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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...
Watch: Toei’s SPIDER-MAN Honest Trailer

Watch: Toei’s SPIDER-MAN Honest Trailer

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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

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

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

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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?

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"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

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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

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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

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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 ...
Super Hero Synopses | Rival Royalty

Super Hero Synopses | Rival Royalty

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Welcome back to Super Hero Synopses, where our Lord and toku savior has risen! Yes, we're blending seasons again on Kamen Rider Zi-O, as even though this is the double episode tribute for previous series Kamen Rider OOO, Dan Kuroto from Kamen Rider Ex-Aid has returned to life again like some kind of Dangerous Zombie. Why is he appearing here and not back in episodes for his own series? Well, Bandai have just begun running a promotional campaign where Japanese shoppers can obtain a free Genm Ride Watch when they purchase other Kamen Rider merchandise, such as the Zi-O toys related to OOO that are also released this weekend! It's almost as if this is all some sort of extended toy commercial or something... Will Dan Kuroto chew all of the scenery? Will Eiji get the opportunity to ...
Super Hero Synopses | Super Lupin!

Super Hero Synopses | Super Lupin!

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Welcome back to Super Hero Synopses, where we always put our weapon controls in the most inconvenient places! This week on Kaito Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger, the long-missing ice man finally returns. Zamigo, Kogure and the Global Police's intelligence division conveniently all discover a new Collection Piece right before a rare opportunity to retrieve it presents itself. In the end, the real winner will be metallic double-agent Noel, who not only goes some way to repair his relationship with his fellow officers but manages to get a pair of shiny shoulder cannons for good measure. We're about three quarters of the way through the show now, so what do you think of the series so far? What do you think will happen in the final quarter? Will Zamigo become a more regu...