51 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
    • 3.6 • 33 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.

    046 – Fiddler Crabking on the Roof (Kamen Rider Eps. 72-73)

    046 – Fiddler Crabking on the Roof (Kamen Rider Eps. 72-73)

    With an episode title like that, you’d think this would be a musical, but alas, all you get are music references. (But a Kamen Rider musical would be amazing!) This week, it’s one of Travis and Nathan’s favorite things: Double Riders! Yes, in a two-part episode, Hayato returns to help Hongo fight a pair of Shocker kaijin at a hot spring (because Team Rider went on vacation…again). First is the ridiculously freaky Mosquillas, who sucks your blood and reduces you to a crucified skeleton. Next is the asymmetrical Fiddler Crabking, who’s tougher than his name suggests. Hayato is great in the first episode—and barely in the second. Oh well.
    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.

    • 55 min
    045 – Gadfly Me to the Moon, Gomez! (Kamen Rider Eps. 70-71)

    045 – Gadfly Me to the Moon, Gomez! (Kamen Rider Eps. 70-71)

    Shoo fly, don’t bother Kamen Rider! Nathan and Travis get to a pair of Kamen Rider (1971) episodes featuring fly kaijin. The first one begins like The Blob (1958) with a young couple discovering a meteor that crashes to Earth. But that’s just Shocker’s plot-of-the-week, not the birthplace of Electreifly. But he does have an awesome “Dance of Hell.” This inspires your intrepid hosts to discuss weaponized meteors and Japanese dance. For the second episode, they discuss a little girl witnessing Gadflygomez (he’s from Mexico, get it?) murder an FBI friend of Taki’s he’s never mentioned before. You know what that means: REVENGE! Just another day for Kamen Rider and friends.
    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

    • 51 min
    044 – I Squid You Not! (Kamen Rider Eps. 68-69)

    044 – I Squid You Not! (Kamen Rider Eps. 68-69)

    No, Travis and Nathan did not make the obvious joke they, well, joked they would when they reached a particular episode number of Kamen Rider (1971). Get used to disappointment because they felt a bit let down by these episodes. The first one features the final appearance—in this series—of Dr. Shinigami/Death/Reaper. It turns out—SPOILER WARNING!—he’s a kaijin! Yes, he transforms into a squid with a cape trick. But…his final fight with KR is a bit underwhelming. The next episode is all about recycling…plots, that is. Children of the Shockorn Part 97, mind control, killer soundwaves. At least the cricket kaijin takes a knife to the head, though. Enjoy more Henshin Men shenanigans!
    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 8 min
    043 – The Walking Dead Kaijin (Kamen Rider Eps. 66-67)

    043 – The Walking Dead Kaijin (Kamen Rider Eps. 66-67)

    Nathan and Travis come to another pair of momentous episodes of Kamen Rider (1971). In the first, they learn that, just like Ultraman and Power Rangers, Kamen Rider has a monster graveyard—except in this one, Shocker performs demonic rituals with crosses made of skulls to resurrect dead kaijin. They never raise the dead the same way twice, do they? As epic as this is, in the next episode, the villains hold the Shocker World Conference (aka “Shocker-Con”). Hongo/Kamen Rider crashes this party of incredibly boring supervillains to learn the true identity of the Shocker Leader. But as a famous Mon Calamari once said, “It’s a trap!” Your intrepid hosts also ask one very important question about these episodes: Where the heck is Fujioka?
    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.
    Special thanks to J.P. Gant for editing this episode for us. Thanks!
    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
    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

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 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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