This is a picture of the Kamen Rider statue in Ishinomaki in Miyagi, both the hometown of Kamen Rider and one of the areas hit by the tsunami. As you can see, even though so much around it was destroyed, the statue is still standing. It now stand as a symbol of hope and a source of courage for the victims of the tsunami.
Original story here: http://bakaandpabo.wordpress.com/2011/03/18/kamen-rider-steht-auch-noch-nach-tsunami-kamen-rider-still-standing-after-tsunami/
Even though today they canceled Go-Kaiger and OOO today, we weren’t entirely without any form of tokusatsu. Today the newest episode of Power Rangers Samurai came on today. While it was a carbon-copy of the original Shinkenger episode, with the exception of the Bulk and Spike parts, and a few details such as having Emily stand in for the bride after Mia was captured (in the original episode, Ryunosuke acted as the second stand in, which would have been difficult to explain if they had tried to copy that), at least it was important in that we finally see their version of Fuwa Juuzo, which they are calling Deker. And it seems that all the rumors were true, because Ricardo Medina Jr was credited as the voice of Deker. And for those of you who haven’t heard the rumors, he played Cole in Power Rangers Wild Force, or should I say Wild Force Red Lion Ranger. So credit to whoever figured that out.
As for Japan, there is much destruction across the most affected areas, many people are without drinking water or supplies, there are rolling blackouts that have affected millions across the whole country, and they are still facing the possibility of nuclear meltdown at the facilities damaged by the earthquake. And in a new turn of events, the volcano that was erupting a few weeks before has started up again. And the number of dead and missing just keeps rising.
In some good news, at least for us outside of Japan, it seems that most of the Japanese celebrities have reported in, online and elsewhere, and the majority are safe and uninjured.
In the wake of what has happened, I once again implore everyone to do what you can. I have posted several links to various organizations that have either pledged help or are actively working to help in the most affected areas. I even have a link to the Super Hero Time! relief fund, created in conjunction with CS Toys International and RRR (Rangers, Riders, and Rambles). If you can help in any way, please do. Even if it’s just spreading the word, that would help out a lot.
Super Hero Time! Starts Now!
-M.C., the Quantum Twin
Due to the earthquake and resulting tsunamis, there will be no new episode of either Go-Kaiger or Kamen Rider OOO this week. I think the reasons for why should be obvious. Just thought you should know.
For those of you interested, it seems that all of the Kamen Rider OOO cast are alright, and almost every member of the Go-Kaiger cast has checked in except for Kazuki Shimizu who plays Don Dogoier/Go-KaiGreen and Yuki Yamada who plays Joe Gibuken/Go-KaiBlue, and it seems that Yui Koike, who plays Ahim de Famille/Go-KaiPink, is having her representatives post on her blog for her, and they have canceled all the upcoming events she was scheduled to be in, so no one is sure what that means right now. We’ll be looking out for them and anyone else.
UPDATE: (3/12/11) It seems that everyone from the Go-Kaiger staff was together and is alright, at least according to Ryota Ozawa’s (Captain Marvelous/Go-KaiRed) personal blog. And it seems that a majority of our favorite toku actors have checked in and are alright. At least that is some form of good news coming out of Japan.