Among my various geek interests, I also have a distinct like for toku aka live-action Japanese superhero shows. One of the long-running franchises, Super Sentai, gets brought over to the US as Power Rangers, but the others haven’t had much success.
This year’s super sentai actually has a furry theme, but funnily enough while the fandom talks up Zootopia I have yet to see any mention of Dobutsu Sentai(Animal Taskforce) Zyuohger outside of the usual toku circles. While ZyuEagle is human, the other four are actual anthros, potentially with human disguises(they have human actors, need to see how that plays out). We’ve got a male Lion with dreads, a male Elephant with a bit of a Indian flare, a female Shark who has a mature woman vibe about her, and a female Tiger who so far seems like a feline copy of Amy from Kyoryuger. The music is hype too, the first 30 seconds of the opening were released, and I can’t stop listening to it! About the only thing I don’t like is the mecha this time around are minecraftish.
This is probably the first sentai I’ve been hype about actually since Kyoryuger, and that took me a bit to warm up to because of how over the top it was. Go-Busters was probably the last one I was hype for before it started. ToQger I skipped entirely after watching the first episode, and Nininger has been just okay.
Speaking of toku, I’ve actually got a few other folk I know in RL watching it now, after using Garo as a gateway series. I started with using Halloween as an excuse to marathon it, and they were hooked. SO far they’ve watched everything except the two Ryuga seasons and the recent anime, but for a bit of a break I’m showing them Kamen Rider Gaim, Turns out the main guy that was watching the stuff actually remembered the US adaption of Kamen Rider Black RX, just called Masked Rider over here. I had Agito as a safer backup, since Gaim is a bit OTT to start also, but he was good with both, and I kind of want to rewatch Gaim – I’ve rewatched Agito maybe twice already. Once those are both done, it’ll probably be time for Ryuga’s Garo seasons, then I might try either Gransazer, or Go-Busters. Given most of those are 48 ep series, and we go through about 10-13 eps a night, that should provide enough for the next few months.
Game-wise because of said people I also re-subbed to WoW using in-game gold about 2 weeks ago. I’ve already made that gold back with alt garrisons, and I’m just a few Apexis dailies away from Draenor flying, so I’ll finish that this weekend probably. After that, I’ll see what I need to roll to run with them, as that’s why I resubbed – though I also am runnign LFRs to finish my legendary. I kind of don’t want to do real raiding anymore still, at least for now. I got a server first on a Mythic raid end boss with a hardcore guild, and as far as I’m concerned I won WoW. Doing that though killed my interest in raid, which is partly why I let WoW sit while I dabbled in Star Trek Online since April.
I am still playing STO too, just there hasn’t been anything much new since before the holidays. There’s a anniversary event coming up though, and a new story episode focusing on the Temporal Cold War time shenanigans, which’ll be interesting.
Looking at WoW also reminded me that there was a pet in it linked to Heroes of the Storm – turns out you need to get to player level 20 for it. I’ve started playing it, purely against low level AI and it’s actually kind of fun that way. So far I’ve liked most of the heroes I tried, except Stiches. Guess I’m just not a melee kind of guy in this game? I didn’t expect to like Tassadar though, since he is support.
I also finally got myself a set of Telegram stickers, though it’s only part 1 of 2. I didn’t have an idea for a full 22, so I only got 11, and now I’m just waiting for the artist to clear her queue so I can get the second set. I’ve got enough of an idea now to get the rest, even if a couple of them are a bit weaker. Even if I don’t use them all regularly in Telegram, in a way it’s like a bunch of smaller basic pictures for a decent price, so it’s not a bad thing at all.