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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@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
VS
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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@MamaFriesMeal -Sono

 

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Laser Knees 72 – Here Comes a Good Cool Boy

As your favorite hosts begin another wild blitz of content for your ears, our new favorite Sentai teams try to figure out if there’s any way at all to make team-ups work in this wild, crazy, mixed-up world of cops, robbers, and amazing boys who are too good for the lot of us.

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This week we’re going to be touching on:

  • The return of an all-time great episode writer
  • Some more excellent set design
  • AAAARRRRGH THE CRAAAAAFFFFT
  • Zamigo (and how he needs to do a thing if he wants to matter)
  • Music cues
  • Sales tax
  • Good robot CGI/Bad robot design
  • The arrival of a good, cool boy

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 25 – I’ll Make You Stronger Than Ever
Episode Writer:
Komura Junko
Episode Director:
Nakazawa Shoujiro

Episode 26 – Underground Auction
Episode Writer:
Yamatoya Akatsuki
Episode Director:
Katou Hiroyuki

Episode Writer: Komura Junko (25) & Yamatoya Akatsuki (26)

Episode Director: Nakazawa Shoujiro (25) & Katou Hiroyuki (26)

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As Mentioned:

Doctor Doctor by Thompson Twins

Tiny Bubbles by Don Ho


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UnKamen RX 204 – Die Hard: With a Snake

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As we near being caught up with Kamen Rider Build, your humble(?) hosts are champing at the bit as the strangeness increases and the intensity ramps up, up, UP!

And also, we somehow neglected to make an extended “Welcome to the Black Parade” reference in the show.  That’s going to be rectified right now:

WHEN I WAS
A YOUNG BOY
MY FATHER
HE TOOK ME TO THE CITY
TO SEE PANDORA’S BOX

HE SAID SON

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Aaaaaaaaanyway, in this episode, we touch upon:

  • How best to build a community.
  • This whole thing is not unlike a weird D&D experience Sono once had.
  • Aleph is surprised that the suit-villain isn’t actually dead, which is silly when you think about it.
  • Why Katsuragi Shinobu was doomed to be a failure of a Kamen Rider.
  • Evolt’s actually a pretty competent supervillain.
  • How great it is every time Sento and Katsuragi have a talk.
  • Is Sento wearing one of Micchy’s shirts?  You know, from Gaim?
  • New Suit Roundup!!!

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


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Kamen Rider Build

Episode 45 – Hope’s Scientist
Episode Writer:
Mutou Shogo
Episode Director:
Yamaguchi Kyohei

Episode 46 – An Oath to Be The One
Episode Writer: Mutou Shogo
Episode Director:
Kamihoruichi Kazuya

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As Mentioned:

Through the Fire and the Flames” – Dragonforce

Presentation” clip from Megamind

Mister Miracle 3&4 (by Jack “the King” Kirby), a discussion.

Die Hard

The Raid: Redemption

Dredd


New Suit Roundup:

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Kamen Rider Grease Blizzard

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@MamaFriesMeal -Sono

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Laser Knees 71 – When Life Gives You Lymon…


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Life’s manager (artist’s rendering). Burn his house down with lemons.

We’re getting around the halfway point of our (somehow) much-beloved LuPat and meeting a mid-series gang of medium bads while we start digging deeper into the lives of our heroes, for better and worse as well as introducing an unlikely alliance across our warring factions!

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And besides that, your humble(?) hosts also touch on:

  • The importance of working for personal fulfillment
  • Komura Junko’s development as a showrunner
  • Missed opportunities
  • Unfortunate familial narratives
  • Frightful implications in monster designs
  • Tasty food
  • Sick burns that somehow didn’t make it into the show
  • No, but seriously, we aren’t gonna talk about how Ushibaroc definitely just microwaved a slab of beef to give to his friends as haute cuisine?
  • MICROWAVED, tho.
  • MI
  • CRO
  • WAVED
  • Noel starts to really grow on us
  • Komura Junko writes Kairi like he’s a D&D character and it’s great

All this and more on this episode of Laser Knees!


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Thief Sentai Lupinranger
VS
Police Sentai Patranger

Episode 23 – Status Gold
Episode Writer:
Komura Junko
Episode Director: Watanabe Katsuya

Episode 24 – A Promise to Return Alive
Episode Writer:
Komura Junko
Episode Director: Nakazawa Shoujiro

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How gross is it, really, though?

 


The Lupin Collection:

The Heat is On” by Glenn Frey

Escape” by Journey


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@MamaFriesMeal -Sono