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LUPINRANGER VS PATRANGER Episode 1: This is Also All Lupinranger’s Fault

LUPINRANGER VS PATRANGER Episode 1: This is Also All Lupinranger’s Fault

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With the clink of champagne glasses, we begin our newest entry into the long-running Super Sentai franchise. And as the 42nd incarnation of this ongoing saga, Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger has a lot to live up to. After achieving some success by mixing up their well-worn formula with the previous series, chief among my hopes for their latest endeavor was that they'd continue to reevaluate and reinvent their style, which sometimes felt a bit old hat. It's fitting then that we kick off the new story in a casino, as Lupinranger VS Patranger is in a gambling mood this premiere week. Let's zipline into the first action-packed episode and see if it paid off. We open with an exquisitely over-the-top shyster taking money from a desperate man who seems not to notice th...
KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 22 May Elevate the Series to Masterpiece Status

KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 22 May Elevate the Series to Masterpiece Status

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Wow. I'm fresh out of new adjectives to describe this spectacular series with. Kamen Rider Build is playing for keeps, holding us all firmly in the palm of its hand and refusing to let go. There's never been a Kamen Rider series so ruthlessly determined to tell a story with depth and character at the forefront while still maintaining such an exciting overall feel that keeps you coming back week after week. How much more in awe can one reviewer be? Let's find out as we dive into the supreme episode 22. Previously, Kiryuu Sento said hello to the bottom of his emotional barrel, having caused the death of an enemy combatant with the berserker powers of the Hazard Trigger, a devastating turn of events for one as righteous as he, taking on the guilt of every perceived misstep and folly. Ove...
UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER Wrap-Up: Space is Disease Wrapped in Darkness and Silence

UCHUU SENTAI KYURANGER Wrap-Up: Space is Disease Wrapped in Darkness and Silence

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That… That's a Star Trek reference for anybody who, uh… Nevermind. The end of Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger comes with a bittersweet quality as we close out on this space adventure television series. Through 48 episodes, the crew of the Orion have traveled the universe righting the wrongs of the oppressive Jark Matter empire, working to save it from the clutches of the ruthless Don Armage. It's an exciting final chapter. Though I can't help but shake this feeling. That, as I look back on the last leg of the journey, some thoughts probably shouldn't be lingering in my mind. Thoughts like "Well, they did a lot better with this negative thing than that other show." As if failing less obviously than a past disappointment should be counted as a positive rather than just a given. Suffice it to...
KAMEN RIDER BUILD: The Emotionally-Charged Episode 21 is KAMEN RIDER at its Finest

KAMEN RIDER BUILD: The Emotionally-Charged Episode 21 is KAMEN RIDER at its Finest

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You know, I'm sure they exist, but I can't fathom how any fan of the Kamen Rider franchise can watch this series from the beginning up till now and not be swept in by it. Kamen Rider Build is the most consistently excellent series in the franchise in many moons. And, though we predicted how certain events like those found in this gripping episode would play out, even we could not have expected it to strike us like this. It hits like a ton of bricks, then picks up the bricks in a large sack, ready to swing them all back at you a few more times. In this challenging installment, young genius Kiryuu Sento proves hazardous to his enemy's health, and to himself, as he takes an impossible situation in the superpowered war between feuding territories and somehow makes it worse. Who he turns to i...
KAMEN RIDER BUILD: The Road So Far

KAMEN RIDER BUILD: The Road So Far

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Twenty episodes in and Kamen Rider Build, the latest in the ongoing Kamen Rider action/adventure franchise, has taken us by storm. To celebrate, we're serving up a look-see at the world of the series through a collection of pretty pictures showcasing the heroes, the villains, and everything in-between as the ride stretches onward. In almost two dozen weeks worth of reviews, detailing the events of this standout series, we've amassed just a few images, most of which never made it into any post on our site, so why not take a gander at the goods, just for (rider) kicks. Every Build review we've done is now linked with its successor, so you can fully catch up on the story while experiencing all the wild speculation, iffy spelling choices, and silly theories in airing order without hav...
KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 20 Pulls the Trigger on one of its Best Yet

KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 20 Pulls the Trigger on one of its Best Yet

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Well, that settles it. Kamen Rider Build is easily one of the best in the franchise. With twenty episodes of this exciting series in the can and not a single rotten apple in the bunch, there seems to be no stopping Team Build and their exceptionally well-told adventures protecting their home of Touto from enemies without and within. In this installment, one character falls from grace, another rises to the occasion, and the simplest answer turns out to be the right one, in one of the smartest, most consistently thrilling shows in the decades-long Kamen Rider saga. It's almost criminal how easy they make it look, and we're counting our blessings that the confidence on display in the first third of this story translates to the rest. We should be so lucky. Time flies when your eyes are gl...
Preview: KAITOU SENTAI LUPINRANGER VS KEISATSU SENTAI PATRANGER

Preview: KAITOU SENTAI LUPINRANGER VS KEISATSU SENTAI PATRANGER

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Here's a preview for the premiere of the all-new Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patranger. https://youtu.be/BM3Fi32jJWg Gathered throughout his lifetime, the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin assembled a vast collection of dangerous items known as the "Lupin Collection". When this collection is stolen by interspace invaders known as the Gangler, two teams set out to retrieve it! Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger, who desire to live up to Lupin's name, aim at stealing back the collection from the Gangler. While Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger, who hope to uphold justice, aim to retrieve the collection and take down the Gangler! With two rival teams confronting each other for the same goal, just who will emerge victorious? Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs Keisatsu Sentai Patranger begins Febru...
KAMEN RIDER BUILD is Next Level in the Hazardous Episode 19

KAMEN RIDER BUILD is Next Level in the Hazardous Episode 19

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Kamen Rider Build is the television series we need but don't deserve. And as we dive further into this exemplary action show, it's got me wondering if one character will die a hero or live long enough to see himself become the villain. This is episode 19. Another week, another twist to add to the ever-mounting pile as the story rolls on. Our last episode was all about #FAMILY, and we were left with Psycho Prime Minister Himuro Gentoku as he came face-to-face with Utsumi, his former secretary whom he had personally shot, suddenly revealing that he is very much alive. After Utsumi briefly butts into the recap narration from poor lead hero Sento (whose dialogue is getting less peppy by the second with all this war business), Gentoku's old buddy simply pushes up his glasses and smiles at ...
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...
N.Y. MAXMAN 2018 Trailer: Rangers & Riders to the Max

N.Y. MAXMAN 2018 Trailer: Rangers & Riders to the Max

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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...