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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 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...
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...
Watch: POWER RANGERS HYPERFORCE Episode 9

Watch: POWER RANGERS HYPERFORCE Episode 9

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"You touched my burritos?" This and many other important questions demand to be answered in the ninth episode of Power Rangers HyperForce. Since the premiere of the tabletop RPG series based upon the long-running Power Rangers television franchise, its time-tossed heroes have trekked across the multiverse meeting many famous faces along the way. Previously, Erin Cahill (Power Rangers Time Force), Karan Ashley (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Mike Ginn (Power Rangers RPM) and Santa Clause (North Pole) have graced the presence of these Time Force cadets struggling to save the world and set right what cannot go wrong in the distant future. Now, their missing teammate in yellow returns to the group after a brief absence, along with one of the most known veterans in Power Ranger history. ...
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...
Emergency! POWER RANGERS’ Chris Violette Returns to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY

Emergency! POWER RANGERS’ Chris Violette Returns to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY

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Power Rangers fans who tuned into the premiere episode of the new Star Trek: Discovery got a surprise late last year when one of their own from the spandex-sheathed superhero saga appeared aboard the bridge of the USS Shenzhou as a Starfleet Officer. Chris Violette, known best to many of us here at Henshin Justice Unlimited as Blue Ranger Sky Tate from Power Rangers SPD, had a guest-starring role on the 2017 space opera, as an officer in the star-spanning United Federation of Planets. Not the biggest leap from his job aboard SPD, where he was also a man in uniform, fighting to protect the innocent from the weird and wondrous alien threats of the future. We hoped we might see Violette again on Discovery, but after the events of its two-part opener, many believed we had closed the book on ...
Marriage, Start Up! BOUKENGER’s Nakamura Chise Gets Hitched

Marriage, Start Up! BOUKENGER’s Nakamura Chise Gets Hitched

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Wedding bells are ringing for the dump truck-driving psychic superhero Nakamura Chise, as the actress announces this week that she has tied the knot. Nakamura starred as Natsuki aka BoukenYellow from the 2006 tokusatsu series GoGo Sentai Boukenger, where her quirky character stumbled into rescuing her teammates through many a strange and daunting adventure. Now, Nakamura embarks on her own kind of real-life adventure with her new beau, a non-industry man. Word of the happy couple's recent nuptials came from Nakamura's personal blog, and the date they signed for the official family register has special significance. She and her husband-to-be originally found each other on a poker game app, and later met in person. Their January 1 registry date serves as a bit of an in-joke representing...
INUYASHIKI Teaser: KAMEN RIDER DEN-O Joins the Dark Side

INUYASHIKI Teaser: KAMEN RIDER DEN-O Joins the Dark Side

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Take flight with this new Inuyashiki teaser trailer. The upcoming film adapts the popular manga series, in which the title character, an aging salaryman with a dreadfully ordinary life, suddenly becomes extraordinary when a fateful explosion changes everything. But along for the ride is another who has been gifted with the same strange abilities Inuyashiki now possesses. And this guy doesn't share his wholesome philosophy about what to do with the considerable power they now wield. Shenanigans, as they inevitably must, will ensue. Despite the fact that our unlikely lead hero gleefully sings the Astro Boy theme song when he first discovers his gifts, this story may not be quite as bright and happy as it sounds. Writer/illustrator Oku Hiroya's original comic, recently given the anime tr...
POWER RANGERS HYPERFORCE Almost Traded Yellow for Black

POWER RANGERS HYPERFORCE Almost Traded Yellow for Black

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Love it or hate it, Power Rangers HyperForce continues its story on streaming behemoth Twitch, serving as its own unique storytelling platform with its cast of role-playing gamers, setting out on an imaginative quest through time and space to save the world in this Hyper RPG series you won't find on television. And while the cast already includes two alumni from the Saban Brands TV franchise (Peter Sudarso of Power Rangers Ninja Steel, Paul Schrier of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and more), along with a number of special guests, Hyperforce originally packed even more Ranger star power, in the form of Ciara Hanna. In 2013's Power Rangers Megaforce, Hanna played Yellow Ranger Gia, the closest thing the recent era of the long-running franchise has to a Teenager with Attitude. But before Han...