Henshin Korner

Grendizer USB

AZM Ally Zombie Wayne pointed me in the direction of Incubot’s Grendizer USB Kickstarter.  They want to make a USB drive based on the classic Go Nagai giant robot anime that will have a spaceship docking port and his double-harken axe weapon.  The Grendizer will hold 8Gigs of Kamen Rider fansubs or whatever else you want to put on it.  They’re pretty damn close to getting full funding so please, for the love of giant robots, spread the news!

Incubot also makes a Voltron USB drive in 2G and 8G flavors so if the Grendizer falls through, you can still get your giant robot USB goodness.

Kamen Rider Battride for PS3

This kind of looks like a Dynasty Warriors styled Kamen Rider game which makes my pants all kinds of crunchy but a little sad because I don’t have a PS3. There’s also almost no chance this will get imported like the Gundam Musou games. So I’ll just have to drool from afar. It looks freaking sweet.

The Beast is Broken

Kamen Rider Beast makes his debut in Episode 17 of Kamen Rider Wizard and already I’m sick of his shit.  The show has kind of been floundering.  Shunpei is supremely annoying.  Rinko somehow manages to keep her job as a cop even though she does NO ACTUAL POLICE WORK.  Shigeru the ring maker is pretty interesting but doesn’t get nearly enough screen time.  Koyomi is totally moe bait.  Haruto is okay, but there’s no real personality there.  He’s almost too cool for school.  Also, the power creep has begun way too early.  So the show could use an injection of awesome.  Secondary Rider, GO!

Suit wise, Beast fits in nicely with the Wizard aesthetic.  The off-center design with the lion head on the left shoulder is kind of awesome.  And who doesn’t love a gold colored Rider!  I was pretty excited to see what new awesomeness this wizard could bring to the show.  And then Kousuke Nitou, the guy who wears the Beast suit, shows up.  He’s a bit of a foodie although his palette is somewhat questionable as he puts mayonnaise on absolutely everything.  Part of me wants this to be a side effect of him becoming Beast.  He’s lost his humanity so that his tastes are completely wacked similar to Ankh and the whole Popsicle thing.  But I suspect that this will just be a character quirk that will just annoy the shit out of me.  Kousuke is constantly hungry which will probably be his only weakness since Beast is completely overpowered.

Speaking of, Beast’s first fight scene is completely one-sided.  Certainly secondary Riders usually bring the pain.  Accel and Meteor both kicked a lot more ass than the show Rider, but I never felt that they broke the show.  On the other hand, the only way for Beast to ever lose a fight is if he gets too hungry and just collapses.  He can turn invisible, he can instantly heal himself, he can fly, he eats mana, he’s got a sword, he’s got more form changes than Kuuga.  The only way for a phantom to compete is if he’s similarly overpowered.  And then the show becomes a great big pissing contest over whose suit can get the most ridiculous power-ups.  There’s no build up, there’s no tension.  It’s all just form spamming and ring spamming for the sake of selling toys.

I’ll keep watching the show, of course, because it’s Kamen Rider.  But I think they’re blowing their load way too early.

The Ishinomori Manga Museum ReOpens!

I legit cried when I saw the statue of Kamen Rider standing strong in the middle of the tsunami devestation. I fucking bawled when I saw all the tweets of all the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider actors sending messages IN CHARACTER to children of Japan to keep their hopes high. So you can damn well bet that I couldn’t make it through this video announcing the reopening of the Ishinomori Manga Museum. It’s hard to get made at kids yelling Den-O, my absolute least favorite Rider. Hell, I even like the terribly cheesy Kamen Rider Girls singing on the street.

I love that one staff member stayed behind to help shelter people in the museum as the flood waters ravaged the area. Truly a museum of heroes. I need to get out there some day.

Gunpla Expo 2012

The crew at HobbyLink Japan went to Gunpla Expo 2012 and brought along their cameras to capture the fun. A few highlights for me are the salt and pepper shaker Acguy, the HGUC Ex8 (weird that it’s taken this long for an HGUC version of the kit), the Sinanju Stein which apparently made an appearance in a video game, the MG Rezel, and of course, the ver. Ka MG Nu Gundam.

The 2013 rollout kits intrigue me. I’m guessing one of them is an MG Gaplant which is not my favorite suit, but it would be good to see some of the more weird Zeta suits in MG form. Maybe they had like a VIP reveal for people who paid a shit ton for a private viewing. But I guess we’ll have to wait until later next year to find out what’s coming.

Man, looks like a really fun show. Someday, Japan, someday I will return to you and lick all your Gundams so they have to come home with me!!!

Here’s Six Minutes of Asuka Langley Being Terrifyingly Awesome

Okay, goddamn Evangelion 3.0, you fucking win! After seeing this six minutes of footage from wherever it happens in the movie, I’ve got to go back and watch the other two in anticipation of this craziness. I didn’t think that there was anything Eva could do that could possibly win me back and then this happened and my brain exploded. If you click on the CC link the video player, you can activate English or Spanish subs. Not sure how long this will last on the YouTubes, but it’s done its job at least for me. So help me, I actually want to see this damn thing now!

Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo, Now With More Eva

I haven’t been keeping up with the new Evangelion films, but the third one is set to drop November 17. Along with more Marie, I spy a new Eva unit with all the eyes. As always, the animation looks fantastic. But I’ve kind of lost steam with Evangelion. It has long lost its new anime sheen and although I really like the designs of the Evas themselves, there’s only so much emo self doubt whining attack a person can take. There’s one more movie after this and then we’ll have all the Eva anyone could ever want. Ever.

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