Here's a thing. In a grim future, where humanity is at the edge of extinction (because what other futures are there, really?), five brothers set about changing their unenviable fate and a giant robot is born from the ashes of their effort. Thus is the plot of Brave Storm, the reimagined tokusatsu film that merges the mythologies of two special effects drama series, Silver Kamen and Super Robot Red Baron. Still with me? Because I have names and titles, some of which may be of interest to fans of the Kamen Rider and Ultraman franchises. This movie has some deep cuts in the world of toku.
Leading the cast is a notable line-up of tokusatsu actors, including Watanabe Shu (Eiji, Kamen Rider OOO) and Yamamoto Chihiro (Laiha, Ultraman Geed). Watanabe is seen in the trailer piloting what looks...
UPDATE: Shout! Factory confirmed earlier this year their official release of Seijuu Sentai Gingaman coming in 2018. The original story follows.
Shout! Factory has been kicking ass and taking names these past few years, putting out one quality release after another from the worlds of Power Rangers, Super Sentai, and other tokusatsu titles. Continuing their trend of releasing each yearly Super Sentai series, beginning from 1992's Kryoryu Sentai Zyuranger (from which Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was adapted), we now have 1998's Seijuu Sentai Gingaman (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy) to add to the growing Sentai pantheon.
At least we think we do.
With no official release date announcement from Shout, we only have the brief Amazon listing for the DVD set to go on. Which means the releas...
Guillermo Del Toro's giant monster mash Pacific Rim is the little movie franchise that could, still trucking after unfavorable returns in the domestic box office a few years ago. But stronger international support gives the super-robot actioner a new lease on life with director Steven S. DeKnight's Pacific Rim: Uprising. Let's check out the trailer and hope this opportunity hasn't been wasted.
When word came down that Del Toro would get another chance to pit titanic Jaegers against city-stomping Kaiju, his passionate fanbase let out a sigh of relief, quickly turning to caution as it was announced that the monster maestro would not be returning to the director's chair for this project. Instead, we have DeKnight of TV's Spartacus and Daredevil taking the reigns. Let's ponder the results...
Prehistoric pandemonium will ensue when you pick up this latest addition to the Super MiniPla line at Premium Bandai. Available for pre-order this week is King Brachion from the Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger TV series, better known to some as Titanus from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.
This special motorized mech can be combined with the Super MiniPla Dragon Caesar (Dragonzord) and Daijyujin (Megazord) to form Ultimate Daijyujin (Ultrazord).
This titanic terror will set you back 12,960 yen and will arrive February 2018.
It's all coming up Os this week, as not only do we hear the exciting news that Kamen Rider OOO stars Watanabe Shu and Miura Ryunosuke will be reprising their popular roles in the upcoming Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL: Build and Ex-Aid with Legend Riders, but we're also being treated to a brand new toy release from Premium Bandai. Count the Medals in the Buttoba Soul Medal Holder case.
Contained within this beautiful case is a plethora of powerful Medals from the TV series that title hero Eiji would use to activate various powers and transformations, but one Medal among those found in this set is being kept secret for now. You won't know what it is until you've got it in your hot little hands (or when someone else does it for you, whichever comes first).
WAKE UP to the high-quality goodness of Kamen Rider Kiva. The violin-strumming superhero Wataru finally comes to Blu-ray next year, marking the show's 10th anniversary. As I quietly cry into a bowl of soggy cheerios over the fact that it's already been 10 years since this stellar series, check these stats for the upcoming release.
Cho-Animedia brings us the lowdown on these items, reportedly containing never-before-seen reflections from the show's cast.
A total of three separate sets have been announced at 19,600 yen a pop. Starting with the first release on January 10, then the second on March 7, and finally May 9 will see the last installment.
A sweet home video release for any creature of the night.
A loud thunderclap rang out in the Ultraman fandom when it was announced that Dragon Force: So Long, Ultraman, the sequel to China's animated Dragon Force movie, would feature their own interpretation of the classic red-and-silver giant hero Ultraman, owned by Japan's Tsuburaya Productions. Not only that, but this character, whose use of the Ultraman name is highly discouraged by its Japanese owners, was portrayed as a villain in the film's promotional material. Embroiled in legal battles for years over the rights to their original intellectual property, Tsuburaya has had its hands full. But they're not the only ones upset over this development. It seems even the Ultraman actors themselves have begun adding their voices to the chorus speaking out against this project.
Actor and musici...
Halloween is fast approaching, and for some that means the search for the perfect costume may soon begin, if it hasn't already. If you're feeling like letting your nerd flag fly, you might consider these suits and props inspired by the Power Rangers movie. If nothing else, you know you won't have to suffer being the fifteenth Stranger Things kid people see by the time you show up to the party.
These costumes come from the people at Disguise. They're sporting a wide range of sizes and styles, available for child and adult fans alike. Among their offerings are Ranger suits in both "classic" and "muscle" form, as well as gloves, weapons, helmets, and even a full Megazord outfit.
I love that even the costume model is wearing heels here. Because nothing says "mortal combat...
Since 2011, Kamen Rider The Diner has been serving food and drinks inspired by the many heroes, villains, and other eccentrics of the Kamen Rider superhero universe. Starting this week, the Tokyo restaurant is cooking up some special treats for the Halloween season, featuring Ghosts of Kamen Rider Past and Present. Many of us will be left without the chance to sample these delights, but it won't hurt (much) to make your mouth water a bit.
The diner's official Twitter gave us the heads up on their Halloween-themed menu items.
It's not every day someone can recommend you swallow graphite and actually mean it in a good way.
Among the drinks inspired by the monster Graphite from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, you also have items for the Wolf Orphenoch from Kamen Rider Faiz, Ikadevil and Bee ...
Well, that was easy. Infini-T Force, the animated superhero drama that unites characters from several different iconic series, is available to watch now for free, in Japanese with English subtitles, courtesy of TubiTV and Viz.com.
We discussed the show before it was released to the masses, but now we can all see it for ourselves. Already, the first two episodes are up for streaming, and they're a doozy.
Gathering heroes from the Tatsunoko Productions classics Gatchaman, Casshan, Tekkaman, and Hurricane Polimar, the new series begins with a bang, but quickly settles into its greatest strength, which is its loving portrayal of the characters from each of these famous anime titles.
I especially enjoy Joe the Eagle of Gatchaman, who presents almost like some kind of Reverse Captain ...