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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 190,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 3 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

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Jushen ZhanJiDui Ep.1: China’s going Sentai!

Hey, well, this looks like this might be interesing. As some of you may know, Chinese TV Producers have been producing something of their own version of Japanese tokusatsu shows. Some of you may be familiar with the Chinese Armor Hero series (which looks like a massive Kamen Rider ripoff). Well, now they’ve created their own Sentai ripoff called “Jushen ZhanJiDui” (literally Titans Warstrike Team, 巨神戰擊隊), and now the first episode of the show has been streamed. You can check that out below:

Just a quick heads up: I barely understand Japanese, I definitely don’t know Chinese, so if you want a real review of the series, you’ll have to find fansubs somewhere (and send me a link to them).

And in case you do like this, we do have more info on the show at hand:

As you can see, the full team has six members, and from what I can tell, they’re divided into two or three different teams. And what makes this a Sentai ripoff is their use of mechs.

Here are the three team mechs, the Giant God Team Robot, the Giant Land Team Robot, and the Giant Sky Team Robot. The Giant God is comprised of five mechs, the Giant Land has four, and the Giant Sky has three. And of course they can combine together to form one big robot (name unknown). And we even have a pic of their transformation device/personal weapons:

Here are some previews for the show (Note: the only audio on these previews is background, no narration or sound bites):



The show has apparently been in production since October 2010, and the series premiered sometime last month (November 2012). I wouldn’t expect regular updates on this show if you do like it, because it looks like any episodes shared online will be uploaded very sporadically (even if there is demand for it).

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Two words: Cheetah. Robot.
Aww yeah!

TechCrunch

Seriously: this is what is going to do our fighting soon. Imagine stand-off situations with this bastard rolling through the door and then skittering across the marble floor of Oslo City Hall straight into a crowd of hostages, aiming right at the gunman. The design is based on Big Dog, our former favorite dangerous monster robot, but this guy can to 18 miles an hour, five miles faster than the fastest cheetah legged robot – albeit in controlled conditions.

It brings to mind the slamhounds in Count Zero:

They sent A slamhound on Turner’s trail in New Delhi, slotted it to his pheromones and the color of his hair. It caught up with him on a street called Chandni Chauk and came scrambling for his rented BMW through a forest of bare brown legs and pedicab tires. Its core was a kilogram of recrystallized hexogene and flaked TNT.

Seriously:…

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Get a chance to preview Transformers: The Ride – 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood!

Attention Transformer fans! This is your chance to ride the new Transformers Ride at Universal Studios in Hollywood and get a free trip to the park (most expenses paid (note: I’m not a representative of Universal, just thought this would be cool to share)) by following this link and signing up as a “recruit” for N.E.S.T., preparing for the biggest battle against the Decepticons yet. And from everything I’ve seen about the ride through exclusive clips for it, it looks AWESOME. Yes, it’s based on the Michael Bay films, so that guarantees awesome graphics, but a shaky plot (ehh, it’s going to be a 2 minute long virtual ride, so who cares?). There’s a ton of other prizes available, so go sign up now for your shot at this exclusive preview. For full details, check out the main site at PrepareForBattle.com.

And yes, I’m trying to win the prize too, but I’m not nuch of a threat… yet….

(bwa ha ha!)

Meeting the Parents is Always Intimidating, Especially When They’re Laid-Off Supervillains

GEEK CRASH COURSE

This week, Toku Month Rider Kick-ed it into high gear:

Check it out and stay tuned to the blog for tomorrow’s GCC Preview!

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Kaiketsu A☆Gilder = Kamen Rider???

This is awesome!

Jyger's Rant

So yeah, I was watching one of the newer episodes of Pokémon Best Wishes earlier today, and I could not help but notice the similarity between a character that appears in said episode and a certain beloved Japanese superhero. In fact, the resemblance was so striking that I was certain it was intentional. But then, maybe it’s just me…or you could be the judge.

Okay, okay, all joking aside, I checked Bulbapedia and apparently it WAS intentional. Also, I noticed a bit too late that the costume and name are heavily based off of another classic tokusatsu hero, Kaiketsu Zubat. All I have to say is how funny would it be if this guy’s motif was a Zubat instead of an Accelgor, just to further the joke?

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henshinhead Blacking Out: Protesting SOPA tomorrow.

Hey guys. I’m sure most of my American readers know about SOPA and the Protect-IP laws that have been floating around Congress for some time now. While we of the internet have managed to fight off versions of the bill so far, but they’re still considering keeping portions of the bill, mainly the portions that people have been protesting. So, because I consider this to be an important issue, this blog, along with Wikipedia and other protesting websites, will be going black for 12 hours tomorrow (8a.m.-8p.m. EST January 18th), as part of the largest internet protest to date (also one of the few internet protests to date). Normal operations will be restored shortly after that. Just letting you know now, so as to avoid confusion tomorrow. Apologies to anyone this inconveniences, and thanks to anyone who supports this protest.

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 150,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

And for those of you that do click it, let me thank you in advance for contributing to those stellar stats over the last year. Arrigato Gozaimasu!