Go-Kaiger: Arrgh, mateys! Tis’ be official!

Ahoy, land lubers! As you’ve seen by now, and probably have heard by now, the following season of Super Sentai coming next year will be called Kaizoku Sentai Go-kaiger (and yes, they’re spelling it this way). Along with all the rumors that have been circulating now, a new promotional poster has been “sailing” from site to site all day.

As you can see, they are really rocking the pirate theme. Its also important to note that this series marks the 35th anniversary of the Super Sentai franchise. I must say that the costumes look great, and its nice to see that they each have both a sword and a gun for side arms instead of one or the other, or some horribly amalgamated gunsword. They also went with the standard team colors of RYBGP, because there had been rumors of a team consisting of a variety of colors rarely used in the Super Sentai world. For general facts (mostly rumors) about the upcoming show:

  1. They will use a henshin system that is based off of figures depicting past Sentai Senshi 
  2. They will travel on a ship through time and space that will act as the main robo as well as possibly carrying other secondary robos
  3. This series will follow the Ultraman Zero/ Kamen Rider Decade model and feature past senshi repriving their roles.

My main concern iwth this series, though, is the fact that it is themed around a popular subject. Nothing wrong with pirates, but whenever they use a theme that is based off of pop culture reference, they often don’t have an overwhelming success with it. While there are planty of contradictory examples of that, I would like to point out that it has only been in recent times that they’ve run into this problem, and it’s usually because it’s a more Western theme. Its mostly due to the writing, unfortunantly, because its too easy, and too tempting, to fall into a million clichés about the subject. Not to mention the fact that since its following the Decade model, there is that concern of running into the problems that decade had. As long as they can get around these issues, it will be a great series. Even if they can’t, I have a feeling that it will still be a great series.

-M.C., the quantum twin

UPDATE: I’ve added a new Go-Kaiger post which includes the new cast.

I Return: News from the Tokuverse

It is I, HenshinHead, back from my dimension to tell you a harrowing tale of my adventures. But first I want to tell you a little more about myself. As I said before, I am one of the many (as you would say) toku-style superheroes from my dimension, but I never told you about what I can do. Essentially, I am the ultimate heisei superhero; I have the ability to emulate the appearance and abilities of any other hero from the Tokuverse, and unlike others with the similar abilities (i.e., your world’s fictional KR Decade or AkaRed), I am not limited to a specific group of heroes. I can change into ANYONE or ANYTHING. And because they’re real superheroes and not fictitious creations by corporations, I don’t have to deal with messy copyright laws. This is not to say that I don’t have my own personal powers or abilities, but for right now I want to focus on this.

Now that that’s out of the way, let me tell you about a run in I had with a group of multicolored-spandex-clad superheroes that refered to themselves as Hikaranger. It was like any other typical day when monsters rampage through the city, it started off bright and sunny. And then an ominous overcast swept in. From what seemed to be out of nowhere, some alien monster thing appeared surrounded by a group of minions. He stood there yammering on about the great empire they belonged to and how they were going to take over the world. You know, the usual. Anyway, he was suddenly interrupted by your typical squadron of five multicolored superheroes. They called out the alien monster thing, declared that he/it would never win, and introduced themselves as Hikaranger. And after some back-and-forth between them, the fighting began. The fighting went the way you normally expect, the leader of the group went after the alien monster while the rest dealt with the cannon fodder. Watching the fight, anyone could tell that they were rookies, they were just all over the place and getting beat up allot. But they were able to deal with the underlings, leaving the alien monster to fend for himself, and he would not go down easy.

They fought the guy for a good deal of time, but at every turn he was able to subvert their attacks. But the fight eventually led to the point where they pull out the finisher and end the fight (at least until the giant robot fight). Then something went horribly wrong. They brought out the giant cannon, fired a massive laser beam at the alien monster, there was a large explosion, but he survived. So there they are, their trump card used, them falling to their knees in defeat, and all hope seems lost. That’s when I decide to step in.

Just as the alien monster is about to deal the final blow, I block his attack and send it back to him. While he’s off-balanced, I look back to the Hikarangers and give them a modest motivational speech. It was enough to recharge their spirits, and they got up to finish off the alien monster thing. They pull their giant laser cannon back out, and using my abilities I created a mimic of their cannon out of thin air. We fired at the alien monster, and he went down. But as these battles usually go, he didn’t stay down that long.

As soon as turn away from the explosion, he’s back up on his feet and is now thirty stories taller than he originally was. I didn’t think it was going to be that much of an issue, happens all the time. But when I turn around to ask them if they still needed my help, that’s when I find out that they don’t have any special equipment to handle this. So here I am with the one Sentai on the planet that doesn’t have a giant robot, or even an oversized tank, and there is now a GIANT alien monster thing rampaging through downtown. Luckily, it wasn’t anything that I couldn’t handle. With my abilities, I was able to change my form and take on the powers and appearance of an Ultrabeing (that’s what their called in the Tokuverse). We fought, we tussled for a bit, shot a few energy beams back and forth, and then I finished him with an T-Beam strike (they cross their arms completely over here, and I just don’t want me quantum twin to be sued by anyone).

With the fighting done, I returned to my original form and went back to talk to the Hikarangers. They thanked me for helping them at the last minute, and I gave them a few words of encouragement and some advice for the next time they’re called on to fight evil. And we went on our separate ways. Personally, I’m going to keep my eye on them. They’re young and still raw, but they have a lot of potential, and I’d like to see where they go from here.

That’s it for now. I must return to the Tokuverse. Until next time!

HEN~SHIN~HEAD!

Power Rangers Samurai: Heads or Tails

As anyone should know by now, back in May of this year Saban bought back the rights to Power Rangers from Disney(the soul-sucking giant that has slowly been ruining the franchise for the last seven years) and formed a partnership with Nickelodeon to show new episodes on nick and nicktoons sometime between the end of this year and spring of next year. With this, we will finally have an adaptation of Shinkenger starting sometime next year, and while this is good news, there are also some drawbacks to this as well. Here’s what I see as some possible positive and negative things about this:

Positives:

  1. Power Rangers keeps existing as a franchise, back under the guidance of the people who originally created the show.
  2. We finally get to see if it is possible to Americanize Shinkenger successfully
  3. New Toys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. It won’t be on ABC or Disney!

Negatives:

  1. Nick is owned by Viacom, so it will be near impossible to watch new episodes on YouTube. 😦
  2. There is a slim chance that it could suck in comparison to Shinkenger
  3. By the time the show finally airs, it will officially be two seasons behind Super Sentai , which works for them but come on, who wants to wait that long?!
  4. Despite the fact that the show is samurai-themed, they insisted on having a caucasian red ranger( this could have been the year of the asian red ranger).

And on top of all of this, there are still alot of beople who still don’t know about this. The shows popularity and overall success could come down to a flip of the coin. So take your pick: Heads, or Tails?

-M.C., the quantum twin

UPDATE: According to the official Power Rangers website, and some recent commercials on Nick, Power Rangers Samurai will premiere Monday, February 7th, 8 pm ET! Yay, Samurai! Boo, Mondays! (Seriously, whose idea was that?)

Ore… Sanjou!

Hello world, its a pleasure to meet you. You may refer to me as HenshinHead. I am a being from an alternate dimension that some have refered to as the Tokuverse. Where I come from, the Earth is litered with tokusatsu-style superheroes, and I am one of them. I am able to enter into this dimension by trading places with my quantum twin who lives here. Together we will report on the tokusatsu of your world, along with harrowing tales from mine. We might not post as often as other bloggers, but our posts will be epic. I must return to my universe now, but I will return very soon. In the mean time, my quantum twin will be here to answer any questions and respond to any comments you may have. Until next time.

HEN-SHIN-HEAD!