Today was a very special day in the world of tokusatsu. Both Go-Kaiger and OOO had new episodes today (Sunday 3/20) since they cancelled both shows last week due the earthquake and subsequent events following. And the videos came early and kept coming. This is such a big deal that I’m going to have actual episode reviews for both new episodes! I know I said before that I wouldn’t have episode-to-episode reviews, but this is definitely an exception.
But before I get to the reviews, I want to talk about two things that happened in both episodes. First, both episodes were followed by the first airing of the previews for their upcoming movies, although they weren’t any different from the previews on their official websites. Actually, the preview for the OOO movie was new, but the Go-Kaiger movie wasn’t. After the new episode of Go-Kaiger was the ad for the upcoming Go-Kaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Warriors movie, and after OOO came the OOO Den-O All Riders: Let’s Go, Kamen Rider! movie. Both of course are special anniversary movies, and both I believe are coming sometime in April, I’m not sure if they changed the original release date or not. And something else that happened in both episodes that I noticed, which may be more important, is that neither show started or ended with the sponsors segment (i.e., the part where the voice over lady announces that the following businesses sponsored this episode of whatever it is). Now whether that is because they have no sponsors, or because they felt it was inappropriate to push sponsors after a major disaster, I’m not sure. No one has really said why. At least we got to see some really good shots for next week’s episodes.
And now for the reviews.
Disclaimer: I cannot guarantee complete accuracy at this moment, at least not until I see subbed versions of these shows.
Go-Kaiger Chapter 5: Judgement Pirates
Episode starts out on the ship, where Luka is reading a newspaper from space (what, they don’t have iPads in space? purely sarcastic remark), when she comes across a full two-page ad that has their wanted posters on it. While Marvelous dashes it off, everyone else is concerned about these wanted posters getting out. Then Navi gives some prediction, and they go off. Everyone is a little cautious, I guess from Navi’s prediction, but Marvelous just goes running off straight into a police station, where he is immediately identified from his wanted poster. And who is there to make the arrest? Why it’s Jasmine/DekaYellow, who tries to bring him in and threatens to arrest the other for piracy. They try to talk her out of it, saying that Zangyack placed those charges against them, and that Zangyack is the real enemy, but she’s more concerned with bringing in Marvelous. So, they run a distraction for all the other cops in the room, while Marvelous makes a break for it. As soon as he gets outside though, he’s stopped by Doggie Krueger/DekaMaster. And since Doggie was bringing him in, he took Marvelous’ mobirate. Of course, right after Doggie has him where he wants him, that’s when Zangyack’s MOTW (monster of the week) shows up and starts the countdown on a very menacing-looking device. Of course, since they were criminals committing a crime right in front of a cop, Krueger had to step in and try to stop them, even risking himself to keep Marvelous out-of-the-way. While that fight was going on, the others ran into other Gomin, and fought them using Go-onger and Dairanger powers. The scene turns back to Krueger and Marvelous who just managed to get away from the fight, and Marvelous is still trying to get Krueger to let him go, but since Krueger is a cop and has sworn to turn in all criminals, he just won’t, and tells him to stay in that hiding spot while he goes back to stop them. It seems that he also doesn’t have his sentai powers even though he didn’t fight in the Legendary War, just thought I should include that. But when he left, Marvelous notices blood on the floor and remembers seeing Krueger getting shot while protecting him. So, just before they finish off Krueger, Marvelous swoops in and manages to save him. They find themselves back in the room they were hiding in, and as a form of gratitude, and as a way of acknowledging that Marvelous isn’t just some evil space pirate, he un-cuffs him and gives him back his mobirate. And of course now that Marvelous has his mobirate back, he takes care of the motw’s Gomins and destroys the machine just in time. Of course, now that that’s happened, the fight continues outside where he meets up with everyone else, and they all change into Dekaranger, and just like in chapter 3, they go through the Dekaranger henshin sequence and an instrumental version of the main theme of Dekaranger plays in the background. They even use one a Dekaranger signature finisher to take down the motw. And all this while Doggie Krueger looks on. But of course, the fight doesn’t end there. This time, only the motw is made giant, and threatens to use the weapon himself, so it’s Go-KaiOh time. And now that they unlock the full powers of Dekaranger, they get DekaRacer, forming DekaGo-KaiOh. If you need a picture, just check the last gallery. Not only does it separate, and drive up the side of a building to fight the monster, but when it recombines with Go-KaiOh, its twin blasters separate and Go-KaiOh can use them. And for the big finish, the parts of DekaRacer in the arms and legs act like gatling guns and blow the motw to kingdom come. Later they are back on the ground, trying to get Krueger to help, when they rum into armed officers with their weapons at the ready (again) when Ban/DekaRed shows up and basically declares that they won’t recognize the claims that the Go-Kaigers are pirates. There is some dialogue between Ban and Marvelous, and like in chp.3, the DekaRed uniform appears in front of Ban for a moment. And then everyone goes on their merry way. And from what I could see of next week’s episode, it will definitely be centered in Luka.
UPDATE: (3/23/11) Hey, wanted to do this earlier, but something was up with WordPress. Anyway, it seems that Zangyack had almost doubled the reward for all of them, to which everyone was impressed but not too concerned about. Marvelous asked Navi for another prediction, and after hitting his head on the ceiling, he told them “If you’re looking for something, it’s always a good idea to ask at a police station”. So that’s why they went to the police station. Marvelous ran in, asked if anyone knew where the greatest treasure in the universe was, and Jasmine/DekaYellow tricked him into allowing her to arrest him. She told the other to turn themselves in, they acted like they were going to fight, and then ran for it. Marvelous fought off the cops and managed to escape, but was caught by Doggie Kruger. Then Zangyack showed up, still didn’t catch his name, and motw was starting the countdown on a series of underground drilling missiles targeted at every major city in the world. Kruger was just observing then, but Ahim, who safely got back to the ship with the others, called Marvelous’ mobirate right then, and they were forced to reveal themselves and fight their way out. They got away, Kruger refused to let Marvelous go, and went back to bring in the motw. But Marvelous saw a blood trail following Kruger and realized that Kruger was hurt. Back inside the oddly unoccupied warehouse, Kruger managed to get to this upper level right above the Zangyack, but before he could act, the wound flared up, causing him to convulse, and a drop of his blood fell on motw’s head. He turn’s around shoots at Kruger, and Kruger falls into a bunch barrels. As they were going to finish off Kruger, Marvelous swooped in and got him out. Outside, the others, who were tracking Marvelous using their mobirates, ran into Gomins outside of the warehouse, and fought them using Go-onger and Dairanger powers. Back to Marvelous and Kruger, Kruger asked why he came back to save him, and why he didn’t try to run. Marvelous said that he owed Kruger for getting hurt protecting him, and that he was following his honor code. Kruger was surprised to see that a pirate had an honor code, and went on to say that even of Marvelous had run away, that SPD and Zangyack pursue him and his crew, and that there would be no place to hide. Marvelous said he didn’t care, that he would do what he needed to, and that he would live the way he does, even if the whole universe was his enemy. And as he was turning around to deal with old motw, Kruger uncuffed him and gave him back his mobirate, telling him not to just leave. Marvelous joked about not blaming him for what might happen, and then he went back and destroyed the machine after taking out the Gomin in the warehouse, with a second left on the clock. The fight went outside, the others showed up, they thought he had just run away from SPD, but he told them that he was helped out by a “goody two-shoes space cop”, and Kruger came out and said it was he that was helped by a goody two-shoes space pirate. They turned around, started fighting motw, and halfway through, changed into Dekaranger, and blew him up. In the Zangyack ship, Gil was losing it, and ordered Inzan to fire the reviving laser (that has no official name btw). Needless to say, motw got bigger, threatened to use the missiles himself, Go-KaiOh was called in, and they started fighting. They managed to get the missile away from him and sent it into the fleet, where Gil got pissed off even more. Then Kruger called to them and said that they should now be able to use Dekaranger’s full power. They did the little key turn thing, and they changed into DekaGo-KaiOh, and could then use Pat-Striker (sorry I got the name wrong the first time, I didn’t actually watch Dekaranger, or that much of Power Rangers SPD now that I think about it). It ran around on its own, shot at motw a few times, drove up the side of a building and shot at him some more, then it recombined with Go-KaiOh and it’s blasters separated into two guns that Go-KaiOh could use on motw, and they shot at him gansta-style, too. Man, Go-KaiOh is awesome! Any way, they finished motw off with what they called Gokai Full Burst, where they shot at motw with the gattling guns stored in Pat-Striker’s wheel base. Monster go boom, fight over. Later, they were carrying Kruger out, when they were swarmed by officers, again. Then Ban/DekaRed showed up, and declared that their special investigation into Go-Kaiger revealed that the charges of piracy were false, and that they were nothing more than lies perpetrated by Zangyack, and that they were free to go. As the Go-Kaigers were leaving, Ban called to them and said that they better be careful with the Dekaranger’s powers. To which Marvelous replied that if they had any complaints, they knew how to find them.
UPDATE: (3/24/11) The moster’s name was Bramdu. That is all.
Kamen Rider OOO ep. 26: Ankh, the Fighter, and Full Armament
Starts out with Date treating Eiji’s wounds from his fight with the Parrot Yummy, and them trying to figure out just what the Yummy has been doing and what he did with the boxer. Because it is a bird Yummy, and Ankh attempted to protect it during the last fight, there are many implications that Ankh created it in the first place (of course we already knew he didn’t, but they didn’t know, so they had to figure it out). Even Eiji seems unsure at this point, and wants to go right back out there to find out for sure, but his injuries were too much then and he was forced to sit out while Date and Gotou went to look for the Yummy and the boxer. Of course, Hina is worried that Eiji might be suffering from the same kind of punch-drunk effects that the boxer showed signs of, due to all the fights and physical drain caused by the combos. Date tried to reassure her, but they needed to leave then to make sure that the Parrot didn’t attack any more boxers. In the mean time, the Yummy is trying to get the boxer to act on his still-present desire to fight, even going out and getting the boxer that he was supposed to fight before his injury forced him to retire. Of course, Date shows up and tries to stop him, but to no luck, leaving them with the task of trying to find out where they are. At this point in the episode, we come to Dr.Maki sitting in his car, which is parked about 20 ft from the entrance to Cous Coussier, while he is watching Chiyoko. And it’s revealed that his freak out over seeing her picture in that pamphlet is because she looks exactly like his older sister who died when he was young, which might explain his obsession with endings. Of course by this point, Eiji is out trying to help, but his injuries are still very severe and he can barely make his way around. He managed to run into Date and Gotou, who tried to convince him to go back, but he still felt like Ankh was innocent and that he had to help out him and the boxer, so he jumped on a RideVendor and drove off. Later the boxer and the person he was supposed to fight before meet up and prepare to fight one another. As they fight, Ankh gets caught in a fight with the Parrot Yummy, and is just saved by Eiji, who fights the Yummy in TaToBa form, while Date and Gotou try to stop the fight between the boxers. They end up having to go after the Yummy, leaving the boxers to fight alone. As they corner the Yummy, Date henshins into Birth, and reveals Birth’s BirthDay form, as he has all weapons deployed. And Eiji manages to finish off the Yummy using ShaUTa form. Back in the ring, both boxers had knocked each other down, and the feathers on the boxer’s broken hand had disappeared. Even though there was no winner, the boxer was glad that he was able to have that last fight, so that he could end his career in dignity. As the show ended, Kougami was finishing a new cake, and wishing “Happy Birthday!” to Ankh’s left hand, which was seen at the end. And in next week’s episode, they are all filming a Kamen Rider movie (refering to Ichigo) and it appears that OOO will have to face two different Yummies.
UPDATE: (3/23/11) I wasn’t too far off on this one. While Date was trying to treat Eiji’s wounds, Eiji was still defending Ankh, saying that Ankh didn’t revive like the other, that he can’t produce his own Yummies, that he let the Yummy live to find out who had his Core Medals. Date and Gotou decided to leave to try to find Okamura (the boxer) and stop the Parrot Yummy (which Date kept calling a chicken) before it hurt anyone else. Hina was worried about Eiji possibly being punch-drunk like Okamura, and tried to ask Date if he knew anything, but neither him nor Gotou knew enough about how being OOO and using combos affected his system, which left them all even more worried. It then went to Date and Gotou in a different part of town talking about how neither of them really got involved with any of that at Kougami because of their own circumstances (Date because he was just in it for the money at the time, and Gotou because he was so anxoius to fight), and Gotou said that he wanted to go back to Kougami. Elsewhere, Cazari was talking to Dr. Maki about the new Yummy and where it came from. After that, Dr. Maki went on to spy on Chiyoko, who, as it turns out, greatly resembles Dr. Maki’s deceased older sister. In the mean time, the Yummy was trying to get Okamura to act on his desires to box again, and of course, was successful in doing so. But in order for his desire to be completely fulfilled, he has to fight Takeda (the other boxer he was supposed to fight for the title). So the Yummy swoops into the gym Takeda is training at, and tells him that the man that he was meant to fight is ready for him. Date has already transformed and tries to fight the Yummy, but in the end, Takeda chooses to go with the Yummy to wherever Okamura is. At this point, Hina realizes that Eiji is missing from his room. He managed to catch up with Date and Gotou while they are looking for Okamura, and tells them about the gym Okamura trained at before he went pro, and that the Yummy probably took him there. They try to tell Eiji that they can handle this on their own, but Eiji refuses to go back, and when they try to talk him out of fighting, on the chance that Ankh could join in, Eiji tells them that he has been prepared to fight Ankh since the very beginning, but today wasn’t that day. Eiji hops on a RideVendor and heads out, leaving Date and Gotou to find their own way there. Back at the gym where the Yummy is hiding Okamura and Takeda, the Yummy starts the fight, while starting a fight with Ankh, whose been spying on the Yummy this whole time. Before the Yummy has a chance to finish off Ankh, Eiji pulls up and tells Ankh that he was onto Ankh’s real plan, to allow the Yummy to survive and find out who had Ankh’s Core Medals, and that he gave Eiji his Cores as insurance that they wouldn’t fall into the wrong hands. And Ankh harkened back with a contrite remark about how sharp Eiji was despite being a fool, and then it was OOO time. While he fought the Yummy outside, Okamura and Takeda were going at it inside. Date and Gotou showed up and tried to stop their fight, but even with Okamura still punch-drunk, there was no way they would stop. Then OOO and the Yummy came crashing through the ceiling, and Date was forced to deal with that instead. Outside, Eiji was losing steam, even this short fight was almost too much. Date came in, henshined into Birth, and took over the fight, even revealing BirthDay form. Then OOO finished off the Yummy in ShaUTa form. Back inside the ring, both boxers had knocked each other out, and the Yummies effect wore off. But that didn’t deter Okamura, who decided then that he was going to go through physical therapy and get back in the ring, and Takeda promised to make sure that he kept the championship title until then. And I already told you how it ended before, so I am done.
That’s all for now. I’ll try to keep you updated about these shows and others. Sorry, I won’t do an episode review for the new episode of Power Rangers Samurai, but I’ll try to report any news about that too. And any other major toku-related news that might pop up, I will report on that. Once again, I ask that you donate to the Super Hero Time Japan Relief Effort(http://superherotime.chipin.com/super-hero-time ) , and to check out henshinGARB, but only if you’re interested. Check in later.
-M.C., the Quantum Twin