Power Rangers SPD to air in Japan this August: Man, that’ll be confusing to sub… :P

Toei Channel finally confirmed that the Japanese dub of Power Rangers SPD will begin airing August 8th. This version will feature the cast of the original Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger dubbing over the voices of their SPD counterparts. Don’t they just look so thrilled to be doing this? 😛

It’s also been revealed that two back-to-back episodes will be aired weekly at 5pm during it’s first run. We also have the titles for the first eight episodes that will air:

  1. Beginnings Part 1「新生Bスクワッド誕生(前編)」
    (“The Newly Born B-Squad” Part 1)
  2. Beginnings Part 2「新生Bスクワッド誕生(後編)」
    (“The Newly Born B-Squad” Part 2)
  3. Confronted「真のリーダー」(“A True Leader”)
  4. Walls「壁」(“Wall”)
  5. Dogged「リック パワーアップ」 (“Power-Up RIC!”)
  6. A-Bridged「ブリッジ」(“Bridge”)
  7. Sam Part 1「サム(前編)」(“Sam” Part 1)
  8. Sam Part 2「サム(後編)」 (“Sam” Part 2)

This is the first Power Rangers series to air on the TOEI Channel. And as a special bonus, they will also be releasing a DVD Box Set entitled HERO CLUB POWER RANGERS SPD, due out August 5th.

So, now that they’re doing this, would you want to see the dubbed episode of SPD for yourselves? Would any of you watch it regularly? Or maybe even want someone to “sub the dubs”, so to speak, and watch these episodes with subtitles? Personally, I think that would be a little redundant. I know they can’t stay perfectly to the original SPD script, but still, they would have to stay close enough for it to make sense. Besides, anyone outside of Japan would most-likely have already seen the original PRSPD, so you know what’s going to happen. I would really only watch one or two episodes of it, just to see if they’ve made any major changes to it. But I know some of you out there would want to see regular subs of these shows, so…

Anyway, that’s all for now, if anything else pops up, I’ll let you know.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Kamen Rider Fourze Press Conference: What did I miss? Oh, right, EVERYTHING………

Yeah, I would have reported on this mucch sooner, but the power went out at my house, and in half the city, during a very nasty storm that popped up yesterday. So, I’m just gonna have to put EVERYTHING Fourze-related that’s popped up since yesterday into this one post. Brace yourself, ‘cuz we’re about to take off!

Yesterday, the official press conference for Kamen Rider Fourze took place, and we’ve been getting photos, videos, and announcement after announcement about it since!

First, we’ll go with all the pics I’ve found of the press conference so far:

 

Wow, that’s a whole lotta stuff!

Anyway, as a sepcial treat, I have two videos for Fourze, one from the press conference, and one about the press conference with some footage from the show. If you listen closely to the first video, you can make out Fourze’s henshin sound!:

3… 2… 1… HENSHIN! (Funky music), that’s how a henshin sequence should sound. After the little fight sequence, he checks his watch, and goes, “Ahh, I’m late!”

Ikuze, High School Rider!

Anyone else starting to feel pumped?!

How about now?

Anyway, the character profiles have also been released. Let’s take a look at our new class:

From left to right: JK, Tomoko, Sarina, Miwa, Shun,
Chuuta, Kengo, Gentaro, Yuuki and Mysterious Man

Kisaragi Gentaro(Fukushi Sota): The main character of the series, second year. He recently transferred to Amanogawa Academy. He’s a bad boy rocking a short pompadour hairstyle. He declares that he will become friends with everyone in the school. He meets  Utahoshi Kengo, as if it was destined for them to meet. Gentaro receives the Fourze Driver and starts the Kamen Rider club in school. He seems to be an idiotic character.

Utahoshi Kengo(Takahashi Ryuki): The main character’s partner, second year. A young man who had the mysterious switches. He’s a key person to the whole story. His locker seems to be distorting space and he’s somehow able to reach the moon base, “Rabbit Hutch” through the locker. He’s also able to pull out the super bike “Machine Masshigler”. He might be physically weak, but he has strong heart full of will.

Joujima Yuuki (Shimizu Fukima): The heroine of the story, second year. She is Gentaro’s childhood friend. She’s a bright and cheerful high school student, she refers herself as a “space nerd”. She usually heads over to JAXA after school. JAXA is like some space thing in Japan. She’s the only one that Kengo can actually trust, Kengo shared his secret about his special locker to her.

Kazashiro Miu (Sakata Rikako): Third year. She’s somewhat the queen of the school as she is a cheerleader. She’s the daughter of a rich family. Ever since she was born, she was always treated like the queen bee. No matter where she goes in school, her two sidekicks will always follow her. She’s a beautiful girl with pride.

Daimonji Jun (Justin Tominori): Third year. The captain of the American Football team. There’s a hierarchy going on in Amanogawa Academy, with jocks on top. Jun is standing on the absolute top.

Nozama Tomoko (Shiho): First year. She’s the goth girl with black make up under her eyes. She always brings her Tablet PC with her and has a weird laughter. She seems to fixate and obsess over various things, but the details are unknown.

JK or Jake (Tsuchiya Shion): First year. Jake is the information provider of the school. He easily detects danger and is a coward who always runs away.

Sonada Sarina (Konan Yuka): Gentaro’s homeroom teacher and the teacher of classical literature. She’s young and beautiful, every student loves her. Although, she has trouble with Gentaro and Kengo.

Oosugi Chuuta (Tanaka Takushi): The geography teacher. He’s a middle-aged man with bad looks and a bad personality. No one seems to like him. He seems to be trying to get it with Sonada, but it just won’t happen.

The man with red eyes (Tsurumi Shingo): A mysterious man who caused some incident and has the “Zodiarts Switches” He seems to have a connection with the school, but he’s a complete mystery.

That’s the line-up we’ve got going, hopefully the story won’t get too bogged down with high school stuff.

Quickly, we do have some info on the “Astro Switches” Fourze uses. The switches, as you know, are inserted into the FourzeDriver, and gives him different tools and abilities. Starting from right to left on the belt, we have: Right Arm-Rocket, Right Leg-Launcher, Left Leg-Drill, and Left Arm-Radar. So far, we’ve only seen the Rocket Arm in action, but I’m sure that we’ll see more of the other Switches’ powers as we get closer to the launch date (badum bum).

As you know, with OOO on the way out, Bandai has already announced that they will be replacing the part of the game that uses the OOO Medals and changing them out for the Fourze Astro Switches. Above is how the game will look with the new Astro Switch gameplay, let’s see if it pans out.

And in the final bit of Fourze related news, the official website from TV Asahi is up for Kamen Rider Fourze, and it’s right here: http://www.tv-asahi.co.jp/fourze/ . There’s not much to the site yet, but it is up and running. And I will be adding it to the blog roll sometime soon.

Alright, that is it for Fourze news at the moment, if anything else pops up, I’ll be sure to let you know. And, for anyone interested, this is the biggest, most thorough post on Kamen Rider Fourze on the internet as of today, so, yeah, your welcome.

Kamen Rider Fourze starts September 4th, the week after the series finale of Kamen Rider OOO, and will air alongside Kaizoku Sentai Go-Kaiger in the Super Hero Time! tv slot.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Saban Brands Official Announcement: No, it’s not for free morpher day, but it’s just as awesome!

First off, let me say that I have to give so much credit to Saban, they really know how to put on a show. And now for the bit you actually came to see:

Led by the Samurai Rangers, all the past generations of Power Rangers came together for one very big reunion in Las Vegas! Hell of a family reunion, huh? Pictured here with Haim Saban (right) and Saban Brands President Elie Dekel (left), they appeared at the Saban Brands Booth at this year’s International Licensing Expo. This reunion is to commemorate the Netflix announcement that I mentioned earlier. For those of you who haven’t seen that post, it will be here. They were apparently so excited about it that they brought in two Yellow Wild Force Rangers (look at the center, then go just a little to the right, you see it now?).

Here’s all the Rangers do some sort of dance together. And is it just me, or does the Red Mystic Ranger look more like Kamen Rider Accel at the moment?

And here’s everybody taking the escalator down to the the floor the Expo is on. Would not want to be at the end of that line. 😛

Anywho, that’s it as far as the expo was concerned (for now), Saban really does know how to put on a show. If anything else pops up, I’ll be sure to let you know.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin