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!
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Been really enjoying the show, love that you guys take a more in depth look at toku, also very nice to see older stuff like Daimajin & Yokai covered (I unfortunately only have the 1st & 3rd of Yokai). Would definitely like to hear some more Ultra covered in later episodes, another idea for a program might be Attack of the Super Monsters (Izenborg) from Tsubraya, combining toku & anime something I haven’t seen done before. Keep up the good work.
Question: After hearing the podcast and getting the vibe that a live action Gatchaman movie is something you want to see, have there been any other anime to live action interpretations that either of you have enjoyed? (i.e Casshern) Will we get a podcast contrasting the series from the movie?
Comment: I have really enjoyed the endeavor into kaiju/tokusatu film past reviewing the traditional rider/sentai series. I hope to hear more soon.
Rebuttal/Question: Also, whats with all the hate for Faiz and OOO’s? Has there been any Heisei rider shows past Agito that you two have enjoyed besides Fourze?
On Gatchaman: Probably. Matt is a pretty huge Gatchaman fan. “Live-action anime adaptations” is a pretty good idea for a show, so thanks for it! Just off the top of my head, we both really enjoyed the live-action Yamato movie from a year or two ago.
On Rider: We both really liked Double, we still reminisce about how great that was. We liked Decade up until the last couple episodes. Matt is a really big fan of Blade and we’ll probably do a show about it at some point.
When it comes to OOO, Matt does dislike it pretty strongly. I found about half of OOO interesting and the other half of it really baffling. We probably won’t do an OOO show until we can think of some way of doing it that wouldn’t be extremely negative. It might require bringing on somebody like Igadevil, who has an interesting perspective on the show.
Faiz is a special case. To understand our perspective on Faiz, you need to understand that when it came out, everybody loved it. I mean EVERYBODY. It was the Gokaiger of its day. But the show’s plot and characters are kind of… well… yeah. It’s not a show that’s held up well at all. When we rib Faiz, we’re kind of ribbing ourselves for being so into it back in the day.
For a lot of Heisei Rider, there’s aspects of the shows we like and then other aspects we sharply dislike, which makes them all kind of a mixed bag for us. We’ll get into our feelings on some of the other shows when we cover Wizard, since that show is such a call-back to what post-Agito, pre-Decade Rider was like.