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PANDORA & Beverly Perform Kamen Rider Build’s Opening Theme at Ultra Japan 2017

PANDORA & Beverly Perform Kamen Rider Build’s Opening Theme at Ultra Japan 2017

Kamen Rider, News, Toku
This September 16th, PANDORA performed at the Ultra Japan 2017 event's Live Stage, making this the duo's first show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F0YMTk9fA0 PANDORA is a new project formed by TM NETWORK producer Tetsuya Komura and Access' Daisuke Asakura. Beverly joins them in their performance of "Be The One", the opening theme to the new Kamen Rider Build. Seen above, we have a performance of the opener's chorus followed by its next verse, giving us a taste of the song's full version. Ultra Japan 2017 is a music festival held this year, September 16-18 at the Tokyo Odaiba Ultra Park and featured various performances from different DJs and artists, most notably, Porter Robinson, Steve Aoki, and the Chainsmokers. PANDORA performed on the first day of the event. [Source: Nihon...
Kamen Rider W Stars Renn Kiriyama & Masaki Suda to Grace the Cover of Big Comic Spirits

Kamen Rider W Stars Renn Kiriyama & Masaki Suda to Grace the Cover of Big Comic Spirits

Kamen Rider, News, Toku
Entertainment news site Natalie reported that Kamen Rider W stars Renn Kiriyama and Masaki Suda will grace the cover of the 44th issue of this year's Weekly Big Comic Spirits, available on October 2nd. The issue will feature new photos of the duo as their characters, Shotaro Hidari and Philip. It will also include interviews with Kamen Rider W producer Hideaki Tsukada and series head writer Riku Sanjo. The same magazine currently serializes the Kamen Rider W: Futo Detectives manga, a story that takes place immediately after the last episode of the TV series. [Source: Daisuki Toku]
5 Things to Love About Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga

5 Things to Love About Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga

Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, Reviews, Toku, Ultraman
When it was first announced that 2016's Ultraman Orb would get a prequel follow-up, my reaction was a mix of curiosity and caution. The show about a charming wanderer, who just happened to be an alien superhero in disguise, had just won me over, and its characters were ripe for a second look. But then word came that this new chapter would take place before the main series and be released on the streaming site Amazon Prime Japan. Would this be a worthy addition to Orb's brief but exciting legacy, or would the circumstances of its creation see it stumble toward an unceremonious finish? Here's a shortlist of the ways in which Ultraman Orb: The Origin Saga pleasantly surprised. The Prequel Beats The Original Upon hearing when the events of this series would take place, my honest feeling...
China’s Fake Ultraman: The Real-Life Supervillain

China’s Fake Ultraman: The Real-Life Supervillain

Animation, Anime, Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, News, Toku, Ultraman, Uncategorized
It's been a strange few years for the Ultraman franchise. First hitting the airwaves in 1966, Tsuburaya Productions' red-and-silver hero captivated audiences year after year, raising a legacy that endures to this day. But in the interim, their enterprise was beset with legal troubles and financial woes that threatened its livelihood and left its future in international waters uncertain. And so we come to today, where an unauthorized creation based upon a stolen brand is being advertised to the masses, setting a grim precedent for the Ultraman property going forward. The title's current standing is merely the end result of a lengthy gauntlet of court battles dating back as early as the mid-1990s, in which two-time Thai collaborator Sompote Saengduenchai (The 6 Ultra-Brothers vs. The Mo...
Someone Forgot the Safeword in Kamen Rider Build Episode 3

Someone Forgot the Safeword in Kamen Rider Build Episode 3

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The hits just keep on coming for the new Kamen Rider Build, as Sento flies higher, the story goes deeper, and one character may find out just how much chains and guns excite them. After trolling Ryuuga through another flawless recap, Sento kicks us off by holding Kamen Rider 101 with his star pupil (doubtlessly because he's the only one there), Ryuuga himself. He goes over the chain of events that have lead us to this point, searching for Nabeshima, the man who knocked out Ryuuga before Faust could haul him off to the monster farm. This scene is so ridiculous. I don't even know how it's possible that Ryuuga doesn't understand his own backstory, which he lived through and remembers perfectly well now, and yet he needs Sento to go over it all again, complete with a marker board and visu...
Tamashii Nations 2017 Exclusive S.I.C. Kamen Rider Gaim Kachidoki Arms Revealed

Tamashii Nations 2017 Exclusive S.I.C. Kamen Rider Gaim Kachidoki Arms Revealed

Kamen Rider, News, Toku, Toys
The official Tamashii Nations 2017 event website was recently updated revealing the S.I.C. Kamen Rider Gaim Kachidoki Arms figure from the Kamen Rider Gaim TV series. This as well as the S.H. Figuarts (Shinkocchou Seihou) Kamen Rider Joker are exclusively available to the Tamashii Nations 2017 event, but these items will be available for pick-up at the venue. Details on how to pre-order will be revealed at a later date. As for the S.I.C. Kamen Rider Gaim Kachidoki Arms, the figure cost 9,500 yen. The Tamashii Nations 2017 event will happen December 1-3. [Source: Tokunation]
Ultraman Geed 11 Shows Its Receipts in Best Episode Yet

Ultraman Geed 11 Shows Its Receipts in Best Episode Yet

Articles, Blog, Kamen Rider, Movies & TV, Reviews, Toku, Ultraman
Well, this is hilarious. Two episodes after we issue criticisms at Ultraman Geed, the latest entry into the Ultraman franchise, for its lack of punch, they serve up what is quite easily their greatest effort to date. Not only is it the most stylish, action-packed episode so far, it disperses story concerns that were mounting in the lead-up to this installment. Nice timing. Director Taguchi Kiyotaka infuses the episode with a visual flair unlike any of Geed's previous chapters, proving exactly why the Ultra franchise needs to keep this man onboard as long as they can. From the tense dialogue sequences between the devilish Kei and the show's plucky young hero Asuka to the high-octane battle sequences both above and within the crumbling city, "The Geed Identity" is a cut above the rest. ...
Power Rangers: The 10 Best Episodes

Power Rangers: The 10 Best Episodes

Articles, Blog, Movies & TV, Power Rangers, Reviews, Toku
Top 10 lists are funny. If someone were to ask us a year from now the same question that prompted this list, you could be forgiven for somehow coming up with a completely new set of titles. That's not because we're fickle or indecisive, but because we're talking about Power Rangers, a franchise that boasts a formidable episode number that climbs north of 800! And while a few (or more) of them could be tossed into the category of half-hours some would like to forget, there's a ton more that made us laugh, or cheer, or even cry. So, instead of reaching for a "definitive" list of sweepingly elite installments of this epic franchise, let's check out a few big favorites, presented from one dedicated viewer's perspective. When people wonder why we watch this show, for some of us, the ans...