Kamen Rider

More Gaim Gaiden?

So I hear they're doing Gaim Gaiden for Ryouma and Zack. And while I'm glad that we're getting more Gaim, it does strike me as odd to choose these two. Here's my reasoning, they're both extremes on an one dimensional plane. Ryouma's kind of your mustache-twirling villain. He's mad and he does everything FOR SCIENCE! Making him a sympathetic character would ruin some of that.

Zack is the opposite, he's a mini-Kouta. He's a good guy, but he's never fleshed out as anything other than "a good guy". He's more of an accessory to highlight other characters, like Kaito's leadership skills, or the stand-in for the Beat Riders once things get serious. Not that they couldn't do a good story for him, it's just that he's such a blank slate that could mean anything.

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So what do I want? I want Gaim Gaidens for Micchi and Youko. They're both extremely complex characters that are worth diving more into.

Micchi, you're supposed to find him off putting. He's cold, calculating, but his motivations are sort of understandable, if not sympathetic. They could tell a story about how he became the schemer that he is, one about the trials he went through as a traitor, etc. There's a lot of stuff to mine there.

Youko is also a person with a lot of personality, but isn't as fleshed out as much as she could be. We know what she believes in and what she represents, but we could use more background. Why does she want the things she wants? What kind of trials does she face being the person that she was? I think a whole episode devoted to her would be awesome, assuming it wasn't told badly.

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RIP Director's Cuts?

http://wiki.tvnihon.com/wiki/Category:Director%27s_Cut

Has anyone noticed that Toei has stopped doing them? Personally, I'm glad they did, since there was never anything good in the new cut.

Looks like they stopped after Wizard & Fourze. Considering Fourze had three DCs, not including Wizard & Fourze and Fourze & OOO, it's hard not to see why consumers might get fed up with the double dipping. They even tried releasing DCs for Sentai that year. Crazy!

I'd much rather have them focus on rereleasing old shows onto Blu-ray format. I think that's a better use of their resources.

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Are main Riders just neutral masks?

Neutral Mask meaning a bland, empty character for which the audience to place themselves upon in order to experience the show or movie through their eyes, as termed in this Cracked video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrbKuOaVF3k

Think about it, all the interesting Riders, 2nd Riders. Or in Drive's case, the third Rider. Although, Chase shows up before Go and is more interesting than him, so maybe Chase is the second Rider retroactively.

What do you think?

KR Drive 26 & CM & Junction & Special Mission Type High Speed released

Ep 26 Thread / Wiki / Tumblr

Special Mission Type High Speed Thread / Wiki

Check out the special, it's actually pretty good, and not just shallow advertisement for the movie.

KR Drive 25 & CM released

Thread / Wiki / Tumblr

Also go check out my Shuriken Sentai Ninninger tag on my tumblr, since I posted some pics from Toei's making-of page.

KR Agito 45v2 released

Just fixing a typo.

Ready to go, Agito 44 released

Kino looks sort of like a Showa Rider in that pic.

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Kamen Rider The First & The Next batch released

It doesn't look like it's on sale anymore, so we're treating it as an abandoned license. If you're Media Blasters, yo dawg, no one can buy your DVDs. So please don't complain about us putting this up since you're not making any money on it anymore. Thanks!

The First: Thread / Wiki

The Next: Forum / Wiki

Gaim HD and second SD Batches released

If you want to just download the junctions, that's fine too. There's only 1-11 for now, since I don't have the last disc yet.

If you want to double check everything, check out the wiki page for it: http://wiki.tvnihon.com/wiki/Kamen_Rider_Gaim#T-N_Release_List

I've been experimenting with doing away with the 4.3 gb limit from before, since I don't think anyone saves the files on DVD backup anymore. Plus, with people getting faster bandwidth, it seems like we might as well just make the batches larger.

Gaim Junctions are new to the batches

Oh yeah! Stealh releasing the Gaim Junctions with the batches. That is technically new content.

Gaim 1 SD batch released

The first Gaim SD batch (and the rest) are released. The last batch will be remade and readded when new content comes out. Currently missing a few things like the last junction, which we'll probably release with the Gaim OVA that comes out next month.

Front page will be updated as batches get seeded.

Bonus files include:

  • CM And Preview

  • Ganbarizing CM Nov

  • Travellers Senki CM

  • Just Live More MV

  • Break The Shell MV

  • Homemade MV

  • E-X-A MV

  • OP

  • Hyper Battle Video

  • Junctions 1-7

  • Gaim & Wizard Sengoku Great War

  • Teppen Star MV

  • Yuta Cafe 1-5

  • Kamen Rider Taisen

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