New polls, and a possible expansion.

Hey everbody. I’ve been poking around some interesting non-toku-related sites lately, and they’ve given me some very questionable ideas. I say questionable, because I’m not sure if you’ll go for it. Basically, I’ve been thinking about expanding, not necessarily the site, but from a general standpoint. I’ve been looking over sites like spreadshirt.com, and it gave me these ideas. But before I do anything overly rash or impulsive (which is very easy to do on the internet), I wanted you’re opinions first. Check out the poles below:

If you like any of this, please vote above. If you have any other questions, pleas feel free to leave a comment below. And if more than 5 people could vote on these, that would be awesome.

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Kamen Rider Statue still standing after tsunami.

This is a picture of the Kamen Rider statue in Ishinomaki in Miyagi, both the hometown of Kamen Rider and one of the areas hit by the tsunami. As you can see, even though so much around it was destroyed, the statue is still standing. It now stand as a symbol of hope and a source of courage for the victims of the tsunami.

Original story here: http://bakaandpabo.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/kamen-rider-steht-auch-noch-nach-tsunami-kamen-rider-still-standing-after-tsunami/

Sneak peak of next weeks episode of PRS

http://www.nick.com/videos/clip/power-rangers-samurai-ive-got-a-spell-on-blue-clip-1.html

Sneak peak of next week’s episode of PRS, called “I’ve got a spell on Blue”. Watch it now cuz it probably won’t be there long.

Kokusai Sentai Kyujoger: More details.

I may have devoted the last fews days to everthing that has happened in Japan, and to getting people to donate and help with the relief effort (by the way, the site is still an official supprter of the Super Hero Time Japan Relief effort, so if you could click one of the links in the previous posts, that would be super), but I still have stuff I need to do, things I need to post, and since there isn’t going to be any major toku news anytime soon, I thought I would go more into the fanfic Super Sentai I came up with the other day, which I’m calling Kokusai Sentai Kyujoger.

For those who didn’t see original post, Kokusai Sentai Kyujoger means International Task Force Rescue Rangers. Created both as a responce to the tragic events in Japan, and inspired by the overwhelming international responce to this crisis, I came up with this fanfic sentai. If I had to compare it with actual series, I would say it’s a mix between Battle Fever J and KyuKyu Sentai GoGoV, only with better looking costumes and without the cheesy dancing. The main team consists of five members from all across the world, relief workers who came from various countries and various organizations to help with this crisis, and brought together to fight an evil that rose to take advantage of the terrible situation.

The team consists of the following members (the team follows the RBYPB color scheme) :

KyujoRed Name: Hayashi Akira    Country of Origin: Japan      Age: 25

As a member of the Japan National Defense Force, he was already on duty after the initial earthquake, and worked in the areas most affected by the resulting tsunami. His commitment to helping is a matter of deep personal pride for his homeland. Because of this, he was made leader of this new team. But this acts as a source of internal conflict when he is sent on missions outside of Japan, as he feels that he must stay and help until a complete recovery has been made.

KyujoBlue Name: Sam Jacobs    Country of Origin: United States    Age: 21

Originally a volunteer with the American Red Cross, he is very idealistic, even though he is quiet and keeps to himself most of the time. He has a deep desire to help anyone in need, and this desire combined with his his physical and mental prowess mad him the perfect candidate to be KyujoRed’s second-in-command. It should be noted that unlike the rest of the Kyujogers, he is not of Asian heritage (spoiler alert), and while this doesn’t cause conflict with the others, there are situations where he makes the occasional cross-cultural faux pas. But he’s a fast learner, and a valued member of the team.

KyujoYellow Name: Aanjay    Country of Origin: Indonesia    Age: 20

When Indonesia offered to aid it’s citizens in Japan, Aanjay volunteered to head over as part of the relief effort. For her (yes, it’s a girl) it was a chance to explore the world beyond her home in Jakarta, and the chance to give the kind of help she and her family recieved following the tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2006. Her enthusiasm and willingness to go out and help makes her a asset to the team.

KyujoBlack Name: Jim Takeda    Country of Origin: Australia    Age: 23

A man of Japanese heritage, he was born in Australia, and has lived there his entire life. He worked for Doctors Without Borders at the time, and went over to provide on-site medical care working with Japanese Emergency responders. He was initially hesitant to the idea of joining Kyujoger, unsure of what that would mean for his career back home. But as he witnessed the atrocities commited by the evil group (insert name here), he knew then that he had to act. And he hasn’t looked back since.

KyujoPink Name: Marie Hana Ueda    Country of Origin: France    Age: 19

An aid worker from France, she is of both Japanese and French decent. While she may have been born in France, and living in France at the time, she is a well-traveled person who has seen much of the world. A very compassionate person, she immediately wanted to assist with the relief effort. When she was offered the chance to join Kyujoger, she immediately took it, hoping to feel a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment by helping others and fighting off the (insert name here). And even though she is the youngest of the group, she very much fills the role of big sister for the whole team.

That’s the team so far, although I may include more, since over 34 countries so far have pledged support in real life. Keep checking in on this, I may soon have a name for the bad guys, and maybe a few sketches or something of how the team will look. I would like to know what you think of this. You’re welcome to leave a comment below. And if any actual news pops up, I’ll be sure to let you know.

And remember these two things: 1) This is a fan fiction, this does not in any way represent any future Super Sentai series, and 2) Japan could use some real heroes at the moment, and if you can donate to SHT, you would be a hero to someone who really needs help right now.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Go-Kaiger, OOO, and Super Hero Time Update!

For those of you interested, next Sunday they will have new episodes of both Go-Kaiger and Kamen Rider OOO. Some good news, at least for us toku fans. I just have to wonder if people in Japan will have enough power to see it, since they are still dealing with rolling blackouts across the country.

This brings me to my next point. Yesterday, or should I say last night, this website and myself became official supporters of the Super Hero Time Japan Relief Fund, which, as you may have read on the original RRR post, is the combined efforts of RRR, CS Toys, Henshin Justice Unlimited, and many other reviewers, vloggers, bloggers, and general toku fans, to bring some form of relief to those devasted by the tragic and terrible events that have taken place since the earthquake, which many are now measuring at 9.0. What many are going through in Japan is almost unimaginable. So I implore you, once again, please help in any way you can. I will repost the link to the SHT ChipIn site right here: http://superherotime.chipin.com/super-hero-time 

You are more than welcome to follow this link, and give however much you want. Any amount will help. You can even copy this link and put it on your own stuff, whether it’s a blog, a Facebook page, a Tweet, whatever you use, as long as the word gets out. As I type this, there is the possibility of an explosion at the third functioning nuclear plant, and the possibility of nuclear meltdown is now greater than ever. Many people are without food, water, electricity, even shelter in some extreme cases. If you still have doubts about helping, then think about this: Monday morning in Japan, over 1000 dead bodies washed up on shore in the Northern part of Honshu, the main island of Japan. They were all people who had been drowned and dragged away by the tsunami that resulted from that 9.0 earthquake. They need all the help they can get over there, and you could be a real hero to someone. So please, follow the link above and donate.

As they said on the original RRR post, everyone, let’s henshin, get out our giant robos, and let’s get out there and help. And if you need a little inspiration:

BTW, just so you know that I’m serious about this, I’m not even going to post a celebratory piece about hitting 2000 visits(!). Thanks for that. Please help, and thank you for listeneing.

Fan Fiction Sentai: Kokusai Sentai Kyujoger

In Japanese, 国際戦隊救助ジャー . Translated means International squadron rescue rangers. In responce to the events that have taken place in Japan in recent days, and inspired by the world-wide responce to the crisis, I came up with this fanfic sentai. Image a mix between Battle Fever J and KyuKyu Sentai GoGoV. Basically it’s a team of rescue and relief workers comprised of members from around the world, brought together by the terrible tragedy that befell Japan. Originally just rescue workers that came to help from their own respective countries and organizations, five of them joined together when a new evil threat appeared to take advantage of the destruction and devastation. That’s all I really have now, if you want to see the rest, the full fan fiction will be available soon.

Whether or not this is in bad taste, I’m not sure. I’ll let you decide.

Power Rangers Samurai and Japan Disaster Update

Even though today they canceled Go-Kaiger and OOO today, we weren’t entirely without any form of tokusatsu. Today the newest episode of Power Rangers Samurai came on today. While it was a carbon-copy of the original Shinkenger episode, with the exception of the Bulk and Spike parts, and a few details such as having Emily stand in for the bride after Mia was captured (in the original episode, Ryunosuke acted as the second stand in, which would have been difficult to explain if they had tried to copy that), at least it was important in that we finally see their version of Fuwa Juuzo, which they are calling Deker. And it seems that all the rumors were true, because Ricardo Medina Jr was credited as the voice of Deker. And for those of you who haven’t heard the rumors, he played Cole in Power Rangers Wild Force, or should I say Wild Force Red Lion Ranger. So credit to whoever figured that out.

As for Japan, there is much destruction across the most affected areas, many people are without drinking water or supplies, there are rolling blackouts that have affected millions across the whole country, and they are still facing the possibility of nuclear meltdown at the facilities damaged by the earthquake. And in a new turn of events, the volcano that was erupting a few weeks before has started up again. And the number of dead and missing just keeps rising.

In some good news, at least for us outside of Japan, it seems that most of the Japanese celebrities have reported in, online and elsewhere, and the majority are safe and uninjured.

In the wake of what has happened, I once again implore everyone to do what you can. I have posted several links to various organizations that have either pledged help or are actively working to help in the most affected areas. I even have a link to the Super Hero Time! relief fund, created in conjunction with CS Toys International and RRR (Rangers, Riders, and Rambles). If you can help in any way, please do. Even if it’s just spreading the word, that would help out a lot.

Super Hero Time! Starts Now!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Go-Kaiger and OOO Update

Due to the earthquake and resulting tsunamis, there will be no new episode of either Go-Kaiger or Kamen Rider OOO this week. I think the reasons for why should be obvious. Just thought you should know.

For those of you interested, it seems that all of the Kamen Rider OOO cast are alright, and almost every member of the Go-Kaiger cast has checked in except for Kazuki Shimizu who plays Don Dogoier/Go-KaiGreen and Yuki Yamada who plays Joe Gibuken/Go-KaiBlue, and it seems that Yui Koike, who plays Ahim de Famille/Go-KaiPink, is having her representatives post on her blog for her, and they have canceled all the upcoming events she was scheduled to be in, so no one is sure what that means right now. We’ll be looking out for them and anyone else.

UPDATE: (3/12/11) It seems that everyone from the Go-Kaiger staff was together and is alright, at least according to Ryota Ozawa’s (Captain Marvelous/Go-KaiRed) personal blog. And it seems that a majority of our favorite toku actors have checked in and are alright. At least that is some form of good news coming out of Japan.

Disaster Fund | British Red Cross

Disaster Fund | British Red Cross

via Disaster Fund | British Red Cross.

For anyone whose seen the news today, there was a truly massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Japan last night and early this morning. It’s caused damage across the country and triggered a series of tsunamis both across the Japanese coastline, and across the entire Pacific. For anyone who has seen footage from the areas most affected by this disaster, then you understand how truly devastating the situation is. The above link take you to the British Red Cross Disaster Fund, the only one at the moment that seems to be directly coorelated to this disaster at the moment, and if you wish, you can follow it and donate to help the people in Japan who have been affected by what has happened.

Keep what has happened in your thoughts, and do whatever you can to help.

UPDATE: Here are a few more relief sites that I think you should visit.

American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/

GlobalGiving: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/japan-earthquake-tsunami-relief/

Save the Children: http://www.savethechildren.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=8rKLIXMGIpI4E&b=6478593&ct=9170883&notoc=1&msource=wenlpaqkf311 

OXFAM America: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/

AmeriCares: http://www.americares.org/newsroom/news/massive-earthquake-tsunami-devastates-japan.html 

Convoy of Hope: http://www.convoyofhope.org/go/headlines/entry/earthquake_and_tsunami_strike_japan 

International Medical Corps: http://www.internationalmedicalcorps.org/Page.aspx?pid=1970 

ShelterBox: http://www.shelterbox.org/news.php?id=613 & http://www.shelterbox.org/news.php?id=612

According to Yahoo, all of these groups have mobilized and are headed to the areas of Japan that have been most affected by this truly terrible disaster.

UPDATE: (3/12/11) If the groups above aren’t what suits your tastes, it seems the Rangers, Riders, and Rambles have teamed up with a whole host of other toku people and groups and have started their own relief fund called Super Hero Time. SHT will be accepting donations and handing them directly over to the charitable organizations in Japan. Here are the links to explain what it is: http://ridersrangersandrambles.com/2011/03/11/7826 

And here is the donation page: http://superherotime.chipin.com/super-hero-time

Please click any of the links above, and help in anyway you can. Your contribution to the various relief efforts will reach a lot people in need, and could make you a real hero.

Power Rangers Vs. Super Sentai: Western Recognition

For those of us in the tokusphere, one of the most difficult things in the world is to try to explain our obsessions to non-toku fans. This is especially true for anyone who has ever tried to talk about Super Sentai with someone who has no clue what it is. The main difficulty in explaining this argument is the obvious: it’s impossible to explain what Super Sentai is without bringing up Power Rangers. And we all know what happens when we bring up Power Rangers. They just stop listening. You’re lucky if you can get half of what you’re trying to explain across to them. They assume that it’s just like Power Rangers in America, only with an all-Asian cast. And it’s just beyond frustrating sometimes. Heck, I’ve tried to show people I know this blog, and they just don’t even bother feigning interest sometimes. There are times that I’ve gone very far to try to appease these people, I tell them it’s far better than Power Rangers (though I half-heartedly believe that), I tell them about all the stuff they get to talk about and show and do over there that an American kid’s show would never be able to get away with, I even try to compare it to anime sometimes (in a lot of ways, it is very anime-like, and not just because it’s Japanese). But it just never seems to work. It almost seems like it’s impossible to get across to these people. Almost.

Recently while going through the blogosphere (the general one, not the toku one) and I noticed a few non-toku blogs were talking about the opening scene of the frist episode of Go-Kaiger, the scene of the Legendary War, where all 34 of the past sentais came together to fight the initial Zangyack invasion. Apparently, there are still a few clips on YouTube of that scene, and other people are starting to see them. And from what I’ve seen and read so far, they are just as impressed by it as we are. This is a sign, ladies and gentlemen. A sign that it is time for America to be formally introduced to Super Sentai, in all it’s untranslated, unabridged glory.

Why now, you ask? I’ll give you three reasons: 1) Because Go-Kaiger kicks ass! 2) Because Power Rangers Samurai has regenerated interest in Power Rangers, even amongst people who haven’t had interest in the show since 1995. And 3) Despite the fact that there is a ton of Power Ranger and Super Sentai stuff on the web (sometimes overlapping), it’s like no one has taken five minutes to look up and see that Power Rangers comes out of Super Sentai. We now have a chance to correct that, if anything just so that we can have that on record, and not just on a few blogs and a seldom read Wikipedia page. We have the potential, over the next couple of years, of seeing a huge increase in Sentai and toku fans. If we can just get Go-Kaiger out to more people, we could seal the deal.

Now, your otaku side might be flaring up now and asking “why should we spread our fanaticism to other people? This is our territory, I don’t want to see stupid people trounce all over it. How could we possibly benefit from this?” Well calm down and I’ll tell you. If more people know about Super Sentai, if more people really begin to follow it, then it will have a much greater presence over here. Imagine, walking into an anime convention, cosplaying as your favorite senshi/ranger, and not feeling out-of-place because everyone there thinks you’re dressed as a power ranger, because they know what you’re actually dressed as. A small but substantial victory, but that’s not all. We could have our own toku conventions, dedicated solely to tokusatsu, whatever form it may take. And with greater pressure from an overseas audience, maybe the companies that produce these series will stop being complete jackasses and ease up on how much they restrict their content. I’m still pissed off at Toei, and a few others, and this would be the ace in the hole for getting them to change their policies. Heck, if demand got high enough, maybe they would outright bring this stuff directly over, and have it broadcast over here as it is (not to say there wouldn’t be some slight editing due to content and time restrictions, but you get my point). 

We have to take this opportunity, and take it now. Do what you have to to get the word out. Find these videos and email them to people. Talk about this stuff openly with friends and family. Post this stuff on your own YouTube accounts and Facebook pages and Twitter feeds, or whatever service you may use. Because this opportunity may not come up again for a while, so we better jump on it while we can.

For those of you who decide to do this, I would just like to say, ganbatte kudasai.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin