Goggle V, Episode 48

Picking right up, we find Deathdark still trying to build their Dark Hole Device. The team is on the lookout, though, must to Deathgiller and Desmark’s dismay.

Desmark has finally had it. Goggle Five have been a thorn in his side for too long. He decides to take the battle to them. To do this, he enlists the aid of Mazurka. He convinces her that if she’ll be infused with Hitron Energy, then she’ll be able to turn invisible and thus infiltrate the Control Room at the Future Science Lab. Little does Mazurka know that Desmark is playing her and intends to use her as a suicide bomber.

There is a Mozu here, and he looks like he fell through time from the age of Turboranger or Carranger, or maybe even Go-onger. He’s able to get near the base, though, just long enough to draw out the team. Mazurka slips in unnoticed, but the effects of the Hitron Energy begin to take their toll on her body. She does manage to reach the Control Room, though, letting Deathgiller and the Madaramen in. They make their way to the Control Room and destroy all the equipment and Deathgiller is surprised to find Mazurka still alive. After telling her of Desmark’s plan, he bolts, intending to detonate the bomb and destroy everything. The team catches him, though, and forces him back into the Control Room. After a brief skirmish, Mazurka ends up with the detonator.

As she presses the button, thus ending her life, you can’t help but feel sorry for Mazurka. She possessed a good streak, even if it were an act at times. I’m sure if the stars had aligned in her favor, she would have been a teacher, a scientist, maybe even a member of the Future Science Laboratory. Alas, that was not to be. Her lot in life demanded that she be a pawn of Deathdark, blindly following the orders of Deathgiller, Desmark and Taboo. At least now she’s with Drs. Zazoryia and Iguana, wherever misunderstood henchmen go when they die. Rest in Peace, Mazurka. You’ve earned it, even if you did take an entire science complex with you.

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Goggle V, Episode 47

Picking right up where we left off, Deathdark has parked Destopia right on top of the Super Hitron Energy source and have begun siphoning it off. The team can’t get close or else it’ll cause their suits to explode.

What does Deathdark plan to do with this energy? The answer is soon revealed. They intend to build the Ultimate Weapon: The Dark Hole Device. It’s purpose is simple, to destroy all the humans on Earth, leaving only Deathdark to rule the world and anyone unlucky enough to be left behind.

The action is tight and the fight with the Mozu goes one for a bit as he’s infused with Hitron Energy. The only distraction is a little boy, Masato, but hey, they’ve got to pad these last few episodes out. The team finally manages to stop the activation of the Dark Hole Device by mere seconds, but Deathgiller is determined to build it, no matter the cost.

In the next episode: Mazurka go boom!

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Goggle V, Episode 46

And so, here we are, friends, the beginning of the end.

Before that, however, we see that the Future Science Laboratory is planning for a time after Deathdark. A time when they can begin building the city of the future. The young Toyama gives his proposal, but the committee – and who knew the Future Science Lab even had a committee – shoots it down, wanting to instead focus on defeating Deathdark. Akama, however, reminds the committee that the Future Science Lab’s original mission was, well, future science and making the world a better place. The committee decides to fund the proposal. Later, Toyama tells Tatsuya that it’ll take at least 30 years to build the city, meaning sometime in the year 2012.

Sadly, we never get the city of the future. While out conducting the initial environmental surveys, Toyama and his crew stumble upon Deathgiller and company up to no good. Here, though, instead of capturing the scientists and holding them captive, they have the Mozu of the Week, Sukanku Mozu, gas them and cause them to jump to their deaths.

The team is sent to investigate. Akama is particularly hurt as Toyama was a friend of his. After a brief skirmish, Akama allows himself to be captured. Deathdark has discovered Super Hitron Energy, brought to Earth by a meteorite. What they intend to do with the energy source isn’t disclosed here. The team shows up to save Akama, but fails to stop Deathdark from acquiring the Hitron Energy.

At the end, Destopia arises from the ground and sucks up all the Hitron Energy.

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Goggle V, Episode 45

So here we are, the episode where Kuroda gets to kick his own ass. To accomplish this, Deathdark hires the services of Tanooki Mario, I mean, Tanuki Mozu. The Tanuki holds a special place in Japanese folklore. He was a trickster and liked to disguise himself. Here he’s a jerk.

The whole plan is that Deathdark wants to impersonate one of the team to access the secret base. Instead of simply kidnapping of of the team and sticking them in a pod, they go through the tedious task of taking pictures of the team and having Tanuki listen to audio so that he can mimic the voice. Nevermind he wouldn’t be able to mimic every detail of the team, something that they take advantage of towards the end.

In the meantime, Tanuki decides he wants to mimic Kuroda. No reason’s given, except maybe because he’s a badass and because the title says there’s going to be two blacks. Of course Tanuki can’t mimic Kuroda’s badassery and the team uses this to figure out who’s the real Kuroda by getting them to jump off a rock crusher, which, of course, Tanuki can’t do because he’s no badass.

Tanuki decides later to impersonate Pink, which is a bad move because Miki is no one to be messed with either. The team has a means of figuring out who’s who by doing a fake roll call, which only the real Pink knows how to do.

Toward the end, the team fights their own doppelgangers, who don’t wear white scarves and use black painted weapons.

So with this episode, most of the filler is finished. The next episode begins the final five-part arc for the series as both sides discover Hightron Energy.

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Goggle V, Episode 44

Apologies for the lack of activity this week. Work had me bouncing all over the place and I had too few moments to get any subbing done. This one is a tad rushed as there’s no sub of the preview. A truly quick and dirty sub.

Poor Kijima. First he hurts his foot while training at the gym for no better reason than he’s just careless. Then he gets attacked by Condor Mozu, a monster who’s secret weapon is coating people with sand that causes anything remotely edible to also turn into sand. That’s it. That’s Condor Mozu’s power. Why the people themselves don’t turn into sand considering people are made of meat and water is beyond me, but Deathdark’s plan is to starve the people into turning to them. Seems like they’re really running out of ideas so late in the game. They should just throw in the towel before it’s too late.

Other than that, Kijima is forced to fight Akama, but it’s all an act and Kijima lets Akama know by telling him about how Akama hurt his foot while training, even though Kijima did that to himself. Even Akama’s confused by that comment, but he plays dumb just so they can find Deathdark’s latest hideout. Probably explains that hideous shirt he started wearing in the previous episode. No one would pay attention to that over the red shirt he was wearing a few episodes back.

Anyway, there you have it. Episode 44, The One Where Kijima Can’t Eat! In the next episode, Kuroda gets to kick his own ass.

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Goggle V, Episode 43

This episode is pure filler. The grandfather of one of Haruo’s friends is given a treasure map and decides to go looking for it, convinced his ancestors hid it in the mountains. I mean, sure, just believe the first map you’ve seen. Could be hundreds of years old. Could have been forged by Deathdark. Who knows. Not like the old man needs it. He’s easily able to hire a crew to go help him.

Turns out Deathgiller wants the treasure to. He must have finally seen the writing on the wall and decided it’s best to begin planning for retirement. I mean, what does Deathdark need with all that gold?

The team gets caught in a net. That’s it. They get caught. Forty-three episodes in and the best Deathdark can do is a net. Supposedly it’s a shocking net, but I never see them get shocked. Either way, it’s easily defeated by Goggle Spark and everyone gets away.

The Mozu this week is essentially fish bait. I mean, c’mon, and earthworm? I’ve seen the movie Squirm and still think the idea of earthworms being monsters is laughable at best. The scariest thing in this whole episode is Akama’s choice of wardrobe.
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New Goggle Suit! Like it? I’m gonna be Blue from here on out.

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Goggle V, Episode 42

We keep on rolling. Not many episodes left until the big finale!

Kuroda volunteers in his spare time to chaperone his childhood friend Sayaka’s kindergarten class. Secretly, though, Kuroda’s smitten by his old friend and it’s evident she’s smitten with him. But this was 1982 and you didn’t show things like that on a Japanese kid’s show.

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Kuroda’s in lurve!

Deathdark decides to use this unspoken love to their advantage. For some odd reason, they want to turn Kuroda and the rest of the team into man scorpions. This entails donning a face-hugger and some weird ass scorpion stingers for hands. Honestly, the outfit is ridiculous and I’m sure Dr. Zazoriya is spinning in her grave, or wherever you go when you’re vaporized.

Anyway, Deathdark takes the poor kids prisoner and forces Sayaka to lure Kuroda into a trap. Kuroda, being smitten, blindly follows her to his doom and gets his ass handed to him. Y’know, for being the most badass member of the team, that sure happens a lot. I’d expect it from Kijima, but Kijima holds his own. Kuroda’s arm gets hurt in the fracas and he thus can’t transform into Goggle Black, though if it were me, I’d fight through the pain and just transform anyway.

Speaking of fighting through the pain, they get away and have to move a rather large boulder out of the way. Now his arm doesn’t want to hurt. Deathgiller and company show up just as they finish and threaten Kuroda with more ass kicking but luckily the rest of the team shows up and Akama heals Kuroda’s arm with his ruby.

In the end Sayaka apologizes for Kuroda’s ordeal and you can just see that they want to kiss, but Kijima, playing the third wheel, decides to slap Kuroda’s not-quite-healed arm and knock the love out of him. Poor Kuroda.

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Goggle V, Episode 41

For every great superhero, there is an origin story. This is neither.

Tadao Takayama is a lowly security guard patrolling some abandoned factories when one day he stumbles on a Deathdark experiment. Kaiko Mozu ingests the new carbon 82 and excretes a special kind of silk. When this silk is formed into a suit, it makes it’s wearer 100 times stronger. As with all superhero origins, the machine that makes this special carbon soon explodes, making the Strong Suit (no lie, that’s what they call it) rare. In the ensuing fracas, Takayama takes possession of the suit. Later, as he walks home, his son, Koichi, and friends run up to him crying about how a group of bikers ran them off their baseball field. Being a coward, Mr. Takayama runs for the hills. Then he remembers what Deathgiller said earlier, dons the suit and becomes… Strong Suit Guy. Yeah, he never gets a name. He has the ability to inflate balloons placed in his arms and chest and jump… moderately high.

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I think being laughed at for running away is the least of his worries.

He uses these powers to beat up the bikers. The team questions where he got the suit, but Takayama demurs; his son loves him now that he’s strong. Together, the steal one of the bikers bikes and ride for home. Confronted by Deathdark, Takayama hands their asses to them and goes on his merry way. The press is convinced that he’s the sixth member of Goggle Five, which would be cool, but then they’d have to change their whole brand and be Goggle Six, but there’s only nine of these left and getting new uniforms with a VI on the breast would be expensive. So he declares that while he’s a free agent, he’d still like to fight alongside Goggle Five.

Now, if comics have taught us anything, it’s that family and superheroing don’t mix. I mean, look at what happened to Spider-Man. Apparently Deathdark has read the same comics as we all have and captures Koichi. Their demands are simple: turn over the Strong Suit. Takayama complies, but Deathgiller decides to kill the boy anyway! Fortunately the real heroes show up and save the day.

So, yeah, I punched this one out in one day. I guess I was rolling on from Episode 40 and wanted to get this down into the single digits. Plus, this one looked pretty cool when I saw the preview. Enjoy, friends.

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Goggle V, Episode 40

Deathdark is out to capture the famed computer scientist, Dr. Oizumi. To do so, they create Seiuchi Mozu, the walrus monster, to freeze him. When they attack, they happen to freeze Tatsuya, a friend of the good doctor’s, in the process.

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Q’s at it again, freezing people all willy nilly.

Mazurka and Deathgiller plan to use a memory extraction device on the good doctor to gain as much information as possible to increase Deathdark’s knowledge base. Before they do that, they decide to test the machine out on Tatsuya, just to make sure it’s not going to leave the doctor a mindless husk. The first word out of Tatsuya’s mouth: Computer Boys and Girls! Deathgiller’s hit pay dirt!

Seiuchi Mozu freezes Aoyama and Kijima together and they spend most of the first half of the episode in this state. It’s stated they’ve been frozen to -270 degrees, meaning they should be dead as this corresponds to near absolute zero. Luckily the Future Science Laboratory has a means of unfreezing people frozen to near absolute zero.

Deathgiller begins to press for information. Desmark suggests asking him what he does after school. Using this information, Mazurka, dressed as a nun, begins making her way towards the secret entrance at the park. There she runs into the rest of Comboy who run for the hills once they realize who she is.

Akama hits upon the idea of using Goggle Caesar’s temperature sensors to locate the missing Tatsuya. He sends Kuroda off to do this while he rides around on his motorcycle. Eventually Kuroda finds the place and Akama ambushes Deathdark, saving Tatsuya and the doctor.

Hopefully Deathdark won’t try to find the secret entrance again…

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