TokuNet Podcast #27 – Off-Duty: Non-Toku TV

June 15, 2016

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Team TokuNet talks about all things television on the latest episode of the TokuNet Podcast.

With a plethora of live-action and animated TV shows out there unrelated to tokusatsu, the podcast crew decided to dive into the most recent season of various shows. From The Flash to Lucha Underground to Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir, we discuss our favorite and most annoying moments from the season. The team does travel into SPOILER territory for many shows so tread carefully.

Shows discussed:

  • Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir - Season 1
  • Lucha Underground - Season 1
  • Thunderbirds Are Go - Season 1
  • The Flash - Season 2
  • Legends of Tomorrow - Season 1
  • Arrow - Season 4
  • Daredevil - Season 2
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

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Intro Music: Son of a Rocket by Kevin Macleod at incompetech

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TokuNet Podcast #26 – Ninja Sentai Kakuranger: Part 1

May 30, 2016

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The TokuNet crew emerges from the shadows to talk about the first 18 episodes of Ninja Sentai Kakuranger.

Recorded: May 22nd, 2016

Premiering in 1994, Kakuranger became the first series in the franchise to explore the theme of ninja. With a story following a group of misunderstood modern youth taking on the task of defending the world passed down from generations ago, the show explored both the perception of the younger generation by elders and the vast history surrounding the monsters of the season, the Youkai. Listen as Team TokuNet  discusses their initial thoughts of the show, their favorite moments and characters from this first 18 episodes, as well as what they look forward to seeing in the next segment.

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Intro Music: Son of a Rocket by Kevin Macleod at incompetech

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TokuNet Podcast #25 – Brobots Interview

May 13, 2016

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Team TokuNet sits down to have a chat with writer J. Torres and artist Sean Dove, the creators of the upcoming comic book, Brobots.

Recorded: May 3rd, 2016

Brobots is an all-ages comic book that tells the tale of three robot bros who must team up to battle a giant monster to save the city. Filled with humor and influences from classic anime and tokusatsu shows, Brobots aims to introduce a new generation to a world of kaiju and fairytale stories.

In this episode of the TokuNet Podcast, J. Torres and Sean Dove share with us how they got started in the comic book industry, their introduction into both anime and tokusatsu, as well as how they collaborated to bring Brobots to life. We also go on a tokusatsu tangent because, well, that's what we do here.

Brobots is published by Oni Press is available for pre-order on ComixologyAmazonInidigo, and your local comic book storeBrobots will hit store shelves on May 25th, 2016.

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Intro & Outro Music: Son of a Rocket by Kevin Macleod at incompetech

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TokuNet Podcast #24 – Winter 2016 Anime

May 8, 2016

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Team TokuNet gets together to talk about their favorite anime from the past Winter season.

Recorded: May 4th, 2016

There were some interesting anime shows that aired in 2016's Winter season. From Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku Wo! (Konosuba), a RPG-style comedy, to Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased), a supernatural crime drama, there was a variety of shows to dive into and discuss. So listen as we geek out about our favorite shows of the season and let us know what your favorites were in the comments below.

SPOILER WARNING!!!
This is a spoiler-heavy episode as we discuss various shows from the season in depth.

Some of the anime discussed include:

  • Lupin the Third: Part 4
  • Erased
  • Konosuba
  • Concrete Revolutio
  • Ajin
  • Food Wars

CAST:

Podcast Editor: Jacob Kile – @indigojonesQT

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Intro & Outro Music: Son of a Rocket by Kevin Macleod at incompetech

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TokuNet Podcast #23 – Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger: First Impressions

April 26, 2016

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Instincts awaken as the Team TokuNet gives their first impressions of 2016's Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger.

Recorded: April 16th, 2016

What happens when you mix Minecraft and The Jungle Book? You get season 2 of Sun Vulcan with Rubix cubes and animal cosplay. Actually, you get a pretty compelling start to a Sentai season that begins with a brief exploration of another world full of humanoid animals before diving into a story that sees our characters dealing with being fish out of water (sorry, Sela) while fending off a sadistic group of alien invaders that sees Earth as a giant arcade game.

Join the podcast crew as we talk about our thoughts on the first 9 episodes of Zyuohger, from our favorite characters to what we hope to see in future episodes of the series.

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Intro: "Son of a Rocket" by Kevin Macleod at incompetech
Outro: "Let's! Zyuoh Dance" by Yohei Onishi

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Low Visibility #2: Kamen Rider Black

April 10, 2016

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Hello, TokuNet! Our show for Spring tackles a classic of 80s tokusatsu, Kamen Rider Black

Recorded: March 23rd, 2016

Long before Heisei Rider brought the franchise to annual prominence and unprecedented toy sales success, Toei briefly revived Kamen Rider for the 1980s with Kamen Rider Black. Starring Tetsuo Kurata, this memorable franchise entry combined classic Rider franchise tropes with a very 1980s fascination with apocalyptic themes, the occult, and conspiracy theories. We'll discuss all this in more detail in this very show, along with:

  • Extensive series spoilers!
  • Kamen Rider Black RX spoilers, too!
  • That moment when we briefly forget the podcast's email address!

* Note: spoilers may not be entirely accurate. Settling may occur

As always, Low Visibility is an unscripted discussion podcast where your hosts, Lynxara and MattComix, discuss vintage tokusatsu. We like to talk about what works (and doesn’t work) in a show, compare it to other series, answer Twitter questions, and make cheap jokes.

If you enjoyed this TokuNet podcast offering, please consider leaving a review on iTunes or Stitcher. Reviews increase the podcast’s visibility (ho ho) and make it easier to find. You can also consider leaving a tip for our fine hosts at TokuNet by clicking here. Even as little as $1 helps cover TokuNet’s expenses and fund more in-depth news coverage.

Podcast Editor: Jacob Kile – @indigojonesQT

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TokuNet Podcast #00 – Kamen Rider: The Next

April 1, 2016

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In this bonus episode of the TokuNet Podcast, one man does the impossible by reviewing 2007's Kamen Rider: The Next.

And by impossible, we mean that David was literally the only person that wanted to do it.

As the sequel to 2005's Kamen Rider: The First, The Next gave fans a bit of hope that this would improve on an overall decent film. The result was quite the contrary. Most fans panned the movie for many reasons, the most common being the J-horror element that seemed to dominate the main plot.

However, one person loved the film (shocking, isn't it?), and we decided to give him the stage to share his views. Join David as he gives a quick rundown of the plot of the movie before diving into what he enjoyed about Kamen Rider: The Next.

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Intro Music: Platinum Smile by Riyu Kosaka
Outro Music: Chosen Soldier by ISSA

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TokuNet Podcast #22 – Ultraman X: Series Review

March 30, 2016

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Team TokuNet discusses 2015's Ultraman X with special guest Jared Foust.

Recorded: March 18th, 2016

Ultraman fans around the world have been treated to a number of English-subtitled shows appearing on legal streaming sites such as Crunchyroll and ShoutFactory TV in the past couple of years. But 2015 marked a first for tokusatsu in the west. The most recent entry in the Ultraman franchise, Ultraman X, became the first tokusatsu series to be simulcast with English subtitles. Many fans tuned in each week to follow the adventures of Daichi, Ultraman X, and the attack team Xio.

Now that the series has completed its run, the podcast crew has assembled to talk about their favorite parts of Ultraman X. We talk about which characters became our favorite throughout the show, the most standout episodes of the season, and speculate the future of the franchise among many other topics.

This time around, we're joined by special guest Jared Foust of Lobsterdance Productions. You can check out the works of Lobsterdance Productions (which Yasin is also a part of) on their Vimeo page and be sure to like their Facebook page for updates on upcoming projects.

Ultraman X is available for streaming in its entirety on Crunchyroll.

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Intro & Outro Music: Son of a Rocket by Kevin Macleod at incompetech

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TokuNet Podcast #21 – Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Series Review

March 15, 2016

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The TokuNet Podcast crew talk about the shinobi who don't bother hiding, Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.

Recorded: March 5th, 2016

With the new season of Super Sentai well underway, it is time to take a look back at the recently ended series, Shuriken Sentai Ninninger. A show that has garnered mixed reviews throughout the fandom, the team takes a look at the series to see what worked and what failed. We discuss the potential the story had towards the beginning and how elements behind the scenes may have possibly derailed the outcome. There are also discussions concerning the quality of characters and actors that Ninninger possessed and how the show compared to ninja and family-themed shows of the past.

What did you think of the show? Let us know in the comments below!

Cast:

Podcast Editor: Jacob Kile – @indigojonesQT

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TokuNet Podcast #20 – Chojin Sentai Jetman: Part 1

March 2, 2016

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Join Team TokuNet as we watch and review the first 13 episodes of 1991's Chojin Sentai Jetman!

Recorded: February 20, 2016

Since the podcast crew normally reviews currently airing tokusatsu TV shows and movies, we thought it would be fun to pick a past series and watch it as a group. We'll watch the selected show in batches and review each batch of episodes every few months. The first series that we'll tackle is Jetman.

Chojin Sentai Jetman is set in the relative future and focuses on a global defense agency as they attempt to create a team of superhuman warriors to protect the Earth. Unfortunately, the evil organization known as Vyram sabotages this plan by destroying their base of operations. It is now up to Director Aya Odagiri and Officer Ryo Tendo to assemble a new team of heroes to battle this new threat.

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Intro: Son of a Rocket by Kevin Macleod at incompetech
Outro: "Chojin Sentai Jetman" by Hironobu Kageyama

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