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PANDORA & Beverly Perform Kamen Rider Build’s Opening Theme at Ultra Japan 2017

PANDORA & Beverly Perform Kamen Rider Build’s Opening Theme at Ultra Japan 2017

Kamen Rider, News, Toku
This September 16th, PANDORA performed at the Ultra Japan 2017 event's Live Stage, making this the duo's first show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F0YMTk9fA0 PANDORA is a new project formed by TM NETWORK producer Tetsuya Komura and Access' Daisuke Asakura. Beverly joins them in their performance of "Be The One", the opening theme to the new Kamen Rider Build. Seen above, we have a performance of the opener's chorus followed by its next verse, giving us a taste of the song's full version. Ultra Japan 2017 is a music festival held this year, September 16-18 at the Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park and featured various performances from different DJs and artists, most notably, Porter Robinson, Steve Aoki, and the Chainsmokers. PANDORA performed on the first day of the event. [Source: Nihon...
Kamen Rider W Stars Renn Kiriyama & Masaki Suda to Grace the Cover of Big Comic Spirits

Kamen Rider W Stars Renn Kiriyama & Masaki Suda to Grace the Cover of Big Comic Spirits

Kamen Rider, News, Toku
Entertainment news site Natalie reported that Kamen Rider W stars Renn Kiriyama and Masaki Suda will grace the cover of the 44th issue of this year's Weekly Big Comic Spirits, available on October 2nd. The issue will feature new photos of the duo as their characters, Shotaro Hidari and Philip. It will also include interviews with Kamen Rider W producer Hideaki Tsukada and series head writer Riku Sanjo. The same magazine currently serializes the Kamen Rider W: Futo Detectives manga, a story that takes place immediately after the last episode of the TV series. [Source: Daisuki Toku]
Review: Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger DX Saiko Kyutama

Review: Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger DX Saiko Kyutama

Super Sentai, Toku, Toys
Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger has been running for 30 episodes and the Kyutama gimmick has been stale for a while now, but thankfully the Saiko Kyutama changes the game! This Kyutama is huge and stylized to really stand out from the bunch with its red coloring and beautiful blue ring. It also has its own electronics but unlike the Hikari Kyutama that tried (and failed) to work its sounds in tandem with the Seiza Blaster, the Saiko Kyutama tells the Seiza Blaster to sit back, relax and let it handle all the awesome new sounds. So what can it do? Well, for starters we have 5 attacks with just the Kyutama itself, these have yet to be seen in the show (as of this recording) so we don't know what they do just yet. After you insert it into the Seiza Blaster (or hold the button down with your fin...
5 Things to Love About Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga

5 Things to Love About Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga

Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, Reviews, Toku, Ultraman
When it was first announced that 2016's Ultraman Orb would get a prequel follow-up, my reaction was a mix of curiosity and caution. The show about a charming wanderer, who just happened to be an alien superhero in disguise, had just won me over, and its characters were ripe for a second look. But then word came that this new chapter would take place before the main series and be released on the streaming site Amazon Prime Japan. Would this be a worthy addition to Orb's brief but exciting legacy, or would the circumstances of its creation see it stumble toward an unceremonious finish? Here's a shortlist of the ways in which Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga pleasantly surprised. The Prequel Beats The Original Upon hearing when the events of this series would take place, my honest feeling...
China’s Fake Ultraman: The Real-Life Supervillain

China’s Fake Ultraman: The Real-Life Supervillain

Animation, Anime, Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, News, Toku, Ultraman, Uncategorized
It's been a strange few years for the Ultraman franchise. First hitting the airwaves in 1966, Tsuburaya Productions' red-and-silver hero captivated audiences year after year, raising a legacy that endures to this day. But in the interim, their enterprise was beset with legal troubles and financial woes that threatened its livelihood and left its future in international waters uncertain. And so we come to today, where an unauthorized creation based upon a stolen brand is being advertised to the masses, setting a grim precedent for the Ultraman property going forward. The title's current standing is merely the end result of a lengthy gauntlet of court battles dating back as early as the mid-1990s, in which two-time Thai collaborator Sompote Saengduenchai (The 6 Ultra-Brothers vs. The Mo...
Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Hawk Gatling Full Bottle Set

Review: Kamen Rider Build DX Hawk Gatling Full Bottle Set

Kamen Rider, Toku, Toys
Well, Kamen Rider Build episode 3 just came out and we already have our newest form released in plastic. Taka and Gatling are the next two Full Bottles that create Build's HawkGatling form, the rampage of the skies! These two toys are pretty standard as far as Full Bottles are concerned, they're cheap, they unlock a new henshin jingle and they come in two new colors. If you like what you see, be sure to pick them up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7kcqNsvsHM For this and other Kamen Rider and Tokusatsu merchandise, check out CSToys and BigBadToyStore.
Someone Forgot the Safeword in Kamen Rider Build Episode 3

Someone Forgot the Safeword in Kamen Rider Build Episode 3

Articles, Blog, Kamen Rider, Movies & TV, Reviews, Toku
The hits just keep on coming for the new Kamen Rider Build, as Sento flies higher, the story goes deeper, and one character may find out just how much chains and guns excite them. After trolling Ryuuga through another flawless recap, Sento kicks us off by holding Kamen Rider 101 with his star pupil (doubtlessly because he's the only one there), Ryuuga himself. He goes over the chain of events that have lead us to this point, searching for Nabeshima, the man who knocked out Ryuuga before Faust could haul him off to the monster farm. This scene is so ridiculous. I don't even know how it's possible that Ryuuga doesn't understand his own backstory, which he lived through and remembers perfectly well now, and yet he needs Sento to go over it all again, complete with a marker board and visu...
Reviews: Kamen Rider Build DX Full Bottle Holder, GorillaMond Bottles, Drill Crusher

Reviews: Kamen Rider Build DX Full Bottle Holder, GorillaMond Bottles, Drill Crusher

Kamen Rider, Toku, Toys, Video Update
Ah, the classic "holder" toy. This has pretty much become a staple of the yearly Kamen Rider franchise, very few seasons skip it. In Kamen Rider Build's case, the draw is not the holder but the exclusive gimmick item it comes with. With the Full Bottle Holder you get 3 empty slots for 3 Full Bottles (too bad 8 are already out, making this thing obsolete already). It comes with the Soujiki Full Bottle, and currently this is the only way to get this toy. The overall set isn't bad, sure it costs more than your average Full Bottle Set, but not by much so the price, this time around, won't put off too many fans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYZI2gFhPbs&feature=youtu.be Next, our first Full Bottle set is here. Well actually it was released before the Driver, but that's beside the poin...
Tamashii Nations 2017 Exclusive S.I.C. Kamen Rider Gaim Kachidoki Arms Revealed

Tamashii Nations 2017 Exclusive S.I.C. Kamen Rider Gaim Kachidoki Arms Revealed

Kamen Rider, News, Toku, Toys
The official Tamashii Nations 2017 event website was recently updated revealing the S.I.C. Kamen Rider Gaim Kachidoki Arms figure from the Kamen Rider Gaim TV series. This as well as the S.H. Figuarts (Shinkocchou Seihou) Kamen Rider Joker are exclusively available to the Tamashii Nations 2017 event, but these items will be available for pick-up at the venue. Details on how to pre-order will be revealed at a later date. As for the S.I.C. Kamen Rider Gaim Kachidoki Arms, the figure cost 9,500 yen. The Tamashii Nations 2017 event will happen December 1-3. [Source: Tokunation]
Ultraman Geed 11 Shows Its Receipts in Best Episode Yet

Ultraman Geed 11 Shows Its Receipts in Best Episode Yet

Articles, Blog, Kamen Rider, Movies & TV, Reviews, Toku, Ultraman
Well, this is hilarious. Two episodes after we issue criticisms at Ultraman Geed, the latest entry into the Ultraman franchise, for its lack of punch, they serve up what is quite easily their greatest effort to date. Not only is it the most stylish, action-packed episode so far, it disperses story concerns that were mounting in the lead-up to this installment. Nice timing. Director Taguchi Kiyotaka infuses the episode with a visual flair unlike any of Geed's previous chapters, proving exactly why the Ultra franchise needs to keep this man onboard as long as they can. From the tense dialogue sequences between the devilish Kei and the show's plucky young hero Asuka to the high-octane battle sequences both above and within the crumbling city, "The Geed Identity" is a cut above the rest. ...