Discussion in 'The ORB - News & Rumors' started by Toku Prime, Sep 25, 2017.
That's a watermelon. And I wish the designs were more subtle.
Apparently Lupin Yellow's actress is a bit of a big name casting. She used to be a part of Morning Musume, the second most popular idol group in Japan (the first being, of course, AKB48). She graduated in Autumn 2017 stating she had ambitions of becoming an actor instead. Interestingly there are supposedly quotes of her from her idol days saying that she was a big fan of Super Sentai.
Anyway from what I've read on twitter it seems that preorder sales of LupinYellow's soft vinyl figure (the only toy specific to that character so far) have skyrocketed on Amazon Japan since the casting was announced.
I'm more distracted by the female villain: I know they're aiming to make the head look like a mass of tentacles but she has a bit of accidental butt-face going on there from certain angles.
Also, is it just me or does the green ranger's actor really look like Geki Red with a different haircut?
Alright, the ole bat is back. Here are some random thoughts.
The VS idea is cool, but It seems so obvious that the popular kids will be the Lupins and that the overall perception will be onesided. Add that so far they have more compelling stories and the added popularity of this yellow casting. They came to play. But if the Pats, especially Red can deal with some moral ambiguity or at least realize things can be grey and not just black and white, then the balance should feel equal.
That being said, even though both teams are literally cut out of the same cloth (torsos especially) the Lupins are so displeasing to the eye, I feel the Pats win by a landslide. Civi attire included. I actually love the Pats suits, and how their actors look. Sango is surprising me in how blunt and to the point, she seems to be. Their cop uniforms look cheap, i think its because of the thin track jacket material, but overall I think I'll be rooting for them for the most part.
A reoccurring black actor on sentai? That is my dream come true! I just saw this guy's interview on vice a few weeks ago too, so that is wild strange. If he can suit up eventually then I will lose my entire shit. The amount of dumb fantasies i've had of being "the first" black sentai senshi actually doesn't happen often but its happened often enough, lol in good detail. Doesn't matter though, he's in here for more than one episode, that is all that matters.
Helper bot looks like absolute garbage. Just uninspired and distastefully disproportionate.
That's what I said...
Oops, that's not what I typed. Yeah, I meant watermellon. No idea why I typed Pineapple.
So the commander of the cops is some comedian that has made it big in Japan for making fun of American culture. I hope they do some good stuff with him in the show, but not go overboard like those dumbshits bosses from Drive.
BTW, I watched the 2 minute trailer Nihon subbed and they are really hyping up the Lupinrangers while the Patorangers seemed to be just there. Hopefully they aren't as bland in the show as they are in the trailer.
People are still watching Vice?
I've always seen their name around, but I believe that was my first or second time watching their videos. Why, what up with them?
It's interesting you say that, because I tend to dodge popular youtube channels. I had my suspicions on them, but I see a black dude on Japanese TV for a living?? I gotta click.
Let's just say I'm more partial to its founder Gavin McInnes (who left years ago) than to the rest of the people there.
I don't really see the big deal with this Hilltop guy. Give Toei's penchant for wackiness, at best he'll just be a copy of the atrocious SCU from Drive. At worst... he'll be worse than them.
Some details have surfaced about the theme tune, "Lupinranger vs Patranger". The song will be a male/female duet (possibly the first since Goranger? I can't think of another offhand). The male part represents the Lupinrangers and the female part represents the Patrangers.
The male part will be sung by Yoshida Tatsuhiko and will be his first professional release. The female part will be sung by Yoshida Hitomi, a voice actress best known as the Japanese voice of Mimi in Digmon tri, who has also been professionally singing for the last 10 years, including performing the end themes for Smile PreCure and HappinessCharge PreCure. Sharp-eyes readers may have noticed that they both have the same family name but I don't know if they're actually related.
In addition to the main duet the theme is being re-arranged into two other songs. "Lupinranger, Turn The Dials!" will use only the male vocals from the main theme. "Chase You Up! Patranger" will only feature the female vocals.
That's cool, i really dig that.
Toei has announced that Irie Jingi, who previously played the lead role of 'Jiro' in the movie 'Kikaider Reboot', will be appearing in Lupinranger VS Patranger. He will play the human form of the Gangler general who was responsible for freezing the Lupinranger's loved ones.
There was a Kikaider reboot?
Yup. It did not exactly set the world alight, but it did have an official US release (with English subs) from Generation Kikaida.
He also made an appearance as Jiro in an episode of Kamen Rider Gaim to promote the film.
Oh that's right. I remember that now. That was a terrible episode of Gaim. lol
The show's official twitter account has announced that LvP will be getting a 'Super Battle DVD' (as opposed to Kamen Rider's 'Hyper Battle DVDs') in the June 30th issue. It will be called 'Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs. Keisatsu Sentai Patranger: GIRLFRIENDS ARMY' and will feature Lupin Yellow and Patren #3 teaming up.
Japanese comedian Naoki Tanaka has been cast in Lupinranger VS Patranger's summer movie as a detective called 'Herlock Sholmes'.
In the original Arsene Lupin novels, the gentleman thief encountered a master detective by this name, who was clearly intended to be Sherlock Holmes except at the time that character was still under copyright and the family of Arthur Conan Doyle refused to allow writer Maurice Leblanc to include him.
Tanaka has commented to say he enjoyed watching Goranger and JAKQ as a child and later watched Go-Onger and Shinkenger with his own children.
The movie will be written by the series' head writer, Junko Komura, and directed by Teruaki Sugihara, who helmed the first two episodes of the series.
Our new seventh ranger, Noel Takao, played by Seiya Motoki. Noel is from the global Police's French HQ.
Annoyingly, it seems I can't link pictures from twitter in here anymore, otherwise I'd add a photo taken of the back of his police uniform jacket that states "undercover officer". As you'd therefore expect, he's going to be playing a double agent working with both sides.
And as the Televi-kun DVD special comes out at the end of the month, the trailer for it is now out too.
Yet more news concerning new LuPat specials! This time both are coming to streaming services.
'The Ultimate Weird Combination' is coming to Japanese streaming service Videopass on August 4th. It is a comedy special in which a bank-robbing Gangler hits Lupin Red and Patren #1 with special magnetic rays that stick them together.
'The Other Patren #2' is a more serious offering coming to Toei's Tokusatsu Fan Club's streaming service. A Gangler appears that Keiichiro (Patren #1) and Tsukasa (Patren #3) have encountered before but Sakuya (Patren #2) has not. Keiichiro completely loses control and attempts to kill the Gangler by himself, forcing Tsukasa to explain the situation to Sakuya: He is not the first Patren #2. This Gangler previously appeared not long after the Patrangers were originally formed and Sakuya's predecessor attempted to take him down (and I'm presuming was killed?).
Today saw the release of 'Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs. Keisatsu Sentai Patranger en film'. The movie features the 'Jackpot Striker' which has the ability to merge the Lupinrangers (in the same way that the normal Good Striker has the ability to merge the Patrangers) to form Lupin Tricolor. Behold!
Jackpot Striker will also be used to form the movie-exclusive mecha, Lupin Rex, which can be seen in the bottom right of the movie's poster.
I don't think it was mentioned on here but a while back it seemed like there was good news for LuPat, as it was suggested that it had increased viewing figures compared to Kyuranger. However, the good news has not continued.
A few days ago Bandai published a document called "Financial Highlights for the First Quarter of the Fiscal Year". A link to the document can be found here.
A reminder here that fiscal years begin in April, so this document is Bandai reporting on how it did in April, May and June. The bad news is that toy sales for Super Sentai totalled 1.4 billion yen. That may seem like an awful lot, but for comparison the same time period last year (while Kyuranger was airing) saw sales of Sentai toys totally 2.9 billion yen. So toy sales have roughly halved since the same time last year.
Also of note is that Ultraman R/B has just started and Bandai predict toy sales of 1.8 billion yen in the second quarter (before the end of September). If that proves to be accurate then Ultraman will surpass Sentai in initial toy sales for the first time ever (though of course Sentai may overtake it in the end just by virtue of the show being on for a full year rather than six months).
Obviously toy sales are not directly connected to how much people may enjoy the show. But it could mean things are shaken up for LuPat in it's second half as they attempt to boost sales. Or it could have budget implications for the next series.
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