Review Of Kamen Rider Zi

Team TokuNet Writer Malunis nhận xét the episodes of Kamen Rider Zi-O that aired in January 2019. 

Time once again to lớn talk some clock, but things are a bit different this month since the show has decidedly stepped away from its usual RideWatch format in favor of some new Riders. Let’s see how that turned out.

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My reviews are just the key points I wanted lớn talk about, but if there was something else you wanted my thoughts on, feel không tính tiền to ask in the comments.

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Ep17: Happy New Year 2019

Confusingly, the show opens with Sogo in the year of 2022. He goes outside to lớn confirm that he’s in the future, và is met with nin-ja grunts. They’re defeated by a new hero named Rentaro Kagura, who transforms into Kamen Rider Shinobi! After the battle, however, Sogo wakes up và realizes it was all just a dream. But perhaps not as much of a dream as he thinks, as Swartz has a new Another Rider known as Another Shinobi, who is actually the Rentaro Kagura of 2019.

The heroes try to track down và defeat the monster, but are met with a new foe: An alternate version of Woz (Hereby known as white Woz) from a future where Oma Zi-O never took over – because he was defeated by Geiz, who trắng Woz refers lớn as Geiz Revive. White Woz possesses powers that the original (Hereby known as black Woz) doesn’t have, such as a book with the ability khổng lồ manipulate events in his favor. He also uses the BeyonDriver khổng lồ transform into Kamen Rider Woz, demonstrating his powers against Another Shinobi and questioning what they’ll vì if they won’t accept a future where Zi-O ceases khổng lồ exist.

So, THAT tops the last show’s status quo shaker! We’ve got a new timeline with a new Woz, who is also a Rider named Woz, meaning I now have khổng lồ juggle 3 versions of that name… annnd with it, new Riders from different points in the future! Bravo, show, you’re really throwing some curveballs here. Và I say this after knowing about these designs from toy catalogs & not knowing their story context.

I’d lượt thích to actually focus on the future Rider concept, because the show has greatly defied my expectations for this in the very first scene of the episode. When I saw that we’re getting MirideWatches (it’s not spoilers since that’s in the next episode in this review~), I figured the most we would get is… the MirdieWatch design. Like, just a piece of artwork of the helmet & a Rider name. But Shinobi has a full suit, he has an actor, he has a unique transformation sequence, & he has attack names. I have always wanted to lớn see a cool nin-ja Rider as a lead, so this was a lot of fun lớn see. I’ll talk more about the character when we get khổng lồ the next episode.

I also lượt thích the Shinobi suit. It’s quite apparent that the future Riders are a minor thing, because each of the future Riders are using recycled suit parts from past series. In this case, Shinobi is a Ghost suit & an Ex-Aid helmet – I suspect it’s one of the Dark Necrom suits from the summer movie, because why would they bring those back? & as can be seen from the Rider in the next arc, the helmet used for Shinobi is a Ride-Player. I say all this like I’m criticizing it, but I think they do a really solid job making Shinobi look lượt thích an original design. The paint work on the chest does a good job of hiding the suit origin, & they hide the helmet well enough with simple accoutrements. Small obscure thing I noticed, the sword he uses is pulled from Kamen Rider Fuma from the Ex-Aid summer movie – another ninja, funnily enough.

Oh, small aside… impressive depiction of 2022, really reminds me of Back khổng lồ the Future‘s take on 2015. Apparently công nghệ just really got advanced thanks to lớn Oma Zi-O’s demise. It’s kinda fun seeing the Dustards from Kamen Rider Fourze repurposed as grunts for Shinobi khổng lồ fight – that ninja motif felt incredibly out of place for a space-themed show, so it isn’t even jarring in the slightest for them khổng lồ be used here with no change khổng lồ their design.

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As for trắng Woz/Kamen Rider Woz, I love the design… of both. The goofy future clothes are great, & the suit thiết kế is just fantastic. I was originally concerned he’d look too much lượt thích Necrom from Kamen Rider Ghost, but he sure has his own identity once you see the suit in action. Và the idea of him praising Geiz for defeating Oma Zi-O in the near future is a twist I legitimately wasn’t expecting the show to pull.

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Ep18: The Amazing, the Epoch, the Future! 2022

Following the shocking reveal of Kamen Rider Woz, everyone tries figuring out what they can vì chưng to stop Another Shinobi. As it turns out, he’s a Rider who came into existence in the timeline where Oma Zi-O was defeated, and the TimeMazines apparently don’t have the ability to lớn diverge into alternate timeline territory. This makes Another Shinobi virtually invincible.

All seems lost, but when Sogo confronts Kentaro after he loses his Another Shinobi powers, he convinces him to lớn trust that his future self will find a new kind of strength without the Time Jackers. Swartz tries to khuyến mãi with Zi-O by recharging Kentaro’s Another Shinobi powers over và over again, but eventually, Kentaro refuses in favor of choosing his own future – Swartz, as expected, doesn’t allow his candidates khổng lồ choose. With this pause in battle, trắng Woz causes a Shinobi MirideWatch lớn come into existence, then uses it lớn transform into FutureRing Shinobi and defeat Another Shinobi.

White Woz bookends by confronting Geiz with the MirideWatch, informing him that someone with three impossible watches would be the one to lớn defeat Oma Zi-O. Finally, a teaser for the next future Rider… which is questionable since it definitely doesn’t fit the tone of the design.

So that… was quite the arc. I have to say, this was a very cool way lớn bring us back lớn the Another Rider stuff but also offer something different. Swartz is experimenting with some Riders from other timelines, which even seems lớn be confusing lớn his comrades. I like how it seems as though Heure is willing to blab out of spite for how often Swartz treats him lượt thích a child.

And I have lớn say, as brief as our introduction was khổng lồ Kentaro, he seems lượt thích a nice character. He’s a hotblooded guy who believes in doing the right thing, very fitting of the genre, & it’s cool lớn know we’re essentially seeing what he’s like before he became a Rider – it’s lượt thích a flashback you’d get in a first episode of a show. He’s also played by a Sentai actor, Star Ninger from Ninninger, which is a đáng yêu reference. I loved how energetic the actor was in that show & I get to lớn see a more serious character here – he plays it well.

And then we have the MirideWatches used by Kamen Rider Woz – it’s a classic transformation thành tựu variant that became more prominent after Wizard, & I lượt thích how there’s a pretty good reason for it to lớn be different: This is a watch owned by a character from another timeline. It just so happens that these are based on future Riders, I suppose. Và the form changes for Woz, while simplistic, are fun and reminiscent of the Rider they’re based on.

Just after what I considered the best arc of the show so far, it gives another good one! Can it keep up that momentum?