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THE RETURNERS: Life is Short, Unless You’re Dead

THE RETURNERS: Life is Short, Unless You’re Dead

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If you're looking for something new to get into this year, and have a mind for supernatural mayhem with a twist, look no further than The Returners, the new book from up-and-coming author Lee T. Davis. Sporting heavy inspirations from the world of Japanese anime, live-action special effects, high-flying Hong Kong action, and Hollywood sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, this tale of otherworldly antiheroes is not to be missed. As the official blurb states, 2019's The Returners (not to be confused with an older, unrelated release of the same name) gives the spotlight to uncommon protagonists for the action/adventure genre. And that's especially true if we're only counting stories that aren't a prequel, a sequel, a midquel, any-other-kinda-quel, or anything based on an existing property to beg...
THE IMMORTAL RED FOX Vol. 2 Available Now

THE IMMORTAL RED FOX Vol. 2 Available Now

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The Immortal Red Fox is back for more action in Volume 2 of their web series and comic book adventures. The Immortal Red Fox isn’t your typical indie Tokusatsu web series. Based on Shonen Style Manga, our story follows a man, who lacks tact and the ability to survive on his own. An American transplant to Japan, who can barely stand on his own two feet, unknowingly unlocks a gateway to the past, breaking a seal that was put in place by the greatest warrior eons ago. Now, our new hero must continue fighting a war and take on a legacy that has been 500 years in the making. Before he can return to an ordinary life again, he will battle monsters, foot soldiers and generals like you’ve never encountered. Instead of treating his powers like a curse, he must embrace them as a gift! He ...
Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Seth Kim – Pt. 2

Scholars Talking Toku: Interview with Seth Kim – Pt. 2

Anime, Articles, Blog, Comics, Culture, Interviews, Kaiju, Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, Toku, toku, tokusatsu, Ultraman
Welcome to the second installment of Scholars Talking Toku's interview with Seth Kim; Assistant Professor in the Program of Cinema and Media Arts and Asian Studies at Vanderbilt University. Kim is the author of several essays on Japanese superheroes and tokusatsu including “Kamen Rider vs. Spider-Man and Bat-Man” which appeared in the book Giant Creatures in Our World: Essays on Kaiju and American Popular Culture (2017, McFarland Press) edited by Camille D.G. Mustachio and Jason Barr. My own essay, “Notes from the Land of Light: Observations on Religious Elements Seen in Ultraman”, was also published in this same collection so we both recommend you pick it up! In the first half of our interview, we discussed Kim's essay “Kamen Rider vs. Spider-Man and Bat-Man” as well as ...
GO GO POWER RANGERS Vol.1 TPB from BOOM! Studios coming in July!

GO GO POWER RANGERS Vol.1 TPB from BOOM! Studios coming in July!

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I got a little surprise in the mailbox today. In a brown shipping envelope was a review copy of Go Go Power Rangers vol.1! The first trade paperback from BOOM! Studios collecting the first four issues of their hit spin-off comic book. Already owning every issue of Go Go Power Rangers, I opened the book to check out what extra goodies are contained within and found myself rereading the comics. Still just as good as the first time I read the adventures of our favorite "Teens with Attitude," the team of Ryan Parrott and Dan Mora tell the story of what the days were like when Jason, Kimberly, Zack, Trini, and Billy first got their powers. Sprinkled throughout the TPB are the variant retro movie covers as well as a variant covers gallery at the end. Not a lot of extras but what I come t...
Order REDMAN: THE KAIJU HUNTER Volume 1 Now

Order REDMAN: THE KAIJU HUNTER Volume 1 Now

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Artist Matt Frank's Redman: The Kaiju Hunter will soon be available for english-speaking fans. The comic, based upon the original Tsuburaya Productions television series, showcases the transforming hero Redman as he faces many otherworldly beasts, some of which hailed from the beloved Ultraman franchise. Redman: The Kaiju Hunter is available for $18.99 from Night Shining Inc.   You might also like: Trailer: ULTRAMAN R/B POWER RANGERS BEAST MORPHERS Footage Screened: Licensing Expo 2018 Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER BUILD DX Evol Driver, DX Rabbit & Dragon Evol Bottles, DX Bat Engine Full Bottle Set
Watch: POWER RANGERS HYPERFORCE Episode 21

Watch: POWER RANGERS HYPERFORCE Episode 21

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Wedding bells are ringing toward the start of this episode of Power Rangers HyperForce, as an unlikely pairing of figures from the Power Rangers television series is apparently about to tie the knot. The live roleplaying series from streaming platform Twitch inches closer to its season finale, and they're hoping for a second season as they formally welcome a new Ranger into their midst. Now, who could it possibly be? Let's rocket into episode 21 with returning guest star Yoshi Sudarso, a cosplaying fanboy after our own hearts and formerly the Blue Ranger of Power Rangers Dino Charge. https://youtu.be/ePLHDSyGMls Power Rangers HyperForce streams live every Tuesday at 6PM PT from HyperRPG.   You might also like: Watch – MECHA: THE RISE AND FALL OF GIANT ROBOTS Toy Review: ...
Watch: POWER RANGERS HYPERFORCE Episode 20 – SHATTERED GRID

Watch: POWER RANGERS HYPERFORCE Episode 20 – SHATTERED GRID

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Serious business is afoot in recent episodes of Power Rangers HyperForce. Twitch's live roleplaying series based on the Power Rangers television franchise has kicked into a new gear with its incursion into the Shattered Grid comic event, weaving in and out of three different entertainment platforms in a move that truly no one in their right mind could have expected their creators to coordinate. Original Green Ranger Jason David Frank returns for one more go-around with the HyperForce crew, and the wicked ways of Lord Drakkon - the evil alternate universe Tommy Oliver - are giving this new team of do-gooders a workout. https://youtu.be/vPWzqgw6DHw Power Rangers HyperForce streams live every Tuesday at 6PM PT from HyperRPG.   You might also like: SUPER HERO SYNOPSES | Childho...
The POWER RANGERS: SHATTERED GRID Short is Here to Save Live-Action POWER RANGERS in 2018

The POWER RANGERS: SHATTERED GRID Short is Here to Save Live-Action POWER RANGERS in 2018

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What a time to be a Power Rangers fan. A certain number of years ago, the thought of more seasons of the show would have seemed farfetched, let alone the release of a feature-length film, a live streaming show, an addictive mobile game, and a successful line of ongoing comics to add on top of that. There's a lot to be thankful for in 2018, and the hits, it seems, just keep on coming. Now, as we rev up for the launch of the Power Rangers: Shattered Grid comic event, the main writer of the BOOM! Studios publication brings to us this live-action teaser short, starring none other than original Green Ranger Jason David Frank from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (and, like, fifty other seasons) as the villainous Lord Drakkon. Kyle Higgins has been putting in work these past couple years with B...
Watch: POWER RANGERS HYPERFORCE Episode 19

Watch: POWER RANGERS HYPERFORCE Episode 19

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In the future, weapons will both inflict and treat the damage they deal to their targets. There's something different about the next destination for the time-tossed heroes of Power Rangers HyperForce. The Twitch roleplay series rolls forward with more fun traipsing about the Power Rangers multiverse, now crossing over with the likes of the much-beloved Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic book series from publisher BOOM! Studios. And who better to serve as the guest in this episode than the ongoing book's author Kyle Higgins, playing a character fans of his work on the series may know both from the comic and the series it takes inspiration from. A shattering burst of nostalgia awaits. https://youtu.be/2us14qDVo34 Higgins' appearance coincides with the Shattered Grid comic event, which...
VIEWTIFUL JOE: 15 Years Later

VIEWTIFUL JOE: 15 Years Later

Animation, Anime, Articles, Blog, Comics, Culture, Fantasy, Featured, Kamen Rider, monster, Movies & TV, Power Rangers, Reviews, Sci-Fi, Super Sentai, Tech, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized, Video Games, Video Update, Videos
(Kyoryu) Brave New World Tokusatsu hero shows, and the worldwide fandom surrounding them, have changed greatly over the past fifteen years. Beyond genre, beyond formula, beyond character archetypes, beyond even cinematography and direction, the greatest way that change has manifested is cross-pollination. Super Sentai—in its original, unedited form—currently gets official DVD releases in the West. GARO went from a pet project known only to the hardcore, to a running franchise and a mainstay event for one of the biggest MMOs in the world. Kamen Rider has radically reinvented itself several times tonally, and Ultraman is finally getting significant amounts of love by way of behemoth streaming service Crunchyroll.  Meanwhile, more and more properties are adopting the "live-action...