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Power Rangers coming back to the Cinema?

New information reveals that it looks like Power Rangers may be returning to the silver screen once more!

It has been leaked that during a conference call to discuss future Power Ranger projects, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner revealed that Hasbro was currently in discussion with Paramount Pictures, with whom Hasbro have a long standing relationship, to make a new Power Rangers movie.

It’s completely unclear whether any new movie would have any ties to the 2017 Lionsgate produced film but the prospect of any Power Rangers on the big screen again has Ranger Nation buzzing!

Do you want to see the Power Rangers return to cinema? Do you think is could be based on a different team? Let us know 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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Jackie Marchand posts original concept art from Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie

While most of us in the United Kingdom slept last night, Ranger Nation was treated something special from the second Power Rangers film, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.

Former Power Rangers writer and producer, Jackie Marchand took to Twitter last night to post some concept art, puportly containing orginal ideas for Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. The images show over suit armaments called the Power Suites [sic] which would have been used underwater.

Jackie Marchand worked on Power Rangers from Mighty Morphin’ Season 3 to Time Force, and then again for the Disney era from Ninja Storm through to RPM. Marchand, while a fan of the Super Sentai series, was known for being against Power Rangers sticking rigidly to Sentai storylines and would routinely seek to add elements that would separate Power Rangers from its Japanese counterpart. These concept drawings seem to be an example of that.

You can view the concept art below:

While there was no mention of where in the movie these suits would have been used, you could speculate that they might have been used to storm Divatox’s submarine or to approach Maligore’s island without their Turbo zords.

What do you think of the concept drawings? Would you have liked to see them in the Turbo movie? Join the conversation on social media!

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Power Rangers Movie Sequel Confirmed

That post-credits stinger might go somewhere after all. Hasbro confirmed today that they are in the early stages of developing a sequel to 2017’s Power Rangers film, the adult-oriented reboot featuring redesigned suits, monsters, and mecha. Currently, Hasbro is said to be in a “transition” period as we enter 2019, and is hoping to capitalize on the Power Rangers brand as much as possible, including all media and licensed products.

 

 
Power Rangers 2017 stars a new cast, including Stranger Things star Dacre Montgomery, and actors Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott, Becky G, and RJ Cyler. This film also gave many nods to fans in the way of Bryan Cranston’s Zordon, and the confirmation (at least in this universe) of a long-standing fan theory involving Rita and Zordon as previous rangers. The film ended on a post-credits scene teasing the arrival of new Green ranger Tommy Oliver, albeit in a tongue-in-cheek, very 80s teen comedy kind of way. Rumours have swirled for months that a sequel would adapt the TV arc Green with Evil, based on this teaser, but could it go even further? With the new popularity of Boom! Studios comics and the character of Lord Drakkon, that is another possibility.

Hasbro, in their own words, see a “significant opportunity for growth given where the brand has been most recently,” as stated in the original report from licensing.org. This means that the franchise will likely soon follow the same models as other Hasbro series such as Transformers, GI Joe, My Little Pony, and Voltron, all of which have seen record successes under Hasbro’s multimedia expansion including blockbuster films and highly-rated TV series. Power Rangers already has the built-in fanbase to allow for this kind of growth, and with Hasbro steering the ship, it is only likely to swing further upward.

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Power Rangers vs Street Fighter Short Film Announced

San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing, it seems, as the torrent of new content coming from big publishers in the industry hit the internet. As part of this, we were treated to the debut trailer for Power Rangers VS Street Fighter, a new live-action companion film to the Street Fighter crossover event in mobile fighting game Power Rangers Legacy Wars. I’ve just watched this debut trailer, and I must say, I am immensely impressed. While the CGI is a bit dodgy, the visuals overall tell an amazing bit of world-building as a setup for the lore. In this world, it seems M.Bison of Street Fighter has somehow gained access to the Morphin Grid and begun corrupting it with Psycho Power after being revived by Rita Repulsa.

 

The trailer shows many set pieces and characters familiar to fans of both Street Fighter and Power Rangers alike, including the Megazord sitting broken in a bay outside of a major city. Ryu, Chun-Li, and M. Bison from Street Fighter all feature prominently, being set up as main characters alongside and opposed to Tommy Oliver and Gia Moran from Power Rangers, in turn. In what’s probably the best moment of the trailer, for me, we see a showcase of the fights to come, and Ryu is even given a power coin to morph alongside Tommy and Gia. Presumably, other characters from both series will make an appearance, as we see a squad of Rangers working for M. Bison and Shadaloo displayed on a monitor made up of Mighty Morphin Red, Time Force Pink, as well as Turbo’s Phantom Ranger and Dino Thunder Black.

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What sort of a Ranger will Ryu become? His power coin is unique in that it has the Dragon sigil, with a Hadouken fireball in the middle instead of the usual shape that forms the direct centre. The film is being pitched by this trailer as a direct tie-in to the game event, and as a lifelong Street Fighter player and Power Rangers fan, I could not be more excited for this. Maybe this could lead to Street Fighter developer and veteran fighting game studio Capcom working on a new Power Rangers game. Maybe Boom! Studios and Udon Comics could partner up for a printed crossover? The possibilities are endless. Stay tuned here for more and look for Power Rangers VS Street Fighter to debut later this year, presumably also on YouTube.

 

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Hero Mama League Operation 01 Review

Hero Mama League consists of Nono Nakami (Hurricane Blue), Reimon Marika (DekaYellow) and Ozu Houka (MagiPink). As we open the series, all three have married and become mothers, with children all around the same age who attend the same preschool. The film is short, only about 16 minutes long, but channels parts of both Super Sentai and the American film Bad Moms, as the group tries to flirt with the preschool teacher and then laments the fact that he thinks they look tired. Over coffee, the three of them talk about motherhood, including various over-the-top modifications made to their hero gear or uses for their weapons to calm their children down. As the hero mamas talk about ways to save time doing chores, an alien ninja called Demost creates an army of Mecha Nin Insects using a new type of Ninpo, and prepares to unleash the force on Earth.

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The discussion of time goes so far as to have DekaYellow transform before leaving the restaurant to go fight aliens. Her time saving plan fails, leading to the role call needing to be repeated, and she comes back looking more drained than before. This is repeated with MagiPink, though she adds in stories of chores during battle getting her hurt and ruining her husband’s shirt.

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When the discussion ends, they emerge from the restroom to find the attack has begun, and vow to stop it without time saving tricks or cut corners. The Hero Mamas enter the battle, but it cuts to Demost, defeated, and we are told that the rest of the story will be shown in a V-Cinema special included with Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger vs Space Squad.

Overall, Hero Mama League is definitely a series targeted at the mothers of children going to theatres to see Super Sentai films, or watching at home with their children, and ends on a message to inspire and empower said mothers. It is a positive message overall, even if the film itself is a little lacking in substance. If you are a fan of these characters, though, this film may be worth a watch for you. You can find Hero Mama League Operation 01 available now, subtitled in English through Tv-Nihon.

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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Final Review

Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Final is something of an odd film, an ambitious crossover akin to The Avengers, but also in the very familiar style of past Super Hero Taisen or Kamen Rider Generations films. We open on a battle between Ex-Aid’s Mighty Brothers XX form and several of the chicken-headed minions from Ex-Aid, then cut to Build, in his base forms of Rabbit/Tank and Gorilla/Diamond, defeating Kamen Rider Paradox to take the essence of the Ex-Aid legend bottle, which has now been on the market for several months.

A brief line to end the scene reveals it was a dream, but we learn that Sento did, in fact, take the Ex-Aid legend bottle, which was then purified by Misora into the Doctor/Gamer Best Match pair.

Based on the dialogue between Sento and Banjou in the next scene around the whereabouts of Isurugi Souichi, and Banjou becoming a Rider, it is safe to put this film in the timeline of Build somewhere around episode 22 or 23, shortly after Isurugi’s disappearance and the debut of Kamen Rider Cross-Z. Sento tells Sawa that he has been pulling all nighters to finish a power up item for Build, shown here to be Rabbit Tank Sparkling, and after getting an alert, the pair rush into a battle against familiar looking minions that are clearly not Smashes. If anything, they most closely resemble the basic grunt enemies from Ex-Aid, though with white chicken heads instead of brown.

The setting of the battle is reminiscent of Build’s first appearance, near the end of Ex-Aid in Ex-Aid’s own world, and when Sento uses the new Doctor/GamerBest Match, we are treated to Gashat activation sounds, before Sento turns into Ex-Aid’s level 2 form, Mighty Action X.Screenshot_2018-05-25-10-49-25

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The antagonist for the film is introduced as he takes the Ex-Aid bottles to try to open a portal. He succeeds and launches Banjou through said portal into another dimension. His design is very much like that of HellBros, but with a brighter colour. The scene when Banjou awakens on the other side of the portal, in Ex-Aid’s world, uses a few cutaway shots to establish that Ex-Aid, Ghost, Gaim, Fourze, and OOO may all exist within the same dimension. Decade’s usual universe hopping may not even be necessary this time.

It is wholly refreshing to see the entire, wonderful core cast of Ex-Aid’s main riders be given the spotlight here, even briefly, and their efforts to save people near their hospital are a welcome return to the world of doctors and gamers.

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The three men who can transform hold nothing back, while nurse Asuna (Poppy Pipopapo) evacuates civilians. They are met by another of the Hard Smash characters, Right Kaiser, whose design is identical to his counterpart, but red instead of blue. The two earths of Build and Ex-Aid are crashing together, quite literally, because of a mysterious entity called Enigma.

Before the battle can progress too far, the Ex-Aid gang is de-powered and needs to be rescued by Ghost.

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They meet Banjou next, and the confusion over Ex-Aid vs Build continues. As Banjou learns about Ex-Aid’s world, Parado learns about Build’s. He confronts Sento outside of Cafe Narascia, saying he has been wandering Build’s world in search of Build for two years. This single plot point opens up so many interesting possibilities in the Kamen Rider multiverse that I can’t even begin to speculate. It would seem the appearance of Sento as Build in the final episodes of Ex-Aid had more impact than just a simple cameo, by far.

After hearing a story from Isurugi about a physicist named Mogami Kaisei, Sento is given the PhoenixRobo Best Match, a set we know he keeps until episode 36 of Build. Back in the other world, Kami-sama himself, Shin Dan Kuroto, enters the fray, using two Gashats: his trademark Dangerous Zombie and the Build legend Gashat that was included with the first wave of Build Drivers.

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Dan Kuroto is as over-the-top as he ever has been, shrieking and dancing, unable to be consoled into calmness except by Onari, who tries to appease Kuroto by acknowledging his godhood.

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Even if you are openly part of the community that despised everything about Ghost, it is easy to acknowledge the levity and comedy in this moment.

Mogami Kaisei, while working as a researched for Nanba Heavy Industries, came up with a way to fuse the Bugster Virus into samples of Nebula Gas, giving us the Kaiser system we see the Kaisers using in their attempts to activate Enigma, and it seems he had help from Katsuragi Takumi. Together, the two built Enigma and the research began into Ex-Aid. Sento theorizes that Build, as Katsuragi Takumi, is the one who stole Ex-Aid’s power two years earlier.

Three things strike me as very unique about this film, as it goes on, and the writers do a good enough job of tying it all back together. When OOO is introduced to save Banjou, he reveals that Foundation X, the Shocker allegory from Kamen Rider OOO, may be involved in Mogami Kaisei’s work, and a side character in a throwaway line sets up the implicit connection between OOO and Fourze in that they are both chasing Foundation X. The group on Ex-Aid’s world begins to come together, while Sento and Parado chase Kaisei himself.

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Both groups find Kaisei, in both worlds, split into two distinct versions of himself. The one in Build’s world is a cyborg, metallic face and robotic personality, and the other is a lively figure, much like the Joker, who has managed to replicate the Core Medals used by OOO to make Greeeds with the help of Foundation X. It’s through these artificial Core Medals that Ankh is revived. The transformation of Eiji into OOO leads to Fourze’s entry, and after saving Banjou and Emu, the group heads to AGHS to battle four Zodiarts and stop Enigma at its power source, AGHS’s energy field.

Finally, late into the third act, Kamen Rider Gaim makes his entry into Build’s world in time to pull off a daring rescue for Sento and Parado. To make the movie even remotely fair, Gaim has been considerably nerfed, back to his basic Orange Arms form and without the godhood he attained at the end of his own series. When all the Riders from both realities finally gather, the two halves of Mogami Kaisei have combined to form Bi-Kaiser, using the Kaiser System later employed by the Washio brothers during the Nanba War arc of Build.

There is a dramatic, all rider henshin, followed by simultaneous use of all the catchphrases, to comedic effect, and the final battle begins in fittingly cinematic fashion.

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The final battle plays out similarly to Marvel’s Avengers movies, and when all is said and done, the six Riders go their separate ways. The film ends on a high note, each man returning to his own life and a sense of normalcy, and we get a glimpse of Great Teacher Gentarou in action at AGHS. Personally, I would watch an entire series of Great Teacher Gentarou, being himself and being Fourze and going through the generation of AGHS students after his own. There’s a lot of potential there.

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Overall, Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Final – Build, Ex-Aid and Legend Riders is a fitting send off for this series of crossover films, and does its best to tie missing elements of the Build mythos together on the way. Seeing previous riders return and combining elements of those series with Build and Ex-Aid makes for a fun ride, and I highly recommend that any longtime Kamen Rider fans check out this film, if for no other reason than to see how the different main series Riders interact.

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Engine Sentai Go-Onger 10 Years Grand Prix: New Cast Members Added

Gaiark’s Pollution Ministers were recently revealed to be returning in the upcoming film Engine Sentai Go-Onger: 10 Years Grand Prix.

The upcoming film has officially added cast members from the original series Engine Sentai Go-Onger. Nao Oikawa, Mitsuaki Madono and Kiyoyuki Yanada will be reprising their roles as Kegalesia, Kitaneida, and Yogostein. The voice actors who played the Engines are also returning.

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Beyond the three veteran actors, a few guest stars have been announced.

  • Satoshi Jinbo (Kamen Rider Ryuki’s Alternative Zero) as Minister of Defence Shinichiro Noizumi
  • Yu Kamio (Kamen Rider OOO’s Kyoryu Greeed) as Special Police Leader Torao Kurei
  • Rai Takahashi (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid’s Young Emu Houjo) as an unknown character who will play a “Key Role” in the story of the film.


Engine Sentai Go-Onger: 10 Years Grand Prix is being written by series writer Sho Aikawa, and will be directed by Katsura Watanabe, the former director of Go-Onger itself. Engine Sentai Go-Onger: 10 Years Grand Prix is currently slated for a September 26, 2018 release on Blu-Ray in Japan.

Will you be catching up with the Engine Sentai team in September? Who are you most excited to see? Sound off in the comment section.

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Engine Sentai Go-Onger 10 Years Grand Prix Movie coming soon

Engine Sentai Go-Onger are set to return after 10 years with a new V-Cinema movie.

It was announced today by Toei Productions that Engine Sentai Go-Onger will return with a new movie to celebrate its 10 year anniversary. The movie will be called Engine Sentai Go-Onger 10 Years Grand Prix.

Returning actors include Yasuhisa Furuhara, better known as Sosuke Esumi/Go-On Red. Shinwa Kataoka, who played Ren Kosaka/Go-On Blue. Rina Aizawa, otherwise known as Saki Rouyama/Go-On Yellow. Masahiro Usui who played Hanta Jo/Go-On Green. Hidenori Tokuyama, who was Hiroto Suto/Go-On Gold and Yumi Sugomoto better known as Miu Suto/Go-On Silver. Also returning is Sho Aikawa who was the head writer for the series and Katsuya Watanabe who directed the series.

The DVD and Blu-ray releases are expected to be around September 26th in Japan.

Are you excited to see the Go-Ongers return after 10 years? Who else would you like to see in the movie? Let us know in the comments below!

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Guest star information for Uchu Sentai Kyuranger VS Space Squad Movie

The guest stars, and their respective characters, for Kyuranger VS Space Squad have been revealed!

This past Monday, the guest stars for the upcoming Uchu Sentai Kyuranger VS Space Squad film were announced via Kyuranger’s official Twitter account.

Appearing in the film will be Masayuki Daei from GoGo Sentai Boukenger and Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, who will be playing Roy as well as Yuko Takayama, Rinko from Kamen Rider Wizard, in the role of Kimiko Naruse. Both characters are to be presidential aides. In addition to them, Satomi Hirose, known best as Ninja White from Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, will be playing Tsurukiku, a character with importance within the film’s story.

The film will feature the return of all 12 Kyurangers after they have defeated Dan Armage and his evil Jark Matter organisation as they team up with Space Sheriffs Gavan/Geki Jumonji and Shaider/Shu Karasuma.

The film has been written by Kyuranger head writer Nobuhiro Mori and will be directed by Koichi Sakamoto, who directed the previous two Space Squad outings for the franchise. The film is due to be released in Japan around August 8th on Blu-ray and DVD and will be briefly in cinema throughout June.

Are you excited to see the Kyurangers return? Who do you think the movie’s bad guy will be? Let us know in the comments below!