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KAMEN RIDER GAIM Alum Becomes 2018 Olympic Torchbearer

KAMEN RIDER GAIM Alum Becomes 2018 Olympic Torchbearer

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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. https://youtu.be/XjThC01xnZI Japan will compete in the Oly...
Does POWER RANGERS Company Saban Brands Have an Employment Problem?

Does POWER RANGERS Company Saban Brands Have an Employment Problem?

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Since 1993, Saban has dazzled children and parents alike with the exploits of the spandex-clad heroes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and their many, many offshoots which have stretched their reign of dominance over toy aisles and screens across the entertainment landscape. But, for almost as long, we've heard murmurs of discontent about the state of the company that largely shepherded this beloved franchise to prominence. We've often wondered what it was that made this show tick behind the scenes, and why certain creative decisions may have been made in the last few years, which saw a sharp decline in audience reception, ironically a short time after the newly-christened Saban Brands retook the Power Rangers intellectual property from temporary rights-holders Disney. That was 2010. S...
Preview: KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 19

Preview: KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 19

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Here's what's happening on the next episode of Kamen Rider Build. https://youtu.be/q5f16xXnIfA 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...   You might also like: Announcing: TOKU TROVE – A New Feature at HJU...
Preview: UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER Episode 46

Preview: UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER Episode 46

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Here's what's happening on the next episode of Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger. https://youtu.be/Sr3MhWEJOIo 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?   You might also like: Doe...
KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 18 is Keeping it in the Family

KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 18 is Keeping it in the Family

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The battle to save Touto from the fires of war continue on Kamen Rider Build, as genius amnesiac Kiryuu Sento finds he's not the only bug-eyed super-dude without memories running around these days. Last time, Kamen Rider Kiva's Takeda Touhei debuted as the new mystery soldier from neighboring territory Hokuto, leading the charge (in his own lethargic, unmotivated way) into Touto to retrieve the Martian Pandora Box, and the Full Bottles needed to access its immense, unknowable power. Now, he and his three dopey subordinates are ready to butt heads with Sento and Ryuuga to prove their mettle. But first, another recap, as narrated by Sento, though this time we find our sarcastic hero in a surprisingly low-key mood. Recent events have taken the wind out of his sails, but a sudden intrusio...
LUPINRANGER VS PATRANGER Main Cast Revealed

LUPINRANGER VS PATRANGER Main Cast Revealed

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It's a strange feeling. Due to the nature of the franchise's continuous airing schedule on television, any hardcore Super Sentai fan may find themselves caught between opposing emotions around this time of year. On the one hand, growing imminently aware that the current cycle is about to end, the reigning batch of multicolored do-gooders winding down toward their final installment. On the other hand, getting antsy with anticipation for the new hotness about to snatch the spotlight like a diva with a microphone that doubles as a sword that shoots purple lightning, ready to show the world what they've got. What do I do with all these feels?! We'll figure it out together, as more info rolls out about 2018's newest entry into the ongoing saga, Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Pat...
The Stars Align: UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER & KAMEN RIDER BUILD Come to HeroVision

The Stars Align: UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER & KAMEN RIDER BUILD Come to HeroVision

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It's been a wonderful season for tokusatsu. From the colorful, high-flying adventure of Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger to the intense, take-no-prisoners action of Kamen Rider Build, the world of special effects television has rarely been so exciting. And, as we inch closer to the tearful farewell to the spacey super-team of Kyuranger and ramp up toward the introduction of their successors in the upcoming Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patranger, here's a small picture gallery to celebrate the era of these Toei Company heroes. This brief sampling comes courtesy of HeroVision, the tokusatsu-themed publication featuring high-quality images of the stars and assorted memorabilia from their fantastical series, as well as original interviews and commentary from the people who bring the...
Go Batty for KAMEN RIDER THE DINER’s New Kiva-Themed Menu

Go Batty for KAMEN RIDER THE DINER’s New Kiva-Themed Menu

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Kamen River Kiva is making a comeback. As I clutch my pearls at the thought of it already being a decade since this amazing fantasy action series left the airwaves, Kiva's celebrating its tenth anniversary in style. We've already heard of the new Blu-ray set coming to home video, as well as the introduction of fan-favorite actor Takeda Touhei making his recent debut as a mysterious new superpowered figure in the current series Kamen Rider Build. But why stop there? Surely there's some other way to bring honor to the bat-themed hero and his outrageous circle of friends and rivals as we look back on their wacky adventures together? Well, that's where Kamen Rider The Diner comes in. As previously mentioned, Kamen Rider The Diner has been operating in Ikebukuro, Japan since 2011, serving ...
Preview: UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER Episode 45

Preview: UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER Episode 45

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Here's what's happening on the next episode of Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger. https://youtu.be/iAKeeRMQmis Space 45: Tsurugi’s Life and The Earth’s Crisis! Don Armage’s identity is the ally who fought alongside Tsurugi in the ancient past, Cuervo! After Tsurugi killed Don Armage in the past, he was able to possess Cuervo’s body before his death. Tsurugi and the others cannot believe their eyes. “Who’s possessed? I am Don Armage!” Don Armage is planning on creating another bomb using dark planesium to destroy the whole universe. The Kyurangers suddenly rush back to Earth after hearing that it’s being threatened by Professor Anton. A planet as precious to all of the Kyurangers must be protected at all costs...   You might also like: Wake Up! KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode ...
Preview: KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 18

Preview: KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 18

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Here's what's happening on the next episode of Kamen Rider Build. https://youtu.be/7hJBuuxxnvQ Episode 18: The Golden Soldier! The man holding his own Sclash Driver is known as Hokuto’s assassin, Sawatari Kazumi. But the Sclash Driver was developed by Sento, so how is it in the hands of Hokuto already?! Before all those questions could be answered, Kazumi transforms into Kamen Rider Grease!   You might also like: Wake Up! KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 17 Shows Us Who’s Boss Emergency! POWER RANGERS’ Chris Violette Returns to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY First LUPINRANGER VS PATRANGER Promo – “You’ve Been Warned”