November 25, 2010

Why I Love... The Nostalgia Critic

 "Hello, I'm The Nostalgia Critic. I remember it, so you don't have to!"


1. The reviews are just plain hilarious. Many are unaware the great writing's courtesy of two people, Doug Walker (the NC himself) and his brother Rob Walker (the cameraman and occasional actor in the sketches on ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com).

2. Recurring gags and animated characters bring an air of continuity. The gags include "A-CHUCK A- NORRIS!" and the Nostalgia Chick-originated "Big-Lipped Alligator Moment", while the animated characters include Casper, the Friendly Ghost ("TIMING!) and the Big Elephant in the Room (who will go away as long as you respectfully mention the late Johnathan Brandis).

3. To add to the above, a certain memorable line from a reviewed film will often make several appearances in other reviews. For example, a clip of Raul Julia's line "OF COURSE!" from Street Fighter is played every time a villain is seen plotting world domination. And of course, the classic argument-stopper, "I WAS FROZEN TODAY!"

4. A lot of the comments are made up of cultural resemblances, in-jokes, and behind-the-scenes trivia. For example, when he reviews The Star Wars Holiday Special he casually mentions that Carrie Fisher was doing drugs at the time, possibly to help us viewers get a handle on the special's perpetual weirdness (I don't think it works, though).

5. The many alter-egos of Doug and Rob Walker make appearances to help, nitpick, or pretty much belittle The Nostalgia Critic. These include Douchey McNitpick, who prompted the two "Top 11 Nostalgic F***ups", and the Hunter S. Thompson-esque Raoul Puke, a pioneer in "Fozzie Journalism". And of course, who could forget SANTA CHRIST!

November 19, 2010

FOTP: Rita Repulsa "Headaches" Motivational Poster

 It's kind of a funny story: Searching for suitable images for my MMPR/Zyuranger comparison back in early September, I came across a mock motivational poster that was so funny I had to save it in my iPod's photos. Then, Rangerboard's Motivation thread came calling, and I decided to search again for that picture, but it was nowhere to be found. So by emailing the image from my iPod, saving it, and posting it here, hopefully I can make my thread reply and give you guys a laugh as well. Whew... Enjoy!

November 11, 2010

Toku Spotlight: Denjin Zaboga



Denjin Zaboga, or Electroid Zaboga, was a tokusatsu series that aired from April 6, 1974 to June 29, 1975 for 52 episodes.

 Yutaka Daimon is a Secret Police agent who at age six was killed in a car accident. A special pacemaker-like circuit was implanted into his chest that keeps him alive if he's badly wounded. The device was created by his father, who also created Denjin Zaboga. Zaboga is powered by Yutaka's anger, as its power is synchronized with the circuit in his chest. When his father is murdered, Yutaka discovers the existence of Zaboga, and he swears revenge against the man who killed his father, Dr. Akunomiya. Akunomiya murdered his former partner to get the newly-invented metal daimonium, which he plans to use to create robots and cyborgs to carry out a crime spree.

 Yutaka uses a microphone in his helmet to control Zaboga, as well as a second microphone in his watch of he's not wearing the helmet. Through a radio receiver on his glasses, he can hear messages alerting him if a monster is around.

 Zaboga has a wide variety of attacks and techniques, such as his "Boomerang Cutter", when he throws his metal ears like blades and they return to him after inflicting damage. His mouth is capable of firing exploding shells, his head can release a small helicopter with a video camera, his eyes can take photograph stills, his back can release a miniature jet that can operate underwater, and the car halves inside his feet can be put together to form the Mouse Car. Zaboga can also transform into the motorcycle Machine Zaboga for Yutaka to ride.

 Although Dr. Akunomiya is eventually defeated, the Dinosaur Army soon arrives to terrorize Japan. This arc ran from episode 40 until the end of the series.

 Here's the theme song:

Toku Spotlight: Tetsujin Taiga Seven



Tetsujin Taiga Seven, or Iron Man Tiger Seven, is a tokusatsu series that aired from October 6, 1973 to March 30, 1974 for 26 episodes.

 Father and son Professor and Go Takigawa discover the ancient temple of the Mu Empire, but when Go is attacked by a Sand Primitive Sand Grudge, the Professor performs a heart transplant, replacing Go's heart with a artificial one. He also gives his son an ancient pendant. Soon after, the Mu attack again, killing everyone on the research team except Go. He vows to avenge his father and friends. He uses the combined power of his pendant and artificial heart to transform into Iron Man Tiger Seven with the words "Tiger Spark!".

 Tiger Seven's Fight Glove is the source of many of his combat techniques, such as the "Tiger Cutter" karate chop and "Tiger Hawk", which can make his glove pierce a monster's body. Using his belt, he can heal wounds, and by releasing "Tiger Energy" into the body of a person whose heart has stopped beating, he can save them. "Buckle Energy Red Zone" can release all of his energy in one blast, and his mouth can release a gust of wind called "Tiger Hurricane". "Tiger Eye Attack" has his eyes firing a yellow beam, and similarly, the jewel in his head, "Tiger Point" can use sunlight to fire the "Tiger Head Beam". His motorcycle's equipped with rocket boosters to increase speed.

 Go works with Professor Takaido and his students, and only the Professor figures out that Go is Tiger Seven. Student Shiro Kitagawa ridicules Go for running away whenever a monster appears, as he mistakes Go's fleeing to transform for cowardice.

 The Mu Empire's footsoldiers, the Mu Batei (Mu Footmen), seem to closely resemble the Golem Hei from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, better known as the Putty Patrollers (a.k.a. the Putties) from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Take a look:

Golem/Putty Patroller 
Mu Batei
 Here's the theme song:

Toku Spotlight: Seigi no Shinboru Kondoruman



Seigi no Shinboru Kondoruman, or Condorman, Symbol of Justice, was a tokusatsu series airing from March 31 to September 22, 1975 for 24 episodes.

 Coming to the aid of a dragon condor and its unhatched egg, Ishin Mitsuya is killed, but is brought back to life when the egg hatches and the the baby merges with his body. Although he gains the power to transform into Condorman from this, he loses all memory of his life before the accident.

 Condorman can use his "Condor Eye" to see through the disguises of monsters pretending to be humans. He can also link his mind telepathically with birds, so he can view their sights and understand their chirps and calls. Condorman is armed with feather-shaped throwing daggers called the "Condor Arrows", and can defeat monsters using the "Condor Thunder", "Condor Hurricane", and the "Shock Punch". Later episodes show Condorman's ability to actually transform into a dragon. He drives the Mach Condor, a yellow car with a hood in the shape of a falcon's beak.

 One should note that this is not to be confused with the 1981 Disney film Condorman.

 Here's the theme song:

Toku Spotlight: Hikari no Senshi Daiyamondo Ai



Hikari no Senshi Daiyamondo Ai, or Diamond Eye, Warrior of Light, was a tokusatsu series that aired from October 5, 1973 to March 29, 1974 for 26 episodes.

 Magazine journalist Kotaru Rai is captured by a group of jewel thieves he was trailing, led by Gen Kai Ryuu. Kotaru is saved by a spirit called Diamond Eye that emerges from the stolen "King of Arabia" blue diamond and frees him.  Diamond Eye chases the gangsters, and a shot of the "inner soul illumination beams" from his eyes reveals that the men are really the Zensei Majin, a group of evil ancient beasts, and that Gen Kai Ryuu is actually their leader, King Cobra. Although Diamond Eye kills some of the weaker Majin, King Cobra escapes through a dimensional portal.

 Diamond Eye gives Kotaru the Eye Ring (where Diamond Eye lives), which Kotaru can summon him by exposing it to light while chanting "Ai yo!". Diamond Eye can hurl diamond grenades, inflict the "royal punch", and has the power to heal wounds and purge evil spirits from human bodies.

 Kotaru is helped by his friends, Goro, a photographer, and Kaboko, a woman who can use playing cards as weapons. Kotaru's constant battling of the Zensei Majin often frustrates his boss at the Weekly Japan, editor-in-chief Hayakawa. Kotaru is nicknamed Raiko by his friends and some of his enemies, and only Diamond Eye and King Cobra call him by his real name.

 Again, I haven't found any video of the theme.

Toku Spotlight: Inazuman



Inazuman was a tokusatsu series airing from October 2, 1973 to March 26, 1974 for 25 episodes. It was one of the many works created by Shotaro Ishinimori.

 Daisuke Ban (then known as Naoya Ban) plays college student Goro Watari, who, after rescuing two kids from a group of goons, is recruited into The Youth League, a secret group of freedom fighters consisting of humans with the powers of telekinesis and super-strength. Goro is able to use his own psionic skills to transform into Inazuman to fight the Neo-Human Empire, led by Emperor Bamba, who wants to use The Youth League's powers for his own evil agenda.

 Inazuman's costume resembles a blue moth with lightning bolts painted on its arms and legs. He transforms using the kinetic energy in his belt, similar to Kamen Rider, except Kamen Rider used wind to power up his belt and transform. Before he can become Inazuman, however, Goro has to transform into Sanagiman, a form that somewhat resembles The Thing from Fantastic Four. He gets around using the Raijingo, a yellow-and-red car with teeth on its front grill and the ability to shoot missiles out of it.

 The series was followed by a direct sequel series, Inazuman Flash, which continues the story with a mostly-new supporting cast.

 Here's the theme song:

Toku Spotlight: Triple Fighter



Toripuru Faita, or Triple Fighter, was a tokusatsu series that aired in 1972 for 26 episodes, each episode split into six-minute chapters.

 Siblings Yuuji Hayase (Red Fighter), Yuri Hayase (Orange Fighter), and Tetsuro Hayase (Green Fighter) of the Space Attack Team fight against the Demon Star Empire's Devil Seijin and his Devil Monsters. When a monster-of-the-week proves to be too powerful for the three individually, they combine into Triple Fighter. Their allies are the mischievious Atsushi Oto and the mobile computer Bulcomm, which watches over their base.

 The three's modes of transportation (an ordinary car and motorcycle) look suprisingly normal in comparison to what the villains use (small black Volkswagen Beetle-like cars with a cursive "D" on their hoods).

 All of the monsters look similar to the cars, complete with the "D" on their belts, and wear unusual masks that are never taken off.

 Here's the theme song:

November 6, 2010

Toku Spotlight - Ai no Senshi Rainbowman



Ai no Senshi Rainbowman, or Rainbowman: Warrior of Love, was a tokusatsu series that aired from October 6, 1972 to September 28, 1973 for 52 episodes. It aired on NET (now TV Asahi).

 Takeshi Yamoto is kicked off his wrestling team for fighting too violently, and goes to India to seek out Devadatta, a former wrestling champion-turned hermit. He teaches Takeshi discipline, and gives him the power to transform into Rainbowman. Upon recieving these powers, Takeshi immediately flies back to Japan. Whenever Takeshi needs help, Devadatta will show up in Japan.

 Rainbowman has seven forms. Moonman (Dash 1) has the ability to deflate and fit into small spaces. Fireman (Dash 2) has the ability to spray fire out of his fingers. Waterman (Dash 3) has the opposite ability of Fireman, being able to spray water or cold air out of his fingers. Leafman (Dash 4) has the abilities of wind and camouflage. Goldman (Dash 5) uses his fingers to shoot lightning bolts. Earthman (Dash 6) has burrowing capabilities, and can create cracks in the earth large enough to swallow his enemies. Sunman (Dash 7) can temporarily paralyze his enemies, form a protective shield, and shoot energy from his fingers. The sunbeam radiated from Dash 7's forehead can be used to produce twin swords. This form is the one used most often by Takeshi, and is the form he uses to transform into his other six forms.

 Whenever Rainbowman's wounded, he de-morphs and has to go into a frozen trance to heal himself. This trance, however, leaves him vulnerable to enemies.

 The villiains in this series are the Shine Shine Dan (Die Die Army), led by Mr. K. They are a group of foreigners (most of them Chinese), seeking revenge against Japan for the Second World War. Mr. K knows Rainbowman's true identity, and often tries to attack Takeshi's family to get him to surrender. Later in the series, Rainbowman also battles God Iguana (Machiko Soga), who needs his blood to bring her child Iguana back to life (sound familiar, Zyuranger fans?). Her weaknesses are bright light and the sight of her own reflection. From her own blood, she creates two monsters, but when they're destroyed by Rainbowman, she becomes weakened.

 The series had an anime adaptation in 1982, which only loosely followed the storyline, making the Rainbowman forms giant robots rather than different costumes.