UnKamen RX 192 – Kids, Could You Lighten Up a Little?

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So, hey, your humble hosts are back for another fun-filled romp through Toei and Muto Shogo’s Kamen Rider Build!

And by “fun-filled romp”, we of course mean that Build continues to be an incredibly well-realized series the likes of which haven’t been seen in quite some time in media generally, but which also is pretty consistently working to break our hearts.

So, really, “fun-filled romp” was just misleading in the extreme.  I really should edit that out instead of leaving this examination of how the words I say aren’t the things I mean.

But I clearly haven’t.

KRBuild and the world

So, this week, Aleph and Sono take this happy fun-time show for kids and get into:

  • Problematizing simple dualistic narratives of “good” and “evil”
  • How for all we feel some kinda ways about how heavy the show is, we still appreciate that the people making Build are very interested in not messing about with the ideas they bring up
  • Sawa: saves the day A LOT; still not in the opening
  • A monkey’s paw wish
  • Comparisons to moments in both Gaim and Drive (spoiler: they aren’t good for those two series)
  • Comparisons are also made to moments in Kuuga (spoiler: Build comes out pretty good)
  • Y’all, this cast is good
  • Special shout-outs to director Kamuhorichi Kazuya, as well
  • The power of language to shape when, how, and to whom we do violence
  • How it’s a massive (and understandable) dick move to ask someone to explode you without being honest at all times about what you are doing
  • Never trust a war profiteer.  Ever.  Fictional or real.  They are not likely to do good things.
  • Oh, yeah, and how Our Hero is directly responsible for a man’s death

All this and more on this particularly-thinky episode of the UnKamenCast RX!

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You know; FOR KIDS.  (Actually, there’s a level at which talking about this sort of thing is very healthy and a lot to be said about the potentially damaging effects of violence without consequence…)

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Episode 21 – The Unstoppable Hazard
Episode 22 –
Tearful Victory

Episode Writer: Muto Shougo
Episode Director: Kamuhorichi Kazuya


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UnKamen RX 191 – Questions Without Answers

In this episode of the UnKamenCast RX, the Hokuto Three continue to be an excellent addition to the cast who are absolutely going to die tragically while your hosts continue to get up to all kinds of things, such as:

  • Talking about how celebrities generally and idols in particular are, in fact, people.
  • Expounding on the idea that the bad guy who has something to gain is maybe not the person to listen to.
  • Exploring how stories convey their morality.
  • Being excited about Utsumi’s return
  • Thinking on the ubiquity of cyborgs in the modern day
  • Reveal the best times to disown your child (spoiler: after they start a needless war for no good reason)
  • Continue to wonder if this show will ever even tap the brakes.
  • And reveal that our biggest problem is that the show keeps giving us feelings about things.

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

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Oh, if only…

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Episode 19 – The Forbidden Item
Episode 20 –
The Devil’s Trigger

Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo
Episode Director: Morota Satoshi


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UnKamen RX! 190 – What is it Good For? (Absolutely Nothin’!)

(War!)
Ain’t nothin’ but a heartbreaker!
(War!)
Friend only to the undertaker!

Edwin Starr’s War is a very good song and contains a question it’s hard not to ask: what is it good for?

(The answer is, of course, making money and stroking egos)

In this episode:

  • Aleph gets grossed out by the Sclash suits/Gel Riders
  • Sono wants to know why Sawa still isn’t in the opening
  • Otoya’s back (all right!)!
  • And Mutou Shogo maybe could stand to turn it down a little?

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Kamen Rider Build

Episode 17 – The Rider Wars Begin!
Episode 18 – 
The Golden Soldier

Episode Writer: Mutou Shougo
Episode Director: Nakazawa Shoujiro


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UnKamen RX! 188 – Too Busy for Christmas

In which your hosts set about to catching up after The Holiday Season took some precedence in our lives in a way it absolutely did not in Kamen Rider Build!

Under discussion this time ’round:

  • The nature (and flexibility) of identity
  • Disappearing journalists
  • Feelings.
  • So, so many feelings.
  • Listener mail!
  • And also some more feelings.

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Kamen Rider Build

Episode 15 – The Judgement of Kiriyu Sento
Episode 16 –
The Weaponized Hero

Episode Writer: Mutou Shougo
Episode Director: Yamaguchi Kyohei


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UnKamen RX! 187 – Bad Faith

In this episode, coffee-based truths are revealed (then covered up), the inanity of powerlust is discussed, and different kinds of nastiness are compared.

Also, your humble(ish) hosts get a little wibbly at the thought of Nabeshima having half a chance at remembering something about his daughter because wouldn’t that be a really sweet thing?

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

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Episode 13 – Who Removes the Veil
Episode 14 –
The False Kamen Rider

Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo
Episode Director: Nakazawa Shoujiro


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UnKamen RX! 186 – Industrial Discipline

Returning after a short break to prepare for finals, this episode of the UnKamenCast RX! brings you:

  • The importance of intentionality and critical thinking in media!
  • Clever play mechanics in Kamen Rider role-play toys!
  • How sad it is that there was never a ToQGer/Gokaiger crossover movie!

Featuring: a rundown of the suit actors in Kamen Rider Build along with some thoughts on what sorts of thing Mutou Shogo might be reacting to in Japanese politics by listener Chris Lee!

Thanks, Chris!


Show Notes:

The mentioned statement from the Science Council of Japan


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Episode 11 – Burning Dragon
Episode 12
– Theory of Conspiracy

Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo

Episode Director (11): Morota Satoshi
Episode Director (12):
Nakazawa Shoujiro


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UnKamen RX! 185 – No One Man Should Have All That Power

In which your hosts discuss the link between Kamen Rider Build and Astro Boy, the potential found in face-swaps, the revelation of a possible lady villain, and how to go from “boring” to “awesome” just by watching an old man get wheeled away on a gurney.

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Join us as we experiment with Kamen Rider Build! Can Sento, Ryuuga, and their friends Smash the smash and tear down the skywall? Find out how we think they’re doing as we share our thoughts on:

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Episode #9 – The Trap of Project Build
Episode #10 –
Technology of Destruction

Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo
Episode Director: Yamaguchi Kyohei


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