Javel episodes always feel like they use have budget than usual.
Him being able to take on Ghost and Specter at the same time makes it feel hype. One sided fights are always great, just look at Javel's debut.
Takeru absolutely loves his food compared to everyone else. Look at his face.
Thriving on punishment.
>I get to eat for free in this scene?!
Sure is a more suffering than usual when Javel's involved.
Also nice they're getting Yurusen to show up more.
Obviously. Every Rider has that one form. Specter has a perfect loadout. He has his jack-of-all-trades default form, his ranged specialist, his melee specialist, and his budget-eating CGI form.
>Javel teleporting slightly offscreen behind Kanon in order to teleport away again
>it probably would've been quicker to just walk over to Kanon and grab her and then teleport
this was a weird episode
>Houdini put chains on Spectre, presumably standing for something in a metaphorical sense
>He blasted them off by getting his ass beat and asking Houdini to fight with him (like he had already)
At this point, it's just safe to assume this is the dumbest show so far in general. I just hope this is the dumbest show ever and we don't get anything trumping it in the near future at least.
I'm fucking serious here, Kiva and Wizard seem really well planned and executed in comparison.
I think the point is that now he has a clear head and knows what he's fighting for. Before, he was weighed down with angst and guilt (probably what the chains represented), but now he's put it past him and resolved himself to protect his sister and defeat the Ganma.
>Ganma Eyecon (for Transformation)
>An Eyecon used by Ganma World Commanders.
>By releasing its internal energy, it lets the user transform into a Ganma Superior.
That's his Eyecon and his form is that of a Ganma Superior.
It might be just a coincidence, but ジャベル is an old katakana spelling for Javert (ジャヴェール) from Les Miserables. It's not used anymore though, which is why it's kind of questionable.
you're joking, right? Wizard was aimless as shit, the villains had little to no screen time or if they did they seemed generic as fuck. Aran is a decent character that clearly wants his friend back, and next episode is looking like we'll get more screen time for his brother.
i can't wait till ghost is over for this kind of shitposting to end.
And Gilgamesh was Archer in Fate/Zero/
It's safe to assume he's voicing all of them since he's been Musashi, Ryoma and now Robin Hood. I pray they get him to just do a girly voice for Himiko just to keep it running.
Are you even watching the show?
>oops you ran out of time let me give you another shot
>connecting with the eyecons wasn't necessary before, suddenly is
>people from hell on a mission have no idea how eyecons work or what they're supposed to do once they gather them all
>heroes getting nerfed the fuck out for literally no reason
>hell is just a ridiculous red CG on chroma key
>victims of MOTW's issues are literally solved with no effort whatsoever, just a repetition of what the victim was already doing
>ghost forgets he's a ghost all the time
>villains get to walk out on heroes without any resistance unless they kidnap someone even if the heroes can still fight/have an advantage
Not just when it's lampshaded. He gets hit by objects he could avoid by phasing out/going ghost mode, obstacles stop him from chasing after villains when he could literally just fly over them.
Huh, Makoto's conversation with Alan was unusual, with Makoto saying that he "chooses to live as a human".
I guess it ties into how he got the belt/Eyecon in the first place, and what kind of deal he struck to get out of Ganma Hell?
Houdini's a cheeky cunt. Really starting to get into the groove of the show finally. It's starting to feel right.
I like the fact that Akari's a big fan of Houdini, cute detail considering that in real life he was a noted skeptic of spiritualism and made a side business of disproving people who posed as psychics and "real" magicians.
In real life ghost lore, ghost often forget they are ghosts and try to continue their old lives. A movie that depicts this well is Sixth Sense.
If I were a ghost I would certainly have to get used to it.
>ghost often forget they are ghosts and try to continue their old lives.
Probably because they're not fighting demons with the help of ghosts all the time to save their own soul? I have a hard time believing Takeru would just forget it if this was being written competently.
Takeru spends 99% of his time acting as if he were still alive. He eats, sleeps, hangs out with all his living friends, and just generally acts exactly the same as he did before. He then transforms into a karate bugman to fight monsters alongside a different karate bugman who's alive.
That's how a lot of modern Rider shows tend to go. They often spend the first quarter of the series showing off the toys/collecting the trinkets. Once that's out of the way, it opens the show up for the actual plot and character development.
I don't know japanese, but the first time, it sounded more like he was arrogantly commanding houdini, while the second time it was a more respectful request? That's how it seemed from the tone of the scenes, anyway.
I always thought Ghost and Spectre had to use Ore/Boost/Spectre soul first before using the other ones, iirc this is the first episode we've seen them transform first with one of the Heroic Eyecons.
Houdini was also into aviation so his form being a flying form is a neat nod too...
So I've been making an effort to watch Kamen Rider with my roommate.
I've seen and enjoyed the original series (Ichigo?) and Black.
My room-mate has no stomach for the old stuff, though. It's just too dated for him.
We watched all of Fourze together and we enjoyed it. It helps that I love Great Teacher Onizuka and delinquent shit in general.
He then watched all of OOO's on his own, which he said had some cool moments but overall he enjoyed Fourze more.
We started watching W but got about 24 episodes in before he insisted we drop it. The plots just got too absurd, and the next episode preview had W fighting a literal doll and so we gave up on it.
Now we're trying to find another series to start with. We watched the first episodes of a few of them and I've got questions:
Faiz seems pretty on-the-money. I like the design and the tone. How good is it, though?
Blade hits exactly the tone my friend wants from the show, but he really hated the OCD camera work in Blade. Does it ever get shot better?
Drive's silly toy-car gimmick was a bit too much for us. I like the suit design a fair bit, but this one seems over the top cheesy.
We both enjoyed Kuuga, but the storytelling was a bit awkward. It was a little hard to follow at times, and difficult to discern exactly who was doing what.
I like Den O a lot, because I think it hits just enough japanese awkwardness and corniness and cheese, but doesn't go absolutely overboard. The DenLiner fights are lame, but I tend to find the large toy shilling to be that way in general. My room mate can't stand Den-O, though. He really doesn't like the base rider design.
I've been watching Ghost on my own and I really like the character dynamic between Ghost and Specter, with Ghost getting his shit wrecked for being weak. I like seeing characters rise to the challenge, so I hope that's how the show goes.
We're 7 episodes into Gaim. I think the fruit shit is silly, but the characters are fairly interesting. Does it really pick up?
Due to our work schedules, we can only watch about two/three episodes a day, but we watch pretty regularly.
I just don't want to have to retread the same ground that I did with W, where I like the premise (detectives, solving Kamen Rider crimes), suit design, etc. but it eventually goes off the rails and because my roommate doesn't want to watch it anymore, it's like we went 24 episodes deep for nothing.
You're going to like Gaim a lot more in a few episodes by the sound of it.
Go watch Agito.
So I think that all the shots of Makoto's face from :19 onwards when he is talking were shot at night.
The lighting just looks off like they had to artificially lighten the sky and his skin tone looks off.
It bothered me when watching the episode.
I thought I had to watch Kuuga before Agito?
I like crackers with my cheese. I like when the riders ham up fighting for justice and shit. Phrases like "Count up your sins" are cool. I think we both enjoyed Fourze because while it was goofy, it never felt like absolutely absurd, like it was taking the piss. The immersion never really broke for us, I guess.
>I thought I had to watch Kuuga before Agito?
No, you don't. There's a few brief off-handed mentions towards Kuuga, but it's officially not in the same universe as Kuuga. It's in a universe where another version of Kuuga happened but it's barely relevant to the plot other than motivating the police to make a suit of power armour.
Ah, okay. Cool.
I also heard I should watch pretty much everything preceding Decade before watching Decade.
Is there anything else I should know?
We usually only get to watch about 3 episodes a day, so it'd be nice to know if a show really gets off its feet at a certain point or where things drag. I like to be able to say, "I've heard it gets better..." or "People online generally agree that the show drags around here." That sort of thing typically chills my roommate out when he's worried the shows aren't good.
I made the mistake of telling him that people generally think the second half of W is weaker than the first, and so when it started to drag for a few episodes about mid-way in, he wanted to bail.
>I also heard I should watch pretty much everything preceding Decade before watching Decade.
You should, otherwise it's gonna spoil the shit out of a lot of those series.
Gaim has crazy fast pacing by normal standards, and lightning fast pacing by post-Decade standards, so don't worry about it dragging its feet.
>Is there anything else I should know?
If you've been using TV-N at all for any series where there's any other option at all, you need to stop right now.
I also wanted to know if the fight choreography gets better in Gaim.
When the Inves show up, they just kinda grapple the riders. It's not very attractive.
Grape fighting without shooting his gun when he was overwhelmed was awful. My roommate was giving him a lot of shit for it, like, "Use your fucking weapon, they're just inves, holy shit."
I liked the fight between Kurokage, Guridon, and the french guy. I think the whole Kurokage/Guridon gag is funny, glad to see those guys keeping up the bit.
I think my favorite fights are when the Rider really styles on mooks/the boss. The first episode of Wizard was pretty cool in this regard (firing from the hip, wreckin' fools) and the older rider shows I've seen tend to have some solid fight sequences. I also love when a rider just walks a dude down, a la Axe Form in DenO.
But, yeah. Do the fights in Gaim get better?
People shit on it due to it being some of TVN's worst subs and the retool. Before the retool it's one of the best rider shows afterwards it's not as good but still an alright series.
I thought we were finally free of Makoto's shithead attitude but it's just getting worse
"NO I WANT TO BE THE ONE TO SAVE MY IMOUTO BECAUSE I FEEL INADEQUATE, YET I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO BE A DICK TO EVERYONE ABOUT IT, EVEN THE GUY WHO RESURRECTED MY SISTER!"
For some reason Takeru acquiesces. Akari calls him out on it, but no, Makoto has to boost up his own machismo and risk his life, endangering his sister by insisting on being the sole person who gets to help her.
"o well he fucking died, guess I should step up to the plate now"
Except that's not what it's about at all. Makoto needs to be able to stand up for himself and what he wants to protect without needing Takeru to be there to bail him out the next time Javel or someone else like him shows up.
In other words he's fighting off the curse of the secondary Rider to become useless the moment the lead gets his first power mushroom.
"oh well boys be boys lol"
>We started watching W but got about 24 episodes in before he insisted we drop it. The plots just got too absurd, and the next episode preview had W fighting a literal doll and so we gave up on it.
All of W's bad episodes are in the first half. The doll 2-parter is a love it or hate it one, but after that it's all gold until you reach the finale.
From what I can see, the general opinion of this season, be it in the West or Japan, is that it's not very good so far. Doesn't surprise me that it's not getting as much fanart as Gaim, for example.
I'd ship it