In the summer of 2010, tokusatsu fans said goodbye to the lovable heroes of the Narumi Detective Agency, and the many wacky denizens of Fuuto City, when Kamen Rider W came to an end. Of course, several appearances occurred after that, but the loss of this pulpy action-noir world in regular doses was perhaps felt more strongly for some than with most other titles in the Kamen Rider pantheon.
While the tradition of a new Kamen Rider taking up the spotlight from the old with each passing year continued to be observed, introducing us to many wondrous new facets of this crazy franchise, there was always a special place in my heart for the two-in-one detectives, Shotaro and Phillip, and their quest to rid the city of dangerous contraband known as Gaia Memories. It's with this thought in min...
The Daily Taishu wanted to know which tokusatsu actors viewers could fall head over heels in love with. From the stars of Kamen Rider to the leading heroes in red from Super Sentai, they tallied up their stats for the biggest heroic heartthrob, and the final score may have a few surprises.
Starting with the leaders of the multi-colored superhero teams of Super Sentai, we have the Top 5 most beloved actors, counting down to Number 1.
Shishi Kakeru - GaoRed
Hyakuju Sentai Gaoranger
Suzuki Right - ToQ 1gou
Ressha Sentai Toqger
Asami Tatsuya - TimeRed
Mirai Sentai Timeranger
Alata - GoseiRed
Tensou Sentai Goseiger
Shiba Takeru - ShinkenRed
Samurai Sentai Shin...
Fists are flying in this episode of Kamen Rider Build. After a slightly weaker entry for the previous week, we come back as strong as ever with another fantastic installment in this series that continues to rock my socks. Build, where have you been all my life?
Returning us to where we left off, Episode 6 begins with Ryuuga continuing to follow Tatsuya, whom he had deliberately re-infected with Smash essence, turning him back into a brainwashed monster. And wouldn't you know it, we've found the bad guys' lair in the sixth freaking episode of this series, continuing Build's trend of taking the rule book and torching it on a pyre of flaming tropes and modern cliches. Good riddance!
After Ryuuga finds himself surrounded, Build comes through with a surprising rescue. Despite getting kn...
Heroes of the Ultraman franchise get a feudal Japanese makeover in these spectacular art pieces from J Studio.
In these high-quality images, Ultra Heroes are reimagined as warriors of the Sengoku Era, complete with lavish costumes and weapons, in dramatic scenery. Among them are Ultraman Tiga, Ultraman Cosmos, Ultraman Nexus, Ultraman Mebius, and Ultraman Zero.
It's been a minute since our last Ultraman Geed review. Previously, young Ultra hero Riku learned the devastating truth of his parentage and the twisted nature of his existence from the devilish Kei. Still reeling from the news that he's basically a walking action figure for the bad guys to manipulate, we're taken on a trip to discover more about this super-kid's origins, we have a detour through this year's seemingly mandatory mid-season clip show, and arrive at the beginnings of a sweet two-parter for the most under-appreciated bosses of the show. Let's do this.
I'm going to title this story arc "My Three Dads".
It's basically the tale of three men who all contributed to the birth and raising of Asakura Riku into the young man that he is today, through a strange set of circumsta...
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...
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...
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 ...
If you're anything like me, then your love of Kamen Rider Build and its slowly expanding universe has steadily grown in the past few weeks since it first hit the airwaves. For those that are, and those who have yet to know its greatness, there is the Kamen Rider Build Character Book, featuring high-quality photos of the show's lead cast. Heroes, villains, and whatever Utsumi's supposed to be, all gathered for this book. Let's have a glance.
For those unaware, Character Books focus entirely on the actors in civilian costume, and thus rarely feature any actual Kamen Rider suits or fantasy props like those typically found in the more traditional TV-kun or Toei Hero MAX. So, no toys in sight here. It's all about the people. Showcasing the stars in various photos as well as s...