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MegaBots: Because Death By Natural Causes Sounded Too Easy

MegaBots: Because Death By Natural Causes Sounded Too Easy

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In Mobile Suit Gundam, Pacific Rim, and Super Sentai, giant robots wreak havoc across burning landscapes under flashes of lightning and the roar of mechanized battlecries passionately echoing across their battlefields. The concept of such a thing happening in reality seems farfetched and fraught with so many potential problems that it makes the pursuit of such a future seem like it may not really be worth the effort. Enter MegaBots Inc., who puts forth the effort so we don't have to, to results that, if nothing else, are certainly interesting. In 2015, the tech company issued a challenge to Japan's Suidobashi Heavy Industry to do battle, pitting the giant robots representing each group against each other. Despite the fact that this is clearly insane, they agreed, and so the fight was ...
Go Go Power Rangers Hyperforce?! The RPG We Didn’t See Coming

Go Go Power Rangers Hyperforce?! The RPG We Didn’t See Coming

Articles, Blog, Culture, Movies & TV, News, Power Rangers, Tech, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized, Video Games
The Power Rangers launch into the world of tabetop RPGs with the new Power Rangers Hyperforce. This new role-playing experience comes to us from Hyper RPG on the Twitch streaming platform, featuring a gaggle of geek-centric talents that many will recognize from both within and without the growing Ranger community. Den of Geek provides a synopsis: Power Rangers Hyperforce is set in the year 3016 at Time Force Academy. A team of Time Force Ranger cadets must band together to defeat an ancient evil who is set on unraveling the very fabric of the universe. Under the leadership of their mentor, Jen Scotts, and with the show’s Game Master, Malika Lim, the newly minted Rangers will cross both time and space to complete their mission while running into many familiar eras (and faces) alo...
2017’s Best Power Rangers Episode Is a Voltron Episode

2017’s Best Power Rangers Episode Is a Voltron Episode

Animation, Anime, Articles, Blog, Culture, Movies & TV, Power Rangers, Reviews, Toku, toku, tokusatsu, Uncategorized
Voltron: Legendary Defender is back at it, with another burst of hilarity and excitement in the show's fourth season on Netflix. And, as we hunkered down to catch up with the heroic, space-faring Paladins of Voltron and their robotic lions, we were treated to a special episode that some of us in the tokusatsu fandom couldn't help but find a bit familiar. While there are plenty easy comparisons to be made between them and the multi-colored Teenagers With Attitude of the live-action Power Rangers franchise (and their Super Sentai cousins from across the pond), none would be so bold as with this season's striking fourth episode, "The Voltron Show". We're not just throwing shade, folks. We're launching it out of a circus cannon to the tune of a full-scale marching band. And the result, true ...
‘Kamen Rider W: Fuuto Detectives’ Knows Which Way The Wind Blows

‘Kamen Rider W: Fuuto Detectives’ Knows Which Way The Wind Blows

Articles, Blog, Books, Comics, Culture, Kamen Rider, Movies & TV, Reviews, Toku, toku, tokublogs, Uncategorized
In the summer of 2010, tokusatsu fans said goodbye to the lovable heroes of the Narumi Detective Agency, and the many wacky denizens of Fuuto City, when Kamen Rider W came to an end. Of course, several appearances occurred after that, but the loss of this pulpy action-noir world in regular doses was perhaps felt more strongly for some than with most other titles in the Kamen Rider pantheon. While the tradition of a new Kamen Rider taking up the spotlight from the old with each passing year continued to be observed, introducing us to many wondrous new facets of this crazy franchise, there was always a special place in my heart for the two-in-one detectives, Shotaro and Phillip, and their quest to rid the city of dangerous contraband known as Gaia Memories. It's with this thought in min...
Which Super Sentai & Kamen Rider Stars Get The Most Love?

Which Super Sentai & Kamen Rider Stars Get The Most Love?

Articles, Blog, Culture, Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider Double, Kamen Rider Kuuga, Movies & TV, News, Super Sentai, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized
The Daily Taishu wanted to know which tokusatsu actors viewers could fall head over heels in love with. From the stars of Kamen Rider to the leading heroes in red from Super Sentai, they tallied up their stats for the biggest heroic heartthrob, and the final score may have a few surprises. Starting with the leaders of the multi-colored superhero teams of Super Sentai, we have the Top 5 most beloved actors, counting down to Number 1.   KANEKO NOBORU Shishi Kakeru - GaoRed Hyakuju Sentai Gaoranger   SHISON JUN Suzuki Right - ToQ 1gou Ressha Sentai Toqger   NAGAI MASARU Asami Tatsuya - TimeRed Mirai Sentai Timeranger   CHIBA YUDAI Alata - GoseiRed Tensou Sentai Goseiger   MATSUZAKA TORI Shiba Takeru - ShinkenRed Samurai Sentai Shin...
Green Ranger Michael Taber Opens Up About Controversial Tweet

Green Ranger Michael Taber Opens Up About Controversial Tweet

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At this year's recent Sac-Anime convention, actor Michael Taber elaborated on a story that began in early August, when a message was posted to Twitter concerning his time as part of the cast of Power Rangers Dino Charge. The 2015 incarnation of the popular Power Rangers franchise saw a new group of young adults brought from the US to film in bucolic New Zealand - a dream come true, many aspiring actors might tell you. But, according to Taber's unexpected social media outburst, the scenery was not always reflective of the experience. Far from the first time an actor from the long-running action/adventure series has expressed discontent after the lights came down, the Power Rangers brand has experienced minor controversies since its early stages. Talent leaving the project under uncerta...
Kamen Rider Ryuki’s Matsuda Satoshi Announces Birth of First Child

Kamen Rider Ryuki’s Matsuda Satoshi Announces Birth of First Child

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In 2002, actor Matsuda Satoshi played the tough, brooding warrior Kamen Rider Knight, filling the children of Japan with wonder at his exploits with super-powered friends and foes on Kamen Rider Ryuki. This month, he announced that a child of his own has arrived. Matsuda, who played the prickly, black-clad Akiyama Ren (as well as the voice of his American counterpart in Kamen Rider Dragon Knight), had these thoughts to share on the momentous occasion. I have, Become a Father(* ̄▽ ̄) For me who had grown in a family where "My father was no longer there for my Birthday of One Year Old", this is the most distant feeling that "I will become a Father". Should I say it is because of the Stork (Kounotori) Um? Kouno, Dori?? (It doesn't matter which ever it is!). This small life whi...
Long Live the Ultraman Dynasty!

Long Live the Ultraman Dynasty!

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Heroes of the Ultraman franchise get a feudal Japanese makeover in these spectacular art pieces from J Studio. In these high-quality images, Ultra Heroes are reimagined as warriors of the Sengoku Era, complete with lavish costumes and weapons, in dramatic scenery. Among them are Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Cosmos, Ultraman Nexus, Ultraman Mebius, and Ultraman Zero.  
Note to China’s ‘Fake Ultraman’ Creators – Don’t Piss Off the Originals

Note to China’s ‘Fake Ultraman’ Creators – Don’t Piss Off the Originals

Animation, Anime, Articles, Blog, Culture, Kaiju, Movies & TV, News, Toku, toku, tokusatsu, Ultraman, Uncategorized
A loud thunderclap rang out in the Ultraman fandom when it was announced that Dragon Force: So Long, Ultraman, the sequel to China's animated Dragon Force movie, would feature their own interpretation of the classic red-and-silver giant hero Ultraman, owned by Japan's Tsuburaya Productions. Not only that, but this character, whose use of the Ultraman name is highly discouraged by its Japanese owners, was portrayed as a villain in the film's promotional material. Embroiled in legal battles for years over the rights to their original intellectual property, Tsuburaya has had its hands full. But they're not the only ones upset over this development. It seems even the Ultraman actors themselves have begun adding their voices to the chorus speaking out against this project. Actor and musici...
Move Over, Michael Meyers – The Power Rangers Are Taking Over Halloween, With These Costumes

Move Over, Michael Meyers – The Power Rangers Are Taking Over Halloween, With These Costumes

Culture, Movies & TV, News, Power Rangers, toku, tokusatsu, Toys
Halloween is fast approaching, and for some that means the search for the perfect costume may soon begin, if it hasn't already. If you're feeling like letting your nerd flag fly, you might consider these suits and props inspired by the Power Rangers movie. If nothing else, you know you won't have to suffer being the fifteenth Stranger Things kid people see by the time you show up to the party. These costumes come from the people at Disguise. They're sporting a wide range of sizes and styles, available for child and adult fans alike. Among their offerings are Ranger suits in both "classic" and "muscle" form, as well as gloves, weapons, helmets, and even a full Megazord outfit.   I love that even the costume model is wearing heels here. Because nothing says "mortal combat...