Laser Knees 69 – The Nice Guys

We did our best not to make as many of
these jokes as we wanted to.

[Hi, Aleph here!  Iiiiiii forgot to properly enter the scheduled date for this episode to go up; sorry it’s late!]

Dear Listeners, this is gonna be a weird one.

Not only is there some discussion of a mildly insulting attempt to endear us to a character who’s been hecking up on the reg, we also get to try and make sense out of the much-dreaded (though less frustrating than we feared) extra hero.  A wild swing between “cool” and “frustrating” that could make this a very interesting kind of episode of Laser Knees.

Things to look forward to include:

  • Kaneko Kaori’s batting average is less-than-stellar.
  • Power dynamics and a nearly-deliberate misreading and misunderstanding thereof.
  • The power of set design.
  • The power of toy design.
  • Commander Hilltop: still the best.
  • Gangler biology.
  • Solidarity in hating the new guy.
  • Solidarity in disliking Sakuya.
  • Who does Noel remind us of?  The answer might surprise you.
  • Screaming zombie meta-monkey Son Goku.
  • Moments where we realize that it’s difficult to describe aspects of Noel’s activities in ways that don’t sound like innuendo or euphemism.

All this and more on this episode of Laser Knees!!!

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No, but seriously, Sakuya.

“My Patranger counterpart is nearby… real nearby.”


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Thief Sentai Lupinranger
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Police Sentai Patranger

Episode 19The Price for Disobeying Orders
Episode Writer: Kaneko Kaori
Episode Director: Nakazawa Shoujiro

Episode 20The New Thief is an Officer
Episode Writer: Komura Junko
Episode Director: Katou Hiroyuki


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@MamaFriesMeal -Sono


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Laser Knees 68 – That Melan-cop-ly Feeling.

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Ah, Sentai.  The time when your hosts’ fancies turn to feels and a young officer’s fancy turns to

 

JUSTICE!!!!!!!!

 

Even though that’s less than ideal.

In this episode of Laser Knees, your hosts go beyond all time and space to have some thoughts about:

  • Naruhisa Arakawa: all-time tokusatsu MVP.
  • The power of a complicated story of affection.
  • Respecting the bodily autonomy of everyone, including adorable jet-car-torsos.
  • The rarity of a super-cool tapir-monster.
  • Sakuya: still sucks.  Real bad.
  • Making a world feel populated, even if you only show the same small-ish cast.
  • Keiichiro is becoming our favorite.
  • And then becomes less so.
  • Recurring side-villains!
  • The Goodie-Herbie connection.
  • One of the greatest fights in Sentai.

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 17 – Hidden Feelings
Episode Writer: 
Arakawa Naruhisa
Episode Director: Watanabe Katsuya

Episode 18 – The Collection’s Secret
Episode Writer: 
Kaneko Kaori
Episode Director: Nakazawa Shoujiro


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What’s a Car Navic?


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Laser Knees 67 – Finding the ‘Me’ in ‘Team’

In this episode, our heroes struggle to find themselves after it turns out that, surprise of surprises, the putative leader of fully one half of the series’ sentai teams does not, in fact, die and then Touma has an identity crisis of an entirely different flavor.

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Meanwhile, your hosts continue to brace for a possible extra hero (we don’t look at magazine scans and do our best to avoid spoilers so we don’t know if one’s even coming) and while they do that, talk a bit about:

  • Commander Hilltop: What a guy!
    • But, sorry everyone romantically interested: he’s married.
    • Probably to a super-badass, but that’s just us hoping.
  • Sakuya, by contrast, still sucks even when he’s trying to be cool.
  • That awful little kid (who’s not really that awful, just written like a kid).
  • Dunking on Kamen Rider Drive.  Sorry(?).
  • The biology of a Gangler.
  • Monster design.
  • Touma as deadpan Looney Tune.
  • Kairi being hardcore.
  • Short musings on a villainous Sentai.

All this and more in this episode of Laser Knees!


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Thief Sentai Lupinranger
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Police Sentai Patranger

Episode 15 – An Officer’s Duty
Episode Writer: Komura Junko
Episode Director: Katou Hiroyuki

Episode 16 – Because We’re Friends
Episode Writer: Arakawa Naruhisa
Episode Director: Watanabe Katsuya

Watanabe Katsuya isn’t a name we’ve heard in the couple of years we’ve done this show I think, but he’s a long time Sentai director that goes all the way back to Zyuranger and worked on nearly every modern Sentai from Gaoranger to Kyoryuger, as well as several movies, Vs. movies, and specials. He also directed the Kamen Rider Blade movie and some episodes of Fourze.


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Laser Knees 66 – The Shadow of Death

Boy, Toei really has been doing a lot of stuff with poisoning lately, haven’t they?

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This guy just cannot catch a break.

But while Keiichiro recovers, you can sit back and listen to your humble(?) hosts talk about a couple episodes of your favorite extended piece of Super Sentai infighting!

Subjects touched on include:

  • Ponderings on a taxonomy of reds (and attendant Patreon ponderings).
  • Thoughts on the appearance of extra heroes/sixth rangers/whatever one would call that.
  • Frustration about female characters always (or at least “very frequently”) having plots built around competition.
  • How great it is to have Naruhisa Arakawa writing things.  He’s great.
  • How great Komura Junko can be.
  • The continuing excellence of the fight choreography and camerawork.
  • Suddenly having Keiichiro being our favorite character.
  • More discussion of an idealized police service compared to the less-than-ideal reality.
  • Character motivations being surprisingly affecting.
  • “The seat I have doesn’t come cheap, capisce?”

All this and much, much more in this episode of Laser Knees!


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Thief Sentai Lupinranger
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Police Sentai Patranger

Episode 13 – The Best and Worst Day Off
Episode 14 –
The Trap is Set

Episode Writer (13): Arakawa Naruhisa
Episode Writer (14):
Komura Junko

Episode Director (13): Sugihara Teruaki
Episode Director (14):
Katou Hiroyuki


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Laser Knees 65 – Mad and Disappointed

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Up-front, we’re going to apologize, Dear Listener because in this episode, hosting duties were taken over by our alter-egos, Mad & Disappointed.

As we assume you’ve seen the episodes under discussion this week, we have to believe you’ll at least have some idea what’s got us in this state.

As a more personal matter I, Aleph, would like to apologize for not posting this and the previous UnKamenCast up earlier.  I just spaced it and that’s 1000% on me.

However, while Episode 11 gets a grumpy look from us, please be assured that we are quite fond, actually, of Episode 12.

Of note, however, is that neither of these episodes were done by Junko Komura, which is a small blessing in this nonsense.


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Kaito Sentai Lupinranger
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Keisatsu Sentai Patranger

Episode 11 – The Show Must Go On
Episode 12 –
The Magic Bracelet

Episode Writer (11): Kaneko Kaori
Episode Writer (12):
Naruhisa Arakawa

Episode Director (11): Nakazawa Shoujiro
Episode Director (12): Sugihara Teruaki


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Laser Knees 64 – Decoys and Detectives

It’s that time again!

That time where Aleph and Sono sit down with a couple episodes of a couple sentai to see what sorts of things jumped out at us.

And this week was weird one.

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So, this time ’round, your humble hosts hit on:

  • The police in fantasy and reality and the #problematic narratives fantasy police can inspire.
  • Confusion around the utility of mmuuuuuuurder in this fictional universe.
  • How things relate back to Dungeons and Dragons (it happens a few more times than normal this episode).
  • How it’s good that detectives notice things.
  • Having a healthy sense of boundaries.
  • A red herring that’s sure to come back on us.
  • Doing the “sit back and watch” style baddie in an entertaining way.

All this and more on this episode of Laser Knees!


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The official subtitled version of the Kikaider Reboot by Hawaii’s own Generation Kikaida!
They also have a wealth of other Kikaider- and Kamen Rider V3-related stuff that you may decide you want to buy!


Kaito Sentai Lupinranger
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Keisatsu Sentai Patranger

Episode 09 – To See Them Again
Episode 10 –
This Isn’t Over Yet

Episode Writer: Komura Junko
Episode Director: Nakazawa Shoujiro

Also this episode we’re formally introduced to Zamigo Delma, who is played by Irie Jingi. If he looks a little familiar, it’s because Irie played the Reboot Kikaider (and therefore also had a brief cameo in Gaim) back in 2014!


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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
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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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