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SAMURAI SENTAI SHINKENGER’s Rin Takanashi Announces Marriage Plans – For Realz This Time!

SAMURAI SENTAI SHINKENGER’s Rin Takanashi Announces Marriage Plans – For Realz This Time!

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Another tokusatsu actress is discovered to be deeply in love, as actress Rin Takanashi is soon to be married. And this time, it's not on the set of her 2009 show Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, where her superpowered character ShinkenPink took part in a fake wedding to lure a nasty demoness intent on ruining the happy nuptials of innocent couples just starting their lives together. We assume no monsters are invited to the upcoming event. The announcement came early Saturday, when Sponichi Annex (Sports Nippon) reported the story. Takanashi's fiance Tomoaki Makino, who plays for the soccer team the Urawa Red Diamonds, revealed to Sponichi that the two will be married next month. However, they haven't decided on what kind of wedding ceremony or reception they will have. Tomoaki Makino an...
Big in Japan: LUPINRANGER VS PATRANGER’s Inspired Casting

Big in Japan: LUPINRANGER VS PATRANGER’s Inspired Casting

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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. https://youtu.be/GuEQtn2nm9A 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 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...
It’s a Mazinger! Watch MAZINGER Z: INFINITY in US Theaters

It’s a Mazinger! Watch MAZINGER Z: INFINITY in US Theaters

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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. https://youtu.be/qZ2OYb1wxZc Viz and Fathom's official synopsis follows: Ten years ago, the villainous sci...
Toys: Top 5 S.H.Figuarts Shinkocchou Seihou Fans Want

Toys: Top 5 S.H.Figuarts Shinkocchou Seihou Fans Want

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Let's talk toys. Specifically, Bandai's S.H.Figuarts Shinkoucchou Seihou line, and five items that I think should be added to the list of new and upcoming pieces. It's a good old-fashioned Top 5 list! Hosting this segment is our contributor, TaJa Doyle, an avid collector and reviewer for Tamashii Nations’ products. One can check out his reviews over on his YouTube Channel, Wheelchair21. This list will consist of Toei productions, and characters we want to see join the high-end Shinkocchou Seihou series. The line is known for perfectly capturing the likeness of the combat suits as seen on screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L1w-3xLQWY 5. Kamen Rider OOO TaToBa The original S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider OOO TaToBa released in Spring 2011. It was met with a mediocre response from col...
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...
Shout! Factory’s KYUUKYUU SENTAI GOGOV Release Rushing Out at Lightspeed

Shout! Factory’s KYUUKYUU SENTAI GOGOV Release Rushing Out at Lightspeed

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Shout! Factory continues to crush it with their ongoing home video releases of the Super Sentai franchise as they prepare to roll out Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoV a mere three months after their impending release for its predecessor, Seijuu Sentai Gingaman. The 1999 series was eventually adapted for American consumption by Saban as Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, and like all of Shout's titles in the Super Sentai line, this marks one of the first times the original story will be told unedited for its official US release. GoGoV chronicled the exploits of the Tatsumi Family as they waged war against a horde of monsters bent upon destroying everything their rescue organization fought to protect. A bit of trivia, which may constitute a mild spoiler for the uninitiated, concerns how the team ...
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 ...
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...