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Hiiro Kogami Contradicts Himself As Of Current

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When we first saw Hiiro Kagami during the earlier days of Kamen Rider EX-AID, he's portrayed to be someone who wants to get the job done and seeks to do everything professionally. Yet deep within him is a hurt man who misses his girlfriend Saki Momose. Saki was infected by a Bugster and got erased. I thought of it as something similar to what happened to Ryu in Jetman.
What's with the whole issue of the lover? Hiiro is under the blackmail of Masamune Dan who promises to revive Saki but at a condition. This causes him to do things that he stood against namely not letting feelings get in the way. As much as he criticized Emu Hojo for getting feelings along the way now he's guilty of it. I guess he wants to stop letting his emotions get in the way while he's secretly clinging to the past namely his girlfriend Saki.
This is an interesting turn of events. I suspect that maybe Masamune is just lying to him. Maybe, not everyone who got deleted can be restored. But what if Ma…

The Arrival Of Kamen Rider Cronos

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Kamen Rider EX-AID's conflict is already getting out of hand isn't it? Well that's how things should before the conflict is resolved at the end of the series. What's predictable (or not) is that Masamune Dan (Kuroto Dan's father) is also a villain. So what's his role? He's the legendary Kamen Rider Cronus and I'm impressed by the darkness effects. He doesn't just show up for score but he shows everyone how badass he can get.
This new Kamen Rider has the power to control time. This reminds me of the late arrival of Kamen Rider Odin in Ryuki. As always, that series left a bad taste in my mouth no thanks to executives who forced in the reset button. Come on, I'd probably have liked Ryuki if everybody STAYED DEAD. Kamen Rider Odin showed time control. Hopefully, Cronos will be better written than Odin was. Odin was a cool concept but he wasn't well utilized in Ryuki. Odin just felt so empty and his identity was never revealed.

It'd be inter…

Kamen Rider EX-AID's Conflict Is Getting More Serious Than I Thought

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After the temporary death of Dan Kuroto, it was fun to see Parad troll everyone around with his sadistic personality. Although it didn't look like Dan would come back but the new level of conflict is that Parad himself is actually the Bugster that possessed Hojo Emu to start with. Hojo's role as a host for Parad is pretty interesting. Even during Dan's "death" we see flashblacks that show how Kuroto got separated from his host.

The danger level hasn't only increased not because Parad the troll is now free to do what he wants but also Dan the Mad Man is no longer human. That's right... Dan is back to do his Killer Bored Gemn. I'm glad he's back and I would say that if Mikoto Nakadai is my favorite Abaranger villain (and somehow, half of me is mad at Shou Aikawa and Atsushi Maekawa, also I wish Dragon Ranger and not Abare Killer was with Yellow Four 1 and Time Fire to pick the deceased Akibarangers instead) and he's my favorite villain in Kamen…

Why I Prefer Most New School Kamen Riders Over Most Old School Kamen Riders

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I usually prefer old school Super Sentai (depending on which era) while I like Kyuranger's new writing formula. I thought about new school Kamen Rider and why I don't even feel that generation gap. The Heisei era is pretty much a new era where Kamen Rider Kuuga is pretty much an ambitious "reboot" of the Kame Rider franchise. It redefined how Kamen Rider will be written. No more stupid villains who rant nonsense about how they'll take over the world with convoluted plots. Kamen Rider has become more of a J-Drama since Kuuga up to present. While the Showa era is honored but the new era is pretty much a redefined version of Kamen Rider. Not all Kamen Rider series are perfect and I admit that I still think Kamen Rider Decade was really a weak point in the Kamen Rider franchise but I admit that post-Decade series are still good in their own way.

I decided to watch more of the old school Kamen Riders to check out how they did. I grew up watching Kamen Rider Black. Ka…

Why Do I Still Call Chinese And South Korean TV Dramas Based On Japanese Media To Be Localized Versions?

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So what's the difference between adaptation and localization? Here's the definitions that could be used to prove the difference between them but they're both similar in some way in doing business from the Business Dictionary:

Adaptation:

1. Edited or revised version of a work aimed at serving a specific need.
2. Modification of a concept or object to make it applicable in situations different from originally anticipated.


Localization:

The practice of adjusting a product's functional properties and characteristics to accommodate the language, cultural, political and legal differences of a foreign market or country.

Let's take this example with City Hunter which had both a Manga and Anime (Japan) and the City Hunter live action series which was made in South Korea:
City Hunter in Japan both has a Manga and an Anime adaptation based on the Manga. The Anime adapted from the Manga was meant for the Japanese audience where the changes don't reflect the need to adjust to a…

Kougami Foundation Reminds Me Of Saban Capital Group?

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While doing some Kamen Rider OOO rewatches, I thought it 'd be funny to do this silly comparison between a fictional character (Cake Boss) and a real life character (Haim Saban). It doesn't help the situation that the actor Takashi Ukaji freaking looks like a younger Haim Saban. The Kougami Foundation is one huge business empire that owns a lot of businesses. Haim Saban owns the Saban Capital Group. Whether or not Kougami Foundation also owns an entertainment company is not known but they certainly own a bakery. The company has been doing some philanthropy work while having a cheapskate boss. That alone reminds me of Saban's questionable behavior with how he handles Power Rangers. But there are some bizarre coincidences (or not) with that really happened.


Shintaro Goto is loyal to the cause of Kougami Foundation but ends up questioning Cake Boss' choices like overly relying on Eiji Hino's blind loyalty. I want to make fun that Shintaro is actually Judd "Chip&…

I'm Now Watching The Korean Version Of City Hunter

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I guess I can't really and totally dismiss South Korean series can I? After watching Kang Chi I'm now more and more interested to do some backtrack watching with City Hunter. I admit that I'm not exactly a huge fan of South Korean shows but a good story is still a good story. Sometimes, I feel the need to divert from watching Tokusatsu shows and focus more on types of shows that I haven't watched for some time. At the same time, I acknowledge that City Hunter is actually a Manga done by Hojo Tsukasa who I'm yet to be familiar with.

The plot has both North Korea and South Korea involved in the beginning. The conflict between North and South is so bad that South Korean series tend to put them in a lot in some of their TV series and North Korean laws ban South Korean music. The beginning shows the tragedy of the hero Lee Yoon Song who would assume the identity of a dead Korean-American teenager. Our hero Yoon Song secretly sacks corrupt politicians in the most bizarre…