Go-Kaiger Mega-Post: Catching up on some slippery Pirates!

For those of you that happen to read other blogs, you know that I have gotten very far behind on catching up with the latest news about everything and anything. Well, to make up for that, I’m going to post EVERYTHING I’ve found Go-Kaiger-related in one super-sized Mega-Post! Expect lengthy descriptions and oodles of pics from this point on.

Starting with the oldest stories first, we have an interview with Wakamatsu Toshihide, who plays Yuki Gai/Black Condor, originally in Jetman but most recently in the newest episode of Go-Kaiger, talking about how writer Inoue Toshiki talked him into taking up his old role for this new series (note: this was translated from a Japanese magazine interview, I had nothing to do with the translating, so don’t complain to me about inproper English) :

I got phone call from Toshiki Inoue in the very early morning… well as is usual for him (laugh). He said “I’ll write script so appear on Gokaiger as Gai Yuki”. I’ve heard about “Gokaiger” so I knew what he told about, but I couldn’t believe what he said, because Gai already passed away.

The story of Gai’s death in Jetman was made mainly by Inoue and me at a meeting where we drank much(laugh). So I was against Gai’s being alive and I told so. Then he said “I understand you. Believe in me. If you don’t appear, I will never write.” So I replied to him with saying “I’ll leave everything to you.”

After reading the script, I called Inoue and heard him saying “It’s nice story for you isn’t it?” (laugh) I myself thought I’m too outstanding well in the story so I felt a kind of guilty for being a leading character in Gokaiger. At the same time I felt Inoue’s having a special place in his heart for Gai.

At the point I received the offer I called Hirofumi Ishigaki, Action Director in Gokaiger. He acted Yellow Owl in Jetman. I asked him if it’s possible to make Mr. Ohfuji act Brack Condor.

When I was in fitting session, I got welcome news. Mr. Nakazawa, the director said Ohfuji accepted the offer of Black Condor. Other staffs also thought that Black Condor must be acted by Ohfuji. That’s my great pleasure.

To answer your first question, Mr. Ohfuji is the original suit actor for Black Condor, so that makes the performance of Black Condor in battle that much more authentic. Which makes it that much cooler overall.

Next up, we have an official announcement for a new Go-Kaiger game from Namco Bandai, this time for the Nintendo DS, entitled Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: Atsumete Henshin! 35 Sentai!

The game’s genre is “Narikiri Treasure Hunting”, and you do just that. Basically, you go around the world finding, collecting, and using RangerKeys in battle. Each level has it’s own RangerKey, and along the way you have to fight Zangyack and collect the RangerKey on the map as soon as possible. The game also uses the stylus, making battles that much more simpler. The game will be released November 17th for 5040 yen.

I know it’s only been two console games so far, but that’s actually quite a lot in such a short span of time, amd whe you include other non-console games, then that number really jumps up.

Speaking of which, Namco Bandai has also announced a new app game for Go-Kaiger, called Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger ~ Let’s GokaiGalleon ~!

In this new game, you can play as Go-KaiGalleon, fighting against Zangyack spaceships. You even have the ability to play as Go-KaiOh!

Here’s the official iTunes description:

Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger comes to iPhone! Blast away meteoroids and enemy spacecraft that threaten the Gokai Galleon on its voyage towards Earth! Control the action with simple taps and flicks as you feverishly try to earn your best score!

Controls: Lock on to enemies on the screen by tapping them. You can lock on to multiple enemies at the same time. Next, flick the screen to attack all the enemies you are locked on to simultaneously! Tilt the device left and right to dodge enemy attacks.

Hints: Multiply your score locking on to multiple enemies and defeating them all at once. Pirate marks pile up on the lower left side of the screen, according to the number of enemies defeated at once. Once you have eight marks, you can transform into Gokaioh. You are invincible while transformed, giving you the opportunity to boost your score even more!

Sounds simple and easy to play, and it’s only 170 yen. It’s available for iPhone 3GS & 4, and iPod Touch 3 and up. You’ll need a Japanese iTunes account to purchase it, but luckily for you, Jefusion happens to have a post on how to set up one.

Next we have some interesting info on a “discarded” background story for Don Dogoier/Hakase/Go-KaiGreen. It comes from an interview with Go-Kaiger lead wirter Arakawa Naruhisa by Hyper Hobby magazine. Here’s one background story they considered for the good doctor:

(Arakawa) “Don would be a scared boy who saw his scientist father die in a laboratory after the Zangyack attacked and started a fire, leaving him traumatized.” In addition, Arakawa said that he wouldn’t be “a special person like Ahim”, that he doesn’t come from some high rank in society, that he is just an average person (comparitively speaking).

Well, I’m not sure if some version of this story is used, but it would explain a lot about him. What do you think about it?

Anyway, let’s move on to some showroom toy pics featuring Go-KaiMachine Machalcon and the Go-KaiGalleon Buster:

This is the next Go-KaiMachine, Engine Machalcon. He is the Go-Onger‘s Grand power, and as you can see below, he can be used to combine Go-KaiOh and Go-JyuJin into a single combined mecha!

And here we (finally) have Go-Kaiger‘s cannon weapon, the Go-KaiGalloen Buster. As you can see, it works like other cannon weapons, where everybody puts their RangerKeys in and KABOOM! Freshly toasted Zangyack.

Wait, what’s that at the top?

Hmm, it’s talking about glowing 7 different LED light colors, which every weapon toy does, but it’s also showing seven RangerKeys, including a blacked-out one over the purple circle. Could this possibly be a new Go-Kaiger? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

And finally, we have the screen shots from the newest episode of Go-Kaiger! Check out Black Condor’s return:

New Super Hero Time!

And next week:

There. now we’re all completely caught up on all things Go-Kaiger. If anything else comes up, I;m putting it in a new post. 😛

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Movie Wars 2011: Ankh Returns?!!

The finale to Kamen Rider OOO was quite amazing. The only part of it that most people didn’t like was Ankh’s death at the end of the final fight scene. And his death has left many to ask what they plan on doing for the next Movie Wars now that Ankh was gone and the Core Medals were destroyed. Well, it looks like Ankh might just make a return in the next Movie Wars!

Did you mean?

Speculation came after he posted this pic of himself with the Ankh haristyle on his personal blog. While the associated post talked about thanking people for watching the show, some have wondered whether this was a sign that Ankh would be making a return.

I’m not sure about that, but it does turn out that they had planned on killing of Ankh from the very beginning! In an interview with Hyper Hobby magazine, producer Takebe Naomi, with Watanabe Shu, discussed how they had planned to get rid of Ankh from the very beginning, how they had planned on sealing him away at first, and how they never even discussed the possibility of bringing him back!

They also talked about Eiji’s background a little bit, how he is a politician’s son who uses his mother’s maiden name to avoid being recognized, and how he has an older politician brother (even Shu didn’t know that).

Shu wanted to get into more action stuff himself in the show, but they were never able to add anything like that to the show, Takebe agreed to discuss doing that with him and the production staff for the next Movie Wars. Maybe they’ll talk about reviving Ankh while they’re at it.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Power Rangers Samurai in San Diego: The Power is on at Comic-Con!

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con 2011 kicked off yesterday (7/21), and guess who showed up for the party? That’s right, the Samurai Rangers! They came this year as part of Nick’s exhibit at the convention, and they’ve been showing off stunts and posing for photos with conventioners since they first popped up yesterday. Here are a few photos from the event:

As you can see here, Brittany Anne Pirtle, who plays Emily/the Yellow Samurai Ranger, was interview by NBC to talk about her role in the show, and about Nickelodeon’s booth at Comic-Con. Video of the interview can be found here:

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You like the little “stunt show”?

As part of the Power Rangers Samurai exhibition, there will be an “Origins of the Samurai Power Rangers” panel hosted by Paul Schrier (Bulk), between 7-8 pm on Saturday, where attendees will get a chance to see the origins special 3 months before it airs on Nick, followed by a one-on-one interview with the cast of the show. So, if you happen to be at or headed over to Comic-Con this weekend, be sure to drop in on that! (And maybe send me some “leaked” footage from the event.) 😉

-M.C., the wishing-he-could-go-to-Comic-Con Quantum Twin