Saturday, August 30, 2014

Power Rangers Super Megaforce - Power of Six - Episode Review


"Power of Six"
Orion dances/cleans the High School at night (in homage of the Tom Cruise classic Risky Business) and solves math problems (like in the Matt Damon movie Good Will Hunting) in his boxer shorts and a t-shirt. In the morning, the other Rangers tell him to join them but he opts out to go to work at the Brain Freeze, arriving before Ernie and getting things done. Vekar has a smelly monster that steals energy. The girls call Orion and they go to the Command Center where Troy hands him a belt (that Tensou fixed) and he puts it on and it connects with the Ranger Keys in the Command Center. The monster takes energy from Ernie and other random people. They get called to fight the monster, Troy has them split up and Orion goes with Jake. Troy and Emma find a victim.


Jake and Orion fight the monster and X-Borgs. The others arrive and they transform into RPM. Orion can't choose between Silver and Gold, he asks Gosei for help, he imagines Silver and Gold joining and he gets a fusion key. He transforms into both and beats the monster. Jake messes up and gets jealous of Orion. The others get their energy sucked and are taken to the Command Center to sleep.


 Jake makes it clear he is jealous of Orion, saying "Everything you touch becomes Gold.. or Silver.". They make up and fight the monster again. Jake fends off the monster and tells Orion to combine all his keys. Jake changes into Green Flash of Flashman and calls it a 'new mode.' He does call for "Prism Punch" and says it is a "Flashy Fist." Random keys glow in the Command Center and Orion imagines all the Sixth Rangers and makes Gold Mode. He finishes off the monster.


 The others wake up. Levira makes the monster big, Jake joins the others to make the Legendary Megazord. Orion forms Q-Rex Dino Mode and both fight the monster. Legendary Megazord destroys the 'Fishy Fist.' Q-Rex destroys the monster itself with Q-Rex Megazord. Later, the six fight near the bay. Orion zips off. They say bye. Jake sighs. Gia thanks them and grabs his arm. Back at Ernie's, Orion wakes up Ernie, who slept a second time. Orion tells him to go home. Ernie asks how the day was, Orion says "Golden."



Review:
Jake's jealously of Orion seems to only play out in the footage (Save for one Command Center center and a punny line). "Spirit of the Tiger" handles this (carrying out the adapted plot in new footage) better. I did like the Orion and Jake screen time. The scene where they connect Orion to the power of the Keys was confusing, it seemed like they were giving him a new belt and it looked like he was already connected to the keys in the last episode. Gokaiger handled it better with Silver connecting with the Treasure Box quickly at the beginning of the ep. Also I didn't like the random keys (Green Samurai of Samurai for example) glowing for Orion when it had to be Sixth Ranger Keys.  Also, I was kinda mad about them using Pre-Zyu suits again like Green Flash but after hearing Ciara Hana at the Saban Brands Panel of Power Morphicon 4 that it is an honor to be in suits from Japan never seen in the US before, I am letting it slide.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Silver Ranger Kid Gold Mode Costume and past Sixth Rangers

New Silver, Pink and Blue Ranger Key Variation in Ranger Kid Muscle Costume

UPDATED 8/29/14
Lexx Alolia on YouTube found this key with the costume in Toys R Us.
 
Picture from Onaor
 
Also Ranger Keys will be available with these products:
- Disguise Power Ranger Super Megaforce Halloween Kid Costume
- Pajama
- Handcraft Megaforce Underwear
 
It looks like the SDCC Saban Brands All Red Key will come with the Pajamas and other clothes. Since it was also handed out by Saban Brands at the Power Force Breakfast, I will rename it on my Ranger Key List and call it "All Red, no Black, Grey Back" key.
Official Key Promo Image found by Razzle
 
Picture of Merchandise from Bandai.com:
 
 

 Pink Key with Pink Costume
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Blue Key with Blue Costume
 

Kamen Rider Drive

I'm a little behind on the news but here you go.
Shinnosuke Tomari/Kamen Rider Drive is a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department before stepping aside due to personal tragedy, Shinnosuke is re-recruited for the Special Unit to fight the Roimyuudo-receiving the Drive Driver & supercar Trideron to aid him in battle.
 
 Finally, we have also learned that the series’ theme song, "Surprise-Drive" will be performed by Mitsuru Matsuoka (Kamen Rider Eternal). Kamen Rider Drive’s head writer is Riko Sanjo, a fan-favorite tokusatsu writer best known for Kamen Rider W and Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger.
The head producer is one Takahito Ōmori whose resume includes Kyoryuger and Kamen Rider Kiva. Drive’s director is Ryuta Tasaki, whom directed Kamen Rider Gaim.
 
The Tokyo MPD Special Unit also consists of Kiriko, the technical support expert. Unlike most of the Special Unit she is aware of Drive’s secret identity and as such she can sometimes cover for him.
Rinna, a physicist in charge of researching the Roimyuudo and maintaining the Special Unit’s technology; Kyuu, a network researcher who harbors a secret obsession with the occult; Genpachirou, a hostile lieutenant who considers the Special Unit a burden and frequently mocks the other members; and Tsurutarou, the Chief of Police with years of experience in regular detective work.
 
 Kamen Rider Drive’s real name is Shinnosuke Tomari.  He is a car fanatic and police officer in his off-hours. The Drive transformation works by changing a Shift Car into Lever Mode and then inserting it to the Shift Bracelet. The Drive Driver speaks to Shinnosuke during combat & offers him helpful advice.
 
 Drive’s default combat Type is Speed -accessed by using the Shift Speed Car. Additional Shift Cars will change Drive’s Type and in turn slightly alter the suit (the major change seen in these scans is a change to the tire-sash across Drive’s chest).
 

 The early new Types demonstrated are Speed Shadow (using the Midnight Shadow Shift), Speed Spike (courtesy the Funk Spike Shift) and Speed Flare (via the Max Flare Shift).
 





 
 
 
 
 Kamen Rider Drive's villains are called the Roimudem, android-like beings who wish to be human and they use small devices known as Viral Cores similar to Drive’s own Shift Cars. Most of the Roiymyuudo are sealed within a digital network and do not have physical forms, although they can control ordinary citizens by forming an emotional connection.
 
The Roimyuudo Leaders do have physical bodies, and wish to raise an army in rebellion against humans. The main leader is known as Heart and works mostly in shadow to accomplish his goals. Another Roimyuudo called Brains carries out attacks on humans to gain new intelligence that may assist other fighters.
 
A third mysterious villain, Chase is said to work alongside the Roimyuudo as a hitman but there may to this.
 
Info and pics are from TokuNation:


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Future Ranger Keys advertisements at Power Morphicon 4

I personally did not speak to any Bandai representatives but at Power Morphicon, they had ads and flyers that indicated there will be keys coming Fall 2014. One ad had the Gold Zeo Ranger holding 3 keys with question marks on them.
 
 It is interesting as the Gold Zeo Ranger is in this picture as they usually have the Red Ranger.
 
 
 
Left to Right (Italic are blocked in ads, Bold has not been released yet)
 Top Row and 9th: Ninja Storm Green, Dino Thunder Yellow, Super Megaforce Pink, Solaris Knight, Navy Ranger, OO Yellow, Lightspeed Rescue Red, Mighty Morphin Black
 Second Row and 10th: Omega Ranger, Crimson Ranger, Ninjor, Lauren, Super Megaforce Yellow, Mystic Green, RPM Gold, Pink Dairanger
Third Row and 11th: RPM Yellow, LG Green, Megaforce Red, Violet Wolf, Gold Zeo, RPM Silver, Armored MM Red, Robo Knight,
Fourth Row and Bottom: Time Force Green, Wild Force White, Alien Red, Time Force Blue, Mystic Force Yellow, Wild Force Red, Blue Alien Ranger, Black Dino Thunder
Fifth Row: Blue Dino Thunder, Red OO, Yellow Jungle Fury, Black Alien Ranger, Green Mighty Morphin,  Light Blue (NS?), Pink Turbo, White Mighty Morphin
Sixth Row: RPM Red, Mystic Blue, SPD Yellow, Mystic Red, OO Black, White Dino Ranger, Samurai Green, MM Blue
Seventh Row: Megaforce Yellow, Wild Force Blue, Samurai Pink, Lunar Wolf, Zeo Red, Mystic Pink, Lost Galaxy Red, Shadow Ranger
Eighth Row: Wild Force Black, Jungle Fury Red, SM Silver, Green Dairanger, Blue Megaforce, SPD Green, Quantum Ranger, Gold Samurai
 
From Bandai.com
 
 
Most of these were seen at the SDCC posters


PMC 4: Shout! Factory Trivia Contest, Zyuranger DVD and Brian Ward

 

Saturday at PMC 4 they had a Shout! Factory Trivia Contest and panel. As you might now, Shout! Factory was live streaming the Power Morphicon 4 on Saturday all day long. Brian Ward, producer of the Power Rangers and other Saban DVDS from Shout! Factory was there and played host to the Trivia Contest. I entered and was an alternate while the four contests participated. There was two alternates, me and the second one answered when the others were stumped but we didn't get anything which was fine by me as some of the questions were from the Power Rangers Trivial Pursuit game and I wrote for it (though I don't think any of my questions made it). Database Ranger who is a new Power Force member helped Brian Ward with the contest questions.
 
After the contest, Brian Ward was asked questions about DVDs like VR Troopers, Big Bad Beetleborgs, Masked Rider and Zyuranger.
  • All Zyuranger episodes will be release.
  • A possible box set will be released of Zyuranger
  • Zyuranger release date was not revealed, just 'soon.'
  • A subtitling company will have Japanese people subtitling and translating the series. Brian Ward will be asked what are the best choices for weapons and arsenal.
  • Big Bad Beetleborgs are missing a volume because sales are low. He encouraged fans to pay for the DVDs.
  • Brian Ward is not sure if it is about the rights for Masked Rider and Mystic Knights but right now no DVDs are not planned and they have not be asked to make DVDs of them. It might be other reasons other than rights. He knows Kamen Rider is tied up legally and it is a sticky web.
  • As for other Sentai, it depends on how Zyuranger sells. He would love to do other DVDs but it depends. Also, they are taking a risk as there might be confusion as kids might think Zyuranger is Mighty Morphin and it is in Japanese and subtitled. I think if they package it properly and advertise it, the confusion won't be an issue.
  • There was a panel question about 'Zyu 2' footage that was Toei made footage for the Power Rangers and Brian Ward knows about it. A fan asked if they would put Zyu 2 footage as an extra in Zyuranger DVD. Brian wasn't sure if it would make sense to be on the DVD as it was never Zyuranger nor how exactly to put it on DVD (the footage has no sound). So most likely Zyu 2 won't be on DVD.