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Basement Pretzel shows us a tokusatsu fan's endless struggle

To this day, there's one thing that can cause many fans of tokusatsu to go into despair. In other words, I'm talking about the moment when a random person refers to the show you're watching as Power Rangers. For now, I guess this is mostly ...

 
 
 
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Watch Kyuranger's heroes strike a cosmic pose

At long last, we get to see Uchu Sentai Kyuranger's constellation-themed heroes in action. Thanks to TV Asahi, the first teaser for the show gives us a better look at the team's costumes. While we only get to see the team doing a pose,...

 
 
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Check out Uchu Sentai Kyuranger's otherworldly cast

Ever since Kyuranger's suits were revealed, I was behind the idea of a constellation-themed Sentai team with nine members. With the show's cast and staff announced, the franchise's 41st show is starting to look more interesting. Even though...

 
 
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2017's Sentai series brings us nine space-themed Rangers

Whenever a franchise does its best to change things up, I'm always down for seeing how they execute these new elements. With December among us, the next Super Sentai series, Uchu Sentai Kyuranger, has unveiled its designs, and the upcoming ...

 
 
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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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OP Up! - Super Sentai Edition

This week is a special edition of OP Up! and Week Ender, where I am featuring openings and endings from the long running live action super hero series for kids from Japan called "Super Sentai". This franchise belongs in the "Tokusatsu" genr...

 
 
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Streaming GET: Dairanger is now on Shout! Factory TV

If Shout! Factory's Dairanger stream from Saturday made you want to watch more of the series, the company has uploaded the entire series on Shout! Factory TV on May 23, which means that you can now restore your chi energ...

 
 
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Ole: Shout! Factory grabs Ohranger

Don't you love it when your prediction comes true? In this case, I had a hunch that Shout! Factory was going to give us a special surprise during their Dairanger stream. Lo and behold, it turns out that their next Sentai DVD set releas...

 
 
 
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Bakuryu Change: Abaranger's 8-bit opening is out on a rampage

I'm not sure if this is a coincidence or not, but I find it too convenient that Studio Megaane's latest chiptune song happens to be his take on Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger, which happens to be a hot-blooded ridiculously over-the-top dinosaur-...

 
 
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Awaken your instincts with Zyuohger's 8-bit opening

It's time for us to unleash our loudest Tarzan yell as Studio Megaane uses his Retro Cube to turn the opening of the animal and cube-themed Super Sentai series, Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger, into a chiptune that'll make anyone want to tap ...

 
 
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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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Rest in Peace: Creature Artist Yasushi Nirasawa passes away

Sad news, everyone; it turns out that the great creature illustrator Yasushi Nirasawa passed away at the age of 52 on Feb. 2. According to his Twitter page, his passing was caused by kidney failure. In case this is your first time hearing a...

 
 
 
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Zyuohger's full trailer shows off its blocky gimmicks

Whenever I get to see Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger in action, my interest in the show starts to rise slowly. With Toei uploading a three-minute trailer of the program on their YouTube channel, they manage to hit us with the main ...

 
 
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Evil gets slashed: Kakuranger heads to North America

You know that Shout! Factory's Super Sentai releases are doing fine when they throw a big surprise announcement at our faces. During their special Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger streaming event on Saturday, Jan. 23, the group reveal...

 
 
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Strike: Animals go bowling in the new Zyuohger trailer

With one month left until the 40th Sentai series' premiere, another wild Zyuohger trailer has appeared. Right now, I'm still on a neutral position on how I feel about the show; however, the series' idea of having four of the members as a r...

 
 
 
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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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Tenshin Da: Dairanger is up for pre-order

It's been a month since Shout! Factory announced that they're releasing Dairanger in North America, and the show is can now be pre-ordered at the company's Website. While it's unfortunate that one can't reserve the series at Amazon yet...

 
 
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SDCC '15: Dairanger fights its way to North America

[Update: The gang at Ranger Crew have confirmed that the series hits North America later this year.] Congratulations, people! Thanks to everyone who supported Shout! Factory's Zyuranger release, the company has announced at Comic Con 2015 t...

 
 
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Review: Ressha Sentai ToQger

When it comes to TV shows that run for a year, it’s hard to imagine that a long series could improve when its early segments failed to impress most viewers. In many cases, if you can’t grab the audience during the program’...

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

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 Dekaranger came...

 
 
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Review: Chroma Squad

Ever since a badly-dubbed lady popped out of a dumpster on the moon, sending a weird computer-man to seek "teenagers with attitude," geeks of a certain age have been on the lookout for a game that can capture the essence of what i...

 
 
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Watch Garage Hero tear Super Hero Wars GP to shreds

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. This time aroun...

 
 
 
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Happy Tenth Anniversary, Mahou Sentai Magiranger!

Today may be Friday the 13th, but that doesn’t mean that we’re in for a heap of bad luck. In fact, Mahou Sentai Magiranger tenth anniversary has landed on Feb. 13, 2015, which means that magic triumphs over random superstitions....

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

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 for the show y...

 
 
 
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Aw snap, Ninninger's toys reveal Shurikenjin's gimmicks

It's time to look at Ninninger's first set of toys, and things are starting to look even more promising for the upcoming ninja-themed Sentai series. Of course, the best thing out of this toyline is the Shurikenjin, since it's practically a ...

 
 
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Update no Jutsu: Ninninger gets a premiere date and more

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'm loving the Ni...

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

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 love with the ...

 
 
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Huzzah: Zyuranger is up on Amazon for pre-order

At long last, the first dinosaur-themed Sentai series is up on Amazon for pre-order. Best of all, the show's price is only $38.49, which is 30% off the set's $54.99 price tag. In other words, this is a really good deal, since the set comes ...

 
 
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Zyuranger's English DVD cover art features too much blue

It's been a good while since Shout! Factory announced their plan to release Zyuranger on DVD, and the company has revealed an image of the show's cover art. Based on the design, the cover doesn't look too bad-- even if the color b...

 
 




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