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So Akibaranger Season 3 Errr Vagabond Will Air On May 2019?

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It just had me thinking about my temporary plan to skip Ryusouger and to focus on Vagabond maynot happen after all. Maybe the first part will happen but the whole March 17, 2019 air date and at least one month of rest may change the plan.

Vagabond is most likely to get a May 2019 air date according to NAVER TV. Below is apparently the news of Akibaranger Season 3 errr Vagabond's airing date and below is my rough translation (using Google translate) to make it more readable to non-Korean readers like myself:

Vagabond is confirmed by SBS Organziation.

An official at the SBS drama station said on December 26 that Vagabond has been confirmed to be organized in May next year.

VAGABOND is a spy drama about a man who lives a normal life gets accidentally involved in digging up national corruption in the process.

The main character is singer and actor Lee Seung Gi together with Suzy. The two acted together five years ago through the MBC known as Gu Family Book. It's believed that expecta…

Kamen Rider Zi-O Meets His Evil Future Self

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Well I guess this should be my final post for the year. Yup, I'm already bracing myself for Vagabond either. This is a pretty interesting arc when Kamen Rider Zi-O's present and future self are idealistically different. In the future, we see an elderly man who rules the future with an iron fist but how did he become like that from a sweet and innocent teenager that he is? This also brings forth more of Tsukasa Kadoya's appearance with a total of four episodes!

I like how the future and present are colliding in a smoother way than previous episodes. The forces of Demon King Zi-O start to attack the present. A new villain under the authority of Demon King Zi-O called Kashin arrives. Kashin is an agent of Demon King Zi-O and looks like they want to accelerate the time itself to allow the ascension faster than expected.

This is where things get intense. Sougo in the present wants to become a good overlord but only sees his evil self. Tsukasa does the unthinkable or not -- he …

It's Not Akibaranger Season Three, It's Vagabond

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Well I just love throwing my Suzy Bae/Akibaranger jokes because there are many times I tend to forget that she's not Maaya Uchida or the fact the two look VERY MUCH ALIKE face-wise. Difference is one's taller and the other isn't. Now it's time to throw in my favorite cliche that we won't be getting Akibaranger Season 3 at all! Instead, we're having the Korean series Vagabond instead where she's reunited with her co-star Lee Seung Gi.

Okay, I'm still yet to familiarize with Korean drama behind the scenes such as directors and writers. From what I heard it's headwriter Jang Young Chul is actually an award-winning writer who has won best writer awards for KBS Drama Awards, 20th Korea PD Awards, 2011 38th Broadcasting Awards and 2013 MBC Drama Awards. Hmmmm I'm yet to see his other works before this one and this would probably be the first one I'd actually see for now.

So the plot of Vagabond involves the main character as an action star wannabe…

Zi-O's Case Of A Ghost And A Destroyer Of Worlds Merged Into One Arc

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Well it's time for that every two weeks update on Kamen Rider Zi-O. Personally, I'm having mixed reactions right now with Nobohiro Mouri. I enjoyed Kyuranger (a lot) but this one left me going "?!" more often than not -- as if Yasuko Kobayashi's use of time travel can create such convoluted stories such as Kamen Rider Den-O or Timeranger. This arc actually manages to outdo the Kamen Rider Fourze arc. While Sota Fukushi couldn't show up due to Bleach -- but we've got Masahiro Inoue, Shun Nishime and Ryosuke Yamamoto showing up.

So how is this a convoluted case? Well, the Time Jackers are still desperately looking for another king in the place of Zi-O. It has me wondering why are they desperate to do that/ Were they once bidding for world supremacy only for Demon King Zi-O to finally own them? This also creates a whole set of dilemmas especially when one of the Another Riders could die if the process were reversed. At the same time, it also has Sougo dying…

A Rather Complicated, Fruity Time Paradox

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Well pardon if I haven't been posting much here considering that I'm actually getting stuck with other stuff -- especially real life! Quality should be the measure and not so much how many posts I post, right? Anyway, here's the Kamen Rider Gaim arc and I'm feeling a weird time paradox hence the title of a complicated, fruity time paradox.

The beginning starts with a convoluted case of meeting your past self -- except it's just three days apart. We see the Kota after the finale of Kamen Rider Gaim talking with Souta. He says that a good king doesn't do the work for all his subjects and that the latter need to do their part. The whole problem of the time paradox happens that there could be a major time decision when Souta (three days later) and the current Souta end up running into each other at the end of part one!

The current corruption happens when Asura a member of Team Baron becomes Another Gaim. He wasn't part of the original Gaim timeline but due to Sc…

A Rather Convoluted Case Of Kuroto Dan Becoming Another OOO

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Well it's a convoluted case of Kamen Rider OOO getting into a crossover with Kamen Rider EX-AID because the year 2010 and year 2016 -- six years apart! This was yet another diverse plan that could seriously wreck the timeline of Kamen Rider Zi-O for sure -- that is by turning one of the many evil Kamen Riders into yet another evil Kamen Rider. In this case, Kuroto Dan returns with still the same psychotic tendencies as Another OOO. Hmmm... it's a good thing (for now) that the Time Jackers didn't decide to give the powers to Takeshi Asakura of Kamen Rider Ryuki!

I admit, I'm quite a fan of Kamen Rider OOO myself and somehow I'm defensive about the show being "good" from others who think it's bad. It was nice to see both Eiji Hino and Hina Izumi appear in the flesh. So I guess actors Shu Watanabe and Riho Takada haven't hit it all big compared to what happened to Sota Fukushi and Bleach. I mean, check out the 0.5 episode after the end of the Fourze…

Are Kamen Rider Zi-O's 0.5 Episodes Breaking the Fourth Wall Through Self-Parody?

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Kamen Rider 0.5 episodes are really ringing in some weird humor. Okay, I'll just warn people to take what you read from Toku wikis (or whatever bloggers may have to say, even myself since I'm no expert in Toku so bear in mind I could be wrong about many things) with a grain of salt if need be. I even thought about the whole entry in Kamen Rider Wiki which says, "From interviews, Shirakura is noted as having a general derision and dislike of the tokusatsu genre, viewing the entire media form and any project he is not in charge of as "Juvenile"." -- but where is the source for such information? I guess Shirakura (like him or HATE him) may be completely aware and is now backfiring with some self-deprecating humor.

So what's the history of Shirakura in Tokusatsu? He's the head producer for Kamen Rider Agito, Kamen Rider Ryuki, Kamen Rider Faiz, Kamen Rider Blade, became producer of Kamen Rider Hibiki after episode 30, Kamen Rider Kabuto, Kamen Rider Den…

A Magic Duel And Yes We've Got At Least One Guest From Wizard

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Okay, I'll try updating every two weeks or every time an arc ends instead of the weekly episode review. Yup, don't expect me to keep going into too many details in these posts unless you request it! This time it's the Kamen Rider Wizard arc which unfortunately -- there's no Haruto in it! I don't know what actor Shuniya Shiraishi is up to, it's safe to assume Sota Fukushi has his whole load of projects though we've had a guest cast in Takasu Nagase resuming his role as Kosuke -- well at least we've had one guest cast! It's just like how certain Gokaiger episodes don't have the main hero showing up!

I was thinking about the cruelty of the Time Jackers and how they take advantage of human suffering. This time, it's a theater that's closing down because of it's lack of audience. Hayase gets frustrated at it and he's got unspoken feelings for Kaori as well. Hour decides to manipulate a stage magician named Hayase into becoming Anothe…

It's A "Fourze X Faiz" Team-Up

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Spoilers -- well too bad that Sota Fukushi DID NOT appear which is presumably due to his busy schedule. After all, he's a big time star now and he's got lots of projects. I do have a feeling that Toei and Bandai are actually trying to speed up merchandise sale. I mean, the past weeks since the premiere had some new toys advertised such as EX-AID, Build and Fourze. Now, it's time to give Kamen Rider Geiz a power-up in Fourze since the arc covers two series.

I always think of how idiotic Takumi can really get and perhaps that's one reason I didn't immediately warm up to Kamen Rider Faiz when I first saw it. Why is he still considering the overly manipulative Kusaka his "friend"? I remembered watching Kamen Rider Faiz -- Kusaka was a villain with some noble intentions yet he always does them the wrong way. It always reminds of the finale arc of Mirai Sentai Timeranger where Captain Ryuuya was only trying to survive through whatever outcome will make sure th…

Antagonist Showdown: Zhen Xiu Zhen's Kaede Doumyoji VS. Wang Lin's Kaede Doumyoji

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Perhaps one of the more redeemable sides of Meteor Garden (2018) is the actress who brings Kaede Doumyoji or Dao Ming Feng. I was watching through it and said, "Oh she does LOOK familiar!" And yes she did -- she's actually Wang Lin who portrayed as the really manipulative latest wife in Romance in the Rain. I even remember how I praised Wang's performance over to that of Rosanna Gu from the 1986 version. Heck, she could have made a better Ai Lin (the deranged stepmother of Ting Ting) than Gu in Deep Courtyard IMHO!
Then I thought about actress Zhen Xiu Zhen who is a well-known Taiwanese actress. She did disappear during the 90s after a stormy marriage with former husband Zheng Wen Bin but returned eventually in said time period. She's also a good singer and I admit that she's got very powerful vocals! I thought about how she really portrayed the super evil mother in such a way -- it was so convincing. I can't forget how many times I wanted to strangle the …

Switch On 2011 And Kamen Rider Faiz

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Well I don't know how often I'd be doing a Kamen Rider Zi-O weekly episode review (though expect them to be around Wednesday or Thursday depending on when Over-Time releases the subs) and do expect that maybe after next week -- I'd probably give updates once every two weeks or whenever I feel like it like I did with previous Kamen Rider posts. Now it's time for me to write what's a two-in-one tribute episode where two riders contrast each other namely the extremely dark Kamen Rider Faiz and the super-lighthearted Kamen Rider Fourze.

Okay, I'm thinking about the slipping down here. I remembered when Kamen Rider Fourze aired around September 4, 2011 and ended on August 26, 2012. There are many girls who are missing having the zodiac sign called Libra. What's going on? Our heroes Sougo, Geiz and Tsukuyomi now enter as "students" of what could be Amanogawa High School in 2018. For one, I want to criticize how Geiz and Tsukuyomi do a poor job blending…

My Shifting Views On Kamen Rider Faiz

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Just seeing next week's episode preview in this week's Kamen Rider Zi-O has me thinking about my changing opinions towards Toshiki Inoue's favorite work -- Kamen Rider Faiz! Inoue was responsible for a couple of my favorite shows in the past such as Chojin Sentai Jetman (which unexpectedly saved Super Sentai after its supposed near cancellation with Chikyu Sentai Fiveman) or Kamen Rider Agito which was an ambitious, sprawling tapestry and well I have a soft spot for Kamen Rider Kiva even if it's well -- Inoue's burnout season!

Faiz is what I'd call a show where it's got a good amount of people who like or those who hate it. I remembered Kamen Rider Faiz aired on GMA-7 and if I'm not wrong -- it was also that time Power Rangers Dino Thunder was crap-dubbed by ABS-CBN. Ironic how Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger aired the same year as Kamen Rider Faiz. Now it's time for me think about how this show has me constantly shifting my opinions. I didn't start l…

There Will Be No Continues For EX-AID's Game

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Last week's first part of the Kamen Rider EX-AID arc concluded with a hanging segment and we're shown how cruel the Time Jackers are. There's a bit of interesting stuff going on especially with what happens. So this is the risk -- every time Sougo enters into a different era, a new Another Rider is born and every time he gets the power -- time starts to change for the worse! Talk about a serious dilemma! Also, every time a new Another Rider is born -- the real deal loses his memories in the process! Talk about a disastrous bad reboot!

For one, I really do sympathize with Geiz for what happened in his future 50 years after his era. How Sougo went from Zi-O into becoming the villainous Demon King Zi-O is yet to be revealed. Yet if I were Geiz -- I would be doing the same thing and do everything to prevent said future from happening!  I wouldn't want the person who I know will arise to be the Demon King that destroyed my future to move forward to that direction! It's…

Breaking The Fourth Wall In Kamen Rider Zi-O Episode 3.5?

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Here's a collage (with some modifications by me) where the cast of Kamen Rider Zi-O discuss on how to stop the war to select a new king. Solutions that these fictional characters come up with are funny. They finally realize that they're in a script or that they are fictional characters.
First, Tsukuyomi suggests that they persuade the writer (Kento Shimoyama). Second, Geiz suggests that they eliminate the producers -- which coudl be the fanbase reaction to the hit or miss scenarios of Shinichiro Shirakura and co-producer Naomi Takebe. 
But the third solution is simply suicide -- seriously what is Sougo thinking about DESTROYING Toei Studio? They are but fictional characters. They can't exist without Toei Ltd. Their existence depends on Toei Ltd. Destroying Toei will mean practically destroying themselves. Yet, they managed to destroy Toei Studios without perishing.

Hmmmm... I wonder what this scenario in Kamen Rider Zi-O episode 3.5 really means?

A Strange Epidemic At The World Of EX-AID

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The last two weeks were focused on Kamen Rider Build and it was time to focus on Kamen Rider EX-AID. This week has the first half and I was thinking about how things are. A new Time Jacker named Ora appears and she's acted by Ayaka Konno. I just think about the cruelty of the Time Jackers themselves. While they do oppose the evil future version of Kamen Rider Zi-O known as Demon King Zi-O yet they have their own motives. They have been responsible for the rise of evil version of Kamen Riders in certain periods in Kamen Rider history. This time, Ora uses yet another innocent bystander to carry out their purpose!
I was thinking of the whole funny plot where Tsukuyomi and Geiz now have to blend in and attend high school. I wonder will Gentaro Kisaragi even appear in a future episode thus requiring Sota Fukushi to make a guess appearance? I hope so. Both Tsukuyomi and Geiz are 18 years old (biologically) while they would be chronologically be much younger than the hero Sougo himself.…

ABS-CBN's And GMA-7's Poorly Done Tagalog Dubbed K-Drama Theater

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I did previously write about ABS-CBN and GMA-7 having their poorly done Tagalog dub Chinese theater -- now I'd like to recall the time when K-Drama ended up creating a massive flood. I was thinking of the moments of how I didn't really like it at first until I started eating Korean food or how I didn't think too highly of it. Also, I had the bad habit of not watching it unless there was some pretty main heroine such as Autumn in My Heart, Full House and Endless Love.

I remembered how GMA-7 and ABS-CBN didn't only have their airwaves war through the Chinese theater -- the South Korean theater was also coming to town. I could remember it was that time I didn't really care too much about Korean drama because I don't like the K-Pop bandwagon associated with it. Also, I wasn't exactly too fond of K-Pop either. I'd only watch the shows without paying too much attention to the soundtrack itself.

There was a time when K-Drama was getting the bad dub treatment …

With Kamen Rider Zi-O's Power Comes Great Responsibility

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Watching this week's episode seems to finally address this moral lesson so straight to the audience's faces. Remember the very quote Ben Parker gave to Peter Parker in Spiderman? The hero Sougo is given a vision of the future where he will become an evil overlord. How that will happen is still left unclear and apparently -- Zi-O's greatest enemy may be his future self. Will Sougo cheat in an achievement test and destroy the future 50 years later? Just right now, I can't watch Kamen Rider Zi-O without thinking about Danny Phantom's two parter called "The Ultimate Enemy" -- where the hero was fated to become the biggest villain in the future -- so why wasn't that kind of plot even put into Kamen Rider Kiva (since he did try to become the next Fangire King even if he was the result of an adulterous affair between the former Fangire Queen Maya and his human father to protect his maternal half-brother Taiga) or Kamen Rider Ghost?

The episode has it where …

ABS-CBN's And GMA-7's Poorly Done Tagalog-Dubbed Chinese Theater

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Do you remember the time that before the Koreanovela craze that there was the Chinovela craze -- though it could have started sucking in people who thought it was Japanese entertainment. I remembered how often I compared the hairstyle of F4 and 5566 hairstyles to Anime characters. You may have thought F4 and 5566 are Japanese at first glance -- until you hear them sing in Mandarin. Yup, that wast he start of what I'd call the revival of the Chinese theater in the Philippines. Like Judge Bao and Amazing Twins -- both shows were dubbed but what somewhat makes me go bonkers is just how did these shows start the trend instead of the first two shows I mentioned? 

So what happened? Was it the Anime, Japanese feel that got Chinovelas to click in the Philippines? Granted, Animes were frequently aired in the Philippines so you just can't help but think "Oh! It looks like Anime!" at first glance. Meteor Garden aired in ABS-CBN and GMA-7 aired My MVP Valentine on weekdays with …

Shen Yue's Tsukushi Makino Doesn't Hold A Candle To Barbie Xu-Wang's Tsukushi Makino

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Yesterday, I just wrote my personal opinion on Jerry Yan vs. Dylan Wang -- now it's time for me to write on Barbie Xu-Wang. Okay, she's already entered the 40s zone -- which would make her more suitable to act in motherly roles now. I just thought about how I often compared Barbie to Taiwanese actress Leanne Liu. Who can remember Liu's performance in Romance in the Rain (1986) and how her performance was that good? I even agree that Vicki Zhao-Huang's performance as Yi Ping in Romance in the Rain (2001) doesn't hold to Liu's performance.

So what's with Wang's performance that makes her well, better? I could imagine the scenes where you needed badly needed intensity. Shen Yue's performance is so-so. Sure, she'd probably make a good Akiko for Kamen Rider W or in fact, she's probably better off acting in any Chinese attempt (such as Armor Hero) to make their own Japanese-inspired Toku (as an ally) than playing a more complex character. But Maki…

2001's Tsukasa Doumyoji Overshadows 2018's Tsukasa Doumyoji

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Meteor Garden (2018) may have better visuals, better definition (especially we're now in High Definition) but newer doesn't always mean better. Sure, I could enjoy a couple of newer drama right now but I always have some problem with some remakes. Well, the Meteor Garden I enjoyed was last 2001 that means 17 years has passed -- so having a new Meteor Garden for a new generation of teenagers is understandable. I feel like it's probably just a generation gap but I think it has something to do with the acting. Yup, I'm looking at both Jerry Yan and Dylan Wang!

I started watching the first few episodes and I think one of my complaints hits Wang! Yes, him! Aside from Shen Yue who's probably better off acting as Akiko in Kamen Rider W -- I think it's all about Wang himself. Sure, he does have the good looks required to play the character but the big problem is his acting is really pale. So why did he even lad in the role of leading man in the first place? It really bo…

My Crazy Rant On What's Wrong With Secretary Kim VS. While You Were Sleeping

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As ABS-CBN and GMA-7 are sadly crap-dubbing these Korean series and I'm so NOT watching them -- I thought about last year's installment which was While You Were Sleeping and this year's What's Wrong With Secretary Kim. Since it's Thursday I just felt like doing a throwback of two series that I ended up enjoying while "traveling to space for a whole year" last year and "staying in Paris" this year.


While You Were Sleeping

I remembered how I couldn't watch this show without thinking that it's a darker and edgier sequel to Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger Season Tsuu. Both Maaya Uchida and her Korean doppelganger Suzy Bae had short hair last 2017! Yup, I still couldn't help but laugh at it even if there are obvious physical differences like the height. Still, I can't deny that both of them look very much alike! So why did I even want to imagine it a darker and edgier sequel to Akibaranger? It's because terrible dreams that the main pr…

The Dawn Of Kamen Rider Zi-O

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Well this should be my first post for the month and it's on Kamen Rider Zi-O -- though I don't think I'd actually do a weekly update on this one to avoid biting more than I could chew since I'm also doing weekly Lupinranger vs. Patranger posts -- while I'm trying to look for some decent new school K-Drama to watch. So what's up with Zi-O? Well I'd like to give my impressions on the first episode. At the same time, I'm trying to do Sentai Bandicoot's style of episode reviews -- one picture only and direct to the point. I also sort of did that with most of my What's Wrong With Secretarty Kim reviews.

In the future, the main protagonist Sougo Tokiwa ends up becoming the world dictator known as Devil King Zi-O. I almost got thrown back to the past -- back when Nickelodeon didn't suck. I could suddenly remember that Danny Phantom TV movie where the main protagonist ended up becoming the tyrannical ruler of the future. What's funny is that th…

My Thoughts On Kamen Rider Build's Finale While Waiting For The Dawn Of Kamen Rider Zi-O

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Yup, this post is guaranteed to contain spoilers so please don't read further unless you're finished watching Kamen Rider Zi-O or you don't mind getting spoiled. The finale arc was pretty much a weird one. So here's my own personal thoughts -- so if you like the ending then I'm fine with it. On the other hand, I do have mixed feelings towards the ending.
For one, I really didn't find the whole final battle with Evolt all that interesting. I guess he was already weakened during the second to the last episode. So many sacrifices were already done in the process so is it worth all the sacrifices? Evolt is finally destroyed by Kamen Rider Zi-O and a new world is emerging. This one has a lot of weird consequences since merging two parallel worlds would create a world where Evolt never existed. It also has some very hilarious consequences. So did Toei's executives decide to meddle for the nth time considering the number of tragedies that Build already built up f…

My Tentative Plans With How To Do My Kamen Rider Zi-O Related Posts

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It's no secret that next week will be the final episode of Kamen Rider Build. The first Sunday of September will air Kamen Rider Zi-O -- a series that I'm getting somewhat setting a low bar especially with how it has both Shinichiro Shirakura and Kento Shimoyama as the tandem. At the same time -- I'm already thinking of how to do with my Kamen Rider Zi-O related posts.

I did some weekly Kamen Rider Build posts -- until I realized that I may be biting off more than I can chew for the nth time. One of my biggest mistakes is trying to write more than I can handle -- it only results to terrible stories and articles! I also did weekly posts related to What's Wrong With Secretary Kim where I decided to do it with another style -- less pictures and a short summary with my personal thoughts. Those posts were somewhat inspired by Sentai Bandicoot's Gingaman episode reviews with my own personal touch. So what if I'll do the same with Zi-O? Put one picture to show what t…