CCLemon99 Magazine Issue Seven

It's been a long, long time since I've done one of these...

Welcome to the topic jambalaya known as CCLemon99 Magazine! I haven't done one of these in almost two years, but I guess I have enough small topics rattling around in my brain to do another issue.

Before I get started, I hope you're staying safe and sane. It's been rough lately and I know that a lot of us exist on different levels of introvert. Personally I love to travel and was in Las Vegas *just* before things started shutting down. I miss getting out, but I also want to be a responsible person. The State that I live in is being hit particularly hard, so it's really important to be diligent and take things slow. I hope you're staying well during all of this.

Enough of that...let's get into some topics.



This shouldn't be a massive shock, but I'm not a fan of streaming. I know, I know...the guy with the massive media collection doesn't like the idea of shelling out $10+/month in perpetuity to have the chance to view things as long as precious licensing agreements are intact. Call me fickle, but I just like having a disc.


The past couple of months have been awesome for Tokusatsu fans.

I would have to say that the biggest and best shock is the Toei Tokusatsu World International Youtube Channel coming out of nowhere to unload a slew of old series...and Shin Kamen Rider. The upload schedule is a bit convoluted and strange, but it's certainly the correct way to do it in order to grow their channel. In due time we may have complete series for several shows that would have otherwise never given a chance outside of Japan. The press release is here.

There are a few small blips of weirdness.

-Super Sentai releases are not happening in North America due to licensing (my next post will cover this more indepth) but are available outside of NA. Better fire up the VPN...
-Kamen Rider series are being done elsewhere.
-Some Metal Hero series are being omitted due to licensing (VR Troopers, Beetleborgs). Juspion had itself a big Bluray release recently, which I hope you all snagged! I think Kamen Rider ZO and J will likely be skipped out due to the same reason the VR Trooper Metal Hero series are.
-All of the Fushigi Comedy Series are being released...except Shushutorian. I have a theory that the Ultraman episode is what killed that prospect. I can't see any other reason for that series to be skipped. Maybe the girls' reunion in Kakuranger 35 brings it a little too close to that Sentai license? Nah......

Once they got over the initial hiccup of the channel being copyright taken down by none other than Toei (Ha!) It's been running solid with the uploads.

Speaking of Kamen Rider, our buds at Shout! have the entire series streaming on both their site and Tubi. Phenominal! In addition to this, Kamen Rider Kuuga was juuust announced as the next series to be added. It'll be joining Shout!'s TokuSHOUTsu on Friday, 01 May.

Ultraman...nothing really new there. I am certainly enjoying the ongoing Bluray releases more than the streaming. Looking forward to eventually getting a Leo and 80 Bluray.

This really is the golden age of legal Tokusatsu accessibility outside of Japan. Please...let's not screw this up.


A Great Documentary!

Long-time pal Mike Dent created excellent 25 minute doc on the Shogun Warriors line on his Vintage Henshin Youtube Channel. I also recommend checking out his Unpacking The Toys That Made Us video for obvious reasons.

Be sure to give him a like, a subscribe, a smooch and tell him I said "Hi".


Some Isolation Listening

During this whole global mess that we're in as of this writing, I've been mostly staying home. When I do have to venture out for work, I do so alone. So I've really been listening to music and podcasts non-stop to keep myself occupied.

Here are some mini-reviews of a handful of random things that stuck out during a re-listen.

KMFDM [symbols]

I write about music all the time on this site, yet I never really dig into what kind of music I like outside of the random album I may be talking about. KMFDM has always been one of those bands I've dug the most out of my love for industrial rock. The [symbols] album in particular holds dear since it was the first thing I ever picked up from the band.

In 2020 this album still slams. It isn't my favorite effort of theirs, but I found myself even more drawn to it upon my recent revisit. Especially as the world has kinda spiralled into madness recently. Oddly prophetic for 1997...or were they always just calling out the inevitable? I mean the album's name is a set of Emojis before they were even a thing...

Some other great songs from other albums are the '90 version of GODLIKE, Virus [Dub], Liebeslied, and Help Us Save Us Take Us Away. Oh...and ITCHY BITCHY! I could go on and on about KMFDM, but I can almost feel your eyes glazing over through the internet.

Just know that if a song is a whack-ass dance banger from the late 80s and early 90s, I probably like it. It's why I have such an affinity for the Liveman's Ashita ni ikiru ze!.

KMFDM sucks!

Ultra Anime Eurobeat Series Gaiden
Tokusatsu Oh!~Forever Chumei Watanabe~

I talked about this album way back in 2015, but I'm here to report that I still love it. This is the ultimate Tokusatsu cover album...and I genuinely hate Eurobeat! Maybe I don't, though. Maybe this is the only instance where it's done right.

The whole album is definitely an experience and one that I just wanted to remind you of it's existence.

I couldn't find this album on Youtube, though I didn't look particularly hard. I'm feeling generous, though. I'm likely going to rip this for flacs soon and they may accidentally leak out onto the internet... Anything is possible...

Sukeban Deka III The Best Re Member

I may talk about this one in the future since I know there are some Sukeban Deka fans out there. This album is the most recent Sukeban Deka CD release and is already pretty much sold out. Trying to collect every song from all three series is a pain because it seems like everyone had their own label.

This disc has a lot of the really fun songs, though. None of the girls are particularly good at singing, but Yui Asaka is probably the most competent. I really enjoy the mastering of this album. It's loud and forceful...great for a set of largely upbeat tracks.

Police Story III Soundtrack

The movie itself is easily my favorite of Jackie Chan's Police Story movies. No, I don't mean the US version called "Supercop". The unedited Police Story III with the Cantonese track for me, please. The movie is just so gritty and grim. It used all of the weird happenstance stuff from the first two films and removed the cartoonishness. He may have gone a bit further with Crime Story, but that movie rules as well.

The movie has a great soundtrack to accompany it. The Cantonese version of the ending credit theme by Jackie Chan is also probably my favorite song of his. Yes, better than Kung Fu Fighting Man. I picked it up this CD like a thousand years ago when it was still reasonably available and still give it a random re-listen.

S.S.T. Band -30th Anniversary Box-

I started to write about this beast, but ended up hitting the pause button. How about a full review? I have another SEGA product to review as well. Maybe I should make a month of it? Hmmm...

More to come...

Chisato Moritaka The Singles

I've had this 3-Disc set for yeeeeears and never listened past the first disc. In all fairness, I mostly picked it up for it's low price and the fact that the first disc has some great songs. Overnight Heat, The Mi-Ha, and 17 Sai are great singles to build a career on. Personally I love The Stress -Stress Chuukinto Version the best. Oddly enough I just found out that the weirdly delightful video for the song got caught up in the Youtube algorithm recently for whatever reason. *shrug*

I decided to give the rest of this set a listen. Not so much for this mini-review, but because I paid for the whole set, not just the first disc. Besides, some of Moriaka's most successful work was released beyond the first disc.

I regret not getting into her later songs sooner. Things really pick up with her 1995 single Futari wa koibito -- a song that I absolutely adore now. The video for the song is pretty rad too since since Moritaka does dual duty on drums and other instruments for the majority of her songs. Moritaka is definitely a very talented entertainer and once the 80s were behind her, she really shined just a little bit brighter.

While I don't think the set needs a full examination, I really did enjoy scoping it out more. Even her Chistmas single is pretty damn catchy...


Nope! Kiramager Packaging is the Worst!

I almost made a full post out of this, but I think I should just reduce my stress and complain about this as briefly as possible.

I haaaaaaate the packaging for a lot of the Kiramager toys. So far I've only gotten the DX Kiramai Changer and I don't think I have many thoughts on the toy itself. The packaging is so close to the lousy "TRY ME!" type packaging that all shitty American toys use. It doesn't go that far, though. The toy is still contained fully in plastic. The issue is that any kind of window, especially a protruding one like this, has to be handled with extreme care. It's just going to pick up so much dust and scratches and schmutz over the years.

The toy itself seems to be of the same fragility. Yeah, if you go on Amazon Japan you'll find all kind of third party sellers selling screen protectors for the damn thing. Really?? I see a lot of damaged loose toys in the future.

Like I said, I don't want to get into this too much for my sanity's sake...but c'mon!


That's all I have for now. Feel free to check out past issues of my little magazine deal for more irrelevant chatter. I'll be back next month with a post that has been marinating for almost an entire year. I think. Unless I write about something else.

Take care and see you soon!


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The CD Collection--Mashin Sentai Kiramager Shudaika Limited Edition [Amazon Japan]

It's that time of year, huh? I've had my copy of the Kiramager Theme Song CD single for a couple of days now and have been trying to soak it in. No, I haven't seen any of the show. I don't think I'll be checking out. So this whole thing is new to me.

As usual I pre-ordered my CD Single from Amazon Japan, which includes some kind of pre-order exclusive extra to make it worth claiming your copy early. I went with the Limited Edition for reasons that were much more obvious in the past. Uhh...keep reading and you'll see why.

Anyway...let's check it out!


Mashin Sentai Kiramager Shudaika Limited Edition

01. Mashin Sentai Kiramager / Yohei Onishi

The very, very, very boring opening theme song to Kiramager. I don't hate it, but I can't point out anything that differentiates it from the cookie-cutter mold of Super Sentai songs for the past ten years. What would it take for Toei to go in a new direction and stop living in 200X? Actually, that's not even fair. They've regressed to a level of blandness that exists outside of time and space.

The singer, Yohei Onishi isn't bad. I can't say I'm too familiar with his work as he's done a handful of tracks since Ninninger that I probably haven't paid much attention to.

It isn't terrible, but I really wish Sentai theme songs would stop being so booooooring.

02. Kiraful Miracle Kiramager / Takashi Deguchi

You know what...? I dig this one. The singer, Takashi Deguchi, is pretty weak but the song itself really isn't all that bad. It's a catchy dance beat, albeit a mild one. I get a very, very, very faint feeling of Liveman's Ashita ni ikiru ze! for some reason. I don't know why that feeling is there, but it is.

I think the thing that I admire the most about this ending theme song is that it is refreshingly straight-forward. No cutesy singer. No themed elements. It's just a song. I dig it.

03. Mashin Sentai Kiramager [Original Karaoke]

04. Kiraful Miracle Kiramager [Original Karaoke]

Limited Edition BONUS 

Complete waste of time.

Official listings tend not to give much in the way of details ahead of release, but usually mention that some kind of toy extra will be included. Yeah...no such info here. I never really bothered to check up on the listing closer to release and just ended up waiting to see what arrived at my door upon release.

Are you ready for it?

Yeah, it's a water-proof mini poster with the TV size theme song lyrics that's meant to be placed near the bathtub. That's it. I suppose you could say that the clean CD case slipcover is a bonus as well, but holy hell this is sad. They couldn't even give us the full-size lyrics.....

Pre-order BONUS

This is usually some kind of paper-good that is thrown in to entice people to claim their copy before release. Sometimes it's a neat mini poster or something, but this year they went ALL OUT.

Yes, a card. It was lazily taped to the outer wrapping.



Honestly, I don't hate the theme songs. They're really not bad even if the opening theme song is bland as could possibly be. Without going back and listening to them, I remember hating the Ryusoulger theme songs pretty bad. The words "Sister" and "Mayo" have suddenly popped in my head for some reason. Maybe I'm just hungry, though my sibling is more of the brother variety...

The CD contents could have been a little more substantial, however. In years past we usually get a mecha theme song and fight song tossed in to make the slightly elevated price tag of theentire soundtrack and theme song to that Super Sentai Tournament Fighter Edition Turbo hooplah thown in. It was well, well, WELL, worth the money even if the Ryusoulger themes sucked. It almost seemed desperate, but it was definitely one of the better theme song singles to ever get released purely in terms of abundance of content.

Limited Edition more worthwhile. Last year we got the

The Kiramager Limited Edition Bonus is pathetic. I don't know much about the show, but for years we've been getting some solid trinkets thrown in. Remember the Samba Shaker thrown in with the Kyoryuger CD Single? The Go-Onger Engine Soul? The Gokaiger Ranger Key? The Ryusoulger Ranger Key? Bandai dropping a dime's worth of plastic into the CDs really made the 300 yen increase in price over the regular edition along with the enhanced CD content from Columbia.

Could it be that the current pandemic has stemmed some of the content? Likely, I'd say... In fact, I feel like I should be cutting this CD some slack for that reason. Until you once again look at the prices. A 320 yen difference is unreasonable given the lack of difference between releases.

Overall, I don't hate the theme songs, but this whole Limited Edition situation is complete crap. It really wouldn't have taken much more to make this a worthwhile purchase...but for now I'm just going to recommend skipping the Limited and just go for the Regular edition if you must. Unless, of course, you really want to sing the theme song in the shower.


For better or worse, I've taken a look at yet another Super Sentai Theme Song Single. Be sure to check out my CD Collection page for more reviews and music topics.

Stay safe and keep in touch!



Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger Shudaika Limited Edition
Uchuu Keiji Shaider Song Collection
Kosoku Sentai Turboranger Song Collection
Kakuranger Ball!!!