Sougo Tokiwa continues his path towards becoming an overlord, he unlocks the power to perceive the future and reverse time by accepting both his good and bad aspects and thus Kamen Rider Zi-O II is born!

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A full review of the RKF Armor Series: Kamen Rider Zi-O II by Mint in Box Reviews can be viewed here:

This figure, as well as other Rider Kicks Figures, are available from Toku Toy Store. Stay tuned for further Rider Kicks Figure reviews and galleries!