THIS WEEK: After some judicious fast-forwarding, we’re leading up to the finale of Android Kikaider. This week, the gang tackles the introduction to Jiro’s iconic rival, Hakaider! In addition, we discuss what we like (and dislike) about Kikaider so far; DARK needs money; we deal with miscommunications abound; we discuss insanity pleas, property law, and Star Trek: The Next Generation; Alexa completely annihilates our outro; and Kikaider just has TOO MUCH HIGH POWER, MAN.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.