REVIEW: Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQGer the Movie: Ninjas in Wonderland

 

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CAST

Shunsuke Nishikawa (Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3)
Gaku Matsumoto (Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger)
Kaito Nakamura (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger)
Yuuka Yano (Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Kasumi Yamaya (Space Sheriff Shaider: Next Generation)
Hideya Tawada (The Boy Inside)
Jun Shison (Survival Family)
Jin Hiramaki (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Riria (Zero: Black Blood)
Ryusei Yokohama (Rainbow Days)
Ai Moritaka (Beginners)
Shin Nagahama (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Toshihiro Yashiba (All Esper Dayo!)
Takashi Sasano (The Hidden Blade)
Ryota Yamasato (Terrace House)
Megumi Han (Twin Star Exorcists)
Masaki Nakao (Your Turn To Kill)
Miki Yanagi (Futari Monologue)
Shohei Nanba (Kamen Rider W)
Tsurugi Watanabe (Hana Wa Sakuka)
Haruka Tateishi (Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger)

 

The Ninningers awaken to find themselves on a mysterious train, floating in and out of various elaborate dreams. As they begin to seemingly be picked off one by one in these dreams, five mysterious people appear within them to warn them it’s a trap. The ToQgers have returned, and have been tasked with saving the ninja team from the clutches of the Shadow Line-powered Yokai Wanyūdō. However they’re are unable to save Takaharu and he is taken to the Dark Doctor Mavro – a ninja-obsessed member of the Shadow Line.

Stealing Takaharu’s nintality to produce the evil clone Dark Akaninger, Mavro plans to use it to flood the world in darkness. Takaharu himself is also in trouble, as he begins to find himself slowing fading away after Mavro’s tampering. It’s up to the combined forces of the Ninningers and the ToQgers to put a stop to the doctor’s evil plans and save Takaharu before it’s too late.

Ninninger vs. ToQger  strikes a rather good balance and manages to get good use out of all its stars. The story might focus on Takaharu and Right, but in the lead up to the climax all the memorable scenes are provided by the rest of the characters. Meanwhile Emperor Mavro is an excellent addition to the Shadow Line – a gleefully insane villain boasting another of the great monster designs ToQger did so well.

The plot itself provides enough unique spins to hold everything together nicely. The two series’ respective tones are extremely similar which allow both teams to stay firmly within their comfort zones while bouncing off of each other to increase the zaniness ten-fold.

Topping things off is of course the giant robot fight – a staple of all Super Sentai productions whether they be movies or episodes. However the one Ninninger vs. ToQger is truly a spectacle, and undoubtedly among the best the franchise has produced in recent years. A night time battle sequence is usually remarkable on its own, but this one also  has bundles of imagination on its side. ToQger’s use of Kuliners means more than just a blown-up version of the monster, while the interaction between the two series’ respective mecha is both simple yet ingenuitive. It’s a dazzling end to an already well done movie, and makes the fight feel more than just a Super Sentai trope that’s just there to tick boxes.

A final treat for ToQger fans, and a shining example of how good Ninninger is.

 

REVIEW: Ressha Sentai ToQger

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Starring

Jun Shison (Survival Family)
Jin Hiramaki (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Riria (Zero: Black Blood)
Ryusei Yokohama (Rainbow Days)
Ai Moritaka (Beginners)
Shin Nagahama (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger)
Tsutomu Sekine (Toxic Avenger – Part II)
Yui Horie (Love Hina)
Kengo Ohkuchi (Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider OOO & W)

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Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Sotaro Yasuda (Kamen Rider Ghost)
Erica Tonooka (Tetsudou Musume)
Hitomi Hasebe (Ultraman Greed)

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There exists a mystical railways known as the Rainbow line, which can only be seen by those possessing great imagination. Protectors of the light, they are opposed by the Shadow Line – who seek to extend their influence by plunging areas in darkness using residents’ fears and sadness. Through doing so the Shadow Line will also be able to awaken their Emperor, Z, who in turn will consume all light in the world so that only the darkness remains.
As a means of combatting the Shadow Line, the Rainbow line appoints five individuals to become it’s warriors – the ToQgers. Right, Tokatti, Mio, Hikari and Kagura are all childhood friends, also fighting to regain missing memories of their hometown after it was swallowed by the Shadow Line. As they fight against the darkness they are eventually joined by Akira – a shadow who has turned his back on his past to fight alongside the ToQgers as their sixth member. Uncovering their lost memories also reveals that there is far more to why to these five were chosen to become ToQgers, with the Rainbow Line holding a secret that could change their lives forever.

If that short description doesn’t give you a good idea about the general tone of ToQger, from the very first episode we also have a conductor that screams “IMAGINATION” at the top of his voice, a sentient monkey puppet on the hand of said conductor, a pink ranger that can become super strong simply by believing it and a cannon that shoots a variety of unusual objects to destroy the monster of the week. So yes, ToQger is an extremely kid-friendly Super Sentai series that revels in it’s silliness and is all the stronger for it. Sadly that tone isn’t for everyone and while airing ToQger definitely had it’s fair share of detractors, but to be honest if you’re complaining that a children’s show about brightly coloured superheroes is too kiddy that you’re perhaps in the wrong fandom.

But this kid-friendliness isn’t just for the sake of appeasing it’s target audience, it’s also cleverly woven into the show’s storyline in a way that completely justifies every ridiculous move it makes. There’s a very good reason that mainly only children can see the Rainbow Line, and it doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots and work out why our five heroes were chosen to become ToQgers. It takes very good storytelling to deliver an predictable twist, yet still reveal it in a satisfying way. The main characters are all childish and silly in their own ways, but each one has their own little bit of backstory and development. So as you can expect Right gets most of the focus by being ToQ #1 (aka the red one), but even then the show still nicely manages to hold together it’s team dynamic. Right is the strongest and is part of all the show’s big moments. He makes mistakes, his friends call him out on these and the mid-season power-up doesn’t solely belongs to him. With the importance the show places on friendship a little more balance could have certainly been better, but what we did get certainly wasn’t bad.

488a110df732b3bc7b95e1a4d847a55cBut like some of the other more recent Super Sentai entries, ToQger proves that it isn’t always the heroes that are most interesting characters. In addition to sporting some of the most intricate and best looking costume designs , the Shadow Line are often more engaging than the heroes we’re supposed to be rooting for. When a show has a group of villains one turning out to be a scheming backstabber isn’t that uncommon, but amongst the ranks of the Shadows there’s two schemers, two fiercely loyal servants and even a semi-unrequited love story. For a group that’s only made up of six characters, that’s some really nice variety. With the ToQgers horribly outclassed almost every time they go up against a Shadow Line general (it’s good that the villains don’t lose their edge to the very end, but it gets incredibly stale after about halfway into the show), their infighting is what keeps things interesting – especially with a good clash of personalities. A honorable general, a lovesick child, a loyal mother – not the kind of things you’d usually expect among the ranks of the bad guys. Even Z himself has a lot more to him than your typical “evil emperor of darkness”. I’d even go as far to say he’s the most tragic character of the show, wanting to almost escape his heritage in favor of “shining” only to have darkness constantly thrust upon him at every turn by fate.

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Upon ToQger’s initial reveal many were disappointed by the simplicity of both the costumes and the mecha, and if you’re one who looks for a bit more intricacy in the designs than this is another aspect that could prove an issue. Though ToQger presents a very interesting gimmick in having the team able to alternate their colours, the suits are very simple in design and not to everyone’s tastes. Likewise the mecha aren’t that complicated either, with the robots largely made up on trains connected side by side with little transforming involved. Things do get a little more interesting as the show progresses, not just through big robot combos that rival those seen in both Go-Onger and Shinkenger but also the introduction of an orange ranger – the first in Super Sentai since 1979’s Battle Fever J. Colour trumps complexity, and hopefully the flashy visuals that accompany this might be enough to persuade you that this isn’t always a bad thing.
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Ressha Sentai ToQger is a series that rarely broke the mould for Super Sentai, but did everything you’d expect a children’s show about colorful superheroes powered by trains and imagination to do and more. Despite its flaws ToQger is a show that fully embraces its motifs, gimmicks and absurdity in every way possible – through the aesthetic, the story and perhaps most importantly the characters. The look and how it often comes dangerously close to being too silly for it’s own good may deter some, but give the show the chance it deserves and you’ll no doubt find it a rewarding watch.

REVIEW: Ressha Sentai ToQger Returns: Super ToQ #7 of Dreams

Starring

Jun Shison (Survival Family)
Jin Hiramaki (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Riria (Zero: Black Blood)
Ryusei Yokohama (Rainbow Days)
Ai Moritaka (Beginners)
Shin Nagahama (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger)
Tsutomu Sekine (Toxic Avenger – Part II)
Yui Horie (Love Hina)

 

the-favourite-1200-1200-675-675-crop-000000It’s been 10 years since the defeat of Emperor Z, and the ToQgers have all grown up. However during one of their regular meet ups the Shadow Line returns, under the new leadership of Grand Duke Hei. As if being unable to transform (due to a lack of imagination that comes with age) was not enough, the former heroes are then swept back in time by a mysterious force.

They arrive in 2016, where their younger selves are preparing to graduate from both school and being ToQgers. However Grand Duke Hei appears in this time as well, along with a new Shadow monster that has close ties to Akira. Just what are Hei’s plans for Akira? And who is the mysterious ToQ #7? The two sets of ToQgers team up as the future versions attempt to recapture their imagination.

If there was one element in ToQger that took a lot of fans by surprise it was just how great the child acting was. While there wasn’t a whole lot of  each of the children were incredibly endearing and it was a shame that we didn’t get to see more of them. Since doing so would have to come at the expense of the adult actors, this V-cinema provides the perfect compromise by creating a scenario where both groups can be around at once. With only an hour at its disposal the time is spread between the two groups, but it’s still enough to present both groups in a new and interesting way. Despite kicking things off with the adult versions of the ToQgers, the bulk of the story still belongs to the children with the adults acting as spectators of sorts. This is good because it provides a great opportunity to see the children lead the story rather than just be a gimmick of sorts, while the regular actors get to play adults for the first time. This is something that’s mainly got across visually (Kagura’s outfit particularly stuck out to me), but there are little subtleties in their performances that separate them from the show versions.

The time travel plot line takes a bit too long to start making sense and then opens itself up to a whole bunch of different questions, but it’s the only way to really get both casts side by side and because of that it serves its purpose. And it’s all worth it for that glorious moment where all twelve ToQgers come together for that final roll call. The best moment of the film is saved for the very end, building up to that feel good moment where the adult ToQgers have regained their imaginations and can take back the powers. With the theme song blasting over the following battle for that one last time, its a reminder that ToQger’s charm often didn’t come from grandiose moments but from the raw energy of youth, fun and that all important imagination.

ToQger Returns: The Super ToQ #7 of Dreams is a perfectly enjoyable epilogue to Ressha Sentai ToQger.

REVIEW: Ressha Sentai ToQger vs Kyoryuger

 

Starring

Jun Shison (Survival Family)
Jin Hiramaki (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Riria (Zero: Black Blood)
Ryusei Yokohama (Rainbow Days)
Ai Moritaka (Beginners)
Shin Nagahama (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger)
Haruka Fukuhara (Good Morning Call)
Mao Ichimichi (Uchu Sentai Kyuranger)
Tsutomu Sekine (Toxic Avenger – Part II)
Kengo Ohkuchi (Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider OOO & W)
Yui Horie (Love Hina)
Ryo Ryusei (Hiyokko)
Syuusuke Saito (Kamen Rider Zi-O the Movie: Over Quartzer)
Yamato Kinjo (We’re a Bounty Hunter Team)
Akihisa Shiono (Prince of Legend)
Ayuri Konno (Another)
Atsushi Maruyama (Fūma no Kojirō)
Shinji Yamashita (Oshin)
Ayumi Kinoshita (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger)
Masayuki Deai (Kamen Rider W)
Marie Iitoyo (Stare)
Toshiyuki Morikawa (Naruto Shippuden)
Shunsuke Nishikawa (Kurogarasu)
Gaku Matsumoto (Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3)
Kaito Nakamura (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Yuuka Yano (Prison 13)
Kasumi Yamaya (Amachan)

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The beginning of a new year – and arguably the most important time for the Super Sentai franchise. A years’ worth of adventures for one team reaches it’s explosive conclusion while a brand new ones’ begin (along with all the wonderful new toys that come with it). But before either of those happen, it’s time for the annual versus series team up movie. Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger sees the cast of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger return for one last roar, teaming up with the ToQgers. When a Galaxy Line station falls to Earth after being attacked by an unknown force, the ToQgers immediately go to investigate. There they are attacked by the legions of the Deboss Army, and find that their imagination-based powers have no effect on them. They are eventually saved by the Kyoryugers, who reveal that the great creator Debious has finally arrived on Earth and that they only have 24 hours before he’s fully charged and ready to destroy humanity. The ToQgers offer to help, but are reminded that they are powerless against Debious’ forces.

 

However it isn’t long before the Kyoryugers face the same problem, as the Deboss High Priest Salamaz forges an alliance with the Shadow Line – a force that the Kyoryugers prove equally ineffective against. It isn’t long before the imagination and bravery join forces to save the planet from destruction at the hands of Debious, but before that they have another problem to deal with. A spell from Clock Shadow has reverted the ToQgers back to their child forms, as well as having a rather adverse affect on Kyoryu Gold!

With these crossover movies happening every year without fail, it’s not surprising that they’ve begun to feel a bit formulaic. The new series villains team up with the returning series’ ones (usually involving some sort of resurrection), the two Sentai teams initially clash (with one sometimes temporarily being evil for one reason or another), there’s a big flashy double roll call, the newest Sentai team shows up in a quick cameo to defeat a key monster and then it all ends with a gigantic mecha fight. Naturally the details vary here and there, but that’s roughly how they’ve all worked. So although ToQger vs. Kyoryuger doesn’t stray too far from the tried and tested formula, it’s extremely refreshing to see things shaken up a bit. The crossover is built on a natural crossing of paths, the villain alliance is shakier than usual, the new team cameo happens near beginning and the mecha fight comes slap bang in the middle of the film. These may all sound like little things, but you’d be amazed how much a slight alteration in structure and narrative can do for film.

As mentioned earlier, the end of Kyoryuger dropped a pretty big bombshell in terms of story that was left completely uncovered until now. It turned out Deboss – the leader of the force they had been fighting for the entire series, was simply the herald of a much larger threat. It’s a pretty ballsy move to leave something as significant as that hanging for a whole year, but not only does the film ensure that everything is neatly wrapped up by the end of it  it also gives it the gravitas it deserves. The Shadow Line prove mostly to just be a means to an end – Debious is the real threat and the whole story revolves around just how big of a threat that is. It’s a little disappointing to not see series big bads like Deboss or Chaos make a return as henchmen, but with resurrections rarely proving to be that satisfying going all-new was the best way to go.

ToQger vs Kyoryuger also marks one of the most prominent appearances of an extremely important plot point from ToQger – the fact that our heroes are in fact children. While the show had the younger versions appear on a number of occasions, these always appeared outside of the main action. Here we get to see them continue on as the ToQgers, including their own transformation sequence and pint-sized costumes! Fans have always argued about whether children as Sentai heroes works or not, but if anything ToQger made it one of it’s best assets. You almost wish that they spend longer as children just because the cast do such a great job of it.

In terms of tone, ToQger and Kyoryuger are a match made in heaven. In addition to the obvious parallels between their powers/ideology (bravery and imagination), they both a share a similar sense of humour as well as a penchant for loud noises and big explosions. So it’s no surprise that the two teams gel together really well, with the “versus” element of the film more of a rivalry thing than any initial hostility. Daigo and Right have very similar personalities so it’s no surprise that they work together in the way that they do. Being a crossover between two particularly red-focused shows the film predictably doesn’t spend quite as much time seeing the rest of the teams bond, but it’s fair to say each get their own little moments to shine – Akira and Utchy proving to be a particularly fun combination.

There’s a wonderful amount of surprises, laughs and cameos from both sides – from the return of fan favourites Candelira and Luckyero to some rather out of character behaviour from Barone Nero. The level of interactivity between the two teams’ powers also proves to be particularly exhilarating. It’s almost as if the two shows’ featured similar collectible gimmicks purposely to showcase the weirdly wonderful things this film comes up with. Well, it would if the toys could do the same things anyway.

Finally there’s the Shuriken Sentai Ninninger cameo, which feels like a massive step-up from the tacked-on ToQger debut in Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters. Once again the new team doesn’t cross paths with the starring Sentai, but this time they aren’t even responsible for taking out the monster they encounter. But even though Clock Shadow manages to make a quick getaway, the sequence still proves a great opportunity to let the Nininngers strut their stuff. Impressive wirework, flashy ninja tricks and even a few surprises that viewers will likely never see them attempt in their own show. For fans of both shows, either shows or just general Super Sentai fans that enjoy a good crossover, you’re unlikely to find much better than what’s on offer here.

REVIEW: Ressha Sentai ToQger Vs. Kamen Rider Gaim Spring Vacation Combining Special

 

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Starring

Jun Shison (Survival Family)
Jin Hiramaki (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Riria (Zero: Black Blood)
Ryusei Yokohama (Rainbow Days)
Ai Moritaka (Beginners)
Tsutomu Sekine (Toxic Avenger – Part II)
Yui Horie (Love Hina)
Gaku Sano (Kamen Rider Gaim)
Yuumi Shida (Saki)
Yutaka Kobayashi (Kamen Rider Gaim)
Mahiro Takasugi (Rainbow Days)
Yuki Kubota (Uchu Sentai Kyuranger)
Tomohisa Yuge (Kamen Rider Ryuki)
Tatsuhito Okuda (Kamen Rider Decade)
Tetsu Inada (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger)

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The Rainbow Line arrives at a station in Zawame City and with no Shadow Creeps in the area, the ToQgers decide to make a stop to enjoy the local attractions. While exploring the city, Right and the others watch a dance performance from Team Gaim when Moguraroid  of the Badan Empire appears to cause a ruckus. Kouta Kazuraba appears to help his friend Mai Takatsukasa and both Armored Rider Gaim and the ToQgers transform to fight the enemy. After being briefly surprised by each other’s powers, the heroes confront Moguraroid who digs a hole in the ground to call for reinforcements, but opens a Crack instead from which a Lion Inves appears. Armored Rider Gaim and ToQ 1gou pursue the Inves through the Crack while the other ToQgers drive Moguraroid away, assisted by Mitsuzane Kureshima who transforms into Armored Rider Ryugen. On the other side of the Crack, Right is about to eat a fruit when Kouta stops him from doing so, warning him of the dangers of the Helheim Forest.
Once reunited at Drupers, Kouta, Mitsuzane, Mai, and the ToQgers become friends and while Mai, Kagura, and Mio decide to hang out together, Right invites Kouta to show him the Ressha while Mitsuzane consults with his brother Takatora, head of the Yggdrasill Corporation about the Badan Empire. Despite Kouta having enough Imagination to see the Rainbow Line, he lacks a pass to enter it, until a man introducing himself as Narutaki appears and lends him one before leaving without further explanation about an outcome Rider War between each Riders from two different eras. Once inside the Ressha, Right learns from Kouta about his fight to stop the Helheim Forest from spreading into Zawame City and offers his help, but Kouta refuses, claiming that the ToQgers are already busy with their search for their hometown while confronting the Shadow Line. Meanwhile, Mai, Mio, and Kagura have another encounter with Moguraroid who once again attempts to bring reinforcements, but draws out the Lion Inves instead, again, and both Gaim and the other ToQgers arrive to help them. During the fight, the Lion Inves eats some Helheim Fruits from a nearby Crack and enlarges itself into a gigantic size. The ToQgers then form ToQ-Oh Car Carrier Tank and manage to destroy the Inves. With the Rainbow Line about to depart from Zawame City, Kouta makes a request to Right, and using the Rainbow Pass he earned from Narutaki, he asks him to take Mai with them in order to keep her safe.
At Kouta’s request, the ToQgers take Mai with them for her own safety, and make plans to keep her entertained. But WagonI ends up revealing the truth about the events to her and she sneaks out of the Ressha when it stops in another station in Zawame City. She is found and captured by Moguraroid who uses her as a hostage against the ToQgers. Upon learning about the situation, Kouta blames himself for abandoning Mai while Mitsuzane manages to pinpoint Moguraroid’s location with help from his brother. Meanwhile, Moguraroid digs another hole and finally succeeds with his plan to call for reinforcements. Outside the building, Kouta and Mitsuzane make plans to rescue Mai when Kaito appears to help them. Armored Riders Baron and Ryugen create a commotion to draw Moguraroid’s attention while Kouta and Right sneak inside the building to save her. However the two come across another Moguraroid, revealing that the first had summoned his own twin to assist him. Nevertheless, Kouta and Right succeed in rescuing Mai, and while the Armored Riders confront one of the monsters, the ToQgers face the other.
Just as the ToQgers fight, another warrior introducing himself as Kamen Rider Fifteen appears and confronts them. Overpowered by their new foe, the ToQgers are saved with the sudden arrival of Kamen Riders 1, 2 and V3, who confront Fifteen while they finish the Moguraroid with the Renketsu Bazooka. As Fifteen flees, the Showa Riders also leave without assisting Gaim and the others, claiming that they do not intend to involve themselves with the Heisei Riders. After transforming into Mango and Kiwi Arms respectively, Baron and Ryugen defeat the Badan Empire soldiers while Gaim transforms into Kachidoki Arms and finishes the other Moguraroid with the Hinawa Daidai Musou Zan attack, performed by combining the DJ Gun with the Musou Saber. The first Moguraroid’s last words are that Badan’s plan was just the beginning before the Mole kaijin exploded. As the ToQgers bid farewell to Kouta and the others as they leave the city, Kamen Rider Fifteen appears elsewhere, claiming that the time for the world to be conquered by the Badan Empire is at hand.
These team-up specials are always fun joining two of japans favorite shows. It also serves as a  precursor to Heisei vs Showa movie for Kamen Rider. another great crossover movie.

REVIEW: HEISEI RIDER VS SHOWA RIDER

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Starring

Masahiro Inoue (Kamen Rider Decade)
Kento Handa (Kamen Rider 555)
Renn Kiriyama (Kamen Rider W)
Hiroshi Fujioka (Kamen Rider 1)
Gaku Sano (Kamen Rider Gaim)
Ryo Hayami (Kamen Rider X)
Shunya Shiraishi (Kamen Rider Wizard)
Kohei Murakami (Cutie Honey: The Live)
Yutaka Kobayashi (Kamen Rider Gaim)
Mahiro Takasugi (Rainbow Days)
Yuki Kubota (Uchu Sentai Kyuranger)
Yuumi Shida (Saki)
Tomohisa Yuge (Kamen Ryuki)
Yui Natsuki (Kamen Rider Fourze)
Shun Sugata (Kamen Rider Super-1)
Jun Shison (Survival Family)
Jin Hiramaki (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Riria (Zero: Black Blood)
Ryusei Yokohama (Rainbow Days)
Ai Moritaka (Beginners)
Ryo Ryusei (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger)

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 The film opens with Zawame City ravaged by a fight between the Heisei Riders and the Shōwa Riders, before going back in time to the week before, when workers from the Yggdrasill Corporation are dragged by an unknown force underground. Upon hearing rumors about it, Kouta Kazuraba investigates the area with his friend Mai Takatsukasa, just to fall into a hole as well and find themselves in an underground, alternate version of the city. The two find a boy called Shu, who has the power to revert things and is certain that he has something important to do, but he does not remember what it is.
Kouta and Mai then bring the boy to the surface and Takeshi Hongo appears demanding them to hand him over. When soldiers from the Underground Badan Empire appear to kidnap him as well, Takeshi transforms into Kamen Rider 1 to allow Kouta, Mai, and Shu to escape. Badan then launches an attack on the surface, and Armored Riders Baron, Ryugen, and Zangetsu Shin appear to fight back alongside Kouta, who transforms into Armored Rider Gaim as well to protect his friends. However, Gaim is attacked by Kamen Rider Fifteen, who is also seeking the boy and also possesses a Lockseed that allows him to transform into the Rider Arms of the 15 Heisei Riders, and when Kamen Riders 1, 2, and V3 appear to fight him, Shu uses his powers to escape with Gaim and Mai.
Kouta and Mai take Shu to Drupers where they meet Tsukasa Kadoya, and Narutaki appears before them as well, affirming that the fifteen Heisei Riders must join forces to stop the Badan Empire, and before leaving, warns them that asking for the Shōwa Riders help is useless as they will refuse to cooperate with them. Tsukasa then departs to gather the other Kamen Riders with Kaito Kumon, while Kouta stays behind to take care of Shu. The first Rider they contact is Shotaro Hidari, who refuses to hear their plea before he finishes his job to search for some lost pets. Leaving Kaito behind to help Shotaro with his errand, Tsukasa contacts Takumi Inui who also refuses to help, claiming that his days as a Kamen Rider are over. Kamen Rider Fifteen appears to attack them, and Tsukasa transforms into Kamen Rider Decade to fight him, allowing Takumi and himself to escape harm.
Some time later in a ramen shop, Takumi involves himself in an incident where a wounded runaway criminal holds Mari, a high school girl, hostage. Keisuke Jin appears and heals his wounds before convincing him to release Mari and surrender to the police. Takumi then follows Jin to his clinic, where he helps him tend to another patient. Takumi then confides in Jin about how he is haunted by the death of his friend Masato Kusaka and Jin convinces him to stay at his clinic for a while.
The next day, Takumi and Mari are attacked by the Badan Empire. In order to protect her, Takumi decides to fight again as Kamen Rider Faiz, defeating them, but in turn, Jin reveals himself as Kamen Rider X, attacking and defeating Faiz before claiming that he must find his resolve by himself. Meanwhile, Tsukasa finally convinces Shotaro to listen to his request, and asks him about Shu. Elsewhere, Shu finally remembers his past and leads Kouta to his house, where it is revealed that Shu has been dead the whole time. He remembers that before he died, his mother had been due to take him to see the lighthouse but was forced to cancel the plans when she had to work. Upset, Shu sent a picture of himself holding a piece of paper reading ‘I Hate You’ before then being killed crossing the road. Although he intended it just as a tease, Shu now regrets his final actions and wishes to see his mother and make amends with her. Kamen Rider Fifteen then appears to take Shu with him, and Kouta learns that he is actually Shu’s father Ren Aoi. Aoi reveals that the Badan Empire intends to use Shu’s powers to power up a machine known as the Mega Reverse, which can make the dead return to life while killing the living, allowing his son to come back to life. While Kamen Rider Gaim fights Kamen Rider Fifteen, Kamen Rider Decade appears and takes Shu to see his mother, but General Jark stands in his way.
Kamen Riders Black and Black RX appear to defeat Jark before turning to fight Kamen Rider Decade as well, but Shotaro appears to fight them instead as Kamen Rider Joker and allows Tsukasa to keep escorting the boy. Kamen Rider Baron appears to assist Kamen Rider Joker against the Shōwa Riders while Tsukasa takes Shu to the lighthouse where his mother is staying. But before he can meet her, Kamen Rider Fifteen appears and defeats both Kamen Riders Decade and Gaim with the power of the Heisei Rider Lockseed.
Back in the present day, as the Shōwa and Heisei Riders fight and defeat each other, General Schwarzvn from the Shadow Line appears to join forces with the Badan Empire. Schwarz reasons that Badan’s plans to open the underworld and unleash darkness is compatible with their own desire to eliminate light and expand the Shadow Line’s domains, and sends his Kuliners to attack Kamen Rider Den-O’s Den Liner which is destroyed along with Den-O. Kouta, Tsukasa, and Takumi join forces with the remaining Heisei Riders and confront the Shōwa Riders about their reasons for attacking them. Kamen Rider 1 explains that it was all the Heisei Riders’ fault, as it was their attachment to their deceased important ones that empowered the Badan Empire and allowed the advent of Kamen Rider Fifteen. Meanwhile, Ambassador Darkness, the leader of the Badan forces, reveals himself as Ryo Murasame, who has infiltrated the organization to destroy it from the inside. He betrays the Generalissimo of Badan, apparently destroying the Mega Reverse Machine, but is deceived instead, when the true Mega Reverse Machine is revealed to be the entire Badan Empire base, which takes flight up in the sky. Ryo then reveals that the other Kamen Riders that have supposedly been defeated had in fact been sent to Helheim Forest, and takes the opportunity to summon them back all at once to assist him and Kamen Rider Gaim.
The Heisei and Shōwa Riders confront the Badan Empire helped by Armored Riders Baron, Ryugen, and Zangetsu Shin when the Generalissimo of Badan reveals itself as a giant monster resembling a dinosaur. Daigo Kiryu from the Kyoryugers appears, as well, to fight the monster with Gabutyra, but it proves itself too strong for just his Zyudenryu. Soon after, the ToQgers and Kamen Rider Den-O arrive to assist him, combining their trains with Gabutyra into ToQ-Oh Kyoryuzin feat. DenLiner to destroy the Generalissimo. As Kamen Rider Decade rescues Shu from the Mega Reverse Machine, Kamen Riders Wizard and X are about to destroy it for good, when they are stopped by Faiz, who wants to atone for Masato’s death by allowing him to be revived. Haruto argues, telling him how his desire to bring Koyomi back resulted in her resurrection into a being of evil. Jin then convince Takumi that destroying the machine is the right thing to do, and together the three Kamen Riders use their final attacks to bring it down. Kamen Rider 1 gives Kamen Rider Gaim a special Lockseed containing the powers of the 15 Shōwa Riders, allowing him to transform into 1 Arms and finally defeat Kamen Rider Fifteen, who returns to his senses. With the Badan Empire all but defeated, Kouta asks the Shōwa Riders if there is any way they can use their power to fulfill Shu’s wish. The Shōwa Riders agree, and use their energy to change Shu’s photo so that the message now reads ‘I Love You’. Shu’s spirit then reconciles with his parents one last time before passing on to the other side. The battle is not quite over however, as Takeshi tells the Heisei Riders that the anger at how their desire to resurrect the dead helped cause the crisis was not a charade. Therefore the Shōwa Riders are still in doubt if they can leave the protection of Earth to the Heisei Riders and challenge them to a battle, with Narutaki watching it all from afar. The battle concludes when Kamen Rider Gaim risks himself to protect a single flower from Kamen Rider 1’s Rider Kick, leading the Shōwa Rider to admit defeat upon realizing his act of kindness. Now truly reconciled, the Shōwa and Heisei Riders then bid farewell to each other and follow their separate ways once more.
 Alternate Ending
The battle concludes when Kamen Rider Gaim powers up attack to use against Kamen Rider 1, but stops after realizing that the Shōwa Rider could attack him before he deploys it and admits defeat, allowing the Shōwa Riders to win. Kamen Rider 1 commends him upon realizing his act of kindness, leading the Shōwa and Heisei Riders to reconcile.
A great film which shows just how far Kamen Rider has come since 1971 to present. Having them all  return for this special was brilliant as it has something for everyone both young and old.

REVIEW: Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters The Great Dinosaur Battle Farewell Our Eternal Friends

 

Starring

Ryo Ryusei (Hiyokko)
Syuusuke Saito (Kamen Rider Zi-O the Movie: Over Quartzer)
Yamato Kinjo (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger)
Akihisa Shiono (Prince of Legend)
Ayuri Konno (Another)
Atsushi Maruyama (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger)
Katsuhiro Suzuki (Kamen Rider Zi-0)
Ryōma Baba (Here Is Greenwood)
Arisa Komiya (Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters)
Hiroya Matsumoto (Boys Love)
Yūta Mochizuki (Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger)
Koichiro Nishi (Tokyo Girl)
Sho Tomita (Ping Pong)
Marie Iitoyo (The Flowers of Evil)
Syo Jinnai (The Gift from Heaven)
Ayame Misaki (Cutie Honey: The Live)
Hideo Sakaki (Segodon)
Shinji Yamashita (Kaitō Royale)
Toshiyuki Morikawa (After War: Gundam X)
Kōichi Yamadera (Wowser)
Seiju Umon (Best Guy)
Hideki Fujiwara (Kamen Rider Black)
Takumi Hashimoto (Choujinki Metalder)
Reiko Chiba (Ninja Sentai Kakuranger)
Jun Shison (Survival Family)
Jin Hiramaki (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Riria (Zero: Black Blood)
Ryusei Yokohama (Rainbow Days)
Ai Moritaka (Beginners)

 

193500093Alerted by Torin of an evil presence above the city, the Kyoryugers see a strange energy from the sky before a mysterious green-eyed Tyrannosaurus briefly appears with a warning that Daigo’s best friend might die. The Kyoryugers are then ambushed by a group of Zorima, Golem Soldiers, and Barmia Soldiers before an armored figure named Neo-Geildon arrives with a figure he has just kidnapped. Revealed to be Ryoga Hakua of the Bakuryu Sentai Abaranger team, he transforms and suddenly attacks the Kyoryugers. Luckily, the Go-Busters arrive and hold off Aba Red before Tyranno Ranger of the Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger team turns the tide alongside his captor Neo-Grifforzer. After they and their teams retreat, Hiromu thanks Daigo for helping him and Gokai Red before they are ambushed by Enter. Enter states that he and Escape have been resurrected as part of a Vaglass restoration program that has been activated in response to the evil force that Neo-Grifforzer and Neo-Geildon serve: Voldos, a being created from the combined malice of Dai Satan and Dezumozorlya that is targeting the dinosaur-themed Super Sentai teams to have their Dino Hope extracted and converted into Wicked Life Energy to complete his evolution.Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters Dino MechaWith the Go-Busters and Beet J. Stag holding off the enemies, the Kyoryugers arrive at the site too late to save Ryouga and Geki in what is revealed to be a trap set for them, with Gabutyra defeated by Neo-Grifforzar and infused by Voldos’s power. By the time the Go-Busters find them, the Kyoryugers have had their Dino Hope removed brainwashing them into serving Voldos. The six are sent back in time to kill the dinosaurs. Upon encountering the dinosaurs, the Kyoryugers almost kill them when the green eyed Tyrannosaurus protecting them from an eruption breaks the spell as Daigo recognizes the dinosaur as Gabutyra in his original state. The shock of realizing the Tyrannosaurus is Gabutyra snaps the Kyoryuger’s back to normal. The Gabutyra of the past proceeds to explain to them the warning he told Daigo related to his future self who is dying from Voldos’s influence and that only Daigo can save him with the power of Dino Hope. Elsewhere, with help from the Abarangers’ Yukito Sanjyo using a specially made Super Sentai Zyudenchi, Yayoi creates a time portal to bring the Kyoryugers back to the present time.

Meanwhile, the Go-Busters and Kyoryu Silver mount a rescue mission to save Ryouga and Geki when they are kept back by the Deboth Knights and Luckyuro while Neo-Grifforzer and Neo-Geildon take their captives with them. However, the Kyoryugers arrive and fight a losing battle against the grunts while Ryouga and Geki make a mutual attempt to fight Escape before Daigo finds the dying Gabutyra. Luckily, upon being joined by J alongside Masato who appears due to the activation of a one-time anti-virus program, the reunited Go-Busters team drives off the Deboth Army while destroying the satellite stations as Daigo succeeds in restoring Gabutyra to life. Joined by the assembled Zyuranger and Abaranger teams, using the Abaranger and Zyuranger Zyudenchi to give Gabutyra support in replicas of Guardian Beast Tyrannosaurus and Bakuryu Tyranno to deal with the giant reinforcements, the Kyoryugers transform and the gathered Dinosaur Super Sentai take out the grunts. After the main team obliterates Enter in his Dark Buster form, Kyoryu Gold destroys Escape while the Abarangers defeat Neo-Geildon, and the Kyoryugers regroup with the Zyurangers as they all combine the Kentrospiker, Howling Cannon, and Dino Bomber into the Ultimate Howling Cannon to destroy Neo-Grifforzar.

However, Neo-Grifforzer contains the blast as he departs to space to sacrifice himself to complete Voldos’s evolution. Though the Kyoryugers form Raiden Kyoryuzin, with the Guardian Beast Tyrannosaurus and Bakuryu Tyranno replicas transforming into Daizyuzin and Abarenoh, the Dinosaur Super Sentai are powerless against Voldos. Luckily, having obtained the Go-Busters Zyudenchi from Masato before he fades back into data, Red Buster summons Tategami Lioh whose head is used in the Tategami Raiden Kyoryuzin formation so it, Daizyuzin, and Abarenoh can focus their powers to blast Voldos back into space. Later, after giving their goodbyes to the Gabutyra of the past, the Kyoryugers decide to join the Go-Busters in a victory meal.

First appearance of the ToQgers

What the teams do not know is that Neo-Geildon has survived, and he uses Messiah Card 13 to become Neo-Messiah to avenge his creator. Before he can do anything, a rainbow-colored train descends from the sky and from it emerges the 38th Super Sentai… Ressha Sentai ToQger. Using their unconventional fighting style, which includes switching their colors, the ToQgers quickly destroy Neo-Messiah.MV5BYTUxOTJmZTUtOGY4Mi00NDRmLTk2ZTYtZjZlMTcwMWI5MzQ0XkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTkxNjUyNQ@@._V1_SY1000_SX1500_AL_Second only to 199 this is a brilliant team-up bringing back all the dinosaur teams was an awsome idea and not  only that but bringing back new versions of the villains was just plain amazing.