GIANT STEP Preview: Setting Fire to the States

Here’s the official preview for the new song “GIANT STEP” by the ASTRONAUTS )formed by anime singer May’n and former SURFACE vocalist Shiina Yoshiharu). It was Fourze’s first insert/battle theme song. Check out the preview below:

The Astronaut’s GIANT STEP will be released January 25th, and will include the Climax Heroes Fourze theme song “Endless Play” on the CD’s b-side (wow, they seem to neglect the b-side nowadays).

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Anything Goes Ballad Cover Art Revealed: There so sad they can’t even look at each other. :'(

It might be sad for them, but not for us! Check out the new cover art for the upcoming single release of “Anything Goes! Ballad” by Maki Ohguro:

We first heard the song in (somewhat ironically) the last episode of Kamen Rider OOO, and note that it was also the last song recorded by Maki Ohguro before taking a temporary leave of absence from singing.

The Single, originally slated for release on October 21st, will be released on December 7th.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Fourze Theme Song “Switch On!” CM: Party like a rock star, style like a Greeed.

Hey, a new 15-second commercial for Anna Tsuchiya’s new single, and the Kamen Rider Fourze theme song, “Switch On!”, has popped up, and features scenes from the yet-to-be-released music video. Check it out below:

The single comes out November 23rd. Available as either a CD+DVD version, or as a CD-Only version.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Kamen Rider OOO Final Episode Director’s Cut Revealed!: Now with even more twists!

It’s been over two months since Kamen Rider OOO finale aired, but it looks like the adventure isn’t quite over yet. It was recently announced that a Director’s Cut of the last two episodes of OOO (Ep.47 & 48) will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD next year!

The new release, aptly titled Kamen Rider OOO Final Episode, features audio commentary from actor Watanabe Shu (Eiji/OOO), director Tasaki Ryuta, writer Kobayashi Yasuko, and producer Naomi Takebe, and an extra 8 minutes of bonus scenes. They include:

  • Satonaka informs Kougami she couldn’t deliver the present.
  • In the Foundation, Eiji–not persuaded by Date & Goto–goes to fight Maki.
  • Eiji recieves Cell Medals from Kougami.
  • Complete Uva fights Birth & Birth Prototype.
  • Doctor Maki puts Core Medals into Uva in human form.
  • Date & Goto talk to Kougami in the lab.
  • Date & Goto in the lab at dawn.
  • Kougami makes a cake for Eiji who has unleashed his desire.
  • In the epilogue, the dialogue will now be audible.

Kamen Rider OOO Final Episode will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD February 21st, with DVD rental copies available February 10th.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

OOO WONDERFUL and Go-Kaiger Flying Ghost Ship movies release date confirmed!

Two months ago, Toei premiered two back-to-back movies that became box office juggernauts within their first weekend. The two movies, Kamen Rider OOO THE MOVIE: WONDEFUL, Shogun, and 21 Core Medals and Kaizoku Sentai Go-Kaiger THE MOVIE: The Flying Ghost Ship, now have a confirmed Blu-Ray and DVD release date!

Yes, both movies will be released next year in both standard and collector’s box set editions, with the OOO WONDERFUL movie being released on January 21st, and the Go-Kaiger movie being released on February 21st. Don’t ask me why they’re being released a month apart from each other, the only guess I can come up with is that the Go-Kaiger movie release date puts it closer to the series finale.

Anyway. more details on this as they come out.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Fourze theme song single “Switch On!” release delayed: How am I suppose to wait til November to hear the full song?!!

Bad news for anyone waiting for the release of the single “Switch On!”, a.k.a. the theme song to Fourze by Anna Tsuchiya. It looks like release date has been pushed back by Avex Sound to November 23rd from October 26th. No word on why the date has changed.

The single will still be available at the originally stated prices of 1890 yen for CD+DVD edition and 1260 yen for CD-only.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Movie Wars CORE Director’s Cut Spoilers: Now with more cut scenes!

So, the Dirfector’s Cut version of Kamen Rider OOO x W feat Skull Movie Wars CORE comes out this week (Sept.21), and people have been wondering just what kind of  changes or additions have been made to the movie. Well wonder no more! We have a super-long list of changes that have been made, which includes extended scenes, new scenes, and a reversal in the movie order. Let’s see what the director has done.

NOTE: For this version of the movie, the director has reversed the order in which the movies are presented, therefore the first one shown in this version is the OOO Movie, Kamen Rider OOO: Nobunaga’s Desire. The changes to that are as follows:

  • In the beginning, there are a few extra seconds of Kougami painting on the floor while whispering “ambition”. There’s a shot of Nobunaga’s rusted emblem and a quick flashback to  Warring States era Nobunaga when they find his body underground.
  • Right before they revive Nobunaga, Kougami is shown preparing a “Happy  Birthday” cake, and the machine that brings him back stays on screen for  slightly longer. A brief flash to the aforementioned cake, shown after Nobunaga’s revival, is removed.
  • Eiji is shown delivering newspaper to several locations before meeting Nobunaga, rather than just once.
  • Eiji is actually shown inserting medals in the OOO driver one by one before facing Nobunaga for the first time.
  • There’s an extended cut when Eiji finds the unconscious human Nobunaga. He attempts to wake him up several times.
  • Eiji is shown in the kitchen preparing the food before giving it to Nobunaga. After the underpants scene, Eiji wonders about what Nobunaga is going to do and suggests going to the police.
  • Completely new scene. Eiji is working in another part time job,  carrying some crates with drinks. Nobunaga returns, and Eiji wonders if  he didn’t look for the police. Nobunaga offers to help Eiji. However,  he ends up stumbling and dropping his crate, breaking some drinks. The  owner of the shot complains. Eiji apologizes for him, however, Nobunaga  refuses to apologize, suddenly showing a completely different  personality.
  • There’s an extended shot of everyone reacting in surprise to Nobunaga  buying all of a company’s stocks during the first scene with the  ballerina.
  • Completely new scene. After they start eating with Nobunaga,  Ankh appears, just as an arm. Eiji notices him and asks about what he  had done to the detective. Rather than that, he talks about the monster  that has appeared lately and killed humans, and asks Eiji if he wonders  about his identity. Ankh shows one of the papers with the family emblems  that Nobunaga drops after killing people, and says that the monster has  some relation to the Sengoku era. Afterwards, through a glass, he  points at Nobunaga. Meanwhile, Nobunaga and the dancer have a heated  discussion about Mitsuhide Akechi and her ancestry. Eiji yet again asks  Ankh about the detective. Ankh grabs Eiji by the mouth and says that  he’s returning to his place.
  • When Kougami and Nobunaga are in the car, before the rest of the  conversation, Kougami congratulates him for his nice trick during the  auction. A cut to outside of the car is moved to before they start the  conversation that they had in the original movie.
  • Kougami nods to Satonaka who gives Nobunaga the Birth Driver. Goto is  shown to be there too, and he’s surprised to see it, clearly not liking  what’s going on.
  • Completely New scene. Kougami is shown dropping Nobunaga in his  company and the scene follows Kougami leaving in the limousine. Goto  wonders why Kougami gave the belt to Nobunaga. Kougami tells him to not  worry about anything, it’s all part of an experiment and calls Nobunaga a  “doll”.
  • Completely New scene. During Nobunaga’s battle as Birth against  the Dino Yummy, there’s a sudden cut to Eiji in the Cous Cossier. He  asks Hina if she thinks he’s an useless human. Hina asks about what  happened, and Eiji wonders if Nobunaga will be okay, because he seemed  strange. Meanwhile, on tv, there’s a report about an “Unidentified  Lifeform” attacking. Eiji and Hina turn their attention to that. It  mentions that the police hasn’t answered yet, but there’s someone else  there… the camera then shows Birth fighting.
  • Before Birth uses the Crane arm, Birth throws its gun away and there’s an aerial camera shot.
  • Completely New scene. The news report that the warrior in armor  defeated the Unidentified Life Form and then goes on to show that his  identity is Nobunaga. Eiji and Hina wonder why he transformed.
  • There’s an extended cut when Nobunaga grabs the dancer. He calls her  beautiful and she stands around for a few moments before trying to  escape.
  • OOO vs Nobunaga. There’s a brief extended clip of OOO running around with  the Cheeta legs before the scene returns to the ballerina. There’s a brief clip with Nobunaga’s vision failing while he fails to recognize Eiji right after their second battle.
  • Completely New scene. In a meeting with his company, one of  Nobunaga’s employee talks about a cellphone, but Nobunaga fails to  recognize what it is. The employee takes that to be joke, but then  Nobunaga has another headache + vision failure and leaves.
  • After Nobunaga falls from the stairs, he looks at his own hand, which is turning black and cell medals are falling from it.
  • When the people Eiji helped early in the movie offer to take Eiji to a party, they actually are shown dragging Eiji to it.
  • There’s a big ugly “DIRECTOR’S CUT” with a black bar over part of the “Count the Medals” screen. They also didn’t bother fixing it to remove the Blue medals and include Ankh’s Taka medal there.

And now let’s see what they’ve done with the W movie, Kamen Rider Skull: Message for W (conveniently arranged by flashback):

Kamen Rider W: Present

  • Extended shot of W looking at the Yummy and complaining about it before jumping.
  • Extended shot of W vs Yummy. Terui is shown arriving in his bike in the background. Camera then changes to focus on him removing his sword from his bike. There’s a little bit more of W vs Yummy and only afterwards Terui finally arrives.
  • Extended shot of the scene where Akiko runs away. Terui stumbles around and then uses his catchphrase on himself.
  • Two extra shots of Fuuto while Shotaro describes Akiko’s situation. The description is expanded compared to the original one.
  • Shot of Akiko’s back while the expanded explanation continues. Afterwards, she goes and lists everyone (comrades, father, Terui, etc, with the Kamen Rider form of each one flashing on screen)
  • In the original, there was a shot of the river while Akiko remembered her father’s words about staying by her side. In the DC, there’s a quick flashback to the day she talked with her father on the phone that is going to be detailed later in the movie.

Kamen Rider Skull: Past

  • Extended shot of Melissa in her room complaining calling Soukichi to complain about how he’s doing nothing to protect her and it’ll be a big problem.
  • Completely new scene. Soukichi and his partner are actually shown driving by Fuuto in their car. They don’t speak anything to each other, just look at a paper and then it starts raining. There’s also a shot of them leaving the car under heavy rain, while in the original the car was just shown parked outside with lighter rain.
  • Completely new scene. Soukichi and his partner enter into the theater under the rain. Meanwhile, the Bat Dopant woman is standing outside, a man bumps into her, she acts like there was no problem, but right afterwards beats him up and then walks in the direction of the theater.
  • Shot of Soukichi walking through the agency and turning on the lights before going into the Skull room.
  • There’s a longer shot of the architecture expert. Soukichi takes him and his informant wishes him well while they leave. There’s also an extra exterior shot of the Yaguchi Entertainment Company.
  • There’s a new shot of Skull touching the Memory in his driver and his scarf blowing. There’s also a few extra seconds of Shroud dodging Bat’s attacks.
  • The first shot of Skull beating up Masquerades is slightly exchanged before the camera cut.
  • A few extra seconds of Skull vs Spider, just enough for two punches. Afterwards, Bat beating up Shroud.
  • New extended cut of Soukichi escaping running through the Yaguchi agency again.

Kamen Rider W: Present

  • Completely new scene. After the Yummy flies with Akiko, Shotaro and Terui stand up and shout for Akiko. Shotaro then complains about the Yummy and starts thinking about monsters in general. He goes on to remember the events of Begin’s Night, including Soukichi’s death. He decides that he’ll have to protect Akiko, and then Philip corrects him, saying that “we” will. Terui cries that he won’t let it steal his bride.

Kamen Rider Skull: Past

  • Completely new scene. Melissa walks alongside Fuuto’s ocean, singing. Soukichi finds her, tells her that she won’t need to run away now, he already knows the identity of the Spider Man. She actually already knew about his identity. He makes a promise to her to bring him back and then leaves with “Nobody’s Perfect” playing. However, right afterwards, Shroud appears and reveals that Spider Man will die if a memory break is used on him. She wonders if Soukichi will still fight.
  • Extended cut of Soukichi facing Matsu. The punch that drops his glasses doesn’t do so in the Director’s Cut. Soukichi grabs Matsu, but he hits him with his knee. Soukichi then hits him, grabs him again and punches him. Only then the glasses fall and Melissa arrives.
  • When Soukichi seems the spider in Melissa’s hand, there’s a flashback to Yaguchi blowing up.
  • When Matsu mentions the attack on the theater where he used the Spider abilities, there’s new an extended cut where he explains the details before the flashback, and the flashback itself is longer.
  • Flashback after the spider is implanted on Melissa is extended. Matsu is shown shouting about finding Melissa and then runs through the other way. Soukichi now is shown realizing that’s the reasons she avoided him in the present, rather than his voice during the flashback (which is cut in this version).
  • When Matsu touches Melissa’s shoulder and says “look”, now the camera moves away sooner, showing his face while he talks, rather than just his arm like in the original cut.
  • They actually CUT one or two seconds of Melissa running through the corridor before being punched by Spider Man.
  • Spider Man’s face takes the screen and he laughs at Soukichi.
  • New close up of Bat Dopant’s face.
  • After Soukichi says that Matsu sold his soul for a Gaia Memory, there’s a flashback to them together in the past.

Kamen Rider W: Present

  • After Akiko awakens, she wonders about where she is.
  • A black bar with “Director’s Cut” written there covering part of the “Gaia Memories” screen at the end of the W story.

And finally, we have the changes to the final part of this movie, Movie Wars CORE!:

  • The shot of the “Cristo Redentor” was changed to one also showing its surroundings.
  • Very slightly extended shot of Akiko’s face after she hears Melissa’s words. Afterwards, W’s theme continues into the next scene, which is full screen, not running alongside the credits.
  • Scene where Eiji returns is in full screen now, with OOO’s end of story theme from the tv show playing.
  • Movie credits and theme song start playing. They’re just Gaia Memories and medals falling through the screen. No “Making of” footage or anything else, it’s just like the background of the original credit sequence.

So what do you think of the changes made here? Is this now a completely different movie, or do you think these changes will have no real effect on the overall film?

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Kamen Rider OOO Special CD Box Set Revealed: Why did I get all of those other albums?

Well, OOO may be over (for now, at least) but at least we still have this new, soon to be released, CD Box set of his greatest hits! And now we know what’s going to be on this special set. Here’s what going to be on featured in this special CD-Box set (from CDJapan via Jefusion):

Special CD box set release from tokusatsu series “Kamen Rider OOO” featuring 6 Music CDs and 1 DVD. CD features its theme “Anything Goes!,” seven OOO combo songs, theme of Birth, movie BGM & theme, and more! DVD features music clips of “Anything Goes!,” “Time judged all,” “Reverse / Re: birth,” and more. Comes with an special booklet.

Disc 1: Vocal songs + Medley + Instrumentals for Anything Goes!, Reverse/Re:birth and the Samba

Disc 2: Remixes/Solo versions/Time judged all dialogue ver & remaining instrumentals, new = Regret nothing 〜Tighten Up〜 SKA arrange ver. instrumental. This list has Ride on Right time’s remix as “Ride on Right time HIPHOP arrange ver.” but the one we already have is called “Ride on Right time MIXTURE Arrange”. They’re probably the same song.

Disc 3: TV OST 1
Disc 4: TV OST 2
Disc 5: Movie War Core OST (Minus KRW Part)
Disc 6: 21 Cores OST

DVD: PV for Anything Goes!, Reverse/Re:birth, Let’s Hold Hands Samba, Time judged all regular ver. new = Time judged all Eiji edition & Time judged all Ankh edition

So, the biggest songs from the eniter season, all in one special box set? And for only ¥8000? That sounds like a good deal to me. If it sounds like a good deal to you, then go out and preorder it now, and I say preorder because it won’t be out until September 29th. If you can’t wait til the end of the month to get it, then order it now!

-M.C., the Quantum Pitchman

Ultraman Saga release date confirmed

The release date for the third film in the Ultraman Zero trilogy, Ultraman Saga, has been confirmed. Sagae Hiroshi, popular for his special effects and minature model designs, confirmed through his Facebook page that the movie is slated to be released sometime around February 2012.

Sagae, who is currently working on the movie, will be providing the kaiju models for the stop-motion animation sequences.

He also confirmed that the director will be Oba Hideki, who directed Ultraman Zero vs. Darklops, and the special effects will be handled by Mike Toshio (no, not the English “Mike”, it’s mi:k), who worked as the production designer on “Heisei Gamura Series”.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin