Laser Knees 63 – Harassment is a CRIME, Sakuya.

Hello, friends!

We apologize for that brief interruption in service, but time, tide, and midterms wait for nobody.  But with some excellent grades clutched in-hand, your favorite* Super Sentai discussion show returns!

*for certain values of favorite

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In this episode, Aleph and Sono dig into:

  • The thorny issues of power dynamics which Sakuya (and lots of dudes, honestly) ought better understand.
  • A frightfully familiar food facility.
  • How even if the cops can’t prove the Jurer crew are phantom thieves, there’s something weird about their whole set-up.
  • Effective framing of Umika’s reaction to trauma.
  • Practical target selection.
  • Appreciation for classic Lupin III moves.
  • Further appreciation for a clever riddle.
  • Some more cleverness to the Lupin Collections’ powers.

All this and more in episode 63 of Laser Knees!


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Kaito Sentai Lupinranger
VS
Keisatsu Sentai Patranger

Episode 7 – Always Being Saved
Episode 8 –
The Thieves Identities

Episode Writer (7): Komura Junko
Episode Writer (8):
Kaneko Kaori
Episode Director: Sugihara Teruaki

Kaneko Kaori seems to be a newcomer to Super Sentai writing and we’re very excited to see what Kaneko Kaori gets up to next!


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@NeedsMoreAleph -Aleph
@MamaFriesMeal -Sono

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UnKamen 195 – Sawasational!

This week, your humble hosts have their fears allayed, their hearts mended, and their minds blown as they have some thoughts at a couple episodes of Kamen Rider Build!

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This week:

  • Build as an encapsulation of the Heisei era
  • Relieved discomfort about Sawa’s storyline
  • Joy at the return of the Nabeshima clan to the story, if only in name
  • A show managing to sell “bearing the weight of sin”
  • New toys giving life to an already-great suit.
  • Using protagonists to add weight to a non-title character’s story

All this and more in this episode of the UnKamenCast R! X!

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Kamen Rider Build

Episode 27 – The Hero’s Counterattack
Episode 28 – The Genius Comes On A Tank

Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo
Episode Director: Tasaki Ryuga


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Laser Knees 62 – Hate the Crime, Not the Criminal

In these two episodes, our two Reds butt heads and your two hosts just could not be more excited about it.

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This week, we express our thoughts on CRIME as well as this show, including the following topics:

  • Even more comparisons with Kamen Rider W
  • Unexpected (non-police-related) brutality
  • The choreography and camerawork in these two episodes
  • Keiichiro and Tsukasa’s friendship being amazing
  • Power and the corrupting nature thereof
  • Comfort vs. ideals
  • Office decor

All this and more on this episode of Laser Knees!

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As Mentioned:

The Georgia Coffee Twin Peaks ads


Kaito Sentai Lupinranger
VS
Keisatsu Sentai Patranger

Episode 5Global Police in the Crosshair
Episode 6What is it That You Protect?

Episode Writer: Komura Junko
Episode Director: Nakazawa Shojiro


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@NeedsMoreAleph -Aleph
@MamaFriesMeal -Sono

UnKamen 194 – Thanks, I Hate It.

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What the heck is “evolt”?!?!?!?!?!

Betrayals, reversals, and twists abound in these two episodes of Kamen Rider Build, even as we’re finally given a couple moments to breathe after the intensity of the past couple months, and your two hosts have some Real Feels about it all.

This week’s feels include:

  • Levels of skepticism surrounding the big Sawa reveal.
  • Aleph’s petty problems with timeskips.
  • Just leaning into calling the Seito PM “President Inoue”.
  • The frustration of half-measures.
  • The excellence of magical Misora.
  • A hypothesis about the theme song.

All this and more on this episode of the UnKamenCast R! X!

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Okay, first of all how dare you.

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Kamen Rider Build

Episode 25 – An Idol Awakens
Episode 26 –
The Treacherous Death Match

Episode Writer: Muto Shogo
Episode Director: Morota Satoshi


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Laser Knees 61 – Healthy Coping Mechanisms

LupinRed and PatIchigo in Monkey Punch style
by Twitter’s own @VicPerfecto!
[source]

Find your favorite adorable stuffed animal and give it a hug ‘cuz it’s time for another round of rambling commentary about Lupinranger VS Patoranger (we’re probably gonna just start abbreviating it to “LuPat” for expediency’s sake) with your hosts, Aleph and Sono!

Y’know, like we always do.

In this episode of your favorite Super Sentai podcast (or at least one that you listen to), your hosts take some sides on:

  • The Lupinrangers’ secret origin
  • Keiichiro’s hatred of CRIME
  • The internal politics of the Gangler
  • Tsukasa’s greatness
  • Fun mechanical inversions
  • The existential horror of being a part of The Lupin Collection
  • The radical normality of hugging cute things
  • Arrangements between criminals and The Law
  • Listener mail!
  • The pilot for the unproduced Lupin VIII series (which you MUST WATCH)

All this and more on this episode of Laser Knees!

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Show Notes/As Mentioned:

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Kaito Sentai Lupinranger
VS
Keisatsu Sentai Patranger

Episode 3 – We Will Get Them Back
Episode 4
– An Unacceptable Relationship

Episode Writer: Komura Junko
Episode Director: Nakazawa Shoujiro


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@MamaFriesMeal -Sono

UnKamen RX 193 – Heavy Into Bleak

Ha.

Hahahahaaaaaaaah…

Heh.

Whoof.

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The Duality of Man.

Not gonna lie, Dear Listeners, Kamen Rider Build continues to be a surprisingly intense series, even for a Kamen Rider and while your humble hosts wouldn’t have it any other way, some emotional strain is setting in.  But there’s always some fun stuff to talk about as part of our Build coverage.  This week, we’re gonna touch on:

  • Sono called that mess.
  • Those funky brothers!
  • The frustration of extratextual information in a self-contained text.
  • Balancing narrative real estate.
  • Sawa continuing to have Miisora’s back.
  • Avoiding international incidents.
  • The Hazard Trigger as a vector for teamwork.
  • Utsumi.
  • Hats off for Gentoku’s da.
  • MII!  AH-AAAAAAAHHHH!  She’ll save ev’ry one of us!  Stand for ev’ry one of us!

All this and more on this episode of The UnKamenCast R!X!

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Kamen Rider Build

Episode 23: The Phantom of the West
Episode 24: A Man Called Rogue

Episode Writer: Muto Shougo
Episode Director: Yamaguchi Kyohei


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Laser Knees 60 – Hats, Hats, So Many Hats!

It’s a new, dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new Super Sentai and we’re feeeEEEEeeeelin’ good.

We even got to start it off on a nice round number.  We didn’t even plan it that way!

So in this episode of Laser Knees, your excited hosts are all kinds of excited to bring you the following topics:

  • The Komura Junko we’d been missing showing up to P-L-A-Y!
  • A rundown of our new cast!
  • The handful of uncomfortable elements in these first couple episodes!
  • How Good Striker’s clearly a good little puppet-person; after all, it’s in his name!
  • Style, style, style.
  • A lot more discussion of hats than you’d expect in an episode of Laser Knees.
  • About twice as much Boukenger than one tends to expect.

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As Mentioned:

That Vice interview with Ike Nwala.


Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger
VS
Keisatsu Sentai Patranger

Episode 1 – Phantom Thieves Who Stir Up A Storm
Episode 2 – Global Police Give Chase!

Episode Writer: Komura Junko
Episode Director: Sugihara Teruaki


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@NeedsMoreAleph -Aleph
@MamaFriesMeal -Sono