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.

 

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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

UnKamen RX 206 – Build: Reconstructed

Oh, what a long, strange trip it’s been.

From a good-hearted amnesiac to the ultimate darkness and on into a new world.

In this, our final episode of our Kamen Rider Build coverage, we touch upon:

  • Gentoku doesn’t go to jail, but he does go out like a champ.
  • Broken helmet?  We love broken helmets!
  • One easy trip to get Aleph to weep extra-hard at a character’s death.
  • That good, good Grant Morrison biz.
  • The excellent catharsis of fighting a person in a suit instead of a CGI mess.
  • The PERFECT MATCH.

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

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Kamen Rider Build

Episode 48 – To a World of Love and Peace

Episode 49 – The World Build Created

Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo

Episode Director: Shibasaki Takayuki

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As Mentioned:

The Two Banjous:

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That good good Grant Morrison biz.

Dale Cooper’s “Seeing the world without fear” speech

Trigun: “Love and Peace!” supercut

Trigun: Wolfwood’s death


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@NeedsMoreAleph -Aleph
@MamaFriesMeal -Sono

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Laser Knees 74 – Turning Up the Gas

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Who would have thought that a clip show and an extended fart joke would make for such entertaining viewing?  We certainly didn’t, and yet here we are with a pair of episodes of LuPat that got us thinking about:

  • How they really oughta just let the whole thing about Touma in spandex go.
  • As if forgetting the Lupinrangers could make Keiichiro forget his hatred of CRIME.
  • Gauche sure does love performing horrific experiments on living, talking, screaming beings, doesn’t she?
  • Gauche for main villain forever.
  • Noel: Extra.
  • Keiichiro’s sartorial choices.
  • Kairi’s intense moral/emotional confusion.
  • Komura Junko having a Kobayashi-level defining moment.
  • Keiichiro being surprisingly hardcore.

All this and more on this episode of Laser Knees!


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Thief Sentai Lupinranger
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Police Sentai Patranger

Episode 29 – Pictures are Memories
Episode Writer: Kaneko Kaori
Episode Director: Sugihara Teruaki

Episode 30 – Vacation for Two
Episode Writer: Komura Junko
Episode Director: Sugihara Teruaki


As Mentioned:

The Lupin Collection

La Vie en Rose – Edith Piaf

Memories – Barbara Streisand

Cinderella episode of Boukenger – RangerWiki

Threw It On the Ground” – Lonely Island


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@MamaFriesMeal -Sono


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Laser Knees 73 – Robotic Aerobics

Well, after that last episode of the UnKamenCast, it’s quite a relief to be talking about something so much more mellow and sweet, like these episodes of Lupinranger VS Patranger!

In this episode, your humble(ish) hosts touch upon:

  • Touma can really rock aerobicwear
  • A little touch of Uncomfortably Real-ness
  • The Lupins being jerks in ways that are unrelated to their devil-may-care approach to the law
  • Good dads in media
  • The importance of normalizing apologies
  • Noel continues to be mysteeeeeerious.  But in a good way.

All this and more on this episode of Laser Knees!


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Thief Sentai Lupinranger
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Police Sentai Patranger

Episode 27 – Dancing Commands
Episode Writer:
Yamatoya Akatsuki
Episode Director: Katou Hiroyuki

Episode 28 – A Battling Birthday
Episode Writer:
Komura Junko
Episode Director: Sugihara Teruaki

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As Mentioned:

Count Rugen from The Princess Bride

The Mother’s Day episode of Akibaranger: RangerWiki

Ryota Ozawa (Captain Marvelous) has a kid and not with Luka’s actress: TheTokusatsuNetwork

Control by Janet Jackson

The Plunge by The Deserters (According to RangerWiki)


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@MamaFriesMeal -Sono

UnKamen RX 205 – Only Human

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In this episode, your favorite hosts confront the horrific and implacable fact of death and how to write one that’s more than just a character being dead.

Sorry to start out so heavy, y’all, but this is a heavy episode to talk about and it’s the specter that hangs over pretty much everything.  Suffice to say, though, that we quite enjoyed the episode we discuss here.


 

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Kamen Rider Build

Episode 47 – Sub-Zero Flame
Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo
Episode Director: Kamihoruichi Kazuya

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@NeedsMoreAleph -Aleph
@MamaFriesMeal -Sono

 

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