Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Thank You Power Rangers



I apologize in advance if this sounds a little sappy:

Today marks the 25th Anniversary of Power Rangers. For 25 years, the show has thrived, more often than not against the odds, and is only now really coming into the mainstream thanks to efforts by the likes of Boom Studios and HyperRPG. For those who aren't fans of the brand, it may seem like some silly little TV show (and let's face it, at times it is just that), but to people like me who've been watching it since its inception, it's a way of life; it's our true north. I think without Power Rangers, I might not be here right now, and that's not hyperbole.

I can only speak from my own experience- as a kid, I felt really alone. "Weird." I always had an interest in things other people did not (had a love for dinosaurs and frogs as a kid) and didn't really have any social skills to build friendships past the ones my parents decided for me. I was lonely, but as a kid, you really don't know how to put that into words. I was the outcast; the big-boned, let's just say overweight to save time, outcast. I think without this show, I would have very easily become a bully. I would have easily gone from "weirdo" to "dangerous."

My life changed the week of August 28th, 1993. I didn't catch Power Rangers from the beginning. I think I maybe saw episode 4 or 5 first. All I remember is Trini and Billy calling forth their zords. Here were teens (which at the tender age of 4, may as well have been 50-year-olds) with positive values, in multicolor costumes, riding around in giant dinosaur robots. It was everything 4-year-old me could have wanted. I think right off the bat I empathized with Billy. He was a nerd, like me. He liked science like me, and also like me, he didn't really fit in. But he had this group of friends. And there wasn't any judgment because he was "weird." They were friends, and that's all that mattered.

And it's didn't stop with Billy. When Tommy joined the show, I once again saw an outsider become an insider. Even Bulk and Skull, whom I relate to to this day, were accepted by the rangers. They were weird, they were goofs, and they were bullies, but they were still accepted as people. Diversity is the big movement now in entertainment. Power Rangers was there before everyone else, and it will continue to be diverse, to be accepting, no matter what anyone throws at it. I was reminded of this recently at Morphicon; where fans of all colors cheered when they realized the new team had more persons of color than not. What other fandom can you say that about across the board?

I've known plenty of people in my life who have gone down the wrong path, and it's thanks to Power Rangers I'm not one of them. It's thanks to this show that I was able to overcome my own fears and surround myself with a circle of friends I am proud to call part of my family. It's thanks to this show I have found my passion in life through acting and Japanese culture. In many ways, it has given everything to me. So thank you Power Rangers. Thank you for showing me it's okay to be weird, and still search for your place in the world. Here's to another 25 years!






Monday, August 13, 2018

Super Sentai 2019 First Rumor- Blue to be female?

-Our first rumor for Sentai 2019 showed up, and it's fairly basic, but we'll discuss it anyway. Rumors are saying that our blue for next year is a girl.

Please see below for a chart listing info reveals for previous years as we kick off the 2019 rumor season:

Conjecture from Japanese posters is that a fantasy season is pretty much a lock for next year. Given that we've had essentially 3 years of sci-fi, I would agree with them.

More rumors soon!

-Dukemon

Saturday, November 25, 2017

SPOILERS! Kyuranger December Scans (Just a bit to start)

In December, the Kyuranger finally finish gathering all 4 KyuTama needed to break the barrier and confront JarkMatter. However, this will be anything but easy, and new threats show up they must face!
 
 
The Kyuranger will go toe to toe with Don Armage again, but whether or not this is the true Armage is anyone's guess. Professor Anton will bring back the Vice Shoguns, only this time he will fuse them together into this unholy mess known as Akyachuuga. Ugly, but incredibly powerful. It will take all the Voyagers to take this monstrosity down. 



The Kyuranger make it to Planet Southern Cross. To get to the core, they need to get through the "Hell's Gate." There, they fight its guardian, the Southern King. (Southern King is a recolor of the 199 Heroes villain, Black Cross King.) 

Their plan is to set the Black Hole KyuTama into the core to destroy the Jark Matter home base. Along the way something happens to Garu, and a mysterious masked warrior who seems to be related to him appears and fights against Lucky. 

It seems that Don Armage will reveal his true form to Tsurugi, but only Tsurugi. What is this true form?!

Also, the Kyuranger will utilize 5 KyuTama in December:

XMas Kyutama- Gives a Christmas Party

Black Hole KyuTama- A key item for the Kyuranger's battle. Has the powers of a Black Hole.

Ya KyuTama- Gives the team baseball uniforms. (Sagitta is the Arrow constellation, but Yakyuu is baseball. Puns, I love them.)

Kogitsune KyuTama- allows the BattleOrionShip to enter stealth mode.

Fukuchou KyuTama- To be used if stuck in a big pinch.



Sunday, October 8, 2017

New Build 2nd Quarter Rumors

Grains of salt please:

-Kamen Rider Claws will receive a power-up around New Years called "Claws Charge."

-In February, KnightRogue will be powered up and turn into "Kamen Rider Rogue."

-The 3rd Faust General is another Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider Grease.

-PhoenixRobot form is actually an OOO/Fourze form. OOO gives the MedalBottle and Fourze gives the YuujouBottle. The Yuujou and Medal Full Bottle Set will be a limited release.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Patoranger/Lupinranger Rumors (9/29/17)

Please take the following with a grain of salt. These come by way of J-Hero; rumors and all that:


-Both Patoranger and Lupinranger will count as the 42nd Sentai.

-The two shows are both separate works, and the same show, with intersecting story lines that take place in the same world. The shows will air alternately from week to week, and when each reaches episode 20, the show will become one solidified story.

-The toy line will essentially be separate until this joining happens, with the 4th quarter toys able to combine and interact. 

-One of the members of Lupinranger is actually an undercover spy for Patoranger. It is likely this cast member will be prominently featured on both shows.




My thoughts, if this is true:

-If the toy lines are effectively separate, there's a good chance both will utilize the same collectible. 

-Even though the shows wouldn't officially join as one till the 40's (20 for each show), it seems like this hints at a lot of crossover. 

-If this is true, the undercover agent is probably Patoranger Red. Like it or not, Red is the figurehead of the show, so having him around in the Lupinranger makes sense. It gives Red another form, but also lets the actor play an entirely different character if they so choose. 

Again, GRAIN OF SALT!

-----Thanks to J-Hero for the info. PLEASE NOTE: The image on J-Hero's facebook post is not part of the rumor, it is an old piece of fan art-------

Monday, September 25, 2017

Kamen Rider Build 2nd Quarter Rumors

Please take the following with a grain of salt; seems to be a list of 2nd quarter toys for build:

Henshin Belt DX FaustDriver & Neo Smash Bottle

Tsunaito Muchi (Sandstring Whip) Steam Whip and Spider Full Bottle

Both these will see street dates at the end of December, appearing in the show after New Years.

The FaustDriver will change members of Faust into Kamen Rider Forms. KnightRogue becomes Kamen Rider Rogue (using the NeoSmash Bottle and Bat Full Bottle.) BloodStark becomes Kamen Rider Stark (using the NeoSmash Bottle and Cobra Full Bottle.) A new faust member will transform directly into his rider form. Using the NeoSmash Bottle and Spider Full Bottle, he we will be known as Kamen Rider Speeder.

2018 Sentai- Patoranger VS Lupinranger?

Today, trademarks went up for 2 Sentai series title, both seemingly from Toei. The first is Keisatsu Sentai Patoranger. (Police Sentai Patoranger.) The 2nd is Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger (Pleasant Thief/Gentleman Thief/Phantom Thief Taskforce Lupinranger.)



Grains of salt for now, though it looks like we may have a team of police rangers vs a team of phantom thief rangers.