Episode 38 - The House That V3 Built

September 15, 2018

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THIS WEEK: "Henshin... V3!" With the original series behind them, the crew looks forward to tackling the house built upon Showa Rider's foundations in Kamen Rider V3! In addition, Great Leader's death stuck for all of five minutes; Sven is stupefied by Hongo's fashion choices; we gush over every single monster suit for once; the real Tachibana would never pass up an opportunity to die; we have to explain an old joke; safety has never been LESS guaranteed, and since the day Machinegun-Snake manifested in our houses, we have not known peace.

If you're interested in Kamen Rider V3, you can purchase the full DVD boxset from Generation Kikaida!

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider V3 (1973) 1-6
* Scissors-Jaguar, Turtle-Bazooka, TV-Fly, Squid-Fire, Machinegun-Snake, Hammer-Jellyfish
* Series introductions, broadcasting minutiae, & dramatis personae
* The origins of Kamen Rider 3
* Sewer crabs!
* Rambo (2008)
* Return of Shocker combatmn
* The responsibility and burden of being a Rider
* Hongo "Galaxy Brain" Takeshi
* It's not about revenge
* Transformation sequence
* V3's 26 secrets
* ...continuity?
* Old Fourze jokes
* Tachibana's sporting goods store
* On the Cast being competent
* The flamethrower scene
* Amnesia hypno-plots
* Visual storytelling???
* V3's weakness: GUN
* Telltale's The Walking Dead
* On the nobility of the common man

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Hiroshi Miyauchi - "Fight! Kamen Rider V3"
* Lebo M - "He Lives In You" - Rhythm of the Pride Lands
* Ichiro Mizuki feat. the Columbia Yurikago Children's Choir - "Song of the Kamen Rider Scouts"

NEXT WEEK: Kikaider has a plot. Maybe. We think.

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Episode 37 - I Would Rather Have Nothing

September 8, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Alexa straight-up abandons Sven and Van to their fate: Continuing their coverage of Kikaider as they face to reality and realize the show has nosedived. In addition, Van's brain is melting; Komyoji's cryptidness has only gotten worse; Hanpei is trying, possibly; there's pockets fulla monkey's paws; the last episode in this stretch is really really gross; frustrations with romantic dynamics reach a fever pitch, and Sven would rather have nothing.

TOPICS:
* Android Kikaider (1972) 19-24
* King Crab Maroon, Blue Water Scorpion, Purple Rat, White Sawshark, Yellow Antlion Siblings, Pink Armadillo
* The state of Android Kikaider
* Mega Man 11 (!!!)
* Why DARK's androids look like that (maybe)
* Sci-fi emerald detectors
* Souped-up death-rays for style points
* Private investigator (self-proclaimed): Hanpei's character drift
* "Skull weed"
* Incompetence (ft. Blue Water Scorpion)
* Dr. Sven on broken bones and civic engineering
* Suit design rants: tails???
* Nonsense villain plots
* :thinkaider:
* Sven rants about music
* Wedding sabotage
* The problem with Mitsuko and Jiro's relationship
* Non-alphabetical alphabet attack
* Silver Age fake-outs
* The Unnecessarily Sexist Episode

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Yuuki Hide – “Go Go Kikaider” and “Fight! Android Kikaider”

NEXT WEEK: All of Hongo's skill, all of Hayato's strength, neither of their smarts! The man, the myth, the legend: Kamen Rider V3!

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Episode 36 - An Imbalance Of Humors

September 1, 2018

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THIS WEEK: the Historians come together for the grand finale of 1971's Kamen Rider, as they get into their opinions on the franchise's foundations, while dragging each other for terrible improv (and for not yet finishing Legend of the Galactic Heroes). In addition, Alexa remembered the existence of Kamen Rider G; the Shocker Riders' cosplay efforts are less that 100% accurate; operations have never been more clownshoes, Tachibana's hand is a cactus; the trio expound on all you need to know about the franchise's biggest of bads; and really, when you think about it, what Kamen Rider really needed was a lot more leeches.

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider (1971) 92-98
* Flycatcher Bee, Stingray Moth, Slug Mushroom, Crow Ox, Cactus Bat, Leech Chameleon, Shocker Riders
* NJPW's Golden Lovers
* The Anti-Shocker Alliance
* Shocker Strong Style
* Double-bluffs and subterfuge
* Gel-Shocker weekend retreats
* Double-Rider transformations
* Blackadder Goes Forth
* Kamen Rider W
* Speedster cyclones
* Devil's Fog
* Racing Sentai Carranger
* Operation: Humanity Cactification...?
* Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
* Suit actor trivia
* Doctor D
* The Hayato conundrum
* General Black's true form
* Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
* The end of Gel-Shocker & Great Leader's identity
* 1956's Forbidden Planet and 20th Century Boys
* Conclusions and final thoughts

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* "Let's Go!! Rider Kick(Instrumental)" and "End of the Nightmare" - Kamen Rider 1971 BGM Complete Song Collection
* "Won the Lawsuit! ~ The First Victory (English Court Suite)" - Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
* Hiroshi Fujioka - "Let's Go!! Rider Kick"

NEXT WEEK: Suffering, featuring Android Kikaider. 

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Episode 35 - Don’t Look At The Seams

August 25, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Van and Sven work through begin the middle stretch of Android Kikaider, desperately hoping the show holds its rickety self together. In addition, anti-clown sentiments get brazenly exposed; Sven shares a story about the unluckiest person he's ever met; Professor Gill wastes his resources worse than Shocker does; we debate the effectiveness of cost-saving measures in tokusatsu, Van's words are cursed, Sven reaches peak Monarch, and for god's sake, don't look at the seams!

TOPICS:
* Android Kikaider (1972) 13-18
* Pink Tiger, Silver Tortoise, Golden Bat, Crimson/Rouge Jellyfish, Red Hornet, Black Chameleon
* Yokohama Dreamland
* Jinbei the saddest clown
* Professor Gill: Scraggly Dracula
* Sad android torture
* Spite as a watermark of sapience
* Reused footage!
* Goldenbatmania!
* The third Komyoji sibling
* Environmentalism and important PSAs
* The marketability of evil
* Marine biology subcorner!
* Acknowledging the dangers in the world
* DEADLY MURDER SMOG (pt 2) (bonus: Joker gas)
* Return of Uratonium(?)
* The last of Toei's budget
* Jeff Jarret & Legends of the Hidden Temple

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* "Theme Song" - Captain Planet and the Planeteers
* Yuuki Hide – “Go Go Kikaider” and “Fight! Android Kikaider”

NEXT WEEK: It's been a long time coming, but here we are: The end of 1971's Kamen Rider.

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Episode 34 - Eighty-Eight Magic Paintings Per Hour

August 19, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van do their best to build up the second-last batch of Kamen Rider (1971), despite the show being what it is. Between spooky cat paintings and nuclear-powered bikes, what could go wrong? In addition, we get tripped up by flashback fashion details; Sven indulges his inner fan of Fleischer Superman; Van indulges their love of terrible puns; we all have a bad time with fake blindness; and when this series hits 88 episodes - well, you know.

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider (1971) 86-91
* Eaglemantis, Kumolion, Catgecko, Canarycobra, Nezucondor, Centipede-Tiger
* Hongo can't catch a break
* Gel-Shocker's gruesomeness
* Consistently inconsistent flashbacks
* Death threat greeting cards!
* Blatantly magic paintings
* Physics With Van Ong
* On the suspension of disbelief
* Music changes!
* Actually... informing the public?
* Fake (and not-so-fake) injuries
* Recycled vampire zombie virus plot (pt. 3?)
* Eyeball squick
* Shocker Youth, once more
* Hongo's isolation
* The "Hope" of Gel-Shocker
* Prey & Dead Space
* Roundtable: Leading up to the finale
* Timeline troubles & Heisei's Foundation X

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* M|O|O|N - "Hydrogen" - Hotline Miami Original Soundtrack
* Masato Shimon - "Rider Action" and "Lonely Kamen Rider"

NEXT WEEK: Revived androids and rehashed formulas - the early signs of Kikaider's growing pains.

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Episode 33 - DARK DARK Goose

August 12, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van cover for Alexa coming down with a case of haunted lungs, as we see the rest of the first 13 Destructoids. In addition to that, Van conjures up the most hellish image possible; we keep a running tally of dismemberments; Sven's origins are revealed at gunpoint; Dr. Komyoji is a certified cryptid; there is yet another rant on how extraordinarily dangerous vehicular accidents are, and we figured out the androidmen's favorite game - bet you can guess!

The amnesiac pianist Van mentions is Clive Wearing. Also mentioned is Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire, if you like spooky hitchhikers.

TOPICS:
* Android Kikaider (1972) 7-12
* Blues Kong, Carmine Spider, Red Condor, Scorpion Brown, Gold Wolf, Silver Cat
* Monster Factory & terrible costume designs
* Evil super-scientist procedures
* Kikaider's diminishing budget
* Return of blood theft (bleft)
* FYGM
* Boy scout trail markings
* Indigo children?
* Killing & stepford-wifing entire villages
* Komyoji's characterization
* Thermoluminescent Energy
* Scientific academia is a goddamn wasteland
* Extremely sad robots ft. Gold Wolf
* Komyoji's (somewhat) realistic amnesia
* Wine fraud
* Magic robots
* The conscience circuit dilemma & Isaac Asimov
* Spooky girl hitchhikers
* Roundtable on Kikaider's formula

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* "Rank E" - Sonic Unleashed
* Yuuki Hide – “Go Go Kikaider” and “Fight! Android Kikaider”

NEXT WEEK: We cover the last few throwaway plots before things get serious. Our penultimate coverage of Rider '71.

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Episode 32 - Super Moray Turtle Z

August 4, 2018

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THIS WEEK: The trio introduce Gel-Shocker, who are... about as competent as the old Shocker, but with more ruthlessness added to the mix. In addition, we have an honest and earnest discussion of the differences between Nazi ideology and general-purpose fascism; Gel-Shocker's combatmen work off college rules; Alexa loses her shit over monster names; we get to see Ishinomori's personal hand directing the show, and take note: Show up at the fight quarry in thirty minutes if you want an ass-kicking!

(Note: We are still relying on Craigbot this week, with some unavoidable clicking due to connectivity issues. We'll return to microphone recording as soon as we can.)

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider (1971) 80-85
* Ganikomol, Scorpionlizard, Jellyfishwolf, Inokabuton, Anemonejaguar, Morayturtlez
* Looking Ahead: Kamen Rider Zi-O
* New Combatmen
* Fashion choices
* Shocker shedding its identity
* General Black
* Wolfenstein: The New Order
* The Death of Kamen Rider!? (no)
* OH NO JC A BOMB
* Nazi ideology vs fascism in Shocker
* Yet another electricity monster plot
* Wheel skeleton!
* Ishinomori's brand of cinematography
* Pollution-based toku monsters
* Artisanally crafted sludge
* Rider Youth orphans
* Let's Go Kamen Riders
* The Headless Horseman
* Listener question: South American Cyborg 009

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Ron Wasserman - "Go Go Power Rangers (Zeo Version)" - Power Rangers Zeo
* Masato Shimon - "Let's Go! Rider Kick" and "Rider Action"

NEXT WEEK: Blood-powered superweapons! Business as usual.

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Episode 31 - Gill Toots As He Pleases

July 28, 2018

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THIS WEEK: "Those born of DARK must return to DARK!" Alexa broadcasts in LIVE from MURDER MOUNTAIN (the mountain that murders) as we follow the trail of the mechanical man Jiro, Android Kikaider! In addition, we have an official helicopter sighting; Jiro enjoys backflipping away from fights that he started; we debate the morality of an incomplete conscience circuit; we try out some new voicework; and FOOL! Professor Gill toots as he pleases!

If you're interested in Android Kikaider, you can read the original Ishinomori manga, available in English on Comixology - or purchase the DVDs of the original 1972 series from Generation Kikaida!

Note: Due to production issues, rather than direct microphone recording, we had to use Discord audio for this week (big thanks to Yahweasel's Craig bot). That's why we sound a little different!

TOPICS:
Android Kikaider (1972) 1-6
* Gray Rhino King, Green Mantis, Orange Ant, Blue Buffalo, Yellow Jaguar, Black Horse
* The second Henshin boom
* Dramatis personae
* Sven's Science Corner: Power-to-weight ratio
* Kikaider's cinematography
* Double-secret laboratories
* The worst flute 
* Return of Hell Valley
* Hanpei Hattori: Ace Detective~!
* Tokusatsu budgets in 1971-1972
* Hanpei vs Taki
* The importance of suit damage
* Androids as replacement children
* Professor Gill as played by The Monarch
* twang.mp3
* The... science behind DARK's Death Bomb
* horse
* Roundtable: Kikaider vs Kamen Rider 1971

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Yuuki Hide - "Go Go Kikaider" and "Fight! Android Kikaider"

NEXT WEEK: The advent of Gel-Shocker.

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Episode 30 - Planned To Fail

July 21, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Shocker is dismantled and gone forever! Or are they??? (Spoiler: No they're not.) Van and Sven talk about the end of Ambassador Hell's arc as the show revisits some older concepts. In addition, our tabletop past briefly comes to haunt us; the show briefly remembers Hongo's actual occupation; eight-year-olds go around unsupervised; one of Taki's disguises actually works, and do you remember what today is, Jack?

TOPICS:
* Kamen Rider (1971) 74-79
* Shiracuras, Roseranga, Seadragon Trio, Newtgeth, Urchindogma, Ganikomol, Rattler/Garagaranda
* The Boys' Rider Squad
* Blood theft (bleft)
* Goro vs Naoki & Mitsuru as supporting cast
* Monster design tangents
* Metal Gear Solid 2
* Trepanning
* Terrible parenting in the Rider Squad
* Kunisada Chuuji reborn!!
* Shocker's growing bodycount
* Sven's continual mispronunciations
* Tachibana's bad luck
* The fundamental ineffectiveness of Urchindogma
* Rattler's costume
* The Worst Plan Ever(tm)
* Foley work
* Double-crossings and counter-ruses
* The Shocker Commanders, ranked and reviewed

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Quincy Jones - "Ironside (excerpt)" - Kill Bill Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack
* Masato Shimon – “Let’s Go!! Rider Kick” and “Kamen Rider No Uta”

NEXT WEEK: Guitars, pan flutes, and... ninja detectives? The beginning of Android Kikaider!

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Episode 29 - Counting Stars

July 14, 2018

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THIS WEEK: Sven and Van finish Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier, as they break down the highs and the lows of Ishinomori's most formative work. In addition, we discuss Van Vogt's terrible fashion choices; love confessions have never come at a worse time; we contend with nuclear-armed demon-god eagle-robots; we talk idealism vs cynicism in relation to Cyborg's ending; Van loses their goddamn mind; and at the end of all things, trying to count on shooting stars is as fleeting as hoping God's War makes any sense.

TOPICS:
* Cyborg 009: The Cyborg Soldier (2001) S2E20-E23
* Nobody likes jealousy plots why do people keep doing them
* Dub differences (the final act)
* Cyborg Soldier's production and release woes
* Cyborg 009's villains and their strengths
* Joe's kindness holding him back
* Public execution love confessions
* The Demon God/Generalissimo
* The death of Van Vogt
* Joe's final mission
* The true face of evil
* Joe vs Skull, round 2
* Lighting the powder keg
* The nature of humanity & the summation of the Ishinomori hero
* The would-be ending of Cyborg 009
* "Angel", "Battle With The Gods", and "Conclusion: God's War"
* Left Behind
* Afterwords and postmortems
* Narrative cynicism & reinforcing the antagonist's worldview

MUSIC:
* “Fight! Seven Riders!! Showa Rider Taisen” – Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
* Fayray - "I do"
* Chiaki Ishikawa – “Taga Tame Ni”

NEXT WEEK: The end of Ambassador Hell.

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