Movies & TV

Watch: Toei’s SPIDER-MAN Honest Trailer

Watch: Toei’s SPIDER-MAN Honest Trailer

Blog, Culture, Movies & TV, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Video Update, Videos
As we get ready to pile into movie theaters for the new Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film, we return to an old gem in the annals of live-action special effects TV, with the strange anomaly that was 1978's Spider-Man. A rare Japanese-produced adaptation from an original Marvel Comics creation, this Spidey bears some similarities to the more familiar wall-crawler from New York, but in other ways... maybe not so much. Still, the hero, whose televised adventures lasted 41 episodes, has made some strides in recent pop culture, having appearances in comic book crossovers where he encounters other webslingers in the Spider-Man multiverse, along with his giant mech Leopardon. Because nothing says "spider power" like a kaiju-sized robot themed after a cat. Here's the Honest Trailer for...
Watch: KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT Revisited

Watch: KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT Revisited

Blog, Kamen Rider, Movies & TV, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Video Update, Videos
2008 saw the return of Kamen Rider to American television after over a decade of absence. The Japanese action hero franchise survived its ups and downs with the previous English-language adaptation in the form of 1995's divisive Masked Rider only to face a new challenge when Adness Entertainment picked up the brand rights for their own take. The American Kamen Rider Dragon Knight would adapt the visuals from the original Kamen Rider Ryuki, but it would have a tough time finding a big audience on the now-defunct CW4Kids television block. But, for a passionate few, it represented the possibilities for a beloved franchise to branch out toward wider appeal someday soon. Some of us are still waiting for the time when Kamen Rider may be recognized as easily as the likes of the Avengers, ...
KOJI: An Electrifying New Hero

KOJI: An Electrifying New Hero

Animation, Blog, Fantasy, Movies & TV, News, Uncategorized, Video Update, Videos
From Studio Mir, the animation giants that brought forth Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra comes a new action/adventure title waiting to consume your soul. Young Koji and his magical companion are having a merry time in their fantastical land, until their fun in the sun is thwarted by a band of metallic malcontents bent on spoiling the mood. Well, we can't have that, can we? Check out our first look at Koji here. This new fantasy adventure series comes from Avatar and Korra writer Alexander Snow, sporting animation just as wicked as seen in those beloved titles. Wherever this potential gem arrives in full series form, we can only hope it's soon.   You might also like: KAMEN RIDER HEISEI GENERATIONS FOREVER Trailer: The Gang’s All Here GODZILLA...
KAMEN RIDER HEISEI GENERATIONS FOREVER Trailer: The Gang’s All Here

KAMEN RIDER HEISEI GENERATIONS FOREVER Trailer: The Gang’s All Here

Blog, Kamen Rider, Movies & TV, News, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized, Video Update
It's that time again. The Kamen Rider franchise is ready for another annual blowout with their latest winter movie, Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER set to debut this December. Shortly after whetting appetites with the official poster, Toei Company has released their first trailer for the film, and it's a rather emotional affair. We're getting real meta up in this joint, as Kamen Rider is being talked about within the story as an actual TV show enjoyed by adoring fans. There's also a load of nostalgic clips from the many years of the Heisei Era, starting with 2000's seminal Kamen Rider Kuuga. Plus, explosions. Lots of explosions. https://youtu.be/_A0AcF7XGDs Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER hits Japanese theaters December 22, 2018.   You might also like: I...
Is KAMEN RIDER Coming to American TV?

Is KAMEN RIDER Coming to American TV?

Blog, Kamen Rider, Movies & TV, News, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized
"If Kamen Rider were available, which series would you want to see first?" This is the question posed to the Twitter audience last week, in a poll provided for fans of the live-action special effects genre by TV and streaming service TOKU. The Olympusat Inc. venture has been providing tokusatsu aficionados with an array of action-packed events, such as Tsuburaya Productions' popular giant hero franchise, Ultraman, as well as Gridman, and many other esoteric action, sci-fi, fantasy, and horror pieces from across Asia. This is the first time we've heard that TOKU could be putting out feelers for the Kamen Rider franchise. The long-running brand, about a transforming hero facing new monstrous enemies in weekly battles, has spawned dozens of annual series since its debut in 1971, reach...
KAMEN RIDER HEISEI GENERATIONS FOREVER Poster Unveiled

KAMEN RIDER HEISEI GENERATIONS FOREVER Poster Unveiled

Blog, Gallery, Kamen Rider, Movies & TV, News, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized
The Kamen Rider franchise is getting even more generational with the latest in their series of movies based on the ongoing action hero franchise, Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER. And here's the poster to prove it. As previously mentioned, they keep trying to end this Heisei Era, but something's always standing in the way. A gaggle of heroes from recent (and not-so-recent) years in the Rider saga are returning for one last (lol) battle to save the world from evil. A new poster has been unveiled, to give you a taste of the combat to come. Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FOREVER hits theaters December 22, 2018.   You might also like: This New POWER RANGERS Cereal Wants in Your Mouth Toy Review: KAMEN RIDER ZI-O DX Faiz, Hibiki, Kabuto, Den-O Ride Watches, Faiz Phone...
This New POWER RANGERS Cereal Wants in Your Mouth

This New POWER RANGERS Cereal Wants in Your Mouth

Blog, Culture, Gallery, Movies & TV, News, Power Rangers, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized
Pudgy Pig's not the only one with the munchies. At least that's what the people at Funko are hoping as they unveil their new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers breakfast cereal. Popularized by their collectible toy line of Funko Pop figures, which the Power Rangers franchise has been selling items through like hotcakes, the company is branching out even further by offering actual foodstuff, so you can rot your teeth as well as your brains! No one saw this coming, but their first foray into Ranger food is modeled after the original Red Ranger (gasp)! They're red loops, so I'm going to assume that it's a subtle commentary on the cyclical nature of the franchise and its marketing to the masses, because they're deep like that. I mean, why else would you pick such an unusual shape that no one ha...
GODZILLA vs GUNDAM – Battle of the Big’uns

GODZILLA vs GUNDAM – Battle of the Big’uns

Animation, Anime, Blog, Culture, Fantasy, godzilla, Kaiju, monster, Movies & TV, News, Sci-Fi, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized, Video Update, Videos
Not content to pass up the opportunity for a little cross-promotion, Toei Animation is having some fun with two of the big names among its fleet of mega-franchises. Sadly, this crossover is only here as a marketing tool for two separate releases, which have basically nothing to do with each other except they both involve giant things blowing stuff up. We'll take it! Godzilla: Planet Eater is the third and final act in the 3D animated trilogy for the giant lizard in his first fully-animated film saga. Its release this month just happens to coincide with that of Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative, the next installment for the ongoing super robot anime legend. So, Toei Animation is letting their promotional powers combine, and giving them their own commercials and artwork to hype fans of both ...
KAIJU WARD GALLAS: A Monstrous New Show From Toei Co

KAIJU WARD GALLAS: A Monstrous New Show From Toei Co

Blog, Culture, Kaiju, monster, Movies & TV, News, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized, Video Update, Videos
HurricaneYellow isn't out of the monster-fighting biz just yet. Actor Yamamoto Kohei, known to many Super Sentai fanatics as super-ninja Bito Kota on Ninpu Sentai Hurricanger, is hard at work on a new project for Toei Company. The developing TV series will feature a new hero not affiliated with the likes of Toei's usual suspects from the long-running Kamen Rider and Super Sentai franchises. Kaiju Ward Gallas, as the name implies, is a kaiju show, with giant monsters as a centerpiece. Not a first for Toei, but after years of focusing heavily on their Big Two, this comes as somewhat of a surprise. Kaiju action is more Tsuburaya Productions' thing. With their ongoing Ultraman franchise, they've defined the look and feel of giant monster action on the small screen for decades now. Elsewhe...
The Power’s on Your Side With This New POWER RANGERS Theme Cover

The Power’s on Your Side With This New POWER RANGERS Theme Cover

Articles, Blog, Culture, Movies & TV, Music Videos, Power Rangers, Toku, toku, tokublogs, tokusatsu, Uncategorized, Video Update, Videos
Recording artist and tokusatsu fan Ricardo Cruz is back again, with another offering of musical splendor for fellow devotees of all things loud and explodey. This time, he jumps from one end of the global entertainment pond to the other. Instead of tackling hits from Japanese action titles like Kamen Rider and Space Sheriff, he's teleporting into the midst of the Teenagers With Attitude themselves: the original high school heroes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Taking his their cue from the seminal opening theme track by Ron Wasserman, Cruz and his team are offering their own take on the iconic song that kicked off a new era in kids live-action entertainment for many viewers in the western world. Check it out. https://youtu.be/zODMdZSuZf4 They don't make themes like they used to. N...