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: 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: 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?
THIS WEEK: With the Historians back in fighting shape, they cover the third and final movie for this series, as they witness Ambassador Hell’s growing competence. In addition, Sven’s frustration with Kamen Rider’s teleporting antics reaches new heights; we discuss the merits of free mind control; Van does not condone the cool cool crime of bootleg merchandise; we see the return of 600 IQ Hongo Takeshi; Shocker’s sales pitches are garbage; and much like Metang and our hosts, the Riders have two brains, but are no smarter for it.
THIS WEEK: We say farewell to our favorite grandpa squid-devil-monster-wizard-dracula. At the same time, we might get a real glimpse of Great Leader? Or we might not. In addition: Takeshi Hongo is a strong male protagonist; we meet the tiniest, most adorable cosplayer ever; we compare the leadership styles of each Shocker lieutenant; Sven desperately tries to explain radio tower interference; we invoke a tokusatsu fan remedy for dispelling bad luck; Shocker’s monsters get a training montage of their own; and Fujioka is suspiciously absent from his own show once again.
THIS WEEK: Ambassador Hell is so very desperate to jump the gun and announce that his underlings have killed Kamen Rider. He’s wrong every time. Also, Sven wants you to know headscissor takedowns are NOT hurricanranas. We contemplate the similarities between Showa Riders and Geralt of Rivia and discuss the evolution of the show; Rider nearly falls prey to his greatest weakness once again; Dr. A. Cula comes back to sabotage his replacement; Hayato might be slacking on the job offscreen; Sven hates X-Ray plots; and don’t forget to sign the Shocker yearbook!!
THIS WEEK: The historians finally get what they’ve wanted for fifty-some episodes: More of Hongo Takeshi being a shitter. Oh, and the show’s classic iconography has finally come together, that too. In addition, we review the first (technically second) film in the franchise; we’re treated to a myriad of callbacks; Hayato and Hongo finally synchronize their respective ideas of what a “clever scheme” means; casual reminder that 1971’s villainous organization is literally nazis; we very much regret both our words and deeds; wild speculation on the nature of the rotating circle of female characters; and Taki, for the last time, YOU’RE MARRIED.