Saturday, February 16, 2008
The Rider Of 2008: Kamen Rider Kiva
Hoowah, the newest Kamen Rider a.k.a Masked Rider, Baja Hitam, has finally hit Japanese TV sets, that is Kamen Rider Kiva!!!!! By far the weirdest Rider yet, with him portraying horror film characters, such as Dracula, Frankenstein and others.
Its a new concept, which I think kinda makes the Kamen Rider franchise even more childish as the years pass by. The glory days that were Masked Rider 1, V3, Black and RX are gone and now we're left with "colourful" mimics of the future.
Though its not entirely bad, but imagine that the character knew the belt before the series started, whatsmore, the belt can talk, YES, CAN TALK!!!!!! The main character is a damn sissy and he needs the belt to bite him to Henshin meaning to transform. The belt's design is so so childish that it looks more like a toy than a Kamen Rider's belt. The Rider kick is not very very bad, but the extra element of a big monster(Kiva's pet or smthn) devouring the enemies soul at the end of the battles. Even Kiva's bike looks gay, wah......
Its now only episode 5, we'll see how the story develops at the end. oh, almost forgot, here's the synopsis of the movie:
Twenty-two years after the disappearance of his father, Wataru Kurenai (portrayed by Koji Seto) lives in an infamous "haunted house" where he is destined as Kamen Rider Kiva to fight life-draining monsters known as the Fangire, the very race his father fought years ago before his disappearence. Wataru must also deal with a second rider in the series (named Kamen Rider Ikusa (仮面ライダーイクサ, Kamen Raidā Ikusa?, the English spelling is currently not known)) who is part of an organization seeking to destroy the Fangire menace, as well as kill Kiva for being greater threat than the Fangire themselves. The story is split between the actions of Wataru in the present (2008) and his father Otoya in the past (1986), slowly revealing the story behind the Fangire and Kiva.
Lolz, lets just hope they can save the Masked Rider franchise soon...