Another day, another crossover event in the land of cool guys who rarely look at explosions as their enemies pun all the way to fiery doom. This time, it's Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger who steps up to bat. The series about a crew of space-faring heroes fighting against the unscrupulous Jark Matter only recently ended its year-long run on television, but that's not stopping them from tearing it up with the best of them in the seemingly unending cycle of Toei Company's team-up extravaganzas. Interestingly enough, some members on this particular team already have some experience with their latest companions in intergalactic day-saving. It's Space Sheriff Gavan! And he's bringing his disparate team of tokusatsu randoms from the newly-created Space Squad along for the party, in the new Uchuu Sentai...
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Tokusatsu hero shows, and the worldwide fandom surrounding them, have changed greatly over the past fifteen years. Beyond genre, beyond formula, beyond character archetypes, beyond even cinematography and direction, the greatest way that change has manifested is cross-pollination.
Super Sentai—in its original, unedited form—currently gets official DVD releases in the West. GARO went from a pet project known only to the hardcore, to a running franchise and a mainstay event for one of the biggest MMOs in the world. Kamen Rider has radically reinvented itself several times tonally, and Ultraman is finally getting significant amounts of love by way of behemoth streaming service Crunchyroll. Meanwhile, more and more properties are adopting the "live-action...
Even the brass tacks are at stake in this episode of Power Rangers HyperForce. Streaming monster Twitch rolls out more live roleplaying action with this story of new heroes banding together to stop a dark Alliance from wrecking havoc across the massive universe built up in the long-running Power Rangers television franchise, and this time, they have Cameron Jebo to watch their backs. As alien Silver Ranger Orion, he fought off an invading armada with his teen teammates on 2014's Power Rangers Super Megaforce. And I truly never thought I'd say this, but the best exploration of his character and his world can't be found in the show he debuted on - it's right here. Another feather in an increasingly frilly cap on HyperForce's head.
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Everything old is new again. Toei Company's fondly remembered but not ongoing Metal Heroes superhero franchise continues to sneak into the building through the side entrance while all its other, more currently popular titles in the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider camp stroll through the front. Whether it's Space Sheriff Gavan's new Type-G doing guest spots on every sentai series from here to planet Cayenne or the new Space Squad movie crossover series checking in with just about every long lost hero in Toei's overflowing stable, it's not the worst time to be a fan of these old school monster-fighters. Especially not Special Megabeast Investigator Juspion.
In 1985, Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion was born, the fourth in Japan's successful line of Metal Hero shows and the first to place heavy focus...
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It's a family affair on this episode of Power Rangers HyperForce. Traipsing through time, this new team of live roleplaying heroes have made it back to their place of origin, where they quickly come into contact with more links to the legacy sparked by 2001's Power Rangers Time Force, including former mutant crimelord Ransik and his old robotic assistant Frax. Twitch's RPG series continues, further developing its new team of Rangers and building upon the world left behind by the ongoing television series. Who gave them permission to be this interesting?
Power Rangers HyperForce streams live every Tuesday at 6PM PT from HyperRPG.
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If you haven't yet caught up on the legend in the making that is the Kamen Rider Build television series, I forgive your mistake. Since it exploded onto the scene a few months ago, it gave the impression that it was telling its story a bit differently from its predecessors in the long-running action hero franchise. It had a way with character, world-building, and general tone that set itself apart from the rest, and that only becomes more apparent as the surprisingly dramatic, strikingly creative series spins on. Especially when it comes to its dynamic portrayal of the villains in the series, the exploration of which can sometimes feel as complicated and rich as how it treats its many heroic figures. Which brings us to the current GOAT of th...
What do Kamen Rider Drive, Spyro The Dragon, Super Mario Bros, and Buzz Lightyear of Toy Story all have in common? They each have their own line of video game gimmick figures. Let's rewind it back to December 2014. Bandai Namco had just pumped out another game for their live-action Kamen Rider franchise on TV in Japan, this one with a slight twist. Bandai Namco wanted to hop in on the gimmick figure market much like like its competitors at Skylanders, Amiibo, and Disney Infinity, so they made Kamen Rider Summonride. Unfortunately, due to poor game design, bad controls, and the fact that the figures are extremely lackluster, Summonride fell flat.
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The Pink Ranger needs your help. Amy Jo Johnson, likely known to readers as high school hero Kimberly Hart from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, is hoping to garner support for her new project The Has Been.
The Has Been follows an aging actress, Jordana, who, while currently down on her luck, starred in a popular children's show "a couple decades ago." In order for Jordana, played by Johnson, to pay her debts and maintain her lifestyle, she turns to touring the fandom convention scene.
In her pitch video, Johnson states, "Because my first job I ever had was that of a Power Ranger, I've discovered this whole wacky, awesome world of conventionhood." However, with a smirk, Johnson assures us "it's not about me."
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Here's a little something to jam to while waiting for your next fix when it comes to the heroes of the tokusatsu world. From Kamen Rider to Super Sentai to Power Rangers, Youtuber Studio Megaane has been delivering one nostalgic twist after another on the special-effects shows we at Henshin Justice Unlimited hold most dear. Plus quite a few other titles both of the live-action and animated variety.
Studio Megaane creates music tracks in the style of old school 8-bit video games, generating a unique sound not to be duplicated, especially for those of us who fondly remember the days when this was pretty much all you had when mashing buttons and cursing the incredibly difficult games of the era. You haven't known true struggle until you've been felled by your hundredth accidental landing...