Tuesday, April 3, 2012


What up my milleniums! The Blackwinged Magician is back! Sorry for being MIA for a while, been busy balancing out the film and my schoolwork. But I managed give myself a bit of time to bring you guys (in epic voice) SUPAH HERO TIME!!!
Now for those of you that don't know, Super Hero Time is a television block that runs approximately an hour and features two of the most popular Tokatsu shows. Now tokatsu, for those of you unfamiliar with the term, is Japan's equivalent to Power Rangers, Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, etc. Actually, nearly all the footage we've used for those particular series were taken from their Japanese counterparts. Super Sentai (which came first) is the show were we get most of our Power Ranger suit footage. Kamen Rider Dragon Knight was actually the adaptation of Kamen Rider Ryuki, only one of MANY Kamen Rider Series. Now I can go more into detail, but I just really want to give you guys a taste for now and let you be the judge of whether or not you'll be interested enough to tune in (you can find subs for both shows at TV-Nihon or Overtime Subs).
Now just to give you guys a little run-down, Super Sentai is an annual show, meaning every year, there's a new Sentai, new story and new shinanigans. Same goes for Kamen Rider. Now the routine is when the current Kamen Rider hits the mid-way point of the series, the new Super Sentai team replaces the previous and visa versa, i.e. When Super Sentai is half-way through, a new Kamen Rider replaces the previous one.
This year was an AWESOME year for Super Sentai, as Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger had its finale only a few weeks ago. AND IT WAS EPIC. Since this was an anniversary series, we got to see SEVERAL of past senshi(rangers) coming back and it was nostalgic to see all the characters make a come-back. *stares into distance and cries* Not to mention our rangers this time were PIRATES! If that's not epic, I don't know what is. Anyway, this season had an excellent beginning middle and end and I have to admit, it was a little sad to see these characters off. While I don't recommend it to start off with, I do recommend it to those who have been watching Super Sentai for a while.
Now while Gokaiger hit its mid-way point, Kamen Rider OOO was replaced by Kamen Rider Fourze!
Talk about underestimating! I hated this series when I first saw the pictures and went in biased. Thank God I was proved wrong. This series is just GREAT! Great comedy, great story, great protagonist, it is my current favorite Kamen Rider series next to W. Since it is still on-going, I can definitely recommend watching this one.
And now that Gokaiger has finished, Toukmei Sentai Go-Busters has taken their place... I'm gonna be honest, I'm not feeling it. It's seemed sloppy and the feel that all the other Super Sentai had seems completely gone. It kinda feels like Goseiger all over again. I don't know if it'll get better, but right now, I'm not a big fan of this Sentai.
(image by Speedla-Hedgehog on Deviantart)
So there you go a brief look into the current Super Sentai and Kamen Rider. I will go into detail on all the series I had mentioned above. If you are new to Tokatsu and don't know what to watch, for Super Sentai, I can recommend Bakuyru Sentai Abaranger and watching all the ones that follow, save for Goseiger and maybe Boukenger. For Kamen Rider, definitely watch all of them from Kabuto on. Until next time!

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