If there’s one thing we like to talk about besides anime, it’s men in rubber suits beating up other men in rubber suits while everything behind them explodes. Join newbie Jel as he gets schooled by Zigg, Aquagaze, and Iro on all things tokusatsu, particularly the long running Super Sentai and Kamen Rider series.
Opening Song: “Emotional literacy” by BRADIO
2:30 What is tokusatsu?
8:57 The Power Rangers Connection
12:58 What’s up with the colors and all things Super Sentai
27:28 Which Super Sentai is the “best” and why is it worth watching?
33:17 Currently airing: Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger vs. Keisatsu Sentai Patranger and Jel’s thoughts as an outsider looking in
45:21 What’s up with Kamen Rider?
54:13 Kamen Rider Gaim: best or worst place to start?
59:43 So what would you recommend as a good starting Kamen Rider series?
1:06:18 Currently airing: Kamen Rider Build
1:18:08 BONUS ROUND: What is Akibaranger?
1:25:44 Final thoughts and shout outs
3 thoughts on “The GLORIO Chat Episode 8: Even If There Is No God or Buddha, There Is Kamen Rider”
Yeah, as a person that started on Kamen Rider Gaim, I have not been able to latch on to anything since. It’s great that the genre has such an outstanding work within it, but it’s hard not to have it color any of your future experiences with these shows.
I’m honestly surprised that Den-O is a recommended starting point, but I can see why. Den-O is one of the more sillier installments, yet the execution is great and the Imagins was always a riot to watch, in a good way.
I probably would recommend the same selection, but I’d like to add Fourze and Drive as a starting point. Fourze also falls to the more sillier side of Kamen Rider, but the chemistry between the casts is really great and it’s really fun to watch them interact with each other. Not to mention, I still can’t get SHOW ME YOUR COSMIC MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIND out of my head. Their theme of friendship is dropped like it’s raining anvils, sure, but the fight scenes are very cathartic, especially towards the end. I guess the high school setting can turn some people off, but hey.
Drive has been covered here before, so I can’t really say much. But for a ‘standard’ Kamen Rider experience, it does its job pretty well.
I always felt that the more sitcom-y aspects of Den-O made it a good, easy entry into the franchise. It’s not one of the stronger series plotwise but it has such great characters it makes your first time swallowing 50 episodes much easier.
Fourze is absolutely fantastic as well of course, my main reason for not recommending it as a starter though is (as Aqua pointed out) the W-OOO-Fourze trilogy works really well in sequence.