Monday, November 30, 2009

Doukoku Rises in Shinkenger Episode 40

Doukoku, after 39 episodes of literally sitting around getting drunk, finally makes an appearance before the Shinkengers - giving them a taste of the world of pain he's going to no doubt bring in the series finale. He isn't able to stick around long, as there's a reason he's been unable to fight up until now, but he doesn't leave before nearly killing Takeru. He also manages to make some amends to Dayu, and tears into Akumaro. You can tell the finale of Shinkenger is shaping up here. (I can't wait!)

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Shinkenger Images, Episode 39

Here are images from Episode 39 of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. I suddenly realized that we're almost done with Shinkenger. Sentai series usually end around episode 50. That means we could have 11 or less episodes left! So enjoy the ride before it ends. (Don't worry, there's always another Super Sentai around the corner to take it's place)

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ranger Ally Profile: Shinkenger Hiro Sakakibara

Hiro Sakakibara (榊原 ヒロ, Sakakibara Hiro, 32-33): Hiro Sakakibara is a young boy who has the ability to produce Mojikara that attracts wild Origami. Being of the Sakakibara clan, Hiro is entrusted with guarding the sealed Ushi Origami. He instead attempts to produce a Secret Disk to control Ushi Origami, something his father attempted in vain.

Ranger Ally Profile: Shinkenger Toji Sakakibara

Toji Sakakibara (榊原 藤次, Sakakibara Tōji, 32-33): Toji is Hiro's grandfather. As a result of the deaths of his son and daughter-in-law in a landslide to which he believes is the fault of the Ushi Origami, he has produced a Secret Disk that is designed to destroy the Ushi Origami. He feels guilty because he inspired his son to attempt to make a Secret Disk to control the Ushi Origami.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Super Sentai Video Games on Playstation

I previously showed you some videos I had run across showing NES Sentai Video Games that, frankly, I had never seen. Now I've found some other Sentai video games, but this time on the Playstation.

Here's a video of gameplay of the Gaoranger Video Game


Here's the opening video to Hurricanger

Super Sentai Music

Super Sentai, in addition to wonderful Tokusatsu, also delivers a great set of music and accompanying songs. Many of these songs play in the background during battles, called "Inserts". I found it very confusing to buy Super Sentai music at first, but eventually got the hang of it. You have to be sure of what you're buying, which can be hard when all the song information is in Japanese.

The best way to get Super Sentai music is through websites that ship from Japan. The cost of overseas shipping isn't as bad when it's a small disk capable of being held in a small bubble-wrap container.

The music I've primarily collected so far is from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger.

These two sites are good places to find Super Sentai Music.

- I usually use Play-Asia because they have low shipping cost, usually under $5.
- CDJapan is good as well, as they feature a link to listen to snipits of each song on the CDs, giving you certainty of what you're buying.

Now, when searching these sites the best trick is to select Music Only as a search, and then enter the title of the series you're looking for. (In this case "Shinkenger", or "Gekiranger" or any other Sentai series.)

OK, now to find the most appropriate CD you're looking for, look for the CDs around $20 to $30. Anything at $12, or features some add-on toy or booklet probably only has a few songs. For the actual Insert Songs you need to look at the CDs with 11 or more songs on a single disk. There are several versions of these CDs, in volumes.

Also - when searching for Super Sentai Music, bear this in mind: you'll probably have to wait for the CDs to come out. And, if you're only really interested in the Insert Songs, you'll most likely want to wait for the second volume of the CD series. When I got Shinkenger Hiden Onban Vol 2, it featured all of the Insert Songs up to that point and many new songs. No Background music.
If you're like me, you might only want Insert Songs.

Now, the the Hiden Onban Vol 2 CD only came out on July 29th. That's FIVE months before a proper CD is released. Before that Volume 1 is only Background Music, and there is the Shinkenger Single CD, which only has the opening and closing songs and karaoke versions of those songs. So be warned - you probably won't be able to get all the music of any new Super Sentai series right when the series begins. Give it time, and check Volume 2 for the Insert Songs.

Also - you have to keep in mind that each volume of the CD series will probably always have the Opening and Closing Music. So if you buy the first CD of a series, you might be getting less value with something like Volume 2 - which will have those songs and more.

Keep this in mind as well, that there are usually vocal tracks featuring the actors talking. This is essentially useless for anyone who doesn't speak Japanese - so keep that in mind when you see 19 Music Tracks, that might only amount to 11 actual songs. Like the opening and closing, some songs might repeat on other volumes.

UPDATE: I thought I had this all figured out - but it turns out Volume 4 and 5 of Shinkenger CDs is all instrumental music. Not a single legitimate vocal track. I am so disappointed. For anyone looking to avoid the instrumental music - Volume 2 is it. That's the CD with the most Insert Songs, as far as I can tell.

2ed UPDATE: The final Shinkenger CD came out, called Zenkyokushu. It finally had what I was looking for, all of the vocal tracks from the series, character songs, and including music from the Shinkenger vs Go-onger movie. So, lesson learned here - you can get the best deal for your money if you wait until the series music you want has finished it's run on the air. I know, it's a long wait, though. Now I want Goseiger music.


Enough of me blathering on - see for yourself. Here are the links to the Shinkenger Music CDs. Under Tracklisting you can click to listen to samples from each CD.







I hope this might help anyone who might be interested in the music of Super Sentai.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Jii-san to the Rescue!

Episode 38 of Shinkengers focuses on Jii-san, who actually jumps into battle and help deliver the powerful new Mougyu Blaster Cannon.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shinkenger Cannon

Just one image update.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Samurai Ha Oh Toy Review


This is it - the final and largest Origami from the Shinkenger toy line. I got MougyuDai-Oh in the mail today, and boy is this thing big. Opening it up, the Ox and Robot modes are both nice, but I was sort of disappointed how obscured the Ox's face is when in Animal mode. In Robot Mode MougyuDai-Oh doesn't have legs to speak of, as he's sort of all just one big box with a robot body on top. That aside the toy delivers a great sense of scale and immensity. The rotating Hiden Disk on his head is very cool. The toy features a button that makes MougyuDai-Oh move on his own. He can go forward and backward - and you can lock his wheels in place (which is good when displaying him, since he's on wheels and you don't want him rolling off of you're shelf. The toy requires C Cell Batteries, which sadly are not included.

Oh, now my year long journey of collecting has come to and end - as I can now put all the robots together to form Samurai Ha Oh. (Ha Oh, meaning Military King, the highest rank there is) All the pieces fit together nicely, and there are slots to hide Shinken-Oh's helmet and Tora Origami's head. You basically place the Tenku Buster on the robot's back. There is some support to make sure it doesn't fall off as easily, but you should still be careful when carrying the toy. DaikaiShinken-Oh stands in front on the extended platform coming out of MougyuDai-Oh's legs. Then you place the arms and revolving cannon on the head. Then, finally, you place the Turtle and Monkey Origami on the sides near the bottom back. There are sort of shoved out of the way - but, when put all together, Ha Oh not only moves forward and back, but also spins the cannon on the head and the Pink and Yellow robots on the side. It really does look nice and powerful.

This is simply an excellent toy, and I am quite pleased with the very tiring and expensive journey this robot became. I'm simply opting out of buying any toys from the next Super Sentai. This is more than enough for now. It costs a lot and takes a lot to get all these toys - but the finale combination is worth it. Samurai Ha Oh is simply the largest robot toy I have, I think even beating out Transformer's Unicron.

Here is a video of MougyuDai-Oh and it's transformation into Samurai Ha Oh

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Shinkengers Stuck Together

Ryunosuke and Chiaki end up stuck together by a monster in this week's new Shinkenger episode.

Oh, I also started a new page for Shinkenger Group images: Shinkenger Group Images Page 6

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