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Power Rangers: The All-Time Best Villains

Power Rangers: The All-Time Best Villains

Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, Power Rangers, Reviews, Super Sentai, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized
The Power Rangers are no strangers to the world of villainy, each week facing off against a fresh adversary with dark intentions, typically under the direction of a sinister overlord with a master plan just waiting to be foiled by those pesky, multi-colored younglings in spandex. As Halloween has now come upon us, what better time to talk about monsters than on the week we'll likely have seen more of them than any other? We're here to talk about bad guys. Ranking the best (or worst, if you prefer) enemies our costumed heroes have encountered in their decades-spanning adventures. And for the purposes of this handy list, we'll define "best" in general terms. We're not necessarily talking about who's the strongest physically or who can rack up the most experience points against their sup...
Ultraman Geed Wins Again, With a Trio of Episodes Fit for a King

Ultraman Geed Wins Again, With a Trio of Episodes Fit for a King

Articles, Blog, Kaiju, monster, Movies & TV, Reviews, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Ultraman, Uncategorized
Ultraman Geed has multi-parters growing out of every orifice these days, doesn't it? With few exceptions, this series has kicked into high gear since we struck the halfway point, and I can't tell you how happy I am to be in this sweet spot. This is where things get interesting. Where we're done setting up the status quo and having random yarns about cute pet monsters or smelly saunas and are ready to pay off everything that's been building up these past dozen or so episodes. In our last review, young hero Asakura Riku grappled with the startling revelation that he was the son of the twisted Ultraman Belial, created as a means for the supervillain to acquire more power in his latest worlds-conquering scheme. We also found ourselves smack dab in the middle of one of those multi-parters ...
Fortune Sentai Luckyranger or How I Met Your Messiah: A Kyuranger Review

Fortune Sentai Luckyranger or How I Met Your Messiah: A Kyuranger Review

Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, Reviews, Super Sentai, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized
Well, here we are for another Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger review. And while I'm still very much enjoying this spacey super-team series, I have to be honest and say that I'm a little disappointed with one key factor. You guessed it, kids. It starts with "luck" and ends with "eeee" . The sad thing is that I'm actually not someone who dislikes Lucky, our strange and often shouty de facto leader of this band of galactic liberators. When others complained that he was too in-your-face, I shrugged indifferently, having enjoyed his part in this wacky ensemble of futuristic alien saviors bent on defeating the oppressive Jark Matter organization. Of course, this was back when the show was just getting started, and the new car smell had yet to wear off. Every sight and sound was fresh, and there was ...
Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Transteam Gun & Steam Blade

Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Transteam Gun & Steam Blade

Kamen Rider, Reviews, Toku, Toys
So far, Kamen Rider Build has been a great series and its toys have been fairly solid. Items like the Build Driver and DX Full Bottle sets being the best the toy line has to offer and the weapons, so far, being mediocre. Nothing egregiously bad but just nothing noteworthy, UNTIL NOW! The Transteam Gun is the transformation device of Night Rogue and Blood Stark (I won't call him Stalk) and it is the best weapon of the line easily. The gun is a tad small but in fairness it looks small in Gentoku's hands in the show as well so I'll let that slide. The detail is fantastic, the gun fire sounds are satisfying and can be fired as fast or as slow as the user wants. You also get the DX Bat Full Bottle with this set, which can be inserted into the Transteam Gun for transformation into Night Rog...
Kamen Rider Build Episode 8 Is Fire!

Kamen Rider Build Episode 8 Is Fire!

Articles, Blog, Kamen Rider, Movies & TV, Reviews, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized
This has to be some kind of record. Looking back, I can't recall a single Kamen Rider series that opened so strongly, with such consistent quality across the board, for a period as long as eight straight weeks. There may be some shows that started amazing but petered off a bit, others that steadily arc up from a slower opening, and more still that just kinda ride a wave of generally okay episodes back-to-back-to-back. None in memory can boast what Build can, not once suffering a major dip in quality in such a timeframe. It's still early in the show's run, but that's worth celebrating. Kamen Rider Build is not messing around. Last we saw, the gruesome twosome Ryuuga and Sento were hot on the trail of a lead that could potentially solve the murder of the man their lives have been ine...
Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Rocket Panda Full Bottle Set

Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Rocket Panda Full Bottle Set

Kamen Rider, Reviews, Toku, Toys
Kamen Rider Build's 5th Best Match is the Flying Monotone! RocketPanda! This form is, unsurprisingly, made from the Rocket Full Bottle and the Panda Full Bottle. Panda is done up in a translucent white plastic and creates a cute image of a panda face. On the other hand, Rocket uses a light, almost sky blue color to differentiate itself from the other blue bottles, Tank and Diamond. It features the image of a rocket ship about to take off, complete with billowing smoke on the bottom, motion lines and some cool perspective work. Ultimately, these are 2 more solid Full Bottles and fans of Build are definitely gonna want them for their collections. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ap6ihNivaE&feature=youtu.be For this and other Kamen Rider and Tokusatsu merchandise, check out CSToys a...
Review: Kamen Rider Build DX 4 Koma Ninpoutou

Review: Kamen Rider Build DX 4 Koma Ninpoutou

Kamen Rider, Reviews, Toku, Toys
Well, if there is one thing to complain about with the Kamen Rider Build series so far, it's the toys. More specifically, the role play weapons (and the gimmick line, but we've been over that already). The Drill Crusher was underwhelming but it did come with a Full Bottle making it feel like a decent purchase. Then the Hawkgatlinger abandoned the Full Bottle gimmick and while it wasn't offensively bad it was far from a "must own" toy. Now we have the 4 Koma Ninpoutou aka the Ninja Art-Invoking Four-frame Ninja Sword and its name is the longest thing about it. The sword itself I think is a cool concept, combining a pen and a sword making a pretty sweet weapon in the show, but as a toy it ends up being more pen than sword. If I haven't made my point clear enough yet, this thing is tiny...
Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Ninnin Comic Full Bottle Set

Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Ninnin Comic Full Bottle Set

Kamen Rider, Reviews, Toku, Toys
Kamen Rider Build's 3rd Full Bottle collectible set is that of Ninja and Comic. A bright purple and yellow duo, these two combine to give Sento his Ninnin Comic form. There's not much more to say, they're standard Full Bottles. The sculpted detail is nice, the sounds effects are solid and the price is highly affordable and super wallet friendly. If you like the Full Bottle gimmick, you'll like Ninnin Comic. Now, please enjoy my review for the Stealthy Entertainer! Yeeeeeeeah! https://youtu.be/M5vKixnVYIk For this and other Kamen Rider and Tokusatsu merchandise, check out CSToys and BigBadToyStore.  
Kamen Rider Build Episode 7 Won’t Go Quietly Into The Night

Kamen Rider Build Episode 7 Won’t Go Quietly Into The Night

Articles, Blog, Kamen Rider, Movies & TV, Reviews, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized
As we hit the gong on this drama-filled half-hour, the identity of Night Rogue is finally revealed, an angry Ryuuga goes ape, and a sad panda fights a losing battle in a strange land. It's just another day at the mad scientist's office for Kamen Rider Build, in Episode 7! For those of us still keeping score, this makes seven straight episodes now that Kamen Rider Build has directly affected the main plot of the series and moved us forward at a strong pace. At some point, I may get sick of pointing this out, but today is not that day. I'm still tickled pink at the prospect of a Kamen Rider show with at least 40-something episodes of pure development and very little fat to trim. It's been fivever since I was this engaged, and I don't want the ride to stop. We begin with Ryuuga impati...
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 ...