Ike Nwala is breaking new ground in the culture of Japanese television entertainment. The 30-year-old Nigerian-American comedian originally visited the country to work for Goldman Sachs but eventually took his career path in a direction better suited to his considerable talents. In this piece from international news giant VICE, we hear his charming story and get a better understanding of just what it means for him to have landed the recent role of Commander Hilltop on the upcoming special-effects action drama Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patranger.
Who's that Pokemon?!
The Super Sentai and greater tokusatsu world has featured a handful of non-Japanese faces in their long tenure entertaining children and children-at-heart, but while we'v...
Kamen Rider Baron is trading in his banana spear for a flaming torch this year as Kamen Rider Gaim actor Kobayashi Yutaka will represent Japan as a torchbearer in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Though many of us know him as the uncompromising dancer-turned-antihero Kumon Kaito, both befriending and often clashing with his superpowered rival Kouta, he first made his name as a member of the J-pop group BOYS AND MEN, whose website made the announcement of his Olympics involvement. With vivacious period costumes and inventive style, they caught the eye of many enraptured fans. Their songs "Boymen Ninja" and "Wanna be!" both climbed to the top of the Japanese music charts, securing Kobayashi's stardom for years to come.
Japan will compete in the Oly...
"She doesn't know. She's from the 90s!"
In the last episode of Power Rangers HyperForce, the team encountered Green/Black/Red/White/RedAgain Ranger Tommy Oliver as special guest Jason David Frank joined the cast for a dino-centric adventure on this tabletop RPG series. The streaming gamesters of Twitch and HyperRPG have kicked up a lot of drama in their story of time-displaced cadets tasked with protecting the world as they leap from one corner of the far-reaching Power Rangers universe to another. This time, Scorpina makes a striking return to the story after her first appearance weeks earlier.
The series became the subject of some debate in recent weeks as viewership numbers failed to meet expectations, leaving fans to ponder the fate of the show that has surprised many viewers,...
Here's what's happening on the next episode of Kamen Rider Build.
Episode 19: The Forbidden Item!
The Sclash Driver will inevitably become a weapon of war. Both Cross-Z and Grease who use the Sclash Driver continue to increase the deadly fighting. No matter how much Build and Cross-Z team up, the strength of Grease far surpasses theirs. Altogether, Touto is being invaded by Hokuto in hopes of stealing the Pandora Box and all of Touto's Full Bottles! Just how can they win against Grease? Sento starts to find clues hidden within Katsuragi Takumi's own Project Build file. It contains some hidden information regarding the existence of a forbidden item that Katsuragi had created...
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Here's what's happening on the next episode of Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger.
Space 46: Between Hope and Despair!
In order to destroy the universe, Don Arnage chooses the Earth as the grounds for his bomb. The giant Moraimarz still on the planet are starting to convert the planesium into dark planesium. Giant Moraimarz defend these towers creating an even stronger Jark Matter army! With the identity of Don Armage finally revealed, the Kyurangers make their way into the giant Moraimarz to finally settle this fight! This time, Tsurugi asks Lucky to lead the fight. The same words that they exchanged before. Lucky asks Tsurugi if after the battle is over will he still be around. What will the battle ahead reveal? Hope? Or despair?
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Grab your popcorn and load up on pocky. Mazinger Z: INFINITY is coming to the United States to treat anime fans to a pulse-pounding action/adventure experience best seen in movie theaters. For a limited time only, the latest entry in the Mazinger super robot manga and anime saga can be found on the big screen courtesy of Viz Media and Fathom Events.
We talked about the project a couple months back when the trailer dropped, featuring the voice of Kamen Rider W's Kikkawa Kouji, who sings the film's official ending song, "The Last Letter". Now, as the movie finally sees its Japanese debut, the Toei Animation flick makes its way to US shores for a two-day event across the country.
Viz and Fathom's official synopsis follows:
Ten years ago, the villainous sci...
N.Y. Maxman is gearing up for another pass. The third in the Maxman comedy action series, continuing their trend of hiring basically everyone you've ever seen in any recent Kamen Rider and Super Sentai production known to man, had its film festival debut in April 2017. Now, the tokusatsu superhero send-up returns to Japanese theaters next month, offering another chance for fans of the subgenre to see some of their recent favorites on the big screen.
For the unfamiliar, the series began in 2015 with Mr. Maxman, starring Chiba Yudai aka angelic warrior GoseiRed of Tensou Sentai Goseiger as a sad sack news presenter who just can't catch a break, until he discovers a pair of glasses that give him amazing powers. The 2017 sequel Bros. Maxman, as the name implies, follows Maxman's brother i...
If you've been following us closely over the past few months, you know we're pretty big fans of Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga in these parts. The space fantasy prequel to the giant hero series Ultraman Orb first streamed exclusively on Amazon Prime Japan before making its way to terrestrial television and home video. It constitutes for this fan one of the biggest, most exciting offerings from the long-running Ultraman franchise in years and any Ultra nerd who has yet to witness its greatness should rectify this mistake as soon as possible. In the meantime, here's the show's second opening theme song in the original Japanese, followed by the same song in English. Because why the hell not?
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"You touched my burritos?"
This and many other important questions demand to be answered in the ninth episode of Power Rangers HyperForce. Since the premiere of the tabletop RPG series based upon the long-running Power Rangers television franchise, its time-tossed heroes have trekked across the multiverse meeting many famous faces along the way. Previously, Erin Cahill (Power Rangers Time Force), Karan Ashley (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Mike Ginn (Power Rangers RPM) and Santa Clause (North Pole) have graced the presence of these Time Force cadets struggling to save the world and set right what cannot go wrong in the distant future. Now, their missing teammate in yellow returns to the group after a brief absence, along with one of the most known veterans in Power Ranger history.
Actor Tatsuomi Hamada is leaping from one beloved super-powered franchise to another, as he bids farewell to his starring role as giant monster-fighter Ultraman Geed and slips into the maddening role of high school psychic Mob in the live-action Mob Psycho 100. Based on the monstrously successful manga and anime of the same name, Hamada's Mob will face challenges big and small, encountering others of his peculiar kind as the series rolls out to an international audience on Netflix. The first promotional video follows.
This fleeting glimpse into the series, directed by Ultraman Geed chief Sakamoto Koichi, comes via BS Japan, who starts airing the series in its home country along with neighboring station TV Tokyo shortly after its Netflix debut. The video features Mob demonstrating some...