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Kamen Rider Build Episode 2 Shines Bright, Like a Diamond

Kamen Rider Build Episode 2 Shines Bright, Like a Diamond

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Can we talk about the new Kamen Rider Build? I have to talk about this. I need to be reassured that I'm seeing what I'm seeing and that it's not going to be taken away from me when they finally realize what they've done and decide it's all a really expensive mistake. This is too much of what I wanted all at once. Who's about to get fired for this magnificence?! The brilliance begins at minute one, with the greatest recap ever committed to film. The braggadocious smarty-pants Kiryuu Sento and his new fugitive pal Banjou Ryuuga have dueling summaries, bantering even as they tell us what happened in last week's premiere episode. I already love these idiots and it's only been like twenty minutes. Please tell me I can keep them, mommy! After the recap, we get our first look at the openi...
Ultraman Geed: Here We Go (Away)

Ultraman Geed: Here We Go (Away)

Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, Reviews, Toku, Ultraman
In the new Ultraman Geed, the young son of the nefarious Ultra villain Belial must rise up to save humanity from ultimate extinction. It's the perfect launchpad for an epic entry into the tome of Ultraman stories, years in the making. With the pedigree on display here, you'd have no reason not to think this would rock every sock on this and all other Earths. But while the show isn't totally abysmal, we can't tell yet if it counts as great either. If you just glance the stats for this show, it would seem to have the building blocks of something remarkable. Since Belial's debut in the Ultra Galaxy Legends movie, the ambitious Ultraman-gone-bad has grown in popularity, challenging literal armies of Ultra heroes across the multiverse. The idea that he might have a son who opposes him, ...
On Kyuranger, No One Can Hear You Scream

On Kyuranger, No One Can Hear You Scream

Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, Reviews, Space Sheriff, Super Sentai, Toku, Uncategorized
2017 has been a year of highs and lows for me as a tokusatsu fan. At one end of the aisle, there were heavy hitters. Big surprises and reinvention, breathing new life into what had seemed a little too routine of late. At the other end, we had some duds. Weak efforts with minimal creativity and just no drive to wow us. Sometimes those two things would happen back-to-back within the same franchise! Amid all the chaos emerged a title seeking to recapture my heart when it appeared all but lost in the shuffle of rotating monsters, morphers, and mecha. Let's take a closer look at Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger, and see where it ranks on the scale so far. Not gonna lie, when this show first premiered, I completely gushed. We're finally going where Super Sentai has never gone before, taking the franc...
KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 1 Shakes Up A Winning Formula

KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 1 Shakes Up A Winning Formula

Articles, Blog, Kamen Rider, Movies & TV, Reviews, Toku
Well, that was fast. It seems like it was just yesterday that I was whining about how I'll have to spend the next year with the costumes from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, wondering if maybe the franchise was finally about to lose me. Fast-forwarding to the end of that particular race, my thoughts on both Ex-Aid and the Kamen Rider franchise have gone through a transformation about as drastic as any costumed do-gooder. If only every show we watched had this speedy a turnaround. In Kamen Rider Build, our new story commences in what appears almost to be the beginnings of a kind of post-apocalypse. A nation divided into three distinct sectors after a startling event in the aftermath of a fateful Mars exploration mission that brought back the mysterious Pandora Box, an item speculated to hold gr...
Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Review: Reset Your Expectations

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Review: Reset Your Expectations

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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

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  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....