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Talk About Lucky! (That’s an Order): An UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER Review

Talk About Lucky! (That’s an Order): An UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER Review

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I was determined not to come back with another Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger review that talked predominately about lead character Lucky, but it seems my fate was written in the constellations. This show, about a team of futuristic space trekkers boldly going up against the Jark Matter Empire, quickly became a new favorite for me, winning me over with its adventurous theme, great characters, and fun ideas. To this day, my feelings in that regard have not changed. Though I suppose I've squished those sentiments into a tiny side pocket now that the show has so aggressively pursued one of Super Sentai's worst habits: Putting an inordinate amount of attention onto the dude in red. The luckiest liberator in the whole wide universe is not only the unofficially official leader of this enormous team...
The Fate of ULTRAMAN Rights: Tsuburaya Defeats UM Corp in Latest Court Battle

The Fate of ULTRAMAN Rights: Tsuburaya Defeats UM Corp in Latest Court Battle

Animation, Articles, Blog, Culture, News, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman, Uncategorized
In news that prompted a collective sigh of relief across the worldwide fan community this week, Tsuburaya Productions scored a major victory in its ongoing legal conflict with Thai company Chaiyo Productions as a jury ruled against Chaiyo collaborator UM Corporation over licensing rights to the popular Ultraman superhero franchise. A ruling years in the making, this marks one of several instances in an escalating battle the Ultraman creators and sole original owners at Tsuburaya have been fighting for decades, dating as far back as 1996. As previously stated, Chaiyo Productions head Sompote Saengduenchai claimed a relative of Ultraman creator Eiji Tsuburaya had signed a legal document bestowing licensing rights for the Ultra brand beyond Japanese shores to him, though this was widely ...
Watch: POWER RANGERS HYPERFORCE Episode 4

Watch: POWER RANGERS HYPERFORCE Episode 4

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The Twitch role-playing game series Power Rangers HyperForce returns with its fourth installment, welcoming actress Karan Ashley to their table for the show's latest special guest appearance. Taking over for original Yellow Ranger Trini, played by Thuy Trang, Karan portrayed the new girl Aisha, in the second and third seasons of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, in the interim starring in the show's first feature adaptation, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. She joins the HyperForce crew for another three-hour tour through the Power Rangers Universe from the lens of tabletop role-play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FcrGoQUHag And if that doesn't add enough Hype to your Force, take a gander at this fan-made animated opening sequence from HJU's own Japanime. https://www.youtub...
Shout! Factory’s SEIJUU SENTAI GINGAMAN Release Date

Shout! Factory’s SEIJUU SENTAI GINGAMAN Release Date

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Shout! Factory has officially announced the release date for Seijuu Sentai Gingaman, the latest in their complete season DVD sets of the Super Sentai franchise, from which Saban's Power Rangers saga was adapted. The 1998 fantasy adventure followed five young heroes from a mystical realm sent to the human world to protect it from the invading Barban Space Pirates. It was adapted shortly thereafter into the star-spanning Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. Gingaman is noted for its unusually low-tech approach in contrast to its counterparts in the 1990s, conjuring memories of otherworldly epics like Lord of the Rings and King Arthur. Riding into battle on horseback with mystical sabers, they fought alongside enormous, organic creatures called Seijuu (Star Beasts) that only later were sheathed in...
Kamen Rider Build Episode 11 Brings the Heat with the New Kamen Rider Cross-Z!

Kamen Rider Build Episode 11 Brings the Heat with the New Kamen Rider Cross-Z!

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Well, here we are. At the moment many of us have been waiting several weeks for: When the identity of the new hero of the Kamen Rider Build TV series is finally revealed. Of course, everybody and their momma had already figured it out ages ago, and it's doubtful the show was even trying to keep it a big secret this whole time. But for those of us who have been loving the show so far, and watching the quick but steady growth of Ryuuga as a character, coming into his own as a freedom fighter in this upside-down world our protagonists are living in, it's been something to look forward to. And the moment of truth definitely does not disappoint. Let's dive into the eleventh episode of this stellar series as I continue to wonder if they can possibly sustain this level of quality throughout at ...
REDMAN Strikes a Pose in New Comic Preview From Matt Frank

REDMAN Strikes a Pose in New Comic Preview From Matt Frank

Articles, Blog, Books, Comics, Kaiju, monster, Movies & TV, News, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman, Uncategorized
Classic hero Redman continues his march toward revival in the new comic series courtesy of Tsuburaya Productions and Godzilla comic superstar Matt Frank. And a new preview of the action within its pages has dropped, giving us a glimpse into what lies ahead for the yellow-eyed monster-fighter. As mentioned earlier this month, Redman was a live-action special effects series in which the SIA Officer Sokomizu merges with the spirit of an alien refugee to become the armor-clad warrior who defends Earth from all manner of otherworldly beast. He returns to us from the vault of lost heroes, opened once again by Ultraman creators Tsuburaya Productions. The new sequential art piece comes from Frank's Tumblr page, featuring one of the tokusatsu hero's famous catchphrases. Redman is seen ta...
ANIME CRIMES DIVISION – Pulling Out The Big Guns

ANIME CRIMES DIVISION – Pulling Out The Big Guns

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From the mad genius Youtube megastars of RocketJump comes this latest web series to rock your socks. Cleaning up the mean streets of Neo Otaku City, the Anime Crimes Division is the last line of defense against the unending horde of offenders against anime, that lovable entertainment medium with fans as rabid as an Ozaru Saiyan in heat. Producing quality content inspired by the likes of anime, sci-fi, fantasy, and action properties of all types, RocketJump has been wowing their fans for years. Now, they team up with the anime streaming overlords at Crunchyroll to bring us this new series, packed with more references than you can shake a Moon Stick at. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urk_kp76RoI&t In addition to helping fund this celebratory exercise in nerd hilarity, Crunchyroll...
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s RAMPAGE Trailer: “Animals Get Me”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s RAMPAGE Trailer: “Animals Get Me”

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I knew I was forgetting something. Here's the trailer for the upcoming Rampage film, based upon the classic 1986 arcade game of the same title, featuring giant monsters whose objective is to survive against military assaults rightfully protecting cities from their wrath and then reduce said cities to smoldering ruin. In the current cinematic climate, where giant monsters are now fairly prominent and viable as "serious" blockbuster fare, how does one adapt what one couldn't be blamed for thinking was a silly take on the kaiju subgenre? Well, you hire a charisma factory like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, of course. Mission accomplished. In this film that reads like a series of sarcastic late night tweets taken more seriously than intended after too much to drink, the former WWE wrestlin...
Spine-Tingling Destruction Erupts in New ‘Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters’ Promos

Spine-Tingling Destruction Erupts in New ‘Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters’ Promos

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In the final days before Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters stomps onto Japanese screens this week, here are a couple promos featuring a blend of footage both fresh and familiar to those who have been paying attention to the trailers. Marking the atomic lizard's first major 3D animated feature, Planet of the Monsters is the first of a planned trilogy in this format, the results of which we'll be watching with great interest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMQ46PZGByM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u89PG6FiC1g I may never tire of watching Godzilla charge up for a nuclear blast. The energy surging up his spine, crackling throughout his body until at last releasing is a sight to behold in any entertainment medium, when done correctly. We await the film's international Netflix release wit...
Dynaman English Dub: Three New Episodes Go Dyna-mite From Night Flight

Dynaman English Dub: Three New Episodes Go Dyna-mite From Night Flight

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Those of you looking to get more of that Dynaman goodness from last month are in for a treat. The 1986 classic parody dub of Japan's Kagaku Sentai Dynaman is back with more episodes to stream from original distributors Night Flight. As previously reported, Dynaman, in all its wacky glory, was one of America's first official glimpses into the world of Super Sentai, years before the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers would take households by storm in the 90s. Originally, the niche streaming service Night Flight Plus had only offered three episodes to watch, but now they've doubled that digit for more color-coded explosions to sate your appetite for tokusatsu's early English-language oddities. Whether one chooses to watch them with an earnest appeal, as an anthropological look at the special e...