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KAMEN RIDER BUILD is Fake AF in the Refreshing Episode 14

KAMEN RIDER BUILD is Fake AF in the Refreshing Episode 14

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Never underestimate toy company Bandai's ability to turn a mundane inanimate object into an uber-powerful super-weapon. You'll lose every bet you make against them. And so, we continue our hike through the tense valley of story that is the Kamen Rider Build television series. In what has got to be the most well-written opening act of any incarnation in the Kamen Rider franchise, we're treated to a funny, surprising, character-driven yet action-packed experience that punches you in the gut seconds after it uplifts. This is a master-class in how to produce special effects TV, and somehow, we're still just getting started. Last time, our smartypants hero Kiryuu Sento had some truth bombs dropped on his head as the villainous Blood Stalk was finally unmasked, and his identity has sent the...
ULTRAMAN GEED & The Ultimate Mic Drop of Episodes 22 & 23

ULTRAMAN GEED & The Ultimate Mic Drop of Episodes 22 & 23

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After a short break from the high drama discussed in our last review, the Ultraman Geed series picks right back up for the final leg of its sprint toward the finish line. And with only four episodes left to make it happen, this show is pulling out all the stops, laying one side of the story to bed while digging up others from a restless tomb. It's daddy issues galore in episodes 22 and 23! We begin as the opportunistic writer Ishikari Aire arrives at her secluded home at night and senses she's being watched. Out of nowhere, the villainous Fukuide Kei is upon her, as creepy as he's ever looked, just standing there motionless, as if he's been waiting in that spot the whole time. It's a bit alarming, since she helped the poor alien through his hobo phase after Big Daddy Belial was killed...
KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 13: Cue The Record-Scratch

KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 13: Cue The Record-Scratch

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Lucky Number Thirteen has arrived for the outstanding Kamen Rider Build, and there may be no better number than to drop this episode's huge revelation concerning one of the show's biggest, baddest villains so far. Okay, so it's not the most shocking plot twist of all time. We've been speculating for months about the identity of the venomous Blood Stalk and his unknown motivations as he sarcastically taunts our heroes into a frenzy week after week. What excites us the most about this story is not that one person or another was finally unmasked as the culprit, but how the show chooses to make light of it, and the way its characters react. After the apparent death of straight-laced lackey Utsumi at the hands of his own boss, Gentoku, we begin this episode in the middle of the phone conve...
POWER RANGERS: SHATTERED GRID – Exhibit A in Why Everything POWER RANGERS is Good These Days but the Show

POWER RANGERS: SHATTERED GRID – Exhibit A in Why Everything POWER RANGERS is Good These Days but the Show

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The Power Rangers brand is having something of a silent renaissance of late. While the television series has gone on for years, almost invisible to most adults yet never off the airwaves with new episodes for more than a single year since the franchise's start in the early 90s, the Rangers have branched out considerably to other entertainment mediums, often with strong results. The Teenagers With Attitude, and the many young adults that launched from their footsteps in the years after Angel Grove was a mere glimmer in their visors' display panel, dominated the attention of many curious watchers this year, whether it be on our phones with games like Power Rangers Legacy Wars, or on the big screen with the franchise's first feature-length movie in decades. There's also Power Rangers Hyp...
KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 12: How To Build Bridges & Get Over Them

KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 12: How To Build Bridges & Get Over Them

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Will someone please tell these people that their finale isn't for another several months? How is it possible that they keep coming out with one spectacular episode after another? This isn't how things normally go. I'm not used to this! Kamen Rider Build continues to take the rule book for not just Kamen Rider but weekly tokusatsu TV in general and toss it to the wind one page at a time, showing no signs of stopping this train as it speeds along the tracks toward Awesome Town. Last time, young fugitive Banjou Ryuuga took back a piece of what was taken from him when he was wrongly imprisoned for the murder of Katsuragi Takumi, at last transforming into Kamen Rider Cross-Z, the show's second hero next to his new pal, genius outlaw Kiryuu Sento. In the wake of Ryuuga's first official Ride...
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...
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 ...
Kamen Rider Build Episode 10 Shows Us How It’s Done, With an Action-Packed Heist

Kamen Rider Build Episode 10 Shows Us How It’s Done, With an Action-Packed Heist

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It's been two weeks since our last visit with the motley crew of heroes, rivals, and frenemies of Kamen Rider Build, and they've chosen quite the cliffhanger to leave us dangling from. With the Touto science lab about to be invaded by the terrorist organization known as Faust, loyalties on every possible side are being tested at each corner, tensions are high, and the show has geared up for its most thrilling episode yet. How do they keep outdoing themselves like this? We begin with a rare recap that doesn't include a pseudo-fourth-wall-breaker of the main characters sarcastically commenting on their own show as usual, instead preferring to just roll the clips in as dramatic a fashion as they can muster, slowly building us toward the coming siege. After the opening credits (with a s...
Review: Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger DX Kojishi Voyager

Review: Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger DX Kojishi Voyager

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Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger's DX toy line has been pretty hit-and-miss as a whole, but it ends really strong with Kojishi Voyager, aka Caesar. Caesar is a small chibi-like lion toy, similar to Mini-Tyra from Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, but instead of combining with a weapon, he combines with a fellow Voyager mech. On its own, I like this little guy, but the real fun begins when you add Shishi Voyager to the mix. Combining the two Voyagers together makes Super Shishi Voyager, my favorite form. This is an amazing form, changing the look of Shishi Voyager from a spaceship with a lion head into a full-fledged lion mecha. The size and silhouette of this thing is great, though I can see fans being bummed out by the lack of articulation. Overall, I think, combined, this is the best Voyager of the wh...
Ultraman Geed & The Identity Crisis of Episodes 18 & 19

Ultraman Geed & The Identity Crisis of Episodes 18 & 19

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Fukuide Kei is back with a fiery vengeance in the latest episodes of Ultraman Geed. After recent adventures saw him stumbling through the streets as a penniless vagrant, things weren't looking so hot for the dark Ultraman Belial's dutiful underling. Despite the big red guy having treated him like utter crap, Kei's not taking his boss' apparent demise very well. Meanwhile, the growing sentience of Geed's supercomputer may become a problem in the days ahead for the young master Asakura Riku as he locks horns with Kei once again. A series of ridiculously convenient coincidences all line up back-to-back, as Laiha and Riku happen to be near a TV as the news services report on Kei's disappearance and suspected murder of his editor a while back (when people thought he was just some random ...