Kaizoku Sentai Go-Kaiger VS. Gavan?: Super Sentai/Metal Hero Team-Up of Epicness!

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This definitely on the very long list of things nobody saw coming from Go-Kaiger, assuming it’s true. According to some rumors, it looks like this year’s Sentai VS. movie won’t be about two Sentais, but about Go-Kaiger and the Metal Hero Uchuu Keiji Gavan. The title of course being Kaizoku Sentai Go-Kaiger VS. Gavan.

Supposedly, Ohba Kenji will star in the movie as his three biggest roles in tokusatsu; as Ichijouji Retsu/Gavan, as Akebono Shiro/Battle Kenya of Battle Fever J, and as Oume Daigoro/DenjiBlue of Denjiman. That sounds like the most awkward meet-up ever. 😛

And while this is just a rumor, the movie will likely coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the Metal Hero series, and it seems that Gavan and Doggie Kruger/DekaMaster are friends, at least according to the pamphlet for the Go-Kaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Heroes movie. So this one could be up in the air. Or it could be a giant hoax. Either way, both of these are great shows, and a team-up between the two would be awesome.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

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Upcoming Go-Kaiger Guest Star List: Showa Era Heroes Unite!

And I thought September was going to be a busy month. 😛 Anyway, a list of possible guests and guest appearances have popped up, and if confirmed to be true, than it looks like every episode after these next couple are going to be tribute episodes. Here’s the list so far:

  • Episode 33 = Go-onger: Yasuhisa Furuhara (Sosuke Esumi / Go-On Red)
  • Episode 35 = Dairanger: Keiichi Wada (Ryo / RyuuRanger)
  • Episode 36 = Kakuranger: Teruaki Ogawa (Sasuke / NinjaRed)
  • Episode 37 = Megaranger: Hayato (Kunihiko) Oshiba (Kenta Date / MegaRed) and Masaya Matsukaze (Shun Namiki / MegaBlue)
  • Episode 38 = Fiveman: Toshiya Fuji (Gaku Hoshikawa / FiveRed)
  • Episode 39 = Bioman: Ryosuke Sakamoto (Shiro Go / Red One)
  • Episode 40 = JAKQ: Hiroshi Miyauchi (Sokichi Banba / Big One)
  • Episode 42 = Sun Vulcan: Ryusuke Oowashi (Ryūsuke Kawasaki / VulEagle I) and Takayuki Godai (Takayuki Hiba / VulEagle II)
  • Episode 43 = Battle Fever J: Kenji Ohba (Shiro Akebono / Battle Kenya)

Wow, that’s basically straight tribute episodes up to the final week of December. Let’s see if this turns out to be true.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

henshinGARB New Catalogue: I’m shoving this thing so far down your throat…

Boy is it just me or has it been a slow news week for tokusatsu? And I had this week off, too. I guess I’ll just have to fill the void with my own stuff. And since I happened to reopen my shop, I guess I’ll just have to talk about that.

Now, this isn’t some planned publicity stunt to bring attention to the shop, quite frankly I’m not good at planning stuff, the shop was reopened at visitor request, specifically at the request of PaladinZeo. And as any long-time visitors of the site (do any of you exist?, because I know that at least PaladinZeo over there is a subscriber) know, I go to great lengths for my visitors. Doesn’t seem like it, but that’s because all you see is the finished product. And so, for those of you who are interested, the site is open and active, and I’ve included some new products and updated some old ones. So let’s see what I’ve got!

Starting with the updated products first, we have…

T-Shirts ~ Men's Standard Weight T-Shirt ~ henshinhead logo teeWomen's T-Shirts ~ Women's Standard Weight T-Shirt ~ henshinhead logo tee

The henshinhead logo tee! I’ve updated the appearance of the logo, so now there isn’t an awkward out-of-place black box. Available in a variety of colors and sizes for only $12.00.

T-Shirts ~ Men's Standard Weight T-Shirt ~ Super Hero Time Support: Heroes for JapanWomen's T-Shirts ~ Women's Standard Weight T-Shirt ~ Super Hero Time Support: Heroes for Japan 

And here we have an update Heroes For Japan Tee. I’ve made the background of the design transparent so it blends with the shirt better, and I threw out the belt. Available for only $12.00.

T-Shirts ~ Men's Standard Weight T-Shirt ~ Toku Allegience: Ultraman Tee

A bit of an unexpected one (not really) that I’ve update is this one from the Toku Allegience line, the Ultraman Tee. I got rid of the grey in the design, so now it flows from the t-shirt. Once again, only $12.00.

These prices are so low, you might as well be stealing! Hey, come back here with that!

And now for new stuff!

T-Shirts ~ Men's Standard Weight T-Shirt ~ Bouken Spirits! TeeWomen's T-Shirts ~ Female AA Slim Fit Tee ~ Bouken Spirits! Women's Tee

Presenting the brand new Bouken Spirits! tees. With this famous compass design, you’ll never be lost, brave adventurer! Available in multiple colors and in Men’s and Women’s sizes. That’s $11.00 for Men’s standard weight tee, $18.00 for Women’s AA Slim Fit Tee.

Buttons ~ Small Buttons ~ henshinhead logo small buttonButtons ~ Large Buttons ~ henshinhead logo large button

And because I like buttons, I have a whole new batch of them! First we have the henshinhead logo buttons, available in two sizes, and each come in a standard 5 pack. That’s $5 for the smaller buttons, and $6 for the larger buttons. I know, there a dollar more than the other, but that’s just from the commission on the logo design.

Buttons ~ Small Buttons ~ Bouken Spirits! Small ButtonsButtons ~ Large Buttons ~ Bouken Spirits! Large Buttons

And because I like the way this design came out, I made it into a button too! The Bouken Spirits! button comes in two sizes, five-to-a-pack, and is available for only $4 for the small buttons, and $5 for the large buttons.

And that should be everything that’s new in the shop. Anything else that isn’t here that you’ve seen before is probably still in the shop. There are some other changes that I’ve made that I haven’t covered here, you’ll just have to look and see for yourself. And in case you’re wondering, the Go-Kaiger stuff is still there as well.

Super Sentai Anniversarys: A closer look at the team make ups.

Since this year is considered the 35th anniversary of Super Sentai, we tend to look back at all the past seasons of the series. And while I was doing that, I noticed an unusual, and somewhat unnoticed, trend with Sentai Anniversary Series. Until now with Go-Kaiger, almost every Anniversary Sentai has included a member that wore black. Just take a look back at the last major anniversary.

 

 The last anniversary series was GoGo Sentai Boukenger, whose team included BoukenBlack as a member of the core team. Now I know that a single instance isn’t enough to build a whole case, so let’s go back another five years.

  

The 25th Anniversary series, Hyakujyuu Sentai Gaoranger, also featured a black senshi, GaoBlack, and was the first to have a Vs. Super Sentai special (Well, the first to have that as an official title). Now, mathematically speaking, if the usual pattern for teams by season was to alternate between green and black, then either this series should have included a green senshi, or Boukenger should have had a green senshi with Go-Kaiger having a black senshi. But since they have played around with how they make the teams, you know, with three member core teams and repeating color schemes, this has thrown this pattern off. But these aren’t the only two examples.

Ninja Sentai Kakuranger was considered the 15th Anniversary before they readjusted for the gap year between JAKQ and Battle Fever J, and of course includes NinjaBlack, who was also the first actual American to play in a Super Sentai series. Before then, the only Americans in the series were just characters, not actual actors. It also had the Super Sentai World special that premiered a week before the start of the series. But the main thing here is that this series also had a black senshi. But this isn’t the last example.

Kousoku Sentai Turboranger is the 10th Anniversary series, and included BlackTurbo. This series had a special called Super Sentai Tamashii that also premiered a week before the actual series, and included all the previous sentais. Now this was considered the first official anniversary series. While they have celebrated the series anniversary every five years since this series, they did not include what is the fifth anniversary, Sun Vulcan. However, since including that series would go against my premise, I won’t cover them.

I will, however, go over the one exemption to my premise, the one other Anniversary Series that includes a green senshi.

 

This, of course, is Gekisou Sentai Carranger (or should I say CAAAARRRR-RREEENJAA!), which is considered the 20th Anniversary series, after the adjustment for the gap year, and features GreenRacer, which makes it the first official Anniversary series to have a green senshi, beating Go-Kaiger by 15 years (holy crap, has it been that long?!).

But what we still have to wonder is, why is their such an affinity for black senshi in these Anniversary Series? Is it simply a coincidence, or do they purposely choose that team setup again and again. Well, it’s probably a mix between coincidence and aesthetics. After all, why do any of the teams have the color scheme that they do have? When the creators of the series start to work on a new series, they probably already have certain themes in mind, and they probably go through a few uniform designs before they decide what looks and works best for that series. There isn’t any written rule that they necessarily have to use alternate color schemes from season to season, otherwise there wouldn’t be teams with both on them, or teams with neither of them. The only thing that we can really be sure is that, at least as far as Anniversary seasons are concerned, their will be five of them, as a way to pay homage to the original Goranger.

-M.C., the Quantum twin