Kamen Rider Wizard and Depression

The 2012-2013 season of Kamen Rider, Kamen Rider Wizard may seem like a typical show about magic at first glance; hell the word ‘Wizard’ is even in the title. Its overall structure is the same as any toku series: a monster of the week appears up, the plot inches forward bit by bit until a big bad is found, and the world is saved. It has its pacing issues and its plot is rather rote, but there is this thing that draws me to it.

And that thing is how depression can be read into it as an important subtext.

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REPOST: Kamen Rider Drive Episode 24 Review

(This review originally appeared on http://www.moderngafa.com/ before the change in web providers)

So. This episode. It seemed like it was going to have so much potential. It seemed like Gou’s backstory was going to be revealed and so explaining the reasons behind his deep hatred of Roiimudes and himself. But no. Instead we got a simple bandaid on his obvious problems of self-worth. At least we got some nice comedy this week though!

Check after the jump for more of my disappointment along with the rest of the review!

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REPOST: Kamen Rider Drive Episode 23 Review

(This review originally appeared on http://www.moderngafa.com/ before the change in web providers)

This week on drive we get an explosive start to a new mystery where mysterious detonations are occurring all around town with no trace of the bomb or the bomber! We also get a small update on Chase’s situation, Type Formula shows off more of its powers and Gou may be in peril?!

Check after the jump for more details and the full review!

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REPOST: Kamen Rider Drive Episode 22 Review

(This review originally appeared on http://www.moderngafa.com/ before the change in web providers)

Firstly, I would like to apologize for another week of using Type Formula as the header image, but that really encapsulates what has been wrong with this week’s Kamen Rider Drive: namely that Type Formula’s debut takes precedence over other, far more interesting mind you, plot points.

Check after the jump for more on the interesting plot points and why this episode kinda sucks.

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REPOST: Kamen Rider Drive Episode 21 Review

(This review originally appeared on http://www.moderngafa.com/ before the change in web providers)

 

This week’s Drive continues highlighting the ethical dilemma over the Roiimudes’ morality by giving more focus to everyone’s bad boy Chase! Again Sanjo continues the expert writing on this theme from last week, which in fact could be a well needed experimentation with episode formats. We also get a BRIEF look at Type Formula!

Check after the jump for more details and my full review!

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REPOST: Kamen Rider Drive Episode 20 Review

(This review originally appeared on http://www.moderngafa.com/ before the change in web providers)

In this week’s Kamen Rider Drive we begin, sort of, a new arc focusing specifically on the humanity and morals of Roiimudes. Sanjo expertly pulls not only this heavy topic, but also while expanding and focusing on Kyu-chan, the often comedic tech expert of the Special Crimes unit. We also get a debut of Medic’s Roiimude form as well!

Check after the jump for my full review!

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REPOST: Kamen Rider Drive Episode 19 Review

(This review originally appeared on http://www.moderngafa.com/ before the change in web providers)

 

Hello there! I’m the new Kamen Rider reviewer, Haru! I hope everyone will like my writing style and I also hope that my reviews will help you with your viewing experience of Kamen Rider Drive! This week we get the conclusion to the Judge Roiimude arc, one that is mostly filler, but since it actually expands on a side character’s story, something Riku Sanjo was quite poor at in W, I genuinely appreciate and enjoyed it.

Check after the jump for my full review!

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