New Gobuster Cast and General Rumors: Pick a naming convention already!

Looks like we’ve got new rumors for the 36th Super Sentai series, Tokumei Sentai Gobuster, and it features a new cast rumor and new plot point rumors. And this time, we get to see more Foodroids! (Wait, wrong show) Check out the current cast line-up:

The core team will be composed of  RedBuster, Sakurada Hiromu (played by Suzuki Katsuhiro), BlueBuster, Iwasaki Ryuuji (played by Baba Ryouma), and YellowBuster, Usami Youko (played by Arisa Komiya).

And here’s the current set of rumors that have come out:

  • Heroine is a favorite among “maniacs”
  • A former Space Sheriff guides the 3 rangers
  • Enemies are Supernatural Creatures/Ghosts
  • Strong comedy flavoring
  • Transformation Device is the Mission Paneler. Smart Phone type.
  • Robot is a cross between GekiTouja and SirenBuilder
  • The Partner Robos seem to be based on “Favorite Foods”. The first 3 are  meat, fruit, vegetables. The 4th ranger’s robo may be a  dolphin/representing fish.

It’s like all of the rumors from the past couple of months are starting to coalesce. Plus, the Foodroids have been upgrade to full Food mechs! Really, you take that from Fourze?

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Go-Kaiger Scans and Episode Summaries: Rise of the Dragon Slayer?

Yay! More new scans! This time, we have scans from upcoming episodes of Go-Kaiger, as well as some new episode summaries, and it looks like we’re going into two characters’ backstories. Meet the Princess and the Dragon Slayer!

Next week’s episode of Go-Kaiger, Ep.41, “Something I Don’t Want to Lose”,  Emperor Ackdos Gil enters the battlefield, setting after the Go-Kaigers for the death of his son. And along with him are two of his guards (seen above), Imperial Guards Dyrando ans Zatslig. After imprisoning Damaras for not protecting the Prince in battle, Zatslig, with a reputation for destroying whole worlds, goes on the attack. And Ahim is the one that goes after him, because Zatslig is the one who destroyed her home world of Famille and killed her parents, the King and Queen shown in the first scan, and saying that she has a grudge against him would be an understatement. We’ll also learn how she met Marvelous and why she became a Pirate.

And this scan come from the episode after, Ep.42, “The Strongest Man in Space”. In it, Ahim uncovers reports that would suggest that Don Dogoier/Hakase may have been a legendary warrior, known for slaying many dragons on many worlds. But Don has no memories of doing any of it. So, is he a great Dragon Slayer, or was he just an intergalatic cosplayer?

And this final scan reveals that the RangerKey toy line will continue into next year (2012), and that there will be a new toy to use with them. No word yet on which teams or senshi the new RangerKeys will be based on.

And that should be it for Go-Kaiger series stuff. Hopefully, we’ll get a glimpse of that new toy sometime soon.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Question for you: Any ideas on what the new RangerKey toy will be?

Go-Kaiger Vs. Gavan Leaked Images: What kind of jail is this?

Check out the newest leaked scans from the Go-Kaiger Vs. Gavan movie. This one, leaked earlier today, shows scenes of a space prison full of former Sentai Villains!

According to these scans, and a couple of rumors, the prisoner list includes: Shizuka of the Wind (Boukenger), the three Pollution Ministers — Kegaleshia, Kitaneidas and Yogostein (Go-onger), Yatsudenwani (Abaranger), Gekkou (Boukenger), Bae (Gekiranger), and Jealoushitto (Gokaiger).  And notice that the three Ministers all have white cloths on their head, indicating that they’re ghosts. And they aren’t the only ghosts, because supposedly Walz Gil is also suppose to be locked up with Jealoushitto. One guy supposedly came across them filming a scene where Jealoushitto and Walz Gil were in a fist fight, and the Gobusters showed up to hunt down the ghostly Prince.

This is quite the shock to see, because everyone in there either reformed or changed sides, so why have they been locked up? Well, it turns out that the prison is in Makuu Space, and that Gavan was tricked into locking them up with the Go-Kaigers by movie villain Makuu Prison Chief Ashrada! (pictured in the scans below) Will Gavan be able to see through the deception in time to correct his mistake? Apparently not, at least that’s what the scans below show:

I must see this henshin sequence, NOW!

Suddenly, the line-up is much shinier!

Andm on top of Gavan appearance, we get to see BattleKenya and DenjiBlue fighting alongside. Nothing quite like teaming up with yourself AND yourself. 😛

And we do have a little more info on Gavan Bootleg. It’s a robot warrior created from the combined technologies of the Space Police and the Zangyack, who can mimic all of Gavan’s abilities, and can drag people into Makuu Space.

Of course, no robotic copy could ever replace the original. 😉

And this is Makuu Prison Chief Ashrada, who tricked Gavan into arresting the Go-Kaigers, and who inherited the blood of the fallen space mafia Makuu leader Don Horror. In the movie, he activates his own blood in order to expand Makuu space and conquer the Earth by engulfing it!

And here, we see Gavan after he’s captured Marvelous, working on what he thinks are orders from the Space Police Chief Uibaru, only to realize afterwards that Uibaru is really Ashrada! But when he tries to free the Go-Kaigers, he gets captured and locked up by Gavan Bootleg!! How will they all get free and stop Ashrada before he engulfs the Earth in Makuu space?

Expect epic fight sequences and action from Gavan.

Here, we se Retsuo Ichijoji after he’s rescued a young Marvelous. A small heart-warming scene, I’m sure.

Here, we see Retsuo trapped in Makuu prison by the bootlegged robot. Will Marvelous and the crew be abel to free him, and themselves, in time to stop Ashrada’s plans?!

And it looks like Elder, the older of the Sneak Brothers that was batted out into some distant horizon, has returned for revenge! And he brought along his younger sister, Sister! And it looks like they’re trying to tangle with BattleKenya, which might be a big mistake.

Kaizoku Sentai Go-Kaiger Vs. Uchu Keiji Gavan premieres January 21st, 2012.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Anything Goes Ballad Cover Art Revealed: There so sad they can’t even look at each other. :'(

It might be sad for them, but not for us! Check out the new cover art for the upcoming single release of “Anything Goes! Ballad” by Maki Ohguro:

We first heard the song in (somewhat ironically) the last episode of Kamen Rider OOO, and note that it was also the last song recorded by Maki Ohguro before taking a temporary leave of absence from singing.

The Single, originally slated for release on October 21st, will be released on December 7th.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Ninjaman Returns?!: What does the jar reveal?

Of the many Sentai heroes and warriors that fought in the Legend War, one that was noticably missing for long-time Sentai fans was a certain blue ninja of Kakuranger fame by the name of Ninjaman. For the MMPR generation, you know him as Ninjor, the one that gave the Rangers (and the Alien Rangers before them) their Ninja Powers in the TV series (sorry, the movie explaination doesn’t count). Part of the reason fans have complained about him not being included in the Legend War was because there were other Extra Senshi similar to Ninjaman who were there and in on the action. So what happened to Ninjaman? Well, we thought we had the answer before, when these translations from the 199 Heroes movie pamhplet came out:

  • There was actually a great battle with many of the Sentai giant robots against the Zangyack’s fleet.
  • The robots were destroyed/defeated and that’s where the movie picks up from at the start.
  • Ninjaman and Datas probably fought in the giant battle but ended up becoming inoperable/unable to fight. Note it is possible that Ninjaman was sealed back in the jar following the events of the legend war.
  • Ohranger’s Gunmajin may have fought, but since he is so fickle, maybe not (laughs).
  • Zuban survived that battle and that’s why he was still fighting in the war in what we see in the movie.
  • In the movie, we’re only told Gokaiger takes place “a few years later” but it’s approximately 3 years. The only hint of that in the movie is Nozomu’s school uniform indicating he is in Grade 8 now.

But now it looks like that might not have been the whole story, at least not according to this screen shot from the latest episode of Go-Kaiger:

So what is this ominous, shadowed jar suppose to be? Well, almost everyone has speculated that this is the jar that Ninjaman was sealed in a millenium before the events of Kakuranger, and that most likely Ninjaman is still contained inside. or those that need further proof of this, take a look at this comparison to the scene below from Kakuranger:

So then, did Domon send them out to protect the Megakure shrine knowing that the jar was there? And if that really is Ninjaman’s jar, does that mean that Ninjaman is the key to gaining Kakuranger‘s Grand Power?

And if so, then what about the persistent rumors that the original Ninjaman suit is lost? Supposedly, there was only one suit made, and when Toei lended it to Saban for MMPR season 3, Saban lost the suit. Not sure if I believe that rumor, mostly because they would have had to make several suits for stunts and back-ups anyway. But they’ve been floating around for a while, so there.

Also worth noting for those of you unfamiliar with Kakuranger mythos, the reason Ninjaman was sealed away in the jar was because he was fooled by Daimaou into attacking humans, and was sealed away as punishment.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Kamen Rider Fourze Ep.12 Sub: Keep the stars from falling!

Sorry for the long wait, but now they’re up! Here’s Kamen Rider Fourze Ep.12 Subbed! Oh, and creepy guy’s name is Makise. Not sure why that’s so hard to remember. Anyway, check out the episode below:

Kengo saved, Zodiart stopped, everybody wins. Except for Makise.

And it looks like our very first Zodiart returns in the next episode. But what does the sudden appearance of the school’s Principal have to do with the him not wanting to return, or with the new army of grunts that appeared? We’ll find out next week!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Go-Kaiger Ep.40 Sub: Time is a funny thing, especially when you change it…

They are officially up! Here’s the subs for Go-Kaiger Ep.40! Wanna know what happens? Then watch the video below!:

Aww, Domon has a son with the woman he fell in love with in the past. Boy, how confusing would that be it your father was born almost a century after you were? 0.o

And something about that jar they showed near the end definitely looked familiar. Could it be the same jar that houses a certain big blue ally to the Kakurangers known as Ninjaman? Guess we’ll find out soon enough.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Go-Kaiger Series and Movie Mega-Post: This isn’t even half of what you don’t know.

Right, so there’s been a ton of news regarding, well, everything over the past week, and unfortunaltely it’s so much that I just can’t cover all of it. So instead, we’re going over that which has come out in the last couple of days, which is still a good chunk of stuff. To start off, we have this official Go-Kaiger Vs. Gavan movie poster!:

The current storyline for the movie: Space explodes in a violent battle! The one who arrested the Gokaigers is none other than the legendary Space Sheriff Gavan! Now that the Zangyack’s plan to blame the Gokaigers for their own crimes has failed, the Gokaigers shouldn’t be pursued by the Space Sheriff….
But they were handed over by the Zangyack! Gavan, upon realizing this huge conspiracy, is drawn into Makuu Space! What’s happening? The Gokaigers break into Makuu Space to rescue Gavan, but there’s a great chance that they may never return. Can the space pirates rescue the Space Sheriff and come back alive?!

And this promises to be the next big toku movie, as seen in these other scans:

In this scan, we see Retsuo Ichijoji, played by Ohba Kenji, changing into Gavan, and fighting the so-called Gavan Bootleg. In the bottom half of the left page, we seeHim also rescuing a young Marvelous. Will either remember the event? And of course, we have a new, stylized Dolgiran.

And here’s another scan of the Gavan vs. Bootleg fight, along with him and the Go-Kaigers fighting together against a possible Zangyack lackie.

And just to reconfirm the news, Ohba Kenji will also appear in the movie as DenjiBlue and Battle Kenya, as seen here:

And now onto some Episode Scans!:

And finally, we have one last scan from the upcoming Go-Kaiger HBV, where Marvelous and Gai fuse together and henshin into every Red Senshi, and it looks like Barizog is having some fusion-related issues as well:

And that’s all the major Go-Kaiger news from the past three days. I’m sure something big will come out as soon as I post this, but if it does, I’ll try to let you know what it is.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

More Power Rangers Samurai Stuff: Parades, Floats, and the greatest Panel EVER.

Hey, don’t be fooled by shiny specials, this week has practically been dedicated to all things Power Rangers. As proof, we have video of the Power Rangers Samurai in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with a few photos, a new design for a Tournament of Roses Parade float, and video from the Tsuyoshi Nonaka Panel at the Pacific Media Expo (PMX) talking about the desings for the Mega Mode figures. Let’s get this Samurai celebration started!

First, for those of you who didn’t catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year, here’s the Power Rangers Samurai’s official appearance in the parade:

And here’s a small gallery for you:

Who doesn’t like a little Ranger live-action show? And the little affair is fine, but it could have been really jazzed up with a float like this:

Yes, this float will be created and submitted to the 123rd Annual Tournament Of Roses Parade by Namco Bandai, and will feature all six Rangers standing amongst their zords and the Samurai Megazord, the float itself being made with precisely arranged flowers and organic materials. Just a little over-the-top promotion for the Wii game.

And finally, we have a video from the PMX featuring the Tsuyoshi Nonaka Panel, and during this panel they reveal some secrets behind the design of the Mega Mode figures, including:

  • That the “Battilized” Ranger figure would appear in the show
  • That the ninja/wrestler-style masks were originally included in the design because they had no idea who would be on the final cast, and Saban just decided to incorporate the masks into the toys
  • That the Mega Mode was partly inspired by the suit designs from the MMPR Movie
  • And that they usually use these kinds of designs mainly with Kamen Rider

Check out the panel video here (for the stuff about the PRS Mega Mode, skip ahead to about 8:47):

And that should be everything Power Rangers-related for now. If anything else pops up, I’ll let you know!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Clash of the Red Rangers Review

Okay, so the new Power Rangers Samurai TV movie “Clash of the Red Rangers” debuted just a couple of hours ago (when I started writing this post), and so far, I’m not sure what to make of it.

On first watch, they seem to be pulling from three different sources to make this special. First, and most obvious, was Shinkenger vs. Go-Onger, only with just RPM Ranger Red making an appearance, and then mixed in with that was the Shinkenger movie, mostly using a re-shot version of the major battle scene and the battle against the now-named General Gut, and what should have been the reveal of the Shark zord/Shark Attack Ranger (Kyoryu Origami/Hyper Shinkenger) but was instead revealed in the Double Red Ranger fight scene, and a random episode which was originally where Kotoha/ShinkenYellow first used the Super Shinkenger power (it was the scene where the Samurai Rangers first come in).

Basic plot summary: The RPM Rangers are still fighting the robot hordes (a.k.a. Venjix) that nearly destroyed humanity, when one bad guy named Professor Cog escapes from his dimension into the Samurai Ranger’s dimension, with RPM Ranger Red on his tail. After seeing the new Samurai Rangers in action, he makes a deal with Master Xandred to eliminate the Rangers in exchange for Sanzu River water, which he plans on using to poison the water supply in the RPM dimension. When he sends out his Grinders to take out the Samurai Rangers, that’s when RPM Ranger Red shows up. He tells the Samurai Rangers that his name is Scott, and that he came from his dimension to stop Professor Cog while he’s in the Samurai Ranger’s dimension. After a fight with the Professor and his Grinder minions, the team is transported by Cog to the RPM dimension, leaving the two Reds who’ve been poisoned by Cog’s hypno-bolts. Both sides regroup, where we see Xandred and General Gut talking about a Mooger army build-up they’ve been planning since before Professor Cog showed up. The next day, with Jayden and Scott growing more and more hostile towards each other, they set off to fight a combined Mooger/Grinder horde, only to start fighting each other. Their fight ends with a fake-out, using the same trick Professor Cog had pulled in Scott in his dimension, and together they wipe out the Moogers and the Grinders using the Samurai’s yet-to-be-revealed Shark Attack and Super Modes. That’s when the others finally return and help them take out Professor Cog and a Nighlock ordered to assist him. After that, they charge into a battle with General Gut and a swarm of Moogers, with RPM Ranger Red and Samurai Gold Ranger fighting from a Red Convertible (it was a Mustang, but they can’t use brand names on Power Rangers for legal reasons). They take out General Gut with Jayden going into Shark Attack Mode, and then finish him off using the new Shark Zord. After which, the Samurai Rangers see Scott off to his dimension, while hinting at a possible upcoming romance between Mike and Emily. 😉

My review: Let me start out by saying that I had started on this post yesterday, shortly after it had premiered, and my impression of it has since changed. If I had published the review I was working on yesterday, then all you would have read was a scathing, nit-picky, dare I say fanboy-esque review, in which I just constantly pointed out every little flaw and complained about every little incongruency with the story, and you all would have probably called me out for it. But since then, I’ve had a chance to see the special again, and rethink my position on certain things, and if I’m honest, it wasn’t half bad considering all the things they had working against them.

For example, we all would have like to seen Eka Darville in person, at least for a one scene, but he couldn’t be there, so we’ll just have to make due with his voice over. One thing I really don’t get though, if they did that just for him, then why not just replace everyone else that couldn’t show with suit actors and give them some kind of voice double, like the very obvious one they had for Steven Skyler/Antonio. They’ve had Ari Boyland on there voicing a Nighlock, I’m sure he could have come in to voice his parts. And I know they needed to fill time by replacing the missing scenes in the movie (Megazord battle with Professor Cog on the Moon, the Goseiger fight scene, etc.), but why use the Shinkenger movie scenes? That just threw off the whole plot line of the movie. Sure, you needed a way to formally introduce the Shark Zord, but why didn’t they just do it in another special? And I’m just ranting again.

Overall, I’d say this was a good special, given the special conditions. Would I say it was the best Samurai has had to offer so far? No. But I do think that the best is waiting just around the corner. After all, there are a lot of big things waiting for us in season two.

Still wish they could have done more with this one. Maybe next time, with whichever two series they decide to make a crossover for, they’ll be able to get a hold of the actors from the previous season before they go off and get new acting jobs.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin