OOO and Fourze: Side by side, hand in hand. Sorry that sounds like a sappy love song.

Here’s a couple  of pics of OOO and Fourze together. These are from the summer movie. Enjoy:

These are actually very clear and detailed pics. The first is probably the best picture I’ve seen of either Fourze or OOO, and the second one is so detailed it’s almost surprising. Hat’s off to ModXToys for these.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Ultraman Retsudan Opening and Intro: Is it a biography, or a glorified clip show?

We have the opening for the new Ultraman biographical series, Ultraman Retsuden. The new Ultraman series, announced back in April, is a celebration for the 45th anniversary of the Ultraman franchise. (Wow, all three major toku series are celebrating anniversaries this year.)

Ultraman Retsuden will star Ultraman Zero, the newest Ultra Hero, as the “navigator” of the show, leading us through 45 years of Ultraman history. It will be a special compilation of various Ultra Heros and Monsters.

Let’s take a look at the intro:

(Credit to gustavaumisback)

Pretty cool entrance, huh? Especially for a biography.

Other Heisei Ultra Heros are said to guest star throughout the series, including Tiga, Dyna, Gaia, and Cosmos. And they’ve got more in stock for future episodes.

For anyone interested in seeing this, Grown Ups in Spandex (GUIS) will be subbing this new series. If anyone would like me to review this first episode, just let me know.

I’m not sure if I’ll watch this one that often. I think I’ll watch the first episode or two to get the feel of it, but that will be about all.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Kamen Rider OOO Summer Movie Theme Song: Check out the sweet cover.

This is the cover art for the theme song for the OOO summer movie, Kamen Rider OOO THE MOVIE: WONDERFUL, Shogun, and 21 Core Medals. The song is entitled “Let’s Hold Hands~ Matsuken x Kamen Rider Samba ~”, sung by Matsudaira Ken (Tokugawa Yoshimune) with Watanabe Shu and Miura Ryosuke (Eiji and Ankh). It will be release in both a CD-Only regular version, and a CD+DVD combo pack, that includes the music video for the song. This single will be released August 3rd.

Kamen Rider OOO Upcoming Episode Summaries: Is this the mood they really want to end the show on?

So, Ankh was absorbed by Lost Ankh at the end of this most recent episode, leaving Eiji with only the purple core medals to fight with. Will Eiji be force to rely on this uncontrollable power, or did Ankh have one last trick up his sleeve? Read on to find out:

Warning! Spoilers ahead!

Episode 41: Brother and Sister, the Rescue, and Eiji Leaves
Lost Ankh, who finally absorbed Ankh, feels like he’s complete. But then he notices that something is missing. He realizes that he needs something from Hina in order to be complete. Lost Ankh tries to attack Hina, but is stopped by Eiji. Eiji runs away with Hina and realizes that she has a hawk medal. Lost Ankh eventually catches up, Eiji has no other choice than to use the purple Core Medals. While they are fighting, Lost Ankh’s right arm stops moving.

Episode 42: N/A – July 17
After Ankh was absorbed, Shingo regained consciousness. Eiji and Hina don’t want Shingo to be involved in all the fighting, so they leave him at Cous Cousier. Maki confronts Eiji and demands the purple Core Medals. Eiji refuses to hand them over. But then Maki tells Eiji something important.

Episode 43: N/A – July 24
A couple is sitting at a park and a white Yummy is born out of the male. The Yummy eventually grows into the Vulture Yummy. The Vulture Yummy starts to immediately go after his targets.

Episode 44: N/A – July 31
Gotou and Hina are worried about Eiji, who’s slowly growing into a Greeed, so they ask Kougami for help. Kougami takes them to a certain place of his foundation.

Well, this series certainly is full of surprises! So, is Ankh lost for good? Can Eiji be rid of the purple cores before he changes into a Greeed? Do they have enough cores to avoid using the PuToTyrano combo?

Power Rangers SPD to air in Japan this August: Man, that’ll be confusing to sub… :P

Toei Channel finally confirmed that the Japanese dub of Power Rangers SPD will begin airing August 8th. This version will feature the cast of the original Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger dubbing over the voices of their SPD counterparts. Don’t they just look so thrilled to be doing this? 😛

It’s also been revealed that two back-to-back episodes will be aired weekly at 5pm during it’s first run. We also have the titles for the first eight episodes that will air:

  1. Beginnings Part 1「新生Bスクワッド誕生(前編)」
    (“The Newly Born B-Squad” Part 1)
  2. Beginnings Part 2「新生Bスクワッド誕生(後編)」
    (“The Newly Born B-Squad” Part 2)
  3. Confronted「真のリーダー」(“A True Leader”)
  4. Walls「壁」(“Wall”)
  5. Dogged「リック パワーアップ」 (“Power-Up RIC!”)
  6. A-Bridged「ブリッジ」(“Bridge”)
  7. Sam Part 1「サム(前編)」(“Sam” Part 1)
  8. Sam Part 2「サム(後編)」 (“Sam” Part 2)

This is the first Power Rangers series to air on the TOEI Channel. And as a special bonus, they will also be releasing a DVD Box Set entitled HERO CLUB POWER RANGERS SPD, due out August 5th.

So, now that they’re doing this, would you want to see the dubbed episode of SPD for yourselves? Would any of you watch it regularly? Or maybe even want someone to “sub the dubs”, so to speak, and watch these episodes with subtitles? Personally, I think that would be a little redundant. I know they can’t stay perfectly to the original SPD script, but still, they would have to stay close enough for it to make sense. Besides, anyone outside of Japan would most-likely have already seen the original PRSPD, so you know what’s going to happen. I would really only watch one or two episodes of it, just to see if they’ve made any major changes to it. But I know some of you out there would want to see regular subs of these shows, so…

Anyway, that’s all for now, if anything else pops up, I’ll let you know.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Power Rangers Samurai on the 4th of July: Rockin’ the Power at the Rose Bowl Stadium!

(Sorry I haven’t posted anything before now, I haven’t had internet access for 24 hours. It’s a surprise that I even still have the little bit that remains of my sanity.)

Well, it looks like everyone came out to celebrate the Fourth of July this year, including the Power Rangers Samurai. This year, they delighted huge crowds at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California (hey, that’s where Power Morphicon will be), performing some big Ranger stunts to deafening cheers and video from the series playing on the giant scoreboard. Those who attended even got a chance to meet and pose with the Rangers after the show. This was part of the annual July 4th fireworks show in Pasadena, held at the Rose Bowl Stadium. Here are some pics from the event:

Wow, look at that crowd! The only other time I ever see that many people at the Rose Bowl Stadium is during the Rose Bowl!

(A small explanation for my international audience: For those of you who don’t know, the Fourth of July is the United States’ Independance Day, so that’s why they came out and did the show. It’s normally celebrated with big fireworks shows and other related festivities. The Rose Bowl, and Rose Bowl Stadium, are part of the “College Bowl Series”, it’s one of the biggest American Football championship games in the country (for college/university-level football), and the stadium is used to house special events year-round. The name comes from the annual “Tournament of Roses” Parade, which started long before the Rose Bowl, where contestants create various parade floats and decorate them using flowers and flower-based products, such as petals and seeds, as well as other “natural” materials. There are several awards given out for the best floats in given categories, such as “most original”, “best arrangement”, and the coveted “Best in Show”. For more info on these or other related events, Google it.)

-M.C., the Quantum Twin