The 2014 Super Post!

This has been a pretty big year for CCLemon99. I have written some pretty big blog posts and have put out some pretty cool videos. I suppose it's worth going over how 2014 has been to me along with some general thoughts on the year that has brought us a Shin Figuarts.



I guess I should start with my Youtube channel since, well, it's the only thing that people really give a damn about (kidding, my blog has been getting some pretty steady numbers...*you're* reading this after all...). My Youtube channel has been growing at a very fast pace. Granted, I've been doing this for almost eight years...but when you take into account that I didn't hit 1,000 subscribers until I was doing this for about two years it puts the growth into perspective. Every year trounces the previous year. If I may say so, this isn't bad considering I don't like anything popular and really don't give into requests/popularity at anytime. Before you say that me giving into Figuarts is giving into demand...nah. Very few Figuarts videos get numbers that would normally be reserved for a mecha or changer review/video. If they came out with a Go-on Red or Gaored Figuart...I might actually get some traction.

So for being a pretty specific channel (things I like) I still managed to have a banner year. Thank you for your continued viewership!



To contrast that win I might as well talk about a loss--Twitter. I've pretty much fucking had it with everyone on it and how it is run. My account is still active, but I really had to cut back on it big time. If you happen to be one of the people who I left when I cut my followees down to 20 from 70 you should've wished me 'Happy Birthday' it was nothing personal, I just don't care about a lot of shit anymore. I don't care about the current state of Tokusatsu shows, I REALLY don't care about politics/social injustice/outrage/witch hunts/bullshit in general. I have to work on myself before I can whine about something I have no right to whine about. Really, those are the only two things that were in my timeline. Oh yeah, and above all else........I really really REALLY don't give a shit about Doctor Who. That show is Satan's taint...Sataint if you will...

Also, what the hell with all of these tweets from accounts people my followees follow? That was the biggest reason I trimmed a lot of people from my list. Y'all follow some lame shit. This is really more Twitter's fault, though. It doesn't matter if I follow 4 or 4,000 people, I should only be subjected to what I want to read. Oh, and sponsored tweets aren't among the one I hate. I know that Twitter is a business and that their survival is hinged on revenue...but these unsolicited "_____ follows" tweets are bullshit.

So be sure to follow me on Twitter (I say with the straightest face I can muster). I swear I'll get back to you if you tweet something to me and I won't clog your timeline with rapid fire one word tweets...or worse...livetweets. Fucking livetweets.

Yeah, so follow me. You'll see links to my videos, blogs, and throwback videos. Not too much else.



Toys! I should talk about the toys of 2014, right? To be perfectly honest...I didn't get a whole lot of toys that were made this year. I got some of the Figuarts that were out this year and like three ToQger toys. The Figuarts I did get were pretty awesome, but this has been the lightest Sentai toy year for me since like Blowkenger. This pretty much reflects on how I feel about the shows.

I will say this...easily the best toy I bought this year was Renewal SHF Kamen Rider BLACK RX. I thought it was really, really good when it first came out...but as I've been spending more time with it I realize that it's pretty much a goddamn masterpiece. Maybe the green is a little too bright, but wow...I'm really in love with this figure. The head/neck had never been done anywhere close to right in a figure before it and they nailed it.

SHF Shin was another one that I absolutely love. Shin and ZO were two Figuarts I wasn't expecting to see for a very long time...but they both came out in the same year. Hopefully 2015 will give us Kamen Rider J.

It was really nice to finally put an end to SHF Zyuranger. I'm really glad I ended up with the whole set since all of the figures turned out very good. The only real quibbles I had with them were in the accessory department. Overall, though, they all turned out great and look fantastic when they're standing behind the Howling Cannon.

I guess it's worth talking about this year's Sentai Changers since that is pretty much the basis for my channel. Well...they're better than the crap we got for Kyoryuger. I always enjoy a Henshin Brace and the ToQChanger was at least interesting when I could get them to work properly. The Changer/Mecha set is a smart buy especially the prices have pretty much tanked on them for some reason. I got mine for a pretty low price...and the price has seemed to have sunk even lower since. I wonder why that is? Ehhh. Oh, and the Applichanger is alright. It's pretty neat that it slides out almost into a little diorama from an iPhone-ish looking toy smart phone.

tl;dr: Buy SHF Kamen Rider BLACK RX.



I had 56 new videos in 2014! Yikes!

In November I put up my 400th video, which was a loose story-telling of Zyuranger featuring all seven Figuarts (I also took pictures of SRC Daizyujin vs Dragonranger, but those didn't make the cut. Fear not, I plan on staging this battle in a video next year...I always have a plan up my sleeve). I've never made a video and thought "I have a hit on my hands"...and this was the first time I thought that. I probably should have thought that previously with my since-imitated Sentai Changers 1982-2012 video, but it never really occurred to me while I was making it because it was a lot of work and was 100% editing of old footage. The all-Zyuranger video was a TON of work, but the editing process was a lot of fun. The biggest problem I had that when I finished the video I had to wait three months before anyone was able to see it.

The wait...was.....worth it!

I'm so happy that the video turned out amazing AND was universally loved. The views have been taking a steady climb as time has passed...but I know this one is destined to have a lot of views even though it's a Figuarts video.

I'd also like to say that I had as much fun making the upcoming year-closing video of all four Kamen Rider BLACK Figuarts. If you haven't seen the short 3D BLACK RX movie, I highly recommend watching it before my video drops.

Outside of this, I know this year has been very light on Mecha videos. I really haven't been motivated enough to make any new ones for quite some time. I've been sitting on a lot of 80s and 90s mechas that I really don't feel like making videos for. I *do* really want to do the remaining Megaranger mecha along with the various Megaranger weapons I have laying around. Expect a long month of Megaranger stuff next year some time I suppose. Maybe I'll come around on some other Sentai mecha I have laying around too.

As I said before, I really have to want to make a Mecha video before I actually get around to it. They are easily the most boring videos to make...and things like Jet Icarus will haunt me forever in their badness.



I don't feel any different about Tokusatsu than I have in the past few years. I might think the new shows are crap, but I still love my old shows to death...I don't think that will change.

As usual, though, Toei has been getting almost desperate in the milking of out fading interest in nostalgia. Why would anyone care about having a Go-onger train for their ToQChanger? This is getting stupid...

The biggest win for Tokusatsu for 2014 is big and largely exclusive to North American fans.

...I think you know what I'm talking about...

That's right!...

They made Kyoryujin's arm purple instead of pink! I always though this was a problem!

Kidding. Zyuranger has been licensed for release on DVD in North America! This is incredibly cool and hopefully only the start of wonderful opportunities for Tokusatsu in North America. I know that there have been several releases in the past, but the dubious nature of the Tsuburaya/Chaiyo BS has tarnished anything Ultraman. The one-shot releases of various Toei properties (Hakaider, Sukeban Deka movies, Zebraman, Kamen Rider The First/Next) over the course of like ten years have never lead to anything because they really had nowhere to go.

It's nice knowing that we're finally getting a genuine Sentai release instead of being trapped in a tundra of awful Power Rangers shows for all of eternity. It gives me hope for more, but if it ends with Zyuranger...I'll just be glad that someone had the sack to try.



I might as well end this entry with a bit about the blog in which you're reading this (unless you're reading this from the future on some kind of Google brain implant probe...and if you are, fuck you. Google Glass was stupid enough. Remember them?? Yeah, you're just as much of an asshole as a glasshole).

I had a pretty big year with the blog as well. In fact...you know...why the hell not? One more for the year...

Top Seven Blogs of 2014!

07. Video Game Review: Ultraman Toward The Future

OK, I didn't even write this one. In order to be a master of all forms of media...sometimes you have to hand the reins to someone else. D3rachi did a great job writing (so far) my lone guest blog.

06. Jetman Part 1/Part 2

Going back and reading what I wrote about Jetman made me laugh. I'm really glad I sat down and wrote my thoughts after viewing the show after not seeing it for several years. Even if nobody were to agree with what I had to say about the most over-hyped mediocre show in Tokusatsu history, atleast I was able to entertain myself on future re-reads.

05. Kakuranger 20th Anniversary

Any chance I get to write about Kakuranger makes me happy. Sadly, I think I've exhausted myself of Kakuranger material since I even wrote up a list of my Top 7 problems with the series.

Also.....just a head up...don't ask me about the 2015 Sentai Nininja. I'll get to that soon enough.

04. Kamen Rider Movie Reviews! Shin, ZO, and J!

Basically I review the three Rider movies from the 90s. I especially had fun tearing J a new one...

03. Super Sentai Music Collections

My first really detailed post about my CD Collection was an absurdly long post about the Sentai Music Collections that were released in the mid/late 90s. It was fun to write about all of these CDs mostly because I sat down and listened to every single one of them in preparation. Yes, I really do listen to everything as I write these CD entries up.

I've since written several more CD Collection entries, but this one will always be the gold standard to me.

02. Angry Video Game Nerd The Movie...Reviewed!

I actually did some field reporting for this one. Heh.

It was a fun experience to go out and actually see the movie and having the opportunity to write about it as an early-review was pretty neat. I got a boatload of traffic as a result. Then, just before the film was released on VOD, James linked to my review from Cinemassacre which gave it a massive bump in views.

I know none of this really of this lead into any kind of bump in readership to my blog (and if, for some reason, you decided to stick around after reading my AVGN review after seeing it on Cinemassacre...give me a shout!) but since my review was the lone review labeled "MAJOR SPOILERS" I'd like to think that I helped a few people who were on the fence about checking out the movie.

Also, I got some feedback on Twitter about it afterward. People weren't exactly clear on whether I really liked the film or not. Ofcourse I did! I mean, it has some faults...but so do a ton of movies you and I like.

01. The Abandoned Ohranger Theme Songs

I wrote about this fairly recently. I wish every blog I wrote was as interesting as this one. Expect a little P.S. to this post soon!



I don't really like to talk about the person behind CCLemon99, but I might as well--I'll keep it brief.

This hasn't been a stellar year for me personally. It was going great until about June, when basically the bottom fell out on just about everything. I kinda hinted at this above when I was talking about Twitter, but there are lots things I need to work on.

This isn't a complaint, really. I'm writing this so that when I look back on this post next year, I can hopefully be thankful that everything is better by then.


So that is pretty much 2014 in a nutshell for CCLemon99. If you have any thoughts, I would love to hear them below or over that damned Twitter (seriously, just leave a comment here...you probably have a Google account already anyway).

Thank you for reading. I'll see you in 2015!



Top Seven New ANIMEX1200 CDs You Need Buy

It's back! After being dormant since a small batch of CDs were released in 2007--ANIMEX1200 is back with thirty new releases from Tokusatsu and Anime series!

What is ANIMEX1200? I explained it briefly in the past, but here is an explainer. ANIMEX1200 is a line of priced-down CD re-releases which have been digitally remastered. They cost ¥1200 (well, closer to ¥1296 with tax) which is a bargain compared to the original ¥3000ish price. Content-wise the CDs are 100% the same as their original printing, but there numerous changes with the packaging. I grabbed the first ANIMEX1200 I had handy and snapped some pretty terrible pictures (sorry, it gets dark before 4PM where I live).

The cover is the same...

The back cover is a generic list with info since there is no booklet.

The generic ANIMEX1200 CD look.

The back of the cover has a list of other releases.

The spine. Named and numbered.

It isn't a total reprinting, but it totally serviceable as a replacement. For several of the releases of the early 00s, this was the first time a lot of the soundtracks were getting a CD release. I didn't really buy too many from the original run (Juspion, Spielban, Jiraiya, Jiban, and Mechadoc--I'll get into those someday) but I approve Columbia going back into their archives and giving some of the more obscure series some love.

Since the previous releases covered a lot of out of print 80s LPs...this time we have stuff from the 90s...yay?

OK, so the 90s were a long time ago even if they don't really feel like it. I did compile a list of the new wave of ANIMEX1200 and some of the releases are mundane while some are legitimately super-rare CDs.

Here is the new wave...all of these will be released in 21.January.2015.

171-Kamen Rider Kuuga Ongakushuu 1
172-Gekisou Sentai Carranger Music Collection 1
173-Denji Sentai Megaranger Music Collection 1
174-Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Ongakushuu 1
175-Kyuukyuu Sentai Gogo Five The Score 1
176-Mirai Sentai Timeranger Ongakushuu 1
177-Tokusou Robo Janperson Music Collections
178-Blue SWAT Music Collection
179-Jukou B-Fighter Music Collection
180-BF Kabuto Music Collection 1
181-B-Robo Kabutack Music Collection 1
182-Tetsuwan Tantei Robotack Music Collection
183-Lady Battle Cop Music Collection (!)
184-Kamen Rider SD Ongakushuu (!!!!!)

185-Sailor Moon Music Collection
186-Sailor Moon R Music Collection
187-Kokyo uta Sailor Moon R
188-Sailor Moon S Music Collection
189-Chibi Maruko-chan Ongakushuu
190-Kinnikuman Kinnikuboshi oi sodatsu hen
191-Magical Taluluto Song & Music '92
192-Bakuso kyodai Let's&Go!! Max Music Collection
193-Jigoku Sensei NuBe Original Soundtrack
194-Zoids Original Soundtrack + Kotetsu no dokoku
195-Zoids Original Soundtrack +2 fukkatsu no taido
196-Zoids Original Soundtrack +3 Mission
197-Gatchaman OVA Original Soundtrack
198-Legend of Casshan OVA Ongakushuu
199-New Hurricane Polymer OVA Original Soundtrack
200-AIKa Music Collection


Hmmmm...quite a list! Can I make some recommendations?

Top Seven *New* ANIMEX1200 CDs You Need To Buy

This is going to be a short list. I haven't reviewed a lot of these CDs yet, so I really don't want to get too detailed.

07. Lady Battle Cop Original Soundtrack

I talked about this CD in my last entry. As I was writing the blog and doing a little bit a research, I made the discovery of this new wave of ANIMEX1200 CDs. I was shocked to see this one on there!

06. Tetsuwan Tantei Robotack Music Collection

A surprisingly solid CD. As it turns out, it's a bit uncommon. It's nice to see the music get a new lease on life. Also, since there is only one Robotack Music Collection there is no second music collection that will never get reissued.

05. Seijuu Sentai Gingaman Ongakushuu 1

While some of the best Gingaman music lives on the second and third music collections, this is still an excellent CD.

04. Kyuukyuu Sentai Gogo Five The Score 1

Contrary to the Gingaman music--the best Gogo Five music is on the first CD.

03. Kamen Rider SD Ongakushuu

First off, holy shit...I can't believe they swung back around to this CD to reissue. Wow.

I spoke very highly of this CD in the past and I also spoke of it's insane rarity. It's a very good CD and you really shouldn't miss out this time around!

02. Jukou B-Fighter Music Collection

Eiji Kawamura's final music collection. It's amazingly good and I definitely look forward to writing more about it later. Heh.

01. Blue SWAT Music Collection

This CD is a MUST. It is one of the most perfect Tokusatsu music collections ever. Again, I really, really look forward to writing about it. Definitely worth a purchase!


You can purchase all of these CDs from Amazon Japan, CD Japan, YesAsia or anywhere else you purchase goods from Japan. At the low, low prices that these are going for you might as well pick up a few to make the shipping prices worth your while.

My only issue? Columbia STILL hasn't released the music collections of Seiun Kamen Machineman or Kyodai Ken Bycrosser. Those two did have their song collections released on CD (I'll get to that also) but the music collections are still vinyl only. C'mon...before getting into the 90s, maybe Columbia should have put these rarities out.

Anyway...happy shopping. I hope you'll atleast buy the top three on my list. Hehe.


P.S. My Music Page is now up and running! I will update it periodically with my collection. All articles will end up there as I type them.


The CD Collection -- Rescue Hero Music Collections (1990-1992, 2007) + Lady Battle Cop

I'm back once again with another post about my absurd CD collection. This time I am going to take a look at possibly the biggest atonement of sins to ever carry the Toei and Nippon Columbia names. That's right, I am going to be looking at the original and new versions of the Rescue Hero Music Collections!

What do I mean by original and new versions? As usual there were Music Collections for the Rescue Hero (Winspector, Solbrain and Exceedraft) shows as the shows aired, but these CDs were...garbage to put it lightly.
Three, huh?...

The original CDs had very short tracklists (as few as 12 tracks in the case of Solbrain--and that includes the theme songs!) and really didn't have much in the way of memorable content from the shows. Whoever put these CDs together truly had a taste for the bland. Between 2003 and 2006 a new set of 2-Disc Music Collections were released for Gavan, Sharivan, and Shaider. I'll talk more about these sets later on, but in short they featured songs and music while also bringing together some rare materials like the Sharivan Synthesizer Fantasy Digital Trip etc. LP. There was also a Metalder 2-Disc sets that I'll be talking about later. If you are familiar with the Metalder 2-Disc set, you'll have a better understanding of what they did with the Rescue Hero music sets. What we have here is a complete collection of every piece of music made for these shows including variations and Instrumental Versions of every song from the Song Collection (and these shows were quite song heavy!).

...how about six? Boom.

These sets were released in 2007 at a very efficient pricepoint (¥3200, a steal considering the original 90s CDs were ¥2800) and, as usual, were printed in pretty short supply. I guess they didn't have much confidence in music collections from nearly 20 year old shows being hot sellers. Even I was caught asleep...only a little while ago I bought the Solbrain set to complete my collection of these glorious 2-Disc sets. These days these sets can sell for upwards of ¥10000. As usual, a deal can be found and usually if you hold out long enough you can find a seller selling theirs through consignment with Amazon Japan (these are labeled as "Fulfilled by Amazon"). Shipping is extremely fair and, atleast in my case, I get the CDs about two to three days after I order them depending on what time of day I place my order. Seriously, Amazon Japan is where you should be shopping for your Out-Of-Print CDs instead of asking me for mp3s

As I mentioned, the original CDs were pretty dreadful. A few tracks, nothing memorable, and some lame artwork to go along with it. Here are some comparisons...

Artwork. Solbraver, Soljeanne, and Solbraver...ugh

Content. Yes, 100 tracks versus 12. 12!!

Detailed liner notes with recording dates.

More is more. More is better.

As you can see, these sets were absolutely necessary. The art is better, the tracklists are complete, and the notes have atleast a paragraph dedicated to every single track. This is how it should be done!!

Now that I have the explainers out of the way, here are some brief thoughts on each release.


Tokkei Winspector Ongakushuu

Of the three Rescue Hero shows, this one was given the best Music Collection release. It's a more coherent and traditional CD that clocks in at fifty-nine minutes. Not too shabby, but definitely not complete. It should be noted that this CD is wall to wall music, there are no TV size versions of the theme songs to bookend/pad this release.

On top of this, the lyricless song Winspector Action was left out and released on the second song collection. If you've ever heard Winspector Action you probably know what I'm on about...it's pretty much an unfinished song...it even has background vocals.

I suppose you really can't hope for much when you release a show's music collection so early into it's airing.

Tokkei Winspector Original Soundtrack

The first of the 2-Disc sets does not disappoint at all. It includes all of the music from the 1990 release as well as many unreleased tracks. There are Instrumental versions of ALL of the songs as well as two different versions of Winspector Action (one is without background vocals).

The only issue I have, and this is a recurring one, is that the instrument of choice for whoever did the instrumental versions is a shrill-sounding synthesizer. For this show, for Solbrain, and for Excreedraft. This isn't really the fault of the CD or whatever engineer compiled this CD, though. As I mentioned in my last blog, short versions of some of these instrumentals were included on the Battle Music Collections. It really goes without saying that these tracks go back to the early 90s and maybe whoever did the Music Collections back then left them off the original music collection CDs in protest.

Either way, they're kinda hit or miss. Some of them are awful, some are tolerable. They could've been great, though...I really like the songs from these shows.

Disc 1 is colored like Fire, Disc 2 like Walter and Bikel

Tokkyushirei Solbrain Ongakushuu

Twelve tracks...thirty five minutes...AWFUL.

Tokkyushirei Solbrain Original Soundtrack

This CD wins the award for most improved. While the 1991 Solbrain CD did have a few good pieces buried in it's not-depths, this one is packed with it. Like I said earlier, this CD set has 100 tracks. 100! My favorite is the action BGM that heads off the second disc. Where the hell was that on the original release?? Maybe I would have cut it a little bit of slack if it was thirty-five minutes of good music.

Anyway, this is a great set. The instrumental tracks are pretty much as lame as the Winspector ones, but as I said...this was expected.

Disc 1 is colored like Braver, Disc 2 like Jeanne and Dozer

Tokusou Exceedraft Ongakushuu

I will give this disc some credit...it's aesthetically pleasing. The front and back covers feature some very cool photos of the Exceedraft team and the disc itself is actually photo printed, which was rare for Columbia to do at the time.

The music on this disc does not move the needle at all. This is a stultifyingly bland collection of music. Shockingly it is only three minutes longer than the Solbrain CD with a runtime of thirty-eight minutes. It just feels much, much longer.

Tokusou Exceedraft Original Soundtrack

This set is kinda light compared to the other two. Since everything is listed in the liner notes, I imagine that they just didn't make an abundant amount of music for this series.

The Instrumental tracks are a little bit out of control here. The synthesizer used in the Barius 7 theme sounds like something out of a DOS game. Some of the more action-ish tunes that weren't included in the 1992 CD are a little more jazz based. You know what I say about Metal Hero music? The brassier, the better!

Disc 1 is colored like Redder, Disc 2 like Blues and Keace


How about a little bonus? She may not be a Rescue Hero, but she certainly looks the part. Here is the Soundtrack from the 1990 V-Cinema Lady Battle Cop!

Lady Battle Cop Original Soundtrack

Eiji Kawamura is probably my favorite Tokusatsu composer of all-time. When he has a bad day, things like the Lady Battle Cop soundtrack get released. That's not to say this is a bad disc, but it certainly isn't the high spot. Kamen Rider J...now that was a bad disc...

As I have probably mentioned before, the big reason I really enjoy Eiji Kawamura is that his music retains a certain flavor over the years while managing to grow nicely with the time. If you listen to his first soundtrack (Kamen Rider BLACK) and his last (Jukou B-Fighter) you'll notice that they sound appropriate for the time they were released yet very familiar...and different. He really had a certain command over his work over some composers that pumped out the same music year after year (Akihiko Yoshida did the TurFiZyumanger Music Collection for example).

This CD is forty minutes long, which is longer than the Solbrain and Exceedraft CDs ugh. It features music that is, in all honesty, quite good. If you like the music from Kamen Rider BLACK RX, consider a lot of this to be runoff since they were released in the neighborhood-ish of each other. While it does sound a bit like the RX music, it is also kind of a link between RX and Kamen Rider ZO, which was also done by Kawamura. 

Also included here are full size versions of both vocal songs from the movie--believe my life and the ending song No No Give-up. It would have been nice to have instrumental versions or Karaoke versions, but oh well.

Overall, this is a pretty solid CD. I recommend it if you're like me and a fan of Kawamura's work. 

As a side note, the two vocal songs from this film were released as a CD Single (the lone Toei CD Single from the 90s that I do not own) and on a cassette tape. The cassette is even more rare AND contains Karaoke versions of both tracks. So if Karaoke versions existed...why weren't they included on the CD Single? Or better yet, why weren't they included on the Soundtrack??


Thanks for sticking with me as I recover from traveling the country and battle a pretty nasty cold. I promise I will have a centralized Music Page up soon to compile articles I've written about music and my CD Collection. It's definitely coming...so stay tuned!

As always, thanks for reading.



The CD Collection -- Metal Hero Special CDs (1995-1997)

Welcome back to my never-ending series on my enormous CD collection. I like writing these posts on my CD collection because it gives me an opportunity to go back and not only listen to my CDs, but to give them some serious thought.

I am a bit short on time this week, so I will only be talking about six CDs instead of my usual eight hundred or so (maybe I should start shortening these CD posts, no?). The CDs I chose this week contain some properly rare material. Like Super Sentai and Kamen Rider, Metal Hero got the insane CD treatment in the mid 90s. Here is a list of some of the releases from the specialty CD series...

Toei Metal Hero Karaoke Collection (2 CDs)
Toei Metal Hero Battle Music Collection (4 CDs)
Toei Metal Hero BGM Collection (2 2-Disc Sets)
Toei Metal Hero Song Collection (4? ?-Disc Sets)

I don't very much care for the last two sets of releases since BGM and Song Collections are pretty common for Metal Hero shows (and something that I plan of covering extensively in the future). My main focus today are the Karaoke and Battle Music Collections, which are very rare.

Before I get into the meat of the content of these discs, I recommend reading my previous entries on Sentai Music Collections and Song Collections to get some of the lingo down. I really don't want to devote two extra paragraphs on the matter especially when I have to explain one quick thing before I get started...

I am a crazy person...but I have my limits. Normally I stay the hell away from former rental CDs and only buy CDs that were always in private hands. I was able to get all four of the Battle Music Collection CDs for a very low price (¥3200 for the four, not bad when each disc cost ¥2427 each when new) and a guarantee that all discs were in like-new condition from the seller.

Yes, CD rentals were a big thing in Japan. Typically the give-away is an unremoveable seal on the cover along with the obi (paper spine cover) being permanently attached to the CD case. Fortunitely in the case of my Battle Music Collection CDs, there are no seals attached to the covers--only the obi are attached to the cases. I own very, very few former rental CDs...but when I do it's usually because the deals were too good to pass up on lightly used discs.

Now on to the main event...


Toei Metal Hero Shudaika Karaoke Collection Vol. 1

I don't know what it is with these Karaoke CDs. Columbia put only a few of them out and didn't print many. The Sentai set that I talked about in my earlier post goes for ten times more than it's vocal counterpart and in the case of these Metal Hero discs...well they're even more rare.

As the cover would suggest, this CD contains Karaoke from Metal Hero shows spanning from Gavan to Jiraiya. The tracklist is divided in such a way that most of the series have three tracks a piece--the three tracks being the OP, ED and one IN song. Gavan gets two IN songs, while poor Juspion only gets the OP and ED songs. When it comes to Spielban, he has both ending songs and no IN song.

Besides the lack of a Juspion IN song (hey, I like that Ginga no Tarzan song) my only real beef is with the second Spielban ED song Kesho da!. This track isn't Karaoke, rather it is the instrumental version of the song. I already had this issue with the Dynaman and Changeman Song Collections if you want to read further into why this is a problem.

Other than that...this is a great CD. Of the three main Toei franchises, Metal Hero Karaoke is very, very, VERY hard to come by. The series on this disc are particularly difficult since these are all shows that came out before they popularity of CDs and the CD Single.

Toei Metal Hero Shudaika Karaoke Collection Vol.2

The continuation of the Metal Hero Karaoke series begins with Jiban and ends with B-Fighter.

As I mentioned previously the advent of the CD Single made way for some Karaoke to be given some standard releases. The earliest CD Single to be given Karaoke was Exceedraft with Janperson and Blue SWAT also including Karaoke on their singles. Annoyingly the B-Fighter Shudaika single didn't have any Karaoke damn you, Forte but the later Black Beet/Mega Herakles single by Columbia did have Karaoke for those two songs.

So even though some shows had some Karaoke released, this CD is essential for any collector.

The layout is even more straight-forward than it was on the previous disc. There are three songs per show--OP, IN, and ED songs. There are some really good choices here like Gekisou! Rescue Machine from Winspector and Shutsugeki! Beet Machine from B-Fighter. I like Fighting Solmachine from Solbrain, but would have much rather preferred Rescue Action Kokoro wo sukue. I really, really wish they could have spread this into two discs to include even more gems, but it is what it is.


Toei Metal Hero Battle Music Collection Vol.1

I have a hard time explaining to some people what these "Battle Music Collection" CDs are. Basically they are comprised of leftover music that was left off of the Music Collections for whatever reason. A few times I have run into duplicate tracks (on this particular disc there are some tracks from Janperson and Blue SWAT that also appear on the regular music collections). I guess "Battle Music" sounds better that "Misplaced" or "Forgotten" or "Stuff We Didn't Find Very Interesting". Either way, these CDs are a nice companion piece to the regular Music Collections from each series.

With this CD, I am very familiar with the content from the original CDs. The Janperson, Blue SWAT, and B-Fighter music collections get regular play for me so I can say that this disc is an amazingly important addition to my collection. Seeing as the music collections for all three of these shows were done by Forte, it's no surprise that there is a lot of missing content. The Janperson and Blue SWAT CDs in particular lack instrumental versions of the vocal songs. This CD makes up for it by including short versions of a lot of instrumental songs from all three shows.

Of the four discs in this set, this one is hands down my favorite. It really ties the loose ends for all three shows.

Toei Metal Hero Battle Music Collection Vol.2

This CD covers Winspector, Solbrain and Excreedraft. When this CD was released...it was up there in importance with Vol. 1 in terms of unreleased goods. However, in 2007 all three shows were given very thorough and complete versions of their Music Collections. I will cover these CDs in the future along with the awful early 90s counterparts.

So in the late 90s, this was all very new and exclusive material...but today the only exclusive tracks are the short versions of the song instrumentals. The full size versions were all released in 2007.

Toei Metal Hero Battle Music Collection Vol.3

Instead of going the logical route and covering the next three Metal Hero shows in descending order, this disc jumps even further back in time to cover Gavan, Sharivan, and Shaider. Why? I have no idea.

The same thing happened here that happened with Vol.2. All of the music here was new when this CD came out, but all of the Uchuu Keiji shows got the complete music collection treatment between 2003 and 2006. Again, there isn't a whole heap of unique content here anymore.

Toei Metal Hero Battle Music Collection Vol.4

OK, now Columbia is just trolling us. It's pretty clear that they planned on ending the series with this disc...but Juspion, Spielban, and Jiban? Right...

This CD is as important as the first volume in terms of exclusive content. None of the shows represented here got the complete music collection treatment in the '00s. My biggest issue has to do with the bizarre tracklist. Juspion has only six tracks with one of which being the episode preview music. Spielban has eight with most of them being instrumental short versions of songs. Jiban has a whopping thirteen, again the majority being short instrumentals plus TV size versions of the theme songs.

Yeah, there is NO consistency in the tracklist. This CD is truly made up of scraps...but also has a whiff of licensing issues or some other kind of problem. They really couldn't fit in some more Juspion content?

This is a pretty decent CD, though. It is a bit sloppy, but with modern software these tracks can be seemlessly blended into the music collections from which they came if you so desire.


So where does that leave Metalder and Jiraiya? Well, Metalder did get one of those awesome 2-Disc Music Collections in 2007 (again, I will be talking about all of these in the future) as well as an ANIMEX1200 version of the original 1987 CD in 2004. Jiraiya...poor Jiraiya. The only Jiraiya music we have ever gotten was released on the original 1988 soundtrack which was also given the ANIMEX1200 treatment in 2004. So it has a remaster, but hasn't had any new content in twenty six years.


So those are the special Metal Hero CDs from the 90s. Each of these CDs is proof that at times Toei and Columbia can work together to make sure that fans can get the full experience for the shows that they love. When I get around to talking to those 2-Disc sets that I alluded to, you'll see that even as recently as a few years ago they continue to give love to old shows.

Thanks for taking another peek into my world of CDs. I will be back soon with more!



The CD Collection -- Super Sentai Complete Song Collections (1996-1998)

Not to be confused with my previous entry on Super Sentai Music Collections--I am back with a massive write-up of the Complete Song Collections for Super Sentai!

As I mentioned before, there was a lot going on in the world of Toei Tokusatsu music in the mid to late 90s. In fact, I typed up a little list to show how packed the Sentai releases were...

-Toei Sentai Battle Music Collections (2 CDs)
-Toei Sentai Robo Battle Music Collections (4 CDs)
-Toei Sentai Heroine Music Collection (1 CD)
-Super Sentai Music Collection Series (19 CDs)
-Super Sentai Complete Song Collections (18 CDs)
Well...as it turns out I totally forgot about two releases on my list. I forgot about...

Toei Sentai Series Single Collection (2-CD Set)
Toei Sentai Series Shudaika Karaoke Collection (2-CD Set)

So...I might as well talk about those two first, just to get them out of the way.

Toei Sentai Series Single Collection

When this CD set was released it was really the first definitive collection of Sentai Opening and Ending theme songs. Except...it wasn't. It is missing two ending songs, Miyo! Goranger and 1 tasu 2 tasu Sunvulcan. It's kind of a shame since I think that Miyo! Goranger is one of the coolest ending songs. Outside of the two missing tracks this is a cool collection, especially if you're only interested in the full versions of Opening and Ending theme songs and nothing else.

Why would I have a such a pedestrian CD in my collection since I have all of these songs about fifty times over? Well, there is a Bonus Track on the second disc. It is the infamous disco travesty known as Super Sentai Banparaban in it's very first digital release! That's right, up until this CD set was released it only shared a vinyl 45 with it's sister song Stars on Kamen Rider in 1982.

Super Sentai Banparaban is a very puzzling song when you dissect it. Like I mentioned, it was released in 1982...a time when, well, Super Sentai really wasn't much of a thing. This is basically a medley of theme songs from Goranger, JAKQ, Battle Fever J, Denjiman, Sunvulcan, Goggle Five, Daitetsujin 17 and Gavan... Even in 1982 they couldn't keep Gavan out of Sentai. Also, it's pretty strange to see acknowledgement for Goranger and JAKQ, two series that weren't considered Super Sentai Series until 1994.

My point is...that song sucks.

Toei Sentai Series Shudaika Karaoke Collection

This CD is the same as the previous set except from some slightly different artwork and the fact that all of the tracks are Original Karaoke versions of the songs.

Again, this CD seems to be a little too pointless to be in my collection, but once again there are some very exclusive songs to this set. The term Original Karaoke means that the main vocals have been removed, but the backing vocals remain intact. The CDs you will be reading about below feature Karaoke tracks of various nature. Most of the time the Original Karaoke version is used, but there are some cases where the No-Chorus or Off-Chorus Karaoke is used. Those versions have the backing vocals removed in addition to the main vocals. The most popular exclusives from this set I can think of are the Jetman Opening and Ending themes. The Original Karaoke versions are only found on this set.

Oh yes, and the only release of the Karaoke version of Super Sentai Banparaban lives on this set.

Thanks to the superfan following that Karaoke tracks have, this set is very rare.


Alright, so now I am going to get into the main event--The Complete Song Collections. Much like the Music Collections that I wrote about earlier (seriously, you should really read that article before moving on with this one) these CDs were released over the course of two years. I suppose I should breakdown the types of content on these discs...

An image song (IM) is a song that is inspired by the show, but isn't heard during the course of the show. An insert song (IN) is a song that was used in the show. A good example of this is a mecha theme song where you can hear the lyrics being sung. I talked about Karaoke versions and the difference between Original Karaoke and No Chorus Karaoke above. The Opening (OP) and Ending (ED) theme songs are pretty self-explanatory. A character song is a song for a specific character, sometimes sung by the actor. Oh yes, and there are also songs that have alternate versions included. I will be sure to point all of these out.
In terms of current availability, well, these CDs are much more common than their Music Collection counterparts. Part of this has to do with the popularity of this line in the 90s, the other part has to do with the fact that this entire set was reprinted in 2006 for the 30th anniversary of Super Sentai! Columbia really did something awesome by reprinting this entire set. Even though I had these CDs prior to their reprint I can confirm that these 2006 reprints are 100% identical to their 90s releases--right down to the catalog numbers (e.g. COCC-12345). Granted, that was eight years ago at this point...but imagine how much harder these CDs would be to find if there was only the 90s printings.

Enough with all of that--time to talk about some CDs! Eighteen of them!

Himitsu Sentai Goranger Complete Song Collection

Where else could this series start other than Goranger? Actually...the Music Collections started with Battle Fever J and Denjiman, so I guess it really could've started anywhere.

I suppose the best way to describe this CD is...excellent. There is a song for each of the Goranger and there are also theme songs for mecha like Baridoreen and Bariballoon. This is the prototypical Sentai Song Collection and how they all should be. This is probably the singular best Tokusatsu Song Collection to come out of the 70s. The action songs are great and the character songs are all charming in their own ways.

Tracks 1-16 are vocal songs, 17-26 are Karaoke versions of various songs.

JAKQ Dengekitai Complete Song Collection

The JAKQ song collection is significantly moodier than the Goranger one, but still has some nice songs. I really like JAKQ Machine Rock. The Crime song is just...weird.

Tracks 1-10 are vocal songs, 11-20 are Karaoke versions of all songs.

Battle Fever J Complete Song Collection

This is a pretty sorry excuse of a CD. It's only eleven tracks long and based on only five BFJ songs. There was literally nothing else they could've put on this CD? They didn't even include a Karaoke version of ashita no senshitachi rather tacking a TV size version of the song at the end.

Tracks 1-5 are vocal songs, 6-9 are Karaoke versions of most songs, 10 is an alternate version of Battle Fever Dai Sanka, and 11 is a TV size version of ashita no senshitachi.

Denshi Sentai Denjiman Complete Song Collection

This CD is also pretty short, but atleast it's pretty complete. I'm not entirely sure what the full story is behind the Denjiman song called Ginga Honey, but it wasn't included on this disc. The song remained unreleased until the MONO version was included in the Gattai Tamashii CD Set from 2001.

Oh yes, it should be noted that the version of hoshikara kita choheiki is slightly different from the original vinyl version of this song. In that version the song begins with "Denji Energy, Switch ON!". I wonder why it was cut out...

Tracks 1-7 are vocal songs, 8-14 are Karaoke versions of all songs.

Taiyo Sentai Sunvulcan Complete Song Collection

Alright, now we're getting back into having a decent amount of content. They turned up the disco dial quite a bit for the Sunvulcan songs, which is fine I suppose since most of the songs are pretty good. You have classics like the Sunvulcanrobo theme and yume no tsubasa wo. It should be noted that this is Akira Kushida's Sentai debut and only the second Sentai outting for Ichiro Mizuki (he did two of the IN songs for Battle Fever J...that barely counts).

At this point I feel I should also talk about the cover art for the CDs in this series. For the most part they look pretty cool, but then there are covers like this one. It may look like I did a lousy job taking the picture of this CD, but the clarity of the logo suggests that I had a steady hand. I'm not sure why they used such a blurry photo of Vuleagle, but they did. Some of the pictures are pretty clear, some are slightly blurry...and then there is this cover.

Tracks 1-15 are vocal songs, 16-22 are Karaoke versions of most songs.

Dai Sentai Goggle Five Complete Song Collection

Goggle Five might have a pretty lousy opening theme song, but the rest of the songs are actually decent. The Gogglerobo song is good as is the ending theme Stop The Battle. I like songs like Flash! Goggle Five and Neppu Shadow, but there are also some stinkers like Goggle Five no March and the Comboy song.

Tracks 1-11 are vocals songs, 12-19 are Karaoke versions of most songs, 20 is the slow version of the Gogglepink song and 21 is the alternate version of the Goggle Five opening theme song. I talked about the different versions in the past...

Kagaku Sentai Dynaman Complete Song Collection

I really like how MoJo sounded in the 80s...and sadly this is the last we heard from him until his return to Sentai in 2001 with the Gaoranger song Eyes of Justice. This song collection is a lot more upbeat, smooth, and rock-ish than the disco flavored Goggle Five song collection.

It's been awhile since they screwed something up.....so how did they screw up this one?

Well, when it comes to the Karaoke tracks, some of them aren't Karaoke but rather instrumental versions. The difference is that instead of the vocals being silenced, they are replaced with an instrument such as a horn. To make matters worse, the instrumental versions here are MONO rather than stereo. Fortunately this is only done with two songs (both of which, I should mention, were released in instrumental form on the Dynaman Music Collection), but really it should've been done with zero songs...

Tracks 1-9 are vocal songs, 10, 12, 14-18 are Karaoke versions, 11 and 13 are instrumental versions and 20 is the slow version of the Dynaman ending song.

Chodenshi Bioman Complete Song Collection

Another straight-forward CD of some rather straight-forward songs. I guess it would be best to describe the Bioman songs as more on the jazzy side a long with some rock. Oh, and yes... there is a song called Sexual Lady here. It sucks. IIRC it was used in one of the montages in Gaoranger vs. Super Sentai along with the much better Bioman song Blue Togetherness. OH! And the Biorobo song totally makes up for how much the Peebo song sucks. The last 45 seconds of the Biorobo song are the most amazing thing ever.

Tracks 1-10 are vocal songs, 11-20 are Karaoke versions of all songs.

Dengeki Sentai Changeman Complete Song Collection

Ohhhh yeah. I love Changeman songs! ...*sigh* So how did they screw it up?

They screwed it up the same way they screwed up the Dynaman song collection. This time the tracks are listed as being Karaoke on the tracklist when they are, in fact, instrumental versions. Atleast they listed them as instrumental versions in the Dynaman tracklist. Again, two songs were victimized, the Changerobo theme (noooooooo!) and GREAT PASSION. Normally I like instrumental versions, but these two sound like ass.

As for the songs, Changeman was the Super Sentai debut of Hironobu Kageyama...and this collection is very heavy with his work. All the songs are very good with maybe GREAT PASSION and Earth Force being on the weaker side.

Seriously, though...they also messed up the Changeman Music Collection. Maybe that one was a little worse, but what does Columbia have against Changeman? Did Ibuki kick their puppy or something?

Tracks 1-12 are vocal songs, 13-14, 16, 18-21 are Karaoke versions of most songs, 15 and 17 are instrumental versions.

Choshinsei Flashman Complete Song Collection

Flashman songs are much like Changeman songs if you used less guitar and more synthesizers. I really like Flashman songs, especially the Flashking song, but that same cheesy drum machine drum beat poisons most of the songs. Blah. That said, the only Flashman song I genuinely don't like is the Mag song. Action No.1 is such a strange song... Its basically a 1986 version of Miyo! Goranger.

Tracks 1-11 are vocal songs, 12 is vocal/instrumental hybrid version of Action No.1, 13-20 are Karaoke versions of most songs.

Hikari Sentai Maskman Complete Song Collection

Kageyama is back for another soundtrack! The Maskman songs carry on  a similar flavor from Changeman and Flashman with their uptempo rockness. If anything, though, I would say it leans a little closer to the Changeman song collection than Flashman. Not because of Kageyama, but the music just seems to be a bit more on the rock side.

Both versions of the Shot Bomber song are included. Type A is for Shot Bomber and was used as the Movie Opening song and Type B replaces the "Shot Bomber" lyric with "Jet Cannon". Let's Laser Magnum!

This is a solid disc. The only thing it lacks is a Karaoke version of Telepathize shite kure. It's such a nice song.

Tracks 1-11 are vocal songs, 12-19 are Karaoke versions of most songs, and 20 is 'Shot Bomber' Type B.

Chojuu Sentai Liveman Complete Song Collection

There is a noticeable jump in quality between the Maskman and Liveman song collections. The music used in the songs started to sound much richer. I'm not sure why they invested in production, but they definitely picked a good year to do it. All of the songs are great here. Even Hop Step Love Jump! is a decent song--possibly the only decent Robot-Helper song in Sentai history. Seigi wa fumetsu sa Liveman is kinda tacky, though.

Oh, and at 19 tracks this disc is kinda bare. If they added another Karaoke to bring it up to an even 20 it would've been much nicer.

Tracks 1-12 are vocal songs, 13-19 are Karaoke versions of most songs.

Kousoku Sentai Turboranger Complete Song Collection

I've long stated that the Turboranger and Ohranger song collections sound far superior to other song collections of the 80s and 90s. The producing on both of them is very rich and detailed. Just listen to the Turboranger theme and follow it up with the Fiveman theme. It feels like someone poured water in my ears whenever I do it.

This song collection is heavy on songs by Kenta Satou, who played Riki (Red Turbo). Usually I would frown on such a thing, but he actually did nice work on these songs while somehow not being a great singer. Weird how that worked out.

Tracks 1-12 are vocal songs, 13-20 are Karaoke versions of most songs.

Chikyu Sentai Fiveman Complete Song Collection

I'm not a huge fan of Fiveman. This is a CD of the songs from Fiveman. A match made in boring heaven.

Outside of Brother Blood and the Fiverobo theme, this Song Collection is pretty bland. Kung Fu Dance is pretty cool too, I guess. This has to be the most boring Sentai Song Collection, though.

Tracks 1-12 are vocal songs, 13-21 are Karaoke versions of most songs, 22 is the Piano version of the New Town school theme.

Chojin Sentai Jetman Complete Song Collection

The final song collection in the Hironobu Kageyama trilogy. Sure, he didn't do enough IN/IM songs as he should have in this collection...but the ones he did were great. Well, I've never been crazy about the opening theme song, but Kokoro wa Tamago is such a fantastic song. Really, if that wasn't the ending song I think the show would've lost quite a bit of spark.

I like the songs on this CD, but they're a little bit all over the place. I suppose variety can be good, but this just seems a little bit sloppy. I mean, even the song from Ako's ramen commercial is here (along with the Karaoke version).

Tracks 1-12 are vocal songs, 13-20 are Karaoke versions of most songs.

Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger Complete Song Collection

Zyuranger was given much better love in the Music Collection than it was here in the Song Collection. I like songs like the Tyrannoranger theme, the Dragon Caesar theme, and the Pteraranger theme, but the rest kinda fall flat. I have to be the only person who can't stand the Bandora song--ugh. I do like the theme songs quite a bit and am in the minority thinking that the ending theme is an underrated gem.

My only real complaint about this CD is the lack of a Karaoke version of the song Pop up night. There was clearly room on the disc for it, and if they included it all of the songs would've been represented in the Karaoke half of the CD. Oh well...

Tracks 1-10 are vocal songs, 11-19 are Karaoke versions of most songs.

Gosei Sentai Sentai Dairanger Complete Song Collection

This is a song collection that pales in comparison of the series. That isn't to say that the songs on this disc aren't good or even enjoyable, but for the most part they just don't fit Dairanger. Part of Dairanger's success should be credited to Eiji Kawamura's awesome music collection. The song collection is pretty much just there... That said, there are a few truly good songs like the Daibuster theme as well as the Won Tiger theme. OH, and the opening and ending theme songs are excellent.

As usual this CD skimped out on the Karaoke collection. Oh well...

Tracks 1-11 are vocal songs, 12-17 are Karaoke versions of most songs.

Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Complete Song Collection

I mentioned in my Music Collection post that the Kakuranger 2-Disc Music Collection was a treat but sadly missing a bunch of content from a show that I love so much. This CD pretty much falls into the same category--love it, but hate it.

I love all of the Kakuranger songs except the Tsuruhime song (it's alright, just boring) and the Nekomaru song. The way this CD is laid out is much different from the previous Song Collections. Rather than having a Karaoke collection it has a selection of Bonus tracks. Two of which are One Chorus versions of the Muteki Shogun and Kakure Daishogun themes. UGH! Pointless stuff like that should've been limited to the Music Collections. The only Karaoke tracks included are a short version of the Tsuruhime theme and the opening and ending theme songs.

The two other bonus tracks...were a pretty wise inclusion I must admit. One is the version of Kiai Hyakuhatsu! Kakuranger that played in the show. The difference between this version and the original is the omission of "Super Henge! Doron Changer!" from the lyrics. The other bonus track is an alternate version of Hoshi yo, nijimuna! that features a backing vocal over the lyrics "karada ippai hirogaru kizu ni" the first time it's sung and "itsumo ashita wo mitsumeru hitomi". Both of the bonus tracks have very, very minor differences but were totally worth including for the insane completist such as myself.

Overall...I'm bummed that Kakuranger and Ohranger are probably the most under-represented Sentai series when it comes to Karaoke, but both kinda made out OK in sheer volume of content. But yeah, this CD could've been better. The One Chorus versions were absolutely pointless with space that could've been spent on some Karaoke.

Tracks 1-12 are vocal songs, 13-14 are Karaoke versions of the theme songs, 15-19 are the bonus tracks that I mentioned above.


It really would've been great to have an Ohranger Complete Song Collection, but it was never to be. I mentioned that Kakuranger was robbed in the Karaoke department (Both themes, Both Mecha themes from the CD Single and the short version of the Tsuruhime song) but Ohranger was REALLY robbed. Just the opening and ending theme songs...that's it. Even though Ohranger only had ten songs...if they did Karaoke versions of like seven or eight they could've had a full CD. What would it take for Columbia to retroactively release such a CD? Maybe they can atleast acknowledge the abandoned theme songs from Ohranger...

This was yet another glimpse into the twisted music collection of CCLemon99. I have pleeeenty of more to write about. I am currently figuring out how I am going to write about Metal Hero since I have an absolute ton of CDs. I also have plenty of Rider, Sentai, and Misc CDs to write about. Yes, I am insane.

See ya!