Black Condor Returns!: Talk about Once a Ranger…

Well here’s some Go-Kaiger news nobody saw coming: Wakamatsu Toshihide, who played Yuki Gai/Black Condor in Choujin Sentai Jetman, will appear in Go-Kaiger as a revived Yuki Gai!

According to Wakamatsu’s official blog, he will be making his comeback in the Jetman tribute episode, with Inoue Toshiki writing the script. Here’s part the official post:

井上敏樹氏脚本にて。
『海賊戦隊 ゴーカイジャー』に結城凱 復活します!乞うご期待!!            Translated: Yuki Gai will be revived in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger! Please look forward to
it!!

Here are a couple of links for this:

http://guy-w.bbs.coocan.jp/
http://homepage3.nifty.com/guy-w/episode.html

No word on when the Jetman tribute will be, but I can already tell that this is going to be EPIC!

And with all of these killed-off heroes making a comeback in the show, this really does bring a whole meaning to “Once a Ranger, Always a Ranger”. 😛

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Super Sentai Villain Getter?

Check out this parody version of the Go-Kaiger ED, “Super Sentai Hero Getter”:

Even villains need a little love sometimes. The video was originally imported from Nico Nico Douga, and uploaded to YouTube by this guy.

First Images of Kiba the Dark Knight Gaiden Released: Wait, a prequel where the main villain is the hero? That sounds familiar….

The first images from the highly-anticipated GARO spin-off, KIBA the DARK KNIGHT GAIDEN, have been released. It’s a direct to video prequel where KIBA, the primary antagonist in the GARO series, is now the protagonist. That sounds like another recently released direct-to-video toku spinoff, does it not?

This story focuses on Kiba, the malevolent suit of armor used by Barago in the GARO tv series. As I’ve stated before, it’s a prequel that takes place several years before the events in GARO, and is expected to explain the origin of the armor, as well as what makes it unique, among other things. New images reveal the GARO protagonist Saejima Kouga will appear in this movie as a child, along with his father and previous Garo user Saejima Taiga.

JAM Project’s Kageyama Hironobu has already revealed that he will be singing the theme song for Kiba the Dark Knight Gaiden. And there will be a new GARO series, GARO Makai Battle Chronicle, which is currently under production.

KIBA the DARK KNIGHT GAIDEN will be released on Blu-Ray (6090 yen) and DVD (5040 yen) on September 7th. Movie run-time is 45 minutes, and includes special bonus features such as a the making of, a trailer for the movie, and more.

So if you’re a big time GARO fan, go out and pre-order this now!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

New S.H. FiguArts figures for 2011-2012: Or, how Bandai is truly, truly evil.

So look at what the experts in the art of wallet draining have come out with now, a new batch of S.H. FiguArts figures!

These new pics come from the Tamashii Festival 2011, showcasing Bandai’s and Tamashii Nation’s new line of S.H. FiguArts figures. First up was the complete S.H. FiguArts Kaizoku Sentai Go-Kaiger! That’s right, all five Go-Kaigers. Go-KaiRed will be released this September, with Go-KaiBlue and Go-KaiGreen coming out in October, though no word on the release date for Go-KaiYellow or Go-KaiPink. Each figure will come with different parts to build the full brifge to the Go-KaiGalleon, and each will cost 3500 yen.

Also up are the S.H. FiguArt Tiger & Bunny collection. I don’t know a whole lot about the new anime, so I’ll let GekiDan of Jefusion explain:

To be released in September and October respectively, are SH FiguArts Wild Tiger and Barnaby Brooks Jr. for 4500 yen each. Future releases include SH FiguArts Rock Bison, Sky High, Fire Emblem, Lightning Kid, Blue Rose and Origami Cyclone; FiguArts Zero Kotetsu Kaburagi and Barnaby Brooks Jr.; and SH FiguArts version of their motorbikes.

Thanks GekiDan. And now onto some stuff I’m a bit more familiar with:

I haven’t just nerdgasmed, I’ve toku-gasmed!

Anyway, we have S.H.FiguArt figures for (left-right, top-bottom): Kamen Rider V3, Kamen Rider Eternal and Eternal Red Flare, Kamen Rider Den-O Climax form, Kamen Rider Birth Birthday form, Kamen Rider OOO TaJaBata combo, Lost Ankh with BuraKaWani combo, ShinkenRed and ShinkenRed Kaoru, GoseiKnight, Fuwa Juzo, Kamen Riders Ouja and Zolda, Vegeta, and Mirror Knight from the Ultraman Zero movies. Here are a few close ups:

Wait, is that Mezool and Gamel in the back?

I’ll admit, this one is a bit of a surprise to me, not that they did it, but that they skipped over everyone else (except for GoseiRed).

Definitely not surprised by this one!

WIN!

But, it wasn’t exclusively S.H. FiguArts at Tamashii Festival, we also found out about this gem!:

Yes, it’s the Super Robot Chogokin Dekaranger Robo! The articulated, diecast model of the main mecha for Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger. It comes with (as far as we know) the Signal Cannon and Judgement Sword. Price and release date to be announced.

That’s it so far from the Tamashii Festival, I’m sure there’s still plenty more bank-account-draining stuff to come, so stay keep checking back.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

UPDATE: (7/16/11) Here are some more pics from the S.H. FiguArts Ultra Act collection:

Here we have Ultra Act Ultraman Gaia V2 and Ultraman Agul. Both come with special effects parts from their signiture attacks. Ultraman Gaia V2 will be released in October for 3360 yen, while the Ultraman Agul figure has no announced price or release date.

And from Ultimate Force Zero, we have Ultra Act JeanBot and Mirror Knight (the same figure I covered yesterday, but in a different pose). Price and release date for both have not been set, however the Ultra Act Glen Fire figure (not pictured) is set for release this September for 3360 yen.