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KAMEN RIDER BUILD: The Emotionally-Charged Episode 21 is KAMEN RIDER at its Finest

KAMEN RIDER BUILD: The Emotionally-Charged Episode 21 is KAMEN RIDER at its Finest

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You know, I'm sure they exist, but I can't fathom how any fan of the Kamen Rider franchise can watch this series from the beginning up till now and not be swept in by it. Kamen Rider Build is the most consistently excellent series in the franchise in many moons. And, though we predicted how certain events like those found in this gripping episode would play out, even we could not have expected it to strike us like this. It hits like a ton of bricks, then picks up the bricks in a large sack, ready to swing them all back at you a few more times. In this challenging installment, young genius Kiryuu Sento proves hazardous to his enemy's health, and to himself, as he takes an impossible situation in the superpowered war between feuding territories and somehow makes it worse. Who he turns to i...
KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 20 Pulls the Trigger on one of its Best Yet

KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 20 Pulls the Trigger on one of its Best Yet

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Well, that settles it. Kamen Rider Build is easily one of the best in the franchise. With twenty episodes of this exciting series in the can and not a single rotten apple in the bunch, there seems to be no stopping Team Build and their exceptionally well-told adventures protecting their home of Touto from enemies without and within. In this installment, one character falls from grace, another rises to the occasion, and the simplest answer turns out to be the right one, in one of the smartest, most consistently thrilling shows in the decades-long Kamen Rider saga. It's almost criminal how easy they make it look, and we're counting our blessings that the confidence on display in the first third of this story translates to the rest. We should be so lucky. Time flies when your eyes are gl...
KAMEN RIDER BUILD is Next Level in the Hazardous Episode 19

KAMEN RIDER BUILD is Next Level in the Hazardous Episode 19

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Kamen Rider Build is the television series we need but don't deserve. And as we dive further into this exemplary action show, it's got me wondering if one character will die a hero or live long enough to see himself become the villain. This is episode 19. Another week, another twist to add to the ever-mounting pile as the story rolls on. Our last episode was all about #FAMILY, and we were left with Psycho Prime Minister Himuro Gentoku as he came face-to-face with Utsumi, his former secretary whom he had personally shot, suddenly revealing that he is very much alive. After Utsumi briefly butts into the recap narration from poor lead hero Sento (whose dialogue is getting less peppy by the second with all this war business), Gentoku's old buddy simply pushes up his glasses and smiles at ...
GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – A Sleepy, If Ambitious Monster Mash

GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – A Sleepy, If Ambitious Monster Mash

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Earth of the future has seen better days, as the giant lizard Godzilla has been having his way with the planet for thousands of years while the humans who abandoned it have tried and mostly failed to colonize other, less hellish planets than the one they once called home. This is the premise as we step into Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, the first of an interlocking three-part film story about the atomic beasty and his reign over an apocalyptic world. In Toho Studios' six-decade history with the giant monster and his scaly friends, we've never seen his towering form rendered with animation in a feature before. As a longtime kaiju fan, from witnessing his first terrifying rampage across Tokyo in 1954's Gojira to Legendary's recent Hollywood offering, 2014's Godzilla, I looked forward t...
Does POWER RANGERS Company Saban Brands Have an Employment Problem?

Does POWER RANGERS Company Saban Brands Have an Employment Problem?

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Since 1993, Saban has dazzled children and parents alike with the exploits of the spandex-clad heroes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and their many, many offshoots which have stretched their reign of dominance over toy aisles and screens across the entertainment landscape. But, for almost as long, we've heard murmurs of discontent about the state of the company that largely shepherded this beloved franchise to prominence. We've often wondered what it was that made this show tick behind the scenes, and why certain creative decisions may have been made in the last few years, which saw a sharp decline in audience reception, ironically a short time after the newly-christened Saban Brands retook the Power Rangers intellectual property from temporary rights-holders Disney. That was 2010. S...
KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 18 is Keeping it in the Family

KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 18 is Keeping it in the Family

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The battle to save Touto from the fires of war continue on Kamen Rider Build, as genius amnesiac Kiryuu Sento finds he's not the only bug-eyed super-dude without memories running around these days. Last time, Kamen Rider Kiva's Takeda Touhei debuted as the new mystery soldier from neighboring territory Hokuto, leading the charge (in his own lethargic, unmotivated way) into Touto to retrieve the Martian Pandora Box, and the Full Bottles needed to access its immense, unknowable power. Now, he and his three dopey subordinates are ready to butt heads with Sento and Ryuuga to prove their mettle. But first, another recap, as narrated by Sento, though this time we find our sarcastic hero in a surprisingly low-key mood. Recent events have taken the wind out of his sails, but a sudden intrusio...
Wake Up! KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 17 Shows Us Who’s Boss

Wake Up! KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 17 Shows Us Who’s Boss

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It's funny. I started out reviewing Kamen Rider Build under the assumption that, at some point, it would be less necessary to discuss each episode of the series on an individual basis. Like with most entries into the Kamen Rider franchise (to say nothing of its counterparts in Super Sentai), I expected that we'd eventually reach a point where installments would feel less substantial and thus, waiting a while between reviews would make perfect sense. Nope! Kamen Rider Build has consistently flipped the script on our expectations, bringing new and exciting twists on its narrative week after week, leaving very little room for its fans to lose interest as we barrel through toward the finish line. Before the show's brief hiatus, we were left on a cliffhanger that spelled potential doom for...
Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Sclash Driver & DX Twin Breaker

Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Sclash Driver & DX Twin Breaker

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As is standard now, every Kamen Rider series seems to need at least 2 transformation belts. Kamen Rider Build's second one is the Sclush (Sclash) Driver. This is a much more solid toy than I imagined it'd be but as per usual, being a secondary Driver, it has far fewer sounds and can read far fewer Full Bottles than the DX Build Driver. It basically only reads the Dragon, Robot and Crocodile Fullbottles/Jellys giving them both a henshin sound and a finisher. Other than that, this thing only reads the remaining Fullbottles as "organic" or "inorganic". Surprisingly though, this Driver comes with both Jellys for Cross Charge and Grease (Rogues will be released next month) so for the most part it's a solid single purchase instead of the DX Build Driver that requires more and more Fullbottles ...
Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Phoenix Robo Full Bottle Set

Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Phoenix Robo Full Bottle Set

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Kamen Rider Heisei Generations Final is the latest installment in the world of Kamen Rider movies. Of course, now that Kamen Rider Build is out, he is our main protagonist, and on top of that, as is standard for these movies, he receives a movie-exclusive form (though it's rumored to perhaps be appearing in the show this month). That form is PheonixRobo, made up of course by the Phoenix and Robot Full Bottles. This set is fairly standard - if you like the gimmick, it continues the trend of being a solid pick up, though this set does do one thing differently. The images on the Full Bottles are not only sculpted in but painted in their respective colors as well making them, aesthetically, the best-looking Full Bottles thus far. I definitely wish all of the Full Bottles had this detail. ...
Toy Review: UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER YUDO Figures Wave 1

Toy Review: UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER YUDO Figures Wave 1

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Do you like the Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger TV series? Do you like the SODO toy line? Well then this set... is still pretty terrible, I can't recommend it at all. Yudo is the Super Sentai franchise's attempt at matching the success of Kamen Rider's SODO line, but with a fourth of the figures, half the quality and care, yet selling for the exact same price. Wave 1 (the first and last wave, at least for Kyuranger) consists of Shishi Red, Shishi Red Orion, and Hooh Soldier. These figures are sculpted just fine and articulate well but my compliments end there. The plastic quality is absolute garbage and the figures have zero paint applications, in favor of a figure that needs to be 100% stickered up. The SODO line, for the same price, does half paint and half stickers, not to mention the be...