A Very GLORIO 2022: Aqua is extremely boring

This is it, folks. I have officially hit rock bottom. I’m going to be boring. I’m going to give you my five favourite shows of the year, and my thoughts on them, and that’s it. So put on your beige shirt and produce some kind of monotonous grunt to express your excitement in a respectable fashion. Here are — deep sigh — the shows of 2022 I want to shout ou— err, I mean, highlight. Boringly.

First Look: Kamen Rider Black Sun

In this reimagining of 1987’s Kamen Rider Black, Japan is a state in socio-political turmoil, where discrimination of an underclass of mutated humans known as “kaijin” is commonplace. Aoi Izumi is a bright-eyed young activist waging war against this oppression, but this makes her a target for all sorts of unscrupulous actors. Only a grizzled kaijin by the name of Kotaro Minami seems to be able to protect her, but he has a traumatic past to reckon with of his own…

First Look: Avataro Sentai Donbrothers

High school student Haruka Kito is having a hell of a week. Attacked by a monster, she’s rescued by an enigmatic hero figure, before a pair of sunglasses give her the ability to see a mysterious world beyond everyday illusions. They also mean she can transform and fight alongside other Momotaro-themed heroes as the Avataro Sentai, Donbrothers!

Kamen Rider Revice Episodes 3 & 4

Ikki and Sakura meet up with their childhood friend Ayaka Oketani, who is struggling with her little sister overshadowing her in their mother’s eyes. Things rapidly get worse when the Deadmans arrive on the scene and the two girls are taken hostage.

First Look: Kamen Rider Revice

The world faces a terrible threat in the form of Deadmans, a terrorist cult that aims to bring out humanity’s ‘inner demons’. Fortunately they’re opposed by the government organization Fenix, who possess a secret weapon – Ikki Igarashi, a young man who is able to hear his own inner demon. Together they’ll battle Deadmans as the twin warriors, Kamen Rider Revi and Kamen Rider Vice!

First Look: Kikai Sentai Zenkaiger

Countless parallel worlds have fallen to the evil Tojitend Dynasty, including the universes containing the previous 44 Super Sentai teams. Now, as the Dynasty’s world of Kikaitopia merges with our own, one human and four Kikainoids are all that stand in their way. Armed with the power of all Sentai, they are the Kikai Sentai, Zenkaiger!

Kamen Rider Saber Episode 10

Determined to confront his father and finally discover the motivation behind his betrayal, Kento recruits Touma and Rintaro for a final showdown with Calibur. The result of their battle is a shocking revelation about the dark Rider’s true identity….

Kamen Rider Saber Episode 8

Touma is feeling the pressure of wielding the King of Arthur powerup…for some reason. His indecision leads to Ogami getting turned to stone, marginally improving the quality of his character writing.