Battle Hero Absolute Ep.6: Greatest Tribute Series EVER!!!

Hey everybody. Today’s been a little dry as far as toku news is concerned (it’s been pouring rain in my hometown, though), so I thought that I would take the time to introduce you guys to a little web series on YouTube called “Battle Hero Absolute”. It’s a creation of Jabronie Pictures, and is perhaps one of the best tokusatsu tribute series I’ve ever seen.

It’s stars Fernando Jay Huerto as the titular Battle Hero, the masked hero destined to defend the world from the Clarion invasion. In the newest episode of the series, Jay travels to Japan on vacation, speding the day touring across Tokyo with his friend Fernando, when he suddenly finds himself loss and with a Clarion on the loose. And to make matters confusing, he mistakes another masked hero, the famous Gun Calibur, for the Clarion in and clashes in a bullets vs. fists fight that you’ve got to see to believe. Will this case of mistaken identity cost Battle Hero everything? Ckeck out the video below to find out!:

Well, what did you think of that?! Makes you wanna go over and subscribe to them right now, doesn’t it?

And yes, he does pull a lot from Kamen Rider. Guy’s a huge fan, can you blame him?

And if I may say, I’m a huge fan of this series. Keep up the good work guys!

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

P.S., They have all of the current episodes of this series on a YouTube playlist, so just check out their channel to see all six episodes.

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Toei Official YouTube Channel: Finally, legal Tokusatsu on YouTube! :P

Well, look whose finally catching up. Toei now has it’s own official YouTube channel, where they’ve been uploading random videos from all of your favorite tokusatsu tv shows, from Kamen Rider to Super Sentai to Metal Heroes, and thensome! And since they’re the ones uploading this content, it’s all “legal”, so no chance of them being removed anytime soon.

So far, this service is really only being aimed towards their Japanese audience, so every video is just in Japanese RAW, but at least ou can see them. The account has also been uploading Super Sentai and Kamen Rider movies, as well as Kamen Rider Net Movies, but so far those videos have only been available in Japan. So anyone outside of Japan is going to have to rely on other people uploading these videos onto YouTube. It sucks, I know, but at least you can watch episodes of other toku shows that never really made it onto YouTube before.

Here’s the link to their official YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TOEIcojp

It’s not certain how long this will last, so go ahead and check this out now. Hopefully, they’ll expand this once they realize how many people outside of Japan are interested.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Super Sentai Villain Getter?

Check out this parody version of the Go-Kaiger ED, “Super Sentai Hero Getter”:

Even villains need a little love sometimes. The video was originally imported from Nico Nico Douga, and uploaded to YouTube by this guy.

Awesome MMPR Theme Cover on Violin: Morphenominal!

Check out lara6683 as she rocks out to the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Theme!:

Nothing about this video is not awesome, so decreeith M.C.!

Go check out her YouTube page, she has a lot of violin and piano covers of other poular theme songs. You name it, she’s done it.

Kamen Rider Foure Astro Switch Sounds: (Insert Portal joke here.)

Okay, so a video has surfaced on YouTube supposedly of the sounds the Astro Switches make during Fourze’s henshin sequence. You can check that out here: http://youtu.be/wEchhOLm8IE Sorry, can’t embed the video, that part was disabled.

It sounds like it could be the real thing, that maybe they tweaked the audio from the press conference. When you listen to it, you can hear other sounds underneath the henshin sounds. And for those who do click the link and listen to the video will notice how metallic sounding it is. There are some voices singing, but that’s so incomprehesenible that you you can’t tell what they’re saying. It’s all very techno. I guess that would match the whole “Astronaut” theme, but it still sounds very strange. As you can imagine, a lot of people made Portal jokes in the comments section of the video.

Until either the driver itself comes out, or someone manages to leak the real sound onto the web, we can’t really confirm if this is it. We’ll just have to wait for confirmation on this one.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Power Rangers Vs. Super Sentai: Western Recognition

For those of us in the tokusphere, one of the most difficult things in the world is to try to explain our obsessions to non-toku fans. This is especially true for anyone who has ever tried to talk about Super Sentai with someone who has no clue what it is. The main difficulty in explaining this argument is the obvious: it’s impossible to explain what Super Sentai is without bringing up Power Rangers. And we all know what happens when we bring up Power Rangers. They just stop listening. You’re lucky if you can get half of what you’re trying to explain across to them. They assume that it’s just like Power Rangers in America, only with an all-Asian cast. And it’s just beyond frustrating sometimes. Heck, I’ve tried to show people I know this blog, and they just don’t even bother feigning interest sometimes. There are times that I’ve gone very far to try to appease these people, I tell them it’s far better than Power Rangers (though I half-heartedly believe that), I tell them about all the stuff they get to talk about and show and do over there that an American kid’s show would never be able to get away with, I even try to compare it to anime sometimes (in a lot of ways, it is very anime-like, and not just because it’s Japanese). But it just never seems to work. It almost seems like it’s impossible to get across to these people. Almost.

Recently while going through the blogosphere (the general one, not the toku one) and I noticed a few non-toku blogs were talking about the opening scene of the frist episode of Go-Kaiger, the scene of the Legendary War, where all 34 of the past sentais came together to fight the initial Zangyack invasion. Apparently, there are still a few clips on YouTube of that scene, and other people are starting to see them. And from what I’ve seen and read so far, they are just as impressed by it as we are. This is a sign, ladies and gentlemen. A sign that it is time for America to be formally introduced to Super Sentai, in all it’s untranslated, unabridged glory.

Why now, you ask? I’ll give you three reasons: 1) Because Go-Kaiger kicks ass! 2) Because Power Rangers Samurai has regenerated interest in Power Rangers, even amongst people who haven’t had interest in the show since 1995. And 3) Despite the fact that there is a ton of Power Ranger and Super Sentai stuff on the web (sometimes overlapping), it’s like no one has taken five minutes to look up and see that Power Rangers comes out of Super Sentai. We now have a chance to correct that, if anything just so that we can have that on record, and not just on a few blogs and a seldom read Wikipedia page. We have the potential, over the next couple of years, of seeing a huge increase in Sentai and toku fans. If we can just get Go-Kaiger out to more people, we could seal the deal.

Now, your otaku side might be flaring up now and asking “why should we spread our fanaticism to other people? This is our territory, I don’t want to see stupid people trounce all over it. How could we possibly benefit from this?” Well calm down and I’ll tell you. If more people know about Super Sentai, if more people really begin to follow it, then it will have a much greater presence over here. Imagine, walking into an anime convention, cosplaying as your favorite senshi/ranger, and not feeling out-of-place because everyone there thinks you’re dressed as a power ranger, because they know what you’re actually dressed as. A small but substantial victory, but that’s not all. We could have our own toku conventions, dedicated solely to tokusatsu, whatever form it may take. And with greater pressure from an overseas audience, maybe the companies that produce these series will stop being complete jackasses and ease up on how much they restrict their content. I’m still pissed off at Toei, and a few others, and this would be the ace in the hole for getting them to change their policies. Heck, if demand got high enough, maybe they would outright bring this stuff directly over, and have it broadcast over here as it is (not to say there wouldn’t be some slight editing due to content and time restrictions, but you get my point). 

We have to take this opportunity, and take it now. Do what you have to to get the word out. Find these videos and email them to people. Talk about this stuff openly with friends and family. Post this stuff on your own YouTube accounts and Facebook pages and Twitter feeds, or whatever service you may use. Because this opportunity may not come up again for a while, so we better jump on it while we can.

For those of you who decide to do this, I would just like to say, ganbatte kudasai.

-M.C., the Quantum Twin

Go-KaiSilver Debut: Meet the newest member of the crew.

The sixth senshi for Go-Kaiger has been confirmed (sorry I’m a day late, I got trapped in the Tokuverse, I’ll tell you later). This sixth senshi will be Go-kaiSilver. Here are some pics:

 

Go-KaiSilver will basically be able to change into any of the past major sixth rangers. At the moment, these include (in sequential order) Dragon Ranger, Kiba Ranger, King Ranger, MegaSilver, TimeFire, GaoSilver, Shurikenger, AbareKiller, DekaBreak, MagiShine, BoukenSilver, Go-onGold and Go-onSilver, ShinkenGold, and GoseiKnight. He can change into any of these past senshi using his Go-KaiCellular, a device very similar to the Mobirates, but looks and works differently. Pic here:

When Go-KaiSilver changes, he places a variation of his RangerKey into the Go-KaiCellular, pushes the Go-KaiSilver icon on the number pad, and hit s button on top of the device, where an anchor-shaped scanner reads the figure and changes him into Go-KaiSilver. The device also comes with an anchor shaped key that inserted into the bottom that allows him to change into Go-KaiSilver Gold Form.

 

While no one really knows if this second form will give him any extra abilities, it does look cool. In gold form, he will have special armor that includes a chest plate decorated with the helmets of the previous sixth senshi he can change into, and his helmet design changes as well. You can almost make out the kanji for gold in the visor design.

So, first impressions. In his standard silver form, his appearance is very reminiscent of BoukenSilver, and not just because their both silver, either. Because all of the Go-Kaiger have gold inlay decorating their costumes, his costume doesn’t seem that different from the others. The only real difference seems to be in the design of the helmet, the cuffs, and the collar and seams of the “jacket”. Not to mention the fact that his visor is a gold color instead of the standard black. In his special gold form, his appearance is like a cross between Kamen Rider Decade’s Complete Form and Zuban from Boukenger. A lot of people are surprised to see this extra form, but I think it’s fitting. Between these two forms, his appearance covers the two main types of sixth senshi: the kind that have a slightly altered outfit, and the kind that have an armored, highly decorated outfit. Between the differences in his outfit and the anchor motif, this makes me wonder whether this is supposed to be a pirate character or not. I’m almost getting a sailor vibe from him.

A number of people have voiced questions and complaints over the choices of the sixth senshi. The main ones are that Mask X-1, who is the first official sixth senshi despite a one episode appearence, wasn’t included, neither was Bull Black or DekaMaster. And some people think that GoseiKnight shouldn’t have been included because he technically isn’t a normal senshi, although I think he should be, as much time as he’s spent fighting with the Goseiger, and the fact that he has a name that actually has a Goseiger title, and not some off-the-wall name. Plus, there are a host of other senshi that weren’t included as sixth senshi, and a number of non-sentai and non-senshi helpers that haven’t even been acknowledged, so there’s a very, VERY slight chance that there could be either a seventh senshi or some kind of special helper that will take the place of these extra senshi. My only concern is why the buttons for Go-onGold and Go-onSilver are the same button? Does he magically split and change into Go-on Wings?(It would be so awesome if he did) Seriously, what are they going to do about that?

And as for the Go-KaiCellular, it’s a little unconventional. Instead of the staple flip phone design that’s been in use since the first cell phone changer, they went with a smartphone-esqe design. I would compare it to a Nokia phone, but it has a much wider “screen”, kind of like the Droid Pro. I’ll admit though, while the concept is unique, I’m not fond of the button design. Because it has all of the senshi he can change into on the buttons, and doesn’t use the same RangerKey system the others do, he’s very limited to the number of senshi he can change into. Overall, I like the phone, and the concept.

I hope the character behind the mask is just as impressive as the costume, otherwise I will be beyond disappointed. Quite frankly, if they make him into that strong, mysterious silent type, and not some flamboyant, over-the top character, then I’m just going to have a very long talk with the writers, producers and directors at Toei. And while I’m there, I may just have to bring up the subject of net neutrality and fair use. I honestly can’t think of anyone with the gall to upload any upcoming episodes of the series onto YouTube. Somebody get on that right now!

-M.C., the quantum twin

UPDATE: (2/25/11) Just found a pic of his main weapon, Go-KaiSpear.

It has three modes, a trident mode, a blaster mode, and a special anchor-spear mode that he uses in his Gold Form. It looks like it will also come with the Dragon Ranger Key (Zyuranger/MMPR Green Ranger). Let’s keep an eye out for this!

UPDATE: (3/7/11) Found this pic just now, seems they will release sixth ranger toys with the Go-KaiSilver stuff.

 

And if you’ll notice, they are going to release ShinkenOh and Daizyujin/MMPR Megazord. So can’t wait for that, even if I probably won’t buy it.

300 visits! And it only took a week and three days! lol

Yay, I’ve had three hundred visits to my website! And, unless my site stats have been lying to me, I may actually have a few regular visitors. So I’d like to thank the 3 to 5 of you that visit my on a semi-regular basis, and the oodles of you that dont’, but you count just the same. And of course, I wanna thank the only people that ever comment on my posts, the spammers. Seriously, people! Could someone other than some spammer please leave a comment on something, I don’t care if it’s good or bad, as long as it isn’t spam I would be happy, cuz I don’t know if I’m doing anything right or not. I also have a ratings system in place, so whenever you want, you can rate my stuff thumbs up or thumbs down.

Anyway, to get back to what I was saying before that little tangent, yay 300 visits. A lot of exciting stuff around the corner, the premiere of Power Rangers Samurai is coming up, and apparently they’ll have new episodes premiere sundays at noon. Then the following week Kaizoku Sentai Go-Kaiger preimieres, definitly looking forward to waiting until someone has the nerve to put the first episode up on YouTube. And of course, I’ll continue to try and keep you up-to-date about all things toku. And as promised (for those of you who give a damn), I will soon reveal HenshinHead’s form to you (and he is currently working on a new post, so could you do him a favor and read it, because he doesn’t think anyone reads his posts). Until next time!

-M.C., the quantum twin 

P.S.: I probably won’t do anything when we get to 400, depending on how long that takes, but expect to party at 500! You bring the snacks, I’ll get the drinks, and we’ll party like Toei just announced that their easing up on subbed videos uploaded onto YouTube!

P.S.S.: I just corrected the title, just so you know. Also, today has been the busiest day I’ve had in over a week, so more thanks are in order! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!THANK YOU!THANK YOU!THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S.S.S: Seriously anyone else who isn’t just spamming my site, I want to hear from you, and only you. I haven’t approved a new comment in over three weeks, and I would like to hear from a real person. You can be anonimous if you want, just someone who isn’t a spammer, please make the first move, don’t wait for someone else to do it.

UPDATE: (2/5/11) 400 visits, only one hundred more to go!

Kamen Rider OOO; or, How Toei is being a total d**k and not playing nice.

Let me tell you about something funny that happened not to long ago. It involves a series called Kamen Rider, which started in 1971, lasted until 1989, had a period of intermittent attempts to revive the series, and was eventually brought back successfully in 1999, and has managed to last since then.

Recently, they transitioned into a new season, from W to OOO, and just about that time, something horrible happened in the land of the rising sun. The Japanese Entertainment industry won their lawsuit with Google and YouTube, thereby giving them the power to remove videos and other content from websites like YouTube and basically anyone else that pops up on a Google search. That might be fine and dandy with them, but its been a living nightmare for anyone that wants to view their videos online. And this has been especially true for anyone trying to see new episodes of OOO.

And here we have my main problem. You see, for almost anyone that tries to upload anything new from Toei (or anyone else for that matter), the moment YouTube realizes that they’ve done it, they immediately start sending out threats to cancel that person’s account.  Even if they don’t, the longest those videos can be held for is about a week before it can be voluntarily deleted. And even then, in some cases you have to edit out portions of the video, like the intro. And forget about subbing videos, they just sit and wait like vultures for subbed videos.

The reason this just outright ticks me off, is because just earlier this year, you could freely move about major websites like YouTube and look up episodes of tokusatsu going back almost forty years, and now you just can’t add anything new without dealing with serious scrutiny. Look, I know there are other sites, other places I can look to find this stuff. I’m even aware of thee numerous websites that provide DDLs and torrents. But this is a matter of convenience. And I don’t understand why that convenience has to be taken away. So Toei and other big production companies haven’t figured out how to make a profit online, that doesn’t mean that they should punish everyone else. Besides, most people aren’t making any profit on these videos when they upload them, nor are they interested in making one. They’re fans who just want to share their obsessions with the world. And you know what, by doing this, by going so far, they undoubtedly hurt themselves in the long run, because there is a larger online foreign fan-base than they think, and without easy access to those videos, that fan-base is just going to shrink, which means a profit loss for them.

Oh well, too bad for them. Maybe they’ll wise up one day. In the mean time, how awesome is OOO?

-M.C., the quantum twin