Thanks to a few of you, I got bit by the Rider bug and went on a KR frenzy. Kamen Rider W was the first series I started on but the last to finish since I was waiting for it to end its run and I went on to watch other series instead (Kuuga, Agito, 555, Kabuto, Den-O, Kiva, and Decade). Now, time to count up my thoughts!
W is a “Hard-boiled” mystery-themed comedy-drama tokusatsu infomercial that centers around a detective agency team and a cop who cosplays as Kyosuke Nanbu who spend their days stopping “criminals” who are too addicted to the their techno-crack that comes in the form of a USB flashdrive called GaiaMemory . Each story arc always take only two episodes to finish while the main plotline slowly develops all the way to the end. Compared to series such as Kuuga, Agito or Faiz, violence in W is almost nonexistent; no one really gets killed here… sure, they disappear, dissipate, gets send off to the another dimension, gets their face censored(…) and all but no one is actually murdered in cold blood like you see in the aforementioned series. That’s all good though since I like the story just the way it is.
On the lighthearted side of the series, W is full of slapstick comedy, antics, and other sorts of humor.
Even if you don’t watch it as a KR series, there is plenty of other entertaining values going on for this show ^^
On the serious side of W, there is A LOT of revenge, rage, anger, hate, ambitions and all that fun stuff. One thing I really love about W is how every character has their own thing they want to achieve, and eventually go through development one way or another. The baddies aren’t just bad for the sake of it (heck, they’re not really doing anything “evil” neither…) nor do they want to take over the world (in an “evil” sense).. and each of the sonozaki members have their own ambition and desires so everything was pretty interesting to say the least.
The W motif is strong in W! Even the henshin pose makes a W!
There is only one thing I do not like about the series- Overuse of special effects for the Rider Kick (all of them!). The impact of the Kick is lost in the not-so-great computer graphics (a bunch of colorful swirls). Where’s the actual KICK?!
What W lacks in pure violence, it more than makes up in its themes of partnership, togetherness, family bonding, friendship, brotherhood, and being hardboiled. This is a series you show to little boys so they can grow up to be better men xD. I don’t think I’ve seen this much “the two of us are one!”-ness since Gurren Lagann! Many of the “bros before ho’s and everything else!” were really touching!^^;
First, real men ride each other (Zengar and Ratsel) and now real men also ride together.
Yea… I know I’m pretty late in finishing this series so everything I’m talking about is probably a bit old by now ^^;. Still wanna share my thoughts anyhow! Since this series pulled me into the KR world, I can say it should be a great starting series for anyone else who wants to risk getting bitten by the KR bug as well :D.