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Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Review: Reset Your Expectations

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Review: Reset Your Expectations

Articles, Blog, Kamen Rider, Movies & TV, Reviews, Toku
In 2016, when Kamen Rider Ghost was just winding down, and images for the next season of the franchise started rolling in, I have to admit my heart sank. It's not that I was in love with Ghost, but at the very least, I enjoyed the costumes. Then came Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, and for the next few months, a bottle of bleach sat quietly at my side, just waiting to taste the soft, mushy flesh of my eyes. Just in case. How I was taken, kicking and screaming, from a place of cringing apathy to a state of heightened excitement is a wonder to me even now. Had I misjudged this show at face value? Well, yes and no. It's true that I grew to love Ex-Aid, this crazed, sugar-high color-eruption of a show about a young hospital intern turned video game-themed superhero. But I'd be lying if I said it wa...
Death Note: Netflix is Taking Names (And Brain Cells) In Latest Thriller

Death Note: Netflix is Taking Names (And Brain Cells) In Latest Thriller

Animation, Anime, Articles, Blog, Books, Comics, Movies & TV, Reviews, Uncategorized
  Well, they finally did it. An American adaptation of Death Note, one of the most beloved anime and manga titles to come out of Japan this side of the 21st century. It was only a matter of time before Tsugumi Ohba's harrowing psychological mind-screw was given the remake treatment by the good ole U.S. of A. And, despite the snarky title for this review, and the tidal wave of negativity sweeping the interwebs over this film, I find that it may not quite be the trainwreck some of its more vocal detractors insist it is. But, before my name ends up in the pages of a dark notebook in a shadowy room somewhere, let's just say that it's not a masterpiece either. Contrary to the gospel of the surging masses, the truth is more likely somewhere in between. Which - fortunately or unfortun...
The Best Power Rangers Series Isn’t On TV

The Best Power Rangers Series Isn’t On TV

Articles, Blog, Comics, Movies & TV, Power Rangers, Reviews
2017 has truly been the Year of the Ranger, hasn't it? Not only did we get our first theatrically-released feature film in years, and a plethora of new and exciting merchandise, but the television series is still trucking along, in its 24th season. To say that it's been a banner year for parent company Saban Brands may be a bit of an understatement. Which is why the less-than-stellar reception to the current TV incarnation feels like such bad timing. While there's a big-budget movie playing, and all eyes are back on the Power Rangers franchise after lingering in relative obscurity, year after year, casual fans having assumed the show was cancelled ages ago, people were suddenly turning their attention back toward our friendly heroes in multi-colored spandex. And then they seeā€¦ that. ...
Ultraman: The Red-Suited Stepchild

Ultraman: The Red-Suited Stepchild

Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, Toku, Ultraman
The tokusatsu fandom is a fun bunch, but it can sometimes be a bit unforgiving when things don't quite look or sound right to our eyes. If it doesn't shout its name, wear a big, plastic device that people somehow believe is just a watch despite it looking nothing like one, and demonstrate a convenient array of sweet martial arts moves, it's not always going to register with some of us in the English-speaking fan community. So many were introduced to this subgenre through the likes of Saban's Power Rangers, and their many follow-ups, all of which adhered to a pretty strict formula of roll calls, teamwork, and big cheesy slogans. Maybe this contributes to the reluctance some have expressed over the years to jump into the wildly-successful, long-running Ultraman franchise. Let's face it....
WELCOME TO HJU

WELCOME TO HJU

Articles, Blog, tokublogs, Uncategorized
Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, and good journey. Welcome to Henshin Justice Unlimited, command center for fans of Power Rangers, Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, Ultraman, and everything else in the ever-growing multiverse of the tokusatsu subgenre. If it grows, we reload. We've returned from our hiatus with a Version Up that we hope returning visitors will find rewarding and newcomers will be enticed by. We're still in the opening phases of this shiny, new upgrade and we thank you for your continued patience and support as we work to bring you quality coverage of the highs and lows of this wondrous genre we know and love. Check back periodically for more in the days and weeks ahead. And if you like what you see, please spread the word!  
GAIM ON – Kamen Rider Gaim Review

GAIM ON – Kamen Rider Gaim Review

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"Kamen Rider Gaim" came at the perfect time for me as a toku fan. While I liked its predecessor, "Kamen Rider Wizard," more than some, I had grown more than a little tired of the standard formula that the past several incarnations of this show had all adopted, to varying degrees of success. And, while I'm always looking forward to the Next Big Thing this franchise has to offer, I'd be lying if I said I didn't take a look at some of the costumes for Gaim and want to run for the hills. I mean, fruits and padlocks? How do you take a toy theme like that and make anything remotely cool out of it? The answer, apparently, is that you hire an infamous anime writer like Urobuchi Gen, enough of a fan of the property to "get it" but detached enough from the usual tropes and traditions that he could...
GODZILLA RECLAIMS HIS CROWN

GODZILLA RECLAIMS HIS CROWN

Articles, Reviews
My first major exposure to Godzilla was during one of the countless movie marathons that ran back then. This was before the Sci-Fi Channel started deliberately misspelling their name. When there was nothing on basic cable TV but reruns of everything you ever saw from your childhood, or at least wish you had. It was there that I first witnessed a giant lizard teaming up with, of all things, a silver robot that somehow could grow to the size of a skyscraper, and the two proceeded to kick the crap out of a giant insect sent to kill everyone from an underwater civilization called Seatopia. It was completely insane and ridiculous, so naturally, I fell in love. Fast-forward a few years, and I've consumed about as much of Godzilla as I could. From the batshit adventures of a heroic monster tha...