Greetings from Japan, the home of Aloe yogart (one of my favorites).
Well, a chapter has ended in the childhoods of Japanese little boys everywhere: after a run of about 10 months, Go Go Five, the current “five team” show, has ended. The evil demonic Saimer made one final attempt to destroy Tokyo, but the Go Go Five members teamed up with their transforming train/robot mechs Liner Boy, Victory Mars and Max Victory Robo, to save the day. The show is replaced by the new five-team show, Time Ranger.
The genre of the five-team show may have seemed new to American kids when Power Rangers came out, but it’s been a staple of Japanese kids since time out of mind. About every year the powers that be (Bandai) roll out a new show to replace the old, to keep toy sales strong. Before Go Go Five were Gingaman and Mega Ranger, and years ago, Go Ranger, Change Man, Car Ranger, and so on. It’d be interesting to see Saban adapt some other Japanese five-team themes in the future.
Starting alongside Time Ranger is a new installment of the venerable Kamen Rider (Masked Rider) series, Kamen Rider Couger. This series is made to appeal to adults as well as well as kids, it’s rife with high production values and lots of cool effects. On the other hand, it’s by far the most violent show in its class ever to be shown on Japanse TV, and this is causing concerned parents to question why such a show would be put on during the “kids’s slot, Sunday morning at 8:00 am.
We’ve got some really nice new items for you this weekend. First, by customer request, we’ve been able to carry the very exciting and popular Deep Kiss” video series by Soft On Demand. These videos explore lesbian themes by asking female friends to kiss for the camera, then give their reactions. A related item, Deep Kiss Special, has 19 of Japan’s most famous AV idols (including Miura Aika) perform their best “deep kiss” against a glass sheet, with a camera on the other side. The effect is most interesting. See these on in-stock video page 1.
Also, after a long drought, we’ve been able to get some great new idol items for the Idol & Soft Porn page. After the bankruptcy of one of our distributors were weren’t able to get any good idol videos, etc. but we’ve found a new company that has a lot of great items. For starters, we’ve got six lovely idol videos of the popular idol/actress Fukada Kyoko and busty idol Yuka on *DVD*, for your viewing pleasure. Look for more quality items on the idol page soon.
Other updated items include:
- New and back-in-stock photobooks, including Photoshot, Best Shot, Eichi Bauko’s “H-B, and more
- An update of JPOP singles, including some really nice Amuro Namie, Aikawa Nanase, Puffy, and more
- For anime toys fans, a kise-kae” (changeable clothes) version of Card Captor Sakura, with all accessories, on the anime page
- More copies of Bikyaku Queen, a lovely pantyhose-fetish photobook
Remember that J-List offers 6- and 12-month subscriptions to the most popular Japanese magazines: Urecco, Bejean, Dela Beppin, Gokuh, Video Boy, Best Video, and Gal’s Dee. It’s a great way to get each issue as soon as it becomes available, and get free issues, too! See the subscriptions page for more information.