Saturday, January 22, 2011

Goukaiger Character Info Revealed

This is from Jef-fusion, as read from the premiere pamphlet.

This is what's according to pamphlet.

  • Captain Marvelous/GoukaiRed
    The Young Captain of the Pirate Squadron who is always wild and shining.
  • Joe Gibken/GoukaiBlue
    Member of the Pirate Squadron who has a calm deposition and a serious character. In short, the Cool Blue.
  • Luca Millefi/GoukaiYellow
    "A woman who surpasses the men." Though one side of her character is very manly, her other side is sensual (can be translated as "having an interest in the opposite sex").
  • Don Dockoiyer/GoukaiGreen
    An alarmist from the School of Caution who has received the nickname: Hakase (Professor/Doctor), and acts as the team's mechanic.
  • Aim de Famille/GoukaiPink
    Princess who feels that the work of a pirate is unbecoming of her. As such, she is rather clumsy.
Kaizoku Sentai Goukaiger will air on TV Asahi starting February 13.

Thank you to and Aoi Kurenai!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Suzuka Morita and Yumi Sugimoto in Mutant Girl Squad!

Suzuka Morita (Kotoha Hanaroi/ShinkenYellow) and Yumi Sugimoto (Miu/Go-onSilver) star in Mutant Girl Squad, released in 2010, directed by Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, and Tak Sakaguchi, who have been involved with Machine Girl, Robo-Geisha, and other Japanese horror films. Now, this isn't conventional Tokusatsu, but based off of the special effects, it slightly fits into the genre. I watched it last week, and I recommend it. However, if you have a weak stomach and hate violence and gore, I recommend avoiding it.

Yumi plays Rin, a sixteen-year-old girl, who is constantly picked on in school. However, on her sixteenth birthday, she discovers she is of an ancient mutant race, the "Elder Race," that is prejudiced against by normal people or homo-sapians, to the point of having a squad of secret police hunt them down. The government as well is part of the prejudice, and runs the police. The police squad appears at Yumi's birthday party, killing her mother (who is revealed to be a normal human) and her father (a mutant, who just revealed his powers). Distraught, Yumi escapes her house and the police, and her power reveals itself--her hand turns into an indestructible metal claw. When civillians see her, they attack her, causing her to kill them in self-defense, essentially going on a killing rampage. She then encounters Rei, played by Yuko Takayama, another teenage mutant, and Kisaragi, played by one of the directors, Tak Sakaguchi, who is the leader of an underground squad of mutant girls, who seek to fight the government and end persecution against their kind. Rei is stoic, easily-angered and violent, with a vengeance. Kisaragi, on the other hand is a transvestite samurai (a man who dresses as a female samurai), with unknown motives. Rin is instantly fitted with an iron mask, which she is to wear until she controls her powers, a ritual that every member of the squad had to undergo. There, Rin meets other mutant girls who are training with her. Each of them have bizarre, gross mutations. One has katanas that come out of her breasts, one has a chainsaw that comes out of her butt, one can pull out an auxilary giant fat head, which can be used as a balloon, one has two small arms on her head, and one has a giant talking stomach, and one has a red glowing dot that encompasses her face.

During her training, Rin meets Yoshie, played by Suzuka, a sweet cosplay nurse, the strongest mutant, who, along with Rei, is a superior who has already undergone her training. Yoshie helps Rin deal with her iron mask, which hinders her from drinking water, and tells her about why Rei is so harsh. Rei was orphaned and kept as a sideshow attraction. One nice boy showed her compassion, and gave her a golden necklace, but was then murdered by the townspeople when they found out he loved her. Rei's necklace fell off during training, and Rin keeps it.

After some harsh training with Rei, Rin's mask flies off. Kisaragi decides she is ready and has her and Yoshie attack a party throne by the government ministry. It is revealed that Yoshie's mutant powers are razor-sharp tentacle arms, and an ability to turn her mouth into a misquito-like funnel, that can suck the life force out of a human. They massacre most of the party guests, except for a girl who previously bullied Rin at school. Rin finds herself unable to kill her, but Rei can. Rei's ability is that she can coat her hands and arms with a rocky-like casing, as well as creating a helmet. Rin loses faith in the girls and questions the true mission of the squad. She tries to convince Yoshie to leave the squad with her, and instead protect humans, and they square off, reaching a stale-mate, and realizing that they can't defeat each other because they are friends. They both leave. Meanwhile, Kisaragi's plan is finally revealed, after several other girls in the squad go on violent rampages in public, ending with them exploding themselves.

Rin and Yoshie arrive at the HQ to stop them, and Rei, who is siding with Kisaragi, and ready to sacrifice her own life too. Yoshie squares off against chainsaw-butt girl and katana-boobs girl, defeating them, while Rin gives Rei her necklace back, and convinces her to join her and Yoshie. Yoshie faces off against Kisaragi's creation, a brainwashed mutant boy with fire for blood, whose appearance is reminiscent of astro boy. Yoshie manages to ride him like hoverboard, using his "rocket legs" and together, with Rin and Rei, they defeat Kisaragi.

The movie is really good, but if you have a weak stomach, don't watch it. It's like action plus gore plus horror, plus teen angst, plus B movie, plus a lot of comedy (it's really funny). The directors enjoyed working with Yumi, and have said they see her as a muse and want to work with her again. It's interesting to see Yumi and Suzuka in roles extremely different from what they play--and both of them are really good.

It seems they might be doing a short sequel with Suzuka called Yoshie Zero, which discusses her origin.

Monday, January 10, 2011

A Humiliating Moment in Sentai: I Love you, Man

I Love You, is such a great phrase, and such a great abstract, ambiguous phrase. It can be used in terms of friendship, admiration, family, or romance. However, it can be misinterpreted to Three's Company standards.

Domon is Jack in this scenario. The 21st Century female populace of Japan is Mr. Furley.

Anyway, in an episode I couldn't find the screencaps for, Domon is trying to get ladies for his self-defense class, and hit on them at the same time (he has the libido of Gai from Jetman), and Sion tags along and tells him he loves him. Sion is a wonderful, poetic, young man (humanoid alien) and doesn't understand that saying I Love You can be misinterpreted--by women in 21st Century Japan. So, the women back away, assuming that Domon is Sion's lover. Shame on them for that part.

Domon and Sion: Buddies and Pals for Life!

Once again, the ambiguity of the phrase causes Domon to be embarrassed--and lose out on picking up chicks. But, at the end of the episode, Domon comes to love Sion in the same way that Sion loves him, as super best friends for life! (okay, they didn't say that). This is early in the season, and after that, Domon becomes Sion's big brother figure. Watch this episode, it's early in the series, and it's really good. Also, be like Sion, and tell someone today that you love them, whether they be a friend, a loved one, or a partner, and if people laugh or stare at you (because they either are weirded out, or you told someone of the same sex, and they are homophobes, which is a very bad thing to be) tell them you love them too.

And as my blogging audience I love you too (as a blogging audience, okay, we'll take it one step at a time).

PS: Watch Three's Company as well.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A humiliating Moment in Sentai: Ako-chan Ramen

Part of my series on embarrassing moments for Super Sentai Characters.

We've all have had harmless, but annoying creeps stalk us, but this one tops the cake. 

Tatsuta, A former peer of Ako, is obsessed with two things--Ramen and Her. The Vyram creates a Ramen Monster to create an instant ramen that would cause terror amongst the human race. He comes to Tatsuta, posing as a Ramen God, and asks him, with his vast knowledge of ramen, to create the best ramen ever. Tatsuta uses this as a way to impress Ako and get her to finally like him. Much to Ako's horror, everyone she knows is aware of this commercial, and the ramen is very popular.

So, you have a psycho-stalker airing his commercial nation-wide, two of your, Kaori and Ryuu, friends taunting you about it, and another one of them, Raita, eating loads of them in front of you. Freaking Ramen noodles with your face on it! Oh, and it's causing terror on Earth, but it's your face on Ramen, and everyone thinks it's cute, but it's not. This is the equivalent of Molly Ringwald's embarrassment in Sixteen Candles when Anthony Michael Hall kept on flirting with her, and danced with her in front of Jake Ryan, and pretended they were dating!

And after the whole ordeal, Tatsuta decides to create an even better ramen to impress Ako! Like he didn't learn anything. So Ako beats him up.

Let this be a lesson to you, girls, beware of guys obsessed with instant noodles.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Den-O Shout-out in Gekiranger Episode?

In Gekiranger Episode 37, Ran's mother expects her to quit the team in order to get married in an arranged marriage. The Gekiboys don't want their captain to leave, especially Ken, who refuses to fight on a team with only men. They plan with Ran to sabotage her interviews with possible suitors, and come dressed up as her past lovers. Retsu is wearing glasses and a suit, and looks a lot like Ryotaro, the protagonist in Kamen Rider Den-o, when he is possessed by Urataros. Gou wears a leather jacket and is reminiscent of Ryotaro when possessed by Momotaros. Ken is wearing a flowy yellow shirt, which reminds me of when Ryotaro is possessed by Kintaros, although when he is possessed by Kintaros, he'll usually wear a yellow robe. Could this be a coincidence? Maybe. However, Gekiranger and Kamen Rider Den-o aired back to back. So this could be a shout-out.

Coincidence? Maybe?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Ship Tease in Sentai

Okay, here we go.

Ship tease is different from cannon ships, as there is no evidence if they get together or advance on their feelings, but there is strong evidence that there might be more between them than just friendship.

The follow are the ones that I could find pictures for, but there's much more than this.

Gai and Ako: Black Condor and Blue Swallow

They were the two more relatable Jetmen. Both were more average than the others. And they both were smart, witty, and more lazy than the others. Also, the fake wedding episode really argues for them. Sadly, Gai preferred Kaori, and then he died. The end.

Ryou and Lin, Lin and Kou

Okay, although Lin was younger than the rest, she and Ryuu were both members of the Dai tribe, therefore, there was a greater connection between them. As well, there is a hint in the finale that Lin married Kou, although that is only hint. But she did come a long way from despising him after he lifted up her skirt.

Sasuke and Tsuruhime

Tsuruhime was a skilled warrior, despite still being a teenager, and was ready to fight, and Sasuke was a brash freeter who just realized his power. But there did seem to be some chemistry between the two.


There are a load of ship teases

We have Kakeru and Sae, who were together a lot, Shirogane and Sae, during a few episodes, after which during the finale, they were supposed to travel together, but they didn’t, Shirogane and Tetomu, and the most interesting one, Tetomu and Gaku, although this is what the rest of the team thought when Gaku would meet with Tetomu late at night in one episode. As he was the first he chose. There are also some interesting slash pairings, which I will discuss later.

Nananmi and Isshuu

Okay, although they were rivals, they eventually allies, and Isshuu discovered he had feelings for Nanami, and eventually, Nanami realized she had feelings for him. Their relationship was just beginning to blossom in Abaranger Vs. Hurricanger.

Jasmine’s Teases

Although Umeko was more flirty, she ended up in a monogamous relationship with the eccentric Sen-chan. The more reserved Jasmine didn’t end up with anyone, but there were lots of hints. Originally, fans thought Jasmine would be with Ban because they shared the same vehicle, and were kind of partners, however Ban and Mari became a couple after the movie. Then, the serious Hoji’s personality fit well with Jasmine, and there was hinted at something more than a partnership, considering their history together, and the fact they were originally in a combi together, however, enter Teresa (who becomes a nun at the end of her episode, haha, hmm… I wonder why her name’s Teresa), and Hoji’s hung up over her. So, we have Jasmine and Tetsu left, which makes sense. They have some chemistry, and Tetsu ended up being her partner after Ban left, and Tetsu dressed as a woman to save Jasmine in the Vs. with Magiranger.

Houka and Hikaru

There were teases between Houka and Hikaru, to keep the suspense of who Hikaru would end up with, because that would be the only inner-team romance that would be acceptable.

Natsuki and Masumi

There were hints dropped throughout the series, and they were partners, but Masumi’s actor has maintained that Masumi watches over Natsuki like she’s his little sister (although, based off of her birthdate, she’s older than Masumi)

Ran’s teases

Ran had some moments with Red and Blue, but probably her ship with Ken is the most interesting. He may have been overly flirtatious, but he might have had a thing for Ran, but that might have been the fact that he loved women more than Gai from Jetman.


Okay, first there were hints between Saki and Sousuke, but then Miu came in, and there were hints between them, Poor Saki. But there is Saki and Gunpei, Hanto, and some fans like to pair Saki with Hiroto, but all in all, nothing really happened.


Man, I’m gonna have to do another post for this.

We have a triangle between Mako, Kotoha, and Takeru, another between Mako, Kotoha and Chiaki, another between Takeru, Kotoha, and Chiaki, some teases for Mako and Ryunosuke in one of the episodes, some teases for Kotoha and Genta, and finally, Genta and Kaoru. This was the first big shipping war, I think, although this is the time I started getting into Tokusatsu. I’m an avid Takeru and Kotoha shipper. People will pull the wedding episode as the reason why Takeru and Mako should be together, but this actually hints at Kotoha having feelings for Takeru. Chiaki and Kotoha were more like comrades, as the two youngest Shinkenger, and I think like Kotoha admired Takeru, Chiaki admired Kotoha, due to the fact that she could kick his ass, despite being the youngest. Kotoha’s admiration for Takeru turned into something more, though, as the series progressed, and Mako’s interactions with him were more motherly than anything else.


Finally, we have Alata and Eri (Eri admitted to herself that she had feelings for him) and Hyde and Moune, between which there is a lot of tension, but they do spend a lot of time together.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned further discussion of Shinkenger Ships and some Slash Ships (yeah, I’m going there)