Tragic Cycle – Sailor Moon Crystal 12 -MS 11

Join Sono and Ammit as they discuss EVEN MORE short-comings of Crystal, particularly regarding the show’s resonance siphoning hollow OTPs.

Fight on Sailor Guardians!

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SMC 12- Enemy: Queen Metalia

-Endymion is DEAD, but resurrected by Metalia’s power? Endymion as opposed to Mamoru?

-Interesting that Beyl called Endymion the most vicious (or something) of the Kings of Darkness.

-Sailor Moon separated from the others is so exciting interesting and scary. Him attacking her is so rough! Wow. Is that too much?

-Luna’s pep talk to Usagi when she’s down (on the floor and emotionally) her rising and smiling at the sword pointed at her face is such a powerful sequence.

-Metalia sure is ruthless. I can’t believe she just wiped out Endymion’s knights like that and then taunted the Sailor Guardians.

-Usagi why?

FRILLS

-Ami’s pocket dimension is cool.

-THE music is so GREAT in the confrontation with Beryl!

-Sailor Guardians in attack formation V using the power to revitalize the sword and defeat Beryl was amazing!

-I love the inscription on the sword being revealed after it was purified.

-Flying sailor Scouts! So cool!!!

-This whole thing with the North Pole is so funny. I think it is cool, but it is so ludicrous.


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Unsupervised Children- A Broad Tokusatsu Discussion -RX! 095

This episode is another go at free-form discussion form the unKamenCrew, sans Ammit. It’s mostly centered on Kamen Rider, but there is some Super Sentai in there as well. We hope you enjoy this episode.

Shout out to: 1- Jonathan for helping split the RSS feeds for the site so everyone can choose to listen to -RX!, Moon speak or both.

                         2- All the listeners who have switched up how they’re consuming the shows by changing subscription methods/Feeds. We’ll work on parsing the shows for iTunes as well and make sure any new shows start off with distinct RSS feeds.

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Sono did this awesome artwork.

The bullet points below represent just about all the topics discussed and in what order. If anyone want time stamps, let’s talk Patreon.

-Gaim
-ToQ
-Kyouryuger
-Boukenger
-Goseiger ROCKS except in 199 Heroes
-Marvel Toei History
-Shinkenger AKA Being gripped by Japanese Folklore
-OOO
-Batman beating up poor people instead of Bruce Wayne helping to eliminate poverty
-Gaim’s Net Movies
-Shroud in the Double Net Movies
-Collecting
-Special Features for (Boukenger and) Hibiki would be FANTASTIC
-Wizard
-Video Formats and Toei’s Tight Fist
-All hail Kuuga
-Ryuki’s Reflections of the Core of Rider
-Den-O
-Kiva


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Legendary Birth -Kamen Rider 1971- 1-2 -RX! 094

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In this very special episode of unKamenCast-RX! we go back to 1971 and experience the body horror and unsettling feeling that the all-encompassing Shocker organization is an entity too powerful to be dealt with, but for one who will take their evil power and use it against them. Unto us a savior is born and a legendary hero rises. All hail King Handsome Takeshi Hongo, the first Kamen Rider! Listen to us as we watch his first two adventures sticking it to the man.

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Christmas Surprise-Drive 11 and Secret Mission Type 0-RX! 093

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Today we’re putting Drive to the test as speedy as we can, as we cover:

11 Who Will Prevent The Unholy Night?

AND

Drive Secret Mission: Type Zero

Q1-So… Chase was Proto-Drive, huh? Does that mean Professor Banno is a fiction as Aleph had suggested?

How do you feel about Chase almost certainly having been Proto-Drive?

Q2-What do you think this Medic/Promised Number thing is about? Do you feel she is presented? Is she a baby, a goddess, a person?

 

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Facts-What we know, know about the plot and characters of the show

11

-Chase saved Heart from the “Dead Zone” which is apparently his over-heating. Brain chastises them and Chase goes with him to take care of some business. These guys totally have some love for each other, which is nice to see.

-Shift Cars that were dispersed internationally are returning as Roimude activity is increasing in Japan. Some Shift Cars who’d just gotten back in town saved Shinnosuke and Mr. Belt.

-Kirikko dangles the carrot of birthday dinner at a nice restaurant for Shinnosuke which helps get him primed for action. He remembers the controller Volt had and Kiriko tells him about the similar item in the book.

-The SCU and the uniformed officers are all pitching in to find Goro. We need more of this.

– Minami Goro had worked with Nishihori Kouya the Copycat Pirate guy from Secret Mission: Type Zero

-The Captain used his affable charms to get Shinnosuke a meeting with Nishihori to pick his brain about the unknown Unholy Night story as soon as he heard the name Nishihori mentioned. He’s on top of his game.

-I feel like there’s a decent evening filter on the scenes at the mall. It really helped add tension to the scene. Shinnosuke trusting Kiriko to stop Volt was cool too.

-Volt becamse a Spider car and almost killed Kiriko, but Mach saved her. Then shinnosuke came along to fight Volt while Kiriko destroyed the controller and saved the city from the black out!

Potential Leads- These are things to keep an eye on, as they may develop into something more interesting or central to the narrative in time

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-Chase is stopped by the thought of endangering humans en masse. Brain calls him defective and lashes out at him from letting Shinnosuke go.

– Chase is Roimude 000 and he looks more human in the face area than the other androids which almost gets Mr. belt to say he is Proto-Drive

-Volt had an ulterior motive- to revitalize Medic who was once around, but then lost to Heart and Brain. She is part of the Promised Number of Roimude which seems to be a select group.

Other Notes-Things that stick out, but aren’t really important to the narrative

11

-I’m done thinking about it is such a potentially loaded statement for Shinnosuke to repeat. I wonder if I would prefer the idea of hesitation over thinking. I get the merits of doing things by feel and organically, but the concept of not thinking about committing to an action is a little scary too…

-Nishihori referenced Lupin from the DriveXGaim movie

-The SCU re-uses Christmas attire from previous shows and surprises Shinnosuke at his dinner with Kiriko in order to call back to him hating being born on Christmas because of the combination of gifts from two days and NOW it’s the SCU’s office party as well. That is actually funny.

Drive Secret Mission Type Zero

-Shinnosuke and Hayase are after a terrorist group Neo-Shade show has already had 5 successful bombings

-Neo-Shade is a callback to Kamen Rider G!

-I’m not sure I like the crazy swings in tone from a woman bound and threatened at knifepoint to read a ransom note to the discovery that it’s by the Copycat Pirate… but then he is pretty creepy.

-Shinnosuke and Hayase show off some good teamwork. I’m glad Hayase stopped him from beating the Copycat Pirate further.

-The Density Shift talking effect is still dumb.

-It really seems as if chase is somehow Proto-Drive

-No actual motive for world dominance has been exposited. That’s bad.


Next Episode| 12 Where Did The White Kamen Rider Come From? OR RATHER: From Where Did the White Kamen Rider Come?


Thanks Jo and Watanabe Shu for sharing your thoughts with us.

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Mighty Heart-Sailor Moon Crystal 12 Review

Sailor Moon Crystal Act 12- Enemy: Metalia

This episode was great. I’ll definitely re-watch even though I don’t want to because of how it ends, which is what is calling me back. I also have a mind to not ruin my experience by going back and seeing, in sharper relief, the inconsistent animation and the wobbliness of the plot. I appreciate the efforts of the Crystal Team to echo prior events in the character’s lives, but the confrontation between the Sailor Guardians and the Four Kings of Darkness was disjointed because of the out-of-nowhere addition or 4 more star-crossed couple linked to Princess Serenity and Endymion which could have worked well had it been allotted more time. Calling back to weakly established concepts is probably a good way to distract an otherwise absorbed viewer, who has to make the decision to ignore that blemish instead of nodding along and getting pulled deeper into the experience.

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What was effective however, was the affirmation of Usagi’s personal strength, her great love for and dependence upon Mamoru and the assurance that her friends will always be there to support her. Although the series has not spent enough time addressing each girl individually, Usagi benefits from having more screen time as herself and Sailor Moon by way of being the eponymous hero. In the extra time spent with Usagi, Takeuchi has woven the through-line that Usagi’s loving heart is the source of her strength. Watching Usagi struggle to accept and embody that part of herself was beautiful and thrilling. Sailor Moon is mighty and inspiring because she gets back up, by herself, to fight for those she loves and personally does all she can to dish out Justice and stopping evil from becoming more powerful.

For bringing me to tears even though my audio died on me during the second half this episode earns a 4 out of 5.

Slow Burn -Drive 9-10-RX! 092

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Today we’re putting Drive to the test as speedy as we can, as we cover:

09 How Can He Use The Cool Body?

10 What Happened In The Belt’s Past?

Even though the story is really going to conclude in the next episode and TECHNICALLY episode 9 could have been covered as a stand alone and- sudfsdnflnflEG…. never mind. Please enjoy our exploration of these questions and more.

Q1-Do you like Takaiwa’s semi-robotic movements in the Technic suit?

Q2-What kind of data do you think Kyu lost?

Q3-Why was Steinbelt working on downloading his consciousness to a machine?

-How was Mr. Bellt able to complete Proto-Drive?

-Was someone in the Proto-Drive suit?

Q4-Steinbelt knew that his Drive Coriar engines + Roimude bodies would somehow = Density Shift…

  •         HOW is that possible?
  •         Should he have been given a harder time about it?
  •         Why is Shinnosuke not saying anything about it?

Q5-WAIT!!! This needs to be researched! Is this in Secret Mission Type 0? 001, 002 and 003 went rogue 15 years ago. WHAT?! So it took him 14 years and some change to complete Proto-Drive just before the Global Freeze?

 This is going somewhere. Right?

This is going somewhere. Right?

Facts-What we know, know about the plot and characters of the show

09

-Volt had a crew working on a device of some sort to manipulate electricity, which got to Heart at the end.

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-Krim Steinbelt lent his Drive Coriar technology to his friend Professor Banno in order to give life to his Roimude which are androids with the ability to evolve. He had reservations, but didn’t listen to his gut feeling and Roimude units 001-003 revolted killing their maker and Krim.

-Krim had created the Drive Driver as a vessel to receive his consciousness and so survived in a way being murdered by Heart, but Mr. Belt is terrified of Heart.

-Somehow Mr. Belt was able to complete Proto-Drive and work with it and the Shift Cars to mitigate the catastrophe of the Global Freeze.

-Heart says that the Roimude will evolve beyond humanity and then rule over them.

-Shinnosuke sees that Heart is willing to die to kill him so he switches to Technic and goes for the same gambit ending the episode in a cliff-hanging Mexican standoff

Potential Leads- These are things to keep an eye on, as they may develop into something more interesting or central to the narrative in time

09

-A gray haired, bespectacled man in a lab coat watched a house burning with some measure of joy without suffering from the slowdown until FIRE BRAVER came along and snuffed out the blaze.

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[USED FOR QUESTION ABOVE]

-Why was Steinbelt working on downloading his consciousness to a machine?

-How was Mr. Bellt able to complete Proto-Drive?

-Was someone in the Proto-Drive suit?

-Steinbelt knew that his Drive Coriar engines + Roimude bodies would somehow = Density Shift…

  •         HOW is that possible?
  •         Should he have been given a harder time about it?
  •         Why is Shinnosuke not saying anything about it?

-WAIT!!! This needs to be researched! Is this in Secret Mission Type 0? 001, 002 and 003 went rogue 15 years ago. WHAT?! So it took him 14 years and some change to complete Proto-Drive just before the Global Freeze?

Other Notes-Things that stick out, but aren’t really important to the narrative

09

-That foot chase to out of suit fight scene was FANTASTIC! They made Kiriko look so great and Shinnosuke was cute with his little coy moment regarding him being Drive.

-The subtlety disguised as Salarymen Roimude might be a better idea than the few ostentatious ones we have seen. It’s actually surprising how they have mostly blended in fairly well.

-When Volt endangered a group of civilians before, Drive stopped chasing the Roimude to save them, which foreshadows him saving Teruhiko with cool-headed rage anger at the end.

-Techniques blend of intellect and mechanical control are SOOO boss.

-Teruhiko is a modern Rider Scout and it’s lovely.

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-Heart’s assertion that Volt was a stand up kinda Roimude and his affirmation of placing faith in Chase in a worst case scenario went a long way to giving them all a more human feel.

Next Episode| 11 Who Will Prevent The Unholy Night?


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Bedroom Eyes – Sailor Moon Crystal 11 -MS 10

Join Sono and Ammit as they discuss the sexiest man in anime for 2014 and the various short-comings of Crystal.

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-Usagi is dreaming of Tuxedo Mask and resolves to be happy, so that the power of the LSC will return to it.

-Usagi’s pocket watch –stopped since they went to the Moon- starts ticking again after bumping into someone who looks like Mamoru.

-The sword, which easily shatters diamond, is made of stone and poisonous, as a result of Queen Metalia’s death throw attack against the Moon.

-The Scouts followed Usagi to CROWN and saw Usagi with NOT-Mamoru, Rei was able to tell it wasn’t him.

-Mako was hypnotized by Not-Mamoru after Usagi narrowly escaped succumbing to his charms.

-Furuhata and Not Mamoru, used Mako to lure the other Guardians into the base, but Usagi can’t fight him until he injures Luna.

-Queen Beryl shows up in the Moon-base calling NOT-Mamoru Endymion and says the Sailor Guardians will die where they stand.

FRILLS

–          I love how seductive Mamoru looks as he’s working his magic on Endo and Furuhata

–          Rei’s embarrassment over Usagi’s yelling is so good

–          ~SUSPICIOUS~

–          NOT-Mamoru for most seductive ani-Man of 2014

–          VENUS! LOVE! ME! CHAIN!

–          Usagi’s transformation call felt SO POIGNANT in this episode as she delivered it through tears for her cat/partner. The alternate music was awesome!

–          Was the “I have these four.” Moment in the manga?

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