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Power Rangers 25th Anniversary Special Revealed

Power Rangers as a franchise is approaching its 25th anniversary this year, with a special episode airing on August 28th to commemorate the anniversary of the original air date of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. The anniversary episode is airing in a special time slot, 8:00PM on Tuesday August 28th in the US. Power Rangers actors, often active on social media, have been a wealth of information for details about this episode, including the team lineup that will be pairing with the current Super Ninja Steel team. Seen below, behind-the-scenes pictures and videos posted to the Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts of several of the actors involved have confirmed the team lineup for the reunion is as follows:

  • Jason David Frank as Tommy Oliver, Dino Thunder Black
  • Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos, Mighty Morphin’ Red II
  • Catherine Sutherland as Katherine Hillard, Turbo Pink
  • Selwyn Ward as TJ Johnson, In Space Blue
  • Jason Faunt as Wes Collins, Time Force Red
  • Jeff Parazzo as Trent Mercer, Dino Thunder White
  • Li Ming Hu as Gemma, RPM Silver
  • Steven Skylar as Antonio Garcia, Samurai Gold
  • Ciara Hanna as Gia Moran, Megaforce/Super Megaforce Yellow
  • Yoshi Sudarso as Koda, Dino Charge Blue

 

This lineup is confirmed via multiple official trailers, and a newly-posted morphing video shot behind the scenes on set and posted to the official Instagram page of veteran actor Jason David Frank.

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Coincidentally or not, you can see from this list that a large number of the returning actors are still highly active in the Power Rangers community and in interacting with fans at conventions and on social media. JDF, Ciara Hanna, and Yoshi Sudarso, in particular remain champions of the Power Rangers brand, devoted fans as well as vocal spokespeople. JDF and Ciara Hanna are also confirmed to be returning to their Power Rangers characters in a web film, Power Rangers Legacy Wars: Street Fighter Showdown, premiering later this fall.

This team, as listed above, will be crossing into the universe and timeline of Super Ninja Steel to help them take on an army of enemies, made up of cloned Rangers, according to the trailers. This is eventful in another way, as well, as this will be the first time brothers Yoshi and Peter Sudarso, both blue Rangers for different teams, have appeared on screen together to battle evil. This special does raise several questions within the Power Rangers continuity, but with the existence of multiverse travel confirmed in the comics by Shattered Grid, it’s possible some of those questions may even be answered within the episode itself. Dino Charge and RPM each exist in their own realities, with RPM being a fusion of Terminator and Mad Max, while Dino Charge’s second season ended on the Rangers undoing the extinction of the dinosaurs, thus changing anything that would come after.

With multiple universes worth of Rangers coming together, we are sure to be in for a good time when this episode premieres. Look for the 25th anniversary special of Power Rangers to air in a special time slot, 8pm EDT / 1am BST on Tuesday August 28th.

Are you excited for this episode and what it could mean for the franchise as a whole? Leave your thoughts below and let’s discuss!

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Beast Morphers Red Ranger Identity Possibly Revealed

With Power Morphicon less than two weeks away, fans of Power Rangers are chomping at the bit for any piece of news or information they can get their hands on. Hasbro, for their part, is doing wonders to encourage brand growth for Power Rangers as a franchise already, including lots of marketing behind the 25th anniversary special and even declaring August 28th National Power Rangers Day in America. The latest of these developments may have been accidental, though. In a now-deleted Instagram post, veteran actor and stuntman Ray Park, known for playing Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, and Snake Eyes in the G.I. Joe films, seemingly revealed the identity of our new Red Ranger, posing for a selfie with a young man the post names as “Rico.”

 

The now-deleted post can be seen below:

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The post was seemingly deleted quickly after it went up, which leaves a few possibilities as to the reason. The most likely are that the post was inaccurate and Park took it down on his own, or otherwise that Hasbro saw this as an early leak and asked him to remove the post before it spread further. Regardless, we will have confirmation coming up at Power Morphicon, when the Beast Morphers cast and crew are revealed. Until then, stay tuned for any updates. 

What are your thoughts on this possible leak? Let’s discuss!

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Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger Episode 25 Review

At the halfway point in the series, we are at a crossroads in Lupinranger vs Patoranger. Lymon, the Gangler from last week, is still at the height of his abilities, with some new tricks thrown in this week for good measure that force all seven rangers to work together for the first time. This leads to the creation of the monstrosity of a mecha seen previously in toy scans, Good Cool Kaiser VSX. This comes at the height of a shared trust problem between the two teams, and even from the Lupinrangers to Noel.

 

 

This episode focuses primarily on the fallout from the Patorangers’ defeat at the hands of Lymon last week, even citing the collateral damage and civilian casualties caused by the battle. In addition, the main interpersonal dynamic focuses on an injured Noel, his relation to the other teams and specifically to Kairi, and sets the foundation for Noel’s resolve to be tested. Despite severe injuries, he keeps fighting and figures out the secret to Lymon’s golden safe.

 

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In the end, it takes all seven rangers working in full cooperation to get anywhere near Lymon, and they only turn to this point out of desperation after much prodding by Tsukasa. Clearly, none of them like this idea but they are forced into it because they are simply and wildly outclassed. Lymon’s abilities are presented in such a way that makes it clear the Rangers have been fighting and struggling against the bottom of the barrel, up to this point. This is a bit of a deviation from the norm, as the Rangers have largely not scaled up in power to keep up with their enemies this year, as is tradition. Instead, the action has been centered around them finding new and creative ways to use existing abilities.

 

This new Ultrazord-class mecha marks the first significant power spike for the teams since Noel’s introduction, and with the upcoming scans revealing more, it will be interesting to see what sort of enemies necessitate those upgrades. Good Striker, especially, is going to be getting at least two new versions that we know of already, so I am curious to see how the rest go. Along with this, there can only be so much time left before the police discover the thieves’ identities. Maybe Noel will be the key, or maybe we will even see more Rangers added as the series goes on. The tradition recently does seem to be teams of ten plus, after all.

 

 

Overall, this episode does a lot to establish a new dynamic between the two teams and their middleman, but falls a bit short of true progress. There are a few bits of comedic exchanges between characters, including swapping seats in the new all-Ranger mecha, and some heartfelt dialogue, but it still leaves a bit to be desired in the end. Stay tuned for the next one to see how it all unfolds!

 

As always, leave your thoughts below and let’s discuss!

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Power Rangers 25th Anniversary Special Revealed

Can you believe it’s been 25 years since the premiere of the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers? A quarter century on, the series is still going strong, especially now that we are getting a glimpse at the franchise’s anniversary plans. Revealed first by IGN, including the picture seen below, the announcement was recently made that the second episode of Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel’s second half will be a 25th anniversary tribute, featuring the return of at least three former rangers. In the picture, we see Catherine Sutherland, Jason Faunt, and the legendary Jason David Frank, all morphing in a team pose.

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This means the characters of Katherine Hillard (here shown as Turbo Pink), Wes Collins (Time Force Red), and Tommy Oliver (in classic Mighty Morphin’ Green) are returning to the franchise for, at least, this one episode. Breaking from the series’ normal airing schedule of Saturday mornings, the 2th anniversary special episode of Super Ninja Steel is set to air in prime time, at 8:00PM US Eastern Time on 28th August, the original air date of the premiere back in 1993. IGN’s original article does also seem to imply that more Rangers will be returning, though they have yet to be shown.

Crossovers in this franchise have a bit of a storied history, with highs such as the comics story arc Shattered Grid and the TV specials Forever Red and Thunder Storm coming in as highlights, standing in stark contrast to the Legendary Battle special seen in Super Megaforce. If you want to see more of these crossovers, each season of Power Rangers up to Ninja Steel can currently be found on Netflix in the US and UK, and Shattered Grid is available through most comics retailers and Boom! Studios online.

Are you excited for this development? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!

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Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger Episode 21 Review

If Noel is a con man, he is certainly playing the long game. This week, we see Noel’s allegiance tested, and learn a little more of his back story, as both Good Striker and Kogure acknowledge him as a long-time friend and servant of the Lupin family in France. The police are hesitant to trust Noel, and even the Ganglers are confused by his duality, though they seemingly do not know that Lupin X and Patren X are the same person.

 

For much of this episode, we see Noel begin to form his plan, playing both sides off of each other to strengthen his own position, including hand-delivering last week’s Lupin Collection item to the thieves, before later trying to steal another to make the police trust him. Tsukasa, ever the observant one, is hyper vigilant around Noel, though she is as reserved with her mistrust as Keiichiro is open. The leader and the newcomer fit together like water and oil, even after Noel has shown that he can be trusted, due to Noel operating on a different mission and different chain of command.

 

There are two sequences in this episode of seemingly-invincible enemies, first with the Gangler of the week, and second with Noel himself. The Gangler adopts a Chrome form, hardened like metal, and stands still tanking hits while Kairi is able to his item.

 

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Noel, however, is not such an easy opponent and projects a force field on every hit the thieves manage to land while in his Lupin X form. Patren X is not shown to have the same ability, but does make an appearance in battle for the sake of dramatic flair and presenting a consistent image to the other Patorangers.

 

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In this episode, we also see the first appearance, but definitely not the last, of PatKaiser Trains form, which is similar to the way Noel’s train items combined with LupinKaiser last week. Noel, himself, again remains in a train car at vehicle size, though the gold train is shown to be equipped with some kind of energy weapon that he can use against Kaiju. In the end, his motivations remain unclear and both sides remain suspicious of Noel, though the thieves seemingly have more reason to trust him now.

 

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As the episode ends, Noel and Kogure are seen walking along a Tokyo street, with city lights for a backdrop, and Noel tells Kogure they need to talk. The implication is something dark and scandalous, but we will need to wait to find out.

 

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The preview for the next episode indicates that the French romantic in Noel will come out, as Sakuya decides to finally take his pursuit of Umika’s affection a step further. Seeing this as a positive, it seems Noel will push them both further together and help Sakuya along with a bit of traditional French romanticism and the ideals of love.

What did you think of this week’s Lupinranger Vs Patoranger? Who do you think Noel is really working for?Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!

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New Photos Of Kamen Rider Build Genius Form And Kamen Rider Great Cross-Z

As Kamen Rider Build slowly reaches it’s end, let’s have a closer look at Build and Cross-Z’s final form.

In these Brand new magazine scans, we see our first clear look of Kamen Rider Build’s Genius Form.

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This form will be accessed when the Genius Fullbottle is inserted into the Build Driver.

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The Genius form will be able to preform 3 attacks; Genius Attack, Genius Break and Genius Finish.

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Next we see 4 brand new black and gold Fullbottles (Bat, Fukurou (Owl), Kuwagata (Stag Beetle), Spanner). There is also a new panel to display them on, but no best matches have been confirmed.

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And finally, we have the Great Cross-Z Dragon and Great Dragon Evol Bottle. These will be used by Kamen Rider Cross-Z to transform into Kamen Rider Great Cross-Z.

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The Great Cross-Z Dragon is used in a similar way to the regular Cross-Z Dragon, the bottle is inserted into the Dragon which is then inserted into the Build Driver.

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Similar to other Premium Bandai toys, the Cross-Z Dragon will also have say some of Ryuuga’s quotes when the button on the front is pressed. The Great Cross-Z Dragon will be released in October and will cost 3,024 yen.

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You can expect to see all of these new forms in the coming episodes.

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Ultraman R/B Full Cast Revealed

As we gear up to the premiere of Ultraman R/B in a couple of months, Tsuburaya Productions today revealed the remaining cast members for Ultraman R/B, including side characters. As of today, the following actors have officially joined the cast:

  • Arisa Sonohara, playing the Minato brothers’ younger sister, Asahi Minato
  • Ginnojo Yamazaki, playing the father, Ushio Minato
  • Motoki Fukami playing Makoto Aizen, a corporate president

 

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Left to right: Arisa Sonohara, Ginnojo Yamazaki, Motoki Fukami

Asahi Minato is described as a pacifist, a girl who will go out of her way to avoid fighting, to the extent she won’t even play Janken, the Japanese version of Rock-Paper-Scissors. She is a high school student who always carries candy with her, and takes care of the chores around the Minato house on behalf of her mother. She is, “The glue that holds the Minato family together.”

Ginnojo Yamazaki makes his return to the world of Tokusatsu in another patriarchal role as he takes on the role of Ushio Minato, the father of the Minato family. Previously, Yamazaki played Lucky’s father in 2017’s Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger. Ushio Minato is described as a gentle, kind man and owns a fashion boutique called “Quattro M,” though he lacks the business sense to run a store. Through Quattro M, Ushio sells his own designer clothing brand, UshioMinato, and is trying to expand the brand, though his lack of sense for small details makes him unaware his sons are the two Ultramen.

Lastly, Makoto Aizen is the president of Eizentech, a company researching unknown energy sources with a focus on space-based technology. The achievements of Eizentech have gained attention from all over the world, though the headquarters is based in Ayaka City, the setting for the show and home of the Minato family. He is confident and friendly, and is most often seen wearing fancy suits.

These new characters and actors are already vibrant and full of unique personality traits, which will serve to only deepen and expand the world of Ultraman R/B when it premieres this July. Perhaps the connection between Aizen and the Minato family could be in the clothing designs? Or maybe he will become fascinated with the Ultramen. In addition to these new characters, we were given a bit more in the way of background on the show and some backstory for the two new leads themselves.

Katsumi Minato, Ultraman Rosso, was a talented baseball player as a boy, but had to give up his dream when his mother disappeared 8 years before the show begins. He is the only employee at Quattro M, working with his father, and is a temperamental, easily excitable intellectual man.

His brother Isami, by contrast, is a college student studying space archaeology, which is the same field the Minato family matriarch studied before her disappearance. He dislikes physical exercise, and studies in his spare time. He respects his older brother for giving up his dream of playing professional baseball to help out with the family, and is described as bright and positive. He is referred to as the “mood maker” of the scenes he is in.

Lastly, we got a glimpse at a new weapon, the R/B Slugger, which is similar in design to the Eye Slugger used in the past by UltraSeven. R/B Slugger can change forms for each brother, changing its attack capabilities.

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Ultraman R/B is being directed by Masayoshi Takesue, while the writing will be handled by a team consisting of Ultraman Orb writer Takao Nakano and Super Sentai veterans Junki Takegami (Hyakkujuu Sentai Gaoranger) and Satoshi Ito (Engine Sentai Go-Onger). Ultraman R/B premieres July 7th, and is set to run for 25 episodes. Look for more details and information as we get closer to the release date.

Source: Tsuburaya Station Via The Tokusatsu Network

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S.H. Figuarts Dan Kuroto and Shin Dan Kuroto Announced

The Game Master returns! Bandai has recently announced that kami-sama himself, Shin Dan Kuroto, will be getting the S.H. Figuarts treatment in the form of not one, but two S.H. Figuarts! Dan Kuroto will and Shin Dan Kuroto have both been announced for release. Dan Kuroto is highly detailed, featuring a facial scan of actor Tatsuya Iwanagi, and Shin Dan Kuroto is decidedly more like something out of anime or a western cartoon. It’s silly, it’s over the top, and it couldn’t be more perfect. The press release photos show the figure in various poses, each channeling the Game Master flawlessly, and the face includes an almost unsettling amount of similarity in expression to the actor himself. The production model is sure to lose some of that quality, as all human-faced figures do, but it is still quite a sight to behold. See images below.

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S.H. Figuarts Shin Dan Kuroto so far does not have a price, and pricing will be announced in the near future. Per the pictures, the figure will include the Continue pipe as well as a miniature version of the Dangerous Zombie Gashat. Toku Toy Store will be accepting preorders for this item once pricing is released. This article will be updated once pricing is released.
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Power Rangers Legacy Wars Street Fighter Crossover Announced

Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is getting an unexpected crossover in the way of a visit from Capcom’s Street Fighter series as an event. Beginning today, characters and abilities from Street Fighter can be unlocked or purchased in the game on both iOS and Android, and can be added to your roster of Rangers and villains. A trailer, linked below, was released announcing the event, as well as several screenshots of Street Fighter characters battling particular Rangers.

As it turns out, Capcom and particularly Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono count themselves as big Power Rangers fans, and are very excited to be working on this project. Ono had the following to say.

“The collaboration between Power Rangers and Street Fighter feels like a dream to me. The Rangers series that I also grew up watching as a kid have crossed overseas, became Power Rangers, and is now well received by all ages. I can’t contain my excitement just thinking about the idea of our Street Fighter characters moving about in that world.”

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nWay CEO Taehoon Kim had this to add:

“This incredible Street Fighter and Power Rangers crossover shows how the competitive mobile gaming scene is thriving and attracting massive confidence from legendary videogame companies and their passionate fanbases. Seeing Street Fighter characters duking it out with Power Rangers is truly new and magical.“

Kim also sees an untapped market in this crossover, adding enthusiastically that, “It’s never been done before and now we are making it happen in Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, proving the rising trend of competitive mobile gaming in the West.”

To ensure a faithful transition, the Japanese office of Capcom oversaw the development of these characters directly, in a partnership with Legacy Wars’ developer, Korean studio nWay. The event kicks off on May 16, starting with the release of Ryu, Chun-Li, and Guile.

The release for characters and their abilities is as follows:

Available May 16
Ryu – Shoryuken, Hadoken and Tatsumaki Senpukyaku
Chun-Li – Spinning Bird Kick, Kikoken and Hyakuretsukyaku
Guile – Sonic Boom, Flash Kick and Sonic Cross

Available May 19
Akuma – Gou-Hadoken, Zanku Hadoken and Tatsumaki Senpukyaku

Available June 1
Cammy – TBA
M.Bison – TBA

Each character can be unlocked using the game’s Morph Boxes and by collecting character shards, or purchased outright for $4.99 US each.

 

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Ultraman R/B First PV and Plot Released

Finally, we have a wealth of information straight from the source. In a press release, linked below, Tsuburaya Productions have revealed the synopsis for the plot of Ultraman R/B (Ruebe), as well as a release date. The series will feature two brothers as Ultraman hosts. The brothers, Katsumi and Isami Minato, live with their sister and father, and seemingly stumble upon the R/B Gyro and R/B Crystal accidentally. Katsumi, played by 24-year old actor Yuya Hirata will become Ultraman Rosso, with a base form using Fire, and Isami, played by 22-year old Ryosuke Koike will become Ultraman Blu, whose base form is Water. These will be the Rosso Flame and Blu Aqua states we have seen in magazine scans previously.

Also seen in the older scans, and now confirmed, is the R/B Gyro and R/B Crystal system used by the brothers to transform. High-resolution images were included in the article, showing the device and the base R/B crystal for each brother. The PV included with the press release also showed more details, and each suit in action, so check that out for more visuals!

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The story’s themes will be “bond” and “love,” according to Tsuburaya, and seems to indicate an underlying theme of maturity, of growing up and realising what is important in life. This seems to indicate that the brothers will need to overcome conflicts not only with enemies, but with each other, and that they will meet new allies along the way. The release includes high-resolution photos of both new Ultraman suits, as well as their human “hosts” as seen below, and thoughts from the new actors on entering the franchise.

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A quote from Yuya Hirata in the press release states that the show will have “ ‘non Ultraman-like features’ in a good sense while following the good aspects of the historical Ultraman series.”

Personally, I am very excited to see how this aspect of the new series plays out. To date, we have already had three new Ultramen revealed. Is it possible more could be coming? With the various colours already seen, it’s possible we could be looking at the Ultraman version of a Super Sentai series, with multiple coloured heroes each having a different power set. To support this, Hirata also goes on to state that he is “Excited to make ‘Ultraman R/B’ into ‘our colour’.”

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Also included in the press release is a statement from Ryosuke Koike in which he reveals that “Ultraman series have long been my aspiration since I was little.” He acknowledges that the bar is set very high by what came before, but adds that he will strive to live up to it. Koike goes on to add that he understands the influence heroes like Ultraman can have on children and that he wants to play the role in a positive way.

Personally, I am very excited to see what a team who appears this passionate about a project can do with a world and lore as deep as Ultraman. It seems, based on the initial information here, the Tsuburaya definitely picked the right team for this series. On top of the two very enthusiastic leads, the series will be directed by Masayoshi Takesue, whose previous credits include Ultraman X, Ultraman Orb, and Ultraman Geed.

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Ultraman R/B premieres July 7th on TXN in Japan, and will run for 25 episodes. Worldwide release and simuldub through Crunchyroll is likely to follow.

What are your thoughts on the new Ultraman series? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!

Article Source: Tsuburaya Productions, Co. Ltd.
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