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Nearing the endgame of Kamen Rider Fourze, just wrapped up episode 32. Final form is here and it’s rad. While plot armor meant it wouldn’t stay
Meteor killing Kisaragi was still raw as heck, and shocking . Also Suspenders(Oosugi) arc has been super satisfying even if he is still a bit of a creep. Curious to see how this all wraps up.
Looking at giving Kabuto a watch next

Overall it’s basically crap but the amazon sale got me for 2 things, one off my enjoyment of Fourze and the other off my hype from Blazar(despite also having orb in the backlog)
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Problem is now I have to choose whether to watch Kuuga or Ryuki first XD
 
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Started rewatching Kamen Rider Build tonight, this is still a very special show to me. Hard to believe I first watched it two years ago.

Definitely hope to somehow own a Blu-Ray release of it. Zero-One got one so why not!
 
Ultraman Blazar 14

Really cool kaiju this week! It leading to an aerial battle that lasted for the entire episode was unexpectedly awesome--I really do love how Blazar's been bringing new stuff like that to the table. The Emi plotline was also preeeeetty interesting, and has more all the more curious about where the show's main arc is going.
 
Ultraman Blazar 15

Very sweet episode that reminds me not just of stuff like The Goonies or The Monster Squad, but also episodes from past Ultraman series that put the focus on characters outside the main cast, like Ginga S's Gan-Q episode; and those are always some of my favourites! Nice to continue getting more on Gento's home life, as well as seeing Blazar do more crazy shenanigans with the Spiral Burrade. The kids' actors here did a really great job, and so did their dub VAs for that matter--they made sure to get actual kids there too! Kudos all around!

Ultraman Blazar 16

An appropriately spooky episode to air just before Halloween! Mogusion had a lot more tricks than I was expecting, leading to a really fun battle; in a series that's already had a lot of good rumbles, this one was especially a stand-out (the Tilsonite sword continues to delight me). Loved a lot of the visuals that Mogusion's illusion powers were able to conjure up here, both some funny stuff and also some that was a little bit creepy. Great episode all around.
 
Finished my Build rewatch earlier and I've been watching Zyuohger. It's a pretty basic, no frills Sentai but I really love the costumes/theme and the character dynamic is fun. It has a very Showa vibe with the costumes, soundtrack and mecha. Overall I'm enjoying it so far.

Also strangely enough there was a MOTW that had the same voice actor as Evolt from Build. What are the odds lol
 


This looks pretty cool. A bit more on the humorous side of things but that's not too bad.
Also Gokai Blue is the main character in the japanese dub :D
 
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Oh man this week's Ultraman Blazar was so good… Zangill, gone too quick apparently we got returning character cameo too. Aw man Zangill is way too good a design to be a one off, hopefully they reuse him in the future
 
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@Mandos might want to make sure that's properly spoiler tagged

Also, YYH trailer! Honestly looks pretty good, have some reservations but I am somewhat optimistic:

 
Ultraman Blazar 17

In a series that's been a constant parade of high-quality goodness, I think this is my favourite episode so far. Zangill was so damn entertaining a character in his interactions with both Gento AND Blazar. I really hope he somehow makes a return some day, as the character concept is good--an alien ghost samurai hunting down the ghosts of kaiju to lay them to rest? HELL YEAH, GIMME THAT SPIN-OFF SHOW. It was heart-warming as well to see that, despite his initial reservations about working together, Gento had really warmed up to the guy and was sad to see him go at the end. See you, space samurai...

This episode also gave us a cameo from my favourite Mebius alien (or at least someone from his species): Zamushar! That combined with everything else clearly makes it an 11/10
 
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Kamen Rider Build 1-2
On a trip and decided to give it a try. Poor Banjou, he's had a hard life. Pretty wild setup, the lead is definitely the eccentric genius motif, and is it just me or is this setting up a Kamen Rider war?

Plan to start Ultragalaxy Mega Monster Battle this week. Well after I finish the first disc of Ultimate Muscle but it is my kit background watch XD
 
I finished the entirety of KR Black and the first half of Black RX recently, and as I pass the midpoint I'm starting to wonder when Shout's gonna do their next toku release at all. Been hoping for Turboranger or KR Agito for a long while now... The silence is worrying. Doesn't help the PR movie Blurays are going outta stock this month
 
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I finished the entirety of KR Black and the first half of Black RX recently, and as I pass the midpoint I'm starting to wonder when Shout's gonna do their next toku release at all. Been hoping for Turboranger or KR Agito for a long while now... The silence is worrying. Doesn't help the PR movie Blurays are going outta stock this month
Discotek releasing Black/Black RX suggests perhaps things have changed - they have their Toku Time label so likely releasing more going forwards, be interesting to see if perhaps Sentai and KR will head to Blu Ray through Discotek
 
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Finished Zyuohger. I think the final arc was a bit weaker than the rest of the show and the villains weren't very interesting but overall I had a pretty good time with this. I liked having a Red that was mature and thoughtful, pretty rare for a modern Sentai.

Gonna take a bit of a break but I think my next show will be Kamen Rider Stronger.
 
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Ultraman Blazar 18
Boy we're starting the end game plot ramp up aren't we?|wave 3! Gelbaga back! Conspiracies possibly revealed?
Great episode as usual

Started Kamen Rider Build, interesting setup so far. Banjou had better suit up at some point tho!
 
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Man Blood Stark is so perfectly petty making things personal, love the design too. Hints at Sento's past and Banjou being a reckless fool. Kind of curious seeing where the main plot amps up to with how relatively small scale things so far have been, they're obviously teasing something bigger scale for the back half
 
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Ultraman Blazar 18-19

Mixed feelings on this two-parter. I feel like it almost needed to be a three-parter, as the two plotlines--SKaRD vs. Irugo and Emi's investigations--were kind of competing with each other to have enough breathing room here, and I feel like it ended up hurting both. Firdran's entrance into the story in particular felt oddly paced, and I feel like it kind of blunted how emotional Emi's reunion with her father should have been.

That said, there was still a lot I liked in these episodes. The big battle in the first part was especially good (loved that new insert song), and I really did get a kick out of the little interaction we got between Blazar and Firdran; they're buddies! Despite it not being a full-fledged new form like other Ultras' final power-ups, I also dig how Blazar's combination with Firdran looks; Blazar using it to roast the hell out of all of the Irugos was awesome. I'm also really loving-to-hate Dobashi as our resident human villain. What a delightful bastard he's turning out to be.
 
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Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger

As someone who didn't care for Power Rangers: Ninja Storm a whole lot as a kid, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this series. The entire serialized story arc was so good and constantly left me wanting to watch one more episode, especially during the Gouraigers arc. The cast could be both super-engaging and hilarious, with everyone playing well off of each other; Jakanja has cemented itself as one of my favourite villian groups in all of toku, with that final battle against all of them in the last episode helping to make it one of the most memorable finales for me ever. Really liked all of the mechs here as well (even the bad guys got some pretty awesome-looking ones), with the Karakuri Balls providing some pretty fun finishers. A special shout-out to the show's music as well, there were so, so many great tracks that stuck out to me as I watched (THAT GOURAIGERS THEME).

also Shurikenger is officially the GOAT sixth ranger, sorry dem's the rules
 
Watched Power Rangers Cosmic Fury the other day, which, if I have things right, is the last Power Rangers before they reboot it. It's kind of a low key ending to the series, especially compared to some previous attempts at writing an ending, but I do think it worked fairly well at what it was trying to do. I've generally not been enthused by how recent seasons brought Zedd back, but he feels more in character here, and, despite some initial concerns, plays off the Squid Ink Inc. villains fairly well. It does feel like perhaps they could have used more episodes to better establish the new villains and give some of the subplots more room to breathe, but they do manage to make the story work by having it be a very direct sequel to Dino Fury and mostly reusing characters from that (+Billy).

I don't know a lot about the Sentai this was adapting, but I imagine very little of it was used outside of a few monster designs and some Zord footage. Even the suit designs, which I have some mixed feelings about, seem to be a PR original.
 
Watched Power Rangers Cosmic Fury the other day, which, if I have things right, is the last Power Rangers before they reboot it. It's kind of a low key ending to the series, especially compared to some previous attempts at writing an ending, but I do think it worked fairly well at what it was trying to do. I've generally not been enthused by how recent seasons brought Zedd back, but he feels more in character here, and, despite some initial concerns, plays off the Squid Ink Inc. villains fairly well. It does feel like perhaps they could have used more episodes to better establish the new villains and give some of the subplots more room to breathe, but they do manage to make the story work by having it be a very direct sequel to Dino Fury and mostly reusing characters from that (+Billy).

I don't know a lot about the Sentai this was adapting, but I imagine very little of it was used outside of a few monster designs and some Zord footage. Even the suit designs, which I have some mixed feelings about, seem to be a PR original.
Yeah its not an adaptation of anything, the zord footage (and as a result probably some monsters) is the only Sentai content left in the show now - stories are all original, suits all original etc and the reboot will be all original i believe with no sentai footage at all
 
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It is based off of the Metal Heroes tokusatsu, but is a one off OVA from what I can tell. I haven’t seen it and I don’t know if anyone here has ever seen this, but I have fallen in love with the opening theme song

Intro


Full opening theme
 


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