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Kamen Rider Wizard #1: The Ringed Wizard

September 6, 2012

Now that the floodgates have been opened, I’m going to further desecrate Mecha Guignol’s anime corpse. There’s a new tokusatsu (Power Rangers style) show in town, the 2012-2013 installment of Kamen Rider. Obviously, it’s called Kamen Rider Wizard. And the theme of the show is like, about wizards. VEGASian wizards. None of that Harry Potter or D&D crap. This Kamen Rider is all about retiring his music career ala Tom Jones or Celine Dion. Anyway, here are my impressions of the first episode of the new Kamen Rider series.

To be frank, this pilot episode is underwhelming and sort of sucky. There’s plenty of action throughout the episode, but they feel very toy commercial-esque. Granted, these shows ARE toy commercials, but they tend to be able to blend it into the action better. This entire ep felt like a product demo. Hell, at one point, he summons some tiny minions, and the minions come in model kit trees. The writing and as a consequence, the acting is pretty weak as well. At one point, he and the villains just launch into a full on exposition mode. So overall, a lack luster episode.

But there are a couple of points I wanna make. The first point is that things wrap up in one episode. The last few Kamen Rider series have been going with a 2 episodes per story thing. And while this pilot could have done with an extra episode to flesh things out on account that the product demo already ate up a huge chunk of the screen time, the fact that everything resolved in just one episode here says to me that they’re maybe going back to a more episodic format. I’m down with that.

Second and most important by far, the belt. Specifically, the voice clips from the belt are awwwwsome. It’s like having a Japanese James Brown in your belt, near your crotch. Like when he hatcha! dabadoo! summons his ow! little minions, the thing goes Uniiicoooooorn, Please! and then Kraaa-Ke-E-e-E-e-N, Please! And his main transformation voice clip is Shabadoobie! Touch to Henshin!

It goes… Shabadoobie. I mean, if that’s the only thing it says that’s “novel”, I’d be fine with it. But it’s such an extravagant and fabulous belt. The main actor dude’s supposed to be confident, but he ends up kind of stiff, despite having a somewhat flamboyant suit design. But the belt, the BELT is the star with it’s little magical James Brown living in it.

In short, yeah, if you’re not someone who follows Kamen Rider to begin with, skip this ep for now. There are better pilots to hook you in.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 6, 2012 12:56 PM

    I really hope they don’t go with an episodic format. They tend to feel pretty rushed and repetitive.

    • September 6, 2012 10:16 PM

      Ah, you watch this kinda “rubber suited fetish for kids” show too?

      But yeah, I’m okay with episodic for the early eps. Kinda hope they go back to the overarching plot style that’s been missing the last few seasons. Just to mix things up. Though at this junction, dunno if the characters/actors can pull it off.

  2. JAM permalink
    September 6, 2012 9:18 PM

    Hey Mecha Guignol was wondering if you ever watched “Now and Then, Here and There”? Just watched it and man its good. Might be just up your alley with its everythingness that I can’t say because it could possibly spoil it for you if you watch it. But from reading your every post for over a year im pretty sure you would like it. Alot.

    • September 6, 2012 10:17 PM

      Did a quick Google on that. Looks interesting. Might check it out. Thanks.

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