Actor Bill Daily passes away

jeannie Major HealeyI really loved I dream of Jeannie, and one of the major characters on the show was Major Healey, Major Nelson’s best friend and co-worker.

I also watched him on The Bob Newhart show, as I was an avid watcher of Nick at Nite back in the 90’s.

His actor, Bill Daily, passed away on the September 4th, 2018.

 

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Power Rangers 25th anniversary – part 2

family photo with white ranger dollWhen my grandmother visited us as a kid… I apparently wanted my family to know that my love for Tommy the White Ranger was more important than taking a good photo.

Seriously… this is one of the best pictures that I have with my grandmothers from this time in my life.

*sigh*

Mistakes were clearly made.

Green vs Black Power Ranger Tommy showThe 25th Anniversary episode of Power Rangers Ninja Steel was largely… The Tommy show… where Tommy had to fight Tommy! But eh… this is not the most epic version of this fight… I mean, Tommy whoops Tommy almost completely, as he can use a brand new Morpher to turn into almost all of his previous forms except Turbo.

I don’t want to ruin the episode, Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel ep 10- Dimensions in Danger… I’ll let Ranger Liz spoil it instead?

This episode, was basically a watered down version of the comic Shattered Grid… which is AMAZING, btw.

Ultimately, it was nice to see so many rangers next to each other, but there was just not enough screen time for each one. This one single episode could have easily have been a multi-part episode, and honestly should have been. My guess is that legacy rangers are expensive? Still good to technically get 3 Mighty Morphin Era rangers back together… Kat (Turbo Pink), Rocky (Mighty Morphin Red), and Tommy (Mighty Morphin Green/White/Zeo Red/ Dino Thunder Black).

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Power Rangers 25th anniversary part 1

power rangers christmasMighty Morphin Power Rangers was  something that meant a lot to me when it aired in 1993-1996. It was August 28th, 1993, and I was 8 years old. I had just moved to a new school, and was just starting 3rd grade when it first aired. I had moved that summer, and just knew the kids on my block.

I remember us playing Power Rangers, not with the toys, but just playing outside as the rangers. As silly boys, we would argue who would have to be the pink ranger at recess. I remember parts of the playground being the command center, as well as one of my friends having a cool stick that he had found that was used as The Green Ranger’s Dragon Dagger. I also remember one kid’s mom overdoing it for Halloween and making him a Green Ranger costume, sans helmet.

I had a birthday party in CiCi’s, and received mostly Power Rangers things, including a poster of The Red Ranger. In Christmas of 1994, I received The Red Dragon Thunderzord as well as the White Ranger… who my brother would later deface with a permanent marker… giving him abs. During 1995 he would briefly get into Power Rangers just because the new Pink Ranger, Kat, was hot.

The Super Nintendo games, Playing the Genesis game over at a friends house, owning the head flipping toys that were bulky and agendered with giant coins on their chests, The Green With Evil saga on VHS, POGS from McDonald’s, having a Power Rangers themed activity tent, TV Guide covers, seeing the giant robots getting destroyed in prime time, Owning the Thunder Megazord, owning gloves that made fighting sounds, going to see The Movie and later owning it on VHS… so much of my memories from Elementry School were linked to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Zeo, The lackluster Turbo movie, Turbo, and finally drifting away from the series in middle school once all of the original characters were gone.

I’d check in from time to time with ‘in Space’ and other times when it was relevant for original fans… but the magic was just… gone.

August 28th was National Power Rangers day, AKA The 25th Anniversary of the show that started it all for us westerners… and there was a Ranger crossover special… more on that in the next post?

Ron Wasserman, who created the original music for the show, made a new piano version of the song, which he uploaded on soundcloud:

Expect more of my thoughts on Power Rangers in the coming days.

Jump a train to Nerima, Tokyo, Japan!

Sean Ranma sketchWhile on vacation, I met a man who quite possibly has the largest collection of merchandise from popular 1989-1992 anime Ranma 1/2, or らんま 1/2 if you are from Nippon.

When he told me that he needed help fulfilling the bucket list entry visit a real life location from the aquatic gender bender comedy, as a fellow fan, I had to help.

So what location in Nerima was this? Furinkan High? The Tendo Dojo? Shakuji-Koen Park? Hah! No. We went to the famous fence alongside the river that was used in many episodes, especially when walking to or from school!

Ranma Fence

While most of the photos were taken with his camera, here are some of the results that I captured from this trip to the real fence seen in Nerima!

River walk in Nerima.jpgOne path on each side, one lane street in between. Not much to see, or too much? Who knows. This was an interesting place for a cosplay photo shoot.
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This area is west of Oizumi-gakuen station along the Seibu Ikebukuro line. While to many, this may not seem like a worthwhile excursion, I actually had a lot of fun going along!

Wait… why was Urusei Yatsura’s Lum in one of those pictures?! The Oizumi Gakuen station is the closest station to Toei, known for shows like Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon, so naturally this is known as the birthplace of anime!

Oizumi Anime Gate

They have statues out front from Astro Boy, Tomorrow’s Joe, Galaxy Express 999,  and even one of that obnoxious alien from Urusei Yatsura!

Urusei Yatsura Lum statue

Astro Boy

Tomorrow's Joe

Galaxy Express 999Also, I got to see the Galaxy Express 999 train! Or rather… a train promoting this 1977-1981 Manga and Anime!

Galaxy Express 999 trainEven if the photo shoot would have been a bust, which it was not, the station alone made the trip completely worth it!

All shall be revealed…

In time. I’m back from Japan, but between Jet Lag, unpacking, and sorting through things from comiket and Akihabara, I just haven’t had a real chance to make a new post. Below are some collages from some of my pictures though to wet your appetite!

Toei Supper
Dinner with animators from Toei
Akihabara
Akihabara
SNK
SNK @ Comiket
Kimonos
Kimonos @ Kyoto

There will be a Mer-Monday this Monday that is Japan based. Figured I’d give everyone  a heads up, as starting next week I’m going to attempts to get back on schedule.