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Here we go with last month’s movies that I checked out. Those that I’ve reviewed will not be in this list:

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Kamen Rider W Forever: A To Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate
3 stars out of 5

The Isle 2000
The Isle
3.5 stars out of 5

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Satan Returns
2.5 stars out of 5

Ah My Goddess movie
Ah! My Goddess! The Movie
3.5 stars out of 5

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Blade Of Fury
2.5 stars out of 5

Riding Bean
Riding Bean
3 stars out of 5

Utsushimi
Utsushimi
3 stars out of 5

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GoGo Sentai Boukenger Vs Super Sentai
3 stars out of 5

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Cops vs Thugs
3 stars out of 5

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Kamen Rider Agito: Project G4
3 stars out of 5

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Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge
3 stars out of 5

Sailor Moon S The Movie
Sailor Moon S The Movie: Hearts In Ice
3.5 stars out of 5

Stone Age Warriors
Stone Age Warriors
3 stars out of 5

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Into A Dream
3 stars out of 5

Hot For Teacher
Hot For Teacher
4 stars out of 5

Street Mobster
Street Mobster
4 stars out of 5

Wolf Children
Wolf Children
4 stars out of 5

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Megalopolis Expressway Trial
3.5 stars out of 5

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Pleasure Kill
3 stars out of 5

Labyrinth of Dreams
Labyrinth Of Dreams
3 stars out of 5

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Sixty Million Dollar Man
4 stars out of 5

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Red Peony Gambler
3 stars out of 5

About Her Brother
About Her Brother
3.5 stars out of 5

Eros High School
Eros High School: Feels So Good
2.5 stars out of 5

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Samurai Sentai Shinkenger vs. Go-onger: GinmakuBang!!
3 stars out of 5

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Charisma
3.5 stars out of 5

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Girl Boss: Crazy Ball Game
3.5 stars out of 5

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Origin: Spirits Of The Past
2.5 stars out of 5

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Girl Boss Blues: Queen Bee’s Counterattack
3.5 stars out of 5

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Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
3.5 stars out of 5

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Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion
2.5 stars out of 5

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Alone Across The Pacific
3.5 stars out of 5

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Late Chrysanthemums
2.5 stars out of 5

Planzet
Planzet
3 stars out of 5

Guzoo
Guzoo: The Thing Forsaken by God – Part I
3 stars out of 5

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Angel’s Egg
2 stars out of 5

Raise The Red Lantern
Raise The Red Lantern
4.5 stars out of 5

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Red Spell Spells Red
3 stars out of 5

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Sun Vulcan Movie

The Black Magma’s Hell Saturn sends Amazon Killer and Monger (a fireworks monster) to try and destroy a military base but they are stopped by the Sun Vulcan team in their Jaguar Vulcan mecha. Hell Saturn is fed up of his plans always being thwarted by Sun Vulcan and has a new idea. Black Magma are to target Tokyo and plan to separate the Sun Vulcan trio so that they can’t combine into a mecha. This they do by kidnapping 2 young children from their home and luring one of the heroes – Vul Eagle into a trap. They distract the other two (Vul Shark and Vul Panther) when they discover that Black Magma intend to plant timebombs all over Tokyo and turn the city into a sea of fire. Meanwhile Vul Eagle is captured by Amazon Killer when he finds the kids and his Vulcan Brace (the transformation device) taken from him. Vul Eagle is scheduled to be executed by having him hang from a hovering helicopter whilst the Black Magma firing squad use their machineguns to kill him. The kidnapped children are of no further use to Amazon Killer so she orders them to be placed into a sack and dumped into Lake Hamasa where they will sink to the bottom. Hell Saturn launches a squadron of Hell Fighters to rain down bombs on Tokyo. Will the Sun Vulcan team manage to save the day?

Sun Vulcan Promo 2

Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan was the 5th Super Sentai series to be aired way back in 1981/1982. This Super Sentai team however, was different from any other that has been seen over the years as it consisted of just 3 males with no addition to the team over the course of the year that it was broadcast. It also had the honour of being a direct sequel to the series before it – Denjiman. In another claim for the show it was also one that used animal motifs on the costumes for the first time and Vul Eagle (red ranger) was changed around midway through the show. I’m not sure why this happened, if the actor in the role pulled out for a reason or not but a shift took place in the show. Plots became more comedic which didn’t please some fans. The villains for the series was the machine empire Black Magma which had a base at the North Pole and worshipped the Black Solar God. Their intention was to rule the world but they target Japan first as they needed to obtain the geothermal energy the country had to power up their weapons. The villainous organisation is ruled by the Fuhrer Hell Saturn. If some of you out there have watched the series in full, no doubt you will have recognised the legendary Machiko Soga as Queen Hedrian (the character is NOT in this movie BTW). Machiko is best known to Western Sentai fans as Rita Repulsa (Queen Bandora) from the original Power Rangers (Zyuranger) series. She had the honour of appearing in 6 Super Sentai shows (Battle Fever J/Denjiman/Sun Vulcan/Maskman/Zyuranger/Magiranger).

Most Super Sentai/Kamen Rider movies during this era were quite short, usually only lasting half an hour. This movie is no exception but at least the plot moves incredibly fast and the action is relentless with the viewer thrown into the thrills and spills of the plot very quickly. It goes from one set-piece to the next. The trio of heroes make a good team and the villains suitably dark and evil – their intention of chucking the kidnapped kids into a lake after serving their purpose of luring Vul Eagle into a trap is deliciously cruel! I wasn’t aware of this but apparently Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan was the first Super Sentai show to have vehicle mechas merge into one. The 3 mechas design are of course a lot simpler than what we see these days. Cosmo Vulcan is the coolest of the vehicles as it looks like a jet. When combined the mecha looks fantastic using its sword to carry out the Aurora Plasma Slash to finish off its opponent. The only complaint I had about this movie was during the planned execution of Vul Eagle. The way he escapes from his death is rather weak and unbelievable. The storyline could have had more tension in it had the filmmakers perhaps allowed the Black Magma to launch a full scale attack on Tokyo and seeing the carnage that would have unfolded. It would have given the viewer even more reason to cheer the heroes on to defeat the evil organisation but as such the small squadron of fighters that are sent to bomb Tokyo from the air is quickly snuffed out all too easily.

Still this was an enjoyable retro Super Sentai movie coming from a show that has been tagged as one of the best from the Showa era. Worth checking out if you’re a Super Sentai fan.

No trailer for the movie but here’s the opening for the show:

Sadako’s Rating: 3 stars out of 5

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During the Legends War all of the Super Sentai teams from Go-Ranger up to the Goseigers are battling the evil Zangyack Empire. In a final desperate attempt to end the war, the Super Sentai teams unite all of their powers. This strategy works and the Zangyack Empire is forced off the planet Earth in defeat but it comes at a price as it means that all of the Super Sentai teams have lost their powers which are transformed into ranger keys and scattered all over space. In the present time, the space pirates the Gokaigers have been collecting the ranger keys and have amassed a treasure chest full of them. The now powerless Goseigers find out that the Gokaiger have their keys and decide to take them back as they don’t trust that the pirates have planet Earth’s best interest at heart. A furious fight occurs between the two teams. During this time the villainous Black Cross King who was defeated by the first Sentai team Go-Ranger years ago returns to team up with the Zangyak Empire to defeat the Super Sentai teams. The Goseigers and the Gokaigers decide that they must form an alliance to fight this threat.  Will they be able to overcome their differences and be able to beat their powerful enemy?

I haven’t been following any Super Sentai series for a long time as I prefer Kamen Rider so I thought it was high time I take a look at a movie featuring them so what better movie to watch than this one which promised a whopping 199 Super Sentai heroes together. This was a special movie to celebrate the 35th anniversary of all things Super Sentai. The majority of the movie focuses on the Gokaigers (the space pirates) and the Goseigers (the angels). I know from reading on forums that the Goseigers weren’t a favourite amongst fans when their series was airing in Japan (why I’m not too sure?). I am familiar with the Gokaigers having seen them in the Kamen Rider crossover movie and I like them a lot. There’s a bit of an edge to the Gokaigers led by the brash Captain Marvellous as I’ve always felt that they weren’t to be trusted being that they aren’t human and all they seek is treasure just like the pirates in the past. Having never seen the series I don’t know if they come across differently in that at all? The first half of the movie deals with the bad blood between the two Super Sentai teams. You can see the difference between the two teams immediately. The Gokaigers come across as being rather dynamic and have more of an attitude whilst the Goseigers are seen as well…………rather bland. Over time they realise that they have something in common with one another such as Luka (my favourite of the Gokaigers) and Moune of the Goseigers that it’s pointless for them to fight and that they should be friends. For a movie that advertises 199 heroes the classic Super Sentai teams aren’t featured that much – they only appear at the beginning and near the climax. A couple of characters such as Deka Pink turn up in a sub-plot but they don’t really have much impact in the main story and are in fact more involved with trying to help an unemployed man who’s mentally in a bad way.  This sub-plot is eventually sewn into the main story but I didn’t think it was done that well.  The guy along with a crowd of people are seen sending positive thoughts to the teams when they’re in trouble and this boosts them enough to beat Black Cross Colossus. Even though the classic characters screen time is limited it’s good for nostalgia value to see the old actors back in their iconic roles again.

Super Sentai 199 Great Hero Battle screenshot

The action in the movie is very good and it goes from one exciting set-piece to the next.  I had never heard about the Legends War before but apparently a glimpse of this was shown during the first episode of Gokaiger. The viewer is plunged into a big battle straight away and I thought this was a brilliant start to the movie to get the juices flowing .The pace of the movie is so quick that it’s unlikely anybody will get bored watching it. The fight choreography throughout is great.  I loved seeing all the mechas that have appeared throughout the years teaming up to defeat the Black Cross King who has transformed into Black Cross Colossus even though a lot of it is stock footage lifted from various series. Due to a bigger budget for this movie there are tons of special effects and pyrotechnics going off. The filmmakers have pulled out all the stops to create a worthy movie to celebrate an important milestone in the history of the franchise.

The only thing I disliked about this movie was when the 2 teams are confronted by the past Super Sentai teams when the Black Cross King steals their keys and activates them all. I find it a bit incredulous that 10 rangers can take out 189 heroes. It makes the classic teams look very weak being defeated the way they are. My take on the matter is that the Super Sentai suits were taken over by evil energy and didn’t contain any of the owners inside them. That’s the only reason I can think of why they were beaten so easily otherwise it makes a complete mockery out of them. It does look out of place seeing the two teams fighting their sempais.

This isn’t a movie for people that have no knowledge of Super Sentai as there’s too many nods to previous series – this is strictly for long-time fans. I certainly enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun and very entertaining. Recommended for Super Sentai fans.

Sadako’s Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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