THIS WEEK: In their continuing coverage of Kamen Rider V3, the Historians move on from the unfortunate Baron Tusk to the nonentity that is Archbishop Wing. This is, sadly, an improvement. Alexa would be rather eating some potate; we cover not one but two of the most iconic 70s Showa rider shitposts; the show starts to get really self-referential; Van desperately tries to cling to reality; Alexa’s references get goofier by the second; and we all have a soft spot for a certain man in gauze (a man in gauze!). Happy Hanukkah, everyone!
THIS WEEK: Van and Sven are left to their own devices to examine the unfortunate Baron Tusk and all the unpleasantness within his arc. In this episode, Sven’s preferences are outted; props are broken; patience is tested; Sven’s vision problems count as weighted armor; the two northern-living members of the podcast get real picky about snow effects; Van takes a trip down Rider’s shared timeline; a lot of really great questions are asked; and we are very tired of saying the word “doovoo”.
THIS WEEK: The gang reconvenes with Kamen Rider V3. A number of familiar faces return to grace us with their presence and we close out Doktor G’s tenure on the show. In addition to that, a joke dies live on podcast; the show tries (poorly) to introduce new merch; Van gives us a helpful(?) driving PSA; Sven forgets what object permanence means; petty office politics return; V3’s bodycount gets downright ludicrous; and you really don’t wanna know what Doktor G’s opinions of Tom Clancy are.
THIS WEEK: Things get goofy with Kamen Rider V3, and we get to see the first Destron commander, Doktor G, in full swing. Sven gets hypertechnical about sci-fi tech; V3 goes for a refreshing dip in the ocean (again, and again, and again); we debate cartoon physics and Destron’s in-house antidotes; we take an awkward visit to Rider Scout Boot Camp; we take an even more uncomfortable detour regarding villains with mental disabilities; and while none of Destron’s plots make a lick of scientific sense… well, the theory is sound.
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: 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.)