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.
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.)
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!
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?