UnKamen RX 201 – Kamen Rider Pride

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We’ve got our final form, we’ve hit episode 40, and we’ve introduced the newest (and maybe final?) plot wrinkle.  Stuffs only getting more intense on Kamen Rider Build and your humble hosts have Some Things to Say.

  • Aleph expounds on the themes of destruction and refinement embodied in the hero and villain.
  • Sono examines the nature of what has been ‘lost’ to make the Lost Bottles.
  • Editing concerns.
  • Fashion Icon/Disaster Gentoku Himuro.
  • Shrugging off death.
  • Mutou Shogo is good at ensemble casts.  He should do a Sentai sometime.
  • What we’re calling “The Gentoku Model of Transgressive Heroes”.
  • Seiji Taikawa K I L L I N G  I T with his suit acting choices.
  • Excellence in translation.
  • Evolt’s suits.
  • New Costume Corner.

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

 


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Kamen Rider Build

Episode 39The Unstoppable Genius
Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo
Episode Director: Yamaguchi Kyohei

Episode 40Revolution of the Apocalypse
Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo
Episode Director: Morota Satoshi

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As Mentioned:

Dark City:
Official Trailer
Analysis by Renegade Cut

Jeff Goldblum as Isurugi, y/y?

Jeff Isurugi


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@MamaFriesMeal -Sono


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UnKamen-RX 200(!!!!!!!) – All Around Me Are Familiar Faces

 

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It’s been many years now and we’ve now reached the two-hundredth installment of the internet’s own UnKamenCast R!X!.  It’s been a long, winding trip through an eternal cycle of birth, death, and metamorphosis, one transformation after another.  A mad chimera of commentary, changing in scope and form and format.

And as we continue our headlong, pedal-to-the-metal (kamen) ride toward places unknown, we offer thanks to you, Dear Listener, just for being here.

That said, for all we were sorely tempted to take an episode to just talk about the milestone we hit, we also had some Kamen Rider Build to talk about!  So in this episode, we touch on:

  • Utsumi and how much fun that’s looking like it’s going to be for us.
  • The Nanba-side cast’s less-than-engaging endings.
  • How intensely satisfying it is to see Katsuragi’s actor for the scenes about The Devil’s Scientist.
  • The relative morality of taking pleasure in the death of a fictional person.
  • “Nepotism.”
  • The horror of having even the barest knowledge about astrological events.

All this and more on this, the 200th episode of the UnKamenCast R!X!


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Kamen Rider Build

Episode 37 – The Ultimate Phase
Episode Writer: 
Mutou Shogo
Episode Director: Tasaki Ryuta

Episode 38 – Mad World
Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo
Episode Director: Kyohei Yamaguchi


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As Mentioned:

Aleph was a child of the ’80s, so:


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@MamaFriesMeal -Sono

UnKamen-RX 199 – From the Start, I’m an (Anti)Climax!

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Ah, the eternal cycle of violence, self-justification, and wanton destruction.  Faces change, but does the song necessarily stay the same?  Your hosts have some thoughts.

In this episode, we touch on that, as well as:

  • Aleph posits that Evolt may, himself, essentially be the Amadam.
  • Sono wonders why anyone, especially someone who’s seen him betray all the people, would trust Evolt.
  • Pedantry and word definition from multiple angles.
  • Possible better plans for Our Heroes.
  • The frustration of an awesome moment that won’t (and, structurally, can’t) be paid off in that moment.
  • Bad toy design.
  • Thoughts on Gentoku’s stumbling start into possibly having a redemption instead of just a face-turn.
  • Evolt’s philosophy and its ugly real-world counterparts.
  • Misora’s actress is really good when she’s given opportunity to be.  It’s sad how rarely she’s given those opportunities.
  • A couple good laughs!
  • Final Form thoughts.

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


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Kamen Rider Build

Episode 35 – Tower of Destruction
Episode 36 –
Evol Hunts Planets

Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo

Episode Director (35): Shibasaki Takayuki
Episode Director (36):
Tasaki Ryuta


As Mentioned: @spacekitaa’s design for Kamen Rider Grease Trinity.


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@MamaFriesMeal -Sono


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UnKamen RX 198 – Oh, Evolt…

Iiiiiiit’s time once again for everyone’s favorite* round of slightly-late (blame that on Aleph’s sometimes-subpar memory for releasing things on time and the excitement of SUN) commentary on the increasingly-bizarre Kamen Rider Build!

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You’re right, Banjou.  That was a non-apology.  Let me rectify that.

I’m sorry for being so late getting this up, no matter what I want to blame it on.  Expect another couple episodes over the next couple days and a hopefully-more-regular posting schedule thereafter.

Apologies again.

In this episode, your hosts dig into Evolt’s latest evil plots by touching on:

  • Questions of identity
  • Dead characters gaining near-protagonist status
  • Foul villains besmirching the good name of space
  • Surprising hardcoreness from Kazumin
  • Ill-considered evil plans
  • Vernage getting punked on (we’re not fans)
  • Gentoku’s face turn
  • Storytelling with hair
  • How great Gremlin (from Wizard) was
  • One of the more powerful deaths in a show that’s had a few of ’em

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

*within certain tolerances, anyway

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Kamen Rider Build

Episode 33Evol, The Ultimate Weapon
Episode 34The Best Match, Separated

Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo

Episode Director (33): Morota Satoshi
Episode Director (34): Shibasaki Takayuki


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UnKamen RX 197 – A Miserable Pile of Secrets

“There’s no grays, only white that’s got grubby. I’m surprised you don’t know that. And sin, young man, is when you treat people like things. Including yourself. That’s what sin is.”

“It’s a lot more complicated than that–”

“No. It ain’t. When people say things are a lot more complicated than that, they means they’re getting worried that they won’t like the truth. People as things, that’s where it starts.”

“Oh, I’m sure there are worse crimes–”

“But they starts with thinking about people as things…”

–from Carpe Jugulum, by Terry Pratchett.

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In this episode of the UnKamenCast, we start with a little philosophical pondering vis á vis the way we talk about people in relation to the way we talk about things and what conclusions that might lead us to…

And then, the light topics sorted for good and all, we have some words about:

  • Appreciation of set/location design
  • A new entrant in the Hallowed Halls of Rider Moms
  • The realization that one of Ryuga’s new friends has a name that sounds a lot like his late girlfriend’s name
  • Some appreciation for our dear Rogue’s inevitable face-turn
  • Knowing we should probably hate the CrossZ Magma transformation, but not.
  • The power of solidarity in the face of unrelenting horror
  • One of the greatest, subtlest Ryuga moments in the show thus far

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


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Kamen Rider Build

Episode 31 – Overflow, Magma!
Episode 32 –
Programmed Tragedy

Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo

Episode Director (31): Kamihoruichi Kazuya
Episode Director (32):
Morota Satoshi


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UnKamen 195 – I Swear to Glob…

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Grob/Gob/Glob/Grod from Adventure Time, for those who want some context.

This week on the UnKamenCast RX, Build‘s Tower arc begins, Sawa finally appears in the opening, and your humble hosts sink their teeth into all kinds of things in and around it, including but not limited to:

  • Comparing different Rider series’ moral philosophies.
  • Honestly, a lot of comparisons to past Rider series.
  • The need for Queen Vernage to stick around.
  • Our villains knowing how to supervillain it up.
  • Ryuga getting to have a good-looking suit again.
  • The powers of friendship and forgiveness in media.
  • The pettiest (and also greatest) treason.

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


Special Note:

A number of theme and character songs from various modern Kamen Rider series are now available on iTunes and the Apple store both in the US and EU storefronts.

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Expect the following to be a bit of a recurring thing, but:

We have a duty to support the people making these things and now it’s getting easier still to do so.


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As Mentioned:


Kamen Rider Build

Episode 29 – The Opening Bell Rings
Episode 30 – The Truth About Pandora’s Box

Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo
Episode Director: Kamihoruichi Kazuya


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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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