Friday, July 29, 2011

Don't call it a comeback!

This is the little side project that I've been vaguely mentioning every so often.  One of my favorite Kamen Rider series ever, and one of the few modern Tokusatsu series to stay close to Shotaro Ishinomori's ideals as a story teller.
This is really the story of Asumu Adachi, a young boy who's at the cusp of growing up.  He's taking his High School entrance exams, he's not sure of what he wants to do with his life, he has a hard time connecting with people around him, and he just met a super hero.

The show was based on an idea for a new type of Tokusatsu hero, created by Shotaro Ishinomori, called "Sonic Sound Riders."  Not a lot is known about the original incarnation of this story, but we can assume that until a staff change around episode 30, the show that we got was actually pretty close.  As future releases come out, I'll go into more of what I know about this.  Until then, watch the first episode, and enjoy.

Hibiki episode 1:

For a side project that I didn't want to involve the rest of the group in, this project sure had a lot of outside help! Big thanks to: ShinkenAnon, UK Windom, Castiel, and Scissors Jaguar for all of their help on this.

Now, there's a lot that I want to say about this project, and why I chose to do it.  I'm putting that ALL under a cut, because it's a rant.  I'd strongly appreciate it if you read on, though.  This was a complicated decision for me, and I'd like everyone to understand why I chose to go ahead with this release.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Christmas in July: Double Sky Kick!

This week we've got two episodes of our remake/reunion Rider series, Kamen Rider Skyrider!
In episode 11, Hiroshi rescues a group of young athletes from one of NeoShocker's most convoluted plots ever.  SalamanderMan's leaps and bounds of logic are themselves worthy of some Olympic gold medals.  But we can forgive him, because SalamanderMan is a villain that reminds us all of that one crazy uncle...  you know, the one that gets a little tipsy at holiday parties, and shows you card tricks that don't really make any sense.  And speaking of holiday parties!

It's Christmas in July...  in Japan!  And Shocker has a new plan to... well...  I don't really know what their plan is this time.  but JESUS CHRIST WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?!  This is a great episode, and it's a good milestone for how far our characters have come.  After this, things will start getting more and more serious.  But it's hard to concentrate on any of that when SlugMan is the stuff of pure fevered nightmares.  CRIPES!

Skyrider episode 11:

Skyrider episode 12:

I'll have a new announcement in a day or two about our side project.  but you probably all know what it is already, anyway.  Still, it will be nice to get some feedback from you guys.  And next week we'll have more Rider 2 action, so don't forget about us just because Skyrider is Kamen Rider's less popular younger brother.  As a matter of fact, now is a perfect opportunity to give the show a chance.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Kamen Rider Episode 17!

If you doubted it after part one, then let me reassure you:  This is a GREAT episode.  The story wraps up with kind of a "Well, ok... I guess that's all right" ending.  But everything leading up to that is grade A Rider action.  Particularly the fight scene in the wrestling ring.  The choreography is impressive, even by today's standards!  (Or especially by today's standards...  considering your opinion on the Heisei shows.)  Also, there's a great fight scene with Tachibana and Taki.  It's always nice to see Tachibana beating some goons up.

Listen for the soundtrack, too.  Something about that episode really struck a chord with me...  no pun intended.  I really loved the music.  Especially the music that plays while Taki comes in to show the kids his perm.  I mean serve them some noodles.

Kamen Rider episode 17:

Next week's release is up in the air right now.  We have a lot of finished scripts, as you can see on the side bar.  If all goes according to my current plan, we should have a double release for next week.  What a perfect way to spend those lazy summer afternoons.

Thanks for watching, everyone!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Kamen Rider 17 Coming Tomorrow Night

Jeeg, here.  Sorry for the delay, everyone. I've been feeling a bit under the weather lately, and I'm not going to finish encoding and uploading this episode until tomorrow. But no later than that.

In other news, I'm working on a side project that I should hopefully have up and running at full steam by the end of the summer. If you're interested in spoiling the surprise, go check out the /m/subs forums and see what's brewing.

Until tomorrow, have this picture I took of Shadowmoon and some capes.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Kamen Rider Episode 16!

The beginning of another two-part story (Don't worry, we've got the 2nd half in the editing phase already, no waiting games this time...)  Shocker takes the already powerful, and mythical, Pirasaurus, and they merge it with the strength of an invincible pro-wrestler with a heart of gold.  Michi gets a haircut, Taki gets a perm, and Ichimonji reveals his secret hobby...

There were some speed bumps with this script.  A lot of lines were hard to hear, and a lot of mismatched ADR dialogue.  For those of you that don't know, a lot of dialogue in 70's tv shows (at least in most parts of asia) was dubbed over after the footage was filmed.  That's why there was still footage of Hiroshi Fujioka from AFTER the accident, but the dialogue had to be dubbed over.  For some reason, the audio mixing in this episode was way below par.  And that led to some tricky translating.  But after two QC passes, and two watch-throughs, I'm happy with the end result.

Kamen Rider episode 16:

Next week's episode is Kamen Rider 17!  We hope everyone's enjoying their summer.  Thanks for watching!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Kamen Rider Episode 15!

Woops, sorry about that!  So, after a two week delay, we finally have the conclusion of Hayato Ichimonji/Kamen Rider 2's debut.  The first delay was planned.  The second one...  not so much.  We're back on track from now on.

A little late for the 4th of July (here in the US,) but what better way to celebrate America's tribute to huge explosions than by watching two Japanese guys throw a bunch of Mexican cactus bombs around?  Also in the episode, we get a little (very little) insight into the mind of a Shocker soldier.  Are they all brainwashed CyberSoldiers?  Only time will tell.  Or maybe not.  Maybe it will be brought up briefly, and rarely mentioned again.  Ah, such is the way of the Rider show...

Kamen Rider episode 15: