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Hajimemashite minna san....welcome to my site on my fave Japanese Pop Culture likes such as dramas, movies, magazine scans, promo events etc. Mainly concentrate on my faves...Keyakizaka46... Erina Mano... Nogizaka46!.... C-ute.... Lee Yeon-Hee!.... if you're a fan at all of any of them then you've come to the right place(!) but many others are featured here besides them. Do mainly quick reviews on things I've watched, try to make the reviews brief, quick to read through with not too many spoilers, just whether they're good or bad and why I thought so plus whether you may find them enjoyable. Many, many screenshots are included from everything I've watched plus any video trailers if they're available. Hope you find something that interests you, don't hesitate to comment, arigato gozaimasu!
Also these days(mid-2017) have many posts for Korean actresses, dramas and films that are worth checking out as over the years have become a much bigger fan of Korean dramas versus the ones from Japan.
Few tidbits.... have no idea why the background color constantly changes, think Blogger keeps doing it.
New item on the right is the 'Featured Post of the Day', will be putting some fabulous oldie posts which some of you may have missed the first time around, all will be at least one year old.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
May be hard to notice at first but if you can raise your eyes a bit you'll find that Minami has one of the most attractive faces you'll ever see and I may have noticed that first on her. Also you'll see in the labels that she spells her name differently as she just uses Hiragana characters for both her names which I don't ever recall seeing before.
Minami is another gal who I don't understand why it took so long to begin posting about her. She turned 23 on January 7th though has only been active as a model for about two years. Minami is another new fave who went to college yet seems to find being a gravure model is a better paying job than one needing a degree. She just got her degree this March from Meiji University.
Next post will be in ten days though I could do a few posts for 2017 mag spreads but will hold off on them until that post. On April 28th Minami will be having an event for her second DVD which is titled "Wachi, to South". That's what the name of it is on the DVD cover which is here along with some promo pics for it, video at the top is of her promoting it.
Will also have some calendar pics in her next post for May on. Minami has an Instagram account and does a superb job at posting pics as all of these are from this month.
On to four Minami mag spreads and you'll agree that all of them are jaw-dropping. Next post will have two others from this year along with some from 2017. Working from newest to oldest this first set is from the new issue of WPB which is #17. It has outtake pics from the DVD photo shoot, don't think Minami has a photobook yet.
More I think about the more amazed I am Minami doesn't have a PB yet, wouldn't doubt with her growing popularity she'll have one this year. Second set is also promoting Minami's new DVD and this breathtaking collection is from the March 26th edition of Young Magazine.
Last two are a bit smaller sets so will combine them with the first four pics being from the February 26th Flash while the rest are from the January 12th issue of Friday. After these terrific pics is a must watch Minami video for her new DVD, whewwww....
Start date: February 11 for 50 episodes(?), airs Sundays at 9:30 am on TV Asahi
Subs by Overtime
Asahi ito as Kairi Yano.... Lupin RED
Haruka Kudo as Umika Hayami,.... Lupin YELLOW
Shogo Hama as Toma Yoimachi.... Lupin BLUE
Yoichi Nukumizu as Kogure
Patrangers/Global Police officers
Kousei Yuuki as Keiichiro Asaka.... Patranger RED
Ryo Yokoyama as Sakuya Hikawa.... Patranger GREEN
Kazusa Okuyama as Tsukasa Myoujin.... Patranger PINK
Ike Nuwata as Commander Hilltop
Plus the robot Jim Carter who does all of the accounting and desk work
The Gangler Villains:
Dogranio Yabun, the leader
Goche Ru Medu
Destora Mazzio.... plus probably many more of them in the future
Short promo video is at the top for this episode. None of the episodes have had a true cliffhanger to end off with so there's really no need to know how the previous show ended. However don't talk too much about what's happened up until now so if you're new every detail to date has been covered thoroughly so may be worth reading the older recaps first.
The top three are the the team of Lupinrangers, the bottom guy Kogure sets them up for their assignments to obtain pieces of the Lupin collection. He was an infamous French thief from over a century ago whose collection of pieces was stolen by the space alien group of monsters called Ganglers. Also after the collection are the Global Police who can transform themselves into the superhero trio of Patrangers, here are the three along with their commander who we rarely see.
Let's get right to the action today, last episode ended with the Lupinrangers failing for the first time to retrieve a Lupin collection piece from a Gangler. As Kairi was off fighting his own war with Destra his two teammates were in battle with the Gangler Bletz, also on the scene were the trio of Global Police officers. While the pair of Toma and Umika were able to defeat Bletz a terrible tragedy took place before they were able to get his collection piece.
The Global Police/Patrangers leader is Keiichiro, he has a new weapon called Biker Suppression. It's a very powerful gun and before the two Lupinrangers were able to get the Lupin piece Keiichiro used his weapon to blow up Bletz. But it wasn't just the Gangler that was blown to pieces but also his Lupin collection piece, it appears it's gone for good.
While Kairi was so enthused that he was able to retrieve a new piece it may be for naught as Toma and Umika told him what happened to the one they were supposed to get. The three need to collect all of the stolen Lupin pieces from the Ganglers, with that comes the power to bring back from the dead their three loved ones who perished a year before. It was never mentioned what would happen if they didn't collect every piece, the total is unknown but looks like even if they're missing one piece then their efforts will have been in vain.
Kairi stormed out of their Jurer bistro in a fury, he can't believe that his two teammates were unable to retrieve their piece. Toma and Umika headed back to the location where Bletz was destroyed but were unable to find any shreds of the piece. Umika had a thought though, when a Gangler is defeated another one has always appeared on the scene who is Gauche. She's able to bring back the defeated Gangler from being dead to a humongous monster.
When Bletz was defeated Gauche didn't appear to bring him back from the dead, that's the first time it's happened so what's the reason? The Global Police are also wondering why Gauche didn't revive Bletz, both teams have come up with the theory that the Gangler is somehow still alive. The Patrangers and Lupinrangers were both correct with that thought as Bletz is still around and the Patrangers were able to track it down to an abandoned warehouse near where he was defeated.
At first Bletz didn't seem to have any special powers except for being quite strong. But we found out that he's able to separate into two or more bodies with the others being decoys. When Keiichiro thought he destroyed Bletz it wasn't the real Gangler but his Doppleganger as the real Bletz was able to escape. But he's been found and now it's a five on one as Bletz is under attack by both the Patrangers and Lupinrangers.
The odds weren't in the favor of Bletz who was defeated rather easily, up until now the battles with the Ganglers had been getting much tougher. With his defeat Umika was finally able to get the Lupin piece that had eluded her the first time around, however the conflict with Bletz wasn't quite over. Now on the scene was Gauche, both teams knew they had defeated Bletz as she only appears on the scene when a Gangler has been destroyed.
The fight resumes as Gauche has revived Bletz who like the others before him is now about a two hundred foot tall monster. But now he's also able to split into more than one other body, for this skirmish there were now a hundred of him! For the third time it was the Lupinrangers who had to defeat a Gangler to save Tokyo from destruction, with the help of the Lupin weapon Good Striker the trio was able to defeat Bletz, on the scene to help his teammates was Kairi and the day was saved.
But the question you may be wondering is where was Kairi when Toma and Umika were squaring off against Bletz? There's another Gangler we met this show who is perhaps the strongest and most brutal one of all. It's name is Zamigo Delma and for now it appears he may have been the Gangler who froze and killed the three loved ones of the Lupinrangers. His specialty is freezing people and objects though he claims his main weapon isn't from the Lupin collection.
Kairi had tracked him down after hearing reports of an odd person who enjoyed chewing large blocks of ice. Kairi did locate Zamigo though their confrontation wasn't too long, Kairi's weapons against the Gangler had no affect on him. Zamigo's weapons are quite strong, it appeared he was going to defeat Kairi rather easily and he came so close to doing so.
However there's a Lupin weapon that their handler Kogure is letting the team use. It has many different capabilities and one is to create a strong shield which prevented Zamigo from making Kairi a block of ice. With the Patrangers and Kairi's two teammates about to join in the battle Zamigo took his leave but he's going to be one difficult Gangler to defeat in the future. Kairi has also been wondering if they can beat him in a battle will their loved ones come back to life? Don't think so but we'll find out if that's true in upcoming episodes as this one has come to it's finish.
Not as exciting as the previous nine episodes but still a fine watch, all ten shows have been a fun view. As usual will have the next recap same time next week and hopefully will also be having a few other drama posts before then. Two will be a pair that have been ongoing but there's a new series that just started called "Voice Girl". Two episodes have aired with both of them being subbed so hope to have posts for that show very soon.