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Dragon Knight Pics

Henshin Justice has posted some promo photos from the upcoming Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. Let’s see, we’ve got Kit and Len who are Kamen Rider Dragon and Wing and Maya who is a photographer who gets caught up in the mess.

Well, it’s no Kabuto or Den-O. And if you’ve seen Ryuki, you’ve already seen Dragon Knight. But I’m looking forward to this Western incarnation of Kamen Rider!

Garmin’s Champion

Champion The annual Super Bowl party is the one time every year where I do two things that I normally abhor: celebrate any sort of tradition and watch football. I don’t normally watch football because I never cared much enough for any team of which I was never a part and I don’t celebrate things because I tend to believe that every day is a freaking miracle. The Super Bowl is my one exception because my friend hosts a great part complete with his homemade chili and various salsas he’s collected through his travels.

Part of the annual ritual includes actually sitting through and watching the commercials. The Super Bowl is the one time each year where sponsors attempt to actually entertain us with their spots so that we might actually remember who paid all that money for that commercial. These commercials become of the stuff of water-cooler legend with the best ones burned into our collective pop culture history.

Though the first quarter of this year’s Super Bowl was actually pretty exciting football wise, the commercials left a lot to be desired. And as the Chicago Bears forgot how to hold on to the actual football, the sponsors seemed to forget that they were supposed to entertain us.

In fact, the only commercial I gave two shits about was the Garmin Champion. For its spot, Garmin, a company that makes a GPS for your auto, created a Champion to battle a giant Map Kaiju. A hapless man sits in his car trying to read a map which grows beyond his control into a giant Map Kaiju. Another man, wearing a henshin belt with the Garmin GPS as the buckle, henshins into Champion form and defeats the Map Kaiju in glorious old-school toku battle. As a great lover of all things henshin and Ultraman, I messed my pants!

Thanks to the glory of YouTube, here’s the spot. I’d also like to give thanks to Garmin for making up for all the shitty CBS and car ads. I hope you sell massive shitloads of your GPS.

Top Five Kabuto Moments

Igadevil gives his thoughts on the highs and lows of Kamen Rider Kabuto as well as some exclusive interviews with some of the show’s stars. I agree with a lot of what he has to say so I’ll just drop my top five favorite Kabuto moments!

5. Faiz Reference
Somehow, Daisuke ends up in the women’s bathroom while talking to Gon when a random woman walks in to use the facilities. She sees Daisuke and calls the police. She must be Takumi’s girlfriend because she’s using his phone!

4. Kick Hopper
Yaguruma’s re-introduction as Kick Hopper is one of the best introductions of a toku character ever! Bad ass!

3. Dark Kabuto
Just when I thought there couldn’t be any more twists or any more riders, enter Dark Kabuto. I nearly shit myself when I saw this episode!

2. The Ballad of Tsurugi
One of the most successful story lines throughout the series was Tsurugi’s coming of age. He really grew on me. Things are looking up for Tsurugi. Misaki is starting to show some interest. He’s kicking some major ass a Sasword. And then… Nogi comes in a fucks everything up. Heart wrenching.

1. Triple Rider Kick
I love Rider Kick! I love Gattack, Kick Hopper, and Kabuto! All three kicking the shit out of Nogi is like porn for me!

I’m sad to see Kabuto end. It was a great ride and a decent capstone to 35 years of Rider Kick. I’m looking forward to what Den-O has to offer.

Ultra Plushies!

KAWAII!

Ultra Plushies

Japanese toy company Megahouse is releasing a series of Ultraman plushies! That’s pretty much all I can figure out from the site since I don’t read or speak japanese. But they’re soooo cute!

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