Apr 25th, 2013 by lowvisibility
At long last, it's the Daimajin Kanon episode we were talking about doing last year! Obviously, it contains pretty detailed spoilers for Daimajin Kanon. If you want the show to surprise you when you watch it, you probably don't want to listen to this. For background on what this show is and where it comes from, have a listen to episodes 14 (covering Daimajin) and 15 (covering the Yokai Trilogy). As usual, feel free to leave comments below, hit us up on Facebook, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tack us down on Twitter as @lowvisibility.
We are not entirely sure what our next episode is going to be about! Probably a second Wizard show, but there's other things we've discussed doing like the Gavan movie or the most recent Versus flick. To be honest, we haven't recorded anything as of this writing. Still, hopefully we'll be back sooner rather than later.
Mar 27th, 2013 by lowvisibility
Low Visibility is back with an episode covering the Kamen Rider Fourze Hyper Battle Video and the Kamen Rider summer film, Minna de Uchuu Kita (or Everybody, It's Space Time). Spoilers abound for those two projects, but the rest of the show should be safe listening.
For some reason, during the Hyper Battle Video discussion, I (Lynx) keep calling Amazon's finisher the Daisetsuzan Oroshi, which is entirely wrong. It's just the Daisetsuzan. I guess I had Getter Robo on the brain? Sorry about that.
Leave a comment below, hit us up on Facebook, bug us on Twitter at @lowvisibility, or you can shoot us an email at email@example.com. Next time: the long-awaited Daimajin Kanon podcast.
Mar 2nd, 2013 by lowvisibility
Welcome to our fourth and final show covering Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters, from episodes 45 to the ending. In addition to the spoiler warnings given in the episode, this episode does contain spoilers for the ending of Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger. While Zyuranger is a very old show, its subs were only completed recently, so you may want to hold off on listening to this episode if you've got Zyuranger plans in your future and you aren't already heavily spoiled on Zyuranger's last ten episodes. There's also some discussion of Gekiranger, Shinkenger, Faiz, and OOO that may contain spoilers, so proceed at your own risk.
I managed to dig up that Takebe article that we discuss in the podcast. It includes some pretty interesting info about her career and goes into detail about what she brought to Rider. It also puts the "serving tea" phrase we discuss into a really interesting context, too, so I suggest giving it a read. I was not able to dig up sources on some of the other OOO anecdotes that come up, but it's all stuff I remember reading back when OOO was airing. Take it with a grain of salt, maybe?Finally, we recorded this before information was released making it clear just how bitter and insane the Go-Busters Returns V-Cinema was going to be, so it doesn't come up in the episode. Sorry! Obviously, we are looking forward to it.
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Jan 30th, 2013 by lowvisibility
We're back, with our first quarter podcast for Kamen Rider Wizard! Although... thanks to various delays, we're actually covering Wizard's first eighteen episodes. This pushed the episode over into being double-sized, since we ended up covering all of Wizard's basic elements, and then extra stuff like the first round of power-ups and the debut of the secondary Rider.
There shouldn't be any huge spoilers for any shows besides Wizard except maybe Dairanger, and even then it's what most people consider the worst part of Dairanger, so... well, listen at your own discretion. There's also a lot of tangents and talk about other Rider shows this go-round, as we do a lot of comparing what Wizard's doing to what earlier shows did.
Oh, the bit with the cat was supposed to be edited out, but our sound editor refused on the grounds that it was too amazing. So if you have a problem with it, blame him!
Anyway, you may notice that Podbean has shifted over to a Facebook-only comments system. Of course, you're still encouraged to leave comments, but if you don't wanna we'll understand. We're at work on figuring out a way for folks who liked to leave feedback anonymously to resume doing that. In the meantime, you can also contact us at email@example.com, we're @lowvisibility on Twitter, and you can now visit a Facebook page for the podcast.
Jan 1st, 2013 by lowvisibility
Welcome, listeners, to another two-for-one episode of Low Visibility. For the first 45 minutes of the episode, we discuss episodes 33 to 44 of Go-Busters. While there is a spoiler warning in the show, we actually didn't get too specific about what goes down in those episodes. For the second 45 minutes, we discuss the news available (as of time of the recording) about next year's show, Juden Sentai Kyoryuger. As promised in the episode, here's links to various parts of the tokusatsu ratings wiki. I'm also linking to the page for previous low ratings record holder, Ohranger, so you can compare the numbers.
Next on the docket is our first quarter show for Wizard, which we might record today if all goes well. In the meantime, we wish you all a Happy New Year.
Dec 7th, 2012 by lowvisibility
We are back with our fifteenth episode, which covers Daiei's Yokai Trilogy. Well, it does in theory, but we spend most of it talking about by far the single best film from the trilogy, Spook Warfare. Spoilers abound, if you're worried about spoilers for fifty-year-old movies! There's a lot of digressions this episode, and we end up going way off the episode plan to discuss all sorts of things.
The plan was to do Daimajin Kanon next, but Kanon will be waiting just a bit longer. Our actual next show will address Go-Busters's recently-concluded third quarter and the reveals about the 37th entry in the Super Sentai franchise, Juden Sentai Kyoryuger. The episode after that will probably address Kamen Rider Wizard's also-recently-concluded first quarter. Then we'll back to our regularly unscheduled programming!
As always, feel free to leave comments below, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, or track us down at @lowvisibility on Twitter.
Nov 3rd, 2012 by lowvisibility
This episode we're tackling Mill Creek's release of the original 1960s Daimajin Trilogy. Just to be totally above the board about things, we did not pay for this copy out of our own pockets. It was a review copy provided by the folks at Sci-Fi Japan, who I (Lynx) have done a bit of work for in the past. Spoilers abound in the episode, just to warn people, but the Daimajin flicks aren't exactly movies you're watching for the plot. This is the first time the show is going to dip its toe into coverage of the kaiju (or giant monster) genre, and we'll probably come back to it in the future.
Kaiju movies are a bit more closely related to the henshin hero stuff that's tokusatsu's bread and butter right now than you might think, and we'll probably explore that connection in future shows. If there's a particular kaiju flick you'd like us to cover in the future, let us know. Right now we're thinking our next kaiju show will probably be about Criterion's 1954 Godzilla release. Incidentally, yes, I completely mispronounce composer Akira Ifukube's name in the course of trying to talk about his greatness. Sorry about that!
Next episode will in fact be Daiei's Youkai Trilogy, since I managed to find my copy. In the meantime, feel free to leave your comments below, shoot us an email at email@example.com, or find us on Twitter at @lowvisibility.
Oct 10th, 2012 by lowvisibility
Here's that episode about the Go-Busters / Gavan Type-G crossover we promised, covering episodes 31 and 32 of Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters! I can't think of any huge spoiler warnings for this podcast, besides the usual "maybe you should watch the episode first" stuff. While we do talk a bit about the old Space Sheriff Gavan show, it's not in much detail.
We're testing out a new recording set-up this episode, so things may sound a bit different than earlier episodes (but hopefully better). Our sound editor says it's a bit easier to work with, so our next episode will use a similar set-up with a better microphone. Also, as a bonus, we recorded this the day Episode 33 was airing, and I make some comments in the show about what's supposed to be in the episode that are hilariously wrong in retrospect. Rest assured, we watched episode 33 for reals as soon as it came out, and now know better.
After this show, we're going to take a break from Go-Busters and other henshin hero stuff for awhile. Next up, we're going to talk about the Daimajin Trilogy Blu-Ray release that Mill Creek Entertainment put out not long ago. While this show will never feature tons of kaiju movie coverage, it is a genre we'll touch on from time to time. The Daimajin movies are quite good and relatively obscure, so it seems like a fun thing to talk about. As always, feel free to leave a comment about this episode and what's coming up next below, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, or pester us on Twitter @lowvisibility.
Oct 5th, 2012 by lowvisibility
We're back, folks! Episode 12 of Low Visibility is another double-sized episode (think Jetman) covering the second quarter of Go-Busters, from episode 15 to episode 30. The show as planned was going to focus on the traditional major event for Sentai's second quarter, the introduction of the "Sixth Ranger" types Beet and Stag Buster. As Go-Busters fans know, though, things with the show get a bit... weird toward the end of the quarter, and in a way that's been quite controversial. We wanted to talk a bit about that, too. So, really, we ended up just combining both show ideas.
Our next episode is definitely going to be a quick, probably short one covering Go-Busters episodes 31 and 32, a two-part crossover featuring Space Sheriff Gavan Type-G and Sherry (or Shelly, it's all good) from the upcoming Space Sheriff Gavan The Movie film. After that, we'll probably take a break from Toei and henshin heroes for awhile to talk about some more obscure (but very good) stuff. As always, feel free to leave a comment and questions below. You can also get hold of us at email@example.com and @lowvisibility on Twitter.
Sep 13th, 2012 by lowvisibility
Sorry for that delay, folks! Here's episode 11 of the show, covering everything from Fourze's last third or so (episodes 37 onward). Please note that this show was recorded before Wizard's first episode aired. We have a fairly detailed discussion of Fourze's last two episodes, so you may not want to listen to this one before you finish the series. Otherwise, you should be in good shape. Also, be sure to check out Aesir's translation of the final post from Toei's official Fourze blog, for a little bit of insight into what the creators wanted to do with the show.
Our next episode is going to pay a visit to Go-Busters and discuss, at the very least, the show's controversial second quarter. We may discuss what's going on in the current story arc, too, depending on when we record. If there's anything about Go-Busters you'd like our next show to touch on, or if you just want to let us know what you thought of this episode, please leave a comment below! As always, you can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and catch up with us at @lowvisibility on Twitter.