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12:00 PM on 12.31.2014

Japanator Awards 2014: Salís Top 3 Toku Shows

Due to there being a short amount of tokusatsu airing on television these days, I was on the fence on doing a list about my favorite hero shows for the year. Compare to the 70s and 80s, there aren't that many shows airing bes...

Salvador GRodiles



Final Impressions: Garo: Makai no Hana photo
Final Impressions: Garo: Makai no Hana
by Salvador GRodiles

When Keita Amemiya decided to return to the Garo franchise, this gave the show's fourth season the opportunity to go back to its roots, as the detailed costumes made a triumphant return. Despite the great callbacks to the franchise's early installments, Garo: Makai no Hana suffered from a few issues where the Horrors weren't as interesting as the ones from the previous seasons. However, these mishaps were minor, since a majority of the show’s episodes featured some great themes and monsters.

Seeing that Garo and Garo: Makai Senki both featured some amazing final battles, it’s going to take a lot of work for Garo: Makai no Hana to impress us in the long run. Of course, this will determine whether Raiga is capable of becoming a great Golden Knight that'll bring hope to mankind.

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Final Impressions: Kamen Rider Gaim photo
Final Impressions: Kamen Rider Gaim
by Salvador GRodiles

Back when it was announced that Urobuchi would become Kamen Rider Gaim’s Main Writer, it was certain that 2013’s Rider series was going to be an interesting tale. Despite Gaim being a children’s show, this restriction didn’t stop Gen the Butcher from using his knives to make the show's characters suffer. In fact, the aftermath resulted in a solid story that took us back to the early Heisei Rider shows where intense scenarios reigned supreme.

As Gaim’s final six episodes get ready to leave the stage, it time for us to bow down to the fruity performers before the curtains close for good.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 19-23 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 19-23
by Salvador GRodiles

It looks like Garo: Makai no Hana is on a roll again. As the show begins its final arc, Amemiya and his crew have managed to remain on a solid winning streak for five episodes. Come to think of it, it wasn’t too hard for Garo: Makai no Hana to impress us, as there were a some great bits of comedy and serious moments present in these segments.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episodes 23-26 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episodes 23-26
by Salvador GRodiles

Honestly, I never expected to use the word “Super Duper” around here, since the term feels rather childish. Then again, ToQger is a children's show after all, so I shouldn't be surprised when a term like this pops up once and a while.

On the bright side, ToQger has developed in a way that has exceeded my expectations, as the show’s new direction managed to take us to an unexpected stop.

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Final Impressions: Kanpai Senshi After V photo
Final Impressions: Kanpai Senshi After V
by Salvador GRodiles

Back when After V premiered during the Spring Season, I couldn't help but to be excited over the fact that we were getting a sitcom about a Sentai team that spends their time in bars after battle. While the show’s premise was amusing, the series had its faults when the New Yellow episodes started to kick in. However, things managed to improve when the show started to return to its roots.

Surprisingly, After V brought up a major point that changed the way how we see the never-ending battle between costumed heroes and the forces of evil, which acted as a great element to wrap up the series.

Since every finale deserves a proper sendoff, it’s time for us to fill our favorite mugs with booze, as we bid farewell to the After V.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episodes 40-41 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episodes 40-41
by Salvador GRodiles

We’re at the bottom of the inning, and Urobutcher continues to hit his home-runs like it’s no tomorrow. Based on the current score board, Kamen Rider Gaim's events from episode 40 and 41 have changed the playing field for the upcoming segments. One thing for sure, the last stretch is going to be an intense journey through the fruit aisle.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 17-18 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 17-18
by Salvador GRodiles

Whenever Garo: Makai no Hana goes through a weak moment, the show somehow manages to come out strong during the next episode. That being said, a backstory and a progression segment is just what the doctor ordered to help improve the program’s quality. Thanks to a special touch, things are still looking bright for the series’ overall quality.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 22 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 22
by Salvador GRodiles

Wait a minute! I thought that marriage was supposed to be a wonderful time when two people who love each other want to start a family. Normally, everyone gets to partake in some food and an extravagant cake during the ceremony; however, ToQger missed the memo on how to prepare a proper matrimony.

Due to this outcome, the show’s threading into some new grounds that might change the plot’s overall tone. In other words, our next destination is going to blow our socks off.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episode 16 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episode 16
by Salvador GRodiles

Congratulations, Garo: Makai no Hana. You’ve managed to remind me that it’s been a long time since I’ve ridden on a roller coaster, let alone a motion simulator. Oh great. Now a part of me wants to experience the exhilarating thrill of moving in the air at high speeds again. Of course, these attractions can be scary at times, which allows for Garo to create a segment based around rides.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 39 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 39
by Salvador GRodiles

Man. Time sure flies when you’re watching the world end. One moment, we're listening to a bunch of characters spouting out random lines about their ideals and what not. Then things break out into an all-out Fruity Warfare before you get to let out your first breath. At least that’s how I felt during Gaim’s most recent episode-- unless if I accidentally mistook one the show’s previews for an entire chapter.

Hopefully, I watched the right video; otherwise, I might’ve accidentally eaten at the wrong all-you-can-eat fruit buffet.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 21 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 21
by Salvador GRodiles

I love Fridays. Whenever this day arrives, I can’t help but to rejoice over the fact that the weekend has started. Even if I have to work during that time frame, there’s something refreshing about reaching the fifth day of the week. I guess this has to do with the feeling that comes from triumphing over the past few days in one’s routine-- kind of like beating an evil villain that was giving you trouble. However, Fridays can be a bit tedious when you add the word “Freaky” to the equation.

When you’ve watched more than five Super Sentai shows (maybe more than two), you start to notice that each series shares a few episode themes. One of these tropes is the body-switching segment, which is present in almost every Sentai installment. Based on my experience with the franchise, I haven’t had an issue with these chapters, as they managed to bring a new take on the overused premise.

Considering that ToQger’s having its first Freaky Friday episode, the major characters that partake in this scenario are going to have to go all-out to entertain us this time around. That being said, it’s time to find out if the rainbow train’s still on course.

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