Episode 5: Great Leader’s Great Dental Plan

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THIS WEEK: We introduce our coverage of the Kamen Rider franchise; we have to talk about Japanese regnal eras; Sven shows off his voice acting chops; being an X-Men fan is suffering; Mr. John Toei won’t let grandpa back in the suit; Paul Marketing appears nonetheless; Hongo is the dumbest supergenius we’ve ever seen; no one at Shocker has a medical degree; Rider has been a hero for outcasts since the beginning; the Homestar Runner jokes will continue until morale improves; you should trust no one in academia; future Sven isn’t to be trusted; we hate invisible Nazis; we talk about Persona: trinity soul for some reason, and you should always kick a Nazi in the face.

TOPICS:

  •  Kamen Rider (1971) 1-8
  •  Kamen Rider Series introduction, and general overview of Showa and Heisei eras of the franchise
  •  Shotaro Ishinomori, Toru Hirayama, and sociopolitical commentary in a show for six year olds
  •  Dramatis personae
  •  Takeshi Hongo, aka Segata Sanshiro, the actual coolest and strongest and God-King of Castle Superbeast with an IQ of SIX HUNDRED
  •  Spoderm’n, Batm’n, Scorpionm’n, Sarracenian, Mantism’n, Chameleonm’n, Bee Woman
  •  Budgeting props and effects with two 200 yen coins and a piece of string
  •  Surreality and psychedelia with Shocker
  •  The Great Leader’s questionable choices and Shocker’s terrible plans
  •  The heady days where safety protocols didn’t exist
  •  Hongo’s alter-ego, Cy B. Orgman, with the bombproof butt
  •  Shocker’s Nazi roots and why Rider is an anti-fascist icon
  •  Hitler’s Secret Treasure
  •  These fight scenes actually rule
  •  Hongo can hear as well as dogs
  •  What we’ve learned this episode
  •  Why toku and Rider’s themes keep pulling us in

MUSIC:

  • “Fight! Seven Riders! Showa Rider Taisen”- Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Megamax
  •  Masato Shimon – “Let’s Go! Rider Kick” and “Kamen Rider no Uta”

Visual Companion.

JUST WHAT IS SHOCKER?: An analysis by a gibbering Showa fan by cannibal-sarracenian on tumblr.

NEXT WEEK: We wrap up the Assassins arc of Cyborg 009! The suffering is real.

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