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.

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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!

henshinhead End of August/Beginning of September Update: Fourze’s not the only one with classes to attend this fall.

Hey everyone! It’s the start of a new month, that means it time for my monthly blog report. Admittedly I didn’t do one for July/August, mostly because of the at-times overwhelming amount of neews that’s out there, and I got swept up in everything Fourze (btw, Fourze premieres today in Japan, less than an hour away when I started this post). So this time, I’m making sure to put in some of my own stuff this month, even if it’s just this post. I’ll try to make more of my own stuff, but like the title says, I’ve already started fall classes, and I will be a full time student this semester, which unfortunately means that I will have a lot less time to work on the blog. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have special plans for the blog, just keep coming back to find out what those plans are.

Speaking of which, I would just like to say thank you to everyone that’s visited the site over the last month. There certainly has been a lot of you, especially last week. Well over 5500 people visited the site last week, with two days where over 950 people showed up. Over the whole of last month, there were 19,744 visits to the blog (nearly 5000 more than July), and I certainly don’t see those numbers slowing down too much anytime soon. Admittedly the weekly numbers dropped a bit, but that’s stsrting to go back up. The daily average, however, was definitely up from July, putting last month’s average at 637 people a day. And for all of that, I would just like to say, domo arrigato gozaimasu! That’s thank you very much x1000. And I honestly mean that, even if I don’t include some cheesy fan-art thank you pic in this post. Those can be so hard to find. 😛

And finally, I would just like to say two thing: 1) I exist on Google in every country! And 2) I’ll be looking forward to the new SHT line-up, with Go-Kaiger and Fourze. Be sure to check back for all things toku.

Your Friends,

M.C., the Quantum Twin and HEN~SHIN~HEAD!

P.S., Expect to see HenshinHead around more often. He’s finally going to take time out from his busy schedule to tell us about his exploits in the Tokuverse!

[ADEMDUM] (H.H.): Stop making promises for me!

[ADEMDUM] (M.C.): Too late! 😛

HenshinHead REVEAL!: What you’ve all been waiting for YOUR ENTIRE LIVES!

Okay, maybe not, but for long time followers of the blog, he’s finally here! Here is my rendition of HenshinHead. Wanna take a look?:

Well, what do you think? (Don’t be too harsh)

Poll Results: You like me, you really like me!

Alright, those polls have been floating around long enough, it’s time to see the results. Going in the order they appear in the post:

What do you think of Go-Kaiger now?

  • Awesome! 50% (7 votes)
  • Greatest. Series. EVER! 43% (6 votes)
  • Alright. 7% (1 vote)
  • Good, Not my favorite, and Terrible all recieved 0% (0 votes)

That was the question that had the most amount of votes. It’s kinda sad that only 14 people responded to it, though.

What do you think of Gai/Go-KaiSilver?

  • I like him, I feel like he represents me and fans of Super Sentai. 73% (8 votes)
  • I think he’s kinda cute, He’s a little too geeky and excitable for my tastes, and Why on Earth would they ever come up with a character like him? all revied 9% (1 vote)

So everyone likes Gai for the most part. Only the majority counts, right? (He said sarcastically)

How do you feel about Kamen Rider OOO, now that we’re getting closer to the end?

  • SUBARASHI! 67% (6 votes)
  • The Best Kamen Rider Series I’ve ever seen, It’s good but not great, and Can’t wait to see it end all recieved 11% (1 vote)

How do you feel about Gotou replacing Date as Kamen Rider Birth?

  • Should have been Birth from the start. 50% (5 votes)
  • I think I need to see more of Gotou as Birth before I decide and Not a good replacement for Date each recieved 20% (2 votes)
  • Gotou Rocks! 10% (1 vote)

So we like Gotou, but he’s not exactly our favorite character, I see. There is one perk to Gotou being Birth that we all forgot; Satonaka is his partner now, so we get to see more of her.

Are you looking forward to Kamen Rider Fourze?

  • Yes, I can’t wait! 50% (5 votes)
  • Not sure how I feel about it and No, Fourze looks stupid each recieved 20% (2 votes)
  • Hate to see OOO go, but it’s time to move on. 10% (1 vote)

Personally, I’m really looking forward to Fourze. It will be the first Rider I get to cover as a blogger from beginning to end. OOO rocks, but the blog did not exist when he came onto the scene, so I wasn’t able to cover him the same way. Anyway, next question.

If the rumors of a new Metal Hero series were to come true, how would you feel about it?

  • That would be awesome! 33% (3 votes)
  • It’s been over a decade, would it really work out? 33% (3 votes)
  • Metal Heroes are outdated, time for something new. 22% (2 votes)
  • Yes, it’s been way too long. 11% (1 vote)

Okay, very split on this one. I can understand, it has been a long time, and not everyone was a fan of the Metal Heroes when they were popular. There hasn’t been anything about it since that rumor surfaced, so I don’t think there’s anything to it.

Let’s move on to the site questions.

How do you like the site?

  • Love it! 80%(!) (8 votes) I’ll take it!
  • Like it! 10% (1 vote)
  • Hate it. 10% (1 vote) KRFan, is that you?
  • It’s alright and Not my favorite each recieved 0% (0 votes)

To whoever said that they hated it, you are entitled to your opinion and I respect that. Especially since there are a lot more people who love it! 😛

Anything you don’t like about the site?

  • No, the sites fine. 89% (8 votes)
  • I don’t like the appearance/format. 11% (1 vote)
  • Everything else recieved no votes.

I wonder who said that they didn’t like appearance? Hmm…

Is there anything you’d like to see added to the site?

  • No, I’m fine with what you have. 71% (5 votes)
  • Yes, I would like to see more original content. 14% (1 vote)
  • Yes, I would like to see more non-toku related content. 0% (0 votes)
  • Other. 14% (1 vote)

To the person that voted other, I’m not sure how I can do that, I think that I would need to use some custom CSS programming to pull it off, but I will look into it.

How do you feel about the addition of the new videos?

  • I like the new videos, they add to the overall experience. 83% (5 votes)
  • No Opinion. 17% (1 vote)
  • I don’t like the videos, go back to just pics and Why can’t you post episodes? each recieved no votes.

Well, hopefully I’ll be able to keep doing it, and that Congress doesn’t do anything stupid, like pass that new bill that’s been introduced that would basically criminalize the use of such video content, to the point of fines or jailtime. I’m not going to jail over some greedy corporation’s desire to overbearingly control the use of it’s content. For those who would like to formally protest this bill (or murder it with a chainsaw), there is an online petition going right now, you can get to it from here: http://demandprogress.org/

So, we know how those who voted feel now. I just hope they can peoperly represent the 300+ people (average) who visit the site daily. Now, run and go protest that bill!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

 

It’s pollin’ time!

(This a copy of the original post, for anyone who hasn’t answered the poll questions yet.)

Hey, I have a few polls I wanna run by you, just to see how you feel about everything. Some will be about toku stuff, some will be about the site. Just want to hear from you.

Yes, I know that’s a lot of questions, but you don’t have to answer them all. I would like to hear from you about the site, though. And if you have any questions for me, or would like to discuss any of this, you can always leave a comment below.

It’s pollin’ time!

Hey, I have a few polls I wanna run by you, just to see how you feel about everything. Some will be about toku stuff, some will be about the site. Just want to hear from you.

Yes, I know that’s a lot of questions, but you don’t have to answer them all. I would like to hear from you about the site, though. And if you have any questions for me, or would like to discuss any of this, you can always leave a comment below.

OVER 10,000!!!!!!! YAAAAAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s right folks! We have finally hit the 10000th visitor mark! And I just want to say thank you to everyone that has visited the site. You guys are great! Now if you would only visit the shop and buy stuff. (http://henshingarb.spreadshirt.com) But in all seriousness, I really would like to just thank all of you just for being awesome and for coming back day after day, and just… I don’t know what to say. But really thank you, gracias, gratiz, obrigado, Большое спасибо, terima kasih banyak, xie xiearrigato gozaimasu, and thank you to everyone in the other languages that I forgot to include. And remember to keep coming back here for news, updates, and anything else I wanna throw at you. You never know what I’m going to do next. 😉

henshinGARB Catalogue 4: Or why people like to stop at trilogies.

Hey everyone! It’s that time of the season when there is absolutely no big toku news. So guess what I’m going to do? That’s right! I’m going to push my own stuff onto you! Because of such underwhelming demand, and an ever-expanding product list, I decided that it was time to publish a new catalogue. And this time, I’m including EVERYTHING that’s currently in the shop. I’ve got a lot of old stuff, a lot of new stuff, and a lot of stuff you might not even be interested in. So let’s get to it!

First up we have the henshinhead logo tee, available in multiple sizes and colors, available for men and women. Only $12.00.

New to the shop is this tee with the mini logo on the left side of the chest, so that you can have the logo of your favorite blog site on your heart. Available in multiple sizes and colors, for men and women, and for only $12.00.

Here we have the newly re-designed HENSHINHEAD RULES! tee, I’ve changed the font, and played around with the sizes, and you’ve got to admit, it looks nicer. Available in men’s and women’s sizes, in multiple colors, and available for only $10.00.

Still available are these re-designed Heroes for Japan Tees. Now, I know that the Super Hero Time Japan Relief Effort has been over for some time, and that I originally designed these shirts for that charity, but these are still cool designs, and the message is still the same. Available for only $12.00.

Also still available are these Still Standing Tees, showing the Kamen Rider statue in Miyagi after the tsunami devastated the area, still standing after a massive earthquake and a raging tsunami. The ultimate symbol of Japan’s strength and resilience. Available for only $16.00.

And of course, one of our favorites, the GOOOO-KAIJA! Tees. Both men’s and women’s sizes are available in multiple sizes and colors. Men’s shirt for only $12.00, and women’s slim fit AA shirt for $19.00.

And now for one of my favorites, the Don’t make me Push my Buttons! Tee. It’s a pun with a toku twist! Now available for women’s sizes. Available for $16.00.

We’ve now made it to our Toku Allegience line, and here we’re starting with Super Sentai. Based off of the Goranger costumes, it now includes Akaranger and Momoranger designs. Each available for only $12.00.

Also still available as part of the Toku Allegience line are these designs based off of Kamen Rider and Ultraman. Each also only $12.00.

Sorry ladies, I’m still working on female equivalent designs for Kamen Rider and Ultraman. But you can always get the Momoranger shirt.

Next up we have the popular Bouken Spirits Tees, featuring the Boukenger compass logo on the chest, which are equal in size and position as they appear on the Boukengers’ uniforms. Available in multiple sizes and colors, $12.00 for men’s, $19.00 for women’s.

And new to the shop is the Bioman Badge Tee. Because I’ve been watching a lot of the dubbed episodes of Bioman lately, I’ve become somewhat of a fan of the show, and wanted to express that in t-shirt form. Available in multiple sizes and colors, $12.00 for men’s, $19.00. for women’s.

And along with this line of retro series, I decided to through in these new Aura Power! Tees. With the Maskman logo in the proper place on the t-shirt as it was on the uniform,  even you can use the power of aura and kung fu skills to fight evil. Available in multiple sizes and colors, $12.00 for men’s, $19.00 for women’s.

And because I am apparently one of the few people who actually likes either version of this series, we have these Gingaman in a Lost Galaxy Tees. With the iconic Charlie Brown-esque jagged line marks across the midsection, these shirts properly pay tribute to this series. Available in multiple sizes, men’s muscle shirt $17.00,  women’s standard weight t-shirts only $12.00.

And now for a random series of buttons.

As you may or may not be able to tell, I really like buttons. We’ve got six different button designs, all available in small and large size buttons. The majority cost $5.00 for the small buttons, and $6.00 for the large buttons. The only exceptions are the Still Standing buttons, which are $4.00 for small, $5.00 for large.

So that is everything currently available in the shop, hope you guys like this stuff. If you’re interested in any of this stuff, or just want to check out the store, just click the henshinGARB link in the blogroll on the side, under the section labeled “Stuff I actually have anything to do with”, and it should take you straight there. And if it’s anymore of an enticement, there is a Spreadshirt special going on for the month of May, buy four short-sleeve shirts and get one free. Details in the coupon below. (Note: you do not need a physical copy of the coupon, just the coupon code listed below.)

UPDATE: Okay, I understand that the KRFan SUCKS! Tees were in bad taste, so I’ve gotten rid of them. But the sentiment is still there.

UPDATE: (5/21/11) Hey, added some new stuff, ckeck it out:

It’s all part of my new Abare Guts! line of products. We have men’s shirts available in red, blue, and black for $12.00, a yellow women’s shirt available for $19.00, and two sets of buttons for $5 and $6. So if that doesn’t entice you to buy something, I don’t know what will. And for anybody who just can’t find the link to the shop it’s right here: http://henshingarb.spreadshirt.com/

Could somebody buy something please?! I just can’t keep waiting on PaladinZeo to get paid. Come on, I will do whatever you want, make whatever you want, if you want me to modify the designs or make them available in different sizes or colors I’ll do it, just please say something. It’s all about the customer here at henshinGARB.

henshinGARB Update: See, I do have a customer!

Hey there everybody. As you all should know by now, I run a shop in conjunction with this website called henshinGARB (yes, spelled that way), and I recently had to re-open it. You see, I had closed it down at one point because I basically had no customers for over a month, and even though people were visiting, no one was actually buying anything. Plus there was this guy, KRFan he called himself, who basically said my designs were terrible. To which my reply still is that he is a big jerk. But anyway, after all of that, I decided to close the shop, at least for the time being. But then out of the blue, someone calling himself PaladinZeo left a comment on the blog talking about how he was interested in my merchandise, and that he had finally gotten the money to buy what he was interested in just as I had closed my shop. So, as per his request, I reopened the shop, and he went in and got what he wanted, and over the weekend he recieved his first order! And, as per my request, he sent some pics of what he ordered! So let’s take a look:

So we’re clear, this is NOT me. I wanted to be honest and wait for someone else to buy my stuff. You gotta admit, they turned out pretty good. Anyway, if you want to some for yourself, just click the link under the the category “Stuff I actually have anything to do with” and you can get some unofficial, appropriatly-sized clothing and fun buttons! I’ve recently added a bunch of new products and designs, and just about everything is available in men’s and women’s sizes, and I can guarantee the some of the lowest prices around, so check it out!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

*Accelular not included.