Wow! Who knew Rory could tickle the ivories! Merry Christmas to all my Angry Zen Minions! And enjoy The Doctor Who Christmas Special!!!
Normally, Gundam Wednesday is a celebration of the awesomeness of Gundam, but sometimes wrong shit needs to be called out. This ugly orange thing is a Chinese amusement park’s idea of a cash grab. According to this story sent along by AZM Ally Terrance, this cheap Chinses knock off was built at the Floraland park in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The park owner claims the design is original possibly because he forgets that people have eyes.
This is just awful. Clearly they have the resources to build giant robots. Why not come up with a truly original design? There is no shortage of artists in China. I’m sure one of the bajillions of them could have come up with an original giant robot for an amusement park. Hell, you could probably pay them in lifetime free visits! This is just lazy and stupid and I hope they get the shit sued out of them.
Source: Japan Today
Angry Zen Minion Kenneth sent along a nice little feature on Kotaku about the 1/1 scale Tetsujin 28 in Kobe. It’s more than just an awesome tribute to one of the greatest giant robot manga and anime in Japanese pop culture history. It also commemorates the rebuilding of Kobe after the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995 and stands as a monument to inspire the townspeople. It’s a touching story and demonstrates the true power of giant robots.
I hesitate to say this, but it’s turning into a Toku Tuesday!
My love for Kickstarter knows no bounds. It helped me fund Puppy Cow and put me on the path to indy toy doom. So when a Kickstarter comes along that has the words Kamen Rider and Scott Pilgrim, well, that’s something that I just have to share! Enter Deathfist Ninja GKaiser:
Check out the production blog for more updates. Good luck, Carey. Looks like it could be a fun series.
Jabroni Pictures has been putting out some really excellent indy Tokusatsu action projects. Battle Hero Absolute #5 is on its way. In the mean time, here’s Episode 4 to remind you of what’s gone on thus far:
I do believe that’s the voice talent of one Mike Dent during the Episode 5 preview.
While we wait for Episode 5 to drop, we’ve got some other fun action goodies to keep us busy. Here’s Jay from Jabroni and Keith from Henshin Justice fighting Mark Musashi who was the suit actor for Kamen Rider 2 in Kamen Rider: The Next and is now working in LA as an actor:
And one more thing. Apparently, some crazy shit went down in a lone parking lot at ComicCon this year:
Fucking awesome! It’s sad that Dragon Knight is gone, but it’s good to know that we’ll have Jabroni around to keep the Toku flames burning. We salute you!
I’ve always lamented the dearth of lady riders in the Kamen Rider franchise. There was Tackle in Stronger, Femme in the Ryuki movie, a lady rider in the Blade movie, a female Oni in Hibiki, Kivala in one of the Decade movies, and that’s about it. Five ladies throughout all of Rider history? Not winning any diversity points there.
That said, I’m not sure how I feel about these ladies:
From left to right that’s Ryuki Girl, Ohz Girl, Den-O Girl, Kiva Girl, and Blade Girl. These are the Kamen Rider Girls, a group formed in collaboration with Toei and some sinister record company probably owned by Dai Shocker. It’s the 40th anniversary of the Heisei Kamen Rider Era and the Rider Girls are here to help us celebrate with some tasty Rider jams.
I’m disappointed that it’s not a real group of lady Kamen Riders. I think the franchise could stand a female Rider protagonist. I also don’t like their outfits. Besides their belts and stupid hair thingies, nothing about their uniforms say Rider to me. Of course, the real test is the music. Their first single drops December 15. Maybe they won’t suck.
AZM Ally Terrance Wong sent along this clip that demonstrates the awesome power of Asian Harry Potter. Conan lost his train of thought in his November 18 monolog when he looked out into the audience and saw before him the Asian Harry Potter. The madness starts around the 3:00 mark.
Asian Harry Potter, monolog killer!