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

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Go-Kaiger show and Vs. Gavan movie Super Post: It’s going to be Legend…wait for it…

…Dary! Surprisingly, not a lot of big news for Go-Kaiger from this past week, but there’s still some interesting news for the movie Go-Kaiger Vs. Gavan, and we have new episode summaries for the next two episodes. It’s Don Dogoier the Legendary Hero vs. Damaras, the Strongest Man in Space!

First, here’s the episode summaries for this last episode and the next two (keep in mind that these came out yesterday before anyone saw the episode):

Episode 42: The Strongest Man in Space – 12/11 script: Naruhisa Arakawa / director: Hiroyuki Kato Doc dreads facing enemies and hates fighting. Luka is flabbergasted that he thinks the Zangyack might change their ways. In this fight the enemy targets Doc first. But, instead of facing them, he turns and runs away. Joe bluntly calls him pathetic.

Every time Doc fights now he gets less manly and more uncool. Ahim finds an old magazine with an article about the legendary hero Don Dogoier, looking heroic and brave. He looks just like Doc, so she suspects that they are the same person.

Episode 43: Becoming the Legendary Hero – 12/18 script: Naruhisa Arakawa / director: Hiroyuki Kato Damaras, the strongest man in space, combines forces with Basco and attacks Marvelous and his crew. They don’t see Doc but kidnap the others. Afterward, Doc finally stands up and pursues the enemy.

Episode 44: N/A (12/25) script: Junko Koumura / director: Taro Sakamoto Gai brings a Christmas tree onto the Galleon. The others don’t know about Christmas, so they think the dazzling ornaments are strange. After they learn about Christmas from a picture book, they decide to have a party on the Galleon.

Gai and Luka go out shopping for the party. While they’re out, they meet a group of children decorating for Christmas, including young Sayo. But then the Zangyack appear….

Everybody gets a Christmas episode! And other rumors have the Kakuranger tribute episode after these, which includes the return of Ninjaman!

Anyway, onto movie news!

First, we have this pic from the wrap-up party for the Go-Kaiger Vs. Gavan filming:

Here’s the full Go-Kaiger crew, along with Hosogai Kei who plays Basco da Jorokia, and Ohba Kenji, who reprised all three of his famous toku roles in the movie. The movie comes out January 21st with Blu-Ray/DVD release on March 21st (wow, only a two month turn around; unusual, but wholeheartedly welcomed!).

And we now know what the theme song for the movie will be! And it is (drumroll please)…

…”JUMP!” by Kushida Akira and Matsubara Tsuyoshi! Just like the movie is a crossover between the Super Sentai and Metal Heroes series, the song is a collaboration between Kushida, who sung the Gavan theme song, and Matsubara, who sung the Go-Kaiger theme song. “JUMP!” will be released January 25th.

And that’s everything related to Go-Kaiger, for now. If anything else pops up, I’ll let you know!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Kamen Rider Fourze and Movie Wars MEGAMAX Mega-Post

Hey, a lot of stuff came out last week about Fourze that I just wasn’t able to cover, so now I’m going to try and go over as much of it as I can now. Let’s see what we can cover!

First, a bunch of scans:

New AstroSwitches: #21 Stealh, #22 Hammer, #23 Water (a faucet), #24 Medical (first aid kit), and #25 Pen (a writing brush).

And as far as show news goes from all of this, it looks lik we’ll see the Magnet State soon, and we might see Kamen Rider Meteor appear soon as well. And with them, come new Zodiart enemies.

And as for movie news, I think this newest plot summary could cover it:

Part 1: Beginning A meteor falls down.

The 7 Riders try and prevent Foundation X from taking SOLU. Kannagi manages to get the SOLU.

Part 2: Kamen Rider OOO

40 years into the future, Kamen Rider Poseidon declares he’s  going to become a Kamen Rider Hunter. Miharu received a new belt and  Core Medals from Kougami, found the Core Medals that disappeared at the  final episode, absorbs them and goes crazy, taking the name Poseidon. He  travels back in time through a time drift. Miharu received the Poseidon Driver because he felt he was weak and was afraid of water. Kougami  believed this belt would help him.

Kougami tells the Double Birth to fight him off, they lose. The  Prototype Driver is broken permanently. Then tells Eiji to come back to  Japan, as he’s traveling around the world trying to find the Core  Medals. At the airport, Eiji meets Ankh. They head over to Cous Cousier, Chiyoko welcomes them. Waste Yummies shows up.

Miharu and Poseidon splits apart into two different beings. Seems like  Miharu had some sort of parasitic bond with the Core Medals. Not really  explained why they split, Poseidon rampages even more. Miharu transforms  into Aqua. Eiji gives Miharu a pair of tomorrow’s underwear.

Ankh, takes the form of Eiji, as a strategy. Ankh doesn’t possess Eiji.  Together they manage to grab some Medals and Eiji goes Shauta. Aqua and Tajadoru finishes Poseidon off. Miharu returns to the future, Ankh disappears without anyone knowing. Foundation X shows up and attacks Team OOO. Grabs Poseidon’s Medals and leaves.

Part 3: Fuuto – The Secret Plot Advances

Shotaro chases after Foundation X (Supposedly a request from Eiji). Foundation X are transporting the SOLU somewhere else. While Phillip is busy researching, Shotaro transforms into Joker. As they fight, the SOLU leaks out from a capsule.

The Legendary Seven Riders are at some airport, fighting Kannagi. Kannagi overpowers them and turns them into Switches and Medals.

Part 4: Kamen Rider Fourze

Nadeshiko falls down from the sky, Gentaro catches her and falls in love.

Foundation X team up with the Zodiarts, Fourze heads out to fight. Kamen Rider Nadeshiko shows up. Sadondas shows up to retrieve Nadeshiko, Nadeshiko turns into the SOLU  Switch. Gentaro starts crying and screaming. Kamen Rider Club+Power  Dizer shows up to fight.

At the very end of part four, Eiji appears and asks for Gentaro’s help.

Part 5: Movie Wars MEGAMAX

A bunch of monsters are standing in front of Shotaro, Phillip, Eiji and Gentaro as they transform together. The three of them chase after Kannagi, they arrive at a warehouse and save the seven Riders. Fight against old monsters ensues. Special attacks are executed in a row, one after another.

Kannagi becomes Super Galaxy King by using Poseidon’s Medals and the SOLU Switch. Fourze takes Nadeshiko’s Rocket Switch and goes into Rocket States. Miharu shows up and gives Eiji the Super Core Medals. The jingle is “Super  Taka! Super Tora! Super Batta! Ta-to-ba, tatobatatoba, SU-PER!”

They fight Super Galaxy King as the medley plays. Report ends here, nothing about the conclusion was included.

Well, that didn’t quite cover all of it. We now know who the newest Foundation X members are:

The members of Foundation X who will appear in the movie are: Rem Kannagi (played by Toru Masuoka), Katal (played by Dante Carver), Solaris (played by Sanae Hitomi) and Chancellor Kiima (played by Azusa Watanabe).

Katal and Solaris are Rem’s subordinates while Chancellor Kiima is his boss. Based on the scan posted above, Katal will transform into Sadondas. It is also to note that Sanae Hitomi previously played Shion, one of the psychic soldiers of W RETURNS: Kamen Rider Eternal and is Kamen Rider Nadeshiko’s suit actress in the film.

Lastly, Azusa Watanabe is best known for role as Miyuki Ozu aka MagiMother from Mahou Sentai Magiranger.

And lastly, we now know the title of the theme song for the MEGAMAX movie:

The song is called “SAMURAI STRONG STYLE”, sung by Show Ayanocozey of Kishidan, a.k.a. DJ OZMA, and arranged by Marty Friedman. The single is slated for release December 21st. Interesting to note that the song, according to reports, is another effort to cheer up the people of Japan after the quake. “SAMURAI” stands for the Japanese people, and “STRONG STYLE” represents their fighting spirit.

And that should officially be everything now. You’re all caught up. Yay.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Fourze Theme “Switch On!” MV: Rock it, Female Ankh!

After two postponings and months of waiting, the music video for Kamen Rider Fourze’s theme “Switch On!”, performed by Anna Tsuchiya (who, once again, is dressed like an 80’s retro female Ankh), has finally been released. You can check out that, and watch Fourze attempt to dance, below:

Well, I guess Fourze rather liked it. 😛

-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 Fourze Super MEGA post: Launching Story Barrage in 3,…2,…1!

Hey, a bunch of new stories and rumors have come out for Kamen Rider Fourze over the last few days, and unfortunately I haven’t been able to keep up with the ever-growing number. So I’ve decided to just throw everything into one mega-post, starting from oldest to newest. So let’s get to it!

First off, we have official confirmation that both Ankh will return in Movie Wars MEGAMAX, and that Shotaro and Phillip will show up in this movie for the Kamen Rider W scene. As you can see from this image above, it also confirms the appearance of the Seven Legendary Riders. All of this can be seen in the newest trailer:

Is that a triple henshin I see? 😉

Next, the first official trailer for the upcoming game Kamen Rider Climax Heroes Fourze has been released, and features both the new characters and the new gameplay. Let’s watch:

Don’t you just wanna rush out to order it? 😛

Next, we have some new episode summaries, and it looks like Daimonji will be joining the Kamen Rider Club soon, though rather reluctantly…

Episode 7: N/A – 10/16
Amanogawa High School wins the District Tournament. Daimonji’s father congratulates him. The cheering team also comes out to cheer. However, Daimonji is searching for Miu. He phones her, Miu says that she is busy with other club activities.

At the background you can hear the sound “Spike ON,” and Miu started to scream. Fourze and Yuki were trying out the switches. Miu tells Daimonji that Kamen Rider activities are important and hangs up the phone.

Episode 8: N/A – 10/23
Gentaro, Kengo and Yuki are requested to have a supplementary class during holiday time, but a Zodiarts appeared and the three must leave the classroom. The teacher ordered them to stand outside the classroom because of their actions. Daimonji is in the class as well so as to interfere with the Kamen Rider Club.

Episode 9 – N/A 10/30
Gentaro and Yuki have a morning run? Kengo and Nozama stares at them coldly. Meanwhile, three girl students and Tomoko call themselves witches. Yuki is invited to one of their secret witch meetings…

Next, it’s been confirmed that anime singer May’N and former SURFACE vocalist Shiina Yoshiharu have formed a new singing unit, the Astronauts, to sing the theme for Fourze’s Elek State entitled “Giant Step”, which was heard in episode 6 of Fourze. Both artists have performed a number of different anime themes with each of their respective groups, and this is the first time the two have collaborated on such a project.

And finally, we have a few rumors on the second Rider for Kamen Rider Fourze, the newly named Kamen Rider Sagu. Here’s what’s been said do far:

  • 2nd Rider is named Kamen Rider Sagu and powers come from the Sagittarius Zodiarts. The Zodiarts Switch is converted into the 41st Astro Switch.
  • The armor is all blue, including the eyes. The left eye divided, and the division makes for a sort of “3rd eye.”
  • Belt has a bow-and-arrow motif and works like GokaiSilver’s GokaiCellular, scanning the switches. The arrow on the belt is the symbol for Mars, the circle of the arrow is pulled up on using your finger to transform, causing the arrow to slide over the Switch, scanning it.
  • Belt works with Sagu’s personal weapon.

So, a bad guy turned good, and on based on the warrior constellation Sagittarius? We’ll have to see how this one turns out.

And that’s it for Fourze news. You should be completely caught up at this point in time. But if anything else pops up, I’ll be sure to let you know!

-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

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

Kamen Rider Fourze Theme Song Announcement and Preview: One mystery of the comsos, solved!

During a press conference Friday, it was announced that the opening theme to Kamen Rider Fourze, entitled “SWITCH ON!”, will be sung by none other than J-pop star Anna Tsuchiya! I don’t even know who she is but I’m still super excited!!!

The theme song will be released Octocber 26th. But for those of you who can wait to hear it, here’s a thirty second preview:

Well, they’re pick was definitely a good one!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Toku Mystery: Who sang Kamen Rider Fourze’s theme song?

For reasons that don’t seem to entirely make sense, almost every aspect of Kamen Rider Fourze has been treated as a closely guarded secret. And no secret has proven to be bigger than the theme song. While we’ve been able to learn the title of the song, and we did manage to hear some of it during the preview that followed the OOO finale, no one knows who actually wrote or performed the song. It’s to the point now that Avex Rider Sound had a “guess the artist” competition, where you can go online and submit your guess for who you think the artist. It ended by the time I finished writing this post, but I included the link anyway.

While the artist hasn’t been confirmed yet, there is one guess that has been circling around the rumor mill:

JURIAN BEAT CRISIS, a.k.a. Juria Kawakami, who is currently signed to Avex Trax, has released 12 digital albums in the last year, and who released a self-titled physical album today (Sept. 1). And people on 2ch and HJU are so sure that it’s her, that they made the image above, comparing her picture to the silhouette in the advertisement. So, are they right, is JURAIN BEAT CRISIS the artist behind the theme, or are they wrong on this one? I guess we’ll find out soon.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin