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Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger

It's Judgement Time: Dekaranger to return as a V-Cinema

Chu Chu Chu Deka Deka!
May 15
// Salvador GRodiles
Oh my. Right when it felt that Hurricanger was going to be the only Sentai show to get the 10 Years After treatment, a new beacon of hope has surfaced for toku fans. Seeing that it's been ten years since Tokusou Sentai Dekar...
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Digimon Adventure tri.'s latest trailer will please your nostalgic heart

The Crest of Hope shines strong
May 07
// Salvador GRodiles
This might sound strange, but I have yet to watch Digimon Adventure in its original language. Nonetheless, the series is still one of those titles that I still adore to this day. Anyway, Toei's uploaded a new trail...
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Garage Hero

Watch Garage Hero tear Super Hero Wars GP to shreds

In which Bueno tells a kid to shut the hell up
Apr 10
// Salvador GRodiles
Aw snap, Bueno of Garage Hero and his friends are about to get real, as they share their thoughts on Super Hero Wars GP: Kamen Rider 3, which might as well be called Super Mario Kart: Let's Go Kamen Rider Edition. ...

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Saint Seiya

Saint Seiya returns next month

All that glitters is gold
Mar 17
// Hiroko Yamamura
Get your polish ready! Toei's Saint Seiya is set to return to the airwaves next month, and you're going to want your armor looking spiffy. The show will be available via a stream on Bandai's channel globally, so many fans of...
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Toei's Spider-Man series web-slings its way back to

Just in time for his debut in The Amazing Spider-Man #12
Jan 11
// Salvador GRodiles
Now that's what you call a perfect timing, people! Right when the Emissary from Hell, "Supaidaman," made his comic book debut in The Amazing Spider-Man issue 12, Marvel has decided to re-upload Toei's 1978 Spider-Ma...
Ninninger photo

Go Ninja: Get psyched up for Ninninger's first promos

The Year of the Ninja is off to a good start
Dec 28
// Salvador GRodiles
I may be late to the festivities once again, but it's time to look at Shuriken Sentai Ninninger's heroes in motion. Silly enough, these videos caught me by surprise, as I wasn't expecting to see a promotional video...
Ninninger photo

Rejoice no Jutsu: Ninninger reveals its premise, cast, and staff

More ninja-related goodies are heading your way
Dec 26
// Salvador GRodiles
The new year is around the corner, and TV Asahi's Ninninger page is ready for its next mission. This time around, the show's cast, production team, and premise leap out from the shadows to surprise its upcoming viewers. Howev...
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Update no Jutsu: Ninninger gets a premiere date and more

It's time for the Year of the Ninja!
Dec 05
// Salvador GRodiles
Hey guys! Do you know what time is it? It's time for us to look at Ninninger's latest updates. This time around, the team has been featured in a higher quality poster along side their giant robot, the Shurikenjin. Overall, I'...
Ninninger photo

YES: Ninninger's suits and logo jump out of the shadows

2015's Sentai series is off to a good start
Dec 02
// Salvador GRodiles
Good news, everyone. The Shuriken Sentai Ninninger have revealed themselves, and their suits look like a glorious fusion between Hurricanger and Shinkenger's designs. Due to this great combination, I've already fallen in...
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Super Sentai

Trademark no Jutsu: 2015's Sentai series gets a title

Ninjas are back in style!
Oct 22
// Salvador GRodiles
We have a few weeks until October returns to the shadows, and it's time to learn about the 39th Sentai show's title. Going by the name of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, the next installment in the franchise'll likely fe...
Kamen Rider Gaim photo
Kamen Rider Gaim

Zawame City's map gets redesigned in Gaim's home release

R.I.P., Gotham City-like map
Oct 16
// Salvador GRodiles
Do you remember the time when Kamen Rider Gaim featured a map of Zawame City that resembled Gotham City? Well, that moment is now gone, since the Blu-ray/DVD version of the show's 33rd episode contained a different map from t...
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Kamen Rider Drive

Start your Engine! Kamen Rider Drive's full trailer shifts into overdrive

And Drive the Kamen Rider!
Sep 17
// Salvador GRodiles
With two more episodes left until Gaim ends, a new trailer for Kamen Rider Drive has entered the fast lane. Surprisingly, I've come to terms with the show's title, since it occurred to me that Knight Rider's main charac...
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Super Sentai

Change Leopardon! It's Henshin Time! covers Marvel's connection to Super Sentai

Yeah Yeah Yeah, Wow!
Sep 12
// Salvador GRodiles
I may be late to the party again, but I felt that ToyBountyHunters' latest video in their It's Henshin Time series was worth sharing on here, since it's about Marvel's history with Toei. Aside from the Spiderman toku sh...
Kamen Rider Drive photo
Kamen Rider Drive

Let's get fired up for Kamen Rider Drive's first promo

Start your engine!
Sep 07
// Salvador GRodiles
Move along, folks. There's nothing to see here. In all seriousness, since I'm not a professional police officer, you can ignore my previous statement when you check out Kamen Rider Drive's latest preview. While the video onl...
Kamen Rider Drive photo
Kamen Rider Drive

Pull Over! Kamen Rider Drive gets a preview and more

Count up your license and registration!
Aug 30
// Salvador GRodiles
First, I'd like to apologize for my constant ramblings about Kamen Rider Drive. Either way, my apology isn't stopping me from posting the show's preview that was featured in TV Asahi's morning news program, Good! Morning. On...
Kamen Rider Drive photo
Kamen Rider Drive

Buckle up for some new details on Kamen Rider Drive

Make sure that you check your side mirrors
Aug 28
// Salvador GRodiles
As we're experiencing the final week of August, Televi-kun's recent issue has revealed some new information on Kamen Rider Drive, and it looks like the next show will have a police theme to go with the car motif. That being s...
Kamen Rider Drive photo
Kamen Rider Drive

Vroom! Kamen Rider Drive's design has entered the parking lot

This new Rider is ready to show us his wheels!
Aug 14
// Salvador GRodiles
It's finally time for us to take a look at the new car-themed, I mean Rider's design. Overall, the new Rider's appearance looks great, since Drive's Type Speed Form is basically a fusion between Kamen Rider Accel Tr...
Kamen Rider Drive photo
Kamen Rider Drive

Check out Kamen Rider Drive's gadgets and four-wheeled vehicle

2014's Rider gets a sweet new ride
Jul 25
// Salvador GRodiles
Man. What's with all of these heroes getting cars all of the sudden? First it was Ghost Rider, and now 2015's new Rider, Kamen Rider Drive, is following this trend. Are motorcycles going out of style? Whatever the case may be...
FI: Sailor Moon Crystal photo
FI: Sailor Moon Crystal

First Impressions: Sailor Moon Crystal

We are not helpless girls who need men's protection
Jul 05
// Brittany Vincent
I never thought I'd be on the verge of tears after watching Usagi Tsukino's very first transformation into the pretty soldier of love and justice for the umpteenth time, but here I sit wiping tears away and swallowing back th...
Kamen Rider photo
Kamen Rider

Holy Snap! Kamen Rider Gaim's setting resembles Gotham City

Gee willikers, Batman
Jun 15
// Salvador GRodiles
Have you ever watched a show where you came across an unexpected observation that blew your mind? Well, Kamen Rider Gaim 33rd episode featured a surprising discovery no one saw coming. Long story short, a map of Zawame C...
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Dragon Ball Kai

Dragon Ball Kai's Buu saga will last almost a year and a half

Even longer if you find yourself using a hyperbolic time chamber
Apr 19
// Chris Walden
Dragon Ball Kai has quite a noble goal in trying to cut out all of the added fluff from the original Dragon Ball Z series. Even though I'd seen the original series in its entirety, as well as plenty of times via Toonami as a ...

T.M. Revolution to perform themes for Disk Wars: The Avengers

Unfortunately, not with Abingdon Boys School
Mar 18
// Tim Sheehy
Those of who you who've been eagerly awaiting Marvel's latest foray into the world of animation with Toei's Disk Wars: The Avengers may be pleased to learn that Takanori Nishikawa, more commonly known by his stage name T.M. R...
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Crunchyroll to stream Robot Girls Z

Japan discovers a way to get me into giant robots
Jan 28
// LB Bryant
I've never been one for giant robot/mecha anime. There are some notable exceptions to that but generally if a series has giant robots in it I tend to tune out and get bored very quickly. Finally though Japan has created a sup...

Final Impressions: Kyousougiga

Jan 11 // Karen Mead
Kyousougiga is an intentionally confusing show. If there's any doubt that the confusion is intentional, just look at the way we have two Myoues and two Kotos. Often it's hard to parse the meaning of what's going on-- we usually know what's happening in the most literal sense, but we don't know why, or what it has to do with anything else. There's a lot of symbolism thrown around, some very obvious and some less so, and sometimes, it's frustrating that the show won't just come out and tell you what it wants to say. The big fear with these artistic, "symbolic" shows is that you can bang your head against the wall trying to figure out what it all means, and it might mean nothing; the symbols could just be there to obfuscate the fact that it's all style over substance and has no depth. Alternately, even if the symbolism is used with precision, that doesn't necessarily make the story good. For example, I dropped Mawaru Penguindrum at the halfway point, not because I didn't think the symbolism was meaningful, but because I no longer cared what the symbolism meant-- I found the style of the show so obnoxious with the excessive use of symbolism that it killed my investment in the story. Actually, I think what I said at the time was more along the lines of "This show is like a first-year English major masturbating," but that's neither here nor there. The story of MyoueX2 and KotoX2 in the Looking Glass City however has a consistent playfulness to it that makes it's oblique nature much more tolerable, at least for me. Furthermore, while I couldn't tell you what every single thing in Kyousougiga means at any given time, the big question-- what it's all really about, at the end of the day-- does have a pretty clear, definitive answer, and one that's obvious for pretty much the entire run of the show. You can argue all you want to about the significance of Koto's hammer or the true nature of Mirror Kyoto, but there's never any doubt that the show is about the importance of family. At first it seemed like the story was a strange mix between tales of mythical Gods with unbelievable powers and illustrating the importance of family, but during the last few episodes it finally clicked for me; the show doesn't just mix Gods and families, it uses Godlike power to describe the nature of families. When a person creates a family, that's the closest they can ever become to being a God; they choose a person to create life with (or nurture life, as in the case of Yakushimaru), and the reality they create for themselves that way becomes their own little universe. The original Myoue may have created the planets and has been watching over the universe with his divine powers since before the time of the dinosaurs, but he still refers to his family--multiple times-- as "my whole world." Even though he's virtually omnipotent, the world that matters to him is composed of his wife and children. Notice also how, despite the fact that Myoue and his brother have basically created everything around them, it's Koto-- his biological child with his wife-- that Myoue clearly loves the most. This is dangerous territory (since you could see an implication here that he loves his biological child more than his adopted children), but I really don't think the show is trying to say that parents love their bio-children more; I think the point is that creating new life in the form of children is perhaps the most divine thing humans can as aspire to. It's so divine that even God himself, Myoue, is more impressed with this one little girl than all the planets in the solar system. If we look at the case of Yakushimaru (or the other Myoue-- thanks a lot, show), we see the use of Godlike powers to illustrate the importance of family from a different angle. Yakushimaru is given the ultimate power of creation in the form of his father's prayer beads, yet for most of his (rather long) existence, he has no interest in using that power. Why? Because he lost his family as a young boy, and without his family, he feels as though he has nothing to live for. The fact that he has literally been given the greatest power in the universe means nothing to him, because he misses his parents. It's only when he finally begins to accept Koto as his sister-- and thus acknowledges that he has a new family now-- that he's ready to wield the power he's been given. As someone who hopes to have children in the not-so-distant future, the message of the show resonated strongly with me. I don't want to have children just because they're cute and I want to dress them in adorable outfits (although that's awesome), I want to have children because I want to create my own little slice of the universe for just me and my family. That doesn't mean I actually see myself as some kind of birth goddess with great power over my potential kids; just as Myoue is powerless to stop Koto from blasting him in the face with her hammer, what my children (if I'm lucky enough to have them) eventually become is up to them, not me. It's a power of creation that comes with a massive amount of unpredictability, but that's what makes it so great; just as Myoue prefers Koto to the creatures that he designed exactly to his specifications, I greatly prefer the idea of a child who will struggle to become their own person rather than just follow in my footsteps and be Karen 2.0-- shudder, who needs that. All of this is a roundabout way of saying, if I suddenly have 14 kids and take over the world with an army of tiny minions, it's all Kyousougiga's fault.  
FI: Kyousougiga photo
God's in his heaven and all's right with Mom and Dad
I'm late, I'm late for a very important date. With the winter anime season in full swing, this is my last opportunity to do a Final Impressions for something from the fall season. I think I put off writing up Kyousougiga for ...

Sailor Moon photo
After dragging us along in one of the grandest and most drawn-out teases in recent memory, our long journey has come to an end: the new Sailor Moon anime will air in July later this year. For ages now, we've been told that a ...

Tokusatsu photo

Dinosaurs run wild in Kyoryuger vs Go-Busters' trailer

Three times the dinosaurs to be exact
Dec 21
// Salvador GRodiles
I may be stating the obvious here, but it's not everyday that we get to see three dinosaur-themed Sentai teams in one film. In fact, you could say that Kyoryuger vs Go-Busters completes the Tri-force of Dinosaurs, since we h...
Tokusatsu photo

Choo Choo! Tokkyuger's costumes and robot have arrived

Toei has gone off track
Dec 06
// Salvador GRodiles
It's time to enter the railways again, because the images of Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger's heroes, giant robot, and toys are here! Based on my experience with the Sentai franchise, the Tokkyugers have one of the si...
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Say Bye Bye: Toei Japan Channel to shut down in December

See you on the other side
Nov 30
// Salvador GRodiles
Well, people; it looks like Toei's special channel that intended bring classic toku shows to the US is going to disappear on December 31st. Silly enough, the main reason behind the channel's disappearance is due to Globecast'...

Review: One Piece Movie 10: Strong World

Nov 14 // Pedro Cortes
One Piece Movie 10: Strong World [BD/DVD]Studio: Toei AnimationLicensed by FUNimationRelease Date: Nov. 19, 2013MSRP: $34.98 [Amazon | RightStuf] Set after the Thriller Bark arc, the Straw Hats are forced to make their way back to East Blue in response to violent attacks and villages disappearing. Right before the turn their sails, Luffy and crew meet Gold Lion Shiki, an old pirate with the ability to affect the gravity of objects. First offering his assistance in moving the Straw Hats toward East Blue, he kidnaps Nami for her superior navigating skills and scatters the group across several floating islands. With Nami in his hands and everybody scattered, Luffy has to get everybody back together to fight Shiki, who has quite a history with some pretty powerful people. Left to the whims of weekly shonen show budgets, One Piece's animation quality usually varies between decent to butt, depending on how deep into an arc they are. Usually, action scenes get the most attention while dialogue-heavy sections look comparatively rough. That’s not a problem here-- Strong World looks great. Characters rarely, if ever, go wildly off-model. The action is more complex than it usually is, featuring extensively animated movement that you usually wouldn’t see. The colors pop, thanks to the power of HD animation. It’s clear that Strong World had a beastly budget and it shows. The story is also better than your normal movie fare. Oda’s involvement means that everything just about makes sense in this movie. One of the few things that sticks out is the existence of Shiki, who really should have come up by now in the series proper. I mean, he is a contemporary of Gol. D Roger, who escaped Marine prison by chopping off his legs and floating away. That’s a story that would’ve at least been mentioned in passing, don't you think? Despite that, Shiki himself fits into Oda’s strange universe just fine. The floating islands remind me of sections of Skypeia, but in a good way. Having different ecosystems on each island keeps the visuals varied and each character on their toes. The Japanese voice cast is excellent, as always. These guys and gals have been delivering solid performances with these characters for years. It's a given that even the worst of the One Piece movies is salvaged by hearing Mayumi Tanaka’s Luffy, Kazuya Nakai’s Zoro, etc. What I was more curious about was the English dub. Having only seen a few episodes in English, I knew that the crew that FUNimation pulled together for One Piece was pretty damn good. In fact, it’s one of the best dubs out there, period. With Strong World, these guys did a fantastic dub that’s on par with the superb Japanese cast. Of particular note is Ian Sinclair as Brook, who absolutely nails the musical skeleton’s vocal patterns, cadence and accent. I couldn’t ask for a better performance for a character I like so much. I hope that they bring him back when the US releases get to Thriller Bark. My only criticism is that there are very few extras in the package. Besides an introduction to Brook filmed with Sinclair and several staff members, you’ve got the US trailer for Strong World and the usual assortment of trailers for other FUNimation products; it's a pretty bare-bones package. Considering that we’re getting Strong World as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for a decent price though, I’m not complaining too much. Fans of One Piece absolutely need to get this movie. While it doesn’t affect canon in any way, it’s a fantastic film that can fit into the universe. It looks great, the fights are awesome, both language tracks feature superlative performances, it’s the One Piece movie that could only be done under the gaze of Oda. Strong World is far and away the best of the One Piece movies and is one of the best films in any shonen franchise. Get this movie.   9.0 – Exceptional. One of the best things its genre has ever produced. Its example will be copied or taken into account by almost anything that follows it.
One Piece photo
Solid Gold
Most long-running shonen franchises have theatrical releases to supplement their ongoing stories. Dragon Ball has 18 flicks between the original and Dragon Ball Z, Naruto has nine movies, Bleach has four and so on. Being...

First Impressions: Kyousougiga (TV)

Oct 31 // Salvador GRodiles
Even though the original Kyousougiga ONA felt like a high-speed psychedelic roller coaster ride--- in a phenomenal way-- the TV series slows things down, so that it can expand on the plot. While things are a little more subtle, the show refuses treat its audience like a bunch of children that sit in front of a classroom. That being said, in order to understand Kyousougiga’s story, the viewers will have to pay close attention to the visuals and dialogue on screen. It may sound like a chore at first, but there’s something about Kyousougiga’s writing that it feels very rewarding when you piece things together. While the TV show is technically the third installment in the Kyousougiga series, the story is still accessible to newcomers, since it's a prequel to the first ONA (a.k.a. episode zero of the TV series). Furthermore, the short segments from Kyousougiga Dainidan make an appearance in the program, which ensures that new viewers will be up to date with each crazy chapter. However, for us Kyousougiga veterans, this means that we have to deal with a hefty amount of recycled footage. Thankfully, this decision doesn’t ruin the show, since the new content helps the scenes from the second installment make more sense. In fact, the TV series manages to piece the older segments together in a manner where they don’t feel episodic anymore. More importantly, Shoko’s catastrophic PSP search looks even better in HD! Seeing how it was one of my favorite segment from last year, it was great to see that the older footage retains its great quality. In regards to the new content, Kyousougiga expands more on Koto’s backstory before she arrived in the Mirror Kyoto Capital. While her bond with Inari was conveyed well in the Dainidan shorts, the new series reveals the real connection between him and Koto by showing the masked man's actual face to the viewers. On top of that, the introduction to the organization known as Shrine helps fill in the gaps that were left behind by the previous installment.  Prior to Koto’s birth, Myoe and Lady Koto lived with their three children-- Yakushimaru, Yase, and Kurama-- before they escaped to the supposedly perfect Mirror Kyoto. The reason behind their departure had to do with Shrine's discomfort with having demons from another realm in the normal Kyoto Capital. Of course, we all know that running away from one’s problems is never the intelligent thing to do, as it generally makes the consequences even worse. Because Lady Koto didn't uphold her end of a deal with a Bodhisattva, her decision ended up jeopardizing the lives of her children. With that in mind, Kyousougiga’s true theme is about the consequences that come from leaving important matters unresolved. The aftermath of Lady Koto's folly leaves her three kids alone in an unknown world, where they had to fend for themselves. While they were able to work their way into becoming the main figures in the Mirror Capital, their desire to be reunited with their parents is still a motivating force. Aside from the family-related conflicts, we’re also dealing with Koto’s wish to search for the mysterious Black Rabbit, which might lead to the truth behind her past. At the moment, let’s just say that Kurama and Yase’s theory from episode zero was proven false in episode five of Dainidan. As for the twist's content, you'll have to keep watching Kyousougiga to discover the connection between the two Kotos.  Despite Kyousougiga’s decision in reusing footage from its preceding installments, the TV series is still shaping up to be a solid successor to the ONAs. Thanks to the way it compiles old scenes with the new content, the animation team has given us a better way for us to experience Koto’s plot. Not only that, the show’s colors are still bright and exuberant, and the characters continue to bring an energetic vibe that keeps viewers intrigued. Since Toei and Banpresto are doing a good job with the show so far, I look forward to seeing how they’ll handle the action scenes with a TV-sized budget. Depending how the story goes, there’s a good chance that we’ll finally see the events that take place after episode zero. If not, then we'll have to settle with another fun adventure from Kyousougiga's universe. Either way, we're in for an exciting ride, and that's what matters. [Experience the back end of Koto's magical hammer at Crunchyroll]
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Koto is back for another round!
There comes a time in most people’s lives where they have the desire to escape from their own personal problems. In some cases, these individuals create a special reality that lets them relax peacefully. While things ma...

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