PEBKAC – Going Ultra 4

Episode Length [15:45]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: SSSS. Gridman 04 Suspicion. Available as a SimulDub with a Funimation NOW subscription.

I keep mentioning stuff I am seeing on twitter and this tokublog Capes and Cool Scarves when I talk about Gridman. It’s all coming from the same place. Check out Pri for some way more extensive coverage of SSSS. Gridman.

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Lifeline – Going Ultra 3

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Episode Length [17:39]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: SSSS. Gridman 03 Defeat. Available as a SimulDub with a Funimation NOW subscription.

Screenshot_20181024-104948_VLC.jpgThe composition of this shot so cool. I love people being caught in mirrors in unique ways on film. That sure was a sentence. Kamen Rider Build had some really good shots like this, too.20181024_152226.jpg

Is this what real door bell ringers in Japan look like? This is the same as Rei Ayanami’s. Is that an actual brand? Is it the same fake brand used in many anime, like the equivalent of the 555 phone numbers in movies in the United States?

Laser Knees 75 – All The Sinners Saints

Sometimes the line between right and wrong can be blurry.  Circumstance, context, and framing can make even the most heinous crimes seem reasonable; which is why your humble(?) hosts are here to set everything down in simple binary terms because simple binaries are totally things we’re about, right?

Look, we have to find our laughs where we can.

Helping that hunt for humor are these two episodes of LuPat, in which Aleph and Sono discuss:

  • Visceral aesthetic reactions.
  • The frequency of “people can’t change” narratives.
  • Gaim flashbacks.
  • The value of professionalism.
  • Of COURSE Sakuya wants to be a professional YouTuber.
  • A monster that’s a meta-sentai.
  • A callback to “Who gives a crap about your justice?”
  • Keiichiro’s complicated ethical evolution.

All this and more on this episode of Laser Knees!


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Thief Sentai Lupinranger
VS
Police Sentai Patranger

Episode 31 – The Repentant Gangler
Episode 32 –
A Challenge to a Duel

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Episode Writer: Yamatoya Akatsuki
Episode Director: Watanabe Katsuya

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The Lupin Collection:


As Mentioned:

YouTube-ing as a kind of nightmare hellscape of employment and the nature of the self:

Trading Places, a classic film (though there’s some blackface in it at one point which… ew, why are the 80s so 80s?)

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Hit up the hosts to talk about Sentai, Rider, and tokusatsu in general.

@NeedsMoreAleph -Aleph
@MamaFriesMeal -Sono

UnKamen 207 – The Next Decade?

Long ago in a distant land, Oma Zi-O, the Kamen Riding Master of Darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil! But a pair of foolish time travellers, wielding an ethical dilemma stepped forth to oppose him. Before the final blow was struck, he tore open a portal in time and flung them into the past, where my evil took root! Now the fools seek to return to the past, and undo the future that is Zi-O!

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It’s time for another Kamen Rider series and your humble [citation needed] hosts are on-hand to sit back and try and comment on what’s going on all throughout it.  Join us, won’t you, as we discuss:

  • Our iffy relationship with head writer Shimoyama Kento’s catalog.
  • Our own differing reactions to this first chunk of expositon.
  • Bad trailers.
  • Classic thought experiments.
  • Dinosaurs?
  • Cheap effects, even for Toei.
  • Sougo not quite getting it.
  • Tsukoyomi is amazing.
  • How nice it is to see Sento and Ryuuga again.

But, more than anything, we ask if Sougo has it in him to be… the next Decade.

All this and more on this episode of The UnKamen Cast R!X!


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Kamen Rider Zi-O

Episode 01 – Kingdom 2068
Episode 02 – Best Match

Episode Writer: Shimoyama Kento
Episode Director: Tasaki Ryuuta


New Suit Corner:

Oma Zi-O

Kamen Rider Zi-O

Kamen Rider Geiz

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Another Build

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As Mentioned:

Repeat to yourself it’s just a show; I should really just relax

“The Future You” Warlock Patron


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@NeedsMoreAleph -Aleph
@MamaFriesMeal -Sono

Broken Model – Going Ultra 2

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Episode Length [26:23]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: SSSS. Gridman 02 Restoration. Available as a SimulDub with a Funimation NOW subscription.

Overall thoughts on episode 02 Restoration

On a scale of terrible to great… Really good

Overall the story this episodes was… so darn compelling

On the setting… it was good. Seeing Akane’s room and home gave a really strong impression that she is affluent and alone. It hints at why she is open to working with Alexis.

Immediate Afterthoughts

This is super interesting. It was a solid showing. I got some answers, even more new questions and the visual and fun elements have been kicked up a notch.

Does Instance Abreaction shift reality to allow Akane and Alexis to erase some people from history?!

Are Akane and Takarada more connected than we know? Their relationship in the ED may just be for marketing…

Should Yuta know, but doesn’t because of the amnesia?

Also what’s with Utsumi and Rikka seeing the atmospheric kaiju now? What do they represent?

Characters Study

Since the show is so short, I am hoping they will keep the plot and character work tight, so these are all the characters who I felt I had to take notes on this episode: Akane, Tonkawa, Samurai Calibur, Yuta, Rikka, Utsumi, Gridman, the teacher and Alexis.

Plot Notes

  • Utsumi and Yuta are all about the Gridman Alliance. Rikka is unsure, but Samurai Calibur helps her figure things out. He also turns into a sword for Gridman, defeating the kaiju which is impervious to the Gridbeam

Trigger Shoots and….

  • Again, Yuta getting suckled into Junk looked so cool.
  • They made Akane very creepy with the shot composition and direction
  • They made the teacher look hollow and apathetic and then not, later on, so I am digging how deftly they can
  • Pretty sure they reused the Junk alarm animation

Silly Stuff

That Primal Acceptor is dope.

Is Yuta’s backpack made to be potential merchandise?

Gridmas Instance: Yuta

What’s the deal with Ramen soda?

Hearing “Acces Flash” made me think of “lashing a drive” or “flashing BIOS” and I wanted to share that computer geekiness with all of you. This link from the SuperUser blog tells all about it.

 

This is only the Beginning – Going Ultra 1

Hello, this is Matthew. I am here to do something new for the TOH Network. I will be discussing Ultraman. I am an Ultraman newb who got excited about SSSS. Gridman and decided to talk about it. I am open for comments and question.

Episode Length [14:14]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: SSSS. Gridman 1 Awakening
Overall thoughts on Trigger’s Gridman 01 Awakening available as a SimulDub with a Funimation NOW subscription.
On a scale of terrible to great… pretty good.
Overall the story this episodes was… solid. It hooked me into the mystery.
The setting was very grounded and felt believable.
On the characters
These people who stuck out to me this time were:

  • Akane Shinjo
  • Tonkawa
  • Rikka’s mom
  • Disheveled guy

Our Principals

  • Yuta Hibiki – lost his memory after passing out for about 30 minutes. Gridman tells him he has a calling he has to remember. Sees and hears Gridman on the blank screen of the big, old custom computer the kids refer to as JUNK
  • Rikka Takarada- she seems popular. I like her attitude. She isn’t nice for the sake of being nice and she isn’t a jerk either. She feels even-keeled. She seems like she should be very interesting.
  • Utsumi – He is an Ultraman fan. He mentions the Ultra series and the weak point intrinsic to the Kaiju therein
  • Gridman- The Hyper Agent

Plot Notes

  • I like the conceit that Yuta’s parents are away for business for the next few months. The events of the show could all take place while they are gone. That feels neat and tidy and like a novel way to get them out of the way and out of danger for the series run.
  • With all the sniping and teasing the school setting feels very real
  • What is real and what isn’t? Gridman warns that something is coming to the world. Is it the first phase of the kaiju where some damage is done? Is there something more than that? It seems at the end of the episode that not all of the damage happened like Utsumi and Rikka.
  • Utsumi has the Ultra genre-savvy, Rikka types in the messages to Hibiki. I wonder why that is.
  • I like the wear and tear the whole kaiju attack has on Rikka.
  • I can’t tell why Rikka’s mom was so panicked and why the news showed reports of the school burning when the Junk-trio sees the school the next day. As they said, “Something weird is going on..”

References:

That tweet Mark linked to citing the Trigger and Original Gridman nods

Expanding the TOH Network with SSSS. Gridman – Going Ultra 0

Hello, this is Matthew. I am here to do something new for the TOH Network. I will be discussing Ultraman. I am an Ultraman newb who got excited about SSSS. Gridman and decided to talk about it. I am open for comments and question. Anyway, click on below to listen to Going Ultra episode 0, wherein I tell you a bit more about myself and how I intend to cover this Studio Trigger/Tsubaraya collaboration.

Episode Length [8:03]
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Host: Matthew

Topic: Intro to Matthew and general hype about SSSS. Gridman

References:

Mark the artist who helped me get hyped for SSSS. Gridman

Anno and Ultraman

Return of Ultraman

Top 5 Favorite Tokusatsu

Original Gridman WIKI

My G Gundam Podcast