Before i start i wanna say two things. One, i know i said that during my watching of Kamen Rider W i would of done a review of GaoGaiGar. That's gonna wait because there's somethings i still have to think about. Not to mention that review is gonna have spoilers. Which brings me to my second point: This review is gonna be my first with spoilers, but worry not because i will tell you when do the spoilers start and end.
With that said, Kamen Rider W was good.
Our two heroes are very much the opposite of each other - Shotaro, the head of a private detectiveagency, has a heart of gold but not too bright, while Philip, his amnesiac partner (with a questinable fanshion sense), may have access to all the world's knowledge, he keeps himself to himself and seems to have little interest in the outside world. As these two characters work together, they both take on a little bit of each other's way of thinking and grow into more rounded characters. They're often serious, but not to the point they can't work with comedic settings.
Since this is where i mention the characters, i would mention their "boss" Akiko, but this is also the part of the review where i say possitive things about the show, so more on her later.
The idea behind having to protagonists is that Kamen Rider W is actually two people in one. When Shotaro puts his W Driver on, Philip's appears on him and this allows them to comunicate regardless of their distance, which is thanks to the fact that the W Driver links their minds into each other, thus allowing them to act like one person inside the suit as Philip transfers this mind into the Driver when inserting his Gaia Memory (the series' main collectable item-DAH I MEAN!! Henshin Item) making Shotaro the base body of W. However, is not always Philip who transfers his mind into the Gaia Memory. Later in the series their acquire the Fang Memory and is Shotaro who transfers his mind and making Philip the base body.
The villains of the series is the organisation simply titled "Museum" founded by the Sonozaki family. Made up of Ryubee and his daughters Saeko and Wakana are the perfect villains because they are human. Their twisted view of Fuuto and mission in life is what makes the characters threatening, and evolve just as much throughout the show as the protagonists do. The other key antagonists that come and go, Kirikho and Shinkuro, are opposite ends of the spectrum - with one honorable and the other power mad.
My favorite member of the Sonozaki family is Wakana who gets alot of character growth throughout the series. While she puts up a shy and kindly persona on her radio show, her true personality is the complete opposite (Social commentary?). Out of all of the members of the Sonozaki Family, she is the least involved with the Gaia Memory business, but she didn't have a problem with doing the evil things that the family did. It wasn't until meeting with Philip that she started to have second thoughts. I won't say more since even thought i said i would reveal some important plot details, i really want you to see how good of a character Wakana is by yourself.
I don't have much to say about the secondary Rider, Terui Ryu (Kamen Rider Accel). I loved the fact that, despite his personality, he's not a loner nor W's rival but actually joins the agency and becomes their ally. I also love his suit design, having a motorcycle motif and a Gunblade-like weapon that, despite not actually being capable of shooting, the trigger does serve a purpose. Suck it, Squall.
But now we come to the negative aspects of Kamen Rider W.
In the very beginning of the first episode we learn that Shotaro's boss and Akiko's father died in a shoot out......so?
Really. We never learn anything about this character aside that his name is Sokichi Narumi and Shotaro looked up to him. That's it. And i know that a little bit of him is told in the Crossover movie "Movie War 2010", but i haven't seen it yet because.......originaly i planned on seeing Kamen Rider Decade first, but i couldn't find a full playlist on YouTube so i settled with W......until i found out that the same user who had the W playlist DID have all episodes of Decade and by the time i found out i already started with W......oops *anime sweatdrop*
Kamen Rider W follows a two-episode story arc structure that started with Den-O......and i hate that. If you're one of the two people who reads my reviews, you would know that i'm a sucker for story arcs and while W does have continuous stories, they're hidden beneath stories about conflicts and characters that only appear for two episodes and are never mentioned again......what's the point? This just slows everything down and makes the series feel episodic when it does have a continuous story telling. Is thanks to the two-episode story arc structure that i nearly gave up on W and i'm glad that this SEVEN YEAR LONG trend ended when Gaim said "enough of this shit".
Speaking of year long trends that recently ended, W also follows a trend that started with Decade. That being that the series has only two Riders and it's "compensated" by the main Rider having a shit load of power ups. I realize it's just a nitpick, but i didn't liked that either, there's just no a whole lot of variety. I know Kamen Rider OOO had like three Riders but the third one was just a semi-repaint of the secondary Rider......woohoo -_- but yeah, it's i know it's just personal preference, but i'm glad that it (arguably) ended when Wizard came out.
And now we come to Akiko. Dear Tommy Oliver! This character is beyond annoying. She is the single most teeth grinding, hair pulling, ear ripping, jaw breaking, nose punching, face shredding, irritating character I HAVE EVER GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKING SEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIIIIIIIIIIFE!!!!!! And i've seen Power Rangers RPM.
I did my best to describe how unbearable she is, but really, it's near impossible to do so. But let's get down to the most irritating fact about her: Aside from coming up with conclusions that do end up being true, she does, are you ready for this? NOTHING USEFUL!!! There's an entire two-part episode where she goes undercover to the Sonozaki mansion as a maid and who she thought it was the culprit was the wrong person. Usless usless usless usless usless USLESS!!!!
And there's another two-part episode centered around her solving the mystery......And, what do you know? It's the most annoying episode ever. It's so loud an obnoxious it makes Kyoryuger look subtle and quiet. So much so that i didn't even bothered finishing the first part. And did i mention that she has a catchphrase?........GAAAAAAAHHH!!!!
I know i'm not really describing why she's so annoying, that's because it's kinda hard to, you have to experience it by yourself. Ok, enough about her or else i'll start killing people. Bottom line: She's annoying.
And now we come to SPOILER TERRITORY. If you don't want to get the last few episodes spoiled, skip to the part i say SPOILERS OVER.
Here we go, SPOILERS BEGIN!
During episode 47, it's revealed that Philip is dying (for reasons i forgot) and if he and Shotaro transform, he'll die. So he asks Shotaro that they'll only transform to rescue Wakana who turns out it's his sister. Shotaro agrees......only to break that promise when Philip asks him to transform.
Blah blah blah discussion, blah blah blah reconciliation. They finally agree and they transform for the final time. After the final battle, Philip dissapears.
One year later, it looks like Shotaro moved on with his live, but it turns out it's false as he still has a case of "Force of habit"......yeah, i don't buy that. A whole year without Philip and still he's not accustomed to his absence? Who is he? Hiyori from Kabuto?
But anyway, here comes the reason why i'm making this spoiler section: Wakana finds a way to bring Philip back.....and she does.
Ok, i know they wouldn't kill off a character that makes the title Rider possible, but if you were gonna bring him back to life anyways, what was the point of making his issue so dramatic in the first place?!! And the kicker? The way Wakana brought him back was from the very definition of Deus Ex Machina, A.K.A, something that was never established before and was only brought up in the last minute.
Before you mention Kendrix's death and revival in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, here's the thing: The episode (where she died) didn't wasted time in building up her death, it was spontaneous and unexpected. They didn't go "we're gonna kill her!....we will!!....don't think we wont!!....she....she won't come back!!....she'll die!!" like W did and while her revival was a huge kick in the balls, it wasn't made worse by pointless build-up.
For all of the show's great writting, this was not one of them.
Overall, despite it's glaring flaws, Kamen Rider W is indeed a great show. It's beyond flawless, but those flaws it has are either things down to personal preference or so minute that they don't hamper the end product. What it is is a show with engaging plot lines that stick to its motif, brilliant characters, great action and themes that often veer into territory that Western children's TV probably wouldn't dream off. W comes highly recommended as a show that won't just please die hard toku fans, but one that could probably sell newcomers on it too.
Oh and just so you can skip that annoying two-parter i mentioned, it's episodes 25 and 26. To catch up with the story, just watch the prologue or read the plot inkamenrider.wikia.com/wiki/Kame… . You're welcome.
Final score: 3.5/4
Sorry for my shitty english
I speak both Spanish & English
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