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Toku Prime

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Over the weekend...

[Rampage] Himitsu Sentai Goranger #81-84 (END)

If you're considering watching this show, just try the first few episodes. If you like the characters and don't miss the mechs, you'll be fine. It's mostly episodic aside from occasional two-parters and a few 'updating the status quo' episodes near the middle, but if you're fine with Sentai that don't have an overarching story, it's pretty enjoyable. Plus, there's a few things I've seen in later (even very recent) Sentai which I didn't realise started here, so it's cool to see some traditions start.
 

Toku Prime

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Finishing a couple of things up before Christmas.

[Official youtube channel] Ultra Galaxy Fight: New Generation Heroes #13 (END)
[TMS] Kamen Rider X #35 (END)

The latest Ultra Galaxy Fight series was a pretty good miniseries (13 five minute episodes) although they did have a habit of ending things just as it's getting good. It is getting released in Japan as one single story, so it may be worth hanging on to see if they bring it to the west. But if not, go on the official Ultraman youtube and spend an enjoyable hour with it (you pick which language you want - there's an English dub but the Japanese version has English subtitles available).

The Masked Subbers dropped the final episode of X on Christmas Eve, meaning that every episode of Showa Rider can now be watched subbed (although the last 20 episodes of Skyrider might just be HK subs IIRC). I like X overall. It's mostly episodic but from episode 23 until the end they have a story arc. Personally I preferred the earlier stuff as the arc made each episode quite similar, but it was interesting to find out what the deal was with Apollo Geist, King Dark etc who have re-appeared more recently. Plus it has Starfish Hitler, the most WTF monster-of-the-week ever.
 
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Toku Prime

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[MFC/MF] Kagaku Sentai Dynaman #48-51 (END)

Aah the gunpowder Sentai. I mean the science Sentai. Yeah, this one's famed for it's big explosions and fight scenes. There's some story too, but this is really one to check out when you want to see 80's Toei action. In that regard, it's really good!
 

Toku Prime

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[KITsubs/XIG] Kamen Rider (TOS) #97-98 (END)

A big one finally completed! I think Gaim was airing when I watched the first half of this show (!) so I thought it was high time to finish it off, in advance of the 50th anniversary next year.

It is, of course, awesome. There are certainly times when you can feel the show is growing and reshaping itself on the fly and the tone changes massively from one end to the other, but it's got to be on every toku fan's bucket list of shows to see.

This also now means I've seen the first entry in all of the 'big three' toku franchises!
 
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Toku Prime

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[OT] Garo: Versus Road #12 (END)

So, as always with the Garo franchise, this season has a very rear-loaded plot. Which is a fancy way of saying "they set up a battle royale and there's no more story until episode nine of twelve."

The first eight episodes rely on you being entertained by mindless violence. Personally I'm not, and when the story did come along it wasn't substantial enough to compensate for the feeling that I'd wasted my time on the first two thirds of the series.

Having said that, I've seen a lot of people on twitter saying how much they enjoyed this different take on the franchise, so if you've never seen a Garo show (it is a stand-alone season) or if you are a completionist who has to watch them all, then go ahead. I can't see myself ever watching it again though.
 

Toku Prime

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[GC] Ultraman Taiga #23-26 (END)

Given that Z is now airing, it seemed right to finally finish Taiga. I think it's one of the weaker New Generation series. Titas and Fuma are very under-used, Tregear isn't a particularly interesting main villain, Hiroyuki is one of the less charismatic leads, and for all the hype about Taiga being the son of Taro that really has no relevance on the story.

Not a waste of time, by any means. But not a "must see" entry in the franchise. Z has been better so far.
 
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