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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 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...
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 ...
GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – A Sleepy, If Ambitious Monster Mash

GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – A Sleepy, If Ambitious Monster Mash

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Earth of the future has seen better days, as the giant lizard Godzilla has been having his way with the planet for thousands of years while the humans who abandoned it have tried and mostly failed to colonize other, less hellish planets than the one they once called home. This is the premise as we step into Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, the first of an interlocking three-part film story about the atomic beasty and his reign over an apocalyptic world. In Toho Studios' six-decade history with the giant monster and his scaly friends, we've never seen his towering form rendered with animation in a feature before. As a longtime kaiju fan, from witnessing his first terrifying rampage across Tokyo in 1954's Gojira to Legendary's recent Hollywood offering, 2014's Godzilla, I looked forward t...
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...
Wake Up! KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 17 Shows Us Who’s Boss

Wake Up! KAMEN RIDER BUILD Episode 17 Shows Us Who’s Boss

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It's funny. I started out reviewing Kamen Rider Build under the assumption that, at some point, it would be less necessary to discuss each episode of the series on an individual basis. Like with most entries into the Kamen Rider franchise (to say nothing of its counterparts in Super Sentai), I expected that we'd eventually reach a point where installments would feel less substantial and thus, waiting a while between reviews would make perfect sense. Nope! Kamen Rider Build has consistently flipped the script on our expectations, bringing new and exciting twists on its narrative week after week, leaving very little room for its fans to lose interest as we barrel through toward the finish line. Before the show's brief hiatus, we were left on a cliffhanger that spelled potential doom for...
Forever Geed: ULTRAMAN GEED in 70+ Pictures

Forever Geed: ULTRAMAN GEED in 70+ Pictures

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Ultraman Geed, the 29th incarnation of the long-running Ultra Series, has ended. And as we await Tsuburaya Productions' next entry into the ongoing kaiju-fighting super-franchise, we thought it might be fun to take a look back on the 2017 story with a handy collection. We've amassed quite a lot of pictures from the giant hero series, after spending the last several months posting reviews, slowly recapping much of Team Geed's adventures as they fought to protect their world from otherworldly threats. Here's a sampling of the images we've been holding onto, most of which were never included in our many previous Ultraman Geed posts. In the gulf between the start of this new year and the eventual announcement of the new series which will ultimately succeed Geed, we have the upcoming G...