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Fortune Sentai Luckyranger or How I Met Your Messiah: A Kyuranger Review

Fortune Sentai Luckyranger or How I Met Your Messiah: A Kyuranger Review

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Well, here we are for another Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger review. And while I'm still very much enjoying this spacey super-team series, I have to be honest and say that I'm a little disappointed with one key factor. You guessed it, kids. It starts with "luck" and ends with "eeee" . The sad thing is that I'm actually not someone who dislikes Lucky, our strange and often shouty de facto leader of this band of galactic liberators. When others complained that he was too in-your-face, I shrugged indifferently, having enjoyed his part in this wacky ensemble of futuristic alien saviors bent on defeating the oppressive Jark Matter organization. Of course, this was back when the show was just getting started, and the new car smell had yet to wear off. Every sight and sound was fresh, and there was ...
Go Go Away ‘Saban’s Power Rangers’

Go Go Away ‘Saban’s Power Rangers’

Articles, Blog, Comics, Culture, Movies & TV, News, Power Rangers, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized
2017 has been a banner year for the Power Rangers brand. With a line of successful comics from Boom! Studios, a new web-based RPG series debuting this week, the television branch still trucking after all these years, and a whole slew of merchandise waiting to be scooped up by Ranger fans young and old, the franchise would appear to be firing on all cylinders. Unless, of course, you have a glance at Saban's Power Rangers, the Lionsgate film that released in theaters earlier this year to mixed reactions. While many of us loved the Rangers' latest cinematic offering, there may be some who see this particular branch of the franchise as one that can be cut off at the base. Trademarkia lists the logo for Saban's Power Rangers as abandoned by original owners SCG Power Rangers LLC. Which woul...
Kamen Rider Build Episode 8 Is Fire!

Kamen Rider Build Episode 8 Is Fire!

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This has to be some kind of record. Looking back, I can't recall a single Kamen Rider series that opened so strongly, with such consistent quality across the board, for a period as long as eight straight weeks. There may be some shows that started amazing but petered off a bit, others that steadily arc up from a slower opening, and more still that just kinda ride a wave of generally okay episodes back-to-back-to-back. None in memory can boast what Build can, not once suffering a major dip in quality in such a timeframe. It's still early in the show's run, but that's worth celebrating. Kamen Rider Build is not messing around. Last we saw, the gruesome twosome Ryuuga and Sento were hot on the trail of a lead that could potentially solve the murder of the man their lives have been ine...
No Longer an Imitation: S.H.Figuarts Alien Zarab!

No Longer an Imitation: S.H.Figuarts Alien Zarab!

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Premium Bandai has revealed all-new exclusive S.H.Figuarts based on another Ultraman character, Alien Zarab. Previously Zarab was been made into Tamashii Nations figures, two exclusive Ultra-Acts, under his Imitation Ultraman guise. However, Alien Zarab will be made into a S.H.Figuarts, as its original self! Now, Alien Zarab made its debut in the original Ultraman series, in episode 18 "Brother from Another Planet." In the episode, Alien Zarab poses as a friendly alien trying to help mankind, but secretly plans to conquer the world. Luckily enough, Hayata becomes aware of Zarab's motives, but Zarab is also aware Hayata is Ultraman. This leads to Zarab trying to set-up Ultraman as the true villain, before they eventually clash in a titanic battle to the death. Since then other Alien Zar...
Go Go Power Rangers Hyperforce?! The RPG We Didn’t See Coming

Go Go Power Rangers Hyperforce?! The RPG We Didn’t See Coming

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The Power Rangers launch into the world of tabetop RPGs with the new Power Rangers Hyperforce. This new role-playing experience comes to us from Hyper RPG on the Twitch streaming platform, featuring a gaggle of geek-centric talents that many will recognize from both within and without the growing Ranger community. Den of Geek provides a synopsis: Power Rangers Hyperforce is set in the year 3016 at Time Force Academy. A team of Time Force Ranger cadets must band together to defeat an ancient evil who is set on unraveling the very fabric of the universe. Under the leadership of their mentor, Jen Scotts, and with the show’s Game Master, Malika Lim, the newly minted Rangers will cross both time and space to complete their mission while running into many familiar eras (and faces) alo...
2017’s Best Power Rangers Episode Is a Voltron Episode

2017’s Best Power Rangers Episode Is a Voltron Episode

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Voltron: Legendary Defender is back at it, with another burst of hilarity and excitement in the show's fourth season on Netflix. And, as we hunkered down to catch up with the heroic, space-faring Paladins of Voltron and their robotic lions, we were treated to a special episode that some of us in the tokusatsu fandom couldn't help but find a bit familiar. While there are plenty easy comparisons to be made between them and the multi-colored Teenagers With Attitude of the live-action Power Rangers franchise (and their Super Sentai cousins from across the pond), none would be so bold as with this season's striking fourth episode, "The Voltron Show". We're not just throwing shade, folks. We're launching it out of a circus cannon to the tune of a full-scale marching band. And the result, true ...
Kamen Rider Build Episode 6 Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Kamen Rider Build Episode 6 Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

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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...
Long Live the Ultraman Dynasty!

Long Live the Ultraman Dynasty!

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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.  
Ultraman Gaia’s 20th Anniversary: Ultra Replica Esplender & Agulater Set Announced!

Ultraman Gaia’s 20th Anniversary: Ultra Replica Esplender & Agulater Set Announced!

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Premium Bandai recently published the order page for the newest addition to the Ultra Replica series! This new addition is none other than set comprised of the Esplender, and the Agulater from Ultraman Gaia, the 14th entry in the Ultra series airing in 1998, following Ultraman Tiga, and Ultraman Dyna. The series features two Ultras, Ultraman Gaia and Ultraman Agul, who fight to defend the Earth! However, Gaia fights to save the Earth and humanity, whereas Agul fights only for the planet. Yet, as the series goes on the two put things aside because their rivalry brings forth a threat neither can face alone. Ultraman Gaia merged with Gamu Takayama, a scientist and member of XIG. Originally to transform in Ultraman Gaia, Gamu used a similar device to the Beta Capsule before he would creat...
Titanus Rides Again! Power Rangers & Zyuranger’s Super MiniPla King Brachion Released

Titanus Rides Again! Power Rangers & Zyuranger’s Super MiniPla King Brachion Released

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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.