I’m about to make your weekend! (I really hope this isn’t the only highlight of your weekend) We’ve got a new Go-Busters, Fourze is back from it’s week-long hiatus, and we have the finale (the series itself, not including next week’s special) of Akibaranger. So we’ve got one that’s at it’s end, one that’s just beginning, and one that’s headed into the home stretch. With all of these shows floating around, how can anyone keep up?
Alright, we’ve got some new videos here, just in time to catch-up for this weekend’s new episodes. We’ve got both Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters Mission 17 and Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger Ep.11, and their both subbed!
Alright, first let’s dive into Go-Busters Mission 17, where Masato/BeetBuster and Beet J Stag/StagBuster try to re-adapt to real life, Vaglass unleashes a new type of MegaZord, Go-Buster Beet is revealed, and Ryuuji finds his purpose for fighting! Really, it took you 13 years and 17 episodes to figure that out? Anyway, chech out the video below (turn on CC for subs):
And now we have Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger Ep.11, where major changes in the story have led to Akagi being replaced, Dr. Z turning his evil corporation into an evil empire, and none of it adds up. And this leads to Akagi’s realization that somehow their world is really a television series(!), and that whoever’s been running the show has been purposely changing it’s direction to suit their own twisted needs! But whose the one really pulling the strings? And now that they know it, where will the show go from here?! For right now, enjoy this episode (yeah, you’ll need CC on for this on too):
And coming in the next few days, we should have new episodes of Go-Busters, Akibaranger, and a new episode of Kamen Rider Fourze! And hopefully any videos I can find will actually stay up long enough for me to share them with you! Seriously, Japanese copyright law is about to get a lot harsher, which means it’s going to be that much more difficult for people to even upload an episode, let alone anyone being able to find one.
Quickly, while any of it is still up! For those of you who haven’t caught any of this yet, I’ve got Go-Busters Mission 16 SUBBED, Kamen Ruder Fourze Ep.39 SUUBED, and Akibaranger Ep.10 SUBBED. Check it all out below:
Alright, some quick updates about two of the series: Fourze will NOT air next weekend, for reasons I’m not entirely familiar with. And for any of you who have been following Akibaranger, you’ll know that it’s only going to be 13 episodes long, with two actual episodes left, followed by something of a behind-the-scenes special. So we’re down to the last three. For being a late-nite comedy/”unofficial” sentai parody series, it’s a heck of a lot better than I thought it would be.
Hey, look whose actually posting news for a change? But enough with me ragging on myself, we’ve got more important matters to attend to. We have confirmation for Season 20, newly released DVD sets, (one of which will blow your mind), and some new official pics for Super Robot Chogokin Daizyujin (okay, that’s really Sentai news, but it’s still cool anyway). IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME!
First, and newest, we’ve got official, confirmed info about the 20th Anniversary Season of Power Rangers. According to a new report, the next season of Power Rangers will be entitled “Power Rangers MEGAFORCE”, and while no details about the next season were revealed, some tantalizing clues would seem to suggest a number of future event meant to act on the “cross-generational appeal” of the show:
Next year will mark the landmark 20th Anniversary of the Power Rangers brand, an occasion for which Saban Brands is already deep in preparation. Plans for the anniversary include a new series, “Power Rangers MEGAFORCE.”
Saban Brands plans to embrace the series’ cross-generational appeal during the anniversary by celebrating its past as well as its present and future.
Older fans will be able to participate in special events and online activities, while new products and the new show will attract younger fans.
“We’re in an exciting place as a brand. We look at the 20th anniversary not just as a celebration of the past, but as our entry into a third decade,” Dekel says.
With new series launching every two years that reinvent the brand and change its theme, Power Rangers looks to remain a force in children’s entertainment. “Just like our audience, we’re constantly reinventing ourselves,” Dekel adds. “We can honestly say that after 20 years, this isn’t a fluke – kids really do identify with and engage with this show.”
The article also talks about how Saban Brands was able to revive the Power Rangers Brand, the Brand’s new Worldwide Reach, the growth of the Paul Frank Brand (also owned by Saban), and just Saban Brand’s amazing new-found success.
Moving on to DVD news, in addition to Lionsgate Entertainment releasing episodes of Power Rangers old and new DVD, TimeLife.com is currently taking pre-orders for the soon-to-be-released Power Rangers DVD Box Set, entitled Power Rangers: From Mighty Morphin to Lost Galaxy Complete First Seven Seasons. This set includes 40 discs, with 338 episodes from the first seven season, tons of bonus material including 2 DVDs featuring rarely seen archival material; exclusive new featurettes; and interviews with the cast, creators, and fans of Power Rangers. And with each of these sets you’ll get this cool (and somewhat familiar) Mighty Morphin Red Ranger figure wearing the Dragon Shield w/ Power Sword and blaster (a rare Bandai-made figure according to the site description). And all of this can be your’s for $219.95! (Expected to ship August 6th)
UPDATE: Official Box Art for the DVD Collection has just been released! Check it out below:
And finally, while not being completely related with Power Rangers, there is this:
Yep, it’s an official image of the Super Robot Chogokin Daizyujin, and it looks amazing. Check out these other pics below:
Known to Power Rangers fans fondly as the Megazord from MMPR, this figure stands at 140mm tall, comes with signature sword and shield, and a couple of effects parts. Note that it cannot transform into the “tank mode”, as the main priority with the Super Robot Chogokin toy line is articulation (and a very thorough level of detail). It costs 5040 yen and is expected to come out in September. While normally I avoid covering stuff like this (due to my own inability to afford stuff like this), it was worth mentioning. I mean just look at it…. not even out yet and it’s probably one of the best figure versions of Daizyujin I’ve seen yet.
UPDATE: This figure will be available from retailers in the US and Canada on October, for the price of $60.99, just in time for the start of the Power Rangers 20th Anniversary celebrations. This according to Tamashii Nations USA Facebook page.
Well, that’s it for pertinent Power Rangers news. Just a friendly reminder to those of you asking about the latest round of auditions, they’re not accepting any new applicants, better luck getting those in next time. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to talk to a web server about a DVD pre-order. 😛
The Title says it all! Check out these three videos:
First, here’s Kamen Rider Fourze Ep.38 SUBBED:
And next we have a six minute scene from Go-Busters Ep.15:
We also have Akibaranger Ep.9 SUBBED:
And for a little blast from the past, here’s the Go-Kaiger Special DVD SUBBED:
Sorry I can’t get the whole Ep.15 of Go-Busters, but the video I found disappeared when the person who posted it took down the whole account (admittedly, it’s a pretty good strategy for dodging Toei’s watchdogs). Oh well, maybe next week.