47 episodes

Henshin Men is a weekly podcast that explores the fascinating world of Japanese superheroes and all their high flying (and high kicking) adventures.

Hosts Travis and Nathan will dive into series like Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, Ultraman, and Power Rangers episode by episode to look at the exciting, the silly, and the "WTH" moments from across the many decades these shows have been running.

Allow us to be the guides up the mountain of tokusatsu (Japanese special effects) content, and let us transform the way you see transforming heroes.

Henshin Men Kaiju Weekly

    • TV & Film
    • 3.7 • 32 Ratings

Henshin Men is a weekly podcast that explores the fascinating world of Japanese superheroes and all their high flying (and high kicking) adventures.

Hosts Travis and Nathan will dive into series like Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, Ultraman, and Power Rangers episode by episode to look at the exciting, the silly, and the "WTH" moments from across the many decades these shows have been running.

Allow us to be the guides up the mountain of tokusatsu (Japanese special effects) content, and let us transform the way you see transforming heroes.

    042 – Shocker has a Sound Plan (Kamen Rider Eps. 64-65)

    042 – Shocker has a Sound Plan (Kamen Rider Eps. 64-65)

    This episode is all about the answer to life, the universe, and everything—which is apparently Kamen Rider (1971). Travis and Nathan discuss a pair of standout episodes of the classic tokusatsu series. One has an ambitious action scene usually reserved for films like Raiders of the Lost Ark or Jackie Chan’s Police Story. The other has children who nearly murder another child because he’s a Kamen Rider fanboy. Did we mention our favorite overused trope of brainwashing returns in that episode? As does Shocker indoctrination schools? Come for the toku talk, stay for the crash courses in Japanese culture about rhino beetles and the decibel levels of cicadas. We swear those are relevant to these episodes.
    To learn more about cicada sounds, check out https://decibelpro.app/.
    Kamen Rider (1971) is available to stream on Shout!FactoryTV and Tubi. Watch there to follow along with us!
    Follow Henshin Men on Twitter: @HenshinMenPod. Join the official Facebook fan page for this and The Monster Island Film Vault, The Markalite Lounge.
    Listen to Travis’s main podcast, Kaiju Weekly, and Nathan’s podcasts, The Monster Island Film Vault and The Power Trip.
    Henshin Men is a proud member of the Kaiju Ramen Podcast Network.
    MUSIC:                                                                                          
    -“Kamen Rider - Let's Go!! Rider Kick (Cover)” by Eternal Melee
    -“Not Your Above-Average Joe [Standing Ovation]” by Ivan Hakštok

    • 1 hr 7 min
    041 – Get to the Point! (Kamen Rider Eps. 62-63)

    041 – Get to the Point! (Kamen Rider Eps. 62-63)

    Your dynamic duo of hosts, Nathan and Travis, latch onto a couple of themes in the Kamen Rider (1971) episodes they cover, including “tell, don’t show,” pointy weapons, and old habits. First up, “Sonic the Hedgehozuras” turns hapless young couples into Halloween store skeletons and tries to steal a flesh-eating virus from a clueless Kamen Kenny. Then in a simple “kill Hongo” plot, the horny Rhinogang blinds Hongo, and Dr. Shinigami hypnotizes one of Hongo’s racing friends to lead Hongo into a trap—because what this show needs is more mind control! Then Nathan annoys Travis by not telling him where he could’ve made a “Hongo and Taki shipping” joke but didn’t. All this and more on Henshin Men!
    Kamen Rider (1971) is available to stream on Shout!FactoryTV and Tubi. Watch there to follow along with us!
    Follow Henshin Men on Twitter: @HenshinMenPod. Join the official Facebook fan page for this and The Monster Island Film Vault, The Markalite Lounge.
    Listen to Travis’s main podcast, Kaiju Weekly, and Nathan’s podcasts, The Monster Island Film Vault and The Power Trip.
    Henshin Men is a proud member of the Kaiju Ramen Podcast Network.
    MUSIC:                                                                                         
    -“Kamen Rider - Let's Go!! Rider Kick (Cover)” by Eternal Melee
    -“Not Your Above-Average Joe [Standing Ovation]” by Ivan Hakštok

    • 53 min
    040 – Owl’s Well That Ends Well (Kamen Rider Eps. 60-61)

    040 – Owl’s Well That Ends Well (Kamen Rider Eps. 60-61)

    Music, comics, and other tangential references abound as Travis and Nathan continue their trek through Kamen Rider (1971). That’s no surprise given that one kaijin shares a name with a DC Comics character who’s an evil alternate universe Batman. Then your hosts discover that electric catfish are real—but they’re nowhere near Japan! There’s also a supervillain team-up with the return of Dr. Shinigami…who suddenly leaves after the commercial break. What a tease, am I right? But the most important question is: Are Hongo and Hayato worthy of wielding Mjolnir? All this and more on your favorite tokusatsu superhero podcast!
    Kamen Rider (1971) is available to stream on Shout!FactoryTV and Tubi. Watch there to follow along with us!
    Follow Henshin Men on Twitter: @HenshinMenPod. Join the official Facebook fan page for this and The Monster Island Film Vault, The Markalite Lounge.
    Listen to Travis’s main podcast, Kaiju Weekly, and Nathan’s podcasts, The Monster Island Film Vault and The Power Trip.
    Henshin Men is a proud member of the Kaiju Ramen Podcast Network.
    MUSIC:                                                                                         
    -“Kamen Rider - Let's Go!! Rider Kick (Cover)” by Eternal Melee
    -“Not Your Above-Average Joe [Standing Ovation]” by Ivan Hakštok

    • 56 min
    Special Report: ‘Shin Ultraman’ Trailer Discussion

    Special Report: ‘Shin Ultraman’ Trailer Discussion

    Nathan and Travis have been really busy this week and unable to record a regular episode, but they did carve out some time for a special report on the new Shin Ultraman trailer! This film from director Shinji Higuchi and producer/co-screenwriter Hideaki Anno releases May 13 in Japan, and your intrepid hosts “pull a YouTuber” and break down the trailer in meticulous and nerdy detail. They theorize what the story may involve—aliens manipulating world governments against Ultraman?!—and make many comparisons to Shin Godzilla. You betcha if and when this film gets a stateside release, they’ll cover it!
    You can watch the trailer here. No English subtitles.
    Follow Henshin Men on Twitter: @HenshinMenPod. Join the official Facebook fan page for this and The Monster Island Film Vault, The Markalite Lounge.
    Listen to Travis’s main podcast, Kaiju Weekly, and Nathan’s podcasts, The Monster Island Film Vault and The Power Trip.
    Henshin Men is a proud member of the Kaiju Ramen Podcast Network.
    MUSIC:                                                                                         
    -“Not Your Above-Average Joe [Standing Ovation]” by Ivan Hakštok

    • 1 hr 4 min
    039 – Imagine Bearded Dragons (Kamen Rider Eps. 58-59)

    039 – Imagine Bearded Dragons (Kamen Rider Eps. 58-59)

    NOTE: Travis' mic cut out right before recording so his audio is a little more rough than normal.
    Shocker makes a kaijin using a bearded dragon—and gives him a frill?! This is just one of a few fact checks Travis and Nathan make in this week’s Henshin Men. First up, you bet “Jiras” Toei borrowed a bit from Ultraman (1966) with Bearded Dragon Man, who holds a woman hostage to force her scientist boss to give Shocker an ointment that resurrects the dead—so they can revive two deceased scientists and have them create an army. Because that makes sense. Next, a “Worm Guy” (only the most hardcore of Godzilla fans will get that reference) sends a pair of the most dapper Shocker goons ever to steal a powerful nuclear fuel only for a salaryman comedy to interrupt their Mission: Impossible! shenanigans. Just another week on Kamen Rider (1971), am I right?
    Kamen Rider (1971) is available to stream on Shout!FactoryTV and Tubi. Watch there to follow along with us!
    Follow Henshin Men on Twitter: @HenshinMenPod. Join the official Facebook fan page for this and The Monster Island Film Vault, The Markalite Lounge.
    Listen to Travis’s main podcast, Kaiju Weekly, and Nathan’s podcasts, The Monster Island Film Vault and The Power Trip.
    Henshin Men is a proud member of the Kaiju Ramen Podcast Network.
    MUSIC:                                                                                         
    -“Kamen Rider - Let's Go!! Rider Kick (Cover)” by Eternal Melee
    -“Not Your Above-Average Joe [Standing Ovation]” by Ivan Hakštok

    • 1 hr 2 min
    038 – Madam Poison Butterfly (Kamen Rider Eps. 56-57)

    038 – Madam Poison Butterfly (Kamen Rider Eps. 56-57)

    We get some repeats (repeats) this week on Kamen Rider (“Rider! Rider!”). Nathan and Travis discuss a pair of episodes that feature kaijin strikingly similar to ones we’ve seen before, albeit with slight variations (a butterfly instead of a moth, a purseweb spider instead of a…normal spider?) We also see Goro accidentally figure out how to save the day in both episodes. Throw in some humorously misheard song lyrics (the Japanese pronunciation of “screw”), several music references, and Travis’s continued “shipping” of Taki with whoever is Kamen Rider, and you have a standard Henshin Men episode.
    Kamen Rider (1971) is available to stream on Shout!FactoryTV and Tubi. Watch there to follow along with us!
    Follow Henshin Men on Twitter: @HenshinMenPod. Join the official Facebook fan page for this and The Monster Island Film Vault, The Markalite Lounge.
    Listen to Travis’s main podcast, Kaiju Weekly, and Nathan’s podcasts, The Monster Island Film Vault and The Power Trip.
    Henshin Men is a proud member of the Kaiju Ramen Podcast Network.
    MUSIC:                                                                                         
    -“Kamen Rider - Let's Go!! Rider Kick (Cover)” by Eternal Melee
    -“Not Your Above-Average Joe [Standing Ovation]” by Ivan Hakštok

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

nastyinthepasty ,

Fun Show

The hosts just have a fun time, really enjoy listening.

GS Panda ,

Relatable and Educational

Fantastic podcast. These two guys do a great job of making the converation something both new fans of Tokusatu and seasons fans can take part in and grow from. I appreciate these guys a ton!

Razor105 ,

Academic Kaiju Study with a Fun Meta Twist

I've always enjoyed this host's approach to geek culture. We've worked together on projects over the years and his knowledge and research skills are hard to beat. Definitely give this a show a try!

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