Jushen ZhanJiDui Ep.1: China’s going Sentai!

Hey, well, this looks like this might be interesing. As some of you may know, Chinese TV Producers have been producing something of their own version of Japanese tokusatsu shows. Some of you may be familiar with the Chinese Armor Hero series (which looks like a massive Kamen Rider ripoff). Well, now they’ve created their own Sentai ripoff called “Jushen ZhanJiDui” (literally Titans Warstrike Team, 巨神戰擊隊), and now the first episode of the show has been streamed. You can check that out below:

Just a quick heads up: I barely understand Japanese, I definitely don’t know Chinese, so if you want a real review of the series, you’ll have to find fansubs somewhere (and send me a link to them).

And in case you do like this, we do have more info on the show at hand:

As you can see, the full team has six members, and from what I can tell, they’re divided into two or three different teams. And what makes this a Sentai ripoff is their use of mechs.

Here are the three team mechs, the Giant God Team Robot, the Giant Land Team Robot, and the Giant Sky Team Robot. The Giant God is comprised of five mechs, the Giant Land has four, and the Giant Sky has three. And of course they can combine together to form one big robot (name unknown). And we even have a pic of their transformation device/personal weapons:

Here are some previews for the show (Note: the only audio on these previews is background, no narration or sound bites):

The show has apparently been in production since October 2010, and the series premiered sometime last month (November 2012). I wouldn’t expect regular updates on this show if you do like it, because it looks like any episodes shared online will be uploaded very sporadically (even if there is demand for it).

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Gobuster 2012 Rumors: Who you gonna call?

So as you can imagine, rumors have been flying around ever since it was determined that Tokumei Sentai Gobuster was going to be the official title for the next series. Well, we now have a number of rumors from a reliable source, and we’re definitely starting to get a good idea of how the series could play out. Here’s what been rumored so far:

  • The team is composed of red, blue, and yellow
  • The Gobusters will first appear in Gokaiger VS Gavan. They seem to be linked to the 30th anniversary of Metal Hero series.
  • Though the team starts at 3, the Gobusters have Partners. The original post relates this to Den-o, so it would be my guess the partners are partner spirits or youkai.
  • The henshin device, at this point in time, is rumored to be a smart  phone type. The device may actually have an interactive panel display,  but to what ends is unknown, but it sounds cool none the less.
  • Potential Color Scheme #1: There is a lot of speculation that the color scheme will be  Jetman-esque. With Red, Yellow, Black being male, Blue and White being  female.
  • Potential Color Scheme #2: There is speculation that the team will be colored  according to the olympic colors, like Go-onger and Liveman were (Red, Blue, Yellow, Black, Green)

So then, a three-man team with some kind of partners (possibly spirits/yokai) with smart phone henshin devices and a possible connection to the Metal Heroes. Wonder how that will work?

Keep in mind that these are rumors, and even though the source is reliable, these could turn out to be false. We still have a couple of months before any official announcement, so we’ll just have to wait to see what’s what.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

GARO Makai Battle Chronicle Opening

Alright, GARO fans, the new season of GARO has just recently debuted, and the opening for it has made it’s way to us. So here it is, the opening for GARO Makai Battle Chronicle:

Very operatic. I’m very surprised that I’m not into this series as much as some of you. Oh well, enjoy!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

2012 Super Sentai name copyrighted: Is it time already?

First reported by dukemon22 at Toku Insider, Toei has copyrighted the name of the next Super Sentai series, translated as “Genki Sentai Baruganger“. Here’s a copy of the copyright claim:

第12類 船舶並びにその部品及び附属品,航空機並びにその部品及び附属品,鉄道車両並びにその部品及び 附属品,自動車並びにその部品及び附属品,二輪自動車・自転車並びにそれらの部品及び附属品,
乳母車,人力車,そり,手押し車,荷車,馬車,リヤカー,タイヤ又はチューブの修繕用ゴムはり 付け片
【氏名又は名称】村下 憲司

Translated (English):

(190) Country – Japan Patent Issued (JP) (441) – 22
August 2011 – Publication date (2011.8.22)
Patent and Trademark Gazette published [type]
(210) – Commercial Application No. Application No. 2011-53349 – (T2011-53349)
(220) – 21 July 2011 – the date of filing (2011.7.21)
(540) – Genki Sentai Baruganger Trademarks [Standard Characters]
(511) – the designated goods or designated services and categories of goods and services – Unique parts and accessories thereof 12 Ships, aircraft and their parts and accessories, parts and accessories thereof trains, automobiles and their parts and accessories, bicycle parts and accessories, motorcycles, Carriages, rickshaws, sleds, wheelbarrows, carts, carriages, carts, small gum paste for repairing tires or tubes
(731) [the applicant] – Identification number – 592068428 Toei Co., Ltd. – – the name or designation
(740) [agent] – Identification number – 100096596
[Attorney] the name or designation

No info yet on what it could be about, but speculation is abound.

General reaction to this news has basically been: “Is it seriously already time for this already?!” I think Toei may have accidently blocked themselves in this time. Because of Go-Kaiger‘s overwhelming popularity, no one wants to even think about the show being over yet. Even though we’re almost 30 episodes in, it still feels new and fresh. It’s almost impossible to believe that the show’s been going since February, and that it’s almost the end of August. But this definitely isn’t a rumor at this point, it’s about the right time of year for this to happen (we heard the first rumors about Go-Kaiger about this time last year), and we have a copy of the copyright application (which you would have seen by now if you’ve read this far), so this is what’s up next.

This will probably be the first time in a very long time that people HAVEN’T been excited to hear about the next series in the line.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

UPDATE: (8/25/11) Apparently dukemon22, who first reported on the copyright for Baruganger, hasn’t found the copyright for the name listed with the new batch of copyrights that popped up. No one’s sure what that means yet, but I’ll be sure to keep you informed of any new developments. Don’t ask me about the copyright claim above, it came from a Chinese toku-fan site, it looked convincing enough, but if it’s fake, then someone’s gone to a lot of trouble to fake it.

Saban to begin Casting Call for Power Rangers 2012!: YES!!!!!!!!!!!

According to Fury Diamond of Ranger Crew, Saban will be holding open casting calls for next year’s version of Power Rangers! Here’s what he posted:

“My source has informed me that Saban is holding an open casting call for the next Power Rangers series in a few weeks.  I’ll post more information when I get it.
If you plan on auditioning, get your audition tape ready.”

This is AWESOME! Oh, crap, I have to prepare! And if you interested, start getting ready NOW.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

UPDATE: (8/14/11) I’m not sure how long ago this happened, but apparently Saban has CANCELLED the casting calls. Here’s a new quote from Fury Diamond of Rangerboard:

My source has informed me that they cancelled the “big open casting event”.

They didn’t give me a reason why this occurred.  Maybe they need more time before casting or they want to be low key for now.  I’ll keep you guys updated if I hear anything else.

He posted that two days ago apparently, sorry I didn’t report on it before now, I wasn’t aware of this before today. My apologies to anyone who was interested in auditioning. And I’ll try to keep you guys posted on any new info that comes out about this. Hopefully, they will go through with it in some form or another. Just gotta keep our fingers crossed.

UPDATE: (8/22/11) They are holding auditions, just much more low key. In fact, they’ll be going from Monday 8/22 thru Thursday 8/25. For more info check this post. Good Luck out there!