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Annotated Tokusatsu: Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger episodes 4-10

I may be really late to the party with my thoughts on Zyuohger, but I felt that I should do my best to catch up with the series before it comes to a close next year. Seeing that I dug the idea of a zoologist fighting alongside a group of an...

 
 
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First Impressions: Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger episodes 1-3

It’s hard to believe that the Sentai franchise is now airing its 40th installment. Honestly, this feeling comes from the fact that the previous series, Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, was celebrating the franchise’s real anniver...

 
 
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Final Impressions: Ultraman X

This might just be me, but 2015 felt like an average year for tokusatsu. The usual stuff ranged from average to enjoyable, and only one of them was consistently fun. However, things weren’t too bad, as I discovered the joy of watching...

 
 
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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ultraman X episodes 14-20

It’s been a while since we took a look at Ultraman X’s progress. Let’s just say that a few obstacles got in the way of this segment. Aside from being treated to a nice finale to the Gua Army Arc, a bunch of touching episod...

 
 
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Impressions: Kamen Rider Ghost episodes 1-9

If there’s one thing that’s scary about an ongoing franchise, it’s when the latest series gets a budget cut. In some cases, this scenario won’t stop the team from delivering an entertaining program; however, there ar...

 
 
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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ultraman X episodes 8-13

Man. Ultraman X has gone through a lot during these past few weeks. From intense major event battles to sports games, the show is packing a ton of different elements recently. Perhaps the biggest thing to happen is that we might be hitting ...

 
 
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Final Impressions: Garo: Gold Storm Soar

Have you ever had that feeling where a show that you’re keeping up with ends sooner than expected? In my case, it feels stranger for the latest Garo toku series to end at episode 23, since each installment of the franchise usually run...

 
 
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Impressions: Shuriken Sentai Ninninger episodes 1-30

When it comes to delicacies that blend things together, the sandwich is one of those meals that smash a bunch of stuff in between two slices of bread. So what does this have to do with tokusatsu? Well, one thing that I’ve noticed abou...

 
 
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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ultraman X episodes 6-7.5

At long last, Ultraman X has finally pulled out some original creatures out of their hat. Again, it’s understandable why they couldn’t have done this earlier in the game. Either way, this hasn’t stop Tsuburaya from prevent...

 
 
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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Gold Storm Soar episodes 17-19

Once again, Garo: Gold Storm Soar is treading into climatic territories that make us think that we’re in for a final clash. Obviously, these moments are only meant to set the stage for the true finale, but the climatic goodness behind...

 
 
Ultraman X photo

Annotated Tokusatsu: Ultraman X episodes 4-5

We’re five episodes into Ultraman X, and the show has finally unleashed its good playing cards. Not only did we get to fall in love with the rest of XiO’s crew, the show gave us a cameo appearance in the form of a previous ...

 
 
 
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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ultraman X episode 3

Another day, another city to be ruined by a giant monster. Yup, that’s Ultraman X’s format for ya. I guess that those pesky creatures just want to walk the Earth after being freed from their toy-like states. Not that it’s ...

 
 
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First Impressions: Ultraman X episodes 1-2

For a good while, my only experience with the Ultra franchise was Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends, which was directed by Koichi Sakamoto (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger and Ultraman Ginga S’ Director). Honestly, I’m still baf...

 
 
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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Gold Storm Soar episodes 8-12

It looks like Garo Gold Storm Soar is picking up from where it left off and things continue to get more real. Along the way, we get a tasty serving of story and character development that sheds more light on the show’s main story. For...

 
 
Garo: Gold Storm Soar photo

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo Gold Storm Soar episode 7

You know that a show still has some tricks up its sleeve when it starts to get even more intense than its preceding episode. Honestly, it’s hard to believe that Garo: Gold Storm Soar’s already placing Ryuga and Rian in a deadlie...

 
 
Garo: Gold Storm Soar photo

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Gold Storm Soar episode 6

I may’ve been keeping my fingers crossed for Garo: Gold Storm Soar to blow our minds with some amazing suit on suit action, but that isn’t stopping me from enjoying the show’s story. Since the series’ moving at a fas...

 
 
Garo: Gold Storm Soar photo

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Gold Storm Soar episode 5

Back when I said that Garo: Gold Storm Soar had potential, I wasn’t fooling around. With each passing episode, the show continues to shine brighter than before. As we start to see the series' various story elements come together, the ...

 
 
Garo: Gold Storm Soar photo

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Gold Storm Soar episode 4

It may’ve been unfortunate that the latest Garo series hasn’t featured any new amazing Horror suits, but that isn’t stopping the show from bringing us a new costume. Once again, Keita Amemiya might be the guy to thank for ...

 
 
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First Impressions: Garo: Gold Storm Soar

Back when it was announced that Ryuga from Garo: The One Who Shines in the Darkness would appear in a new Garo series, there are two possible outcomes that could come out of this. On one hand, we get to see Ryuga as a more experience Makai ...

 
 
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Japanator Awards 2014: Sal's 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 besides the usual ...

 
 
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Final Impressions: Garo: Makai no Hana

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 franchis...

 
 
FI: Kamen Rider Gaim photo

Final Impressions: Kamen Rider Gaim

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...

 
 
AT: Garo: Makai no Hana photo

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 19-23

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 n...

 
 
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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episodes 23-26

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 ...

 
 
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Final Impressions: Kanpai Senshi After V

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,...

 
 
AT: Kamen Rider Gaim photo

Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episodes 40-41

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 t...

 
 
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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 17-18

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...

 
 
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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 22

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, ToQ...

 
 
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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episode 16

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 exhilarat...

 
 
AT: Kamen Rider Gaim photo

Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 39

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 g...

 
 
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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 21

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 w...

 
 
AT: Kamen Rider Gaim photo

Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 38

It’s time to go back to Kamen Rider Gaim’s main story, and things are about to get fierce again. Is there no more hope for our heroes to triumph over evil? Well, I guess there’s one option that Gaim’s main cast could...

 
 
AT: Garo: Makai no Hana photo

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 14-15

Don’t you hate it when a show releases a recap episode after impressing you with a solid segment? Well, Garo: Makai no Hana has fallen into this category, as we’re exposed to a chapter that almost wastes our time right when we w...

 
 
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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 20

Normally I don’t repeat a pun during my segments, but I couldn’t resist using another “orange” pun, since it’s relevant to ToQger’s 20th episode. That, and I guess this pun is sort of a last resort. I&rsq...

 
 
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Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 37

Are you looking for a more exciting soccer match than the World Cup?  If so, then you’re in luck, my friend. It turns out Kamen Rider Gaim is taking a break from their main story to deliver the All Rider Cup, a soccer tournament ...

 
 
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Annotated Tokusatsu: Kanpai Senshi After V episode 9

Things are getting difficult for the After V again, as Pink has to deal with her comrades crying over their recent loss. Considering that they’re short on one member again, the team’s going to have to restructure their group aro...

 
 
AT: ToQger photo

Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 19

The ToQ 6 Saga's about to wrap up, and ToQger’s ready to unveil Akira’s signature machine. Since our rainbow-loving hero repairs railroads for a living, the man’s blessed with a train that suits his position. Who knows, we...

 
 
AT: Kamen Rider Gaim photo

Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 36

Holy moly! Did Kamen Rider Gaim just do what I think it did? Since the show's plot has developed in a depressing way recently, I think we can all agree that there's no hope for anyone in this series. In fact, there’s no way in hell th...

 
 
AT: Garo: Makai no Hana photo

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episode 13

Just as I predicted last time, Garo: Makai no Hana’s team didn't cut any corners in the show's production, as they fill our stomachs with more great visuals. On top of that, the series received a new opening theme that’s su...

 
 




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