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Further images of Hasbro’s upcoming Power Rangers toy releases

With Power Rangers Beast Morphers almost upon us, Hasbro have released further images of the new Zords and Megazord from the show, as well as a completely original toy in the Playskool line!

Following on from last week’s initial Beast Morphers reveals, we now have more details about what the new zords and Megazord will look like. As you probably appreciate by now, Power Rangers Beast Morphers marks Hasbro’s first run at making toys for the franchise and boy are they coming out swinging! In a surprise move ahead of New York Toy Fair, Hasbro have been revealing their first Power Rangers lines in dribs and drabs; last week we saw the roleplay weapons to action figures and now they have shown off the new Zords, scheduled for release this Autumn. Hasbro has already stepped up to the plate, revealing two separate Zord styles where the majority can transform twice: between animal and vehicle mode. The Red Racer has the distinction of being able to transform three time, as it can also transform into a robot on its own.

Without further ado, lets start by having a look at the Red Ranger’s Zord, the Beast Racer, in its three separate modes: vehicle, animal and robot. The Beast Racer Zord will also make up the basis for the Megazord when in robot mode.

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Next up are the dual changing zords which can change between vehicle and animal modes. These include the Beast Wheeler Zord for the Blue Ranger, Beast Chopper Zord for the Yellow Ranger, as well as two mystery/not so mystery Zords (Gold and Silver *cough*), one of which is known as the Beast Jet Zord.

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The Beast Wheeler in its vehicle and animal modes.

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The Beast Chopper in its vehicle and animal modes.

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The Beast Jet which has a vehicle form and an insect form.

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The Beast Wrecker is another mysterious Zord.

When the bad guys go supersize, the Power Rangers need a way to keep up so they have the ability to bring their Zords together to create the Beast-X Megazord, made up of the Beast Racer, Beast Wheeler and Beast Chopper Zords. When they add in the Beast Jet and Beast Wrecker Zords, the Power Rangers create the powerful Beast-X Ultrazord.

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The Beast-X Megazord, created form the Red, Blue and Yellow Ranger’s Zords.

For fans excited to see how the Playskool toy line will follow the Imaginext line for younger children, Hasbro also released some images of their newest addition to the collection: the legendary Red Dragon Thunderzord from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. This behemoth of a Zord stands at approximately 14 inches tall and possesses lights, sounds and moving arms and wings, all of which are triggered by pressing down on the Thunderzord’s tail. If you place the exclusive Dragon Shield Red Ranger onto the Zord’s back, he reveals then unleashes hidden projectiles to defeat the bad guys. The Red Dragon Thunderzord is due for release around the same time as the Power Rangers Beast Morphers Zords, towards Autumn 2019.

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What do you think of the new Zords? Are you excited to see what Hasbro release next? Let us know on our social media pages!

Source: io9
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Complete details of Power Rangers actors coming to the UK in 2019

When attending a convention, nothing beats meeting a good guest! This is a list of all the upcoming Power Ranger guests due to visit the UK Convention scene throughout 2019.

Toku Toy Store is happy to supply a list of all the guests attending conventions here in the UK, through 2019. Since we tend to go where the Ranger guests are, Toku Toy Store is also at the majority of these conventions. The list will be updated as more actors are announced.

Let’s start with LFCC Spring, March 2nd & 3rd 2019, which will have Emma Lahana from Power Rangers Dino Thunder.

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Emma Lahana was born in Auckland, New Zealand on June 27th, 1984. She became involved in the arts at a very young age doing ballet and broadened her dancing to jazz, tap and modern styles. She also learnt to play the violin but once in high school became involved in drama as well as singing. It was here that she auditioned for a long-running New Zealand TV soap, Shortland Street (1992) and was surprised to be given the part of “Erin Kingston” which she played for 2 seasons. She performed in many lead roles in musicals for ACMT. In 2002, she starred in the Disney movie You Wish! (2003) and, in 2003, landed a lead role in Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004) as Kira Ford/Yellow Dino Ranger.

Following LFCC Spring is Carlisle Comic Con who will be hosting the suit actor of Alpha 5, Sandi Sellner.

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Sandi has had numerous roles in stage productions as well as working on several television shows, but is perhaps best known for playing Alpha 5 in seasons 2 and 3 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993).

Up next is Liverpool Comic Con, March 8th, 9th and 10th 2019, which will have a total of 14 Power Ranger actors in total, including fan favourites Bulk & Skull.

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Jason Narvy was born on March 27th, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor and assistant director, known for having played the same character, Eugene ‘Skull’ Skullovitch, on seven different series: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers in Space (1998), Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999), Power Rangers Wild Force (2002) and Power Rangers Samurai (2011).

Paul Schrier was born on June 1st, 1970 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA as Paul L. Schrier II. He is an actor and director, known for having played the same character, Farkas ‘Bulk’ Bulkmeier, on seven different series including: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers in Space (1998), Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999), Power Rangers Wild Force (2002) and Power Rangers Samurai (2011).

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Steve Cardenas has been involved in the martial arts for 28 years (1986) since the age of 12. Steve is a 5th degree black belt in tae kwon do (as of 2014), and is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Steve owns his own jiu-jitsu studio in Burbank, California called Force Balance BJJ. He is best known for playing Rocky Desantos in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) and Power Rangers Zeo (1996).

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Selwyn Ward was born on June 13th, 1977 in Kokomo, Indiana, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for playing TJ Johnson in Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999), and Power Rangers Wild Force (2002).

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Blake Foster was born on May 29th, 1985 in Northridge, California, USA as Blake Anthony Foster. He is an actor, known for playing Justin Stewart in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997), Power Rangers Turbo (1997) and Power Rangers in Space (1998).

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Tracy Lynn Cruz was born on January 29th, 1976 in Orange County, California, USA. She is an actress, known for playing Ashley Hammond in Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers in Space (1998) and Power Rangers Lost Galaxy (1999).

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Jason Faunt grew up just outside of Chicago. A talented athlete, Jason almost became a professional baseball player. Instead, he came out to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Jason makes his professional debut in Power Rangers Time Force as Wes Collins.

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Michael Copon is an American actor known for a variety of film and television roles including that of Lucas Kendall in Power Rangers Time Force. Beyond his film and television commitments, Copon is also a talented singer, releasing ‘Let’s Get Nasty’ on iTunes in 2010 and appeared (and subsequently won) the competition on VH1’s But Can They Sing?

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Kevin Duhaney was born on June 2nd, 1984 in Whitby, Ontario, Canada. He is an actor, known for Half Baked (1998), Honey (2003), Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004) and Four Brothers (2005).

Jeff Parazzo is a Toronto born actor with over 15 years of professional film & television experience splitting time between Canada and the United States. He was recently working on such shows as Flashpoint, Nikita, Degrassi and Suits. He is best known to his fans for his work as Trent Fernandes from Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004). In 2016, Jeff was in the works with writing partners Kevin Duhaney & Luch Balao to bring their project “Trauma Con” to audiences around the world.

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Azim Rizk was born on September 4th, 1990 in Tucson, Arizona, USA. He is known for his work as Jake Holling in Power Rangers MegaForce / Super Megaforce.

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Ciara Hanna got started in the entertainment world when she was at the young age of 8. She travelled around Southern California singing with a local singing group, which entertained at such places as Knott’s Berry Farm, Royal Caribbean Cruise liner, and Universal Studios. She then pursued an acting/modelling career at 10. She starred in a few local plays before landing her first professional job doing a series of commercials overseas for the United Kingdom. Ciara Hanna also most recently played Gia Moran for Power Rangers Megaforce (2013).

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Nico Greetham was born in Woodbridge, Virginia to his Scottish father, Chris, and his Colombian mother, Isabella, both Physical Therapists. He has two sisters, Gabriella and Natalie Greetham. Nico grew up training as a competitive dancer at local dance studios, receiving numerous awards and titles in nationwide competitions. In 2016, Nico finally decided to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an actor, by taking multiple acting classes in the Los Angeles area. Within 6 months, he landed his first role as Calvin Maxwell in Power Rangers Ninja Steel (2017-2019).

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Zoë Robins was born on February 19th, 1993 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is an actress, known for The New Tomorrow (2005), The Shannara Chronicles (2016) and Power Rangers Ninja Steel (2017-2019).

Following on from Comic Con Liverpool is Medway Comic & Screen Festival, March 30th, at Medway Park in Gillingham who will be hosting Johnny Yong Bosch and Nakia Burrise from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo.

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Johnny Yong Bosch was born on January 6th, 1976 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as John Jay Bosch. He studied Shaolin Kung Fu in Texas under Master James Clark. Master James Clark showed him an advert in the newspaper about an audition for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, where he subsequently got his start in film. He is known for his work on  Akira (1988), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997) and Bleach (2004).

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Growing up in Stockton, CA, Nakia Burrise was introduced to musical theatre and performance in elementary school. She began performing acrobatics by the age of five and later ventured into theatre, musical theatre, dancing, singing, and modelling. While attending Edison High School in Stockton, California, Nakia auditioned for UCLA’s prestigious theatre department. She was the only African American female freshman accepted into the theatre department that year. By the time she was a junior at UCLA, her professional career had begun. She booked her first role as a series regular on Power Rangers, as Tanya Sloan, the yellow ranger; while simultaneously recording her first pop album with her singing group, Divine. She has played an array of characters in various television series, movies, animated series, and commercials. She is best known for Power Rangers Zeo (1996).

Continuing the MMPR theme, next up is Em-Con Nottingham, 4th & 5th May, who will be visited by Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank.

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Amy is a multi-faceted artist with over twenty years experience in the entertainment industry. Working successfully as an actress for more than two decades, Johnson is most known for her roles as Kimberly Hart in the iconic series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Julie Emrick on the critically-acclaimed series Felicity, and Jules Callaghan on the award-winning Canadian series Flashpoint. she is best known for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993) and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995).

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Jason David Frank is well-known for his role of Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers. He is the voice of Emissary in Transformers: Titans Returns and brings Bloodshot to life in the highly-anticipated project Ninjak vs.the Valiant Universe. Always one looking for adventure, Jason shares his exciting life in the extremely popular series My Morphin Life, which is now in its fourth season.

Arguably the most popular and famous Power Ranger, Jason’s character was only intended to be in ten episodes. Due to his popularity, he was morphed into the most amount of different rangers in the show’s twenty-four year history. He began as the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger, a bad boy turned good, and subsequently morphed into the Mighty Morphin White Ranger, Red Zeo, Red Turbo, and then returned in 2004 as the Black Dino Thunder Ranger. He is best known for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), Power Rangers Zeo (1996), Power Rangers Turbo (1997), Power Rangers Dino Thunder (2004) and Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel (2018).

Second to last is Em-Con Worcester, September 14th, who will be playing host to David Yost.

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David Yost was born on January 7th, 1969 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA as David Harold Yost. He is an actor and producer, known for Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (1993), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995) and Power Rangers Zeo (1996).

Last, but by no means least, is Inverness Comic Con, October 12th, who will have Brennan Mejia attending.

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Brennan Mejia is a professional acrobat turned actor, and has been performing since he was a kid. Best known for his role as the Red Ranger In Power Rangers Dino Charge and Dino Super Charge, Brennan has also worked on a number of other projects such as: Supergirl, American Horror Story Murder House, Kickin’ It, iCarly, Kaboom, Life In Pieces, The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, CSI Miami, American Ninja Warrior, and many others. Aside from performing, he also has a passion for health and wellness, and has a B.S. in Kinesiology, as well as certifications in fitness, yoga, and nutrition.

That’s it for now! If and when more actors are announced as coming to the UK, we will update the list as soon as possible.

What do you think of all the guests so far? Who would you like to see at a convention? Let us know on our social media pages!

Sources: IMDB (biographies), Just Jared Jr. (featured image)
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Three Super Sentai Strongest Battle Episode Summaries Revealed

The plot of the first three episodes of the upcoming Super Sentai Strongest Battle miniseries have been revealed with a ‘Marvellous’ kick off!

The summaries were revealed by Japanese site, AkkiNews, but were later translated by Rangerboard user, Dukemon.

Battle 1 – Episode Name TBD, airing on February 17th in Japan:
Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger are suddenly attacked by a mysterious warrior named Gaisoulg. Captain Marvellous feels guilty of not protecting his team and crosses swords with Gaisoulg. During the fight, a mysterious “Shining Plate” appears, Marvellous/GokaiRed touches it and is transported to Planet Nemesis. He then discovers that many Sentai heroes from the past received that same plate, and have all been called there.

The heroes were gathered by the Watchman of Time, Rita. She informs the heroes that she gathered them to participate in the “Super Sentai Strongest Battle” and the winners will be able to ask for any wish they desire, using her miraculous powers. With each hero having their own wish to fight for, they are divided into 32 teams of 5, mixing and matching the various Sentai teams. The first match is between Zyuohger’s Zyuoh Eagle and Patranger’s Patoren #1!

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Battle 2 – Episode Name TBD, airing on February 24th in Japan:
In the middle of the battle, Gaisoulg interferes and challenges GokaiRed to a battle. Ninninger’s AkaNinger is injured protecting GokaiRed from his attack.

Battle 3 – Episode Name TBD, airing on March 3rd
Dekaranger’s DekaMaster and ToQGer’s ToQ #5 are set to battle, but in fact, this fight is use to lure out Gaisoulg!

What do you think about the special mini series? Are you excited to see a Ryusoulger be introduced outside of the new Super Sentai? Let us know on our social media pages!

Source: AkkiNews / Dukemon @ Rangerboard
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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!

Source: Tokunation
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First Look at Upcoming Hasbro Power Rangers Toys

New York Toy Fair is right around the corner but Hasbro are already off the starting block with Beast Morphers toy reveals!

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Pending the release of Power Rangers Beast Morphers, two images from the first Power Rangers Megazords to be produced by Hasbro have been released online. First up is the Power Rangers Beast Morphers Beast-X Ultrazord! This is a non-combining version of the ultimate Beast Morphers combination, featuring lights and sounds. Following on from Power Rangers Beast Morphers, we have a look at the Power Rangers Wild Force Morphin Megazord which is an item from the Hasbro subsidiary Playskool! Based on the Wild Force Megazord from Power Rangers Wild Force this Megazord converts from Robot to Beast in a single step. Both figures are currently scheduled for release in Autumn 2019

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Continuing along the same theme, we also got images for some of the roleplay toys and costumes for Power Rangers Beast Morphers that will be seeing release.

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Kicking things off is a look the new Morpher from Power Rangers Beast Morphers, named the Beast-X Morpher. This wrist-mounted toy has lights and sounds built in as well as voice and movement activated features. Attaching it to your wrist and using the phrase “It’s Morphin Time!” will trigger the morphing sequence effects and swinging your wrist around will also activate battle lights and sounds for the toy. It also includes some Morph-X Keys which will also trigger lights and sounds. Other keys will be included with other toys from the series.

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Following on from the Beast-X Morpher is the Power Rangers Beast Morphers Basic Figures Assortment with each figure standing at 6 inches tall. Each feature multiple points of articulation and include two accessories so that fans can recreate the poses and scenes from the Power Rangers Beast Morphers series. Plus, with the included Morph-X key, kids can imagine unlocking powers in the Beast-X Morpher toy.

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Continuing from the figures are the new roleplay toys. The Beast-X Electronic Sabre features lights and reactive sound effects that respond to kids’ movements as they imagine battling monsters and villains as one of the Power Rangers. Swinging the sabre firmly 7 times unlocks “Beast Mode,” with special light and battle sound effects.

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The Cheetah Beast Blaster looks like a Cheetah Zord, ready to pounce, but can morph into blaster mode for soft dart-firing action! Powered by NERF, the blaster comes with 3 darts, ready for morphinominal action against any opponent.

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The Electronic Cheetah Claw is used when the Red Ranger powers up in Red Fury Mode. The toy features reactive sound effects that respond to kids’ movements as they strap the toy to their hand, then make a slashing motion to extend the claws. Pushing a button on the handle makes them retract again, ready for more action.

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The Red and Blue Ranger masks both feature designs inspired by the TV show, so kids can imagine leading the Power Rangers in the battle to protect the Morph-X. From Halloween, to party time, or every day adventures, kids can imagine jumping into action.

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Last, but by no means least, are the fancy dress costumes designed for kids.

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What do you think of all the announced toys so far? What will you be adding to your collections? Let us know on our Social Media pages!

Sources: Tokunation, ScreenRant, Power Rangers NOW
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Complete details from the Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger Press Conference

While British residents were fast asleep last night, Toei Company held a press conference to reveal the cast for Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger!

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The 43rd entry in the long running Super Sentai series will be Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger, also the fourth team to use a dinosaur theme but with knight based motif added to the mix. As we previously reported, the series is being written by Yamaoka Junpei, who is a new writer for the tokusatsu universe, and is directed by Kamihoriuchi Kazuya, who previously directed Kamen Rider Build the Movie: Be the One. This will be Kazuya’s first time as chief director on a Super Sentai series as well as on a series in general. Serving as chief producer will be Maruyama Shinya, who is a noted producer for various J-Drama shows and served as an assistant producer for shows including: B-Robo Kabutak, Moero!! Robocon, and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.

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The main story focuses on an ancient alien race called the Druidon, who left the planet after the meteor that destroyed the dinosaurs came to Earth. The Ryusoul tribe left their powers in the care of a group of chosen warriors, giving them the ability to defend the world when the Druidon race returned to Earth to conquer, or destroy, the planet. The catchphrase for the series will be a Portuguese phrase “que bom” roughly translating as “something that’s really great”.

The cast for Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger will include:

Ichinose Hayate as Kou, RyusoulRed: A genius who is completely focused on training.

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Tsuna Keito as Melt, RyusoulBlue: A warrior with a hunger for knowledge.

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Obara Yuito as Towa, RyusoulGreen: A warrior who refuses to let anyone defeat him.

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Kishida Tatsuya as Banba, RyusoulBlack: Towa’s older brother; the silent type.

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Osaki Ichika as Asuna, RyusoulPink: Asuna is from a noble family and has exceptional power.

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The series will also feature Fukikoshi Mitsuru as Tatsui Naohish, a palaeontologist…

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As well as Mana Kinjo, who stars as Naohisa’s daughter, YouTuber Tatsui Ui.

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In a homage to Kyoryuger, Kou will have a dinosaur partner, Tyramigo. He will be voiced by Terasoma Masaki, whose previous voice roles include Shadow Moon (Kamen Rider Black) and Kintaros (Kamen Rider Den-O).

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Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger begins March 17th, 2019.

What do you guys think of the announced cast? Are you excited for the series? Let us know on our social media pages!

Source and Image Credit: The Tokusatsu Network
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Toei announces Kamen Rider Shinobi series; Quiz spin-off upcoming?

Toei has recently revealed that a spin-off series, based on Kamen Rider Shinobi, is to be produced!

The Kamen Rider Zi-O spin-off, Rider Time: Shinobi, will be made available at the end of March thanks to the Toei Tokusatsu Fan Club. The spin-off series will see Tawada Hideya reprise his role Kagura Rentaro/Kamen Rider Shinobi from episodes 17 and 18 of Kamen Rider Zi-O.

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Fans are also told to look forward to a spin-off that will be announced at the Super Hero Festival KAMEN RIDER X SUPER SENTAI LIVE SHOW 2019 concert event, which will be held at the Nippon Budokan on January 23rd, 2019. The new production will be made available via the Video Pass streaming service in Japan.

Information of a second spin-off has led fans to question whether the work will feature Kamen Rider Zi-O’s latest visitor from the future, Kamen Rider Quiz.

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It was announced recently that Kamen Rider Quiz will be portrayed by Suzuki Katsuhiro, whom Super Sentai fans may recognise as Sakurada Hiromu/Red Buster from Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters.

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What do you think of Toei making miniseries’ for Riders that appear in main shows? Who else would you like see get a spin-off series? Let us know on our social media pages!

Source: natalie.mu
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Behind the scenes look at the new Sentai team: Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger

Behind the scenes images from the upcoming Super Sentai Series, Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger, gives us our first look at the new team!

In these on set photos, we can see Ryusoul Red, Ryusoul Blue, Ryusoul Green, Ryusoul Black, and Ryusoul Pink waiting and chatting. The main thing worth noting in these photos is that the Blue Ranger appears to have blue hair. In addition, according to rumours gathered by respected toku information gatherer, Matt Hunt, it looks like Ryusoul Red’s actor is Ichinose Hayate, while Ryusoul Green will be portrayed by Keito Tsuna, who recently starred in the Japanese drama, Bungaku Shojo.

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Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger is set to premiere on March 17th, 2019 and will feature the Super Sentai franchise’s 44th overall team. It will be produced by Maruyama Shinya (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon) and Takahashi Kazuhiro (Kamen Rider Ghost). The series will be written by Yamaoka Junpei (Majisuka Gakuen, Kamen Teacher) and directed by Kamihoriuchi Kazuya (Kamen Rider Ghost, Ex-Aid, Build, Zi-O, and Heisei Generations FINAL). You can read Toei’s press release in our Christmas edition of This Week in Tokusatsu, here.

Are you excited for the new Super Sentai series? Who do you think the potential bad guys are for the series? Let us know on our social media pages!

Sources: @nihoiti1 (Images), @TheRealMattHunt (Actor information).
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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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This Week in Tokusatsu – Christmas 2018

The police and thieves take a break from the action for a Christmas special, Jinga ramps up to a thrilling conclusion and Zi-O continues the battle against his future self! Let’s dive in, shall we?

Lupinranger vs Patoranger Episode 45

Obligatory Christmas special! There is a major shift in tone this week, as we take a step back from the darker, grittier, almost film-noir action of the previous few episodes to celebrate Christmas with the Rangers. Though the episode does advance the plot, in the beginning and end, not much happens of note in the middle. To start out, Sakuya receives a request from a child to have the Patorangers throw a Christmas party, complete with holiday cake and chicken dinner, both Japanese traditions at Christmas. The bulk of the episode focuses on a Gangler called Sahmon, whose driving purpose is to replace the traditional Christmas chicken dinners with salmon for everyone in Japan.

At worst, this Gangler is a minor inconvenience, even acknowledged by civilians with a few casual phrases such as, “This wouldn’t be so bad if chicken wasn’t a Christmas tradition,” or even by Noel and Sakuya with, “Salmon is my favourite food most of the time, but chicken at Christmas is tradition.”

Over the course of the episode, Sakuya and Noel focus on taking Sahmon down, with eventual help from the thieves, who are the ones to ultimately defeat him. There is no Lupin collection item this week, no larger stakes, save for the knowledge from the police of a string of missing persons cases set about a year earlier. At the end of the episode, having skipped the party to do research into the cases, Keiichiro is finally able to put together the identity of the Lupinrangers.

That’s right. We’re five episodes from the end of the series (six, if you include this one) and one of the police officers has just now confirmed the identity of the thieves. This is a reveal that would have been much better served by coming far earlier, though the next episode promises to expand on this even more.

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Kamen Rider Zi-O Episode 16

The 2068 arc of Zi-O continues this week, with the fallout of Sougo meeting his future self. Now knowing fully that he has the potential to become the genocidal tyrant called Oma Zi-O, Sougo resolves himself to give up on his dream of becoming a king, and goes so far as to have Geiz destroy his belt. After this succeeds, Sougo begins to think he is free and the future is safe. There is even a moment where Oma Zi-O begins to fade away, laughing as he awaits Sougo’s ultimate decision. Sougo’s resolve is unshakable, even in the face of an assassination attempt by the Time Jackers.

Sougo refuses to fight, running and protecting a child from a stray attack, even without the power of Zi-O, prompting Geiz and Tsukuyomi to delay their return to 2068 and intervene. The attack, having been set up by Woz, is intended to force Sougo’s hand and get him back on the track that will lead to his future as Overlord. This episode features a lot of character growth for both Sougo and Geiz, with some big moments shared between them as well as an interesting shift in viewpoint for Geiz.

The biggest moments for Sougo come at the tail end of the episode, with renewed resolve and returned power as he remembers his dream. It all comes together in a satisfying way, and the preview for the next episode promises the debut of Kamen Rider Woz.

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Kami No Kiba – Jinga Episode 11

Picking up where we left off last week, Jinga struggles against Rozen while Fusa and Toma debate the merits of simply going to the Watchdogs, themselves. Another Makai Priest opens the episode with a brief moment spent trying to prove Jinga’s power is real, but we are not shown the conclusion of the test. Instead, the episode focuses squarely on Jinga and his reluctance to give up against Rozen. Though he begins fighting back using strictly non-lethal measures (his sword never leaves the scabbard and he focuses on dodging), the battle takes a darker turn at the midpoint of the episode.

Through sheer resolve, Toma makes the choice for himself and Fusa to willingly go to the Watchdogs, even as Alva protests to Jinga to give up. When Jinga refuses and keeps fighting, he ends up killing one of the knights in Rozen’s squad, before turning his blade another way. A shocking, sudden death leads to the battle that caps off the episode, and will seemingly be the focus of the series finale, which airs next week.

The Jinga we have followed, the knight, fights hard against the horror within, the Jinga from the summer Garo film, Kami No Kiba. When the series concludes next week, we will see which side prevails, and ultimately the beginning of the future of Garo as a franchise. Personally, I do not want to see Jinga redeemed. He has made for a compelling primary antagonist, both to the other Makai Knights and to himself. This shifting dynamic has proved to be a breath of fresh air for Garo as a franchise, and I hope it will continue.

Stay tuned here after the finale next week for more.

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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 19. Stay tuned for more!

Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger Confirmed

On Christmas day, the leaked images of next year’s Super Sentai team, Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger were confirmed to be accurate, along with a story synopsis and official romanization of the name, per Toei. This will be the 43rd Super Sentai series, and the fourth to feature a dinosaur theme. The writer, producers, and showrunner have also been revealed, listed below.

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Story:

65 million years ago

An era when dinosaurs were everywhere. When attackers sought to take over the world, bringing war, knights were selected to stand against this threat. A meteor falls to the earth and brings the era of the dinosaurs to an end. Those chosen knights then chose to live the rest of their lives quietly on earth. In preparation for the return of this enemy, dinosaurs with great power were made to sleep in a temple.

Now, at the end of the Heisei era, the attackers have returned to Earth, pushing their evil to the limits of the universe. Now, it’s time to grasp the powers of the dinosaurs!

“Knights” x “Dinosaurs”

Now is the time to protect earth’s peace with that power!

(TV Asahi)

65 million years ago, the immensely powerful Druidon Tribe reigned over Earth. The tribe abandoned the planet when a gigantic meteor approached, vowing that they would return as the rulers of the world again as they headed into space.

The Ryusou Tribe who battled against the Druidon Tribe stayed on earth, along with their dinosaur companions, the Kishiryu. The Ryusou Tribe withstood the ice age brought on by the gigantic meteor. They placed their Kishiryu companions into the Ryusouls and sealed them in temples throughout the world.

Time has moved on and the Druidon Tribe has returned after fighting in harsh environments across space, totally increasing their powers. The Ryusou Tribe that kept the Earth safe in the past have selected new knights: the Ryusoulgers. They have been revived by their mission as the battle against the Druidon Tribe begins.

Staff:

  • Kiyoshi Yoshikawa (Iryu Sosa, Cop Seven) Music
  • Takahashi Kazuhiro (Kamen Rider Ghost) – Producer
  • Maruyama Shinya (Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon) – Producer
  • Kazuya Kamihoriuchi (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Kamen Rider Build) – Director
  • Junpei Yamaoka (Tsuribaka Nisshi: Shin’nyû Shain Hamasaki Densuke) – Lead Writer

Ryusoulger marks the first entry into Tokusatsu for veteran J-Drama writer Junpei Yamaoka, but with a solid crew bringing his vision to life, only time will tell how Ryusoulger is realised. Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger will premiere 17th March, 2019 on TV Asahi, with English subtitles like to follow.

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

Source: Toei/TV Asahi via The Tokusatsu Network (Ryusoulger story and staff)